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Snapshot: Now You Know « International Aid Services America
Your support of IAS is having a tremendous impact across Africa.

Your support of IAS is having a tremendous impact across Africa.

Imagine visiting some friends for what you think will be coffee and pleasant conversation, only to be greeted with terrible news: Your family is in dire trouble.

This imaginary scenario is not all that different from what happened to the fifth-century biblical character, Nehemiah. Nehemiah, a Jew, was taken into exile to Babylon, which was then taken over by the Persians. Serving as the cupbearer for the king, he learned from his visiting brother and friends of the desperate state of Jerusalem.

When he heard this terrible news, “… [he] sat down and wept…” (Neh. 1:4). Once his friends had left him, Nehemiah was confronted with a dilemma. Unable to plead ignorance or deny the plight of his people any longer, only two choices remained: inaction or finding a way to make a difference.

2014 has been an incredible year of turmoil. Wars, famine, drought, Ebola spreading across the continent of Africa … we have read report after report of terrible atrocities and tragedies, none of which have really touched our lives in the West. We have barely been affected by these troubles, but still we have the burden of knowledge. What will we do with it?

In the midst of world tragedy, IAS continues to rebuild the proverbial “walls of Jerusalem” in the same way Nehemiah was called into action: fresh, clean water for the first time for many across the Horn of Africa; education for children who have never been to school; help for a young village mother giving birth – scared, alone and afraid; and food for those experiencing famine. We have taken these practical steps because we have been given knowledge, and with knowledge, responsibility.

mourning for a number of days
while I fasted and prayed
in the presence of the God of Heaven.”


Not all of us can begin an undertaking as extensive as what Nehemiah accomplished with God’s guidance. But we have each been granted resources at our disposal that, combined with what others have to offer, can make a real difference in the world. As it says in Luke 12:48b, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.”

Join IAS in giving hope for today and a bright future for tomorrow.

Join IAS in giving hope for today and a bright future for tomorrow.

While it is important to be thankful for the protections and blessings in our lives, it is not enough to simply give thanks and continue on, apathetic to the plight of the world. The truest form of gratitude will cost us something. Just as in the book of Nehemiah, people are in trouble. They are in great distress. The walls have been torn down and the gates set on fire. Now it is our turn. We must take this new revelation of knowledge as to what is happening in this dark world and turn it into action, because the only other alternative is to do nothing.

This Thanksgiving we give thanks for health, family, friends, and the bounty that the Lord has provided us. While we certainly have our own trials and tribulations in life, God has also blessed us with the capacity to be a blessing to others. Let us give thanks for our blessings by using them to help those in great need. Thank you so much for your continued support of IAS. Working together we can undertake great things to help the least fortunate – we will make a difference.

Because now we know … gratefully,

Douglas Mann
President, IAS America



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