Tag Archives: God

Day 4: In Word & Deed

Black and white photograph of a Neumann U87 mi...

“Most good things have been said far too many times and just need to be lived.” – Shane Claiborne

It’s crazy and crowed wherever you go this time of year. Put to practice loving a stranger today by letting others go infront of you – at the store, driving in your car, when at your local coffee shop; maybe even while waiting for a table at a busy restaurant.


“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1

Enhanced by Zemanta

Day 3: World View

Today {Day 3: World View} we remember our beautiful girl Rakhelda we spounsor through World Vision. Three years ago we made in ornament with her picture on it and we hang it up on the tree and say a special prayer of bless on her and her family. It is also her birthday next month and today helps remind us to put her gift in the mail. We’ve been sponsoring Rakhelda since she was 5 or 6 (I was in college @ the time) and now she is turning 15 years old!!! She is a beautiful young lady now with dreams of becoming a teacher. She works so hard @ school and has a shinning smile that will light up your day.

 

We try to talk with the boys about her as much as we can. We have a flag with a push-pin to mark where Rakhelda lives on the map in the boys room. I hope to learn and teach the boy more about her and her culture over this next year.

Dear Rakhelda-

you are a beautiful addition to our family! We love to look at your picture and see how much you have grown and changed over the years. We are so very proud of you. We pray that God will pour down blessings on you and your family over this next year. We pray that you will hear and know the voice of God in your life and you will follow after it with all you heart soul and mind. We love you so much!

Love: Scott, Shannon, JC & Micah

Do you have a sponsored child? Do you have any special traditions you do with your kids to help them connect more with him/her? 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Day #7:: Orphans

“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 (NIV)

 

ARTISANS: “Listen to the Heartbeat” – Aimee Gonzaga & Ben Price [Newsong Irvine | 11.07.2010] from Newsong Church on Vimeo.

God cares deeply for orphans…

We see this not only in the new testament in Jesus’ teachings, but also in the Old testamant. God has called us to visit with those that are orphaned, “episkeptomai” in the greek, as He episkeptmai with us with Jesus. Christ did not have brief chat with mankind. His visit was a direct, personal interaction with mankind.

In the US (in 2004) there were 2.9 orphans. Today there are estimated over 143 million orphans in the world. That is enough children to go three times around the world at the equator.  – OrphansHope.org

 Today’s GOODxmas call to action is to find a local foster care agency or international orphanage that you can send a gift or meet a need. Really feeling the heart of God for the orphaned? See how you can be more regularly involved in the life {lives} of children in the foster care (local) or orphanage (global) – start building a relationship with them – GET INVESTED!

I could point to alot of resources around me if you need help with this. Here’s a link to my church’s website (Newsong) that focuses on helping the orphaned.  If you want our need more specific help you can email me at shannon{dot}overpeck at gmail {dot} com.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Day #3:: WorldView

Worldvision muac
Image via Wikipedia

“Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” – St. Francis

Make an ornament with a picture of a child that you sponser – involve the members of your family (or roommates). Pray throughout the day for him/her as well his/her family and village. If you can, buy a special gift through the sponsor organization for his/her family or village. If you don’t sponsor a child choose a country to focus on, or start sponsoring a child today.

World Vision

Compassion

“The world of the generous gets larger and larger;
the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.
The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed;
those who help others are helped.” Proverbs 11:24-25

“Love put into action is a compelling and attractive worldview”. – Rich Sterns

Have you ever experienced a random gift that was just what you needed at the moment?

Enhanced by Zemanta

Day #1::Ethical Consumerism

2006-12-03 All stars christmas shopping
Image by [ henning ] via Flickr

“Business will change the world.  It will do so faster and more drastically than ever.  And we hold the controls.  If we begin to base our business decisions on our values business will transform to accommodate us, and will take the shape of the values that we hold in common – fairness, compassion, and respect for the earth.” – James Pearson.

‘Tis the season! Everyone has shopping on the brain, right?! And the pressures on to find the PERFECT gift! So this season put the true meaning of Christmas into gifts that you buy. Don’t just buy gifts, but let the gifts you do buy share love and compassion with others – just like God has done for us by sending Jesus. Put your money where your heart is (not other other way around).  Let your purchases reflect the true heart of God – love and compassion.

Purchase gifts from businesses that are making a difference in the lives of the marginalized, like:
TOMS shoes – With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One
Krochet Kids – great beanies and scarfs made by and that support Ugandan women
Acholli Beads – beautiful paper beaded jewelry made by and in support of women in Africa
Loveless Apparel – stylish apparel that benefits none-profits in the US and around the world

charity: water – where 100% of the money that is given goes to water projects in impoverished areas around the world
Plywood People – Artistic and one-of-a-kind bags and wallets made with reclaimed & recycled billboard materials by Guatemalan urban artists. A percentage of profits builds new homes for Mayan widows.


Or even

Starfish Projects, International Princess Project, Urdenet, Faces Behind The Label, Trade As One, Gobena Coffee or Freedom and Fashion

 

Take it to the next level: Do ALL your shopping this Christmas with social justice woven into every purchase.

What is the best present you were given {as a child or adult} and why?


“This relief offering is a prod to live at your very best, showing your gratitude to God by being openly obedient to the plain meaning of the Message of Christ. You show your gratitude through your generous offerings to your needy brothers and sisters, and really toward everyone. Meanwhile, moved by the extravagance of God in your lives, they’ll respond by praying for you in passionate intercession for whatever you need. Thank God for this gift, his gift. No language can praise it enough!” 2 Corinthians 9:13-15 (MSG)

Enhanced by Zemanta

GOODchristmas is BACK!!

What is one of your favorite Christmas/Holiday tradition?

Enhanced by Zemanta

Celebrations Day!

Every 6 weeks the TRU series does a Celebration Day – a time to show case and celebrate both what the kids have done as well as reflect on the lessons learned and God’s love, faithfulness and promises.  And as always, the Home Front coordinated with the coming Sunday.  So we celebrated our own time of “Jubilee” with fun, food, and family. Here’s our pictures from the day::

Floating Prayers

Last night was Home Front night with the boys. We took a “caravan” with Abram to the land of Canaan [Genesis 12:1-9].  JC “played” Abram and hitched a ride on Scott [our Camel of the evening]. As we read through the passage we journeyed through our front yard. When we reached v8, we stopped at our little mound, which served as a hill. Then I remembered that I brought bubbles with us, so I opened them up and we read v8::

He moved on from there to the hill.. and prayed to God.

We blow the bubbles like prayers up to God. We prayed for JC’s friend/classmate that has not been at school this week. We prayed for God to keep him safe and to bless his family!

The visual of the bubbles floating up and up and up as we prayed, was like watching our prayers being brought up to God. It’s kind a silly comparison,  I know. I’m sure I could find a bunch of ways that “theologically” this is a bad comparison if you try to go too deep with it.

But I loved the JOY that our family had in the front yard, blowing bubbles of prayers to God together.

Scott, JC and Micah blowing "prayer bubbles"

JC with his backpack {representing taking all his possessions on his journey like Abram} blowing his bubble praise and prayers to God

When was the las time that you had FUN and JOY while you prayed to God?

Enhanced by Zemanta

Malawi Trip Video

Newsong Church Unleash Campaign – Malawi Update [Newsong Irvine | 09.27.2010] from Newsong Church on Vimeo.

WOW! Even though my trip to Malawi was not that long ago, watching this video brought tears to my eyes. It has been (and probable will continue to be) a LONG journey of processing my experience in Africa. Many times I have felt so numb since I’ve been back. I’m not sure if it’s God’s grace over my heart and spirit because what we saw and experienced was intense and at times overwhelming…

I still have a hard time finding the words to express what I did, what I saw, and what I learned. I’m positive there is more that God wants for me to learn and internalized…just unsure of what it is right now.

What God has showed me so far…

The Malawi people are a BEATIFUL people! So welcoming and giving, even though they have so little physical positions in our understanding. I loved how my friend Angela put it::

“Malawi’s wealth is in it’s people!!”

Angela was so beautifully able to put to words what I feel in the whole last part of this video.

Though my 2 weeks in Malawi are over, this journey only began the moment my feet touched Malawian soil and will continue long after I have landed back in the States.

Please continue to prayer for the people of Malawi…God has always been there and will continue to move in mighty ways. His LOVE for them is contagious…surely I have caught that bug. I feel BLESSED that God has allowed me to be apart of what His is doing around the world in such a personally way.

There is only ONE word that could give you a true understanding of Malawi, it’s people and it’s past and future…

GO!!!!

Here is my prayer before, during and long after my trip. I pray it will be yours too! I Will Go

Enhanced by Zemanta