Project 070* Evangelist Michael Rosagaran helps Lita to grow in her new found faith.
Project 073*Annet expresses her joy and thankfulness because her family will now have enough food to eat.
Project 045Andrew and Hannah Rees were able to communicate with their sponsored girl Suganiya with he help from Lydia Gomathy who so lovingly cares for the children.
Hannah and friends enjoy their time together at Rehoboth.
Physical fitness and fun blend well for these energetic children.
Insight Spring 2013
Every person should have the human right to speak for themselves...
Speaking out for the deaf
The reality is that children in an isolated area of Ogongo, Kenya, lack the ability to speak that most of us take for granted. They are deaf, coming from a background of extreme poverty, including many AIDS orphans. Social prejudice often isolates them and puts them at risk.
Now, dedicated people in Kenya and Britain are helping to turn their plight around for a more hopeful future at Lambwe Christian School for the Deaf
An urgent concern for these children has led Martin Mackenzie of Warwick to engage in demanding activities. He successfully undertook the mammoth task of raising both the funds and means to bring electricity to this remote area. Now he is working equally hard to provide a source of safe water for this residential community.
But perhaps Martin's real achievement is more difficult to measure. It is the personal concern for each child faced with such disadvantages – and the determination to make a difference.
On his latest journey, he noted, 'I have frequently prayed to see the children healed and talking. Today, whilst I was videoing, one of the year seven girls started talking to me. Obviously, I was surprised but realized that she couldn't hear me, at least not well, and she couldn't understand me when I asked her name. When I asked her if she could lip read, she signed, "Partially."' This special touch reflects a welcome breakthrough because some of the students now benefit from speech therapy. A new development, it presents a stark contrast to the background of most students as no one communicated with them prior to their coming to Lambwe.
Networking widely, Martin Mackenzie and others ensure that these vulnerable young people will realise their potential – and also speak out for themselves.
On the 8th of March, the International Woman's Day offered a focal point for championing human rights of disadvantaged women…
Help In Sight
In many cultures throughout the world, women face social, financial and medical disadvantages. Charities point out that in countries like India, from birth, females do not receive the same basic provisions as their male counterparts. Siloam Thomas Eye Hospital in India aims to help all who are in need. Dedicated staff ensure that excellent eye treatment is given to everyone, without discrimination based on gender, ethnicity or social standing.
On an island, your reputation soon gets around…
All change in later life
Living on Putik Island in the Philippines, Lita was known to have a bad attitude and to treat people unfairly, especially her own children.
With her children grown and getting older, she sometimes found herself sickly; yet none of her children wanted to care for her. Lita felt alone and also had a need for someone who would care for her.
'Recently five people have come to faith through the ministry of Evangelist Michael Rosagaran,' says Tyrell Johnson of our Childcare Worldwide (CCW) partners. 'He asks prayer for his ministry as well as for good health.' It would be a great encouragement for more people to experience how their lives can change – whatever their age.
It is now three years since my husband disappeared…'
Disappearance, difficulties and blessings
In Uganda, Mrs. Annet Nalongo explains how her husband disappeared from their family home. Since then, she must depend on casual work to support their five children. Yet some days they go without food. Annet says that God has seen them through difficult situations with His mighty hand.
Living in a one room mud structure, the family knows only bare necessities. The children range in age from four years to seventeen. 'When Annet received her survival pack, she was so thankful for food to help her needy family,' notes Tyrell Johnson of our CCW partners, 'She lifted her palms and gave glory back to God and also wished many blessings to those who now help them.'
Child sponsorship offers a changed life – for everyone involved…
Together Child Sponsorship
When British schoolgirl Hannah Rees and her father Andrew visited their family's sponsored child in India several years ago, she said, 'My life changed hugely. Seeing children in poverty put everything into perspective.
'It was a relational thing. Our sponsored girl Suganiya and I were of a similar age. Language was no barrier as she just took me by the hand and we ran around, playing games together. Then too, I visited her family home, a straw hut with a mat on the floor.
'We sponsored Suganiya for eight years and it gave her a better life. She gained emotional stability as she no longer had to worry about basics like having enough food to eat. In the long term, she will benefit from the education, Christian training and social skills she has acquired.
'This made a big impact on my own life. As a 14 year old, I became much more sensitive to poverty. It led to my giving most of my pocket money toward sponsoring another child.'
When Hannah Rees planned her gap year, she knew she would be spending part of it doing mission work…
In the Philippines, an innovative ministry brings physical and spiritual healing to the poor…
Wheels to heal
'Our "School in a Cart" became "Medical Clinic in a Cart" for about four hours,' reports Iddo Olavidez. 'Dr. Alex Lazarte, a classmate in high school and now a medical doctor, granted my request that he donates his professional time to a free medical clinic.'
Two nurses came to assist the doctor and volunteers were on hand to dispense the free medicine as prescribed. Common illnesses for both adults and children ranged from skin diseases to coughs and colds. Other conditions discovered included high blood pressure and suspected tuberculosis.
'Dr. Alex agreed to come quarterly to conduct the free consultation and medicine distribution,' says Iddo. 'Please pray for this activity. May our poor constituents see Jesus as their Spiritual Physician and also One Who can heal their bodies!'
Helping deprived children includes parent participation…
In India, needy parents often struggle to feed their children and provide them with basic healthcare. That is why the Critical Care Project meets so many vital needs. Children in dire want are cared for, nurtured physically and spiritually, acquiring educational and social skills.
Young children enjoy nutritious food, times of lessons made fun and spiritual instruction. They may enjoy a well presented cartoon CD of Bible stories or learning rhymes with action songs. Early education also includes both alphabet and numeric classes.
Importantly, their parents participate, both learning and contributing to their children's well-being. 'Parents notice that, with better nutrition, their children have become more active,' notes Tyrell Johnson of CCW. 'It is a real incentive when we get feedback from these families who are so happy with the Critical Care Project.'
Please pray for:
SUNDAY – David, Lydia and their support staff in India as they administer our children's homes and other projects. Project 051
MONDAY – Feeding programmes for children in Haiti – much forgotten by the world as the effects of the earthquake and storms have faded from our news reports although Haitians continue to suffer. Project 065
TUESDAY – Wheels of life in the Philippines – education brought to the street children. Project 092
WEDNESDAY – Maj-Lis Johansson and her ministry to the disadvantaged near Lisbon in Portugal. Project 047
THURSDAY – Steph and Geoff of Leamington ChristianMission, who continue their work among the homeless and disadvantaged despite their own ill-health. Project 017
FRIDAY – Our Projects 042, 022, 023 and 068 in Kenya. Lambwe Christian School for the Deaf, Spirit of Faith Children's Centre and Olankasurai Clinic.
SATURDAY – Our social programmes in Vietnam. Project 026
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