Since the launch of the Church of God World Missions Marcelly’s Dream project on November 11, 2012, the compelling story of Jesus appearing in a dream to a 7-year-old girl, telling her she would preach the gospel to children in Africa, has created a groundswell of ministry and support.
The dream has become a worldwide missions project focusing on providing support in four basic areas: the Word (Bibles to orphans, expanded to junior youth camps), water, walls, and wellness. (For more information, visit the World Missions website at www.marcellysdream.org.)
Church of God World Missions Director Tim Hill relates the day last summer when God revealed to him a coming time of multiplied harvest. He called it an “Amos 9:13 season.” It is described in the New Living Translation this way: “The time will come,” says the Lord, “when the grain and grapes will grow faster than they can be harvested. Then the terraced vineyards on the hills of Israel will drip with sweet wine!”
The story and the vision spread quickly, creating momentum for world missions with immediate impact. Already the organization has provided support for Men and Women of Action for building and relief projects; partnered with People for Care and Learning in the Build a City project; and supported relief efforts of Operation Compassion for Oklahoma tornado victims.
To date, Marcelly’s Dream has had an initial impact on over 3,500 children in orphanages, placing a Bible into the hands of children in over a dozen countries and several junior stateside youth camps, provided training and support for caregivers in over two dozen orphanages, approving multiple water projects and building projects.
During the camp meeting season, several states announced initiatives for orphanages that can only be described as game-changers. When you have little or no electricity and limited water supply, making those provisions changes everything. When you are in limited facilities and provisions come to enlarge your capacity, it changes everything. When you are exasperated at the emotional challenges facing your children and counsel comes to assist and train, it changes everything. When you have never had a personal copy of the Scriptures and you have a beautiful “Fire Bible” placed in your hands, it changes everything.
Bishop Kenneth Bell of Pennsylvania announced an initiative to assist the El Shaddai Orphanage to relocate to a much larger facility in Igatpuri, India. Bishop Stephen Darnell announced the South Georgia Initiative to fund over $200,000 of projects for Phebe Grey Orphanage in Liberia, West Africa. This initiative includes a security wall, water projects, electrical generator, developing a transitional dorm for older children and renovating existing dorms.
Bishop Don Walker announced the Tennessee initiative as “Mercy on Five Continents.” The projects include a security wall and chapel at Casa Shalom; renovation and expansion of Pearl Orphanage in the Ukraine; expansion of Grace Orphanage in Uganda; completing a kitchen cafeteria and water project in Pandura, Sri Lanka; renovations of boys’ dorm at Love of Emmanuel Orphanage in Jakarta, Indonesia; and building dorms for orphans at Child of Purpose Orphanage in Haiti.
Each of these projects are vitally needed and are game-changers. Your support and prayers are truly making a difference for children and their caregivers around the world. Their pledge: 100 percent of the funds given go directly to the designated project.
John Sweet is a consultant to orphanages with the Church of God World Missions.
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