If you just come to this site to look at the cute pictures and get in the Christmas Spirit this post might not be for you but if you have ever been bowled over by Jehovah Jireh (God our provider). Then you just jump on this joy train and take a little ride with me.
First I want to quote Ephesians 14:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
As I write the post I want it to be known that the success of Operation Giggle is not to be accredited to me AT ALL! God did all of this. He took over and this thing is ALL ABOUT HIM. I wouldn't be alive without him and I wouldn't get out of the bed in the morning with out a fresh dose of JESUS! I don't believe in religion, I believe in a relationship and although our relationship is not always what it should be because of my failure God loves me and he is always waiting to meet me where I am.
Now that I've given the credit to the one who deserves it I just want to say WOW!!
Yesterday was amazing. I woke up yesterday morning with one thought "almost all of the kid's are spoken for, what now?!" I just knew that God wasn't finished showing out but had NO CLUE where to go next.
God spoke loud and clear. First I was convinced that I would not add any other children until the ones I started with at New Day were taken care of. I decided to "lay out a fleece" I asked God to make sure all of the children were taken by the end of the week if his will for this ministry was to help additional groups, well guess what....God took care of all of those children in ONE DAY!
So now what? Well just like Jabez I (1 Chronicles) needed God to enlarge the borders of Operation Giggle.
Well already God has granted what I asked. We have more children to sponsor.
The first thing I want to say for those of you who love NEW DAY like I do is that NEW DAY will loose nothing because of this. If you make a donation on-line you can put NEW DAY in the notes area and we will "dog ear" that money for the NEW DAY project. Any money I have left over from "dog eared" funds will be sent to the NEW DAY MILK MONEY program. However I believe that I have been called to help all orphan's not just orphan's in China so we are enlarging our borders to include Adoption Ministry of Youth With A Mission Ethiopia or YWAM Ethiopia.
I found this ministry on "this" blog of a friend of a friend. She is in Ethiopia right now with her daughter and as I was reading about the need I had to call and at least see if we could help. So I did and we can!
Click "here" to view the blog for the YWAM Ethiopia ministry.
We will be sending gifts to 23 children and young adults from 2.5 years old to 22 years old (and one young lady on the staff). These children are with the Mercy Development division of YWAM. The young adults are kept in the home until they get a job and establish a stable life for themselves. We will also be looking for families to make a $25 donation and send a Christmas card (and whatever will fit in the envelope with the card i.e. stickers, ect.) to 22 children, widow's, and staff at the Widow and Orphans Home in Adama. I am going to do a post with the profiles of the 23 children and young adults before this one so scroll down to see the beautiful children that need sponsored. I will not be able to post pictures of the 22 children that need donations because of law's in Ethiopia. However I will be posting profiles and names of these children as soon as I have them and I can email you their picture as long as you are careful to make sure it is NEVER posted on the internet. This request was made by the Ministry we are working with and they said it is VERY important that everyone understand these "adoptable" children CANNOT have pictures of them posted on the web. The deadline for these gifts and donations is November the 15th. The reason for this early deadline is that there is a group traveling to Ethiopia that has agreed to take our gifts with them. This means that we will just have to pay the fee for extra baggage. If we keep the gifts to 3lbs each then we should be able to fit it all into two bags which will cost us $500 in shipping.
Joy at YWAM said that there is also a huge need for funds for food at the homes. There is not a food shortage but because of inflation the poor cannot afford to buy the food. I am working with her to see how much it would cost to feed these children for one month. I know that I am taking on a lot but I feel that God is capable to do that and so much more. I would love for the whole month's food supply for January (which is when they celebrate Christmas) to come from Operation Giggle. I can't do this alone but I trust God to lead the right people to join with me in this new task. I just can't imagine hungry children giggling. So we must feed them first! I praise God for all of his goodness and for allowing me to watch him be BIG for these orphaned children and widows.
I am sure you will have lots of questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org also, I will be labeling posts about this program with Ethiopia and I will go back and label the New Day project with China so that if you want to only see posts about one or the other you can search for those words from the left side of my blog. Please let others know about this opportunity!
GOD IS A GOOD GOD, YES HE IS!!!