Run for the World! 5K to Help Students Going to Ethiopia

This summer, our student ministries is sending a team of students to Ethiopia! Its so great to have young people catching the vision to share God’s love globally. And we have a fun opportunity to help them–a 5K and fun run!

The run is on May 16 at LifePoint Church. For more information and registration, please click here.

5K run

Update on Ann Rae!

Ann Rae Keel (Full)Did you know that Ann Rae has a blog where she writes about her experiences in Ethiopia? We’re excited to see how God will use her in the community called Korah. She’s been there a couple of weeks now getting settled into her new normal. Check out her first post here (click here). We love her funny story about the shower!

Please remember to pray for Ann Rae and for all the people and teams we send out from LifePoint. Most of all, please pray for the people we work with in other countries and the people who hear the Gospel as a result of that work! You can learn more about them through our Facebook and this Global Partner page.

 

2014 Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Medical Teams

PrintLifePoint Church has enjoyed the opportunity to help others through our annual golf tournament for the past 14 years benefiting global and local outreach.  This year’s beneficiary is LifePoint Medical.  LifePoint Medical is a ministry of LifePoint Church that forms volunteer medical teams made up of medical professionals that attend LifePoint Church.  These medical teams have traveled to the Middle East and Africa to provide medical services through clinics set up by local churches. Proceeds from the tournament will help provide medications and medical supplies and cover some of the costs associated with running the medical clinic.

Please join us for a fun day of golf that helps make a difference in the lives of others!

The Course:  
The Links at Gettysburg (www.thelinksatgettysburg.com)

The Date: 
Friday, May 2, 2014; Shotgun start: 8:00 am; Lunch and Awards Ceremony at 2:00 pm

The Participants:
Corporate Sponsor with 4 Golfers
Corporate Sponsor without Golfers
Family/Individual Sponsor
Individual Entry

For registration and more information:
http://lifepointchurch.us/serve/serve-my-world/

Alpha Life Ministry Up and Running

PrintIt’s great to hear the reports from our friends in Ukraine about the beginning stages of Alpha Life! You may remember the post from the summer that described the launch of Alpha Life (you can read it by clicking here). Viktor and Zhenya are the two Alpha Life staff, and they have been doing the exciting work of getting Alpha Life off the ground!

Victor and Zhenya with captionsViktor and Zhenya have been visiting orphans that are approaching their last year in the orphanage and some orphans that have already graduated. They have been getting to know them and helping them with homework. You may remember the name Vadim. This young man graduated last year, and Zhenya helped him apply and get into a medical tech school. She continues to help Vadim. And he comes to church with her on the weekends and spends time with some great role models! She said this is helping Vadim because he’s faced with a pretty challenging environment in the dorm.

Both Viktor and Zhenya have been preparing themselves, too. They have been to training in life skills curriculum. And they have visited other orphan graduate ministries to learn from them. They’re also meeting with orphanage administrators to introduce the Alpha Life Ministry. These meetings have gone well. So they are looking forward to beginning the life skills training classes. Here is just a sample of some of the modules they’ll be teaching: Identity, Communication Skills, Health and Hygiene, Love, Sex and Marriage, Home Economics, Time and Money Management–and several more!

Another important part of the ministry is transporting these young men and women to events, activities and church. So Alpha Life has just purchased a van. They bought it as an empty shell and then had the passenger seats put in. Check out the before and after photos.
before after combined

Thank you for giving generously to NEXT! We’re helping influence lives around the world through your generosity. Please remember to pray for our brothers and sisters: Viktor and Zhenya with Alpha Life, and our partners Alpha Omega Ministry and Central Baptist Church of Dnepropetrovsk. And most of all, pray that the young men and women in this ministry will find their Heavenly Father that loves them and wants to adopt them into His family!

Alpha Life Launches in Ukraine!

AlphaLife logo_colorTry to imagine being an orphan. You’ve never known what it means to live with  parents in a loving home and family. You’ve only known this orphanage as “home”. But you’ve always dreamt that one of those people that visit the orphanage from time to time would choose you and take you home! But year after year, you are left in the orphanage. You get older. And your dream slowly fades. Then, you’re sixteen years old, and now its time to leave the orphanage. Its time for life on your own. If you had any hope left of being adopted, its definitely gone now. Its like its official now. Nobody chose you. Nobody wanted you.

What a way to start the next season of life. This is the reality for older orphans every year in Ukraine. And we have committed to helping some of those orphans navigate this extraordinarily challenging time in their lives. Alpha Life is the global initiative of NEXT , Navigating Extraordinary Times.

Just a few days ago, on July 14, in a Sunday morning church service at Central Baptist Church in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, this new ministry for graduating orphans was launched! We’ve been working on it for quite a while. One year ago, our two ministry partners from Ukraine were here at LifePoint Church. We spent many hours praying and discussing ideas and plans with Pastor Sergii Sizonenko and Slava Iotko. Sergii is the pastor of Central Baptist Church in Dnepropetrovsk, and Slava is the director of the campus outreach ministry called Alpha and Omega based in a building just a few blocks down the street from the church. We three are working together to provide a graduate transition ministry to orphans graduating from orphanages in and around Dnepropetrovsk.

Orphans graduating from institutions in Ukraine are faced with extraordinary challenges. They are about to live with independence and the responsibility of making their own decisions about their lives and futures. Unfortunately, most are not ready for this. There are all kinds of statistics about where these kids end up. And while the exact numbers vary depending on the source, one thing is clear–many orphans fail to navigate this extraordinary transition to adulthood well.

The government helps them by covering the cost of their tuition and dorm rooms at technical colleges. Unfortunately, these kids need more help than that. They simply are not prepared to make wise choices with money and time and choosing the right kinds of friends. And there are people who are poised and ready to take advantage of them. Its not long before these kids have run out of money and start looking for new income sources.While that may sound a lot like American college students, the difference is that these kids don’t have parents to call for help. They’re on their own. And that’s not a secret to those who seek to exploit them. As a result, drugs, crime and even prostitution rob many of these kids of their futures. Even worse, the suicide rate among graduated orphans is very high.

So what are we doing about it? Alpha Life is a ministry where staff will begin teaching life skills to orphans in their last year in the orphanage. We will invite them to church events and young adult events to give them positive options for social outlets, friendships and role models. Once they graduate, we’ll give them the option of living in the home of a family from Central Baptist Church rather than living in the dorm while they go to school. All these things together add up to giving these orphans the family and community of loving, caring people that they wouldn’t have on their own. This is what can make the difference in their transition to adulthood and independence. But most importantly, being connected to the family of God will give them the opportunity to know how to live forever! Yes, we are concerned about their future here on earth, but we’re also concerned about their eternal future.

We ask you to pray for this ministry. Pray for the orphans that agree to be in it. Pray for families at Central Baptist Church to be moved by God to provide housing to these orphans. And pray for the staff that will run the program. Victor and Zhenya (pictured below) will run this ministry. They will be the ones building relationships with the orphans and teaching them about life. Our brother and sister on the front lines of ministry. Remember them often in your prayers.

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Joe and Becky Paschal with Alpha and Omega leaders. From left: Victor, Slava, Joe, Becky, Zhenya, Alexey

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Partners in ministry: from left, Pastor Sergii of Central Baptist Church, Joe from LifePoint, Slava and Pastor Alexey of Alpha and Omega

Our New Partnership in Haiti!

mohhaitiDid you know we have basically adopted a village in Haiti for the next 5 years?! Its true! Along with two other churches, we have committed to helping the same village in Haiti until 2018, if not longer. That means relationship. We’re serious about doing what it takes to create real, lasting change in a place that needs that kind of help. The name of the village is Minotrie. We were introduced to Minotrie and the opportunity by our partner Mission of Hope Haiti. The video below will give you a beautiful picture of the opportunity to love these people! The ending is the best! Will you go? Will you send others?

Helping Without Hurting Seminar

Brian Fikkert photoThe posts on this blog keep repeating things like “serving should be our lifestyle” and serving “24-7-365.” These themes come from our annual serving event we’ve done the past 3 years called Risk Love. It has been great to see many LifePointers take this challenge seriously. We’ve even seen some new outreach ministries start up as a result! That’s really taking the “invests relationally” part of being a Christ-like Influencer to a new level!

when helping hurts book coverAnd now, here is a great opportunity to help you as you invest relationally and serve others. Brian Fikkert is the co-author of a book we love here at LifePoint Church. The book is When Helping Hurts. In our own outreach ministries we follow the Biblical principles found in this book. Below is information about a seminar where Brian Fikkert will be speaking on this topic at a church here in Baltimore! We highly recommend that you attend this seminar.

Helping without Hurting seminar
with Dr. Brian Fikkert, co-author of
“When Helping Hurts – How To Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…And Yourself”

Hosted by: Faith Christian Fellowship Church in Baltimore  on May 18, 8am – 4pm.

Register Here

  •         $45 for early registration – discount applies through May 5th
  •         $50 May 6th through May 17th
  •         25% discount to students and seminarians
  •         Major credit cards accepted on a secured site
  •         Ample free parking

Price includes lunch, snacks, & materials.  Childcare (7 and under) is available at a nominal cost.

About the Speaker

Dr. Brian Fikkert is a Professor of Economics and the founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. Dr. Fikkert earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, specializing in international economics and economic development. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and is the author of numerous articles in both academic and popular journals. Prior to coming to Covenant College, he was a professor at the University of Maryland–College Park and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector.

Directions to Faith Christian Fellowship

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Golf Tournament for Alpha Life

GolfTourneyPPT-2013_16x9Registration has closed. Join us at The Links at Gettysburg on May 3, for a day of golf for a great cause! The proceeds from the golf tournament will go to Alpha Life.

LifePoint Church is partnering with Alpha & Omega Campus Ministry and Central Baptist Church (both of which are in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine) to create Alpha Life. Alpha Life is a ministry for orphans in Dnepropetrovsk that are aging out of the system and beginning life on their own. Despite some financial help from the government for technical school, the reality where these kids end up in life is heartbreaking. A high percentage simply can’t cope and take their own lives before they even reach 21. Many others end up in crime, drugs and prostitution. Some girls are even trafficked. With our two partners in Dnepropetrovsk, we are going to provide the love and support these kids need to live meaningful adult lives. And we will share with them the hope found in Jesus Christ!

The Schedule                                                                            Print

7:15am Morning Registration, Coffee & Donuts
8:00am Shotgun Start
2:00pm (approx.) Lunch and Awards Ceremony
FORMAT: Captain’s Choice

The Participants

Corporate Sponsor with 4 Golfers: $500
Includes a foursome in the tournament, recognition at registration table, display of corporate banner (provided by company), and recognition at awards banquet.

Corporate Sponsor without Golfers: $200
Includes space for a sign and recognition in our banner.

Individual Entry: $85

Prizes will be awarded to the first place foursome and other contests.

Click Here to REGISTER or email globaloutreach@lifepointchurch.us for more information.

Transformation Story from our Rwanda Team

Our team that went to Rwanda this year had an amazing experience. One of the many stories is below. It is an email from one of the translators for our team. She wrote to Tina McGinn, one of the team leaders.

Hi Tina, I would like to send my sincere thanks to you about the miracle God done from the confession prayer during your stay in Rwanda. This week on Friday, i had good time with the women in the Gospel and we hard testimonies from women. “Sonia” is thanking God who changed her heart. During confession period she confessed the sin of beating and harassing her children most often so after few days the children we are wondering what happened to their mother because she is no longer harassing them and time came when her first born who is nine years called her in the house and said mummy I want to ask you what happened to you , you are no longer beating us. The mother said that do you know what , I met a man who confirmed me about my sins and I surrender all my sins and that Man is God. so what has been remaining was to ask forgiveness for my children, so she told her children that she will never do it again and she requested her children to respect their parents so that they become blessed. we ask you also to pray for her husband to walk in line with her wife. Through my counseling the women put into action what I told her and in her testimony she told us that the husband now is accepting to have wedding ceremony and go to church as well as in the movement to have proper agreement of marriage. That is the good news I had for the group and keep us in prayer, I am also having severe pain of the back though taking treatment.

May the almighty God richly bless you.

Sarah

Praise God for how He uses us when we share the Good News of His love for us! Please remember “Sonia” and Sarah in your prayers. And pray for our partner in Rwanda, Jean Baptiste Mugarura. He is the director of Youth For Christ Rwanda.

Influencing Rwandan Leaders

In this final video of the 3 part series, our Rwandan partner, Jean Baptiste Mugarura, describes the amazing opportunity and influence Youth For Christ has been given, especially in the school system. They have also developed a special training program for young leaders that has long-term impact in Rwanda. In fact, LifePoint’s  2012 Rwanda team will be working with those young leaders!

YFC Rwanda Today from LifePoint Outreach on Vimeo.

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