He Strengthens You

2015-03-31 Kolkata Beautician school

But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NLT)

Since August, Madhumita has trained at the Kolkata Lighthouse Center beautician program. She is so appreciative of the patience of the staff and is grateful for the spiritual underpinning of the training.

“Every day before starting our class, there is a prayer and devotion time in the center. This is what makes this center different from other institutes. I am blessed by the prayer time we have every day. My father works in a small private firm and has very little income to support my family. I wish that after the completion of this training I will be able to earn an income and give assistance to my family.”

Because the staff distributes Gospel tracts along with literature about the center’s vocational training courses and other community resources, the Lighthouse Center has become well known in the area. The local community has expressed gratitude for the medical center and school.

Please Pray:

  • For Madhumita to successfully complete her training so that she may become licensed to practice her vocation in Kolkata.
  • That all the students at the center grow in their faith and are encouraged by the prayer and spiritual teaching that they receive.
  • For the continued success of the center’s outreach in the community.

Please leave your prayers below for Madhumita and for the fruitful outreach of the Kolkata Lighthouse Center.

He Built Everything

2015-03-24 Imani Milele

For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God. Hebrews 3:4 (NLT)

Brother Moses Ssemanda didn’t like the poverty and great need in his country of Uganda. When he learned of orphans in his village, he adopted them and had a great desire to improve their chances in life through education. What started as a school in his home for 3 orphaned children, God has changed to a network of eight schools and 3,000 children!

These children love their schools and school buildings…and so do the termites. Structures erected years ago from mud and straw have been eaten away by those pesky insects and at unsuspected times, collapse. Thankfully no one has been injured when a building has fallen down, and ServeNow wants to be certain that the trend continues.

We have partnered with Moses and his Imani Milele Schools to sponsor individual children in need of education. Last year, generous friends made it possible to build one new structure. This year we hope to build a number of new classrooms. Early this month a load of bricks was delivered to the first building site of 2015 and within two weeks the school started to rise.

Moses writes,

“We wish to extend our sincere appreciation to you. We can’t tell you enough how much we are enjoying our new classrooms. We thank God every day for you when we see our children learning in them. We are full of joy whenever we see them because it is a dream which is turning to reality. Here is this week’s construction picture of the new building.”

Please Pray:

  • That each of the children who needs one will have a sponsor to provide for their school clothing and supplies.
  • For the funding of the first eight, critically needed school buildings.
  • That the children learn their academic subjects and absorb the Gospel in their studies. Let all who come into contact with the schools have an appreciation for God, the one who built everything. (Hebrews 3:4)

Please write a prayer for the students at the Imani Milele Schools. Your encouraging words will be relayed to them by the principals and teachers. If you would also like to leave a prayer for the teachers at the schools, we will be certain that they know of your reassurance.

My Peace I Give You

Ukrainian soldiers

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27 (NIV)

The ServeNow Ukraine team distributed Christmas gifts in early January (that’s when Christmas is celebrated in Ukraine.) They drove over 2500 km (about 1500 miles) all around the country to deliver gifts to poor, disadvantaged, and refugee families. One part of their journey took them to the war torn areas of East Ukraine.

An unexpected opportunity arose when they came across a group of soldiers. The team placed a stack of Christmas gifts and a stack of Bibles on a tank, and offered them to the troops. Once soldiers picked up the gifts, they were told the Gospel of Jesus and were offered prayer. Though all were previously Muslim, without hesitation, every single one accepted the chance to be prayed over.

A team member describes the day,

I saw that there is a real war in East Ukraine. There are destroyed houses and bridges all over, and yet there are still people who are living there. There I saw the tragedy of people who had to leave their homes. It was one thing to read about these people in a newspaper or on Facebook, and another to see with my own eyes the terrible reality. I was delighted to share the presents with the Ukrainian military. They were so grateful to us for the gifts. I’m glad that at least something could be done for them.

Please Pray:

  • For those who picked up the Bibles. That they are reading God’s Word, maybe even aloud to others, for we know that “Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • That the seeds planted in the hearts of the soldiers that day are growing, and that many come to know Jesus as their Savior.
  • For peace. For all parties to agree to and observe a ceasefire.

Comment below to leave your prayers for the soldiers in war torn East Ukraine.

Be Alert

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. (1 Peter 5:8-9)

2015-03-10 Nepal tailoring school

The Director of the ServeNow tailoring school in Nepal writes,

“It is such a joy to see the enthusiasm of our school’s participants as they sharpen their skills in Sewing and Cutting! Students have shared that if they didn’t have this opportunity through ServeNow, they cannot imagine what would happen in their lives because they would be unskilled and in poverty. They would be forced to seek work outside the country and traffickers could easily take advantage of them and sell them into modern day slavery!”

One student, ‘Roshni’, told us,

“I am so grateful to ServeNow. Not just for myself, but also for my community. Pastor keeps teaching us about human trafficking issues, the tricks of traffickers, and helps us be aware of the strategies and fake promises of the traffickers. I have confidence for the first time in my life.”

Please Pray:

  • That the tailoring students successfully master the skills they need to become accomplished tailors.
  • For the girls’ ears and hearts to be open to the cunning of traffickers, so that they are not lured away from their homes or school by false promises.
  • That the girls are open to the message of the Gospel, and that they believe and internalize the love and worth that Jesus has for them.

Leave your prayers below  for Roshni and her friends at the Nepal tailoring school. The Director will share your comments with them as an encouragement that they have a “family of believers throughout the world.”

Share It!

Blanket Hyderabad Women

The crowds asked, “What should we do?”
John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor.
If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”
(Luke 3:10-11 NIV)

It is winter, and much of the United States is embroiled in snow. Unprecedented storms have blanketed states like Texas and North Carolina, who rarely see such weather. But we have resources like turning up our heaters, and using public transportation instead of our own cars if we so choose. Even our nation’s destitute and homeless have options like shelters and food banks.

This year has been a harsh winter in India and Nepal too. But remote villages don’t have the means to provide warmth and food for their poor. This winter the India and Nepal ServeNow teams distributed over 3,300 wool blankets and warm clothing (through more than 50 churches) to both children and the elderly. Our Director for India says, “We were overwhelmed with the need in the remote villages especially among the very senior age group people who needed these winter coverings, many of whom were disabled.”

As our teams wrapped the warm woolen blankets around 250 senior citizens last week alone, they reciprocated with warm smiles.

Blanket Hyderabad Supratim

Please Pray:

  • That the love of Christ comes through as we clothe those in need with a warm wool blanket.
  • In thanksgiving for our friends who shared their wealth by providing the blankets.
  • That through a simple gift of a blanket, trust is earned with these villagers and that they are open to the message of the Gospel.

Leave your prayers below for the blanket and clothing recipients. Upon their next visit, the ServeNow team members will share your words of encouragement with them.