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I’ve been inspired lately about stories of people going on the mission field. I have a good friend who just went to Uganda to work with Watoto ministries. She has been a God-send and has really encoraged me in my faith and in my own journey. The story of Katie Davis has always been impactful to me as well. She too is doing ministry in Uganda with Amazima ministires and her story and heart for the orphans there are so inspiring.

 

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The government has asked the church to help out with the foster care/adoption crisis going on in the U.S. There are over 14,000 foster care kids in the foster care system in Arizona alone. Mission Community Church, Redemption Church and City of Grace Church have joined together to help solve this problem by spearheading a movement called Arizona 1.27 (based off James 1:17). Learn more on how you can be a part of abolishing this need.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27, ESV)

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Photo by Vintage Blush Photography

Photo by Vintage Blush Photography

A few of my friends shared their testimony in this video. I’m excited to see how PhoenixONE helped them get connected in the church community. One of the things I am loving that PhoenixONE is doing is promoting some of the wonderful organizations out there. I have always felt this is the generation to make a difference in the world. Christian Family Care is an organization that provides adoption/foster care/counseling to kids in crisis. It’s a wonderful organization and lately there has been a growing movement within the local churches to abolish the number of kids in the foster care system (over 12,000).

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Another awesome organization that has been doing great stuff for many years is Compassion International. Robbie Seay Band led worship tonight and Robbie talked about what they are all about. Compassion provides child sponsorships to the many orphans around the world. For as little as $38 a month, you can make a difference in the life of a child by sponsoring them monthly. It provides food and clothing for the an entire month. I started sponsoring my child Ladouceur from Haiti back in 2006 when he was about five. He is close to teenage years now and I love getting letters from him. Tonight close to 40 children were sponsored by the PhoenixONE community. It’s funny that Compassion was brought up tonight because I have been praying about going to Haiti to visit my sponsored child. Tonight was also special for me as Aaron McRae from Hillside Community church was the guest speaker. He was a Pastor from my previous church and it was great catching up with him and Brian Wurzell – who is now going to be leading worship there.

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1 million meals / 24 hours/ 5,000 volunteers

April 12-13, 2013

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Compassion for consumption. Giving of ourselves to something bigger than any of us. This is Advent Conspiracy.  I want to make each day leading up to Christmas a day to worship Jesus fully. Mission church showed the below video and I was immediately on board with where I want to contribute and serve this year. In 2012, 8,500 orphans and vulnerable children in Chikudzulire, Malawi (for more info check out Somebody Cares) are able to have a nutritious meal everyday because of the charitable contributions of the people of Mission. Once again they want to feed 8,500 children a daily meal for all of 2013 and provide clean drinking water to 8,000 families. I want to give more of myself this Advent season and be a part of what God is doing in the world. I’m excited to see God do big things this Christmas.

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Me with some of the orphans in India

Jeff Gokee is always good at coming up with gimmicky ways of raising awareness. I guess after being a youth pastor for many years, he’s good at it. Staches and Buns wants to raise $10,000 for the orphans at Harvest India. One way they are trying to raise these funds are by asking some of us men to grow mustaches and for the ladies to wear their hair in a bun. I’ve never really grown a mustache, but it is ‘Movember’ and I thought I’d try. Plus I like telling the stories to people about going to India when they ask me about it.

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Feed my Starving Children

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.

 Matthew 25:35

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