Receive like a Child

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“I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”
Matthew 10:15 (NLT)

SOJ 1At the end of last school year, ServeNow distributed The Story of Jesus to more than 2,000 children in 4 schools in Hyderabad, India. The Story of Jesus is a professionally illustrated graphic novel which tells the story of the gospel in a highly appealing format designed for children. The presentation concludes with a step-by-step description of how to put faith in Christ, and as such is a very effective evangelism tool.

The principal at one of the schools told us, “I am really thankful to God for bringing ServeNow to conduct this program in my school. I know it is a very risky step, conducting a religious program in a Government-aided school, but every kid should know about Jesus and about his love. I know that if we do his work, he will take care of every situation. With that hope I am moving on.”

Please Pray:

  • In thanksgiving for the courage and faith of the principal and others like her.
  • For the children who have received The Story of Jesus to accept Jesus into their hearts.
  • For future distributions of The Story of Jesus.

Please leave your prayers as a comment in the box below for the school principal and the children who received The Story of Jesus.

Training Expert Hands

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All those who were skilled among the workers made the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim woven into them by expert hands.
Exodus 36:8 (NIV)

Tahasif, a 17 year old girl who attends an art program at the ServeNow Kolkata Lighthouse Center, painted the above artwork. The art program is one of several after school activities hosted by the Lighthouse Center. These activities provide a safe alternative to being on the streets where there is the ever present threat of human trafficking.

Through the art program, Tahasif has learned about artistic principles and techniques, resulting in her beautiful work. In addition, she has experienced a form of art therapy through her artistic expression.

Please Pray:

  • For Tahasif to excel in her studies at school and to encounter the love of God as she attends programs at the Kolkata Lighthouse Center.
  • For the Kolkata Lighthouse Center’s Staff and Programs to continue to shine the light of truth and hope in a dark region.
  • For all of the students in the area as they start a new school year this week.
  • For an art auction which features the artwork of the students from the Kolkata Lighthouse Center and will raise money to support the after school program. The auction will be held in Colorado Springs on August 21st and includes donated pieces from local and international artists.

Please leave your prayers for Tahasif and her fellow students at the Kolkata Lighthouse Center as a comment below.

Speak Up

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Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.
Proverbs 31:8-9 (NLT)

Did you know that you can sponsor children through ServeNow? We have a number of children in Uganda and India who live in extreme poverty. Their best chance to receive an education and regular meals is to be sponsored by a loving and generous person like you.

Meet Joshua, 13, who lives in Uganda. Joshua’s parents are poor farmers who provide for their six children by selling their seasonal crops. Joshua has great potential, but as the third child, will not be able to pursue his dream of having an education without outside assistance. When we ask children what they “want to be when they grow up,” we often hear of professions like doctor, teacher, and nurse. We received an unexpected response from Joshua, whose favorite and best school subject is math, he aspires to become an IT Specialist.

Please Pray:

  • That Joshua will soon have a long-term sponsor and that he senses God’s encouragement to reach for his dreams.
  • For Joshua’s family. That their crops grow in abundance, the sales go well this year, and they know that their fruitfulness comes from the Lord.
  • For the many other children in Uganda and India who are waiting to be matched with a sponsor.

Please leave your prayers for Joshua in the comment field below and we will be certain to relay your kind words to him.

I’ll Never Abandon You

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For God has said,
“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
Hebrews 13:5b (NLT)

School is out. Summer is in full force, and with it we see banners for Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs outside local churches. What we may not realize is that there are simultaneous VBS programs in progress all around the world.

2015-07-07 Delhi VBS childrenThe ServeNow Lighthouse Center in Delhi, India is one such location. This summer, they expect to reach 1,000 children with the Gospel through the VBS program, including children from a leper colony, and those from a church in a large slum. In addition to fun songs, crafts, and engaging lessons, many children make the life changing decision to ask Jesus to be their Savior.

The “Sarin”* family, pictured above, is headed by their mother, who is a new believer. Abandoned by their father, one of the children implored,
“Why do I have no father? Can God give us our father back?”

Moved by the hurt and uncertainty, a ServeNow staff member explained that they have a Heavenly Father who loves them and will never leave them!

All four of the children came to Christ during the VBS session and the family has been fully embraced by the church.

Please Pray:

  • That the love and hope found though Jesus Christ enters the hearts of the children who participate in the Delhi VBS programs.
  • For the “Sarin” family. For the mother to grow in her faith and to be confident in her ability to successfully raise her family. And for each of the children to know that they are loved by their mother, and by their father in heaven who will never leave them or abandon them.
  • For the staff and volunteers at the Delhi Lighthouse Center as they face both the joy of watching the Spirit move through the teaching of the Gospel, and the attempts of the evil one to thwart that teaching.

Please leave your prayers as a comment below to encourage the “Sarin” family in their faith, and for the Delhi VBS sessions that will continue through the summer.

*The family surname has been changed for safety purposes