We would like you to join us in praising God for fulfilling His promises to Everlasting Love Ministries
(ELM) in 2016. We were able to finish 2016 by completing each purpose God gave to our Apartment ministry.
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2016:
Our celebration of Jesus’ birthday was an experience of faith last December! For the first time in the last 20 years the place we had rented had to be closed because of an emergency. By faith we held our celebration outside with a black cloud threatening heavy rain. We were able to use some of the Apartment balconies as the stage for the 80 children to present their choir program. The children were excited to be heard by their parents, and in an emotional atmosphere the children raised their voices in perfect harmony -- praising Jesus’ birth!
We want to give special thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Scott for their love and dedication in taking the time to teach the children some Christmas songs. We know these songs will stay imbedded in the hearts of these children for the rest of their lives.
Once again, ELM gratefully thanks the Kurht family for providing the children with many gifts to celebrate Jesus’ birth. The Kurht’s have once again been generous with their donations and their labors in making these gifts possible for the 80 children who faithfully hear God’s words on Friday afternoons. We believe that both those who gave and those who received considered themselves blessed by God. Even the mothers received some surprises and gifts.
In 2016 more than 300 children were blessed with toy donations through ELM. Toys were given to two Spanish-speaking churches here in Houston. Also, toys were sent to international orphanages and to the Wayuu Baptist Church in Colombia, who also distributed toys to other places. We are thankful to God for all of the donors who were used by Him to allow us to celebrate the birth of His Son, Jesus -- while continuing to faithfully spread His good news.
Here in Houston 30 children accepted Jesus as their personal Savior during the VBS events held at the apartments. Most continue to come to the weekly Kids Clubs to learn more about the Bible, and even though many move away to another location, some are brought back by their mothers to continue to attend the weekly meetings.
In 2016 we completed the financial aid to one of our students in Costa Rica, who graduated from high school. ELM was privileged to help this student for 10 years, giving him the opportunity to be a high school graduate. We are currently sponsoring 5 more children in Costa Rica between the ages of 7 and 13. We pay for school fees, uniforms, books, and transportation. The cost averages $30 dollars per month per student.
If God touches your heart to participate in this activity, there are 2 more children on the waiting list. You can send us the support and we will keep you informed about the progress of the child. The sponsorship of one of these children and young adults is a double blessing because both the child and the parents are educated in the Word of God. The child must be an active member in the Church, and participating in the programs of the Church in a consistent and disciplined manner. The children are to participate in music classes so they can help with Sunday worship services.
ELM closed out 2016 with a special blessing. During our mission trip to the Wayuu people in Colombia, we found out about a need the pastors in that are had. Travel for the pastors in that area have a need for transportation to get around to the various Rancherias they go to preach the good news. ELM received a special designated donation to meet this special need. With that donation we were able to purchase 8 bicycles to be used to meet this need. We also have the funds to purchase 8 additional bicycles.
We give God all the glory who met the needs of these dedicated servants. He connected ELM with the need, and one of our faithful supporters was led to provide the funds to meet this need. What a wonderful God we serve!
The Youth Project “John 14:6 Mission Elder” of the Wayuu tribe successfully completed four Bible Schools that were held at the Churches in the Manaure area -- even though they had to contend with much rain and some floods. Through these activities10 Wayuu children accepted Jesus as their personal Savior and were baptized. This brings to mind Paul’s words:
1 Corinthians 15:57 -58 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
God's promise for this year, lead us to remember what Jesus said:
John 4:34 -38 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest “Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.“For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ “I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.
Just as Jesus spoke and applied these words to His disciples when He walked in Israel, His words are now being applied to our hearts as we are His disciples -- these words of Jesus are truly alive!
In 2017 ELM will strive to be obedient to that which God has given to us, so we will be sowing gospel seeds in various fields. We know that the Lord is opening many doors to us so that the gospel light and truth can go out to many more children. We are praying that God will enable us to open two apartment complexes in the Jersey Village area for reaching out to children and their parents. We have faith that God will begin this work and provide the volunteers and resources that will be required.
We will continue the existing Bible Clubs at the two apartment complexes where we have been ministering on each Thursday and Friday. This spring we will have the following special activities:
• February 24 (Friday) -- Friends Party
• March 13-15 (Monday -- Wednesday) -- Spring Break School
• April 22 (Saturday) -- Block Party from 9-12 (in association with Champion Forest Baptist Church)
ELM will continue to support the Wayuu people (Colombia) Youth Group “John 14:6 Elder Mission” project this year. At this time we know of 17 young people there who will lead 4 Bible Schools and prepare other youths for working in Sunday School activities. Each of these 4 trips will cost $150 -- for transportation and food. Usually the youth travel to a Rancheria on Saturday and begin the program at noon. At night they have a meeting with the parents of the children and show the Jesus film for the whole community. On Sunday they attend the local Church service and end their Bible School teaching at noon, before returning home.
There will be a Mission Trip to Colombia, in association with Champion Forest Baptist Church on July 22-29 (video and pictures). This trip will be made up of six teams which will work in unity to reach the unreachable for Christ’s kingdom:
1 -- Medical Team.
2 -- Construction Team.
3 -- Ministry of Service Team.
4 -- Sports Team.
5 -- Vacation Bible School Team.
6 -- Pastors’ Training Team.
We are asking our ELM prayer partners to pray for Nestor -- that God will give him (a) wisdom, vision, favor and discernment so that the plans for this mission trip is in accordance with God’s will, (b) a clear indication of the needs of the Churches and people that we will minister to in Colombia, and (c) those things which we need to pray for regarding those to whom we will minister.
In addition we are praying that God will touch the hearts of those who will be going on this mission trip.
We are also asking God to continue to bless Daisy so she will be able to take the Vacation Bible School again and that it will be as great a blessing to the Wayuu as it was last year.
If God puts it on your heart to provide funds for scholarships (for those who will be going), or to provide funds for any of the particular six teams, or any particular phase of the Mission trip, please send your check to ELM with any specific designations you wish to make.
We are looking forward to what God will be doing through ELM in 2017 as we remain faithful to His leading. We are so grateful for your faithfulness and support for what God is doing through us. We thank you for your trust in ELM and for your prayers, which help to motivate us to continue to share the gospel through our local and international missions activities.
We pray God’s great blessings will anoint your lives as we partner to reach the lost.
Blessings to you from ELM,
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