I am amazed to think that this year is almost complete, and we are looking at all that has been accomplished for His glory! All of this is the direct result of your contribution into this ministry, that we are able to send you this year end update. How grateful I am for you, your heart for the Lord, and for your partnership together with us that makes all of this possible. Because of this commitment, we continue to see the ministry grow and expand; I’d like to share some international highlights from 2017:
January – The library project was held in Red Bluff, CA where, for two weeks, a hearty team of volunteers prepared and shipped approximately 15,000 books for the Grace Bible College (GBC) Library. Great job, team! This is one of the largest Christian libraries in India.
February – India ministry at IM’s Children’s Home and GBC Winter Teaching Module, graduation and several women’s meetings were held. Shortly afterwards, the library books arrived from CA with no tax charged on the shipment (a very special answer to prayer).
March & July – Iraq ministry to church plants, refugees, children and women. The launch of the Yazidi Women’s English Classes; Indigenous Ministries obtained NGO (non government organization) status in Kurdistan. Outreaches continue to refugees with food packets, clothing, medical and counseling needs met.
September – The Refugee Child Sponsorship Program was launched in N. Iraq for Iraqi and Syrian refugee children. In the Philippines, the children in Payatas continue to improve in school, and more families are integrated into Bible studies and church there, and in Antipolo. A large gift was given to finish Grace Bible College library building, so that project is complete as to the building, now we are praying for the furnishings.
October – The Egypt Pastors’ Conference and Women’s Conferences were held. We celebrated the third anniversary of IM’s Egypt Child Sponsorship Program; 57 children are now in the program. A new Global Church Planting Initiative church was planted in Egypt. Our Kurdistan office moved to a bigger facility to accommodate ministry growth.
Celebrate with us all the Lord has allowed to happen! Your prayers and financial support given to these areas, empower us to partner with nationals through the Holy Spirit’s guidance to reach nationals with the Gospel. As a result, many are coming to Christ, finding healing, forgiveness and hope.
Year End Giving Fund: We are asking the Lord for the largest financial target ever. Would you prayerfully consider being part of this powerful, life changing goal? There are still so many lives who need the Good News of redemption!
The goal is $90,000 for the Year End Giving to help fund these great needs:
* Furnishings for the Grace Bible College library; India, $15,000
* Van for the Refugee Child Sponsorship Program; Iraq, $25,000
* Refugee Relief for kerosene, heaters, clothing, food; Iraq, $20,000
* Salaries for finance and front desk in the Colorado Springs office, $30,000
As you give, please designate your gift “The Greatest Need.” We are seeing an incredible impact that only the Lord could make happen. Thank you for your partnership in serving the Lord, His Church, refugees, widows and orphans; we are truly honored to be in His Harvest together with you. May the Lord continue to bless you as we serve the Lord together.
In Christ, John
John W. Cook, CEO