Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

This film features what a difference vocational training makes for our sponsored children. This includes a variety of skills — plumbing, carpentry, cooking, sewing, welding, auto mechanics and technology — to name a few. Please enjoy hearing the wonderful story shared here.

The Least of These

Here is a new video from Compassion featuring four formerly sponsored children.  I met one of them — David — in Colorado Springs last year, and also met Olive earlier.  They’re certainly impressive in what they have already accomplished in their young lives. I’m sure you’ll find their stories to be very moving and powerful in many ways.

Imagine

Here is an excellent quote from Beth Moore that uses my “Word of the Year” — “Cast.”  Can you imagine the scene?  In this crazy world of uncertainties and division, this is real and pure–no negativity, pain, criticism or pride.  This other world is real, and will certainly win the day.

Think of some of your greatest challenges.  Picture them then go back and stamp the words “before the throne” in front of each of these challenges.  The heart of prayer is moving these very kinds of tests and trials from the insecurities and uncertainties of earth to the throne of God.  Only then can they be viewed with dependable accuracy and boundless hope.  Close your eyes and do your best to picture the glorious seraphim never ceasing to cry, “Holy, Holy, Holy!”  Imagine the lightning emitting from the throne, and hear the rumblings and the thunder.  Picture the elders overwhelmed by God’s worthiness, casting their crowns before the throne.  Approach the throne of grace with confidence, with eyes on Him, not on yourself.  Our God is huge!  Our God is able!  –Beth Moore, Portraits of Devotion, pg. 496

My favorite hymn is “Holy, Holy, Holy,” although, sadly, it isn’t sung much any more.  I still love playing this hymn on the piano in various arrangements and styles, just alone in worship and wonder.

  1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
    Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
    Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
    God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!
  2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
    Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
    Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
    Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.
  3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
    Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
    Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
    Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.
  4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
    All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
    Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
    God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!                              –Reginald Heber, 1826

Another Memorial

The final event on our trip to Kansas City was another open house memorial for my dad.  Our long-time friend, Barb, opened her home to us for the event and we were able to visit with several friends.  It was great seeing some of our parents’ dearest friends, as well as our own.2016-09-24-16-16-32

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Sad as death is, it always brings people together that haven’t seen one another for a long time, and that’s a good thing.

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Teary Eyed

My sister, Robyn, and I met in Jackson after our dad passed away to make decisions about his property.  It’s one of the saddest parts of the loss of a loved one.

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But we went through each item, one by one, and worked together well.

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We went on a bike ride in the woods and ran into dozens of elk.

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I went in town for some errands and spotted the local sheriff on horseback.

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Most of the time the mountains were eery looking because of fires.

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We did pretty well, but got teary eyed when we stopped by the Historical Society.  Daddy had spent many hours there categorizing their file cabinets and looking up obituaries for them.  Brenda, the manager, pointed out something that amazed us.  She had retained the labels Daddy had put on the microfilm equipment.

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Not only that, she said they memorialized him with special labels (with his name) on the file cabinets (later replaced with permanent ones).

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This was so meaningful for both of us.  We knew they’d appreciated the thousands of hours he had put in as a volunteer.  They also had his obituary on the wall, and she said they couldn’t even move the pencil he’d used, or a cardboard piece he’d used to shield his eyes.  This caused us to laugh in addition to our tears, because he was always rigging up something odd to keep sun out of his eyes.  I know he’s greatly missed by those who knew him.  Tomorrow would’ve been his 90th birthday.  I miss you Daddy.

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A Question

Today’s video features West Stafford, President Emeritus of Compassion International and a specific question.  It’s a heartbreaking story to hear of the abuse he endured as a child, and how his experiences caused him to be who he is today.  He became a strong advocate for children who don’t have a voice against such abuse, and against a world of poverty and hardship.  Please listen to this story carefully and you will understand what Compassion is all about and how you, too, can be a voice for children. Watch to the end and you’ll hear what the specific question is.

Gifts That Matter

What kinds of gifts make a difference to a child in need?  When I sent support to my boys in Haiti, I always wanted to suggest they purchase a soccer ball, but I knew that if they had one they would need to trade it for something practical, like a goat.  We really don’t have any idea of the hardships they are facing, but Compassion International provides many practical options for your holiday giving.  The Gift Catalog can be found at this link.  Don’t miss this chance to help provide hope for one of these precious little ones!  Thank you, thank you for giving so generously throughout this last year!