On May 16, Bangladesh and India were hit by a massive cyclone that remained till May 21 and caused vast destruction. At least 95 people have been killed, while the death toll is predicted to rise as help reaches villages that are still cut off due to the floodwater. Many coastal villages were severely damaged. Power lines were torn down, and flooding ruined vast areas of land.
Zacapa is one of the most interesting of the twenty-two departments in Guatemala, with its fascinating geography and the charismatic local population who boast unique, inventive ability. It is also famous for its dairy by-products and traditional cuisine.
Located in the country’s north-east region (Region III), it is surrounded by the other departments – Izabal and Alta Verapaz in the north, Jalapa, and Chiquimula in the south, Republic of Honduras and Izabal in the east and El Progresso in the west. It is around 112 kilometers away from Guatemala City. Its official language is Spanish.
Located in on the northeastern coast of Central America, Belize is an incredibly beautiful and diverse Caribbean country. Belize is popular for September Celebrations, punta music, and massive barrier reef coral reefs.
The country is bordered on the east by the Caribbean Sea, on the northwest by Mexico and on the west and south by Guatemala.
Malawi is a sub-Saharan country located in south-eastern Africa. Often called “the warm heart of Africa,” it is a land-locked country with borders with Tanzania on its northeast, Zambia to its northwest and Mozambique to its east, south, and west.
To deal with the large influx of refugees coming in from several countries, Dzaleka, Malawi’s largest refugee camp was set up in the highlands of Dowa District, which is 50 km from Lilongwe, the capital city. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) set up Dzaleka refugee camp in 1994 to provide refuge to the large numbers of forcibly displaced people who were fleeing genocide, war, and violence in Rwanda, Burundi, and the D.R. Congo.
As mentioned in my previous article, missions are for every believer in Jesus, God’s only Son who is the “Savior of the World.” John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus is the only way to God, The Father. John 14:6: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us so we can have him present in our lives. If you believe this is true, then missions are for you! No moral person would want their children, friends or neighbors doing things that that could cause them serious harm or death. The question then is, why wouldn’t you want to inform them of the eternal damnation and separation from God that awaits non-believers?
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), also known as simply Missouri Synod, is a traditional and confessional Lutheran denomination in the United States. It as around 2 million members, making it the second-largest Lutheran body in the US. The LCMS was first organized in 1847 in Chicago, Illinois. Today, its congregations are all 50 US states, and also in two Canadian provinces. It is also a member of the International Lutheran Council while its headquarter is in Kirkwood, Missouri. LCMS has been divided into 35 districts, and its current president is Mathew C. Harrison.
The global coronavirus pandemic has infected 2,223,122 people all around the globe, causing 152,328 deaths as of April 18th. So far, the virus has killed 1,241 in Brazil alone. The U.S. is at present the hardest-hit country with up to 557,663 coronavirus cases and 22,116 total deaths, as reported by Johns Hopkins.
Plagues – or epidemics and pandemics, as they are called in the modern world – have been around since at least 10,000 years ever since our ancestors started farming and developing the first semi-permanent settlements. These have always had the upper hand as they preyed on our strengths and turned them into our weaknesses. Like a genie in a bottle, once they are out, we cannot get them back in – but what we can do is to take every measure possible to limit the damage. With the coronavirus out on the loose, that is all that is to do now.
We all know that not telling the truth or telling a lie destroys trust and relationships. Telling the truth may involve embarrassment and even conflict in the beginning but “The Truth Will Set you Free!” What is truth? Webster’s dictionary defines truth: “1: TRUTHFULINESS, HONESTY 2: the real state of things: FACT 3: the body of real evidence or facts: ACTUALITY.”
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the term “missionary work”? Maybe you would picture in your mind individuals playing with African children in a little village, distributing food to the poor, or digging wells in a foreign land. While these are the sort of tasks that missionaries undertake, missional work involves a broader range of the types of work.
Missional work revolves around addressing a person’s physical and spiritual needs, with the focus on sharing the teaching of the gospel. It requires the missionaries to put God first, and then people, and in the end, themselves. The knowledge that there is much more to life than just the here and now allows the missionaries to see the “eternal perspective,” and this helps them to fulfill simple tasks while still making a lasting impact and glorifying God.
History has shown that unintended consequences are borne out of many things. From the simplest of decisions taken in the past to massive decrees, consequences have always followed in one way or another. One such example of historic elements that has had unanticipated consequences is the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The Republic of Guatemala is situated in Central America, and is home to many Mayan sites, volcanoes, and rainforests. It’s a place of mystery and intrigue, and is also relatively underdeveloped. The country relies heavily on foreign assistance and on private charities in order to prevent poverty at a large scale. There are numerous organizations that are working in Guatemala to improve the life of the locals, such as Developing Our World.
Commonly, leading charitable or helpful work requires expanding your know-how on the matter and reach. Especially working outside of the United States, one must know an organization’s reach. While doing charity is exciting and energizing, it can involve complication and risk for different nonprofit organizations and churches who are involved. Of the numerous other, donating money aboard and fundraising are one of the primary areas which involve risks. This is especially critical for an association to consider on the grounds that it can associate, and possibly jeopardize the association’s assessment exception.
On December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated. The reason to indicate this day in the calendar is to raise awareness among the population about the specific needs of people with disabilities and to guarantee among all the active participation in society of these people who represent 15% of the world population. Because fighting for the rights and integration of people with disabilities is everyone’s business.
Natural disasters and tragedies can hit us at any time. After the earthquake hit the country of Nicaragua in 2016, a 13-year-old was seriously injured when the earthquake buried her and her family under her house. Only she was still alive when help finally arrived. Nobody knows what she was thinking in those days of waiting when she lost everything. When she was found by the rescuers, she remained silent. She could only speak one word: “Rebecca.” Her name, her identity – and the only thing that the girl has from her life before the disaster.
A Christian Mission, if we can even call it that, can not just be summed up as an initiative intended to spread the Word of Christ; not that that would be the worst of ideas. Developing Our World, was and essentially has always been an instrument, crafted to achieve cross-cultural harmony if not anything else. The allurement of the Lord’s salvation is just an incentive.
Nobody is exempt from problems. Falling is part of the path of life, but success lies in knowing how to get up. For that, many times we need someone to reach out to us when we really have reached the bottom. Through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, people, who have immersed in social conflicts of various kinds, can find a way to defend themselves from the problems and make their lives better.
Aid in the holy doctrine that wrath of Mother Nature is inevitable and comes to those who forget the basic principles of faith. Nonetheless, whatever happened in Brumadinho, Brazil cannot be overlooked or simply ignored. Consequently close to hundred have been reported dead and about three hundred missing in this silhouette of catastrophe – wiping out the whole village of Brumadinho. This is so far the causalities that have been quantified on an estimated basis, and more is yet to come. Nevertheless, whether it was due to the poor quality of raw material (to save cost) used in the construction of this dam or it was a genuine tragedy, the scope of recovering from the destitute cannot be objectified. Many organizations, such as “Developing Our World” and their associated partners have managed to gather a formidable task force of volunteers and at the same time collate enough aids for those affected by this unforeseen tragedy.