Saturday, June 29, 2013

Reweaving our broken world into wholeness

It's been awhile since I've written a post on my blog, almost a month in fact. I needed the time to collect my thoughts into something cohesive, as God has been working even deeper in my heart and in my life, slowly but surely breaking my heart even more for what breaks His!! 

Now you might be asking yourself, what does it mean to "reweave our broken world into wholeness"? I have been reading the blog of a fellow Compassion Canada Advocate, Ann Voskamp, who is currently in Uganda, Africa doing a photo-blog of Compassion's work in that country. In her blog dated June 28, 2013, she talks about disadvantaging ourselves if we are ever going to help the disadvantaged. She goes on to say that "the only way to reweave this world into wholeness is to let your Christ-life be broken for others .... The strong must disadvantage themselves for the weak, the majority for the minority or the community frays and the fabric breaks."  Wow, I could not finish reading her blog without tears streaming down my face!  

"Your life only becomes a tapestry if it ties itself to other lives" - Ann Voskamp

Now I ask you the most important of questions. What do you want to be remembered for at the end of your life?  Having the biggest house on the block, the latest model sports car in your driveway, temporal things that you cannot take with you from this world? Or would you like to be remembered for sowing the seeds of Christ's love for the lost into the lives of precious children whose only reason for living in poverty is being born into it through no fault of their own?  It could have just as easily been us being born into poverty and them being born into privilege, so we MUST CHANGE our way of thinking and follow God's command to care for the widows and orphans of this world!! 

"Sow up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moth and dust do not corrupt."
The Bible

If you're not sure how to go about getting started and taking action to help one of the "least of these", please click on the link below and sponsor a child through Compassion Canada, releasing them from poverty "in Jesus' name"!! Your life will forever be changed for the better, as mine has been countless times over!! 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My prayers have been answered!

For those of you who read my Compassion Bolivia trip report a short couple of months ago, I had mentioned about a little girl named Nicol who caught my eye at project BO706. Here's the excerpt from my earlier post:

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"A little girl caught my eye in the class we were sitting in on, such a sweet face, that I decided to inquire if she had a sponsor yet, and was pleased to find out that she did not. I then asked our trip co-leader Sharon to inquire on how to go about sponsoring her. It turned out that little Nicol was Pastor Benjamin’s youngest daughter! And the older girl who was looking after Nicol during the day was actually her older sister Jasmine, so therefore the reason why the whole family came to meet me and take a picture with me. Even if it’s not official yet, they are already thinking of me as Nicol’s sponsor!"

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An update - it seems that when we tried to find Nicol in the Compassion system, she did not exist!!  Apparently, as she already attended the project as she was the project pastor's daughter, they must have thought that she was automatically registered, but the reality was that no registration paperwork had been filled out yet (good for me)!!  But that meant I had to be patient while they got her registered at the field level, then paperwork transferred to Compassion International's office in Colorado Springs, USA, then up to Canada.  Well, after a long two-month wait, I finally got a call from Compassion Canada yesterday morning with the wonderful news that Nicol's paperwork had arrived in the Canadian office and that they had added Nicol to my sponsor account!!!  I also found out that her birthday is on January 8th, only one day before mine!!

So, with no further ado, I present to you my precious 3-year old Nicol (in the first photo, I'm with her and her older sister Jasmine, and the second photo shows Nicol blowing me a good-bye kiss as our bus was getting ready to leave)!

Should you wish to be blessed by sponsoring a precious child just like Nicol, please click on: