Hope and Health, from just $10.

Merry Christmas y’all! Just wanted to bring some light to a great thing that Compassion International is doin’ now. Ricky & I love the idea of using some of the money God is blessing us with the ability to buy something that a child from a 3rd world country or an extremely poor person needs. If we don’t know the best way to do that, our guess work is cut out now! Compassion International has a gifts catalog.

I’m just so excited to let you know that you can bless a family by buying them a particular item they may desperately need for their enjoyment, well being, health, or even survival. All starting from only $10.00. Here’s what that small amount can do:

Mosquito Net

MOSQUITO NET

Mosquitoes carry malaria, which kills nearly one million people every year. This gift can help give children and their families a mosquito-free sleep with an insecticide-treated bed net and prevention education.

Funds raised from this item will be used to provide: mosquito nets & malaria prevention activities in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Togo. Should excess funds be raised, we will meet other urgent needs as they arise.

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To check out the entire catalog site, just click HERE! …and be assured that as you bless others and continue to give from what God has given you, He will provide all your needs & bless you in return.  He is just so faithful that way.
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All-Star Cast of Musicians to Join w/Compassion International for an AMAZING online Concert!

I can’t wait til Feb. 27th!

One month following the 7.1 earthquake that struck Haiti, an all-star cast of musicians is gathering for “Help Haiti Live,” a two-city (in LA @ the historic Wiltern Theater & Nashville’s famous Ryman Auditorium) ticketed concert event taking place on February 27th, 2010 to benefit Compassion International’s Haiti disaster relief fund.

No, I didn’t buy tickets to hear it all live, but I’ll be hearing it live from my game room at home, because Compassion Int’l is streaming all performances live from both cities online, at HelpHaitiLive.com. (!) I cannot tell you how supportive I am of Compassion’s efforts, and how this organization has been meeting the physical and spiritual needs of Haitians for more than forty years and will continue to serve them in this time of extreme need. Already Compassion International has supplied more than 15,000 families with clean water, food, blankets, temporary shelter, medical supplies and counseling.  Donations from this event will lay bricks, feed, educate, clothe, heal and rebuild Haiti for many months to come in Jesus’ name.

So without further ado ~ y’all MUST check out this line-up!… Continue reading

Blessed to be a blessing

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Why are we here, if not to bring glory to God. Can you think of a better way to glorify your God than to help ease suffering children by providing for them medicine, schooling, & nourishment for thier bodies & spirits?

So many are waiting to be chosen & sponsored. Please consider joining the ranks of all kinds of people who bless a child with Compassion. You’ve been given so much, & you have been blessed so that you may be a blessing.

Thank you!!

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

My Email from Shaun Groves

Wonderful news report about Global Food Crisis Day!

Here’s a snippet from an email I just rec’d from musician/Bloggers’ Manager for Compassion, Mr. Shaun Groves:

“On March 11th almost 500 … bloggers and almost 1,000 radio stations partnered with Compassion International to raise awareness and funds to benefit those currently affected by the global food crisis. The one day event was dubbed Global Food Crisis Day and it was a success due in no small part to you.
Compassion International’s financial goal for Global Food Crisis Day was to raise $1 million. Instead, over 27,000 donors gave more than $3.1 million! And the number continues to grow as donations continue to be processed!
In addition to donations to Compassion International‘s Global Food Crisis Fund, more than 2,000 children were also sponsored as a result of the many radio broadcasts and your inspiring words on-line…”

Praise & glory to God.

A Perfect Day

If you’ve ever wondered if or when you should give anything to people who are suffering from hunger and poverty, the answer is YES, and today is a perfect day to start.

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Just a few years back, I remember moving to a new a new area with no job. We had no income to speak of. But The State of Oregon had laws in place to help us get the things we needed. They had an amazing class where my husband & I both learned the best ways how to get a job & keep it.empty As we searched & worked on our resumes, we received money in the form of an “EBT” card – over $400.00 a month, which more than covered all the food a family of three could ingest! Every time I pulled out that card to pay for groceries, I thanked my God in heaven for such extravagant provision. Ours is a nation truly blessed.

 

There are many developing countries that (without giving horrible statistics) have no laws in place & no options to aid their hungry people. But we can help them! You can help someone really live, along side Compassion. Think back – about what your family, friends, and government have given to you over the years to help when you needed it…and simply pass it on. $13, $39  or $78 – you choose the amount, to give a child all they really need to thrive ~ nutritionally and spiritually.

If someone asks you what day it is today, answer, “It’s Global Food Crisis Day”. A perfect day to start giving back – start influencing lives of the less fortunate in your journey with Compassion.

For some more info. on what this special day is about, check out fellow Compassion blogger (& designer), Brad Ruggles’ latest blog post, “Global Food Crisis Day Today“.

24 ~ in three different lights

I love “24”. Jack can save the world – save “millions” of lives in just 24 hours.

My last 24 hours wasn’t as exciting. Yesterday was long. Work went well, but kind of stressful. I was feeling stuffy trying to fight off a chest-cold with air-borne, and neither my little girl nor myself could take a nap, because she had just learned how to escape her ‘sleeping quarters’ . It’s finally time to graduate to her big-girl bed. I couldn’t find my wallet or my phone – it’s goin’ on a week now. And I found out I need a crown and my son has no enamel on his teeth due to a high fever he had when he was 2, so he has many cavities, and we have no insurance.

But it all seems a little insignificant in light of what I recently read happens in the span of 24 hours elsewhere:

  • Over 13,000 children age 5 & younger will die of hunger
  • About 3,000 children will die of diseases caused by unclean water & poor sanitation
  • Nearly 3,000 children will die from malaria

These stats blow my mind. Nearly 20k kids dead, in 24 hours. It seems so senseless! But in one day, we can help turn these numbers around. We really, really can.

Ricky & I have been able to make a dent in the numbers by reaching out to even one 6-yr. old child, Jhonatan. It doesn’t seem like a big impact (just one child), but I know that our $32., the letters from his American friend, Braylon, & our prayers really do make a big impact on Jhonatan and his family. Would you join us? Those who have a little bit extra are called to give to those who do not. But ya know, those who do not have a little extra are also called to give to those who are suffering from poverty. When you answer, God will more than step up to your level of faith and provide for you. Faith can do wonders. He’ll reward every effort. It is his very nature, as our Provider & Father…and we will know in our hearts that we obeyed.

I’m no Jack Bauer, but I can help save one life, and I can’t think of a better feeling.

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For more info, or if you want to choose a child to impact as well, just click over to C.I. (Compassion International) & start your search.