Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Malawi Mission's Trip - Oct 13-24, 2014

God is amazing and I'm truly blessed to have the privilege to serve Him!























Our Malawi Mission's Trip was incredible!  God went way beyond what I expected.
  

Here are just a few of our highlights...

JESUS FILM
We showed the Jesus Film 4 times to about 5,000 people. Many accepted Christ as their Savior. Many Bible study groups will be started to disciple these new family members. ;-)


   
WATER WELLS
​Our team installed 3 new water wells bringing not just the Living Water to these thirsty people, but life saving clean water to sustain their physical lives! One chief estimated 1,500 families would use the well we installed. No wells to be found for miles.

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SHARING GOD'S WORD
With God's divine grace and courage He provided an opportunity for me to share John chapter 3, the story of Nicodemus, with 25 Group Village Heads (chiefs of chiefs). Many received Jesus' challenge to Nicodemus personally. New relationships and doors were opened.



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Upcoming RtH Mission's Trips

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Upcoming Reaching the Hungry Trips

Oct 12-24, 2014 - MALAWI, AFRICA 
Interested in sponsoring a Water Well $2,000 or Talking Bible $40, click HERE 
Team will install several new water wells, do some repairs, host a Jesus Film
Outreach, & distribute Talking Bibles to village chiefs. 

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Nov 2-13, 2014 - NICARAGUA  
Interested click HERE $1,200
Begin the construction of a dormitory, & a water well, Jesus Film
Outreaches, Talking Bible Distributions, & feeding the homeless. 
* If you can't go will you consider sponsoring a young man's trip.


Dec 13, 2014 - ROSARITO, MEXICO  
Register/Info click HERE $35

One day Christmas Outreach. We will take Christmas gifts to distribute,
have a live band, share the Gospel story, serve lunch, face painting,
do balloon animals, & crafts. 


Feb 12-25, 2015 - ISRAEL & JORDAN BIBLE TOUR  
Interested click HERE $4,925

Two life changing weeks in Israel & Jordan as we see the Bible
come alive & walk where Jesus & his diciples walked!  We'll enjoy great
teaching, food, & first class hotels.

2015 Mission Trips

Register for Trip Notifications click HERE
We are planning mission trips to Mexico, Mozambique, Malawi, Nicaragua,
Kenya, & India. Watch out for announcements on Facebook & our ministry blog. 
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Mexico Outreach - May 26 2012



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Monday, September 1, 2014

2014 Trips

We are off to a great start in 2014.  Reaching the Hungry has some amazing trips and ministry planned for this year.

JANUARY / FEBRUARY - Moved into New RtH Office in Escondido (5th Ave. & Orange), Nicaragua Mission's Trip
MARCH - Water Well Installation Training Class (March 15 @ 8-noon), Mexico Mission's Trip (March 5) & India Mission's Trip (March 10-21)
APRIL - Eye Glass Ministry Training Class (April 12 @ 8:30am), Mexico Outreach Trip (April 19)
MAY - Malawi Water Well Mission's Trip (May 11-23)
JULY - Vanuatu Mission's Trip (July 24 - Aug 7), Mexico Outreach Trip (July 26)
SEPTEMBER - Mozambique Mission's Trip (Sept 7-19)
OCTOBER - Malawi Water Well Mission's Trip (Oct 12-24)
NOVEMBER - Nicaragua Mission's Trip (Nov 2-13 Interested click HERE)
DECEMBER - Mexico Mission's Trip (Dec 13 Register HERE)
FEB 2015 - Israel Trip (Feb 12-25 Interested click HERE)

If you are interested in going on a Mission's Trips, please click HERE.  For additional information contact Carlos@ReachingtheHungry.org or call (760) 523-0777.



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

7 Summits here we come! By Lisa Sales

Lisa is on her way up!
After months of training, I am so excited to fly to Denver in the morning and begin this trek!  From the moment I signed up I knew this would be hard, I just didn't realize how hard.  We begin Monday with one of the most difficult climbs.... We will tackle Mt. Democrat(14,148 ft.), Mt. Lincoln(14,286 ft.) and Mt. Brass(14,172 ft.). 

I am climbing to give exploited and enslaved women and children a voice.  I am committed to engage in this battle; to use my physical strength, my voice, my resources, and  my influence to do what I can to give hope and freedom to these modern day slaves.  I know I will need your prayers.  I know the entire team will need your prayers. 
  • Please pray for safety, for unity, for stamina, for health and for joy!
  • Please pray that our efforts will be multiplied, that we will bring awareness to the issue and that the resources we've raised will save and transform thousands of lives!
  • Please pray that this will be the beginning of the end of human trafficking!!!
Track our progress by going to:http://thefreedomclimb.wordpress.com .  This blog will be updated daily.

July 26, 2014 Mexico Back to School Outreach

April 2014 Outreach Team


MEXICO BACK TO SCHOOL OUTREACH: Sat., July 26, 2014


Let's share God's love in Word & deed by blessing 350 children in Rosarito. 

$35 includes transportation, insurance, lunch & program expenses; call for family discount (parent with at least 2 or more children). You need a passport, or USA birth certificate and picture ID card.

For additional information and to register click HERE  

Contact Carlos@ReachingtheHungry.org or call (760) 523-0777 if you have questions.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

100's Come to Christ & 6 Water Wells Installed in Africa! By Nathan Giles


Our Team

Somewhere between the brief 30-minute post travel nap under a mosquito net and the slap of Cima patties hitting our dinner plates, we heard it again, “Hey guys, you’re in Africa”! Pastor Carlos’ 7th or 8th subtle reminder of our dramatic change in location.  It seemed a bit obvious, but even then, most of us were still unsure of what to expect. We settled in, to the best of our abilities, and began our first night eating with our Malawian hosts. Amos and his son Wonderful, along with friends Zuze and Blessings, would be our hosts, guides and translators throughout our trip. After finishing our meal (and for some of us our first encounter with the now infamous Cima, a doughy-mashed potato like substance made from corn and void of any taste), we retired to our beds, hoping to get some rest in anticipation of the next day.


After a brief breakfast and devotional in the morning, we realized that the water-pumps we were familiar with were not the ones we would be installing. Instead, we had a different model that required a little ingenuity and patience on everyone’s part. We split up into our smaller teams and headed to our villages. We worked quickly, focused on our task, but were pulled away for a meal prepared by the villages. It caused an instant change of focus for many of us. We had somehow forgotten that we had, after all, come to Malawi for the people, not just some manual labor. We ate and listened as leaders told us what our obedience to God’s call meant to them and what they planned to do in the future. This was only the first of many experiences that spoke to us as a whole. 

By sundown on day one, we had completed two wells and despite much difficulty, made progress on a third. The two teams who had finished met up to show the Jesus film in one of the villages. Before the film began, we were again sat down at a table to enjoy another meal while the voices of at least 100 children sang, some sitting and some dancing. As the film began, the crowd grew to around 700 by the end. Scott, one of the men on our team, gave a summary of the movie and our need for a savior. He then presented those in the crowd with the opportunity to begin a new life in Christ. Throughout the crowd, hands raised and around a third of the crowd made commitments, accepting Jesus as their savior. 


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The following day, we completed three wells in addition to finishing the one from our first day. That night, we were able to show the Jesus film in another village, and again, we shared the gospel at its conclusion. The two nights of sharing the gospel in large groups were a great reminder that no matter how comfortable you are, no matter how eloquently you speak, no matter how young in your faith you may be, it is what God does with the hearts of those who hear that draws his sons and daughters to Him. He only asks that we speak. On this second night, we watched as another wave of men, women, and children gave their lives to Christ. Later that night we packed our bags and prepared to travel to Nkhoma where we would meet with World Vision and some of the team’s sponsored children.
We showed the Jesus Film to about 1,500 people. Nathan sharing the Gospel.


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Scott Byers, Art Mendoza, & Mike Westbrook after installing a water well.

I had the pleasure of meeting Janette, a 16 year old girl who lives with her grandmother in a small village in the Nkhoma district. She and the other children gathered around us, marveling at the sight of themselves on our cameras. Johnny, another one of our team, talked with Janette and her grandmother for a short while with a surrounding sea of smiles. What happened at the end of the visit was, for me, the most humbling event of the trip. Janette’s grandmother left briefly and returned with a chicken, a gift for our group. The constant, unhesitant generosity we saw has become the greatest example in my life of generosity. In a circumstance where having a meal every day is not necessarily guaranteed, or even expected in many cases, this woman gave.  It reminded me of Paul's writing in Philippians 4. He thanked the church of Philippi, a city heavily burdened with poverty, for giving to his ministry even when he had what he needed. We had no need for a chicken, but her gift was meant to feed a ministry and allow us to continue our work above and beyond what we had done on this trip. The chicken, because we had a five hour van ride ahead, found a new owner with the World Vision staff.

Carlos with one of his sponsored children, Stella, and her family.

Nathan giving a village a soccer ball after installing their water well. 

Carlos visiting another one of his sponsored children, Lackson.

The next morning we awoke in Monkey bay, ready for our final well installation. When we sat down to breakfast, we found out that the location of the final well was no more than a puddle at the bottom of a shallow hole. Wonderful and Blessings, our Malawian partners, explained to the village what was needed to complete the project in the future. It was very difficult to leave the task incomplete. Instead, we spent the morning in a devotional and took some time to discuss solutions to problems we encountered with the wells and how to better plan these projects in the future. We then headed to Zomba where we met Hamilton Yassin.


At Monkey Bay, debriefing our water well projects and future strategy.
(Art, Tom, Carlos, Scott, Mike, Nathan, & Dave. Johnny taking pic.)

Hamilton, a friend of Pastor Carlos, has completed seminary at the Zomba School of Theology. We were blessed with so many opportunities while visiting. First, the school offered us a house to stay in at the top of Mount Zomba, the highest point in the district at 6,700 feet. Then, the next morning before church, we met the principal who told us about the school’s history and upcoming plans. Johnny Koyle was given the opportunity to speak at church with the help of Hamilton’s translation. He shared a bit of his past, his struggles, and his imperfections, and how he was saved by God’s grace. After the service, we had lunch at the home of one of the church staff members. Once again, we were amazed by the hospitality we were shown. For dinner, we met the pastors, including Hamilton, where everyone gave a short summary of themselves, their families, and faith. This day, I experienced the greatest sense of community within the church that I have ever known. There was an obvious excitement and passion for furthering God’s kingdom that transcends the barriers of distance, language, and culture.


Johnny Koyle preaching at our Sunday morning church service. 

The final leg of our trip began with yet another long van ride in which we enjoyed each other’s company with little room, if any, to spare. The next two days, we spent sorting through everything we had seen, done, and felt on the trip, all while enjoying a bit of God’s creation. Elephants, baboons, monkeys, warthogs, impalas, water bucks, crocodiles, hippos, and plenty of birds I will never be able to name. All excellent reminders of how great God is. We took the time to talk, reflect, and learn more about one another and deepen our relationships with God. This time allowed us to gather our thoughts and experiences from the trip and explore ways we can maintain the “mountain top” type experience we were on once we returned to the states.



We are blessed to have all of our team members back safely and our families safe despite the dangers brought on by the fires in North County during our absence. Thank you to all who prayed for us and the work we were doing. Although it was a trip of firsts for many of us, we believe that it is a launching point for further trips and projects in the future. We hope that you will continue in your support, and that you'll consider joining us on a future trip.


AWESOME WATER WELL TEAM! 
(Dave, Art, Nathan, Johnny, Mike, Carlos, Tom & Scott)