Happy Birthday Update

Happy Birthday Update.


Happy Birthday Update

Happy Birthday Friends and Family for L.I.F.E.!!! It’s been one year since you were birthed last November and what a year it has been. Within 2 months we had funded our first well. 3 months later and the village of Naluwe Zambia will never be the same thanks to God’s provision through 35 families.

By September we had enough money to fund a second well through the donations of 27 families, the children of a small church in Western NY and matching funds from another group.

We have had a spaghetti dinner, euchre tournament and calendar sale. Donations have ranged from $6-$2,000. Each and every one of them precious in the sight of the Lord and an encouragement to us and World Hope International.

Here’s where we are today. We have raised more than half of what is needed for well #3. In case you didn’t notice I haven’t said where #2 is yet. I was talking to Scott (the well fund raiser for WHI) and apparently there is a large church who had pledged to raise funds for 100 wells. They have accomplished 90 of those and are struggling to finish the funding for the last 10. They are continuing to raise funds but want to partner with others to make up the difference. So basically since WHI is ready to drill in Mozambique as soon as the money comes in, Friends and Family is going to match funds with them to see it get done. The money we currently have for 1 1/2 wells will now join with theirs and get 3 wells drilled quickly. Since the goal is to bring water to those who desperately need it I think this is the way to go at this time. Otherwise we would be waiting with money in the bank until their project is completed.

As we start our second year I would like to thank everyone who has supported our efforts by praying, giving, encouraging and through logistical support.

My commitment is still for 10 wells. The Lord has opened some interesting doors and I remember continually that the agenda and timing are his. I’m grateful to be part of a cause that makes such a huge impact on lives, and grateful for those of you who have chosen to take this journey with me.

Please continue to help me spread the word by sharing this post or passing on the blog link https://friendsandfamilyforlife.wordpress.com/

You can click on the right to see a printable “In Your Honor” Christmas card insert to let a loved one know that a donation was made in their name.

God bless you and yours

A Gift That Keeps on Giving

I confess that I am one of those people. One of the ones who grumble that Christmas decorations are showing up at the same time as halloween, way before Thanksgiving, and most have nothing to do with “the reason for the season”. As a culture, we are throwing a party that takes months to prepare for…and neglecting the guest of honor. As the e-waves are filling with stories of shopping and wish lists I would like to challenge us to remember why we give Christmas gifts. Is it because we love the person and this is an expression of that love?  or because they gave us one last year? or we would feel guilty if we didn’t?  The birth of Jesus was a gift from God to humanity that will keep on giving forever. He came with a ministry of service and sacrifice and love. We can never be more like Jesus than when we are serving those in need. “If you do it unto the least of one of these my brothers, you do it unto me”. I don’t want anyone to get me wrong. I’m not at all a Scrooge when it comes to giving. But I would like for us to consider what kind of giving would most honor the one we celebrate.

It’s fun to give some things just for fun but there are also gifts that fill a need and gifts of service. When my kids were young they did coupon books for things like back rubs, vacuuming, car washing, and we loved it.  What if there was a gift of babysitting for a struggling single mom or a house project? Taking an elder out to lunch and spending face time might mean more than a knick knack. For the ones that really don’t need anything, what about giving to someone else with a need in their honor? There are a number of reputable agencies with gift catalogs for third world countries. At this point I will unashamedly plug World Hope International and the 10 well project I have partnered with them for. The need is more urgent than we are comfortable thinking about. A child dies every 20 seconds from dirty water related issues. It’s sobering to think of how many since I began writing today… BUT WE have the resources to make a difference. 40 families paid for our first well. Don’t be intimidated by what you can’t do. Be energized by what you CAN do. We can join together and another village can prosper because they have clean water.

Imagine: Typhoid down by 85 %, Children in school now that they aren’t sick or traveling for hours with their moms to get water, or babysitting the youngest while she is gone.

Imagine: Larger gardens now that mom is home more, yielding better crops to feed the family with some left over to sell.

Imagine as a parent, now having hope for your children’s future…

On the right is a link directly to World Hope to donate. They have set up a separate account for Friends and Family for Life.

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Blessings on you and your families as you prepare for Christmas  in Jesus’ name.