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West Wyomissing Chapel – Reading, PA

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For the last several years, at Christmas, our church has tried to connect with a ministry that would help a specific need, either local to our area or worldwide. Our hope was that our financial gift would help the ministry, but also educate our church about needs around the world and how we can meet those needs. We have partnered with Life Outreach International with their water, shoe, and human trafficking projects. Each year LIFE’s projects have helped us meet our goals as a church. The videos and printed materials they provided help us advertise and become fully engaged with each ministry.

We are a small church of about 150 attendees on Sunday morning and over the past three years we have raised about $17,000 which is huge for our little congregation. Partnering with Life Outreach has helped us engage in an outward focus each Christmas season. Many of our church members plan and look forward to giving toward LIFE’s mission projects. Often our church uses their giving as a Christmas gift. They donate toward the project in honor of a friend or family member allowing their gift to benefit those in need.

We have found the staff at Life Outreach to be very accommodating and they become friends and prayer supporters to what we’re doing here at West Wyomissing Chapel. We are already looking to the next project which is Mission Feeding. This ministry has so many different opportunities to help many under resourced people and children. As a small church we love to partner with Life Outreach International on different projects where we can help make a difference.

Pilgrim Congregational Church – Bloomfield Hills, MI

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In 2011, Pilgrim Congregational Church in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, celebrated its 50-year anniversary. Our small, high-steepled church with room for 120 congregants is situated on a picturesque hilltop in suburban Detroit. In recent years, its attendance has declined with an aging congregation and with new families choosing area mega-churches. But those remaining are committed Christians led by our Pastor John who preaches the Word, and guides us along a path of prayer, fellowship, and caring.

Benevolent outreach has been a signature of Pilgrim from the beginning, first serving several local relief agencies then expanding to other missions and missionaries around the world as our church grew. Our Board of Christian Service is charged with the responsibility for outreach and is funded by Pilgrim’s operating budget, however, the Board has long sponsored various off-budget projects throughout the year that allow the congregation to become more personally involved – collecting school supplies during VBS week for local family shelters, canned goods at Thanksgiving for a local food pantry, hats and gloves for the Salvation Army at Christmas, and a ‘spare change’ drive during Lent for world famine relief.

For many years, during Lent we collected change for World Vision’s Love Loaves project, but in 2009 World Vision discontinued this program. A search for a new Lenten Project was underway. One of our Board members, a leading area pediatric doctor, told us that a major cause for infant mortality worldwide was the lack of clean water, not only for baby but also for pregnant moms. With this report, the Board decided to focus on a Lenten project to address this water problem. Our criteria were simple: the organization must be Christian-led with a Biblical mission statement, it must have global reach, it must have an outstanding reputation among charitable organizations, and, practically, it must offer a convenient method for our collections (our project asks members to collect ‘spare change’ at home for seven weeks). Water for Life met these criteria and our congregation quickly embraced this project for Lent in 2010. Banks, pamphlets, CD’s, bulletin inserts were all provided. Our children passed out and collected the banks. The congregation was kept updated and encouraged through a ‘Minute for Missions’ during Sunday worship services. This collection has now been one of the features of our Lenten season for the last eight years – banks are passed out the first Sunday of Lent and collected the Sunday after Easter.

As we now prepare for our ninth fund drive, we are delighted that we have been able to donate over $6000 for new water wells and look forward to continuing to be a part of the water solution. We were a little surprised when, after seven years and as small as we are, we had funded one well ($4800), and now a second well is our goal.

It is difficult to grasp the long chain of events that must fall into place to bring a fresh cup of clean water to a child’s lips after a few coins have been put into a collection bank in a church thousands of miles away, but it’s a vision we can create with the help of the materials Water for Life has to offer and each year now our congregation anticipates another opportunity to do our part. Thank you.

 

Melbourne Beach Community Chapel – Melbourne Beach, FL

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Melbourne Beach Community Chapel raised money again this year by collecting jars of coins through their Sunday School. Last year they raised money for our Christmas Shoes project and this year they wanted to raise money for Water for Life. They were able to raise $4,800 for a complete water well! We are so grateful for their church family! Below is a photo of some of the Sunday School kids with their poster sharing about their “Penny Drive”.

 

Embers Life Group – Morganton, NC

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Embers Life Group is a part of New Day Christian Church in North Carolina. This past summer their Life Group held a yard sale to raise money to support the efforts of digging water wells or supplying villages with LIFE Filter Kits. An Embers Life Group member stated, “Our group and ministry realized that water is something that we can’t live without, but yet we often take it for granted.” Embers Life Group raised $1,300 for Water for LIFE and we are so grateful for their hard work and generous support! Below is a photo of the members of Embers Life Group.

Gentle Shepherd Fellowship – White Hall, IL

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Pastor John McCorkle and his church Gentle Shepherd Fellowship gave shoes from LIFE Outreach International to an orphanage in Romania. They provided socks to go along with the shoes they sent. The church processed shipping on October 13th and they were told that it would take 1 to 2 months to arrive in Romania. Pastor John received a message from the missionaries Ruben and Karen in early December asking for prayer that the shoes would arrive quickly because they were taking Christmas presents to the children in the town of Pesac in the next few days. Karen said, “It would take a miracle.” The church immediately put the request out to their prayer chain. On December 12th, Pastor John received the message from the missionaries that the packages arrived! Pastor John said it best, “What a mighty God we serve!!”

At LIFE Outreach International we are so grateful for our amazing church partners that help share the love of Jesus in Word and Deed! Not only were Ruben and Karen able to help give children shoes, but they also currently have 17 children that live in their orphanage. Their heart is to raise the children to be strong men and woman of God. We are so grateful for those who are serving Christ around the world! Below are photos of children receiving shoes in Pesac, Romania.

Christmas Shoes 2017 Mission Update

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“Sometimes the smallest things in life can make the biggest difference.”

In America, most are blessed with owning multiple pairs of shoes. However, around the world there are thousands of children with no shoes at all. Every day these children walk barefoot in garbage dumps, jungles, deserts, or in the filthiest cities in the world. In these harsh conditions the children suffer with cuts, bruises, infections and injuries, which can lead to crippling consequences and diseases that can result in death.

What if you could give a child a pair of shoes for Christmas – for only $3.60?  For a child with no shoes this gift protects their feet from the dangers presented by hot burning sands, rocky trails, or filthy dumps. LIFE Outreach International has developed a durable, all-terrain shoe specially made for the thousands of children we reach. This year LIFE Outreach will continue to bless children around the world with a new pair of shoes. It has been so exciting to watch churches, Sunday schools, children’s ministries, youth groups, vacation bible schools and Christian schools join the cause and help make a difference in the lives of over 1 million children.

Our goal for 2017 is to supply 150,000 pairs of shoes to children in time for the holidays.

Matthew 11:5 says, “The Blind receive their sight, and the lame walk…”

We are also joining again with our medical missions partner CURE to help provide corrective braces and surgery for children suffering with clubfoot.

Clubfoot is a congenital condition that, if left untreated, twists a child’s foot inward and downward leading to a permanent disability. Missionary doctors use a method of orthopedic manipulation, with casts and corrective braces to help young children take their first steps on straight feet. Older children, with conditions that have been untreated, can be helped with surgeries to correct food deformities and begin a more extensive healing process.

1 out of every 750 children born worldwide suffers from clubfoot.

Those who live in improvised countries often cannot afford to pay for corrective braces or surgery for their children born with clubfoot. As a parent, I can’t imagine finding out that my child was born with clubfoot and knowing that I could not afford to have it corrected. We use are feet every day… as a kid I played and ran outside with my friends. As an adult, I use my feet to do things around the house, ride horses and accomplish tasks at my job. In countries like the Dominican Republic if you are unable to work a labor intensive job then options for work are limited, and individuals with clubfoot may resort to becoming a beggar on the side of the road. This is not the life that I would dream for my children.

We need your support to help provide a life-changing cure for others!

Please pray and consider joining LIFE Outreach to help provide something as simple as a pair of shoes or providing hope and a future to a child with clubfoot.

Forever Grateful! 
 John Yeatts                                                         
John Yeatts
National Coordinator, Churches for LIFE
LIFE Outreach International 
817-267-4211 ext. 3420 

Water For LIFE 2017 Mission Update

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Proverbs 25:25 says, “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.”

I want to be a vessel that carries the good news wherever I go… don’t you? At LIFE Outreach we want to share the news of Jesus in WORD and DEED, but we need your help!

As a father of three college age children I have been privileged to watch them grow up and see their faith in Jesus become their own. Raising children is not easy, but through the years I never had to worry about my children drinking contaminated water that could threaten their health or even their life. Thankfully, we can all go to the water faucet in our homes and parks to get a simple drink of water. Can you imagine if things got so bad you literally had to go into sewers, ditches or creek beds to find whatever water you could just to get a drink? Now imagine having to make your child drink that water, knowing it will make them sick. Nearly 700 million people lack access to safe drinking water. The lack of safe water is one of the world’s single largest causes of illness according to UNICEF.

I can still remember the very first hand-dug well I looked into 12 years ago. It was in a little village about 20 miles outside of San Salvador, El Salvador.  I thought it was being used to water the livestock stalled all around it, but to my dismay, it wasn’t only for the animals. The missionary drew up the bucket filled with stagnate water, mosquito larvae and water scum. The stench was so bad it would make you sick. It was the only water source for the families that lived nearby.

Bad water is the “silent killer” in the world today. Although it doesn’t get the media coverage of wars and natural disasters, it is responsible for more deaths each year than global conflict.There are too many deaths and too many mothers weeping with tears of despair due to lack of clean water. Approximately, 800 children die every day from preventable disease caused by dirty water. Providing clean water for families in need not only gives physical help and hope, but shares the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ.

This year we have set an ambitious goal to complete 400 wells in 15 nations. Last year we surpassed the 5400 well milestone, and with the addition of another 400, we will reach 5800 wells by the end of the year. A single well, on average, is expected to provide clean drinking water for at least a thousand people for their lifetime, producing over 7 million gallons of water.

Some of the countries we are reaching with clean water are Afghanistan, Burundi, Cuba, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Laos / Burma, Nicaragua, Peru and Rwanda. I want to see families around the world reached with life giving clean water! Whatever you can do will be a tremendous blessing to mothers and fathers who only dream of providing clean water to their children. Our missionary partners love to use the gift of clean water to share God’s Word at every opportunity! Regardless if you have children like I do or not, there are families that need our help!

All I ask is that you give your best for such a worthy mission effort.

Forever Grateful! 
 John Yeatts                                                         
John Yeatts
National Coordinator, Churches for LIFE
LIFE Outreach International 
817-267-4211 ext. 3420 

The Love of Christ in Action

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life-bowlsHas God been speaking to your heart about how your Church can have a greater impact around the world? Churches for LIFE churches all over our country are partnering to make a world wide difference.

Just a few months ago, I sat pondering God’s kindness to my family and to my children. I thought how precious it is to me that God loves me and loves me so much that He would bless my children. In prayer I told Him, “Lord, outside of you giving Jesus for me there is nothing that tells me you love me more than the kindness you have shown to my children.” As parents, we all find great pleasure when someone is kind and benevolent to our children. It makes me want to be a blessing to that person. It caught me a little off guard when I sensed the Lord saying the same thing back to me, “John, outside of giving yourself to me, the greatest way you show me love is by caring for my children.” I know God commanded us to love each other because that makes us more like Him, but to love each other because it blesses Him – I never understood that. Then I read Hebrews 6:10, “God is not slack; He will not forget the kindness you have shown to Him through loving His people.”  What a promise! God does not forget when we show Him kindness by loving His people.

Statistics show that more than 20% of the world’s population is malnourished and nearly 98% of worldwide hunger exists in under developed countries. Due to malnutrition a child dies every 10 seconds. On a trip to India, which is home to the largest undernourished population in the world, a business executive asked me…“Do you believe world hunger is a solvable problem?” My answer was theoretically “yes” but realistically “no.” We live in a world full of brokenness, pain, greed and contempt. The reality is there are more than enough resources, and a problem of too few workers. Jesus told us this would be true. It was then I realized I had an amazing opportunity to help bridge the gap between the laborers and the friends with resources. The missionaries and our friends are so much like Jesus. They give all their lives and resources to fix a problem they did not cause.

We may not be able to alleviate the world of hunger but WE CAN alleviate hunger for many in the world. God has given us more vision and more passion to combat the global epidemic of hunger than we have ever had, and we are trusting for more friends to help us as we look to help the hurting. What began over 25 years ago is positioned to help more starving children than ever before.

Reports show that over 13 million lives have been saved through the ministry of Mission Feeding. Together we can do this. Remember, we show God we love Him by loving His people.

john-yeatts-staffForever Grateful! 
 John Yeatts                                                         
John Yeatts
National Coordinator, Churches for LIFE
LIFE Outreach International 
817-267-4211 ext. 3420 

Community Chapel – Melbourne Beach, FL

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Every year our congregation brings in jars of coins they have saved throughout the year to give to the Sunday school for a mission project. We count the coins and have fun guessing ‘how much’! This year we read about your shoe project and the whole congregation (approx. 100) got behind the outreach. Our “Penny Drive” had the highest total to date!! $673.20 for 187 pair of shoes!!! Praise God, we are delighted to send this change to you and thank you for this vision to bring smiles to many children with love in Christ.