Aug 23 2013

Scott doing the "Screw in the Lightbulb" dance

You voted, and yes, I listened! I guess you want to see me dance, and here it is! A local dance commonly known as the "Screw in the Lighbulb" Dance...I need a nap...

Aug 22 2013

You Are Making A Difference in India - Sumit's story

We have made it to New Delhi, India!  New Delhi is a city of 14 million people, it is a city with a long, rich history of being built and re-built, from the invasion and rule of Islamic moguls, to British occupation, Delhi has served as a capital city for thousands of years, and is considered to be one of the World’s oldest cities.

The occupying force in Delhi today is not another country, it is poverty!  Delhi’s growing poverty problem leaves many completely void of hope! To give you a little perspective of the need, 1/3 of the World’s poor live in India, 33% live on less than a $1/ day, nearly 70% live on less than $2/day… Not an hour, that would be horrible enough… but less than $1-$2 A DAY!!!  

These truly are the “least of these”, they have been cast off by just about everyone, that’s why it is so important for us to help them through World Vision child sponsorship.  World Vision is working here in the slums of Delhi, to bring hope and change the lives of children and their communities.  For what you will spend taking your family through the drive thru for a few value meals, you can change the life a child and give them HOPE!  

On this journey to show Love Around The Word, we have seen child sponsor do WONDERS!  In fact today we met, Sumit, he is 5 years old and lives with his family of 4, in a very small 1 bedroom home with a small porch.  The total living area is about the size of a small bedroom.  

The slum where Sumit lives is filled with garbage and raw sewage, and the description of the smells that we encountered would not be done justice by anything that I write here.  Sumit’s family is in desperate need of help, and thanks to Marcus, a KLOVE listener from Moline, IL., they are getting it! 

We were the first visitors that had ever had to their home, and we were welcomed with open arms.  Sumit’s parents said that Marcus’ sponsorship was an answer to prayer.  They shared, through tears, that they would not be able to make it with out World Vision’s help.  Sumit is such a bright boy, and his mother said she is so grateful for his education, because she now believes that his dreams will come true.  I asked Sumit what he wants to do, and he said he wants to be a doctor, so he can help people.

I have no doubt that he will make it!  Because of Marcus’ sponsorship, Sumit’s family is not only getting much needed food, and clean drinking water, but they now have hope that his education will help break the chain of poverty in his family.

Nothing is more rewarding than knowing that you have answered Jesus’ call to love others, to love “the least of these”, your sponsorship can change a life of a little boy, like Sumit, his family and their village.  

Thanks for following Marcus’ lead, and sponsor a child TODAY.  Kids like Sumit need your help desperately!  Just click the sponsorship link at K-LOVE.com

Aug 21 2013

There Can Never Be A More Beautiful You

Standing in the check-out line at the grocery store last night, I saw images of "perfect" women and headlines that promised that "The Flat-belly Diet," would get rid of my post-baby pooch and the miracle workout that would help me "Lose 10 Pounds" this month. I could achieve "perfection" if I tried hard enough. This message is repeated over and over on TV, in movies, in magazines and even, at times, in our own families.

That is why I am so grateful for those in the fashion and image industry who are willing to speak up about the unrealistic expectations that are placed on women in our culture. Model Carre' Otis has recently revealed that she was severely sleep-deprived, near starvation and using drugs at the height of her career. She has said that she often got letters from fans. She said “There was one type of letter that consistently left me uneasy: the type that made up about 80 percent of my fan mail, it was the one from the young girl in the age range of 10 to 15, seeking my advice about how to become what I was only pretending to be. They wanted my tips and my beauty ‘secrets.’ But I wasn't willing to reveal the real secrets: the destructive behaviors and inner torment. I was keeping those secrets not only from my earnest fans but from myself as well.”

A modeling agency is trying to change this unhealthy trend in our culture by hiring models sized 2-12 and promoting the idea that beauty comes in all different shapes and sizes. Yes! Thank you!

I am so grateful that there are those who are brave enough to say "Enough is enough!" But, I am most grateful that we have a God who "knit us together in our mother's womb" (Ps. 139:13) and who says "You are beautiful!" As Johnny Diaz sings in his song "More Beautiful You," "You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do, so there could never be a more beautiful you."

 

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