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May 2016 Newsletter

Abogar International Ministries is a nonprofit organization that focuses on advocating for and ministering to children of Latin America who are orphaned, abandoned, at-risk, and/or homeless. We fight for these children to have Christ-centered forever homes, forever families, and educational opportunities.
To learn more about Abogar click here.
May Highlights
  1. May 4-6: Jesse Rivers attended the 2016 CAFO Summit.
  2. May 15: Jesse shares about being a Missionary to kids in Latin America, with children in Sunday School at Crest Community Church in Riverside, CA.
  3. May 16: Jesse shares about Abogar with an entertainment company who is interested in helping Abogar develop its media and visibility strategies.
  4. May 25-27: Jesse visits with his personal advisor and an Abogar board member in Fresno, CA.
Upcoming Events

June 4th - 12th
First 2016 Xposure Xperience Trip to Guatemala!

July 30th
Abogar 1:27 Run

5K Run or Walk
...to look after orphans...

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July 27th - August 15th
Jesse Rivers will be networking and fundraising in Pennsylvania.
Please contact info@abogarim.org to help organize an event while Jesse is in PA.

August 14th
Come hear Jesse Rivers preach at Pathway Community Church in York, PA.

August 20-28th
Second 2016 Xposure Xperience Trip to Guatemala.
If you are interested in participating, contact info@abogarim.org.
PRAYER REQUESTS

1. The children in need in Latin America: for their salvation, health, homes, family education, safety, and basic needs.
2. For Abogar's Xposure Xperience team from the US, on the ground in Guatemala, June 4th -12th... Safety, God's presence, and hearts touched by and for God's heart for the children.
3. For the evaluation process for determining endorsements of ministries working to help children in Guatemala/Latin America.
4. Our Founder's, Jesse's, need for a new vehicle to get around.
5. For continuing connections and opportunities to network and partner with other organizations and ministries in Guatemala.
6. For funding for Abogar's Capital Campaign and overall budget for this year! ($125,000+)
Growth For God's Glory!

In 2016 Abogar has begun a Capital Campaign! We sense God leading us to begin raising funds specifically for a piece of property and/or building for Abogar Guatemala to be able to provide homes and family for precious children.

In the last few weeks some different options have opened up to Abogar to consider property. However, we will need to have raised the funds and have them on hand to be able to purchase property in Guatemala.

Our goal for 2016 is to raise $50,000. Please prayerfully consider if God is inviting you to invest in our Capital Campaign. Funds can be donated here. Please be sure to specify that your designation is for the Capital Campaign! Help us to build for the glory of God!
CAR FUND!!
 
Abogar is looking to get a work vehicle in Guatemala, preferably a van! We are looking for a way for our President, Jesse Rivers, to have safe and reliable transportation for all his work, as well as to be able to transport teams visiting from the US, and children in Guatemala as we grow the ministry! We are hoping to raise ~$10,000 to purchase the vehicle. Praise God that we have currently raised ~$6,000. If you would like to help us have some reliable wheels on the ground please click here and be sure to specify that you want your donation to go toward Abogar's Car Fund!
Come Join Us!
 
If you have talents, resources, or experience that may assist Abogar, please contact us:
info@abogarim.org
Share with us how you may be able to help us move forward as an organization! All talents, time, and treasures are appreciated, to help us fight for precious children to have Christ-centered homes, family, and education.
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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
Note from Abogar's President

Dear Friends,

May was a month that seemed to just fly by! It was filled with blessings and provision for me personally and Abogar as a ministry! I praise God for His faithful and continued presence, protection, and provision as we move forward!

Most of May was spent stateside, working to represent Abogar in different areas. In early May I flew to Orlando, Florida to attend an annual international conference, CAFO Summit; a reunion of workers from all over the world who are called to minister to and bless children in foster care, in orphanages, in the adoption process, traffiked (sex slavery or forced manual labor), and/or at risk! Each year I find this conference to be of tremendous blessing as networking and connecting with others there is an important opportunity for me as I represent Abogar. There are also so many incredibly gifted and intelligent presenters that help to expand my knowledge and understanding in this field of work!

After CAFO Summit I continued on to the west coast; first landing in San Diego and spending roughly two weeks there trying to develop and seek out connections and relationships for myself as well as for Abogar. It also was a blessed time of just being back in my home city; 10 minutes from the beach! As always, God provided surprises and blessings along the way!

After my time in San Diego, I made a short trip a bit north of there to spend time with a personal advisor/mentor/friend of mine for some personal development, as well as to continue my work for Abogar. It was a sweet time to glean wisdom and insight, have great fellowship, share time with him and his family, and I even was able to do lunch with one of Abogar's board members while there!

I finished the month coming back to Guatemala and reconnecting with and ministering to the precious children in the youth group where I volunteer! It was so great to reconnect with all the youth, as well as the leadership team! I also got to be back at my home church here in Guatemala, and my pastor has asked me to preach this next Sunday, on the importance of serving others! I am hoping and praying that I might be able to, being led by the Spirit, encourage many to really be involved even more in serving our great Lord and King!

In all that I do Jesus Christ is my first priority. Secondly, all the children who are so in need of soooo much are on my mind and in my heart! While Abogar continues to work at laying great foundations, I am encouraged and blessed to see the many ways that God continues to confirm our work and lead us forward! Much that I and Abogar do will not have immediate fruits or results, but to each of you who believe in what we are doing and continue to support us, please know that you are storing up treasures in heaven! We too know that the treasures of heaven will be to see a multitude of children's lives changed for the glory of God!

To all our supporters, thank you for continued prayer support and financial support for both me and for Abogar! You are investing in eternal rewards! Words can not say 'Thank you!' enough, but one day Jesus will! But for now, I still want to again say... THANK YOU!!


Jesse Rivers
Servant and Follower of Jesus Christ
Founding President and CEO
Abogar International Ministries

 
Child Highlight:  

Gabriel

(The name used is a pseudonym for purposes of confidentiality.)



Age: 4 yrs, 11 months
Sex: Male
Location: San Lucas Sacatepequez, Guatemala
School: "Special Kids" Center for Early Childhood Stimulation and Special Needs


Gabriel has learning disabilities and has trouble speaking. He is improving little by little, but loved by all the girls in his class. His mother was in the La Puerta Missions Child Care Center years ago and she remembers that she was loved by the caretakers there. His parents got a loan from the bank to build a little house on a property that his father inherited. Both
of his parents have to work to pay for their home. His mother works in a day care center.
 
Please pray for:
  1. Gabriel's ability to understand, learn and communicate successfully.
  2. Protection and provision for his family to build a new home. Praise God for the loan they were able to receive!
  3. Praise God that Gabriel's mother remembers being well taken care of and pray that their entire family will know the love of the Lord!
We'd love to hear from you about your interest and/or questions about an Xposure Xperience trip! Contact us at info@abogarim.org.
Year Budget & Capital Campaign

Total:                      $66,440.00 &  $50,000.00 = $116,440.00
Raised To Date:   $16,968.30 &  $00,400.00 = $017,368.30
Still Needed:         $49,471.70 &  $49,600.00 = $099,071.70
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