Please Check Out These Great Links!
About the Sites:
3ABN - Three Angels Broadcasting Network. A wonderful worldwide Christian Television Ministry with God's end-time message designed to counteract the counterfeit. Many - perhaps millions - will testify that 3ABN has brought them to Jesus and / or strengthened their resolve to serve Him! Go there for soul-stirring, soul-saving sermons (Doug Batchelor, Lyle Albrecht, David Aasscherick, Steve Wholberg, Kenneth Cox, Walter Pearson Jr., Bill Tucker, Lonnie Melashenko, John Carter, Mark Finley, et al) and soul-stirring, soul-uplifting, inspiring singing. You will be blessed!! A comprehensive Ministry covering matters from eating right, to marriage, cooking vegetarian to dog-training; missions, health lectures, Bible reading, etc. etc. Its easier to ask: "What don't they cover?" You will be blessed! Go there!! 3ABN IS THE MAIN INSPIRATION FOR BATTLE CRY MINISTRY'S DEVELOPMENT. Thanks 3ABN!! God Bless!! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Amazingfacts - Great evangelistic site! Check out their great products! Also, their free library! The most comprehensive Ministry known to us! Led by Doug Batchelor. A very comprehensive Christian Ministry - with seven (7) different aspects - reaching people for Jesus. A truly international Ministry with God's end-time message to save a dying world! Check them out!! ... and "check out" their products! They deserve your support. Praise the Lord!! Amazingfacts has greatly inspired Battle Cry Ministry (BCM was introduced to this Ministry by 3ABN). Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
It is Written - Great site! A far-reaching evangelistic Ministry, led by Mark Finley / Shawn Boonstra. Check out their many products ... and free offers (books, audio, video, DVD studies / witnessing tools) - real source of empowerment, spiritual growth and preparation to witness about your faith. Great site for materials to get to know Jesus! Go there. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Voice of Prophecy - A long standing powerful Christian Ministry that has grown tremendously over the years ... proclaiming God's special end time message! The Mama Ministry for the world famous Discover Bible Guides for several other Ministries and many Bible Schools worldwide... leading mankind to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Check out their products too! You will be richly blessed! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
The Quiet Hour - Great evangelistic site. Check out their products! Led by Bill Tucker / Jodi Melashenko. An international Ministry that is leading many to Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. Bill Tucker presents stories from the Bible in a wonderful, refreshing modern light ... check it out. You will be blessed. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Sabbath Truth - Everything you need to know about the Sabbath! Complete with all the documentation / quotes from other Denominations, etc. that you always wished you had! ... and more! This is one of the sites by Amazingfacts. Hope you will also get to know the One who made the Sabbath. A bountiful storehouse of information for your devotional, preaching and witnessing needs. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Centralja - Central Jamaica Conference website. Great / chock - full of information and inspiration! You just have to go there to know. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Bible info - Go there for a free e-book ("Your Bible and You" - on a CD + the Bibleinfo website with over 100 different topics covered as to what the Bible says)... a good resource for studying various Bible topics and all you need to know on the history of the Bible, etc. God Bless.
Bible Universe - another site by Amazingfacts. Very powerful site - for Bible study / leading people to Jesus Christ. Go there for research / study. You will be blessed! Share your knowledge with others. God Bless! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
True Step Ministries - A refreshing Ministry chock-full of tools and ideas for reaching out to youth disillusioned by drugs and other dangers that the devil is using to destroy youths today. Go there ... and give them your support. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Free Bible Software - You can go to this site to receive free Bible study software ... you just pay shipping and handling. They accept payments via credit cards (Visa, etc.). Check them out ... see if the "free" is true! You might want to support them after you've proven them ... they are doing a good work.
Religious Liberty - Website set up for you to express your support for religious liberty issues ... especially in North America ... , link to Religious Liberty Magazine and Video, etc.
Adventist - This is the website of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. You can go there for many many different things, including the Sabbath School Lessons (on the home page click on Bible Study, select Adult Sabbath School and the Current Lesson). Too much to tell ... you have to go there and see for yourself ... you WILL be blessed. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
The Carter Report: A great site! Visit and give your tangible support! Elder Carter and his team visited the former Soviet Union ... more than twenty (20) times! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Go to the site and be Blessed ... and pray for the campaigns!
Laymen Ministries: To say the very least ... I was really pleasantly surprised to see the offerings on this site! It's too much to tell about! If you are a Layperson ... go there! If you are not a Layperson ... go there! Give them your support if you can. They have great / reasonably priced products. They are doing work which BCM only wishes it could do. Go to the site, pray for them, support them financially ... and be Blessed! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Asian Aid: The work that this Ministry is doing just blows my mind ... its everything the true born again Christian would want to be doing ... let's give them as much support as we can.
They are giving sight to the blind, healing the lepers, helping the deaf, healing all kinds of sicknesses, building orphanages, giving out blankets and food throughout Asia ... and also in Africa. Over 7,000 children being fed a day. There are many baptisms and miracles and many children grown in orphanages / other people helped by Asian Aid are now very grateful, know Jesus, love Him ... and is taking the work and the three angels' message to others, reaching those you and I could never reach (seen .. again ... on 3ABN ... (3ABN Today Live - July 29, 2004) inspired / put in the link immediately). What a blessed Ministry! The Christian lady that runs this Ministry is said to be "the Mother Theresa of the Adventist Church"! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
REACH - The first time I went to this site I was moved to tears ... yes, I really cried. I kept asking myself - What am I doing? I just felt (even now feel) that I am not really doing anything for the cause of the Master ... compared to what could be done if I yield totally to God and let Him work His will through me. I was so touched I decided to share the history of REACH with you right here on this page. Please go to the site ... and give them ALL the support you can. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
History of REACH (Render Effective Aid to CHildren):
story starts in the summer of 1973 when my husband and I took a trip to India
and Sri Lanka to acquaint our pre-teen children, Cheryl and Mark, of their
roots. Because we did not want to spend money and time just on sightseeing, we
volunteered our service to the Southern Asia Division to conduct in-service
education workshops for their teachers. We held 10 three-day workshops for their
teachers from Amritsar, in the north of India to Kanniya Kumari at the southern
tip, as well as, one in Sri Lanka. To do them we traveled from workshop to
workshop by train, bus, horse drawn carts, cycle-rickshaw and taxi. This gave us
a good opportunity to move among the ordinary people and the poor people of
India. What we witnessed in those ten weeks we cannot forget. Our lives were
we traveled through he cities, towns and villages of Southern Asia we found His
footprints everywhere. "We shall find His footprints beside the sickbed, in
the hovels of poverty, in the crowded alleys of the great cities, and in every
place where there are human hearts in need of consolation" Ministry of
Healing, p. 106. We were appalled by the poverty, misery, hunger, sickness,
starvation and death. We saw starving, emaciated children dying slow miserable
deaths. Many of the children born on the street, eke out an existence on the
street, and finally die on the street never knowing the comfort of a home. Home
to them is a spot on the sidewalk marked off by a rope or a chalk line or even a
stone to indicate their space and let others know it is taken. They feel lucky
to have a piece of plastic to protect them from the rain. All their earthly
belongings could be tied into one small bundle and carried in one hand. Were
these our brothers? Did not Christ die for them too?
In silent horror we watched an emaciated mother cradle her naked dying child to her shriveled breast and try to squeeze out a drop of milk into his open mouth. He did not have the strength even to suck, nor did she have any milk to give. Another mother, after having fed a few mouthfuls of rice to her hungry children, sat there by the roadside licking the empty pot to try to satiate her own hunger. One father of eight told us, "My one desire is to be able to feed my children at least one meal till they are full and satisfied." These images are still vivid in my memory. Even after twenty-six years I see them as if it were yesterday.
We saw children eating out of garbage cans, and when we gave them bananas they ate the banana and then the peel. How hungry do you have to be to eat banana peels? We gave a sack lunch that someone had give us to a man lying on the filthy railway platform, too sick and weak even to move. He had been so long without food, he could not keep the food down. In the midst of such poverty, sickness, starvation, misery, death and hopelessness our thoughts were, "if not for the grace of God we could be like them." What have we done to merit the good life? We had health, wealth and happiness. We had been materially blessed. They had nothing.
All this poverty, sickness, sadness and suffering made an indelible impression on our children and us. Are they also children of God, our brothers and sisters? Do we have a responsibility to them? "We are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and comfort the suffering and afflicted. We are to minister to the despairing, and to inspire hope in the hopeless" Ministry of Healing, p. 106.
When we did a workshop in Bangalore, India, we saw a group of elementary school children that looked well cared for. We learned that they were being cared for by an organization called Christian Children Fund. The children were given school uniforms, books, tuition and a meal. Our minds raced! We began to question. Why could not the Adventist Church do something like that, and help poor children, not only physically, mentally, but spiritually as well?
When we returned home we spoke to a few church leaders and did not get much encouragement. We could not let it rest. We began to question. Who is the church? The church is us! We cannot expect the organized church to do everything. We must do something to help these poor children. Eventually it will affect the overall growth of the church. These were radical thoughts twenty-six year ago. Then there were no independent ministries. Just the thought scared some people. These days independent ministries are almost a fad. We were a Supporting Ministry even before the General Conference drew up the guidelines for Independent Supporting Ministries.
Someone has said, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." This is exactly what we did. We acted on our thoughts and called together some friends who had been to India and knew first hand the extent of human suffering in that country, or were sympathetic to the needs of the poor children.
On October 14, 1973, this group met at our house on Meadow Lane, in Berrien Springs, Michigan and organized and selected a Governing Board. Since I was the visible moving force, they elected me to be the president, Dr. Edwin Buck Jr,. Vice-president, and Wilma Moore as Secretary - Treasurer. At the second meeting we chose the acronym REACH, Render Effective Aid to Children, International, for our name. Now we had a name but we needed to formulate by- laws, working policies, a mission statement and a record keeping system We had no prior experience. Within that first year God helped us to register the organization in Michigan, and receive Federal tax-exempt status under 501(c)(3) . Now we were able to receive a license to solicit.
We had an organization, but how were we to reach the children? God had set the wheels in motion even before we got to that point. That summer in Bangalore we had made friends, Ron and Dorothy Watts. We had stayed with them in their home and were intrigued when we met their three adopted Indian street children. They told us the story of how they acquired the two brothers and the girl. We were touched, inspired and amazed at the love these people had for the children and the sacrifice they were wiling to make. Soon after this, Pastor R. D. Watts, then president of South India Union, came to Andrews for six months of studies. In order to repay his kindness to us, we invited him to our home for a meal of rice and curry. During the conversation we told him about what we were planning to do. His face lighted up as he said, "I cannot believe God is answering my prayer so quicky. On the plane I was praying for just something like this—a way to help more of the poor suffering children in India."
He readily offered to help us find the children who most needed help. God had solved our last problem, and we thanked Him for His guidance. Pastor Watts sent us sixty-eight children from a very poor village called Puliangudi. In this village there was a dilapidated vacant school building that belonged to the church. A school was started there for these children. It took us all year to sponsor the sixty-eight children for $12.00 a month.
We set up an embryo of an office in the basement of our house Wilma bought a ledger and a receipt book and manually made all the entries and wrote the receipts from their home across the street from mine. Meanwhile I started a system to register the children and keep their records straight. The Print Shop at Oak Haven, Michigan, a self-supporting institution, printed us some bright green information cards for the children and black and white folders for the sponsors, without charge. Andrea Steele, of AWA fame and now at the Lake Union office, designed the first application which was also our first advertisement. For the first seven years of our existence, volunteers did all the work, and all $12.00 went to support the children. The expenses of the organization came out of our pockets. Neighbors and friends spent many a Sabbath afternoon all over the floor of our basement alphabetizing, labeling, sticking stamps and sorting for bulk mailing. We have fond memories of those days.
By 1979 we could not personally finance it any loner and the board voted to raise the sponsorship to $15.00 and use $1 for administrative expenses. We gave the option to the sponsors to choose to give that $1 to us if they could. By then the work was just too much to be done on our spare time so we started to hire part-time student labor to get the work done. Everything was done manually; computers were not on the scene for us as yet.
From this small beginning in 1973 REACH has grown and expanded into 23 countries with 8 branch offices. Nearly 24,000 children receive an education, live in safe and secure surrounding, eat three meals a day and also learn about the Jesus who loves them. Many children who grow up in our schools accept Jesus as their personal Savior. Wherever we go, especially in India, we meet former REACH students in responsible positions in the work of God. They thank us and you, the sponsors, for the help that made the difference for them. And what a difference that is! Only in Heaven will we know.
Share Him is an organization that seeks to empower people, particularly lay people, to go and share Jesus - through preaching, etc. - throughout the world. God is certainly happy about this Ministry and I am sure He will continue to bless its members / participants / supporters in the coming years. Jesus is coming soon! The work that this Ministry does is the greatest work that man could ever do. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!! Praise the Lord!!!