Chip recently receive the following prayer letter from B (one of our students/volunteers in a closed country). B writes:

Isaiah 58: “Share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, cover him . . . then shall your light break for like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; . . . you shall call, and the Lord will answer.”

A Dawning Light

For the past 3 months the Lord has laid this passage along with several others like it on my heart. I have realized that I don’t live a lifestyle of helping the orphans, poor, or widowed. In the passage above it says, “Then shall your light break forth.” That is what I want for this place.

We are starting a ministry campaign in our city called the “Isaiah 58 Campaign.” For the next 4 months we will attempt to establish a system that this city can use for years to come in order to care for these people. We will be doing this as part of efforts to reach the 20,000 college students here. Our prayer is that we take the Christian and non-Christian students out and share with them AS we care for the needy, that the light of Christ will break forth here, like the dawning of the sun.

This has already begun!!! Last Friday, I spent 3 hours explaining the gospel to Camaro, a freshman student, in light of the needs of 50 orphans I went to visit. Somehow, the Lord used this simple conversation and the great needs of these orphans, to pierce Camaro’s heart and lead him to starting a relationship with Him.

The Lord isn’t just laying this on the hearts of my team and I, he is also heavily speaking to the hearts of the national leaders in this country. During our national conference, I was given an opportunity to speak about Isaiah 58. I’m excited to see what the Lord will do with this country in light of our humble efforts to care for those that many people over here have forgotten about. Pleas pray for us in this!

That the World might know . . .

B

It’s college spring break time and of course that means “party.”

About 50 Duke University students chose New Bern as their getaway destination, and gathered this morning at the corner of North Cool Avenue and Cypress Street.

They wore hard hats, sweat shirts and jeans instead of swim suits. They hoisted hammers instead of booze.

The students are part of the 200-member Duke Campus Crusade for Christ, which is in town assisting with building a Habitat for Humanity house.

“We get to have the best of both worlds in terms of a fun spring break together and also a chance to serve the community and share some of God’s love with those around us,” said Pearce Godwin, a senior from Blowing Rock.

The foundation is in place for the fourth of 12 planned Habitat homes in the North Kool project. By midweek the students should have the flooring in place.
“It’s fulfilling to come out and use some of the gifts and abilities we feel God has given us to share with the community, like the family that will be able to live in this house,” Godwin said. “We all take a lot of joy and pride in being able to help people. And it’s fun for us, too. It’s not unwilling service because we have a good time working together for the greater good.”

Godwin has been on numerous off-campus projects, including work in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

“We’re not the only ones,” Godwin said. “There is another Christian fellowship that goes up to the Bronx every spring break, and even nonreligious organizations do some service. There are a lot of different people at Duke who’ve decided it would good to think about more than just our own fun for the week.”

Habitat volunteer coordinator Amanda Norwood said the student help was indicative of the volunteer backbone of the organization, which has built 42 houses in New Bern since 1989.

“We feel it is important to serve the community,” said Duke student team leader Michael Worsman, a 19-year-old sophomore from New Hampshire. “Overall, I think people appreciate that we are serving.”

Worsman’s father was a contractor, so he is familiar with construction. For many of the other students, the Habitat project becomes an outdoor classroom.
“Most of these people have absolutely no experience in what they are doing right now,” Worsman said, laughing amid the sounds of hammers and saws.

Bill Major, a River Bend retiree, has been Habitat’s materials coordinator since 1998. He has seen 26 houses built, and is always impressed by the youthful turnout.

“I think it’s wonderful. They’ve dedicated themselves to helping somebody out and I admire that,” he said. “It shows they have something on their minds other than a party.”

Source: Charlie Hall
March 10, 2008 – 3:49PM
Sun Journal

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The Mocha Club ties together two communities: Africa and You. Why not encourage students and faculty at your campus to join the Mocha Club and build a team around a project that resonates with a team’s particular interest: child mothers; education; HIV/AIDS; job creation; orphan care; sudan regrowth?

logosymbol.gif“And what does the LORD require of you but to act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”– Micah 6:8

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Micah Challenge is part of a global Christian campaign. Their aims are to deepen our engagement with impoverished and marginalised communities; and to challenge leaders to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and so halve absolute global poverty by 2015!
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Andy McCullough sent the following letter to ministry partners and friends. We thought it was a great idea on many fronts — relationship with partners, getting partners engaged in planting movements, balancing good news and good deeds, etc.

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Soon you should be receiving our January letter either by snail mail or email. In the letter, I share briefly about my trip last month to South Africa and about going back next summer.

Even before I went I started dreaming about returning this coming July and inviting you all to join me. Sort of a Ministry Partners Missions project. This summer marks the twentieth anniversary of my first international project. That summer I went to Kenya and the experience changed my life. I couldn’t think of who I’d love to go back to Africa with that those of who partner with Robin and I through your prayers and gifts.

Here’s some basic info of this opportunity…
· Tentatively, we would leave July 18th (a Friday) and return on the morning of July 28th (a Monday).

I would reserve tickets for our group and we would all meet up at Dulles Intl Airport in DC and fly together. (Those of us from CO we would fly to Dulles from Denver together.)

For the week of 21st we would serve Beam ministry as they ministry to orphans and the poor. I’d love to have…

1. People from medical community so we could set up either a medical clinic or dental clinic or both.

2. Anyone with computer skills that could teach basic skills in their computer lab.

3. Someone with small business skills to train some adults how to start up their own business.

4. Anyone who could help minister to kids whether through a program like VBS or just loving on them. So teachers or anyone who just loves kids.

5. Anyone willing to serve in any way. We will

We would spend some time too encouraging the Campus Crusade project that will be there that month.

We also would go on a safari one day and visit an African church too.

I am still working on the actual costs. I have found that plane tickets in July are rather expensive so it may cost somewhere between $2500 and 3000. Our Church here in Boulder is setting this up as one our mission trips so you can raise support and people can get a tax deduction.

So… would prayerfully consider going with me this summer for 10 days to South Africa? If I did this right, there should be voting options on the email. If you are at all interested please let me know.

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“God’s part is to put forth power; our part is to put forth faith.” Andrew Bonar, missionary to Palestine, 1810-1892.

Do you have a burden for the poor or others in the margins of society and want to get students involved?

Here’s a list of potential partners – it’s from World Magazine’s “Profiles in Effective Compassion” (’06 & ’07). These groups are offering tangible help, seeing long-term results, and “soaking every activity with the gospel.” Most are local, but some national or international – check out their websites.

  • Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond, CA
  • Jobs for Life, Raleigh, NC
  • Rachel’s House, Columbus, OH
  • CityTeam Ministries, Chester, PA
  • Manoomin Project, Marquette, MI
  • Earth Keeper Project, Livonia, MI
  • Christian Women’s Job Corps, Nashville, TN
  • (Google the Rest)
  • A Hand Up for Women, Knoxville, TN
  • Guiding Light Mission, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Habitat for Humanity, Flint, MI
  • Mission Solano, Fairfield, CA
  • Urban Promise, Camden, NJ
  • Truth Seekers, Memphis, TN
  • A Way Out, Memphis, TN
  • Crossroads Center Rescue Mission, Hastings, NE
  • Citizens for Community Values, Memphis, TN
  • Neighborhood Christian Center, Inc., Memphis, TN
  • Mariner’s Church Lighthouse Community Center, Santa Ana, CA (50 programs focused on Minnie Street)
  • St. Francis Center, Redwood, CA
  • Mile High Ministries, Denver, CO
  • Interfaith Housing Coalition, Dallas, TX
  • Christian Women’s Job Corps of Middle Tennessee, Nashville, TN
  • Victory Trade School, Springfield MO
  • Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, Little Rock, AR
  • Happy Hands Education Center (Ministry to the deaf), Tulsa, OK
  • Vision Youthz, San Francisco, CA

Look for service opportunities that:

  • Connect students with people and where there’s potential for long-term relationships to develop
  • Unbelievers can be invited to join you
  • Students can be equipped to connect the story of Jesus with the stories of people they serve

These things lead to long-term solutions and impact, to transformed lives, and to people coming into the Kingdom.–Chip S.

Samuel Morse was an American painter of portraits and historic scenes, the creator of a single wire telegraph system, and co-inventor, with Alfred Vail, of the Morse Code. He made the following observation about William Wilberforce.

Mr. Wilberforce is an excellent man; his whole soul is bent on doing well for his fellow man. Not a moment of his time is lost. He is always planning some benevolent scheme or other and not only planning them but executing them; he is made up altogether of affectionate feeling. What I saw of him in private gave me the most exalted opinion of him as a Christian. Oh, that such men as Mr. Wilberforce were more common in this world. So much human blood would not be shed to gratify the malice and revenge of a few wicked, interested men.

Our Crossroads Ministry just opened up significant discussions with several growing movements among college students who want to make a difference in the AIDS pandemic. One movement that has partnered with World Vision and now IV is Acting on AIDS*. Our ministries at several locations have already helped start effective partnership with Acting on AIDS. Explore their website.

*Acting on AIDS is a program started by Christian college students to create awareness and promote activism on the global AIDS pandemic at colleges and universities across the nation. With the support of World Vision, Christian college students have formed a broad network of Acting on AIDS groups on college campuses that seeks to change hearts on campuses, create awareness in communities, and advocate for those affected by the global AIDS pandemic.