Christmas in India; A letter from Pastor Salmon

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Greetings once again to my dear brother Pastor Charlie.                                                          Yes we talk many times about the work of God and how to reach the lost and different people with the word. We already do monthly outreach, meeting and encouraging different churches and pastors. I believe this is a great season to sowing the seeds in the hearts of the people. I feel the month of December is great month to reach the different religious, caste and cultured people where they don’t reject our invitation to the Christmas. We wisely make use of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with loving invitation, because many people do not allow us to even talk about God. We have our gods and goddess why should we believe in foreign God and His Son, Jesus Christ. But the Christmas Eve is great opportunity for our pastors and churches to get the villages together on the streets and invite them to come to the celebration and birth of Jesus Christ. There are thousands and millions of gods and goddess in India and there is a special plan in the birth, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Only in the world history Jesus Christ is the only One that God raised again from the tomb. All other gods and goddess are there in the tombs or dead. Jesus’s tomb is empty.

Not only the pastors and churches but also the orphan children take responsibility and burden for the lost souls to bring them their friends and share the love of God. How God loves the children! They memorize the scriptures, sing wonderful songs, skits and dancing for the glory of God. The young people children in the world do whatever they want, going to clubs, drinking alcohol and many worldly habits and having their own pleasure. But the precious children in our orphanage are reflecting the glory of God through their lives and deeds. “Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.(Deut 11:19) Also Proverbs 22:6 says “Start children off on the way they should go,and even when they are old they will not turn from it”. I pray every seed that we sow into the lives one day they will bear more fruits. Our lives are examples today that we are in His mighty work. I pray that the power of Holy Spirit can move His children like big wind to capture those broken places no matter what age,what color or language. What is needed is willing and faithful hearts to do His work. God can use one person particularly when He calls. We have to reply “here I am O Lord”. I pray that the Lord will rise such wonderful host for His glory and work in these last days! In His vineyard. Pastor Salmon and family, India.

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It’s a Wonderful Life !!! or ???

With another Christmas season upon us there comes along with it many movies and specials. One that has become a perennial favorite is “It’s a Wonderful Life”, starring Jimmy Stewart. It is a movie about a man who faced with seeming overwhelmimg adversities gets an opportunity to have a wish fulfilled to see what life would be like had he never been born. In the story he has an opportunity to see how the lives of family and friends and neighbors would have turned out had he never been alive to have had an effect on them. While obviously fictional it touches something in the heart of man that wonders what impact his life makes on those around him. As with many movies it has a happy ending.

For those who have come to know the saving grace of God there are lessons in this story for us. The first, and perhaps the most important is  that through the power of the good news of Jesus Christ we have been renewed by the power of The Holy Spirit. As those who have been changed, God calls us to live lives that have effect and make an impact on others. The call to care for the lost, the orphan, the widow, and the needy IS the purpose now for our lives. When we love, pray, give of our lives and our resources to those God has directed us to, it makes the difference that He desires. However if we live our lives for ourselves (as if we had never been born like in the movie) then it also has an effect or impact. Like in the movie the result is miserable. The reality is we do make a difference and God has ordained it that way. He has chosen man to partner with Him in His plan of salvation, simply by telling others the great things that He has done for us through the good news. He desires to care for the orphan, the widow, the poor and the needy through us. Remember we were bought with a price, we are not our own.

So our lives do make a difference as Jimmy Stewart’s character learned in “It’s a Wonderful Life”. The question is what will we choose it to be?  !!! by living a life that shines like a light in the darkness, or ??? by living a self focused life as if we had never been born. Our prayer is that we may provide you an opportunity to make a difference.

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Charlie Doherty

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Article “Stop asking God if you should be involved in orphan care”

I am posting a great article I received recently in an email. I agree completely with the points made. I believe that this can also apply to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and other things that are clearly directed by God in the scriptures for His people.

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STOP ASKING GOD IF YOU SHOULD GET INVOLVED IN ORPHAN CARE
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Orphan Care has become a very popular topic of discussion in churches today, thanks in large part to organizations like CAFO and others who have been fighting to keep this issue front and center in the minds of believers. There have been countless campaigns and sermons in thousands of churches across the country.

As a result, orphan care seems like a new endeavor for many in the church. In the midst of this, there is one thing I continue to hear as I talk to Pastors and churchgoers that is troubling. Some will say, “I’m not sure this is the right time for me to get involved” or others answer ,“I am still praying about if that is what God is calling me to do.”

At the root of both of these statements lies a false assumption that so many of us make: orphan care is optional for followers of Christ. We assume orphan care is a specific calling that God only gives to a few special people. Biblically, orphan care is not described this way. It is shown as an overflow of the Father’s heart and is more often assumed rather than commanded.

We see in passages like Deuteronomy 10:17-18 and Psalm 68:4-6 that God associates his care for the fatherless as an integral part of his deity and associates his actions of justice with his special love for those who have no father to provide for them. We see in passages like Psalm 82:2-4 and Ezekiel 22:6-7 that God points to Israel’s neglect of the fatherless as one of the main reasons for His judgment upon them. Even the companions of Job, as they are seeking for an answer for the calamity that he is facing, point to his mistreatment of the fatherless as a possible explanation for his situation. (Job 22:7-10)

As God carefully chose the earthly relationships he would use to depict the way he would relate to his people, he chose the metaphor of adoption. God uses orphans, children living without the love and protection of a father, as a metaphor to describe the spiritual state of humanity.

As Jesus foreshadowed his ascension to his disciples, he pointed them to the coming Holy Spirit and encouraged them that he would not leave them as orphans. (John 14:16-20). Finally, passages like Ephesians 1:3-6 and Galatians 4:3-7 remind believers of the power and significance of our own adoption.

There are many other passages that could be referenced, but each of these point to the fact that God’s heart for the fatherless and call for his church to imitate this heart are universal. If the God you worship holds the fatherless in disregard, you are not worshipping the God of the bible.

As believers, we can not chose whether to care for the orphan any more than our Heavenly Father can. It would be inconsistent with His nature to ignore the fatherless. One of the best pieces of advice I received as a youth challenged me that any prayer for how to proceed when the action was either clearly prohibited or clearly commanded by God was ignorant and pointless.

It is a kin to my three year old son continuing to ask for something after I have already clearly said no. So the content of our prayers should not be if we should get involved in orphan care, but rather how should we get involved. If this were the approach of the church, then the orphan crisis we face today would look drastically different.

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For Christmas; clothes, sewing machines, and a water buffalo………

So here in the US we just celebrated the annual Thanksgiving holiday. We could easily start a conversation about how the heart of Thanksgiving has gotten lost in a culture that uses it as opportunity to over-indulge and to focus on turkey, football, and parades. But that is not the reason for this post. That God so loves mankind and provides a way to eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ, in and of itself, is a reason that thanksgiving should be a way of life now and throughout eternity. Add to that, that most reading this post have no worry of daily food, clean water, proper clothing, or shelter only adds more reasons to be thankful. But as the custom here has changed, the attention has turned to Christmas before the turkey has even found its way into the oven. Interestingly both holidays have attached to them the heart of giving. If you think about it Thanksgiving is really about  giving thanks to our God for His kind provision in our lives . Christmas is focused on the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the greatest Gift ever given!!! (Before we move ahead, the semantics of whether or not December 25 was the birthdate of Jesus can be debated by others. It, in all probability, was not. That the customs blended into Christmas have pagan origins are also true. However that the thoughts of men turn to the birth of the Savior of the world is something to be celebrated. )

Giving truly is a blessed charateristic of God and is a blessing when found in others also. It is sad that somehow this gets blurred in the Christmas season. For many, giving becomes not much more than an obligation as hours are spent trying to find a gift for that person who needs nothing. For those who have very little the burden associated with “having” to get gifts can be very depressing. The desire to give is there but the perceived or real ability is lacking. Our ministry would like to offer an alternative that would be a blessing to the giver regardless of how much he or she has. I am reminded of the widow and her two mites. Our Lord was so blessed with her heart of giving all her living, even if it was only two pennies. In Matthew 25 Jesus tells us the parable of the sheep and the goats. In this parable Jesus clearly identifies Himself with those in need; ie; hungry, thirsty, unclothed, sick….. Let me add that if we are considering Jesus’s birth, and would like to give to Him, He is clear in how to do that; “whatever you have done to the least of these my brothers, you have done unto Me.” It is important to note for the Christian, this is to be the way of life and not just a “season.”

Our brothers and sisters in India face many challenges. It is important to remember that Pastor Salmon and his family feed 3 meals a day to 30 orphans and 15 widows as well as other poor and needy in the village. Let those who shop for food every week contemplate that grocery bill.  Clean water is needed as well as fruit. After talking with Pastor Salmon we put together a list of things that would greatly help with basic needs, gospel outreach, and better ways of meeting both. I am going to provide the list with the cost for each item on there.   Please consider this Christmas the opportunity this is to give to our family and to help them care for the orphan and widow and to better aid them to get the gospel to those who are lost and perishing. Families can join together, as well as churches, small groups or cell groups, friends or individuals. You choose what you want to give. You can provide for an entire item or contribute what you can to one or more. Whatever you choose your support will go for that specified gift. If you desire you can give to whatever is needed the most. So here is the list. At the end I will provide information on how to give if you are interested in giving.

Clothing for 30 orphan children, 15 widows, and 25-30 poor pastors and their wives   $900

Refrigerator to keep food from spoiling for orphanage    $500

Coats and sweaters for orphans who need (It does get cold there for them)   $200

2 sewing machines to teach children to sew as well as repairing torn clothing $300

Sound system for outreach in villages  $750

A water buffalo, yes a water buffalo, for milk and kurd(yogurt) for orphanage $1000      Milk is very expensive in India when you are providing it regularly for many people. Buffalos for milk cost twice as much as ones for meat.

If you would be interested in helping there are several ways. One is you can use the PayPal link on the right side of this page. If you donate using PayPal please send an email to ofhmi@aol.com to inform us of what you would like to specifically help with. You may also call (401) 484-2683 or message myself Charlie Doherty on Facebook. If you would like to pay by check please contact me at the any of the above listed options for instructions.

Our Father’s Home Ministries International is a registered 501c3 non-profit ministry and all donations are tax deductible

What a privilege it is to have such an opportunity to demonstrate the love of God and give to those things that bless the heart of God.

Who would have thought: for Christmas: clothes, sewing machines, and a water buffalo, yes a water buffalo!

Charlie Doherty

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Orpans and Outreach

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It is quite fitting as well as a blessing that as I begin this blog that I should receive an email from Pastor Salmon with a report about a gospel outreach that took place in a village this past Monday. One of the things that we do is support village outreaches to bring the good news of salvation to villages where people have not heard. It has been close to six months since we last had the opportunity to do this. Pastor Salmon, together with 25-30 pastors he works with, join together to go throughout the village to sing, pray, and share the good news of Jesus Christ. What is truly beautiful about this is that usually the older orphan children join them in passing out New Testaments and gospel tracts. This Monday however all 30 of the orphan children joined them, even the youngest 5 year olds.  This a  demonstration of the entire work of our ministry perfectly joined together. Men who have been saved from idolatry and children who as orphans  have been saved from hopelessness, hunger, forced child labor, and sex traffiking working together to share the good news of a God who loves, forgives, and saves!

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This is the purpose for the church of Jesus Christ. That those who have been saved from sin and death would in turn share the good news with others who are perishing. These children had no hope. Pastor Salmon and his family, having received the salvation of God, saw the plight of the poor, the orphans, and the widows around them and were moved by compassion and sought to help. By faith they began to take in orphan children and to provide shelter and food to them as well as several widows, and poor families in their village area. Working all day everyday to feed at times between 60-70 people in their humble small house. With no beds sleeping on the floor but sheltered in the love of God. The Lord intervened and brought us together. People who on both sides of the planet that do not have much but have a God who is mighty to save and provide. In too many details to write in this post, the Lord has provided land donated by a wealthy Hindu man and in one year an orphanage was built. Beds have been provided. The ongoing food and clean water needs are provided but it is continual cost. Eye camps and medical treatment are provided. Truly it is the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed!!!

Too many children are still turned away. Food needs are still pressing. The pastors who are poor, need support to build churches and travel to outreaches and have a meal provided. Too often people blame God for not caring about these things. HE DOES CARE!!! And He expects His people to care and show His love. It is simple. These needs go unmet due to unwilling laborers and supporters. Guilt that feels bad is not the answer. Sympathy is not either. God’s love, His compassion overflowing through the hearts and hands of His people is. Empty vessels surrendered to Him in willing love is. And are not we, God’s people, really people who were alienated from Him and adopted through salvation as His children. Let us therefore humble ourselves as children and learn from these orphans what it looks like.  I think the orphans get it.

Charlie Doherty

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A “Beginning”

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Well here I am. I find myself writing my first blog. It seems with this call to India I find myself doing many things I never thought I would do. For someone new to all this I must say that setting this thing up was a bit of a challenge. We will be setting up a new website but that will probably take a little more time. So at the suggestion of my dear brother Victor, I decided to take this step. It will provide sevaral things. Because there are probably many who are unaware of what this work is about, it can be a way to inform. It can  provide a way to keep you updated of the current news and needs of the ministry. It also can provide you a means to get involved. So I encourage your participation. My prayer is this blog  provides awareness to the great things that our Lord is doing in India and to the great needs that exist. May it open our eyes to what the Lord would have us all to do to make Him known in all the earth. We get the privilege of being His ambassadors, sharing the message of salvation to those that are perishing. We also get to be His hands of providing in tangible means to the basic needs of life such as food, clean water, and food. Well I guess as far as blogs go this is a “beginning.”

Charlie Doherty

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