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Thursday, August 13, 2009

I Will Advocate

  • Main Entry: 1ad·vo·cate
  • Pronunciation: \ˈad-və-kət, -ˌkāt\
  • Function: noun
  • Etymology: Middle English advocat, from Anglo-French, from Latin advocatus, from past participle of advocare to summon, from ad- + vocare to call, from voc-, vox voice — more at voice
  • Date: 14th century

1 : one that pleads the cause of another; specifically : one that pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court
2 : one that defends or maintains a cause or proposal
3 : one that supports or promotes the interests of another

I've been reading... and thinking. It started with considering adoption. (We're still in the prayerful consideration mode if you are wondering.) Then moved on to learning of the global crisis happening right in front of us.

Too often I get wrapped up in the things of my own home. Right now it's about school starting, new orders, moving, wrapping things up and preparing to move on. Yes, I witness poverty and people in need as a church secretary every day. Let me put it into perspective.

A few days ago, I received a call from a lady who was down and out. She had been in a car accident, was unable to work, lost her job and needed help. I immediately felt for her. Then in her message she left me her home phone number and her cell phone number because she was driving her car to the welfare office to pick up her check. No doubt she needs help. She needs someone to talk to. She would like for someone to pay her rent and her utilities but how bad can it be? We can walk into any one of a number of stores and drink water freely from water fountains and have access to bathrooms. No, that's not how I live or how I want to live but there are other people who are living a very different kind of life.

Don't believe me? Let me direct you to this story. Have you read Katie's blog? It's in my side bar. In my eyes, she's just a kid and she is doing some amazing things. Read what her life is like here. Then there are the people associated with Children's Hope Chest.

I just read Fields of the Fatherless by Tom Davis. I challenge you to read this book and not be called to action. I read it and immediately began to see the little things that I should be doing that could make a big difference. One of the things I learned is that God wants us to advocate for the people in need. That's what I've agreed to do... I've signed up with Ordinary Hero. I'm calling Ray's elderly grandmother, I'm trying to find ways to help the single parents or those that are single because of deployments but we are also waiting to hear about a child from Swaziland in Africa that needs our help.

I made a new friend this week. Her name is Brandi. She is a true advocate. I can't speak the way she can because she's witnessed it. She's been on the ground, trying to decide if a child would get underwear or a toothbrush because there just wasn't enough to go around. Please read this post. Then make sure you read this post.

We are prayerfully waiting for news about a Swaziland child that our family will sponsor together. We'll be able to communicate, see their village and know that we are sending the love of God to a child that is in serious trouble. We'll have a name to pray for every day. We're excited to add this child to our family. I know the economy is bad. Moving to Memphis means alot less for us. We decided that our dining bills after church more than added up to the cost of sponsoring a child for a month. So a couple of Sundays a month, we'll be eating leftovers so another child can eat. Why? Because the Bible says in Matthew 18:5, “Whoever receives a child in My name, receives Me.”

In Isaiah 1:17 it says, “Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” I will defend the orphan and plead for the widow. There are 14 more children that need sponsors at our carepoint. There are 14 more children who need to know someone cares about them. You could be the one to show them God's love. No pressure though :)

If you want to sponsor a child, contact my new friend Brandi through her blog, Brandi's Thoughts.

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