Thursday, February 25, 2010

Reality Check

Currently my husband and I live in a one bedroom apartment.  We have lived there almost two years now and recently I have been feeling like we've outgrown the space.  I so desperately wanted to move to a two bedroom townhome or apartment.  Well, we decided that it wasn't necessary at this time to move to a larger space so I have started to redecorate and reorganize in order to make our 800 square feet one bedroom apartment a bit more homey.  This past weekend I bought new curtains and such to freshin' things up.  Although I started to get discouraged because I can't afford to buy much, only a little at a time.  THEN...

Monday morning Pete (one of our Mission Adventures team leaders) shared about his recent trip to Uganda.  As I watched his power point with pictures of children wearing rags, sitting in the dirt and malnourished I felt awful for wanting more than I already have.  I know it is a broken record to say "there are starving children in Africa." BUT there ARE starving children in Africa.  Now, this doesn't mean we can't have nice things and enjoy what God has given us but I MUST keep things in perspective.  Why do I need more when many live in a hut with a dirt floor and barely eat once a day.  I really didn't need more space and I don't need to worry about not having enough money to redecorate.  God has blessed me and my husband with more than enough and we are blessed to be able to share what God has given us with those less fortunate.  These precious children are so beautiful in God's site and I pray that through AMG International or any other relief organization their needs would be met physically and spiritually, to the Glory of God. 

Are you interesting in sponsoring a child in Uganda or in another country? CLICK HERE. Sponsoring a child through AMG International provides them with nutritious meals, clothing, education, medical care, love and encouragement from the loving Christian childcare staff and most importantly he or she will learn about the saving grace found only in Jesus Christ. 

Matthew 7:19-21
Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.  Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.  Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dr. Spiros Zodhiates Childcare Center in Lima, Peru

After the passing of our dear Dr. Zodhiates the Apon family (the Peruivan family serving AMG Peru) decided to name one of the childcare centers in Lima after him to honor his dedication to serving the Lord and those in need.  I just received about 25 new children who are desperately in need of sponsors.  Each of them have such joy in their smiles even though most of them are so poor they don't have electricity or running water in their homes.  Here is a photo of where most of these children live...their homes are made from scraps of metal, cardboard, bamboo...really anything they can find. 

Here are four precious Peruvian children whose smiles and faces will capture your hearts.  They are in need of sponsors so please pray about sponsoring one of these children yourself or that soon we would find sponsors for these four and the many others living in Lima who need someone to give them hope for a bright future in our Lord Jesus.  

This is Greicy Mesia Acosta (SP: 1044902) and she is three years old.  Her father makes $50 a month working as a mason while her mother stays home and cares for the children. Greicy has one older sister and they live with their parents in a small home with only one room and no running water or electricity.

This happy girl is Gaderin Olortegui Panduro (SP:1044886).  She is six years old and in 1st grade.  Her father makes $69 a month as a vendor while her mother stays home and cares for her children.  Gaderin has one older brother and they live with their parents in a small home made from cardboard and bamboo...just like the houses you see in the picture above. 

Luis Fernando Villegas Mejia (SP: 1044851) is four years old.  Both his father and mother work on public transportation selling candy and other goods.  Their combined income is $160 and with that they try and provide for their four children although it is difficult to pay for school supplies and medical care. 

This cutie is Jose Anderson Lopez Vargas (SP: 1044844).  He is seven years old and attends 1st grade.  His father works odds jobs and makes about $50 a month while his mother stays home to care for Jose and his older sister Maria.  Together they share one room in a small shack made from cardboard and bamboo. 

I count it a joy and a priveldge to be serving with the AMG International Child Sponsorship Ministry.  I am blessed to see needy children's lives transformed into Christ's likeness and receiving lifes necessities because of a sponsor praying and supporting their child.  If you are interested in sponsoring any of these children click here or to learn more about  AMG Child Sponsorships click here