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Proverbs 30:5-6

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Every word of God is flawless,
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. 
Do not add to his words,
or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar" - 30:5-6.

It's important you know God's Word and not be casual toward its interpretation.  What are you doing to increase your knowledge and understanding of God's Word? How much time do you invest in reading and studying the Bible? Are you doing any extra reading or taking any classes? As you learn, are you teaching it to someone else?  Read what Peter and Paul had to say about God's Word in 2 Peter 1:19-21 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17


Proverbs 29:25

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe" - 29:25. 

Fear of others' disapproval or criticism is a great hindrance to a productive life. What could you do if you were not afraid of what others may say?  How much time do you spend trying to figure out what someone may think or say if you do something? Is that really the way you want to live your life? Jesus also had something to say about this in John 5:41-44.

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KENYA UPDATE:  I received the following email from Alice when I wired her the money for the chicken feed. If you can help with the needs that still exist for Alice and Pastor Francis, please donate through my website or send a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. 

Dear John,

Kindly receive my appreciation as an individual and that of the EOTOO Team.

I will pick the money tomorrow for today, l have an engagement with Kiserian  We are now collecting 325 eggs in a day!  - 10.8 trays per day and 70 in one week.  That is 70.65% as expected to have been achieved by 12.07.11.  Even though the economy is depressed, the egg production is a blessing from God.

Appreciate all those that are supporting us.

Alice


Proverbs 28:14

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord,
but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble" - 28:14.

You can harden your heart or keep it pliable and tender toward the Lord.  If you are 'in trouble' right now, maybe it's time to stop looking 'out there' for the reason and instead look inside your own heart for the source of the problem?  You can find out what Jesus said about this matter in Mark 7:20-23.

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KENYA UPDATE:  $500 came in for the Crisis in Kenya yesterday.  That's great, but we need more to help Alice and Pastor Francis.  Read my post explaining the situation and then give what you can to help, and of course pray for them. 


Proverbs 27:4

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming,
but who can stand before jealousy? - 27:4.

It is all too easy to gossip, backbite or be sarcastic because you are jealous of someone's looks, gifts or popularity. Joseph's brothers were jealous of his coat and the Jewish leaders were jealous of Jesus' ministry success. Is jealousy having an affect on your behavior in any way? Is another's jealousy having an impact on your own life or work?  You can read some comments on and effects of jealousy in Acts 7:9-10, Acts 17:5, and Galatians 5:19-21.


Crisis in Kenya

I received two emails this past week from friends in Kenya who lead ministries whom we have supported through The Sophia Fund and Operation Chicken Coop. I will include them here and then ask that at the end you take action to help.  I am leaving for Kenya on July 28 and will take what you send at that time.

First, here is the email from Alice:

Dear Dr. Stanko,

I am fine and hope that you too are fine.  The children are fine and have just come out of their mid-term exams and we are hopeful that they have improved in their performance as we got a well wisher who is paying for their extra coaching this term.

Here below, l have tabulated the actual results from the Chicken Coop Project.  The birds are healthy and are laying as expected at the time of planning.  However, the returns from the eggs are far from our expectation and instead of make profits, we are making losses.  This is due to ONE SINGLE FACTOR, INCREASED PRICE OF CHICKEN FEEDS. 

We planned to buy the feeds per 70 kg bag at Kshs 1,890.00 (actual price then) but due to escalating food prices in the country the same quantity is costing us Kshs 2,800.00 and even as l write now, it is very scarce on the market.  A factor that may affect the development of the birds.  This price differential is occasioning us a loss of Kshs 910.00 per day and Kshs 27,300.00 per month.  This is so because the eggs market has become depressed and the eggs are still selling at the same price as at the time of budgeting.

Due to the above stated loses, we are unable to buy the feeds of the birds.  The Government promised to subsidize food prices by now but it has not done so and the situation is only getting worse.  This has hit us hard and with the realization that we are unable to pay the loans borrowed from Rose and Geoffrey, the situation is quite stressing. 

We need to pray about this depression and we also need to find quick practical solutions to the problem.  I am at a loss and hence the strong desire to share with you and the members of EOTOO the predicament we are in.

I am posting the figures for the project - May to June 2011 and shall share with you and all affected the broader picture.

We are told business is like that, but this one, beats all reason!  I hope we shall find a way out.

If the feeds had remained within the plan and if the price of eggs increased proportionately to the feeds price,  we would have met our objective at about 95%.  We look for Divine intervention.

God bless all of you.

Alice

And here is one from Pastor Francis:

APPEAL FOR HELP TO FRIENDS AND WELLWISHERS
 
Upako centre is a home to 37 orphans who depend on the organization for their basic needs support on daily basis, the centre provides primary education to about 200 OVC,s including the ones provided with shelter, the centre offers vocational training skills in tailoring and dress-making to vulnerable girls and young widows in Kawangware community-a slum in the southwest of the city of Nairobi.
 
THE PROBLEM
Following the ever worsening economy in Kenya, food prices has gone up with over 100 percent and this impacts negatively especially on our feeding program. We have tried to channel whatever we receive from our source of income-water project) to feed the children ignoring other basic needs but the situation is threatening further.


THE NEEDS
-We need money for food to complement what we receive from water sales to feed the 37. $2 per child per day.
-We need to replace 15 mattresses which are now worn out.@ $50
-We need 3 giant cooking pans.@$42
-We need to repair the existing structures (floor cementing and wall painting).@$3,000


OUR REQUEST
You are invited to at least do something to avert the threatening situation of the vulnerable as a show of God’s love for them and there is no little amount. Feel free to ask for further clarification where you feel you need to do so. I continue to pray that my request meets your consideration and God’s favor.
                                                                    Pastor Francis

I am sending $1,200 this week to Alice for the chicken coop fund and she expressed relief and gratitude.  I will need to replenish that fund and keep it going until the economic situation settles.  I am putting Pastor Francis' needs before you.  If you feel led to help with his situation in general or with something specific, please let me know and I will take care of the transfer of funds.  You can give through my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA  15221-0882.  Thank you and God bless you for heeding these urgent pleas for help.


Proverbs 26:12

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him" - 26:12.

All of us are smarter than one of us. If you want excellence, you need to expand your team of workers, advisers and consultants so you can draw from a larger variety of life experience and viewpoints. Do you consult with others as you plan your work or ministry, or does insecurity and pride make you a one-person team? How well do you collaborate with others as you carry out your work? You can see the scope of Paul's team when you read Romans 16:1-16


Proverbs 25:6-7

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence,
and do not claim a place among great men:
it is better for him to say to you, 'Come up here,'
than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman"-25:6-7. 

How do you feel when you are overlooked for a promotion, raise or project you would like to work on? Have you put your career and future in His hands, trusting Him for the progress? Read Psalm 75:6-7 and the story of Joseph and his promotion in Egypt in Genesis 37 through 50.  If you don't have time for all that, then at least read Genesis 50:15-21.


Proverbs 24:16

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again,
but the wicked are brought down by calamity" - 24:16

Failure and setbacks are part of every believer's life. They do not indicate you have done something wrong, but are opportunities for God to prove His faithfulness to you. If circumstances have you down right now, be encouraged, for you will rise again!  Read how Paul encouraged the saints with this truth in Acts 14:21-22 and take it to heart today!


Proverbs 23:4

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
have the wisdom to show restraint" - 23:4. 

You need money, and God promises to provide it. Therefore you work to extend God's kingdom, not to amass riches or to meet your needs, for God can provide without your job.. Perhaps it's time to ask: Do you own your stuff or does your stuff own you? Do you work for money or does your money work for you? This truth is reiterated throughout the Bible, including Deuteronomy 6:10-12 and Deuteronomy 8:16-18.


Proverbs 22:26-27

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge
or puts up security for debts.
If you lack the means to pay,
your very bed will be snatched from under you" - 22:26-27. 

You cannot want something for others more than they do. Don't try to cover others' debts, whether natural or spiritual, even if they are family.  If they are irresponsible, you can easily lose your money, your peace or both!  Stop fretting, let their problem go, and focus on your own. Are you minding your own business or straying into that of others?  Read Galatians 6:1-5 and see how it relates to today's passage.