Featured people, organizations and/or projects that are in need of your support are listed below.
Featured people, organizations and/or projects that are in need of your support are listed below.
Bridge to Life is AMG’s child and youth sponsorship ministry. AMG’s approach to sponsorships has always been to partner with local nationals, and our National Workers to minister to needy children in development centers around the world. At our centers, these faithful men and women make the love of Christ known and felt in real and personal ways, impacting the children five key areas: Spiritual Care, Physical Care, Intellectual Care, Emotional Care and Social Care. AMG’s holistic approach focuses primarily on the Good News of Jesus Christ because we believe that only the Gospel can bring true change to children’s lives. AMG seeks to build a Bridge to Life to carry them over the rivers of brokenness to a new life in Christ.
One such child is Yanin, a young girl in Thailand. She writes,
“My parents moved from Cambodia to Thailand about 20 years ago. We lived in a slum area of a temple community in a rented small room. Because they were illegally moved from Cambodia, they had to work hard. When I was 9 years old I studied in Grade 3 and received assistance from Baan Sang Khom Child Development Center for my education. However, when I finished in Grade 6, I couldn’t study further because I was not Thai Citizen.
I prayed to God with my trust in Him. After that I thank God because with His miracle the school allowed me to continue my education, I was so very glad, thank God and Baan Sang Khom Child Development Center to give me a chance to study. Now I study in Grade 8 and have opportunity to join with the worship team in the church.”
There are many children just like Yain who are in need of Christ and the hope of a future. Please consider sponsoring a child in need today.
What is a national worker?
National workers are native missionaries who reach out to their own people with the Gospel. They are the hands and feet of AMG in the countries where we serve. Because national workers minister in their own country, they are already familiar with the language and culture. National workers are unique in that they don’t have to complete government paperwork, learn the language, or raise the same amount of support that it would take to send a cross-cultural missionary overseas.
Some national workers serve as church planters and pastors. Some serve in education as teachers and school directors. Some serve in the medical arena as doctors and nurses. Others are house parents and staff at AMG’s youth development centers. Although national workers serve in many different areas, they all are important for the establishment of local churches in their communities. At the heart of every AMG ministry is a national worker.
For $50 a month, you can sponsor a national worker and play a significant role in reaching the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: 'How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you'" (Proverbs 1:20-23).
The personification of wisdom is a common thread throughout the book of Proverbs. In the verses above, we see "Wisdom" illustrated as a woman, pleading in the street for people to change their ways and submit to the ordinances of the Almighty. The call to listen to these words and the wisdom being proclaimed is an appeal to the people of the city to know God and to be reconciled to Him. This is a foreshadowing of today's gospel proclamation!
In biblical times, the gate or entrance of a town was the center of debate, advice, and ruling. Surrounded by the commotion of everyday life, "Wisdom" stands and pleads with anyone who will listen, calling them to hear the words of the Lord and to embrace His truth. In a passionate desire to be heard, "Wisdom" has chosen to be where the majority of citizens will be located.
Verse twenty-two shows the progression of sin, as one hardens their heart to the call of God. The beginning stage, simplicity, is an example of ignorance, not submitted to God and somewhat apathetic to the ways of Jesus. The simple minded individual is still called to repent and believe, but they are not as openly and visibly repulsed by the decrees of God as others.
Once the simple hears the gospel and rejects it, they begin to become hardened, and more open in their renunciation of the Lordship of Christ over their lives. These individuals "scoff", mock, and attempt to laugh away the words that are being pressed on their hearts. This is why "Wisdom" calls to those around her. She knows how easily this hardness can accumulate on a soul!
As rebellion is continued and the gospel is pushed away, the hatred of God and depravity of the lost soul becomes more obvious. Solomon, the writer of Proverbs, refers to them as "fools". Their hatred of God's authority over their lives is blatant and they gnash their teeth in the face of the One True Sovereign of the universe. Isn't this a perfect way to describe those who deny the free gift of God's eternal love and salvation? The lost man is a fool, because the cross is foolishness to him (1 Corinthians 1:18).
Look at verse twenty-three, which should cause each one of us to rejoice and praise our King! Regardless of the continued disdain for God and His love, the grace of our Savior still remains! He still offers to welcome anyone who "turns", or repents of their wickedness and clings to Him. Isn't this the beauty of God's pursuit of us and His love? His mercy and grace are truly amazing. After all the rebellion and offenses we have thrown at Him, He still offers redemption for anyone willing to repent and believe. Praise the Lord for His matchless love!
While the primary purpose of these verses is focused on the unbelieving world, the offer of fellowship with God following repentance is true for Christians as well. True believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are called to spend the rest of their lives repenting, growing, and being transformed into the likeness of God (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 5:1). Our sin as Christ-followers inhibits fellowship with our Father. This is very important! The more we repent, fill our minds with the Word, and kill the flesh, we will be more consumed with living for the glory of God and making Him known. The way a Christian receives “more” of the Holy Spirit is by defeating the sin within them.
There is never a day when we won't have something to repent of, and the beautiful news is that His grace is free and ALWAYS waiting! “Dogs bark, fish swim, Christians repent”!
REFLECTION: Brother or sister in Christ, what sin are you refusing to repent of? Maybe it is something that only you know about. It could be bitterness, envy, an impure motive, or something else secretive that none of your loved ones can see. Don't hesitate, and don't allow another minute to pass, allowing hard-heartedness to build and grow. Come to Him today, and He will offer you grace and cleanse you of your sin!
© 10/13/2016 Disciple Magazine, published by AMG International. www.disciplemagazine.com. Used by permission.
“Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and I have done all these things at Your word.” (I Kings 18:36)
What Elijah prayed on Carmel, I pray. It is entirely in order for the Lord’s messenger to pray that the people to whom he was sent will recognize that God is God and in charge, and that he himself is the Lord’s servant, on mission from Him. I prayed that prayer during the worst time of my life when a little group of self-righteous and mean-spirited members clamored for my resignation. I was going through the fire, being tried as I rarely had.
The prayer felt like the dying gasp of the weakest child in God’s family. Did God hear the prayer? Did He answer? He did.
He heard and answered in His own way, and to the extent that pleased Him.
That’s always the way. And it’s how we would want it if we knew all the facts, all the hearts of everyone involved, and all the plans He has for each of us. It’s a general enough prayer–that God will show Himself to be Lord to these people, and that He will make it plain to those who get these things that the messenger is His, on an errand for Him, doing His will. Surely that’s not too much to ask.
At one time or other, every pastor–if he is blessed–will have people questioning his calling, doubting his message, disagreeing with his leadership. Blessed? We recall Jesus saying, “Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake…for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:11-12).
Now, being vilified is no fun, to be sure, and I’m not suggesting otherwise. I’m just saying the Lord’s messenger should expect it and not think God has thrown him a curve when He allows it.
Pastors, missionaries, and ministers of all varieties would do well to read Matthew 10:16ff regularly to keep their bearings and to answer the unrealistic expectation that everything is always going to go smoothly. Servants of God who do their work well may expect opposition.
Buck Knight, the founder of Nike, Inc., says in his autobiography “Shoe Dog” that entrepreneurs will have targets on their backs. And the more successful one is, the bigger the target will be. That is true of anyone who steps out from the masses to give leadership and direction to them. Let the pastor take note.
You will have opposition. You will receive criticism. You will become the target of rumors and accusations. It goes with the territory.
So, when that happens, drop to your knees and give thanks. After all, the pastor who is never questioned and never targeted for fiery arrows is probably not taking a strong-enough stand.
“All who desire to live Godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).
Expect it, whether you are a lay person or the preacher, a missionary or a denominational leader.
So, go ahead and pray that prayer. “Lord, let these people know You are God. And while You’re at it, let them know I’m your servant and that what I’m doing is in obedience to Thy command.”
Then, go do your job. Do not flinch, do not back down, and do not fear. You are serving the living God. Act like it.
Joe McKeever is a retired pastor from New Orleans. He blogs regularly at www.joemckeever.com.
© 9/15/2016 Disciple Magazine, published by AMG International. www.disciplemagazine.com. Used by permission.
Love "beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." (1 Cor. 13:7)
Paul speaks here of the comprehensiveness of love, which he personifies as looking at life in its total perspective. That is the meaning of the adjective panta, "all," which occurs in connection with each verb. Actually, the word "things" does not appear in the Greek, but is understood. Love "beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." This translation of the verse is based on the traditional assumption that the word panta,"all," is an adjective used as a noun, but there is also good authority for taking it as an adverb, in which case it would refer to the manner in which love bears, believes, hopes, and endures, rather than to what it bears, hopes, and so on.
Taking the traditional meaning first, that panta means "all things," we understand first of all that love looks upon and evaluates life as a whole. It has the ability to collect the various parts of the puzzle and fit them together. It does not separate the days into rainy ones and sunny ones, or life's experiences into pains and joys. It sees them all as part of the whole.
Yet love also sees and evaluates the individual facets of life. The adjective-noun panta can also refer to the individual components within the whole. Look at experiences in relation to God's whole plan and then examine them for their individual value.
"Beareth, believeth, hopeth, endureth"—Paul groups four positive characteristics of love here in verse 7. It will be helpful to examine these verbs individually in the Greek text. The first, stegei, translated "beareth," may be understood in two senses: "to bear or support," and "to cover over or provide a roof." The context here would give more weight to the second meaning. Even in Modern Greek, the noun stegee means "a roof" and the verb stegazoo "to provide a roof." Love puts up a shelter to shield or cover others.
Shelter for Every Situation
If the word panta, "all," is taken adverbially, meaning "wholly, in all points," it conveys the manner in which this divine love manifests itself through the individual. A Christian's love provides a shelter for every situation in which it find others. Its shelter is comprehensive, not selective. It completely protects others. Is that the quality of your love? Is your roof big enough to take in all kinds of sinners, with the full hope of their redemption?
There is no reason to believe that the word "all" refers only to the faults of others. It may be taken to include their virtues also. It is often harder for love to give shelter within itself to the successes and goodness of others than to their faults. To bear all things refers not merely to the patience of love but to its magnanimity, its readiness to believe that others are as good as or superior to one's self. Love knows how to praise others for their good qualities. Love builds a house with a roof over it large enough to take in the whole stature of our fellow men.
A father who attended church with his little boy found fault with everything in the service. As he walked home, he criticized the minister, the sermon, the choir, and everything in general. The boy, who had noticed what his father put in the offering plate, said, "Well, Dad, what can you expect for a dime?" Sometimes we build very low roofed dwellings indeed, because we lack sufficient charity to make room for the virtues we might discover in the lives of others.
Building, Not Destroying
Love is not irrationally fearful that others will be puffed up by its recognition of their goodness. Love does not flatter but does shelter the good qualities of others in order to protect them. Love's primary work is to build up and to tear down. Love maintains a wrecking crew only that it may get the necessary preliminaries out of the way so that the building crew can go to work. It tears down only for the purpose of leveling the ground in order that it may build. Love does what Christ did: He recognized life for what it is that He might redemptively lift it by transforming it.
Paul is not suggesting here that love is to give shelter to the wrong-doer and make excuses for him. That is not love's task. He wants to show us that love is not afraid to consider life frankly—"all things," both its good and bad aspects. It does not hesitate to stoop under the whole weight of life, all pity and wrong, all folly and pain. These are inevitable in any life. Love cannot be crushed beneath the burden. It has vast powers of self-recovery, boundless spiritual elasticity. In the words of Solomon, which many believe to refer to married love, "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it" (Song of Sol. 8:7). If the love in marriage is this strong, how much stronger is God's love.
The word stegei, "beareth or covereth," has both a quiescent and a more aggressive meaning. Love is capable of wonderful patient submission. In this sense, "beareth" would mean putting up with annoyances and burdens in silence. Its acceptance of life is quiet and all-encompassing. No matter how great the burden of responsibility or of difficulty, God's love in us (agapee) accepts it without protest. It faces the slights and misunderstandings, the resentments and malevolent oppositions, without comment. It is strong in its silences. Love allows nothing external to have power over it.
Love even puts a cover over its temper, for it has a righteous one, you know. That is part and parcel of its human side, as well as its original divine aspect. Have you never heard that the best way to put out a fire is to cover it? The Chinese tell a story based on three or four thousand years of civilization. Two coolies were arguing heatedly in a crowd. A stranger expressed surprise that they did not come to blows. His Chinese friend explained, "The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out."
Love Is Not Silent
But love is not merely passive, as clay in the hands of a potter. Its recognition of the evils of life does not mean that it always acquiesces in them. As long as there is an unlovely matter in life, in particular in the moral realm, there will be a protest in the heart of love. It makes no difference whether this exists in our own life or in the life of another.
Love is produced by the Holy Spirit's brooding over all the potentiality of good in life that is now without form and void in outward appearance. By faith, God's love, which works through us, produces the grace and peace that go beyond the ill manners and ungoverned passions and unrestrained wrongs of the present world, and will finally in God's plan produce a completed world that is definitely yet to be in the future, namely the new heavens and the new earth.
The Master Builder's Work
Agostino d' Antonio, a sculptor of Florence, wrought diligently but unsuccessfully on a large piece of marble. "I can do nothing with it," he finally said. Other sculptors tried their hand at it, but they, too, gave up the task. The stone lay on a rubbish heap for forty years. Out strolling one day, Michelangelo saw the stone and its latent possibilities and ordered it brought to his studio. He began to work upon it, and ultimately his vision and work were crowned with success. From that seemingly worthless stone he carved one of the world's masterpieces of sculpture—David!
The secret lay in Michelangelo, not in the stone. Look at life—your own with all its disappointments, and the lives of others with all that God has accomplished in them or all that He is able to accomplish—and expect Him to produce a masterpiece. Love settles for nothing less than God's best from the worst, because it knows the quality of the work of the Master Builder, Christ. His roof is the best. In Christian love, build over others that roof that you would like Him to maintain over you.
What are some of the practical ways in which we can shelter others under our love? First we shelter them with our prayers, bearing them up before God, asking Him to correct whatever is not in accord with His will and to strengthen whatever is good in them. Then we seek to encourage them to be the best that God intended for them—not giving up on them in disgust or rooting them out from our hearts when they disappoint us, but patiently holding on to God for their deliverance and ultimate perfecting. And when they grow strong in the faith and no longer need us, or when they outdistance us in spiritual and temporal achievements, our love will still shelter them as a protective shield against any evil that might befall them. This is what God intends His love to do through His children in all their human relationships.
Spiros Zodhiates (1922-2009) served as president of AMG International, Inc. for over 40 years, was the founding editor of Pulpit Helps Magazine (DISCIPLE’s predecessor), and authored dozens of exegetical books.
© 8/4/2016 Disciple Magazine, published by AMG International. www.disciplemagazine.com. Used by permission.
Aung Naing is an AMG National Worker serving as the pastor of a thriving church in Thailand. Back in 2014, he preached a message about salvation and a man named Mr. Win was in the audience. He was a Buddhist monk for ten years but gave his life to Christ as this event. Pastor Aung tells his story:
“He was looking for peace through meditation and practicing good manners all along the time he was a monk. But he did not have what he was looking for. He met a family who returned the church. He was told about the God who also is the Creator. He was given a Bible. He read the Bible and meditated on the words he read. In December 2014, I was there and preached about salvation. He accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior right after the sermon. He and his wife were driven out from the village because of becoming a Christian.
He was later disabled by car accident. He prayed for a full recovery and the living God answered his prayer. Then he prayed for a job and again the Lord gave him a chance to prove that He is the real living God. He has got a job as a security guard at a factory.
Then I met him in May 2016 again. This time I saw the changes. Mr. Win has been faithfully sharing the good news of salvation and the Word of God. The fruits are: his wife came to know Christ and accepted Him as personal Savior, another 4 people accepted Jesus Christ and a home cell is conducted at his room every week. Recently, he is serving the Lord by preaching the gospel to the Myanmar people.”
Pastor Aung also requested prayer Mr. Win and his family, Pastor Aung’s health issues, and an evangelistic crusade in October where around 300 unbelievers are expected to attend.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read and pray for our ongoing ministries here at AMG International!
In this month's episode, Tasos shares about child and youth development from a church in Chattanooga that partners with AMG. Then we hear a special testimony from Nora, a woman in Guatemala who graduated from the Bridge to Life program. Click on the link in the video to learn more about Bridge to Life!
“But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts. Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.” (Ephesians 6:21-24)
Paul concludes the letter of Ephesians by emphasizing some of the themes he has written about. In Ephesians 6.21-24 Paul lets the Ephesian believers know that Tychicus will be coming to them in order to give a report to them about the apostle. Tychicus becomes a living picture of love, care, unity, faith along with the reality of his Gentile background now being a vital part of the body of Christ, the Church.
Paul specifically states that Tychicus is both beloved and faithful. He is a beloved brother and a faithful servant of the Lord. In Eph. 1.6 Paul states that believers are ‘in the beloved’ meaning we are in Christ. He also touches on this theme in chapter 4.1 that we are now, as believers in Christ, to walk in a manner worthy of the calling. Tychicus is a wonderful example of one who is ‘in Christ’ and serving the Lord faithfully. He is a picture of a believer who is walking in a manner worthy. One of the major themes of Paul’s letter is the ‘unity’ and or the ‘oneness’ of the Church. Tychicus a Gentile believer is being affirmed by a Jewish apostle. What a beautiful picture of love, unity, and oneness within the Body of Christ.
Paul re-iterates in vs. 22 that Tychicus is being sent to them to the Ephesian believers in order that they ‘may know about us’ and he adds that Tychicus will come in order to ‘comfort their hearts’. Clearly Tychicus was capable of bringing this report and we find that in Acts 20.3-4 Tychicus was with Paul when a plot had been formed by the Jews against the apostle and as a result they had left to return through Macedonia. Furthermore in Titus 3.12 we learn that Paul was planning on sending either Artemas or Tychicus to Titus.
Tychicus is clearly a traveling companion of the apostle Paul. He had been with him in difficult circumstances. Paul clearly trusted this man in order to carry messages and or reports to various believers throughout the region. What a wonderful picture of the body of Christ, the Church loving one another, walking in unity as well as an individual walking in a manner worthy of the calling with which he had been called.
Paul concludes his epistle by using four of the great words of the Christian Faith. Peace, Love, Faith and Grace. In his letter Paul makes clear we are to walk IN love and BY Faith. He has also clearly stated that we are saved by Grace through Faith, not by works. Salvation is a gift from the Lord for those who believe in Christ Jesus. Now, as those in Christ, we are to walk by faith, trusting the Lord and growing in our walk with Him. Our relationships with one another and how we reflect the Lord through our attitudes and actions are a testimony to the world of God’s power to transform our lives.
Paul concludes in vs 24 with the desire for believers to love the Lord with an incorruptible love. The word incorruptible (apthartos) means without corruption or not able to be corrupted. Believers are to walk by grace through faith in love for the Lord that cannot be corrupted. Ironically years later the Lord sends the message through the apostle John that the Ephesians had ‘left their first love’.
It is imperative that we continue to ‘grow up in all aspects into Him who is the Head, even Christ’. Our walk with the Lord should be reflected in our relationships, our actions and our love for the Lord and one another. As we follow the Lord, yielding to Him and experiencing His grace, love and power, we will be revealed as children of Light within the world.
Erik Christensen is senior pastor of Hoffmantown Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
© 8/4/2016 Disciple Magazine, published by AMG International. www.disciplemagazine.com. Used by permission.
Sofia’s mother abandoned her as a small child. Sofia and her three siblings were taken into the Home of Hope Orphanage in the Philippines where the staff loved and cared for them. Through Bridge to Life Sponsorships, Sofia was also able to hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the orphanage. Here is her story:
“I am Sofia and I was abandoned by my mother when I was still a baby. According to my social worker, my condition was at-risk as a little young child since I lived in a dilapidated house. I was left by my mother to the care of my father but later my father was imprisoned due to a crime he committed. I was the youngest among seven children in the family. I and my older siblings suffered many times because we had no food to eat. My three older siblings went to the Home of Hope Orphanage. As a little child I was being well- cared at the orphanage. I provided three meals a day and vitamins.
In 2012, I had surgery for my ear infection. The staff attended my medical need. I am happy at the Home of Hope Orphanage. I learned how to emcee in the program. I joined in a singing contest during cultural presentation. I attended church services, tutorial sessions and joined in parlor games.
I learned about Jesus Christ. I have known him as my Lord and personal Savior when I was 8 years old. I was so happy that I attended school. I am now in grade six. I discovered my talent in singing and emceeing. I like singing Christian songs. I attend Church every Sunday and devotional from Monday to Saturday evenings at the orphanage.
I appreciate the love and care of the staff and house parents. I am so thankful that I have known Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I am so happy that He is so powerful and my help always!”
Sofia is still being sponsored at the Orphanage. But there are many children who don’t currently have sponsors in several countries around the world. Please be in prayer for these children and pray that the Lord would continue to raise up sponsors for them.
In 2007, a man named Surin came across an AMG advertisement in a Thailand newspaper. Surin began to ask questions about Jesus and Christianity. AMG Thailand staff shared the Gospel with him and he is now a follower of Christ! Here is his testimony in his own words:
“My name is Mr. Surin. I am 73 years old now. I got contact with AMG in 2007 through a Father’s Day Advertisement in a Thai Newspaper. I got a very first mail from AMG on 18 February 2008. The letter was a good encouragement for me and the family. Since then we have communication by postal mail until this time. I have known AMG is a Christian organization. So, after many years contact with AMG by written mail, I started learning about Christianity.
I started the correspondence course on 7 April 2008 and finished on 13 September 2010. I received many booklets from AMG. The more I read and reviewed them, the more I am curious and thought deeply like “Why does a man do more bad things than good” and “Once someone sins and how could he be free from the punishment of sin?”
I wrote those questions to AMG and the staff started telling me the good news of salvation. I was told Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead to make me free from the penalty of sin and that Jesus Christ is the son of God. It made me more curious because I did not know Jesus Christ and how he died for sinners. How was he risen from the dead? I believe by the power of prayer by AMG, my heart and mind were opened and I saw the light of life that Jesus Christ has given. I repented of my sin and accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior.
When I finished the course in 2010, AMG asked if I wanted to attend a local church. At that time I was excited and thirsted for the Word of God. I wanted to know and study more. AMG introduced me to a church and I have attended since then. I took water baptism on 25 September 2011 and now I am attending the church as a full member.
I am so grateful for the presence of the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit in my life. At this time, I am excitedly waiting the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. My eldest daughter has already accepted Jesus Christ and got water baptism with me on the same day (pictured above).
Please join in prayers for my wife, son and the youngest daughter who do not believe in Jesus Christ yet.”
AMG’s Newspaper Evangelism ministry reaches thousands of people like Surin with the Gospel. To find out more or support the ministry, click here.
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God didn't intend for you to fight life's battles alone. Would you like to know how you can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
It is because of God's love that He desires a relationship with mankind whom He has created. Yet because of His holiness, He can have no dealings with sin. That presents a problem...
Each of us has committed acts that are sinful. But more than that, because we are born with a sinful nature, we fall short of God's standard of perfection.
Because God is holy, He cannot look upon sin or accept sinful man into His presence. Yet because of His great love, He has made provision for man's sin...
Jesus is not just a good man, moral teacher or historical figure. He is God in a human body.
The death of Christ demonstrated the love of God and satisfied the demands of His holiness. His perfect sacrifice paid for our sins and took them away.
We cannot come to God on our own terms. God, who created us, has provided a way for us to know Him, but that way is only through His Son, Jesus.
It is not enough to believe intellectually that there is a God, or that Jesus existed as an historical figure, nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. Each of us must respond to God through an act of the will.
Salvation is turning from our old way of living, independent from God, and turning to Him and the new life He offers.
"...if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation." - Romans 10:9-10
Salvation is a result not just of intellectually believing or of having an emotional experience. Salvation comes when we are ready to surrender our wills to Him. It is not just the words we say, but the attitude of our hearts. If you would like to receive Christ, this is the attitude He is looking for...
"Lord Jesus, I need you. I recognize that I am a sinner and I need your forgiveness. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Come into my life as my Savior and Lord. Take control of the throne of my life and make me the kind of person you want me to be."
If you have given your life to Christ, He wants you to grow in that relationship. Here are some things that will help...
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List below are the most common questions that we receive concerning child sponsorships. As always, if you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us directly at 800.251.7206, ext. 421.
Child sponsorship includes prayer and financial support for your child. It costs $32 dollars a month, or $384 a year to sponsor a child. But equally important is the prayer support that your child receives from you. This is the advantage of pairing children with sponsors - the individual attention.
Yes! We encourage you to write to your child . The letters that you write will help build a valuable relationship that your child will never forget. Usually twice a year your child will write to you.
You can write a traditional letter and mail it to AMG, or you can create an account online and write to your child, as well as your childâ€™s development center, from your account page. (Please note that all communications to and from donors come to the home office for processing. No direct communication is permitted for the security and safety of children, donors, and field staff.)
Yes! We receive gifts for sponsored children around the world â€“ from toys to books to clothing. You may not know, however,
that once shipping, duties, and other expenses are included, even something as small as a box of crayons and a coloring
book could cost over $50 to send to the field!
If you plan to give a special gift:
We recommend a minimum of $15 but a good average is $25 to $50 by most sponsors. You may go up to $100 if you so desire. We request that you do not exceed the $100 amount on any single special occasion. If you have a unique situation you may contact the sponsorship department at 1-800-251-7206 and a staff member will discuss this with you.
AMG's mission is to advance the gospel with compassion. Impacting a child and a family with the gospel includes an awareness of the children's needs and a purposeful participation in helping those in our sponsorship program. Our child development centers are designed to impact a child mentally, physically, emotionally and most of all spiritually. There is no end to the needs and difficult circumstances every child brings to AMG and this is why our sponsorship program helps each child with nutrition, medical care, personal development, Bible study and spiritual training. AMG does not facilitate the building of homes or major lifestyle changes for the families connected to AMG. This type of involvement from outside sources very often creates serious problems for the family and the local community the child and family live within. Please see FAQ "How Much is Appropriate To Give For Special Gifts".
Children under the care of AMG receive a hot, nutritious meal and a snack each day along with access to medical care if needed. Children are provided educational opportunities and are tutored if necessary. Childcare center staff members encourage children to take advantage of every opportunity they have to learn new skills. Children are given new outfits of clothing and shoes once or twice a year. Each child is given a clear presentation of the gospel, with the hope that they will become a Christian, and reach his or her world for Christ.
AMG has always approached the care of children with a holistic emphasis...daily food, education, access to medical care and most of all, the gospel. Every child receives more benefits and access to services than any one sponsorship could provide therefore all sponsorship funds are pooled for the maximum benefit of your child and all of those attending their center. Your sponsorship dollars are combined with your fellow sponsors so that every child receives uninterrupted care regardless of the possibility that a sponsor misses sending their sponsorship donation on any given month. Your faithfulness and that of every sponsor giving regularly will ensure the maximum benefits for your child as well as all the children in the Child Sponsorship program.
We understand that circumstances change and sometimes it may be necessary for you to give up your sponsorship. In this situation, notify us and we will begin looking for another sponsor for your child.
While we ask that your sponsorship commitment last at least one year, the length of time during which you sponsor a child is up to you. Sponsorship programs help AMG provide food, clothing, medical care and education to children until they reach age 18 or complete their final year of education and leave the sponsorship program. Most of the children AMG serves rely on these programs for their wellbeing. When a sponsorship lapses or is discontinued, AMG will seek out another sponsor rather than discontinue or interrupt the care for that child. Sponsors wishing to extend their relationship with a sponsored child beyond age 18 may do so if the child continues their affiliation with AMG either as a Bible student or National Worker.
AMG sponsors short-term mission trips around the world. Frequently, we will go to countries where childcare centers are located. When we go to the country where your child lives, we encourage you to participate in that trip. Short-term trips are a great way to share the love of Jesus and meet the child that you have chosen to sponsor.
If you are ready to sponsor a child now, write, call, or click here to select a particular child. Or, if you would like us to assign you the child in greatest need, simply write to or call us. As soon as we receive your first donation of $32, we will send you a photograph and biographical and family information about your child. If you are interested, but have more questions, click here to email your questions or call 1-800-251-7206, ext. 421 and we will be glad to assist you.
Listed below are the most common questions that we receive concerning national worker sponsorships. As always, if you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us directly at 800.251.7206.
National worker sponsorship includes prayer and financial support for your national worker. It costs $50 dollars a month, or $600 a year to sponsor a national worker. But equally important is the prayer support that your national worker receives from you. This unique partnership is an important part of a national worker's ministry.
Yes! We encourage you to write to your national worker. The letters that you write will help build a valuable relationship as you come alongside your national worker to encourage them in their ministry. Your national worker partner will send personal letters and ministry updates to you at least twice a year.
Yes. We do ask that you send money and not gifts-in-kind because of the difficulties involved in shipping packages. The money that is sent for the national worker will go 100% to them. Other gifts that are designated for family birthdays, specific ministry projects or personal needs are welcome as well.
Your support is intended to supplement the income and ministry needs of your sponsored national worker. For some national workers, sponsorship funds enable them to acquire basic necessities like food staples and clothing or to pay their children's school fees. Other national workers may be amply provided for personally, but welcome the sponsorship assistance to print materials, equip facilities, hold special ministry events, or purchase supplies. In either case, your support is a significant contribution to the effectiveness of a national worker's ministry.
Not necessarily. Many factors help define a meaningful support level for each national worker, including the cost of living for the country in which they serve; therefore some national workers are assigned more sponsorships than others. We work closely with our field directors to assess the needs of each national worker.
We welcome regular sponsorship as well as one-time ministry gifts for all of the national workers who partner with AMG. Each and every gift is a valuable contribution to the effectiveness of a national worker's ministry.
We understand that circumstances change and sometimes it may be necessary for you to give up your sponsorship. In this situation, please notify us and we will begin looking for another sponsor for your national worker.
While we ask that your sponsorship commitment last at least one year, the length of time during which you sponsor a national worker is up to you. Sponsorship programs help AMG provide support to national workers until their ministry reaches a self-sustaining point or the national worker has completed their term of service. Many of our sponsors have enjoyed lengthy, fruitful relationships with the same national worker; others have had the opportunity to assist multiple successors.
AMG sponsors short-term mission trips around the world. Frequently, we will go to places where sponsored national workers are serving. When we go to the country where your national worker partner serves, we encourage you to participate in that trip. Short-term trips are a great way to share the love of Jesus and minister alongside the national worker you have chosen to sponsor in a whole new way.
Currently AMG partners with national workers in 26 countries. You can click here to view the majority of national workers that are available for sponsorship. However, for security reasons, not all of our national workers are individually represented on the site. If you do not see a particular country or ministry represented in which you are interested, please feel free to contact us at 800.251.7206 for further information.
If you are ready to sponsor a national worker now, please write, call, or click here to select a particular national worker. Or, if you would like us to assign you the national worker in greatest need, simply contact us. As soon as we receive your first donation of $50, we will send you the photograph, biographical information, and ministry testimony of your national worker. If you are interested, but have more questions, click here to email your questions or call 800.251.7206 and ask for Meredith.
There are no age requirements for MA team members. All applicants are subject to approval by the MA Team Leader. Minors (under 18 years old) who apply to participate must have a guardian that is at least 21 years old who will also be a participant on the trip. The type of ministry of certain trips on the field may preclude a minor's participation on the trip. Families are encouraged to participate on MA Teams.
Yes. Appropriate training is provided covering areas of cultural training, support development, spiritual preparation, etc.
Immunizations vary from field to field. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has recommendations for all fields. The basic immunizations recommended are Tetanus and Hepatitis A. However, some fields require additional immunizations and medications.
AMG will provide assistance in writing support letters and developing a Biblical understanding of support raising.
The trip cost covers all related travel and in-country expenses (i.e. air transportation, housing, food, insurance, in-country travel, etc.) You would be responsible for transportation to and from the originating airport, meals in the airport, and any personal items you would purchase on the field (i.e. snacks, souvenirs, etc.).
Typically a $100 deposit is due at the time of registration for the trip. One half of the balance of the trip is due 60 days prior to departure and the remaining balance is due 30 days prior to departure. All documents should be submitted 90 days prior to departure.
Yes. Each Mission Adventure has its own designated page where you can give to support a team. To find a specific Mission Adventure, go to the Mission Adventure Trip Schedule Page and click on your trip. Then click the "Click Here to Support Trip" button to begin the payment process.
If a trip is organized for a specific church, school, or other group, it is typically not "open" for registrations outside that group. These designations are reflected on the trip schedule. However, if you have a particular interest in joining one of these teams, you can contact us as some teams are open to additional team members.
First-time trip registrations begin with an Online Missions Profile. Log in or create a new account, then click "Account" to access your Online Missions Profile under the "Mission Adventures" heading. Once the six sections of your profile are completed, find the trip of your choice on the Mission Adventure Trip Schedule and register for the trip. AMG will then approve your registration, and you will receive an email explaining how to upload the documents needed for the trip. You will be able to pay more toward your trip from the same page where you upload documents. Upon uploading all documents and paying the rest of your trip balance, the registration process will be complete.
An Online Missions Profile (OMP) serves as your application for a trip and contains personal information such as contact information, your personal testimony, passport information, etc. You only have to complete an OMP once; after that the OMP can be updated at any time. With second and subsequent trip registrations, you can simply check to make sure all of your information is current.
Log in to your account and click "Account". Under the "Mission Adventures" heading, click "Your Enrolled Trips." There you will see the trips that you are registered for and where to upload your documents. Download the documents needed by clicking the blue text, complete the documents, scan them to your computer, then use the "Submit Now" buttons to upload your documents.
You can still begin the registration process for a Mission Adventure, even if have applied for but have not yet received your passport. On your Online Missions Profile under "Update Your Primary Information," check "I Have Applied for My Passport and Have Not Received It Back." When you do receive your passport, you will need to go back and update your Online Missions Profile with your passport information. If you are considering going on a Mission Adventure and do not have a passport, be sure to apply for your passport well in advance of the registration deadline of your chosen trip. Also, if your passport expires within the next 6 months, you will need to renew your passport before registering for a trip.
Log in to your account and click "Account". Under the "Mission Adventures" heading, click "Your Enrolled Trips." There you will see the trips that you are registered for and the button to pay more toward your trip.
To share a trip on Social Media, go to AMG's Home Page and go to "Click Here to see all AMG Countries, Sponsorship & Support Opportunities." Use the "Narrow By" tool to the left to find your trip. Open the trip page you are looking for and use the Social Media icons on the trip page to share the trip with your friends and family.
During the process of registration, you will be asked to choose between the options of paying for your deposit or of notifying AMG that your church/school/group is paying for your deposit. Type the name of your church/school/group in the text box when completing the next step of registration.
Log in on the website and then click "Account". Under Mission Adventures, click "View Trip Reports." This will allow you to see applicant information including Registration Status and which documents team members have submitted to AMG.
Most likely, you are typing in the wrong password. To reset your password, click "I Forgot My Password" on the login screen. Type in your email and then click "Reset Password." You will be sent an email with a link to reset your password. It is also possible that you are attempting to log in with an email address other than the one that was used to create the account. If you do not remember the email address associated with the website account, please give us a call at 800.251.7206.
The pencil icons beside each section indicate whether a section has been completed or not. If there is a + sign beside a section, that section is not complete and needs more information. When you attempt to save that particular section, anything that needs to be corrected will be highlighted in red.
If you see that your trip registration has been declined, this can mean that your Online Mission Profile is lacking important information or contains obvious errors OR that you have registered for a trip for which you do not qualify. You will receive a follow-up email that will give you further instructions or explain why your registration has been denied.
Once you receive the approval email notification, log in to the website and click "Account." Under the "Mission Adventures" heading, click "Your Enrolled Trips." This page contains the next steps in the registration process, which are to upload your documents and pay the remaining balance for your trip.
If you are not able to upload your documents, the second option is to mail the documents to our Home Office in Chattanooga, TN. Send your document copies to AMG International, ATTN: Mission Adventures, P.O. Box 182200, Chattanooga, TN 37422.
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