Friday, October 30, 2009
Many of you have met my friend Fibion through our blogs, videos, etc. He's an incredible man. If you haven't heard from him, take a minute to hear his vision for his church's ministry.
Every time I travel to see Fibion and the Free Methodist Church he leads, I'm struck by how far and wide the reach of the church is and how many people know & trust Fibion. My own father is a minister and a pretty good one, though I'm biased. :) But my dad doesn't know most people in our town, let alone just the people that live on the street I grew up on. So, how do Fibion and his church do it? THEY WALK & SEE.
They go door to door. Place to place. Seeing and experiencing the physical & spiritual needs of children orphaned by AIDS in their communities. They demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ by responding to those needs...taking action...immediately, if possible. They KNOW the needs because they are walking and seeing the needs.
Already this year, we have helped this church send over 100 children to school. Now, this term, we are helping send nearly 140 kids to school. Incredible! Praise God for His provisions and your gifts. Now, we are helping the church build a preschool, which will help create income for the church for its use to help children in the best way church leaders see fit. The preschool will really help equip the church to meet the needs on its own.
- Peace and security for the community, as political tensions in Zimbabwe continue
- Tension among community leaders, amidst this financial crises
- Pray for wisdom for Fibion and other community leaders to stand up against oppresive environments.
- Pray for erratically rising school fees
- Pray for anxiety of kids as their families try to make it
- Pray for the families of these kids
On-going needs: Prices are an estimated 3-5 times more than they were last year. Pray for God to provide funds for Forgotten Voices to meet these rising costs due to the erratic value of the USD. To give, visit us online at http://www.ForgottenVoices.org.
Please pray and walk around those in need all around you. I'm praying that God use you for his glory, honor, and praise.
Next steps: Given my travel schedule and demands, as well as lack of internet this weekend, I'll hold off on Stop #3 until Monday. Tune in to find out where we are going next.
Written by Ryan - ForgottenVoices.org at 10/30/2009 11:39:00 PM