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Cupcake Kids Sale

If you’ve read this blog, you’ve probably heard me mention the ministry Sixty Feet. The ministry and its founders are dear to my heart. They are really seeing the hand of God move among the people of Uganda. They have experienced much heartbreak as well has many victories since the ministry started just a couple of years ago. Please take time to check out the ministry website and learn more about their story.

We are excited to be part of the Cupcake Kids… an idea started by the kids whose parents work with Sixty Feet. These little folks wanted to contribute to the ministry and came up with the idea of selling cupcakes! The idea spread and people all over the world hosted cupcake sales last year. The Cupcake kids are at it again. This Saturday, May 5th is the day set aside for the (Inter)National Cupcake Kids sale. It really is a great idea. Families all over the world bake a few cupcakes and sell them in their own yards, neighborhoods, etc. All the proceeds go directly to benefit Sixty Feet as they seek to serve the children of Uganda. No amount raised is to small… because when you put all the proceeds from all the sales together, it is amazing to see the amount of money the Cupcake Kids raise.

We are heading out to a local hardware store this weekend to sell our cupcakes. If you don’t live near us, but would still like to participate, please consider donating to Sixty Feet through our Cupcake Stand’s link. Please know that this is a ministry that we trust and support. We know that the money raised will be used to benefit imprisoned street children in Uganda physically, spiritually and emotionally. More specifically, the money raised goes towards educational needs, food and clean water, medical needs, raising up local leaders and improving the facilities where these children are housed.

Would you like to host a Cupcake Kids Sale? It doesn’t have to be this Saturday… you can do it whenever works for you. Visit the Cupcake Kids Site to learn more about hosting your own sale.

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Orphan Sunday

Today is the official Orphan Sunday. A couple at our church who will be leaving soon to live in Haiti and run camps for orphans got up and shared about the global orphan crisis. They talked about the unbelievable numbers of truly orphaned children in the world and how so little are willing and/ or able to adopt them… so these children are sentenced to a life in foster care or orphanages. My heart broke as I thought about my many friends who are in the process of adopting. It is not an easy road to travel. It is costly… financially, spiritually and emotionally. The financial cost is through the roof. The emotional cost is overwhelming. And.. because God is pro- adoption… Satan is not and will do everything to bring down a family who chooses to care for the orphan. One family I know have been waiting and hoping for a year to bring home two precious boys from Ethiopia. They have raised money. They have invested in this adoption. They have had door after door slammed in their face as they wait for these boys. Another couple are trying to adopt and have been all but shut down by the government of the country they are seeking to adopt from. The government thinks it’s better for these children to be resettled with their biological family or left in an orphanage than to be adopted internationally… question… what about the child who was given by her family to the village witch doctor as a sacrifice and narrowly escaped?… or a child who was sold into prostitution by her family? Are you trying to tell me that sending those children back to their families is really the best thing for them?

I think more people are willing to adopt than we know… I think the red tape and closed doors shut them out and down.

Then… there are families like mine. We have three children with one on the way. My husband just finished seminary and we are basically starting our lives over. We have hearts for the orphans, but not the means or call (for now) to physically adopt. So… how do we follow the Biblical mandate to care for the orphans (James 1:27)?

I think it starts with awareness. We must be educated. We must not turn a deaf ear or a blind eye to the crisis at hand. We must be an advocate for orphans and for those who are called to adopt.Last year, a family we knew was doing a series of yard sales to raise money towards their adoption. Our kids donated toys and our time to help with these yard sales. We didn’t have much, but it was how we could help at the time.

If you are ready to take physical action towards helping the orphans of the world, but not so much called to adopt… consider partnering with ministries who are involved in orphan care. I am skeptical… I’ll admit when it comes to giving money to ministries. I want to know what the ministry is about… how they are helping… where money is going. I want to know the heart of the workers.

Please consider my friends at Sixty Feet. I know many of these folks personally and am very much for the work they are doing in Uganda. They are working with Uganda’s imprisoned street children. They are ministering physically and spiritually to these children… bringing water, meals, education, counseling, etc. to the children in the facilities.

There are a few ways you can partner with this ministry:

1. Donate straight to the ministry

2. Child Sponsorship

3. Buy A T- Shirt

4. Follow the Blog and PRAY!

5. Donate specifically toward the building of a facility for young children.

6. Go on a Trip and see first hand!

7. Host a Cupcake Kids Sale!

Like I said, I know these folks personally… and for what’s it’s worth, I think their ministry is legit. They pray, they have accountability and they have HUGE hearts for the orphaned and imprisoned children of Uganda. You don’t have to adopt to follow James 1:27. Please consider, especially on this orphan Sunday, how you can help!

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Can You Help?

Hi friends!
I have a favor to ask.
It will take about 3 minutes of your time.
But the impact could change the lives of many imprisoned children
SixtyFeet serves in Uganda
Please go to Giving of Life and cast a vote.
Seriously, it’s as simple as clicking the word “vote” on the left side of the webpage.
And if you register on their site, you get extra votes.
(Don’t worry – if you register, you can un-click the “Keep In Touch” box
and you won’t receive any unwanted emails.)
And if you tweet about this,
you get extra votes.
That’s it.
Yup. It’s that simple.
You click.
You vote.
SixtyFeet moves into the top 20 ministries.
We become eligible to win a grant for $50,000.
Lives are changed.
It takes a few minutes and it will cost you nothing.
But it could literally make a world of difference
to the children SixtyFeet serves in Uganda.
Please go.
Vote again.
Share the link.
Do you know what could be done with $50,000 in Uganda?!?
**And if you’re really feeling frisky… feel free to copy this blog post word for word and write about it on your blog! Let’s get the word out and help Sixty Feet help the orphaned and imprisoned children in Uganda!**

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Bloodlines- Thoughts From John Piper

I don’t know what it means that when I hear stories of adoption… or pray for friends that are adopting or have adopted… or hold my sweet niece who, but for the grace of God would have been aborted… or hold the orphan’s hand in Haiti… that my heart skips a beat. We have three children… one on the way. Getting pregnant does not seem to be an issue for me. We did not plan for any of our children. God brought them into this family when He saw fit. I do not know if or when we will ever adopt, but that does not negate the call to believers to care for the widow and the orphan (James 1:27). That does not negate the fact that there is a HUGE orphan crisis in the world.

I can still be an advocate for the orphan. I can still speak out on behalf of those who do not have a voice. It starts here. I do not know what one voice can do. I do not know what one family can do… but I can start here… with this blog… I can share videos like this of people who have overcome much… who have answered the call to adopt… who have accepted the call to go against culture. I can spread their message.

Technology astounds me. With just a couple of clicks, I can embed a video on my blog. I can be thoughtful in this… I can be careless in this. I am often amazed at the stuff people share on facebook and wonder how much it was thought through before being posted. Once it’s out there in the internet world… it can’t be taken back. I hope my kids learn that early!

Anyway… I have thought through posting this video. John Piper is full of wisdom and has led and continues to lead a life dedicated to the Lord. Please take a few minutes and watch as he shares the story of how he grew up in a time of racism and how he has come to understand how the Lord views race.

Bloodlines Documentary with John Piper from Crossway on Vimeo.

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Etsy-ing With a Purpose (14)

This past year, we have gotten to a know a sweet family… fellow seminarians with three adorable little girls. They recently felt burdened to look into the possibility of international adoption. The more they looked into it and the more they prayed, the more they felt the Lord’s leading to begin the process of adoption. They went through a local agency that works with Ethiopian adoptions. They have now been approved to adopt two precious baby boys in Ethiopia.

They still have a few more hurdles to jump over before the boys can become officially theirs and before they can bring them home. There is paper work and court hearings among other things. They are currently raising money to cover the cost of the adoption. You can read more about their story and current needs on their blog.

I have really struggled since we have been in seminary and on a tight budget with how I can be a cheerful giver. I have had to realize that giving doesn’t always have to be dollars and cents. I can give of my time, talents and resources. I really enjoy crafting. I love to knit, crochet, and sew.

Where am I going with all of this? Well.. I have offered to donate a portion of proceeds from my etsy shop to this sweet family. So… for the rest of the month of April, any time a purchase is made, 40 % will go toward helping bring those babies home!

I just added some new items to the shop and will probably be adding more soon:

 Hair Clip Organizer
 Hair Accessories
 Hot/ Cold All Natural Packs
Crochet Dolls and Toys
James 1:27 Exhorts us to care for the orphans and widows. We don’t feel the call to adoption (at this time in our lives), but we can come along side those who do. Please consider stopping by the shop and helping out!

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Text Message Tuesday- James 1:27

I realize that I slacked off on posting my text message Tuesdays. My apologies. Today’s verse is James 1:27-

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world

We have several friends who have adopted and who are in process of adopting from Africa. Our niece is adopted from right here in the United States. The kids have been asking a lot of questions about what it means to be an orphan… how were they born if they don’t have a mom or dad? how to they grow? how do they get food? how to they learn to use the potty? These and more are the questions on the minds of a 4 and 5 year old.

I often hear the first part of this verse… to take care of the widows and the orphans… but not so much the second.. to keep oneself unstained from the world. Other translations say “polluted.” What does that look like? How can you be all things to all men as Paul was and still maintain your integrity and remain unstained by the world. How can we reach a lost and hurting world and yet remain aware of the fact that as Christians, this is not our home? How can we dare to stand up for the truth, defend the defenseless, be a voice for the voiceless in a post-modern world where conviction is viewed as intolerance and nobody wants to commit fully their lives to anyone or anything?

Want to get involved with caring for the orphans of the world? I am just now learning about all the options… here are blogs/sites that I suggest (although there are countless more).

James 1:27 Family ( a sweet family of 6 who share their story and their heart)
The Cupcake Kids (little people with BIG hearts)
Compass in My Heart
Project Hopeful

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