Poverty, Famine, and the Death That Overshadows Yemen

Story by mnnonline.org — “Every ten minutes, a child in Yemen dies from a preventable illness, according to UNICEF. The country’s civil war continues to exacerbate the poverty here, and add to the thousands of deaths that have occurred over the last two years. Yemen is one of the four countries included in what’s being called the largest humanitarian crisis in many decades. And yet, Yemen receives little attention compared to what’s going on in Iraq and Syria.

“Rachel Elwood of World Gospel Mission says, ‘The war in Yemen has been going on for two years now, and it doesn’t get the press that other conflicts like Syria and Iraq have gotten.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

“She says there are many reasons why this is so, but it’s definitely not helping bring relief to the nation. ‘Yemen was, prior to the war, one of the poorest — if not the poorest country — in the Middle East. The poverty rate at that time was about a third, so 34 percent. But it’s doubled in the last two years. It’s doubled to 62 percent of people living in poverty,’ she explains.”

Click here to read the full story.

ACT: Click here to donate today to a specific fund to help support those in great need in Yemen.

Starting a New Chapter

Titus and Jewel Romdenh are missionaries on homeland ministry assignment working to raise funds to go to Cambodia. Recently, Jewel posted on Facebook about a big life change that many missionaries go through. Read on to find out how they are learning to lean even more on God’s provision.

“Five years ago, I started a new chapter of my life working at Indiana Wesleyan University. Nearly fresh out of college, I was invited to interview for a position that I was neither mature enough nor professional enough to handle. The Lord helped the search committee see something that wasn’t even there. I was hired to replace a woman who was moving with her husband to serve as a missionary in Ghana, Africa. I believed this was God telling me that the job was mine for a time until it was our turn to go [to Cambodia]. By God’s grace I learned, stretched, developed.

“Three weeks ago, Titus and I stepped out in faith and I submitted my resignation. A resignation to the place that has supported my family for five years. The institution has supported my family with a paycheck, but the people have supported my family with so much more. As Administrative Assistant to the Doctorate in Organization Leadership program, God allowed me to serve my faculty and students only to find that many of my students and faculty invested more in me than I could have invested in them. In many ways, my colleagues became my family as I shared with them stories and in exchange they grew to care for my family – offering prayers, gifts, encouragement, and love.

“My time at Indiana Wesleyan University has been marked by personal and professional learning and growth and I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity to have been a member of the SBL, DOL, and SSL teams. I am going to Cambodia a better person because of the contributions that have been made to my personal and spiritual development while at IWU.

“Tomorrow is my last day at IWU. Starting Monday morning, I will be a full-time missionary – raising awareness for the Great Commission and raising support for our ministry in Cambodia.”

This is a big change for the Romdenhs. Will you take some time today to pray for them in this time of transition and increased dependence on God’s leading in their lives? If you are feeling the Holy Spirit’s nudging, will you also consider giving to their ministry to help them finish raising their funds so they can go to Cambodia?

Luke 10:2 Challenge – Prayer for the Harvest

The power of prayer is written about throughout Scripture, and you’ve probably seen it firsthand. At WGM, we’re emphasizing the Luke 10:2 Challenge.

“He told them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’” (Luke 10:2 NIV)

There is no question that God is at work in our world, drawing men, women, and children to Himself. He is restoring the broken, reconciling relationships, transforming hearts and minds, and saving souls. But He is also asking us—all of us who claim Him as Lord and Savior—to join Him in this wonderful work.

Each morning at 10:02 a.m., WGM staff members and some of our missionaries stop whatever is going on, and we pray. We pray for the Lord to send out more workers to the mission field as we seek to double our impact.

ACT: Will you take the Luke 10:2 Challenge? Set an alarm or notification on your phone or calendar to remind you to pray at 10:02—a.m. or p.m., whichever fits your schedule best—for God to send more workers from all over the world into His harvest field. Remember, the “mission field” isn’t just far-off places; it’s wherever people are who need to hear about the love of Jesus Christ.

What Are You Challenging Yourself With?

Dr. Dan Schafer, president of WGM, shared with the headquarters staff this morning during chapel about our strategic plans for growth in the next five years as we seek to double our impact on the world. It takes a lot of planning and effort to make something like this happen, but it takes even more prayer. Read this excerpt from Kevin and Becky Zirkle’s (regional directors for Asia, Europe, and Oceania) prayer letter that dives into some of this challenge and the expectation that God will show up and provide in the midst of great need.

“What is your tradition when a new year begins? Do you write New Year’s resolutions? Do you choose a Bible verse to meditate on for the year or choose a single word that centers on your vision for the year? Do you challenge yourself in some area (besides the traditional areas of exercise and diet after all the holiday dinners)?

“Fulfilling this challenge [Dr. Schafer’s doubling of impact] involves becoming active in new areas of ministry. And it definitely depends on increased prayer support! Could God be calling you to be more directly involved in worldwide missions? Could He be calling someone in your family? Can you help us meet this challenge of doubling our impact?

“In January we conducted another Orientation Camp for new missionaries. We are excited that one of the families is going to our field of Hungary. This will increase the impact we have there through youth ministries and pastoral education. We also had a weeklong retreat in January with the other members of our department and administrative staff. This was a time to brainstorm about new avenues of ministry as well as to spend time on the nuts and bolts of what we do.

“At the end of March we will make field visits to 5 of our countries in Europe. One of the countries is a field we have not yet been to personally, so we are looking forward to seeing the ministry opportunities there. As always on a field visit, we will have business to conduct, strategic plans to review, and finances to go over. But the highlight for us is being with our missionaries, seeing the ministries they are involved in and hearing their heart for their country and people.

“We have five new missionaries who will be going to places in our region. One family is going to Cambodia, which is a new location for WGM. We also have one missionary heading to a location where we used to have personnel, but because of visa regulations we have not been able to place someone there recently. And we have one family going to Hungary. Your prayers for us and for them are much appreciated as they fundraise and prepare to go and as we help them refine their ministry plans.

“May the Lord be with you in 2017 as you serve Him where you are and also as you have an impact around the world through your prayers and support of our ministry.”

We need your prayers. We need your support. This is a big undertaking, and we need your partnership as we follow God’s will toward a future of doubled impact. We are talking about real people’s souls. What an amazing thing to be a part of today! Will you join us?