I am a pastor/evangelist to a church plant in a great middle-eastern city. Our church is small and has people from all over the world who attend. We touch many peoples lives with the gospel. Many of our people come from cross-cultural marriages. We believe that word and deed go hand in hand. That is why part of our ministry is providing food parcels, baby needs, and basic help to those in need. For example, I had a woman who came into my office. She was visibly shaken and was seeking to find the truth. She shared with me that she didn’t know if God was able to accept her because in her words “of all the things I have done”. We spent time reading the scriptures together. This was the first time that she read the Bible and to her amazement she read portions of scriptures which bare witness to a gracious, forgiving God through Jesus Christ. Her eyes were welled up with tears as she prayed to receive Christ. Jesus says, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” We have the great honor of witnessing first hand our Lord’s gracious, merciful, and loving care to all his elect who comes seeking Him.
Joyce teachers high school English Literature to over 90 students at the Evangelical School for boys and girls. The majority of her students are Muslim and Druze and are in their last year of high school. It is a very rigorous program for both students and teachers alike. Joyce’s vision for teaching is to graft in many writers of faith for her students to read, study and respond. For example, she spent two months on the works of C.S. Lewis. Many of her students were confronted with the claims of the gospel which they had to reflect upon in their daily journals which she makes them write. Joyce shares with me that the journals have become a way to pastorally care for many of her students who reflect upon the material presented in a personal environment.
Chris, Kirsten, Maren, and Reese Furr are a family we support, planting a church in Gretz-Armainviliers, France. For more information, visit FurrsInFrance.com. (You will need a password, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get it!)
Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.
So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. The staff and volunteer leaders listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because they genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.
Young Life believes in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will impact future decisions … careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world.
Orphan Voice and its partners share the healing love of God in Central Vietnam through targeted relief ministries. Each ministry brings help and hope to meet the needs of Central Vietnam’s most at-risk groups, including:
- Impoverished orphans
- At-risk and special-needs children
- Teenage girls at risk of falling prey to human trafficking schemes
- Poverty-stricken parents and caregivers struggling to keep their families intact,
- And as needed, we assist victims of natural disasters in Vietnam.