One of the hardest things about our temporary departure from Mexico in 2011 was leaving Sofia and Georgina with a very sick mom. Their mom died a few weeks after we arrived in the U.S. leaving the girls in the care of their very unreliable older sister. Many people prayed for them and others were able to help them financially. God has really taken care of these orphaned girls. The biological aunt of one of the girls took all of them in. Georgina and Sofia are living in Mexico City now with the family of Georgina's aunt. We are so grateful to God for His loving care of these girls.
Friday, November 15, 2013
World Relief is the AFLC World Missions relief agency. Donations for help with the disaster caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines may be sent to AFLC World Missions or directly to World Relief. The article below was taken from the World Relief website.
According to CNN, as many as 10,000 are feared dead in the Philippines, while Super Typhoon Haiyan makes its way toward Vietnam. Please join World Relief in responding to this crisis.
Gifts Urgently Needed: Typhoon Haiyan Rapid Response Fund
World Relief is partnering with long-term partner, Philippine Relief and Development Services, Inc. (PHILRADS), the relief and development arm of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) to provide assistance to victims of Typhoon Haiyan. PHILRADS has already mobilized and deployed rapid assessment teams, packed goods at the Department of Social Work and Development (DWSD) which were airlifted to victims, and collaborated with government organizations, faith-based organizations and churches to set up a disaster operation center. BUT MORE HELP IS NEEDED.
Through our Typhoon Haiyan Rapid Response Fund, PHILRADs and World Relief will focus its Phase One relief efforts to unreached areas beyond the damaged roads and bridges—which includes Palo, Abuyog, La Paz, Mahaplag, Macarthur, St Bernard, San juan, Starita, Tarangnan, Pagsanghan, the city of Tacloban and Ormoc. This initial response will provide:
- 7,000 households with emergency food/relief packages
- temporary shelters
- materials to help rebuild 50 destroyed church buildings (lumber, plywood, nails, G.I. sheets and cement)
- support for on-the-ground coordination efforts and ongoing logistics for a disaster operation center
World Relief is sending technical staff to the Philippines to support PHILRADS, who will supervise the project in close collaboration with Pastors and volunteers from local churches. Local Pastors/local churches will provide the manpower, facilities and the vehicles for the work, but fuel and materials to support the relief effort (see above) will be provided by generous gifts from World Relief supporters.
By giving to our Typhoon Haiyan Rapid Response Fund, you enable us to rapidly deploy front-line help and resources to the most vulnerable during this crisis. The more we raise, the more we can help. Thank you in advance for your support.
We will continue to update this web page with information about our response as it progresses.
Please Join Us in Prayer
Please join us in prayer for the victims and their families; that the lost would be found, the sick would be healed, that the God of all comfort would be with those who grieve, and that miraculous restoration would come following this tragedy. Please also pray for the safety of the individuals who are risking their lives to provide critical assistance.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Have you ever thought about what you would take if you moved to Africa? You have to consider several things—what kind of house you’ll have, if you’ll be living in a village or city, and how long you plan to live there! Our family is moving to Sierra Leone (try to find it on a map!) on November 12. We already know that we’ll be living in a . . . Read entire newsletter by clicking here.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
It's Thursday afternoon and someone is knocking at our door . . . as it seems they do every Thursday. I open the door to look outside and see who it is and then I call up to Barb and Kirstie, "Barb, there's an angel at the door!"
Angel, as in Mike Angel (as in Michelangelo), is a 2nd grade boy who is literally obsessed with Jesus and His death on the cross. He wants to know if we have the Archbook story of the passion of Christ yet. "No, not yet, but it's coming." Angel lives right behind us and we share part of the back wall. I hear pounding with a hammer and another Thursday, there's Angel at the door again, this time with a couple pieces of wood with six nails pounded into it and a 2nd grade, Picasso-like (trying to be generous) ink drawing of Jesus on the cross. "It's for you," he says. Angel can't read yet but in lieu of the Archbook that hadn't arrived yet we gave him a paper-back children's cartoon Bible. His grandma covered the binding and front and back covers in plastic to protect it and Angel brings it to Kid's Club every week . . . until he lost it. Then the knock on Thursday afternoon before Kid's Club brought with it a very disappointed Angel who wondered if he had left it in the garage. "No, Angel, it isn't here." We prayed with him about it . . . nothing. A couple weeks later it came to my heart again and I brought it up with the Lord and then the Thursday afternoon knock brought the great news that Angel found his Bible! It had fallen behind his bed.
The next Thursday, Angel looked like he was going to throw up in the middle of Kid's Club so I walked him around the corner to His house, praying with him that God would heal the tearful boy of the pain in his stomach. After I dropped him off I went back to the club and then about 15 minutes later I see his face peeking around the garage door . . . he's better and wanted to come back! It's Thursday afternoon again and any minute I'm expecting . . . an Angel at my door:)
Thanks so much for your prayers and the encouragement of your support of our ministry here in Mexico!
Blessings in Christ,
Todd and Barb Schierkolk
Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico
Saturday, November 02, 2013
2 Timothy 2:1-2 be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
Just a couple of days ago, hidden behind all the craziness of Halloween, was the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Reformation Day! This is a day in which we look back upon and thank God for the theological and biblical insights that were rediscovered through the reformers. Sola Scriptura! Sola Fide! Solus Christus! Sola Gratia! Soli Deo Gloria! These five emphases’ were not, and are not, simply clever Latin phrases that have no real meaning. They are the foundation, source, mode, and purpose of, and for, the Christian life. We have a rich history and tradition that has been entrusted to us. May you continually rejoice in the riches that we have in Christ Jesus that have so clearly been articulated and passed down throughout the centuries.
Our desire in serving here at the Bible School is to . . . click here to download entire newsletter.
Justo received an immigrant visa on Tuesday. It has no expiration date. The only limitation is the he will loose the visa if he leaves the country for more than 3 months per year for the next two years. After that he can leave the country for up to 18 months at a time.
Tricia’s immigrant visa has run into a couple of glitches, but she should receive it in a couple of weeks.
Nathanael currently has a 6 month tourist visa good until mid-April. They are planning to wait until Tricia and Justo both have valid immigrant visas and then ask the visa office to help them find a solution for him since the rest of the family can legally live permanently in Ecuador.
Thanks for your prayers. This has been a long process.