Kids for Kids

This title says it all; it’s about providing baby goats to children in need.  I know how important they can be for the families of our children.  When I sponsored a boy in Haiti, every time I sent extra money for Christmas or birthdays he would buy a goat.  When he graduated and I asked if he had a younger brother I could sponsor, Compassion sent me a new child packet for the brother and it said he was responsible for the family’s “herd of goats!”  I just had to giggle.  How wonderful!

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Lost in Translation

Here’s a great new video from Compassion highlighting the importance of sponsor letters.  Do you ever get goofy statements from your sponsored child that are hard to understand?  This video might help you understand why some words get “Lost in Translation.”

Dusty Faith

Here are more great quotes I’ve come across in recent months.

O God, when my faith gets overladen with dust, blow it clean with the wind of your Spirit.  When my habits of obedience get stiff and rusty, anoint them with the oil of your Spirit.  Restore the enthusiasm of my first love for you.  –Eugene H. Peterson

When the Ark of God was carried to the Tabernacle in Jerusalem, three men were given the honor of directing the choir for the festivities:  Asaph, who wrote many psalms; Heman, who wrote Psalm 88; and Ethan, who wrote today’s psalm [Psalm 89].  In Psalm 88 Heman holds a dour view of life–basically, “Life’s a mess and then you die…”  But Psalm 89 starts by singing the mercies of God.  We get three-quarters of the way through Ethan’s song before we realize anything’s wrong…”Oh, the kingdom of Israel is falling apart,” Ethan says, “but God is good.  His unfailing love will last forever.”  Ethan’s name means “steady, rock-solid,” and you can tell that his perspective keeps him steady through the storms of life.  No matter what happens, he sees God’s great mercy, and he sings about it.  You should also know that Ethan later changed his name to Jeduthun, meaning “the Lord is steady.”  Because of the Lord’s steadiness, we can live with a solid confidence, whatever our circumstances might be.  —One Year Book of Psalms, 7/14

I love that!  It isn’t enough to have a name that means you’re steady.  We aren’t steady and calm, but God is!  We can trust Him when everything else is falling apart.

Buckets

Here are the final quotes this week.  Aren’t they great?

God fills heaven and earth, just as the ocean fills a bucket that has been submerged a mile down.  The bucket is full of the ocean, but the ocean surrounds the bucket in all directions.  So when God says, “I fill heaven and earth,” He does, and heaven and earth is submerged in God as well.  He further says that the heaven of heavens cannot contain God.  You see, God is not contained; God contains, and there is a difference.  In Him, we live and move and have our being.  We have this habit of trying to put God into our life.  We have our own boundaries, and we think God should fit into them.  That is contrary to the very nature of God.  Nobody can control God; and therefore, God does not do the bidding of any person.  God is busy performing His purpose and will.  –A. W. Tozer, My Daily Pursuit, pg. 207

Regarding Exodus 17:8-13:

Whenever Moses raised his staff, the Israelite army succeeded.  Whenever he lowered it they started losing.  Moses’ arms grew too tired to hold the staff, however, so Aaron and another man held his arms steady.  In the original Hebrew, the word for “steady” in that story is the same word that appears in Psalm 89:8 as “faithfulness.”  This word also appears as “faith” in Habakkuk 2:4, where the prophet denounces the proud people of his day:  “They trust in themselves and their lives are crooked; but the righteous will live by their faith.”  This psalm recognizes that faithfulness is at the very core of God’s character.  And it’s not just that he will try to do what he promises–he is mighty enough to do it.  His arms are strong enough by themselves; the doesn’t need helpers to hold them up!  The psalmist tosses around other characteristics of the Lord:  righteousness and justice, unfailing love and truth.  All of this combines to paint a portrait of a God you can count on–even when everything else in your life seems to be falling apart.  As we steadily trust in God’s steadiness and faithfulness, we find life, even when the powers of death surround us.  He holds us up in his mighty arms and he will not let us down.  —One Year Book of Psalms, 7/15

Compassion Links

In addition to hurricanes and fires this has been a summer of huge devastation in many third world countries.  Please continue praying for India, Nepal and Pakistan.  This affects more than 16 million children.  Imagine that!  They really need our prayers and support.  I’ve been especially concerned for two boys I’ve previously corresponded with in India through Compassion’s ministry–Joseph and Subhah.  I’ve been equally concerned for Muuo, the young man I met in Kenya.  I’ve recently heard that his area has been facing a drought and has tried to plant three times, only to fail each time.

Please give to Compassion’s disaster relief here!  Drought relief here!

In addition, nearly every month we hear about flooding in our partner countries:

February — Colombia

March — Peru

May — Kenya

May — Indonesia

June — Bangladesh 

June — Brazil

July — Ghana

August — Togo

August — Thailand

August — Mexico

June, July, August — Colombia

August — Ethiopia

There is one link to give to all these needs — here!

 

Fire Links

We have been experiencing an unprecedented amount of fires in the west this summer.  Even our homes are filled with smoke at this time, and many homes have been damaged throughout Montana, Wyoming and other states.  We need to pray strongly for rain to put these fires out; it seems to be the only answer for such wide-spread problems.  In addition, we want to remember those who have lost everything.  Below are some links I would suggest for donating to the cause:

Fire Relief–Red Cross

It’s really sad to read this report from Montana.  She says, “We are in a huge mess over here. Devastation everywhere & the fire is all around us out here in Lolo. Most of Lolo is either evacuated or on warning. Please help if you can. Thank you.”  Here is where you can help these families:

Lolo Fire Relief — Montana

In addition, I want to honor these brave firefighters that have died this summer alone in Montana:

Brent Witham, 29

Trenton Johnson, 19

All fire-related deaths across the nation

We certainly owe a huge “Thank You” to these men and women that continually lay their lives down for us!

Here is a map of current fires in Montana and Idaho:

This is a story about a local fire that has been very close to Sheridan, WY:

Sheridan County Fire

Earlier this summer local firefighters were battling 17 fires at once.

So let’s keep praying and giving for those in need…the summer of fires is not yet over!

Flood Links

The floods in Texas and Louisiana have been horrible to observe.  I’m thankful Sarah’s apartment wasn’t flooded, or even her parking lot, and that she’s able to help many others at this time.  Here are a couple of links that I think are best for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey:

This is a link to Sarah’s church: they have many different ways to send donations for those in need. They are also out in the neighborhoods now, helping gut houses, and encouraging families that have faced such huge losses.

Clear Creek Community Church Fund

This is how it looks in the areas where Sarah has been volunteering. Imagine seeing nearly all your possessions piled up on sidewalks for dumpsters to remove:

Secondly, this girl is a Buffalo native that lives in Rockport, TX–possibly the hardest hit area of all.  Please donate to this family if you’re able and would like to help them recover:

Boyce Family Fund