Previous month:
October 2010
Next month:
December 2010

Proverbs 30:8

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

"Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread" - 30:8.

When you think of it, your needs for today should be your focus.  Why fret about tomorrow? Thank God for what you have today and trust Him for tomorrow's provision. Then work today on your integrity, even if you are experiencing lack. You can read more about this discipline in Philippians 4:10-13 and Ephesians 4:14-16

***************************

Go here to see my complete report on my Kenya fundraising and projects and then help me reach the Big Goal! 


A Big Year-End Goal!

I woke up at 2 AM this morning, a common occurrence when you travel. With time on my hands, I decided to catch up on my accounting for the money you have helped me raise for my work here in Kenya.  I was so excited by what I saw, that I could not go back to sleep. It was so good that I decided to share it with you.

THE SOPHIA FUND

The Fund was started in January, 2009 to feed HIV/AIDS orphans and widows.  Last year we raised Kids 1 $10,646 and this year we have received $6,675, for a grand total of $17,321!  The beauty of this is that all the money goes toward food with 0% for overhead or expenses.  I cover all my travel plus any bank fees or other expenses connected with getting the money to work over here.  I would like to raise $4,000 in December to keep pace with what we received last year.  Can you afford to contribute $5 or more to The Sophia Fund in December?  If so, see the bottom of this email for instructions how.

OPERATION CHICKEN COOP

Chicken Coop This project started this year to help orphanages in Kenya build chicken farms for food, income and work experience for orphans. To date, $3,200 has come in for the first project at the Each One Touch One Orphanage.  I will visit the project later in my trip, but I think we need about $2,000 to stock this farm with a lot of chicks!  Future projects may not be this large, but this effort seems right to do and we are learning a lot.  The first chicken house is pictured at left.

THE DEBORAH FOUNDATION

Deb Found Stuff The Deborah Foundation exists to establish learning centers in villages and orphanages around the Maggie Kenya countryside. There are no public libraries here in Kenya and often schools and orphanages lack even the most basic resources, like crayons, pencils and paper.  This year we raised $2,935 to bring over 1,500 pounds of books and educational resources last February.  I am bringing another team over next March and we have already begun collecting books, toys, and shoes to bring with us.  We will need at least as much as we had last year to transport the stuff over here.  Can you help?

THE PETTICOAT PROJECT

Undies Last spring, we raised $3,918 to purchase underwear and feminine products for youth here who cannot attend school without this basic need being met. Your generosity enabled me to bring over 2,500 sets of underwear and contribute the remaining $2,000 to purchase other necessities for the young ladies.

So my goal for this December is a big one. I want to raise $10,000 - $4,000 for Sophia Fund food, $4,000 to transport Deborah Foundation supplies and $2,000 for Operation Chicken Coop. It's a lot of money, but if you do your part as the Lord leads, it will be nothing at all.  What's more, every dollar you give goes directly to the cause for which you donated.  There is no overhead taken out by anyone along the way.

You can give through the Chipin widget on the site where this is posted, my website or by sending a tax-deductible check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA  15221-0882.  No gift is too small and obviously a few large gifts would really help the orphans and women here. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to write. I urge you to use this holiday season to do something significant for those who cannot do it for themselves. As you do, I know you will have a Merry Christmas and a happy and blessed New Year!


Proverbs 29:7

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

"The righteous care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern" - 29:7. 

The Bible is full of commands to care for the poor, and Jesus emphasized this ministry as well. As you approach Christmas, what can you do to help the poor?  What more can you do year-round to promote justice for the downtrodden?  You can read what Jesus had to say about this in Luke 12:32-34.  Once you read it, then decide how you are going to fulfill it!


Proverbs 28:27

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"He who gives to the poor will lack nothing,
but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses" - 28:27. 

When you ignore the poor, you are in trouble with God. When you take care of them, God takes care of you. Can some of your current financial problems be due to your own neglect of those who are close to God's heart? Find the poor someplace in your world today, bless them and keep on blessing them. Read God's instructions to Israel in Deuteronomy 15:7-11 and see that God has communicated his concern for the poor early in the Old Testament Law!


Proverbs 27:26-27

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"The lambs will provide you with clothing . . .
You will have plenty of goats' milk to feed you and your family" - 27:26-27.

Are you worried about how you will feed your family? You need not be! The Lord knows how to provide for you and your family and for all the families under His care. To see an example of His power to provide, check out 2 Kings 4:1-7 and then be encouraged that God can do the same for you when you need it.


Proverbs 26:27

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it;
if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him" - 26:27. 

You cannot escape the fact that you reap what you sow. What's more, God responds to you the way you respond to Him! For example, if you are merciful to others, He is merciful to you. So in some ways, you control how God responds to you, once again reaping what you sow! If you don't believe this, then read Psalm 18:24-27.

*********************

I am heading over to Kenya with about $3200. This is outstanding. I could still use a little more help for Operation Chicken Coop, so if you can help, you can give through my website or send a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA  15221.  My wife is joining me in Kenya on December 3 and can bring anything that comes in during the next few days.   Thank you!  This is so exciting!


Proverbs 25:21

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink" - 25:21. 

You are to treat your enemies like friends, for this is just what God does! He causes the sun to shine on the just and the unjust. How well are you treating those who are not only not your friends, but who also may be mistreating you?  You may want to read Jesus' instruction on how to relate to your enemies in Matthew 5:43-48.


Proverbs 24:31

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds" - 24:31.

is a constant cycle of sowing and reaping. When you stop sowing, whether it is financial or spiritual things, the weeds overtake your fields. What are you harvesting these days? Do you have a bumper crop of good things or a field full of weeds due to laziness, neglect or fear? You can read Paul's words in 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 to be further instructed in this spiritual truth.

*******************

To all my readers in the U.S., I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!


Proverbs 23:5

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Cast a glance at riches, and they are gone,
for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle" - 23:5. 

If money is your goal, you are pursuing a moving target. Jesus urged you to store up treasure in heaven, not here on earth. Are you using your treasure to make deposits into your heavenly account or is wealth your final destination?  You can read Jesus' words on this matter in Matthew 6:19-21.

****************

Below is an update I received from Alice of Each One Touch One Orphanage (EOTOO) after I wired the money I had received a few weeks ago for Operation Chicken Coop.  I like the fact that Alice and her partner Rose proceeded with the project with their own funds when we first talked about it.  This speaks of their commitment and trust that you and I will send them the money for the work, but even if we don't, they are going to go on without us!

Greetings from the EOTOO Team hoping that the Lord has kept you and your family well. We at EOTOO are all very fine including the children who are sitting for their end year exams. We did bank the cheque we received from Margaret and it has now been credited on our account.

When we met with you in August and learned that you would transfer money raised for the project as it comes in, Rose and l discussed at length what we needed to do to start off the project any way we could.  We sourced for refundable funds from our spouses and as l write now, a structure is in place and all that is remaining is to cement the floor; then we can bring in the chicks.

We have met as a group and discussed the structure and the expenditure incurred so far and the group suggest that with the money received from you, we can purchase the chicks and the equipment to kick-start phase two of the project, i.e. chicken rearing and shorten the period of waiting for the generation of income from the same.  With your consent, we can refund the money that put up the structure as and when the funds are received.

One important thing to mention is that the structure is built not at the Home but on the outskirts of the City.  A technical support officer from Kenchick Ltd (the chicks selling company) advised that the space available at the Home could only do a maximum of 350 layers. Coupled with the fact that the City Council could demolish the structure at will as their by laws do not allow for chicken rearing within the City's boundaries, the group recommends that we use the space identified outside the City Boundaries.

You may be interested to know that Rose and I were looking for a piece of land to rent in order to put up a greenhouse/pigs, rabbit, chicken project to generate income for ourselves so that we could support the home with some ease even as your suggestion for the Chicken Coop came in.  That's how we are willing to surrender what we had started to the EOTOO project.

We hope this is in order and with your blessings, we wish to trigger off the procurement of the chicks.

I depart for Kenya this coming Friday and have another $600 to take for Operation Chicken Coop and about $200 for the Sophia Fund to feed the orphans. Please consider a token of appreciation that will help HIV/AIDS orphans and widows in Kenya as we approach this holiday season.  Read how you can do something significant for them here and here.  Thank you!


Proverbs 22:9

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"A generous man will himself be blessed,
for he shares his food with the poor" - 22:9. 

This is the time of year when many turn their heart to help others. What can you do between now and Christmas to share what you have with someone who has little or nothing? There is a blessing in it for you when you do!  When the Lord first presented the Law to Israel, much of it had to do with how to care for the poor as you can read in Leviticus 25:25-54