Dec 28 2011

From Flooding to Water of Life

Reflecting on 2011 this week, so far we have looked at Joplin's devastation and restoration as well as Gabrielle Giffords amazing story of love and strength.  Today we remember the horrible tragedy that took place back in March when an 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Japan.  Villages, towns, cities, ports, boats and houses were destroyed.  Lives were lost and all of Japan was impacted.

Although there was so much destruction something great took place.  Several people and organizations stepped up, came together, just to help.  Among the organizations was World Vision, Compassion International and Convoy of Hope.  These organizations helped create several relief effort needs with fundraising, sending people and supplies.  It was amazing to see so many organizations come together to support one tragic cause.  We asked you to pray for everyone impacted by this tragic event and you stepped up in a big way.

"'Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,' says the Lord who has compassion on you." --Isaiah 54:12

In 2011 we discovered that every day over 4,000 children are dying of water-related diseases due to unclean drinking water.  We took this cause head on with Compassion's Water of Life, a safe water system that protects a child from life-threatening diseases for life.  With your help we were able to send out several thousand Water of Life systems.  It was a great moment for us in 2011 to see your response to such a great need.

We have shared two more of our highlights of 2011.  Share your highlight or your personal moment with us here or on Facebook.

Thank you for making 2011 such a great year, looking forward to what God is doing in 2012.   

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Dec 27 2011

Gabrielle Giffords Destroyed to Abundant Life

Looking back on 2011 we remember Gabby Giffords' story, one that begins with destruction from a single gun shot in a Safeway parking lot in Tulsa, AZ. To a story of love and strength born from a difficult journey of rehabilitation.   Her husband, Astronaut Mark Kelly, stood by her side consistently pouring out encouragement to lift up his wife and love to carry her through tough trials.  In Mark’s love for Gabby we see scripture come to life, "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her," Ephesians 5:25.  God also tells us, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." John 10:10.  We have learned that with love we gain strength to overcome difficult situations together.

Absolutely an amazing story as we look back on 2011.  What was something that happened in your life in 2011 that has prepared you for this coming new year?  Share with us here or on our Facebook Page.

 

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Dec 26 2011

Joplin Devastation...and Restoration

Looking back on 2011, we spent some time reflecting on some of the stories that touched our hearts. On May 22nd, a tornado ripped through the city of Joplin, Missouri, claiming 162 lives and completely leveling the city. In the aftermath of the destruction, K-LOVE artists MercyMe, Mandisa, The Museum and held "Restore Fest," a concert with ticket proceeds benefitting Convoy of Hope and Samaritan's Purse, two organizations assisting in the recovery efforts. It proves that even in the midst of life's hardest trials, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.


The Museum performing at Restore Fest

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