Gregory and Joe Clarkson are our missionaries in Uganda. Their ministry is working with young people in a church, helping them grow as Christians and leading in worship. Jo recently had a baby delivered by cesarean and is slowly recovering. They found that in their church that dedicating their son Israel to the Lord is thought of as a family dedication. We agreed. As Christians the family needs to be lifted up to God to keep our responsibilities . Our contract taught us that dedication means being willing to submit Israel to the will of God. We realize the Lord gave us Israel and only He can take him away. So we have made a vow to raise Israel God’s way not our own. Pastor Doug asked the whole congregation to hold us accountable, be willing to help and they agreed. They want us to pray that the Lord will guide them in ministry now that they have little baby Israel. Also pray for healing as Jo recovers slowly from the cesarean delivery.
Wonderful example of missions cooperation as Colleen Myers is taking training in support raising by CRU, (Campus Crusade for Christ).
We came here to the CRU training in Orlando to learn from the experts how to raise a team of ministry development partners to partner with us financially as the ministry continues to grow. While they are totally helping us, the biggest benefit has been something we didn't expect!! TONS of amazing contacts with young people who are like minded and chomping at the bit to disciple ravers that come to know Jesus through Plurway. They are totally blown away by this ministry and want to be a part of it! Their teams on college campuses around the country would be invaluable to us and we are trying to find a way to harness this huge resource. We are talking with leadership here. Please
The Fall Living and Learning Semester is coming to a close! We have had 28 students down with us in Quito! They have come from different schools and from different parts of the US and Canada-but all of them have come down excited to be a part of this life changing semester program. They study, they serve in internships, live with Ecuadorian families, go to the jungle for ministry and to the Galapagos Islands. Most of all they grow in their walk with Jesus and their commitment to the global kingdom of God. What a privilege to see firsthand the worldview shift in so many of these students. God has worked on their hearts and lives for the entire semester and they are finishing up radically different Christ followers than when they arrived.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapters are returning to Cal state University’s system. IVCF and CRU were forced off the campuses because they refused to allow non Christians or anyone of any belief system to be leaders in their chapters. After pressure from Christian legal organizations, now school officials are inviting the Christian groups back, IVCF president Greg Jao said that after a series of meetings with school officials, they were able to agree that while every student would be welcome at IVCF. It is important for students who hold leadership positions to embody the group’s values . Jao told CBN News why the ministry was successful in working with the Cal State Univ. system and how Christian groups in similar situations can learn from their experience. “Environmentalist groups should be able to ask potential leaders about their position on global warming. Democrat and Republican groups want people who agree with their platform” he explained . “Not using religion as a criterion doesn’t make sense for religious groups.
Despite being off-campus last year, IVCF has continued to thrive among the cal State community. This last year the group recorded its largest number of new believers.
Church Around the World reports in it’s September News that at least 95 schools in Kenya were forced to shut their doors after 2000 teachers quit over fears of attacks by Islamic extremists. These schools will be closed indefinitely, and 500 others are at risk of closing as they suffer from lack of faculty members.
Most of the teachers who resigned were Christians and feared being targeted by terrorists after al Shabaab militants attacked Christian students at Garissa University in April. In the attack, four al Shabaab militants shot and killed 148 Christian students. The terrorists separated Christian students from Moslem students in a methodical slaughter.
The death of 220,000 people and the displacement of millions of others due to civil conflict has caused a human rights organization to place Christians in Syria among the top minority groups at risk of genocide in the recent published 2015 Peoples Under Threat list. The list compiled by the human rights organization Minority Rights Group International (MRG), ranks countries based on minority communities’ risk of experiencing violence and the threat of death. Syria ranked number one on the annual list, with people groups under the treat of ethnic cleansing and political killing including Shiites, Alawites, Kurds, and Palestinians. MRG noted the particularly high death toll in Syria and attributed it to the conflict that has now spanned five years.