Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, the vast majority (89%) of the island remains without power and residents are struggling to find food, fuel and clean drinking water. There are concerns the death toll will continue to rise due to the slow recovery of resources.
Hurricane Harvey was an extremely destructive category 4 Atlantic hurricane which became the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year drought in which no hurricanes made landfall at such an intensity in the country.
On September 7th, I visited the First Nations University of Regina to witness first hand their Pow Wow week festivities. It was wonderful to see dancers of all ages in full regalia moving to the beat of the drums. Marshall Thompson, pictured, proudly showed me the beautiful beading that he created for his ceremonial outfit. Clearly, he invested near countless hours in his effort.
The Mully Movie is a must see! Many of you have supported the Mully Children’s Family through Crossroads and now you have an opportunity to go and watch how God inspired and used a street boy to transform and change the lives of thousands of people in Kenya and around the world.
Charles Mulli, is a former Kenyan street child turned millionaire who gave everything away to care for street children. In 1989, Charles shocked his wealthy Kenyan family by bringing 3 street children into their home and their family. Since then they’ve welcomed over 12,000 children into the Mully Children’s Family and currently offer support to over 2,000 more.
The family model is unique and successful. Over time they’ve evolved into a model for holistic and sustainable development in Africa. Children, once without hope, are now excelling in academics, sports and arts, and are becoming productive leaders in their communities.
Crossroads has partnered with MCF since 2000 including two Canadian Gov’t funded projects:
- Equipping young girls with skills training to provide an income for their families.
- Shipped containers with medical, school and farm equipment
- Built a medical clinic, dorms and classrooms
- Assisted with greenhouse operations, fish dams and agricultural initiatives
- Provided clean water and food during droughts and political unrest
Crossroads has been instrumental and very proud of the success MCF has had over the years and continue to encourage and Charles and Esther in their obedient and faithful work of bringing God’s transformation “one child at a time.”
To make a donation in support of Mully Children’s Family visit www.crossroads.ca/mcf
The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; Prov 3:19
Did you know:
- Across the world, 59 million children and 65 million adolescents are out of school.
- More than 120 million children do not complete primary education.
- AIDS decreases in villages where there are primary schools.
- Female education results in more productive farming and decline in malnutrition (majority of farmers in developing countries are women)
- A child whose mother can read is 50% more likely to live past the age of 5
“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
Education reduces poverty, boosts economic growth and increases income. It increases a person’s chances of having a healthy life, reduces maternal deaths, and combats diseases such as HIV and AIDS. Education can promote gender equality, reduce child marriage, and promote peace. In sum, education is one of the most important investments a country can make in its people and its future. There is a direct and indisputable link between access to quality education and economic and social development. Education has the power to make the world a better place.
We have over 2500 children that want to attend school this year in Zambia and Uganda. Unfortunately, they don’t have the $25 it will cost for them to get their school supplies and uniform.
Can you help? Your $25 gift will bless a child and enable them to go to school. You will be inspiring them to hope for a better future and giving them the opportunity to improve their circumstances through education. You will also be helping local widows who are hired to sew the uniforms. It is a double blessing!
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom.
Blessed is the one who gains understanding.
Will you consider blessing a child and widow?
Visit www.crossroads.ca/educatingforchange to donate.
Written by Bev Hadland, Ambassador to the First Peoples
I just returned from four days in Neskantaga in northern Ontario, a fly in community of 313 Oje-Cree. My first thought to share is – where do I start?
On the very positive side, it was my privilege to stay with Theresa Moonias, an elder in the community. She invited me to visit and become familiar with living conditions as they are in the north.
Like others in Neskantaga, Theresa is waiting to move. Among other problems with her current home, the foundation has partially collapsed and pushed fully through the drywall. Other than a stack of lumber sitting on some land there is no real evidence of new home construction.
I walked nine minutes to the water treatment plant, filled a large bottle with water and walked back in fifteen minutes just to experience what these families have to go through on a daily basis.
There is one nursing station that serves the community. Nurses live there and work five weeks on and three weeks away. A doctor comes once a month for one day.
There are no dental visits as there is no dental coverage.
I was saddened by the number of children with cavities or stainless-steel crowns. Many adults have lost numerous teeth. Some have lost all.
There is a good elementary school with a playground, two basketball courts and an arena but no high school. That forces younger teens to move to Sioux Lookout or Thunder Bay to get their high school education. Being away from their family for the school year causes feelings of isolation. Too many are bullied in the cities. Just read the newspapers especially in Thunder Bay.
Finally, there is a Band owned church but no one ministers there. The last time someone came to minister was a year ago. The highlight of my trip was sitting in the chapel with Theresa and her cousin Daniel Moonias. We sang and prayed for each other and for the community.
There is a lot of need and a lot of work that lies ahead. But praise God there is much we can do.
I am praying that God shows us exactly where to start. Remember that the most important thing to this community is a relationship with us and that means regular visits. From these visits will grow results, healing and restoration!
To be beneficial to this community, Crossroads’ efforts must respond to the pressing needs of those we wish to help. They can best prioritize their needs. They have, for example, asked for clothing, Ojibway Bibles and food. Accordingly, three boxes of gently used clothing have already been shipped. A dozen Bibles are on order and twenty-one additional boxes are going as soon as we can fund transportation costs.
I am working with True North Aid to determine what food can be sent up north to start a food bank.
Next, I will meet with numerous service organizations that minister to the First People. We must ascertain how we can get them to Neskantaga to work with the community in every area of life . . . water, food, clothing, education, medical, dental, sports, housing, arts, music, business, never forgetting the spiritual needs of the people.
Contact me if you would like to be a part of this pioneer work, experiencing the longest boil-order community (22 years) be transformed by God and His people.
There is a place for you in this task. Please pray along with me. Your help, in any way, is vitally important.
If you would like to make a donation to support our First Peoples Voices work click here.
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