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The survivor’s story really impacted me a couple years ago when I heard it. She, a teenager from Ohio at the time she was victimized, said about trafficking in America, “I was crying and praying many times for someone to come and get me out, and no one came.” It stirred a place in my heart as “a sent one”. Why was someone praying this, and not seeing anyone come? I needed to understand more about something that was going on in our world, in our country, that I knew very little about, what I knew was for the most part inaccurate, and at the time, I felt little calling to move toward bold action.
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Late on Independence Day, I returned home to Texas from my 19th mission trip during 21 years of service as a missionary for Christian Outreach International (COI). This summer’s COI trip was my first domestic mission (Orlando) that was not disaster relief. I had been warned by an experienced missionary that domestic mission trips that are not disaster relief are “a little boring.” (more…)

I’m so very appreciative of the prayer and support for the Christian Outreach International, inaugural full week mission project in Orlando last month. So blessed by the Lord’s strong presence on all!

The team from Robinson, IL, Porterville Missions, led by Brenda Cowdrey, is a 15 year COI alumni team!  God bless Brenda and her teams’ mission efforts!  This team had five first time missionaries. They shared at the debriefing that their lives were dramatically, and forever changed by the Lord! (more…)

In our Sunrise (HIV/AIDS ministry) program, we have a family, with nine children, that live in a very bad rented house. Seven of the nine children live in the house with the parents, who are both infected by HIV/AIDS.  Because of the disease the parents are not able to “parent” and are not effective in their normal lives.

When I shared with our supporters about the needs of this family, the Lord provided funds to buy bunk beds, blankets, sheep, a kerosene lamp more food for them. The funds were donated and raised by three children who felt (in their hearts) that the Lord was leading them to do that ministry with us.

This ministry of compassion by three Sunday school children has taught us that we consistently need to be sharing our ministry needs, both financial and prayer needs, with the children in our Sunday schools. We, as adults, should share these ministry concerns with our children, and not wait until they are adults, because the Lord may choose to work through them.  Because of this compassionate ministry, by children for children, we have seen Sunrise Kids coming to Jesus Christ.

Paul Kamunge, COI Missionary, Kenya, Africa

Yesterday was our church’s kid’s Sunday school day. The kids had invited their neighboring kids and from other churches to hear the gospel through poems from the bible, scriptural verses and dramas and the theme of the day was LOVE. Each age group was taking 15 minutes. (more…)