​​The Arms of Jesus Children's Mission

Helping the Poor!

05/02/2017

Dr. Sam Martin

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” John Bunyan

Today I came across a site that listed 364 quotes about helping others and there was certainly much to think about but, surely our source of inspiration is the Word of God, the Bible! Daily as I face the challenges of helping poor children, I turn to the scriptures and in this week’s Blog, I want to let the scriptures speak. Please read, listen and open your heart to what God says and then pray: ‘Lord Use me!’

Proverbs 19:17

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

Acts 20:35

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Proverbs 22:9

Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.

Luke 14:12-14

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

Luke 12:33-34

Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Deuteronomy 15:11

For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

Galatians 2:10

Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.

Luke 3:11

And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”

Proverbs 14:31

Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

James 1:27

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Proverbs 14:21

Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

Matthew 25:34-46 ESV

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? ...

Scriptures: Stephen Smith. Publication date: Apr 30, 2017. Publisher: OpenBible.info.

The Impact on a life as a result of Mission Teams!

04/25/2017

Dr. Sam Martin

During the year it is an honor for us as a Mission to facilitate and receive ‘Mission Teams’ for service in Guatemala. These Teams come from across North America and give themselves sacrificially to serve from 7 to 14 days and give themselves to ‘Evangelism, Construction, Teaching, Food Distribution, Medical Outreaches and so much more. Truly they bless the people of Guatemala and we thank God for each and every Team.

However, we are increasingly aware of the impact on Team Members, the blessing they receive from our Staff, and the People we serve and I thought it would be good just to share a few testimonies from Team Members, trusting they will be an inspiration to you.

A Pastor wrote: ‘The effect of this Mission experience had on my personal and spiritual life was to focus more attention on people. I often become overly concerned for the organizational work that I loose time with people. In Guatemala, my focus was entirely upon the team, leaders, teachers, volunteers, children and wider community. As for future interest in Mission, I am very committed to supporting and encouraging His Church to give, pray and go

A Team member wrote: ‘This trip has brought me so much closer to God. Preparing for this Mission Trip brought me back to God after years of turning my back on Him. Seeing what we have in comparison to what the people in Guatemala have, has me more thankful to God for my life and I just want to be closer to Him, and to serve Him with all my heart.’

A Young man wrote: This Mission had a great effect on my life. To be able to experience such a part of the world and come back to our own world and see it with new eyes. Everyone should have to take a trip like this.’

A Lady wrote: ‘This was an amazing experience from the beginning. From the moment we arrived at the School to the very last day, I loved every minute of it and feel so very blessed to have been part of it.’

Other comments included: ‘I left a large part of my heart in Guatemala; I want to go back ever year. I was so humbled by the experience. I learned to speak the name of the Lord more clearly.’

We could fill a book, even a library with testimonies and we humbly thank God for those who take the time and make the sacrifices necessary to be part of a Mission Team and to join us in what God is doing!

Why not join a Mission team?


The Sandals Jesus Wore!

04/05/2017

Dr. Sam Martin

Early in January, it was both an honor and privilege for me to be in Newfoundland, to preach and Commission the Mission Team from the Good Samaritan Church in St. John’s, and to meet with the Team from Avalon Search and Rescue, based in Bay Roberts, and speak at a Concert in Cavendish. Of course this included meeting some of our wonderful supporters and sponsors -The Newfoundlanders are special, special people! I could fill a years’ Blogs with stories of that time, but I want to share just one.

On a snowy Sunday afternoon, I was driven to Cavendish where Lori Fost, a tremendous supporter of AOJ had arranged a concert providing an opportunity for me to meet supporters and share about what the Lord is doing in and through the Mission. In spite of the weather a good number had gathered and the music, Gospel and traditional for the Concert, was provided by two Musical Groups, and it was a beautiful afternoon. However one song that was sung really challenged me. I had never heard it before, but the words were intriguing and challenging and I want to share them with you.

‘Someone made the sandals Jesus wore

They made them so his feet would not get sore

Do what you can do and he will never ask for more

You know someone made the sandals Jesus wore.

God made the earth, the heavens and the sea

He left some little jobs for you and me

Some will build the church's then some will sweep the floor

You know someone made the sandals Jesus wore

Someone made the sandals Jesus wore

They made them so his feet would not get sore

Do what you can do and he will never ask for more

You know someone made the sandals Jesus wore.

We're all blessed with something we can do

Big or small it's up to me or you

You can tend the sick or you can feed the poor

You know someone made the sandals Jesus wore

You know someone made the sandals Jesus wore

You know someone made the sandals Jesus wore

You know someone made the sandals Jesus wore’

To be honest, one never gives thought as to where Jesus got His sandals or clothes for that matter, but obviously someone did make His sandals (I believe there is a brand of sandals today which bears the name ‘Jesus Sandals’). However really it is the message of the song summed up the following lines:

‘Do what you can do and he will never ask for more

You know someone made the sandals Jesus wore.

We're all blessed with something we can do

Big or small it's up to me or you

You can tend the sick or you can feed the poor’

My friends, we are all ‘blessed with something we can do, big or small it’s up to me or you, you can tend the sick or you can feed the poor.’ If all of us did what we can do and should do, what a difference we would see in this broken world.


A Broken Heart!

03/30/2017

Dr. Sam Martin

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)

Two weeks ago, my wife and I travelled to Guatemala not only to the Mission Campus, but to share in some special outreaches and celebrations. As we were preparing to leave, we heard on the News about a Home in Guatemala where at least 18 children had died in a fire. Needless to say, we were greatly disturbed and prayed for the families. Little did we realize how this was going to impact us, indeed break our hearts!

Arriving in Guatemala we heard various stories and red reports that included the following statements:

These are the dumping grounds of society, for people who are not wanted by society, whether they are disabled or gay or happen to get there through the criminal justice system.”

“Guatemalan human rights officials said Thursday that they believe that the 35 girls who were killed when a fire swept through a dormitory at a children’s home had been unable to escape because they were locked inside. Legislators also heard that only three of the 64 security cameras were working in the home, which housed some 750 children in space meant for 500.”

Driving to our Campus, our Director said “Pastor one of the 40 girls (the number continues to rise) who died attended our school.” We were stunned as we heard this and our hearts began to break and tears quietly began to flow. Her name was Milenie and was in fact one of our sponsored children.

From the age of 6, Milenie displayed behavioral difficulties, but her Mother tried everything to help. The Mission did it’s best and of course, we are grateful to her sponsors who stood by her for years. However, in January she ran away from home and was picked up by the Police who placed her in the Government Home in the City and tragically lost her life in the fire. Yes our hearts were broken! And we prayed for her family, and the family of all who lost their lives.

As the week continued, I shared this story with our entire student body, encouraging them not to be led astray, to realize their potential and the plan God has for them. It re-energized our commitment to do all we can to help the children and young people of Guatemala.

Not only that, recognizing the need for kids in trouble or faced with abuse and problems at home, some who are even wards of the court, we have opened a special fund to provide help for them. An example is children in a Home not far from our Campus run by a wonderful Pastor and his team, they have children in their care who are wards of the court and who struggle in the public school. From this special fund, they will be able to attend the AOJ School and will be blessed in so many ways by our ministry (it is difficult to find sponsors for them because the Court can remove them at anytime).

We are so blessed! Please pray for the children who are ‘placed into the dumping grounds of society’, pray for us as we seek to be ‘the arms of Jesus to them.’


Efeosa: What’s In A Name?’

02/14/2017

Dr. Sam Martin

‘…and his name shall be ….’ Isa. 9 v 6

A few weeks ago I mentioned I was reading a tremendous book, ‘Fight for the Forgotten’ by Justin Wren and to be honest I am just halfway through it. This mainly because so many things the author says challenge me. As a result I take time to think deeply about these things and my blog this week, comes from one such challenge.

As you probably realize my name is Samuel Ramsay Martin and obviously I had no say in that choice, not that I have a problem with it and I recall years ago asking my parents where my name came from. The answer was interesting and humbling. I had an Uncle who served in the Army during the last war and tragically he was killed in the war. He was just 21 and to honor him I was given his name. Of course I never met my Uncle Samuel, but did see an old picture of him in uniform. My parents also shared the fact that there was a biblical significance also in that ‘Samuel means God hears.’

You will notice the name ‘Efeosa’ at the top of this blog, it was given to Justin Wren the author of the book when he was beginning his ministry amongst the Mbuti Pygmies, a group of persecuted and forgotten people forced in to slavery in what was The Democratic Republic of Congo. To really understand the significance of this, I suggest you get a copy of the book, so you can experience it as I did.

However one evening Justin heard the world Efeosa being repeatedly whispered among the Pygmies. It was a word he hadn’t heard before. Later he asked the village chief what the word meant. The chief told him it was the name the people had given him and it meant “The Man Who Loves Us.”

What a testimony! In an age when people love and seek after titles, who strive for position and recognition, to be known as “The Man who loves us.”

Strange but as I write this, it is Valentines Day and by the way, there is One who loves us unconditionally. His name is Jesus.