This month in Northern Iraq, something very special is happening! Children’s Sunday school is being taught to the children of the Yazidi women in the English classes. These pictures are of Yazidi children in another area, but they were so excited to receive their Christmas packages and Bible lesson, that we thought we’d share their faces with you.
Would you please keep our team in your prayers as the children are being ministered to? These refugee families have been through so much, and it’s a joy to share Biblical truths with the women and the children.
Thank you for your special part in this with your prayers and financial gifts which empower this ministry to be effective and ongoing!
The celebration of Christmas in IM’s church plants is on January 7, and includes simple things such as a special time of praise and worship.
Then the Sunday school children’s program begins with songs they dance to, and then the children recite Bible verses. The children from seventh to tenth grades sing their own songs, and the high schoolers put on a play for everyone in the church to enjoy.
The pastor shares from the Word of God a special Christmas message.
One very special tradition that is observed, is the pastors and leaders take time after the service to pray with the people individually as they share their needs. Many have physical or financial needs and live in difficult circumstances. Sweets and tea are served afterwards.
If the heart of Indigenous Ministries is the Church, how do the child sponsorship programs fit in with this prime directive? Our programs are designed to draw our sponsored children and their families into the national churches, in order that they might be ministered to by the pastor and church families. It’s working!
In Egypt, that’s the reason the CSP (Child Sponsorship Program) along the Nile was begun. With so many widows, several years back, our ministry team asked, “Is there anything we can do month to month to help these destitute women? They are really struggling and anything will help. We would like to help them and share Jesus with the children and widows.” Now, three years later we have 57 children in the program. So many hearts have turned to the Lord as a result.
In the Philippines, the need for families to secure a better income than continuing as scavengers, tied them to Resty and Mel who prayed with a local pastor, and together they are assisting many families. Their children are receiving a quality education along with critical nutritious food. It begins and ends with the Church.
In Iraq, with 3.4 million refuges in Northern Iraq alone, many families living in UN camps and settlements face difficult choices; food or backpacks and school supplies? Pastor Sabri and his wife have stepped in and visited many families extending to them help and an open door to the fellowship of this church plant. The children are being enrolled in our CSP, and as the program approaches 50 sponsored children, we marvel at changes already evident!
The Scripture reminds us that “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction…” James 1:27. Thank you for praying for and sponsoring the children in our CSP programs! Join us…there are so many lives waiting to hear the Gospel!
The Yazidi high school girls and women in N. Iraq took their final exams this month and have done well! We’re so proud of each of them. A special word of thanks to our team lead for this project, Wesam, and to Elham, who has been teaching since July. For 10-15 minutes before classes, Wesam has been sharing the Word of God. The ladies asked to know more about our beliefs, and say they really enjoy these sessions.
Our funding for this project has run out, however, the girls and women have asked to continue, and 36 jumped in and signed up for the next classes. By faith, I’ve said we will continue with this great opportunity, as long as the funding comes in. We will also include a backyard Good News Club-style meeting for the children each week.
To donate, go to IndigenousMinistries.org and select Beautiful International Women’s Ministries. The need each month is $2950; we are asking the Lord for six more months of classes. Thank you so much for praying and giving.
This month our IM team in Egypt gathered most of the 55 kids in our Child Sponsorship Program (CSP) together, and we celebrated three years of our CSP together! Donned in new IM pink shirts, it was a real joy to see these kids heartily singing and sharing memory verses they have been learning.
God truly has brought this vision together for helping children of widows in the Upper Nile region. As you can imagine, each family has its own story of tragedy as fathers have died unexpectedly and widows are left alone with a family to raise. But this is a ministry of bringing opportunities, education and God’s hope! You are part of this with your prayers, and for our sponsors, you are a HUGE part of giving these young people a better life in Christ.
Beneath the Nile River’s dark green-blue waters flows a very swift current. On a hazy afternoon, we sat mesmerized as boats navigated up and down her beautiful waters. Like the Nile’s current, we’re all reminded that time passes by very quickly. It’s been 14 years since IM began ministering to national pastors in the Middle East; these conferences continue to be a good investment into their lives and ministry.
Another IM National Pastors’ conference was held this month in Egypt, in its wake leaving pastors blessed, grateful and encouraged. A well known Egyptian Christian leader said, “John, I see your heart to serve and bless our own Egyptian Pastors year after year and I want to thank you and Indigenous Ministries for caring for them.”
Your care is a life vest to these kids and their families in need. How? When a child knows she is sponsored, grades improve; she knows someone cares and is praying! A new school outfit and backpack is very encouraging, and they love memorizing Scriptures regularly with the team.
SPONSORING IS EASY!
Time: 5-10 minutes registration
Cost: $39/monthly or $1.30/day
Where: Upper Nile Egypt
Refugee Camps in Iraq
Payatas Dumpsite, the Philippines
You Receive: Your child’s profile with photo, a support packet and letters 3 x a year from your child. We encourage our sponsors to write their supported kids.
Online: Sponsor a child today; go to our website, www.IndigenousMinistries.org, click “support a child.”
Your church – We’re happy to furnish your church leadership with a four week launch packet to get your people excited about sponsoring kids with IM. This includes videos focusing on families whose lives are changed as a result of nourishing food packets they receive, clothing, medical care, school materials, and their kids being involved with Scripture memory.
Call Sarah at the office for more information: 719-302-3028, or email her at email@example.com
We were so privileged to hold several meetings in Egypt this month with women; Pastors wives, women from local churches and a group of
Muslim women. I’m grateful to Sarah Brannon for helping me and sharing with the women. The Lord really blessed this time! Special thanks for our volunteers in CO and CA who spent about 250 hours preparing the crafts!
The women enjoyed the meetings and expressed a deep appreciation for this chance to get together sharing in fellowship and the Word. It’s so important for women to share our lives and experiences and make the time to get together! My special thanks to our Beautiful Partners who prayed for and financially sponsored this vital time of ministry in Egypt; God bless you!