Often when we give, we are not able to see the full realization of how our giving truly can impact lives. We give in faith, believing that if God is in it, it's a good cause.
It was 10 years ago that we at Oral Roberts Ministries caught the vision God gave Neal and Danette Childs of Vie Abondante Ministries, and we partnered with them to go into this predominately Muslim region of the world and serve Him by bringing His love to the precious children of Niger.
A location for a school was found on a completely vacant, sandy desert ground, and through the generous donations from the partners and friends of Oral Roberts Ministries, we were able to provide the funds for the land purchase.
Neal and Danette and some of my team walked the grounds, praying over it. And as they prayed, God showed them children, laughing and running and playing. We dedicated it to the Lord for His purposes and in 2011, a Christian primary and secondary school were founded.
The schools began with less than 50 local children. Their testimony has grown each year and because of the excellent reputation and high standards of the school, Muslim families are willing to send their children there to be educated. Today, they have approximately 360 in attendance, with fewer than 50 from Christian families.
Danette says, "The children, whether they recognize it or accept it, are affected by the love and presence of Christ and it is a witness—a beacon of light—to their parents and families,"
And it's a witness I believe will have a lasting impact for generations to come.
When God led us to help build a Christian primary school in Niger, West Africa, I did not know the impact it would have 10 years later. Parents recognize the good education being provided and are willing to send their children, even though their children come home singing about Jesus. This has proven to be a powerful ministry and has opened the door to develop relationships with many Muslim families.
For more details of the work with Vie Abondante, listen to my recent interview with Neal and Danette on my Expect a Miracle podcast. I believe you will be encouraged, step out in faith and, indeed, make a difference.
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Richard Roberts, D. Min., is chief executive officer of Oral Roberts Ministries and co-hosts with his wife, Lindsay, a daily inspirational TV program, The Place for Miracles. Dr. Roberts is also the founder of the Richard Roberts School of Miracles, hosting thousands of online students from more than 140 countries. Richard conducts healing meetings throughout America, as well as ministers to and teaches pastors in underdeveloped countries the fundamental principles of healing, seed-faith and the Holy Spirit so they may do the greater works of Jesus in their regions of the world.
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