Moms4Change

Moms bringing awareness & missions outreach to the needs of women & children locally & globally, with some fun mixed in!

Moms Around The World June 15, 2010

Filed under: Across My Heart,Across Our World,Mom Matters — daniellebrower @ 3:43 pm
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Think you’re so different?

Wonder how other moms around the world raise their kids & make time for themselves?

Here is a sneak peek into the lives of 5 moms from five different countries – Brazil, Jordan, Singapore, the Netherlands, and South Africa. I think you’ll find that women/moms are very, very similar no matter what continent they live on, or what language they speak.

Moms Around the World

How would you answer some of these same questions?

My favorite thing about being a Mom…

One of the hardest things about being a Mom is…

For dinner last night, we ate…

I love that the first mom from Brazil says that Brazilian men don’t do much to help around the house, even though many moms now work outside the home too. Sound familiar? 🙂

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Go! Go! Goooooo! June 9, 2010

Filed under: Across Our World,Swaziland,VIsion — daniellebrower @ 7:20 am

Hands-On Missions Outreach

Swaziland, Africa

Beveni Carepoint Children Saying Thank You!

Here’s the thing. I don’t have to convince you. I believe God has already been tugging on your heart & putting desires in you to serve in the mission field.

God has clearly shown me that my job is not to change people’s hearts & minds, but to find people whose hearts & minds want to be changed.

Well, here’s where the rubber meets the road. Here is your opportunity. And mine. You see, for over a year now my husband & I have felt that stirring & tugging in our hearts to serve on the mission field, specifically in Swaziland. And here we are, with an opportunity to go. We’re not gonna let a little thing like lack of finances get in the way.

I believe if God gives you the vision, He also makes the PROvision!!!!

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Children’s HopeChest Swaziland Beveni Carepoint Trip

September 18th-29th, 2010 (two days to travel both ways)

$1300-1500 land costs and $1200-1500 airfare = $3000

(Totals are appx. only and on the high-end)

Land costs include: hotel, all food & ground transportation

Air costs include: airfare in & out of Johannesburg, Africa

While in Swaziland:  There are different activities the team can be involved in, ranging from work projects, house visits, life skills training, VBS, caring for the caregivers and disciplers, in addition to loving on the children! If you have skills you would like to use to serve the Beveni children and adults, let me know!

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I have all the forms you will need and can email them to you promptly, but here’s the basics you’ll need to have to me before June 24th. Yes this is quick, but God is quicker!

*Passports (a quality photocopy of the picture and signature of traveler)

*Children’s HopeChest Short Term Missions Application

*$250 per person – first deposit can be paid online with a credit card if necessary

The application & first deposit deadline is coming soon. No time to waste!

Please contact me right away if you desire to go! It’s not too late!

Danielle Brower

Danielle.moms4change@gmail.com

P.S. Go! Go! GOOOO!!!!

 

Looking Down The Barrel of a Shotgun June 8, 2010

Filed under: Across My Heart,Across Our World,India — daniellebrower @ 2:12 pm
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What lights a fire in you and causes you to take a stand in the face of evil – no matter the cost?

Vince Giordano

An excerpt from Looking Down The Barrel of A Shotgun: “An orphan in Africa, Russia, India or some other part of the world is in a desperate battle for identity, self-worth, hope, and even survival. But, an orphan or child that has been taken into the dark world of trafficking enters new and deeper depths of hell. They enter a kind of despair that is a heavy cloak that is most likely to end in their death – usually not of natural causes. It would be the equivalent to drowning but drowning very slowly and painfully.”

For the full post: Looking Down The Barrel of A Shotgun

This post, written by Vince Giordano, has caused me to stop & think about the serious issues we face together as a human race regarding sex enslavement/trafficking of our children. That’s right, these issues are not someone else’s. They belong to you. They belong to me. The phrase, “don’t you have any human decency?” comes to mind.

What is human decency anyhow? Do we have the kind of human decency that will not stand idly by while millions of children are being kidnapped, enslaved, drugged, tortured, and raped daily? But instead would we courageously go head first into the danger, look down the barrel of a shotgun, if that’s what it takes to rescue them, one at a time, from the hell they live through each & every day? Or are we content to live the so-called American Dream of success & comfort by ignoring the issue?

Ouch.

Truth is many of us just don’t know what to do, or how we can help. So we don’t. In the future, Moms4Change will be sharing some information on organizations who are also looking down the barrel of a shotgun as they fight for the lives & freedom of God’s children who are victims of sex trafficking.

Please pray for Vince & his team who are going into India in a few days to find out how they can help bring light & freedom to the dark world of violence against children in that country. Do me a favor ~ comment on his blog post (at the link above) and let him know you’re supporting his efforts and are praying for him.

Shine On Sisters!

 

Seizing the Opportunity! June 7, 2010

Filed under: Across My Heart,Across Our World,Swaziland,VIsion — daniellebrower @ 6:03 pm
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I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. ~Helen Keller

My husband said it’s a test. A test to see if I’ll live out what I’m preachin’ about here on my blog.

Well, I think he’s somewhat right. {By the way, he’s right 90% of the time, which can be annoying}! 🙂 Love you, Honey!

Instead I choose to look at this as an opportunity presented to me that I can decide if I’ll live it out or see the opportunity passed to someone else. I’m seizing the opportunity.

What on earth am I talking about?

Siphiwe is being cared for body, soul & spirit through the Beveni Carepoint in Swaziland

Many of you know that we sponsor a young Swazi girl, Siphiwe, through Childrens HopeChest. Swaziland’s population is approximately 900,000 and HopeChest has 19  Carepoints throughout the country. HopeChest along with Adventures in Missions ~ Swaziland ministers to the spiritual, educational & physical needs of children in the area, many of whom have been orphaned by one or both parents chiefly due to the spread of the AIDS virus.

Siphiwe is helped at Beveni Carepoint along with 131 other vulnerable and orphaned children in Swaziland and is the gathering place where many of them get the only meal they eat for the day.

Each Carepoint in Swaziland has a Sponsorship Coordinator in the States that oversees sponsorships by sharing the needs & updates of the Carepoint & HopeChest ministry. Beveni Carepoint Sponsorship Group is an online community that stays connected to each other and the needs of the children via Facebook. Beveni Carepoint FaceBook Community Group

{Stay with me, I have a point! 🙂 I want to make sure we’re all on the same page!}

Beveni’s current Sponsorship Coordinator is a vibrant woman named Deb Gangemi who resides in Florida with her husband and two boys whom she homeschools. She has been the coordinator for about a year and a half. She has done an amazing job at keeping the needs & heart of Beveni Carepoint at the forefront. She has lived & served out of her humble heart & desire to see all the children cared for. And God has shown Himself strong & generous, hasn’t He?

Deb asked if I would prayerfully consider wearing her shoes as Beveni’s Sponsorship Coordinator. These are big shoes to fill. I did not make this decision lightly or quickly, but at my core know this is the next step God is taking us through.

I am so honored & humbled & horrified! 🙂 That’s right, scared.

Honestly, everyone, I am not qualified. I have no idea what I’m doing or what I’m committing to. Granted both Deb & HopeChest are organized & extremely helpful, but I’ve got a steep learning curve ahead of me.

Thank God my story doesn’t end there!

If there was ever an opportunity for God’s strength to be made perfect in my weakness, it is NOW! I can’t rely on my wit or charm or experience to do this task set before me. Therefore, it forces me to rely on Jesus and humbly come before Him (and you) to seek His heart & direction for Beveni’s children & volunteers who work with them.

Deb & Family ~ thank you for your service to Children’s HopeChest, Beveni & the children, the sponsors. But above all else, thank you for serving our Jesus from your heart. In doing that, you have served us all as His hands & feet. I know you will continue to do the great things He has called you to do for this hour! Thank you!

Sponsors & Beveni Facebook Community – I’m one of you. We have a heart to love on the children who need it most. We have a deep desire to spread the love of Jesus to the ends of the Earth. We long to be a voice for those who on their own have absolutely no platform to make their voice heard.

The vision of the Beveni Carepoint Online Community remains the same – to love, bless & pray for these 132 children as if they were our own, and to give them a hope for the future. You’ll be hearing from me shortly with information about the Swaziland/Beveni Missions Trip coming up in September. Prayerfully consider your part in it.

I am here to serve the children and you, the sponsorship community how ever the Lord directs.

This is an opportunity of a lifetime that my family & I look forward to with excitement & humility. I’ll warn you now…

get ready for a wild, miraculous, joy-filled ride folks! God’s dream for Beveni is bigger than we can imagine!!!!

Please drop a note and say hi, if you can! I’m looking forward to meeting you all!

Keep Lovin’!

Danielle Brower

danielle.moms4change@gmail.com

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The Nation of Orphans

Filed under: Across Our World,Swaziland — daniellebrower @ 5:32 pm
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Swaziland, located in South Africa has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world, giving it the name

‘Nation of Orphans’

Swaziland’s general population in 2005 was 1.3 million. In 2009 the population fell to 900,000.

Nation of Orphans

There are between 120,000-150,000 orphans, which is appx. 14% of the population, expected to rapidly increase in the next two years to well over 200,000 orphans.

Much of this is due to the HIV/AID epidemic. HIV infection rate is at 44.6%. Statistics say that 70% of kids will be HIV+ by the age of 15! If you are 15, your chance of reaching 30 years old is only 6%.

I read that in the year 2020, it is expected that no adults will be left in Swaziland. Swaziland has the lowest life expectancy in the world– 28 years old.

“Pure and faultless religion is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.”

James 1:27

Photo Courtesy of Dan Fellner; http://www.fellnertravel.com

May Moms4Change be a symphony of voices with compassionate hearts & hands, who will stand in the gap  for a Nation of Orphans. A Nation of Orphans that cry out for their basic human needs to be met – food, water, education, and medical treatment that they may fight against the death of their children, families & country.

Do you hear their cries? I pray that today you hear & say, “YES! I’ll be the one to help! I’ll be the voice that cries out with you to those who can make a difference. I will stand in the gap for you, Swaziland.”

Shine On Sisters!

 

Winner of Priceless Contest!!! June 3, 2010

Filed under: Across Our World,Contest,Russia — daniellebrower @ 2:37 pm
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A few weeks ago we had a contest, as you will read below, for Tom Davis’ new novel, Priceless.

And the winner is….

Shannon Brendel!!!

Congrats Shannon!

Thanks for everyone’s support of the blog by subscribing & commenting. Not to worry, Moms4Change will be doing more drawings & giveaways in the future. Shannon, please send me your mailing address & I’ll get the book out to tomorrow! Congratulations!

I still highly recommend Tom’s book.

You can buy your copy here on Amazon:

Priceless by Tom Davis

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Wanna win something?

Who doesn’t, right?

Tom Davis, founder of Childrens HopeChest, has written a new book that arrives June 1st, 2010. I’ve read the first chapter online. It drew me in right away. And that’s sayin’ a lot. For those of you who know me, you know it usually takes me at least 60-70 pages before I’m hooked.

Here’s a video clip that goes along with the book.

As a way to promote this incredible book and a way to broaden Moms4Change readership, I’m holding a drawing to WIN Priceless! My first ever contest!

Usually I end up winning these things, but I promise not to include my own name in the drawing.

Here’s how it works:

You will begin to receive automatic emails every time a new post gets published. FYI – this is usually on a daily basis. I will not spam you or sell your name or beg for your credit card. 🙂

So your name gets entered once for subscribing to Moms4Change.

  • Now for the juicy part:

For every comment that you leave between now & June 1st, your name will be entered again. So if you make a daily comment, your name will be entered everyday!

Sweet, huh?

I will draw the winner and let you know the results by June 4th.

Now, why not score TWICE today by subscribing & by telling me how cool you think this contest is?… 🙂

SOS (Shine On Sisters!)

p.s. if you make a new comment about an older post, that counts in the drawing too!

 

Our Flag Still Stands For Freedom May 31, 2010

Filed under: Across My Heart,Across Our World — daniellebrower @ 11:53 am
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I just attended a moving Memorial Day Service at our local school.

I was overcome with gratitude & a renewed respect for American Veterans who have given their service to protect our country & our people.

I remember being taught how to properly fold our flag when I was in Girl Scouts, but I don’t recall ever hearing the symbolism behind the flag-folding ceremony. It touched my heart & I pray it will yours as well. Today, the following was read as our American flag was folded.

United States Flag

Stars & Stripes Flag Folding Ceremony

Compliments of the Fort Custer National Cemetery

The flag folding ceremony represents the same religious principles in which our Country was originally founded.

The Flag: The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue dresses from left to right, and only is inverted when draped as a pall on a casket of a veteran who has served our country honorably in uniform.

1st Fold ~ a symbol of life.

2nd Fold ~ a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.

3rd Fold ~ made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave of a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world not to have been in vain and shall never be forgotten.

4th Fold ~ represents our weaker nature: for as American citizens trusting in God, for it is Him we turn to in times of peace as well as in times of war for His Divine guidance.

5th Fold ~ a tribute to our country: for in the words of the immortal Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our Country, right or wrong.”

6th Fold ~ for this is where our hearts lie – and it is with our hearts that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one Nation under God indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

7th Fold ~ a tribute to our armed forces: for it is through these same armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

8th Fold ~ a tribute to the One who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day: and this fold is made to honor Mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.

9th Fold ~ a tribute to our womanhood: for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the characters of the men that have made this country great have been molded.

10th Fold ~ a tribute to Father, for he too, has given of his sons for the defense of our country since she was first-born.

We fold the stripes towards the stars: for whereas the stripes represent the thirteen original colonies that founded our republic, and they are now embodied in the fifty sovereign states represented by the stars, so that the stars cover the stripes.

11th Fold ~ for in the eyes of the Hebrew citizen, this represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

12th Fold ~ for in the eyes of a Christian citizen, this represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies in their eyes God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, which reminds us of our national motto, “IN GOD WE TRUST”

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones: and they, followed by their comrades and shipmates in the armed forces of the United States, have preserved for us the rights, privileges, and freedom which we are enjoying today.

After reading the symbolism of our American Flag, may the words, “Happy Memorial Day” bring greater meaning to you & your family as you go about your holiday.

Do you have any close family or friends that have served or are currently serving our country?