STACEY GAGNE – My heart lept when I received an email this morning from one of our friends at Compassion International who was a part of their recent Sponsor Tour to Ethiopia. One of the projects that they visited on the tour was Tedecha Mekane Yesus …they are standing where I walked in January 2013 and WJTL listeners in turn sponsored many of these children during our 26 Hours of Compassion! JoAnn shared how amazing the Pastor and Project Director at the project are and how the team was impressed and enjoyed their time there with the children. Maybe you can spot your sponsored child in this picture?!
Our friends from Compassion will have a booth at Creation Festival and there will be opportunities for you to sponsor a child. If you are at the festival, I encourage you to stop by and prayerfully consider … or visit the website today and help release a child from poverty in Jesus name.
There are many organizations and ministries lending aid to those impacted by the storm in the Phillipines. Please pray for the victims and prayerfully consider how and where you can pitch in to those in need:
AMG International : AMG has a large ministry presence in the Philippines, including in the hard-hit Visayas Region. Our field staff there, led by national director Hector Araña, has sprung into action collecting relief supplies, working to establish communication with our partners in the affected areas, and preparing to travel into the disaster zone to assess damage and distribute supplies to the thousands of families AMG serves through our childcare ministries there.is providing relief supplies from our Disaster Relief Fund (www.amgdisasterrelief.org), and funds are urgently needed to sustain this response. You can donate now at www.amgdisasterrelief.org, over the phone at (423) 894-6060, or by mail to AMG International, 6815 Shallowford Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421.
HarvestNet International: Gifts through this link will be entrusted to pastors with congregations in the devastated area. Locally based HarvestNET International has over 100 partner churches and ministries in the Philippines.
Compassion International: Your gift makes possible interventions such as: emergency food and water, temporary shelters, personal items, cooking utensils, trauma counseling and spiritual support, replacing clothing, school supplies and household items, restoring supplies a family needs for earning income, providing continued counseling and support as needed
Samaritans Purse: A Samaritan’s Purse disaster response team is in the Philippines to help in the aftermath of one the strongest storms ever recorded. “Our multinational team is coordinating relief efforts on the Leyte and the neighboring island of Samar, working with local Christians to deliver relief to those most in need. Community water filters, protective tarps, blankets, hygiene kits, and emergency family food packets are being rushed to affected areas.”
SEND International: SEND has set up a Typhoon relief option that will allow people to give to Filipino churches who will aid in disaster relief
MCC: Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is responding to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, providing funding for relief, supporting an initial assessment team of an MCC partner organization and working with partners to determine needs for longer-term recovery.
CCT: Center for Community Transformation: HOPE International’s local partner, the Center for Community Transformation (CCT), works in the regions hit hardest by the typhoon, and they are currently mobilizing to provide these communities with immediate help.
This week, around 500 students are taking part in the School of the Circuit Riders where they are being trained and equipped to preach the gospel with boldness and love! Circuit Riders, a ministry that has come out of Youth With a Mission, has the aim to “Save: by bringing the lost into salvation. Revive: by igniting Christians. Multiply: by carrying out the dream of God to go into all the world, preach His gospel and make disciples”. Throughout the week they are being trained and then taking what they learn each day and practicing it with each other then being released into Lancaster to share what they have learned. This is all being built upon “liv(ing) out a lifestyle of worship, prayer and fasting as a means of deep intimacy and anointed commissioning.”
There are about 500 students enrolled in the school, and there are at least double that attending the evening sessions that are free and open to the public. Last night I had the opportunity to attend the meeting and it was incredible. I am guessing over 1,000 people were packed into Freedom Hall at the Mariott Convention Center in Downtown Lancaster. There was a time of incredible worship focusing on the joy of our salvation. Some lyrics to one of the songs were:” This is my story, my testimony: The love of Jesus has changed my life”. We then heard an informal message about loving like Jesus and not putting limitations or boundaries on that. It is so exciting to see so many people in our area excited about sharing the love of God and seeing our county transformed by that love!
Ashlea Brenneman is working on staff at this event. She has been working with YWAM in Kona for the last 2 1/2 years and shared about it when she filled in for Lisa.
The evening sessions are open and free at FREEDOM HALL A in the Penn Square Marriott Hotel in downtown Lancaster. They are taking place each evening at 7:00 at least through Friday. The schedule online lists Saturday as “TBA”.
Visit the circuit riders website for information about the vision/history and more about School of the Circuit Riders and their Facebook page: Lancaster Circuit Riders for posts specifically updating on what’s going on this week.
As the departure time for our planned Compassion Sponsors Missions Trip to Ethiopia has approached, some of you have been asking me about the status of the trip. We were to have left August 3rd, which (as I write this) is tomorrow! I can’t believe August is already here.
Unfortunately, we did not have enough people registered in time to make the trip possible for this year. We are talking with Compassion about options for rescheduling a similar trip in the future. I am still anxiously looking for the day that you are able to meet the children that have been sponsored through the WJTL community.
Though it is disappointing that we are not able to go on the dates we originally planned, I am confident that God’s timing is perfect and still prayerfully have my sights set on an opportunity to return with you many of you to see the faces of the children that you sponsored.
I’ll take this opportunity too, to remind any of you who currently sponsor a child to send them a letter today … and if you don’t yet, check out compassioninternational.com to find out how.
If you were one of the many who have sponsored a child from a project in Ethiopia during WJTL’s 26 Hours of Compassion, I would love to have you join me and other WJTL listeners August 3 thru 10 on a special trip designed just for us to go meet our children, spend time serving alongside the people in Ethiopia, and see firsthand how Compassion is working through the local church in Ethiopia.
You’ll attend a church service with our brothers and sisters in Addis Ababa, spend time with the children at the projects, lead some VBS style activities, visit some children’s homes, work alongside some church partners on some service projects, get to know students in the Leadership Development program, and of course spend plenty of time playing with our kids and taking them on a special fun day! What an opportunity to join together as a community and go share the Love of Jesus while making memories together. Of course there will be sight seeing and many chances to learn about Ethiopian culture along the way.
STACEY GAGNE -
During our 26 Hours of Compassion events in 2010 and 2013, WJTL listeners have sponsored children from 2 specific projects in Ethiopia through Compassion International. These sponsors are beginning to receive details about a trip scheduled to take place this August 3 through 10! We will be traveling together from the listening area as a team to serve alongside the local church and Compassion staff at our projects in Ethiopia. We’ll worship together, spend time at the student centers and meet with the staff there, play with the children and serve through some fun VBS style activities. Our team will visit some of the children’s homes, participate in service projects like painting, clean up and other hands on work. It’s going to be a treasure to spend time with our sponsored children and even treat them to a visit at an amusement park. There will also be time for sight seeing and more. I can’t wait!!! I know that there are many church staff, children and families eager to meet the people that are impacting their lives!
Our trip will enable us to better sense God’s heart for this country, to join together as a community, to get to know the culture where our sponsored children live, and see the ministry of Compassion International first hand. It will mean so much to the children and their families to know that you would come and visit them! I am confident that lives will be changed as our community joins together to bring God’s message of love to these children and their communities in Ethiopia.
I will continue to give updates and share more about the trip and even give opportunities for those who can’t travel with us to get involved. Please pray for us as we continue to plan details, for God to prepare our hearts and for provision for the listeners who will join us.
STACEY GAGNE - It’s been encouraging to hear the response from listeners who were challenged, reminded and inspired to impact the life of a child during our 26 Hours of Compassion last week. I’ve also gotten to catch up with some adult students that I befriended during my trip.
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to chat with a couple of the college students in Compassion International’s Leadership Development Program who came up through the Child Sponsorship Program. They were involved in some service projects this past week that included prison ministry, serving at Compassion projects in the local church, serving by painting in the homes of some of the sponsored families, helping to train parents and volunteers and just loving the children. How inspiring to know that these young adults are already having such an impact! This is the kind of God given hope and opportunity that our sponsorship provides!
We have heard from several listeners about ways that God has already reaffirmed things that He was speaking to their heart about missions, child sponsorship and our responsibility during the 26 Hours of Compassion. I (literally) ran into someone in the mall who flagged me down to introduce their family to me and thank WJTL for this opportunity!
We discovered that there are still a handful of students at WJTL’s project that are still waiting to “get into the classroom”. I’m highlighting their photo’s below. Please consider the impact that you can make on a life or share the opportunity and this link with a friend.
STACEY GAGNE – There will be much rejoicing at the Tedecha Mechane Yesus Church, the Ethiopian Compassion Office and the homes of hundreds of children and their family. Wow! As I write this, 287 children have been sponsored and there are still people making decisions to go online and sponsor children! We are thrilled that our community has sponsored another entire project in Ethiopia plus other children all over the world including several that have been on a waiting list for some time. We hoped to sponsor at least 250 children and together have exceeded that goal.
This is something to celebrate! Let’s give God the glory for the lives about to be changed both overseas and here in our community… because child sponsorship not only changes the life of the child and their family but that of the sponsor, too.
In the upcoming weeks and months, we’ll be sharing about an opportunity to travel to Ethiopia where you can meet your sponsored child, see their home, visit a Compassion project and even participate in some sort of service project, too.
So, thank you for listening, for praying, for sponsoring and for your faithfulness to the ministry of WJTL and our partnership with Compassion International.
STACEY GAGNE - “God mobilizes the heart of the world even for just one child”. When I visited the Ethiopian office for Compassion International, the Country Director said this and it really impacted me. Of course He does. God did it for me. He did it for you and He is doing it all over the world… creatively drawing people to Himself. I am confident that Compassion International is one of those ways.
Child sponsorship is so powerful because it focuses in on the individual but then impacts many. As we “honor the image of God” in a young person and value their holistic care we are also speaking to the fact that they matter. As a sponsor you get to be a part of a childs journey as they are fed spiritually, economically, socially and of course physically. You also get to encourage them to follow Jesus as they pursue their dreams. Your sponsorship also encourages that childs family, community and the local church that is hosting their project.
I invite you to pray about taking this journey with a child this week. Call 1-866-392-3690 Wednesday or Thursday or click here to sponsor a child right now.
STACEY GAGNE – The time has come! WJTL’s 26 Hours of Compassion is this Wednesday and Thursday! I am thrilled that we have another opportunity to come together with a church in Ethiopia and sponsor an entire project. One that I had the opportunity to visit just last month! (if you missed them, call in reports are available at our wjtlcasts page)
Our focus for this event is the Tedecha Mekane Yesus Church Student Center located in Dukem, about 20 miles southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in Africa. It’s home to about 22,000. Through child sponsorship with Compassion we have the opportunity to help provide these children with Bible teaching, health screenings, field trips, sports, health education, educational supplies, school fees and HIV/AIDS awareness education. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of your sponsored child. HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, typhoid fever and typhus are a problem in this region. Most adults in Dukem work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month.
Together with the local church in Ethiopia and Compassion International; we can help bring the light and hope of Jesus to many! Tune in this Wednesday and Thursday to hear stories about specific children we met, testimonies and more. Visit wjtl.com to check out videos as they are posted and please be praying for this event and consider sponsoring one of these children.