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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Stephen.. meaning "Crowned One"


"Crowned One"... a fitting name for a child who has needed to put on his full armor to go into battle...
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Stephen approached his principle at Faith Roots International Academy in Ghana at the end of the first semester last December and said not only would he not be coming back because he could not afford school but that he was ALONE. After a home visit by the headmaster this is what was found...

One room... crumbling mud hut.... lacking structure... minimal food.... lost hope... a new baby... a mother who had been gone for 5 MONTHS to find work... and a 17 year old who had just worked hard to finish the first semester of his 6th grade year.

Stephen's mom arrived back home shortly before Christmas. She told the headmaster that she has been ill since she left her home to look for work. She depended on the kindness of strangers to get her well enough to move back home. The headmaster fears the worst...HIV or another debilitating disease. He said she looked so lean and the baby wasn't well either.

So, we are reaching out...we need to find a sponsor for Stephen. It's a $50 per month commitment for Stephen's school fees, book fees, lunch fees, transportation, after school program, uniform, and various other ways that we can support him and his family. 

 Will you prayerfully consider offering HOPE to Stephen and his family? Will you rally a small group, your classroom, your office to help a child who is desperately wanting to go to school and one day provide for his family? You will have the opportunity to write letters back and forth with Stephen and monitor his progress through report cards. You can even go visit him if you want. Stephen goes to the same school as one of our baby girls.

For more information or commitment to "foster" Stephen through this chapter of life, please leave a comment or email me at sponsorships@cityofrefugeoutreach.com. 

Please help me share Stephen's story and change the life of ONE CHILD today. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

faithful in the little

The most prominent and invading thoughts in my head over the past few weeks.. months really... have been "Jesus, what else can I do? What do you have for me?".. So, do you see the issue? I didn't for months, years even. Because in my mind, I was available to Him to be used and I still am but my focus has changed. I have spent many nights crying on the floor, begging my husband to let me stop working and move to some far away land. Jeremy has been patient with me and quietly whispered words of encouragement. He has gently asked "When will it be enough for you? " Through my husband, the Lord has whispered a few words of wisdom into His answer for me...

First... it is NOT about what else I can do for Him. His love for me is not based off what I can do for Him. He doesn't even need me to "do" for Him. But, out of a deep love for Him, I have the honor to do for His children what they can't for themselves and so do you.

Second, He had already answered the second question and readdresses it every single day for me. He has strongly commanded be to be faithful in the little that I put in front of you today. Be faithful to each patient who walks into your exam room, be faithful to the husband I have given you, be faithful to the dishes and clothes you have to wash because they are gifts from above and some people don't have that, be faithful in finishing the child sponsorship packets that you keep putting off because you don't feel like paperwork matters, be faithful in the finances I have entrusted you with, be faithful to your parents who I have given to guard you in this life, be faithful to your friends and community group. Over and over Jesus whispers to me... "Be faithful in what I place before you each day. Don't go looking for more because then you short change the other." 

Be faithful in the little and I will do 
"immeasurably more than you could ever ask or imagine"
- Eph. 3:20 

What is he asking you to be faithful in?