LIFE at Work — Around the World
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Life Today’s online magazine.
I’m excited to share some recent updates regarding four of the mission outreaches you help support around the world. Clean water, nutritious food, shelter and rescue for young women, and sturdy shoes help bless so many children who are in desperate need. Your support for LIFE Outreach International helps share the love of Jesus in word and deed every day.
I appreciate every mission worker who gives their life to service, but please know it is your gifts of love that help keep them going. We are ALL part of the team in God’s Kingdom, and I want to thank you for sharing LIFE around the world.
150 Wells to Go!
The overall goal in 2021 is 350 wells, and here at midyear more than half are funded and mobile drill teams are being scheduled. There is nothing so life-changing in these villages as a new water well providing clean water. With your help, funding for the final 150 wells can be reached this summer and the wonderful message, “Clean water is on the way!” can be shared with mission workers who have been praying for a well in their area.
Every Bowl Gives Life
Since 1989 Mission Feeding has answered the call to help feed millions of children across Africa. Malnutrition is a huge threat to young children who suffer from a lack of nutritious food due to floods, drought, civil conflict and harsh economic conditions. Now in its 33rd year, LIFE’s Mission Feeding outreach, supported by friends like you, continues to provide essential, nutrient-fortified food five days a week for hundreds of thousands of children — this year, more than 350,000 children a day.
Ministry That Reaches the World Every Day
James and Betty, along with their inspirational guests, reach millions of homes with every broadcast. Television, with its extended reach through cable, satellite and the internet, is the greatest tool for communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The words of Jesus frame our worldview, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.” (Luke 4:18 NIV). Every day, in some way, we will share Jesus, the Light of the world and the expressed Love of God to a world in need.
Speaking Up to Save Lives
The dark world of human trafficking is a global problem, and its victims — taken, tricked or sold into the sex trades or forced labor — cry out for freedom. As Christians we are called to defend the tormented. As Proverbs 31:9 says, Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy (CSB). With your help, LIFE is actively supporting outreaches in more than 10 nations to provide education for children about the dangers of trafficking and support safe homes where young women can rebuild their lives in a Christ-centered environment.
Ralph Done is director of missions at Life Outreach International, the parent organization of The Stream.