Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Want to help children but not ready or able to adopt? (There's still something great you can do!)

Gospel for Asia has an amazing child-sponsorship program. We began sponsoring 4 children with GFA’s Bridge of Hope program over 3 years ago. We chose each one to coordinate with each of our biological children’s birthdays. We have all of our children’s pictures hanging in our kitchen.
For only $28 per month, your child will receive: the opportunity to hear the Gospel, receive an education, nutrition, and medical care. You will receive an information packet with a photo card of your child along with your child’s photo and information and handwritten letters from your child.

Gospel for Asia sends 100% of all donations to the field. NONE of it is kept for administrative fees! ZERO!

There is no reason that nearly every American couldn’t find at least $28 per month in their budget to sponsor a child (or children!) somewhere in the world.

Find out more about the Bridge of Hope program here and more about Gospel for Asia at (And be doubly certain that you watch the “Endorsements” video on the Bridge of Hope page!  Also, while you’re on their site, don’t stop with just helping a child. Take a look around. There are many great opportunities for giving to some of the poorest in the world.)

"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'” Matthew 25:40 NIV

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More about our family's experiences with Gospel for Asia:

We have been participating with Gospel for Asia in sharing the gospel since 2004, and absolutely love everything we know about them. We feel completely confident in recommending their ministry to anyone. Our relationship with them began when our oldest was 8 years old. He wanted to go on a mission trip to Mexico with some men from our church. He was extremely disappointed that he couldn’t go and just could not understand why we were being so “unreasonable”! Even though he could not go on that trip, I felt that it was important for him to be able to do something, but there aren’t that many opportunities available for 8-year-olds.

Very soon, the Lord led us to the GFA web site, and we started reading the stories. His favorite was a story about a woman who had been going to someone else’s house to listen to the GFA gospel broadcasts. She really wanted to have her own radio so she could have people come to her home to listen to the gospel. She had no money, so she sold the door from her house to have enough money to purchase a radio. It wasn’t long before she was having dozens of people everyday come to her home to hear the gospel.

At that time, GFA had a program called “Max Missions”. Basically, instead of raising funds to go on a short-term mission trip, you could raise about the same amount of money to support a native missionary for an entire year. We helped Deke write letters to friends, family and church members. He raised over $2000! This supported a missionary for a year, plus he chose to purchase radio air time and a bicycle for a native missionary. Since he was only 8, and the youngest person to do a “Max Mission Trip”, Gospel for Asia featured him in their brochure. (Yes, that’s actually him in the picture below. Now he’s 6 feet tall, with size 13 feet and dark brown curly hair!)

We have thoroughly enjoyed our relationship with Gospel for Asia through the years, and we wholeheartedly recommend their ministry to anyone who seeks to impact the world for the kingdom of God.

1 comment:

tony and teressa said...

This is so awesome!! We miss you guys! Were going to be following your blog and praying for you!

Tony, Teressa, Ava, and the new baby girl that is due July 4th