From Africa to California – YOU!

I’m sitting at ‘Classic Coffee’ in the quaint city of Glendora grateful to see the June gloom clearing and the sun beginning to shine and California become all that it known for!

I’ve been back  in the United States from Sierra Leone now for just a couple of days recovering from jetlag and catching up with friends in Newport Beach in the ‘OC’.   The contrast from Sierra Leone, Western Africa is stark. You can catch up on previous posts here. Almost feels wrong to try and compare.  I will admit though – I am the first to be grateful for ‘Western luxuries’… running water, hot LONG showers, flushing toilets, power not operated by a generator, GREAT roads, owning a car, being able to camouflage into the crowd, NOT being consistently asked for ‘small money’, being able to drink water from the tap….able to eat salad… and the list goes on.  Not only am I grateful… I like these ‘normal’ luxuries.  They make my life easy.  They make it possible for me to pursue things I like and want.  A career… relationships… adventure… new clothes…   Think about it.  Having the ability to jump in a shower in your house, grab some water from the tap, eat food from your fridge allows you to then jump into your car to go to the job you need to have to pay for all of the above!  Luxuries more then most of the world don’t have.

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We’ve all heard the poverty statistics.  Actually, I think most of us have gotten numb to them.  I might have even told you that out of 1000 babies born in Sierra Leone, 270 die before the age of five –  http://www.unicef.org/india/media_3896.htm.

Let’s bring that stat home.  The beautiful, smart little girl in the pic was adopted by ’mumma’ Ruth from LWI when her mother died at 18 days old.  Her family didn’t want her to become another statistic.  Already out of the ten children born to her mum, five had died!  Staggering!

This past two weeks, I got to see the impact fresh water actually has on a community.  The band I work for Alabaster Box partnered with the non-for-profit Global Benefit to raise funds.  Below is a village that received clean water for the first time in 25 years.  ’Glady Glady’ means happy!  As you can see… this grandma is still VERY happy that they have clean water close walking distance to their house!

This was the well Alabaster Box helped restore. I don’t think I could lift that bucket…. let alone get it on top of my head without getting baptised!

America, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England… comfortable.  Even amidst an economic crisis. We are blessed beyond measure. So easy to commit the ‘sin of omission’ as spoken about by World Vision President, Richard Stearn in ‘A hole in our Gospel’.

Lets think about what we as individuals can do. An seed for thought… get a group of friends together and have a ‘House gig’ in your back yard. Invite your neighbours… (lets get to know our locals a bit!) and friends… get an acoustic artist to play. (I’ve seen it done with a hip hop artist before… didn’t go down to well with the locals who weren’t attending!) and throw a bit of a ‘party with a purpose’. Share the vision of a great need in the world. If you are interested in raising money for a well in Sierra Leone… PLEASE talk to me! Let’s get some more clean water for people who don’t have any.

If you’re passions are elsewhere raise funds for them. It’s a good start to become familiar with a country and a cause. We have a responsibility to do something. And how fun is it ‘having a party!’ YOU absolutely can make a difference in someone’s world!

Be blessed today friends!

Building in Sierra Leone

Found myself wondering why Sierra Leonean blokes were so ripped… check out this for a workout. Squats then lifting weights (bowls full of gravel or concrete) above their heads to pass to the next person… and all in sync with each other! Everything built by manual labour here. Every rock, rio and concrete is manually lifted to the roof. I love how they’ve worked out this system. What an amazing work out. Seriously these people know how to work there butts off!

The transformation… unhealthy to clean

trying to do the balancing act...I’m writing tonight from the ‘Harmony Hotel’ (highly recommend this place if you ever come here. Its close to the airport, run by a honest Christian man who understands Western Culture) in Lungi, Sierra Leone. I’m lathered in mosquito repellant and have just finished watching the British tie in the World Cup against Algeria with a bunch of Brit miners who are here working for African Minerals. I’ve also found myself addicted to these ginger nut biscuits I bought from a peddler on the ferry this morning! Almost demolished a whole packet already! Hopefully I see him again tomorrow! Also made a fool of myself trying to carry a bucket on my head. Thought the Sierra Leonean’s needed a laugh!

Today I got to see a well refurbished by Living Water International and a village given clean water. It was an amazing to see the well owner so so grateful. I believe the man and his family are Muslim… but he got to see first hand the love of Christ this week and hear the truth. While we were there, at least five different people came up to us to talk to us about their dry or ruined wells. The need is overwhelming. Below is a before and after shot of the well we worked on.

Before Shot
Before Shot

Well Refurbished and Clean
Well Refurbished and Clean

So clean water truly makes a difference in peoples lives. The team visibly see a difference in children’s health. Snotty noses and unhealthy coughs clear up as the village embraces the clean hygiene techniques taught and drink clean water. Check out Living Water International’s work all over the world here.

On the home front, tonight Ruth bid her husband goodbye. He had to fly to the states to be with his ill dad. Ruth will stay on to keep the projects going. We’re going to spend some time at the Mercy Ship base and work from there. I’m sure there will be some big time reporting from there! Please pray for the family. It’s certainly been a tough couple of days… especially with this added stress. Please pray for God’s supernatural protection and provision for all of our needs. I thank you for joining me on this journey. I so am aware that I am completely surrounded by prayers. Know that you are here with me in Spirit!

In Africa for International Day of the African Child

Today I got to visit a school for the International Day of the African Child.

In Soweto, South Africa, thousands of black school children took to the streets in 1976, in a march more than half a mile long, to protest the inferior quality of their education and to demand their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young boys and girls were shot down; and in the two weeks of protest that followed, more than a hundred people were killed and more than a thousand were injured.

To honour the memory of those killed and the courage of all those who marched, the Day of the African Child has been celebrated on 16 June every year since 1991, when it was first initiated by the Organization of African Unity. The Day also draws attention to the lives of African children today.  Read more…

It was a really interesting day.  The school we went to was in a slum area.  I’m not sure those roads are ever driven by a car.  The bumps woke Mariatu (Ruth’s adopted child) up!

Hopefully I’ll be able to show some videos soon… but the preschool had about 90 students and had only been opened 18 months.  The building was incomplete… one room had tiled floor but the rest was mud packed… extremely limited resources.  No toilets… kids literally relieved themselves right out in front of the doorway to the school.  It’s sickening to conceptualise such limited understanding of basic hygiene.

Random Sierra Leone Sign

The celebration at this school basically just had a select few students dressing up in traditional African dress and dancing.  I’m not sure how they chose who performed.  I was shocked to see how these kids (preschool age mind you) danced.  So sensually!  It was like watching nightclub girls dancing.  Apparently, they learn this kind of dancing from a very young age.  The children looked like puppets.  Showing no emotions at all.  No smiles… just moving their bodies around in such unchildlike manners.  The teacher put out a bucket and parents were encouraged to donate money.  It was rather disturbing to watch.  Who can really know who’s pocket the money would go too.  Hopefully towards further progress on the schools development.

Children are taught to beg for money at an early, early age.  We drove out to the bush today to take some guys out to continue digging a well.  We probably came to four different barricades (rope or bamboo) across roads with children trying to stop traffic to bribe drivers for money… encouraged and endorsed by parents.  We had to explain to them that we were building them wells and tried helping them understand that they were getting clean water for free and that it was unnecessary for them to be begging all the time.  You don’t get to see many children play.  You see a lot of children’s toys (second hand ones that I imagine have been donated to the country) for sale.

So today think about Africa and the many children, mums and dads that have so little.  Teach your children to be generous and grateful for the blessing of life, the blessing of toys, the blessing of health, the blessing of toilets… showers…  God is so good.  And if you can sponsor a well… or a child… make a difference in someones life by working with one of the many selfless organisations working in Sierra Leone or other African countries.

I pray personally for a deeper love for people… and for the gift of tongues  How good would it be to just speak and understand the native Sierra Leonean tongue!  Thank you for your prayers and intercession.  Some rough stuff is going on back home for the family I’m staying with.  Will keep you posted.

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From crazy currency exchange… to boarding a ship

Today we visited Freetown, Sierra Leone to run some errands and visit the Logos Hope.

Firstly I exchanged some American dollars.

Things you should know about currency exchange in Sierra Leone…

-          you will get more for your buck if you exchange $100 bills and they most likely wont even take a $1 bill

-          $100 today equaled about 400,000 Leones and the largest denomination is 10,000 Leones.  But I was given all 5,000 leones… so I look like I have a truck load of cash!

-          You can exchange in a bank… but you can likely get a better conversion on the side of the road by talking too the dudes that yell ‘Exchange! Exchange! Exchange!’….  Very weird… but apparently legal… Sierra Leone even has a drive through bank!

Driving through the streets are crazy.  You lock your doors and keep windows up.  I took a few photos out the windows but you have to be careful not asking for permission.  I had people telling me ‘no photo, no photo!’  Some obliged reluctantly when asked.

We visited a little Western Café, called Crown Bakery and I purchased a cuppa tea, a meat pie and a Coconut Macaroon.  Meat pie was more like a pastie with just mince in it.

Ruth from Living Water International had to pay taxes and social security for her employees.  Interesting thing to note about this was we were the only people in the building.  Taxpaying doesn’t seem high on anyone’s agenda.

Next we attempted to find the Logos Hope.  Went to the wrong dock and took an hour and a half to drive about a mile to the correct place.  Traffic was horrendous.  Literally one of the streets we drove down we had to clear people off it (persistent horn honking) to drive down it.  People had put out there goods all over the streets and there was not even a cars width space to drive down.  Craziness.  Whatever you can think of is being sold.  Anything donated by other countries, random stolen goods – mobile phones… bottles refilled with liquid (who knows what!) etc… will end up on the streets being hocked off to earn someone their daily bread.

Finally we got to the dock.  Actually it was a breath of fresh air walking into such a peaceful place.  We met up with Zainad and her son Muhummad (she works for LWI teaching Hygiene) and through some more random parking issues we somehow connected with this other young girl, Esther.  She spoke very fluent English and was obviously educated.

Once on board the Logos Hope, I met up with some Aussie’s I had been connected with prior on facebook.  I think it was really cool for them to find a patriot in such a foreign country.  Some of these guys hadn’t seen their families in years.  These guys give two years of their lives to serve on board and dock in countries all round the world to serve.  If you are considering missions these guys are totally worth checking out!

The ship was great.  We ended up spending quite a bit of time in the HUGE bookstore.  (Random fact – it’s the biggest floating bookstore in the world!)  Loved that it was full of all different types of books – cookbooks, kids books, religious, bibles…. You name it – all for sale at very reasonable prices.  Seriously, I bought a book worth $15 + tax in the States for about $6.  They had dropped the prices dramatically so the Sierra Leoneans could have a chance at affording them.  It was awesome!

During the afternoon, I got to know Esther a bit.  She was intrigued by the ship and had never seen anything like it.  She was even more intrigued by the abundance of books… and all the information contained in so many books.  I’m not sure I’ve stopped to appreciate the overabundance of information I have constantly bombarding me.  We in the west, are moving away from ‘books’ to getting all our info online… if it can’t be found on google it ain’t worth knowing right?!  Or we’re buying books ‘online’ to read on itouches or kindles.  I watched these people in this bookstore pick up books and thumb through them like they were as precious as gold.  What a gift we have – first to be able to read this post and second to have access to all the knowledge in the world because of that.

I walked with Esther to get her more information about OMAfrica.  I found out she’d made a commitment to follow Christ early in her life after being brought up in a Christian family.  Her father died when she was young and her mother tried forcing her to get married at thirteen years old.  Esther, not wanting to follow in her families uneducated footsteps – was kicked out of home because she did not want to follow in her families uneducated footsteps and she got herself from the Liberian boarder all the way to capital, Freetown to stay with an older brother.  She then put herself through school winning scholarships and doing whatever it took to get money.  I’m not sure if prostitution can be ruled out.  All to follow her own dreams of becoming educated and becoming an accountant!  She exuded ‘the spirit of Esther’.  She showed me her Gideon New Testament bible and I felt to get her the whole bible.  Man, the look on her face when I gave it to her was amazing.  She knows her bible stories already… I can’t wait to see what God does through this 20 year old.  Maybe she’ll end up traveling the seas on an OM ship and seeing the world.  Maybe she’ll be a leader in Sierra Leone and  be a catalyst for change and help bring a corrupt nation back to God!

Over and out for the night.  Internet very sketchy tonight so I’m having trouble loading pics.  Check out my facebook here!

Arriving in Sierra Leone, Western Africa

Well! I’m in Sierra Leone, Western Africa. We landed last night at around 8pm. I flew the last leg – London to Freetown on BMI. It was a really fun flight. Everyone ‘congregated’ in the aisles talking and visiting with each other. VERY different to what’s even ‘allowed’ on US and AUS flights. I met other single ‘white’ chicks who were flying in to work on humanitarian projects as part of their US degrees.

Sarah A. Lanier talks in her book Foreign to Familiar: A guide to Understanding Hot and Cold-Climate Cultures about the ‘Hot Climate’ being relationship based and the ‘Cold Climate’ being task orientated.  So its funny how the luxury of ‘air conditioning’ has forced us indoors even in hot parts of the western world. I’m amazed at how many neighbours I didn’t know.  Over here, you drive through the villages and people are everywhere.  It’s actually pretty daunting.  People are staring everywhere… and if you catch their eye or say hello you’ll be shortly asked for money.

I was picked up from the airport and we headed towards Nyandehun (outside Waterloo).  You have to cross the Little Scarcies River on a ferry close to where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean.  That was a crazy experience.  An hour wait to get on… a little under an hour on it.  The boat owner invited us up to the ‘Presidential suite’.  So that was nice… and air conditioned!

Freetown FerrySo today I slept in and then we went to Bureh-Beach for a bit of a chilax.  It was lovely considering how hot and muggy it is.   For some reason I can’t get my pictures to upload just yet so I’m gonna sign out for the evening…

Blessings from Sierra Leone, Africa

On the way to Sierra Leone… how it happened!

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The story of how I ended up on this flight to Sierra Leone, Western Africa…
Ever since Mark Warren from Global Benefit made me watch the movie, Blood Diamond and getting to know ‘Robert and Ruth Searches’ who work with Living Waters International (LWI) in Sierra Leone I’ve felt a stirring in my heart to do something in this country. Unsure of what that looked like, my ears pricked up at every mention of the country.

You might remember a few years ago I had a ‘Party with a purpose’ and worked alongside ‘Global Benefit’ to raised money to restore a well in Africa. Turns out the village that received the water hadn’t had clean water in 30 years. Read more.
Early this year, Alabaster Box did a benefit concert with ‘The Chapel at Crosspoint’ in Buffalo, New York to raise funds for work being done in Sierra Leone. These guys along with Global Alliance group have a bunch of different work happening in the country and were planning trips over this summer. I thought maybe I was meant to join them.
A few months ago, the band I’ve been working with for six years, Alabaster Box, decided it was time to take at least a six month sabbatical. So I’ve excitedly been seeking God on what that means for me. Where would I work and what country would that be in. The only real clear sense I felt was that I needed to go to Sierra Leone on a short term trip. So I started pursuing options to go in June. The Alliance Group from Buffalo were planning on heading over on June 10. Looked perfect. I had flights booked to Australia July 2. So I thought I would spend the first week working with them and seeing the work they were doing and then the second week split and go visit Robert and Ruth to check out the work LWI and then travel back to the US alone. This seemed like a safe option… flying into a country I’ve never been too with people I knew…etc.

So with nothing yet concrete… the passion in my heart to go to Sierra Leone still burning I continue to ‘plan’ this trip and prayed the call was from the Lord. Not just my adventurous spirit and the thought of traveling to another country driving me.

Saturday almost three weeks ago, I was talking to a friend about my ‘possible adventures’ and we worked out we would possibly be able to connect when I flew home via Los Angeles late July. He ‘happened’ to be driving to Los Angeles. I had this crazy idea to see if he could fit two suitcase in his vehicle so I wouldn’t need to fly back to Nashville or cart three unnecessary bags to Africa! He thankfully let me!

Then Monday, I found out the Alliance group had to postpone their trip till July! I didn’t feel a peace that this was a close door. The timing and circumstances just all seemed right. I sent a text something like this to a couple of my girlfriends. “Trip to Sierra Leone in June has been postponed till July when I can’t go. Not sure if this is a closed door or God redirecting my steps and I’m meant to go alone”. I got two different responses – “Maybe God is shutting the door” and “I love how you’re not seeing this as a closed door”.

I’d being communicating with Ruth about coming the second week and really felt to see how they felt about me traveling alone and coming and spending the entire time with them. My fleece was if they gave me the green light and had no hesitations on me flying alone I would go and believe God for the funds. At that stage close to $800 dollars had come in and I was planning a ‘Party with a Purpose’ the following week to pray with friends and to try and raise the rest of the funds. (Airfare alone was over $2200) Auny Gill and Mandy DeSutter actually felt to organise the party for me. That day I had Auny calling me asking whether it was still happening! I couldn’t yet say…

Tuesday night I finally got an email from Ruth. She’d just got in from the field… it was really late at night there so it was short and sweet and basically said, “Come, we’ll pick you up from the airport. We’d love to have you! We’ll talk more soon!”

Wednesday I began researching flights and found a great deal with Flight Centre. (BTW they are a company that originated in Australia who will match any flights you find online and beat it by at least $10!) I also found out I needed to have a yellow fever shot and the flight itinerary to even get my visa and that it all needed to be FEDEX overnight the following day to even have a chance of getting it on time.

Thursday (two weeks before take off!) I booked a shots appointment in Smyrna, TN and bolted there. Got the yellow fever paperwork, filled in visa application and made it to the FEDEX office in Columbia TN, to overnight the visa application with 20mins to spare.

Friday I breathed a sigh of relief and then tried to comprehend what had just happened. I was on my way to Africa. A place I always imagined ‘missionary’s’ went too. When I was eight I remember surrendering my life to Jesus and to going wherever he sent me. The verses that called me Isaiah 6:8 – …I heard the voice of the Lord say, Whom shall I send? Who will go for me? Then said I ‘Here am I send me’. I always thought God had a sense of humour sending me to America!

So Sunday the ‘Party with a purpose’ happened at my house. What an incredible day. I am SO INCREDIBLY grateful and honoured to have so many dear friends. The time of prayer was so tangibly lead by the Holy Spirit. Different words, scriptures and prayers that were spoken were right on… actually beyond what I could imagine. It was so evident that I was meant to be heading to Sierra Leone.
Funds were raised above and beyond what I personally needed so I think we’ll get to see another well restored or money put towards another need that may come to my attention over there.

Some friends donated a small sound desk and microphones. This will be used to allow the gospel to be shared after the ‘Jesus film’ is shown. They may even be able to show this while I am there!

I am beyond excited… slightly daunted and unsure of all that will transpire in the next two weeks. But I am honoured that the Lord would allow me to go and I can’t wait to share with you what all happens. I absolutely would value your prayers and am so thankful for those who are already praying and fasting for this time. I am absolutely NOTHING without Christ. May more of him be shown and less of me!
Join me on this journey. I hope to blog as much as I can!

From O’hare Airport, Chicago

Where things are at…


Hey blog readers… thought I’d share more of an update on whats been going on lately in my world. This week has been pretty crazy checking in on the GMA’s… basically a week where every Christian artist, record label, booking agent, promoter… etc is in downtown Nashville hanging out. Highlights of my week… seeing Kiwi band ‘The Lads’ play (if you haven’t seen them for a while you should check them out… their target audience is now ‘tweens’ and they do a great job! They even made me ‘do actions’ on stage… so embarrassing!!!), running into Liam Renton from Brisbane’s 96.5 and hearing about all the great artists he’s smoozed his way in with to get interviews with, seeing awesome Irish band, Bluetree play… then tomorrow night I’m going to the “Lords Awards” as my mate, Brian Wurzell calls the ‘Dove awards’. Should be fun!

Band stuff
Alabaster Box are going good. This month and next have been the quietest months I think we’ve ever had in the bands touring history – apart from when Naarah was preggo. I think the economy crisis has really taken a toll on American churches which ultimately affects whether external ministry groups are brought in. June onwards however is possibly the busiest its ever been. For fun I plotted out our map of where we will travel this summer – MAP. Then there is a chance of a tour to Calgary, Canada too… that’s a LOOONG way from Nashville. They guys also just released their latest song to Aussie radio – Fearlessly Stumble. Hear it here.

Remember my party with a purpose last year? We raise money for wells for Sierra Leone… just the other day I got a call from our contact in New Hampshire who’d just received a call from a village in Sierra Leone where a well had just been fixed. The people were celebrating and rejoicing. Get this… this was the first time this village had had clean water in 30 years! Isn’t that just wrong!!! Makes me embarrassed to even just think of the water I’ve left undrunk in bottles of water or the times I’ve left the tap running too long. Spare a thought for Sierra Leone. It is currently listed as the poorest country in the world.

We are praying about this… but as a band Alabaster Box and I are considering going to Sierra Leone sometime. With knowlege comes responsibility. The need is so great. Feels almost impossible to turn a blind eye and disregard it. God has given us a voice and an audience… in light of the world we can make such a difference in an economy in Africa. Our partners in SL are Christians from Living Water International… so not only are they providing literal drinking water…. but water of life… Salvation.

Last week I shared this with a couple of friends… feeling a little stressed by my day I decided to go for a walk. Normally I run to clear my head… but today my legs were too sore (had this crazy thought to do lunges and squats at the gym the day before… seriously they are from the devil I can barely walk today!!!) So… I walked down to this little walk track behind our estate. As I got close to the bushland I could hear kids playing in a running creek. I never realised but there, just maybe 20 metres away from the track was a flowing creek! For me, it was like finding an oasis in the desert. Nothing more refreshing then hearing water rushing through a rocky creek bed – ok… maybe waves crashing on a beach… but in Tennessee that is NOT going to happen. I’m not sure if the creek is normally dry and that’s why I hadn’t noticed it before… but the thought occurred to me that so often we race through life and not stop and realise God is their revealing himself to us daily through his glorious creation… even if there are a few wait-a-while bushes trying to stop you from getting there along the way! It was a really sweet little adventure with God and me.

Have you stopped today to find some living water?
It’s such a precious time. Next week I’m flying home to Australia to take a little time off, enjoy the waves crashing on the beach and see my family (and work on an Aussie tour for Alabaster Box!). Very excited about that!

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Twestival: Twittering it up for clean water in Nashville


It’s a twitter thing… Twitter-er’s from over 175 different cities worldwide are hanging out this Thursday, Feb 12, for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water.

I feel like I’m always sharing about some charity or some organisation doing something… and I too agree it can get quite overwhelming how many non-for-profits are sprouting up and wanting support… during the most hard pressing economic season.

Add @twestival to keep posted.

I’ve done a little research on charity: water and they seem real legit guys. You can read about founder Scott Harrison’s story to make your own call.

Details and tickets available from here.
Twestival Nashville
February 12, 2009
5pm-8pm
Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar
411 Broadway

The Twestival is organized 100% by volunteers in cities around the world and 100% of the money raised from these events will go directly to support charity: water projects.

charity: water is a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations by funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need.

I love what Scott Harrison’s says

CHARITY:

For me, charity is practical. Sometimes easy, sometimes inconvenient, always necessary. It is the ability to use one’s position of influence, relative wealth and power to affect lives for the better. charity is singular and achievable.

There’s a biblical parable about a man beaten near death by robbers. Stripped naked, lying roadside – people pass him by, but one man stops. He picks him up and bandages his wounds. He puts him on his horse and walks alongside until they reach an inn. Checks him in and throws down his Amex. “Whatever he needs until he gets better.”

Because he could.

The dictionary defines charity as simply the act of voluntarily giving to those in need. The word comes from the latin “caritas,” or simply, love. In Colossians 3, the Bible instructs readers to “put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.”

Read Luke 10:30-37

I have people talk to me who are semi wary of all this hype relating to charity and non-for-profits. The major concern I’m hearing about is whether or not once people have access to better qualities of life (stuff we take for granted like clean water and food) do these people have access to the message of Jesus? Maybe maybe not. I have noticed that many of the American charities are actually ‘affiliated’ with ‘Christian’ organisations in Africa like Living Wells International… so yes… often aid is given in conjunction with the gospel.

However… just a thought… was the ‘good Samaritan’ physically told the gospel in this chapter? Do you think that this selfless giving was indeed an act of Jesus’ love that may have saved his physical life and possibly later lead to him inquiring of the true Saviour? Reality is no food or water = death. What’s your thoughts on this… I know I’ve only dabbled lightly…

Also let me know if you’ll join me at Twestival… I need a friend

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Money raised for wells in Sierra Leone…

Woohoo! I’ve found a moment to work out how much money was raised at my party… wait for it… $610! Thank you so much for your support of this incredible need in Sierra Leone. Every cent will go directly to Living Waters International. It’s so humbling to think how far the ‘American dollar’ (at this point anyway) can go to aid a third world country. Even if this is possibly the toughest time financially some of us have ever faced… we still have so much to be thankful for and we still have the capacity to give. Whatever happens… don’t let this economic crisis rob you from being able to give or serve others… however it may look.

Don’t forget to check out Global Benefit’s website. They are about partnering with YOU to transform culture. They want to provide the ‘not-for-profit organisation’ that enables you to raise finances or awareness for a need that you come across. So often our dreams can get shattered by how hard it is to set up these hugely challenging organisations. They partner with organisations such as Living Waters International who are already in countries making it all happen. They have the drilling rigs, relationships with countries and awareness of needs… they just need more exposure and support. Get it? I’m sure you’ll get more info about these different organisation in the next couple of months as we prepare to work with on a whole new level in 09.

Thanks again!

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