A Tapestry of Love

 

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We are so in awe of the beautiful tapestry God is weaving! You may have heard us telling the story of Olivia. Olivia came home from school recently and told her mom she didn’t want anything for her birthday but to give clean water to children who did not have any. Olivia’s mommy contacted us and asked if we knew how she could go about making this birthday wish come true. We had our 2nd Borehole (Pump) Project on the horizon, but had not begun working on fundraising for it yet. This was the perfect catalyst to get it started!

Last night, we held an Instagram Auction. I got busy making things and People donated items to raise funds. You may also have heard our story about our 3 youngest sponsor children. When we met them, they were near death. The 2 oldest were 8 and the youngest was 6 years old… YET … had been living alone on the streets for 6 years! Yes, fending for food, water and shelter since they were only 2 and 3 months. Eating what the pigs left, digging through garbage, eating pineapple thorns and dirt. Kenyan children (most of whom are orphans) who may feel they’ve never had anything to give to help others, had made art pieces for some of our other projects …. We decided it would be a beautiful thing to make prints of these… therefore allowing these children to help their Ugandan neighbors! Some pieces made by these street boy’s we told you about, were sold! The bidders enjoyed a great auction (we even had a couple of bidding wars! The only kind of war we like!) Altogether God worked through many people, in many ways, big and small, rich and poor!… to help make a little girl’s selfless Birthday Wish and a village’s needy Dream…. come true! Because of you … We are $515.00 closer!! … Because of God we are all united! We are woven together in His beautiful tapestry of Love!

The total raised so far is $1,615.00 We still need another $5385.00 to reach our $7000.00 GOAL BY JUNE 29. (The Birthday Reveal is June 30). Olivia’s mommy and aunt are planning a BABY ITEM AUCTION in the very near future! Please spread the word and keep your eyes open! We will post all the details! We also hope you will consider giving to this very needy cause! You can donate on our DONATE Page! Or you can DONATE through Olivia’s Fundraising Site: http://www.gofundme.com/8ip2yc

Thanks again to everyone who has given to this Project!!

We couldn’t do it without you….

But TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS!!

Brian + Carol

 

 

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Cooking Coins.

We need your coins!!! 4 of our young family members in Kenya have a wonderful opportunity to attend an intensive Cooking Course. We need your coins to make this possible! This is a rare opportunity for children living in a Children’s Home in rural Africa. This course could provide them with a chance to land a job preparing meals in restaurants, hotels or private homes. For most of these young adults, aging out of these homes, they have little to no chance to gain skills necessary for jobs. Their futures are very dim. We do not want to keep these children oppressed, living with their hands out, but it is indeed Love One Another Project’s goal to give these young adults a hand up so that they are then able to sustain themselves and their own families.

Duncan dreams of having a farm where he can grow and dehydrate food to feed the hungry people in his community. He will also learn to cook and sell what he grows. Joseph wants to have a bakery/cafe and Emma and Lucy dream of having shops to sell their baked goods. They are all passionate and willing to work hard to provide for themselves but they need our help in getting started.

The first steps are to attend an intensive cooking course in Nairobi. The fees are $250.00 per student. 2 of these kids are already paid for! We now only need to raise another $500. for the other 2. We are praying for your donations that will be the catalyst for a young person’s bright future! Please donate on our “DONATE” Page!

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Less is More

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Join us each week as we focus on our LESS IS MORE campaign!

Share to Share Sunday = Share a meal and give what you saved to the Feeding Program!

Meals For Reals Monday = Give up a meal and Give to the Feeding Program!

Take Out Tuesday = Take a friend out to eat and encourage them to give what they saved to the Feeding Program!

Water Only Wednesday = Give up drinking anything other than water today. Focus on the need for clean water and give what you saved from not buying other drinks to the Water Program! Put your money in the Borehole!

Thirsty Thursday = Give up drinking anything other than water today. Focus on the need for clean water and give what you saved from not buying other drinks to the Water Program! Put your money in the Borehole!

Fast For A Friend Friday = Give up 1 or all meals today and give what you saved to feed these little friends!

Selfless Saturday = Focus on the needs of others today! Love others as yourself! Give up something today and give what you saved to the Food or Water Program!

Give on our DONATE PAGE and NOTE what it is for! 

True Love

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True Love. 

What is true love?

Valentine’s Day 2014 is tomorrow and it has got me thinking about love.

I remember being so excited in elementary school, to make my handmade, cereal box mailbox the week before Valentine’s Day. So excited to hand out my store bought cards. To drop each one into it’s recipient’s mailbox and check out all their mailbox handiwork. To open my own mailbox and search it’s contents for candy. To sort out the cutest card …. and then to search… in hopes… of a card from the cutest boy. 

In search of true love, I married young at 19. Reality set in and the excitement of a real Valentine wore off, as each year, the anticipation of this special day became another day of disappointment.   

Eventually, a single mother, Valentine’s Day would find me busy helping my four littles choose which cards they would hand out, make their Valentine mailboxes and checking off their lists of classmate’s names. I would focus on showering my children with love, and go to bed each Valentine’s night, crying myself to sleep over the love I didn’t have.

One Valentine’s day, in the darkest time of my life, a florist delivery man handed me the most beautiful, giant bouquet of flowers. My eyes popped like an emoji. As he walked back to his truck, I couldn’t wait to see who they were from. Who on earth could they even be from? I had no love in my life. I imagined it was from my sister who was feeling sorry for me. My heart leaped at her kindness! I was so happy! I quickly took out the card….. it was the wrong address. 

Not too many months after that, Brian and I were married. As our first Valentine’s Day arrived, like always, I was busy showering my children with goodies and love and helping them show their classmates love. I was also full of excitement at the anticipation of having my own true Valentine and what this day would look like for me now. I cannot remember the exact details but what I can tell you is that my Valentine’s Days were nothing like I had pictured. There may have been an occasional heart-shaped box of mixed nougat chocolates to dig through, taking a bite of each one until I could find the almond or the carmel, or maybe an occasional Hallmark card, but the first several years of marriage certainly did not fulfill my Valentine’s dreams and most years, left me completely empty. 

Eventually, we reached a tipping point and our marriage began healing and flourishing. We had finally found True Love. It was not a love made up in any woman’s mind. It was not a love that any man could ever buy. It did not come from chocolates, or cards, or flowers or dinners. It did not come from cupcakes, jewelry or mailboxes. We had found True Love. A love that can only come from Jesus Christ. 

My husband always says, ‘Everyday is Valentine’s Day”! I tell him he’s just saying that to get out of buying me roses! We both know I am kidding. We both know that he is speaking the truth. We both know that everyday is a day filled with True Love and that there is nothing this world offers that can take the place of that. We both cannot imagine spending a dime today on any common store bought Valentine gift. My heart would literally break if my husband were to walk in tomorrow with a dozen red roses. Commercialism is the last thing we want in our lives today. 

God has taught us so much about True Love. He tells us that we are more blessed to give than to receive. He is so right. He tells us to love others. The more we give of our hearts to others, the more our hearts are overflowing. My husband is right too. Every day is Valentine’s Day. Every day is a day to love others and when we do, we are loved more in return than we could have ever dreamed of. 

How will we spend this Valentine’s Day? By loving others together. By reading God’s Word together, praying for our children, calling my mom, texting my sisters, making cards for widows, writing letters to our sponsor kids, working on getting other children sponsored, and mailing supplies to an African Pastor. We will share a meal, get a coffee and go for a walk. We will spend quality time talking about all God has done for us and all He is doing with us now. We will spend this Valentine’s Day the same way we spend every day, by loving God, loving each other and loving others. 

I have spent my whole life searching for True Love; in handcrafted mailboxes, in boxes of chocolates, in flower delivery cards, in fortune cookies, in boyfriends, a made up figure called mother nature, the universe, and in the power of positive thinking. In psychology, philosophy, man-made religions, self help and in husbands that didn’t deliver. This Valentines day, I am so grateful, thankful, giddy like a school girl! I praise God, my God Named Jesus. The Giver of my babies, sunsets and sunbeams. The Father of nature, of all rivers, creeks, ponds and oceans. The Crafter of all hills, valleys, plains and deserts. The Architect of all orbits, of all DNA coding and of all relationship chemistry. The Creator of every living thing, Creator of the universe and everything in the universe, and the Creator of all universes. I praise Him, The Giver of all courage, Supplier of all Comfort, and the Source of all True Peace. I thank Him, my Heavenly Father, my bbff: my Bestest Best Friend Forever, for giving me the most incredible Valentine’s gift ever received: the gift of  True Love. Not out of a mailbox, a store or a church building; not of man nor of this world. The gift of His True Love that only comes from loving Jesus and loving others… out of the Love He has given me. The gift of intangible True Love that is received …. when it is given away. 

 

 

 

I find You in the Mystery

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You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail

And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

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I find You in the mysteries of my life. I find You when I look for You. 

We only seem to care about You when we need something. Like grown children that move out and only call when they are in need. When times get tough and the waters rise then we need You. Then we want You. 

In my darkest moments I have called for You. You were always there. You’ve never failed me and You won’t start now. 

I was on my way to abort my child, Your child. I called You. You answered.

I was on the floor pondering death. I called You. You answered.

My marriage was drowning. I called You. You answered.

My hope for my children’s future was fading. I called You. You answered.

My purpose was lost. I called You. You answered.

My fears were faced with a gun. I called You. You answered.

My dreams were dashed. My passion was empty. 

You called me. 

I answered.

You never hide from us. You are always waiting for us. Waiting for us to need You. Waiting for us to want You. Waiting for us to want to live with You. Waiting for us to answer Your call. 

Spirit, You have called me out upon the waters… to the great unknown.

Where my feet felt like they were failing; I was drowning.

But there I found You in the mystery and in those deep oceans my faith will stand.

I will call upon Your name and keep my eyes above the waves.

When oceans rise around me my soul will rest in Your embrace.

I am Yours. You are mine.

Your grace always abounds in the deepest waters.

Your sovereign hand will always be my guide.

When my feet fail and fear surrounds me… You have never failed me and I know You never will.

My faith has been made stronger in the presence of my Savior.

My child is alive and well and living his life for You.

I am alive and well and living my life for You.

My marriage is alive and well and we are living it all for You.

All of our children are alive and thriving and we owe it all to You.

My purpose is plain to see… it’s certainly no mystery. You have already told us all… our purpose is to give You our all.

I have taken Your courage and You have taken my fears.

You have given me new dreams and filled me with Your passion.

Lord, I thank You for Your Spirit that lives within me and continues to lead me… where my trust is without borders. You have encouraged me to walk upon Your waters…. Exactly where You have called me. Exactly where You need me. Exactly where I belong. Where my faith is made stronger and I am filled with inexplicable Peace and Joy. 

Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I WILL listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me WHEN you search for Me with ALL your heart. Jeremiah 29:12-13

Call to Me and I WILL answer you and tell you great and mighty things which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

Entertaining Angels

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Hebrews 13:2

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1 of our Projects and our #1 PRIORITY Right Now is “Trade Skills Training & Small Business Start Ups”. 

A huge burden facing young African adults, aging out of orphanages and children’s homes, and ministry leaders is a lack of skill and start up costs associated with starting their own businesses.

Most people have heard of Micro-Finance that offer small business loans to people living in poverty stricken areas of the world. However, the Bible teaches us not to live in debt and to help our brothers and sisters in Christ who are in need.

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8

The wicked borrows and does not repay, But the righteous shows mercy and gives. Psalm 37:21

Our goal is to teach trades, skills, and business practices to young adults in Uganda and Kenya; and to help pay for the start up costs associated with their individual businesses.  We want to mentor these new business owners and walk through the start up steps alongside them.

We are looking for Angel Investors to help answer these prayers:

Love One Another Project’s TOP PRIORITY RIGHT NOW IS

Samuel’s Prayer:

Pastor Samuel is in need of daily income to provide for his family of 5 and for his ministry. He leads a village church, has a home for 17 orphans and cares for 300 community children and their families. A minibus would allow him to make money daily by using it as a taxi or renting it out. These “Matatus” are the main transportation in Uganda and would really benefit Pastor Samuel greatly! This is our priority right now! Please consider lifting our brother up by helping Samuel help his community!

Satrt Up Supplies: Minibus (Matatu), Taxes & Registration

Start Up Costs: $31,496.00 U.S. Dollars (Please Donate to our Paypal on the DONATE Page; Tax Deductions will be made RETROACTIVE when our Non-Profit Status is finalized!