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September 20, 2016

Your Orphan Sunday Invitation | Mission Moments

THE BEGINNING OF ORPHAN SUNDAY While attending a church service in Zambia, an American visitor was struck by the pastor’s passionate plea to care for orphans in the local community, ravaged by AIDS and poverty. The members of the congregation faced deep need themselves, but as the service ended, the visitor–Gary Schneider–watched as one person after another stepped forward with money, food, and other goods–some even taking off their shoes and placing them in the collection for the orphans. Gary was so impacted by this demonstration that he began coordinating Orphan Sunday events with leaders across Zambia. These efforts spread to the U.S. in 2003, where we now joyfully follow the example of our faithful Zambian brothers and sisters to reflect God’s heart for the fatherless. OrphanSunday.org is an initiative from the members of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. We invite you to join us for Orphan Sunday! NOVEMBER 12, 2017 On any given Sunday, one hundred worthy … Continue reading

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July 12, 2016

How Camp Is Changing Lives in Ukraine

Endless laughter, sunkissed faces, lifelong friends… With summer officially underway, camps here in the U.S. and around the world are in full swing. At Lifesong Ukraine, staff and children are in the midst of their busy camp season. These 5- to 7-day camps include studying the Bible, playing games, hiking outdoors, and singing around the campfire. Would you pray with us that God would be pleased to bless this summer camp season abundantly? During the past 5 years, over 5,000 campers have attended one of Lifesong Ukraine’s summer camps. This staggering statistic has provided unprecedented opportunity to invest in the lives of these orphaned and vulnerable children in a relaxed and enjoyable setting. “It was my dream come true; I never felt so great in any of the camps before.” –Yarik (18)  In part because of relationships established or strengthened during the summer camp season, 84% of the children in orphanages served by Lifesong Ukraine continue on to … Continue reading

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February 17, 2016

A Joyful, Chaotic Reunion | Mission Moments

Famatta’s Story At the height of the Ebola outbreak, 14-year-old Famatta watched her father, a pastor, take one of the church people to the hospital. When he returned, he told his family how the woman had died in his car while waiting for medical attention. Over the following days, word spread and people shunned Famatta’s father for helping the woman with Ebola. Rumors even began to circulate that Famatta’s father and family had contracted Ebola as a result. No one wanted to take the risk of getting close enough to find out. By the time Famatta’s father did fall ill with Ebola, there was no one to help him. Famatta and her sister watched their father–and eventually their mother–grow weaker with the disease. Famatta saw people come to her home and carry her father away. He never returned. Her mother, too, died a short time later. For a short time, … Continue reading

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