Kolkata, India is a vastly overcrowded city. Estimates put the population at 4.5 million within the city core and up to 14 million in the suburbs. Housing is a huge problem, and many families that can’t afford to pay rent are forced to live in slum huts on the streets. Many children go without education due to lack of resources and support.
Struck by the depth of need she saw in the Kolkata slums—especially among women caught in the cycle of poverty—the late Lorraine Chen, a Fellowship International missionary, established KHRIS, a program designed to come alongside young women and assist them in gaining an education. Once educated, these women would have the skills needed to find employment and build a future for themselves and their families away from the slums.
The KHRIS (Kolkata Hope Rising in the Slums) program has been successful in helping these young women progress in their education even though they still live in the slums with all the obstacles and distractions of living on the streets. Lorraine dreamed of being able to provide accommodations to those girls who were able to graduate and find employment. Many landlords charge up to a year’s rent in advance as a deposit before renting a unit. This poses a problem for those young women who have graduated but are still living in the slums as they would have to remain there while they save up for a rent deposit. Slum-living does not provide the opportunity for personal hygiene and protection for personal belongings while away from their slum hut during the day.
Before her death in September 2017, Lorraine sought to find a way to provide housing for the young women in the KHRIS program in a way that would continue to empower them for their future. Lorraine’s husband, Jack, also a Fellowship International missionary, has committed to seeing Lorraine’s dream realized. As a result, FAIR is seeking to raise $40,000 through the Lorraine Chen Memorial Appeal — Hope Rising (India). Funds raised will help acquire accommodation that will serve as a safe home for the graduates of KHRIS while they save towards a rent deposit.
The young women would pay an affordable “rent”, which would actually be saved for each of them in trust funds to eventually be used as an advanced down-payment for a rental unit. This would help them to save for the required deposit while also teaching them the rhythms of paying for their own rent – something they’ve never done before.
Through Hope Rising, FAIR seeks to make Lorraine’s dream a reality and assist these young women as they learn to stand on their own two feet.
Would you prayerfully consider how the Lord is calling you to take partner with us?
It’s been three years since I visited Cambodia for the first time as FAIR Director with the then-new Fellowship International Director Dave Marttunen. While there, we were able to witness some of what Fellowship International missionaries Oeut and Nhep Pech do and the impact of their ministry in rural Cambodia.
FAIR’s mobile dental clinic is truly a ministry of skilled children of God using their unique abilities, circumstances and backgrounds to serve where God has called them to fill a need. Nhep is a dentist by trade and is teaching at a university in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Her students help her to run the mobile dental clinic – some believers, some not. Oeut is a gifted evangelist, sharing the Gospel as patients recover from dentistry. The result is a Kingdom building movement that has been a joy to witness. Since 2007, three churches have been planted and over 400 decisions for Christ have been made. There is much to be done and Pechs have big goals for the future.
But the mobile dental clinic needs help. Dental supplies like the tools and medications that Nhep and her students use are expensive and there is no financial support from the Cambodian government.
That’s why I’m so excited to present to you FAIR’s special appeal Brightening Smiles(Cambodia). With a goal of $80,000, FAIR is seeking to raise enough money to keep the mobile dental clinic supplied and running for many years to come.
I would encourage you to read the attached appeal, visit the website, watch the video below and consider how God is directing you to participate in the Brightening Smilesappeal. Would you make the mobile dental clinic the focus of your Easter or tax refund offering this year?
We appreciate your prayerful consideration of this unique ministry.
In His name,
BY STILL WATERS - October /2017
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On September 19, 2017 a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit about 150 kilometers outside Mexico City. The quake caused destruction throughout the region which has a population of over 20 million people. Dozens of buildings collapsed, crushing cars, knocking out power, breaking gas lines resulting in fires across the city, and leaving over 200 hundred dead and many still missing. Rescue workers and ordinary citizens are working to find and free survivors still trapped in collapsed buildings, including dozens of children and staff buried under the rubble of a flattened elementary school wing.
Because many buildings have either collapsed or are structurally unsound, people have been left without shelter and have been forced to sleep on the streets. Access to food and water is limited and power is still out for most of the city.
FAIR is partnering with Operation Mobilization in providing relief and assistance to those impacted by this event. Team members are on the ground working to find the best ways to help alleviate the suffering being experienced. Initial funds will be used to provide food, water, and shelter; long term involvement will include rebuilding efforts. The priority will be to use funds raised to enable the local church as they extend the love of Christ within their community.
How Can You Respond?
We ask you to prayerfully consider how you can partner with FAIR as we seek to extend the love of Christ to those most affected by the Mexico earthquake. Donations can be made by visiting our website Click Below:
Please be in prayer for the people of Mexico as they struggle to come to terms with the devastation of this earthquake. Pray that the Lord will provide strength and courage to believers living in the region and that they would seize every opportunity to share Christ with those that cross their path. Pray that as the love of Christ is demonstrated through the distribution of relief supplies, that lives would be impacted for eternity.
Sincerely in Christ,
It’s hard to imagine the full impact of war. We see images in the news of pulverized buildings, maimed bodies, and dusty, tear-stained faces. While these images provide a visual picture of war’s impact, it does not even begin to reveal the inner trauma experienced.
As families flee from conflict, such as the ongoing civil war in Syria, often they have little time to grab incidentals as they escape with their lives. Refugees share stories of the moment they fled their homes; grabbing only wallets, purses, passports – if they’re fortunate. Many only have a few minutes to prepare ahead of their hasty departure as they head into a world of uncertainty, not knowing what will happen to them once they arrive to safety.
As adults, it’s difficult to comprehend having to make that kind of split-second decision. It’s even harder for kids going through such trauma.
The Clementia Learning Centre in Lebanon works with children who have faced this scenario head on. The staff provide Christ-centered, community-based care and an opportunity for education to 60 refugee kids who have known turmoil for most of their short lives. Some of the students have never had any form of formal education because of war.
This Fall, FAIR’s Hope for Tomorrow project is seeking to raise $120,000 for the Clementia Learning Centre. Funds raised will be used to extend and improve the existing facilities so that an additional 60 children can partake in the education program. Funds will also be used to bless students with much needed school supplies.
As the holiday seasons quickly approach, would you consider making the Hope for Tomorrow project the focus of your church’s Thanksgiving and/or Christmas offering? We appreciate your prayerful consideration of how God would have you partner with us in this life-changing project.
Dan Shurr, FAIR Director
High winds, storm surges, and tornadoes had Caribbean Islands and parts of the United States bracing for what has been referred to as a “catastrophic event”. Hurricane Irma’s path tracked over many of the Caribbean Islands leaving behind extensive damage, power outages, and severe flooding. Many stories recounting the destruction left in Irma’s wake continue to be told including the destruction experienced on the island of Barbuda where an estimated 95% of the buildings were damaged including hospitals, schools and hotels. The reported loss of life across the Caribbean region as of September 12 was 38 with many still reported missing.
As can be expected, the needs in this region are still being assessed. Teams are on the ground looking for survivors and assessing the needs. Clean up will take months; rebuilding will take years. The immediate need, however, is for clean water, food, and shelter.
FAIR will be supporting relief and rebuilding efforts through partner organizations with personnel already on the ground in the hardest hit areas. The priority use for funds raised will be to enable local churches to provide assistance to those within their community and to take every opportunity to share the love of Christ by meeting some of the practical needs of those devastated by the storm.
How will you respond?
We ask you to prayerfully consider your involvement with FAIR through this project as together we seek to extend the love of Christ to those most affected in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Sincerely in Christ,
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