Dear Partners, (Please print so other family members can read) April 2013
We truly mean “partners”. You have each done a great deal to be called partners because without you we believe that many of the things we have see God do through the work with a mercy ministry might not have become a reality.
Some of you pray. The more we’re involved in the ministry the more we realize how much we need your prayers. Some of you say that you pray everyday for us. For others it may be just once a week but you faithfully pray. And others may just pray when you get our letters or cards or when it is time to send your donation. The important thing is that you hold us up in prayer.
The best time for us to pray is right after breakfast before we leave the table. We know if we get involved with something else we’ll never make it back to pray. We pray using 3 X 5 cards with your names, missionaries letters we have received, countries that we have worked in, those who have come to Christ, those who are still seeking, and our church staff and missionaries our church supports. Through prayer, we feel like we are partners with what God is doing in your lives and others. Thank you for partnering with us in prayer.
For over 25 years some of you have been standing with us in a financial way. Without your sacrificial giving we could not have carried on what God has done and is still doing through us. We thank God for you as financial partners.
Internationals are on our radar screen all the time! We not only tutor on Monday nights with the ESL class, we are intentionally planning activities that bring our students together in our home or an entertaining event to build meaningful relationships.
Easter Sunday we had 8 Chinese and their spouses over for brunch and then we were able to take them to their first church service where they heard the message of the Resurrection again.
Next month another event is being planned to deepen our friendships and enjoy quality time with them. This is all to show them we care and value their relationship. As trust is built, we can answer their questions, share our personal testimonies, and the “How to” of becoming a believer in Christ.
The following is an overview of what GAiN (Global Aid Network, International) is doing and we have the privilege of being a part of because of you. May you use this as a guide in knowing how to pray for us generally and know that as GAiN staff members we are in some small way a part of what GAiN is doing.
-Relief and Development Aid: Shipping containers of clothing, food and medical items to foreign countries to like-minded and trusted partners who are committed to meeting physical and spiritual needs. Relief and development programs include initiatives to provide food, seeds, clean water, health programs, and community care items such as shoes, clothing, and school supplies.
-Mobilization: Each year hundreds of volunteers join with GAiN to travel on short-term mission trips to foreign lands. Typically 20 -25 teams are deployed to countries around the world. While the outreach methods may vary among the multiple outreach trip opportunities, the common thread of each is caring for hurting and needy people through compassionate aid while proclaiming the Good News of Christ.
-Emergency Disaster Response and Ongoing Relief: Mobilizing resources when disaster strikes and ensuring that people continue to receive aid long after the crisis is over. Emergency food, water filtration systems, and medical supplies are sent immediately following a disaster followed by a process of rebuilding homes and businesses.
Mission trips: GAiN USA has 15 mission trips planned this year to places like Russia, Haiti and Guatemala. Visit www.gainusa.org to learn more.
Packing projects: Help prepare aid to be sent overseas by joining a packing event at GAiN’s Mt. Joy, Penn. Distribution Center. Events are held multiple times a year. Visit www.gainusa.org.
Church partnerships: Get your church involved with GAiN, with Care-Packs, disaster relief and clean water. Download a church partnership network flyer at www.gainusa.org.
May God bless you, our Partners,
Frank & Ruth Luter, email@example.com (517) 347-1514