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11 Dec What’s Our Christmas Celebration Like?

Today we want to share with you some pictures from past Christmas celebrations.  This is a special time with the kids who might not have received any other Christmas gift that year. The pictures speak for themselves.

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If you would like to partner with us by sponsoring one of our students, you can get more info by clicking here.

If you would like to partner with us by helping in our January 2018 Christmas Celebration, email us at bcsship – AT – gmail.com

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08 Dec Can You Help with the SHIP Christmas Celebration?

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In January, Bryan will receive a Christmas gift from SHIP.  He does not have a sponsor, so SHIP will provide a gift for him. If you would like to sponsor Bryan, click here.

We are blessed to receive two financial gifts to pay for some of the unsponsored students’ gifts, but still have needs for the celebration.

Can You Help with the SHIP Christmas Celebration?

Our Christmas celebration will include a Gospel presentation and our students doing a service project in the neighborhood, as well as gifts and games. If you would like to help with Christmas gifts in January, we still need the following.

  1. Provide large Christmas gift bags and tissue for up to 100 student gifts. We can give you the size of bag once I measure it.
  2. Provide underwear or white socks for students. We have a list of sizes needed and would provide those sizes for you.
  3. Provide gifts ($5-15 value) for unsponsored children.  We would provide you with a list of ages & sex to fulfill. Most of our unsponsored children are ages 9-18.
  4. Make a monetary donation for us to buy gifts for unsponsored children.

Email us to let us know how you (or your Sunday School class or Youth Group or Home Church) want to help make our Christmas celebration a success.

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07 Dec Our December Student of the Month is Bryan

There are so many wonderful stories our summer interns would like to share with you about the amazing students they’ve had the pleasure to meet in El Salvador. Today Ryan Green shares about Bryan, who always smiles . . . as you can see in his picture below!

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A perk of being an intern with SHIP in El Salvador is making many wonderful friends. One of my treasured friendships is with Bryan Aguilar. He was around the SHIP facility very often, helping in any way he could. He has a helpful and peaceful presence, paired with a great sense of humor. His involvement in our Bible studies was very consistent. Not only was Bryan present, he would share his thoughts on the passages we were covering and answer questions.

One of my favorite conversations with him happened after one of our Bible studies. I was talking with him and asked him about the church he goes to and why he goes there. He told me he grew up going to this church and that is why he continues to go there. It is a great church that I had the pleasure of visiting.

I then asked him if it was dangerous for him to go there because he has to cross the boundaries into a different gang’s territory. Bryan has no involvement with gangs, but it can still be very dangerous crossing those boundaries. His answer to me was, “Yes, it is dangerous for him to get to church but he knows it is important to him and his relationship with God. Bryan trusts God to protect him.”

This conversation illustrates the character of Bryan. I would describe him as consistent, encouraging, and full of integrity. He desires to work through the obstacles in his life and live in obedience to God. He is a wonderful young man! I hope anyone reading this will be able to meet him one day!

Thanks, Ryan, for sharing Bryan’s story and for spending part of your summer investing in his life.

In January, Bryan will receive a Christmas gift from SHIP.  He does not have a sponsor, so SHIP will provide a gift for him. If you would like to sponsor Bryan, click here.

If you would like to help with our Christmas celebration in January, click here.

If you would pray for our December prayer requests, here they are.

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03 Dec December Prayer Requests

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Would you take a few moments and pray about our December prayer requests?

  1. Pray that Christmas would be a time that SHIP and our El Salvadoran friends worship Jesus Christ and the sacrifice He made coming to earth.
  2. Pray for our Enrichment Classes in December and January, especially for our students who are getting help in areas where they struggle
  3. Pray for the tutors to create fun and educational activities to inspire the students to learn.
  4. Pray for funding for all our students. The school year begins mid-January. We will send 80 students to school. (Last year we sent 55)
  5. Pray for the right tutors to come help our students in the upcoming school year. We need a total of 5 tutors.
  6. Pray for a couple to live full-time in El Salvador, sharing Jesus as they build relationships with our neighborhood.

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Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. I John 3:18

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28 Nov Would You Help SHIP on #GivingTuesday?

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Did you know today is #GivingTuesday?

It’s an opportunity to give to those less fortunate than us. You may be wondering, “Why should I give to SHIP instead of other non-profts?  Two Reasons!

Reason #1

SHIP is committed to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Our prayer and desire is for every student & every family member to trust Jesus as their Savior.  We see God working on our El Salvadoran mountain. We see relationships developing so we can earn the right to share Jesus love & salvation with each person that SHIP touches.

SHIP sends students to school to build relationships with our neighborhood kids
SHIP shares how to build a micro-business to build relationships with our neighborhood moms
SHIP”remodels” homes in our neighborhood to build relationships with our neighbors

First & foremost, SHIP is all about sharing Jesus through the relationships God builds in El Salvador.

Reason #2

Thinking of those less fortunate reminds me of the high school boys who interviewed for a scholarship this November.  Many of them had dropped out of school because it was too dangerous. Oh, they could go to school, if and only if they joined a gang.

Each of these young men wants to complete his education.
Each wants to have a better chance of success.
Each brought a parent with him to the interview.
   (One young man did bring his sister because his mom died when he was 7 years old and his sister has raised him the past 8 years)
All the parents want a good education for their sons, as well as a safe place to study.

#givingtuesday-blogIt’s not easy. In fact, it’s very difficult for our neighbors in El Salvador.  Many of them struggle to put food on the table. And that’s usually rice and beans . . . everyday! Some homes are single-parent homes where they make only $150/month. Yet, prices are often similar to the USA for many items.

These parents desperately want a good, Christian education for their children, but cannot afford it. That’s one reason SHIP began our sponsorSHIP program. The sponsorSHIP program allows families in the United States to send one of our students to school.

Your sponsorSHIP pays for:

  • Annual school registration fees ($150-$300)
  • Monthly tuition ($35-75)
  • Uniforms
  • Shoes (school shoes and gym shoes)
  • Books ($100 at a minimum)
  • Homework supplies
  • Tutors at SHIP

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Would you consider sponsoring one of our students?

For most students, $100/month will cover all their school needs throughout the year. If you are unable to sponsor at the full level, you can choose a different amount. Any amount of giving on #GivingTuesday will help send one more student to school.

Still not sure?

Let me share one last thought. SHIP is committed to sharing Jesus with each and every student we send to school.  Students will hear about Jesus at school AND at SHIP. That might be at our Monday night Bible study or our monthly outreach. Or, it might be during one of our SHIP trips planned for 2018. On each trip, we share Jesus’ sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins with our neighbors.

Would you join us in praying for SHIP’s sponsorSHIP program and how you might be involved?

Discover more about our sponsorSHIP program by clicking here to decide if sponsoring a child is a good fit for your family.

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26 Nov Our Teen Girls also say Thanks

alexandraI am thankful for the wonderful blessing of giving me a scholarship to study. Thank you for giving me everything I need for school. I thank you very much. I wish you all the best and may God shower many blessings in your lives.

Diana Chavez-16I give thanks to God and SHIP since they have given me a scholarship. They have helped me in my studies. I am very blessed. I feel very grateful for this and for the money & food I receive.

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Katherine first thanks God because he helped me go to a Christian school. He also gives me school supplies, a uniform, shoes. I have the privilege of learning the word of God. I am thankful for God giving me the scholarship because without it I would not be able to go to a Christian school. Thank you to my sponsors and to my brothers.

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