Monthly Archives: August 2019

Aug
03

News in Brief and Prayer Requests

  • School bag distribution
  • Tailoring training camp
  • Discipleship training camp

Children with disabilities also wanted to start their new academic school year with new bags and other essentials like their able-bodied peers. This need was shared with our local friends and organizations. An overwhelming response surprised us as the finances to buy bags and school essentials poured in. Equip Asia teams were able to distribute 115 school bags for children with disabilities from all 43 of our target villages.

The joy and happy faces showed that they were all ready to go to school in style! Thanks to all the donors who came forward to address this need. 

Equip Asia field staff organized a 15-day training in tailoring for young women. The basic skills they will learn are the first steps on the path to self-employment. 12 young women have enrolled to learn the skill and take up self-employment.  We organized a 3-day discipleship training camp at the Equip Asia centre in India to disciple the new believers in God’s word, prayer, doctrine, worship and encouragement, and service. A total of 55 people with disabilities and their families participated. We look forward to seeing them disciple others.

Prayer Requests 

  • Praise God for the good rains, which our area depends on so much! 

Pray for 

  • The new house churches formed. Pray for the people who come together to hear about Christ. Pray for wisdom, boldness and for God to work in their lives.
  • Continue to pray for financial breakthroughs for Equip Asia’s ministry in India.
  • Pray for the safety and good health of all the Equip Asia staff in the front line, ministering Christ’s hope and healing to the communities struggling with disabilities. 

Aug
03

It is a Land the Lord your God Cares for (Deut 11:12)

Equip Asia’s mission is to bring Christ‘s hope and healing to children, families and communities struggling with disabilities.  Equip Asia teams working in villages teach about good health as being in harmony with God, in harmony with ourselves, in harmony with our communities and in harmony with nature. The people we serve have been learning and adopting Godly values that eventually lead to harmony and peace with God, themselves and one another. The process to disciple them continues as the communities come forward to take up another step … HARMONY WITH NATURE!

Our health and hygiene awareness programs have been sensitizing the leaders, the young and the old, about the problem of deforestation and their roles and responsibilities towards the God-given environment. Now, villages have been enabled to start tree-planting drives!

Spearheaded by the members of the sustainable livelihood groups (SLGs), the forest department, and the local school children, Equip Asia facilitated planting 200 trees with 200 households in a village.  This program was not just about planting a tree, but also included a quick lesson on how to care for it. From the oldest to the youngest, everyone participated in planting a sapling. Some of them even named the baby trees after children and pledged to care for them just like their own!

This act has spread to other surrounding villages where people are coming forward to do the same. The Equip Asia team continues to inspire, facilitating tree-planting drives in four clusters to add 1000 saplings to our county.

This small act of inspiring and teaching communities to be good stewards of creation will help restore trees that will not only restore the lost beauty of the villages but also promote the well-being of the people in the villages.