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“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
The political situation over this past year has made the difficult life in Haiti even worse. It seems unimaginable. There have been protests and acts of violence. It has created transportation problems which has affected the ability to do daily business. Schools and hospitals have been closed because of safety and transportation issues, as well as shortages. There has been a shortage of food and medicine. Prices for food and fuel have skyrocketed. With Haiti in this crisis, we are helping our 10 pastors and their families in this nation. Haiti needs the help and hope of God. We are working with our Ministry Director Pastor Raquens to provide crisis relief to our pastors and the people they serve in their churches.
Pastors Pedro and Amalia Urcia serve Jesus in Iquitos, Peru. They are the ministry directors of GCI-Peru. They pastor a church in Iquitos and give apostolic shepherding to our ministry network across this nation. They have wonderful hearts for God. Each year they host a Christmas outreach event in Iquitos to bring Jesus to the children of the area. Many of the children are very poor. Amalia is affectionately known as “Abuela” (grandma) across Peru. She uses her animated character to share about the love of God. Many children receive Jesus as their Savior. They are expecting 5,000 children to attend. They give each child a small gift that costs $5. You can share the Christ of Christmas by providing these gifts.
Sharing God’s Word and building up faith in people requires them to have a copy of the Bible. In the nations we serve, a “book version” is most helpful. As we have opportunities, we purchase and distribute Bibles.
God is expanding our ministry presence in West Africa. We now have ministry works in Nigeria, Liberia, Benin, Togo and our newest nation Ghana. Women and their families can benefit greatly in these nations from Economic Development. Sometimes children are sold and trafficked into abusive situations because families can’t afford to care for them. In recent years we’ve helped 200 women in Togo and Benin with a stipend to start sustainable businesses of selling fruit, vegetables, grains and cloth. You can make a big difference!
Native American Outreach
There is a great divide between the Native Peoples and the rest of our nation. The deep hurts of history still remain. There is great suffering among many tribes. There is loss of identity, poverty, addiction and high suicide rates especially among the youth. VisionVestors is partnering with Native American leader Fran Obrien (Kiowa/Apache) to bridge the gap and demonstrate the love of God. We have sponsored Vacation Bible Schools in Oklahoma and other outreach events. Breakthroughs are coming! You can help.
Antonio and Graciela Chavez are bringing Jesus to the people of Nepal. They have connected with the people through helping special needs children. VisionVestors helped them to secure a hostel called the Himalayan Guest House as their base of ministry. Nepal is about 1.5% Christian but people are responding to the love of Jesus demonstrated in practical ways. This project is to help them with support to maintain their guest house.
Walter Vega leads our ministry efforts in Paraguay. He leads ministries in men’s and women’s prisons. They are offered faith and training to reenter society with skills to lead productive lives. People are being transformed. The women pictured hold certificates of graduation of the reentry program. The man holding the Bible came to faith in prison through the program. Now out of prison, he’s called to be a pastor and is planting a church with Walter’s help. You can help by providing training materials for this program. Each reentry training packet contains a Bible.
This past year, VisionVestors helped with church construction projects in Peru, Haiti, Benin, and Liberia which included a school. It was a great boost to ministry for the churches in these nations. While people are the church, facilities in many nations make a big difference especially to get people out of the sun and rain. There are Godly pastors doing the good work of the Gospel in these nations. They are reaching precious people for Jesus. As you can imagine, to have a shaded and dry place for the people to meet is important to effectively minister to them. It literally creates a spiritual home. However, resources are limited. As the Lord leads, VV provides construction resources. The church at the upper right is in Ghana. We visited this church in October. Pastor Martins and his wife are doing a good work. Support for their facility would make a huge difference. The people pictured below are part of one of our new churches in Togo. We have the opportunity to assist with land purchase and a building as things progress. Pictured right is land we helped purchase in Benin. It’s the future site of a church and Bible Training Center. We are believing God for resources to break ground.
One of the most significant contributions that we can make, is in our international leaders. We cannot over emphasize the value of their encouragement and equipping. It elevates their impact in their respective nations and our partnership for the Kingdom of God. Once every four years, we hold our Grace Covenant International World Conference. For maximum access, we hold it in the Dominican Republic. It will be April 28-May 1, 2020. We endeavor to get our national leaders from all 12 nations to attend. It is an investment in family relationship, leadership equipping, unified vision and Kingdom partnership. As you can understand, they need assistance for travel expenses. Please consider contributing to this strategic Kingdom event. At the right, are our some of our leaders from West Africa that we are aiming to support to attend our World Conference. Please know that you are invited to join us and meet our international leaders face to face. You can actually talk to those who benefit from our projects. Check out our GCI website for more information.
Medical supplies are needed throughout the year to outfit our medical mission teams and medical clinics offered in poor and remote areas with little access to medicine and medical care.