Dear Pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here…Many of our local churches and Fellowship family are involved in our FAIR ministry, the Fellowship’s relief and social justice arm of our movement of churches.
Most recently our churches raised over $230,000 for relief in the worst hit locations of the Philippines after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan hit in November 2013. FAIR has just completed an Easter project in Kolkata, India; an aid program seeking to change the trajectory of 10 families in the slums of Kolkata. Thank you to the many who helped raise $17,043 for this Easter project.
FAIR Project in Lebanon
Our current FAIR project is to raise funds for Cedar Home, an orphanage for girls located in Lebanon. Fellowship International missionaries Karim and Rita Anayssi (pictured to the left) serve at Cedar Home.
The home takes care of orphaned and hard social-case children regardless of race, religion, and nationality, to provide for them a better chance for a better future. It was founded to host deprived children who have lost a parent due to divorce, separation, or death, and the other parent is not able to provide for them. They come from different backgrounds and religions. Cedar Home provides a stable environment where the spiritual, physical, emotional and mental needs of these little ones are met, thus preparing them to become an important and productive member of society.
For more information about Cedar Home, check out their website, or view this short video presentation about Cedar Home and its mission.
Fellowship Pastor Starts Foundation to Help
I want to celebrate what Pastor Josh Brake (left), Associate Pastor of Maple Avenue Baptist in Georgetown, ON, has done for the needy in our world. After visiting a home for girls rescued from the sex trade industry in India, Josh and his wife began a Foundation called “Kutoa”. The Foundation’s purpose is to be a vehicle to support relief and aid projects. Kutoa is the Swahili word for “give”. This online micro-philanthropic foundation, started in 2012, supported 12 projects in its’ first year, including antimalarial tablets for people in Mozambique through UNICEF, helping to prosecute sex traffickers in Cambodia through IJM and purchasing four fish farms in Armenia through World Vision.
Members commit to give $1 each month, plus 17 cents to cover administration fees. Each member also gets to vote for one of three projects chosen by Kutoa each month. The project with the most votes receives that month’s funding. To date, Kutoa has over 1,000 members in 94 countries and it’s still growing.
I want to personally commend Pastor Josh and his wife, Barbara, who used their own savings to set up this innovative approach to harness the power of the internet in order to help alleviate human suffering in our world. Awesome work, Josh and Barb! Thank you.
Check out their website. I follow Josh on Twitter, @kutoaorg.
You’ll be hearing more about our FAIR ministry in the next several weeks as we seek to give it a greater profile among our churches. FAIR exists for our churches and Fellowship friends who want to alleviate suffering around our world.
Have a blessed week,
Our 2014 Fellowship theme verse is:
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13 :35 (NLT)