Justice Ventures International (JVI) is working to bring freedom, justice and restoration to migrant men, women and children living in Beijing, China. Over 200 million people from China’s rural areas have flooded the cities in a quest for better employment opportunities. But these migrant communities often suffer from oppressive and illegal working conditions and are denied access to decent education, sanitation and housing. Some migrants fall prey to human traffickers and are lured, coerced and tricked into the sex trade and other abusive situations.
JVI partners with several leading NGOs which focus on children and migrant families who live in slum communities. These NGOs provide migrant communities with the resources needed for their survival and development. In the last six months, JVI has facilitated multiple legal trainings in migrant communities. These trainings gave migrants direct access to Chinese attorneys who specialize in areas of law that touch upon the daily life of migrant workers and their families. They also provided a forum for migrant workers to ask questions and receive individualized help. These trainings are equipping the migrant communities to advocate for their rights. JVI has also conducted training for partner staff to operate more effectively and efficiently by addressing legal problems that might arise as they carry out their work. This holistic work with our partners encourages systemic changes that bring freedom, justice, and restoration to these vulnerable and exploited men, women and children.
Please pray that more migrant families will receive achieve greater freedom and justice through the expansion of migrant legal aid training and counseling programs to the migrant communities in Beijing as well as the growing involvement of volunteer lawyers to support this work.
Greetings from Guatemala!
In January we had the privilege of hosting several teams that helped us get the year off to a great start! In total we were able to provide 4 new homes to needy families in the Labor de Falla, Cerro Alto and Bola de Oro communities. The teams also constructed ONIL stoves, conducted VBS and provided a dental clinic for 4 days in Labor de Falla!
Last month our CRI family celebrated the miracle of hearing for Diana Espana! The video on the right captures her cochlear implant being turned on for the first time! The Espana family and all of us at CRI are so thankful for the Lord's provision!
One new project that we are very excited about is our water filters! We started in December, providing each home that we build with a Sawyer water filter. We are asking the family to commit to share this clean water source with their neighbors as well. In this way we are able to go to the source of many of the medical problems that we treat that are due to dirty water sources. The Sawyer filter is an amazing product and at a cost of $60, it is our lowest cost project and it has an amazing impact for the communities that we serve.
There will be a training event for the Sawyer water filters on February 22, hosted by Pastor Sam Glenn and Water with Blessings:
Community Church of God
700 Clayton Ave
Thank you so much for your partnership in the Gospel. Together we are making disciples in Guatemala and seeing the Kingdom of God advanced.
In His service,
Fontaine & Paula Greene
4501 46th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
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