Local and global Outreach
Global Lent Offering Recipient
The global refugee crisis is giving local churches in Jordan and throughout the Middle East the opportunity to provide care for refugees while also offering a Christ-centered witness. More people have been forced to leave their homes due to persecution and conflict than at any time in recorded history. Refugees and the displaced are truly among the world’s most vulnerable people; at least half are children. Many children encounter violence and lose any opportunity to go to school.
Working closely with the local church, World Relief is addressing the material and psychosocial needs of people displaced by violence and persecution, particularly women and children. Their Kids’ Club offers a safe place where refugee children can play, learn and recover some of the essential developmental activities of childhood with the support of trained facilitators. While not a substitute for formal education, these weekly sessions teach basic subjects such as the alphabet, colors and language. The activities and routines established during Kids’ Club represent one of the most effective forms of support available for displaced children. To further strengthen displaced families, World Relief and local churches offer counseling and support groups for mothers and caregivers. Women discuss their experiences with peers while receiving health and life skill lessons that complement and reinforce
what children learn in Kids’ Club, including the love of Jesus for them.
The crisis is global, but the church’s response is local.
We serve a God who reminds us to, “Love strangers as yourself, because you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
(Leviticus 19:34) Jesus tells us when caring for a stranger,
we are caring for him!
Global Outreach seeks to raise $20,000 to help with World Relief ’s work in the Middle East.
World Relief helps empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable. For more information visit their website:
Global Outreach Team
Local Lent Offering Recipient
This Lenten season, we have the opportunity to support RealOptions, a life-affirming ministry for pregnant women. Across its four local clinics,
RealOptions provides free ultrasounds and compassionate consulting. RealOptions’ 2016 data shows that 90% who faced unplanned
pregnancy chose life when they had the advantage of a free ultrasound and consultation. We hope to raise $20,000 to offer hope to 67 women who will see their babies with ultrasound. While there is no fee to the patient, $300 pays for the technical time and associated costs for each ultrasound. One of the 965 moms who changed her mind about abortion at RealOptions last year was Sarah*. Sarah lay quietly on the exam table as the RealOptions nurse began to scan her abdomen. Suddenly on the screen the top of a small head appeared and two arms outstretched as if reaching for a hug. “Is that my baby?” asked Sarah quietly. “Yes, and he’s waving to you,” said the nurse with a gentle smile. Tears started to slowly roll down Sarah’s face as she looked at the baby while the nurse took measurements to determine the child’s age. Sarah knew then that she could not abort her baby who was already tugging at her heart and filling it with a mother’s love. RealOptions wants to continue to offer diagnostic ultrasounds for every positive pregnancy test to confirm a viable, developing, intrauterine (in the uterus) pregnancy.
At RealOptions, ultrasounds are performed to confirm a viable pregnancy, detect fetal heartbeat, determine fetal age and due date and
determine the pregnancy is not ectopic, which would require surgery.
This Lenten season, we are supporting RealOptions
through our offering, prayer and volunteer time.
Please pray and consider how God wants you and your family
to support RealOptions.
For more information, please visit their website at
*Real patient story; fictitious name
Please designate “Lenten Offering” on your check or envelope. Monies received in excess of our target
amount may be used for other outreach opportunities.
Local Outreach Team