Newsletter Issue 12 — December 2011
Dear Friend of Agapé Heart
As the year 2011 draws to its close, with joy, we give all thanks to God for His great goodness and love.
Our biggest financial outlay in 2011 was in the provision of a community water well in Amuma, which gave, for the first time in the village, a source of clean, safe water for drinking, cooking and other domestic use. The benefits of the water well are undoubtedly life-saving and incalculable, and the villagers are full of gratitude. To God be the glory for what He has done through you.
We thank God for all that He has enabled us to do with your financial support and faithful prayers. It is deeply heartening to see the impact that Agapé Heart is making in the villages. We have observed that in seemingly dead and hopeless situations, when aid finally arrives, the recipients of help in the villages and the villagers know that it can only be by divine arrangement. The words of Agapé Heart beneficiaries and their families encourage us as we see the practical and spiritual difference made in their lives.
The story of Mercy Oyo is a case in point. A widow who lost her daughter in unexplained circumstances, broken-hearted, she suffered a stroke and became partially paralysed. She was able to walk with the aid of a walking stick. She then became very sick, and bed-ridden. Extremely poor, and seemingly without hope, her situation was brought to our attention. Agapé Heart volunteers moved her to hospital where she was admitted. After receiving medical treatment for a week in hospital, she was well enough to walk again with the aid of her walking stick. The villagers had not expected her to recover. Her sister said: “Only God did this; we have seen that God is real”.
The story of Ogbu Udonsi is similarly compelling. A man in his fifties, incapacitated since 2007 being barely able to walk or talk, Agapé Heart volunteers took him for medical treatment at the hospital. He was immediately admitted. A brain scan showed that he had serious brain damage; he also had extensive stomach ulcers. Mr Udonsi has been recently discharged from hospital. With the medical treatment he received, and the drugs on which he has been placed, he is now able to walk and talk. He is deeply thankful. His wife said: “God has given us hope; may God bless Agapé Heart for all the good works that they are doing in the village”.
We have also paid for medical treatment, by God's grace, in a number of harrowing HIV cases where the patients have not recovered. But in all circumstances we give thanks to God. We give glory to God because of the hope and Godly spiritual ministration that they received before their death.
In partnership with the local churches, we continue in our commitment to ministering Christ to the poor, the sick and the dying.
We also continue to provide for the education of impoverished children, mostly orphans, and to distribute provisions to widows and orphans in the village, as far as we are able to do so with current resources.
This picture is of beneficiaries Chidinma Ogbu and Nne Ojiugo, in their school uniform.
Friends, the need in the villages remains enormous. There is just so much poverty. We appeal to you again for your continued support, in prayer and in donations and regular giving. Please give as you are led, by sending a cheque made payable to Agape Heart, or on-line (via our website www.agapeheart.org) through PayPal.
Please pray for:
- All beneficiaries that they not only encounter God but become true disciples of Christ
- Provision of more resources to enable us to continue to bring the love and compassion of Christ to the villagers
- The churches and ministers in the villages that they are faithful to the cause of our Saviour
- Strength and God's protection for Agapé Heart volunteers
- God's continuing hand and direction for Agapé Heart.
May the Lord God bless you this season and in the coming year, and may the Lord of peace Himself give you His peace at all times and in every situation.
In Christ by His grace