Aug 27 2013

Poverty Has Become The New Leprosy

Mother Theresa wrote, “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” 

Today we met a woman named Hannah in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia who found herself just as Mother Theresa had described.  She was a widow with two young boys who not only found themselves naked, hungry and homeless, but unwanted, unloved and uncared for.  They were without hope, living in under a sheet of plastic on a street when World Vision found them and reached out to help.  

Since that day Hannah and her boys, Masfin and Yeabsira, have hope.  World Vision has helped Hannah and her boys find a home, granted, it’s made of mud, dung and straw and is smaller than the bathroom in my hotel room, but it’s a home.  Sponsorship has helped the boys enroll in school, and dream about what their future holds, Masfin, in fact, shared that he wants to be a doctor, because he wants to help take care of others.  This is a dream that now lives because someone thought Masfin was worth investing a dollar a day in!  


Clive and Martina, World Vision sponsors

Those people are Clive and Martina, his sponsors.  When I asked if he knew his sponsors, he proudly reached for a picture that was kept in a place of honor in their home with all of the other family photos.  Hannah expressed the love that they had for them, because their kindness was changing their family’s life and giving them hope!

World Vision sponsorship is much more about, “Teaching a man to fish and feeding him for a lifetime; than giving a man a fish and feeding him for the day.”  Yes, World Vision is making sure that Hannah and her boys have what they need, but they are also making it possible for the boys to do well in school.  They have provided a means to making some money by purchasing Hannah a washer and dryer so that she could start a business, which is now flourishing in her neighborhood.  The ability that Hannah now has to help provide for her family has built her self-confidence.  She and the boys are still living on less than $2 a day, but they are so grateful that the love from people like Clive and Martina, are giving them hope and dreams for the boys’ futures.

Mother Theresa, who spent her life caring of the poor and the leper, said it so well, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, Feed just ONE!”  You feeding and pouring into just ONE boy like Masfin can make a World of difference!  Clive and Martina’s love for this ONE boy, has transformed his entire family.  Their love for this ONE boy has sparked dreams of a life beyond the slums of Africa, a life lived helping those less fortunate.  Thanks for taking time TODAY to find the ONE World Vision child that you’ll invest in!  Let’s CHANGE the World, ONE Child at a time, visit http://www.worldvision.org/Love-around-the-world today!

Aug 26 2013

We Live in a Bubble

As I am writing this, I am sitting here in tears after reading another chapter from World Vision President, Rich Sterns’ new book “Unfinished” and listening to Lincoln Brewster’sThe Power of Your Name.”  I thank God that I will never be the same after this trip, and I hope that you’ll join me on this journey. Lincoln sings, “I will live to carry your compassion, to love a world that’s broken. To be your hands and feet. And I’ll give with the life that I have been given. And go beyond religion to see the world be changed…”

I have come face to face with some of the 1 billion people who will go to bed hungry tonight, that’s triple the population of the United States. Sadly, more than ¼ of the World’s 2 billion children suffer from malnutrition, but even worse is that they become victims of human trafficking, the AIDS epidemic, other pain staking diseases and for 18 million of them, they face these things all alone because they are orphans.  

The more that we have traveled on this journey to take Love Around The World, the more I am realizing what a bubble most of us live in. The thing about living in a bubble is that you can see out, you can see the need, but you’re so comfortable inside the bubble that you don’t want to anything to burst it.  Comfort can be one of the greatest enemies we face as Christians, it can render us useless to God’s plans for our lives.  

Imagine what would have happened after Jesus left, if the Disciples would have went back to being fisherman, tax collectors and Pharisees.  Instead, they realized that Jesus didn’t call us to just sit inside a church building on Sunday, sing songs and listen to a good sermon.  He called us to go to the ends of the earth, to usher in His Kingdom, a kingdom that looks different from anything else the world has ever seen.  That call may cost us dearly, as it did the disciples, but it’s the call that Christ calls each of us to answer.

The comfort that we have become accustomed to has distorted our worldview.  C.S. Lewis cautions, “Prosperity knits a man to the world, he feels that he is ‘finding his place in it,’ while really it is finding its place in him.”  In Luke, Jesus issues us this caution, “Watch out!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist of an abundance of possessions.”

Rich Sterns writes in Unfinished, “How can we compensate for the distortion within our worldviews? How can we hold in one hand the truth that Jesus loves the poor, widow and orphan, yet hold in our other hand the tickets to our Disney vacation?  Disparity makes us uncomfortable, especially when we know we could do something about it.  So what does our faith do in the face of this disparity? Again, if we are to build our lives on the foundation of God’s truth, we must learn to see the world as He sees it.  Should we not weep for what He weeps for and treasure what He treasures?  Should we not “seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness” rather than the kingdoms of our own making?”

Seeing human suffering always makes us uncomfortable, but we must ask ‘How does God want us to respond?’  Rich Sterns says it this way, “We, as followers of Jesus Christ, have failed to do this one thing that He commanded us to do.  We have failed to obey Christ’s commands to live radically different lives, to build and establish the kingdom of God, to make disciples of all nations and demonstrate His love to a hurting world. And in failing to do these things we have not only failed our Lord Jesus, but the lost and hurting of the World… And we have failed ourselves.  Christ did not call us to retreat from the World’s pain, but to enter it.  He called us to go. The twenty-first century Church has everything to finish the job… The resources, the knowledge and the mandate.  But the great commission given to us by Christ lies ‘Unfinished.'

Rich’s words cut straight to the heart because we find it hard denying the truth of what he says. He is right, and I will be the first to admit, that I have fallen short… I want to change!  I want to burst forth from this bubble and live a life for which the Lord can say, “Well done, good and faithful servant."

Aug 26 2013

Scott Shares About Ethiopia

I got to chat with Scott today about Ethopia. Listen as he shares about his experiences:

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Apr 06 2011

Music can make a difference

We are humbled and honored to tell you about our friend Joy today. You see, Joy was lost in what she called “the mess I made of my life.” But God is so good! He will never leave us in that mess! Joy found that God was there for her in her darkest hour and He used the music on K-LOVE to speak to her. She said “I will never forget the bitter lonely nights I cried myself to sleep and the songs that spoke healing and truth to me in my despair.”

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Apr 04 2011

Day of Praise!

Today is a Day of Praise to God! Thanks for taking the time to share with us YOUR praises to God!


"Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!"
...—Psalm 105:1

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Mar 31 2011

Ellie Kay talks about giving and tithing

Out guest, Ellie Kay is America's Family Financial Expert (www.elliekay.com), and she shared her own "giving story" today as well as answered a question from a KLOVE listener about tithing. Got a question for Ellie Kay? Feel free to ask it here or email scottandkelli@klove.com.

Here's Ellie's personal story about tithing.

 

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