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Kids Were Rescued Today!

On Labor Day I posted on The Mercy Project.  Please read about it if you haven’t already!

Tonight I received very exciting news in my email….

Thank you to each of you who blogged about Mercy Project on Labor Day.  We’re grateful that you chose to use your voice to speak on behalf of the voiceless and raise awareness for what Mercy Project is doing in Ghana.  I wanted to let you know that the first group of kids were rescued today.  They are now in a shelter where they will receive health care, counseling, and lots of TLC while they await reunification with their families.

Here’s the first post we received from Chris, Stacey, Gretchen, Josh, and Merinda who were there for the rescue today.  Beautiful!  http://mercyproject.net/freedom-24-trafficked-children-step-out-of-the-boats/
We rejoice!
Heather Hendrick
If you are wondering who Heather Hendrick is, you can visit her blog at www.allthingshendrick.blogspot.com!
Rejoice! Jesus has set the captive free today!
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Posted by on September 30, 2012 in The Mercy Project

 

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Football & Faith?

My son just started his first year of football as a freshman in highschool.  There was no pewee training prior to this. No elementary learning in the football arena.  In fact, there was no Sunday Football, in the living room, hooting and hollerin’ interaction either.  From other family members yes.  From my son, no. From me, double no.

As a teenager, football was totally lost on me.  I went to an occasional game or two and our graduating class even went to state championships.  I was at that game.  Still, it didn’t stick.

So here I am, a freshman mom.  And a freshman football mom to boot! I am on the Parent Football Association.  I attend meetings and that can be interpreted in the singular sense, however you want to read it. There is the President, Vice President, Vice President Elect, Treasurer, Secretary and me.  I am informed and un-informed all at the same time.

Very much like the game of football itself.  Informed, yet uninformed.  At this point, I’ve got Sandra Bullock’s (The Blind Side) ambition with very little expertise to back it up.  I’m just now learning the plays and just the other day, a very kind co-worker lovingly corrected me when I called a touch down a home run.  Close enough, right?

Well, let’s just say I am one hot mess on game day!

My son plays left tackle and this week, while our team was working to make a touch down, I was yelling, “Stop him!! Stop him!!”

My husband said, “No! Don’t stop him! We want him to go, go, go!”

Try to follow me here.  I looked directly at my husband and said, “Was I talking to you? No, I was not.  I was talking to Wesley and that’s what he needed to be doing.  Stopping those boys from taking our ball!”

That’s also when I said, “I guess I should just shut up and ring my bell.  You can’t misunderstand a bell!”

And that’s when the Lord said to me, “That’s what it’s like when you pray in the Holy Ghost. When you pray with your own understanding, things can get pretty messed up. When you pray in the Spirit, just like ringing that bell,  the message is loud and clear!”

Romans 8:26, In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;

Jude 1:20, But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Football, Holy Ghost, Intercession, Prayer

 

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How We See It

Psalm 91:7 & 8, A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.  Only with thine eyes shall thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Last night during church, in prayer, the Lord released some insight into the next season for me and I believe for anyone who would receive it.  His Word is never exclusive.  It was very simple really.  Pastor released a Word that we are coming into a new intercession.

After this, I was caught up in a vision, I was standing in a crowd of people who were all pressing on me and they were in my face.  No matter where I turned, I couldn’t see past them. I couldn’t move.

This could allude to many different things and you can discern whether it be circumstances, hardships, burden, infirmity, opinions of people, distractions, etc.

No matter, I was surrounded and I couldn’t make my way through and I couldn’t see my destination.  I knew my destination.  I had direction but I wasn’t getting anywhere.

It was then that I saw the scene played out from Matthew 26, where Jesus would go and pray and then return to find His disciples sleeping.  He was yearning for their participation in the watch.

It is our responsiblity, not God’s, to keep ourselves awake in this season.  It is time to watch and pray.

Again, I was in the crowd but this time, they could only come so close and when they did, they would fall away from me.  That’s when the Words from Psalm 91:7 began to resonate in my spirit. “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.”

I realized I had no physical contact with the things that were falling away.  My eyes saw them coming and it was my eyes saw them fall.

That’s when I heard this…”Only with thine eyes shall thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.”

Only with thine eyes.

Only with thine eyes.

Only with thine eyes.

It is very important in this season that we participate in the watch.

Our eyes are key!

How we see and the perspective we take is key.

It is only with our eyes that we will behold and see the reward of the wicked.  We don’t have to try to handle it ourselves or take matters into our own hands!  All we need do is watch…

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Prayer

 

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Can you help?

There is an adoptive family who needs some help and a friend of mine is doing her part.  Join her if you like.  Head on over to Leah’s blog and see what this is all about.

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

When God Isn’t Willing

Today is Memorial Box Monday over at A Place Called Simplicity.

I thought I’d share the story of one man’s salvation as a memorial to God’s goodness today!

My Dad died of leukemia when I was 26…ten years ago now.  His older brother, Uncle Jack, was also diagnosed with a disease with the very same likeness. They called it “border-line” leukemia.

For years my uncle was sick and often times, I would have such a burden to pray not only for his health but for his salvation.

Long before I was born, he and my Aunt Gloria made a choice to become Jehovah’s Witness.

I tried on several occasions to talk with them about the Lord but there was never any receptivity.  Oftentimes, my aunt and I would stand toe to toe and neither of us took any ground.  We didn’t fight.  Please don’t misunderstand.  In fact, as I was leaving, she would wrap her arms around me and we’d say our I love you’s.

At one point my uncle got very sick and I went to him. Things got serious spiritually as well.  My aunt literally would not give me one moment alone with him.  I don’t hold that against her, as it was her protective instinct.  But it was clear to me that the gospel would not be shared.  Not on her watch.

I had to shake the dust from my feet.  It was hard.

Again, he recovered and did well for quite some time.  And then it happened.  A week before Christmas, he was hospitalized and when I woke to the news that morning, the Lord compelled me to go to him and in no uncertain terms was I to keep quiet.  I stood the chance of being rejected.  All sorts of scenarios played themselves out in my mind. I was certain that there would be no embrace this time or possibly an I love you ever again…yet it made no difference.

My mom, sister and I drove out-of-town to the hospital and when we arrived, the entire family was there.  All of my cousins and their children had gathered around.   The odds weren’t good.

After a few moments of talking in the hallway, we were invited in to his room, where my aunt was as well. His daughter and granddaughters were also at his side.

The room was separated with a curtain and it just so happened, by God’s divine appointment that my mother and aunt stayed on the other side of the curtain talking privately.  It was now or never. There was no time to waste.  With his daughter and grandkids as a witness, I asked him if he wanted to be saved?  I spoke to him about Jesus, His life, His death, His resurrection…and told my uncle that it was the blood that was shed for him.  I asked him if he would accept the blood of Jesus and confess Jesus as His savior.

(Pause here for a moment.  You see, my uncle, for the entire duration of his illness, refused blood transfusions because they do not believe in the blood of Jesus and think that one would be defiled if they receive another man’s blood, taking on that person’s sins.) 

With one word and without hesitation, he said “Yes!”

I prayed with him and rejoiced with him that he would be in heaven!

When I looked up, only one person remained.  His daughter and oldest granddaughter had left the room but the youngest remained.  And with tears in her eyes, she said, “Thank you.”

Miraculously, not one person intervened.  I felt like I had just passed through the crowd, like Jesus did, unseen…and unhindered.  Only God could do that.  If you only knew how closely he was watched.

The day after Christmas, he went home.

A few days later, my Dad’s sister called me.  She shared with me that she had gone to visit Uncle Jack at home, (where they had sent him to be comfortable).  While sitting in his room with him, he said to her… “A man stands at the end of my bed. He is here.”  She asked my uncle if he was afraid of the man and he said, “No.  He’s watching over me.”

I won’t know until I get to heaven who that man was but I can take a pretty good guess.  How beautiful for the Lord to come for His own.

We serve a God who is not willing that even one should perish! (2 Peter 3:9) He will move mountains, people, places and things to get to just one person who needs Him.

The LORD cares deeply when his loved ones die. Psalm 116:15

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Memorial to God, Salvation

 

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Lifetime Warranty

Deuteronomy 29:5, For forty years I led you through the wilderness, yet your clothes and sandals
did not wear out.

The shoes that were upon the Israelites feet were representative of the those spoken of in Ephesians 6:15, For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.

I’ve studied and meditated on this passage often in recent days.

Tonight in church, we were having a great discussion about prophesy and how every spoken word of prophesy over our lives is tested by the written Word of God.

One scripture in the teaching that really hit home for so many of us was Psalm 105:17-19, He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.

Another words, every word must bear witness with the Word of God. Just like our paper money is (or at least should be) backed by gold.  Otherwise, it holds no value and will profit us nothing.  It’s the same with a spoken prayer or word of prophesy.  Unless it’s backed by the Word of God, it will produce nothing in our lives.

This question arose in the midst of conversation.  What about those words that God spoke years ago?  Words that we haven’t seen come to pass yet? Is it too late?  Will they ever come or did we miss it?

Those are valid questions and as we were praying, a word of edification emerged in my heart and I wanted to share it for your encouragement.

The spoken word of prophesy, when backed by the Word of God, does not wear out! Just like the children of Israel, with the shoes that did not wear out,  we can walk for many, many years and it will not fail us. We can trust it to bring us to the promise.

In fact, we must remember, just as Ephesian 6:15 tells us, to put on those shoes, the written Word of God, again and again. There is a peace that can only come from the Good News.  If we go shoeless, we are unprepared.  Without these shoes, we are not ready.

So, if God has spoken something to us, either directly or through another, we must go to the Word and research. Find out what the Word says about it and keep those Words on our feet, so that we are ready to tread on the promised land when we get to it!! Praise God!

The Word of God concerning you has a lifetime warranty. It never wears out!  Put it on.

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2012 in Christian Living, Prophecy

 

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The Mercy Project

The Mercy Project

There’s an estimated 7,000 children who work in the Ghana fishing industry. Some of
these children are as young as 5 and 6 years old.  All of these children are slaves.

–Mercy Project

Today, I’m joining hands with Mercy’s Project to help bring the subject of child slavery onto your radar if it isn’t already.  I know as a mother, I can’t imagine such circumstances for my children. As a parent, we understand the delight in hearing the words, “When I grow up, I want to be…”  It makes no difference whether it’s my child or someone else’s, every child deserves a chance to be a child and chose what he or she wants to be when they grow up.  Too many children are stripped of that simple freedom and are forced to do even the most horrific things as work.  Many of us would be devastated if our child even uttered the words that describe such employment at the end of their childhood, “When I grow up…” musings.

Thanks for taking time to read! Stacey

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Today many in our country will take a day off from our jobs to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers.  No matter if we’re celebrating at home or at the beach, we’re entering into a tradition that has largely been shaped by Labor Unions – organizations that are dedicated to protecting workers’ interests and improving their wages, hours, and working conditions.  Today as we lounge around or hang out with friends and family, we’re not only celebrating hard work, we’re honoring fair, ethical working practices and the laws that prevent discrimination, abuse, and child labor in our country.  Without these laws in place (and enforced), the most vulnerable members of society suffer.  Who are the most vulnerable? Children.

Today as we’re celebrating the systems in our own country that strive to prevent injustices like child trafficking and child labor, we’re mindful of the many child slaves around the world who are unprotected and the organizations, like Mercy Project, who are working to free them.

As a mother, it’s difficult for me to imagine my children working 14 hours a day, 7 days a week.  I’m unable to wrap my brain around the thought of my children engaged in long, hard days of physical labor, eating one meal a day, and then falling asleep at night on a dirt floor filled with other slave children.  Yet this is the daily reality for kids who have been trafficked into the fishing industry in Ghana, Africa.  As with much of Africa, there is a great deal of poverty in Ghana. Unfortunately, this leaves many mothers in an unimaginable position: sell their children to someone who can take better care of them or watch them starve to death. Most of the mothers are told their children will be given food, housing, and an education. Instead, the kids are often taken to Lake Volta where they become child slaves and their mothers never see them again.  Thankfully, Mercy Project is working to break the cycles of trafficking around Lake Volta by providing alternate, more efficient, sustainable, fishing methods for villagers – ultimately eliminating the need for child slaves.  Because of the work Mercy Project is doing in Ghana, the first group of children will be freed this month from Lake Volta.

We invite you to watch this moving, 10 minute documentary about the issues surrounding child labor and trafficking in Ghana and most importantly the hope Mercy Project is bringing to children and entire communities in Africa.  Mercy Project is the only NGO working on Lake Volta addressing the injustice of child labor and child trafficking at its root – by strengthening the Ghanaian economy and eliminating the structures that cause the demand for trafficked children.

Whether these ideas of child labor, child trafficking, and modern-day slavery are new to you or you’re aware of these injustices, but need to hear some good news every once in awhile, we invite you to become a part of what Mercy Project is doing in Ghana.  When Mercy Project frees their first group of children this month, we can all celebrate together.

Learn more and get involved by :

 

• Watching Mercy Project’s short documentary.

• Following Mercy Project on Facebook.

• Connecting with Mercy Project via Twitter.

• Spending some time on Mercy Project’s website.

• Sharing about Mercy Project’s work in Ghana with your friends.

Although child trafficking, child labor, and the unstable economies that result in these injustices are a tragedy, we’re grateful for what Mercy Project is doing to protect the vulnerable and for allowing us to be a part of this story.   While we’re commemorating labor laws and ethical work in our own country today, we invite you to follow along on this journey with Mercy Project to protect and free children in Ghana.

The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“…in serving the best interests of children, we serve the best interests of all humanity.”Carol Bellamy

“When the lives and the rights of children are at stake, there must be no silent witnesses.”–Carol Bellamy

“God does not want us to merely give the poor perfunctory help, but to ponder long and hard about how to improve their entire situation.” — Tim Keller in Generous Justice

If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. — Abraham Lincoln

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.  — Martin Luther King, Jr.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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