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.
Ruth Lopez and her husband Manual are missionaries in Mexico. Ruth oversees the Dios es Amor (God is Love) School which helps special needs students get an education, learn sign language if needed, and helps older kids learn a specific trade. Ruth recently sent an update on the carpentry shop and the sewing classes which are equipping boys and girls for future job opportunities. She writes,
“We praise the Lord for the carpentry shop we have for the older deaf boys. They have learned a lot and can build portable closets, folding tables, coffee tables, bookcases, shelves, and many other simple and useful items. They are learning how to safely use all the equipment the Lord has provided for the school. We have not offered carpentry to the girls, because only one would be able to safely work around the machinery, and she is unable to come to school on Fridays when we have carpentry shop.
Because of this, we are thankful that one of our older girls, and some of the boys, have also had some sewing classes. They have learned how to use patterns, how to cut cloth carefully, how to use a sewing machine as well as how to stitch by hand and use a hot glue gun. They have made various simple items. However, the sewing teacher is probably leaving town soon, and we need to come up with another shop for our older girls, or find a way to continue with sewing.
As our students grow older, they need to be able to earn income to help their families, and to be able to provide for their own families when they marry. We want to offer them as much vocational training as possible. Please pray with us that the Lord would give us wisdom regarding what kind of shop to start for the girls. We are asking Him to provide the right people and all the necessary equipment and funds for a new project.
We look forward to seeing how the Lord responds to this request. Maybe you will be a vital part in the answer to our prayers.”
Today's episode of "This Week at AMG" features Shannon Greer of Cadence Coffee Co. in downtown Chattanooga. Shannon shares about being a pastor and a barista in Chattanooga and about sharing the Gospel in the marketplace. Cadence Coffee Co. recently partnered with AMG for an event called Coffee-4-Kids to raise money for AMG's Child and Youth Development Program. Click on the link in the video to learn more about this ministry and be sure to stop by Cadence Coffee Co. when you are the in the downtown area!
Pastor Gildo was born and raised in the Philippines. He grew up attending AMG’s Nagpana Childcare Center and was eventually called to be a pastor. Here is his incredible journey in his own words:
“I am Pastor Gildo Elosendo. I am 35 years old. I am one of the fruits of AMG Ministry. I was rebellious even though I was brought up in a Christian family. I had hatred in my heart. But I thanked the Lord for using the ministry of AMG, at the Nagpana Childcare Center in helping me a lot in my studies, personal needs and in my spiritual life.
Home of Hope [AMG’s orphanage in the Philippines] nurtured me to be a disciplined person. I had many spiritual experiences there. I learned to live not only for myself but also for others. They let me feel that I still have a family. They did not reject me even though I had many mistakes as a teenager. They understood my attitude and they encouraged me to continue with the Lord. Home of Hope taught me about life and about GOD and played a great part in my life even today.
After I graduated from High School, I was sent to AMG Skilled Hands in Bulacan. I took up courses to be an Automotive Mechanic. God was really great in my life. AMG Skilled Hands not only taught us about fixing motors but also about discipleship. Through discipleship, God opened my mind and heart to be a pastor. At youth camp, I felt God was leading me to serve Him. Since then, I decided that when I go back to Iloilo, I would go to Bible School and become a pastor.
In 2004, I enrolled in Bible School, I encountered many discouragements, but God sustained me. His Grace was sufficient. When I started introducing other people to GOD, I prayed that someday I could introduce my father to GOD.
In 2006, GOD answered my prayer: I found my father. I was so happy to find my father. We visited him and he visited us from time to time. My fiancée became an instrument in finding him.
In 2008, I graduated from the Bible School. I pioneered two churches. It was very hard to be in the ministry. In spite of struggles and hardships, we continued serving the Lord.
God answered out prayers and He granted us a child after six years. We named him Gian Emmanuel. Our son brought happiness and courage to me in the ministry.
Now I am in God’s ministry in Iloilo. Together with my faithful wife and my one-and-a-half year old son, we are happily and faithfully serving God. We believe that by His great mercy and grace, we can overcome every trial and hardship in life.
I really thank the Lord because AMG Nagpana Childcare Center, the Home of Hope, and the AMG Skilled Hands Training Center nurtured me to become a Christian and a Pastor. I pray that God will shower His blessings upon you all.”
On "This Week at AMG," we welcome the Contemporary Christian band Calling Glory. They share about how the band first came together and about what's next for the band. You can purchase their music on iTunes and you can find out more about their band by clicking the link in the video!
In Part 1, we heard from Bangladesh National Worker Dhanamani Chakma. He shared about the Bible Correspondence School and how many Bibles, courses and tracts they were able to distribute in the second half of 2015.
Today we will hear a testimony from Arupa,* a young lady who met some workers from the Bible Correspondence School when they were visiting her community. She is now going through the course with some other students and a local pastor is following up with her. Here is her story:
“Arupa is a college student from an offshoot of the Hindu religion. We can be thankful that not only have her parents not objected to her doing these courses, but she appears to have moved from the realm of a hearer to a doer. She and others are expected to be in the area in coming weeks when there can be better follow-up. For now, courses are sent by courier and distributed by the local pastor. It is great to see impact outside this small region! Pray for good understanding and follow-up.
‘Thanks to the Lord, by Him I got the opportunity to study in your Bible Correspondence Course. I have been enjoying the opportunity you gave me to study the Bible. I have been studying the Bible for a long time but could not understand its meaning. After the completion [of] these courses I can now practice studying the Bible. Now, I ask for knowledge from the Lord in my prayers before and after reading the Bible. I am getting much benefit in this system. I also tell Bible stories to others and I can explain meaning of those [stories]. I am really grateful to you for giving me a chance to study the Bible course. I pray for you that you may [be] blessed in your nice ministry.’”
Please pray for her and others in her community, that they would understand the Gospel and trust in Christ.
*Name has been changed for protection of the individual.
Today's episode of "This Week at AMG" features AMG Publishers. Tasos begins by explaining a brief history of how AMG's publishing division began. Then Dale Anderson, VP of AMG Publishers, shares about the upcoming releases for 2016! Click on the link in the video to view products from AMG Publishers!
Dhanamani Chakma is a national worker in Bangladesh who works with the Bible Correspondence School. He is a course instructor who walks others through the Bible and also speaks at various rallies filled with young people. Today we will look at an update he recently sent on the Bible Correspondence School and in the next blog post we will look at a college student’s testimony. Here is the update:
“Greetings in the name of our Mighty Lord Jesus Christ. I pray every heavenly blessing from our LORD for you and your family. My family, co-workers and I are doing fine with your prayer.
During our office and home devotion we remember you and AMG every day. I’m really very grateful for your life, investment, prayer and financial support that you send to us. I work in the Bangladesh Bible Correspondence School in Chittagong. I correspond with the students of the school and give my testimony to the seekers so that they can know about the only Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, and can believe in Him.
From July to September of this year, we have distributed:
-87 OT Bibles
-162 NT Bibles
-226 Bible Courses
-550 Bible Tracts
Please keep praying for the financial support for arranging a BCS Rally and that the students will be encouraged more. Please pray for all the financial needs of the school, my family and me so that we can work boldly for His kingdom here in Bangladesh.
Thank you very much for reading this and helping me to work for the LORD of Lords and KING of Kings, Jesus Christ. God bless you in every sphere of your life.”
On "This Week at AMG," Tasos introduces AMG's Media Evangelism ministry. Then two special guests talk about sharing the Gospel via media in Turkey. Click on the link in the video to learn more about Media Evangelism!
AMG International has multiple support opportunities that will align with your heart in touching the world with God's love. Check out these opportunities today!
A national worker in his or her own homeland demonstrates that Christianity is not a foreign faith and serves as a role model for the people of their own nationality, culture, language and country.
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...
One-Click Donate allows you to quickly given one-time donations to causes that interest you by using the billing methods you have saved to your account on AMG Online.
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There are two ways to financially give to AMG International: personalized and general. Choose which option works best for you.
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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