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.
Mengistu is 28 years old and is married to Tseganesh, she is 23 years old. They have 2 daughters, Misgana (3 months old) and Pirsikila (2 years old).
Mengistu is currently serving God in the Ropi Magada Oromia Regional Administration, which is 138 km far south of Dilla. As Mengistu travels around Ethiopia to evangelise the unreached people, your prayer and financial support is very important to him; and it helps him to accomplish the mission the Lord has given him.
5 x $40/month Sponsorships are required to fully support Mengistu in his ministry.
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.
14 years old
Rupali has a little brother aged two, and a younger sister aged six. Her father works as a daily labourer but struggles to earn enough money to cover the basic daily needs of his family. They all live together in a small one-room hut and there is no money to pay for the children to attend school. Please pray for Rupali and her family as they do not yet know the Lord. Rupali and her family are very grateful that she can now live and learn at the Savar Children's Village. Rupali's best subjects at school are Bengali and Sewing. She enjoys playing Bauchi with her friends.
Aregaw Beranie - EVANGELIST
Aregaw is married to Sara. They have a baby daughter, Meshate (born April 2014).
Aregaw is currently serving God in the Oromia Administrative region in the area calle Lotte, which is 50km east of Dilla. He is serving in 3 local churches. As Aregaw travels around Ethiopia to evangelise the unreached people, your prayer and financial support is very important to him; and it helps him to accomplish the mission the Lord has given him.
We need 5 sponsorship units of $40/month to fully sponsor Aregaw Beranie in his ministry.
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.
13 years old
Enoch is 13 years old. He has one sister. His parents are separated and his father no longer supports the family financially. They live on the meagre income of his mother who is a petty trader.
They live in a compound house in a slum area of Bubiashie in the Accra Metropolis and have access to drinking water. Your sponsorship will help provide Enoch with some of his basic needs and will significantly reduce the burden his mother has to bear all by herself.
Enoch loves to play football.
8 years old
Avil is 8 years old. He has a twin brother and a 6 year old brother. His family is very poor and his father works as a helper in a workshop. His parents cannot afford to cover the costs of food, education and other expenses for their children. As a result Avil now lives in Bethany Children’s village where he has the opportunity to attend school. He is very happy there and his family are very grateful for this assistance.
Avil likes to play Cricket. He likes to help by cleaning the school office. Bengali class is his favourite subject at the new school.
Avil’s family lives in the Southern part of Bangladesh in a coastal area. His home is 60 km away from Bethany children’s village. They live in a hut made of bamboo, wood and dry leaves. They have access to drinkable water.
8 years old
Jui is 12 years old. She has 1 brother and 1 sister. Her father works as a labourer. Unfortunately as a labourer you only earn a very small amount. It makes it difficult to support the basic daily needs of the family and the educational needs of the children.
Jui loves music and she enjoys reading books in the Bangladesh language of Bengali. She also enjoys tending the flower garden at school.
Her family home is made from bamboo, mud and iron sheets. There is a local well where they get safe drinking water. Jui lives in at school at the Savar Children's Village.
Dishon Nickson Jude
3 years old
Dishon is 3 years old. His father works as a salesmen and has a low income, he struggles to support the family. The home they live in is very small and is made of brick and cement. It is overcrowded, with 5 adults (his Grandparents, Aunt and his parents) and little Dishon. They do not have water or toilet facilities. The family have to use the public bathing/lavatory area which is never clean and is also unhygienic; it is situated about 1km from their home.
Dishon’s favourite activity at the Centre is to work with clay. He helps his mother at home by washing hankies.
His home is in the area of Wellawatte and is 1 ˝ kilometres away from the Centre.
17 years old
Jericho has one 14 year old brother and one 9 year old sister. His parents' income is insufficient to provide all his educational expenses.
Next year he will be in tertiary schooling which will be very expensive because the nearest high school is in a town which is a very long walk away. He would like to be able to finish college so that he can help his family
His home is located in a rural area of a mountainous part of Rizal. Their home is made of wooden materials and they have access to safe drinking water.
His favourite activities are mountain climbing and playing basketball. He helps at home by cleaning the house. His favourite subjects in school are Filipino and English.
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