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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 of 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.

Trinity Family Fellowship Church – Yokima, Washington

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Ryan said, “I was watching TV one day at night and I was going to bed and I saw them eating dirt. At first I had $25.00 and then I wanted to send it to Africa.” Ryan’s Dad said, God grabbed that money and multiplied it and Ryan was able to feed a lot of kids with that money and I’m just thankful that God is working in my son.”

Pastor Dennis Smith, Trinity Family Fellowship Church, Yokima, Washington, said, “Ryan has this heart for helping people.”

That night at church, after Ryan shared his vision of sending money to Africa to feed the children, he was able to give a $1,000 donation to Mission Feeding.

Ryan's Story from LifetodayTV on Vimeo.

Tulia Christian Fellowship, Tulia, TX

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Tulia Christian Fellowship, Tulia, TX-Pastor Rusty Gray states, “I pastor a great group of people in rural West Texas. Our church, Tulia Christian Fellowship is in Tulia, TX. We have been struggling with drought for several years here in the Panhandle. We have been praying and trusting God for rain along the way, we have never lost hope or our faith in God’s goodness. A few months ago God laid it on our hearts to raise $5,000.00 to drill a well. We wanted the help others have clean water and hear the gospel. We stood on, Proverbs 11:25-that as we water others we will be watered also.

Since that Sunday 6 weeks ago we have raised the money for the well, and it has not stopped raining! It is pouring outside right now as I write this letter. Many of our areas have had over 10 inches of rain. All the weather forecasters say the drought in our area is over! We thank God for the rain and for answered prayer.

New Life Church of Canton

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When children at New Life Church in Canton, Pennsylvania, heard that children in Nicaragua had never owned a pair of shoes, they wanted to help. Soon, they began raising money to send to LIFE’s Christmas Shoe Project – not just asking their parents for the money, but earning it or giving from their own piggy banks. They set a goal to raise enough money for 56 pairs of new shoes. Their teacher, Marilyn, said her students asked if their gift of shoes could help children Nicaragua, and we were happy to say yes. When the children completed their giving campaign for LIFE’s Christmas Shoe Project their efforts helped send a total of 300 pairs of shoes – far beyond what they could have anticipated!

 

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