Newsletter Issue 14 — August 2014
Dear Friend of Agapé Heart
To know God more is a continual pursuit of all true believers. Paul the Apostle intensely desired to know God more (Philippians 3:10) and he counted all things loss for the surpassing value of knowing Jesus Christ, our Lord (Philippians 3:8). Moses pleaded with God to show him His glory (Exodus 33:18). David passionately thirsted for God (Psalms 63:1, 84:2)
Our God is truly compassionate and merciful. At Agapé Heart, we continue to see and experience God’s graciousness, loving-kindness and provision. I have written much about God’s heart for the poor, and the sole reason for this is that Scripture is replete with this truth.
Psalm 102:17 states that: “He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer”. Many recipients of help through Agapé Heart inform us that they have indeed been crying out to the Lord for His help and intervention in their seemingly impossible situation.
I am pleased to report that Agapé Heart now has 16 children in primary and secondary schools, whose school fees and other educational needs are met through the charity. Shown above are some of our schoolchildren.
I am also delighted to report that orphaned Nnenna has returned from Port Harcourt and is now reunited with her sister Ugochi (right). We have been praying that the sisters would be together again following their separation over three years ago.
We continue to provide for Uche (below, recent photo), who is now 17. Uche has sickle cell and a leg ulcer which, at the time he was discovered by Agapé Heart, was deep, festering, and so unbearably smelly that he had to sleep in a public compound (Obu) away from his relations. Agapé Heart has, since 2012, provided Uche with accommodation, food and medical treatment. He is also one of our schoolchildren. He is very happy to be in his new home and to have provision for his need through the charity.
By God’s grace, Agapé Heart has continued to provide for urgent medical operations for the poor. Recent recipients of help in this area include Pastor Moses Ukpai and Pastor Josiah Uzoma Okorom.
On 1st August 2014, Francis Ejituru Kalu (right) had a successful hernia operation at the General Hospital, Ohafia, and this was funded by Agapé Heart. His family are full of praises and thanksgiving to God for His merciful intervention.
It is very gratifying to see hope restored to impoverished families. Please pray that we will be able to help others in similar need. Please also continue to pray for the spread of the gospel, and the salvation of souls, in the villages.
In September 2013, Agapé Heart supporters and workers in the village of Amuma began to cultivate land donated for this purpose, and have planted cassava which is due to be harvested in October 2014. Following the harvest, the cassava will be washed and peeled. It will then be crushed, fermented and sieved. The grits are then fried to make gari — a staple crop in Nigeria. Our plan is that the gari produced will be distributed to the very poor, particularly the elderly and poor widows. Please pray for a good harvest.
Praise be to God for your compassionate heart which has meant that you have been and continue to be an instrument through which God exercises His loving-kindness to the very poor in the villages where Agapé Heart operates.
May the Lord bless and keep you, in Jesus Name.
Love in Christ always,