Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What it means to know the Lord.

All day today, Africa has been on my mind.  I've gotten five letters from my sponsored child in the last six months.  While I absolutely love receiving her letters and hearing from my precious "daughter", her words sure make me want to return to Kenya.

If you'd like to read my journal from when I went to Africa, it's in the archives of this blog in July, 2009.  There I share my emotions and experiences and pictures (the best part, right?).


If you've never sponsored a child, I recommend that you look into it.  When I went to Kenya with Christian Relief Fund, I was given the opportunity to photograph children for their sponsorship packets.  These children were beautiful, intelligent, and very joyful, but they lived in utter poverty.  

I was able to see how much of an impact sponsorship had on the lives of the children in Eldoret and Kisumu Kenya.  Sponsored children are given an education, medical care, enough food to help their entire families, clothing, and sturdy school shoes.  Most importantly, they are shown the love of Jesus Christ.  

Before a child is sponsored, a photograph is taken of him to place on his sponsorship packet.  The child's picture is often what draws someone to sponsor him.  I volunteer for Christian Relief Fund whenever I can and one thing that has drawn my eye is those photographs.  CRF keeps copies of the pictures taken of each child.  Within even a year's time, from the first photograph taken of a child to the most recent, there is an astronomical difference.  Huge smiles, school uniforms, healthy weights, no obvious signs of illness or distress.  

With Christian Relief Fund's (and your) help, children in third world countries are allowed to become children for the first time.  

Jeremiah 22:16
He defended the cause of the poor and needy,
and so all went well.
Is that not what it means to know me?"
declares the Lord.

 If you'd like to read the president of CRF's blog, check it out here.

Click here to find out how to enter my contest and book giveaway.  I'll be giving away a free copy of "Start Something That Matters" by the founder of TOMS, Blake Mycoskie.  You don't want to miss out on this.

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