Let me share with you a snippet of the kinds of communication I have with our minister, John Mark. Note the dates and times. You won't hear about this from mainstream media.
I'm going to share this challenge in the context of several other challenges.
The truth is, we have a minister who is part of the KLI Tribe, whom I have mentored and co-labored with since 2006. It began with the prayer mobilization strategy we steward. John Mark used the strategy to empower 7 denominations to establish a house of prayer in 2010. Through praying and obeying, they launched an orphanage in 2016. John Mark took our training to many places in his country and also to the underground church in Malaysia.
The prayer center was bombed in early 2022. An 80-year-old woman who served in the prayer center was shot and killed, The town next to the prayer center was bombed and burned. One of the teachers they hired to teach the children during this time found their father and grandmother had both been murdered and her father's body burned. In one week the orphanage tripled as 40+ family members displaced by the war sought refuge with them. Here is a snippet of some of my correspondence over the last few days.
Now, look past the words and try to envision their conditions.
Anyone found saying anything against the regime could end up in a re-education camp for up to 7 years.
When John Mark says, there is shooting and bombs going off 40 yards away, this is who he and his family have been caring for.
So what is our challenge?
So what is our challenge?
- We are their only support.
- Due to the war and the fact that their family has been displaced, working to make a living is very difficult as the current regime seeks to use terror and starvation to control the population.
- Christian ministers are specifically targeted.
- Their monthly budget due to the addition of their refugee families increased to $1500 per month. In KLI's regular budget we had $250 a month designated. The miracle is, that since January through various donors their needs have been met and as of April, we are only $300 short for this month. I know God will provide that too. Starting in May, it begins all over again.
- One of the challenges is, we have a strong conviction that the altar is to be kept pure. That means no manipulation, greed, or poor stewardship. Over the years we have seen others use situations like this, children, to exploit people and we won't do that. Hence, if anything I've been reticent to share their challenges very much and this morning I was convicted that I'd be in error if I did not cry out what we see and hear.
- At one time I had up to 5 staff members able to assist me in the office and with other ministerial duties. At this time, we have none. That means all communication, administration etc. comes to my desk all the while much of my time is spent assisting or advising other leaders with their challenges around the world. We do not have the budget at this time to employ office assistance to assist in supporting KLI ministers like this. KLI's services are limited for now.
- Some may ask, well Tim, can't you find volunteers to do this? Yes, over the years we've found volunteers only work for a very short time. You get what you pay for. So, if we are to offer better services we need to see KLI's Fellow Workers and other memberships rise. But here is the deal. We won't' beg nor will we manipulate. We will simply say, here is the situation and we invite you to pray and obey. Give or partner out of your relationship with our heavenly Father.
Would you prayerfully consider:
- Psalm 91
- Psalm 3
- Psalm 44
- Isaiah 4:3-6
Thank you and bless you for praying.
James 1:27 27
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.