Friday, October 30, 2009

Quote of the Day...

"If you are not adequately equipped for the journey, you will grow weary and lose heart. Relax in ME while I ready you for action."
From Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

So, things for me trip to Africa seem to be moving at the same speed as my trip to Jamaica... At this point, I have no idea whether I will end up going or not. Hopefully I'll know soon, in the meantime I am doing my best to relax in Him and allow Him to ready me for action.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What I'm Doing Now

So, given that I'm around for at least a couple more months, I'm sure that you all are wondering what I'm doing now... Well, I'm doing my best to keep busy. I still see the girls fairly often, visit the center, and do one-on-ones once a week. I'm also involved once again with West Island Mission's annual Christmas basket distribution. As many of you may remember, last year I headed up WIM's Christmas basket committee. This year my mom has taken over that job however I am back on the committee and am thrilled to be working again with this amazing group of people. This year I am once again responsible for all the children's gifts. So, no, I will not be at an orphanage for Christmas but as I find myself counting, sorting and wrapping hundreds of gifts for children that might otherwise not receive anything this Christmas, how can I not be happy?

For those of you who are local, did you know that...

- 14.7% of the population covered by the Pierrefonds CLSC live below the poverty level
(CLSC Pierrefonds covers Pierrefonds, Ste-Genevieve, DDO, Roxboro & Ile-Bizard) 
- 27% of the Sainte-Genevieve population lives under the poverty level
- 8.4% of the population covered by the Lac St-Louis CLSC live below the poverty level
- The average annual revenues of an underprivileged family living in the Cloverdale area of Pierrefonds is $12,000

These statistics are from 2004 and it is believed that those percentages have only grown higher in recent years. I know I often talk about the many needs on the other side of the world but this is our community and there are people in need right here in our own backyard. So, I'd like to invite you to get involved in helping West Island Mission reach out to those in need right here on the West Island. Here are some ways you can help: Volunteer to assist with our Christmas basket registration during the week of November 1st; Donate non-perishable food or new, unwrapped toys; Collect food/toys from your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers; Come help us assemble up to 300 Christmas baskets on Friday, December 11th; Show up to deliver baskets to families in need on Saturday, December 12th.

If you’re interested in helping in any of these areas or if you want more information please e-mail me at: ambassadoroflove@live.ca

Finally, for those of you reading this that aren't local, sorry, I know this doesn't apply to you too much but I'm sure that there is a food bank in your area that could use your help... :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

How quickly we forget...

For the past year I have been reading through my bible in chronological order (as a side note, it has been very interesting and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to study the bible in a fresh new way). The other day I came to the account of how Jesus fed four thousand men, plus women and children, with just seven loaves of bread and a few small fish (Matthew 15 / Mark 8). When Jesus tells his disciples that He wants to feed all those people they respond by saying, “Where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed such a crowd?” An understandable reaction given the seeming impossibility of the task… EXCEPT just two days before I had read about how Jesus had fed five thousand men, plus women and children, with only five loaves of bead and two fish! The disciples had seen Jesus do it before and yet here they were, questioning how they would ever come up with enough bread. At first I was shocked, even disgusted at their audacity and lack of faith given that they had just witnessed Jesus perform that very same miracle. Then I realized that I am no different… I have seen God work everything out for me countless yet here I am, wondering how the details for the coming months of my life are ever going to come together. Oh, how quickly we forget… So, I cling to the knowledge that God has worked things out for me before and He will do it again.

LOVE this verse…

“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.”
Psalm 138:8

Friday, October 16, 2009

Stand Up



Join me in standing up to end poverty... From October 16-18, click below to add your voice to the millions who refuse to view poverty as acceptable.



“If everyone who wants to see an end to poverty, hunger and suffering speaks out at the same time, the noise will be deafening. Politicians will have to listen.”          Desmond Tutu

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"Plans"

"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose for him that prevails."
(Proverbs 19:21)

So, I guess it's time to update you on what I'm doing or, better put, what I'm not doing. For the last couple months I have been working on going back to Jamaica for two months from mid-November to mid-January. As you know, the plight of the children there really grabbed my heart and I wanted to go back for a longer period to get a better understanding of what life is like for these kids. There is a children's home I had heard of that takes in children who have been abandoned and I was really interested in being a part of the work they are doing. Anyway, I was having a really hard time getting in touch with the people I needed to get in touch with but I still thought it would all fall together. Over the last couple of days however I have learned of a few more obstacles and I have come to believe that this is God's way of closing the door for me to go back to Jamaica, at least for now.

I am disappointed, in part because I was looking forward to going back to Jamaica and even more so because it has been my dream for several years now to spend Christmas in an orphanage and I was excited to see that dream become a reality. Over the last few days I have been reminded of the words of Henry Blackaby which I actually taught to the girls this summer:
God is Love: His will is always best
God is All-Knowing: His directions are always right
There have been many times in my life when things did not go the way I had planned and in the end I was so glad they didn't. The best example of that was when it seemed as though the women's shelter would not be getting the government grant they needed in order to hire me on for the summer, I job I adored. A couple short months later however I was on a plane on my way to Africa for the first time, an experience that obviously changed my life... I know from experience that God's plans are always right and best and so, while I am still a little disappointed, I am thankful that it is God's plans and not mine that prevail.

I don't know if God will open the door for me to return to Jamaica some other time or if Jamaica was simply that which I needed to push me over the edge in my decision to leave my job and go into missions. What I do know is that I'm back to square one. I would appreciate your prayers... If I am going to go somewhere for Christmas then those details are going to have to get settled in the next few days. Otherwise, please pray that I would find something(s) to fill my time while I wait.