Friday, April 2, 2010

 

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Monday, March 1, 2010

 

Myanmar Project Updates

Our Myanmar projects continue to flourish in spite of many difficulties in this horribly oppressed country. Scores are coming to Christ as a result of our native team's continued outreach to those affected by Cyclone Nargis and the famine it caused-- one of the 5 worst cyclones to hit South Asia in the past 100 years, with over 130,000 killed. At our piggery project there, two "mamma pigs" just gave birth to some happy little piglets! (See photos below). When full grown, the pigs fetch a net profit of about $75. Yaw Thang, age 8, pictured below, is one of the orphans this project supports. Brought into our orphanage after being left orphaned by the cyclone, he recently received an award at his school for good grades and perfect attendance. We hope to expand our work in Myanmar by starting a new vegetable seed distribution program to the destitute farmers left devastated by ongoing famines and rat infestations. Please pray for the logistics and funding needed to get this new project off the ground. [sponsor a piglet today | sponsor a piglet in someone's honor]




Wednesday, February 17, 2010

 

Seamstress School: Recent Graduation

Editor's note: apologies for the lack of news on the blog. Our small administrative team has been swamped with several new programs and we have not been able to maintain this communication channel. We hope to keep it more current in the months ahead.

Our most recent news is that 19 women from one of our five seamstress business schools in India graduated on February 9th, after a 4-month training course. These women live in a slum area of a city in South India. They were so happy to receive their certificates and new sewing machines. For all of the participants, it was the first of any such achievement in their lives, so you can imagine their joy.

Our women's seamstress business program, which focuses on widows, is now in its 6th year of operation. Over 100 women have graduated from the course and are now running home-based businesses. The program has been very successful, to the point where we have scores of women on a wait-list to get into the program. Program update: The initiative started as an outreach to widows, but has now been expanded to include non-widows who are living below the poverty line. The training program has also been extended from 3 months to 4 months.

How does it work? After taking women through a 4-month course we then equip them with a sewing machine and basic supplies. This allows them to start a practical in-demand business that provides for their families. Our program also includes the incentive of a micro-credit program. The newly commissioned business owners pay back their equipment costs in affordable monthly installments. Of course if a certain participant is having a difficult time getting her business started, the payments can be paused without penalty. These payments are placed into a fund which is used to commission more widows into the program. It further empowers the widows to know that part of their work will involve helping future widows enter the program.

Below are photos from the recent graduation.






Sunday, October 11, 2009

 

Help Us Recover from Worst Flood in a Century

You might have seen in recent news that South India was hit by what is believed to be the worst flood there in 100 years. Our native team is scrambling to respond with relief aid in the form of food, water and tents. It is estimated that 2.5 million are homeless, seeking refuge in government-run relief camps. We have several churches and one widow's seamstress business school in the villages along the lower half of the Krishna River, which was one of the hardest-hit areas. We fear that our seamstress school there is completely gone, as it was situated close to the banks of the river and is completely submerged at the moment.

Please contribute to our relief fund today to help get much needed relief supplies to those most in need, and to help us rebuild our churches and our widow's seamstress business school. As the average daily wage in India is less than $2, just remember that no gift is too small!

Give online at our website:
http://www.peacegospel.org/disaster-relief/

Or give through our Facebook Causes page:
http://apps.facebook.com/causes/93382

Thursday, July 2, 2009

 

Announcing the Friends of Peace Gospel Network

The "Friends of Peace Gospel" Network was recently established in response to our constant exposure to highly qualified indigenous ministries requesting partnership with our organization. Honestly, we had felt a little overwhelmed with all of the requests, especially considering that our focus has been solely on South Asia for the past 16 years, and many of the friends we've been meeting are from Africa, the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia. However, as we received grant applications from many of these ministries, we realized there was an opportunity to partner with them in a limited capacity while developing relationships that could later grow into full partnerships. Our process of review and accountability parameters remain the same as with our top-level partnerships in South Asia, but our level of financial commitment to members of the network is not as deep due to obvious limitations.

We invite you to learn more about our first member of the network, an indigenous ministry in the Republic of Chad. More information will be forthcoming about other pending members, including ministries from Uganda, Kenya, The Philippines and Israel. As these members earn a deeper level of trust and partnership with our organization, you will start to see a move away from our focus on South Asia toward a more global reach in impact, Lord willing. We hope you will stay tuned, and continue to pray for our efforts to empower native missions through micro-enterprise.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

 

Funds Raised for Nepal Goat Farm

We are happy to report that we have recently reached our fund raising goals for the launch of our new goat farm in Nepal! Work on the new land is already underway. We are very thankful to all of you who contributed toward our goal to make the project a reality. Our native team will care for the farm, and the profits will go toward our existing orphanage and other ministry efforts in the region. Consider helping us grow the farm by sponsoring the addition of one or more baby goats at the farm!


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

 

Challenge: 30 days on $30 of Food

Our good friend Kirby Trapolino has recently launched a blog about surviving off of $30 of food for 30 days. The purpose of his blog is to bring awareness of the plight of the world's poorest: the millions of South Asia's urban slum dwellers who live off of an average of $1 per day. In his desire to heighten awareness of these "poorest of the poor" and their needs, he is living off of $30 of food for 30 days March 30 - April 28. He will be calculating what he would have usually spent on food during that same time, and will donate that to our orphanage in India. We challenge you to do the same! Follow the link to track Kirby's day by day progress through the challenge:

30 Days on $30 Challenge

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