HELPING PROVIDE A HOPE AND A FUTURE
It does not cost a fortune to turn someone’s misfortune around!
The world’s media excel in presenting us with vivid images of natural or manmade disasters.
After a deluge of such misery there is usually one of three responses: we (eventually) become immune to what we see; we think we don’t have the means or the understanding to help; or we choose to be part of the answer.
World Outreach International “Mercy Ministries” are scattered around the world and are generally part of a missionary’s involvement among specific communities. These lifesaving humanitarian programmes may not have the high public profiles of the larger secular NGOs, but they are effective in helping alleviate the suffering and/or crisis that people are experiencing.
Refugee Camps. Every year, WOI personnel help provide basic food, clothing and toiletries to refugees (usually women and children) when they flee from armed insurgents or religious fanatics to seek refuge in camps.
Microenterprise. A growing focus among WOI personnel is to assist followers of Jesus Christ in economically depressed regions by providing training to help them start and run small enterprises that will support their families and create jobs in their communities.
Disaster Relief. When earthquakes, famines or floods strike, WOI teams in affected regions stop what they are doing and get involved in disaster relief. We believe that a quick response is the best response.
Health Education. WOI teams are committed to educating illiterate villagers about hygiene, nutrition and general health. An untold number of lives, young and old, have been saved.
Milk Feeding Programmes. Providing healthy milk formula to malnourished babies has saved thousands of lives.
All of the above are “faith” projects. In other words, when finances are available, WOI teams can respond with love and compassion in practical ways. Through every Mercy Ministries enterprise, WOI personnel take every opportunity to share the Gospel with those they are helping. Your partnership can not only save lives, but can also help share the love of God with desperate and needy people.
John is the Present Emeritus of World Outreach. He lives with his wife, Mary, in New Zealand.