SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020

 

 

12/19/16

Merry Christmas from Step of Faith Ministry

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Merry Christmas Family and Friends,

We hope  you are well as you prepare to celebrate our Lord’s birth. It is during this time of celebration that we would like to share a Praise Report of the Lord’s work throughout 2016.

There is so much to be thankful for this year as we look back and see the Lord’s hand upon the ministry, the volunteers and those we serve. The Lord continues to show Himself in the tiny details as well as the big events. How humbling it is to see how much He loves his people by concerning Himself in all the details. The message of the gospel continues to be spread while meeting tangible needs throughout New Jersey, Haiti and beyond. A term that best describe the journey this year seems to be “connecting the dots”.

The dots are connecting a lot in our Jerusalem, the town of Brick. The Maple Leaf Tutoring Program that began in 2013 continues to be a beacon of light in this community. As individuals share the vision of ML with others, the amount of local churches that are involved grows; each one bringing the love of Jesus to the students on Tuesdays as well as other special events.

The Brick Police, spearheaded by Sgt. Jim Kelly, made Maple Leaf a district this year, which means a group of officers are assigned to Maple Leaf all the time. The officers frequent the Tuesday homework club, knowing almost all the students by name, coming inside to talk with them and even helping with homework. As some of the younger students come off their bus they run and jump into the arms of the officers. Older students are seen playing football or basketball with them as well. The PAL mentorship program continues in 2016 allowing older students to learn how to mentor younger students as they address important life issues.

So many churches are offering their talents, gifts and service to make this year extra special. Whether someone is writing a letter of recommendation for a senior looking to go to college or Grace Bible Church in Wall providing a one day soccer clinic at Maple Leaf, in the pouring rain, complete with a Gospel message and BBQ, the children are being blessed. Students were invited back to St. Paul’s Methodist VBS and Grace’s Soccer Camp during the summer and over 20 students were bused to Allaire Community Farm for their first Bible Farm Adventure Camp that True Life Church sponsored. Backpacks and school supplies were collected by various individuals; over 50 hats were knit by women of St. Paul’s as well as Christmas presents provided through some of St. Paul’s school students. Many children are also attending the 4th annual Christmas Party at Maple Leaf where they will hear the true meaning of Christmas. So many relationships continue to grow, gospel centered one-on-one conversations are happening and growing number of families are go to local church services and youth groups.

A bible study for a few of the older students continues as one of the students was baptized and currently serves in a local church body. If a family is in need, the need is made known and someone answers. Lots of dots are being connected.

Dots are being connected through individual needs elsewhere in Ocean County as well. One example is a family of 5 that lost everything in a fire during the fall. With the need being made known, a bulk email blast and a couple of text messages all of the family’s needs were met through Good Stuff Thrift Store as well as a local family providing Christmas gifts.

A little further south in Atlantic City, our partnership with New City Fellowship Church continues to grow with our fifth mission trip this past July. With a large contingent of volunteers from Life Chapel of Point Pleasant, we once again took part in helping to rehab homes while presenting a 3-night Bible Club at Carver Hall. Next summer may be our first AC team that will include a few Maple Leaf students.

This Christmas many children in AC are going to unwrap gifts that are once again provided through Life Chapel Church, and brought down to fill the New City Christmas Store. This store provides the opportunity for local families to come and shop for their own children at a very reduced cost. What a great way to see Jesus in action.

Our ministry to Haiti continues to grow in many ways as well this year. We returned in February with a team from St. Paul’s Methodist of Brick. The team carried down 65 pairs of new sneakers that were provided once again through Grace Methodist of Wyckoff. We brought down an art project to Danita’s Orphanage through Reborn Fashion and Aspiring Artists in which 30 students took part in. This art project will be providing a trust fund for the students to be accessed once they graduate from high school. The team also did a 4-day Bible Club and various work projects during the 8 day trip.

The July trip to Haiti included team members from various states including South Carolina, Colorado and Alaska. Some team members served in the Medical Clinic, alongside Dr. Daneste while others helped on a work project and Bible Club. Many graduates were treated to a day at the beach, which for some, was their first time.

For the first time 15 young adults who had put their faith in Jesus were baptized in the local river. This day was so special as it showed how the Lord is raising up future Christian leaders.

By the end of the summer the funding for the Grains of Grace Feeding Program only had enough to supply the 92 families for one more month. Yet after making the need known through one email, the funding is now available for more than 2 years! With this support we can begin to transition into a more sustainable provision through animals such as chickens and goats.

In America we can take bathrooms and clean drinking water for granted, however in Haiti it is very rare and so needed. Through a wonderful donation this year we will be able to provide a community bathroom on the Aslan property, next to the church, along with a daily provision of clean drinking water. This project will begin in February 2017.

In addition, through your support we continue to bless the children at Danita’s Orphanage through our New Shoe Collection each January, supplying a pair of new shoes to their 100+ children. Also with your help through our ongoing Nutrition Supplement Sponsorship Program we are currently supporting almost 30 of Danita’s children.

Our Education Sponsorship continues to provide education for both Haitian and Albanian students.  With 40 Haitian students going to primary school, three Haitian students enrolled in college and two Albanian students enrolled in college in Albania. Three of the college students are in seminary and serving in their local churches already.

We end with our final praise and also a need. The Aslan medical clinic has been open since July of 2015; with a full medical staff providing care for the people in and around Lac’ajue. The clinic has been open a half a day / 5 days a week during times when other local hospitals closed. The funding to run the clinic is very low. There is a current need to help keep the medical clinic up and running. If you are able to help you can do so through our Paypal account or send a check to: Step of Faith Ministry / PO Box 805 / Brick NJ 08723

We are so grateful for your participation in the various ministries and your prayers. None of this would be possible without the generous donations and involvement by people like you. We are so thankful for you and your desire to support the ministry of Step of Faith.

We pray that you would have a joyful Christmas season and look forward to continuing our relationship with you in 2017!

Serving Him Together,

Step of Faith Ministry

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Step of Faith Ministry, Inc.
    PO Box 805
    Brick, NJ 08723
    United States of America