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All Things New

I’m halfway through my review copy of John Eldredge’s book: All Things New.  I’ve sprinkled nearly every page with my tears, not tears of sorrow, but the tears of deep longing that rise to the surface when someone mentions the thing that you most want.  If there was ever a book that I wish that I’d written this is it.  This is a topic that captured my heart twenty three years ago and utterly transformed my life.

Imagine, just imagine, what the impact would be to all of your choices in this life if you really, deeply and truly believed that nothing is ever lost.

It all started for me twenty three years ago in a class at Multnomah University when the professor stunned his entire classroom of students by turning our shallow concept of heaven upside down.  In a single sentence, where he mentioned that in heaven we would still be waiting on this, the palingenesia – the restoration of all things, almost every hand in the room went into the air.  And as I listened to these concepts unraveled and opened the word of God I discovered that almost everything I’d ever understood about eternity was wrong.  And thus began my love affair with the Kingdom of God.

And this theme, these truths, became the catalyst for my life with God.  What can’t I sacrifice in this life if I KNOW that I will get it all back and even more? In fact, I’ll get back a completely restored version of the broken beautiful that I so deeply love now.  And is it a sacrifice at all to make an investment that guarantees hundred fold returns?

Even more impacting, this theme has helped me learn how to grieve well in this broken world.  Not that many years ago I sat with God on a balcony in Slovenia wrestling over a grief that I just couldn’t shake.  And God whispered to me, “Beloved daughter, you don’t understand.  You believe that in this the curse has won.  But that’s not true.  I am making all things new.  There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that will not be redeemed.  Restoration isn’t lost, it is just waiting.”  Oh, glorious hope!

I’ll write more about the book later, but I can tell you now that I’d love to send a copy to everyone that I know.  Because everyone I know needs hope and Eldredge is holding out a banner of hope, unfurling a truth that has been grievously lost by the people of God, a hope that is meant to empower our lives.  And it’s a beautiful and moving thing to open this book and the Word of God and breathe in hope.

Take the time to watch the video above if you haven’t already.  Pre-order the book here if you like.  And receive the gift of God in the confidence of the restoration of everything you love.


On behalf of the helpless…Join in the rescue

REPOSTED FROM CHILDREN’S HOPE CHEST………….

How to Make a Profit Selling Virgins for Sex

It’s apparently very simple.

First, you establish yourself as a respected community leader who heads up a women’s rights group in India. This will solidify your reputation as someone who protects and defends young girls.

Next, you need to really specialize in something to keep the customers coming back for more. You need, as the marketers call it, a “unique value proposition.” You decide to focus on virgin girls. Highly prized and more expensive than girls with experience.

For clientele, you cater to corrupt police officials, local authorities, and the occasional visiting VIP or dignitary. That way, you’ll always remain safe from raids and prosecutions.

Last, and most importantly, you need a good supply of virgins. For that you have an arrangement with the local boarding school for girls. Potential customers browse through your photo book of potential child sex victims. Once they make their choice, you bring the girls to your brothel to be raped for profit.

Sadly, this true story is unfolding right now in India.

A well-respected woman’s leader and her husband run a trafficking and prostitution ring specializing in virgins and young girls. The description above is true in its details, documented by our partners in India.

A rescue operation is in the works, and I am raising funds through this blog to free as many girls as we can. Will you help us?

They have documented at least five minors–all girls–being held as slaves. The rescue plan involves using the local television station to expose the operation, and thereby force the police to conduct the raid.

Will you join me in supporting this rescue operation? Here are the details:

Rescue Operation: $1,250 – ($125 per girl we plan to rescue)
If we successfully rescue 10 girls, that’s just $125 per child saved. This involves setting up the rescue operation, getting the investigative team in place, coordinating with the media and police, and conducting the raid itself. Even if $1,250 rescued only one girl, it would be far worth the investment.

Rescue Kits for Each Girl: $450 – ($45 per girl up to 10 girls)
These kits are the first step in restoring a girl’s dignity. They contain clothing and personal hygiene supplies. The girls are taken immediately to a government after-care facility, and these kits provide each girl with needed supplies for the long journey ahead.

Professional Social Worker: $6,000 – Salary for 12 months
Once in the government after-care home, our partners will send a Christian social worker to meet with each of the girls and begin to counsel them toward long-term recovery. Until the girls are allowed to leave that facility, our partners will provide consistent biblical counseling from a licensed and educated social worker. Providing this victims’ advocate is critical because in many cases girls are returned to the parents or relatives who sold them to the brothel in the first place.

Our goal is to rescue up to ten girls. Although in a similar attempt a few weeks ago, only one girl was freed from her captors.
I will keep you posted, and encourage you to continue to pray, to spread the word, and to give as you are able.

Here are two ways you can be involved:

Join our Prayer Conference Call Today
Our prayer team, iFast58, will pray for this operation on their weekly sex trafficking prayer call. Please join them today (July 21) at 1:30pm Eastern Time.  Call 760-569-9000 ID: 968101. If you can’t make the call, please commit to pray for this rescue.

Make a Gift to the India Rescue Operation
Click the donate button at the bottom of this post to make a gift toward this rescue operation. A gift of any size will make a difference. Give even $5 to stop this horror. A $45 gift buys one girl a rescue kit. A $125 donation helps rescue one girl (if we are successful in freeing 10 children). A $500 gift pays for after-care social work for the girls. Make a gift today. All donations are processed by PayPal and received by Children’s HopeChest, a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation. We are members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability also. For more information about our ministry, please visit http://hopechest.org.

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Ministry Opportunity

The BIBLICAL command is to “CARE FOR THE ORPHAN”

WANTED:

On fire believers, who are willing to spend 1 to 6 months in Sudan, Africa.

… August 1-December 1 2010

The purpose of this mission trip:

1) build a whole orphanage that includes:

-dorms for orphaned children; (Ages 3-11)

-a home for babies; (Ages 0-2)

-a church; (we need worship leaders as well as youth ministry people as we reach teenagers and young adults)

-a cafeteria; a mission house. (To host teams and future staff)

2) Be involved in ministering to ISK Orphans:

-Discipleship of Orphaned Children

-Planting a dynamic contemporary church to reach the young people of the area

-Education. ( teaching English, computer skills, self defense, music, and other valuable Life Skills)

-Animal Husbandry (This project will be self- supported in 36 months.)

-Gardens and orchards (The ISK Sudan Project is on a productive farm.)

-Health and Hygiene education

Our focus is to build a safe environment that has a capacity to hold up to 1,000 orphans that will be a part of the ISK Discipleship Program.

Not only does this program help orphans but it also has a purpose of reaching the community for Christ through the church plant.
During this mission trip you will be able to experience working with orphans and bringing in new orphaned children as their dorms are being completed.

Cost: $700-$1200 a month support depending on ones monthly needs plus airfare.
If you are interested in being a part of this project, we ask you to prayerfully consider applying.

If you know someone that might be interested please contact us.

For more information please contact us at contactus@internationalstreetkids.com or 1-800-265-1970

www.internationalstreetkids.com




Denial of Service attack

The host of my primary e-mail account is experiencing a denial of service attack. This began over a week ago and mail is, for the most part, not getting through. Please write to me at my Yahoo e-mail until further notice. If you do not have that e-mail address you can leave a comment on this post with your full name and I will e-mail you so you have the address. Also, if you are waiting for a response to something that you sent in the last week and haven’t received it then please re-send the message to my Yahoo e-mail. I think I am caught up on everything that required a direct response that I received, so if you are still waiting to hear from me it is because I didn’t get your e-mail. Thanks for your patience with this. I’ll let you know when to revert back to my primary e-mail.