Please pray this week for Tasiana and Mika. These two young men were raised in Timothy's Home. Their parents passed away a number of years ago. In the next few days, these young men will be starting mechanics and driving school in Salima. This is about 30 minutes away from the Grace Center. They'll be living in town and renting a room together. Please pray for their safety and protection in the city. Please pray for them to make wise choices as young men in a busy town setting. Please pray for their minds to grasp the work and learn well.
Father, you are enough for me. You meet every need in my life. I hold out my hands to receive your bounty. Forgive me for all the times I've said, "Not enough". Teach me, Holy Spirit, to recognize when I'm standing on the edge of the Not Enough hole and keep me from falling in again. There is always enough and more than i can imagine when I put my trust in You. There's enough porridge for the kids' breakfast, there's enough extra in the pots for the hungry season. There's enough! Use me as a channel of your blessing to meet the needs of others around me. I love you. In Jesus' name. Amen
Since we began our school 7 years ago, we have received our breakfast porridge through our District Social Welfare office (via Save the Children or most recently, Feed the Children) regretfully, these organizations have pulled their support and will no longer provide porridge through our district. We are rushing to check prices on corn, peanuts and soybeans to make a nutritious porridge for the children. We will need to change our food budget, so please pray for the kids' daily bread. We know God will provide.
I didn't expect the children to grasp what I was telling them so quickly.
BUT THEY DID! They knew right away when I told them we were going to build a university that it was FOR THEM! And they shouted and cheered, they jumped up and down!
Last year, we set a goal to raise $75,000 to purchase land at the Grace Center to build a university. Our God is so faithful and our donors are so amazing! You did it! In just a few months, God provided and you gave. In May 2017, we purchased the land for Grace Alliance University! WOW!
There is still a LONG way to go, we still have lots of meals to prepare, lots of babies to rescue, lots of buildings to build, but for today, will you stop with me and just say, "THANK YOU, JESUS!" Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus.
THANK YOU, friends, for your faithful, generous hearts and your loving gifts. May God pour his blessings out on you in generous measure, may you be blessed with joy in your giving and may your home be filled with his peace that passes understanding. Receive his love for you today.
Liviness came to live at Patricia's Home on November 7, 2017. She is just 4 days old. Her mother died in childbirth. Pray for Liviness to grow strong and healthy. Pray for her family as they grieve the loss of their mother. Pray for our COH community as we raise funds for our Maternity Center. We want to provide a safe place for mothers to deliver their babies where they will receive good care, honor and respect.
Over the past three months, we've lost four children at the Grace Center. This has been really difficult for all of us at Circle of Hope, but most difficult for the children. Pray for their hearts today as they grieve the loss of Evelini, their sister, classmate and friend.
Yamikani's funeral service was attended today by more than 1,700 people. I am thankful that so many people heard about Jesus in the celebration of Yamikani's life.
Pastor Phiri reports that Isaac Banda preached a powerful message about the freedom that Jesus brings. The Jerusalem Choir sang at the service and after three songs, the family and community begged that they continue to sing. Worship and praise bring so much comfort and peace.
As you pray for Yamikani's family and for our children at the Grace Center, who grieve the loss of their brother, listen to the Jerusalem choir sing. Their song says: I want to know on the day I die, that I have Jesus. Are you ready for that day?
Many of the children singing in the Jerusalem Choir are from Timothy's and Patricia's Home as this choir is from the church that meets on the Grace Center campus.
For 18 years, Yamikani was caught in bondage first to physical chains that held him down, penned in a goat pen for his safety but also bound by the fears and superstitions of his family's beliefs. Though we were able to loosen those cords and set him free, he was never free on this earth from his body ravaged by seizures and the damage done over so many years. It was such an honor to us to be privileged to meet his physical needs and to care for him with love and dignity. Through death, he is completely set free. The chains are gone!
Do you know Jesus? Do you need freedom from bondage that has held you captive for years? Jesus wants to set you free. We would love to pray for you today. Use the contact us link to send us an email.
Because of what Jesus has done for us, our chains are gone. We've been set free.