The office will close early today as a mark of respect. If you are able, please join us this evening at the vigil in Leyland. If you can’t attend we ask for you to join us in praying for everyone affected, for those who have lost someone, those injured and the amazing people who have and are continuing to help, that all will find peace, solace and healing amidst these tragic events.
This is the youth group from our New Jerusalem Church in Odessa. They are taking humanitarian aid and Rotary shoe boxes to Chornie Orphanage about 90 miles from Odessa.
We have ministered here for many years.
God is so good!
Here are a few pictures sent by Pastor Michael showing some of the Easter celebrations in Sierra Leone
Appeal on behalf of Alex
I would like to introduce you to our good friends Alex and Marta Gorelik. Alex is the guy with the passion for Cuba who first introduced us to Pastor Marcello over four years ago and helped us to deliver our first container to the free churches there. (It was the first container ever sent to the Cuban churches by any organisation) I recently spent a few days with him in and around Havana with some of poorest and needy.
Brought up in Saint Petersburg Alex is a very experienced pilot who won his wings flying in Siberia – but that’s another story.
He is also a Messianic Jew who has spent the last ten years supporting the churches in Cuba – and he would dearly love to do more.
His wife Marta is a Doctor practising in California and totally supports her husband.
Please pray and pass this on to anyone who may be able to help or who have the right contacts.
CEO & Founder
We thank God that the doors have been opening in Cuba. We see many people in need in Cuba; children with no shoes, elderly with no food, sick people with no medicine. Almost every year, hurricanes and floods hit the island, devastating homes and leaving people with no shelter, and no building materials available to fix them. Our hearts feel the burden for these people, and we have spent the last decade serving them through local churches.
We have the opportunity to transport supplies of the bare necessities-clothing, food, medicines, and building supplies to distribute through churches in Cuba to those who most desperately need them.
We are ready to go the next step in serving people in need in Cuba. We pray to have a twin engine airplane (load 2,000 pounds) or a boat (4,000 pounds capacity) that will carry much needed supplies the 90 miles from Florida to Cuba. Such a transport allows us to respond quickly and efficiently when disasters like hurricanes strike.
We are believing God for this transport, which it will make possible rapid response in the face of great needs among the Cuban people.
Please consider how you can equip Voice of the Children with the fastest way to alleviate urgent needs.
We have raised $35,000 towards a required $160,000 for purchase. We could get started on much less with the donation or loan of a boat or airplane.
As we celebrate the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus this weekend my prayer is that each one of you has peace, joy and love in your hearts in equal amounts this Easter time.
His death means that all who believe in Him will have their sins forgiven and live forever in glory. Despite what is going on in the world the reality of The Risen Savour means that every believer can look forward with real genuine hope towards our own resurrection. Please take a look at the photos of our Easter Sunday services in various parts of the world. Former Hindus, Muslims and atheists all praising the one true God. In the material sense we serve some of the world’s poorest, but they are spiritual millionaires with their riches stored up in heaven.
I pray especially that at this time we all remember God’s forgiveness through and by His Son’s sacrifice – and we show that forgiveness to others.
Please accept our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your prayers and practical support.
Best wishes and blessings from all at IAT.
Rev Bernard Cocker
CEO & Founder
‘I recently went to visit the 62nd Southport Beavers who are doing an International challenge badge to talk to them about what life’s like for children their age in Sierra Leone. The Beavers told me about their favourite foods, their homes, their school and what they did for fun, we looked at photos of children at New Hope School, Lungi, Sierra Leone and saw how life is different for children from very poor families in West Africa. But we did find some similarities, shared love of games and especially football!
The Beavers then drew some pictures for the Children in Sierra Leone, which our CEO Bernard Cocker took with him on his recent visit, here you can see the children at New Hope School with the drawings. The Beavers have also very kindly collected school supplies to help their new friends in Sierra Leone to do well at school!’
written by Julie one of Trustees (thanks Julie)
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Here are the beginnings of the Orphan Children’s Home at New Hope, Sierra Leone. Measuring 30 x 13 metres it will be home for 16 children.