Your Word Is…

2015-05-28 Uganda Basic Series

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

The Kasanje Gospel Messengers Church in Kasanje, Uganda started a few years ago with just 3 adults and 4 children. The church has grown to over 50 people, thanks in part to ServeNow’s Basic Series. After studying The Basic Things You Need to Know About Prayer, a widow with 12 children, Nabukeera, told us,

2015-05-28 Uganda Basic Series 3“My church is new and most of the Christians are new converts who need the basics. The Basic Series books have come at the right time to strengthen, empower and encourage Christians. Now the Christians are getting strong on foundational Biblical knowledge.”

Please Pray:
  • For the spiritual growth of the members of Kasanje Gospel Messengers Church.
  • That God blesses the church because of their commitment to sharing his Word, being a light to the path of many in their village.
  • Since the church has grown so much, they have asked for prayers for the provision for church construction.

Please leave your prayers below for Nabukeera and the Kasanje Gospel Messengers Church.

Bear Lasting Fruit

Delhi Lighthouse tailoring graduate, Sheetal, has become a successful tailoring instructor.

Delhi Lighthouse tailoring graduate, Sheetal, has become a successful tailoring instructor.

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
John 15:16 (NIV)

Sheetal and her husband lived in Sangam Vihar, one of the largest slums in India’s capital of Delhi, because she had been unemployed for an extended period. After graduating from the tailoring school at the Delhi Lighthouse Center, Sheetal secured a job as a tailor, and became an instructor at the tailoring school, and was able to move out of the slum. But her new jobs were a two mile walk from her home. We rejoice with Sheetal that she has recently been hired as a tailoring instructor for a school near her home.

Please Pray:

  • With great thanks, that God brought Sheetal out of her despair and that she will continue to bear lasting fruit in her new position as a tailoring instructor, becoming an effective mentor of her trade and her Christian faith.
  • For the graduates of the ServeNow tailoring programs to be successful in their new careers, allowing them to improve their living conditions, avoid human trafficking, and increase the quality of life for their families.
  • For the staff and volunteers of the Delhi Lighthouse Center, as they meet the needs of the least and the lost in the surrounding slums.

Please leave your prayers for Sheetal and the other tailoring students at the Delhi Lighthouse tailoring school as a comment below.

Wisdom from Childhood

Children in Ukraine overcome their poverty and shyness and show their joy at summer camp.

Children in Ukraine overcome their poverty and shyness and show their joy at summer camp.

“You have been taught the Holy  Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.”
2 Timothy 3:15 (NLT)

With school finishing up, and the weather heating up, thousands of children are getting ready for summer camp. In Ukraine, 160 orphans and disadvantaged children are dreaming about going to camp for the very first time.

Sasha (7) and his sister Alina (12) are two of the children who will attend camp. They tragically lost both parents in the last year. Their father was killed during an attack in Lugansk, and though they were safely evacuated with their mother, she contracted an infectious disease and died in March of this year.

As could be expected, Sasha has taken the loss very hard. He suffered a nervous breakdown and is now in a rehabilitation center, thankfully the authorities did not separate the siblings, so Alina is with him. But if relatives don’t come to adopt them soon, they’ll be placed in an orphanage.

ServeNow Director Ukraine, Tanya Shpygunova says,

We will have these children in our summer camp and want to share Jesus with them during our Bible lessons. We want to hug these kids with God’s love. I want each child to hear about the powerful Jesus who will take care of their future life, like He did with mine.”

Many of the 8 to 15 year olds will learn about Jesus for the first time at camp. They will absorb the love of Christ through scriptures, crafts, games, the unusual provision of three meals each day, and most importantly, the attention and affection of camp counselors from around the world.

Please Pray:

  • That God prepares and protects the hearts of Sasha, Alina and the other children he has selected to attend one of the summer camps.
  • For all those who sense God has called them to volunteer at the camp, to follow through with the nudging and sign up to spend 10 days with children who are desperate to know God’s love.
  • Thank God that 60 children have been sponsored for camp. Please pray for the funding needed for the remaining 100 children. ($250 each, or $25,000 total)

Leave your prayers as a comment below for Sasha and Alina and for the children who will join them at camp. Your prayers of love and compassion will be shared with them during the camp.

Aid Provided in Nepal: The Lord says, “Here Am I”

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Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
Isaiah 58:9 (NIV)

This is an update to the communication from last week. Due to the urgent nature of the earthquake, these posts have been longer than usual. If you would like to continue to receive a weekly email like this about ServeNow projects, please sign up for this blog’s RSS feed.

Will you post your prayers in the comment box below for Salina, the ServeNow team, and the victims of the earthquake? Your kind words, prayers, and scriptures will be relayed by the team to relief aid and medical clinic recipients.

Thank you for your prayers for Nepal. Through the devastation and destruction, the ServeNow team has also observed countless situations where the Lord provided and showed that he is faithful.

_82653944_nepal_earthquake_worst_afected_regions_624ServeNow Nepal Director, Arjun Dhakal, tells us the team is consistently told that this is the first relief aid they’ve seen since the earthquake on April 25th. Each day the team loads up with food, bottled water, and tents for distribution in remote villages of the districts most impacted by the quake, mainly Gorkha, Dhading, and Sindhupalchock.

As they returned from their main distribution sites on Sunday, the team came across a village where a local school teacher told them that 95% of the homes had been damaged. Then he asked the team if they could help a young girl.

“Eight year old Salina was in the courtyard of her house when the earthquake happened. The house fell on top of her, and a stone fell directly on her head. The family dug her out from under the rubble and rushed her to the local ‘health post’, where they gave her medication. But after days of living outside in the rain, Salina lost consciousness and her condition grew worse. Salina’s mother wanted to find a way to get her to a hospital just as we arrived. We distributed what supplies were left for the day and then loaded Salina in the truck and took her to a hospital in Kathmandu for treatment. Please pray for the recovery of her injury.

Medical CampAs of Sunday, ServeNow distributed approximately 2,500 kilos (over 5,500 pounds) of rice, hundreds of kilos of noodles and other food items, 100 tents, and thousands of bottles of water to remote villages. In addition, the team from India arrived over the weekend and provided medical clinics in villages in addition to the food and temporary shelters. The ServeNow medical team is unique in that it is comprised of members who speak Nepali.

Please Pray:

  • That Salina doesn’t join the death toll statistic which has risen to over 7,300.
  • For the medical team to be able to see and help hundreds of people every day and for the injured to be treated efficiently and effectively so that they may go on to lead purpose filled lives. (The number of injured has been estimated over 14,000)
  • Continue to pray for the ServeNow staff, as we organize and mobilize efforts to provide clean water, food, tents, and medical supplies to those in need.
  • For more funding. Our friends have been quite generous, and still the need is great. Please share this email, or click here and share the fundraising site with everyone you know.

Please post your prayers for Salina, the ServeNow team, and the victims of the earthquake in the comment box below. Your kind words and prayers will be relayed by the team to relief aid recipients.

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