What if you truly could make a difference but the catch was you would never actually see the results? Would you do it? Would you step out in faith, obeying that call and overcoming your self doubt? Often donating to charities are this way, you know what their cause is but you don’t ever see result in person. I feel like that is exactly what we are called to do. We are to step up and do the right thing, whether we can see a great difference or we will never truly know. Sometimes, it’s not about anything we thought.
World Vision is a not for profit group that helps children and families to step closer to overcoming poverty in 100 countries, including the US. There is a saying about teaching a man to fish so that he might be able to provide himself food forever. I’m sure that you’ve all heard it, it seems to be everywhere! Through World Vision, you can buy families farm animals, help them with wells, help pay for basic education, or even go literal with it and pay for a fishing kit for someone. The skills they learn don’t just help them for a year or two, they help the local economies and help families turn desperate situations to journeys of hope. You can donate any amount, no one will be upset if you can only donate a small amount, as every donation counts.
An amazing gift you can give someone who has everything is a donation in their honor. You’ll get a little card about what you donated telling the story of how it will help or you can order from their gift catalog and get a free gift by donating to the maximum impact fund. The gifts that are available are amazing and all are hand made!
We hope that you’ll take a moment this holiday season and donate to something a little more important than lining the pockets of corporations. Make a purchase that will effect a lifetime, not be put in the back of the closet, lost, or broken. A purchase that will change lives, perhaps even yours.
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This video is from the program in the prison that enabled us to visit and speak to the ladies in the prison. I have a whole post prepared of my story, but I wanted to share this by itself. Mainly because it tells their story, not mine. Even having been there, knowing so much of what is in the video, I can’t do justice to the feeling of change and hope among these women, women who are complete strangers but have that ‘something’ about them. It’s amazing how that works, how a power mightier than anything else can take women who will quite possibly die in prison free of a life of pain and turmoil within the bounds of bricks and barbed wire.
During our trip, we were able to meet some of these women. It was amazing to meet women who had truly been changed. It brings a new meaning to the word for me. I’ve studied psychology and have taken a special interest in seeking to understand people who have committed terrible crimes. For whatever reason, I have always wanted to understand the reasons behind their actions. Over time, I’ve sought out the common denominator and found it repeatedly to be brokenness. No matter the background, no matter the personality, a deep rooted emptiness seems to sit at the bottom of us. Fortunately, not all of us have come to the point that the men and women in prison see.
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I will soon be leaving to go to a prison to minister to the women there. I’m not special, just average like just about anyone else. That’s why I need your help. I would love to have you pray for me, the other women going as well as those who we speak to.
I’ve been to a lot of prisons and jails throughout my life. Mostly to visit family, a couple of times because I forgot to pay fines, those trips were shortlived but sucked butt. Thanks be to God we had help to take care of those quickly! Though at the time it didn’t feel like quick enough.
Going to speak to women who are in the process of spending a long period of time to pay for their mistakes has put a lot of thought in me. We all pay for our mistakes one way or another, whether it is one that lands us in jail, one we managed to ‘get away with,’ or one that wasn’t serious enough for the justice system. I am praying that God speakthrough me, to help those women heal.
Having been through a lot and having studied a good bit of psychology and criminals, I have learned that there is always some reason that people turn out to do what they do, in my experience it stems from pain. I know drug addicts and alcoholics who are haunted by things so deeply that it’s their excuse to escape. I’ve read about violent criminals who grew up desperate for love. All they ever wanted was for someone to love them, only they didn’t realize that was the source of their anger or the cause of the problem until it was ‘too late’. I’m super thankful that I didn’t end up in those situations. I believe the quote is ‘but for the grace of God go I’, and that seems to be the one that fits.
To sum it up, the ladies and I (50 altogether) could use your prayers as we go to minister the women there. I know that odds are I will get some sort of blessing, probably more than the blessing I’m trying to give those women. I am thankful that God has put me in a place where I can at least try to help. The Bible says God doesn’t necessarily call the equipped, but rather he equips those He calls (Hebrews 13:21) so I have faith that it will all work out. 😀 Thank you for your prayers, love and support.