Use your Life for PEACE! One way to do that today….

Wednesday, September 17

“blessed are the peacemakers”

{Read Part 1 here}

Ladies, are you ready to be invited into being a peacemaker in the Middle East? Are you ready to give of what you have been blessed, and share what the Lord has so generously shared with you?

Remember when I asked what YOU would do if I told you that the gift of your life could:
Educate youth from Taliban occupied regions?
Send the very first girl in the history of her family to school?
Provide a job for a woman who never dreamed she could succeed? 
Empower remote communities towards a sustainable future?

I hope you would stand up and say “YES” to being a peacemaker!!
YES to help bringing the kingdom of God here on earth
YES to educating children from Taliban occupied regions
YES to sending the very first girl in her family to school
YES to providing a job to a woman that never thought employment possible
YES to empowering remote communities

And today, i'm sharing about an organization that is making these statement become reality through generous and caring people like yourself! Say hello to Shining Light International! They work in Northern Pakistan, in remote areas where the Taliban has a strong hold. Their mission is to bring education and empowerment to a region that has seen very little of either endeavor.

Their vision is 3 fold:
- Job Creation
- Community Empowerment

Did you know….
Pakistan has the world’s second highest population of girls out of school?


The Gujjar people group (whom SL works with), is 98% illiterate and face little access to education or economic opportunity for their future?

Ladies, most of you were given the most incredible educational opportunities in your lifetime. But if you would have grown up in Pakistan, you would have mostly likely been kept from receiving any formal training of any kind. Truly a travesty.

So…where do YOU come in?

I want to challenge you to give and become part of the Ray of Hope Club!

You can give $10, $25, $50 or $100 a month! It doesn’t matter what you commit, the important part is that you take a step today and say, “I want to be part of bringing PEACE to the Middle East”. It may be a small part, but IT IS A PART! Wouldn't it be amazing as readers if we as women banded together to give $10 a month, and paved the way for a generation of girls to be educated in Northern Pakistan?!?! That is my goal here, and I hope you'll say YES to this!

And because I want to do this TOGETHER with you ladies, I’m offering some fun incentives!
Prizes for every one!!!

To Enter the give-away, click here. 

Here are some amazing ways Shining Light is working in Pakistan! 

- Tent schools for the nomadic Gujjar people! YOU GUYS…SLI is the first organization to reach the nomadic tribe of the Gujjars, who live in the high mountains in the north of Pakistan. Because of their traveling lifestyle, SLI has created tent schools so that the children can get education FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR LIVES! This literally gave me the chills when I learned about it. Can you imagine being a nomadic child, and not having the opportunity to attend school? Now, not only is SLI reaching out to Gujjar children, but is specifically targeting young girls, who up until this point had never been invited or allowed to gain an education. This is ground breaking! There are now over 500 children in the remote village schools, 150 of them are girls, in school for the first time in the history of their people.

- Shining Light Academy: Like I mentioned, Pakistan has the second highest population of girls out of school. This is so disheartening! Imagine attending a school where half the room is empty and there are virtually no females present to add their voices or participate in class discussions. This is the reality for most schools in rural villages of Northern Pakistan. However SL has started a very successful academy that educates both young boys and girls! There are 375 students attending the academ.  130 of them are from persecuted minority Christian people groups from Taliban controled areas and  are receiving full scholarships, housing, food, and safety in the boys and girls' hostels.  

- Women’s Training Programs (Life Stitch Manufacturing Center): SLI has designed a year long women’s training program that trains women in skills such as sewing, knitting and embroidery, in order to start her own business! This is empowering women that have previously never been educated or given the chance to excel!

- Remote Village Development: Through the support of Shining Light, village committees are established to identify community needs and work with SLI to access urgently needed resources, materials, training and support for improved education and economic development. To date, over 500 families in some of the region’s most remote communities are directly benefiting from the Remote Village Development Program.

Ladies, I know so much is clamoring for your attention and support. But i'm asking you to consider investing your small part towards peace:) Let's DO THIS friends!!

Thank you for being awesome! Happy Wednesday! 

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