Family and Friends,
I can’t believe how quickly time has passed…in a matter of weeks, I’m off to Manila!! Our team has been provided a little more about what we will be doing while we are there. We will spend a portion of our time with Kids International Ministries (K.I.M). Their focus is to meet the needs of abandoned children and the poor by “showing” them the Gospel. They are guided by a simple principle:
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” – James 1:27
Manila is home to more than 70,000 street kids. In addition, there is the growing concern for the 1.7 million children living in impoverished and crowded informal settlements springing up all across Metro Manila. Many of these children, rather than going to school, are taking to the streets to beg, work and play. Children come to K.I.M for a variety of reasons—some have been abused, others neglected or abandoned. To care for these children, K.I.M supports several children’s homes to address the needs of children. K.I.M also supports a variety of community ministries: Christian education, medical and dental care, livelihood development programs, recreation activities and evangelical outreach ministries.
The Filipino school year starts in June, and more than 300 elementary, high school and college students that KIM supports are all eager for the chance to go to school. I ask that you begin praying for these students today and everyday as they seek to better themselves through education and the hearing of the gospel.
I’m so grateful for yet another opportunity to be obedient to God’s call in my life and share the gospel here and abroad. There is a peace, joy and assurance that surrounds me as I prepare for this trip. Keep me in your daily prayers to walk in His way and at His pace; to pray consistently and purposefully; and to depend on Him in all things.