Drought, hunger and outright famine are once again threatening precious lives on the continent of Africa.
IDES is blessed to have faithful mission partners diligently meeting needs in Jesus’ name in several North and East African nations. One nation where needs are great and His servants are hard at work is Kenya.
What is your favorite way to witness?
We could easily identify a dozen or more witnessing styles based on examples found in the Gospels, the book of Acts, and other New Testament passages. I want to focus this brief article on just one.
Imagine: Sweat drips down your forehead as you achingly bend over in your field for hours under the hot sun, tilling the ground by hand for planting your seeds.
Day-in and day-out, the sun bares down as you complete the back-breaking farm labor that is the only hope for your family's livelihood. At the end of the planting weeks, you can just hope there will be enough rain for the crops to sprout and flourish. But, the rain never comes.
The temperature increases, hotter and hotter as the summer season takes over, all while you watch your family's livelihood dry up before your very eyes.
I think most of us that travel to help further the Gospel, whether it’s across the ocean or across the county, have it in our minds that we are going to do great things for God.
And we have to, otherwise we wouldn’t step out of our comfort zone to be used by God. But maybe you’re like me.
I get so excited about the possibilities that could happen while serving that I often forget that what I’m doing might not reap a harvest of saved souls while I’m around to see it. Is what I’m doing still important?
The threat of starvation and violence bears heavily upon families in South Sudan, each of whom are extremely anxious for peace and food security.
Following several years of ongoing civil war, as well as a remarkably hot drought that killed all of the crops, famine is sweeping through the nation during the first few months of 2017. This would be a most difficult environment for any Christ-follower to spread the hope of Jesus. The forces of darkness seem insurmountable. But, the light of Hope is eternally more powerful.
Thanks to your generosity, our brothers and sisters in Christ in South Sudan are making a difference in the lives of families who are suffering. We wanted to share their story with you, because we believe we can all learn from their example of faith.
Have you ever been desperate?
I am talking about hitting rock bottom.
The situation was such you didn’t know what do. You were empty and anxious. You were tired and weak. Your resources were spent. You were broken. You needed help.
The ferocious "chatter" of machine guns just around the corner from one's home is as regular as birds in the morning for displaced families in Myanmar. Fear is a constant state of being, necessary for mere survival in the midst of the war that these families have no part in.
The brutal battle rages on between the central Myanmar government and regional militarized rebels, with thousands of innocent lives caught in the crossfire.
Before you continue, we must warn you that this story is extremely difficult to read.
What is important about Memorial Day? What is it for and what are we celebrating?
It began as Decoration Day following the Civil War- a day to decorate the graves of some of the almost 500,000 American soldiers who died during that terrible war. Today there have been more than 1.2 million war time military deaths.
The little girls and boys walked up eagerly to our mission partner, shivering in their barely-thick-enough clothing for the cooler temperatures of winter in India.
Due to the vicious inequality of the caste system, these precious children and their families are trapped in the grips of poverty with little help or notice from their surrounding communities. This leads to nearly constant food insecurity, and a severe lack of resources -- many of them living in little more than mud-and-garbage huts. Thanks to your love, they recently received food and blankets from IDES in the name of Jesus.
Each of the children's mothers smiled at our partner, tears welling up in their eyes in gratitude as a clean, warm blanket and a package of food was handed to them.
Back in high school, I was a serious band-geek.
The majority of my close friends were members of the band program, and I loved being a part of that group--I still play trumpet to this day. However, I also desperately wanted to be liked by people in the other social strata. I wanted to be "popular" like the athletes. I wanted to be "cool" like the skaters. I wanted to be "smart" like the academics.
In order to fit in with the other crowds, I would often deliberately change the jokes I would make, the lingo I would use, and even the things I would wear depending on whom I was hanging out with that day. All of these were attempts to define my identity in some way, so they definitely skewed my core values. The way I carried myself and treated people was dishonest, inconsistent, foolish, and vainly self-centered. To be frank, I sometimes lacked in integrity.