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Audio Download for Radio Students and staff celebrate India’s Independence Day at morning ceremonies.WILLS POINT, Tex., August 29, 2016 / Christian News Service / – Across India, workers, students and volunteers supported byGospel for Asia (GFA) joined in celebrating India’s Independence Day recently with flag-raisings, patriotic speeches and community service. In one district of Maharashtra, about 1,300 children from 75 churches helped plant some 1,500 trees as part of a beautification and environmental project to celebrate Independence Day. Volunteers also participated in a traveling addiction-awareness rally to emphasize national health. In Karnataka, Bible college students, staff and their families decorated the campus before holding a flag-raising ceremony with local officials. They then broke into small groups and cleaned up surrounding areas, including poor neighborhoods and leper colonies. “I never celebrated Independence Day like this in my life,” said first-year student, Akash. “Along with my friends, I cleaned the police station. It was really a joy to do that.” Police officials also praised the effort, thanking the students for their work. In Madhya Pradesh, Bible college students and staff held a ceremony of prayer and speeches in honor of Independence Day. As part of their community service, students cleaned up the area around the police station. They swept the walkways, cut grass and straightened up the area. After a morning ceremony, students in one district of Himachal Pradesh also followed up by cleaning the area around the police station. After early holiday ceremonies, volunteers also celebrated the national holiday by cleaning the areas around hospitals in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. Mosquito-borne diseases, like dengue, are spreading throughout the city of Kolkata in West Bengal, emphasizing the need for hospital hygiene. Workers used spades, spider net removal tools, hot water and scrub brushes on and around the hospitals. At a Bible college in Sikkim, 27 female students joined in the celebration, which included patriotic speeches and songs, a first for many of the students. The early morning ceremonies began with prayer, followed by a flag-raising and singing the national anthem. Independence Day is a national holiday celebrated each year to commemorate the nation’s independence from the British Empire, which was finalized on Aug. 15, 1947. The new nation was established only after a long period of mostly non-violent struggle spearheaded by Mahatma Gandhi. “India has much to be proud of on this Independence Day,” said K.P. Yohannan,…
Audio Download for Radio Parents Urged: ‘Send Your Children to School, Not to Work’    Children in West Bengal join a rally supported by Gospel for Asia to raise awareness about oppressive child labor practices. WILLS POINT, Texas, June 20, 2016 / Christian News Service / – Workers supported by Gospel for Asia (GFA) rallied more than 1,500 people in West Bengal this week to raise awareness about the dangers of child labor, part of a series of events held across Asia on World Day Against Child Labour. Nearly 600 Bridge of Hope centers supported by GFA held educational events, urging parents to send their children to school, not to work. “Many poor parents are faced with the terrible choice of having to send their children to work if they are going to survive,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of GFA. “Yet, the only real hope these children have for a future lies in being able to get an education. Our prayer is for the Lord to provide us with more opportunities to be able to help these parents in getting their children into classes, instead of out to work.” Children in the workplace are frequently exploited, forced to work long hours for minimal pay, and denied the simple joys of being a child in a way that affects their physical well-being. In addition, they are denied the opportunity to receive an education that will prepare them for productive lives in an increasingly sophisticated world economy. To highlight the problems of child labor, nearly 600 Bridge of Hope centers sponsored a series of educational workshops across Asia, where parents could receive additional information before deciding to get their child a job.   “If there was no Bridge of Hope in our village, most of our children would go to a tea garden and work as daily wage laborers, but now they are pursuing their studies,” said one parent. “Bridge of Hope turns a child laborer into a good citizen and a good man and woman.” Bridge of Hope centers give more than 75,000 needy children a daily meal and regular medical checkups, as well as helping children with their education. Founded in 2002 by the International Labour Organization, the World Day Against Child Labour is designed to highlight the plight of an estimated 168 million children in today's workforce. ### GOSPEL FOR ASIA has – for more than…
AUDIO DOWNLOAD FOR RADIO 5,000 Packets Distributed to Residents Who Fled  WILLS POINT, Texas, May 27, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Workers supported by Gospel for Asia (GFA) are organizing supplies and relief efforts to help victims of flooding in Sri Lanka, which left dozens dead and thousands homeless. Home damaged by storm sits in floodwaters. Three days of pounding rain arrived ahead of the usual start of the monsoon season, creating flood conditions and dropping nearly 15 inches of rain in one day on the northern village of Kilinochchi. The torrential rainfall was equivalent to a quarter of the area's typical annual rainfall, according to CNN. Heavy rains elsewhere created mudslides, sweeping away hundreds of homes, some with residents in them. “We ask for prayers to help these precious people find relief from their suffering and experience peace and comfort from the Lord,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of GFA. Several churches and homes of workers supported by GFA are still flooded. “We pray that relief efforts will help them rebuild their lives after the storm’s damage to their homes and their families,” Yohannan said. After the rain ceased on Sunday, floodwaters began receding, and officials said the death toll stands at 92. Workers supported by Gospel for Asia have distributed nearly 5,000 food packets to flood victims now living in relief camps. “Now, the main need is to help the victims clean their houses and wells and to distribute [food] for them to restart their lives,” said a Gospel for Asia-supported spokesperson in Sri Lanka. Workers supported by Gospel for Asia are assisting in the cleanup and recovery efforts. ### GOSPEL FOR ASIA has – for more than 30 years – provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. Last year, this included more than 75,000 sponsored children, free medical services for more than 180,000 people, 6,000 wells drilled, 11,000 water filters installed, Christmas presents for more than 400,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. To schedule an interview with a Gospel for Asia representative, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Audio Download for Radio Gospel for Asia Provides Tanker Trucks to Villages WILLS POINT, Tex., May 20, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Workers supported by Gospel for Asia (GFA) are supplying food and truckloads of water to desperate villagers across India, as a crippling drought continues to affect nearly a quarter of the country. Waiting for wateFamilies line up to receive water during India’s severe drought conditions. “As drought conditions worsen, more and more people are forced to spend their days searching or waiting for water,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of GFA. The drought is the result of two poor monsoon seasons, which have dried up groundwater reserves and other reservoirs. The drought is expected to affect India for the next six months, costing the national economy at least $100 billion. The city of Hyderabad is facing a 47 percent gap between water supplies and demand, and farmers are selling their livestock to survive, according to Business Insider India. GFA-supported workers are undertaking emergency measures to help, including plans to provide 6,000 liters of water throughout the month to 12 villages in one district and one-month rations for 1,000  families. Elsewhere, they are drilling “Jesus Wells” and undertaking other water-supply and food relief efforts. “I have no one to take care of me,” said one individual who received help. “I work in different agricultural lands for survival, but nowadays, due to severe drought, I have no work, and we were in real trouble. Many days we slept without having food, and now we can have full-time meals.” “We are helping as best we can, but the needs for food, water and work are nearly overwhelming,” said Yohannan. “It will take the best efforts of all of us - praying for the Lord to intervene and provide help - so these precious people can survive during this terribly difficult time.” ### GOSPEL FOR ASIA has – for more than 30 years – provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. Last year, this included more than 75,000 sponsored children, free medical services for more than 180,000 people, 6,000 wells drilled, 11,000 water filters installed, Christmas presents for more than 400,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. To schedule an interview with a Gospel for…
Audio Download for Radio World Health Day Events Showcase Tips to Improve Everyday Health  GFA-supported instructor talks about health and hygiene. WILLS POINT, Tex., April 22, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Workers supported by Gospel for Asia (GFA) held free health seminars, distributed vitamins and gave away mosquito nets to hundreds of impoverished villagers and workers in Asia earlier this month on World Health Day. The seminars were part of an effort to bring greater health to impoverished areas through education and medical services. “In many cases, simple changes can create a profound difference in everyday health,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of GFA. “Christ calls upon us to care for the poor, and events like World Health Day give us the opportunity to extend a helping hand in a specific area.” GFA-supported workers staffed dozens of medical clinics throughout the region, while providing health seminars that emphasized prevention. Attendees were briefed on hygienic routines to reduce the potential for disease and infection, beginning with steps as simple as hand-washing. “We have to keep our house compound clean,” said one attendee. “To keep our children healthy, we have to take care of our children properly. We have to give them a bath daily, cut their nails and wash their hands before and after food.” GFA-supported workers also distributed vitamins to more than 500 children, while also giving free mosquito nets to attendees. Nets are among the most effective low-tech ways to combat mosquito-borne diseases. The World Health Organization, which organizes events globally to highlight key health issues, sponsors World Health Day. “We are blessed to have an expanded opportunity to help the least of these, as Christ commanded, on World Health Day,” said Yohannan. “Through the efforts of donors and volunteers, hundreds can experience the good news that Jesus has brought into the world.” ### GOSPEL FOR ASIA has – for more than 30 years – provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. Last year, this included more than 75,000 sponsored children, free medical services for more than 180,000 people, 6,000 wells drilled, 11,000 water filters installed, Christmas presents for more than 400,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. To schedule an interview with a Gospel for Asia representative, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Thursday, 21 April 2016 19:29

A Warm Blanket for Cold Prisoners

Audio Available for Download Gospel for Asia Serves Prisoners WILLS POINT, Tex., April 21, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Workers supported by Gospel for Asia (GFA) recently distributed approximately 1,000 blankets to impoverished adult and juvenile prisoners who do not have access to basic necessities while they are incarcerated. “There are many stories of Christ’s love for the downtrodden, including His conversation with the penitent thief on the cross,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of GFA. “In these prisons, there are many who are needy, and we have been given the opportunity to demonstrate the compassion of Christ for all people, especially to those who are living without hope.” The blankets were given to approximately 200 juveniles in one facility and an additional 750 in an adult jail. The gifts are part of continuing GFA-supported ministries to provide hope, which bring food, clothing and other necessities into a number of jails and prisons throughout Asia. “Everyone, especially those suffering in jail, can learn from the examples of compassion and mercy that are so foundational to Christ’s teachings,” said Yohannan. “Beyond providing material help to inmates, we are able to talk with and pray for them, that their lives might be freed of pain and that they would find peace and forgiveness.” ### GOSPEL FOR ASIA has – for more than 30 years – provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. Last year, this included more than 75,000 sponsored children, free medical services for more than 180,000 people, 6,000 wells drilled, 11,000 water filters installed, Christmas presents for more than 400,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. PHOTO CUTLINE: Workers supported by GFA distribute blankets to incarcerated children. To schedule an interview with a Gospel for Asia representative, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Monday, 18 April 2016 20:01

Healing the Sick on World Health Day

Audio Interview for Download Gospel for Asia Provides Dozens of Medical Clinics GFA-supported workers dispense medicine on World Health Day. WILLS POINT, Tex., April 18, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported workers followed Christ’s admonition to heal the sick and assist the poor last Thursday by conducting dozens of medical clinics and health education events in three Asian countries on World Health Day. “People in remote villages are often day laborers, with barely enough money for food and shelter, and none for medical care,” said K.P Yohannan, founder and international director of GFA.  “Without these medical clinics and health education events, many of them face ongoing suffering from easily treated conditions.” In 2015, GFA-supported workers conducted 83 medical clinics. This year the ministry plans to reach more than 75,000 people by conducting 150 such clinics. GFA partners will focus on isolated villages and poor urban areas. “We want them to know that we help them in Christ’s name,” said Yohannan. World Health Day, celebrated each April 7 since 1950, marks the founding of the World Health Organization, which organizes efforts globally to highlight various health issues, in conjunction with local and regional health organizations. GFA partners conducted dozens of clinics and educational events on World Health Day as part of their continuing effort to assist the ill in Asia. At one World Health Day event, more than 250 people received free checkups and medicine. One woman, suffering from back and joint pain and frequent gastric problems, said,  “I got treatment which was absolutely free, and I am thankful. Many times I thought of going to hospital, but due to a financial crisis I bore the pain. Now I got medicines which will help me to get relief.” Another attendee said, “We have no income source to take our children for treatment, and buying medicine is not possible. I am happy today that my children are receiving free treatment and medication.” “As Christians, we are called both to share the good news of Jesus and to help ‘the least of these,’” said Yohannan. “Through these clinics, and by God’s grace, we are able to do both.” ### GOSPEL FOR ASIA has – for more than 30 years – provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. Last year, this included more than 75,000…
Audio Interview Available for Download Ministry Seeks to Improve Quality of Life for Struggling Families Tailoring center graduates receive free sewing machines to begin their new careers. WILLS POINT, Tex., March 31, 2016 | Christian News Service | – The Gospel for Asia-supported Bridge of Hope Ministry has assisted struggling families in Asia by providing 2,300 sewing machines in March to graduates of its vocational training centers. The 280 centers across the region provide students with work skills to improve their employment and economic opportunities. “Escaping from poverty often begins through education and by learning a skill,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of GFA. “Thousands are trained in vocational centers, and, through prayer and hard work, they are able to create better lives for themselves and their families.” Some of the vocational centers specifically train students in tailoring. During the training, women from the community – exclusively from poor families – undergo 300 hours of teaching over six months, learning the basics of tailoring, as well as embroidery work. Young women who have been nurtured in the children’s Bridge of Hope program are also given the opportunity to participate when they turn 15. Participants receive a completion certificate at the end of the program. As a result of their training, tailoring graduates have been able to find employment within their communities. “This course is very useful for my future,” said one recent trainee who received a free sewing machine upon graduation.  “Now I have a confidence that I can run my family and meet both my sons’ needs. I convey my humble thanks to (those) who gave me an opportunity to study the course and also for the gift.” In 2015, GFA-supported workers distributed more than 3,000 sewing machines throughout Asia. “Our heart through these vocational centers is to help provide people the means to support themselves with dignity by ensuring a better future for themselves and their families,” said Yohannan. “These centers allow us the opportunity to demonstrate Christ’s compassion.” ### GOSPEL FOR ASIA (www.gfa.org) has – for more than 30 years – provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. Last year, this included more than 75,000 sponsored children, free medical services for more than 180,000 people, 6,000 wells drilled, 11,000 water filters installed, Christmas presents for more than 400,000 needy families, and…
Donations Arrive on World Water Day Audio Download for Radio Wills Point, TEX, March 25, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported workers delivered nearly 4,000 gallons of water this week on World Water Day (March 22) to stricken residents of three areas in Delhi, hard-hit by a disruption in the city’s main supply source caused by a political protest. A GFA-supported worker helps distribute water to Delhi residents affected by water crisis. Water was distributed to more than 1,000 people in three Delhi neighborhoods, with each household receiving two to 13 gallons. Residents there have suffered from severe water shortages, requiring residents to buy water daily until recently. “We sent in tanker trucks to help those with life-threatening needs,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of GFA. We have been actively praying about this water crisis since it began and are very grateful to have a small part in working alongside the efforts the government is making to help bring relief.” The water distribution took place on World Water Day, first designated by the United Nations in 1992. Delhi suffered its current water shortage after Jat protesters disrupted water flow to the city’s 19 million residents on Feb. 19. The government has restored water service in many places, but some areas of Delhi are still struggling with shortages, even though the protests have ended. “We bring and drink water from very far.  Thank you for this help,” said one recipient. “We are ever grateful to you.” GFA has been active in helping to provide water to residents in the Delhi area even before the current crisis. In 2015, they helped build “Jesus Wells” to supply consistent water in the area.   “In Scripture, Jesus tells us He is the living water,” said Yohannan. “As we help provide physical water to these communities, our actions are a tangible example of His heart and compassion.” ### GOSPEL FOR ASIA has – for more than 30 years – provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across South Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. Last year, this included more than 75,000 sponsored children, free medical services for more than 180,000 people, 6,000 wells drilled, 11,000 water filters installed, Christmas presents for more than 400,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. To schedule…
Audio Download for Radio More Than 400 Gospel for Asia-Supported Wells to Be Dedicated on World Water Day WILLS POINT, Tex., March 22, 2016 | Christian News Service | -- The entire community of one South Asian village will join in World Water Day celebrations on March 22 by dedicating their new “Jesus Well” – a well drilled and installed with the support of Gospel for Asia (GFA), and which is the result of more than two years of prayer. A pastor pumps the first water from a new “Jesus Well” in a South Asian village.  More than 400 Gospel for Asia-supported wells will be dedicated on World Water Day, March 22. “Wells have been community gathering places and opportunities for God-encounters since Biblical times, and the same is true today,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of GFA.   “A ‘Jesus Well’ is a great place to share love of the Lord and a cool, healthy cup of water in his name, while villagers fill their water pots.” GFA-supported “Jesus Wells” – paid for by donations and built by local contractors -- provide clean water for an entire village for only $1,400. A total of 410 new “Jesus Wells” will be dedicated on World Water Day this year. According to the World Health Organization, 3.4 million people die of waterborne diseases each year, many of them children. Pastor Bablu knows firsthand the damage caused by impure water. When he began working at his first village assignment, he found that many people suffered from dysentery and malaria. Malaria alone had killed 15 in the area, which only had access to polluted water from open ponds and a nearby river. The pastor began praying for the health of his congregation in 2012, and, later, asked for GFA assistance to drill a ‘Jesus Well.’ The well was completed in October 2015, and, today, families have easy access to safe water for cooking, drinking, bathing and cleaning. “This demonstration of Christ’s compassion is also bringing more villagers to hear the word of the Lord,” said Yohannan. “For Christians, though, this well simply reminds us of Matthew 25:40: 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'” ### GOSPEL FOR ASIA has – for more than 30 years – provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across South Asia,…
Illnesses from Impure Water Affect Millions Globally WILLS POINT, Tex., March 17, 2016 | Christian News Service | – In celebration of World Water Day on March 22, Gospel for Asia (GFA) will distribute hundreds of BioSand water filters to help reduce impure water conditions that kill almost 2,000 children a day worldwide. A woman takes a drink of clean water from a GFA BioSand filter, which purifies contaminated water, making it safe to consume.GFA emphasizes World Water Day as part of its ongoing efforts to provide clean drinking water in South Asia. In 2015, GFA installed 11,000 BioSand filters and will distribute more than 200 on World Water Day alone. “In many parts of the world, the effort to get pure drinking water is a daily struggle,” said K.P.Yohannan, founder and international director of Gospel for Asia. “Millions spend hours each day trying to find clean water, and millions suffer from illness when they don’t.” Each year, 3.4 million people die from water-related diseases, including 705,000 children from diarrhea alone. In addition, according to UNESCO, women around the world spend 200 million hours each day collecting water -- work equivalent to building more than 28 Empire State Buildings each day. The water they collect is often impure. GFA takes a dual approach to providing clean water, including the construction of “Jesus Wells” and the use of BioSand filters. A BioSand filter, which filters existing water sources, removes heavy metals, bacteria and viruses, while reducing discoloration and odor. It is a small, stand-alone system that can be easily set up in areas without adequate infrastructure. It cleans the water of 98 percent of its impurities. World Water Day was first designated by the United Nations in 1992. “We often take clean water for granted, but that is not everyone’s experience,” said Yohannan. “As believers, we have the opportunity to share the ‘living water’ of Jesus Christ and also demonstrate His compassion by providing a basic necessity of life to those without it.” Audio Download for Radio ### GOSPEL FOR ASIA has – for more than 30 years – provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across South Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. Last year, this included more than 75,000 sponsored children, free medical services for more than 180,000 people, 6,000 wells drilled, 11,000 water filters installed, Christmas presents for more than 400,000…
Fire Guts 2,000 Shanties Over 12 Acres Audio Download for Radio WILLS POINT, Tex., March 15, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Gospel for Asia (GFA) supported workers continue to help residents affected by a terrible fire that – in December – razed 2,000 homes and killed multiple people in a poor area of Mumbai. “In one terrifying instant, everything these families had was burned away,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of Gospel for Asia. “Our brothers and sisters are active in that area day after day, but their sense of dismay was quickly replaced by a determination to help in Christ’s name.” An adult and a child were killed and at least 11 others injured after the massive fire broke out in an area of Mumbai.  The fire covered 12 acres leaving nearly 10,000 people homeless. The fire started after several propane cylinders, used to provide heat in area homes, ignited. Immediately after the blaze, GFA-supporter workers began to distribute clothing, sleeping mats and other necessities, including water and food, to those whose homes were destroyed.  Many had nothing left but the clothes they were wearing. GFA-supported workers gave construction materials, including bamboo, tin sheets, cement and sand to rebuild 16 homes affiliated with their children’s ministry. One mother told the workers, “We received the things, more than our expectation. Now with these items we can easily construct a shelter. Thank you so much!” “We are grateful that we had an opportunity to demonstrate the compassion of Christ, both with our prayers and by physically being able to reach out and help,” said Yohannan.  “Christ called upon us to be His hands and feet to those in need, and we will continue to assist the fire victims as they rebuild their lives.” ### GOSPEL FOR ASIA has – for more than 30 years – provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across South Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. Last year, this included more than 75,000 sponsored children, free medical services for more than 180,000 people, 6,000 wells drilled, 11,000 water filters installed, Christmas presents for more than 400,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. PHOTO CUTLINE: A family stands in front of their ruined home after a devastating fire swept through their poor neighborhood in Mumbai. GFA-supported workers provided…
Audio Download Available for Radio Gospel for Asia Distributes More Than 250,000 Mosquito Nets to Poor Families DELHI, India, March 4, 2016, | Christian News Service | — Gospel for Asia (www.gfa.org) has been working with Believers Church in India to distribute more than 250,000 mosquito nets to poor families across the country. The effort is one way to combat an outbreak of mosquito-transmitted dengue fever, which health officials say has been one of the worst in the past six years. The Union Health Ministry in India reported almost 28,000 cases of dengue fever as of last quarter 2015.  In Delhi alone, at least 25 people died from dengue fever last year, compared with only three in 2014. “This dengue fever outbreak is alarming and preventable,” said Dr. K. P. Yohannan, founder and international director of Gospel for Asia. “By God’s grace, we’ve engaged in a proactive response to help protect people all year long from further contracting this disease.” Gospel for Asia-supported Believers Churches throughout India has distributed mosquito nets to some of the country’s poorest and neediest families. Believers Church leaders also have provided public health education to residents. In Bhubaneswar, Mayor Shri Ananta Narayana Jena had praise for the work of Believers Church. “What Believers Church is doing for the people by providing education and health and hygiene awareness is really admirable,” Jena said. “The usage of mosquito nets is an important means that will help protect people against many diseases.” Dengue fever is common in tropical regions, where mosquitoes transmit the disease. Also called “breakbone fever,” dengue is similar to malaria. Victims initially have symptoms that include fever, headaches, and joint and muscle pain. The worse cases are terminal. Communicable diseases like dengue fever continue to be a major public-health problem in India, according to a National Health Profile report. “Let us pray for the Lord’s healing for all those who are suffering from the fever right now,” Yohannan said. “Let’s also pray the Lord would enable us to demonstrate His love by providing even more mosquito nets in the days to come.” More information is available atwww.gfa.org. ### GOSPEL FOR ASIA has – for more than 30 years – provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across South Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. Last year, this included more than 75,000 sponsored children, free medical services for more…
‘My School’ TV Program Teaches Potential ‘Lost Generation’ Children in Refugee Camps Audio Download for Radio   NASHVILLE, Feb. 25, 2016 | Christian News Service | -- Rita El Mounayer, chief channels and communications officer at the faith-based broadcast nonprofit, SAT-7, will be available at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) convention here this week to discuss the launch of My School, a television program providing daily access to instruction in core subjects for refugee children whose lives and learning have been violently disrupted. “Educators estimate that some children have missed as much as three years of schooling,” said El Mounayer. “That lost generation, without the skills to succeed in the modern world, will be open to exploitation, child labor, early marriage and recruitment by militant groups. “These are children; they deserve better than that,” added El Mounayer, who grew up during Lebanon’s civil war, an experience that gave her a heart for those suffering from conflict, especially the region’s children. In 2007, she launched SAT-7 KIDS, the first independent Arabic faith-based channel for children. Today, the educational problem among refugees is acute and widespread. UNICEF’s 2015 report, Education Under Fire, found that: 13.4 million children in the region are not able to attend school because of armed conflict -- 40 percent of school-age children from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Sudan. More than half of Syrian refugee children in the five main host countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt are not in school. In some areas, that figure is even higher: in Lebanon, which has taken in the largest number of refugees, 78 percent of Syrian children are out of school. To address the need, Arabic language children’s channel SAT-7 KIDS, launched an ambitious education initiative in 2015 to enable children who cannot attend a physical school to continue learning. SAT-7 is continuing the tradition of Christians pioneering in the field of education. My School provides engaging and interactive lessons in the key subjects of Arabic, English and math for 4-to-5-year-olds. A second phase, which went on air in October, is aimed at 5-to-7-year-olds, with science added to the curriculum. The lessons are taught by qualified Syrian teachers. My School is on for 90 minutes every weekday, and SAT-7 plans to expand it as more funding becomes available.   SAT-7 satellite TV enables it to reach into refugee and displaced communities in a way that overwhelmed aid agencies…
Alliance of Evangelistic Ministries Calls on Churches, Other Faith-based Organizations and Individuals to Pray, Advocate, Serve and Share for Sake of the Unreached NASHVILLE, Tenn, February 25, 2016 | Christian News Service | -– Faith Driven Consumer™ (FDC)—representing 41 million consumers who spend $2 trillion annually, has earned wide recognition for its groundbreaking FaithEqualityIndex.com (FEI). The event, announced during a press conference at the annual National Religious Broadcasters convention today in Nashville, is sponsored by the Alliance for the Unreached, a group that includes Reach Beyond, Bibles For The World, Operation Mobilization, The Seed Company and Missio Nexus. “In America, it’s easy to get comfortable and complacent. But we want to remind people that there are literally billions of people around the globe in desperate need of the good news of Jesus, but have never heard His name or story. We’re called to bring it to them,” said Wayne Pederson, Reach Beyond president. Scores of Christian leaders are urging people to get involved. Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren made a direct appeal to all Christians: “With more than 2 billion people who haven’t had a chance to meet Jesus, it’s time for the Body of Christ to take a radical stand and say, ‘This has to end in our generation.’ Join me in committing to pray, give, go, and advocate for those who need to know Christ by participating in the International Day for the Unreached.” Evangelism has fallen on hard times in North America. Barna Group examined evangelism habits over two decades and found a disturbing trend. In a summary titled “Is Evangelism Going Out of Style?,” Barna President David Kinnaman concluded: “  Evangelism is on the decline among key demographics, especially among ‘Busters’ and ‘Boomers’ who make up nearly two out of three active Christians today.” It isn’t just evangelism at home that is suffering. “As many believers in North America have lost concern about their neighbors who don’t know Christ, it's becoming even harder to be concerned about people around the world who they will never meet,” said Marv Newell, senior vice president of Missio Nexus. Some American churches are losing their zeal for foreign missions. At the same time, these trends are cultivating a fresh sense of urgency for Christian leaders who are promoting the International Day for the Unreached as an event to raise awareness of the dilemma and search for solutions. George Verwer, founder of…
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