Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Where's the legs??

There is this guy, Mark... he's pretty funny actually. He is helping a bunch of kids in a far off land. He posted this cute picture on his blog and since I am a "farmer" of sorts myself. I got a kick out of it.

Below the picture it says:

They cut their legs off so they can't get away.

Oh Mark you are one funny guy! Check Mark out at his blog.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Love is something you DO

In our family, one of the very first songs our babies learn how to sing is
"Fishers of Men"

I will make you fishers of men, (throw out the fishing line)
Fishers of men, (throw out the fishing line)
Fishers of men, (throw out the fishing line)
I will make you fishers of men, (throw out the fishing line)
If you follow Me. (motion to come with me)

If you follow Me, (motion to come with me)
If you follow Me, (motion to come with me)
I will make you fishers of men, (throw out the fishing line)
If you follow Me. (motion to come with me)

Hear Christ calling (put your hand up to your ear)
Come unto Me,(motion to come with me)
Come unto Me, (motion to come with me)
Come unto Me,(motion to come with me)
Hear Christ calling, (put your hand up to your ear)
Come unto Me, (motion to come with me)
I will give You rest, (put your head on your hands)
I will give You rest, (put your head on your hands)
I will give You rest, (put your head on your hands)
Hear Christ calling, (put your hand up to your ear)
Come unto Me,motion to come with me)
I will give you rest. (put your head on your hands)

This song is so fun to sing with little children because, long before they are able to remember the words or how the tune goes... they remember the body motions that go with the song.

You start singing the song and they automatically start the motion. Fun, fun, fun.

Missionary Bobby Burnette says, "Love is not something you just talk about love is something you do."

So "DO" sing this song with your children and grandchildren. You'll be happy when you see your little baby praising God, even before they are old enough to talk.

I mentioned Bobby and Sherry because they are missionaries in Haiti and they like to "do".

Whether they are building churches and schools, like this one in Le Tant, or holding a mobile medical clinic in a mountain village, Love A Child works every day to help the people of Haiti. In Le Tant, we are building block houses for poor families and individuals to replace mud and stick huts. In Fond Parisien, we built a fish farm near our orphanage to provide fresh tilapia. We dig wells and distribute seeds to farmers, we even raise goats!

See... you knew somehow I'd get back around to goats didn't you!!! I do love my goats!

This is not my song "Fishers of Men" but it's a nice new version. I though maybe you'd like to hear it...

Matthew 4:19 Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Put your money where your mouth is!

Kiva - loans that change lives

I just joined Kiva and it was more fun than shopping on E-bay! First go to Kiva.org, at the top of the page you'll see register. Click on that. Sign up to become a member. Next - click on View all entrepreneurs.

Now, just take a look at the groups in front of you. There are groups from North America, South America, Central America, Africa, Asia, Middle East and Eastern Europe.

The groups or individuals are people - REAL PEOPLE who need loans. The reasons for the loans are many. Some are building their business, some are buying stock and inventory, some are wanting to buy an ox.

An ox? Yes, an ox. You know, the kind brown, four legs, moos, gives milk sometimes, carries heavy objects.

Every one on Kiva is a deserving individual who wants to borrow money. Scroll down the list and find someone you can lend money to.
Today, I loaned money to the Llegando Lejos (Going Far) Groups 1 & 3

Eugenia, the group leader, has five children, ages 2, 6, 7, 11 and 16. She lives in a batey (which is a very poor community) of Haitian families in El Seibo, Dominican Republic. Families that live in bateys have small houses generally made of scrap tin and wood; the best possible accommodation is a cement-block house. These ¨houses¨ consist of only one room where the whole family lives together. To provide for her family, Eugenia has a small business killing chickens and selling their meat in neighboring bateys. In order to travel between bateys, Eugenia pays a small fee to ride on the back of a motorcycle.
By receiving loans, she and the other members of the Bank of Hope are better able to survive the economic fluctuations and frequent sicknesses that make work hard and volatile. With this next loan, Eugenia hopes to further grow her business by buying more chickens and travelling to more bateys. Someday she dreams of owning her own house. Eugenia also wants to be able to provide the best for her children, including a good education, so that they will have a bright future.

Please become a loaner.


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Why Father Marc?

He's a Navy guy! (Don't you just love men in uniform? Of course I'm a little partial because my son is in the service... November 2008 update. BOTH of my sons are in the Navy!) Marc Boisvert has inspired enough people to raise enough money to buy over 100 acres, built two schools, an orphanage and a soup kitchen. In my opinion, he is the poster child for "CAN DO".

I write this blog every day hoping to inspire you to find a cause. Any cause.

I think because we are humans and are always - always- always questioning power! Any power, be it your boss, your spouse, your government or your God. We question always WHY. I bet you are sitting there wondering to yourself, why does she want me to have a cause?

Here is why...I want you to just take it for granted that Matthew is telling us the truth and giving you the reason why you need a cause. Who's Matthew you ask? Well he's a tax collector and as Forest Gump would say, "That's all I have to say about that."

Anyway Matthew said:

When God is ready to judge all of us we will be judged equally. Everyone will be asked the same questions and God will save those who have been obedient. If you read Matthew's words you will know that without a doubt those who have fed the hungry, welcomed a stranger, given clothing to the naked and cared for the sick and those in prison. Will be saved.

Father Marc has a cause and he didn't sit around wondering why.


Do you want to know why he knows the first name of over 600 children?Do you want to know why he knows them?

Hmmm.... he doesn't ask why... he provides over 1,200 children with academic and vocational educations and manages to see to it that 3,000 meals are prepared and served daily.

He believes Matthew and on Thursday, December 01, 2005 Father Marc wrote:

This is a photo of a little boy I saw this morning in a run-down orphanage not too far from here. The 65 children there have no beds, no extra clothes, and most do not go to school. The director of the orphanage has sold all his worldly possessions in order to buy food for the kids and it is almost all gone. These children need your help. Please pray that some generous persons respond and provide these poor children with the hope for a better tomorrow. Maybe that generous person is you or someone you know. Pray, pray for these children of God.

When I read what he wrote, I was so amazed. He wasn't asking why this was happening, he was just asking us to pray.

He didn't think, "Gosh I should pray for my own work........" He prayed for the orphanage that was failing.

Isn't it just the greatest thing, that when you pray, you don't only have one prayer? You are allowed to pray for as many as you want and the prayer you gave away, won't take away from your prayers! Your allotment of prayers will never run out. I've found infact, the more I pray, the more I have to pray about!

Back to who has inspired me today. Father Marc.

His children live at Hope Village. Please take time and read his blog because if I can't inspire you to find a cause, I have faith that he can.

I believe Matthew 25 speaks to me and I pray it speaks to you when you are looking for a cause.

...for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.

So don't ask why. Simply - Just do it!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

It's a bunch of crocs!

As I was leaving my sisters new home last week I saw a pair of crocs sitting by the garage door. My first thought was, "My sister wears crocs?!!!???!" I just couldn't believe that. She's just not the croc type of woman. Seeing those crocs prompted me to tell her to make sure she recycles them and not to just pitch them in the garbage can when she was tired of them or she thought they were worn out.

She didn't know what I was talking about... so I told her.

Go HERE to find a place which will take your old crocs.

Or send them to:
crocs recycling - west3375 enterprise ave.bloomington, CA 92316
crocs recycling - east1500 commodity blvd.lockbourne, OH 43137

Now you may be asking why in the world wouldn't I just put them in the local Goodwill box? And If you've been following my blogs at all, you know I LOVE Goodwill... so why not just donate them there?

Here's why.

First you wear your crocs shoes until the tread becomes worn and they reach their end-of-life.
Then you share your old crocs by donating your worn-out crocs shoes at participating retail locations.

Next they get recycled
The once worn-out crocs footwear are received, they are sorted, ground up and made into new SolesUnited recycled shoes.

The recycled shoes are loaded into containers and are picked up at the warehouse by our shipping partners, who then send them to approved non-profit organizations around the world.

Would you like to see where some shoes got some action?

Partners In Health (PIH)

Now after watching that video, I feel so much better about my sister wearing crocs. I hope that you too will remember what to do when your crocs are worn out.