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NEWSLETTER - July 2016

Hope for the hopeless


Isaiah 5:13 
'Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge; and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.'

I was blessed to be a part of the 2016 Zoya Ministries mission trip to Guatemala.  Mission trips sponsored by Zoya Ministries help meet the physical needs of individuals as the vehicle through which to share the hope that comes from a knowledge of God and a hope in Jesus Christ. 

In Guatemala the team provided food, clothing, shelter and medical care to the poor in some of the most impoverished and remotest villages of the country.  At every opportunity each person (no matter how young or old) was prayed for and the saving faith that comes only through Jesus Christ was shared.  This was the most important legacy left behind - an introduction to the God who created the heavens and the earth and a lasting HOPE of a future that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Many of us raised in Christian homes sometimes incorrectly assume that all adults know about God and have chosen to reject him and often do not take the time to share him with the people God has put in our paths.  As the gospel was being shared at a primary school in Guatemala, a dear friend told me that she had not heard about Jesus Christ until she was 38 years old.  She had spent a lifetime without knowing about the saving faith, peace and guidance that comes from knowing Christ.  That comment challenged me as I know that I was guilty of not sharing Christ with her as I had assumed that all westerners had the same background as I had, that is, parents who ensured I went to Church and heard all the Bible stories.  I assumed she had heard but had chosen to reject God so I made the decision that sharing with her would be futile.  In her case it was not so, she had just never heard.  I was also challenged about my service as a Sunday School teacher - being in Guatemala and sharing with the children, reminded me how important a job it is to share with children.  We may be the only opportunity they have to hear about Christ.  As Christ said in Mathew 19:4 ‘Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”  
There are so many who do not know Christ and are lanquishing.  So many of our family members, colleagues, acquaintances, friends are struggling in the darkness – if we love them, let us not withhold the only sure lifeline - the knowledge of a saving faith that comes through Jesus Christ alone. 
Rhona Burnett
Zoya Ministries Staff

Nigeria - June 2016 Mission Trip Report

The next generation begins to serve


The last time I went to Otutulu Village was in 2011 when I went for the reveal of the Noah's Ark building that Zoya Ministires had built.  It has been five years since that trip and my brothers and I decided to travel back for a week to see firsthand the fruits of the donations and support that Zoya Ministries and their partners have donated. 

Some of the projects that were still being worked on were the building of a new roof on the girls' dormitory, barbed wire being placed on the fence surrounding the orphanage, and the setting up of tiles in the male and female dormitories.  God was with us during the entire duration of our trip and even though we were there for a short time, I am grateful that we were able to show the love of Christ to those precious kids.  Another blessing during our trip was that we were able to distribute clothes and vitamins to the children.

During our stay in Otutulu my adopted brother, Stephen Abebefe got to speak with one of the commissioners of Kogi State at her office in Lokoja.  The visit was for her to see firsthand the outcome of Stephen's adoption by him sharing his experience in America and to tell of his plans of returning to Otutulu as a doctor to help the orphanage.  Although adoption is no longer allowed from Kogi State we pray that through the visit with the Commissioner that Stephen was able to sow some seeds that will eventually lead to the overturning of the adoption ban.

Finally, as I look back on this trip, I realize it was an eye opening experience and an opportunity to give more.  I use this medium to sincerely thank everyone that has supported us in every way and I kindly ask that you continue to do so as I believe that the next trip will be even more productive.  Let us remember that we are Christ's servants and our job is to serve the people of Otutulu and MoM. 

Mathew 20:29 'Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many'.

God Bless,

Zoya Abebefe
Founders of Zoya Ministries

Nigeria - Welcome Baby 'Amy'

A new life in need of prayer

This baby was born four days ago and brought to MoM Orphanage Lokoja.  The following day because the mother died shortly after delivering the baby.  The umbilical cord was already infected so she is being treated in a private hospital.  The doctor thinks the baby spent more days in her mother's womb than was necessary.  Though she came with a name, I have decided to call her Amy.  Amy is our dear sister in Christ whose husband passed away into glory recenlty.  Baby Amy as well as Mrs Amy and her two daughters all need our prayers now more than ever.

Yours in Him,

Daniel A. Edeh
Director, MoM Orphanages, Kogi State, Nigeria

James 1: 27 'Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world'    

Guatemala - 2016 Mission Trip

Thank You for a successful Mission Trip

All the objectives of the 2016 Mission Trip to Guatemala were met:
  • Medical Clinics conducted at 3 locations (Las Corrales, AoJ in Parramus and San Miguel Duenas)
    • 435 patients attended to by doctors, nurses, dentists and opthamologists
  • Feet washed and shoes provided to 50 children in San Miguel Duenas
  • Food Supplied to families at public school in mountains of San Miguel Duenas
  • Gospel shared in each location of the medical clinics, the schools at AoJ, Las Corrales and San Maria
  • 2 Homes built for two families in San Miguel Duenas
We thank you all for your prayers, your financial contributions and your help with logistics and pray that God will continue to shine his light in each of your lives.  This trip would not have been a success without each of you.

Acts 10:42
'And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.'

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