Make Christmas wishes come true in your sponsor's community
If you have children in your family, you'll know that Christmas wish lists are beginning to appear on fridges! Something I've learned here at International Needs is that while every country has different traditions and celebrations, children are the same wishful thinkers everywhere.
I think their wishfulness is a wonderful childish expression of hope and what better time to affirm their hope than at Christmas? I am inviting you to make Christmas wishes come true in a number of communities.
Can you give $25, or more, today to provide a gift that will be shared appropriately amongst the children where your sponsored child lives? (For example, playground equipment at the school they attend.) In this way we can share the joy and hope that Christmas brings with these children. Your support for your sponsor child sends a beautiful message that God listens to the prayers and wishes of His children.
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5 years old
Smarika is 5 years old and she has one older sister, aged 14. Smarika's father has passed away leaving her mother to provide for the needs of the family.
Smarika’s favourite subject at school is English. She enjoys singing, dancing and her favourite colour is pink. She tries to help with the chores but finds it difficult.
Her home is made from concrete with nearby access to safe drinking water. She lives a short walk from her school.
Pastor David Kavua
Pastor David is married to Aniga and they have six children. He is in his 30’s and is a dynamic man of God.
Pastor David is an amazing church planter having not only planted several churches in Buin but also a church in West New Britain. He has also started a clothing shop which is very successful and this will fund the operations of his local church.
Pastor Joel Takava
Joel is married and has five children, four girls and one son. He lives in the village of Koromira, in Bougainville.
Joel graduated in 1983 from the CLC Freedom Bible College in Bougainville with a Certificate in Bible Studies. From 1984 until 2007 he was employed as Elder and Church Worker at Christian Life Centre, Arawa. Since 2008 Joel has been Pastor and Overseer of Kidron Ministries, and he is responsible for two churches and two cells in the Kieta district.
7 years old
Lamia has one sister who is 6 years old.
Her father is a tailor and earns a very small income. Her mother stays at home to care and tend for the family and home. They live in a 1 room hut, made from bamboo, wood and iron sheets. They have access to drinkable water from their local well. She lives 1km away from the school she attends. Lamia like to dance and loves general knowledge.
8 years old
Newaz has a 7 year old sister. His father is a vegetable seller and has to work very hard for a very small income. His mother cooks, sews and looks after the home and family. They live in a 1 room hut made from bamboo, plastic and dry leaves. Newaz has to walk 2 km to school each day. He loves to play football and study Bengali.
Bhumeeka Rai - EVANGELIST
34 years old
Bhumika is married to the pastor of the Dharmikta Joyoti Church and they have one daughter and one son. Bhumika has had extensive training in church ministry and evangelism and is responsible for women's fellowship, prayer ministry and evangelism in their area.
Bhumika's ministry area is in the Kavre district and surrounding area. Most of the population in this area are Hindu. As Bhumika came from the same background she has a great zeal to work among the unreached people and win them to Christ.
We need 5 sponsors @ $40 a month to fully support Bhumika.
Suklal Tamang - EVANGELIST
42 years old
Suklal Tamang comes from a good Christian family and is married to Laxmi who has often worked alongside him. His ministry has brought more than 500 people to Christ thus far and it is growing each day.
The ministry location is the Nawalparasi district where the majority of the population are fanatic Muslims and Hindus. Suklal is involved in church planting, gospel ministries, youth fellowship, outreach programmes and social activities.
We need 3 more sponsors @ $40 a month to fully support Suklal.
Doc Yolanda - CHURCH PLANTER
63 years old
Doc is a licensed physician with a great deal of experience in the ministry. Doc works in the Manuk Mangraw, Sinunul and Tawi-Tawi island areas which are autonomous Muslim regions located in Southern Philippines. There are special challenges that Doc faces in her ministry area. e.g. Being the only doctor on the island with no nurses and lack of medical facilities, animistic and occult practices among locals, discipling new Christians in their own local language, only source of water on the island is rain water, people in the communities have little or no education.
We need 15 sponsors $40 a month to fully support Doc.
Pastor Manuko Yautaki - CHURCH PLANTER
Papua New Guinea
Pastor Manuko is the catalyst to bringing unity between the Pastors and churches. Pastor Manuko regularly encounters opposition and there has been more than one occasion where his life has been in danger.
It is without question that Pastor Manuko Yautaki is held in high regard everywhere he goes. He serves the churches and the people with humility and no-one is denied his assistance at any time of the day or night.
We need another 3 sponsorships @ $40 a month to fully support Pastor Manuko.
Aregaw Beranie - EVANGELIST
Aregaw is 23 years old and married to Kasech who is 21 years old.
Aregaw is sharing the Gospel in an area called Melka Soda. Aregaw is currently learning the local dialect of the Oromo tribe, in the area where he is working. He goes from house to house, where the people are working on their farm, on the roads as well as markets to share the Gospel of Christ.
We need 5 sponsorships @ $40 a month to fully support Aregaw.
Pastor Apollo Tan - CHURCH PLANTER
57 years old
Pastor Apollo's mission is to disciple others, train and mentor aspiring evangelists, so that they develop their spiritual gifts.
Pastor Apollo works in the mountainous and remote area of Rodriguez, Rizal, where we have significant ministries helping underprivileged children and their families. I.N. also partners with local government and non-government organisations. Pastor Apollo wants to see the people grow in their faith, discover their own gifts.
We need 4 more sponsors @ $40 a month to fully support Pastor Apollo.
7 years old
Jerecaly has two older brothers aged 23 and 15 and
one sister aged 21 so she is the baby of the family. Her
father died and now it is up to her mother and older
siblings to help support the family.
The family home is located in a coastal area and Jerecaly’s school is nearby. The family have access to safe drinking water but they have to pay for it.
Jerecaly says her favourite subject at school is Filipino
and she enjoys drawing pictures; she helps her mother
at home by sweeping the floors.
15 years old
Nikko has one brother and two sisters. He enjoys going to school and he is excelling in his class. Unfortunately his father work and income is not enough to provide for the basic as well as educational needs of his son.
Nikko lives in the mountainous area of Rizal. His home is made from wood and there is access to safe drinking water. Nikko’s favourite subject is Maths and he enjoys singing and playing basketball.
8 years old
Smiksha is eight years old and she has two older sisters. Smiksha’s parents work as farmers but only earn a very small income. Smiksha’s parents find it hard to provide for the needs of the family and provide a good education for their children.
Smiksha’s favourite subject is English. She enjoys singing, dancing and reading the newspaper. She helps out around the home with chores. Her home is made from bamboo, wood, tin and mud. It has access to safe drinking water. It is a short walk from home to school.
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