Help youth find their identity in Christ

September 2023 Faces Eurasia

Ava was born in a country in Central Eurasia where women and girls are treated as a lower class. In her culture, their freedoms are limited, and no one acknowledges their intrinsic value. Sharing the gospel in this country is met with danger and hostility from the government.

Ava’s parents were committed to proclaiming the name of Jesus to those in need of hope and discipling believers in the face of persecution, despite the risks to their family’s safety.

Trapped in a climate of fear and uncertainty, Ava’s family had to make a difficult choice – when she was just 8 years old, they were forced to escape their homeland and hide from the authorities.

Imagine Ava’s life – colored by fear, the looming threat of separation from her parents if they were imprisoned, and the constant upheaval of moving from one school to another. She struggled with the pressure of mastering three new languages while trying to fit in and adapt to her ever-changing surroundings.

After years of volatile circumstances, 11-year-old Ava was introduced to a powerful, allegorical story book titled Raynell: Child of the King. This book was written to mirror the truth of God’s unconditional love and desire for us to accept our true identity in Him.

Within the pages of this story, Ava embarked on a journey with Raynell, a young girl adopted out of slavery by the Good King. She read about Raynell’s struggles to accept the love and forgiveness of the Good King. The enemy tells Raynell she will never be worthy to wear her majestic crown, symbolizing her identity as the King’s daughter.

The words of this book spoke directly to Ava’s heart:

“Child, didn’t you know that Dark Voice speaks lies?…
Daughter, your crown is like you — precious and valuable. My children wear these crowns, so they never forget who they are. You are my precious child, a child of the King.”

Ava’s connection to this story was profound. She confided in the author, revealing that she had read Raynell approximately 1,000 times. When asked about the reason for reading the story so often, Ava’s response was deeply moving: “Because every time I read it, I feel covered in peace.”

Given the challenges Ava had faced throughout her life, it’s no wonder that the Holy Spirit was using Raynell to guide and disciple her, demonstrating the boundless care and love of God in the midst of adversity.

I am writing to you today because Ava’s story is a reminder that every child of God, regardless of their circumstances, deserves to experience salvation and find their sense of purpose in Christ. In countries where Christianity is not welcome, young girls are struggling to establish their identity without the life-changing truth of Jesus.

You can help make Raynell: Child of the King available throughout Eurasia, in countries where the Good News cannot be shared openly — each book costs just $2!

Last month, 2,000 copies of Raynell: Child of the King were printed inside a country that is hostile to the gospel. Here, believers are severely persecuted, seeking refuge from the government’s retaliation. They continue to gather in secret and have no access to discipleship materials, especially for children.

These books were distributed to a network of house churches at extreme risk. Now, the hearts of young girls are being opened to the peace of the Holy Spirit, just like Ava experienced. As they learn about God’s overwhelming love, they are inspired to share these True Words with girls in their own communities and beyond.

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”  Isaiah 52:7

These churches are asking for more books! They are excited to get this inspirational resource into the hands of youth in their closed country…

We have this amazing opportunity, but we can’t do it without your help.

Will you partner with us to provide this transformative book to young girls like Ava, who have never been told of their value?

In addition to resourcing these churches, new opportunities to translate Raynell: Child of the King are presenting themselves in Turkey, Armenia, and India. Your gift of $2000 would cover the cost of translating and publishing the book in one of these new languages!

We envision using Raynell: Child of the King as a powerful evangelism tool in other countries in Eurasia as well. In countries like Turkey, families are often surprised and honored when our workers show interest in their children. Simply handing out this book will create an open door to invite entire families to learn about Jesus through Discovery Bible Studies. Our workers throughout Eurasia use Discovery Bible Studies to foster meaningful discussions and encourage families to explore faith in Jesus.

Whether we are impacting one young girl at a time with the powerful story of Raynell or reaching a whole family as they discover Jesus together, Raynell: Child of the King can create an open door for entire households to embrace the life-changing truth of the gospel.

Thank you, friend, for your compassion and generosity. Together, we can help shine the light of Christ into the darkest corners of Eurasia.

P.S.     Raynell: Child of the King is dedicated to every girl who holds the book in her hands, whether she is eight or eighty. May she overcome the lies of the Dark Voice and be led into her glorious destiny. May the True Words change her life and help her find her true identity.

  • Share: