Missions-minded Teens

This January in Tarija, Bolivia, LIFE International partner Centro de Vida (Center for Life) was invited to share about sexual purity! 

The event was organized by MOVIDA, an organization that mobilizes youth to serve in missions—locally and internationally! At the conference were 120 teenagers and young people from different church denominations, attending four plenary sessions, and breakout sessions on different themes.

Centro de Vida staff and volunteers facilitated a session on sexual purity with a group of 36 young people. There were many more that wanted to attend, but the maximum capacity was 30! 

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In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
— Matthew 5:16

Centro de Vida also had a resource table that received a lot of attention from the conference participants—some of the items are training tools from LIFE International, like Life in the Womb, and other items were brochures about the services offered at the pregnancy center. 

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It is our prayer that these young people will take what they have learned and influence their communities for Christ by the way they live their lives—a light shining before others.

Women's Day Around the World!

March 8, 2017, was celebrated by LIFE International partners around the world! They spoke of the value of women, celebrated all ages, and defended human life at every age!

Our partner in Nepal, Voice of the Fetus, hosted events in two cities, providing food—spiritual and physical—to local women: 

“The Therefore Choose Life [event] went very productive among 100+ women in Babelone School in Kathmandu on the occasion of International Women's Day.”

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“The Voice for the Voiceless program in Bhaktapur went very well today. More than 230 women participated and benefited directly.”

This may have been the first opportunity these women had to hear about how wonderfully they are made, and that God has a plan and purpose for their lives!

Africa Cares for Life Flip Charts

LIFE International has the opportunity to support life-giving work through the resources given to us by God. Recently we sent Life in the Womb flip charts to Africa Cares for Life. They distributed these flip charts to three of their life-giving ministry centers where men and women facing an unexpected pregnancy can go for spiritual and physical care.

We received these responses to the grant of flip charts:  

Amato Pregnancy Centre:

Our team used the flip chart Life in the Womb last week with our outreach. The reaction was very good: students loved it and were interested in all the pictures. The medical staff was in particular interested to use it in their clinics and enquired how they could purchase it.

Heart Matter – Grahamstown:

We all love the flip charts! [We] found them easy to use, the pictures are clear and gives one a clear view of the baby in the womb. We used them as part of our in-house training on Saturday and all our volunteers found them very good. It is most useful having the writing at the back of the charts. We also found the abortion explained most informative. Now that we have seen how they worked in our in-house training we can see that they are going to be very useful in our counseling sessions.

Life Choices – Benoni: 

I have really enjoyed using [the flip charts] in my sessions, they are filled with so much information and are so relevant to what we are doing. The pictures are really great as well and the girls receive these materials well and leave my offices feeling well informed and can make good decisions regarding the life of their unborn child.

Sowing Life

We were blessed by these reports from volunteer International Training Specialists who traveled with LIFE International in 2016—sowing life in the nations!

“I loved going with the LIFE International team to Ukraine. I felt the Holy Spirit on the whole trip—from the first airplane going, to the last airplane coming back. I asked God what to pray for each day and saw the fruit each evening.  

“I was so blessed with meeting people in Eastern Europe who also host Houses of Prayer. I can see how much power and spiritual movement that can make in each community. I will be praying for multiplication of houses of prayer, and pregnancy and adoption centers in all the nations.”  - Betty

“It was humbling to see that not everything we hoped for worked out, but it was equally wonderful to see how God took control of every situation that arose during the training.

“I had the LIFE International team pray with me before every [teaching] session. I learned a lot, was doubly blessed, and look forward to working with LIFE International again.  - Regional Training Specialist

Cooking for Life

LIFE International ministry partners, Centro de Vida, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia organized an exciting event this July called Cocinando por la Vida, or Cooking for Life

Professional chefs and other Santa Cruz celebrities were invited to partner with someone to cook on the special night. All of them accepted the challenge! Not only did they cook, they sold tickets to their friends! Some even asked to participate in the next Cocinando por la Vida.

Hotel Cortez, a 4-star hotel in the city, donated a space, equipment, and staff to serve people! Centro de Vida also received a donation of drinks from Coca-Cola, delivering more than twice their normal gift amount to non-profits.

One of the chefs invited to participate is a television show host, and the media coverage she gave for the event contributed to its success. 

All of the donations and the participation of Centro de Vida's staff and volunteers has contributed to the opportunity to share with people who need to hear about Christ, and in reaching potential volunteers and giving partners.

Photos used by permission.