Saturday, July 26, 2014

Eight

A while back I shared about how we became sponsors through Compassion. {Click HERE to read that post.} In the right side bar you can see the faces of our two precious children. Those two pictures sit directly across from where I sit each day on the couch. Their pictures humble me, motivate me and most importantly, they lead me to pray. It was through a time of worship that I was led (along with a handful of teenagers at a summer camp) to sponsor.

Reading their letters and seeing their drawings every couple of months inspired me to do more. So I became a Child Advocate. Since I've had opportunities to volunteer at events where hundreds of children get sponsored. It brings me to tears every single time. When setting up the table there are always a few faces that just tug at your heart. I just love it when those particular packets get snatched up by an enthusiastic new sponsor!

Here's the thing. Living in North America we can lose site of what poverty looks like. Even though it's in our very own neighborhoods. Check out these horrifying statistics. {Taken from Compassion's website HERE}


  • Worldwide 600 million children are living in extreme poverty.
  • The cost of eradicating world poverty is estimated at 1 percent of global income.
  • Almost half the world — over 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.
  • The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income.
  • 1.6 billion people — a quarter of humanity — live without electricity.
  • 6.9 million children under five years of age died in 2011, nearly 800 every hour.

  • It takes very little for us to make a huge difference in the life of a child. I love how Compassion actually goes to the local church and equips them to reach their community. Just $38 per month enrolls a child into the program in their local church where they are mentored, prayed for, and loved on regularly. They are given food and water and they will be able to stay in school or maybe even attend for the very first time. The child will then have basic healthcare and they will be taught proper hygiene. And the investment you make into their lives through the relationship you build will be forever life-changing. You may be the first person to tell them they are loved. To tell them you believe in them.

    Are you inspired yet? Well I have 8 beautiful little faces sitting next to me on the couch. I wish they were next to me in person, but they are pictures sitting in a packet. They need a sponsor. What is so cool is that the five children in Africa attend the same center as our two sponsored kids! I already have a handful of friends who sponsor in Ethiopia and Kenya as well so if one day any of us are able to go, we will be able to send things along with them!

    Look at these faces...



    Which one will you choose? I know, I made it really hard for you! You can also click HERE to look at other children needing sponsors if you want a specific country or even birthday! Maybe it's hard because you're just barely making ends meet. Well I can promise you, that we have been there and God always provides. Make the small sacrifice and sponsor today. You won't regret it! Please post a comment or email me to make your commit today!


    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Reversals


    What an incredible season of life this has been for me. It's new and exciting every day. Elli is learning something new by the minute it seems. She is almost 11 months old and she is crawling, standing (with some help), babbling and even getting out a few words, I got my first kiss on Tuesday, and her personality is busting out! And she's a goof, like her Momma. Surprised?

    For 9 years I waited for this season to come. I didn't know what it would look like, but I knew I had a deep desire to be a Mom. Only by the grace of God, I never had the feelings of fear or worry during the long wait, but I did begin to think that His plan may not include having a biological child. We left it in His hands and in that time God opened our hearts to foster care and even adoption. It was a challenging time in our lives, but rich with lessons and opportunities to be used by Him.

    In Genesis Rachel was in such despair over her barrenness that she felt like she could physically die. But like many stories in the old testament, through divine intervention there was a miracle that turned that despair into rejoicing! Whether it be the struggle with infertility, a job loss or a struggle with addiction, we can be encouraged that our God is a God of great reversals!

    "Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and opened her womb." Genesis 30:22

    He remembers you. Not always in your timing, but in His-and it's perfect. Be encouraged friends, He is faithful. His plans are far greater than ours could ever be!




    Friday, April 18, 2014

    Finished

    Today is Good Friday. I can't help but become emotional when I began to reflect on the meaning of this day. I start to feel guilty for how my sin put him there on that cross. But immediately I'm reminded that Christ died a gruesome, painful death so that I never have to feel guilt or shame. He gave His life so that we may be free from the bondage that sin puts us in. He gave us grace through His death. Grace that covers ALL our sins. And it was free. I didn't have to work for it.


    Here's a fact: We will all die. There's no escaping it. Do you want your life to count for nothing? This life is short and the pleasures of this world are not worth the eternal loss. Later in Matthew it says, "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?". I'll warn you now, you won't be the most popular. People may even mock you. But Jesus doesn't call us to be liked by everyone, He simply calls us to be faithful. It isn't easy being a Christian, and we will suffer persecution just as Jesus warned in Matthew and John, but the eternal reward is well worth it.


    So on this cross, the promises of a Messiah in Scripture is fulfilled. He was nailed or 'pierced' as the prophet Zechariah foretold (Zec 12:10). And it was for YOU. To receive that gift all you have to do is accept it.


    "It is finished." John 19:30

    fin·ished

      
    adjective
    1.
    ended or completed.
    2.
    completed or perfected in all details, as a product
    3.
    polished to the highest degree of excellence