With little more than a month’s time remaining, the soon-to-be established nation of Southern Sudan prepares for its first independence day (09 July 2011). As you can imagine this monumental occurrence does not come without its challenges. Reports in the news have described outbursts of violence in the city of Abyei, located on the line on which Sudan is projected to split. Other news reports are beginning to highlight the tension that we already knew was present between the North and South.
Being united in prayer while serving a common purpose is something I have very much treasured over these past months. Whether in times of great prosperity or in times of great strife I find encouragement in knowing that together we can humbly present our requests to the Lord so that He may do the work of restoration as only He can.
Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”
I ask you to join me in prayer this week as I am given the opportunity to represent LIA as we take up the cause of the fatherless at the Christian Alliance for Orphans’ Global Summit – hosted at Southeast Christian Church, May 12-13.
The driving mission behind the summit weighs heavy on my heart. Statistics tell us every 15 seconds another child in Africa becomes an orphan due to AIDS, and Ethiopia has the largest population of orphans in the world (estimated 4.6 million). These statistics portray a grave reality that there are children who are suffering and there are issues which must be addressed to end the perpetuation of these trends. As professionals from around the world are united at this Summit for the common cause of strategically planning how to combat the issues linked to these disheartening numbers, I am praying for the Lord’s presence and guiding hand through the entirety of our time together.
Please join me this week in praying for the Summit. Pray that God would be glorified in our conversations, workshops, and future planning as we seek to serve the least of these, and as we seek to end the cycles, which bring about such situations for precious children.
Most importantly, I ask you to join me in praying for the children who have lost one or both of their parents – some forced to sleep on the cold streets at night, lacking the protection or love from a parent or guardian figure. May we not forget why we tirelessly work to see impact and strides being made to combat these realities.
It is our honor and privilege to invite your participation in our first ever Life in Abundance (LIA) International Good Samaritan Pledge Drive!
During the month of May, every dollar given or pledged to be given on a monthly basis will be doubled as part of this campaign, up to $60,000! This is an extraordinary opportunity for LIA, but we need your help!
Learn more about the details of the pledge drive here.
To make a contribution to the pledge drive check out www.lifeinabundance.org/donate.
As our first quarter activities come to a close and we begin the second quarter of the year, I have a good feeling of great things ahead. We are looking to accomplish several important undertakings this year and have already experienced notable breakthroughs.
I write to you having just returned from a sweet but emotional time in Khartoum, Sudan.
Many years ago, God commissioned LIA to serve the displaced people in the north by showing us their destitute status as they camped in mass on the outskirts of Khartoum with no means to meet basic needs. Now, several years later, our ministry has matured and we have graduated several communities. We are also joyfully seeing the chance for these people to return home.
It should be no secret that prayer truly achieves much.
I just read an email from Yenenesh, our LIA Program Director. She is visiting one of our closed countries this week. The main task during this ten day visit is to complete our ‘training of trainers’ program. This weekend they carried out a prayer walk exercise in the town and God gave them remarkable opportunities to share the gospel, victories that looked very easy to bring on board. Six people came to the Lord and several made appointments to hear more. She wrote excitedly to say, “God has been at work and is allowing us to see the results of prayer made over the years. God hears and responds to prayer. This is encouraging us all the more to keep prayer at the center of all we do.”
As the world focuses on the turmoil in Libya right now, I can’t help but to be reminded of the faithfulness, righteousness and deliverance of our God, His way- His time! We would love to ask why, explain what is happening, and even predict the outcome, however we would best look to God and trust that He is at work now as always has been.
I’m writing to you after having just returned from a series of meetings among ministry leaders in Poland. The time was spent well and God was glorified without a doubt.
On the final day of our meetings, we took a trip to complete the time together. We went to the Nazi concentration camp in the south of Poland – Auschwitz. Here 1.5 million Jews from all over Europe were brought and killed in mid 1940’s. We saw the whole history and evidence. The camps, cells, starvation rooms, gas chambers, gas cans used, the firing squad execution court, the hanging gallows, all that and more. It was heavy. We saw thousands of shoes that were left behind, personal items like clothes, toothbrushes, suitcases, and tones of hair from the victims. It was an intense but a needed reminder. (more…)
If you have ever served alongside our staff in Kenya, then you will quickly recall the vibrant smile and personality of Dr. Emily Obwaka. For the previous two years, Dr. Emily has served valiantly as the country director for LIA-Kenya. (more…)