“The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity.” -Mark Stachura
God frees us from sin and law, but it doesn’t just stop there. God’s heart is for the world. He invites us to bring this good news to the nations! If we don’t, we miss out on a big part of who God is. Jesus says in Matthew 28:19 “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Missions isn’t a calling for only a few, but a commandment for EVERYONE! Pathways is building a partnership in India and Costa Rica to fulfill God’s heart for the world. We encourage you to be apart of what He is doing there!
In 2011, Pathways was introduced to a couple named Paul and Molly Yuvaraj in Chennai, India. Paul and Molly rescued 19 girls from infanticide and brought them in as their own. Infanticide is the practice of killing newborn babies. In parts of India people still practice infanticide for spiritual reasons and also because they can not bare the burden of paying a dowry for females when they marry. Often times, females do not have value merely because they are female. But God has a different plan! Pathways also believes that these girls have Kingdom value and we want to come alongside Paul and Molly to support these girls to be world changers! In October of 2011, Pathways raised over $10,000 to go towards the building of a new home for these girls, along with other girls that will be rescued. See the video below about the Ashraya Daughters. Ashraya means “refuge” or “place of safety”.
In November of 2012, Pathways took a team of people to visit Paul and Molly and experience the impact they are making in Chennai. Not only are they pouring into these rescued girls, but they have a larger vision of reaching India with the good news. Paul Yuvaraj and his family are starting churches all over. Their next church will be in a village that has never heard about Jesus! Along with church building, they minister to the community through sports camps. Many of the kids they are reaching, live on the streets and in prison. They are bringing God’s love to children who otherwise are rejected by society and known as outcasts. See video below of recent trip.
To find out how you can get involved email Jes Kimak, Pathways India Coordinator.
God is doing amazing things in a small village in Costa Rica called Esterillos. Esterillos has only a population of 400. The average income is $200 a month. A native named Dennis Leon and his wife, Kyle, grew to fall in love with Esterillos and soon felt God called them to start a church called “Pura Vida“. Pura Vida is a Christ centered church focusing on developing ministries that restore hope to individuals, families and communities through endemic and sustainable church planting. What started out as a small bible study in their home, has now turned into a church meeting in a school building, given free by the government, to celebrate God’s love. God has poured out favor on Pura Vida church. Dennis and Kyle have seen young lives transformed and totally renewed for the Kingdom. From serving youth in surf camps to building after school mentoring programs, their heart is truly for community development by empowering the people within to grow into sustainable life giving transformation. Check out their video below!
To find out more information or get involved email Zak Ferry.