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What Are You Doing For Mother’s Day?

Millions of American’s will be celebrating Mother’s Day in just a few weeks, on Sunday, May 11. Perhaps you will be buying your Mother a nice card and a box of her favorite chocolates. Or, if you are a married man, you will be buying the Mother of your children a gift, something that will show her how much you appreciate what she is doing for the children.

But a Mother is a deeply caring creature, and the gifts that we buy our favorite Mother may be very nice tokens, they don’t really address a Mother’s caring nature.

But there is a way. There are millions of children around the world who are living in dire circumstances. Some are living with disease. Others are starving because the family is so poor that there is no food. And still others are living with the results of their Mother’s desperate action, selling their child into slavery so that the rest of the family might have a chance to survive.

How better to honor your favorite Mother than to rescue one of these little children?

Anjali Kumari 2Meet Anjali Kumari!  Anjali is 5 years old, lives in Uttar Pradesh, India, and is enrolled in Gospel For Asia’s Bridge Of Hope Program.  Isn’t she a cute one?

I recently sponsored Anjali on behalf of my favorite Mom, my wife, Alice, as a Mother’s Day gift.

As a Bridge Of Hope child, Anjali receives one nourishing meal every day, medical care and checkups, and participates in daily school classes where she learns the basics of education so she can one day break the cycle of poverty, as well as instruction in hygiene for better health, and most importantly of all, she is learning about Jesus and His salvation.

Will you honor your Mother or wife this year by joining me in sponsoring a child from the Bridge of Hope?  In doing so,  you not only assure that one child will be given a real chance at a better life, you will be fundamental in seeing that your sponsored child is given the opportunity to establish a saving relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.  And it does not end there.  I have read many stories where the parents of a Bridge Of Hope child will give their lives to the Lord as a result of their child’s conversion, and many times the parent’s conversion will spill over to include the village where they live.

So, won’t you join me?  You can select a child to sponsor simply by clicking this link.

May God bless you as you follow His lead in reducing the suffering in the world.

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April 25, 2014 Posted by | 1040 Window, Gospel For Asia, Mother's Day | , , | Leave a comment

America Is Spiritually Weak

EverythingTheyOwnI didn’t yet know how, I didn’t know when.  But I did know one thing: God did not shower such great blessing on this nation for the Christians to live in extravagance, self-indulgence, and spiritual weakness. — K. P. Yohannan, “Revolution In World Missions”

Over 3 billion people who have never heard the name of Jesus.  Over 40,000 die every day without ever hearing His life giving name even once.  Billions of people living in slavery to idolatry in a land that is shrouded in spiritual darkness.  People who live their entire lives drinking stagnant water, and in most of the world, water-borne illness is a leading cause of death.  Billions of people who live on less than $2 per day.

But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.  —  1 John 3:17-18

But in America, we are torn between the choices of getting a bigger home or keeping the one we already have and upgrading it.  Of upgrading our second car, or maybe taking that cruise we’ve been talking about.  Of getting yet another TV set, or perhaps upgrading the living room set to an HD in-home theater system.

Yes, the Lord has blessed us beyond His blessing of any other people, but is this the way He intended for us to use that blessing?  Is this what we call good stewardship of what the Lord has given?  How is this loving our brother in need?

We in America, and in other Western nations, for the most part, hold to a form of Godliness, but deny its power (2 Timothy 3:5)  We claim to love our neighbor, but only in deed and in tongue, because truth be told, we love ourselves and our toys even more.

But if you look at the situation world-wide, with 3 billion never hearing the gospel and all the other depressing statistics, it is easy to say, “But what can I do, I am only one person and the problems are just insurmountable.”

Perhaps a better question to ask would be, “with God, what can I not do?  The problems may be big, but my God is much bigger!”

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  —  Philippians 4:13

For starters, how about supporting a child?  Or perhaps you would rather sponsor an Asian National foreign missionary?  Or, go to Gospel For Asia’s Home Page for many more giving ideas.

There is very much that must be done, and we all need to be involved in one way or another, however the Lord leads.

April 23, 2014 Posted by | 1040 Window, Bridge of Hope, Gospel For Asia | , | Leave a comment

I Am So Hungry, But There Is No Food

…Not even in the garbage can.ImSoHungry

Imagine if it were your child saying that?  It could probably never happen where we live, but there are places where the poverty is so severe, that children are forced to dig through garbage every day just for a scrap of food that is probably already rotting.

This situation, while it sounds utterly fantastic and unreal to us, is the daily reality for millions of children through South Asia.

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?  Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.  —  1 John 3:17-18

But the problem is so big, so widespread, how can I, an individual possibly make a difference?  Well, we can’t make a difference among the lives of millions, only God can because there is nothing too difficult for God.  But we can make a tremendous difference in the life of one child.  Literally, our help may well mean the difference between life and death.

Please consider helping a child through Gospel For Asia’s Bridge of Hope program.  You can make sure that one child receives food so he grow strong, medical care so he can stay healthy, and education so he can learn about Jesus and permanently break the bonds of poverty.

Finally, many times when the child learns about Jesus his whole family will be saved.  Often times, when a single child comes to the Lord through Bridge of Hope, entire villages are affected, with many lives being won to Jesus.

 

April 12, 2014 Posted by | 1040 Window, Christian, Gospel For Asia | , , , | Leave a comment

Will You Send Jesus To Heal My Mother?

Nibun’s Story (click)

There are literally millions of children and families all across Asia that are in situations similar to Nibun’s (story and video linked above)  These are people who have never heard the Gospel message of salvation, and in most cases, have never even heard the name of Jesus.  And without Jesus, they truly are without hope. nibun-feature

Other times, the family will be living on mere pennies a day, prevented from getting better paying jobs because of their low social status.  Often, the mother will work as a prostitute to feed her family, or the daughter will be forced into prostitution.  Sometimes one child will be sold into slavery in order to feed the remaining family members.

In the western world, it is hard for us to even conceive of such poverty that such extreme measures would be necessary to ensure the survival of a family.  Often we consider ourselves to be undergoing hardship if one of our cars is needing an expensive repair, or we aren’t able to afford a larger house.  In the United States, we consider the poverty income level to be about 30 dollars per day.   But consider this:  Worldwide, over 80% of the population lives on less than 2 dollars per day.

Gospel For Asia has a program call The Bridge Of Hope.  Bridge Of Hope provides food, medical care, and education to children just like Nibun.  During class times the children are taught about the basics, what we used to call the three R’s (Reading, Writing, and ‘Rithmatic), but more, they are taught about Jesus.  Their education gives them something their family may not have known for generations, hope.  And even more, they are given an eternal hope in Jesus Christ as well.

And the benefits often spread far beyond the individual sponsored child.  As in Nibun’s case, often entire families are won to the Lord, and entire villages can be affected.  I have also heard a more complete version of Nibun’s story than the one presented here, and because of Nibun’s faith, eventually a Church was planted in Nibun’s village, and believer in that Church carried the message to other villages as well, so that more Churches were planted in the region.

And this is something that we can all be a part of.  Do you know that children can be sponsored for the Bridge of Hope for only $35 pr month?  And what is that?  A few trips to Starbucks or a dinner out for the family?  Are we not willing to sacrifice such a small amount for something that can mean so much for so many?

Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;  was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clotheYou?  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:  for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;  I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’  Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’  And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”  Matthew 25:34-46

You can learn more about sponsoring a child by clicking this link.

 

April 5, 2014 Posted by | 1040 Window, Bridge of Hope, Gospel For Asia, Salvation | , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Cup Of Water For A Little One

Jesus speaking, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”  Matthew 10:42

Water.  In our culture we take it completely for granted.  If we want a drink we just turn the faucet and there is water in abundance.  Clean, fresh, water!WaterForChildrenn

But for many people around the world, clean, fresh water is something people have never heard of.  For many, especially during the summer when rivers have all run dry, a pond that is shared with animals serves all of the water needs for those who live nearby.   Some people drink from ponds that are shared by animals, like the one pictured here.

Would you even consider drinking water from the pond in the picture?  Would you give this water to your children to drink?  Unfortunately, millions of people have no choice.  It is either drink and risk water-borne disease, or don’t drink and die of thirst.

About 3.5 million deaths are caused yearly by water-borne disease.  Among children under 5 years of age, one in five deaths are caused by diarrhea, that is about 1.5 million deaths every year.

If you are like me, you will find these facts disturbing.  You will experience revulsion at the idea of drinking such water yourself, and equally at the idea that millions of people are drinking such water every day of their lives.  

But, there is something that we can do.  Gospel For Asia is helping to spread the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ to thirsty areas throughout Asia, in part by building Jesus Wells.  A Jesus Well is a well built by Asian nationals but funded by Gospel For Asia.  And we can all be part of the effort to build these well.

A Jesus Well can be built for $1000.  Imagine, if you decided to take the money you would spend on a meal out and send it to Gospel For Asia instead, and 30 or 40 others did the same, a new Jesus Well could be built, and a whole village of people who are drinking water that pigs swim in could have the same fresh, clean water that you and I take so much for granted.

April 2, 2014 Posted by | 1040 Window, Evangelism, Gospel For Asia | , , , , , | 2 Comments

The 1040 Window

The 1040 Window. Have you ever heard of it? It is a part of the world, actually. This part of the world is home to over 60% of the world’s population. It is also home to over 90% of the people on earth who have never had the opportunity

The 1040 Window
The 1040 Window

to hear the name of Jesus, over 2 billion souls. And of those 2 billion souls, over 40,000 die every day, condemned to an eternity of separation from the God who created them, and who loves them.

But the real tragedy is, of all of the money collected in western churches, less than 1/2 of 1% goes missionary work inside this 1040 window.  It is as if our churches have totally ignored this area of the world.

John 3:16 states that “God so loved the world…”, not the western world, not the American and European continents, but the whole world, and all of the people who live in it.  God makes no distinction.

So, after much prayer, after much reading of my Bible, and after much study of what is happening in the world around us, I must come to the conclusion that I cannot turn a blind eye to this area of the world.  

There is much pain and suffering, much disease, and much evil committed one against another, and much of that evil is committed against women and children.  These things must break God’s heart, and as I draw closer to God, I find that they are breaking my heart as well.

About two years ago, I committed this blog to the Lord’s work, that He would use it to bring glory to Himself.  About a year ago I got my first real eye opening introduction into tragic events that are happening in some of the countries of the 1040 window.  And now, I am planning on using this blog primarily to report on those events and to offer ideas on how we may help, though we may live half a world away.

God has opened a new door for me.  Won’t you join me as I walk through that door and learn what He has in store for me and for as many as will join me?  This is a new adventure!

This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24

March 19, 2014 Posted by | Evangelism, Salvation | , , , , , | 4 Comments