At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we’re continuing to pray for the persecuted church around the world and for Burma, as our own Todd Christian serves with Remember this month in Burma. Read more here about the missions trip, and #Pause2Pray this week for Burma missions.
In July one of our elders at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, will travel to Burma with a local organization called Remember to work with the kids in the Faith and Agape Children’s Homes, which house children from oppressed ethnic minorities. Some of the children have lost one or both of their parents directly because of persecution. Remember has been in the process of building a new home for these children–one that will accommodate their needs by providing a safe place for them grow, learn life skills, attend school, and play soccer!
The team hopes to complete the new children’s home, provide medical checks for the children and others in the community, and spend time with the kids showing them the love of Christ.
Our own Todd Christian, a skilled contractor, shares why he’s joined the Remember team to Burma:
I was immediately interested when I heard the local organization, Remember, was looking to build a team of people with medical and construction skills, along with those who just have a heart to work with children to go to Burma this summer. We’ll be working at Remember’s orphanages which houses many children who have lost their parents due to religious persecution. Our goal will be to complete the construction of 75 bunk bed sets, cabinets, and install the electrical and plumbing systems. It is a big task, so we depend upon God to help us accomplish more than we are naturally able.
Join the Redeemer family in praying for Todd and the rest of the Remember team! If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation, visit Todd’s fundraising page here.
While Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, supports long-term missionaries around the world, some in our own congregation are serving this spring and summer on short-term missions trips.
We went to a village in southern Thailand called Bon Num Kim for two weeks with a group of 100 medical students, nurses, doctors, and volunteers with the goal of bringing the word of God to a people who were struck by the tsunami roughly ten years ago.
I really wanted to go on this trip because I simply wanted to share the word of God with people who have never heard of His name. I wanted to obey God’s command to go make disciples in all nations. I pray I can continue to do this in the future and invite others to do the same.
You go over there thinking that you’re going to be helping all these people with their medical needs. You are hyped up, I mean really hyped up. You really want to help these people with all of their physical ailments, and some of the time we could help them; however, other times they required interventions we couldn’t give them. Even with all of the advancements with human medicine, we still couldn’t help a lot of people. I came back with a new view: Despite our faith in medicine, the truth is that we lack expertise in so many areas of medicine. However, what we ARE given fully and freely is the ability to be cured of a spiritual illness that separates us from God. Most of these people were ill both physically and spiritually and that truly weighed on my heart the most.
The story that I have been sharing with people about my trip is this: There was a lady who came in who was 45 years old, and to be honest, I can’t really remember what she came to clinic for. We finished interviewing her and performing the physical exam, and we prayed for her in the name of Jesus. Much to my surprise, she had never heard of Jesus’ name before. I was taken aback by the situation. I couldn’t even imagine a life where I hadn’t heard of the name of Jesus–for 45 years of my life; but the truth is that there are many people who have never heard of his name. For five minutes we shared Jesus’ story with her. She was thirsty for Jesus, asking for a Bible and asking for more stories in the Bible, wanting to know more about Jesus. And her desire to know Jesus just blew me away. That is when I thought to myself about how if she were the only patient we saw for the entire two weeks, it would have been worth the expenses, the time, and the energy to see the thirst in her soul for Jesus. This is so encouraging to me because it is such a great example of what thirsting for the Living Water looks like.
Read here about others in the Redeemer family who are planning short-term missions trips.
For a few weeks in May, Redeemer’s own Olivia Hines (right) will travel with Palmetto Medical Initiative as part of a medical missions trip to Nicaragua, where PMI has a vision for sustainable healthcare clinics by training locals to provide for the area long after the missions trip. Here’s what Olivia’s excited to do:
On this trip I will be able to use the gifts God has given me to help those that hardly ever receive medical care. I felt called to go on this trip after God made some major changes in my life and humbled me to show the meaning of living for Him and using my gifts for His glory.
To help meet her fundraising goal, Olivia is hosting a yard sale this Saturday, April 4 at 8 am at 539 Rutledge Ave. in downtown Charleston, SC. Click for more information about items for sale.