Romania 2014  

“Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy.

Psalms 82:3

 

 

 

A picture is worth a thousand words. Take a moment and look at the picture above... What do you see? What does it say to you?

 

 

 

When I see this picture I don’t see an orphan, I don’t see a young man just playing with a child. I feel like for a moment, for a brief catch of breath, I see Heaven. I see the Father holding a child... His Child. I see the peace and serenity of trust in the arms of a God and Daddy who loves us more than words can explain.

 

 

Every child deserves to feel and experience that moment. Every human on the planet deserves to know what it feels like to be loved, held and protected. This is why Livada Orphan Care exists and why we, as the church and body of God send teams to serve this incredible ministry.

 

 

There are two distinct ways that you can be a part of being the arms of God around these precious children. Won’t you join us?

 

 

 1: Through prayer and support for our team and for the ministry in Romania. VCC will be in Romania October 16th-27th. Would you commit to praying for them for safety, health and divine appointments?

 

 

2: Through donations. Starting Sunday, September 14th-28th we will be collecting a list of items for our team to take to Romania. You can drop off items at the Victory Compassion Ministries booth any of those Sundays.

 

 

 

Items needed:

New Crib Sheets

Huggies or Pampers (sizes preemie-4T)

Huggies wipes

Dr. Smiths diaper cream (can be purchased at Target pharmacy)

Pajamas/one piece sleepers (sizes 2T-size 5)

Underwear (sizes 2T-size 5)

Poly-vi-sol infant vitamin drops

New baby toys

Travel size toiletries

Deodorant (boys and girls)

Bar soap

Toothbrushes/toothpaste

Hair accessories for girls

New bath wash cloths

Baby powder

Small toys (cars, key chains, etc)

Coloring books/crayons

Bags of wrapped hard or chewy candy

Toddler feeding spoons

(4) Soccer balls (size 5)

(We kindly ask that all donated items be newly purchased. Also, we will accept monetary donations for items that are needed that can be purchased overseas.)

 

As always, thank you for supporting Victory Compassion Ministries. Whether you have gone on a trip, donated or prayed, you are a VITAL part of being the hands and feet of Jesus to the world and reaching the harvest. 

 
  iraq street
 

I recently got the opportunity to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero and to stand on the hallowed ground that claimed so many lives that fateful day.  It brought such a reminder to my heart of the strength and goodness of the human spirit, and of the darkness that is covering the earth more and more every day.

 

 

I feel the stirring in my Spirit… We as followers of Christ must step up, be alert and pray for the truth to be revealed in all areas and places of the earth. I am proud to be an American. I am thankful to live in a country that is founded on the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the freedom to worship Him. Yet, how easily we in the day to day of our lives, begin to forget what a privilege that truly is.

 

 

Friends, we must pray today for Israel and the Middle East. Christians are being murdered in Iraq and Syria. (And around the world) Women and children are being captured and sold into slavery. Israel is under constant attack from Hamas and the people of Gaza are paying the price for Hamas’ actions.

 

 

We cannot get comfortable in the safety and security of our own nation, we cannot take advantage of the freedoms we are offered. We must rise for the injustice and pray for God to intervene. We must pray for our President to act with wisdom and be led by the Spirit of God.

 

 

I challenge you today to pray with me. We can make a difference! Our fight isn't in the natural, it is in the Spirit.

 

 

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. STAND” (Ephesians 6:10-13)

  esa highlight backpack blessing
 

On Tuesday, August 5th over 20 volunteers from both Coitsville and Boardman Campus' came out and braved the rain to bless ESA Park Apartments on the East Side of Youngstown. Victory Compassion Ministries was able to join with Spanish Evangelical Church and the owners of ESA to bless over 75 of the kids and families of ESA with new backpacks for school, bounce arounds, pony rides and good food. 

 

 

Education is one of the strongest ways to break the cycle of poverty in a child's life. There was one sweet little boy in particular who came up and picked a backpack and was actually hugging it after he received it. It was such a precious moment.

 

 

Thank you to all who prayed, gave and served this incredible outreach! You are making an important difference in our community. 

 

 

If you would like to know about other serving opportunities within Youngstown please contact Victory Compassion Ministriesor stop by the booth in the lobby. 

 

  y-town outreach - ESA
 
VCC has been building a relationship with ESA Apartments on the East Side for a year now. Last Christmas we did a Christmas box for the kids, an Easter Egg hunt in the spring and now we would like to bless the kids and families of this community by donating 100 backpacks for school in the fall. As many of you know, education is one of the best ways to overcome poverty, but without the proper tools, it can be even more difficult to break the cycle. We would like to be the answer in not only helping these kids do well in school, but also by blessing them and showing them the love of Jesus.
 
 
We will be partnering with ESA Apartments and Spanish Evangelical Church to bless this community on Tuesday, August 5th from 4pm-6pm. If you would like to get involved please sign up at the VCC Compassion Ministries booth in the lobby or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
All are welcome! 

 

Chickfila event  

Community Happenings!

 

 

 

If you happened to be out at the Southern Park Mall last Saturday you might have seen this bright red table cloth and fun people sitting at it. Thats because Victory Compassion Ministries is blessed to be the highlighted Charity of the month at Chick-Fil-a in the Southern Park Mall in Boardman. Then Sunday night we also got to take part in Niayana's Second Sundays - Jazz In The City event!

 

 

We are so thankful to be a part of the amazing community that is Youngstown, OH and all that God is doing here. Our heart is to truly love people with the compassion of Jesus and bring them into who they are called to be in Him. God is up to something in our hometown and we can't wait to see it and be a part of it!

 

 

 

So, "what does being the higlighted charity of the month mean?" you ask?? Great question! :) For the next two weeks if you print off the below card you get a FREE upgrade on your fries and drink with your meal, and Victory Compassion Ministries is blessed with 15% of every card that is turned in. 

 

 

 

 chick fil a card

 

And as always - thank you so much for all of your support! Without you, we could not reach the world! 

 

 

 
CRI Iraq  
What is Crisis Response International? 
 
“In the last several years, our nation and the nations of the earth have experienced a steady rise of natural disasters, crises, and calamity on a scale never seen before. As the world spirals into uncertainty, it is time for the church to arise! There is no need to helplessly watch another disaster come and go. Now is the time to get your family and community prepared to be a place of refuge and hope. Now is the time to get trained and mobilized so you can reach the Harvest in the midst of crisis. Crisis Response International equips and mobilizes mercy missionaries and church volunteers to respond to crisis and disaster situations around the world. It is our joy to bring the hope, love and power of Jesus Christ to the darkest corners of the earth. “
(From Crisis Response International’s website.)
 
VCC has joined this incredible movement of people and has deployed teams all over Ohio, the U.S and around the world.  In May of 2015, our team leader of CRI, Pastor Dave Drespling actually joined a team in Kurdistan Iraq to minister to the hurting of this incredibly broken and volatile nation.  His story was actually on the front page of New Castle News. Follow the link here to read his story. 
 
YOU can get involved too! Whether you have prior training or no training at all, there is a place for YOU to jump in and help when the need arises. Join the CRI team of Victory Christian Center and see what it’s all about! Missions is the essence of Gods heart. To love and help the broken and hurting is exactly what Jesus did, and you can do it too!
The team will be joining a special week of training in Madison, OH from September 20th-26th. For more info, please check out the CRI website by clicking here. 
 

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