Urban Apartment Ministry and Overseas Missions.
2018 REVIEW AND 2019 PLANNING
The year 2018 was a great challenge to Everlasting Love Ministries (ELM). It seemed that the enemy wanted to sabotage all of our local and international mission projects. But, our mighty and faithful God gave us many victories! Of course these successes were aided by the support and faithfulness of each one of you who have partnered with us through your prayers, your financial help, and your participation in many and varied ways. ELM was faithful to God’s call to serve our Lord Jesus and share His love both locally and internationally.
This year we will once again look to God and trust Him to continue to guide ELM in both the local and international mission activities we carry out. We have found it delightful to partner with God in the work He is doing and in which He includes us.
Psalm 37:4-5 Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it.
With this promise from His written word, we understand that He wants us to get out of our comfort zones. We know He wants to give ELM a new vision for this year’s missions and projects. We have found in the past that in being obedient to God’s leading, He goes before us, He hears our requests, and He fulfills our requests according to His will.
1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
This will be our approach in 2019 as we make our plans and invest our physical, spiritual and material resources in order to labor obediently in the mission fields where our Lord sends us. We are excited about this year, and pray that you are also; and, we ask you to join us in prayer, financial support and direct involvement whenever possible -- to God‘s glory!
2018 Local MISSIONS:
In 2 apartment complexes 110 children attended ELM Bible classes weekly.
ELM held 2 Vacation Bible Schools, where 25 children received Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and 2 children were baptized. ELM’s new outreach to youth was launched. It has been a slow start, but it gave us an opportunity to establish good relationships with those attending.
We believe that a good foundation was established, and we feel the Lord’s encouragement to continue this work. We are praying that those who don’t know Jesus as Savior will come to salvation in Christ, and that all who have trusted Christ will begin to more fully understand and experience the true love of God in their hearts.
ELM partnered with CFBC/JV to host a Thanksgiving celebration for all the families of the children who come to the weekly Bible Clubs. Many of the children came and 30 parents were in attendance. We give a special thanks to CFBC/JV for providing the food.
At Christmas time ELM held Jesus Birthday Parties at two apartment complexes. There were a total of 140 children who came, and each of them received more than 6 gifts of toys, games and clothes. We want to give a special thank you to all those from the Life Groups of CFBC/JV who donated many gifts -- along with many others. We had the gifts needed for our two parties, and enough extra gifts that we were able to send some to Mexico, Venezuela, and Colombia where we knew needs existed.
Because of generous givers ELM was able to donate more than 300 gifts to various locations: some in local Houston churches; some to Colombia, to one of the poorest cities located in Barranquilla in the Buyanca neighborhood; and, to the children of the inhabitants of the streets of Bogotá (which is a Ministry of our pharmacist Rolando Alvarado who accompanies us every year with the medical brigade to Guajira).
We want to give a special thank you to the Suarez family for giving of their time and resources in sending these gifts to these needy children, reminding them of the love of God in His sending Jesus to our world on our behalf.
2019 LOCAL MISSIONS:
God has blessed ELM by opening the doors of another apartment complex to us in our area. This complex has its own resident services coordinator, its own community service building and flexible schedules.
This will give us the opportunity to also be involved with some of the activities of the of CFBC/JV in order to serve and reach this community.
ELM will begin this work by holding a party for residents on Saturday, April 6, along with the mobilization ministry “Serve Saturday” of Champion Forest Baptist Church and JV!
ELM’s normal apartment ministry activities will continue throughout the spring and summer. This will lead up to the Vacation Bible Schools and the sponsoring of boys and girls to attend summer camps. While working the VBS activities we always gather what we can (curriculum, materials and implements) for use in the international ministry activities with children and youth we encounter abroad. And, we have needs for sponsors for children so they can go to a summer camp.
2019 INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS:
The ELM Ministerial Development will sponsor some leaders among the Wayuu brothers and will be assuming the costs for Seminars, courses and telephone conferences. This benefit will be offered to those who have been faithful in recent years, in order to encourage and help them discover and develop their spiritual talents and intellectual abilities at another level.
We are doing this in order to develop through them an ongoing ministry to reach their communities, provide them with the help they need, and to encourage and strengthen them spiritually so the community will survive the adversities and challenges they face every day.
This year’s ELM mission trip to Colombia will take place from July 20 to July 27. The plan is to return to the Rancheria Amatunao where we repaired the structure of the water well last year, where our construction team will either build a church building or add a purification system to their water supply.
The rest of our team will minister in four Rancherias, and will include (a) a service team which will lead the washing of feet of the women, (b) VBS for the Children and (c) discipleship training for the youth and pastors. We will also be giving the dresses being made by the CFBC-JV sewing team to the Wayuu girls.
The medical team will be ministering in each Rancheria we visit, and will give priority to the malnourished children and pregnant women. To see more about the missions trips, Missions
It is our prayer that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace, favor and peace.
Blessings to you from ELM,
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