Dear friend,

Since assuming the role of President of International Needs USA in June of this year, I often sit at my desk amazed at the impact of our partners around the world. As 2018 is drawing to a close, I find myself reflecting on our ministry year and I am filled with an incredible sense of awe and excitement at what you have made possible!

A young lady named Asmita enrolled in the most recent intake of our Nepal Lydia Vocational Training Program. She lost her husband, was destitute and considered taking her own life until she received the invitation to join the Lydia Vocational Training Center. This opportunity granted her a chance for a new start in life. Accepting the invitation transformed her life and she now has hope springing forth from her heart. I love how she describes the change, “the Lydia Center where I grew in God gave me healing to my internal wounds deep inside my heart I feel like the Lord has started flourishing my remaining life.”

This is just one story of hundreds that show how you are changing lives and making it possible for people to hear about Jesus Christ.

What a year of incredible impact. You made it possible for partners around the world to tirelessly serve their communities with indigenous, creative solutions designed to meet real world needs. Here are a few highlights of what you made possible:

In Bangladesh, 200 young women who have completed secondary school are attending Savar Bible School. After one year of training, these young women are equipped to return to their villages to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

In Colombia, over 300 children from disadvantaged families are receiving an education at Rose of Sharon school. Colombia is receiving an influx of refugees from Venezuela. Rose of Sharon school has opened its doors to 20 young Venezuelan children who would otherwise be relegated to the streets.

 

 

 

In Czech Republic, 20 Healthy Youth workers regularly enter the public schools and present lectures on morality and Christianity. Through these lectures and follow-up activities, over 65,000 youth have been reached.

 

 

 

In Egypt, the vocational training center provides opportunities for Syrian and Sudanese refugees, offering courses in hairdressing, computers, English, and music.

 

 

 

In Ethiopia, six community workers travel throughout their regions sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

In Ghana, three communities now have access to clean, piped water. These water projects serve as an entry point for church planters to engage these villages. One church planter reported, “They acknowledge that the love of Jesus Christ is the reason why they have water and their hearts are filled with gratitude to Jesus.” The gospel is being shared through the gift of clean water.

 

 

 

In India, Sano Diyo, young ladies vulnerable to abuse and human trafficking live in a joy filled home. They are expanding by building a ministry center which will provide the community wit a space to reach 300 more vulnerable children on a weekly basis, providing food and sharing about a God who loves them.

 

 

 

In Kenya, 600 kids show up every Saturday to the six Bible Clubs in the Kibera slum. They receive a warm meal and hear stories of a loving God who knows each of them by name.

 

 

 

 

In Nepal, over 40 young women attended Lydia Vocational Training Center. They have been equipped with a sustainable vocation to return to their village and serve in their local church.

 

 

 

 

In the Philippines, a devastating typhoon ravaged the country. Through your support, over 200 families received necessary food and supplies.

 

 

 

 

In Slovakia, 500 children and teens experiences summer camp where they learned what it means to follow Jesus.

 

 

 

 

In Romania, 100 pastors attended “Seminary in a Suitcase,” a short conference that equips pastors to share the gospel. Human trafficking prevention education was provided in several communities.

 

 

 

In Turkey, over 200 Syrian refugees experiences the love of Christ through food, blankets, and warm clothing.

 

 

 

 

In Uganda and Zambia, hundreds of children are receiving education and hearing about a heavenly father who knows them and loves them.

 

 

 

 

In Vietnam, community workers are spreading the gospel to over 23,000 people throughout the country. They do this joyfully despite the great risk to their own lives.

 

 

 

 

Because of your support in 2018, lives were transformed on a daily, even hourly basis. Thank you for making this possible. 2018 was an incredible year and I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for 2019!

From all of us here at International Needs USA, thank you for your generosity and faithfulness.

Blessings,

Jeff Johnson
President

P.S. It is quick and easy to make an impact in 2019 by donating online right here!