Wednesday, February 23, 2011

He's doing a new thang.

“Look at the nations and watch— 
   and be utterly amazed. 
For I am going to do something in your days 
   that you would not believe, 
   even if you were told." 
Habakkuk 1:5 (NIV) 

He's doing a new thang.
What exactly? Well I'll tell you. 

The Lord is using college students to do big things in His name. 
Passion conferences. Missions. Campus revivals. 


raising money with Breakaway to free children in India and Haiti. 
If you read my last post you know the goal was $27,300. 
As of Tuesday...with 2 more weeks to go...the current raised total is:

are you ready?

drumroll please....

hang in there...

it's worth it...................



Yes. That much. $10,000 away from doubling the original goal.
This little bitty blog played a little part in that, and that makes me proud; because I'd hate for you to just read any of this and never be moved to action.

I'm so grateful to those who gave.
You've been a part of a new "something" God is doing.
What a blessing to give in His name!

**If anyone would still like to donate, go to Breakaway Ministries**

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

In Haiti. In India. In His name.

Last night at Breakaway, Ben Stuart called our hearts and attention to two ministries:

As Our Own and Restavek Freedom Foundation.
(**you can also find more about As Our Own on their Facebook page**)

If you're unfamiliar with one or both of these great organizations, here's a little background.

As Our Own is an organization whose heart is to rescue girls who are born into the sex trade in the red light districts of India. The founder of As Our Own, Ralph Borde, along with his team, have followed the Lord's call to rescue these girls and raise them as their own, giving them an education, leading them to the Lord, protecting them....loving them.

For just $3,300 a girl can be rescued from a life of prostitution. For just $3,300 she can be free for life.

Our goal through Breakaway is to raise enough to offer freedom and a life of joy to five girls.

Restavek Freedom Foundation is committed to freeing as many of the close to 300,000 children enslaved in child labor in Haiti as possible.

Restavek: {noun}
a child who stays with a person other than a biological parent; a domestic servant or slave; a border who is mistreated; a poor child from the country

In the aftermath of the tragedy in Haiti, many families, overwhelmed by poverty and the impossible need to provide for their children, have had to give their children away...either to other family members or other people in their communities. Unfortunately, this has led to an exorbitant number of children being used as slaves in Haiti. Restavek Freedom Foundation has committed to finding these children and fighting for their freedom and a chance at a better life. One of the biggest ways they can achieve this is by insuring that the children are able to attend schools...most of which are owned and operated by pastors and churches. These children are offered freedom from slavery...and introduced to true freedom from the captivity of the Enemy.

For just $360, one of these children can be freed

Our goal through Breakaway is to raise enough for 30 of these children to be free.


That's a collective goal of $27,300. 
For 35 children to be free.
For 35 children to be loved.
For 35 children to encounter the Lord.

We have about one month to raise these funds. 
According to my site meter, there's around 700 of you on this blog in a month....and I'm thinking that together we can put at least a little dent in that $27,300. 

I'm not asking you to leave a comment. Heaven forbid. ;) If I've ever asked you to come out of blurking and make your presence on this blog known, I am begging you now. 
I'm not asking this for me. I'm asking for them
And I'm asking for you. 

At the end of this, at least 35 precious littles are going to be free, and you can be a part of that. 
I know so many people who want to help...want to serve, want to give of themselves, but they just don't know where to do it. I'm wondering...if maybe you're one of those people. And if you are, this is the perfect place. Every cent that is sent in is going straight to rescuing these children, to offering them freedom, hope, and Life

If there's anything I've learned, it's that God doesn't need me. He doesn't need my money, He doesn't need my talents. He does not need me. But. He wants me. He wants me to be a part of the work He is doing. And He wants you

$200. $20. $2. It doesn't matter. The widow's mite was offering enough.
Pray about this. Pray for these children.
If the Lord is speaking to you to give towards our goal, there's an easy and convenient paypal donation button at the top, right-hand corner of this page.  

I truly believe we can do some damage on this goal. 
I dare you to show me--show YOU--how much you can really do! 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Blog Challenge. Day Thirty. Don't judge me for my favorite song.

Laugh if you must :)
The instructions said to post my favorite song...and this is the only one I've always loved. Since childhood. Seriously.

The Great Adventure
by Steven Curtis Chapman

Saddle up your horses

Started out this morning in the usual way
Chasing thoughts inside my head of all I had to do today
Another time around the circle try to make it better than the last

I opened up the Bible and I read about me
Said I'd been a prisoner and God's grace had set me free
And somewhere between the pages it hit me like a lightning bolt
I saw a big frontier in front of me and I heard somebody say "let's go"!

Saddle up your horses we've got a trail to blaze
Through the wild blue yonder of God's amazing grace
Let's follow our leader into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other - this is The Great Adventure

Come on get ready for the ride of your life
Gonna leave long faced religion in a cloud of dust behind
And discover all the new horizons just waiting to be explored
This is what we were created for

We'll travel over, over mountains so high
We'll go through valleys below
Still through it all we'll find that
This is the greatest journey that the human heart will ever see
The love of God will take us far beyond our wildest dreams

Yeah... oh saddle up your horses... come on get ready to ride