Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Aiding and Abetting

So much loss has occurred around the World lately.
 I watched two movies about AIDS yesterday.
One was Philadelphia, that I was banned from viewing as a child (even though I really wanted to see it). and the other was Journey to Jamaa; which translates to Journey to God.
Both were real and honest in the portrayal of events that occurred because of AIDS.
In Jamaa, there was a redemption story by the family affected by AIDS.
Kids were accepted by family and learned about Jesus.



In Philadelphia, the person won a lot of money for a wrongful termination lawsuit.  I haven't googled to see if it was actually appealed, though.

Both movies impacted me deeply. Yes, the horrible way people die from AIDS is tragic. But I think the part that really affected me was the fact that I live in a way to not think about this disease impacting people. I have not been personally impacted by it and therefore do not think about it day to day. Except

Except.

We sponsor a boy in Kenya, Africa who lives in an AIDS affected area. It doesn't mean he specifically has AIDS, but the area in which he lives is deeply impacted and affected by it. We support the AIDS fund through Compassion and yet..

and yet..

I have to watch movies to remind myself of AIDS and its impact on God's people.  I pay my $7/month to Compassion and don't think twice about where that money goes and who it passes through to help. I have become apathetic to a cause I help support financially. My money does the talking for me and my mind thinks about other things like canning vegetables, planning a youth calendar of events, and other assorted tasks. Forgive me.

Forgive my heart for not letting this world-wide disease to impact me deep enough to remember. Forgive me for not thinking about where my money is spent each month in the AIDS fight in Kenya. Forgive my spirit for not reminding me about the PEOPLE.

AIDS awareness month is October.  Why not Sponsor a Child in an AIDS affected area and start a relationship with them BEFORE that month so when October rolls around, you can remember. And you can tell your sponsored child that you're helping people in their community affected by AIDS?
Or just sign-up to help financially through Compassion's AIDS awareness program that involves prevention training, testing, and medicine for those inflicted with AIDS!

Will you care for the least of these? - Jesus





Tuesday, July 29, 2014

We're called

God asks us to care for ALL His Children.  

Do you love Jesus? 

Then show Him by loving what He loves; children, widows, orphans, justice. 



That is a new course and challenge surging through the youth group. 

We've learned about Jesus and will continue to learn about Him as we follow His commands. 

What does this look like? 
 
  • Serving the least of these alongside serving our church in various roles
  • creating care packages for missionaries
  • writing letters of encouragement to missionaries
  • hanging out with people who don't attend our church
  • creating shoes out of old jeans
  • fundraising to help the less fortunate
  • prayer times
  • visiting nursing homes
  • visiting apartment complexes in the area
  • getting outside out comfort zones and DOING what God has called us to do
  • Not worrying about the MONEY aspect of serving; because we know God provides.
  • making encouragement baskets for teachers
  • getting into the community and DOING things
DO y'all have any more ideas? I have a select list of things we've done before as a church and at others churches, but the more ideas, the better.  We need to be Jesus and not be so self-centered and all about me and my entertainment people. That is when the light shines, when we put aside ourselves and really BE Jesus for other people.




Friday, June 27, 2014

Life, or something like it.

Two weeks today until our Mission Trip to North Carolina.
14 days to put the finishing touches on things.
So THAT is what I have been up too.


Creating Logos
Designing Tshirts
Creating Bible Studies
Creating Menus 
Making Packing Lists
Making travel arrangements
Securing rental vehicles
buying a new vehicle (whaaaa??!!)
Going to King's Island/Having Life Group /Having a Parent appreciation cook out all in the same weekend.

Learning a new song for Worship team.
Babysitting my 20 hours/week
Studying and preparing Wednesday Night Lessons & Sunday School lessons.
oh, and laundry.
cooking.
cleaning.
and spending a few moments to sleep.

We can say that my marriage is not priority right now.
However, I am set out to change that this weekend.

No to-do lists.
no cell phones/tv/tablets/screens when we're together.
Just US.

It'll be a welcomed retreat.
and who else is wondering where June went?
My youth's summer is HALF over already.
They return to school July 29, 2014!!! 
Crazy.

and so: Happy almost July, friends!