Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Making 1 Difference

The following post is copied from our Orphan Care Ministry--LOVEM Care Ministries found at

Please read and pray for God to send new 1's!


There is power in that number.

Because 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1
= Many Differences for Orphans

A real and lasting difference.

Food. Clothing. Shelter. Water. --The Basics of Life.

Love. Home. Family.-- The Heart of Living.

School. Education. Training.-- The Chance to Live with Purpose.

Bibles. Jesus. Forgivess. A relationship. -- The Gift of Eternal Life.

Discipleship. Growth. Evangelism. -- Living to make a Difference in Others.

These are the Differences You Can Make In a Child's Life.

The Difference between Life and Death exist in the number 1.

1 Person whom has been blessed with much can choose to give to 1 whom has little.

And together with our Christian brothers and sisters in other countries who are on the ground making differences daily, your 1 will provide a place for an orphan to live, to go to school, and to hear about Jesus.

This is from an update we received from our "House of Hope" in Central Asia. Because of the location of our house we can not provide specifics of locations or names. All names have been changed to protect the identity of the workers.

(This update is written by the house parent Scott.)
In October we celebrated Zane's birthday. It was a time of warm wishes and celebration. This was a stark contrast to his early life celebrations. When Zane was 6, his parents sent him, his brother and his sister to live in the orphanage here in town. Both of his parents were alcoholics and his father later died of alcoholism. His mother became homeless. In the orphanage Zane discovered he had the gift of drawing. He is a talented artist and has had his paintings in many exhibitions. In 2008 he finished school at the orphanage. Because he did not have anyplace to go, he came to live at House of Hope. Since then he has entered the University in our town. Even though he has lived with our family for four years, he has not wanted to have anything to do with the Bible Studies or church services that we have in our home. Within this past year he has begun to attend church services and Bible Studies. We are praying that he will soon give his life to Christ.

It has taken 4 years of food, clothing, shelter, love, relationship building, family, schooling, and much prayer to get Zane to the place in his life where he is ready to hear about Jesus. 4 years of many individual 1's making a combined difference.

This is just 1 example of the power of 1.

This year Lovem Care started a 2nd Transition Home in Central Asia and is on the beginning stages of work in India. We would love to continue to help our friends in Honduras also, but this year we have not had the extra funds to give. We are praying for God to send us more individuals, families who want to

MAKE 1 Difference in the year 2013.

Is God calling you to be that 1?

Most people who read this will think that they don't have enough money to help. Have you ever considered that the same God who fed 5,000 with a few loaves of bread and some fish can multiply your monthly gift of $5.00 to make a difference? I do! I've seen God multiply His money and meet the needs in ways that only He can do.

If 160 new 1's gave $5 a month, our new Transition Home in Central Asia would be fully funded each month.

If 130 new 1's gave $5 a month, the children in India at Love in Deed Foundation would be able to have some provisions for meals, education, rent, medicines and Bible study.

If 140 new 1's gave $5 a month, we would be able to fully fund a kids kitchen in Honduras and feed children daily with a healthy meal and the Word of God.

There is so much that 1 can do.

Will you be 1?

If you are feeling the call to be 1, then go to the donate page and begin making 1 difference today.

(By clicking on the donate it will open up a new page for you to be able to donate.)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Light Night

I stole this idea from my friend Joli ---who stole it from Pinterest.

But it was a great idea--we had a wonderful time as a family.

We made treats yesterday after school--one of our kids favorites--chocolate spoons!

We eat them by themselves or we dip them in hot chocolate or coffee. Yummy!

Little did they know they were preparing part of their surprise for later--I told them we were getting them ready for our neighbors (and we did set some aside for that).

Then last night we made homemade pizza--another family favorite. Afterwards, after showers and pj's we sat around the family room and told the Christmas Story and put up our nativity set.  We then had the kids retell the story and I do believe we have the next segment for "Madea's Bible Lessons".  Somehow Moses entered the scene with the Wise Men, but anyways, after that was cleared up, we let them take turns adding the figures.


Then we sent Hannah and Leighanne to bed, but it wasn't long before they came out with this note.

After hot chocolate, chex mix , and slippers were gathered we got in the van and Zach's truck and drove around and looked at lights.

The kids finally got to bed around 10ish.  Sorry Mrs. Wagner and Mrs. Halstead--the girls may be a little tired today.

But oh--those memories sure are sweet!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Good Morning!

I want to show you something absolutely Beautiful!

My View on the way to Brunswick this morning . . .

Isn't that Gorgeous???  Breath Taking?  Inspired? 

I believe it's been a while since I have actually seen a sunrise. 

But today was a beautiful Blessing--just for me. (ok--and the other people on the road who took the time to notice)  But I really enjoyed every minute of it. 

But what made it even better was this . . .

10,000 Reasons by Matt Redmon was playing on the radio while I was riding along.  And I'm pretty sure I hit every note just as well as they did. :)

May you still be singing as the evening comes.