Helping the poor and needy
(1 John 3:16-18 NKJV)
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
Official Newsletter of LOVE
Christmas for 60 poor, handicapped children in Hoa Cuong Ward.
Santa is Rex Scharp.
LOVE brings gifts at Christmas
Christmas was great. Thanks to
the Rex Scharp family and the Oyvin Storbaekken Family who together provided over $1000. This provided funds to purchase gifts for 625 poor children.
Oyvin and Rex made great Santa Clauses.
We played Christmas music (Christian and Secular), some of the children sang or shared what Christmas means to them, and each child received a gift from Santa.
Santa Rex gives gifts to over 200 of the scholarship children at our office.
Santa Rex brings gifts to 25 street children at The Tomorrow Club.
Santa Oyvin gives gifts to nearly 320 children from the 5 children homes, the vocational center, our night school, and our scholarship children from Nhu Hanh Son District.
Here the girls are sorting clothes they have collected and putting them in bags.
Ruth's Family Home
The girls in this university student home sponsored by LOVE collected food, clothing, and money for a poor village church in the mountains of Khanh Binh District of Quang Nam Providence. They collected bags and bags of clothing, boxes of noodles and other items. They collected over $50 which LOVE matched. This gave them over $100 to purchase the things that were not donated.
The average income for most of these families is about $10 a month.
They must pull and push a cart up the mountain side to the village church.
Boat ride to mountain village
The following week they gave a Christmas party at their home and 30 unbelievers attended. They sang Christmas Songs and the girls shared their faith and the real meaning of Christmas. One accepted Jesus as savior and several others are curious and attended Christmas programs at their church.
Preparing to give out the food and clothing
In addition to the things above, LOVE provided bicycles to two students (see below) and added 4 new families to our rice program (see one of these below) and 3 students to our scholarship program.
PLEASE PRAY THAT WE WILL GET THE FUNDS TO HELP THE ADDITIONAL FAMILIES WE HAVE ADDED TO OUR PROGRAM OVER THE LAST 3 MONTHS.
Hieu, a Christian university
studentreceives a bike from
Hieu lives in our Ruth Family Home.
Above is Mai with 3 of her 4 children. Mai is just 24. Her 32 year old husband is a builder when the weather permits. Their income is $30 a month. LOVE
is providing rice each month. Their one year old triplets are Vinh, Hung, and Cuong. Nhung, their oldest, is in kindergarten.
My Linh receives a bike from LOVE. Her father is a cyclo driver and they attend An Hai Church.
Total donations to LOVE:
November contributions $335.00 and as of December 27 contributions $2740.00. Our Challenger will match our total that is postmarked no later than Dec 31, 2004 in early February. We will give you the final amount next month.
Thanks to all of you who responded to this challenge.
Copied from Agape Press
Campolo, founder of The Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education appeared on ABC's This Week with former GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer. Campolo warned that people will be judged on how they treat the poor. And on NBC's Meet the Press, Rev. Jerry Falwell said that issue is important, but the key battles today are over life and the family.
I believe that in many ways the battle over life and family is closely associated with the poor. Many of our social-economic problems stem from the day
to day life of poor families around us and around the world.
God's Promise: (Prov 28:27 NKJV)
He who gives to the poor will not lack, But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.
Medicate on this one: (Prov 29:7 NKJV) The righteous considers the cause of the poor, But the wicked does not understand such knowledge.
Response: Some have asked me why I am in Vietnam if it is illegal to evangelize. I ask:
1. What is most important to God?
2. What is evangelism?
Answer 1. I believe that it is a close relationship with Jesus; our becoming more Christ-like is God greatest goal FOR US (The perfecting of His love in us). Matt. 7:16-23 &
1 Cor. 13:3
2. I often see evangelism as eager enthusiasm (like at a ball game) at best or a duty at worst. People are often persuaded to convert to be religious. Love covers a multitude of sins. I believe that evangelism first and foremost must be a labor of love. It is God's love working through us.
There are no laws against this. We are sowing seeds of love in Jesus' name and we do see the fruit in the salvation of souls.
The children here in Vietnam need your prayers and your help!