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Mulneix - International Ministries The latest from Debbie Mulneix https://internationalministries.org/teams/81-mulneix.rss Deb Mulneix Update on Typhoon Koppu in the Philippines <p> <font face="Calibri">Typhoon Koppu (Lando) hit the northern area of the island of Luzon very early on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 18.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>That was the official beginning, but the entire island had seen heavy rainfall since Friday.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>By the time the typhoon actually made ground, the area was already soaked and, in many places, already flooding. The rain continued to fall, and was accompanied by high winds. There were around 19 deaths attributed to the typhoon, most of them happened when people were caught in mudslides.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Houses were destroyed, usually because the foundations were poor, or non-existent.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>One woman was killed when her house collapsed on her.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Four days of water made the steep hillsides in to mud slides.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>But this time, the people were more prepared.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The government started warning the people earlier last week. </font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">The streets of Manila flood regularly.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They actually act as channels for the rain, making it seem like there are rivers flowing around the buildings.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Any natural disaster that takes a human life is a tragedy, but it seems that this tragedy was more controlled because of the preparation the government has made mandatory. Manny Pacquiao, “PacMan”, has even been recruited for public service announcements on earthquake and flood awareness.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">One of our Baptist Partners, Asian Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary, is located in Baguio, where there was about 39 inches (yes, that is 39 inches) of rainfall between Friday and Monday.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I have attempted to reach them, but have not received a response.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Will keep trying and will provide an update when possible.</font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">The people still need your prayers.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Even though this was not the magnitude of the typhoon in 2013,<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>the death of family members in a disaster like this is traumatic, especially when you realize that the same family who lost loved ones had staggering loss of property, even if it was a small lean-to on the side of a hill.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Please pray for the people of the Philippines. </font></p> <p> <br></p> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/60170-deb-mulneix-update-on-typhoon-koppu-in-the-philippines https://internationalministries.org/read/60170-deb-mulneix-update-on-typhoon-koppu-in-the-philippines Deb Mulneix Reports from the Philippines on Wed. 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mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:black">We need to keep in mind that this storm hit an area with 3 times the force of Katrina, an area where over 360,000 people were already living in tents and barely surviving because of the shortage of supplies ( FOOD, WATER, and MEDICINE) caused by an earthquake exactly 3 weeks earlier.</span> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:black">Our partners in the area, Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, will be distributing food and supplies purchased through funds received through the IM website (</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:black"><span style="color: blue;"><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/16">http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/16</a> )</span>. &nbsp;Our ministry partners where I am, Samaritana Transformation Ministries in Manila, will be helping to package food to be distributed.&nbsp; [Or gifts can be sent by postal mail to International Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA. Write on the memo line: Philippine Relief.)<br></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:black">A source at Compassion International says that the people will be needing traumatic counseling for years.....</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:black">But first, they need food, water, and medicines.......</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:black">Please keep these people and the aid workers in your prayers. &nbsp;Also remember the thousands of family members in other areas that still do not know the plight of their loved ones.</span></p> <p></p><p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:black">I received this link from a group of missionaries that live here. &nbsp;It is about a British missionary who was trapped in the storm, but whose family has now been brought to Manila. &nbsp;Short, good pictures without a lot of gore, good verbal picturing. &nbsp;Not sure you can use it but.......</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:black"><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10443170/Typhoon-Haiyan-survivor-I-punched-through-ceiling-to-save-my-family.html" target="_blank" style="cursor:pointer">http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10443170/Typhoon-Haiyan-survivor-I-punched-through-ceiling-to-save-my-family.html</a></span></p> <p></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/51300-deb-mulneix-reports-from-the-philippines-on-wed-nov-13 https://internationalministries.org/read/51300-deb-mulneix-reports-from-the-philippines-on-wed-nov-13 $10,000 in OGHS Emergency Relief Funds Provided for Victims of the Philippine Typhoon. Additional Relief Aid Urgently Needed <p></p><p>Super typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippine islands last weekend with devastating force.<span style="color: black;">The Philippine Red Cross estimates that at least 2,400 people were killed by the storm.That number could grow as officials make their way to remote areas made nearly inaccessible by Haiyan. International Ministries missionaries in the Philippines, <strong>Debbie Mulneix</strong> and&nbsp; <strong>Jonathan and Thelma Nambu</strong>, have been contacted by IM and are safe. </span> </p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><b><span style="color: black;">In response to this disaster, $10,000 in emergency relief funds is being sent from One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) to help victims of this massive typhoon. </span></b></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="color: black;">“IM partners, the Convention of Philippines Baptist Churches (CPBC) and Philippine Baptist Church Development Ministries, in coordination with the Asia Pacific Baptist Aid of Asia Pacific Baptist Federation, received requests for relief in the hardest hit areas in the provinces of Capiz, Iloilo and North Negros where the majority of CPBC churches are situated,” reported Dr. Ben Chan, IM area director for East Asia, India, Hong Kong and China. “CPBC would like to assist in the immediate needs of families by providing food, drinking water, blankets and mats.&nbsp; The relief operation is difficult because of roads destroyed and flooded. Many areas could not be reached yet. Also electricity and communication lines are damaged. CPBC is coordinating with government officials to be able to reach the affected areas."</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black;">U.S. and Puerto Rico churches are asked to keep the victims, their families, their churches and the Filipino churches in the U.S. in prayer. Additional financial relief aid is urgently needed. To make a tax-deductible contribution online go to </span><span style="color: blue;"><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/16">http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/16</a> </span>&nbsp;<span style="color: black;">To make a contribution by mail, write a check payable to International Ministries and write on the memo line: </span>"OGHS-PHILIPPINES TYPHOON RELIEF.” Mail it to IM, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 10482. Or give through your church, designating your gift for OGHS-PHILIPPINES TYPHOON RELIEF. <br></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><b>One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS)</b> is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries of American Baptist Churches USA. The Committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work and the development of assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering received by churches.&nbsp; Learn more: <a href="http://www.abc-oghs.org/">http://www.abc-oghs.org/</a></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><b>American Baptist International Ministries</b> was organized in 1814 as the first Baptist international mission agency in America. It began its pioneer mission work in Burma and today works in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas serving more than 1,800 long-term and short-term missionaries. Its central mission is to help people come to faith in Jesus, grow in their relationship with God, and change their worlds through the power of the Spirit. It works with respected partners in over 70 countries in ministries that meet human need. Learn more <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/">http://www.internationalministries.org/</a>.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">&nbsp;</p> <p></p> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/51268-10-000-in-oghs-emergency-relief-funds-provided-for-victims-of-the-philippine-typhoon-additional-relief-aid-urgently-needed https://internationalministries.org/read/51268-10-000-in-oghs-emergency-relief-funds-provided-for-victims-of-the-philippine-typhoon-additional-relief-aid-urgently-needed Winds of Change <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Many of you will remember that when I attempted to re-enter India last year, my Visa was disallowed.&nbsp; An unplanned trip to the US was ticketed, and I have been here since.&nbsp; I applied for a new Visa to India earlier this year, but it was denied.&nbsp;&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="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom: .0001pt;line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#333333;background:white">In May, I was able to visit with Samaritana Transformation Ministries in Manila in the Philippines.&nbsp; Samaritana is “committed to sharing and living out the Gospel among Filipino women caught in prostitution &nbsp;in partnership with other members of the Body of Christ”.</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"> The organization became a partner with International Ministries just last year, and I was able to join them this month.&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="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom: .0001pt;line-height:13.5pt;background:white"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">The beginning years of STM focused on 1) the study of Biblical perspective, 2) of reaching out to women, and 3) sharing the vision with churches.&nbsp;&nbsp; Thelma Nambu, a fellow missionary, is the executive director, and she worked to co-found STM as a non-government organization in 1992.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Two years later, the drop-in program was established.&nbsp; By offering women a place of hope, STM allows them 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style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Men and women who risk their lives to help eliminate human trafficking.</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt; 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-top:5.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.75in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.25in;line-height:13.5pt; background:white"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Arial">3)</span><span style="font-size:7.0pt; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:Arial">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Organizations like Samaritana, Deborah’s House, Night 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style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 21px;">An informal group of Parliamentarians from more than twenty South East Asian countries stopped by at Samaritana on Oct. 18, 2013.</span><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 21px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 21px;">The lawmakers were in Manila to attend a forum on “Human Trafficking in South-East Asia” and chose to visit STM as their example of the work being done here.</span><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 21px;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 21px;">The delegates visited the work room, where the women were working on jewelry, then stopped by in the kitchen to talk with the women preparing lunch.&nbsp; An informal question and answer time was planned for about 30 minutes, but stretched into nearly an hour.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 21px;">While here in Manila, the forum will 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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 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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 White Cross on the Go in India <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> 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mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; background:white">I recently returned from South India, visiting Hanamakonda, Nellore, and Balasore.</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom: .0001pt;line-height:normal;background:white"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;background:white">At the Banjara Development Trust, in Hanamakonda (north east of Hyderabad), I participated in the Children's Day program at the William Carey School, sponsored by Centenary Baptist Church. &nbsp;I have used pictures of this school in some of my Power Points. &nbsp;The last time I visited them, many of the classrooms were 3 sided rooms, open to monsoon rains. &nbsp;The rest of the classes were held in buildings built around 1910. &nbsp;The new facility is designed that programs can be conducted on the porch, making it possible for the bulk of the construction money to be used for desperately needed class rooms. &nbsp;There are about 400 students from low income families now enrolled in the school, most are Hindu and many are orphans. &nbsp;A great solution to several problems.</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom: .0001pt;line-height:normal;background:white"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;background:white">Nellore (on the coast near Chennai) is the hub of the area where ABC targeted funds for helping with Tsunami recovery in 2004 . &nbsp;We were able to participate in the dedication of a new church in the area, and also in the baptism of 11 new believers in another village. &nbsp;Both church groups are new since 2004 and have been reached by evangelists supported by ALMA, our partner in Nellore.</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom: .0001pt;line-height:normal;background:white"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;background:white">Balasore (sometimes spelled Balashwar) is in the area of Orissa ( a state on the coast south west of Kolkata) &nbsp;that continues to have problems with Hindu persecution of Christians. &nbsp;Bengal Orissa Bihar Baptist Churches Association (BOBBCA) is our partner in this area. They have a VERY active women's group and operate medical camps every 3-5 weeks in the jungle surrounding Balasore. &nbsp;I accompanied one group into an "elephant corridor" about 3 hours away from town. &nbsp;Conducted between the evangelist’s home and the church, with tarps stretched between the two buildings for some shade, around 170 people were treated in about 6 hours. &nbsp;Free medications were delivered as prescribed by the doctor.&nbsp; A lunch of rice and boiled vegetable was served to about 300 people that afternoon. &nbsp;The women presented "object lessons" about the love of God to the people, and led praise songs, assisted by some of the children who have become Christian in the area. Free used clothing and shoes were distributed. &nbsp;On other visits, the women will show Christian videos to the people gathered. &nbsp;It is dangerous to stay in the area at dusk and during the night, as the elephants travel through and have no problems upsetting vehicles. &nbsp;The cost of all of this was about $120, including paying the doctor and paying for the meds.</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom: .0001pt;line-height:normal;background:white"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;background:white">The Banjara Development Trust, Abundant Life Ministry Association, and BOBBCA all receive White Cross funds. &nbsp;Much of the money is earmarked for medical camps like the one I described in Balasore. &nbsp;These partners are able to address at least some of the many needs of their community. &nbsp;White Cross makes a difference here. &nbsp;You make a difference here.</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom: .0001pt;line-height:normal;background:white"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;background:white">If you are interested in finding out first hand what ministry is like in India, we have several opportunities for short-term volunteers in many locations.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.internationalministries.org/get-involved"><span style="color:blue">Click here </span></a>and then scroll down to see all the opportunities for volunteers.</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom: .0001pt;line-height:normal;background:white"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 07:39:47 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/42912-white-cross-on-the-go-in-india https://internationalministries.org/read/42912-white-cross-on-the-go-in-india Hearts, Flowers, Chalk and Sheets <p></p><p class="MsoNormal">What gives more comfort than a box of chocolates?&nbsp; What is even more beautiful than a dozen roses?&nbsp; What lasts even longer than diamonds? If you know the answers to these questions, it could be because you have been on a mission trip.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">During February, we are surrounded by chubby angels, hearts and arrows. &nbsp;We attempt inventive, and not so inventive, ways to express our feelings to people we love.&nbsp; Sometimes it means that we spend a huge amount of money for an extravagant dinner.&nbsp; Or it may mean that we give a handmade “treasure” to the one who holds our heart.&nbsp; But there is always some gift involved.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I want to share with you some people who have given and received the “The Perfect Gift” recently.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">What is more exciting than a Vacation Bible School?&nbsp; Did you know that you allow over 600 children in NE India to better know the Lord each year?&nbsp; You also sponsor training workshops for teachers of Vacation Bible School and Sunday Schools around the country.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It is a tradition in many village churches in South India to have a community celebration of prayer for couples on their anniversary.&nbsp; The service includes hymns, praise songs, scripture and a sermon.&nbsp; Sometimes the entire village will take part in the worship.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">White Cross offerings make much needed supplies available to hospitals and clinics throughout India.&nbsp; Yes, rolled bandages are still used, but you also supply; linens, uniforms, medicine, monitoring equipment, soap, towels, eye and ear drops, and other supplies that are used by the patients and the staff.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">One of the projects that I referred to this year as I traveled in the US was the Christian Meiti School&nbsp; in Wangjing, Manipur.&nbsp; The school started in 2009 with about 60 students.&nbsp; They now serve over 300 students, and only 6 of the children are Christian.&nbsp; What a blessing to their community!!&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Recently, a team came to NE India to share a program with the churches and associations.&nbsp; “Celebrate Recovery” was developed by Rick Warren and associates.&nbsp; The program encourages individuals to overcome their “hurts, habits, and hang-ups” with the help of Christ through Christian friends.&nbsp; This church is making plans to train several groups and begin the program here in India.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Now, you might recognize some of the people in this picture.&nbsp; It was taken in Maine while I was there last fall.&nbsp; It is impossible to continue sharing God’s love for mankind around the world without sharing in our own communities.&nbsp; Each of you as individuals and as a church group is important to spreading the Word of God, around the world and also in your own communities.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As we dodge, or succumb to, the “slings and arrows” of Cupid on this Valentine’s Day, consider making a commitment to discover the “Mission Ministry” that God has placed in your heart. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Contact one of your missionaries or development workers and see where you and your talents can make a difference. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Change your Life, as you Change your World.&nbsp; Give the Perfect Gift.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p></p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 06:45:33 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/41647-hearts-flowers-chalk-and-sheets https://internationalministries.org/read/41647-hearts-flowers-chalk-and-sheets Shelter in the Time of Storm <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">Recently I spent a day at Miqlat Ministry, a shelter ministry under the Nagaland Baptist Churches Convention Women Department.<span>&nbsp; </span>A faith based venture relying on support of churches and individuals, Miqlat provides shelter and counseling to women who are sex workers, school drop-outs, abused, and/or HIV positive.</p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">Training for the women is provided in soap, candle, card making, catering, embroidery, knitting, laundry, and tailoring.<span>&nbsp; </span>The women are expected to attend at least four days a week for three months.<span>&nbsp; </span>Nurses training and computer training is often provided through outside sources.<span>&nbsp; </span>The training provides alternatives to women in crisis, and attempts to help bring “Naga women into the 21st Century”.</p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">Retreats, seminars, Bible studies, and sports are a vital part of the ministry of Miqlat.<span>&nbsp; </span>A maximum of 7-8 residents makes counseling a family oriented process. </p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">Activities at the center are only half of the Miqlat story.<span>&nbsp; </span>Six days a week, workers go into the slums of Dimapur and encourage the women who are still caught up in drugs, alcohol and sex work.<span>&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>They make about sixty visits each week, sharing Christ’s Love and praying with those they meet, many of whom are forced by their husbands to sell rice beer.<span>&nbsp; </span>Sometimes they will spend weeks talking to a particular woman with no results, but they keep returning.</p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">Staffed entirely by women, resources are always needed in a Ministry like Miqlat, but there is also a current need for a business manager and a web designer.<span>&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">If you would like to know more about this ministry, or would like to work alongside these women as they minister to downtrodden of Dimapur, please contact me, Deb Mulneix.</p><p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">If you would like to give to this mission project, you can read more about the Miqlat Ministry by <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/projects/15">clicking here</a>. <br></p><p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:"><span>May God Bless you and your Church as we enter into another year of service to the Lord.</span></p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/31483-shelter-in-the-time-of-storm https://internationalministries.org/read/31483-shelter-in-the-time-of-storm 100 Years..and Growing <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">April 7-10 was the date of the Centennial Celebration for the Women of Phungyo Baptist Church, Ukhurl, Manipur.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>It was not just a celebration for the beginning of the women’s ministry, but was a tribute to the first 10 women who received Christ and were baptized in the area.</span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">American Baptist missionaries, William and Alice Pettigrew came to Ukhrul in the late 1800’s.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Alice wanted to share Christ with the women of the village, and so she began a Bible study.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Some of the women who attended worked with the Pettigrews; one was a cook’s helper.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>When they were baptized in 1910, it was the beginning of a new life for the entire village. </span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">The Celebration of 2010 had over 6,000 people in attendance during the four day event.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Most could list their ancestors back to those original 10 women.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Today, around 30% of the people in Manipur state are Christian, but the village of Ukhrul has a much higher rate.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Most of the people are actually members of the Tangkhul tribe and are originally from the state of Nagaland.</span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">An International flavor was added by guests from Crossroads Baptist Church, Denver, Colorado, USA.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The Rev. Dr. Kim Skattum, Mr. Joe Zepeda, and the musical quartet, Destiny, featuring Kala Bennett, Kimberly Thompson, Mia Garneau, and Renee Seidel, added to the festivities with songs and messages that will remain with the people for many years to come. Former American Baptist Missionary, currently living in the US, Margaret Tegenfeldt spoke during the sessions.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>From Shillong, Meghalaya, Mr. Terrance Wanshong shared his amazing vocal talent with several songs throughout the weekend.</span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">One of the final programs of the celebration began at the place where the original 10 women were baptized.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The Celebration attendees met there and marched to the sight of the Mission Grounds, where a monument to Alice Pettigrew and her ministry was unveiled.</span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">As I participated in this Celebration, my thoughts often turned to those missionaries who came to lands in the middle of death and destruction and brought the peace of God to all who would accept it.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The procedure has changed but that tradition continues around the world today. Missionaries are no longer allowed to reside in India, but the need for short term volunteers is great. People like Margaret and Dr. Ed Tegenfeldt have “officially” retired, but they come to India annually to volunteer time with the ministry here.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Their particular work is with the Leishiphung Christian Hospital in Ukhrul.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>There are so many things to be done.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>There are many workers here, but the need is nearly overwhelming, and the resources are very scarce.</span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">The day after this wonderful celebration ended, there was a blockade set up to keep supplies from entering the state of Manipur. The reasons are political, and not as important to us as the results. Diesel is scarce, businesses are closed, there is no transportation, and hospitals are not receiving supplies.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Some things are being flown in, but the country relies on its roads to deliver goods.</span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">The Phungyo Baptist Church announced at the Celebration that they would be hosting a Youth Gathering the 17th-19th December, 2010.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This gathering is now in jeopardy because of the blockade.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Many people who would have helped to finance this project are struggling to help their own families.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The repercussions of this blockade are mind-boggling.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Manipur has one of the highest rates of HIV positive people in the area.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The youth are under constant pressure to discard their Christian heritage.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>A Youth gathering has the potential to present the love and stability of the Lord to these young people.</span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">Please pray for the situation in Manipur, that a PEACEFUL end might come about quickly.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Keep the people of Ukhrul and the Baptist Church there in your prayers as they try to continue with their plans for the Youth Gathering this December. <span style="">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Jun 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/22925-100-years-and-growing https://internationalministries.org/read/22925-100-years-and-growing Unrest Among Tribes <p class="align=center" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><i style=""><span style="">Be wise in the way you act with people who are not believers.</span></i></p> <p class="align=center" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><i style=""><span style="">Colossians 4:5</span></i></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">Those who don’t believe in Jesus note what we do.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>They make decisions about Christ by watching us.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>When we are kind, they assume Christ is kind.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>When we are gracious, they assume Christ is gracious.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>But if we are brash, what will people think about our King?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>When we are dishonest, what assumption will an observer make about our Master? No wonder Paul says, “Be wise in the way you act with people who are not believers, making the most of every opportunity.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>When you talk, you should always be kind and pleasant so you will be able to answer everyone in the way you should” (Colossians 4:5-6).<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Courteous conduct honors Christ.</span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">It also honors his children. When you surrender a parking place to someone, you honor Him.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>When you return a borrowed book, you honor the lender. When you make an effort to greet everyone in the room, especially the ones others may have overlooked, you honor God’s children.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><i style="">From <b style="">A Love Worth Giving</b></i> by Max Lucado</span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">The line dividing Christian and non-Christian is often blurred during times of struggle.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We can point lots of fingers at Christian forefathers who fought against Christian forefathers, and often left out the Christian component of their character.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>One such struggle is now taking place in North East India.</span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">For over two months, the state of Manipur has been under siege.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Like medieval times when opposing forces camped outside of the castle and waited until the supplies inside ran out, the opposition forces have taken control of roadways and will not allow the basic needs of the people to be provided.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The struggle began in the political arena and has grown immeasurably. People are running out of fuel, not just for cars but for cooking.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Many cannot get to jobs because of the fuel shortage, but, then, many stores and office are not even open. Charcoal is being substituted for bottle gas for cooking.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Most importantly, the situation has lasted long enough that there is serious concern for not just this year’s crops, but also next years. Even more frightening is that the conflict is spilling over into other states, without an end on the horizon.</span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">The most troubling concern for us should be that many of the people directly involved are considered Christian.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Christians make up over 90% of the population of one of the states involved, and about 30% of the other state. It makes for easy ammunition in a country where Christians are already the scapegoat for all unrest. </span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">Somehow, we are missing the big picture here.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Or is it all the big picture.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Does what I say or do to my neighbor really impact the attitude of the world?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Even the neighbor I am having a boundary dispute with?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Or the one whose dog comes over to my yard?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Or the one who always seems to need something from the store when he knows I’m going? Or…………….</span></p> <p class="" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">Now, you fill in the blank.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>What is it that you do that does not reflect God’s love for you? Prayer will change the world, but we need Christ-like action to reflect God’s grace and forgiveness, especially to those who don’t know Him. <span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> Thu, 10 Jun 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/22836-unrest-among-tribes https://internationalministries.org/read/22836-unrest-among-tribes Nagaland Missionary Consultation <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">One of the things that I find difficult about being in a foreign land is feeling isolated.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>When I was at Woodstock, students and faculty spoke English well, and some even spoke “American English”.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>You know; ALUMINUM foil, TRUNK of a car, etc. Here in Guwahati, usually I will go for several weeks before an American or native English speaker comes to the compound.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I miss the interaction and the luxury of shared experiences.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>For instance, how do you explain “Hepburn &amp; Tracy”, or “Philly Cheese Steak”?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>What we always connect on, though, is God’s Love for us and His plan for us to tell others.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">Last week, over 100 missionaries, pastors and students participated in the Annual Mission Consultation in Pfutsero, Nagaland, India.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>When the American Baptist missionaries living in India were forcibly sent back to the US, the people of Nagaland did not wring their hands and wonder what to do.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>They read their Bibles and started to work.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>They reasoned that if a missionary had brought Christ to them, they should send missionaries to take Christ to others.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">Today the Chakhesang Association has over 30 missionaries in China, Bhutan, Nepal, India, and, yes, the US.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>They are supported by their home churches and can travel to places that are closed to our own missionaries.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>They are often trained, at least partially, by funds from Baptist International Ministries. In other words, you help to train these missionaries.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Your donations don’t just keep our American Baptist missionaries in the field, but help them to train others for other mission fields, putting words into action---</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">“Go ye therefore and teach all nations….” Matthew 28:19-20</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">&lt;?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />&nbsp;</p> Sat, 24 Oct 2009 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/14920-nagaland-missionary-consultation https://internationalministries.org/read/14920-nagaland-missionary-consultation