Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Free Knit Accessories for you!

My sister is doing something similar on her blog. I'm adding my own twist. The first 5 people to reply to this post and tell me they have donated at least $5 to Hope for Malawi will receive a free knitted accessory from me. The knitting will be done after Christmas but you will get it. It could be a small knit purse, keyhole scarf, wrist warmers, fingerless gloves or maybe something else. It will be a surprise!
Photo from Knitty.com

To find out what Hope for Malawi is read on.....

What can a Child Accomplish?

Well I'll tell you. In a few months Jaako Polkki, 9 y/o friend of mine, has electrified all those he encounters with his mission to help needy children in Malawi.

In May God told Jaako to go to Africa....

to read more scroll down just a bit. You can help.

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Surprise Yourself

Watch this video, free hugs campaign ......then check out the effect ......then read the back story ......then click on the comments to read my reaction.


Saturday, November 04, 2006

halloween rant '06

I wrote it. I blabbed it. Barry videoed it. Clint edited it. It was played last Sunday morning in church and well received. It was a "focus on the arts" Sunday. The theme was Fearless. We filmed it in about 20 minutes on a chilly evening. It is the first time any of us have done anything like this so it is a bit rough, I mean artsy.. yah, artsy. So enjoy ... or not.

halloween rant '06

here is a paragraph I edited out because of time. It further explains why I believe it is not necessary to tell people about Jesus, unless directed too by the Holy Spirit. I am an advocate of relationship evangelism.

"When my husband, Barry, was on his spiritual journey in the years before we met, he made many plans to go to mind control workshops, quests to find his spirit guide and other new age adventures. Those plans never panned out. After he met Jesus and looked back on that time he could see that every time he meant to carry out one of those quests a Christian crossed his path and he just never went through with it. The surprising part of this story is not one of those Christians preached a word to him, not even one "Jesus loves you". Just being in the presence of one serving Jesus was enough to steer him closer to the Lover of his Soul."

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

What can a child accomplish?

Well I'll tell you. In a few months Jaako Polkki, 9 y/o friend of mine, has electrified all those he encounters with his mission to help needy children in Malawi.

In May God told Jaako to go to Africa while sitting in a church meeting. He told his mother. She thought that was nice. Jaako explained that he would need an absent note to take to school because he would be gone for more than two weeks. Jaako's mother became concerned.

After much discussion Jaako's parents, Andrew and Sue, chose to take his passion to go seriously. They saw this was truly the call of God on his life. But Africa is a big place, there are so many in need. How could he chose? Jaako knew what to do. Sue began to read a list of country's. When she said Malawi Jaako said, "That's where I want to go."

To make a long, long story short Jaako has already raised $10,000 through Sunday morning bake sales, a large yard sale and a Malawi feast and silent auction. Local radio and CBC radio have interviewed him, CBC radio has agreed to advertise all the fund raising functions. The local paper ran a front page story. There's a story about him on Breaking Christian News. Elementary schools are putting together Bags of Hope (ziploc bags with school supplies, toiletries and other goodies to give to children) But that is just the beginning, a small beginning. God has told Jaako that he is to raise $800,000. At the rate he is going he should be set for Malawi in a few years.

But that is not good enough for Jaako. His faith is not a small one. His faith wouldn't fit in the Sky Dome because Jaako is leaving for Malawi, with is mother, on January 14th, just a little over 2 months away. Impossible you say? Yes, it has been said. So what. I could quote scripture here. Suffice to say nothing is impossible with God and Jaako knows it.

And now we all do. The flame has been lit in Thunder Bay and is turning into a wildfire. It is about to over take us and spread throughout the world. It started with Jaako, Sue took up the cause, doing all she could. Now others are taking on the cause. Joy Prentice is just one of them. A women who has suffered with chronic pain for 13 years, Joy was just completely healed 2 weeks ago and has taken on the challenge. She is inspiring others to run with it. God told Joy the money will be raised through multiplication. Soon, very soon, there will be an email campaign, a website, on-line donation center, posters all over the city, a documentary in the works and much more coming. The internet is the key.

Keep up to date with Jaako's blog. I will be posting here. I will also be doing all I can spread the word. Link to Jaako's blog on your blog. Talk about it. Post about it. Get the word out.

A 9 y/o boy is bringing hope to the children of Malawi.
Don't miss this bandwagon. It's a big one. The biggest one I've seen and I don't want to be left out of the joy of blessing those who really need it.

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