Posted by: learningis4ever | September 28, 2008

Help for Hungry Children

If you’ve read any of my meager postings, you know that I have a heart for helping hungry children in Haiti.  Here is a wonderful way to help those poor, hungry children from the comfort of home with just a few minutes of your time.

American Express is currently running philanthropic drive.  That’s the best way that I can describe it.  The top five projects will receive charitable donations from American Express to fund the projects as they were described in this charitable contest.   

There is only one day of voting left to pick the top five charitable projects.  I have voted for the project that will help malnourished children worldwide.  To cast your vote for this project, visit http://imcworldwide.org/content/media/detail/1923/ and follow the links to register with American Express to cast your vote.

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Posted by: learningis4ever | September 18, 2008

Summer is over and school is back in session

As if you didn’t already know, right?  Well, around here, that means that outings are cut back and it’s time to roll up the sleeves and get to work.  This year, we are being much more scheduled with our school day.  With one in high school, one in preschool and the other one in upper elementary, there is no way to survive without scheduling.

I’ve never been much on schedules, being more of a freespirited type of person.  But I have learned that this discipline of scheduling is a very powerful tool.  I have so many things I want to do: learn French, fundraise for the school in Merger, Haiti, begin an Orphan Ministry at church.  The list could go on and on.  Without a schedule and advance planning, I wouldn’t be able to get any of this done.

For those of you who are this way naturally, I hate you!  JUST KIDDING!! God gave each one of us gifts.  Your gift makes your life that much easier.  I’m praying, REALLY praying, that this particular gift becomes second nature to me. 

As for the adoption, it’s coming along.  Adopting a child from Haiti is very much a waiting game.  Jim was able to visit him at the end of August.  He’s a great kid and they had a lot of fun together.  We cannot wait to have him home.  Jefthe wrote a letter about the guest house where they stayed.  He said, “It’s like the US.  They have electricity all the time!”  I’m not sure he knew it was from a generator.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and it lacks basic infrastructure.  A LOT of what is there was damaged by Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike.  The only land route to Gonaives was lost when the Mirabalais bridge collapsed from the flooding brought by Hanna and Ike. This is a humanitarian disaster on the scale of Katrina, but no one even notices when it’s just a poor country in the Caribbean without much to offer the rest of the world at this point in time.  The truth is, though, that Haiti has a lot to offer the world once she is back on her feet.  I’m trusting that this current disaster will serve to catapult world attention to the needs there and bring much needed assistance of the type that will allow this counry to grow and develop into a premier destination in the Caribbean.

I look forward to the day when my Haitian son is standing in front of the Presidential palace, a grown man with a family of his own who he will be able to raise in his home country with economic policies and infrastructure in place that allows him and his fellow countryman to flourish.  Ah, now that’s a dream worth pursuing. . .

Posted by: learningis4ever | July 9, 2008

The power of solar cooking

Do you know of an amazing piece of equipment that has the potential to transform the lives of so many people around the world?  It’s called a solar oven.  Many of you are already aware of this wonderful invention.  Up until a couple months ago, my experience with solar ovens was limited to my son’s pizza box ovens to make s’mores without a campfire.  However, I was fortunate enough to be brought in on the dreams of a faithful young woman and, as I have previously written, I now know of the Villager Solar oven.  This amazing invention has the power to change the lives of poverty stricken people in sunny locations throughout the world. 

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with a number of social issues.  With a Villager Sun Oven in place, orphanages and schools throughout the country would be able to spend less money on charcoal and more money on food or other expenses and create less of an impact on Haiti’s environment.  With a deforestation rate of approximately 90%, the more Villager Sun Ovens in Haiti, the more chance there is for these forests to be reclaimed. 

It will take concerned individuals and organizations to make a difference, however.  If you are one of these individuals who’d like to get involved, leave me your email address.  I’d love to let you know how you can help in this endeavor, one orphanage and one school at a time . . .

Posted by: learningis4ever | May 2, 2008

Dreaming of. . . .

I woke up yesterday morning in the most amazing mood.  I awoke from a dream of Jephte being home with us in Washington.  Last fall, he asked if he could grow out his hair.  So, in my dream, his hair was grown out.  It was in a Corbon Bleu like, braided style and, my son looked fantastic in his long hair.

He fit in great with the family, taking to being Jared’s older brother with a sense of caring and compassion that I wish I saw more often in my children toward each other.  I did tell you this was a dream, didn’t I?

It was great to have dreams of being united as a family with our newest child.  At this point in our adoption, what else can I do but dream?

Posted by: learningis4ever | April 22, 2008

Communication is a beautiful thing. . . .

Jim and I were talking while sitting at the breakfast table this morning.  He finally had some questions about the adoption.  I normally tell him what’s going on even before he asks.  Today was a different story.

As we sat discussing things, Jim voiced his concern about what would happen if we were turned down by IBESR. IBESR stands for Institut du BienEtre Social et de Recherches, which is the Haitian equivalent of the department of family and children’s services.  IBESR is responsible for approving each international adoption and ensuring that the adoptive family meets criteria, that the child is eligible for adoption, and that the adoption itself is legitimate, according to Haiti’s adoption legislation of 1974.

That led to a discussion about his concern amid the growing recession about whether he’ll be able to provide for THIS family, let alone another member of it.  It was then that I was able to reveal something that I had been learning about prayer.

I made a discovery about praying in the book of Daniel, Chapter 10.  In that chapter, Daniel had been mourning for 21 days, not eating meat or rich foods, not drinking wine, nor using fragrant oils because of a vision that he had seen.  In other words, Daniel was fasting and praying for understanding.  After 21 days, he was visited by an angel.  Beginning in verse 11, (NLT) the angel said to Daniel, “O Daniel, greatly loved of God, listen carefully to what I have to say to you.  Stand up, for I have been sent to you.”  The angel continues in verse 11, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But, for 21 days, the spirit prince of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. NOW, I am here to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future. . . .”

What?  What had I just read?  There IS a battle that rages in the spiritual realm between the forces of God and the forces of Satan.  Daniel had been praying AND fasting for 21 consecutive days before he received an answer to his prayer.  The angel explained to Daniel that it was his skirmish with the spirit prince of Persia that kept him from coming to Daniel in answer to Daniel’s prayer. Why was this?

Paul answered that question in Ephesians 6:12: “For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.”

That sure explains why Jesus said n Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.”  The Greek tenses in the verbs of this passage actually read, “Keep on asking and it shall be given to you; keep on seeking, and you shall find; keep on knocking and it shall be opened to you.”  So, what Jesus is telling us to do is to pray until we receive an answer.  He goes on to say in verse 8, “For everyone who keeps asking, receives. Everyone who keeps seeking, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who keeps knocking.”

In Matthew 6:9-10, Jesus said, “Pray, then, in this way: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  This tells us specifically that things on earth are not done the way they are in heaven.  There isn’t any evil force in heaven to thwart God’s commands.  But, on earth, it is a different story.  The rulers of the darkness of this world do not want to see God’s prayers answered, and so they fight every angel who comes in answer to our prayers.

We need to be constantly vigilant in prayer until we receive an answer.  It is only when we continue to seek God that we will receive an answer.  WOW! 

Posted by: learningis4ever | April 4, 2008

The reason I love Haiti!

This video by Leona Lewis shows photos of kids around the world.  It is one of the reasons that I love Haiti!  God has given us the responsibility of caring for widows and orphans and Haiti is so full of widows and orphans that it’s really, really easy to serve Him down there!
Let me know what you think of the video . . . . .
 
Posted by: learningis4ever | March 30, 2008

More Fundraising and conference details

Well, we had our first fundraising event.  It was at the used curriculum and craft sale at our homeschool conference this past weekend.  My dear daughter manned the craft table while I manned the used curriculum table.  We raised $150.  Not bad for our first attempt.

 Next, we will be loading a webpage where we will sell Jim’s handcrafted pens and my handcrafted jewelry.  Fortunately, I have a professional mentor for my jewelry-making.  Jim has already become professional at crafting pens.  Pens make great gifts, too!  If you know anyone who needs a gift, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you by email.

 Our homeschool conference featured keynote speakers Reb and Bev Bradley.  Phenomenally transparent people of God speaking on the issue of families.  They have been put through the ringer and God has carried them through.  Their website is: www.familyministries.com.  If you need a good speaker, give Family Ministries a call.  I laughed, I cried, I was convicted, I prayed and now I’m on a new journey to earning my children’s hearts.  What a weekend!!!!

Posted by: learningis4ever | March 28, 2008

Fundraising efforts

I last wrote about the adoption when I mentioned the cost of our adoption.  This weekend, we will begin our fundraising efforts.  Jim has discovered the art of “pen turning.”  This means he is enjoying hand-crafting pen and pencil sets.  My dear daughter and I have been busily beading some necklaces and bracelets.  We will be selling these items at our homeschool conference craft fair this weekend.

In addition, we will soon be creating a website to sell these items as well to raise funds to bring Jephte home.  

I received a letter from Jephte a couple weeks ago.  A friend went down to visit the HFC kids and brought letters from him to all of us.  It’s great to have communication with him.  He spells his name Jefthe, but his birth certificate spells it, Jephte.  I had told him I would be spelling his name correctly so that it would not interfere with his adoption.  He said that would be okay, but that he had been experimenting with how to spell it for several years and decided he liked Jefthe best.  LOL!

My dearest daughter would love to just change her name.  Perhaps she should have been born in Haiti!

Posted by: learningis4ever | March 3, 2008

A Great Website for Homeschoolers. . .

Homeschooling’s
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I discovered this great website for homeschool families.  The precept of this website is that we can get better deals in numbers than individually.  I highly recommend this site for anyone with school age children.  Click on the link above and join for free!

Posted by: learningis4ever | March 1, 2008

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