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Emergency Field Hospital Treating Hurricane Survivors in the Bahamas

Emergency Field Hospital Treating Hurricane Survivors in the Bahamas

Lucinda Haven, her daughter Clarena, and grandson Abel weathered Hurricane Dorian inside a public shelter and avoided the dangers of flying glass, rising tides, and having to walk through miles of waist-high water.

Once they returned home, however, Lucinda stepped out of the back of a truck with her family, fell, and fractured the bones in her lower left leg. It was terrible timing as Grand Bahama’s healthcare system is desperately struggling to recover after the storm.

In response to this need, Samaritan’s Purse has opened an Emergency Field Hospital in Freeport, at the request of the World Health Organization and the government of the Bahamas. Our team is now standing in the gap to take the pressure off local medical facilities. Lucinda was the first patient upon our opening Tuesday morning (Sept. 10).

Within the first hour, more than a dozen other patients entered the mobile hospital seeking medical help.

“Plenty of people lost their families. Plenty of people are still missing. It’s a tragedy felt all over the Bahamas. We lost everything, our homes, but we still have life,” Lucinda said while being treated at our hospital.

With this Tier 2 facility in place, our team of surgeons, physicians, nurses, pharmaceutical staff, and biotech engineers will be able to provide medical care for up to 100 outpatient cases per day. There is bed space available for as many as 40 inpatients. The hospital can provide up to 10 surgeries per day and is complete with an obstetrics ward with delivery room.

Additionally, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains are on hand to provide spiritual and emotional care to patients and their families.

After Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas—especially Grand Bahama and the Abacos—many medical facilities were inundated by floodwaters, forcing them to close.

The regional hospital in Freeport, Rand Memorial Hospital, is normally the busiest medical center in the area, but it’s been crippled by power outages and damaged equipment. Many patients have had to go untreated, and others are hospitalized in wards woefully under equipped to handle their conditions.

Kelly Suter, a clinical manager for Samaritan’s Purse, says our Emergency Field Hospital is expected to stay busy while Rand Memorial gets back up to speed over the coming months.

“All of the electric has to be ripped out and the whole thing [Rand Memorial] has to be rebuilt before they can use it again,” she said. “They have no operating room and little space for patient care.”

With excellent medical treatment as a platform, our teams are able to go deeper in their care for patients, praying with them and their loved ones and sharing the hope found only in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Shannon Wood, an intensive care nurse serving with Samaritan’s Purse, says this is why she went into medicine.

Our medical team is working to serve the people of the Bahamas in Jesus’ Name.

“I think this is such an amazing opportunity to be here in the Bahamas to reach people for Jesus by providing healthcare to them,” she said. “I just love helping people when they need it most, and you cannot pick a time when people need healthcare and Jesus more.”

Dr. Elliott Tenpenny, medical director for the Emergency Field Hospital, says we will provide emergency and trauma care but that we will also help meet every day medical needs in Jesus’ Name.

“There are no operational hospitals on these islands, and there are people suffering not just from injuries from the hurricane but from normal day-to-day things,” Dr. Tenpenny said. “There are women who are giving birth all the time and nowhere to go. This is four islands with no medical care. They’ve experienced a great deal of suffering during this hurricane and we’re here to relieve a little bit of that suffering and to reach people for Jesus Christ.”

Samaritan’s Purse teams also are working in the Bahamas’ hardest-hit areas to provide shelter materials, water filters, hygiene kits, and other relief supplies.

Please continue to pray for hurting residents of the Bahamas. Many people have lost homes and loved ones and are reeling from so much devastation. Please also pray for our medical teams that God would use them to heal hurting, sick, and injured people in Jesus’ Name.

Update (10:54 a.m., Sept. 11): Samaritan’s Purse treated more than 90 patients on the first full day of operations at our Emergency Field Hospital (Sept. 10). That’s near capacity! Please continue to pray for the people of the Bahamas and for our medical team members who are working long days caring for people in Jesus’ Name.

Samaritan’s Purse stands ready to respond at a moment’s notice whenever and wherever disaster strikes. We specialize in meeting critical needs for victims of conflict, disaster, famine, and epidemics throughout the world, often working through ministry partners on the ground. We provide food, water, shelter, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. To learn more about Samaritan’s Purse and how you can help support their work click here.

On MissionFinder, we have over 1,000 ministries offering opportunities like this to serve at home and around the world. Does your church or organization need help organizing mission trips? Check out our partner site, MissionMinder.com. Their easy to use software will help you manage all the details for your short-term mission trips and team members online. Unlimited Trips. Unlimited team members. Easy online fundraising pages. Try it free for 30 days. Learn more here.

How to Prepare Your Youth Before Your Next Mission Trip

How to Prepare Your Youth Before Your Next Mission Trip

If you are taking students on a mission trip and you see it merely as an event you’re “supposed” to do, you’re doing it wrong. I know that’s a pretty controversial statement, but hear me out for a second. Taking your students on a mission trip is predicated on building a missions mindset before the trip. This new mindset not only prepares them for their upcoming trip, but impacts them into adulthood.

Let’s be clear. The mandate to equip believers for works of service is clear in Ephesians 4:12. This passage states serving others is not only required but should be a natural desire of our heart once committing our lives to Jesus.

Here are five ways to get your youth invested in their mission trip before they leave:

  1. Physically: We’re not talking about having tryouts like Little League, but we need to ensure the students are equipped for the physical demands of the mission trip. If you’ll be serving at a higher altitude or if there will be a lot of strenuous activity, encourage them to be as prepared as possible for more vigorous activity.
    • You could have them walk as a group for one mile and tell them it’s not a race, but the point is to walk and talk with each other. It’s another opportunity to build relationships.
    • Have fun practicing or learning whatever tasks they will be doing on the trip. If it’s painting, find somewhere to paint. If it’s construction, have a fun work day and teach them the skills or at least improve their skills. Preparation is key.
  2. Spiritually: Create or find a devotional that your team can do a week before and during the trip. This will give them a shared experience and prayer goal that they can do together. If they are praying for this before the trip, it’s more likely to happen on the trip. If you’re using an official mission trip organization, they’ve probably developed this resource and will make it available to you as part of your trip package.
  3. Mentally: Whether you’ll be serving in your own community, a different state, or a different country, it’s essential they know what to expect about the area and the culture. It’s also crucial they understand their role as a servant on this trip. Find three to four articles on Group Mission Trips’ Blog and print them for the students to read. It’d be best to have them read one at the same time and then use it as the basis for discussion with each other.
  4. Experientially: One of the best things I ever did was to require local service before anyone had clearance to go on the regional or international trip. I’d offer three or four service projects during the school year. They were allowed to miss one, but full participation was best. Think of it as an experiential payment. It also gives you a chance to see group dynamics between individuals who might not regularly interact with each other.
  5. Practically: When kids leave home for an extended amount of time there is generally a detailed packing list. If we leave it up to the kids, you’ll have boys carrying bags full of firecrackers, Pokemon cards, and honey buns. Make sure the packing list is known long before it’s time to load the vans. Follow up with them or their parents before the trip because you don’t want something as simple as not having the proper work shoes or dress clothes to be a distraction from the work you’re trying to accomplish for the Kingdom.

By preparing your youth for their next mission trip, you are laying the foundation for your youth to develop a missions mindset and become mature believers. Article contributed by Len Evans.

With humble beginnings going back to the early 1990s, Group Mission Trips has been working with and helping communities across the United States and the world. As the non-profit mission ministry of Group Cares, we work hard to bring meaningful service to the communities we serve. Since our beginning, thousands upon thousands of mission trip participants have racked up millions of volunteer hours serving people in need.

All these years later, one constant remains true: We strongly believe in providing opportunities for teenagers to encounter Jesus through serving others either in their own backyard or halfway across the globe. The Group Mission Trips legacy of lasting impact continues…

At Group Mission Trips, we provide Jesus-centered short term mission trips for children, youth, and adults.  Group Mission Trips are divided into Workcamps which are week-long Home Repair Youth Missions Camps.  Weekend Workcamps which are four-day home repair service. Catholic Workcamps which are week-long Home Repair Youth Mission Camps designed to connect teenagers’ service activities to their Catholic faith.  Week of Hope, which are week-long Community Service Youth Missions Camps. International Mission Trips  which are safe, meaningful international mission trips for all ages. Learn more about mission opportunities and how to support their work here.

On MissionFinder, we have over 1,000 ministries offering opportunities like this to serve at home and around the world. Does your church or organization need help organizing mission trips? Check out our partner site, MissionMinder.com. Their easy to use software will help you manage all the details for your short-term mission trips and team members online. Unlimited Trips. Unlimited team members. Easy online fundraising pages. Try it free for 30 days. Learn more here.

God Brings Full Circle One Young Girl’s Dream

God Brings Full Circle One Young Girl’s Dream

When Regina Palazuelos was nine years old, she boarded a bus at her church for the ninety minute trip to Guaymas, Sonora, where the Operation Mobilization (OM) ship Logos II would dock.

Regina recalls, “It was the event of the year, to board this missionary ship with an international crew. It was a big party for us! I have memories of us kids running around, people laughing and this sense of joy and peace. It was like entering another world.” On the bus ride home, Regina told her best friend, “When I grow up, I want to be on this ship.”

Four years later, Regina was not practicing her faith when dance drew her back to God. Regina explains, “Dance was the only link between me and God, and having that ministry at my local church is what started my relationship with God.” When she was twenty, Regina was suddenly afflicted with a debilitating back condition until God healed her and called her to serve Him in missions. Regina was still passionate about dance and the Lord was nudging her to use that passion to reach others, but she assumed that dance and missions were incompatible.

During the same season, OM came to Regina’s church for a large conference. As Regina researched various mission organizations she could join long-term, she noticed, “OM was the one that felt most like me, because they involve arts in many of their ministries.” After attending the conference at her church, Regina knew that “the Ship” she was drawn to as a child was where she would be trained.

“It just seemed to have a place for everyone, with any kind of skill, experience, age, etcetera. I wanted to be trained on the field, more practically, and then see where God would take me.”

Although Regina recognized the Spirit’s clear call to missions, at first when she introduced the idea to her family they expressed concern and said they wanted her to pursue a career, as others in her family had done—architects, doctors, teachers, and sales managers. Were they right, Regina wondered? But when family and friends bid Regina adieu at a farewell dinner, her mother offered, “I prayed to God to close the doors for Regina to go to the ship if it was not his will. With God opening all the doors, I’ve slowly accepted the fact that it is indeed God’s will.”

Though it wasn’t easy for Regina to leave the dance, artistic, and evangelism ministries where she was invested at home, God reminded Regina that their flourishing was His business, not hers. “The hardest part, though,” she says, “was saying goodbye to my family.” She desperately wanted them to understand that she was not so much leaving them as responding to God in obedience. “In the end, they understood and were happy for me. My parents remembered that they dedicated me and my siblings to God, so we belong to him completely.”

Aboard the OM ship, Regina was offered the opportunity to launch a dance group that would minister both to the ship’s community and to those who would come aboard to visit the ship in various ports.

“This,” says Regina, “has been one of the greatest joys of my journey.

Today, Regina serves aboard the Logos Hope, a ship that spends anywhere from five days to one month in ports around Asia. When visitors board the Logos Hope, they have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair and the International Café. Crew members from around the globe mingle to connect with visitors. The ship’s guests can buy tickets to concerts and performances held in the 450 seat theater, and enjoy drinks or ice cream. A smaller theater offers video screenings, as well as live dramas and music. Ship staff often share Christian or cultural songs and Regina says, “There’s always music and interaction. It’s dynamic and a lot of fun!” When lines to board the ship become long, the crew takes the party outside as well.

Regina is the ship’s Onboard Events Team Leader. She oversees the organization of all public events on the ship. The community of 400 crew members, says Regina, is amazing. She gushes about her Onboard Events team explaining that though the team’s primary purpose is to serve guests, they are also committed to serving each other. They come alongside each other and pray for one another regularly. They do for each other what OM staff does for the ship’s guests every single day.

One such encounter is still vivid in Regina’s mind. While in Thailand, Regina developed a friendship with a local Christian girl whose boyfriend was Buddhist. During the month the ship was docked, Regina and the couple enjoyed spending a lot of time together and just before the ship set sail, Regina and a friend shared the Gospel with the young man. In the end, he was very closed to it and Regina was brokenhearted about his distance from God. After loosing track with one another, Regina returned a year later with the ship and the couple was there. She remembered their story, “After we left, God started to speak to the young man in dreams. He started to attend church and accepted Christ in one of the services. He joined the worship band, was baptized and is now sharing his testimony of how God took him out of drugs, depression, and alcoholism.”

Marveling at the young man’s story, Regina declares, “God is still a God of miracles.”

At OM, there’s nothing cookie-cutter about the work we do and there’s nothing cookie-cutter about us. If God created us to design, then we design. If we’re wired to organize, then we organize. If we’ve been made to build, then we build. We’re extroverts and introverts. Single and married. Left-brained and right-brained. And though we bring a multitude of gifts to the work we do, the one thing that unites us is our shared conviction that the Gospel changes everything.

Our work at OM focuses on six spheres that we believe generate vibrant community: Arts & Entertainment, Business, Church, Education, Media, and Social. As we engage in each of these spheres, we identify specific ways we can build up local communities. So whether we’re working as editors or artists, caterers or coaches, mechanics or musicians, we’re building up the communities where we live and serving our new friends in ways that lead to lasting transformation. Discover where your gifts could lead…learn more here.

On MissionFinder, we have over 1,000 ministries offering opportunities like this to serve at home and around the world. Does your church or organization need help organizing mission trips? Check out our partner site, MissionMinder.com. Their easy to use software will help you manage all the details for your short-term mission trips and team members online. Unlimited Trips. Unlimited team members. Easy online fundraising pages. Try it free for 30 days. Learn more here. 

Days Without Treatment Threatening a Little Life

Days Without Treatment Threatening a Little Life

Eight years ago, Lori, the co-founder of Show Mercy International (SMI) came down with malaria. By the time they realized it, she almost died. God miraculously saved her life. This inspired the Salley’s to share with others the importance of a medical facility.

That led to the Medical Clinic at Show Mercy’s base being born. We knew that many people face the reality of life and death far too often, and many times it is preventable. Now, seven years after opening the clinic, we are again reminded of the why behind it.

Sarah, a little girl, was brought to the medical outreach on day one.

She had life threatening bacterial infection. She had gone days without treatment because her single mom is responsible for an entire family, and did not have enough money to take her to the hospital.

When Sarah’s mama heard about the Show Mercy medical outreach, she knew this was her chance to have her little girl treated! This mama carried her dying daughter to the outreach.

Sarah was treated that day, and came back the next day with no fever! After two days, she was smiling! She is receiving further treatment at the Show Mercy Clinic.
Thank you to all who made this outreach possible! You saved Sarah’s life, as well as many others.

As we look forward, we are expectant for the Birthing Clinic to open. Many little lives will be born and many mamas encouraged and empowered.

Show Mercy is working to build an amazing team in Uganda that will help bring much-needed transformation to the country. We have hired many team members from Uganda over the past years to ensure that the ministry is consistent even when teams from the west are not visiting Uganda.

We also have a team that works at our base in America and travels over to help facilitate in Uganda periodically. We call our team the ‘dream team’ because they are made up of people who believe for the impossible!

Show Mercy is constantly looking for opportunities to reach out in love to our neighbors in Uganda. We partner with local villages to bring hope and help to those in need. We currently work with local schools, prisons, hospitals, churches, and much more! Learn how you can help here.

On MissionFinder, we have over 1,000 ministries offering opportunities like this to serve at home and around the world. Does your church or organization need help organizing mission trips? Check out our partner site, MissionMinder.com. Their easy to use software will help you manage all the details for your short-term mission trips and team members online. Unlimited Trips. Unlimited team members. Easy online fundraising pages. Try it free for 30 days. Learn more here.

Vanshika’s Story

Vanshika’s Story

Vanshika was born on the dirt floor of a hut in the slums of Nagpur, India. As she grew, she would often go to bed hungry, with only water to drink. Both of Vanshika’s parents were HIV positive and often too sick to work. Instead of attending school, Vanshika sold vegetables at the market to support her family, often staying out alone until 11pm at only 7 yrs old.

One day, Vanshika heard about the Love Never Fails International Center in her slum. Her parents allowed her to attend, hoping that she might have a better life. Now, she’s fed a substantial meal each day. She’s educated by caring teachers that tell her she’s beautiful and smart. She is hearing the good news of the Gospel where the ultimate source of hope comes from.

The statistics are staggering. 46% of girls in India are child brides. They lose their childhood and education. Over 3 Million Girls are sex-trafficked in India. Most begin at 11-13 yrs of age. And 37% Children in India will go to bed  hungry tonight. When a child is hungry they can’t focus in school or fight off sickness.

Love Never Fails International (LNFI) was founded with the mission to bring orphans and children in the slums to safety into the loving arms of caretakers that will educate, love, and raise them to become future leaders for Jesus. LNFI has eighteen Child Development Centers throughout India which provide daily meals, academic tutoring, and Bible lessons to 500 children a week.

In Nagpur, India, LNFI has three Child Development Centers that serve 100 children. Still, there are hundreds of children who don’t have access to nutritious food, quality education, and the hope of Jesus. With your financial support and prayers LNFI will open the doors of the Child Development Centers in Nagpur to 100 more children.

A former college professor and grade school teacher in New Jersey,Johnathan left the comfort of his life in the USA to answer the call of God in 2010. He first lived in a village outside of Pune for seven months, worked at an orphanage in Kedgaon, Maharashtra with 250 orphans, taught multiple subjects in a Christian village school, studied the Marathi language, and partnered with natives to facilitate a Jesus film out-reach ministry.

When God called Johnathan to work with the children of the slums and streets of Mumbai, he knew this was God’s purpose in his life. Through much prayer and wise counsel, God challenged Johnathan to start this organization, Love Never Fails International. The vision of this non profit is to rescue children out of the slums and streets of India and share the Gospel of Jesus.

To learn more about Love Never Fails and how you can volunteer and/or support their work please visit their website here. Your support with will help cover the cost of providing these children with food, education, and hope. You will be blessed connecting with your child through letters, photos and updates.

On MissionFinder, we have over 1,000 ministries offering opportunities like this to serve at home and around the world. Does your church or organization need help organizing mission trips? Check out our partner site, MissionMinder.com. Their easy to use software will help you manage all the details for your short-term mission trips and team members online. Unlimited Trips. Unlimited team members. Easy online fundraising pages. Try it free for 30 days. Learn more here.

When I Touched His Hand, He Touched My Heart

When I Touched His Hand, He Touched My Heart

Medicine is only a good intention until it is lovingly put into the hands of the hurting. Only then does it become a life-saver, conversation starter, and connection maker.

On a mission trip to Haiti, Bernie Morris, Chief Financial Officer of Blessings International, was struck in a new way by the impact of medicine given in love. “In Haiti,” she said, “I observed our Haiti Orphanage Medical Support (HOMS) project in action for the first time.”

Blessings International founded HOMS to meet the need we were seeing amongst the orphans in Haiti.

“These beautiful children are dependent upon others to meet their basic needs,” Bernie emphasizes, “including regular health care, medicine, and vitamins, which may help to save and sustain their precious lives. I saw this provision first-hand as a cholera outbreak was swiftly treated by medicines from Blessings while I was in Titanyen, Haiti. Blessings International was able to quickly provide medicines for treatment.”

HOMS is run by Debi Lammert, APRN-CNS, who regularly makes a circuit from orphanage to orphanage, giving supplements, checking the children’s weight and height, and giving medical care. Bernie made the circuit alongside Debi, visiting nineteen orphanages.

Bernie recalls: “When I saw a little boy that looked about the size of my four-year-old son, I was shocked to learn he was actually almost eight years old. I am so grateful for the HOMS project, knowing we can help make a difference in this little boy’s life and the other 776 orphans we serve. We also dispensed some deworming medicine, antibiotics, and other vital medicine from Blessings International, in addition to multivitamins and some vitamin A supplementation.”

Darrenz was a six-year-old boy in one of the orphanages Bernie and Debi visited. Even though they did not speak each other’s language, he and Bernie made a special connection.

“When we first met, he was rather shy, but then he warmed up naturally and sat in my lap. I grasped his hand and he grasped mine.”

Bernie smiles at the memory. “When I touched his hand, he touched my heart. We didn’t need words. In that moment, it seemed like I was able to offer a little hope to him, a memory I will always cherish.”

HOMS is funded through our Medicine for Orphans fund, which always welcomes donations.

Our mission at Blessings International is to heal the hurting, build healthy communities, and transform lives—one person like Darrenz at a time. We accomplish this by providing low-cost pharmaceuticals, vitamins, and medical supplies for medical mission teams, clinics, and hospitals in the most remote and impoverished places, including within the United States.

Blessings International’s robust inventory includes unique, mission-oriented medicines such as deworming and antimalarial medicine. We offer free shipping, no minimum orders, long expiration dates, consistent inventory, and licensure in forty-eight states to protect both the ministry and the physician license.

Would you like to help Blessings International heal the hurting, build healthy communities, and transform lives? 100% of every dollar you give is used to provide medicines or medical supplies to the sick around the world. Blessings receives donations solely for the purpose of donating pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to places where they are most needed, not to fund our own operations. Learn how you can help here.

If you or your team has a need for life-saving medicines for your next medical mission trip please visit here to learn more.

On MissionFinder, we have over 1,000 ministries offering opportunities like this to serve at home and around the world. Does your church or organization need help organizing mission trips? Check out our partner site, MissionMinder.com. Their easy to use software will help you manage all the details for your short-term mission trips and team members online. Unlimited Trips. Unlimited team members. Easy online fundraising pages. Try it free for 30 days. Learn more here.

Hearing God’s Word in Your Heart Language Changes You Like Nothing Else Can

Hearing God’s Word in Your Heart Language Changes You Like Nothing Else Can

Imagine this: You’re sitting on a worn, wooden bench—or even the floor—of a tiny church in a rural community. Maybe you walked hours just to be here, carrying the weight of the troubles from this past week into this place of rest. Your feet hurt, your lips are dry, and your soul is longing for that precious Word of God to be spoken into your heart so that you may be refreshed once again.

The pastor speaks, and your ears tune in to hear a life-giving message that will calm your spirit… but there is a disconnect. A disconnect between the melodies of Scripture and the strings of your heart. Confused, you begin scanning the pages of your precious Bible; but to your dismay, you can’t read it!

Even though you hear the words and even see them before you, they are so foreign that the Word of God—despite being sharper than a two-edged sword—is unable to pierce your soul. Mournfully, you wrap your beloved Book in cloth and tuck it away for the long journey home.

“If only God spoke my heart language,” you say to yourself.

This is the reality for millions of people across the globe whose heart language is deeply rooted in oral communication. Some can comprehend or are even fluent in the trade languages of the country they live in, but trying to read the Word in the language of business does not have the same spiritual, eternal impact as hearing Scripture in their mother tongue.

So what is the solution? Oral Bible translation.

Oral Bible translation may seem like a new undertaking, but the culture of orality was dynamic long before any ink ever struck parchment. Jesus embraced this in a beautiful and powerful way as He shared truth—completely through spoken word—among the prestigious and common people of His time. Many would gather to hear Him speak about His Father and the kingdom of heaven in the form of stories, parables and narratives. Jesus completely understood the importance of people hearing the Gospel in a way that best communicated to the heart of every individual. He has always been so personal.

This is the vision that influenced the birth of Render, a software jointly created by Faith Comes By Hearing, Seed Company, SIL, and Pioneer Bible Translators that guides oral communities through the process of internalizing and translating Scripture into their heart language from a reference language that they can understand. And here’s the key: They don’t need a written language of their own in order to use it.

Praise God for this powerful tool! With every oral-only language receiving God’s Word, the vision of Revelation 7:9-10 comes clearer into view: People from every nation, tribe, people, and language will stand before the throne of God in the Last Day. One of the pastors playing a key role in an oral Bible translation project in Zambia said, “My parents, who do not know how to read and write, will not be denied a Bible, for God has performed a miracle!” Wow! This is true for all of us. God does not withhold any good thing from us, including His Word, in a format we can understand best.

Hearing God’s Word in your heart language changes you like nothing else can. It transforms you. One man serving as an exegetical advisor on a Render project said, “I can internalize most of a chapter [of the Bible] now. When a challenge comes, or a temptation comes, sometimes it’s difficult to combat it with just one or two verses of Scripture. But if you internalize a lot of Scriptures, you have a powerful tool; a powerful weapon that is not of this world—as the Bible says. Through Render, we know that there will be no challenge that our people cannot overcome. So I have been encouraged. I am a changed person.” Render is enabling oral people from all across the globe to hear Scripture in their mother tongue for the first time in history!

The oral Bible translation process is both a physical journey and a spiritual battle—the translation teams often face remote locations with poor recording conditions, sickness, and even persecution. But what a joy it is to see the spark in an elderly woman’s eyes reignite as she realizes that God has not abandoned her! What an encouragement to hear the words of the living God rolling off the lips of children! What a miracle it is to witness a father returning home to his family, ready to be a spiritual leader!

God is giving people everywhere the opportunity to know Him and make Him known to others!

At Faith Comes by Hearing, this is why we get out of bed every day. This is why we pray and collaborate with partners all across the world. We will not stop this God-given mandate and mission until His Word has been made available for all people, in a format that they understand best. Orality has been deeply rooted in the language of so many people, and it will continue to be the primary mode of communication in cultures around the world. We are excited to be a small part of this journey and come alongside other like-minded people who yearn to fulfill the Great Commission!

Faith Comes By Hearing has Bible recordings in 1,294 languages spoken by 6.1 billion people. Over 85 million people in virtually every country have been reached through our wide range of programs. An estimated 70% of the world’s population are oral learners or cannot read well enough to understand the Bible, Faith Comes By Hearing provides audio and video recordings of Scripture in indigenous languages and makes these recordings freely and widely accessible. Our goal is to partner with like-minded ministries to record Scripture in every language of the world that needs it by the year 2033, and make these recordings freely available by every means possible.

On MissionFinder, we have over 1,000 ministries offering opportunities like this to serve at home and around the world. Does your church or organization need help organizing mission trips? Check out our partner site, MissionMinder.com. Their easy to use software will help you manage all the details for your short-term mission trips and team members online. Unlimited Trips. Unlimited team members. Easy online fundraising pages. Try it free for 30 days. Learn more here.

130 Years of Education

130 Years of Education

As of March 11, 2019, Mukti Mission and the Sharda Sadan home have been around for 130 years. Sharda Sadan, which means ‘Home of Learning’, opened with two pupils and soon increased to several hundreds. Today, it houses more than 2,200 students, both residential and day scholars, who are eager to take advantage of an education that has been imparted since the last four generations. A great-grandfather, aged 85, proudly came to grace the occasion as his great grandson is the fourth generation student of the school.

Mukti Mission founder Pandita Ramabai’s heroic fortitude, unflinching devotion and absolute faith have brought hope and a bright future to thousands of suffering women and children. Surrounded by opposition, abuse and treachery, she has fought almost single-handedly against the evils of superstition and ignorance, the tyranny of caste, the iniquities of child marriage and perpetual widowhood, which for century upon century have blighted the lives of women in India.

Over the past 130 years, more than 7,000 children have studied at the school. It is a unique school where parents of the students play an important role in its growth. It is more of a family-based school where students from all walks of life attend and have testified that they have not seen or experienced any kind of discrimination.

Being an ex-student of the school, Dr. Mahendra Chitre, a neurologist in a leading hospital in Pune, was invited to be the Chief Guest to preside over the function. Dr. Mahendra Chitre delivered a very down-to-earth address, bringing sweet memories of his childhood experiences. The audience was moved when he made a reference to his 2nd Standard teacher, Sumanbai Shitoley, who was in the crowd. When Sumanbai was teaching the little boy Mahendra, she wouldn’t have thought that she was investing her teaching skills in a student who would one day become a neurologist.

Teachers, you have an important role to play in the lives of your students. Your little primary section student today may become someone who will impact the nation tomorrow. Mukti Mission’s special emphasis is education. The dream of starting a Pandita Ramabai University is being pursued and will take another decade for this dream to become a reality. However, the immediate goal is to work towards a Senior College of Science, Arts and Commerce as a first step to fulfill the larger dream in the days to come.

Also at the event was Chairman and Advocate Markas Deshmukh (also a former student) and 450 former students. Two very senior teachers, Mrs. Sumanbai Shitole and Mrs. Sakhubai Jadhav, who taught at Sharada Sadan in 1967- 1972, were amazed to see how the school has grown and were very touched. The staff and students set up a wonderful programme which was centered on the theme of ‘relationship’. It was a blessed day which ended with a delicious lunch for all.

Ramabai Mukti Mission (Canada), who has been in existence since 1960, has entrusted the work they have been doing to Global Aid Network (GAiN) , which means that we are Mukti India’s partner in Canada.

Under GAiN, Mukti Canada will have an opportunity to reach a much wider audience, grow its donor base and sponsors, and ensure that the promotion of Mukti’s work will continue across Canada in the years to come.

Since caring for the needs of widows and orphans is a very key component to the DNA of us, we are excited to come alongside Mukti India and support their mission. To show our support, we have send LIFE Teams to Mukti to help with various work projects, play with the children and help them with their homework, meet with the older women, and many other things.

We also help support women and children that live at Mukti.

Global Aid Network (GAiN) Canada is a worldwide humanitarian relief and development organization dedicated to bringing hope and tangible help to the poor and the suffering. From our humble beginnings we have grown to become part of a diverse, global network with offices in Canada, United States, Germany, Australia, Austria, Latvia, South Korea, Holland and Spain. With distribution networks established throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, our compassionate reach is truly global in scale. Since beginning in 1998, we have mobilized resources to help people in over 40 countries around the world.

Global Aid Network focuses on the Water for Life Initiative – capped water wells of safe, pure water for the thirsty, Humanitarian Aid – food for the hungry, shelter and clothing for the homeless, medical relief for the needy, and counseling for the traumatized, Women & Children – support of safe and loving homes that nurture and equip children and destitute women for a hopeful future, Disaster Response – provision of emergency food, water, shelter and clothing, and Development – education classes, agricultural projects, building projects. Learn how you can volunteer or support their work here.

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