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November 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.
November Highlights
  1. November 6th: Jesse Rivers preaches and advocates for the children at Iglesia Nueva Creación for Mission Sunday. 
  2. November 9th: Jesse Rivers meets with the head pastors of ELIM church to consider a relationship or partnership with Abogar.
  3. November 13th: Jesse Rivers preaches and advocates for the children at New Trail Fellowship in Abilene, KS.
  4. November 14th: Follow up and fundraising dinner with Abogar's 2016 Xposure Xperience participants, Sandy, Michelle and Kimberly Nichols.
  5. November 15th: Radio interview with station manager, Mark Hinca, at radio station KJIL in Abilene, KS to share Jesse's testimony, children's needs and the work of Abogar.
  6. November 18th: Live radio spanish broadcast on Radio Fuego (station 850 AM) in Chicago, IL to advocate for the children and raise funds for Abogar.
  7. November 18th: Abogar representative shares about the work of Abogar and fundraises in Houston, TX.
  8. November 19th: Jesse Rivers visits Full Gospel Church of Love at their 6am Saturday morning service to share his testimony, the work of Abogar and fundraise.
  9. November 19th: Jesse Rivers visits Area de Apoyo Caleb (ELIM Chicago) to share his testimony, the needs of the children and raise funds and friends.
  10. November 20th: Jesse Rivers attends ELIM Chicago service and meets with Pastor Oscar.
  11. November 20th: Jesse Rivers is invited again to Full Gospel Church of Love to share his testimony with the entire congregation and fundraise.
  12. November 26th: Abogar representatives host a Dessert & Game Fundraiser in Morning Hour Chapel in East Berlin, PA to raise year-end funds.
  13. November 27th: Jesse preaches at Pathway Community Church about the importance of Sabbath and Rest.
Upcoming Events

December 9th
Jesse meets with pastor of Renewal City Church, Spring TX to share about the work of Abogar.

December 9-10th
Jesse Rivers joins group of volunteers to bring a Christmas blessing to children at an orphanage in Mexico.

December 11th
Abogar representatives to advocate for the children at Renewal City Church in Spring, TX.

December 17th
Abogar Guatemala board meeting and gift exchange.

December 18th
Abogar Guatemala presents Christmas Blessing of donations, gifts and love from Guatemalan donors to children in the refugee village of San Ramon, Guatemala.

January 5-8th
Abogar 2017 Board Retreat in San Diego, CA.
PRAYER REQUESTS

1. The children in need in Latin America: for their salvation, health, homes, family education, safety, and basic needs.
2. For Abogar Guatemala's developing team and board of directors on the ground in Guatemala... unity, vision, focus, and initiative to be working on behalf of the precious children!
3. For the evaluation process for determining endorsements of ministries working to help children in Guatemala/Latin America.
4. For Abogar's year-end fundraising initiatives to help us reach our annual budget and capital campaign goals.
5. For continuing connections and opportunities to network and partner with other organizations and ministries in Guatemala.
6. For funding for Abogar's General Budget and Capital Campaign 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.

Recently some different options opened up for 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!
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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
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.
Note from Abogar's President

Dear Friends,

The month of November flew by, and I have done some flying as well! November/December is the time of year for focused fundraising, to reach our annual budget and to raise interest and advocates for the children. To be faithful to God's call for me to lead Abogar, it is important that I continue connecting with churches and people throughout the United States and Latin America; to raise up workers and supporters to help Abogar move forward in reaching the precious children. My travels in November have taken me to four different states, and each one has been a blessing to be in. Praise God!

From sharing live (in Spanish!) on a Christian radio station in Chicago, being in two other radio stations, doing a live recording of my testimony and about Abogar, to preaching & sharing in Kansas, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Chicago, to a dessert night fundraiser, to reaching out to and fostering new connections to become involved in the work and lives of the precious children of Latin America... November was full of great connections and opportunities to advocate for the children. God also filled my time with great surprises and blessings all along the way.

While I have been traveling, I have also been communicating with and working with people on the ground in Guatemala to keep Abogar Guatemala moving forward. We are very happy to have an upcoming trip on December 18th, due to some generous donations from some Guatemalans! We will visit a refugee village and bless 100 children with gifts, food, pinatas, and our time and love! It will be no less than 3 hours driving to reach the village, and at least three hours return trip, with 3-5 hours on the ground with the children and villagers. I would ask your prayers for us as we go to be a Christmas Blessing!

As Christmas is approaching I'd like to encourage us to really keep Christ in Christmas this year. Let us rejoice and celebrate the coming of a King, the King of kings and Lord of lords. May this Christmas be a time of joyful celebration and adoration of Jesus Christ, the babe in the manger, who came to be with us, to love us, and to save us! And may we go out and be like Jesus Christ... being with the children, loving them, and rescuing and bringing the hope, love, and life that Jesus Christ means for them to know!

Merry Christmas to you and all your loved ones, from my heart to yours!

Thank you to everyone who prays for and/or financially supports the ministry of Abogar International Ministries. As we continue to watch God lead us forward, I look forward to sharing the blessings and  victories that we shall have, seeing children receive forever families, forever homes, and educational opportunities!! To God be the glory!!

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

 
Jesse Rivers preaching and sharing about Abogar at New Trail Fellowship, "the Cowboy Church," in Abilene, KS. A big thanks to New Trail Fellowship and their congregation for their generosity and hospitality!
Sweet night of fellowship at the Dessert & Games Fundraising Night at Morning Hour Chapel in East Berlin, PA.
Please welcome Abogar's newest staff member, Shaila Emig!

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Shaila is stepping in as our new Executive Assistant, taking the place of Karen Wilson who is passing on the position at the end of this year. We are excited to see how Shaila's gifts and experience will contribute to Abogar and have an impact on the lives of children in Latin America! And a big thank you to Karen for her commitment and hard work for the advancement of Abogar. 
Child Highlight:  

Juanita

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



Age: 4 yrs, 7 months
Sex: Female
Location: San Lucas Sacatepequez, Guatemala
School: "Special Kids" Center for Early Childhood Stimulation and Special Needs


Juanita lives in a house with her mother and other family members. Her mother has several children with different fathers. Juanita's mother professes faith in Christ and attends church, but is also a very hard and demanding woman.
 
Please pray for:
  1. Juanita's relationship with God to take root and grow, and that God would reveal Himself to her as gentle and kind.
  2. For Juanita's mother to be surrendered to the Lord and be molded and shaped in a way that enables her to reflect His love to her children in ways that direct them to Christ.
  3. For Juanita's education and that she would grow in her God-given gifts and skills.
Year Budget  &  Capital Campaign
Total:                   $66,440.00    &     $50,000.00   =  $116,440.00
Raised To Date:   $35,409.27    &     $01,500.00   =  $036,909.27
Still Needed:        $31,030.73    &     $48,500.00   =  $079,530.73
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