Monday, January 30, 2012

One of my favorite things about New Day Christian School here at Eagles Nest is in the morning when all of the kids come together for a devotion and worship. They are taught to praise Jesus by singing and dancing. They are surrounded by others who are learning about Christ, and every day they are told that Jesus loves them.

You can be a part of this.

Will you join me on February 3rd, in giving up your lunch, so that these kids can receive an education- not only in math and science, but in God's word.

All it takes is One Day/ One Lunch.

Are you in?

Friday, January 27, 2012

One Day...

Ever since moving to Guatemala, my eyes have been opened to the many needs of those living around us. My friends, the kids that I laugh and play soccer with, and go to church with, live in poverty every day and it breaks my heart. I hurt for them knowing that most of their day consists of working in the fields so their family can eat that day and it breaks my heart further that they can’t even afford to go to school. They wear the same torn up clothes every day because they can’t afford new ones and yet they never complain. These kids are no longer just a face to me anymore- they are my friends.

“Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.”  - Bob Pierce

Last year on February 3rd, a group of us decided to do something about the poverty I had witnessed in Ethiopia while picking up my baby sister Havyn- so we launched the One Day/One Lunch project. You can read about it here: 
Over $6,000 was raised for the Adami Tulu Preschool in Ethiopia, because people like YOU and people like ME decided to do something. We came together and chose to give up our lunch for just one day and donate what we would have spent on lunch that day to those in need instead. That small sacrifice made a huge difference in those many children's lives. I cannot thank you enough for that.

This year, I like to once again ask you to join me in making a difference in the life of a child. This year on the one year anniversary , February 3rd, I’d like to ask you to join me once again in going without lunch and give what you would have spent on lunch that one day to Eagles Nest International to be used for school scholarships. But I’d also like to ask you to take it a step further and challenge your friends, your family, your coworkers, your class mates and your entire school or entire church to join in. Can you imagine what an impact we could make if God’s people came together and decided to sacrifice by giving up their lunch- for just one day? It’s something so simple we can all do.

As we all know, education is the key to breaking free from the cycle of poverty and yet so many of us take it for granted. It cost approximately $450 a year per student to attend the New Day Christian school on Eagles Nest campus. $450 a year for a child to not only be educated in math and science but more importantly in the word of God. While not all of us have $450 laying around, if a bunch of us came together and gave what we could, gave up our lunch money for one day- together we could make a difference.

Will you please join us this February 3rd? Will you be a part of bringing the message of hope and healing to those who have so little?

All it takes is…

One Day.

One Lunch.

Are you in?

 To give go here: (scroll down for school scholarships please).  Thank you for being a part of these children's hope for the future. :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

For I (Jesus) was hungry, while you had all you needed. I was thirsty, but you drank bottled water. I was a stranger, and you wanted me deported. I needed clothes, but you needed more clothes. I was sick, and you pointed out the behaviors that led to my sickness. I was in prison, and you said I was getting what I deserved. RESV — RICHARD E. STEARNS VERSION

Monday, January 23, 2012

I watched as little Raul raised his hands in worship yesterday at church. Not ashamed of  who was watching or what they were thinking. 
I stood in awe at this precious boy who had been through more hurt in his three years of life than most people ever will, giving glory to the Father. That's the kind of faith we should strive to have, a pure and innocent heart giving our all to our Father in Heaven.

"And he said: 'I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.'" Matthew 18:3.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

We expect good service. We want it to be done fast, and we want it to be done right. At restaurants, at stores, hotels, even at our our home, we expect to be waited upon. 
"For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many." Matthew 20:28.

Sometimes, we forget that we are supposed to be the servant. As followers of Christ, we should strive to be like Him, and He served others. He put everyone else above himself. Jesus didn't get so wrapped up in His own needs that he forgot about everyone else, like we so often do. He took care of the hungry, the sick, the thirsty, and the naked, before He even took care Himself. 

"The greatest among you will be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted" Matthew 23:11-12