Happiness

Compassion’s ministry is helping thousands of mothers, especially young ones, to learn now to care for their new babies.  They’re providing resources, education and supplies that make it possible, literally, for the babies to survive.  This is a really sweet and compelling video you don’t want to miss:

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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!

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.”

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

 

God is Real–Part Five

How do I know God is real?  It simple: I’ve experienced Him in amazing ways.  Today’s example is pretty zany and funny.  I was in the Dominican Republic with my friend, Mindy, to introduce her to her sponsored child (I had already met him on a previous trip, and Mindy had become his sponsor).  We were headed to the Haitian border the next day but on this particular day we were returning from a trip by van into the country.  During a rest stop I went to get back on the bus, not knowing that they were hosing it down on the opposite side.  With a great whoosh! all the mud, grease and grime came flying up from under the van and splattered all over my khaki pants.  They were blackened from the grease and mud.

In the morning, after my shower, I said to Mindy, “I’m going to wear the same pants that got splattered yesterday, because I’ll just get them dirty again today,” and put them on.  She said, “Those aren’t the same pants; they’re perfectly clean.”  I looked down and she was right.  She didn’t believe they were the same pants, and we argued while I let her look through my luggage because I didn’t have any other khakis.  But they were now spotless.  She exclaimed, “Jesus did the laundry while we were sleeping!”  Now, I know that seems ridiculous, but think about it:  as we discussed, we were heading to child development centers to visit precious Compassion kids near the Haitian border.  Perhaps it was important that we appear clean and spotless, representing our Lord, and also give honor to the children, by giving them our best.  That was the only reason we could think of for the little “miracle” that day.  Our God is real!  But the next story is going to be amazing–watch for it on Friday!

For previous posts in my “God is Real” series, click below:

God is Real–Part One (a baby that nearly didn’t make it to birth)

God is Real–Part Two (a specific healing, and one that was not a healing)

God is Real–Part Three (a hurtful e-mail)

God is Real–Part Four (pain)