Here's a letter from our little Anggi's project in Indonesia!
My name is Sora T., the pastor of (IO-560) in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. We are ministering to Anggi at the center, which is located in the area of Medan Petisah. I am grateful for the Lord's grace and kindness and for all the support that you have given to Anggi.
There are 440 children that we are serving here at the center, and they have shown development and transformation in the past 7 years. Most of the parents of the children work as scavengers and pedicab drivers. They live by the railroads and by the rivers. The transformation in the children has given positive influences on their parents and their community. Many of their parents have been born again. They come to church regularly and are involved in the family discipleship program.
In May 2014, we did a couples' retreat (for husbands and wives.) Seventy-seven persons attended the retreat (19 counselors and 58 participants.) All of the participants experienced the Lord in the retreat. The Lord brought restoration to many of them. Our ministries are not only for the children, but also for their parents because the development of the children also depends on the Christian lives of their parents.
Some of the children are entering their teen years. Our biggest challenges is about the teenagers' social lives and the influence of the media. We took better approaches in our discipleship ministry to them. We want them to know that they have best friends who will be there for them when they have problems.
We have planned some activities for the teenagers. Thirty-three of them have joined the EE Kids (Evangelism Explosion) program, where they learned to share the gospel with the children of the evacuees of a volcanic eruption in April 2014. They went to the evacuation center to comfort the children there. They did some entertainment, gave lessons, and shared the gospel. These teenagers have helped 70 children at the evacuation center to accept Jesus. The teenagers at the center also receive a leadership training in a program we call Boys Brigade. In this activity, they learn to be disciplined in marching, responding to instructions, etc. They are also trained to be pioneers in children protection, and in movements against narcotic use and promiscuity.
Another program that we do is Faith Garden. The children learn to grow chili, mustard greens, spinach, kale, and so on, utilizing vacant spaces around their houses. They also learn some culinary arts and about healthy food at restaurants. There are still many other programs at the center that are beneficial to the children.
All of the children are very happy when they receive letters from their sponsors. When writing letters to their sponsors, the children can express their feelings. In the past three months, we have received 156 letters from the sponsors. They were really happy when they received them. They were motivated by their growing relationship with the sponsors.
Please pray that the children will come to the center more diligently, and that the programs at the center will have more impact on the children and on the community, even the city. Please also pray for our vision to reach 1,000 children to join the center in the next five years, so that more children will be won for Jesus, and they will grow in character to be like Daniel and Esther. We need your prayer support because we realize that this is not an easy task, but we really dream of it. We thank you again for your blessings and support for Anggi.
If you are interested in sponsoring a child from this amazing project, please consider little Lena!! Lena has been waiting over six months for a sponsor. She lives with her mom and dad, and she helps them by running errands! Read more about Lena here.