A couple of years ago while on a "Cruise-ship" God placed something in my heart. I was listening to a woman speak about orphans that she had adopted from Africa. For whatever reason, I was super emotional and felt the Lord calling me to something. I wasn't really sure at the time what it was. All I knew was that my heart had grown soft to the children in Africa. Of course, I come home and tell my husband and he's like......uhhhhhhh....."Are you sure you just weren't sea sick? lol" I left it in the Lord's hands and just told him that I was listening and would wait to hear more. Over the last two years He has bombarded me with people that I love who are doing amazing work in Africa. I've had the privilege of walking beside some of them in their journeys.
1. My nanny at the time, Jessie Roesch, joined hands with an organization called "The Raining Season" and she went to Sierre Leone to help start and work in an orphanage called "The Covering". We were able to give proceeds to their organization through our cookbook. "Cooking with Grace".
2. I met Gwen Oatsvall and her amazing family. We had the privilege to do a benefit concert to help bring home sweet Daisy and Joseph from Uganda. Gwen and her friend Suzanne founded an organization called 147 Million Orphans. Many of you have seen me wear this awesome gear that helps support many areas of need concerning orphan care. They have SUPER cute stuff and the proceeds go to all kinds of wonderful things. WHICH BRINGS ME TO MY NEXT FRIEND:
3. My Friend Sandra....
Here is an opportunity to bring hope to Orphans in Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa "Sarah's Children"
By purchasing a ticket to this fun event that will be held at Fellowship Bible Church on Sept 30th from 7pm-9pm, you will start the funds toward building an orphanage!
At the event you will also be able to purchase pieces from the fall line of 147 million orphans wear and Choisi Flower Pins with proceeds going to the orphans.
To learn more about the orphans go to Sarahschildren.org
For ticket information go to Fellowshipnashville.org to women's ministry
It's going to be a great event. I'm soooo sad because I will be out of town on this day. Christy Nockels is one of my favorite singers in the whole world and I'm going to miss seeing her.
Obviously, some of you don't live in Nashville, but here is a way that you can still participate.
147 Million Orphans (147millionorphans.com) is excited to help the children of Cote D Ivoire in South Africa.
For those of you who can not attend the fashion show being hosted on Sept. 30th in Franklin, TN - we would like to offer you another chance to be able to give back and help these amazing children ... If you shop147millionorphans.com on Oct. 1st and 2nd then 50% of the profits from your purchase will be given to Cote D Ivoire project. (The only item not available for this project will be Katie Davis' book Kisses from Katie (those funds are going to Amazima Ministries in Uganda, Africa)
It's funny as I look back at how God prepares you for things he wants you to be a part of. All of these women have been a blessing to me as I watch them do what God has called them to do. Maybe you aren't called to adopt or go live in Africa, but we all can find a way to help love the orphans in this world. This is a fun way to do that. Hope you can come and be a part.
Assurance-No Matter What!
I have to admit that I blow it daily. Actually several times daily. And daily, I need to be assured of God's grace. I need to be reminded that he loves me, NO MATTER WHAT! Think of the "no matter whats" in your own life. You know what I'm talking about... The words you said. The lie you told. The thing you did. The secret you are holding inside. Geez, sounds like I'm describing myself-hahahaha. You need someone in your life who will assure you that the grace of God is with you no matter what. And you need to be the kind of person who assures other people in the same way.
In 1 Peter, Peter was writing to believers who were undergoing severe persecution, assuring them that "no matter what" happened to them, they were not alone. God was with them, and His grace surrounded them. So no matter what happens to you, God is right beside you. He doesn't always take the pain away, but He cries with you.
Are you the kind of friend who encourages others to look to God's grace when the no-matter-whats of life start pressing in? Do you have friends who help you do the same? If you don't have friends like that, the choice is up to you. Remember, be that kind of friend, and you will attract that kind of friend.
1 Peter 5:12 says "My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that the grace of God is with you no matter what happens."
Happy Hump Day,
I am typing my blog as we speak on the airplane...we r returning from Tucson, AZ and Newport News, VA.- we went coast to coast in just 2 1/2 days.
We had a fantastic time in Newport News!! It was a very early airport call so no time for hikes or other adventurous exercise, however, we did have time to eat lunch thanks to our driver Tommy.
Our show was on the campus of Christopher Newport University named after the original Captain Hook (according to Tommy) but you might want to check your history books just to be safe.
We had a matinee with Jaci V. and Salvador- good times and great peeps!!! Shelley took a picture on her camera...sorry.
It was great visiting with our dear friends, Brennan and Sarah...we loved visitation and the deluxe choc chip cookies they brought us ...hee hee! So "sweet" of them.
Later that evening we joined our efforts with a wonderful international church planting ministry called, ICM. We had the honor and privilege to meet some tremendous heroes of the faith...from all over the world - Pakistan, China, Peru, Columbia, Korea and so much more. It was our delight to celebrate 25 years with them that evening in song! We send our prayers and our sincere gratitude for all ICM is doing to build the Kingdom for Christ!!!
We took so many pictures that night but not with my camera...I wished I had one for you to see...
Our next early morning airport call would bring us to Tucson, AZ. Once we landed we grabbed our two rental cars and headed to our hotel. The girls and Michael had some extra time to maybe do some sightseeing... Shelley did some snooping around via internet and found this great organic restaurant. It was located in the city -right near the AZ University. Such a cute place...lots of shops and cafe's. However, the first destination did not meet our appetite needs (healthy of course) so we had to venture off to another location and so glad we did. We found a jewel of a joint called Wilko...whew wee!!! It was so unique and delicious!!
Take a look at what I had.
A chicken breast sandwich with mint slaw drizzled with curry garlic mustard- yee haw that was some good eatin!!! Oh, and for an appetizer we had rosemary mint cashews - who would have ever thunk it?....crazy good!!
Nothing like a great meal to get u ready for a great show! The people of Tucson were absolutely FANTASTIC!!! They had to have been one of the most enthusiastic crowds in some time.
As a matter a fact we got to see Penny again.
We met Penny 15 years ago in Seattle, Washington where she shared her story of being on the brink of suicide, heard our song "The Great Divide" on the radio and from the actual location...she said the Lord ministered to her heart through song and now 15 years later we see her again sharing another great story.
If you notice in the picture her hair is blue, she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and on Wednesday will be having surgery (a brand new type of surgery) to stop the disease. She wanted to go all out by coloring her hair blue.
Would you join POG in praying for Penny this Wednesday? If this surgery works, it could change the lives for millions of people. Amen!!!
I can't think of a better note to end on than PRAYER!!!
Thanks again to our fans in Newport News, Tucson AZ., ICM and the wonderful volunteers that help our shows run smoothly!! God bless you all and God Bless America!!!! Amen and Amen!!