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You can help Christian Missionaries in 2017

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GapFill.org’s mission is to engage donors in Christian mission work by giving them a simple, accountable and personal way to address the needs of Christian missionaries. This helps to further God’s work one project (or gap) at a time.

Here are just a few current project needs.

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Needed ScooterHelp Purchase a Scooter

Thanks for helping this single woman feel safe as she proclaims the gospel of Jesus in a sensitive area of the world.
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Back Surgery Need

Back Surgery Need
Can you help Marlyn get back on his feet (literally) and back in the ministry God called him to be in?

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GapFill.org is always hearing about more Christian missionary needs and 2017 will be no different. Explore and learn here about the current items or projects needed as well as the missionaries who are needing them!

You can be a part of the front lines here at GapFill.org for the needs of Christian missionaries.

GapFill.org is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

Will you prayerfully consider a special year-end gift before midnight, December 31?

Thank you in advance for your support.

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Support GapFillorg when shopping at Fry’s Grocery Store at NO COST to you!

Do you shop at Fry’s Grocery Stores?  If so this post is for you.  You can now support GapFill.org while shopping at Fry’s.  Fry’s offers a Community Rewards Program that gives a percent of your Fry’s purchases to local charities and GapFill.org is one of them.  There is NO COST to you, the Fry’s donation is in addition to any Fry’s rewards you get.  Since they offer this free, we were hoping you would consider selecting Gap Fill Org as your charity of choice.  It is easy to sign-up (just 1 or 2 steps, see below instructions).

Thanks for considering this free service that Fry’s offers.  Also, feel free to share this with your friends!

STEP 1: Creating an Online Fry’s Account   **NOTE: If you already have an online Fry’s account, skip to #2

  • Go to http://www.frysfood.com/
  • Select ‘Register’.
  • Under Sign-In information, enter your email and create a password. (Write down your email & password—will need it in step 2)
  • Select ‘Use Card Number’.
  • Enter your Fry’s V.I.P Card Number, last name and postal code.
  • Under ‘Select Your Preferred Store’ enter your postal code.
  • Select ‘Find Stores’.
  • Choose your store then select ‘Create Account’.
  • You will then be prompted to check your email for a confirmation email.
  • Click the hyperlink in your email to finish creating your Online Fry’s Account.
  • Continue to step #2 to register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program of your choice.

STEP 2: Register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program

  • Go to https://www.frysfood.com/topic/community?activePage=community-rewards-2
  • Select ‘Sign-In’.
  • Enter your email and password then select ‘sign in’. (This will be the email and password you created in step 1)
  • Select ‘My Account then select ‘Account Settings’ from drop down menu.
  • Click ‘edit’ under Community Rewards. If prompted, enter personal information.
  • Under Find Your Organization: Enter Gap Fill Org, Inc. (there is a space between Gap and Fill) or use Organization Number: 55256 
  • Under Select Your Organization: Select box next to Gap Fill Org, Inc.
  • Then select ‘save changes’.
  • If you have registered correctly, you should now see Gap Fill Org, Inc. listed under ‘Community Rewards’ on your Account Summary page.

Thanks so much for registering so GapFill.org can continue to help Christian missionaries with their project needs.

Warm Blessings,
   Joyce Turner

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Do You Know Mike and Sheri Bedient?

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Mike and Sheri Bedient have been personal friends of my husband Bill and I for 20 years.  Their children and our children have grown up together through the Bedient’s missionary years in Russia and at Arizona State University (ASU).  So, it is with a thankful heart of service to Jesus that I present to you these two needs that they currently have.

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Mike and Sheri Bedient

Dental Need for Sheri
Sheri, has to have two of her teeth replaced and has no dental insurance…Ouch! As a way of thanking Sheri for her years of service to Jesus, can you donate toward her dental need? Learn more >>

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Mike and Sheri Bedient

Sharing Jesus in Russia
As many of you know, Mike almost died on their 2009 Russia missions trip. While recovering in Berlin, Germany our Lord CLEARLY spoke to Mike, …”It is not your time to come home…I have significant other things for you to do.”

With this great news, Mike and Sheri are heading to Russia this summer and need your help. Would you help Mike and Sheri engage again in the great work that Jesus gave them to do in Russia.

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Review all of our current projects in the Items Needed Tab at GapFill.org.

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians
3:20-21

Thank you in advance for your financial support and prayers for Mike and Sheri.

Warm Blessings.
Joyce

Joyce Turner
Executive Director
GapFill.org, Inc.

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To God Be the Glory!!

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Please join me in praising God for His provisions to missionaries in 2015.  God used your donations to…

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School Children…help a Mission School in North Africa.

This missionary writes, “You have been a great blessing and your input has made a tremendous difference in our pursuit of enthroning Jesus as Lord in the dark places of the earth.  May God bless you richly”.  Learn more >>

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…purchase solar panels to give heat to a widow.
Thank you for warming some of the least of these in the mountains.  No small thing.

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Kay and Children

…support John and Kay West as they help widows and orphans in South Africa.
You helped widows and orphans receive clothes, food and more importantly shown the love of Christ.

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Northpoint Dorm

…help in Bible College repairs.
You contributed to the repairs of the men’s dormitory at NorthPoint Bible College.  Please continue to pray that this winter will not be as severe as the winter of 2015!

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…and God continues to use your donations to help fund:

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. 1 Timothy 1:17

To Him Be the Glory!!

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Update from the West’s: Meet Some Ministry Helpers in South Africa

Note from GapFill.org’s Founder: I just received Kay and John West’s newsletter and thought you would enjoy meeting some of  their helpers in South Africa.  To God Be the Glory for all the work He is doing!  

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Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all. Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.  Proverbs 31:29-30

Most of you are parents, and know full well the joy when someone wants to hear about your children! So you will understand our delight that so many of you responded so positively to our last newsletter, which featured some of our interpreters. These darling young women have become like daughters to us, and most even call us “Mom” and “Dad.” We thank you for wanting to “meet” a few more of our helpers, not only because are they a vital part of the ministry here, but also because we have a very special place in our heart for each one!

The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to
much wine, teachers of good things—that they admonish the young women to love their husbands,
to love their children, to be discrete, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands,
that the Word of God may not be blasphemed. Titus 2:3-5

While we respond in ministry to wherever the Holy Spirit leads, the focus of the ministry to which God has called us is primarily to women. It is African women who nurture and shape the next generation, and our vision is that as we pour the love of Jesus and the Truth of His life-giving Word into their lives, their communities will be transformed from places of violence, death, and despair into neighborhoods reflecting God’s Kingdom culture of peace, life, and hope.

They say “there is no hurry in Africa,” and we have learned this to be overwhelmingly true! It is especially pertinent to discipleship; discipleship always takes time, commitment, and patience, and happens not only in overt ways like teaching the Bible, but also in simply “doing” life together. So while these young ladies serve alongside us, we are honored to disciple them as well, and we are so blessed with the beautiful fruits God is producing in their lives. Please forgive us if we sound like bragging parents! 1 Corinthians 1:17 tells us, Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord. Yes, to Him be all the honor and glory!

The Lord announces the Word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng. Psalm 68:11Nomvula

Nomvula Mdunge is a 31-year-old single mother of two daughters, Onke, age seven years, and Kuhle, age three years. She works as the head teacher at “Under His Wings” preschool in the community of Emanzana, and also oversees the cooking and feeding of approximately 100 children every weekday. She is smart and sassy and exuberant in her love for Jesus. She was able to finish three years of college before she lost her husband and had to quit in order to support her young children. Someday she hopes to complete her degree in education, and have her own home, as currently she is living with her sister and her sister’s family.

NomsaNomsa Nhlabathi is the 33-year-old sister of Nomvula and has three children: Sizwe (boy), age sixteen, Mfanafuthi (boy), age fourteen, and Lindiwe (girl), age three. This quiet but brilliant young woman completed three years of college and now works for Emoyeni (“In the Spirit”) Ministries where she is in charge of the administration for five care points serving over a thousand children. Nomsa is also a single mother and prays for wisdom in parenting, especially to her teenaged boys. Her dream is to have her own bakery someday.

ZenzileZenzile “Constancia” Maluka is a 33-year-old single mother of two and has a strong drive to make a difference in her community and in her country. Constancia currently works as a facilitator at Kingdom Shines Ministries where she oversees a preschool and feeding program for approximately 150 children. Her dream is to someday go back to school and become a social worker. In the meantime, this feisty and spirited lady is making a huge impact for the Lord right where she is planted. She recently lost both of her parents, but is undaunted even in her grief. In her words, “God is good to me all the time. No one is sick in my family. He protects us every day and He guides us along the way.” Constancia also wants “more strength to serve the kids at the care point and to give them love and a smile every day.” Last but not least, she also wants to “encourage other young women. They must be strong in the Word of God and they should not rush into everything that is not good. They must wait on God’s right time.”SchoolKids

NomceboNomcebo Anne Shongwe is 32 years old and works as a facilitator in her home village of “Lonhlupeko” which means “suffering” in siSwati. While Lonhlupeko is an area of much struggle, the preschool and care point where Nomcebo works is an island of joy and light for the children. Nomcebo comes from a large family and is blessed that her mother and father and her father’s second wife (remember that polygamy is practiced here) are all still alive, as are her six brothers and two sisters. The father of her eight-year-old son, however, died of AIDS-related causes when her son was still a baby. She has recently remarried. Her income is R1,000 (roughly $75) a month. Part of her job is to visit all the care point kids in their homes regularly to check on their welfare (reporting abuse, teaching parenting skills to caregivers, ensuring medication compliance, monitoring that the children are getting enough to eat and their health, encouraging cleanliness of living environment, etc.) She says she is very emotional about women’s rights in Swaziland and sees far too many women being physically and sexually assaulted. She especially hates it when abuse happens, as it often does, in front of the kids. Nomcebo says Jesus has changed her life, and that, “He is my Everything, my Provider.” When she was a child, she dreamed of being an accountant but she is glad she is working with children now. Kay will never forget watching Nomcebo frantically chasing a two-year-old toddler who was in her care. The little girl was having a colossal temper tantrum and was running away from the safety of the care point at an astonishingly fast pace, with Nomcebo in rapid pursuit for at least a half mile. Nomcebo caught up to her just in time to prevent the still-screaming child from heading right into the dam where crocodiles lay in wait. Just an average day in the life of a preschool teacher in southern Africa!

NomsaDebraNomsa Debra Nkwanyana is twenty-eight years old and works alongside Nomcebo as a preschool teacher and care point facilitator. Nomsa’s father died of AIDS-related causes and her mother is HIV positive and getting sicker. The father of Nomsa’s only child, a nine-year-old daughter, was abusive to her and they are no longer in a relationship. Nomsa also recently adopted her young nephew when Nomsa’s brother died, leaving the young boy as on orphan. In spite of all the sorrow she has experienced in her few short years, her faith and joy in the Lord are unshakable. She wishes everyone would believe in Christ because He is “the only one to trust—He provides all I need. He is everything to me. He means a lot to me because He is the reason I am alive today.” When she was a child she dreamed of being a high school teacher and owning a car and a beautiful home and being married to a faithful husband. Now her dreams are to “serve God as much as I can, each day learning new ways of praising Him.” Nomsa is also a hero to us. When Kay was training women in the community in prayer via the ministry of Moms In Prayer International, she was helping Nomsa set up chairs for the women who were participating. The chairs were stacked in the corner of the small rural classroom. Suddenly, Nomsa grabbed Kay’s arm and roughly shoved her away from the corner, shouting, “cobra!” We thank God for her seasoned eye and quick reflexes which enabled Kay as well as herself to escape unscathed. It takes a lot to scare praying women, and the training continued once it was ascertained that it was safe and the snake was out of the way!

Actually, to us, all these ladies are heroes, exhibiting a faith in the Lord that blows us away. They walk miles to work whether in the hot African sun, or the torrential rainstorms, or the surprisingly cold winter winds as none can afford a car. They survive the untimely deaths of family members, illnesses with substandard medical care, and rioting and strife in their communities, and yet their confidence in Jesus is unwavering and strong.

There are no quick fixes to the many challenges facing our brothers and sisters here in southern Africa, but with the selfless service of women like these, God is moving towards His inexorable plan of salvation for those who hear and believe. And our lives are immensely richer for being allowed the privilege of serving alongside them.

For His Kingdom,

John and Kay West
We hope to see as many of you as possible when we travel back to the US for the holidays, though our time with family will be paramount. We will be sharing  more about the ministry at these venues:

Prayer Requests:

  • Safe travel to and from the US
  • For all the new groups of praying women!
  • Ability to effectively communicate the wonderful things God is doing here in Southern Africa
  • God’s wisdom as we face some challenging situations with family in the US
  • God’s covering for our home, dogs, and ministry here in SA while we are back in the US

John and Kay West are missionaries in South Africa.  Visit the “Items Needed” tab on the GapFill.org website to see how you can help the West Family.  To receive GapFill.org’s blog posts automatically via email, enter your email address in the “FOLLOW GAPFILL VIA EMAIL” box on the right-hand side of the blog and click “Follow”.


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Can You Help in Sharing the Gospel Truth with Muslim People?

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GapFill Partners,

I don’t think it is a coincidence that GapFill has been receiving more and more requests for help in sharing the Gospel with Muslims.  Muslim evangelism is one of the toughest fields of Christian witness.  The harvest looks ripe, the missionaries are in place, can you help?

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Arabic Bibles

Arabic Bibles

Italian translators needed for Muslim evangelism

Two Italians are needed to translate an evangelistic video with Bible study materials developed by Christians in the Middle East.
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Car Needed

Car Needed

Car needed for Muslim evangelism
This single woman missionary, who is running a Christian mission school for local Arabs, is in need of a car.

Learn more and donate>>

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School Needs

School Needs

Mission school needs for Muslim evangelism
Can you donate toward some of these school essentials from this list of mission school needs in a sensitive area of the world?
Learn more and donate >>

Hindi/Bengali Worship

Hindi/Bengali Worship

Using music to spread the name of Jesus in India
The door is wide open in India to creatively use music as an outreach. Can you help the young people of India write Hindi/Bengali worship songs to Jesus?
Learn more and donate >>

A door for effective work with Muslims has opened.  We would love for you to be a part of it!

Blessings and thank you for your continued generosity,

Joyce 

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Meet this Courageous Arab Christian Missionary

Note from GapFill.org’s Founder: I first heard about our latest GapFill.org missionary from my good friend and prayer partner Vicki.  She told me of this amazing, courageous woman who had converted to Christianity.  Her story is real, personal and encouraging to all of us as we try and see God’s big picture in the events of our lives. Read about her background, God’s call and her funding needs for “A School of Hope for the Arab Children”.  Due to the sensitive nature of the area she works in, her name and location cannot be disclosed.  She is an Arab Christian now, however, was raised Muslim.  Here is her story….

My Background

My parents were devout Muslims and made sure they taught us Islamic doctrines and way of life.  My many siblings and I were made to go to Quranic School and say our five daily prayers.

We had little contact with Christians except in a government school we were privileged to attend. The death of my dad at a young age made life difficult for us. My sisters all dropped out of school at 16 to get married to men they had never seen before. The arrangement was made by my uncles according to tradition and there was nothing they could do about it. Several attempts were made to give me out in marriage too but it all failed.

God’s Call on My Life

I had two divine encounters in September 1992, which turned events around in my life.  A man in white, whom I later learned to be Jesus, appeared to me in my room at about midnight one night.  He looked straight into my eyes.  His look brought back the messages I had heard a week earlier from two Christian women. He searched out all my sins and brought them to the surface.  I felt so much guilt and shame and broke down in tears.  I rose up when I felt the burdens in my heart were lifted.  I opened my eyes but he was nowhere to be found.  A similar event occurred a few days later.  This time He spoke and said, “I am here to break the yoke upon your life.”  I have never, after this experience, thought of returning to Islam.  It was then I knew the yoke He meant was the yoke of Islam.

After my conversion, several attempts were made by my immediate family members to eliminate me. My elder brother, who later embraced Christ, confessed to poising my food and drink several times. The Lord neutralized the effect of the poisons and I grew stronger. This infuriated my brothers and they resorted to beating me mercilessly. They had left me for dead several times but the Lord kept strengthening me. The family met and decided I had brought so much shame to the family by being a Christian. Their final verdict was for me to be thrown into the lagoon. A date was set but I got wind of their plan and escaped.  The brethren in the local church were threatened and they brought me back to my family. I faced another set of persecutions which included hunger, neglect and deprivation. I had no friends and I had to face the wrath of my uncles day by day. The worst came when I refused to marry the man they had arranged for me to marry. I reported the case to the police station because I was 18 years old by then and of age where I could make decisions by myself.  My family was terribly angry and they all rejected me and vowed never to have anything to do with me again. I left them that day and found comfort in the arms of my Christian friends. I got a job in a private school as an assistant teacher. I saved some money and bought forms which gave me access to have a university education.  Shortly before my admission, my uncle became a Christian and was willing to support me all through college. A few weeks later, he was assassinated in cold blood. I went to the university without any tangible help. I had no sponsor and hardly had enough. I had no good clothes and no food to eat. I went to classes sometimes on an empty stomach. But God saw me through and I graduated six years later instead of four because I refused to give in to the seductive requests of three male lectures which earned me extra semesters.

I heard an audible voice while in college. After days of fasting and prayers, the Lord said, “I will use you to help your people.”  The “help” God spoke about was later unfolded as I sought His face.  This vision is what gave birth to my current ministry which is a faith based initiative geared towards giving hope and a future (in Christ) to the Arabs.  After college graduation I joined a theological seminary which helped to shape my current ministry.

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GapFill has partnered with this courageous woman in “The School of Hope for Arab Children” project that has been posted to GapFill.org’s website.  At the moment, 23 Arab children between the ages of 3 to 13 years attend the school while 43 others receive educational support at another care center located off-site. Their goal in this faith-based initiative is to expose these young children to the saving power of Jesus and make them mighty arrows in the hands of the Lord. Below are items that currently need funding.

School Needs
Rent $1,650/year
2 additional teachers – 1st year $1,320
Sustainability for 2 teachers $55/month/teacher
School Supplies $500
Furniture $600
Uniforms $500
Computers / Laptop $1,000

Check out this Needed Project on GapFill.org to donate online.

This Arab Christian missionary is in place; the nursery and primary school is in place; the off-site care center is in place; and, God’s Spirit is bringing students in. GapFill is asking you to help “fill in the gap” with donations toward school needs noted above. By training the young children in the truth, GapFill believes this is one small way they can begin to give the hope in Christ to Arab children.  Many blessings and thanks for your generosity.

Visit the “Items Needed” tab on the GapFill.org website to see how you can give the hope in Christ to Arab children. To receive GapFill.org’s blog posts automatically via email, enter your email address in the “FOLLOW GAPFILL VIA EMAIL” box on the right-hand side of this blog and click “Follow”.