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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.
- 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.
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!
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.
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.
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 . . .
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.”
Many people are striving to bring the message of Christmas back to its
- 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
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. =)
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 . . .
- 6 Ways to Decommercialize Christmas. Does 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 Christmas. Do 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.
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 #||Time slots to walk|
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|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|
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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.
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”?
- You’ll hear amazing stories of how God’s love, power, and involvement in individual lives make a difference.
- You’ll learn how you can help meet needs of those who don’t have much.
- You see how easy it is to support our workers through prayer, encouragement, and by giving money.
- You will sense how awesome it is to be part of a global movement of love.
- You will eat some tasty hors d’oeuvres (scones, cookies, hummus and chips to name a few items).
- You will have the opportunity to talk with ladies in an unhurried atmosphere.
- Our speaker, Rachel, is a funny, real, tender, godly, 20something woman whom you’ll enjoy listening to.
- Rob and Mary-Jo will lead us in musical worship.
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.
- Encourage someone. Do this by a kind word, by a phone call, or by sending a card.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pray for the attendees, staff, and ministries of CNC.
- Really Listen. The next time you have a conversation with someone, give them your undivided attention. This action says, “You are my friend.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
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.