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Friday, November 29, 2013

Donate

A big thank-you goes out to Loving Orphans Global for letting me partner with them!!

If you would like to donate to my work in the beautiful land of Haiti you can go to http://www.lovingorphansglobal.org/donate/

or simply text the words ellen.log@mogiv.com with the message being the dollar amount.

It is simple, secure, and tax-deductable.

Thank-you to everyone who is helping Acts 26:18 become possible.

I will be in Haiti tomorrow!!
Excited to see what all the Lord has in store.
Praying for guidance, clarity, and the open doors to make disciples!

God is good. His will be done.



 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

This is life

Pretend you are a member of a Haitian family.
Mom, dad, grandparent or aunt or fourth cousin twice removed, and a couple children in the same home. Between 70 and 80 percent of Haiti is unemployed so one of those people is bringing home an income.
Minimum wage in Haiti is about $3 a day.
Assuming you work every single day, you bring home about $90 a month.
You are a squatter, living where you can, moving when you can’t anymore.
 Because of deforestation there is little wood available to build your home.
You need to scrounge for other supplies.
 You could rent an apartment, but the average price for a one bedroom apartment outside the city is $425 a month.

Assuming you spent nothing to build your house and you spend nothing to maintain it then you could choose to buy utilities.
Electricity (if it’s available in your town), running water (which you have to have a well and pump for), and garbage services (only available in big cities), is $20 a month.

You have to feed yourself, a wife, a couple kids, and some extended family. Picture a sandwich size Ziploc bag.
For $1 at the market you can fill that bag with rice and beans and you can get two tomatoes and maybe a hot pepper for flavor. To get close to feeding the six people in your home you’re going to need double that. That’s $2 a day for food (notice that contains no meat, potatoes, bread, etc), so $60 a month.
If the weather cooperates and you live on land that is at least semi-arable, you can grow a few crops to supplement that.
With $10 a month left you might be able to send one of your kids to school! It’s a little over $4 a month.
Of course, you’re going to have to pick just one child because that leaves you only $6 a month to purchase medicine, clean water, clothing, shoes…
It’s not about a lack of education, food or housing. It’s about all of those together in a vicious cycle that the impoverished rarely see hope of ending. Their parents lived in poverty, their grandparents, their great grandparents…
One of the worst things I have seen was the empty eyes of Haitian children. As early as three or four years old – the spark of life is gone.
That is devastating; that poverty could so hopelessly envelop even the tiniest of its victims.
I don’t tell you this to guilt you into selling your worn out clothes and sending the money to Haiti. I don’t want you to feel bad – I want you to do good.

God cares about all areas of life. Economics, health, education, creation…
It’s easy to tell people, “God loves us. Look at all the hope he brings.”
Everyone loves warm fuzzy messages like that. We could say, “Amen! Hallelujah! Praise God for taking care of his people.”  .

God hasn’t left this world, but that does not excuse us from service.
We live in a lost, broken, corrupt, hurting, sin-sick world that some (most) are trapped in it – with no hope. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost; and he gave everything to do so. His life.
If you are not giving everything that you have and everything that you are to the salvation of God’s children; you are not giving enough.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
Don't just move on. Put yourself in the shoes of the family above. Switch the "numbers" with faces of your kids and spouse.
  - Sammy Adebiyi

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

James 1:27


Roughly 480,000 of them in Haiti alone

They keep me awake at night

I think about what their names are, where they sleep, if they will be a dancers or soccer players or preachers….

I think about the emotionally past they will bring with them and if they will eat their vegetables and if they will like me.

I pray about them and cry over them.

James 1:27 Pure and faultless religion is this; to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep yourself from being polluted by the world.

I arrived in Haiti on August 26th with this verse pounding in my head. Not knowing how exactly I would play a part in this role that God has asked of us, but I began praying. And praying. And praying.

Not long after arriving in Haiti I knew what had to be done.

 I am going to build a home.

I began searching for land in an area where the children could play and go to school and be surrounded with love.  Every day I drove by a piece of land and knew it was the perfect spot. I talked with the owner of the land and he preceded to tell me he would sell it to me for $18,000 dollars. I must of given him a “you’ve got to be crazy look” because he immediately asked me what I would be willing to pay for it. After a few days we decided on $4,500.00.

So I am here, back in America. Did not want to come home. Was not ready to come home. But I have a peace about it knowing that it is Gods will, and if I want to love on these children and provide shelter for them I will need support.

The Gospel says I will not leave you as orphans I will come to you. How? Through Gods hands and feet. Which is us. We are called to take care of the least of these.

As Christ followers we are called to feed them and clothe them and love them. And I know this is a big step. And I have no idea how I will have enough money to build a house and continue to feed and nurture these children, but I know my God and He is able and He is faithful and He will provide.

While I was in Haiti, I traveled a hour and 45 minutes up a mountain. With rocky cliffs thousands of feet up I was freaking out (prayer is powerful) but we arrived at the top to find several hundred if not a thousand mountain people up there trying to survive. We also found orphans. The car broke down about an hour up our journey and as I was sitting on the side of the mountain out of nowhere 5 children walked up. They were not as scared of me as I would have thought. And we began talking. Their parents had died and they all lived together. Three siblings and two cousins. They were beautiful. They had dreams. And they deserve to know the love that our Father has for them if someone would just tell them and show them.

Right before I left to head back to the states I received a phone call from the pastor on the mountain. He said he found about 8 orphans and asked if I wanted them.

As my heart dropped I had to tell him I do not yet have shelter for them or am I able to provide for them. I pray that he did not tell them and get their hopes up just yet.

I wonder if 5 of those 8 are the ones I met.

I wonder if they will be singers… or soccer players… or preachers.

I wonder and I pray.

For it is written, so it shall be done.
So needless to say I gave all my teaching supplies away and will not begin teaching. Which is probably a good thing for the childrens sake!
My heart is still with the teenagers and I will continue to seek the path that will help me friend them and shine a light into their lives.
Thankyou to all of you who have already supported me.
Prayer is powerful and God is good.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Starting this Journey


Well I am in Haiti!
Been here about 5 days now and getting a little settled.
Went to the grocery store to get food. 50 dollars of food in the states was about 200 dollars here!.... needless to say I will be doing all my shopping in the markets now!
I went shopping for a mattress…. down a narrow sketchy alley passed by many rooms with crooked tin doors to be lead to rows and rows of matresses.
Got my water tank filled up on my roof on the second day by a man climbing up the side of my house. It is pretty much a steady drip but it’s better than nothing!
It is about 120 degrees in my house! Thank the Lord for fans!!
I have gotten to go to the orphanage a few times that I stayed at during my last visit to see all the children. I missed them so much!
The family I am staying with is very nice. Two toddlers live here and they are still not sure why I am in their house!
We do not have electricity here but I bought a generator so I could cook a little bit on a mini burner.
Got to see missionaries Mark and Sandra Julian! They have given me so much great advice.
School doesn’t start until October so for now I will be trying to figure this life out!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Haiti

Haiti:
Where the sun never blinks, the clock never ticks, and the love never ends.
This is where my life will be residing for the next... who knows how long.

I will begin teaching secondary English at one of the local high schools.
I will begin helping to feed and nurture 30 beautiful children at an orphange.
And I will begin pouring my heart into young teenage girls, teaching them to put their trust in our Lord before men.
And most of all I will begin relying on my King Jesus everyday and trusting that our Lord has the perfect plan for his people and for his kingdom.

I don't have all the answers and I don't know exactly what this journey will look like but I know God will equip me for the road ahead, and I want to ask you to help me in prayer.

Luke 14:27 - Anyone who does not carry My cross and follow Me cannot be my disciple.
Vs. 33- Any of you who does not give up everything you have cannot be my disciple.

People might think I am crazy for going on this road.

Crazy for the risk of getting diseases.
crazy for taking cold showers and eating rice all the time.
crazy for getting bug bites and heat rashes.
crazy for having to shave little girls heads that have a fungus.
crazy for listening to the cries coming from the hospital every day.
crazy for trying to make friends when I barely know the language.
crazy for accepting the mother who abandoned her baby.
crazy for clothing the prostitute.
crazy for leaving my family and everything that is familiar to me.

But you see thats not whats crazy to me. Thats normal, thats living out the gospel. Crazy to me is living in a comfortable house with a comfortable job eating good food in a safe enviroment.

Jesus did not live that way though. He hung out with the lepers and the taxcollectors and the drunks. Not the wealthy the pretty and the high class.
He came into this world and got his hands dirty.
Why? for the sake of the gospel and to make his fathers name known.

I will go through trials, abandonment, persecution, illness' rumors... because the world doesn't understand. But they didn't understand Jesus either.
He was unliked, unwanted, persecuted, crucified, and beaten.
I may be surrounded by death, disease, starvation, loneliness, hardships, and battles.
But I can not ignore the cry of the world anymore.
I will give my all to help just one.
Why?
Because Jesus gave me his all.

I do not want to be comfortable anymore. I want to be shaken at the sight of a starving child. I want poverty nor riches, only my daily bread, and may that be my treasure. I want to try to obey and live out the gospel and prove to the devil himself that he has not won and will not win.

Call me crazy, it's ok thats what they called Jesus too.


Genesis 12:1 and Acts 7:3- Leave your country and your people and go to the land that I will show you
John 20:21- As the father has sent Me, I am sending you.
John 14:18- I will not leave you as orphans I will come to you.
Luke 18:22- Sell everything you have and give to the poor, then come follow me.
Luke 9:23- If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross to follow me.
Mark 16:15 - Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
Matthew 8:9- I will follow you wherever you go.
Acts 9:15 - Go, this is my chosen instrument to carry my name. Vs. 16- I will show you how much you must suffer for my name.
James 1:27-  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.
Isaiah 6:8- Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? Here am I, send me.
Acts 26:18- I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light and from the power of satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.
Matthew 28: 18-20 All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Please pray for my journey as I begin to rely fully on my Lord and put all my trust in His unfailing love. I will admit I am a little scared and unqualified and too weak, but so were the disciples.

My soul clings to you Jesus, may Your will be done.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Do Something

I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now and I Thought, how'd we ever get so far down
How's it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven and
I thought, "God, why don't You do something?"
Well, I just couldn't bear the thought of people living in poverty
Children sold into slavery

The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven and said,
"God, why don't You do something?"
He said, "I did, I created you"
If not us, then who

If not me and you right now, it's time for us to do something
If not now, then when will we see an end to all this pain
It's not enough to do nothing it's time for us to do something
I'm so tired of talking about how we are God's hands and feet

But it's easier to say than to believe like angels of apathy who tell ourselves it's alright, "somebody else will do something"
Well, I don't know about you but I'm sick and tired of life with no desire I don't want a flame, I want a fire I wanna be the one who stands up and says,"I'm gonna do something"
We are the salt of the earth

We are a city on a hill 
But we're never gonna change the world by standing still 
no we won't stand still
If not us, then who if not me and you right now, it's time for us to do something if not now, then when will we see an end to all this pain it's not enough to do nothing it's time for us to do something
It's time for us to do something

- Matthew West