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I: INDIA Trip is More Than Travel Delight; It Includes a Conference, Shoeboxes, & Sewing Machines

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See those lines connecting to cities in the top left of the map? Those are places we’re going.

Wow! When God opens doors some of them are surprising. One such surprise is a trip I am going on this summer to the northwest of India. 3 other gals and I from Cordova Neighborhood Church are joining up with LINC Ministries.

This trip is from July 25th – August 10th. I feel blessed to be given this opportunity to use my gifts to serve others. Our over-arching aim is to encourage and help women and children in the name of Jesus.

Goals for this Trip. 

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We will buy the boxes & supplies in India. Each box costs $5. Photo by Katey Lee.

  • Host and serve nearly 500 women in a three-day conference.
  • Buy, pack, and distribute lots & lots of shoeboxes. These shoeboxes will be filled with paper, pencils, toys, candy, soap, and much more. Many of the children who receive a shoebox have never received a gift before.
  • Buy 60 sewing machines for 4 centers.

Time permitting we will also do the following.

  • Deliver 60 sewing machines. LINC Ministries operates four sewing centers. At these centers battered women are taught how to sew. Upon graduation they are given a certificate and sewing machine of their own so they may provide an honourable living for themselves.

NOTE: We are raising money to buy these 60 machines and will buy them in India whether or not we get to visit the sewing centers. Each machine costs $60.

  • Visit and give gifts to children at a leper colony.

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My last goal is to bring back our story. As we share our story and enthusiasm with you, I hope that missions will become more embedded into the hearts and lives of our church body. And as a result of this increased enthusiasm; I pray that more of us will give to and go on mission trips. It is a privilege to share the love of Jesus with others.

NOTE: LINC Ministries is founded and run by Leonard Lee. He was the speaker at Cordova Neighborhood Church’s all church camp in the summer of 2012. Leonard was awesome!

To read more about LINC Ministries, our trip, and opportunities to help go here. 

Photo by Katey Lee.

Photo by Katey Lee.

I Could Use Your Assistance.

Would you prayerfully consider joining our team through your support in two ways.

First, please partner with me in praying for: 

  • The people we will be serving (women and children mainly) to see how much God loves them
  • My health (we will be traveling through the Himalayan mountains) and effectiveness as a team member
  • The many details of this trip: shots, preparing for the conference, fundraising, etc

If you would like to be a prayer partner, please leave a comment.

Second, please consider supporting me financially for this outreach. 

Photo by Katey Lee.

Photo by Katey Lee.

The cost for the trip is $3925.00. This includes

  • Travel to and from India
  • Travel and travel expenses while in India
  • Shoeboxes and supplies, sewing machines, and costs for the Women’s Conference
  • Food and lodging

If you would like to partner with me financially, send your donation to

  • LINC Ministries 
  • PO Box 1314  Roseville, CA 95678

All donations are tax deductible. Make checks payable to LINC Ministries

NOTE: My name should NOT appear on the check. 

 

Photo by Katey Lee.

Photo by Katey Lee.

Or you can give online by logging in here. Click on the “Donate Now” button on the right side of the page.

Thank you for your support and God bless you.

P.S. We are having a car wash, yard sale, and flea market fundraiser on Saturday, May 18th at Cordova Neighborhood Church. It starts at 9 am. We are still taking donations. Call me sometime!

Relayed Posts . . .

Sewing Machines and Lessons Transform Lives in India: Here’s How You Can Help

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NOTE: This post is written for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. There are 22 categories and my category is MI = Miscellaneous.
During the month of April I will post 26 times (mainly) finishing up posts that have been in my draft file for at least a year. For a list of all the posts go to the A-Z button on my header.
Today’s letter is I for India for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. The topic is “INDIA Trip is More Than Travel Delight; It Includes a Conference, Shoeboxes, & Sewing Machines.”

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Pay It Forward – New Theme for the 12 Days of Christmas

Many people are striving to bring the message of Christmas back to its

Spending Thanksgiving WITH one another. No food comas or screaming at football players on the TV. Don’t know our Christmas plans yet. What are YOURS?

roots of giving, love, compassion, Christ. My church, along with many others, is encouraging folks to be part of the Advent Conspiracy. View one explanation video here. The idea is to . . .

  • Spend less money on stuff for those you love. Buy ONE less gift.
  • Instead spend more time doing activities with them. Build those relationships. Go here for activity ideas.
  • With the money you don’t spend on that ONE gift, give to those who can’t afford basic necessities. Give the gift of clean water  . . . .   check out a Samaritan’s Purse catalog of ways to help children and women worldwide  . . . .   give to your church benevolent fund to reach those in your church family and neighborhood  . . . .  or give to CAMA Services which also has worldwide projects to help the needy.

Or join in a unique way to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas. Read on to understand this concept.

Yesterday I came across a post on Jan’s Yearning for God. Jan introduced us to a blog called Chain Links which encourages and documents random acts of kindness. Trista Wilson is a 27-year-old blogger who wants to change the emphasis on Christmas, too. She asks,

“Remember when Christmas was really about bringing family together, the birth of Christ, and encompassing the spirit of giving?”

I love her line of questioning here . . .

  •  Since when did we need to ‘buy’ love from the very people who already love us unconditionally?
  • And why can’t showing someone how much they mean to us consist of quality conversation and random acts of kindness …
  • rather than topping last years Christmas gift with an even more extravagant one this year?

In order to “help us focus on what truly matters and get in the spirit of giving that Christmas was meant to inspire,” Chain Links has come up with a new theme for the 12 Days of Christmas (Dec 13-24) – Pay it Forward with random acts of kindness.

You can pick your own good deeds. Or you can follow the below list that

Giving our time to others brings joy to the relationship. Giving $ wisely to the poor brings joy to their circumstances.

Chain Links has written as suggestions. It’s a great starting place for ideas.

THE 12 GIFTS OF CHRISTMAS:

DAY 12: (DECEMBER 13)– Buy food for a homeless person (or someone in need). This does not have to be expensive. $5 should cover lunch.

DAY 11: (DECEMBER 14)– Write a kind, hand-written letter to someone who changed your life for the better. And no, I’m not talking about an email or a text…I’m talking about snail mail people. ;) (This can be to a childhood friend, a teacher from the past, or even an old baby-sitter that impacted your life for the better.)

DAY 10: (DECEMBER 15)– Pay for the person’s order in line behind you in either the coffee drive-thru, fast food, a tollbooth, train ticket, etc. (There are a LOT of options here…)

DAY 9: (DECEMBER 16)– Put grocery carts away in a random parking lot for other shoppers or find carts that others have left behind. It will help the employees out by bringing them indoors where they belong.

DAY 8: (DECEMBER 17)– Write a letter of thanks to the armed forces. (Yes, even if you don’t support the war. Remember that these people are risking their lives daily in order to ensure our safety and Freedom).

Here is the address:
A Million Thanks
17853 Santiago Blvd. #107-355
Villa Park, CA 92861

DAY 7: (DECEMBER 18)– Buy or bake something for a neighbor. You may know them well, or you may have never even introduced yourself. So here’s your chance;)

DAY 6: (DECEMBER 19)– Buy a $5 or $10 gift card for a grocery store, gas station, coffee place, etc. Leave the gift card on a random park bench or windshield of someone’s car.

DAY 5: (DECEMBER 20)– Do something kind for the elderly. This can be anything from helping them to their car with heavy groceries, holding the door open for them, volunteering at a retirement home, or even raking their leaves.

DAY 4: (DECEMBER 21)– Tape quarters to a vending machine. So simple, yet so convenient! I honestly cannot count how many times I have wanted a snack or a soda, but could not dig up that last quarter to satisfy my craving.

DAY 3: (DECEMBER 22)– Leave a generous tip for a server, barista, or bartender–along with a nice note. This will most likely make their night. Having been in all three of these positions, I know how easy it is to get discouraged when guests are difficult and do not tip. This could turn their entire day around!

DAY 2: (DECEMBER 23)– Purchase a gift card at a local grocery store (of any amount). Turn around in line, and hand it to the first person you see. Then walk away. No explanation is needed. I’m sure their expression will say it all.

Day 1: (DECEMBER 24)– YOUR turn to choose a random act of kindness. I thought it would be fun to see the different ideas everybody comes up with for this last day before Christmas. Be creative. The sky is the limit. =)

Go here to read the full blog post. Chain Links is hoping to document the

Through Samaritan’s Purse, it only costs $9 to feed a hungry baby for a week.

experiences of those who do these or other random acts of kindness.

By The Way – if you planned on giving me a present, I’d love it if you used the $ to buy Gift #2 – food for a week for a hungry baby ($9).

Your Turn  .  .  .  .   How are you going to ensure that this Christmas is more about spending TIME with loved ones? And that it includes helping ONE person in need?

Related Movie . . . Christmas on Division Street. This moving story shows a kid from a wealthy family coming to care for, befriend and really SEE some of the homeless in his new city, Philadelphia. This new attitude trickles into the lives of his family and friends after a tragic event. I saw this on Netflix instant streaming.

Related Posts . . . 

  • Ways to Decommercialize ChristmasDoes it bother you that stores start selling Christmas decorations and Christmas themed gifts as soon as Halloween is over? Are you offended that many stores are bowing to politically correct pressure and requiring their clerks and cashiers to say “Happy Holidays” instead of Merry Christmas? Read on for 6 ways to put Christ back into Christmas.
  • 7 More Ways to Decommercialize ChristmasDo you feel that the true meaning of Christmas has become lost in the wrappings, trappings, and political fights? Well read on for 7 more ways to put Christ back into Christmas.
  • 10 Acts of Kindness Ideas and 20 Acts of Kindness Ideas
  • Everyone Can help One Child. My poorest/deprived day is unimagined wealth to a majority of the world. Especially to the children. I can give up some “extras” in my life to help a child. A cup of designer coffee . . . a Thrifty’s ice cream cone . . . an item from McDonald’s Dollar menu . . . a pair of clearance shoes from Wal-Mart . . . a gas station car wash.
  • Perfect Gift Takes Reflection and Sacrifice. The Christmas movie, The Bishop’s Wife, helps me to think about what’s truly important at Christmas and what gift I’ll give to the birthday Boy/God named Jesus.
  • When Christmas Gets Radical: Whose Birthday is it Really? How a question from a child changed the Voskamp’s way of “doing” Christmas: “if we get wrapped presents for our birthdays, real sacrifices from people who love us — they gave up other things to give something to us — then why don’t we do that for Jesus’ birthday?” Read this post by Ann for their answer.

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Rancho Cordova Venue: Relay For Life Walk Oct. 1-2

CNC’s Women’s Ministry is organizing a team to participate in the American Cancer Society’s
Relay for Life 24 hour Walk.
 The Walk is from 9 am Saturday, October 1st – 10 am Sunday, October 2nd, 2011. It will take place at the Mills Middle School Track on Coloma Road.

The below form shows the time slots that are still open for walkers. Email me your info or sign up in Rudat Hall the next 2 Sundays (9/11 & 9/18) if you’d like to walk and/or give a donation.

There is a team fee of $150.00. We are hoping walkers can donate $6.25 to go towards the team fee. If we get a sponsor or raise more than $150.00 all money will go towards Relay for Life. Please make your check out to Relay for Life and give the check to LaRee.

NOTE: As the requests come in, I will update the below form. I will not post your contact info. I will just take away the time slot.

Originally posted September 7th. UPDATED September 26, 2011. There are NOW 12 time slots available. For many of the times, we have 2 people walking! Sign up today to join this worthwhile fundraiser.

Name Phone # Email Time slots to walk
Sat. 6-7 pm
Sat. 9-10 pm
Sat. 11-12 Midnight
Sat. Midnight – 1 am
Sun. 1-2 am
Sun. 2-3 am
Sun. 3-4 am
Sun. 4-5 am
Sun. 5-6 am
Sun. 6-7 am
Sun. 8-9 am
Sun. 9-10 am

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Boundaries of Secret Sis Prayer Program Help Overcome Prayer Paralysis

I like to pray. But sometimes I feel overwhelmed and paralyzed. There is so much to pray for. Sometimes I don’t know where to start and I don’t know when I am allowed to stop. I often don’t have good prayer boundaries.

I love the boundaries the secret sister program provides. On the Secret Sister form, we all write down our prayer requests. Wahoo – there is no guessing and no worrying that I’ll forget a major request.

I pray according to my sister’s written requests. However, many, many times I find myself praying beyond the boundaries. I think it’s because I am not worrying about doing it right. I will add prayers that are linked to my Scripture reading. Since I always make it a point to talk to my secret sister at least once a month (she doesn’t know I’m her ss), I add prayers from points that came up in our conversations. And sometimes as I am quiet, the Lord will bring something to mind for me to pray about. This type of prayer does not overwhelm or paralyze me.

CNC ladies, join us in this prayer ministry.

  • You’ll have good boundaries that aid in praying and encouraging your Secret Sister.
  • Plus, you will also receive prayer and encouragement.
  • You can’t ever get enough prayer.
  • You can’t ever get enough encouragement.

Why don’t you click on the link for the secret sister form 2011 pdf or the Secret Sister Form 2011 online form? Fill out the form. You still have time to turn it in to Marsha by the February 15th deadline.

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8 Reasons Why You’ll Love Coming to CNC’s Women’s Reception February 12th

The Reception starts at 2 pm in Rudat Hall. No need to bring any food. Bring a friend and your curiosity.

What would you add to this list of “Why You’ll Love Attending the Reception”?

  1. You’ll hear amazing stories of how God’s love, power, and involvement in individual lives make a difference.
  2. You’ll learn how you can help meet needs of those who don’t have much.
  3. You see how easy it is to support our workers through prayer, encouragement, and by giving money.
  4. You will sense how awesome it is to be part of a global movement of love.
  5. You will eat some tasty hors d’oeuvres (scones, cookies, hummus and chips to name a few items).
  6. You will have the opportunity to talk with ladies in an unhurried atmosphere.
  7. Our speaker, Rachel, is a funny, real, tender, godly,  20something woman whom you’ll enjoy listening to.
  8. Rob and Mary-Jo will lead us in musical worship.

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10 Ways to Show Your Love at CNC

Love is more than a feeling. It is an action. It is a purposeful action. As you engage in purposeful actions you show others that they are important. You  show that you love them. Below are 10 ideas you can use to show CNC folks that you love them.

  1. Encourage someone. Do this by a kind word, by a phone call, or by sending a card.
  2. Give food. Join the Meal’s Ministry by filling out the Meals Ministry Sign Up Form, bring something to  Neighborhood Meals, make a special meal for your family, or take dinner to a neighbor.
  3. Good works. Do a good deed for someone. Ideas include the following: vacuum, do some gardening, run an errand, babysit, wash the car, read a book out loud.
  4. If you don’t tithe, start. Ponder and pray about why you don’t tithe. If it is because of fear, go here. Even a small amount helps pay the church’s bills and salaries.
  5. Practice hospitality. Invite someone to your home for tea or a home-cooked meal, Or take them out to eat. Go here and here for more ideas on hospitality.
  6. Pray for the attendees, staff, and ministries of CNC.
  7. Really Listen. The next time you have a conversation with someone, give them your undivided attention. This action says, “You are my friend.”
  8. Sponsor someone: (a) a woman for the June Retreat (click on the Women’s Retreat Brochure 2011), (b) a youth for Winter camp, or (c) any female for the April 30th walkathon. The $ will go towards building a women’s center in the Middle East.
  9. Use your spiritual gift. If you don’t know what it is, go here for a free online test. I’d love to talk with you about the results.
  10. Volunteer. There are opportunities available in the youth, children’s, and nursery ministries. You can also help in the kitchen (make coffee, buy the donuts and bagels, put out the food) on Sunday mornings, or clean the pews during the week. There’s more than this! Let Roberta know what you’d like to do and she’ll direct you to the correct person.

What loving activity does God want you to pursue? … Or what have you done this week?

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This Covert Op Doesn’t Require You to Be Buff, Bilingual, or Brainiac

If I ever get super buff, become bilingual, and find my memory, I am going to sign up as a spy. I love the idea of covert operations, of sneaking around doing heroic stuff that no one knows about. Changing, protecting, and saving lives. That’s what I want to do.

But until that happens, I have found a good substitute. I have signed up as a Secret Sister 2011. Prayer is definitely heroic. Much of the time it is to be done in secret. There is no doubt of the power and effectiveness of prayer. It changes, protects, and saves lives.

CNC ladies (18 years old and up), you too can be part of this covert operation. Click on the appropriate link and fill out your Secret Sister form. This is the secret sister form 2011 pdf. This is the Secret Sister Form 2011 online form. You still have time to turn it in to Marsha before the Sunday, February 15th deadline.

And you don’t have to get fit, be language savvy, or even remember a lot in order to be part of this awesome team. And you can even wear your super hero cape, if you’d like.

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Pie Record – 55 Pies in 52 Weeks

1. Raspberry Freeze Pie
2. Derby Pie
3. Apple Pie
4. Dark Chocolate Cream Pie
5. Strawberry Yogurt Pie
6. Toll House Pie
7. Tamale Pie
8. Turtle Pecan Pie
9. GF, DF Apple Crumble
10. Upside Down Apple Pie

Creative Endeavors – 55 in 52 Weeks

1. Planted Spring boxes.
2. Played Scrabble in Spanish.
3. Created Salt Clay Crosses.
4. Making Mother's Day gifts for the ladies in our church.
5. Copied 2 cards at a card party.
6. Wrote rough draft.
7. Cut a hardback book into a Kindle cover
8. Boiled cans of sweetened condensed milk to make dulce de leche twice.
9. & 10. Met 2 more times to make Mother's Day gifts for church ladies.
11. Hemmed pants - Hey, it involved a thread & needle.
12. Sewed a lime green felt piggy bank. Filling it with quarters. This is for Women' s Retreat 2015.
13. Made Chai ice cream & ginger cookies for India DInner Fundraiser. (Thanks, Gillian.)
14. Researched & prepped initial dragonfly project for CM at work. (Thanks Trudy for doing the rest!)
15. Built a table (with my daughter).
16. Decoupaged the table.
17. Assembled candy bar with specialized wrappers.
18. Baked Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
19. Decorated my daughter's Christmas Tree
20. Decorated a wreath
21. Made thumbprint snowman ornaments
22. Decorated my Christmas tree
23. Cooked up bottles of fudge and butterscotch sauce
24. Created a melted crayon picture
25. Baked Earl Grey Cookies
26. Created Sharpie art on my white mug
27. Made a candle in a tea cup
28. Whipped up some cream cheese mints
29. Hand sewed 6 heart shaped tea bags to hold Russian Morning #24.
30. Hand sewed 6 heart shaped tea bags to hold Masala Chai.
31. Baked Lemon Marshmallow cookies
32. Put together a mini teacup pincushion
33. Hand-tied a no-sew fleece baby blanket
34. Decoupaged eyeballs to bottom of glass
35. Glued together a teacup birdfeeder.
36. Designed a diaper bag name tag holder (for nursery at church).
37. Hand tied a no sew fleece baby blanket
38. Weaved 4 ribbon book markers
39. Made another teacup candle
40. Designed and helped assemble magnets for the Women's Annual Tea
41. Sewed 7 teabags for Earl Grey Tea
42. Chalkboard lids for cute jars

Book Record – 55 Books in 52 Weeks

1. Fearfully & Wonderfully Made by Dr. Paul Brand & Philip Yancey
2. Acts of Love: The Power of Encouragement by David Jeremiah
3. Plan B by Anne Lamott
4. The Mysterious Voyage of Captain Kidd by A.B.C. Whipple
5. The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
6. Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn
7. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
8. The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
9. Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science by John Tiner
10.The Quest for Character by Charles Swindoll
11. Masters of Mystery: 56 Short Stories of Mystery, Intrigue, & Suspense (by different authors)
12. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
13. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
14. Secrets of the Vine for Women: Breaking Through to Abundance by Darlene Wilkinson
15. Out of Solitude by Henri Nouwen
16. Wholly Sanctified by A.B. Simpson
17. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
18. Teaching Kids Authentic Worship: How to Keep Them Close to God for LIFE by Kathleen Chapman
19. A Shorter Life of Christ by Donald Guthrie
20. Whole Prayer: Speaking and Listening to God by Walter Wangerin Jr.
21. Carpe Mañana by Leonard Sweet
22. Sadako and the Thousand Paper cranes by Eleanor Coerr
23. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
24. In His Steps by Chalres Sheldon
25. Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit Written & Compiled by Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen
26. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
In My Father's House by Corrie ten Boom with C. C. Carlson
27. Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging by Brennan Manning
28. The King in the Window by Adam Gopnik
29. In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado
30. Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler
31. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
32. Unleashing Your Potential: Discovering Your God-Given Opportunities for Ministry by Frank Tillapaugh
33. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
34. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
35. The Telling by Ursella Le Guin (library)
36. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov (library)
37. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (library)
38. Traveling Light by Max Lucado
39. Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
40. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhug h
41. The Accused by Nancy Rue
42. Daniel Boone: Wilderness Scout, A story of the greatest frontiersman by Stewart Edward White
43. Seven Guides to Effective Prayer by Colin Whittaker
44. Prayer: Life's Limitless Reach by Jack R. Taylor
45. The Magnitude of Prayer by Kermit R. Olsen
46. Prayer Changes Things by Charles L. Allen
47. How to Make Prayer Exciting! by Bill & Pam Malone
48. If God Already Knows, Why Pray? by Douglas F. Kelly
49. Praying Together by Rosalind Rinker

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