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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

Moms4Change Blog


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Priceless Contest May 10, 2010

Filed under: Across Our World,Contest,Russia — daniellebrower @ 6:47 am
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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!

 

How to Pray May 6, 2010

Filed under: Across My Heart,Across Our World — daniellebrower @ 12:04 pm
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Today is the National Day of Prayer. That means we take the time to pray for more than just our food. I think we’ll all admit we feel as though we don’t know how to pray on certain issues. I, for one, need all the help I can get. Today on his blog, Tom Davis of  Children’s HopeChest shared some great, pointed ways to pray for the victims of sex trafficking. Here is a portion of that post.

Print this out, stick it on your fridge or in your Bible.

Seal it in your heart and proclaim it with your lips.

Do you want to see change? Do you want to see victims that enslaved be set free? Of course you do. Start to pray. It’s become cliché, but is still true: prayer changes things.

For the entire article, Praying for the Victims of Sex Trafficking

Scriptures to study:

  • Isaiah 1:17: Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.
  • Psalm 25:20: Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
  • Psalm 18:48 : Who saves me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from violent men you rescued me.

Prayer Focus:

Pray for the eyes of the rescue organizations to be opened to see girls who need rescuing. Pray that the rescuers who are strategizing how to rescue will have discernment Pray for safety during rescue efforts

Thanks to the Salvation Army for the following:

Rescue and Restoration
Pray for the rescue and restoration of the countless number of children who have become victims of sexual trafficking, including the following:

  • for an end to their captivity and sexual abuse,
  • for as many safe and secure shelters as are needed to provide for their material needs,
  • for loving care takers to provide comfort, solace, and a sense of family,
  • for training and education to provide these children with meaningful and productive livelihoods,
  • for medical treatment to meet their many health concerns;
  • for the Gospel message to reach their ears and be received in their hearts

Breakdown of the Sex Industry
Pray for the breakdown of the sex industry, which fuels the sexual trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children, including the following:

  • the demise of pornographic magazines;
  • a ban on internet pornography and sex tourism sites;
  • for the closure of clubs with nude dancing and stripping;
  • strong law enforcement efforts the world over to enforce obscenity laws, fight corruption, and to arrest/convict the pimps, traffickers and “customers”;
  • permanently close all brothels.