Thanksgiving is drawing near and most of us will soon be enjoying the company of family and friends. During this incredible season of abundance and blessing, we want to remember the orphaned in this world.
This month, our Alpha Relief team spent time visiting with and strategizing how to help two groups of orphans who have come out of great persecution both in Burma and North Korea. These young ones touched our hearts and we wanted to make sure you had every opportunity to ensure their hope this Thanksgiving season. Below are some great ways for you to get involved right now!
We had the privilege of visiting hundreds of orphans on the Burma/Thailand Border who have fled attacks on their home villages. Most have lost their parents to the brutal war. Hiking over jungle roads and rivers, our team brought living supplies. Their beautiful smiling faces were all the thanks we needed. Some of the girls even received their first jungle manicure (pictured below).
North Korean Orphans
An additional Alpha Relief team visited a partner who runs a secret safe house for North Korean orphans on the China/North Korea border. These young boys and girls cross the freezing water separating the countries, arrive starving, and in desperate need of hope. At the safe house, they find warm meals, education, and the hope of Jesus. This winter, large numbers of new orphans will make their way into China and our partner is in great need of help.
Alpha Relief staff just received this letter from friends working on the border of North Korea. The following text was translated and sent from a safe house host caring for North Korean believers seeking refuge in China. A very special sister in Christ penned the letter describing her time at the house. We hope her words encourage you as much as they encourage us.
“First of all, I give the greatest thanks, praise and glory to the Creator God who allowed us a good meeting! While visiting in China, I have come to know Jesus and accepted him as Lord in my heart. ‘A great earthquake in my life’ would be a more correct expression….Pray that I keep my faith in whatever hardship or persecution as I return to my country and preach the gospel.”
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“We are so thankful for the current persecution we are experiencing. We know that God is allowing this to prepare us to evangelize the Muslim world.” This statement transformed my life over 15 years ago and continues to inspire me as we serve persecuted Christians around the world.
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We receive reports from some of the most dangerous places on earth where our partners have chosen to serve the persecuted church. Sometimes we just can’t wait until the monthly newsletter to share these stories of hope with you.
The following letter was just sent from our Pastor Jesse and his wife Esther. This amazing couple serves a small group (The Scooter Church) in Thailand made of 50 refugee families who have fled the war zones in Burma.
May his words encourage you as much as they have encouraged us…
Recently I made the long journey to the North Korea border area to meet with some of our key leaders. With threats of war from North Korea, Alpha Relief felt this trip was especially critical in ensuring that our efforts were still effective. It is my privilege to pass on the following information gathered from our on-site partners who risk their lives to serve our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.