Today is our turn to take part in the 40 Day Fast. Toby is also fasting today, read his post today too. What an honor to be able to be apart of something so divine. I had previous ideas of what I'd be fasting for, but never felt settled....
I have been so moved by these forty days, especially by a new found friend named Licia. She fasted on day 8. Early on my daughters (9 & 8 years old) decided they wanted to "Take A Stand" on our day to benefit the rescue center Licia is devoted to. (I will post pictures sometime in the afternoon of the lemonade stand and how it went.)
It wasn't until this last Monday when Licia requested for prayer for her and her family on their site. She posted this quote by Elisabeth Elliot "Prayer lays hold of God's plan and becomes the link between His will and its accomplishment on earth. Amazing things happen, and we are given the privilege of being the channels of the Holy Spirit's prayer."
I realized then--Im gonna pray, fast and petition on behalf of Licia's family and organization. I added her family, because this is a family ministry- read more about their family here and here. I have been in awe by their faithfulness to God's calling. Licia, she is an ordinary person (just like me and you), doing extraordinary things with her gifts and resources!
I want to accomplish two things in this post for the fast:
1. I want to highlight the Rescue Center- and ask you to join me in praying.
2. I want to challenge you with some thoughts and ask you to seek God for yourself.
RHFH Rescue Center
The Rescue Center is located in Cazale Haiti which is in the West section. It is about 2 hours from the capital of Port-au-Prince. It all started in 1999 with their first child, a severely burned 6 year old, that would have had to walk 6 hours each way to get dressing changes. Today, they help an average of 60 children in the center recovering from various sicknesses and severe forms of malnutrition.
After an average stay of 4 to 5 months the children that survive return home to their families. See some examples of success stories here, here, and here. Below are "before" and "after" pictures of a sweet girl who went through the center.
They also help 10 families in the local village with food boxes each week. And provide 30 rice boxes to other families in need every 15 days. They provide infant formula to babies of HIV or TB positive parents. And supply filtered water to the community. Most importantly they try to show the love of Christ to those they come in contact with.
How can WE get involved?
~His will on their lives
~Health and quick recovery for the children in the RC
~Faithful monthly supporters
~Funding to build or own place(they currently rent)
~Funds for a vehicle
~Peace and stability in the country
~They are in need of faithful monthly supporters.
~They have a current needs list (for the simple things like socks, barrettes, spoons, q-tips, formula) They ship a semi container full of supplies each year to Haiti.
~To find out more go to their contact page.
Here are some of my favorite pictures of the children in groups.
ME, YOU, and WE
As we prepared for this fast, and for the lemonade stand, I was questioned why were we doing this? I also heard people tell me several times how crazy I was. Crazy for doing this lemonade stand with 4 kids, crazy for taking up my precious time and resources, crazy for such talk of malnourished kids in Haiti.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized that they are all correct, I am so CRAZY IN LOVE WITH JESUS, who has opened up my eyes to the things unseen. He has broken my heart with the things that breaks His. And now Im rising up to take the place, with selfless faith. Im being stirred as Im on my knees praying and seeking. I have decided that I am for His Kingdom's cause, as I walk from earth into eternity. These are words I have extracted from a song called Hosanna by Brooke Fraser. This song perfectly articulates my life right now.
ANYONE can use their talents and resources to make a difference! I know He has equipped you with many talents, giftings, and resources you can use for His cause. So I ask you today, will you pray and ask God to show you His purposes for you? I will also be praying and fasting for you throughout the weekend too.