How do Child Sponsorships and Church Planting mix?
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!
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