Video – TD’ers at Bring Me Hope Summer Camp 2017

Hey TD!

Here’s that great video our Bring Me Hope team showed at TD on Friday (thanks Megan!). I’ve been singing this song all day today (ok, maybe not singing, since I don’t speak Chinese, but definitely humming!). Study the faces of the orphaned children and consider what their lives may be like.  Look at their joy, pride, … and dignity, and then please say a word of prayer for the millions of orphaned children they represent.  Then begin praying what future part you will have in His story in the lives of some of this world’s orphaned.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

Vlog #3/Video/Pics – TD’ers Bringing Hope to the Orphaned Overseas

Hey TD!

After quite an amazing first week of summer camp for orphaned children in the Big Country with special needs, three of our TD’ers have returned to us – Josh, Melody T., and Elissa – impacted and changed. They also got to visit one of Show Hope’s care centers (one of the ones we raised money for with V4V!).  Here are a couple of pics from the care center:

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Megan, Calvin, and Brianna still remain there, serving a second week; this time with more “typical” (no or less special needs) orphaned children.  It’s still been pretty challenging (as you can hear from the vlog), but also very rewarding:

Things have still been really good. The kids are having a really good time. Honestly, I’ve been encouraged by the kids this week. I didn’t have to take a caretaker’s role this week, but instead one of a friend. We’ve done so many things together: Basketball, football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, joking, a skit, cards, Chinese chess. They’re honestly like younger brothers. I’ve gotten to talk about faith with them a little and am hoping to encourage them in their walks with Him. They are probably believers along with most people in their orphanage. They actually did a prayer night two days ago and some shared testimonies. Anyways, apart from that, I’ve just been humbled more …” Calvin

Please keep them in your prayers as they finish off their weeks and return soon!

Christmas at the Care Centers!

Hey TD!
In preparation for our Voiceless for the Voiceless (V4V) campaign to provide significant help and ministry to orphaned children with disabilities in Show Hope’s care centers in China, I want to share with you an email TD received today that made me smile!  Each picture tells a story … His story.  Thanks for your faithful support in sponsoring these children each month.  – Arthur
Here’s the email:
Thank you for joining us as a Show Hope Care Center sponsor! You are helping to provide life-giving care to children like Aurora, Suzy, and Dondeena.
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This time of year, our Care Centers in China are full of so much Christmas cheer! We started the season off with caroling, and the kids loved all the singing, dancing, and guitar playing! The children at Maria’s Big House of Hope have also enjoyed making reindeer and Christmas tree crafts, and the kids in Zhengzhou have enjoyed dressing up in Santa hats and taking festive photos as they play with tinsel.

We are so grateful for your generosity over this past year, and for all of the precious children who received such amazing care as a result. The impact you have on their lives is immense, and we cannot thank you enough for your faithful support. May God’s richest blessings rest on you today and always.

Merry Christmas!

Show Hope

TD Fri. – LG Study & Orphans Update

Hey TD,

Continuing our “Are You Serious?” Summer studies, we will continue to dialogically explore passages of Scripture that give us serious truth that we often don’t take too seriously; truth that we acknowledge with our heads, but when push comes to shove, we don’t stand by with our lives.  Either Scripture doesn’t really mean it or we don’t; but someone isn’t really serious.

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This week, we will explore “Marriage and Divorce” – both very common (too common) amongst Christians, our church included.  We will need to come open-handed and open-hearted, truthful yet sensitive, desiring to really see what the Lord’s intentions and directives are, willing to call a spade a spade, and resolving to live His way.  Once again, we will study in an open architecture, group study format.

Prior to our study, we will also hear and see the latest from all the orphaned children we are sponsoring in Africa and China.  We will also show some video footage taken last week of the girls with special needs we are sponsoring in China!  It’ll be a great time to get to know them better and pray for them!

See you Friday! – Arthur

“Thank You!” from the Orphaned

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Hey TD!

A big thank you for tangibly giving and tangibly showing hope to children who have special needs and who have been orphaned on the other side of the world!  As you can see, your gifts were received!  They will be used to further serve and care for children like these.  After spending time with them at four care centers in China, we experienced first-hand that not only are these children with special needs, but they are just plain special! Incredibly special!

I spent part of our long flight home looking up every verse I could find in the Bible relating to orphans or the fatherless.  What’s clear is that they have a very special place in God’s heart and mind.  To serve children who have been orphaned is to get close to God’s heart:

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Jam. 1:27 (please notice the final clause also, a clause many of us are not taking seriously)

So, while we’ve done a good thing in sponsoring 7 children who have been orphaned (please pay your sg leader!), and we’ve done a good thing in buying supplies for them, is there opportunity for us to go from good to great?  You bet. To live excellently and greatly for the Lord is our call:

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” Col. 3:23

“Whether then you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31

As I told you during our last TD meeting, we have some potentially impactful days ahead of us at TD, as we make more of a conscious move towards God’s heart; but it won’t happen without buy-in … and sacrifice.

We’ll get into more later, but begin with thinking through this question during the week. Take it seriously (God does) and work through it:

Why does God have such a strong heart for the orphaned and widowed?  What is it about them that drives His heart so? 

– Arthur

 

TD – Help With Supplies For Orphans

 

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On Show Hope’s web site, there is a good, clear article entitled, “What Does The Bible Have to Say About Orphan Care?”  (click to check it out).  It lists 4 biblical mandates: defend, give, visit, and help.  These are areas TD will be growing in engaging in over time (but beginning immediately).  But there are immediate opportunities.

As you know, my family will be traveling with Show Hope to China, and will be visiting most of their care centers, including Maria’s Big House of Hope.  I would like to ask you TD’ers to continue to help with the giving portion of the mandate by getting some supplies for us to bring over.  But you’ll need to act quickly.  Thanks in advance! (also, please give your monthly sponsorship money to your small group intern!) – Arthur

“He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.” — Proverbs 28:27

“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” — James 1:27

Here’s what we need you to bring to TD this Friday:

1. Summer sandals for boys and girls – new or gently used – size 3 to size 9 (for 1-4 year olds)

2. Young children’s toothpaste that can be swallowed – “flouride-free toothpaste” (can use 50 or more of these tubes so great need)

3. Pigeon weaning bottle with spoon for cleft lip/palate babies (available on Amazon)

4. MiraLax Laxative Powders (name-brand or store brand – many babies have gastro issues so many bottles needed regularly)

5. Triple Antibiotic Cream and Antifungal Cream (athlete’s foot cream)

6. Johnson & Johnson Baby Lotion – pump bottles preferred if available

7. Socks for infants and preschool children – size 12 months to size 3T

8. Baby Bottles – 4 ounce only (have plenty of 8 ounce bottles)

For those of you with access to more medically related supplies, here’s more:

Nasogastric small size feeding tubes
Petroleum jelly
IV cath size 24 gauge
Medical tape of all sizes and types
Foley small size catheters
Diaper rash creams, ointments, and pastes
Powder oral replacement salts
Dipstick urinalysis canisters
Exlax® chocolate stimulant laxative chewable and Fletcher’s® liquid laxative for kids
Pediatric elbow immobilizers all sizes and various kinds
Straight urinary small size catheters
Pediatric colostomy bags
Enfamil cleft lip/palate nurser bottles made by Mead‐Johnson
Sippy cups
Pediatric spacers for HFA puffer medicine inhalation

TD SG Initiative – Helping Orphans!

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Hey TD!

As promised, last Friday’s TD meeting was a special one. My big brother, Richard (above), came to share with us about a ministry to orphans in Africa that he is very involved with, Rafiki Foundation, in hopes of helping to give us an avenue to practice pure Christianity and to be doers of the Word, not merely hearers (James 1:22-27).

Then I shared about a ministry that my family has been getting increasingly involved with, a ministry to helping orphans find strong Christian families (particularly with deformities and disabilities in China – the unwanted ones), Show Hope.

James 1:27 confronts us this way, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  And TD will be responding!

The boys small groups will each be sponsoring an orphan boy in Africa through Rafiki, while the girls small groups will each be sponsoring an orphan girl in China through Show Hope!

We also encourage you to take this idea to your family so they may prayerfully consider sponsoring children too!  Check out the following web sites to get more familiar with the ministries:

Rafiki Foundation

Show Hope

Here are the videos we showed on Friday: