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    April 2013 Newsletter

    04/24/2013


    Katie with a few new friends 

     Does Sponsorship Really Matter?

    We sometimes wonder if what we do really makes a difference. Even if we never see the fruit of our obedience to the Lord with our own eyes as we support the poor and indigent of the world, can we trust that God is taking our meager offerings and using them for His glory? Maybe, though we certainly pray that the lives of people are affected positively, God is equally concerned that He is making us different... that He is opening our eyes to the things that matter to Him. I believe that as we obey the Lord in caring for those He's asked us to love, He is able to mold us into His image, and certainly, that is for His glory as well.

    The following is a link to an article from MediaPlanet.com on the impact that sponsorship is having in the world. 

    And so we thank you, the sponsors and supporters of children in need, for your giving. Thank you for caring, for taking action when you see needs, for responding when you sense the Lord asking for your obedience. It gives hope to someone around the world, and it gives the Lord the joy of shaping you to be more like His Son. It does matter.

    "Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind."  Philippians 2:1-2

    This month, I am happy to introduce you to Katie Klein, a friend from my church, and a sacrificial supporter of the children in Liberia. She traveled with the team that Becky Lloyd led this past winter, and she has seen that sponsorship matters; both to the children, and to her. I have asked her to share with you from her experience. I often find the thoughts and impressions of first-time visitors to Liberia to be valuable. It reminds me to see things with a fresh heart, and to remember that the Lord desires us to feel compassion and be moved to action on His behalf.

    "You baby momma. You African muddah. Wow, you have a lot of children."  This was something said to me daily during my trip to Liberia, as groups of children were constantly by my side and in my lap. I so deeply love "my" children with groanings deeper then words can express. My name is Katie Klein. Just like many of you, I sponsor children at the Daniel Hoover mission school. I have had the honor of being led by our great God to go there and be with the children and many of our brothers and sisters in Liberia. There is so much to take in. I'm unsure where to start.

    I guess I will start by telling you that the children you sponsor were delighted to receive your gifts and letters! When their names were yelled out, they eagerly came to take them out of my hands. You are most likely the only person in their lives to give them gifts and to write them letters.


     

     One of the children I sponsor is Patrick. Before I went to Liberia I just felt that I knew Patrick was gentle and kind. When I met him and he sat quietly in my lap holding my hand, I realized it was true. I never wanted to get up and let him go. I met and talked with his older brother, Ben, who is an incredible, sweet boy and found out they have been at the mission for one year. I could see the pain in Ben's eyes when I asked him if he had a mommy. Their mother died a year ago and their dad lost his job. Ben asked that I pray for his dad to get a job. And so we prayed.

    I come to you writing this letter with hard emotions and tears, with pain and with much joy. I rejoice that these children are being taught the word of God. Our group went to the ACFI (African Christian Fellowship International) annual conference in River Cess. The choir from Daniel Hoover also came. They had the youth, including the choir, lead one of the nights during the conference. They put on a great play and had a competition of scripture memorization. I was blown away. These children may have more scripture in their minds then I do! I pray that it gets deeply rooted in their hearts... that they may not only be hearers of the Word, but doers also. 

    I weep because my children sometimes have to go without much food during the end of the month because there is not much left to feed them. I hurt because of the devastation and extreme loss caused by 14 years of civil war. I knew that war would leave children orphaned and buildings destroyed, but I had no idea of the other losses. For 14 years, people were running for their lives. They did not have the ability to teach their children life skills. They were unable to pass on career training and parenting skills. Many people had to lie to survive. It shouldn't have been a surprise to me that much corruption was birthed from the war.

    Our God has a deep love for these children. A deep, deep love. When his children hunger, he hurts, when his children lie, he hurts. Liberia is a country plagued by corruption. Growing up in it, it is how many people learn to be. There is a way for healing... there is hope. God says to go and make disciples of the nations. Go. If you feel led to come to Liberia and speak truth, life, and love into these children, please walk in a manor worthy of the calling in which you are called... and come. These children need people to come into their lives to love them, disciple them, and guide them.

    You have something to offer. You have a great purpose. You are needed. Thank you so much for your dedication to earnestly pray and provide for your sponsored children every day, every month.  May God richly bless you and lead you, and fill you with joy and truth.

    Your sister in Christ,
    Katie Klein

    ...and with JOY,
    Corrie Luebke
    Sponsorship Coordinator

    [Posted: 04/24/2013]


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