Christmas Mission Trip

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Oct 202013
 

I’m still here. I apologize that I have neglected blogging lately. I wanted to update you on one of the reasons I have been too busy to blog.

I am leading a mission team to Nicaragua in early December as a Christmas mission trip. We will be visiting a Center of Protection for girls that have been subject to abuse. The team will be doing activities with these girls throughout the week, and we will also be throwing a Christmas party for them! We are very excited to be sharing part of the Christmas season with these girls.

First, and foremost, you can pray for the team in the following ways: 1. That God will prepare each team member and also each child and adult to whom we will be spiritually ministering to during our visit.  2. That God will provide financially for our trip. Each team member needs to raise $1,500. That is quite a challenge! 3. That God will bless our journey, keep us safe, and move powerfully through our team as we minister His love, compassion, and grace in Nicaragua.

Secondly, you can be involved by seeking God’s direction in helping us financially. Would you consider supporting me with a financial donation of $10, $20, $50, or more? I have a donate link on my missions page, or you can mail any gift to Lakeside Community Church, c/o Tina Williams, PO Box 386, North Waterboro, ME 04061. Please make checks payable to Lakeside Community Church.

 

Thank you so much and I look forward to sharing all that God accomplished during this time!

Jun 102013
 

Last week I was excited to share with you an opportunity to partner or be part of missions in my home state, this week I am excited to share about missionaries in my own, small hometown! The Rosenbauer family will be going to Mophela, South Africa on a long term missions trip to serve at the Lily of the Valley Children’s Village. They will serve approximately 120 children that have been infected, or affected, by HIV/AIDS and specifically they will be house parents to 4-6 children. These children will be able to be in a two parent home, where they will be loved, cared for, and discipled to become leaders in their communities.

The mission of Lily of the Valley Children’s Village is “Sustainable, servant leaders for healthy communities.The vision is to raise leaders who embody patience, kindness, humility, service above self, truth, protection, hope, trust and perseverance. We see these as characteristics to be upheld in any position of leadership, whether that be in the classroom, home or workplace. We seek to raise leaders for every sector of society that will embody these traits and work together for a healthy community.”

I sat down with Michael and Lori Rosenbauer this evening, and met their daughters Eliana and Eden. It was amazing to see their passion for these children and desire to serve them, as well as see pictures and hear the account of their trip to Mophela, South Africa. Their testimony of how God led them to this point is inspiring. The Rosenbauers are currently in the process of raising the financial support needed for their mission trip. You can read more in their latest prayer newsletter update, or you can contact me and I will put them in touch with you, if you would like to hear more about partnering with them.

Meanwhile, you can hear from the Rosenbauers in this video:

May 202013
 

 

 Amani Baby Cottage is located in Jinja, Uganda. It was established in 2003 to provide care for orphaned or abandoned children.

Their website states:

“We can house up to 60 children ages birth to 5 years. Children are referred to us through the local authorities and the social welfare system. Many are orphaned when their parents die due to AIDS, birth complications or other factors. Some are abandoned in the hospital after birth. Others are found abandoned at taxi stops, in latrines, or on the street.

Our goal is that each one of them will find a place with a loving Christian family. To date, a total of 313 children have been cared for in our home. 80 of these have been reunited with their parents or extended family members, 123 have been fostered into new families, and 25 have been transferred to other ministry placements. We do not refuse children in fragile health, thus 23 children have died while in our care.   (stats of Apr 2013).

Amani Baby Cottage employs about forty Ugandan workers to care for our children, and also enjoys the assistance of a number of volunteers from around the world.

We operate under the covering of Total Family Outreach, a non-profit US corporation. Amani Baby Cottage operates by faith in a loving, heavenly Father who has promised to take up the cause of the orphan.”

I highly recommend reading about each of the children that are currently being cared for at Amani Baby Cottage at http://amanibabycottage.org/stories-of-our-children/

Information on how to volunteer can be found at  http://amanibabycottage.org/volunteer/volunteer-faqs/

Information on how to support Amani Baby Cottage financially can be found at  http://amanibabycottage.org/how-to-donate/

 

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27

 

Miracle Provided!

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May 092013
 

In my blog post, Waiting for a Miracle, I reached out for a friend of mine who was looking for anyone who had remembered her children in their previous orphanage or had pictures of them there. The task was compared to finding a needle in a haystack. We included the oldest picture of the children their mom had and sent the info out to various ministries in and out of Haiti. In the end, while God did not provide the miracle through these ministries, this did lead to many people contacting us that they would be praying and many reached out to others within their ministry with the info and asking for prayers.

This was the update from my friend, Barbara, on Monday:

“After 9 long months I have provisional approval for Daniel, Edeline and Shelove to come to the US!!!!! Praising God for this victory and thankful for all those praying us through the battle!”

God provided the connection to the person who could provide testimony of how long the children had lived in an orphanage! It was not our efforts that brought the miracle, and rightly so, it was God.

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;

    make known his deeds among the peoples!

Sing to him, sing praises to him;

    tell of all his wondrous works!

Glory in his holy name;

    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

Seek the Lord and his strength;

    seek his presence continually!

Remember the wondrous works that he has done” Psalm 105:1-5a

Another post by Barbara: “It looked like we were going to have to start off the first two years living in Haiti as a family……if USCIS did not approve us, that was Plan B. Uncertain why all these delays, tears and money were needed, it seemed that God might have been preparing this mother’s heart for a different plan than what I’d envisioned for the past 33 months. We were told we’d never get the documents that we needed; that to find the evidence they wanted was like finding a needle in a haystack. I wasn’t doubting Him, but I was trying to be silent to listen for His will and be prepared for whatever His plan was. Still may not have a clear picture of what His plan is…..but preparing a life for us with a home and job in the US is a whole lot easier for this mamma.”

I spoke to Barbara and she agreed that I could update all those who may have read the original blog post. She wanted me to pass on her sincere thanks for all of the prayers and support. She wanted to share this wonderful testimony of God’s provision, His faithfulness, and His sovereignty!

Please continue praying that these last four steps will be accomplished so the children can come home according to God’s perfect timing!