Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Avert Your Gaze - iFast58


I'm writing this at 11:15 pm and have spent most of my day researching sex trafficking. Seems like a good prelude to an iFast email, doesn't it?

The truth is, my heart is broken. Every 2 minutes a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation and 2 children are sold every minute. Children.

I remember singing Jesus loves the little children as a child. I pictured Him like I saw Him on the flannelgraph, surrounded by children of all races - all smiling happily. That love of children hasn't left our Jesus. I imagine that His heart must absolutely break over the horrific tragedies that are happening all around the world even now.

My prayer for our fast day is this....that our eyes would be opened. I was rereading Isaiah 58 last week while we were on our call. True fasting is to "loose the chains of injustice" to "set the oppressed free". We, as a church, have neglected this duty. It feels to overwhelming. How? I'm just a stay at home mom, how can I be involved in issues of this magnitude? And so we choose to close our eyes, to avert our gaze from the horrors. Please join me in praying that the church will rise up on behalf of justice. Join me in praying that this issue and all of the other issues of justice will be truly SEEN by the church and that we will act.

Remember the Poor:
James 4:4 Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. We've been far too friendly a nation. Praying that we repent of our misplaced friendship and make things right with our maker and Savi dying world.

1. Oditel Launch - in Kalamazoo
2. Office growth
3. We have a team on the ground in Moldova/Russia
4. We have a team leaving for Ethiopia on April 16th
5. We have a team leaving for Uganda on May 5th
6. Praying for our new opportunities in the sex-trafficking arena - what do we do and how do we do it?

Orphan Relief and Rescue
This week, please pray with us for effective planning and fundraising to sustain programs in Liberia through the summer (rainy season), with the kids out of school and stuck indoors most days; and also to give a jumpstart to construction in the fall (we've got big plans, now we just need the funding!). Also pray with us for many new team members to join--people to manage agriculture programs and construction sites, mentors to serve the children one-on-one, and a videographer to tell the stories.

Join us tomorrow morning first thing for a time of corporate prayer. I promise, you'll be blessed!
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1 comment:

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