Other Mission News
March 31st, 2020
Dear Friends,"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step," wrote Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu.
Worldwide there are an estimated 140 million orphaned children. It is also estimated that 100 million children live on the streets, vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Approximately 12 million of the world's refugees are children, and 385 million children around the world live in extreme poverty.
Our brains find it impossible to process such staggering figures. It’s hard enough to imagine what it’s like to be denied the things we consider to be human rights — and that we often forget to be thankful for!
It can be easy to brush off the glaring need and convince ourselves that we can't fix the problem, and that our little bit is too small to be significant. But if many contribute — even a small bit — together, we can accomplish a lot!
That’s why FAIR is excited for this fall's launch of the Fellowship’s Child Sponsorship program, focusing on child-centred ministries at four locations in three countries: Cedar Home residence (Lebanon), Casa Hogar residence (Honduras), Clementia Life Centre (Lebanon), and Love Trust (Sri Lanka). You can commit to supporting a child in one of these locations through the Fellowship’s child sponsorship program for just $35 a month.
Each site strives to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of children and youth. They provide education, healthcare, food, and shelter (in the case of the residential programs). While meeting the physical and emotional needs of the children, opportunities for sharing the Gospel, discipleship, spiritual development, and prayer support are built-in.
In addition, FAIR is seeking to raise $80,000 through the Journey With a Child appeal to help ensure the success and longevity of the child sponsorship program. Funds raised will provide: bridge funding to maintain the current programs until sponsorship is in place, coverage for onsite staff expenses, and funding the promotion of the programs.
As you consider sponsoring a child in Lebanon, Honduras, or Sri Lanka, or a one-time Thanksgiving donation to Journey With a Child, consider the words of Christ in
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
In His name,