Allow The Children is reaching and discipling children for the Lord through children's homes, and child sponsorship programs and equipping churches in all kinds of ways to reach their own people, especially the children.
We have a new address for Allow The Children. I guess this is not a huge step in the eternal scheme of things, but our little ministry is growing and multiplying. We need to separate our ministry mail and personal mail. Please make a note of it.
The Senior class of Timberlake Christian Schools, 4th year in a row, traveled to Guatemala under Allow The Children. The main project of the trip was to build a worship
“shelter” for a village where there were no believers just a short
time ago. A Guatemalan evangelist is working
there and a few people had come to the Lord.
After a baby became very ill and was taken to the mission compound
for treatment, more people came. None of the small homes seemed
adequate as a place to meet, so the people gathered under a tree. Our
project completed a gathering place with walls about half high,
concrete floor and tin roof. It is not a full building, but a LOT
of ground preparation, moving cinder blocks and mixing concrete
went into it. On the last day, we gathered there for a
worship service and dedication and it is ready to be used for their
regular worship time. Please see the photo taken
at the dedication. At this point, our plan for the summer teams is
to continue to build up the walls and hope to finish a building that can
be enclosed to keep chairs, etc inside. In addition to that,
we served a hot meal in 3 different villages,
distributed clothing and shoes, painted buildings for the
orphanage, preached in 2 church services, music and
testimonies in the church services, teaching
Sunday School for the children, brought our 30
Chiquimula children into the compound to spend vouchers
with their sponsorship money to get things they needed. I
think the Timberlake Christian School
senior class got a great experience with missions and ministry
(1) among the poor and needy, (2) in a different country and
language group, (3) with village and orphanage children
(4) building that will last and serve for worship . I am looking
forward to doing this again with 2 more groups this summer and a similar
ministry in Nicaragua with still another group.
The slum is a study in contrasts. There are long term families who have collected enough scrap metal and wood to make themselves a relatively sturdy dwelling, some that can even be closed and locked. A more common situation are those who have made a frame of bamboo and cover it with literally anything--pieces of cloth, newspaper, plastic tarp ( to be envied) or plastic bags torn open and taped together which is better than nothing. The family pictured above had nothing. It was February of 2013. The temperature dropped to bitter cold at night and it poured rain on the night of this photo. They were "camped out" on garbage strewn bank with the filthy river on one side and the slum dwellings just a few steps away on the opposite side. The mother was trying to wash clothes, though it seems that they could not have been more dirty than the water she was using. The man paced about the family's few possessions. They may have lost their home in a flood, which is common in Nepal. Or they may have come into the capital city to find work, which is also a common story. I stood and watched them for a while with the evangelist we support standing beside me. They are not part of our church ministry in the slum and none of our believers there know them-- yet. But I am grateful that the little church is just a short walk down the river. It is thriving in this unlikely environment, almost filled to capacity at each week day worship. So much so that the children are taken out for a separate program. I do not know how this family came to be homeless, but they came to a place where the Lord Jesus Christ is known and shared. They will have a chance to come to know Him. They will be offered some physical help first, just as the Lord often did in His ministry-- perhaps for the children. Then they will hear words to meet their spiritual needs. As you read this, please pray for them.
This photo is the ground where the Trisuli church, Nepal, used to be. This is a very needy and remote area where we have 30 children in sponsorship. We hold pastor training here 2X a year and annual medical clinics. The church has had a huge crack in the side since the earthquake a few years ago and in fear, the people have taken the whole building down and plan to do all of the labor themselves to rebuild. We will make a project of helping with funds for the materials. We are praying that this very important center of worship for this area will soon be back under roof and in use
While in Trisuli, we received a 14 year old girl for Maranatha Home, older than we usually accept for new children. Her father died a few months ago, devastating the family. They lost their home and now with no income, depend on the church for a little daily food. Two younger siblings were taken in by others. The mother, with no other job skills, will become a live in house servant, working all day, 7 days a week for little more than food. This girl was in great danger of the very same situation. Girls as young as eight are taken in as house workes, often due to circumstances very similar to this. As a house worker at least she has shelter and food-- but it is often not the same food as what the family eats. There will be no more school and very little chance that life will ever be any better. But-- this girl is coming to Maranatha. She is only one among thousands. But the Lord has drawn her to our ministry and we are excited to see what he will do with her life. She needs a sponsor who will pray for her faithfully, especially in this transition period when she is leaving her mother and her home in the mountains.