Forgotten Voices' Mission:

"Demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ by equipping local churches in southern Africa to meet the physical & spiritual needs of children orphaned by AIDS in their communities."

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Stop 1 of 25: Equipping Leaders to Care for Kids

Ryan talks with CLRC's Director, Douglas.

Our mission is to "demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ by equipping local churches to meet the physical & spiritual needs of children orphaned by AIDS in their communities."

While many of you know about the direct ways we help churches meet the physical & spiritual needs (school fees, farming, counseling, etc), you may not know about our commitment to equipping pastors, churches, and denominations with the how-to knowledge of building orphan care programs.

Forgotten Voices is proud to be associated with the Christian Leadership Resource Centre in Zimbabwe, an organization that is providing a gathering place for pastors. Pastors become members of the organization voluntarily, paying a small members fee. With their fee, they get to take part in CLRC's main mission: "equipping and strengthening church leadership."

How? By providing:
• a Theological library members can use
• Leadership training on topics such as program management & development
• HIV and Aids awareness raising initiative
• Home Based Care (HBC) – care giver’s training to equip volunteers
• Conference facilities provision-CLRC already owns a building which provides conferencing facilities as well as houses their offices.

Over the past 5 years, through your support and the support of other donors to the CLRC, an estimated 300 pastors have benefited from the services of the CLRC. By partnering with a gathering place like CLRC, we are helping equip the church for the future. In partnership with the Theological College of Zimbabwe and pastors leading church projects we support at Forgotten Voices, we hope our investment in CLRC will equip local churches long-term.

Here's what they need moving forward:
We need to raise about $5,000/year to support CLRC and efforts like it. If you are interested in giving to this effort, please donate at and write CLRC in the memo line or just give to the general account by living this blank.

Please pray for:
- the Board of Directors as they begin implementing their new strategic plan
- for Douglas (pictured with Ryan), as he directs the CLRC
- for the local churches, as they continue sending their pastors to learn and grow
- for the church denominations, as they encourage pastors to become members
- for the trainers, as they bring lessons for equipping the church
- for the partnering organizations, as they share & work together

Tomorrow's Stop: We will be down the road at the Free Methodist Church, as I show you the streets of Bulawayo. Join us. See you tomorrow!

-Ryan Keith

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