On March 1st we begin raising funds so refugee children can receive a new backpack, school supplies and school uniform with shoes and socks. For $65 (or any part of this you want to give) you can ensure a refugee child in Iraq and children in our program in Egypt attend school this fall. Go online and click Donate, and select “Backpacks/Uniforms for Refugee Children.” This makes a great AWANA, Sunday School or Vacation Bible School project. Thank you! Call Star, in the office, with any questions.
Last month 120 women came together for a dynamic evening in Iraq. As I entered the church, three bus loads of Syrian women had already arrived from a refugee camp and another bus was unloading. My translator whispered in my ear that 50 of the women were distraught because their families had been rejected for immigration by Australia that day. Morale was low. Our worship director soon had the women focused on the Lord and His steadfastness in a beautiful set of Arabic worship songs. I spoke on living in awe of God and how he works on our behalf. The evening, God encouraged the women, and also showed himself faithful. God is using our women’s meetings to bless many women.
This month in India we are holding a one day women’s conference, in addition to being together with our Grace Bible College students and alumni. Thank you for continuing to pray for and financially support the vital ministry of Beautiful International who live in very challenging areas.
We have children available in Egypt and refugee kids in Iraq and we’d love to have you engage in this wonderful opportunity. For $39/month you can truly impact a life. Call our office or visit our website to engage today. Questions? Give us a call at 719-302-3028. Thank you!
The UNHCR’s figures take the world’s refugee numbers to a staggering 22.5 million. Five million souls have left Syria after seven years of a civil war. One of the areas they are attracted to is northern Iraq. IM’s team helps these refugees as well as Iraqi refugees in Kurdistan and outside of Mosul.
The impact of food distributions in an area where unemployment is 55-59% is vital for families who struggle for stability. School supplies for the children helps to lift burdens from over-taxed parents.
In November, John and Dee Cook joined our Iraq team for a food distribution outside Mosul. As families arrived, parents were visited with, food packets given and to the kids’ surprise and delight, a Christmas craft awaited their small hands; one for themselves, and one for their sponsor. Even Spider-Man (below) showed up and had a great time making a crèche!
With the growth over the last year of this Refugee Child Sponsorship Program, we are delighted to welcome three new team members. Their work with logistics, Bible studies and keeping track of the families has already been a huge asset! Enjoy the pics from this memorable day, and thank you for your continued prayers and financial partnership which the Lord is using. Hundreds more children are waiting sponsorship. If you feel the Lord leading you to become a sponsor like some of our sponsors below, welcome! Visit our website, IndigenousMinistries.org, on the right click “Sponsor a Child.” You and your family are not going out to McDonalds for one time can help feed a family for two months. Wow, that’s impactful. $39/month per child. Thank you.
As of Dec. 1, 2018:
Refugee kids in program: 242
Kids sponsored: 220
The local, national church is the heart of our ministry. Left, John spoke last month in Kurdistan, and as a result of the pastor’s ministry and the Word shared, 28 indicated a decision for Christ. They will be followed up with through the local church pastor and teams. Right, Dee held two women’s meetings, one in a refugee camp and one in the church; both were packed. Thank you for your partnership. Please continue to pray for Pastor Sabre, the church and our IM team members.
“We’re so thankful for each sponsor who is making a difference in the lives of refugee kids and their parents through our Refugee Child Sponsorship Program in Iraq. Your love and compassion are changing lives!
School began in Iraq last month, which means our national team was very busy buying and distributing backpacks, school supplies, and school uniforms. Thank you to each one who generously donated to help send the children to school! The video above shows some photos from this time while Mryanna shares a story of one of the families in our program.
Why are backpacks, uniforms, and other supplies so important for refugee kids? Because without them, these children cannot go to school. To these refugee children, the gift of a backpack, uniform, and school supplies is more than the items themselves, it is the opportunity to receive an education, which gives hope for a bright future. Thank you for making this a reality for kids in this difficult situation!”
The freedom to vote this month brought to mind the many incredible opportunities we have in America, especially with the backdrop of the LACK of these freedoms in places Indigenous Ministries has a presence. From freedom to worship, to express religious opinions (even if on Facebook), to carrying a gun or a Bible, America is still the greatest nation on the earth. Even with her many flaws, the truth is that refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants by the millions still look to our shores as the best sight they could ever lay eyes on.
Understandably, many feel confusion on the subject of refugees and asylum seekers and many Christians struggle to respond with a Christ-like balance to what some describe as an “invasion.” What should our response be? Regardless of opinions, Scripture points us to Jesus’ radical life.
The pharisee asking the question in the box, left, asked for the one greatest commandment. He felt safe in the answer he already knew. But he didn’t expect Jesus to insert personal responsibility into his answer. But Jesus didn’t even use pain as the standard, as the Law indicated, but he used love. He spoke of a very practical yet selfless love.
Our love for God defines how we treat ourselves and our neighbors. The way we would want our families to be treated if they were thrust into refugee or asylum seeker status should be part of what defines our own values and actions. When we put ourselves in that other person’s shoes (or in a small wooden boat full of desperate refugees floating away from violence in Libya), God increases our love and faith to take even the smallest actions to enact that love to others.
We aren’t called to love the whole world, God claimed that job in John 3:16, but we are called to love those in our path – be that literally next door, in town or across the seas. Good news: His box is big enough to deal with our inadequacies, prejudices and past failures.
According to Jesus, love is our standard. A love that doesn’t deny ourselves or our neighbors, a love that takes actions springing from our values and convictions.
This love is the change-agent that crosses all boundaries and barriers. It’s not guilt-based, but grace-based and let’s face it, loving God, ourselves and other people can be downright hard, and messy. Maybe that’s because it works.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 NIV
Amount needed: $25,000 Already raised: $10,935
This van will enable our Child Sponsorship Team to take supplies to refugee kids and their families in camps and settlements. There is more info available online about this
vital project. If your church would like a bulletin insert, contact our office and we’ll email you one. Donate on our website to this fund on the right side under “Donate.”
Also distributed were the Trauma Kits with a 18” plush animal (pictured, right, with one of the boys) with a solar powered player with the Bible in Arabic and Kurdish. They include a booklet with helps for the kids and the emotional trauma they are working through. Last month we shipped over 352 more animals with the Bible and 180 baby blankets. Thank you so much to each of you who have given funds to make it possible for the children and their parents to hear the Bible! Ladies, thank you for all the beautiful baby blankets you’ve sewn!
We have 300 kids in the program with 111 waiting for a sponsor. Would you prayerfully consider sponsoring one of these precious refugee kids and be part of changing a life for eternity? A sponsorship is only $39/month and you can sign up on our website in a jiffy!
$8,900 RAISED TO GET OUR KIDS READY FOR SCHOOL!
Over the past four months we held the annual fundraiser to get our Iraqi and Syrian refugee kids ready for school with fully-equipped backpacks, school uniforms and shoes and socks. Your response has been heartwarming and overwhelming! Thank you!!! To date sponsors, youth groups, VBS kids and our partnering churches have given $8,900 to this fund. This is above the amount of $39/month sponsorship. Now our team is even busier buying all the above and distributing them in the next few weeks. They love it, though, don’t worry! We will feature this fundraiser in our Christmas catalogue and keep the fund going all year for the new kids entering the program, most of whom are coming out of Syria.
PROJECT: 15 passenger van for IM work in Northern Iraq
Amount needed: $25,000. Already raised: $6,100
There is more info available online about this vital project. If your church would like a bulletin insert, contact our office and we’ll email you one. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Christ to these hurting children and their families! You can donate on our website to this fund on the right side under “Donate.”
February 2019: INDIA
Join us on the beautiful Grace Bible College campus for IM’s annual Winter Teaching Module and Beautiful Int’l Women’s Conference. Meet the faculty, staff and students and see the new GBC Library! Walk among the shelves of the brand new library…pray over this vital campus as these young people study and prepare to serve the Lord. You’ll watch the seniors graduate at the 2018 graduation ceremony.
Ever wished to go on safari or stay in a safari tent? Done! You’ll see a lot of wildlife at the Pench Tiger Preserve and leave with a box checked off your bucket list.
Pastors: Register now to teach at the GBC Winter Teaching Module above or one of the conferences below and invest yourself in national students and pastors for a lifetime!
Ladies, bring a group from your church and engage with Dee with a Beautiful Int’l Women’s Conference.
2019 Trips – visit our website for more information:
February 2019: India
September 2019: Egypt
November 2019: India
Contact our office for dates and details. Most trips cost $3850 and last 12-14 days. Accommodations are clean and comfortable and you won’t need to eat spicy food! We have over 20 years of experience bringing teams overseas with us. All travel arrangements are made through our office.