I'm excited about missionaries.
Over half of missionaries here at Love Global Foundation are indigenous missionaries serving in the countries they're from. We value all of our missionaries, but this week we're sending a special shout out to our indigenous workers!Indigenous workers often have less barriers to ministry and understand their culture and country better than outsiders. They also have a more difficult time accessing funds and resources. That's why we're working hard to support their work and build partnerships between nationals and foreign missionaries.Here's just a few of some of our great indigenous partners:
Click on the names above to learn more about these great missionaries.
A recent article on unexpected.org lists 10 things everyone should know before heading out on a mission trip...
1. Avoid poverty tourism.
2. Don't be an elephant (see article for explanation).
3. Look people in the eye.
4. Ask before taking photos.
5. Take trips that represent an ongoing relationship.
6. Take the time to equip those who are there long-term.
7. Receive the incredible blessings you're offered.
8. Be a story-gatherer and a storyteller.
9. Give yourself. Don't give what they don't need and don't ask for.
10. You are not the saviour of the world.
Be sure to read the whole article here for more detailed tips on how to be prepared for your trip!
Raise Money = Free Trip
What will you do for clean water?
Histoymaker & the Love Global Foundation have partnered to run a campaign to get clean water for Thailand. This is how it works:
Youth Groups launch a Life Campaign fundraising pageDo whatever it takes to raise money for your campaign The Youth Group who raises the most money by June 30th, 2013, their Youth Pastor gets an all expenses trip to travel to Thailand with Historymaker and ERDO to see the well that has been paid for by Historymaker guests and Youth Groups!
To get started, visit this page and click on the "Start a Fundraiser" button.
Who had an amazing time at Historymaker?
Who's ready to win a trip to Thailand AND have fun doing it AND do it for an amazing cause.
Cyndy Lavoie works with indigenous leaders across Africa, training and equiping local pastors. Next week she begins a new training school in Uganda.In her words:"In a small village off the power-grid in western Uganda there is a body of believers eager for all the Bible training they can get.When I first visited Madudu it was at the end of 2 week trip. I'd already been to other areas in Uganda, seen the character and tenor of other churches, and while nothing had been wrong per se, when I got to Madudu the tone was much different. I immediately felt the presence of the Lord there, and the Spirit made it plain that this was in fact a place to pour into. God wanted to bless the body of Christ in and through Madudu.Since that initial visit I have been to Madudu two other times, and each time I am amazed at the presence of God there. The thick love of God settles over me every time I am there.Next week begins Capturing Courage School of Discipleship in Madudu, under the direction of Pastor Kakuba."To learn more about the school, go here.
To donate to the school's operation costs, go here.
$10 from each t-shirt sale goes to missionary Danielle Spampinato
Each week, Cause Shirts features a charity and sends $10 from each t-shirt sale to that cause. This week it's Love Global Foundation's very own missionary - Danielle Spampinato!
In 2009 and again in 2011 Danielle travelled to Bangeldesh to work and serve the local communities. She was so impacted that she decided to head there again as a PAOC Global Worker, this time indefinitely.
You can help her reach her goal by purchasing one of the customly designed t-shirts at www.causeshirts.org.
Find out more about Danielle and her passion for Bangledesh, here.
Contest Winner Simon (on the right) with missionaries Kevin & Leakhena Knight
Congratulations to Joanna, Simon, and Joyce - the three winners of the Love Global Foundation and Missions Fest Vancouver "Win A Trip to Meet Your Missionary" Contest!
Together these champions raised over $12,000 for missions and gathered over 1,000 shares of their missionary's web page. Way to go!
Joanna & Simon were so inspired by the work of missionaries Kevin & Leakhena in Cambodia, they decided to ask for donations to the cause instead of wedding gifts. The newly married couple has made a big mark on this Cambodian community.
Joyce Van Ravenstein challenged her friends and family to sacrifice small luxuries and donate the difference to missionaries Kevin & Matildah in Zambia. She also hosted penny drives and coin rolling parties to raise funds and awareness for their work. Small change sure can go a long way!
The three winners will now get a trip to visit the missionaries they support - Kevin & Leakhena Knight in Cambodia and Kevin & Matildah Van Ravenstein in Zambia. They'll be able to volunteer in the community and see first hand the work these missionaries are doing.
Stay tuned for updates from their travels!
Social Media Awards Finalist
The Love Global Foundation is a finalist in the Social Media Awards Excellence in Non-Profit Engagement –(Sponsored by – ConstantContact)
Anna Randall lives and serves among the Saramaccan people in the jungles of Suriname. Last week she made the journey down river to the city and shared this encouraging update:"In the midst of working hard on the "Piki Wosu" and the many other work projects, I also have been learning language, building relationships, becoming more familiar with the surrounding Villages, and trying to not be sick constantly.I have become known around the Village as "Tanga Muje" strong woman. All of the women here work so hard, so for them to say that about me is a real honour. I think I have surprised them a little. One of the women here is know to be hard to get a long with, but because she respects hard work, her and I have begun to spend time together. So right now I'm praising God for work projects and soar muscles. : ) It's amazing how God uses the simple things and the daily tasks in our life."To hear more about Anna's story, visit her page here.
Today is World Water Day and, here at Love Global, we thought we'd celebrate by sharing the remarkable story of missionary Barb Giraud and her friends.
It started with a trip to Uganda that changed Barb's life. She wanted to help, so she started making banana bread to fund a home for the children. As others heard about her remarkable story, they joined in. One lady donated her prized cow to build a well. The children's home and the whole community now have fresh, clean water!
What do you have to offer? Baking skills? A prized cow? It really can be anything!
If you want to be part of Barb's mission, visit her page here.
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