International Ministries

Chetti - International Ministries The latest from Dan and Sarah Chetti https://internationalministries.org/teams/56-chetti.rss Prayer Requests from IM Missionaries for "World Day of Prayer" on March 1st <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark/> <w:EnableOpenTypeKerning/> <w:DontFlipMirrorIndents/> <w:OverrideTableStyleHps/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> <m:mathPr> <m:mathFont m:val="Cambria Math"/> <m:brkBin m:val="before"/> <m:brkBinSub m:val="&#45;-"/> <m:smallFrac m:val="off"/> <m:dispDef/> <m:lMargin m:val="0"/> <m:rMargin m:val="0"/> <m:defJc m:val="centerGroup"/> <m:wrapIndent m:val="1440"/> <m:intLim m:val="subSup"/> <m:naryLim m:val="undOvr"/> </m:mathPr></w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnhideWhenUsed="true" DefSemiHidden="true" DefQFormat="false" DefPriority="99" LatentStyleCount="267"> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="0" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Normal"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="heading 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 7"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 8"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 9"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 7"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 8"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 9"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="35" QFormat="true" Name="caption"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="10" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Title"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="1" Name="Default Paragraph Font"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="11" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Subtitle"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="22" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Strong"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="20" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Emphasis"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="59" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Table Grid"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Placeholder Text"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="1" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="No Spacing"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Revision"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="34" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="List Paragraph"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="29" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Quote"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="30" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Intense Quote"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="19" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Subtle Emphasis"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="21" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Intense Emphasis"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="31" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Subtle Reference"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="32" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Intense Reference"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="33" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Book Title"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="37" Name="Bibliography"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" QFormat="true" Name="TOC Heading"/> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Friday, March 1st&nbsp; is World Day of Prayer 2013.&nbsp; Services begin at sunrise in the Pacific and follow the sun around the globe. Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will participate in this ecumenical movement of believers from many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer.&nbsp; It is founded on the idea that informed prayer and prayerful action are inseparable in the service of God’s kingdom. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">American Baptist International Ministries (IM) asked some of the missionaries for prayer requests from their fields of service.&nbsp; <br></span></p><b>Dan Buttry</b> – <b>Global Consultant for Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation</b><br><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;"><b> </b>1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for Kenya to have a peaceful election on March 4 and in the weeks before and after.&nbsp; I’ve been working with Central Baptist Theological Seminary’s Wilson Gathungu and others for the last two years in conflict transformation training.&nbsp; In April we will do follow-up trainings and strategy sessions to continue the work for peace.<br> <br> 2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for all of Africa, me and Wilson Gathungu of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, as we put together a 10-day Training of Conflict Transformation Trainers in September that will shape key Christian leaders in Bible-based peacemaking skills.&nbsp; Registrants so far are from Zimbabwe, Angola, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya.<b><br> <br> 3</b>)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for the members of the IGNITE team who will be in the Republic of Georgia in May and June, exposing emerging Christian leaders from the U.S. and Georgia to the challenges and opportunities of mission.<b><br> <br> Lauran Bethell – Global Consultant for Anti-Human Trafficking<br> </b>1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for those who are walking the streets of Europe, meeting victims of human trafficking/prostitution as they meet together in April in Waterloo, Belgium.&nbsp; Pray that they learn information that strengthens their ministries.&nbsp; Pray for me as I help plan the meeting and also speaks in one of the plenary sessions, that the Holy Spirit will speak words of truth and power through me. <br> <br> 2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for the European Baptist Federation’s Anti-Trafficking Network, as they meet together near Barcelona, Spain in April.&nbsp; Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide them to know more effective ways of ministering to victims of trafficking from Africa and Eastern Europe.<br> <b><br> Ingrid Roldán-Román missionary in Panama &amp; Costa Rica:<br> </b>1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for students of the School Tutoring Program in Changuinola, Bocas del Toro, Panama so they can continue to acquire skills that will help them in their learning process and that through me they will know God. <br> <br> 2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for the membership of the Baptist Church in Sixaola, Costa Rica that can remain faithful to God and sharing the gospel with others.<br> <br> 3)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for my return to the mission field after my time at home for Puerto Rico &amp; US visitations.<b><br> <br> Dan and Sarah Chetti missionaries in Lebanon:<br> </b>1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;After 7 years of ministry among imprisoned maids in Lebanon, I (Sarah) am launching INSAAF – an Integrated Center for the Ministry among the Maids.&nbsp; Please pray that the harassed, discriminated, suffering maids from several Asian and African countries will find a safe haven where someone listens to their stories and ministers to their needs.&nbsp; Please pray for people to help me, to convert the building creating counseling and work stations, and for money for the renovation work.<br> <br> 2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Lebanon right now is over whelmed by more than 200,000 refugees due to conflicts in neighboring Syria and Iraq. Families are living in difficult situations including unfinished buildings open to the elements in this cold winter season.&nbsp; Many refugees are Christian minorities, and the students of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (where we work) identify with the refugees and are deeply disturbed by these changes in society.&nbsp; Join us and our students in praying that Lebanese churches will reach out to the refugees and minister among them, and for churches &amp; donors in the US who would like to participate in this ministry. &nbsp;<br> <b><br> Kit Ripley missionary in Thailand:<br> 1</b>)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Please pray for the ministry of the New Life Center Foundation.&nbsp; We work with tribal girls who have experienced labor exploitation, domestic violence, sexual abuse or human trafficking, and girls who are "at risk".&nbsp; We are in a period of structural change and staff transitions, and are seeking God's guidance as we consider how we can be best equipped to meet the changing needs of tribal girls in the upcoming years.<br> 2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Insufficient access to citizenship continues to be a challenge for minority people groups in Thailand.&nbsp; Please pray for the government to open up channels so that minority people can access legal Thai citizenship.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Wendy Bernhard missionary in the Democratic Republic of Congo:<br> </span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for our seminaries and Bible institutes as they prepare pastors for ministry in today's turbulent world.<br> 2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for the young people of Congo, that they would learn and follow Christ's way in their lives.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Deb Mulneix – development worker in India and Nepal:<br> </span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Making strangers into friends is the goal of all of all of our Partners in Ministry in India and Nepal.&nbsp; This week, I received news about the weddings of two new friends.&nbsp; Not long ago, these women were selling alcohol, drugs, and sometimes themselves.&nbsp; Then they were introduced to Christ.&nbsp; Today, they understand the difference between loving someone and using them.&nbsp; Their new husbands show them respect that they have never experienced before.&nbsp; Now that's a Welcome to a Stranger!&nbsp; Please keep these new families in your prayers, as well as the shelter and the women and staff who work there.<br> <br> 2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Education in India is a very high priority.&nbsp; Our early missionaries were aware of the need and established many schools around the country.&nbsp; Today, Christian schools are well respected, and many non-Christian children are enrolled in them.&nbsp; The residents of a small, remote village approached their Christian neighbors to open a school. Even though they had no funds, no teachers, and no buildings, these believers began a school.&nbsp; The first year there were 75 students, and today, three years later, they number around 350, with less than 10 of these students from Christian homes.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Like this one, many of our schools are in remote areas, and funding is not easily available.&nbsp; Please keep the students, faculty, staff, and parents of our Christian schools in your prayers.<b><br> <br> Mike Mann – Global Consultant for Rural Development:<br> </b>1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Many villagers in China, Burma and Thailand live in extreme poverty and do not have access to clean water, proper sanitation and micro-loans. Pray for the mission projects that will address these challenges giving villagers hope for a healthier life and stronger economic future. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Madeline Flores-López missionary in the Dominican Republic:<br> </span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for our economy which is directly affecting many families in the DR – a basket of basic supplies has gone up from 16% to 26%. Food and basic needs are now more prohibited and unaffordable for poor families. <br> <br> 2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for our college students who are the future in the DR.&nbsp; They face expensive transportation, no school supplies, and limited opportunities making an education nearly impossible. Please pray for more opportunities and scholarships for college students.<br> <br> To read journals by the missionaries, global consultants and development workers, click on their name under PEOPLE at the top of the IM website.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">To see mission projects that support their ministries, click on ALL PROJECTS under PROJECTS at the top of the IM website.&nbsp; You can filter the list of projects by country.&nbsp; Or go to a missionary’s profile page, and click on PROJECTS to see just those projects submitted by that missionary. <br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;"><i>For more information contact Catherine Nold: catherine.nold@abc-usa.org</i><br> </span></p> <p></p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 03:55:42 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/47003-prayer-requests-from-im-missionaries-for-world-day-of-prayer-on-march-1st https://internationalministries.org/read/47003-prayer-requests-from-im-missionaries-for-world-day-of-prayer-on-march-1st Prayer Requests from IM Missionaries for World Day of Prayer on March 1st <!--[endif]---->Friday, March 1st is World Day of Prayer 2013.&nbsp; Services begin at sunrise in the Pacific and follow the sun across the globe.&nbsp; Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will participate in this ecumenical movement of believers from many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer.&nbsp; It is founded on the idea that informed prayer and prayerful action are inseparable in the service of God’s kingdom. &nbsp;<p></p><p class="MsoNormal">International Ministries asked some of the missionaries for prayer requests from their fields of service.&nbsp; We invite you to share them with your friends and family, and in your communities of faith as you join with believers around the world on March 1st.&nbsp; Or choose another date that works for your community.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">The host country for 2013 is France, on the topic, “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me” encouraging welcome for migrant people worldwide.&nbsp; It strives for a Christian response to struggles concerning immigration and for ways to welcome “the stranger” and to identify with “the least of these” in Matthew 25.&nbsp; The focus this year draws on customs of hospitality found in Leviticus to paint a picture of welcoming the stranger, and to help us put ourselves in the shoes of “the stranger”.&nbsp; We will remember our own feeling of being on the outside, and the joy of the blessings of being welcomed. &nbsp;<b><br><br>Dan Buttry – Global Consultant for Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation<br></b>1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for Kenya to have a peaceful election on March 4 and in the weeks before and after.&nbsp; I’ve been working with Central Baptist Theological Seminary’s Wilson Gathungu and others for the last two years in conflict transformation training.&nbsp; In April we will do follow-up trainings and strategy sessions to continue the work for peace.<br><br>2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for all of Africa, me and Wilson Gathungu of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, as we put together a 10-day Training of Conflict Transformation Trainers in September that will shape key Christian leaders in Bible-based peacemaking skills.&nbsp; Registrants so far are from Zimbabwe, Angola, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><br></b>3)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray&nbsp; for the members of the IGNITE team who will be in the Republic of Georgia in May and June, exposing emerging Christian leaders from the U.S. and Georgia to the challenges and opportunities of mission.<b><br><br>Lauran Bethell – Global Consultant for Anti-Human Trafficking<br></b>1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for those who are walking the streets of Europe, meeting victims of human trafficking/prostitution as they meet together in April in Waterloo, Belgium.&nbsp; Pray that they learn information that strengthens their ministries.&nbsp; Pray for me as I help plan the meeting and also speaks in one of the plenary sessions, that the Holy Spirit will speak words of truth and power through me. <br><br>2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for the European Baptist Federation’s Anti-Trafficking Network, as they meet together near Barcelona, Spain in April.&nbsp; Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide them to know more effective ways of ministering to victims of trafficking from Africa and Eastern Europe.<br><b><br>Ingrid Roldán-Román missionary in Panama &amp; Costa Rica:<br></b>1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for students of the School Tutoring Program in Changuinola, Bocas del Toro, Panama so they can continue to acquire skills that will help them in their learning process and that through me they will know God. <br><br>2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for the membership of the Baptist Church in Sixaola, Costa Rica that can remain faithful to God and sharing the gospel with others.<br><br>3)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for my return to the mission field after my time at home for Puerto Rico &amp; US visitations.<b><br><br>Dan and Sarah Chetti missionaries in Lebanon:<br></b>1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;After 7 years of ministry among imprisoned maids in Lebanon, I (Sarah) am launching INSAAF – an Integrated Center for the Ministry among the Maids.&nbsp; Please pray that the harassed, discriminated, suffering maids from several Asian and African countries will find a safe haven where someone listens to their stories and ministers to their needs.&nbsp; Please pray for people to help me, to convert the building creating counseling and work stations, and for money for the renovation work.<br><br>2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Lebanon right now is over whelmed by more than 200,000 refugees due to conflicts in neighboring Syria and Iraq. Families are living in difficult situations including unfinished buildings open to the elements in this cold winter season.&nbsp; Many refugees are Christian minorities, and the students of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (where we work) identify with the refugees and are deeply disturbed by these changes in society.&nbsp; Join us and our students in praying that Lebanese churches will reach out to the refugees and minister among them, and for churches &amp; donors in the US who would like to participate in this ministry. &nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><br><b>Kit Ripley missionary in Thailand:<br></b>1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Please pray for the ministry of the New Life Center Foundation.&nbsp; We work with tribal girls who have experienced labor exploitation, domestic violence, sexual abuse or human trafficking, and girls who are "at risk".&nbsp; We are in a period of structural change and staff transitions, and are seeking God's guidance as we consider how we can be best equipped to meet the changing needs of tribal girls in the upcoming years.<br></p><p class="MsoNormal">2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Insufficient access to citizenship continues to be a challenge for minority people groups in Thailand.&nbsp; Please pray for the government to open up channels so that minority people can access legal Thai citizenship.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><b>Wendy Bernhard missionary in the Democratic Republic of Congo:<br></b>1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for our seminaries and Bible institutes as they prepare pastors for ministry in today's turbulent world.<br></p><p class="MsoNormal">2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for the young people of Congo, that they would learn and follow Christ's way in their lives.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><b>Deb Mulneix – development worker in India and Nepal:<br></b>1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Making strangers into friends is the goal of all of all of our Partners in Ministry in India and Nepal.&nbsp; This week, I received news about the weddings of two new friends.&nbsp; Not long ago, these women were selling alcohol, drugs, and sometimes themselves.&nbsp; Then they were introduced to Christ.&nbsp; Today, they understand the difference between loving someone and using them.&nbsp; Their new husbands show them respect that they have never experienced before.&nbsp; Now that's a Welcome to a Stranger!&nbsp; Please keep these new families in your prayers, as well as the shelter and the women and staff who work there.<br></p><p class="MsoNormal">2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Education in India is a very high priority.&nbsp; Our early missionaries were aware of the need and established many schools around the country.&nbsp; Today, Christian schools are well respected, and many non-Christian children are enrolled in them.&nbsp; The residents of a small, remote village approached their Christian neighbors to open a school. Even though they had no funds, no teachers, and no buildings, these believers began a school.&nbsp; The first year there were 75 students, and today, three years later, they number around 350, with less than 10 of these students from Christian homes.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Like this one, many of our schools are in remote areas, and funding is not easily available.&nbsp; Please keep the students, faculty, staff, and parents of our Christian schools in your prayers.<b><br><br>Mike Mann – Global Consultant for Rural Development:<br></b>1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Many villagers in China, Burma and Thailand live in extreme poverty and do not have access to clean water, proper sanitation and micro-loans. Pray for the mission projects that will address these challenges giving villagers hope for a healthier life and stronger economic future. &nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><b>Madeline Flores-López missionary in the Dominican Republic:<br></b>1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for our economy which is directly affecting many families in the DR – a basket of basic supplies has gone up from 16% to 26%. Food and basic needs are now more prohibited and unaffordable for poor families. <br><br>2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for our college students who are the future in the DR.&nbsp; They face expensive transportation, no school supplies, and limited opportunities making an education nearly impossible. Please pray for more opportunities and scholarships for college students.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><b>Chuck and Ruth Fox missionaries in Thailand:<br></b>1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for children all over the world who are in need of education, and particularly for the children who receive Student Tuition Expense Program (STEP) funds through IM.&nbsp; We have many Akha children who are receiving educational support because of the generosity of individuals and churches; we pray that others in need will receive help, and that those in STEP will see and understand the help they receive as God's provision in their lives.</p><p class="MsoNormal">2)&nbsp;&nbsp; Pray for the Chiang Rai International Christian School (CRICS), a school created to "serve the servant" families who come to minister in many capacities to the people of northern Thailand.&nbsp; Please pray for the development of the school as it grows, particularly for 5 full-time volunteer teachers who have a heart to serve here.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Many non-Christian Thai children are also coming to the school now, and we are excited to see them come to an understanding of Jesus and his love for them</p>3)&nbsp;&nbsp; Pray for the Akha people, that they might come to all know the saving power of Jesus Christ, but also discover what His love and the power of the Holy Spirit can mean in practical ways to achieve peace and unity...in their families, in their communities, in the church and in relationship to other Christian groups, as well.<br><br>4) Pray for the projects that are helping to provide self-sufficiency for the Akha people, namely the Akha Craft program, coffee production and drug rehabilitation efforts.&nbsp; May these programs be strengthened and may the people involved develop the leadership skills they need to carry these programs forward.<br><br><b>Stan Slade - Global Consultant for Theological Education</b>&nbsp; <span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black; mso-themecolor:text1"></span> <br><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG></o:AllowPNG> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG></o:AllowPNG> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><i><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black">"Whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith"</span></i><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black"> (Galatians 6:8).</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black">We have something like 100,000 family members in desperate straits in the northern part of Burma (Myanmar). &nbsp;After a 17-year ceasefire in the conflict between the Kachin people and the central government, the Burmese army launched an offensive against northern Kachin State in June of 2011. &nbsp;The civilian and military authorities do not appear to be on the same page, as fighting has continued even after the government announced a new ceasefire. &nbsp;Roughly 100,000 Kachin people are now living as war refugees in their own country, displaced by 20 months of armed conflict. &nbsp;Most of them are Baptists. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black">I was in Burma in December, and worshiped with a congregation of Kachin Baptists in Yangon (Rangoon), down in the southern part of the country. &nbsp;I was moved by the stories I heard and the photos I saw. &nbsp;The Kachin in Yangon are out of the line of fire, but their hearts are heavy with sorrow, as they are in constant contact with their friends and family in the north. &nbsp;They pray continually, and put feet on their prayers with a wide variety of efforts to provide emergency relief and encouragement to the displaced victims of the fighting.</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black"> </span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black">Pray for peace. &nbsp;Pray that God will touch the hearts of the Burmese military and civilian leaders, as well as the Kachin resistance. &nbsp;May the Lord raise up courageous leaders on all sides of the conflict, so that a just solution to the deep and difficult issues may be found through peaceful means.</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black"> </span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black">The conflict with the Kachin people is just one of several such conflicts in Burma. &nbsp;They are all desperately in need of radical, grace-filled transformation. &nbsp;But this is the hottest of the conflicts at the moment. &nbsp;For the sake of our Kachin Baptist brothers and sisters, and all the peoples of Burma, pray that God's will might indeed be done on earth—and especially, in that little part of earth known as northern Kachin State--as it is in heaven.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark/> <w:EnableOpenTypeKerning/> <w:DontFlipMirrorIndents/> <w:OverrideTableStyleHps/> </w:Compatibility> <m:mathPr> <m:mathFont m:val="Cambria Math"/> <m:brkBin m:val="before"/> <m:brkBinSub m:val="&#45;-"/> <m:smallFrac m:val="off"/> <m:dispDef/> <m:lMargin m:val="0"/> <m:rMargin m:val="0"/> <m:defJc m:val="centerGroup"/> <m:wrapIndent m:val="1440"/> <m:intLim m:val="subSup"/> <m:naryLim m:val="undOvr"/> </m:mathPr></w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnhideWhenUsed="true" DefSemiHidden="true" DefQFormat="false" DefPriority="99" LatentStyleCount="267"> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="0" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Normal"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="heading 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 7"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 8"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 9"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 7"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 8"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 9"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="35" QFormat="true" Name="caption"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="10" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Title"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="1" Name="Default Paragraph Font"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="11" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Subtitle"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="22" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Strong"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="20" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Emphasis"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="59" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Table Grid"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Placeholder Text"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="1" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="No Spacing"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Revision"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="34" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="List Paragraph"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="29" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Quote"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="30" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Intense Quote"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="19" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Subtle Emphasis"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="21" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Intense Emphasis"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="31" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Subtle Reference"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="32" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Intense Reference"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="33" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Book Title"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="37" Name="Bibliography"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" QFormat="true" Name="TOC Heading"/> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";} </style> <![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black;mso-themecolor:text1">To read journals by the missionaries, global consultants and development workers, click on their name under PEOPLE at the top of the IM website. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black;mso-themecolor:text1">To see mission projects that support their ministries, click on ALL PROJECTS under PROJECTS at the top of the IM website.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>You can filter the list of projects by country.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Or go to a missionary’s profile page, and click on PROJECTS to see just those projects submitted by that missionary. </span><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black"></span></p> </p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46861-prayer-requests-from-im-missionaries-for-world-day-of-prayer-on-march-1st https://internationalministries.org/read/46861-prayer-requests-from-im-missionaries-for-world-day-of-prayer-on-march-1st Low Wages, Hard Labour: Yet Joy in the Lord! <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark/> <w:EnableOpenTypeKerning/> <w:DontFlipMirrorIndents/> <w:OverrideTableStyleHps/> </w:Compatibility> <m:mathPr> <m:mathFont m:val="Cambria Math"/> <m:brkBin m:val="before"/> <m:brkBinSub m:val="&#45;-"/> <m:smallFrac m:val="off"/> <m:dispDef/> <m:lMargin m:val="0"/> <m:rMargin m:val="0"/> <m:defJc m:val="centerGroup"/> <m:wrapIndent m:val="1440"/> <m:intLim m:val="subSup"/> <m:naryLim m:val="undOvr"/> </m:mathPr></w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnhideWhenUsed="true" DefSemiHidden="true" DefQFormat="false" DefPriority="99" LatentStyleCount="267"> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="0" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Normal"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="heading 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 7"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 8"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 9"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 7"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 8"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" Name="toc 9"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="35" QFormat="true" Name="caption"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="10" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Title"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="1" Name="Default Paragraph Font"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="11" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Subtitle"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="22" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Strong"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="20" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Emphasis"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="59" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Table Grid"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Placeholder Text"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="1" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="No Spacing"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Revision"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="34" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="List Paragraph"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="29" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Quote"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="30" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Intense Quote"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 5"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="60" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Shading Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="61" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light List Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="62" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Light Grid Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="63" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 1 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="64" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Shading 2 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="65" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 1 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="66" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium List 2 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="19" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Subtle Emphasis"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="21" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Intense Emphasis"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="31" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Subtle Reference"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="32" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Intense Reference"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="33" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Book Title"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="37" Name="Bibliography"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" QFormat="true" Name="TOC Heading"/> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN-GB" lang="EN-GB">With a warm smile and a winsome personality, Sashi is part of a large invisible cohort of more than 300,000 ‘Maids’ (domestic workers), labouring in Lebanese homes. I first met her in the home of a friend several years back. She has been working in Lebanon, almost as long as I and Dan had been ministering, fourteen years. However, our paths did not cross till 2009. Sashi came from Sri Lanka, a country with third largest contingent of young women working as ‘maids’ in Lebanon. Sixteen years back Sashi faced the ultimate shame and ignominy; being abandoned by her husband for another woman. She was left caring for two little children; a daughter and a son.<span style="mso-no-proof:yes"> With no viable alternative, </span>Sashi left her children in the care of her parents and came to Lebanon to work as a ‘maid’. For most domestic workers, a typical day runs for about 13 work hours with no day off. Some lucky women manage to get a day off! Sashi worked hard, denied herself simple pleasures, saved and regularly sent home money to her parents; and for the care and education of her children.</span><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN-GB" lang="EN-GB">Sashi is a member of a vibrant Tamil congregation that meets in a cramped building in a Beirut suburb. She loves the Lord strives hard to be a faithful disciple of Jesus, sometimes under challenging conditions. Sashi knows about my ministry among the maids. She comes and helps me cook a hot meal once a week that I prepare for about 40 to50 women, at the Adlieh Detention Centre. Sometimes she surprises me; handing me money in an envelope, to be used towards the needs of women in prison! When I refuse to take her money, she says, “sister please let me bless these women with the blessings that God showers on me”. I am constantly amazed by her generous heart and loving spirit!</span><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN-GB" lang="EN-GB">Last week I got an email from Sashi from Beirut. He letter exuded with excitement, and joy that burst out from the grateful heart of a mother. And what an accomplishment! Priya, her daughter, graduated from college with honours in Sri Lanka, and landed a job in a bank! She is absolutely certain, ‘it is God’s doing! And he has blessed my Priya!” I know the heart of a grateful mother, and I was so glad for both of them. Our God is a faithful God and I believe trusting prayers of a mother are never in vain. Sashi is looking forward to returning home in a couple of years. She took the ultimate risk of working for pittance as a maid in a foreign country, yielded herself completely into the hands of her Master, but relieved for certain that her darling Priya will never have to choose the vocation of her mother.</span><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB" lang="EN-GB">Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways. When you eat the labour of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. Psalm 128:1-2</span></i><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p></p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:07:53 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/45710-low-wages-hard-labour-yet-joy-in-the-lord- https://internationalministries.org/read/45710-low-wages-hard-labour-yet-joy-in-the-lord- Bring Blessing to People in Need This Year Through IM’s Global Gifts Program. <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">Individuals and families who want to help a child or family in need this Christmas can purchase a Global Gift from American Baptist International Ministries (IM) 2012 Global Gift wish list.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">This year’s wish list includes meaningful gifts that would bring a smile to the face of many on a Christmas shopping list, including nieces, nephews, coaches, Sunday school teachers, librarians, favorite aunts and uncles, hairdressers, and so many others. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">Each gift is fun to give and very much needed somewhere in the world.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Gift-givers may choose from among 20 different items, including: a pig for a child in Haiti ($60)… personal hygiene kits for maids imprisoned in Lebanon (three for $90)… four books for a classroom in Japan ($100)… hot lunches for one preschooler for a year in Thailand ($160). A family or group may even want to chip in to sponsor a worthy student for a year in a seminary in Costa Rica ($4,210). <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>What a wonderful way to demonstrate Christ’s desire to give and to receive love!</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">Gifts are available starting at $28. The complete wish list can be found at on the <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/8">Global Gifts page</a>. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Each gift has been selected by a missionary or partner because they know the deepest needs and desires of the people they serve.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The Global Gift program also invites gifts for individual IM missionaries, or to help those who are in greatest need as determined by IM.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">This year gift-givers can <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/uploads/document/asset/45319/2012thankyoucertificate.pdf">download</a> a Global Gifts Bring Blessing Certificate to present to the recipient informing them of the gift purchased in their honor. Gift choices must be made by December 31, 2012.</span></p><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">For more information, contact Catherine Nold: <a href="mailto:Catherine.nold@abc-usa.org">Catherine.nold@abc-usa.org</a>.</span></i> <p><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">Find IM on Facebook: International Ministries – American Baptist</span></i></p> <p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 12:07:37 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/45425-bring-blessing-to-people-in-need-this-year-through-im-s-global-gifts-program- https://internationalministries.org/read/45425-bring-blessing-to-people-in-need-this-year-through-im-s-global-gifts-program- Beirut Buzz: September 2012 <p>&nbsp;<span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-WEIGHT: bold; TEXT-DECORATION: underline; mso-default-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latin-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-greek-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-cyrillic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-armenian-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hebrew-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-arabic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-currency-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latinext-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; text-underline: single; language: EN; mso-ansi-language: EN">Completion of Academic Year 2012:</span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; TEXT-DECORATION: underline; mso-default-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latin-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-greek-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-cyrillic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-armenian-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hebrew-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-arabic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-currency-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latinext-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; text-underline: single; language: EN; mso-ansi-language: EN"><!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="TEXT-JUSTIFY: newspaper; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; TEXT-KASHIDA-SPACE: 50%; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-default-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latin-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-greek-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-cyrillic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-armenian-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hebrew-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-arabic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-currency-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latinext-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; language: EN; mso-ansi-language: EN">We capped our academic year on a high note when we graduated a group of committed and dedicated men &amp; women in the Class of 2012. It’s been a year of excitement, anticipation, and some trepidation. We are excited that we had one of the largest groups of students ever from the country of Algeria. Traditionally it’s been one of the most ‘closed countries' in the Arab world. Yet, wonderful to witness a couple from this country graduating, eager to get home and begin laboring in the vineyard of our Master. We also witnessed one of the brightest and dedicated young men returning to serve in Baghdad, Iraq. While many Christians are desperately trying to leave Iraq, he is returning home to minister in a country on the cusp of change, but dogged by brutal violence and uncertainty. We must pray for him, and all others. Our graduates are returning to Sudan, Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, and of course Lebanon. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all. Surprisingly, Lebanon has been an island of ‘relative peace’ in a region swept by unprecedented changes and tumult. With a powerful yet deeply fractious Syria towering over tiny Lebanon, the future of the region is anything but stable or peaceful.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="TEXT-JUSTIFY: newspaper; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; TEXT-KASHIDA-SPACE: 50%; mso-pagination: none" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-WEIGHT: bold; TEXT-DECORATION: underline; mso-default-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latin-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-greek-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-cyrillic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-armenian-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hebrew-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-arabic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-currency-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latinext-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; text-underline: single; language: EN; mso-ansi-language: EN">&nbsp;</span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-WEIGHT: bold; TEXT-DECORATION: underline; mso-default-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latin-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-greek-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-cyrillic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-armenian-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hebrew-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-arabic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-currency-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latinext-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; text-underline: single; language: EN; mso-ansi-language: EN">US Assignment: <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="TEXT-JUSTIFY: newspaper; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; TEXT-KASHIDA-SPACE: 50%; mso-pagination: none" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-default-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latin-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-greek-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-cyrillic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-armenian-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hebrew-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-arabic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-currency-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latinext-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; language: EN; mso-ansi-language: EN">We returned home to Oregon on our US Assignment in late July and are currently doing deputation, visiting churches and connecting with supporters. We are sorry we will not be able to visit all the regions of this great country, where our supporters are scattered. We are writing personal ‘thank you’ notes to all of them as each letter costs around $1.50 to mail from Lebanon. We will be returning to Lebanon on January 4</span><sup><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-default-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latin-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-greek-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-cyrillic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-armenian-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hebrew-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-arabic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-currency-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latinext-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; language: EN; mso-ansi-language: EN"><font size="2">th</font></span></sup><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-default-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latin-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-greek-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-cyrillic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-armenian-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hebrew-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-arabic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-currency-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latinext-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; language: EN; mso-ansi-language: EN">, in time to welcome a large ABCUSA delegation headed by General Secretary Roy Medley, and Virginia Holstrom, Executive Director of American Baptist Women's Ministries, who plan to visit Lebanon on January 21st</span><sup><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-default-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latin-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-greek-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-cyrillic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-armenian-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hebrew-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-arabic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-currency-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latinext-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; language: EN; mso-ansi-language: EN"><font size="2"></font></span></sup><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-default-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latin-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-greek-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-cyrillic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-armenian-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hebrew-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-arabic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-currency-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latinext-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; language: EN; mso-ansi-language: EN">.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="TEXT-JUSTIFY: newspaper; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; TEXT-KASHIDA-SPACE: 50%; mso-pagination: none" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-WEIGHT: bold; TEXT-DECORATION: underline; mso-default-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latin-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-greek-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-cyrillic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-armenian-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hebrew-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-arabic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-currency-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latinext-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; text-underline: single; language: EN; mso-ansi-language: EN">Prayer Needs:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="TEXT-JUSTIFY: newspaper; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; TEXT-KASHIDA-SPACE: 50%; TEXT-INDENT: -18pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 18pt; mso-pagination: none" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-default-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latin-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-greek-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-cyrillic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-armenian-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hebrew-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-arabic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-currency-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latinext-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; language: EN; mso-ansi-language: EN">Please pray for our graduating students who returned home and entered ministry. Pray that the presence of our Lord will guide and inspire them. May they be protected from harm, joyful in ministry, and receiving support.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="TEXT-JUSTIFY: newspaper; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; TEXT-KASHIDA-SPACE: 50%; TEXT-INDENT: -18pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 18pt; mso-pagination: none" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-default-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latin-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-greek-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-cyrillic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-armenian-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hebrew-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-arabic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-currency-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latinext-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; language: EN; mso-ansi-language: EN">Pray for the new in-coming students entering our seminary in Fall, that they may be sure of their call and inspired for the ‘missional journey’.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="TEXT-JUSTIFY: newspaper; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; TEXT-KASHIDA-SPACE: 50%; TEXT-INDENT: -18pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 18pt; mso-pagination: none" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-default-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latin-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-greek-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-cyrillic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-armenian-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hebrew-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-arabic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-currency-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latinext-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; language: EN; mso-ansi-language: EN">Pray for an end to violence, and a path towards a peace and negotiated settlement in Syria. Pray there will be no ‘spillover’ effects into Lebanon.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="TEXT-JUSTIFY: newspaper; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; TEXT-KASHIDA-SPACE: 50%; TEXT-INDENT: -18pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 18pt; mso-pagination: none" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-default-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latin-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-greek-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-cyrillic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-armenian-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hebrew-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-arabic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-currency-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latinext-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; language: EN; mso-ansi-language: EN">Pray that the churches in Lebanon will reach out to serve the Syrian refugees, without fear or favor.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="TEXT-JUSTIFY: newspaper; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; TEXT-KASHIDA-SPACE: 50%; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-STYLE: italic; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-WEIGHT: bold; mso-default-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latin-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-greek-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-cyrillic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-armenian-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hebrew-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-arabic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-currency-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latinext-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; language: EN; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-fareast-language: ZH; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">Dan &amp; Sarah Chetti</span><span style="FONT-STYLE: italic; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-default-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latin-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-greek-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-cyrillic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-armenian-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hebrew-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-arabic-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-currency-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-latinext-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; language: EN; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-fareast-language: ZH; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"> </span></p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 00:42:32 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/44729-beirut-buzz-september-2012 https://internationalministries.org/read/44729-beirut-buzz-september-2012 Happiness <p> <span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 14pt;"><font face="Calibri">Happiness was in prison for no fault of her own. She came to Lebanon to work as a maid and send money to her family in Nigeria. Like all maids in that part of the country, she worked long hours with no days off for rest and relaxation and received only $125 a month. It was hard work, but Happiness was willing to bear the hardships for the sake of feeding and educating her family. What kept her going was her faith in her Lord Jesus.</font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 14pt;"><font face="Calibri">Eventually when the ill treatment and beatings became unbearable, she ran away from her employers. Moreover she had not been paid her salary for many months. Her employers took advantage of the fact that she was poor, had no family in Lebanon and no one she could go to for help. Happiness felt that even though she had nothing, she had everything in Jesus and one day justice would be done.</font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 14pt;"><font face="Calibri">She went to the police station thinking they would help her. But she had no idea that a runaway maid had no rights once she left the employer’s house. The police threw her in prison and this is where I met her.</font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 14pt;"><font face="Calibri">Happiness, true to her name, was always happy whatever the situation or condition. Nothing perturbed or stressed her. She spent a year in prison before being deported. For any other woman, that long a stay in those prison cells would have made her crazy, insane, angry and bitter at the system. But not Happiness; it just made her stronger and deepened her faith in Christ. She lit up the dark cells with her joyful spirit and taught other women to praise God through good times and bad.</font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 14pt;"><font face="Calibri">She is now home with her family in Nigeria but again trying to get a job in a faraway land.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></font></span></p><p> <span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>Please pray for Happiness and others like her</span></p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 18:19:11 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/44109-happiness https://internationalministries.org/read/44109-happiness Love is Seeing and Obeying <p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: Tahoma">We came to Lebanon towards the end of 1998, Dan as a Professor and I as a Librarian. The fifteen year civil war not only destroyed the country of Lebanon, but practically decimated the Library and disrupted the ministry of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary. I began my ministry with the unenviable task of cataloging and classifying 8,000 volumes, and gradually re-building the acquisitions. It was an overwhelming and challenging task, but with the grace of God and the help of volunteers, I must say I do have a sense of accomplishment. I loved my job as a Librarian and felt that it was the Mission that God had entrusted to me in Lebanon. I felt I was playing a vital role as the seminary is preparing men and women from nine counties across Middle East and North Africa to be pastors, teachers, and church planters. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: Tahoma">However, my current passion and ministry in Lebanon is something that I stumbled upon quite accidentally. A few years back while I was still a librarian, I received a call from a friend asking whether I could go to a court to interpret for a young Indian woman who did not know Arabic or English. That single innocuous incident was the beginning of my journey, walking along side and ministering among the thousands of maids toiling in Lebanon.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: Tahoma">Many young women from impoverished Asian and African countries, lured by the false promises made by the recruiters, come to Lebanon to work as maids. In a small country with a population of 3 million people, Lebanon has over 200,000 women working as maids. While they are promised a great deal, most of them work for a salary of approximately $ 150 a month, though a few earn more. Their employers have to pay the government 800 dollars a year to renew their work visas. Many employers in an attempt to save money renege on this responsibility. This makes the maids illegal residents through no fault of their own. The police routinely pick up these hapless maids and lock them up in jails. Sometimes the women run away due to ill treatment, but according to the French laws of Lebanon, running away from home is also a crime. And the maids are locked up in prison for months, sometimes longer, but eventually deported to their home countries.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: Tahoma">Initially I was reluctant to get involved in this ministry. I did not want to leave my comfortable place in the library and enter a ministry which involved dealing with heartache, pain, and injustice. Moreover, I also felt inadequate for this ministry. Apparently, God has already been preparing me for this ministry as I can speak five languages including Arabic. As I became more aware of the plight of thousands of the unfortunate women, I felt the powerful hand of God directing me to become more involved ministering among these women, assisting and advocating on their behalf. When God calls us for a ministry, He is not looking to see how talented, educated, or capable, but how willing we are to obey the call.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Tahoma;">As we walk through our own communities and look around, there may be any number of things that confront your eyes as being unfair, or needed to be addressed. We may feel overwhelmed, numbed, so close our eyes and walk away. But I would say, just stop and say to yourself, “what would Jesus have done?” Malcolm Muggeridge, the biographer of Mother Theresa, once asked her what drew her to do the kind of ministry that she was involved in. Her answer was, “because I see in them the face of Jesus Christ”. And Jesus himself challenges us in <i style="">1 John 4:20 “….<span style="color: rgb(0, 19, 32);"> For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen”.</span></i></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Tahoma;">Sarah<br></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: Tahoma">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 09:52:55 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/41630-love-is-seeing-and-obeying https://internationalministries.org/read/41630-love-is-seeing-and-obeying Beirut Buzz from the Chettis Out of Nepal &amp; Behind the Bars: <br>The first time I met Leela, she looked tired and angry. Her eyes were red and swollen; probably from crying. She did not get along well with the rest of the girls in her cell, or with the CARITAS staff working in prison. Wanting to know more about her story, I asked her why she was in prison? For the next half hour she poured out her heart; complaining about everyone and everything in sight. She narrated the often heard complaints of many maids in Lebanon, that her employer withheld her passport and prevented her to go out of the house. She then told me the usual story of being harassed by her employer, beaten and starved, which is a common complaint one often hears. <br><br>We are noticing alarming number of young women brought into to Lebanon from Nepal; under aged, trafficked under false birth certificates and false passports. Leela, however, is 22 years old and brought up in Katmandu, the largest city. She is the oldest sibling, with the other two younger brothers still in school. She spoke fluent Hindi and had some education. She would often volunteer to read the Bible for us in the Cell. She had barely been a few months in Lebanon when she began experiencing harassment by her Madam. One day, unable to take it any longer, she retaliated against her employer and struck her. Though clearly not a clever move and not what Paul would have advised Onesimus the slave, she was clearly not a wimp. Operating under French law as practiced here, she is guilty, until proven innocent. <br><br>Reconciliation &amp; Transformation:<br>Slowly I started sharing with Leela the good news of the Bible, specially Jesus’ teaching on the Mount., being humble, not to fight, argue, be silent when attacked, give everything to God and He will take care of the situation. I really and truly saw a transformation in her physical appearance, spiritually and also mentally. One week I was sick with allergies and could not go to prison. I got a surprise call from her. I was shocked and asked how she got this opportunity to call me. Her answer was so funny. She was called into CARITAS office to sign some travel documents. After she completed that, she saw a telephone next to the office, and using a telephone card called me up. But what she said really touched me. She said, I know you are sick because of us. We wear you down with our stories and needs. Please don't cry for us, we are ok and God will help us. You just get well soon!! Before she was sent back to Nepal, Leela wrote me a beautiful letter in Hindi. I would gladly advice the madam who felt wronged by Leela with the words Paul conveyed to Philemon about the repentant slave Onesimus, “no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear sister. She is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a woman and as a sister in the Lord” (Paraphrased from Philemon 1: 16) <br><br>PRAISE &amp; PRAY: <br>• We praise &amp; thank God for the grant from Breaking the Chains. This is enormous help for me and our team of loving &amp; dedicated women: Elma, Irene, and Berbel; to visit &amp; minister the maids. <br>• Pray for young women who are being trafficked from Bangladesh &amp; Nepal in particular. <br>• Pray for my desire to open a Safe House for the maids in distress. This is a big challenge. May God make clear the path and His will. <br>• Pray we will have Lebanese believers who are experts in legal matters to come along side and assist.<br><br>&nbsp;Blessings Sarah &amp; Dan Chetti <br>Mansourieh-Metn; <br>Lebanon Mon, 25 Oct 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/28254-beirut-buzz-from-the-chettis https://internationalministries.org/read/28254-beirut-buzz-from-the-chettis Leela Maya A few days back I had visited the Detention Center as usual on a Wednesday. I walked past the guards through the long narrow corridor where the 4 women’s cells are located. The Adlieh prison (correctly speaking Detention Center) is built under an elevated freeway and is approximately the length of a football field. There are no windows to let in fresh air or sunshine and the air is circulated through giant exhaust fans, making constant whirling sounds. Living under those conditions can be depressing and can drive a sane person crazy. As I got closer to the one of the women’s cells, I heard a commotion and a young girl screaming and shouting. That was the first time I met Leela Maya. She was from Nepal and around 22 years old and only daughter. Her father died and her mother is living with her two younger brothers in Katmandu.<br><br><span style="font-style: italic;">Journey from Anger &amp; Despair:</span> I could clearly see Lela’s eyes red and swollen from crying, angry at her cell mates and angry at the CARITAS(Catholic Relief Agency, under whose auspices I and my team minister in the prison) volunteers. I tried to calm her and asked her to tell me her story. The words tumbled out of her mouth for the next half hour. It was a story I heard so often: her employees were cruel to her, constantly demanding more work with no weekends off, withholding food, and treated cruelly. Even children in the household, egged on by parents, treated her the same!<br><br>Unable to take it anymore, one day Leela retaliated and slapped her employee. I felt like saying ‘good for you!’ But it resulted in her employers taking her back to the Employment Agency &amp; returning her. In Lebanon this amounts to breaking the contract. Leela has no legal course to receive justice for her suffering. On the other hand, breaking a contract is a crime, punishable by landing in prison, and eventual deportation. Under the present legal system, with no labor laws and protection, she would have little recourse for justice and this is the greatest unsolved challenge of this nation.<br><br><span style="font-style: italic;">Journey towards Peace &amp; Resolution:</span>&nbsp; Leela gradually started attending our Bible studies in the cells. She enjoyed singing. We started sharing the Good News of Jesus; teaching her how speak to Jesus, how to lay her burdens at the feet of Jesus. Leela gradually began changing. We talked about life skills and how to navigate through difficulties, especially in the Arab culture. One Wednesday I could not go to minister at the Prison as I had a severe case of Allergies. I got a surprise call that day from Leela! I asked her how she was able to phone me. She told me, she was called by the CARITAS staff to come into their office to sign some travel documents. She saw the telephone next to the office and used a telephone card to make a quick call!<br><br>But I was really touched by what she told me, she said, <span style="font-style: italic;">“I know you are sick because of us. We wear you down by our stories and needs! Please don’t cry for us sister. We are o.k. and God will help us. You just get well soon!”</span><br><br>Sarah Chetti<br>Beirut, Lebanon<br>May 1st 2010<br><br> Wed, 05 May 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/20989-leela-maya https://internationalministries.org/read/20989-leela-maya Beirut Buzz: March 2010 <p>The Power &amp; Nurture at Home Groups:</p> <p>Our church building is not too big, and late-comers frequently have to squeeze in wherever they can find space.&nbsp; Of course most people don't like walking up to the front pews.&nbsp; As someone said in tongue-and-cheek, "the front row is where the 'sinners' sit and the back row's where the 'shoes' sit (the loafers, sneakers, and slippers!".&nbsp; All in fun!!!</p> <p>It is said that if a church is 75% full, we must start looking for alternative places to meet.&nbsp; Apparently, people don't like to sit too close to each other.&nbsp; It is difficult to develop intimacy and deeper fellowship in a crowded place.&nbsp; The result is that we have begun to actively develop Home Groups as a means to foster closer fellowship.&nbsp; We have about 6 Home Groups meeting midweek in various places in and around Beirut city.&nbsp; Our Home Group in Mansourieh meets on Tuesday night.&nbsp; It runs between 8 to 12 people and we are from about 6 countries, including Lebanon.&nbsp; We are currently doing a video-assisted study of Philip Yancey's book "The Jesus I Never Knew".&nbsp; We all find it a wonderful place to develop fellowship, share joys and frustrations, and be accountable to one another through prayer and support.</p> <p>Please Pray:</p> <p>* Please pray for the unity and witness of the Christian community in Lebanon and the Middle East</p> <p>* Pray for Dan and Pastor Nabil who are for the first time running a "work-place" ALPHA program at an NGO (non-governmental organization) office with 40 employees.&nbsp; It is run during the one-hour lunch break.&nbsp; If successful, we would like to try at other organizations that may be open.</p> <p>* We praise and thank God for His faithfulness, and your partnership</p> <p>Dan &amp; Sarah Chetti</p> <p>Mansourieh-Metn, Lebanon</p> Mon, 12 Apr 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/19871-beirut-buzz-march-2010 https://internationalministries.org/read/19871-beirut-buzz-march-2010 Story of Malini <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Tahoma; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Two weeks ago when I went into the Prison, and visited the Sri Lankan girls in their Cell, I was struck by the look on the face of a young woman by name Malini. I have never seen a sadder or distraught young woman! She looked very scared and seemed to have cried a lot since coming to prison. I had completed my time with the girls: listening to their stories, praying, and sharing the Word. I once again noticed unhappiness on Malini’s face and decided to stay back and talk to her alone.<br> &nbsp;<br> She told me that she had lived and worked in a Lebanese home for five years without being paid her monthly salary. Every time she asked for her salary her employer would tell her she would get it soon, or, sometimes they would lie and tell her that they had already sent the money to her family in Sri Lanka. She believed them naively. Just so she would not escape from home, the family always kept a close eye on her, took away her passport &amp; other legal papers. Eventually when Malini protested, they threw her out of the house with only her clothes on her back. She was picked up by the police wandering on the road and brought to the prison.<br> &nbsp;<br> When I heard her story&nbsp;my heart went out to her and I and was deeply saddened. I prayed with her and told her that nothing was impossible for Jesus. I asked her to lay her burden at the feet of Jesus and read the Bible regularly and wait and see what God has in store for her. When I visited the prison the following week, I saw Malini and assumed that nothing much must have changed in her life. I prayed with all the girls, told them a Bible story, and played a couple of games with them. As I was getting ready to leave, Malini came up to me, sat next to me. I noticed there was something different about her face. There was a sense of peace! Then she began narrating to me events that were nothing short of a miracle! She said, a couple days back her employer came to visit her at the prison then she gave Malini all the back pay for the past five years! I was shocked because this is unheard of in Lebanon. Normally, unless the police and the courts intervene, the maids can never expect to get back their money. I did believe her easily and kept asking her if she had the money? She said the money was in a safe place with the CARITAS (The Catholic Relief Agency) and she would receive it before she was deported back to her home country. But what really made me happy was, she said “sister, you asked me to pray to Jesus and read my Bible; I have been doing that and will continue to do so. Jesus answered my prayers!!<br> &nbsp;<br> I felt so happy when I heard her story and I know that only our God can move mountains and nothing is impossible for HIM. I am eager to get the full story from her, and may be a picture of her (We are not allowed to take camera to prison but she said there may be a picture of her with her luggage, kept in a safe room). Our God will surprise you when you are least expecting!!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Tahoma; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">God Bless you all,</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Tahoma; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">SARAH</span></p> Tue, 03 Nov 2009 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/15177-story-of-malini https://internationalministries.org/read/15177-story-of-malini Beirut Buzz: September 2009 <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="COLOR: black;">Sarah and I returned to the U.S. in the month of June.<span>&nbsp; </span>As you no doubt know, many missionaries returned home this summer, largely under pressure to push up our support base and reach 100% of our expected goal by the end of September.<span>&nbsp; </span>Our quest towards this goal began by traveling south from Eugene (Oregon) to California.<span>&nbsp; </span>We attended the Biennial in Pasadena for a day and a half, but starting on Sunday, June 28th, we began visiting churches and individuals and updating them with our ministries.<span>&nbsp; </span>This is also an opportunity to personally thank many of you for your prayers and support.<span>&nbsp; </span>From Northern California, Dan traveled to Southern Idaho, followed by visits to 3 churches in Ohio and 2 churches in Michigan.<span>&nbsp; </span>We have now returned to Beirut and resumed our ministries</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="COLOR: black;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="COLOR: black;"></span><b><span style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">Some Graduating Students:</span></b><span style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><b>Daoud (<i>Sudan</i><i>) </i></b>was a hot favorite to be the valedictorian for the Class of 2009.<span>&nbsp; </span>Daoud excelled in studies, practical ministries, and had a great burden to obey God’s call.<span>&nbsp; </span>In order to reduce his financial burden, he left his wife and two children in Damascus (Syria) and came alone to our seminary.<span>&nbsp; </span>His wife bore the brunt of raising their kids on her own in a foreign country.<span>&nbsp; </span>His 9-year-old daughter is severely epileptic and had to be under constant care.<span>&nbsp; </span>With great determination he completed his training at our seminary.<span>&nbsp; </span>Initially he will be ministering among the Sudanese community in Damascus.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><b>Michel (<i>Lebanon</i><i>) </i></b>grew up in Northern Lebanon during the troubled years of Lebanese Civil War.<span>&nbsp; </span>His formal education was severaly disrupted due to the 15 years of unrest.<span>&nbsp; </span>Michel says, “I was religiously inclined even in my teen years.<span>&nbsp; </span>Now that I am graduating, I have been challenged to think about life in God’s terms.”<span>&nbsp; </span>He is excited about his future ministry and what God has in store for him.<span>&nbsp; </span>He will be ministering in the region of Tripoli in Northern Lebanon.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><b>Draoui <i>(Algeria)</i> </b>is a remarkable young man with a great heart and a keen intellect.<span>&nbsp; </span>He was finally chosen as the valedictorian after a keen contest.<span>&nbsp; </span>He comes from a country which has very few Christians with a history of religious persecutions.<span>&nbsp; </span>Ironically, Draoui comes from North Africa, a land which produced theological giants like Tertullian, Cyprian, and Augustine.<span>&nbsp; </span>With his keen mind, Draoui may well pursue higher education in Christian Theology.<span>&nbsp; </span>For the time being, he has returned to his native land to minister in a small church in his home town of Algiers.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">Challenges Facing Seminarians:</span></b><span><span>&nbsp; </span>The economic downturn in the West has affected the financial support for our seminary in Beirut.<span>&nbsp; </span>ABTS is resourcing missions and ministries in about 9 countries in the region.<span>&nbsp; </span>While church growth may not be spectacular in comparison to other parts of the world, we are witnessing a steady growth and we thank God.<span>&nbsp; </span>When we observe our seminary students and look at the great risks they take, and the burdens they have to overcome to be trained, we are truly humbled.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <ul type="disc" style="MARGIN-TOP: 0in;"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Please pray for Arab students who come to be trained at our seminary, both those who are new to faith, and those from Christian back ground, that God would protect them and honor their calling</li></ul> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;">&nbsp;</p> <ul type="disc" style="MARGIN-TOP: 0in;"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">With great pride International Ministries (ABC-USA) will soon be celebrating the 200 year anniversary of our Mission Society, yet our involvement in the Arab World began 11 years back, in 1998.<span>&nbsp; </span>This is too little too late in a region which is often called the Last Great Frontier in Christian missions.<span>&nbsp; </span>We may have become pre-occupied raising support for missionaries, while the challenges of ministries are abounding.</li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">In the months ahead, I would be making special appeal regarding challenges of ministries in the Middle East. Please prayerfully consider what part you can play in the venture.</li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Please pray for the new batch of students who would be joining our seminary this month from the neighboring countries, that God would open the doors for student visas to Lebanon. This is very important.</li></ul> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><i></i>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Thank you and God bless you, </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Brush Script MT'; FONT-SIZE: 16pt;">Sarah &amp; Dan Chetti</span></b></p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Brush Script MT'; FONT-SIZE: 16pt;"><strong>Mansourieh-Metn</strong></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Brush Script MT'; FONT-SIZE: 16pt;"><strong>, </strong><strong>Lebanon</strong> </span> Tue, 20 Oct 2009 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/14866-beirut-buzz-september-2009 https://internationalministries.org/read/14866-beirut-buzz-september-2009