Support Twende – Team Tanzania

Trees of the book support TTT

Support Twende – Team Tanzania

The night I met Mark Haug he was using his truck headlights to light up the toboggan hill where his eldest son, Jonathan, had lost his keys. Mark’s good humour and resourcefulness impressed me right away.

When I learned that the soft-spoken Donna Haug was a writer like me, I couldn’t wait to read about her adventures in Safari and a Porch Swing. If her stories were anything like her power-punched prayers, I knew I was in for hours of delightful reading.

Mark and Donna came to my church only a few years ago but their enthusiasm, love of God, love of family and church family, has made a lasting impression. They sing beautifully together, pray eloquently together, and minister powerfully together.

When I learned that they were returning to the mission field, my own selfish heart screamed, “No!” But they have ears only for God and His will and so have continued on the journey to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Mark and Donna will serve the Bible College and denomination in teaching, administration, and curriculum design. They’ll partner with local leaders and, after doing research on the health of the church, will develop a strategic plan for planting churches in Tanzania. Lastly, their mission will be to equip and encourage national leaders to assume their rightful responsibilities.

They have a dedicated website Twende – Team Tanzania where you can read about their adventures, pray for them, and donate to their mission.

I want to financially support them. It only seems fitting that I offer 10% of the sale proceeds of the very book their talented daughter, Esther Haug, illustrated — Trees of the Book.

Join me in supporting Twende – Team Tanzania.

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Which Proverbs are correct? by Brenda Wood

Which Proverbs are correct?

By Brenda Wood

english-culture-proverbDon’t change horses till after the saddle is on.

Strike before you need new batteries.

It is always darkest when you go to bed.

No news is the best way to relax.

The pen is mightier than the termites.

Happy is the birthday girl who gets all the presents.

You can lead a horse to water but not by much.

Never underestimate the power of a stinky pig.

A bird in the hand makes a mess.

Did I fool you? None of them are traditional but they still make sense, don’t they?

Maybe my quiz (and your life) makes you think like this.

Still, when I tried to figure it out, all I got was a splitting headache. (And the answer is always the same) ….Things don’t seem clear…Until I enter the sanctuary of God. (Psalm 73:15, MSG) .

Prayer- Lord, thank you that when we ask, You answer. In Christ. Amen

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Seeking God Through a Lens – Wouldn’t it be great to be able to see inside of us?

Seeking God Through a Lens – Wouldn’t it be great to be able to see inside of us?

by  Deb Powell

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Unlike this vase, we can’t see what’s going on inside. Oh, if we only had windows.

As I heal from an operation, I’ve been told by many people, and especially the doctor, that I need to REST. I’m having a very hard time doing “nothing” because I’m a person who likes to keep busy. But I’m learning.

Because I learn better by seeing, and I have no pain to remind me thanks to medication, I forget my insides are like an open wound.

I just have to believe it because the doctor said so, and she should know, as she’s the one who did this to me. Lol!

This is like trusting God. When we ask Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Saviour, the Bible says He is renewing us on the inside – but we can’t see anything. We just have to take it on faith that the Holy Spirit is working in there.

2 Corinthians 4:16 says:

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

So I am learning to ‘rest’, not only in the physical, but spiritually too. God said many times in the Bible that He has, is, and will heal us. We just have to take his word for it. Much of my ‘resting’ time is spent reading His healing words and words of comfort and encouragement. By hearing His promises over and over again I will very soon believe them in my heart and they will be manifested in my body and life.

So as you spend time in God’s Word, ask Him to help you transition His promises from just being head knowledge to being eternally set in your hearts.

 If we believe God is our Creator then we also need to trust him as Instructor

Tweetables:

Resting can be hard; trusting God helps. (tweet this)

There’s healing in following God’s instructions. (tweet this)

Please share your thoughts below. 

Thank you, you bless me with your comments and encouragement and I love to reply to them all. Peace!

Blessings,
Debbie 

 Joining today with Sunday Stillness at He Cares for You.

Deb Powell

Deb-Bio-photo-web

For over 30 years Deb’s writing journey has been challenged by life’s storms. Her strong faith, experiences, and passion for writing and helping people, have been the motivation that has kept her going.

Since God has given her the gift of encouraging, Deb loves to use this to reach others face to face, and through inspirational writing. Her portfolio has been built with articles on such things as, faith, community events and school issues, as well as unique tips for making life easier, homeschooling, and healthy eating.

She also makes her own humorous greeting cards, and writes funny poems for adults, and children. She is on her second light mystery novel, and is looking to publish one of her children’s books.

Deb has always enjoyed photography, but even more since her kids bought her a digital camera for her birthday seven years ago. She loves sharing the majestic beauty of creation with others and likes to add thoughts or lessons to them. She says God shows her a scripture verse for every photo.

Deb is a member of The Word Guild and writes a regular column for Kimberley Payne’s web site ‘Healthy Eating’ called‘: ’Easy Vegan Healthy Eating on the Go!’  Deb has been a vegetarian for 15 years and a vegan for 9. She gets a kick out of people’s reactions when she tells them she lives on a beef farm. Deb lives in the Grey and Bruce area of Ontario, has 3 adult children, and last October her first grandchild.

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What it’s like Getting Ready to go on a Mission Trip

What it’s like Getting Ready to go on a Mission Trip

by Janis Cox

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My mind is scattered. Last week I finished directing a half-day VBS at our church. Suffering from a virus and then laryngitis forced me to rely entirely on God. And He was there – full-time. Read more at God’s Grace is Enough.

All the children’s songs keep running through my head. Promises. Keeping my Eyes on Jesus. Choose Jesus. The words run through my head. So grateful for these opportunities to Spread the Good News Everywhere.

Now it’s time to change focus and get ready for my mission trip to Poland. This will be the 5th time I have gone with International Messengers. I have written about it many times. Each time I learn something more.

This year I am in charge of crafts for women. I have chosen two crafts – one is making paper flowers. The other was supposed to be a 3 strand bracelet using beads. Well I couldn’t get it to work. So back to the drawing board. This time I went on Pinterest and found some simple beading using macrame. This is all totally out of my sphere of comfort. I do remember doing some macrame in the 70s but hey that’s a long time ago.

So I prayed and ask God to show me. And He did. He also showed me simple supplies from our little town’s stores.

I am also in charge of the kids (just for 1 hour 4 times), 18 of them. So I am planning games and craft activities for that time.

Besides that we are in charge of English language instruction and Bible Studies.

I would covet all your prayers for my mind to get focused; for the logistics to fall into place; that I not forget anything important; for a return to good health.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV).      

Prayer:

Thanks Father for the opportunity to serve You. Thanks for showing me I can trust in You always. Be with the team as we travel, minister and spread the Good News. Prepare and open hearts to receive Jesus. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

Tweetable:

What it’s like to go on a mission trip. (tweet this)

 

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Making the Move by Ruth Smith Meyer

Neighborhood by K Whiteford

Neighborhood by K Whiteford

Making the Move

by Ruth Smith Meyer

In today’s mobile society, moves are common—not so much in my day and age. My childhood was spent in the same area my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents lived. In fact, our farm was originally purchased by my Great-great-grandfather.

When our children were eight, seven and four, plans for development drove us from that same acreage on which my husband and I had begun to farm and had planned to buy. The two oldest were in elementary school in grade 2. Our youngest was attending nursery school.

We needed to not only prepare ourselves, but also our children. We tried to include them in the various steps, explaining why we wanted to buy a farm and why we couldn’t afford the one on which we were living because of suddenly inflated prices.

It became a family adventure that we would embark on together. We took them along to see and tramp over the farm we were considering to purchase—150 miles distance. We drove them around the neighbourhood and showed them the school they would attend. We attended the church that we would join and met children of their own age. We talked about the friends we’d leave behind and promised to come back to visit as often as we could. We all got enthusiastic about the possibilities.

The farm was purchased in September, but we wouldn’t get possession until the following March, however we shared the excitement of the farm with a river running through it, lots of woodlands to explore and the wildlife we may see there. Each child helped pack what they wanted to take along and what they could give away for another child to enjoy.

During the March break, just after we got possession, we camped out in the house for part of the week. The children picked out the rooms they’d like to have and we started dreaming of the things we could do there. There were many areas on the farm that could be explored. Even the large attic held some left-over treasures from another era.

Our move was made the middle of May. The older children stayed with friends for a few weeks to finish off their school work, joining us in time to spend two weeks in their new school. This allowed them to meet some of their classmates before the summer break. The older two were told to choose a few of their classmates we could ask to come play in the summer. By September, they were anxious to get back to school and be with their new friends.

There were adjustments, probably the most notable was our youngest missing her nursery school. There were none in the area, but we set up a nursery school corner in the house with crafts and activities and I became Teacher. We invited children her age to join those classes quite regularly so she was satisfied.

Being included in the decisions and fully informed and because we all looked at our move as an adventure, the change wasn’t traumatic and life in a new community soon settled into a feeling of home.

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Seeking God Through a Lens – What is God’s Will?

Seeking God Through a Lens – What is God’s Will?

by Deb Powell

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Do you know what is the will of God?

Here’s what I’ve learned it isn’t…

It isn’t: sickness, disease, addiction, violence, cruelty, divorce, family divisions, poverty, abortions, sexual abuse, dying young, pain, suffering, loneliness, mental illness…

Sadly, many people think God causes everything that happens. Nothing is further from the truth.

So, what is God’s will for us?

John 6:40 says:

For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” NIV

And Matthew 18:1 says:

 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. KJV

What does the Bible say eternal life is?

John 17:3 says:

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. NIV

 God’s will is for all of us to be saved and know Him.

God created us to be able to think for ourselves and make our own decisions. When people abuse this power it causes bad stuff to happen. It’s called sin.

The good news is: we can have more of the goodness of God if we will let Him help us, just like these sweet peas need something to climb on to help them flourish.

So the next time something bad happens, don’t blame God, but ask Him to help you, and to turn a bad situation into something good. You’ll be glad you did.

For further reading of God’s will for us and the instructions He gave through Paul, read 1 Thessalonians 5: 9-22.

Tweetables:

So, what is God’s will for us? (tweet this)

What is NOT God’s will? (tweet this)

Please share your thoughts below. 

Thank you, you bless me with your comments and encouragement and I love to reply to them all. Peace!

Blessings,
Debbie 

 Joining today with Sunday Stillness at He Cares for You.

Deb Powell

Deb-Bio-photo-web

For over 30 years Deb’s writing journey has been challenged by life’s storms. Her strong faith, experiences, and passion for writing and helping people, have been the motivation that has kept her going.

Since God has given her the gift of encouraging, Deb loves to use this to reach others face to face, and through inspirational writing. Her portfolio has been built with articles on such things as, faith, community events and school issues, as well as unique tips for making life easier, homeschooling, and healthy eating.

She also makes her own humorous greeting cards, and writes funny poems for adults, and children. She is on her second light mystery novel, and is looking to publish one of her children’s books.

Deb has always enjoyed photography, but even more since her kids bought her a digital camera for her birthday seven years ago. She loves sharing the majestic beauty of creation with others and likes to add thoughts or lessons to them. She says God shows her a scripture verse for every photo.

Deb is a member of The Word Guild and writes a regular column for Kimberley Payne’s web site ‘Healthy Eating’ called‘: ’Easy Vegan Healthy Eating on the Go!’  Deb has been a vegetarian for 15 years and a vegan for 9. She gets a kick out of people’s reactions when she tells them she lives on a beef farm. Deb lives in the Grey and Bruce area of Ontario, has 3 adult children, and last October her first grandchild.

 

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Support Water Ambassadors Canada

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Support Water Ambassadors Canada

Last winter was a season of extremes. Extreme cold temperatures, followed by extreme dumps of snow, followed by extreme freezing rains. The weather wreaked havoc on the roads and on the trees. Many people lost power when the tree branches broke hydro wires. Minutes without power turned into hours which turned into days.

My family was fortunate to only lose power for a few hours. But within those short hours, I felt the inconvenience of not being able to flush the toilet or run the tap for fresh water. We didn’t have any bottled water and our water jug that we keep in the fridge was empty.

I use water to brew my coffee in the morning and my tea in the afternoon. I use water to cook my meals and water my plants. I use water to drink during exercise and give to my cats to drink. I use water to wash my hands, shower with, and take long soaker baths.

This led me to think about living without water. Or living with small amounts of dirty water that one has to walk long distances to get. Tragically there are people who actually live in these extreme circumstances.

Dirty drinking water is the world’s leading cause of disease and death. But it’s the easiest to fix. (tweet this)

Water Ambassadors Canada is an organization dedicated to helping these people.

Water Ambassadors Canada is a faith based, non profit registered Canadian charity that takes teams to drill/repair wells, set up water purification systems, distribute water filters and teach health and hygiene. You can learn more about them on their website.

I love what Water Ambassadors Canada is doing and I want to financially support them. I’ve decided to dedicate 10% of sales from every Fit for Faith book and ebook sold.

Together we can change lives with clean water!

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