Some of SFC’s current tools that need support are:
1. The “Trail map” – \ a “nearly exhaustive SFC leader’s handbook” that can help guide leaders, through the ins and outs of this unique ministry.
2. Website – SFC produces a website with listing for each chapter to promote current events along with a great number of other online resources.
3. Weekly Winter Word – Each week of the winter a new bible study, geared specifically towards the needs, problems of a snowboarder or skier, is released.
4. Video Library – The SFC international office is always updating a library of video resources that range from feature length films that can be used at outreach events to explanatory films aimed at connecting with the Church.
5. Gospels of John – Every chapter is equipped with a stack of paper copies of the Gospel of John, specially equipped with a challenge to snowboarders and skiers to pursue a life like that of Jesus.
6. Fundraising tools – Tthis season 2 chapters will be receiving a $500 grant to fund special projects to reach their community for Jesus.
7. Book Library – SFC is compiling a literally library of literary resources that address the specific challenges of leading a group of volunteers in reaching this special community for Christ.
8. Conferences –SFC International offices hosts 5 conferences to equip and encourage our leaders to continue fighting the good fight.
9. More…new resources just like these are added each year.
At a cost of $60 per patient, LoveManifest in partnership with DPWA & AG Eye Hospital in Tirichurapalli, India, is able to provide free mobile eye camps to identify patients with cataracts. Surgeries are performed (usually same day) free of charge, and include medications, post operative care, and follow up care. It’s that simple.
By Ride Nature
On September 16th, 2013 we will be sending a team to Southern India for 2 weeks with the hope and prayer that thousands of lives will be transformed through the power of Jesus Christ. We need your help to get Bibles, boards, and other supplies on this trip!
Uganda has 2.5 million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, and 10 million children living in poverty. We are working in an urban slum area, where families are struggling to survive. Families don’t have resources to meet even the most basic needs, and 60% of our children don’t get regular meals at home. The cost of school supplies, uniforms, and fees puts education out of reach.
Most had lost hope of ever completing their education and escaping the relentless hunger and poverty that threatens their lives.
At Calvary Primary School, we feed 408 children two meals each day during the school term. We provide school fees or partial tuition assistance for these children. We also provide supplies, uniforms, and personal hygiene items. When children are sick, we take them for medical care. We provide tuition for 86 students in secondary schools, and 6 in vocational training.
Shepherd’s Hope has sought to begin urban farming in our community for over a year. By GOD’S grace the 5700 block of Lowe Ave is about to become the food center of Englewood. Over the winter the LORD placed on the heart of Executive Director Brian Anderson that HE wanted us to use a different method of urban farming in the Englewood community. A relatively new type of farming that could take place year-round. After doing some research, it sounded relatively easy and used very little water compared to conventional farming. The method would provide protein, fruits and vegetables using a symbiotic relationship in a greenhouse environment. The LORD had peaked his interest and so he and another team member from Shepherd’s Hope attended a 3-day seminar in Milwaukee on aquaponic farming. After 3 days their heads were spinning and the LORD was right again; this would be the perfect way to farm this Englewood community.
Trafficking is hell. 27 million slaves. 1.2 million trafficked each year. Sold for sex. Sold into slavery.
There are great organizations who rescue victims every day…but then what? How does a trafficking victim reintegrate into society?
In Moldova, one of the top exporters of sexually trafficked women, Beginning of Life offers a new chance at life through a specialized restoration home program. Together, we are establishing the Center for Self Defense to teach women how to protect their bodies from sexual violence.
Once operational, the Center will serve trafficking victims and other vulnerable women. Specifically, we will use self-defense training like mixed-martial arts to rebuild confidence, and develop inner strength.
Mostly, we want to make sure these women can literally fight sex trafficking if they have to. To stop sexual violence against their bodies, and to have the confidence in themselves.
Housed in the basement of a church in Chisinau, Moldova, the Center for Self-Defense is a joint project of Children’s HopeChest and Beginning of Life.
Help us stop sex trafficking, and empower women to protect their bodies and fight sexual violence.
Need: The Current local clinic in our region is no longer in service. All of our widows and people sick with HIV/AIDS must travel far to receive basic treatment and medication.
Solution: If we raise $2,000 in this campaign, we will be able to hire a mobile nurse on staff to travel throughout our 30 villages providing check-ups, distributing medication, and offer counsel and support to those in need.
Financial pressure is a leading reason cited by men and women for considering an abortion decision. Often, the difference between life and death is as simple as knowing that he or she is not alone and that she has material help from someone who cares. Understanding this, the Steamboat Springs Pregnancy Resource Center invests in our clients’ long-term health by more than just serving them with life-affirming education and options. We come alongside them with education that will help them to succeed as prudent, responsible parents and with supplies that will lessen their financial pressures. Donations to the SSPRC will help us encourage and empower young moms and single parents with cribs, car seats, baby equipment and supplies, and diapers and wet wipes—supplies they will earn through their participation in an education program that allows them to meet weekly with a personal advocate. This project not only affirms life, it promotes an abundant life for our clients and their families.
The Story of Kolya:
Left to wander the streets at age 2 1/2, Kolya started sniffing glue and became addicted to other drugs by an age where most kids are learning how to read or play baseball! Thankfully, he was brought to a Christian rehab center in Mariupol, Ukraine, and today Kolya has been clean of drugs and alcohol for nearly three years! He was adopted by Pastor Gennadiy Makhnienko, a loving mentor and role model. He is known for his talents as a poet and song-writer and now he is using those gifts as well as his physical strength and endurance to share his remarkable story to inspire others.
Twenty former orphans are biking 2,500 miles from Ekaterinburg, Russia (near the Ural Mountains) to Lake Baikal in Siberia to raise awareness of adoption and foster care!
At designated stops along the route, Kolya and his friends will be sharing their testimonies with thousands of Russians in order to promote adoption for children just like themselves.
These kids train for months to prepare for the intense physical, mental and emotional strain of biking such a long distance (2,500 miles, remember!) in often horrendous weather conditions and sharing such personal stories.
Won’t you support Kolya and his friends as they share their vision of a Russia Without Orphans? $2/mile/child.
In the Republic of Moldova, PEER Servants partners with Invest-Credit, a local microfinance institution whose mission is to provide financial services with a commitment to excellence that will make a difference in client’s lives.
Moldova is considered the poorest country in Europe and has struggled both economically and politically since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Migration is one of the most severe problems Moldova faces, with estimates ranging from one-quarter to one-third of the working age population living abroad. According to the International Organization of Migration, one-third of these are believed to be living abroad illegally.
Though the country is blessed with fertile soils and bountiful harvests of fruits and vegetables, the strained economy has led many to seek higher income in other countries. The effects of migration are widespread. Families are torn apart; one or both parents will move abroad and leave their children with relatives. Communities have lost the invigorating energy of young adults. Invest-Credit, however, believes that the people of Moldova are its greatest resource, a more fertile ground for transformation and growth than even the rich soil.
With 58% of Moldovans living in rural areas, Invest-Credit developed a unique initiative, a mobile microfinance office, to reach individuals in rural areas who would not otherwise have access to microfinance services. Through the mobile office, Invest-Credit had been able to serve three villages. With the support of a Giving of Life grant, they would be able to expand outreach to more communities.
We give life to the children we serve by being The Voice of More for foster children who have been physically, sexually, and emotionally abused and neglected. Children 6 to 12 years old head up to cam in the mountains with us for five days of positive memories. We share God’s plan for their lives and teach them how to build a firm foundation, pray to God, trust God, and follow a Godly plan…with the partnership of the Department of Human Services here in El Paso County in Colorado Springs. Royal Family KIDS’ Camp occurs in 36 states around the country each summer, reaching about five percent of foster children each summer. Here in Colorado Springs, we have a tea party one afternoon for the girls to speak identity, affirmation, and encouragement into them - and treat them royally - and have Camp Grandpa and Grandma pray over them and show them that men can value them just because they’re valuable. We have a Birthday Party for EVERY child in the middle of the week since most have never had a birthday party, tried cake, nor have they been celebrated. We also have a variety/talent show that the kids can sing, dance, whistle, kick dirt…whatever their talent is. We go crazy with applause! Each day is spent with time singing songs, listening to Bible Stories, watching puppet skits and dramas with camp staff, and loads of activity time to swim, ride horses, paint, play basketball, and other activities.
We believe that the solution to the greatest humanitarian crises of the last century is the Gospel being deeply rooted in, and lived out, through the people of God. Project love is a multimedia (video/web based)local church resource and challenge being developed for believers of all ages. It consists of teaching and testimony videos that demystify a missional lifestyle of evangelism, and at the same time, calls the audience into a 20 day challenge: Partner with God, to sow the good news of Jesus, everyday, for 20 days. The project challenges and equips.
Initially, Project:love will be spread organically though social media. There will be an official start date for project:love (June 1st). Once the 20 days are completed, project:love will continue to be made freely available to the local church as a powerful catalytic resource. We foresee the resource/challenge being accepted by small groups, and youth/young-adult groups long after the initial 20 day challenge is over!
We believe the next great move of God is not going to be thousands and millions gathering around leaders with strong personalities (though there is nothing wrong with that). Rather, the next great awakening is going to be laymen led. We see, on the horizon, the pew sitter lining up on stage at local churches throughout the modern world giving testimony of the power of the Gospel flowing through them in every day life. Through project:love, we believe thousands will be provoked to spread everywhere the fragrance of life (Jesus)!