Whether or not you live in Ohio (and are a proud Buckeye like this editor is), you can still help us rescue girls from ISIS in Iraq! Register at www.BeautifulInternational.org to run, walk or support from afar. If you can’t make it, register and donate the $25 suggested registration fee in a show of support for this effort. I’m looking forward to seeing all you runners and walkers there that day! Special thanks to Jewel Harkleroad for spear-heading this special event!
The interior has been completely repaired and painted – which is great because the kids are back and settled into the dormitories. Thank you to our generous donors who gave donations of $4,649 to date for the repairs. Praise God for His blessing and provision!
What’s left is the exterior painting of the main building and the dining hall which is used every day by the children and is also a classroom now for GBC. Please pray with us for the remaining $5,351 needed to complete this project. If you would like to help us reach the finish line, you can click the donate button and select Children’s Home Repairs in the dropdown menu.
John and I and our IM staff and Iraqi team are so very encouraged by the response from many of you, our partners, to rescue and help girls kidnapped by ISIS. We have helped 63 to date and I’m asking you to pray and give generously to help many more. We are asking the Lord for the ability to train these rescued girls with jobs.
Please go to www.BeautifulInternational.org for opportunities to travel with me ministering to women, updates on projects and local meetings. Ladies, its our privilege to engage with the love of Christ with these women. The time is now!
India – With the roof repaired, the last of the holes filled, and plaster refreshed by busy workers, the children are back in our Children’s Home for the new semester which began the last week in June.
We now have a home full of bustling children. Thank you to our generous donors who have helped make the repairs of the roof and walls possible.
Every day these young people receive Bible training and work hard at memorizing passages of Scriptures.
They work hard in school and so after their homework and tutoring each day they play sports and feed the animals; chickens, ducks, geese, dogs and rabbits.
Thank you for impacting these young lives for eternity!
Practical ways you can impact these young lives:
– Pray for the children; if you would like a name and picture of one of these kids you can pray for specifically sent to you please email Sarah at srieger@IndigenousMinistries.org.
– Sponsor a child @ $35/month. You will receive a packet with that child’s photo, bio and ways to communicate with him or her. A Christmas gift in your loved one’s honor? Contact Sarah, email above.
– The interior and exterior walls need fresh paint. Would you care to help buy a bucket of paint or two? $5,368, of the $10,000 is still needed for these and other maintenance issues; any gift you give towards these repairs is greatly appreciated. God bless you.
We work with precious lives in all areas of our ministry, however, when it comes to the subject of rescuing girls from sex slavery especially under ISIS, this subject makes me angry and agitated. No young girl or woman should have to endure what they are going through. Does this stir you up too? I really hope so.
Recently, with your prayers and financial partnership, we’ve partnered with the Northern Iraq government and local ministries to rescue and help 63 girls, all of whom were kidnapped by ISIS, with clothing, medical care and counseling for the trauma they’ve been enduring. Finally, some good news; thank you for helping.
One girl Beautiful International Women’s Ministry rescued from ISIS named Misba (not her real name; I’ve given her the name Misba which means ‘innocent’), was kidnapped along with her entire family when Mount Sinjar fell last year. She was gang raped multiple times, sold twice, and is emotionally in very bad shape. We paid to have her smuggled out of the city she was in.
An international lawyer we consulted with states, there is a clear difference between participating IN the sex trade and bringing girls and women OUT of it.
These are pictures of some of these girls…I asked if they minded that their pictures were taken. No, because they want people to know what ISIS is doing, and they are deeply grateful for the help. The girl above is a cripple…she too was raped multiple times and abused. How can we stand by and not do something?!?
The needs are: Prayer and financing. I need $100,000 to help with not only rescuing girls but also getting them counseling, a safe house and into training so they can find good jobs. We have a team on the ground with the expertise to do this as well as share God’s love for them. Because of the numbers of girls rescued whose families have been killed leaving them with no place to go, we are discussing what a women’s center would look like to provide a permanent place to help many girls and women with a future.
The danger in rescuing these girls is extremely high; but there are so many who need our help. Please continue to give to help these girls. Would you help me get the word out? I’d be happy to speak to a group personally, on the phone or on Skype.
To donate to help these girls click the blue button on the right and select Miriam. Thank you!
Every morning at 4 am the electricity to our property (home to our Children’s Home and Bible College) is cut due to power restrictions in that area. There has been a concern for security and safety for the
children in the early morning as a tiger (like the one we saw in a tiger preserve this February) and a leopard have been seen. So last month Dr. Cook ordered two solar security lights installed on the property for the children’s home so they would have continuous lighting. Eventually we will order more for the rest of the property. We’re thankful as the result of your giving, that these are available and are meeting the need so well!
Repairs needed – with the monsoons coming next month, we have a great need of $10,000 to repair the leaking roof on the children’s home, repair the walls and re-paint the building. Would you please pray with us for this provision? This will help us be able to accept more children into the home.
I’ve been so touched by the response from this article last month in The Liaison about rescuing girls from ISIS. I’m especially asking you to pray for our team in Northern Iraq who are helping girls formerly in the hands of ISIS. Our goal is to help remove them from danger, give them new clothing, counseling, safe housing and if possible, reunite them with their families. The danger is extremely high which makes the cost that much higher. Yet I am still asking you for help. Please help me help these girls as you feel led. No guilt, just a very real opportunity.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute…defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.” Prov.31:8-9 I’m asking you to pray and give generously to this effort. Let’s not miss this opportunity; at stake are many helpless young girls’ very lives and futures. Please mark your gift “IMI/Beautiful Rescue.” Thank you. – Dee Cook, Director, Beautiful International Women’s Ministry
Please visit Beautiful International’s website to see pictures from our February 7 India women’s conference!
This summer will be a very special time at our children’s home…lots of activity! First, in June a team of college-aged bravados from the US are coming to paint the building getting it ready for the new school year which begins in July.
Sponsorships are now available, and for only $35 a month you can impact a child in India with Christ’s love for a lifetime. Thank you – Sarah Rieger. SRieger@IndigenousMinistries.org
Some special young people live very active lives in our Children’s Home; over the nine years since we built it, the paint is worn; the walls and roof need repairs.
So, this June, we are asking young people 18+ interested in throwing their shoulders into fixing up our Children’s Home building to travel with us to India for two weeks for just that. They will also be helping with children’s Bible clubs in local villages for a very special ministry time.
* Cost: $2685, Deposit: $1700 (this is a great group trip!)
* All travel arrangements are made through the IM office
Ready to sign up? Want more information? Email Chase Ward: CWard@IndigenousMinistries.org
Do you have a favorite hobby? Maybe building model airplanes, sewing doll clothes, or playing a favorite sport? At our Children’s Home in central India, one of the favorite sports is football, or as we call it here in the States, soccer!
As I watched the boys play football this past October, I was filled with joy. They were so happy as they ran, passed, and scored with their ball. Bright smiles were on their faces and laughter filled the hair. It was clear they were thoroughly enjoying themselves. But you know what struck me? Even though they were clearly having a good time, their football was extremely worn out. It even had a whole in it so that when it was kicked, it deflated to a half-moon shape.
That week, funds were provided to purchase not one, but two new footballs. One for the boys and one for the girls. As you can see in the photos, the boys were ecstatic to receive a brand new football! It’s the little things sometimes that make such a big difference in our lives. Here in America its easy to take even the little things for granted.
I ask you to remember these children, who are the future of India, in your prayers. They have many needs, both physical and emotional, but I think we can agree that their greatest need is to know the love and grace found in Jesus Christ. Each day the children in our Children’s Home are taught about Jesus Christ and work on memorizing Scripture. Would you consider giving a child the opportunity to hear about the love of Jesus? Sponsorships are now available, and for only $35 a month you can impact a child in India with Christ’s love for a lifetime.