Why are you going into the mountain villages?
When God pulled me away from Streetlight, I prayed for Him to show me where in this country in the greatest need and the fewest workers. I was looking for a situation that resembles what God says in His word about the harvest being ready but the laborers being few…that’s when He led my eyes towards the villages.
You have to see it to fully understand-there’s nothing comparable to this in America, where the need is so great in every way. In many places in the mountain, they have no steady access to things like clean water, food, medicine. Education exists in some areas, but is deeply lacking any real substance. But more important than anything, these places are unreached with the true Gospel. They’ve never heard of Jesus, or they’ve heard of Him but don’t understand why He is any better than witchcraft or the mountain gods they’ve worshipped for centuries..
What is your plan?
We are dividing into two teams, each consisting of a pastor, a teacher, and volunteers from church. Each team will eventually go into three villages every week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, making a total of six villages reached between the two teams. Our focus will be evangelism and discipleship, nutrition, education, and community development. We will create a feeding program, hold bible studies, supplemental education lessons, medical clinics, and more. Please keep us in your prayers and we listen for specific direction and guidance from God in forming these programs.
Will you live in the mountain now?
No. It’s not necessarily safe to do that and we love our home here in the city. We will leave very early each morning and drive into the villages, then return to our home here every night.
What are your biggest needs right now?
Of course, more than anything I treasure your prayers. Prayers for safety, provision, wisdom, and strength. We also REALLY need supplies, old Sunday school materials (old felt boards? Yes please!) medical supplies, clothing, Bibles, etc., and a ministry vehicle.
If I already support you financially, do I need to change my donation?
If you support me personally, your donation stays the same because I am still serving under K.I.M, the same missions organization I’ve always been a part of. If you currently sponsor a child at Streetlight or monthly support that ministry, your donation will change soon to their new organization. If you want to continue supporting Streetlight and those kids, please do so. One of the new staff will email you soon regarding your donation.
If I want to change my donation or begin partnering with the village outreaches financially, how can I do that?
If you want to be a part of the exciting work God is starting in the mountain areas- great, we really need your help! If you currently support Streetlight but wish to switch your donation over to supporting these village outreaches, please email me and let me know or you can email the office directly- firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell him you would like to direct your donation to CDO village outreach.
If you are not currently partnering with the ministry, but would like to set up a monthly or one time donation, it is simple. You can go to www.kidsim.org. Click the donate tab. Select either one-time or monthly donation. Then select CDO village outreach from the drop down menu. Follow the instructions from there.
We need sponsors to pay the pastor and teacher salaries, transportation, food, and more. How fun would it be for a Sunday school class to sponsor a pastor? Your kids’ homeroom to sponsor the teacher? Your small group to help pay for the food? Pray about it! We would love for you to be a part of the ministry in this unique way.
When will you start?
We hope to have teams and village locations finalized by the end of March. Our goal is to have a team building retreat/days of prayer the first week of April, and then head into the villages after that!
“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he has compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest’.”