A Hearts Cry to Rescue Children

When Helen and I visited Uganda in 1985 on an evangelistic crusade, a poor orphaned boy looked up with desperation in his big brown eyes and pleaded with us to take him back home with us. The child was suffering from malnutrition and wearing nothing more than dirty old rags. The region in where the boy lived was still suffering from the affects of Idi Amin’s brutal regime – poverty and despair was evident everywhere you looked. Uganda had more than 1 million AIDS orphans children at that time and that figure was climbing each day; sadly, over half of all children in Uganda were expected to die before the age of five. Our hearts were so deeply moved by this little boys cry for help that it changed the whole direction of both our ministries for years to come.
We left Uganda and headed back home with the child’s plea etched in our memories. Over the next few months we could not shake off the imagery of what we had seen and experienced while in Africa. The compassion that we felt for those children was still burning strong. The sound of the little African boy’s voice was still resonating in our memories and it eventually became too much for us to bear - we both determined in our hearts to do something about it. When we heard about the Muslims starting up orphanages in Uganda and training orphaned children in their own Islamic belief systems – we became incredibly disturbed. I said to Helen, ‘we have a great opportunity here to gather these children together and raise them up in the ways of God. God loves these little children and it is up to God’s people to show the extent of His love by caring for them - this is what James describes as ‘pure religion.’ We took a huge leap of faith and set the wheels in motions to provide housing, food, schooling and medical facilities for some of these orphaned children.

We went throughout Australia and the USA raising sponsorships for the children in Uganda and Zambia. In 1989 we formed a missionary organization called International Gospel Centre Inc (IGC) and started to raise sponsorships to help suffering children in third world countries. Over the years, IGC was able to raise thousands of dollars through sponsorships. Schools, medical centers and orphanages were built as a result of these sponsorships.

In 1995 we handed the running of the organization over to our son and daughter in-law, John and Julie Beard. John and Julie run the organization with the same great passion that we had - the vision that was birthed into our hearts still continues to be the driving force behind the organization today. IGC continues to raise sponsorships so that the lives of little children around the world may be blessed. This work has continued to prosper through the generosity and faith of God’s people.

These scriptures penetrated our hearts:
"Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27

"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth."
1 John 3:17-18

Housing the homeless


Feeding the Hungry


Providing education


Providing medical care and giving dignity back to lives


Liza

 

Other Missions

Salvador -
Seeing the Harvest 2008
Phillippines 1995
Zambia 1992
A Cry to Rescue Children 1985
Uganda 1985