Friday, August 19, 2011
The Liberating Power of the Gospel
Freedom is precious. Hundreds of thousands of lives are sacrificed for freedom, billions of dollars are spent to preserve it, countless books, songs and poems exalt it. Freedom is a desire of every human being. Yet not every kind of freedom is true. There is a true Freedom - freedom from sin and death - offered freely by the One who has already paid the price.
Jesus, through His Word, the Bible, has the power to "proclaim freedom to the prisoners" and "to release the oppressed". We as His followers have the privilege to partake in sharing the Good News of His redemption.
Here are just a few ministries that through the Word of God bring freedom to those oppressed by sickness, addictions, and sin:
1. OneHope is a ministry, spreading God's Word to millions of children and youth throughout the world. One of their video testimonies tells about a young boy from Russia whose life was completely transformed by the Book of Hope:
Runaway from OneHope on Vimeo.
This video is close to our hearts as we are from Ukraine, next door to Russia, and the children in our country face the same problems.
2. George and Sarah deVuyst are an example of a sacrificial ministry for the sake of God's Kingdom. They have chosen to abandon the comforts of American life and suffer the inconveniences and "absurdities" of life in Ukraine along with their three children, so the Word of God is spread and instilled in the lives of Ukrainians. We have been friends with George and Sarah for over 10 years now.
Here is a little video about Ukraine and the ministry of this amazing family we love dearly:
Read Sarah's blog to learn more about their life in Ukraine.
3. Spring of Hope Kenya is a ministry we heard of through Paul Steinbrueck's blog, Live Intentionally. SOHK provides a care center (orphanage) for children who have no extended family to care for them. They also work with at-risk children, who have been either street boy or girls (homeless) or children who, due to poverty or abuse, would not receive an education without outside assistance.
Through these faithful people, God has touched and transformed many lives.
Please pray for these ministries and ask God how YOU can be a part of His liberating work!