Last year was a difficult year for our SIU partners and SIU team members, even as we witnessed the continued advancement of the Gospel with new believers, new disciples and new church plants across the harvest fields around the world in 2021. Our international partners and US based team saw and experienced much grief with loss of life with immediate family and close friends. In the midst of loss, we hold on to the sovereignty, peace, love and goodness of our God.
In the last few Blogs, we have revealed a disheartening imbalance and shocking fact that less than 1/100 of .1% (which equates to .0001) of the world’s annual charitable giving goes to places in the world needing the gospel the most. Sadly, that is less than $1 of every $10,000 of charitable giving dollars going to those people across the world—currently estimated at 3.28 billion people (source: Joshuaproject.net) — who have NEVER heard about Jesus and His gift of salvation. This means that the people groups who are unreached are NOT receiving the resources needed to make an eternal difference in their lives.
How can this change?
YOU can play a key role in changing this trend by supporting our partners in prayer and financial support with a year-end gift to SIU.
In last month’s blog, we revealed the disheartening imbalance and shocking fact that less than 1/100 of .1% (which equates to .0001) of the world’s annual charitable giving goes to places in the world needing the gospel the most. Sadly, that is less than $1 of every $10,000 of charitable giving dollars going to serve people across the world—currently estimated at 3.28 billion (source: Joshuaproject.net) — who have NEVER heard about Jesus and His gift of salvation. This means that ample resources are NOT going toward making an eternal difference in the lives of the most unreached. How can we change this?
Our partners at SIU play a key role in changing this trend….
As I briefly discussed in last month’s blog, an extremely small percentage of current faith-based funding and resources each year is getting to those regions and people groups who need it the most – the unreached and unengaged. Please watch this short video that clearly explains this challenging issue:
This imbalance is disheartening. However, through the power of the Spirit and with much prayer, it can be changed! Scriptures In Use (SIU) plays a key role in changing this trend…
“We count our material possessions of no value as we have the Lord of the universe on our side! HE is our provider of ALL.” It is easy to believe these words when we are in a place of comfort, but what about from a place of great loss? Many of our SIU partners have lost their homes, communities, workplaces, and family as a result of following Jesus. Some will even have to flee their homes with nothing more than the clothes on their back. Right now, there are communities of believers huddled in safe houses worshipping and praising God while their persecutors search for them. . . .
“Are you qualified to receive Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) as charitable donations?” One of our faithful supporters asked me when I was contacted by them the other day.
“Yes, we are,” I replied. “We recommend you seek the help of your tax advisor in making your decision. If you decide to give to SIU, we are a qualified 501(c)(3) and can receive your charitable donation. We will put your gift to good use based on where you would like it go.”
This month we continue a series of periodical posts focusing on the distinctives of SIU’s church planting and disciple-making approach written by our founders, Jim and Carla Bowman.
Anju has just finished telling the Woman of Tekoa story (2 Samuel 14) in front of the whole class. The participants clap enthusiastically calming Anju’s fears and greatly encouraging her. The Trainer speaks up. “Anju thank you so much. That was fantastic.” Turning to another participant he says, “Asha, I know you were Anju’s mentor for this story. Did she tell the story exactly as it appears in your Bible?” After a hushed silence, Asha smiles and says proudly, “I read the text silently while Anju spoke. Every word was perfect.”
We have had such a positive response and so much encouraging feedback from those who have recently received our 2020 Annual Report that we would like to share another story and some highlights. We continue to celebrate our God – the God who never sleeps and is never taken by surprise. Our God knew this global pandemic was coming, and He opened hearts, minds and new doors through the telling and retelling of HIS Stories in the heart language of His people…from the living, active Word of God! Read more….
We are extremely excited to announce that our 2020 Annual Report has arrived and is in the mail to our faithful financial supporters! Our team spent much time praying and deliberating, collaborating on content and design, and searching through our partner field stories from 2020. We are celebrating our God – the God who never sleeps and is never taken by surprise. Our God knew this global pandemic was coming, and He opened hearts, minds and new doors to advance the Gospel! Read more….
This time of the year is a special season for our Muslim friends and families as they observe their holy month of Ramadan, April 13 – May 12. Fasting, prayer, giving, and blessings are key elements of these 30 days as Muslims gather with their families in local communities around the world. There is a growing number of ministries around the world with a heart for reaching Muslims with the love of Christ. SIU is one of those ministries – every people group, “ethne”, to be reached – every tribe, tongue, nation and people will worship our Lord when He returns. That is our future and will always be a part of our calling, culture and values at SIU.