Hope for the Helpless

Children of Chitwan get winter coverings

Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. Psalm 10:17 (NLT)

“We had no hope, but at the right time, ServeNow came and brought hope. We are so thankful for an alternative way of living and for a bright future.” (Maya)

Maya reading The Basics Things You Need To Know about JesusMaya, a student of the Katmandu (Nepal) Lighthouse Center tailoring program, shares her appreciation above for the life skills she is learning, and for the love that the Center has shown to her village. In addition to teaching young women a trade so that they are not vulnerable to traffickers, the Center’s director wants to make a positive impact on the surrounding community.

When the local paper ran an article about how many people in the region are dying from exposure to the severe cold this winter, he sprang into action. In the past two weeks, winter coverings (a parcel including a hat, gloves, fleece coat, and blanket) were given to almost 300 young children. The local government was so impressed, that the Secretary of Village Development for Chitwan, Jutpani expressed his appreciation saying, “Thank you so much for standing with us for the betterment of the high risk and vulnerable children of Nepal.”

Please Pray:

  • For Maya and her fellow students in the tailoring program to be successful in their studies.
  • That when the students receive the booklet, The Basic Things You Need to Know about Jesus, their hearts are open to the hope that God provides through his Son.
  • That the children in the village are kept warm through the winter, and that they begin to trust the staff at the Lighthouse Center and are open to hearing about God’s love for them.

Comment below to leave your prayers for Maya and the children of Chitwan. Your heartfelt words will be relayed them through the staff of the Katmandu Lighthouse Center.

Someone Tell Them!

Vijay reads The Story of Jesus

But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
Romans 10:14 (NLT)

The Story of Jesus Hindi“Vijay” attended a youth Christmas program at the Dehli Lighthouse Center last month. After the program, refreshments were served and then the children from the Sunday School class gave him (and 170 others) The Story of Jesus, a comic book style presentation of the Gospel, in his native language of Hindi.

The Center’s pastor says, “Vijay is an atheist, but he is now enjoying seeing Jesus come to life.”

Please Pray:

  • The Story of JesusThat The Story of Jesus speaks to Vijay’s heart, and that he hungers for more teaching about Jesus.
  • For Vijay to begin attending Lighthouse Center activities on a regular basis.
  • That the other children who received copies of The Story of Jesus are also moved by its message, and that they will share the book with their family and friends.

Comment below to leave your prayers for Vijay and others who came to the Christmas program at the Dehli Lighthouse Center.

Overcoming Trials and Sorrows

Ukraine family Christmas

(Jesus said) “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.
But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33b (NLT)

The “Shevchenko” family lived in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine until heavy fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatist rebels destroyed everything. Their house was burned to the ground and they lost all their belongings, including passports and citizenship documentation. This is particularly challenging because the Shevchenkos are Romani, also known as gypsy, who are frequently discriminated against even by fellow Christians.

The family relocated to another region of Ukraine and currently lives in an abandoned drug store that has no glass in the windows, no flooring, and beds made from abandoned bookshelves. A local gypsy church takes care of many of their needs and introduced ServeNow staff to the family.

Since Ukraine celebrates Christmas on January 7th, a ServeNow team spent the past two weeks delivering thousands of gift boxes to families like the Shevchenkos. Though the gifts were only of little assistance to the family, they were appreciative and joyful.

“We thank God for his provisions,” said the father, “and we thank you for your thoughtfulness. In time, we believe everything will turn out ok.”

Please Pray:

  • That the Shevchenko family continues to sense God’s presence, especially during these times of extreme difficulty.
  • For blessings over the church that continues to aid the family.
  • In thanksgiving for those who provided the donations to bless over 7000 poor Ukrainian people with Christmas packages this year.
  • For other families who, like the Shevchenkos, have been devastated by the war in Ukraine

Comment below to leave your prayers for the Shevchenko family and the church that is caring for them. Your prayers will bring them even further comfort and encouragement.

When Angels Rejoice

Dehli Lighthouse Christmas 2014“In the same way, there is joy in the presence of
God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”
Luke 15:10 (NIV)

For months, Leena attended the Delhi Lighthouse Center prayer group. When she began to attend church services, her husband, Ankur, tried to prevent her going. Once she felt at ease, she asked the church to pray for Ankur, who was a drunkard and very troubled. The church prayed continuously, and God has answered many of their prayers. Ankur has stopped drinking, and just before Christmas, he attended church for the first time in his life. His ServeNow pastor says, Ankur “has started to show interest in Christ.

Please Pray:

  • In thanksgiving for Leena’s devotion to the Lord and to her husband.
  • For God’s faithfulness in answering our prayers, and for His willingness to change our hearts and behaviors.
  • Luke 15:10 over Ankur, and that he accepts Christ as his Lord and Savior.
  • For other families, that like Leena and Ankur, were once lost and need to be found.

Comment below to leave your prayers for Leena, Ankur, and their church. Your encouraging prayers will be relayed to them.