Dear family and friends,
Over the last 2+ years I have been in communication with a brother in India and have followed his ministry to the poor and orphans. I am amazed by the commitment, consistency and tenacity lived out daily to take the gospel to the poor and love the unloved with whatever they have. They walk as much as 15 miles to the forest “to take bread and minister to the hungry children who live without proper clothes, have no houses and no schools”.
Steven's son was being treated for Typhoid-Malaria and I was prompted by the Lord to ask how we can help. Arlene suggested we ask about water. Well, they had no clean water and had to walk as much as 5 miles to get it (see the lady with the pitcher). I took a step of faith and offered to get a well, so for $1000 we had a hand well dug and installed. The joy that it brought their community is priceless.
They then needed book bags because of the heavy rains that soak the children’s school work, so we provided them. Look at the faces. The needs are great, (notice they have no shoes but they would love to have a pair and clothing is sparse, they need school fees and various supplies as well).
Throughout our communications, I have been so blessed to get to know Steven Dora and Save Orphans. Steven loves Jesus and he loves His kids. He rises at 4am for prayer and receives strength for the day. Steven is full of joy and faith and daily minsters with anticipation of God’s intervention wherever he goes.
The Lord has opened the door for me to go to India to serve alongside servants of God who take literally “freely you have received freely give”, and experience for myself a living faith that does not discriminate and truly loves the least of these. You can be a part of this mission as well by partnering with me and sending me with the resources to make a difference. I would also like to be prepared to provide water for a couple of the tribal villages that have none.
As of now they have a full agenda for me: Inaugurate the Hand Well, the Old Age Home, the Church Hut and churches, visiting orphanages and ministry places in other villages, encouraging pastors, attending a baptismal service and baptizing them in the River and attending a wedding. I thought I was busy here ;-)
I leave Sunday September 3 for 11 days.
It's taken me me a while to get this out because of all that is going on in Houston and Louisiana. They have my prayers and support.
Please help me help the orphans.
Will you consider contributing to this missions trip? Please do so now. I still have to pay for the air travel, vehicle rental and housing while I'm there.
In His service and yours,
Pastor Rick Del Rio
Abounding Grace Ministries
- Jonathan Del Rio
- Elsa Carlo
- Steve Brattli
- Denise Grande
- Lissette Velez
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