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Yard Sale for India Was Successful Because of You All; Thanks.

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We are grateful and thank the many folks who helped make this yard sale a success. You are part of God’s awesome work!  Photo Credit: Alaine Callen

Even though our yard sale happened on a HOT day (106 degrees), we had lots of traffic. We also had plenty of stuff, about 12 tables full. We started at 6am and by 1:30pm everything was cleared away (thanks to several trips to the Goodwill).

The purpose of this sale was to fundraise for our trip to India. Read more about this here and here. As we shared our purpose with folks at the yard sale, many were generous.

One lady even changed her mind about what she was going to pay us. Her first thought was to give us $20 for a $9 purchase = Generous!

BUT, there’s more to this story. I took the purchase to her car and she said, “I think God is leading me to do something different. I believe He wants me to give you this.”

Imagine my shock and awe as a $100 bill was put into my hand!!!

(God speaking) “The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I , the LORD, will do for you” (Exodus 34:10).

God did do an awesome work. We made a little over $800 at the yard sale on Saturday. . . . I KNOW that HE will provide the rest of the money that each of us needs.

Thanks, also, for being part of this awesome story about the India trip. We cannot do it alone. Our victories are your victories. Our blessings are your blessings. Thanks for your encouragement, help, donations, and prayers.

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1st Quarter Review of 55th Birthday Yearlong Plan: Collect 55 OCC Boxes

There are about 20 weeks until it’s time to turn in Operation Christmas Child boxes. That seems soon, right?

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What’s in your cupboard? Some of mine are full of Operation Christmas Child Boxes.

My goal is to collect 55 boxes and shipping fee for each box by the November 2013 deadline. Right now I have 19 boxes. 10 for boys and 9 for girls.

There are 3 age ranges to buy for: 2-4, 5-9, and 10-14. From what I’ve read the most popular group to buy for is the 5-9 year old group. So I’ve been concentrating on the 2-4 age group and most especially the 10-14 year old group.

During this next quarter I am going to collect enough stuff for 15 boxes for the oldest group: 10-14 year-olds.

Several folks have asked if they could help me with this endeavor – YOU BET!!!!! Below is a list of items I’ll be collecting. This list is geared toward the 10-14 year olds.

The recommendation is to put at last one thing into the box from each of the following categories:

HYGIENE ITEMS

  • Bar Soap (MILD) and bagged to keep smell from getting into candy
  • Comb or Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine Hygiene
  • Grooming Supplies: good quality – nail clippers, tweezers, emery boards
  • Hair Accessories: ribbon, larger hair clips, elastics
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste – make sure it isn’t expired
  • Washcloth

SCHOOL ITEMS

  • Blank cards for writing notes to friends/family
  • Crayons/Colored Pencils
  • Eraser(s)
  • More complicated coloring books or sketch pads
  • Paper/Notepad
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Solar Powered Calculator

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  • Fishing Kit: pill bottles with fishing hooks, line, sinkers
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Knitting needles/crochet hook and yarn
  • Sewing Kit: needles, thread, buttons, ribbon, pins, fabric (1 yard), scissors
  • Small Tools: Good Quality – hammer, screwdriver, nails, screws, measuring tape (metric), duct tape, pliers
  • Water Bottle or Cup

SOMETHING TO PLAY WITH

  • Balls, deflated with pumps or beach balls
  • Toy Cars
  • Harmonica
  • Jacks
  • Jewelry or beads to make their own
  • Jump Ropes
  • Legos
  • Marbles
  • Model Kits for the boys
  • More difficult craft kits like cross stitch or embroidery
  • More difficult puzzles
  • Tic Tac Toe
  • Toys like paddle ball, yo-yo, cards or card games, travel games

SOMETHING TO EAT

  • Chewing Gum – double bag the gum
  • Hard Candy & Lollipops – double bag these

SOMETHING TO LOVE

  • Stuffed animal

SOMETHING TO WEAR

  • Flip Flops
  • Gloves/Scarf/Winter Hat
  • Purse/Small Backpack
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Underwear

OTHER

  • $7.00 Shipping Fee
  • Greeting Card/Note to Child
  • Photo of your family
  • Shoebox – either cardboard or good quality plastic
  • Tote Bag

Your Turn . . .

  • Have you ever packed an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox? If yes, what is your favourite thing to include? Have any buying or packing tips?
  • If you’d like to help with this project, leave a comment or email me.

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What I Miss Most About My Babies and What This Has To Do With The Church Nursery

Please join our fabulous staff in caring for the little ones in our nursery. You can choose to help in either the 1st or 2nd service.

Please join our fabulous staff in caring for the kiddos in our nursery. You can  help at either the 1st or 2nd service.

The number of children in our Cordova Neighborhood Church Sunday nursery is GROWING. We minister to kiddos from 6 weeks – 2 1/2 years old. These delightful infants and exploring tots need more adults in the room. So I am asking for help from our congregation.

If you are over 18 and can devote one (or more) Sundays a month to helping in this ministry, please contact Pastor Susan. You will be given an application and a background check.

To whet your appetite for working with nursery-aged kiddos, here is my TOP NINE LIST of What I Miss Most from When My Kiddos Were 2 1/2-Years-Old and Younger.

ONE. BELLY LAUGHS & GIGGLES. I feel better after hearing a baby laugh or giggle. These sounds are so contagious and sometimes so unexpected. Who knows why tearing paper cracks up this baby especially since the paper is a job rejection letter. These quadruplets belly laugh at their dad’s silly noises.   I’m laughing too, but not at the dad, but at the babies’ reactions.

TWO. I’M BIGGER. At first babies don’t need correction. But give them a year and the battle starts. But at this age, I can enforce the course of our day. It is tiring and relentless, but since I am bigger, I win (more easily).

THREE. SNUGGLES. Not all little ones are overly affectionate or given to snuggle time. But watch carefully and you can get a snuggle or two a day. And oh, that fills me with love and protective instincts for the young one.

FOUR. NO JUDGMENT. Babies don’t know when I do “it” wrong” no matter what the “it” is. They don’t care about the state of my house . . . . my looks . . . my lack of poise or education . . . or my place in society. They just love me. And even after making a mistake, they still love and accept me.

FIVE. TRUST. The under 2 1/2-years-old crowd trust the adults around them. They trust that I’ll be the best version of me. They trust I know what I am doing – even my first born had that trust. That trust in me made me a better person and parent. I strove to live up to that trust.

SIX. WONDER. Babies seem to be amazed at their perfection and the perfection of those around them. Do you remember watching a baby stare at his/her hand in fascination? It thrills me to have a baby stare into my eyes. It seem like s/he is trying to figure out who this marvelous creation is?

SEVEN. NOT CAMERA SHY. I enjoy taking photos of my family. They don’t always enjoy it back though. However, this age group is “clueless” about running from photographers and will “perform” away.

EIGHT. LEARNER. Infants and toddlers are learning machines. And most of the time they enjoy that process. I enjoy that they enjoy it. And I enjoy being part of the process. Just last week one the nursery girls and I spent 15 minutes playing with a pop up toy exploring, pushing, pulling, and talking about the experience.

NINE. SLEEPING POSTURE. It is so c-u-t-e the way our little ones sleep with their behinds up in the air. It is innocent, unself-conscious, and funny. Do you miss that pose too?

Hey grandparents, aunties, and uncles with older children in your lives, doesn’t reading this Top 9 List bring back happy memories?  Want to re-experience these again? Then contact me today! Leave a comment, I’ll call you.

Your Turn . . .

  1. What would you add to this list so I can make it a Top 10 List? 
  2. Will you sign up today to help in the nursery?

Still need another reason to volunteer? Think that working in the nursery is not ministry? Then go read 10 Reasons Why Involvement in Your Church Nursery is ImportantYou’ll see how being a nursery worker is totally important. And COOL.

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Sewing Machines and Lessons Transform Lives in India

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Each machine only costs $60.00.

Do you have a sewing machine? Do you use it very often? Is it vital to your livelihood?

To some women in India having a sewing machine and knowing how to use it well makes a huge difference in their lives. They are able to provide an honorable living and home for themselves.

In late July four of us from Cordova Neighborhood Church are going to India for about 2 1/2 weeks. We are going with LINC Ministries. One of the things we are doing is to raise money for 60 sewing machines which we will buy in India.

These machines will be given  to four sewing centers that LINC Ministries operates.  At the center the women are taught how to be a seamstress. Upon graduation each lady is given a machine so she may then start her own business.

The women who attend the training are women who have been abused. Besides offering the women a skill, they are offered a new life and hope.

All because of a sewing machine.

Would you like to help us with this? On Saturday, May 18, we are having a yard sale, bake sale, car wash, and flea market at Cordova Neighborhood Church from 9am -2pm.

  1. We are taking yard sale and bake sale donations.
  2. We need help with the car wash or one of the other stations.
  3. If you’d like to make a monetary donation, mail your check to LINC Ministries PO Box 1314 Roseville, CA 95678. Or I have addressed, stamped envelopes to LINC for you to use
  4. If you donate money, you can donate towards our general financial need (travel, food, lodging) or towards a machine.
  5. We are looking for folks who will PRAY for us.

Leave a comment or call me, if you are interested in doing any of the above.

If you’d like more information about our trip, I have a letter that I can send you. Leave a comment or call me for that too.

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O: My OPERATION Christmas Child Plan is to Collect 55 Shoe Boxes

Sometimes you have to attempt something miraculous in order to jump start your faith or to change your attitude.

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As of April 15, 2013, I have collected 10 boxes. I only have 45 more boxes to go.

That’s why I am collecting FIFTY-FIVE filled shoe boxes for the November 2013 Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoe box drive at my church.

I want my faith to grow leaps and bounds. And I want my attitude to change.

So why am I doing this?

Since mid-February I’ve been in a funk, an age-related funk. I wasn’t thrilled about turning 55 in March. Mainly because I am not where I thought I’d be in most areas of my life. And to be middle-aged and disappointed with yourself (and circumstances) is a yucky place to be.

However, I am not going to let myself stew. So I’ve come up with a plan, a 55th birthday year-long plan. Go here to read the whole plan.

This post will deal with the shoe boxes. Samaritan’s Purse (an international relief organization) sponsors Operation Christmas Child. This is a collection of shoes boxes (cardboard or plastic) that are filled with age-appropriate items for needy children all over the world. Go here to see what’s in the boxes.

I am part of this heart-touching ministry. For years I have donated 2 -3 boxes each November.

I help with this ministry because I am a parent, auntie and missionary. Did you know that you are a missionary too? Read this post to see why I believe this.

So now you know my goal and the why behind my goal. And you probably figured out that this is something that requires the help of God in order for me to accomplish.

Want to help? If yes, then . . .

  1. Pray. Pray that this goal is met. Pray for the recipients of the boxes. Pray for their families, schools, and communities. 
  2. Give  a shoebox, cardboard or plastic. If you donate a plastic shoebox, please give a better quality one. That way it will withstand being packed in a carton and shipped with weight on top of it.
  3. Give items for the shoeboxes. Soon I will post what kinds of things I am collecting. In the meantime you can go to this link for suggestions, in case you want to go shopping TODAY.
  4. Give a $7.00 donation.  A donation of $7 or more helps cover project expenses such as shipping the boxes. I can send the box in your name and you can see what country it ends up in.
  5. Give a filled shoebox. You can do that as a family, work unit, neighbors, or a single person. Of course I would put your name as the sender of the box.

Several years ago I interviewed Kathy, one of the OCC co-ordinators at our church. She had this to say about the importance of our involvement.

t’s our job to be good stewards of our money. The cost of filling one shoebox is a great investment. The blessing goes from the child upwards to the parents who often don’t have the financial means to give a gift to their child. 

For some children this is the first gift they’ve ever received.

Then the blessings go outwards to the community. And whole communities have been changed by one simple shoebox.

I am wondering how and with whom God will answer this prayer.

Your Turn . . . Contact me if you’d like to help through prayer or donation.

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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 finishing up posts that have been in my draft fie 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 O. The topic is OPERATION Christmas Child Shoeboxes.

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L: What it Means to LISTEN Intentionally

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“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.”
Doug Larson

There is a way to listen that promotes sharing of thoughts, feelings, joys, heartaches, and fears. And there is a way to ‘listen” that discourages sharing. A majour hindrance to sharing is when one person is sharing their heartache, and then another one (two or three) will jump in with their own similar heartache. At these times it becomes a one-up-man-ship type of conversation. The talk steers away from the original person.

“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” ― Ralph G. Nichols

One reason I love watching Army Wives is because the core group of friends listens well to each other. They listen intentionally, on purpose, for the aim of understanding one another.  When one of the friends is sharing a heartache. . .

  • They don’t first engage in problem-solving.
  • They don’t steer the conversation to their own similar stories.

They are secure enough in their relationships to know, there is plenty of time for all to be heard. So they spend time listening to the one in need.

Want to listen well like an “army wife,” a counselor, or a helpful friend? Here are some thoughts on what it means to listen well.

1. Step Forward. The next time you are with a friend who shares about a problem . . .

  • Don’t stare but do maintain appropriate eye contact.
  • Don’t touch to comfort (at this point), if she cries while sharing. The touch can interrupt the flow of words.
  • Don’t offer any advice.
  • Don’t cut her short with judgment.
  • Don’t derail the conversation by adding unnecessary commentary or your own similar story.

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. CoveyThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Just listen. It will most likely feel awkward for you. But you are giving your friend a GIFT. 

2. Practice before a friend has a deep need. Grab a friend or a group and take turns with one person talking and the rest listening with full attention on the talker. The “talker” gets to decide the topic and talks the whole time without interruption.

  • It is okay to nod and make other indications of listening.
  • It is even okay to ask some clarification questions.
  • When her time is over, pray for her.

And that’s it. Don’t offer solutions. Let her deal with what she’s said, discovered, said out loud, maybe even for the first time. If she wants, set another date.

“Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.” ― Sura HartRespectful Parents, Respectful Kids: 7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict into Cooperation

Your Turn . . . When was the last time you were really listened to? How did it feel? 

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NOTE: This post is written for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. There are A2Z-2013-BADGE-001Small_zps669396f922 categories and my category is MI = Miscellaneous.

During the month of April I will post 26 times finishing up posts that have been in my draft fie 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 L. The topic is LISTENING.

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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!

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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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