April NewsletterRich Stigall
Global Update from Joe Knittig
God continues to move here and there to rouse us to action; to move His local church around the world to care for the neediest children. Let us give you a quick rundown of some of the activity you’ve launched through GO Project around the world.
In May, we will send out our next update on our Relief and Redevelopment effort. The hard work continues on that front. Today, we have 2,317 children in care in 85 homes in 26 villages throughout the country. And, we are growing. Our Relief and Redevelopment plan to launch 10 new villages in 2010 is looking like we may have undershot the Lord. 10 villages is beginning to look like 12-14 new villages. The situation and work in Haiti is dynamic; the God stories there coming daily. Please stay tuned to our blog.
This is an exciting time for our work in Uganda. In May, we expect to add 48 new children in Kyotera – the homes are done, outfitted, and ready to go to life. These children will have 48 new mates very soon! Here are some of the kids, the biggest kid being our own Mike Fox.
In Lira and Kabale, the unenviable job of canvassing communities to ‘select’ those children of greatest need has been complete. Our first homes are now done, and the children will be moving in as early as tomorrow!!!
Here are some Lira and Kabale pics from March, as these villages stir to life.
We hammer home that GO Project catalyzes ‘local-church based care’ for orphaned and abandoned children. Truly, that is a term of art. We’d love you to see how our local church partner in Uganda applies this vision, and disciples its leaders and church members into what this means and the unique nature of this model. Click here for the opening section of one of our local church partner’s training manual.
Please pray for the children coming into their new homes. The Lord is transforming their little lives.
One of our key partners on the Pothawira project is Colonial Presbyterian Church. Colonial is sponsoring this village, and recently sent church leadership to visit the site – and, more importantly, to encourage and thank Peter and Emma Maseko for their commitment and sacrifice in leading this project.
We’d like to share some photos from Colonial’s March visit-
This is a photo from inside the nearly complete church/school. The church sanctuary is 10,000 square feet. The school wrapped around the sanctuary is large enough to scale to 1,000 students!
The next photo shows the children’s homes raising from the ground at Pothawira. This is a duplex – 2 homes. Each of these wonderful homes costs just $5,000, and will house 10 children and a momma.
Of course, these works don’t just fall into place and happen. People make them happen; people there on the ground who
fight against the evil of poverty’s perverted tide; people with dreams bigger than themselves, hearts courageous enough to follow them, bodies rough enough to withstand the pain, and vision clear enough to see God’s Hand and smile in His peace. It’s the people who matter most. Them. And you.
All is on schedule for the dedication of the church and children’s village the first week in June. Join us in praying for a glorious new beginning for many in Malawi – from the bottom up.
We love to see new wine poured into new wineskins. And here we see it in Asia.
Mark and Mimi Comfort own Cruise Holidays in KC (www.cruiseholidayskc.com). They take great personal joy in bringing joy to others through travel and adventure. If you know them, you know they work from love and not the almighty dollar. The Comforts tied this joy and their business to another passion: kids. They’ve used their business to fund our first 3 children’s homes in Malaybalay, Mindinao, Philippines. A family – the Drayer family – joined in to fund #4. God blessed this work in a mighty way.
Thanks for taking a risk for children and establishing a GO Project beachhead in the Philippines. Let’s see where God takes this!
GO Family, God is using you to bring transformation around the world ‘ in the lives of children and in your own lives. Thank you.