November 26 2018
To date in 2018, Mercy, Inc., a compassionate ministry of One Mission Society, has built 450 clean water wells in South Asia. In total, the ministry has dug 3,300 wells.
In the Rohingya camp where 1.3 million Rohingya people are living on 600 acres of land in the UN refugee camp, we have dug more than 100 strategically placed wells this past year, with each one costing approximately $2200. These wells have provided much-needed clean water. Generally, the wells are 800-1000 feet deep so the quality is good.
With great joy, we see the Rohingya women pump the water into their jugs and happily carry it back to their modest homes to aid in keeping their families healthy.
More wells have been placed in the rural villages to replace the water people were drinking from muddy rivers or shallow wells, where the impurity is high and often causes sickness.
In addition to building the clean water wells, our team provides health education and Gospel presentations. The wells have improved the overall health in the villages, especially for the babies and children. What a blessing for people to have clean water close by instead of having to walk long distances, only to realize the water has many impurities and causes even when boiled.
For a gift of $2,200, you can provide the funds needed to drill a well and provide clean, life-sustaining water for a whole village. Any donation will contribute to the purchase of one well.
November 19 2018
In the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Nygozi* was the first person in his village to give his heart to Jesus, despite a difficult life. His house burned down, and he lost everything.
Thankfully, his wife and children were not harmed. All he had left was his land with a large mango tree. Even through this difficult time, Nygozi remained faithful. When the Christians decided to meet together for the first time, they invited many people, including the village leaders.
On that Sunday, it began to rain. Despite the heavy rain, 125 people came to the first service, including the local chief. The church met on Nygozi’s land, under the large mango tree. After the pastor preached, he asked if anyone wanted to give their heart to Jesus, and the local chief and five other adults responded. Everyone was praising the Lord, and no one wanted to move, even though it continued to rain.
Later, Nygozi was given the gift of his first Bible. He was so thankful for it. He immediately memorized several Scripture verses. The church continues to meet on Nygozi’s land, and he hopes to plant another church soon.
We rejoice knowing that the work of the kingdom is growing and lost people are being saved in Africa … but the people in villages throughout Africa need Bibles!
Many Africans cannot afford to buy a Bible of their own. In many churches, OMS has provided a Bible for the pastor, but then it must be shared with the whole congregation and sometimes even with other villages still without a church.
We’ve even heard stories about pastors ripping pages from their Bible to distribute among the villagers so everyone could read from God’s Word … if only just a page or two at a time!
We have an urgent need for more Bibles if we want the new Christians to grow and the church to expand. Could you donate just $10 to provide one Bible for a church in Africa?
November 12 2018
Daisy lives in Chennai, India, with her husband and two daughters. Both Daisy and her husband come from upper poor class families, with little education. Because of their
economic situation, they have struggled to meet their daily needs, especially once their girls started school.
Desperate, Daisy searched out answers at the Koladi Church, one of our partner churches in the Evangelical Church of India (ECI). She poured out her heart to God, asking him to help meet her needs. He answered through the ECI ministry, Lydia Women’s Fellowship and their tailoring school ministry.
Daisy enrolled as a student and soon learned the different skills and techniques needed to be a skilled seamstress. Today, having mastered the art of tailoring, Daisy is one of the teachers at the school. Nearly 70 women have been trained at this school, and now, there are many similar schools throughout the country, empowering women to earn an income.
The blessings Daisy received through this ministry are countless. Daisy and her family are financially stable. She earns enough to send both daughters to university to ensure their futures. She has also been able to buy a home and manage her own tailoring shop, employing two more women in need. Daisy can now tithe regularly and even sponsors a child in need.
Daisy is so grateful to Kathiroli, the leader of the Lydia ministry in charge of the Sewing for Sowing project, which provides the opportunity to women like Daisy to change their lives both financially and spiritually. A gift of $100 provides one sewing machine or you could provide machines for an entire school for $800.
November 7 2018
Winny recently celebrated her 10th birthday. The staff of Helping Hands first met her in December 2016. She and her mom Sandra had been in a hospital waiting room when the family next to them told them about the upcoming Helping Hands event to celebrate International Day of Disability. Sandra and Winny came!
Winny was born unable to walk.
After her birth, she became very sick and was in a coma for a long time. Doctors say it’s a miracle that she survived. She lives with her mom and younger sister. Her father abandoned the family because of her disability.
In Mozambique, it’s common for the father to abandon his child and wife/partner if he discovers that he/she has a disability, thus putting an even great financial strain on the mom.
When we visited Winny’s family, we saw a small baby stroller with a missing wheel in their yard.
This is what the family had been using to move her. Over time, we built a relationship with the family and were able to provide Winny with her first wheelchair, along with much-needed diapers.
We have shared Bible verses of encouragement and prayed with the family every time we visited. I remember one visit when we provided the girls with some clothes and Sandra started crying saying “No one ever notices my children like this.”
Now, Sandra and Winny and the extended family attend one of our churches and feel loved and accepted. Members of the church take turns pushing Winny in her wheelchair through the deep sand.
Sandra and Winny also started attending our monthly parent group where Sandra has met other parents facing similar situations. She has stepped up as a great volunteer in the ministry. We prayed for many months that Winny would be accepted into a school. Praise the Lord! Winny will begin school for the first time ever in January 2019!
Could you help a family in need like Winny’s? $250 covers the cost of one wheelchair that will change the life of someone in Mozambique.