GraceConnect eNews, No. 137, Week of February 1, 2016

Communication-Conversation-Conservation

The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

Kakrona's Story

 
"Conventional wisdom suggests that orphaned kids should perform worse than the national averages," says Asia's Hope executive director John McCollum. "But our kids are performing better. Much better. In Cambodia and among Thailand's hill tribes, where our kids come from, fewer than 12 percent of kids finish high school, and less than 2 percent graduate from college. But our kids have not only beaten the odds and bested the national averages, they’ve greatly exceeded even our high expectations.

"A full 87 percent of Asia’s Hope students, for instance, are on track to graduate high school, and the vast majority of them have indicated plans to attend university! Among Asia’s Hope kids, we’re covering 74 college scholarships this year alone. And that number is rising every year."


Asia's Hope, a cooperating ministry of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches works in Cambodia, Thailand and India to provide quality long-term care for orphaned children at high risk of sexual and economic exploitation. And God is using the ministry in big ways. Click the picture below to view a short video telling the story of a young man named Kakrona and how Asia's Hope enabled him to pursue his dreams and escape the cycle of poverty.

Visit their new scholarship page for more. 
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"Christians must learn to embrace their God-given identity, the heavenly view, described in [Ephesians], rather than believing the bad press."

Tim Sprankle, pastor at 
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Events in the FGBC

February 5-6, 2016  WLS Spiritual Formation, Auburn, Calif. (WGUSA)
February 26-27, 2016  WLS: Women and Scripture (Spanish), Tampa, Fla.  (WGUSA) 
March 14-16, 2016  South Focus Retreat (FGBC) 
March 14-15, 2016   CELS CE Leadership Summit, Philadelphia, Pa. (CEN)
April 8-9, 2016  WLS: Spiritual Formation, Winona Lake, Ind. (WGUSA)
April 21, 2016   Day Away: North of 55Hagerstown, Md. (CEN)
April 22, 2016   Day Away: North of 55East Earl, Pa. (CEN)
June 13-17, 2016   Encounter SoCal (EWP)
June 19-25, 2016  The Great Canadian Adventure, Toronto, Canada (GBC)
June 22-28, 2016  Mission Trip to Haiti (WGUSA)
June 27-July, 2016  Encounter Atlanta (EWP)
July 4-10, 2016  StreetWise (formerly Crosswalk, Philadelphia, Pa. (CEN)
July 22-25, 2016  Margins Conference (FGBC) 
July 26-31, 2016  Momentum Youth Conference (CEN)
October 16, 2016   Day Away: North of 55, Dublin, Ohio
November 20, 2016   Day Away: North of 55, Duncansville, Pa. (CEN)
 
CEN – CE National
EWP – Encompass World Partners
FGBC – Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
GBC – Grace Brethren Canada
WGUSA – Women of Grace USA

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