International Ministries

Bring Hope to Tibetan Children this Christmas

December 14, 2011 Journal

Bring Hope to Tibetan Children this Christmas
Benjamin Chan
December 15, 2011

We have read about the rapid economic growth of China that has fueled a remarkable increase in per capita income and a decline in the poverty rate from 85% in 1981 to 16% in 2005 (poverty being defined as the number of people living on < $1.25/day, data from Moreover, China is facing the widening gap between the rich and the poor. Many families, especially children in the rural area, have not benefited an equal share of fruits of the prosperity. International Ministries (IM) has strived to change the lives of under-served people in China. IM has provided financial assistance to primary health care workers and has built 25 clinics for the rural villages in Ningxia and Gansu. Through the ministry of IM missionary Judy Sutterlin, IM has provided spiritual and financial support to the orphans whose parents died of AIDS in Henan. And now IM is engaged in changing the lives of the children in Tibet through partnership with The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts. Our joint Tibet Mission Project, which sponsors the construction of two students’ dormitories, provides hope and opportunity to the children in Tibet to receive life-skill/ vocational training, and enable them to dream their dreams.

I invite you to give to the project this Christmas. A donation of $200 provides a window and a donation of $300 provides a desk & bed unit for the new dorm of the children. Click to see a listing of donation options:

I also encourage you to read the following message of Kevin Porter who will lead a team to visit China/ Tibet in May 2012. Click to read the China/Tibet trip information

“Christmas is a time for reflections and a time to look at how those in our lives have affected us and how we want to support those in need.  I have been fortunate to be able to make two trips in 2009 and 2011 to the orphanage and school that TABCOM and IM are committed to support.  As I reflect on the needs of these children who live in challenging conditions at the “Top of the World,” I realize that we all share the human heritage and need to commit to our Christian beliefs of serving all people.  These children have had challenges few of us have had to endure, and yet they offer their smiles and optimism of how life can be in the future...’
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