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Leading a Push for Clean Water – NYTimes.com

March 3rd, 2015

Water shortages are endemic in India in the hot months and can turn into far more lethal droughts. But that the protesters were mostly women was a reflection of the fact that, in India and in some other parts of the world, like sub-Saharan Africa, water collection and management is women’s work.As the heat and dust sweep over the plains of the Subcontinent, dragging large swaths of the country into the long dry months of summer, women bear the brunt of water management. But they are also crucial to any significant improvements in the water supply.

via Leading a Push for Clean Water – NYTimes.com.

Senators introduce legislation to end modern slavery | TheHill

February 27th, 2015

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker R-Tenn. and Ranking Member Bob Menendez D-N.J. on Tuesday introduced legislation that aims to reduce forced labor and sexual servitude around the world.  The measure, dubbed the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015, would establish a private, non-profit grant-making institution known as “The End Modern Slavery Initiative Foundation,” which would work with foreign partners and private entities. “Today more than 27 million people, many of them women and children, suffer under forced labor and sexual servitude in over 165 countries around the world, including our own,” said Corker in a statement. “As I have seen firsthand, the stark reality of modern slavery is unconscionable, demanding the United States and civilized world make a commitment to end it for good,” he added.

via Senators introduce legislation to end modern slavery | TheHill.

Blueprints

February 26th, 2015

By Christie Anthony

Parenting is hard! It is rewarding, and fun and hilarious…but right now, its hard.  Now, we have the triple whammy going: move the almost 2 year old to a big kid bed, break said almost 2 year old from Binky addiction, and said 2 year olds Mom is 25 weeks pregnant and EXHAUSTED.  (Oh that poor daddy!) We are also racing into summer with every week getting a bit hotter, and the normal childcare schedule mixed up.  (whine, whine, whine…this is gonna get better I promise.)

There have been lots of worries as a Momma lately.  “Is he getting enough sleep?” “Is he eating too much sugar?” “Is he watching too much TV?”(shout out to KERA and the ability to turn on a cartoon and pass out for 25 min on the couch while he’s entertained!)  “How are we going to do this with 2?” “what do I do about childcare on days x, y & z…”

In my other life, as a career woman, I’m working on a really cool project right now.  We are in the process of building a food factory that will feed 40,000 kids a day.  The scope of this project is incredible, and really I could talk your ear off about it.  Today, (after my son refusing a nap yesterday, sleeping fitfully last night, and waking bright and early with the energy levels of a holy terror) I sat in a meeting to provide a status update on the project.  So much cool stuff is happening with this project that its almost overwhelming.  But as I sat there over design blueprints, talking about electric loads, HVAC requirements, city permits, Vitamin blend requirements, square foot allotments and the like, I had an overwhelming God moment.

There are thousands of mommas, just like me, sitting in India overwhelmed with trying to take care of their kids.  They aren’t asking the same questions I am though. For them, the greater concern is “What do I feed my child?”  “Will I ever not have to worry about where they are getting their next meal?”  “What happens if we don’t make enough money today?” “What if the monsoon isn’t good enough and the crops fail?”  “Is he going to grow ok?” and unfortunately, the all too true reality is many of these Mom’s are asking if they are going to loose another child to malnutrition.

However, sitting half a world away, I’m watching God move Heaven and Earth to provide an answer.  I get to see the work that goes in on the back end. I was overwhelmed today by looking at those blueprints and watching a solution unfold for so many.  I get to watch piece by piece as God orchestrates and coordinates so many players and relationships all because He hears the cries of those momma hearts.  He sees those hungry children.  He knows everyday that they go to bed hungry and He is moving to bring a solution!

It made me stop and think about those areas in my life where I need solutions.  I have no clue how God is moving on my behalf even now to orchestrate things, but my heart was comforted by the fact that He is.  Its like I saw Him sitting at a table in Heaven, talking over the blueprints of our family tree.  Making plans, orchestrating, taking care of details…and my heart was comforted.  He sees our hearts, our concerns, our worries, and He works on our behalf long before we realize, even when we are entirely unaware, because He cares for us!

Ah, take a deep breath! And, if you want to know more about the Food Factory, I’d love to tell you about it! It’s really cool.

Originally posted on Christie Anthony’s blog 

Mother

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Photo of the Week: The Least of These

February 23rd, 2015

Poverty affects children more than any other members of a community. In Mumbai’s slums, children can often be seen wandering barefoot through dirty alleys or digging in trash bins for a meal. They have little hope of breaking the cycle of poverty in their family without help from an outside source. At SOS we believe that Jesus did not come just to give us eternal salvation, but also came to give us life in abundance. The love of Christ shines most clear when physical needs are met along side spiritual ones.

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ – Matthew 25:40

Girl

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World Day of Social Justice, 20 February 2015

February 20th, 2015

“World Day for Social Justice comes at a pivotal moment for people and our planet.  Around the world, there is a rising call to secure a life of dignity for all with equal rights and respect for the diverse voices of the world’s peoples.  At the core of this movement lies the need for social justice.

This year’s commemoration focuses on the scourge of human trafficking and the plight of approximately 21 million women, men and children in various forms of modern slavery.  New instruments such as the ILO Protocol and Recommendation on forced labour and human trafficking are helping to strengthen global efforts to punish perpetrators and end impunity.  We must continue to do more.  We simply cannot achieve development for all if we leave behind those who are socially and economically exploited.

In this crucial year for global development, as Member States work to craft a post-2015 agenda and a new set of sustainable development goals, let us do our utmost to eradicate all forms of human exploitation.  Let us strive to build a world of social justice where all people can live and work in freedom, dignity and equality.”

Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General, United Nations. 20 February 2015.

via Secretary-General’s Message for World Day of Social Justice, 20 February 2014.

What Would You Do For A Cup Of Clean Water?

February 19th, 2015

When water is plentiful, it is easy to forget how precious it is. 

Have you ever thought what you would do if all the water connections in your town were turned off, never to be turned on again? Imagine what life would look like if the only water available lay stagnant in dirty ponds. Imagine that the only water you could gather was killing the children in your town at an alarming rate.

For thousands in India, this is a reality.

Report after report gets turned into our India office, each one having the same urgency and desperation… 

“Everybody wants to talk about it, but no one wants to do anything. I have resigned myself to dying, but my children need water.” – Mother in a remote village
“Because of the water problems they are not able to go to work nor send their children to school.” – SOS outreach partner
“They have to walk long distances to get water, sometimes they are not able to take baths for weeks at a time.” – Indian Pastor
“There are 700 people living in this Village and there is no drinking water.” – SOS outreach partner 

What if you could do something about this?

“The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, their tongues fail for thirst. I, the Lord, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them… I will open rivers in desolate heights… And the dry land springs of water. That they may see and know… that the hand of the Lord has done this…” – Isaiah 41:17-21

You, in partnership with the Indian church, can bring a solution and with it, hope to countless desperate men, women and children. Learn more at www.sowerofseeds.org/water.

Boy at river

Photo by: Janice Meyer

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Photo of the Week: Water Line

February 16th, 2015

For any community to function in a normal and healthy way, a secure water supply is critical. 

The image below shows women lining a narrow pathway waiting to collect containers of water in a slum in India. During summer months many slums only receive water once a week. Community members are forced to wait in long lines, preventing them from going to work and preventing many children from going to school. For families living under such conditions, a water well can change everything! It is simple to help give someone access to water. 

water jugs

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The prayer of a child in the red light district

February 13th, 2015

In 1992 I  first felt God’s call to help the young and growing church in India reach their nation through practical expressions of God’s transforming love. While in a boat on the Ganges river in the Hindu city of Varinasi, I was surrounded by devotees and pilgrims in search of healing, freedom and for some connection with the divine.

Perhaps nowhere was the absence of God’s church more tangible. My heart broke. I was asking the question, “Where was the church? How could this still be happening in the 20th century?

That day, God planted a seed in my heart that led to formation of Sower of Seeds International Ministries in 2000.

Exactly 20 years after this experience, I was standing in a night care shelter overlooking one of India’s largest and most notorious brothel areas. The shelter is an outreach of a local church, right there on the edge of the red light district.

While we were praying, a girl came up to me holding a photograph. She handed it to me. It was a color photograph of her and her mom, undoubtably one of her most precious possessions. Her mother was one of the thousands of women still trapped in slavery in the brothels outside the compound walls.

The girl, Jarina (her name has been changed) had been in the night care shelter for 4 years. Every day she looked at that picture and prayed for her mother. She wanted me to take it, so I can also pray for her mom to be rescued when I returned to the States.

It was as if she had decided, her prayers alone were no longer enough; maybe if I had a picture to remind me of her mother, our combined prayers would cause those prayers that begged God for her mother’s freedom to be answered.

It was as if God spoke to me again in that moment. IT IS TIME FOR THIS TO END. In a world where God is absent in the hearts of men, darkness swallows up the innocent. Are we winning the battle?

Jarina is safe in night care shelter, but there are still too many other girls, just like her on the other side of the compound walls.

The Indian church has so much hope to offer, but desperately lack the resources to execute their vision of seeing people in their cities and villages set free. I believe that the faith of this child, who is surrounded by darkness here in the red light district, holds the hope of her mother’s redemption.

I believe that when we unite in prayer and act on our convictions and beliefs, the church can be a major transforming force needed to help fight this kind of slavery, bringing with it solutions to give relief to the helpless, the poor and the innocent.

I did not take her picture, but came away determined to let the faith of a child in the red light district be the hope of her nation’s redemption. I am standing with her in prayer and action. Will you stand with us? Every Minute Matters.

“The LORD replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor. Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do.” Psalm 12:5 NLT

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Photo of the Week: Without Cost to Them

February 9th, 2015

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! ” Isaiah 55:1

According to a recent Indian census, 1 in 6 Indians live in a slum with “conditions unfit for human habitation.” Without access to basic daily needs, like clean water and food, many families living in these slums will never break the cycle of poverty. We have seen many times the powerful transformation that can take place in someone’s live once their needs and the needs of their family are provided for.

slum

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Love Is…

February 5th, 2015

Love Is

In John 15:13 Jesus tells us that “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

What Christ did for us, He did freely. He did this out of love. This same love calls us to act on the behalf of others today. Will you consider joining us this month by inviting someone you know to partner with you in doing something special for the poor in India?

Here are some ways you can be involved:
Water
Since 2002, Sower of Seeds has been providing water wells in communities without safe, clean drinking water. Every year SOS and our donors help provide approximately 50 new water wells to communities in India. It is one of the most impactful ways to express God’s love for the people of India.

“And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.” Matthew 10:42 NLT

Freedom and restoration
Help rescue and support someone who has been trafficked and exploited in the commercial sex industry in India. Your financial gifts help proved housing, medical care, counseling, vocational training and hope for rescued women and children as they start over and heal from their experiences at the hands of traffickers.

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil” -1 Peter 3:8-12.

Keys to a better future through education and proper nutrition
Your gift towards education or feeding is a timely investment that can literally save a life and alter a child’s destiny forever. Sower of Seeds helps fund and oversee preschools for over 600 children in many of Mumbai’s slums, where children have a slim chance of escaping the cycle of generational poverty. Feeding is a crucial component in the fight against poverty and malnutrition.

“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.” – Isaiah 58:10 (ESV)

Love an orphaned child
Jesus promises us in John 14 that He will not leave us as orphans. One third of the world’s poor live in India. Sadly this means that hunger and disease leave many children parentless and vulnerable to exploitation. Rescuing and placing orphaned children in loving families is a powerful expression of Christ’s mission to earth. Everything Christ did on earth, He did through relationship with the Father.

“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress…” James 1:27

Please continue to pray for us and those on the ground in India laying down their lives in love and service to those who are in need and those who have yet to encounter the love of Jesus Christ.

P.S. This month we are celebrating His love for the nations by sharing our appreciation of this on social media using the #LoveIs hashtag. Feel free to join us!

Twitter: @SOSINTL | www.facebook.com/sowerofseeds | Instagram: @sowerofseeds

 

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