We are thankful that our partners in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Haiti Outreach Ministries, were not badly affected by Hurricane Matthew. However, they are reaching out to help others with food, supplies and other emergency needs. We welcome gifts in support of their relief work and will forward funds to them promptly for their efforts.
- Dr. Rob Weingartner, Executive Director
Stories of Transformation
Our God is a Transforming God...
While we sleep, Syrians flee from rockets and mortars.
War rages in Syria. But the Church is faithfully bringing spiritual, emotional and physical relief to the people. They desperately need our help.
At Outreach, we’re honored that God calls us to work with partners around the globe to help bring the gospel message to those in need of his saving grace. With gifts from people like you as well as churches and organizations, we work with our partners to build churches, provide relief to beleaguered Middle Easterners, train evangelists to share the Good News and so much more. But, we cannot do it without your help. Once a year we reach out to ask our donors and friends to help us continue this work. We invite you to make a gift to our annual appeal to continue our work with our global partners. Your gift will make a difference in the lives of people who need to know his love.
Greetings from The Outreach Foundation and from the Namumu children in Siavonga, Zambia. Most children coming to Namumu have had difficult lives as a result of poverty, death of parents due to HIV/AIDS, lack of love, or emotional stress. Namumu provides elementary and high school education to all residents. Over 300 children, including those in residence, have access to elementary education at a community school started with the center’s involvement and now turned over to the community to benefit from available government resources. We recently received several stories from Namumu children and would love to share one from Antia Samende, age 14, so that you can rejoice with us.
What is involved in reconciliation, pardon and reconstruction? How does that relate to our call as Christians and our struggles within the world? What role can or does the church play in all of this? These were some of the topics of “Winter School” in February 2016 at the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS). It was a “winter break” for twenty students and four faculty from The University of Geneva (Switzerland) who came to participate, but a welcoming summer for hosting the event at PIASS for our twenty students and theology faculty and four students and two faculty from ULPGL of Goma and Bukavu (DR Congo).
Juan Sarmiento has been named Associate Director for Mission of The Outreach Foundation. He will officially begin his duties on November 1. Since 1979, The Outreach Foundation has connected congregations and people in the United States with church partners around the world in Christ-centered evangelistic mission. Today, Outreach focuses on Presbyterian partners in places in the world where the church is growing and where it is facing opposition. Sarmiento will join the Outreach team that focuses on building mission relationships that help global partners around the world train leaders, start new congregations, expand their outreach programs, and strengthen their ministries of compassion.
Have you ever met someone for the first time and instantly you’re drawn to the person, feeling as if he has been your friend for years? That is the way you feel when you meet Dr. Tharwat Wahba.
Dr. Tharwat, as he’s commonly known, is head of the Mission Department at the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Cairo (ETSC) and serves as Chair of the Pastoral and Outreach Ministries Council of the Evangelical (Presbyterian) Church of Egypt. He has a deep love and passion for evangelism, the church, and Jesus Christ. His warm and inviting personality makes everyone feel special. And, he is the epitome of the reason for The Outreach Foundation’s existence and mission.
Muhammed Ali died back in June. I had a lot of respect for him. Following his death, I heard an interview with his wife in which she described how he would often push himself to exhaustion at public appearances in order to sign more books, give more autographs, meet more fans, out of his belief that increasing the number of good works that he did might overcome the bad things he had done and possibly bring him to heaven. The interview brought to mind a man I met named Hassane. He told me his story.
I'm reminded of the praise song, "Come, Come and see what God has done." Today was another beautiful day in Suzhou, China with our brothers and sisters in Christ. To see the church growing with Christians embracing their faith, pursuing the word is breathtaking. This morning we enjoyed the fellowship of Pastor He and Pastor Wang Bin learning about the Dushu Lake Church near the university district. Suzhou is a relatively prosperous city with 13,000,000 people.
We have had a very full and rich time since we arrived in Egypt visiting churches, meeting pastors, hearing about their struggles and dreams for the future. I am thoroughly impressed by their dedication, in some ways putting their own lives in harm's way due to their commitment to Christ. This evening I decided to stay back from the evening church service because I wasn't feeling 100% – I didn't want to ruin the rest of the trip with symptoms worsening. Several of us have been struggling with sickness (colds and/or stomach upset). We would appreciate your prayers.