Giving Tuesday Opportunity

We know that many of you like to give to needy people during the Christmas season. And you probably know, tomorrow is called “Giving Tuesday.” It’s a day after all of the buying activity of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to encourage people to also think about charitable giving. If you participate in Giving Tuesday, we believe we have an opportunity that will really touch your heart.

Many years ago GRN started a school in Pakistan named Smiling Kids. It serves underprivileged and children with special needs. These kids are from Christian homes whose parents are not able to send their children to public schools because of their Christian beliefs. Some children can attend Catholic school, but the nuns and students are often the targets of Islamic fundamentalists. The schools and their faith in Jesus are not “welcome” in Pakistan, but remain legal through the government.

We are not willing to give the names of the people who run the Smiling Kids school. But we can tell you that they worked for GRN for several years. And they have faithfully continued to secretly run the school so that Christian children can receive an education in basic subjects and the Catechism.

Each Christmas, the school celebrates the birth of Christ by reading the gospel story of the Nativity. Then they share a meal, give gifts, worship through song and holy dance and present a play that tells the story of our Lord’s birth. Every year since GRN had an office in Pakistan, we have financially supported the work of this school. We always look forward to helping with the Christmas celebration. For the school doesn’t have the extra funds to provide gifts for the children without GRN’s help.

Please pray for these kids and about helping them this Christmas season. The US dollar goes farther in Pakistan, so a little money goes a long way. And every penny that you designate to Pakistan will go directly to the students at Smiling Kids school and their Christmas celebration. Thank you so much!

You can either give online or send a check directly to GRN @ 6920 South Fork Creek Road, Liberty, KY 42539.

God bless you!

Friends Helping Friends

We recently received an email from our GRN field coordinator, Dickson Mutiso. He let us know that he and the GRN team, in Koggi, South Sudan, have helped to prepare land for our dear friend, Father Charles Busak. Together, along with the help of local people, they were able to clear the land and prepare it for crops. This work is very difficult, yet our Lord Jesus commands us to love one another by serving one another as we are able. We hope that these pictures will encourage you to pray for the entire GRN team. Our need for prayerful and financial support is great. So please consider what part you can play  to keep this work moving forward. We thank you in advance for helping us as we reach out to help all of our friends in South Sudan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This picture of Tom and Father Charles was taken this past April.

The New Soccer Field Is Progressing Nicely

We are currently working on a new Soccer field in Koggi, South Sudan. The progress is coming along nicely and the community is looking forward for the games to begin. Some may wonder why we are focusing on such a project in the midst of a war zone, but please remember that we are doing nothing without the advice of our village leadership. Even in the midst of great challenges, the people still desire to come together and enjoy themselves from time to time. Please continue to pray for peace in South Sudan.

Celebrating Christmas In Pakistan

For most Christians, celebrating Christmas is easy to do. In contrast, for Christians in Pakistan, it can be very difficult. Pakistani Christians are persecuted for their faith and are often forced to pay the highest price for their desire to follow Jesus and share Him with others. GRN has been partnering with a school led by our friends in an undisclosed location for many years. By providing much needed funding, we help them make the celebration of Christ’s birth for the students possible. The school serves Christian children as well as children with special needs.  Please pray for Christians in Pakistan as they do their best to follow Jesus.

Progress Is Good

Our GRN team in South Sudan did a great job farming during this last planting season! The GRN farm serves to provide food for our workers as well motivation for local villagers to uproot trees and clear their own land for farming. When people clear their land, we have let them know we will plow their fields for planting. Several people have chosen to follow our lead and have planted food with the hope of overcoming the current food shortage. This is good progress in the village of Koggi, and we are thankful that we can be a source of encouragement to our village neighbors. Please pray for peace in South Sudan. Thank you!

Schools of Love

Growing up as a child with many learning disabilities, I never thought that God could use me for much of anything. Over the years He has proven to me that when we walk with Him, anything is possible. If the truth be known, none of us knows what our futures hold. My story is one of learning how to love. We may believe that loving God is pretty easy, but that is not as true as we might think. As Christians, o love God alone, apart from the rest of a world filled with evil is somewhat easy, but when we enter into the evil and look it in the face and feel its destruction, we are challenged to examine the depth of our love for God and see how authentic it really is. The Apostle John challenged me to take a deeper look into my own heart to see just how much I really love God when he said, “How can you say that you love God whom you cannot see if you do not love your neighbor whom you can see?” Working in South Sudan has been one of my schools of love.

By Tom Zurowski

A Quote For Whatever God Has Called You To

“We do not exist for ourselves alone, and it is only when we are fully convinced of this fact that we begin to love ourselves properly and thus also love others. What do I mean by loving ourselves properly? I mean, first of all, desiring to live, accepting life as a very great gift and a great good, not because of what it gives us, but because of what it enables us to give to others.” ~ Thomas Merton

Please pray for us at Global Response Network and for the work we continue to give ourselves to both in North America and in South Sudan. Thank you!

South Sudan president orders army to stop attacks on rebel positions

May 24, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Wednesday directed the army to not attack the position of armed opposition forces after declaring a unilateral ceasefire, saying it was time to prove to the world who was looking for peace and who is wanting war.

” I know they will be attacking your positions after learning declaration of the ceasefire. They will be provoking you, but do not respond, don’t move out of your positions. This is the message you need to deliver to the division commanders and the brigade commanders. Tell them this is the message from me and they should comply,” President Salva Kiir told the chief of defense staff on Wednesday.

The president congratulated the military officers whom he has given new assignments after restructuring the army, saying it was time to work together as one body and cohesive command.

” When you are one and work together as a team, the work you are doing will not be hard. The challenges will be easy to overcome. I know you have your capabilities and the will to transform and restructure the SPLA (Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army) so that it represents all the faces of the country. I know this is a challenge but if you work together you will turn these challenges into opportunities,” he said.

An excerpt of an article courtesy of the Sudan Tribune

Half-hearted Devotion Is Not An Option

For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” ~ Apostle Paul ( 1 Corinthians 9:16 )

Woe to me if I should prove myself but a half-hearted soldier in the service of my thorn-crowned Captain.” ~ St. Fidelis

 

There seems to be a common thread that has woven its way through Christian history that one cannot ignore; it is the virtue of fidelity unto death for the cause of Jesus and His kingdom. Half-hearted devotion seems to be very uncommon in the lives those who have taken up their cross and followed their Lord along the “narrow way.” From Saint Stephen (Acts 7:54-60) until the present day, the cost for some to follow Jesus has been great.

 

Although martyrdom may not be required of us in our journey of faith, fidelity is.  Faithfulness birthed from love is normal Christianity, and this kind of faith needs to be rekindled among those who claim the name of Christ. According to Galatians chapter five, it looks like we would all do well to ask the Holy Spirit to help us to bear His fruit on the earth ( … the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control… ~ Gal. 5:22+23).

 

I would like to encourage all of us to consider our lives and ask ourselves two critical questions… Is what we are living for worth Jesus dying for and do our lives make sense in the light of eternity?

 

All for Jesus I surrender,

Tom Zurowski