Ukraine: Refugee Update

Ukraine – Kharkov Pregnancy Assistance Center

6/8/2015 Possible escalation in Ukraine – latest news from the war zone in Ukraine from The Telegraph.  Remember, all donations received by EvanTell for Ukraine are sent directly to the SMSC pregnancy centers.  No money is retained by EvanTell.

Kharkov Pregnancy ASMSC donate button tealssistance Center Reports that a relationship with a local church to teach the Alpha course has deepened relationships with refugees.  Pregnant women and women with children under two years old are especially in need.  They are receiving diapers, food, hygiene items, baby necessities, and additional items needed by nursing mothers and small children.

Another church recently cooperated with the Kharkov center to host a concert called, “Heaven Sent,” where families were encouraged and received packages of materials that refugees need when they have to run for their lives.  This concert had special value for the people who attended.  Here’s a report from Lena Batina, center director, showing the effect of the program for one mother.:

According to statistics, 1/3 of displaced persons are children. What do they dream about? They dream about peace throughout the land, about happy families that have both a mother and a father, about a cozy home, where they can hear their mother’s song.  At the concert “Heaven Sent” the home-like atmosphere of warmth and acceptance, not only touched the hearts of the children, but also the older generation of mothers and grandmothers.

The post-Soviet countries brought forth a generation of mothers who never sang. This was not because the mothers did not love their children, but because they had to work to produce the communist state. Women were forced to place their children in daycare from the age of 3 months, and let the State educate them. It is amazing how the Lord knew in advance how this meeting would touch hearts that have been hardened and inconsolable. Through lullabies, the Lord has healed the people, in some cases opening floods of tears.

Tanya shared how her heart was touched: “These lullabies reminded me of the distant past. As she was cradling the baby, I felt that in her motherly arms she carried the whole life of her child.” Another woman was a grandmother, who cares for her young grandchildren. Her heart was touched by the gift given to her by these people she had never met.

Previous Ukraine Posts

Hukraines-war-zone-government-claims-new-advances-1-638elp SMSC Centers Serve Ukrainian Refugees Fleeing the War Zone

As the war in Ukraine intensifies, SMSC centers are responding by caring for hundreds of pregnant women, nursing women, and mothers with young children.  These families are fleeing the Donetsk area with almost nothing.  Many make their way to Kharkov, a city only about 4 hours northwest of the fighting.  UPDATE:  We made our first donation to the center on 3/23/15, and pray you will help us to complete another donation of $1,000 or more in a week.  Please do help!  100% of all funds donated go DIRECTLY to the center for immediate use with the refugees – no funds are retained by SMSC.

Ukraine_KharkovOur center partner has been serving refugee families with pregnant moms or infants and toddlers.  At first they saw 30-40 a month, then 30-40 families a week, and now 15 – 30 families a day!  Most refugees are passing through, heading for other locations – but they are hungry, frightened, and they believe the rest of the world has forgotten about them.  But God has not forgotten them.

Lena B We have been asked by Lena Batina, the founder and executive director of the center located in Kharkov to help them help the refugees God is sending to them by raising funds for packages of basic necessities to give the families.   100% OF ALL FUNDS DONATED GO DIRECTLY TO THE UKRAINE!  

 See the List HERE 

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Please help meet emergency needs and supply our SMSC-trained center as they deliver mercy, grace, and the gospel.  
Help us help your sisters and brothers in Ukraine provide bread to eat, and the Bread of Life, for desperate refugees.   Read more here….

Photos below are from a concert Monday, 9 March, 2015, Kharkov, Ukraine.  to encourage refugees with music, share the gospel, and provide package of necessities.  Sponsored by Kharkov Pregnancy Assistance center and local church.  The church will follow up with families, and the pregnancy center will enroll those staying in the area for a parenting class.

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Above left, Sharing the gospel with families
Above right, Trio of ladies singing lullaby songs
Left, packages of necessities distributed to refugee families after concert

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The Father Absence Crisis in Pregnancy

Guest Blog by Ryan Sanders, National Fatherhood Initiative

Parents and BabyAt National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), we talk a lot about the crisis of father absence. You, who serve in the pregnancy centers, see this crisis every day. A boy makes a baby and is unable or unwilling to be involved in his or her life. It is one thing to ensure the safety and health of the baby, but quite another task to make sure the child is raised by an involved, responsible, and committed father.

This is why NFI works with pregnancy centers to ensure that they have the tools and training they need to integrate fathers into their work, helping them build strong families. This is no small task. But, we know from research, when dad is involved, the child’s chances of success increase. We know that when a child grows up without his or her dad in the home, the child is:

– More likely to go to prison
– More likely to commit a crime
– Seven times more likely to become pregnant as a teen
– More likely to abuse drugs and alcohol
– Two times more likely to drop out of high school

These are just a few of the odds stacked against a child when dad is not in his or her life . Imagine, with the over 1.8 million women who visit the over 2,500 pregnancy centers in the United States, each family that comes through your doors has a need for a focus on dad. That’s what our skill-building resource, 24/7 Dad® does. It gives the mom the help she needs. It gives the child the help he or she deserves. It builds strong families.

I know you are in the work of training and volunteering women and families so mothers in crisis get the opportunities and help they deserve. That is a most-worthy cause. And for this I thank you. I know you are also wake up in the morning to do your work of serving because you care about—not only the mom—but the child—and the entire family. You care about the next generation. I applaud your efforts to serve where and when it matters most. At such a critical time in the life of a child and mother, I think your goals, and NFI’s mission, are one in the same…to build strong families…right from the beginning. It really is all about that beautiful child created in the image of God.

NFI stands with you, ready to build strong families. God bless your work. If you wish, you may find details about our 24/7 Dad® Program by signing up for one of two free webinars coming up on January 20th and 21st. Visit here (http://www.fatherhood.org/fatherhood/247-dad-third-edition-whats-new) for more details or to learn more about 24/7 Dad® visit here (http://www.fatherhood.org/fatherhood/247-dad-third-edition-whats-new)

Ryan Sanders is Director of Marketing and Communications at National Fatherhood Initiative. He is married with two young daughters and lives in Washington, DC. Follow him on twitter @TheFatherFactor.

Marsha Middleton: Teaching SMSC Regional Training in Missouri – January 15, 2015

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Marsha Middleton, SMSC Master Instructor, and CEO of Alliance for Life, Missouri, will be conducting Save the Mother, Save her Child Regional Training in Lee’s Summit, Missouri on January 15, 2015.

Participate in the first SMSC Regional Training of 2015, at Rachel House Pregnancy Resource Center, Lee’s Summit, MO!

For registration and location details, click HERE.

SEMINAR TOPICS

  • What do we tell the non-Christian?
  • How to present the gospel
  • Overcoming Fear in Evangelism
  • In-Person Role Play
  • Turning a conversation to spiritual things
  • How to Create your Short Powerful Testimony
  • Handling Common Questions & Objections
  • How to use SMSC materials

Resources for Sanctity of Human Life Month – January, 2015

Baby from InsightMany of you read Pastor Charles Swindoll’s book on Sanctity of Human Life many years ago.  Since he wrote that book, he has continued to champion the cause of life as a precious gift of God for all people.  The worldwide ministry of Insight for Living has created this site to offer resources for Sanctity of Life in 2015.  Please take time to review these excellent resources!

God Loves You! Happy New Year!

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 What Will You Trust the Lord to Do in 2015?

Share your comments with us for what you will be trusting God to do in 2015.  How do you feel your team is answering His call for your ministry of life, knowledge, communication, comfort, and hope with the people who come to your center for help in 2015.  We’d love to know what is on your heart so we can all pray for each other.

SEEING WHAT GOD SEES: Fighting Big Lie #3

When I was a little child, I thought I was who my parents said I was.  Then, I went through several years of my life where I listened to other people who defined who I was.  But then, I learned about the Big Lie, and understood the Truth, and now I know who I really am…

Big Lie #3 is:  You are only valuable if another person says you are. 

This Big Lie is the foundation for:

Racism – “You don’t look like us or talk like us; you eat different food; you wear odd clothes; even sing different songs – so who needs you.”

Class and age discrimination – “You’re no longer productive. We don’t need you; you’re a liability.”

Euthanasia — “You’re consuming resources a healthy person needs. You’re dispensable – surely you know that you should make room for healthy people.”

Discrimination against people with disabilities – “You’re not productive enough to meet our goals.”

Abortion – “You are a very, very small human and will make some demands on us that we don’t want to fulfill. You’re expendable.”

fighting dragonFight this Big Lie with all you’ve got!  This lie is always presented in ways that sound logical, but defy logic!  This is the lie that makes God out to be a liar and flies in the face of the bedrock of truth.

The Truth is:  God has entrusted His world to “everyday” people designed by Him with purpose for a purpose!   Every person has intrinsic value because GOD has already established the value of every human being who will ever be conceived. Each person’s DNA is designed for their purpose!  Each one matters to God!

God made us in HIS image for His purpose – we can think, and reason, imagine, and communicate, learn, and plan, and love.  He has a plan and purpose for each of us. Every one of His offspring is precious to Him. Read Genesis 1:26-31. We are “very good” workmanship! People can’t even know what a grand future God has for them without knowing Him, who He is, and what He has done for them!

A person’s true identity is realized when she trusts Christ alone for her salvation.

Present the gospel clearly, simply, with Biblical accuracy with every person you know. We have a simple approach May I Ask You a Question available in more than 50 languages!   When a woman doubts her value remind her!

No matter what her circumstances or situation – she personally matters to God!  He loves each person and knows exactly what is going on with each one.  He can help her get through life, no matter what!  Show her in the Bible!  Pray!  Be kind to her!  Fight for her!  Show her in the gospels what Jesus did!  How He lived!  How He suffered, and died for her, and lives again.  It will smash the Big Lie in little pieces.  Little useless, ridiculous pieces.

 God’s grace and the love of the Body of Christ smash the Big Lie!

Rally your troops!  People can live transparently. We don’t have to “measure up” in advance to get God’s approval!  He knows all about us, and loves us!  He loved us when we were a tiny, tiny speck of a human!

When we trust in Christ for our salvation we actually DO become a new creation and, over time, with reading the Bible, learning from other believers, and desiring to please God, we recognize that we are a new creation!

The Holy Spirit helps us to understand that we are free to love God and serve others!  We make better choices!  We learn to live in community with other people!  We can fulfill the purpose for which we were made!  When we are down we know people who will help us up! We go to Him for help – and He helps us!  Fight the lie.  Their lives depend on it!

 

Big Lie #2: Secular Humanists Have All The Resources!

This is the second Big Lie of the enemy that we are considering in our current series.  You can reference Big Lie #1 and our overview earlier posts.  The second great lie is all about money and other resources needed for ministry.

This lie is insidious – and ridiculous!  The LORD owns ALL the resources, even the ones the secular people think are theirs!  This lie is meant to strip us of confidence in God’s power and alignment with His obvious desire for our partnership in mercy and love.

Christians, like others in America, spend money for things we value.  Jesus said that we can look at where our “treasure” lies and we’ll find what matters to our “heart.”

There’s money all over the place!  Christians have literally tons of money!  We have simply forgotten, or never really understood, that it is all the Lord’s money. 

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The affluence of believers is no guarantee that the Lord’s funding priorities are our priorities.  Confining our discussion to evangelical churches and para-church ministries in North America, consider these quotes:

“Eighty percent of the world’s evangelical wealth is in North America—and the total represents way more than enough to fund the fulfillment of the Great Commission.”  Bill Bright (Reference 1)

“If members of Christian churches in the United States had raised their giving to the Old Testament’s minimum standard of giving (10 percent of income) in 2000, an additional $139,000,000,000 a year would become available. (Reference 2)

That’s $139 BILLION!   Both of the quotes above come from the extensive stewardship resource http://biblicalstewardship.net/statistical-research-on-stewardship/, accessed online on September 27, 2014.

Have we improved our giving track record since 2,000?  We have not.  Between 2010 and 2011, church donations declined across all reporting entities by $87 million, according to “The State of Church Giving through 2011: The Kingdom of God, Church. Leaders and Institutions.  Global Triage Needs, and the Promises of Jesus.” (Reference 3)

Our inability to fund causes of evangelism, justice, life of the innocent unborn and the aged, and family rescue, has little to do with the availability of resources!  It has to do with priorities of the heart.

To Jesus, obedience to God, mercy, and love were the context for giving.  No amount was too small, if the giver’s heart was focused on God.  Also, it is in that context that the gospel is most readily understood and most genuinely presented!

If Christians’ hearts opened to the causes the Lord loves, and millions Christians released just $50.00 or $100 to Jesus each and every year for life causes, what do you think would happen?

We could propel the Life movement from womb to tomb!  We would save unborn babies, and fatherless infants, frightened foster children, teens with no home, families drenched in poverty, and the aged who have no hope!

For that same amount of money, many millions could hear the gospel in the context of helping ministries all over the world!  Many families facing homelessness would be spared that heartbreak and danger.  Many wanting to adopt could get a “scholarship” for adoption!  Oh, what we could do that would glorify the name of Jesus!

“The spiritual battle that the apostle Paul described in Ephesians 6 is being waged no less in the U.S. than in other countries. However, as Juvenal remarked as he watched the decline of the Roman Empire, ‘Luxury is more deadly than war … .’ ”  (Reference 3: The State of Church Giving 2011.)

Our Lord deserves better from His people!  I challenge you who serve Him in Life ministries to smash Big Lie #2 with your prayer and actions:

  • Craft the story of pregnancy centers as the family rescue outposts of the Body of Christ that they are! Help the Church understand that we are there to assist the Church to meet Christ’s objectives of loving our neighbors in the world!
  • Ask parents in the churches of your town to unlock $10 of the Lord’s money in honor of each child or grandchild the Lord has given them, whether on earth or in Heaven. Use it to “let the little children come unto Me (Jesus).”  Some can do that every month!
  • Give that amount yourself to your center for each of your own children and grandchildren.

Ask Christian parents to rescue the children who could be born next year if their moms receive honest information, make an informed choice for life, and get some love and practical help they need from the Church!  Let’s see what The Lord does with this challenge!  Let’s support it with a year of serious prayer!

References:

  1. Bill Bright, quoted in Ron Blue with Jodie Berndt, Generous Living: Finding Contentment through Giving (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Publishing House, 1997), 201 and Larry Eskridge, Defining Evangelicalism (Wheaton, Ill.: Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, n.d.)” http://biblicalstewardship.net/statistical-research-on-stewardship/
  2. John L. Ronsvalle and Sylvia Ronsvalle, The State of Church Giving through 2000 Champaign, Ill.: Empty Tomb Inc., 2002, 40. http://biblicalstewardship.net/statistical-research-on-stewardship/,
  3. The State of Church Giving through 2011: The Kingdom of God, Church. Leaders and Institutions. Global Triage Needs, and the Promises of Jesus.     John and Sylvia Ronsvalle.  Published by empty tomb, inc. First printing, September 2013.  Available on Amazon.com, and probably interlibrary loan.