Christ is Seen- Spring Newsletter
Christ is Seen
“Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him,' Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’ And Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them...”
I love this passage of scripture because Jesus’ response to, “Are you the one?” was to report all the miracles and work that were occurring, as if to say, ‘Of course I am the One. Who else could do this?” The evidence of Christ is seen in heaven meeting earth—the hope of God in hopeless situations, the reversal of sin and brokenness, healing and redemption. In other words, where Jesus is His work is surely to be found.
I am thrilled to share with you the evidence of Christ as seen in Redeemer’s Friend.
Twenty-two children, who live in some of the poorest conditions in Antananarivo, Madagascar, have been hand-picked by God to be a part of Redeemer’s Friend. What does that look like more specifically? Twenty-two children who were malnourished when we met them are now being fed breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Twenty-two children now have the opportunity to start/continue their studies at our school, and have gone from staying at home every day doing housework to reading, writing, and spelling.
Their families (or caretakers) were asked if they saw any change in their children since they first started attending our school and their faces lit up with excitement. They responded that their children are learning things in school that they never thought they would learn. One mother gently smiled, “When we have a meal, my kids refuse to eat without thanking God for the food. They talk about God often.”
Friends, the children are worshipping now. When they received the new clothes that their sponsors enabled us to buy, the youngest kids (3-5) initiated a worship session all on their own. Hands raised, smiling faces, and all.
Friends, because of your belief in Redeemer’s Friend, we are beginning to break down barriers of sin and brokenness to share Christ with not only the children, but with their families/ caretakers also! The families have agreed to meet with us to pray and read God’s word together. They are trying to change bad habits of drug addiction to offer their children a safer home. They are open to discipleship. Praise the Lord!
The Harvest is Plentiful
Just recently our team in Madagascar prayed and felt God place on our hearts that we needed to move houses. Our previous “house” was a one-room building in which we attempted to fit twenty-two children. That worked for a while, but it became clear that as the older kids advanced and the younger kids became rowdier, we needed to move. After some earnest praying, Christ provided the perfect house, equipped with multiple rooms to be used for classrooms and offices to develop our little school. The greatest feature of our new home is the surrounding community. Though the house is walking distance from where our children live, it is in a new neighborhood, giving us access to more children in need of Christ, food, and education.
Our deepest desire is that our children know Christ personally and receive a quality education. We are at the beginning stages of creating a strategy to better equip our children and accommodate new ones, but I can tell you that Christ is at work. Your support has brought abundance into our lives—plenty of souls, minds, and bellies to be fed.
Here’s What We’re Up To
Redeemer’s Friend is working hard to solidify our program to make it accessible to more children, and to better accommodate the needs of our current children. We have a two-year plan to bring together the necessary components to have our school function at the level we would like it to. Some of these components include a well- rounded curriculum, English classes, after school programs such as sports clubs and music classes, building a library, and more.
Currently, our team of teachers stateside have been in contact with Madagascar Christian Academy—an English-speaking school—and have decided that it is best to model the curriculum they use and utilize their methods for teaching students English.
The Redeemer’s Friend director in Madagascar is making connections with local pastors, English-speaking teachers, and other ministries and organizations in the hope of hiring more staff and building partnerships with other believers.
Our main heart is that our children would know their worth in Christ. We strive to create an environment of value—one in which the students are given access to resources they would not otherwise have in the slums. May they know the love of Christ through this and claim their new title as “adopted children of God.”
Redeemer’s Kids Prayer Needs
We asked the children what they wanted prayer for. This is what they said.
Nantsoina, Age 10: She wants us to pray for her father who is in prison. She also asks for prayer for her aunt and grandma who often fight about whether or not Nantsoina and her brother are allowed to see her mom.
Tatamo, age 10: She has asked for prayer to stop chewing tobacco, which she uses to help her sleep at night. She says that her parents fight often and that her dad is abusive. She asked for prayer for protection and also that God would heal her mother, who is sick.
Alfred, Age 13: He asked for prayer for his father who always has migraines.
Frederic, Age 10: He has accepted Jesus into his heart and believes that God can change his life. He asked for prayer for his injured brother. He also asked for prayer that one day he will be able to live in a real house instead of in the slums.
Doris, Age 9: He asked for prayer that he would be good at school and any activities in school.
Jacky, Age 8: He professed faith in Jesus!! He asked for total recovery because he has had a cough that has not gone away.
Nambinintsoa,, Age 7: He believes in Jesus. He has asked for prayer to love Jesus more.
Sabrinah, Age 9: She has asked for prayer for wisdom and for her alcoholic father who is abusive. She also prays for healing for her father because he has a stomachache.
Sandra, Age 7: Pray for her home life and for her relationship with Jesus.
Erika, Age 8: She asked for prayer for peace because her parents are abusive.
Liliane, Age 10: She says that she believes in God and asks for prayer for her mother who is sick. She also wants to move out of the slums.
Nomena, Age 8: He asked for prayer for his father who is in prison. He also would like to do well in school.
Fetra, Age 8: He asked for healing for his father, for a good relationship with his brother, and for wisdom.
Sandra, Age 7: She asked for prayer for her relationship with God. she wants a good relationship with God.
Jessica, Age 6: She asked for wisdom.
Fanatenana, Age 7: He has professed faith in Jesus and asked for prayer for his relationship with God.
Mahandry, Age 4: He said he didn’t have a prayer request. Finoana, Age 4: She believes in Jesus. :)
Sidonie, Age 4: She asked for prayer for her parents who are always fighting. She said that it’s not good to see them fight.
Stephane, Age 4: He said that Jesus lives in his house and that he prays for God to help him.
Jeanot, Age 5: Pray for his home life and that they would know who Jesus is.
Avotra, Age 7: Pray for his home life and for his relationship with Jesus.
Want to Support our Program?
I would Like to Support Redeemer's Friend Prayerfully
Ministry Prayer Needs
We have a couple of pastors that we are considering partnering with to disciple our community.
Pray for God’s wisdom as we work through issues with abusive and drug-addicted parents.
Pray for deeper relationships with children and families.
Pray for financial partnership so that we can purchase the tools and resources necessary to build up our school.
Pray for favor with Malagasy government officials as we register our school and present our ministry plan to them.
I Would Like to Support Redeemerʼs Friend Financially
To make an online gift visit: www.redeemersfriend.org
Send us a check: Write the check out to "Fitted Feet" and add "Redeemer's Friend" in the memo. Send it to 2894 Venezia Court Chino Hills, CA 91709
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