Latest Newsletter: Coffee with the Shims, August 2017
Dr. Bob & Grace Shim are serving in northern Thailand. In 2014, Bob founded an organization called Zera Ministry (Zera is Hebrew for seed) with a vision to reach the marginalized minorities in Thailand, specifically along the border with Burma. He and his team are partnering with local ministries to help the Burmese refugees with medical and spiritual needs. Grace is serving as co-director of Cornerstone Counseling located in Chiang Mai, a free counseling service to missionaries all over the world. Bob & Grace also serve as Regional Coordinators for Asia for their sending agency, the Covenant World Mission (CWM). That means, along with their present ministries, they will be active in coming alongside fellow CWM missionaries located in Asia to assist them in all manners. This is an added burden that will require more prayer support from us.
We have, for many years, supported the work of World Vision through the sponsoring of children in poverty strickened nations.
Ntoetsi Hilda T. lives with her mother and one brother in the poor area of Lesotho (40% of the population live under the UN poverty line of $1.25/day). Try finding this small country on the African map! Her mother is a factory worker and struggles to provide for her two children. Their community is devastated by HIV and AIDS. A typical family lives in mud and brick home with tin roofs. Our $26/month goes to support her as well as some of the programs that World Vision is engaged in with that community.
Hariji S. is our youngest support. He lives in India with his parents where his father works as a daily wage earner. Most of the people in his village are farmers who are hired out to work at other people’s fields. The thing Hariji likes most about our sponsorship is that he is able to join the World Vision program in his community and participate in the various organized games and learning. Hariji wants to become a police officer when he grows up.
Gezahegn E. lives with his parents and two sisters. In Ethiopia, they live in a rural community where his father works as a farmer. Their community has been severely affected by the HIV and AIDS crisis and so the children live with fear. He attends primary school and helps the family by caring for the animals.
We have been annual participants in the work of Samaritan Purse and their Operation Christmas Child (OCC). They partner with missionaries and Christian organizations around the world to bring the love of Jesus Christ to the children through Christmas shoebox gifts that we prepare. Beginning late October, our members and our children begin gathering small items to place in the decorated shoeboxes and in second Sunday of November, we collect them, pray for them, and then send them out.
This year, we kick off our OCC collection drive on October and our Collection Sunday is November 12th.