Archive for September, 2008

September 26, 2008

Interested in Saving a Child From Malnutrition?


International Medical Corps has been matched to one of the Top 25 in American Express’ Members Projects, ‘Saving the Lives of Malnourished Children.’

Chosen out of 1,190 projects, “Saving the Lives of Malnourished Children” is now eligible to receive up to $1.5 million in funding. The project with the most votes receives $1.5 million, 2nd receives $500,000, 3rd $300,000, and 4th and 5th $100,000. The funding – made possible by your votes – would bring a vital lifeline to hungry and malnourished children around the world. 

They need your help between now and September 29th. Voting is easy and doesn’t cost a thing! In just a click, you can save the lives of thousands of malnourished children. Click here to vote:

I checked their website and they do a lot of work. Their areas of focus are Africa, Asia, Middle East and Caucasus and parts of North America. They really are doing a magnificent job.

Hunger and malnutrition kill more people in the world than HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. As food prices rise, this funding is even more critical. More people are being driven deeper into poverty trying to afford basic staples. Many have nothing to eat at all. Your vote makes it possible for fewer young lives to be lost because they do not have enough to eat.

Getting the word out to your friends and family makes a huge difference! Forward this link to a friend and you bring us that much closer to the $1.5 million to help malnourished children around the world!

To find out more about International Medical Corps, check their website – www.imcwordwide.com.

September 25, 2008

A Blog Award


I just got awarded by Sincerae of The Icthys Returns.

I ‘met’ Sincerae a few months ago through blogging and we later met up at facebook; she has been an encouragement to me. She’s one of those whose spirit is like a sweet fragrance that wafts up into cyberspace. This award has been a delightful surprise. Thank you so much Sincerae.

She also tagged me, but I’ll have to do that another time.

There is one person I’d like to give this award to; I love so many blogs, but this one is special – Doug from Heart to Heart. His writing speaks to the heart as he writes about life and practical stuff, which anyone can relate to… Check him out if you can. Hey, he even had me over as a guest blogger!

P.S. If you have left me a comment, I will reply you I promise. Things have just been crazy but I will make time to catch up with everyone.

September 23, 2008

10 Things I’m Thankful For


This is a list of 10 things I’m thankful for…

  1. Life. It is a privilege to wake up each morning, alive and healthy!
  2. Family. My flat is still undergoing renovations so I am still living in the family house. While it is driving me crazy, I’m glad I still have my family to enjoy.
  3. My Sweetheart. He came to spend a week with my family and it was a lovely time especially as I’d been missing him terribly.
  4. Green Pastures. We are expecting some guests today…a group of missionaries. It’s going to be more work for me, but it is good work; catering to the needs of missionaries and making money out of it. (Well, we will soon start making money).
  5. Sisters’ Fellowship. There’s one where I live and it is fun and illuminating getting these women’s divergent takes on the word of God. I went yesterday and I was glad I did.
  6. The Word. At the Sisters’ Fellowship, we read from Judges 1 (it was a Bible Study) and I learnt that God sometimes doesn’t answer the way we expect him to… That was from verse 1 & 2 when instead of picking out one leader to lead the Israelites into battle, he picked a whole tribe. It is good to be open to the Lord’s leading, however it may come. And that was a good lesson.
  7. Friends. My best friend is spending some time with me. It is good because I was feeling lonely; I haven’t lived at home in ages and almost all my friends have moved away.
  8. God’s Handiwork. When my sweetheart was around, we took several long walks and were able to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation. I live in a valley of sorts surrounded by rocky mountains. Everything was so green and beautiful… we even saw the end of the rainbow! It was in front of one of those mountains so we knew it was the end. Unfortunately it was also on private property so we could not go dig.
  9. Gloria. That’s the family parrot. She’s a whistling one. For months now, she’s been nibbling on her cage until she finally made an opening big enough for her to creep out of. She did that a couple of
    Gloria

    Gloria

    days ago and hid behind the fridge so no one could get to her. Finally, my brothers moved it and got her back into the cage. By the next morning the same thing happened – Gloria was out. So my mum found her and put her back in the cage. But instead of returning the cage to the perch where it was before, she put it on the floor and left the door open. Funny enough, Gloria still forced her way out through that opening and then immediately went back in through the open door. The door is still open, but there she is in the cage. I learnt a lot from that…no matter how often I force myself out of God’s will or his plan for my life, the door is always open… to welcome me right back.

  10. Baking. Yep. I took up baking…pies actually. And commercially too. I made the first batch on Saturday and will start kneading the dough for the next today. Oh and it’s all manual too – all except the oven that is.

It has been an exciting week. Tiring but exciting. It is nice going to bed each day very tired and waking up feeling refreshed. I had a difficult worker, always complaining about one thing or the other. At Green Pastures, we were three of us; Lola and I and this other girl. But Lola had gone back to school so I was left with this girl who just didn’t want to do anything! So I started praying for her. And would you know it, her energy positively exhausts me! I can leave her alone to work without any fear; she never needs to be told anything more than once. It is a miracle and I can’t thank God enough.

If you would like to participate in this meme, go on over to Jill Brownstone’s blog and link up. Have a lovely week ahead!

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September 17, 2008

I’ll soon be back


No, I have not travelled. It’s just that I’ve been inundated with work. Sometimes I think maybe I’m in over my head…we are seriously short staffed at Green Pastures but we just have to make things work, regardless. We are expecting 16 guests next week and we have to get ready for them. It’s funny, I prayed for more patronage and here I am…swamped. Be careful what you pray for hmmm…

So I probably will not be posting much here for a while anyway. I’ll miss all my blogging friends… I’ll try and sneak a post from time to time.

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September 14, 2008

All I Need – Cafe Chat


If you were deserted on an island for 1 year with absolutely no connection to the outside world (not even one person), what 3 things would you bring with you?

This is the question for this week’s cafe chat. I did not have to think about it – not really.

  1. My Bible: This choice is not for any holy or pious reason…There were times when the words and promises from the Bible were the only things that kept me going. For the sake of my sanity (1year without any contact whatsoever…no internet!!!!!!!!) I will need my Bible. I will need to keep reminding myself that God has said he will never fail me and will never abandon me (Hebrews 13:5b NLT). When it becomes dark and I start to get scared because I don’t know what wild and exotic animals are lurking around, then I’ll need to tell my heart that even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid because [HE] is with me…[HE] protects and comforts me. The Bible for me, is more than just something to read, or something I’ll take along to make me feel like a good christian, it is LIFE.My Sanity
  2. A Giant Notebook: If I can’t write, I’m not sure I want to breathe. It seems extreme, but that is how I feel. I’ve been writing stories since I was 6 years old. I started keeping a journal when I was 12 and I still keep one. It is essential for me to be able to record my thoughts, my observations… And with one year on my side… who knows, I could write several bestsellers!  
  3. A Jumbo Sized, Extra Looong Pencil: For the same reason above, I’ll need something to write with. If I take a pen, the ink might finish so I’ll take a pencil with me. And don’t worry about sharpening the pencil, I live in a developing nation…we have ways of keeping the tip of a pencil sharp without a sharpener. Necessity will become the mother of my invention.

I can’t wait to read what others have written. . . if you would like to read different takes on this question, head over to www.internetcafedevotions.com. Bye for now.

September 11, 2008

People Management or Missions (For Monday)


For one reason or the other, I was unable to post my Mission 4 Monday even though I’d worked on it. It is amazing how a little management can bring outstanding results. Just the other day, my mum complained about the people working with her; she said she knew that if properly managed, it was possible to get the best out of people. I replied offhandedly, that folks went to school to study how to manage people. That week, I got an opportunity to be part of a management process.

I live on a missions base and everyone (except guests) has to do some chore or the other. well, there is this young lady living with my parents, we’ll call her Lola for ease of reference. Lola is the product of a dysfunctional home in Lagos, Nigeria. Her parents were separated right from when she was a little girl. The father took another woman to live with him and kept the children in an absive environment elsewhere. Lola later ran away and went looking for her mother who was hawking fruits at traffic hold up points in Lagos.

This was not enough to support the both of them. Lola soon dropped out of school and took to the streets; she became a commercial sex worker. It wasn’t long before she left home and was missing for four years. It was during one of his many travels that my dad came across this girl.

She was street working in Cotonou in the Republic of Benin, taken there by child traffickers en route to Italy. While there, she had heard about Jesus and gave her life to Him. She became a child of God and was struggling to live a decent life. This was not easy for a girl with little qualification and she could not go back home…there wasn’t really any home to go to. So my dad brought her back home with him, offering her the opportunity to return to school. She spends her holidays with them.

Young people find it really hard to live under authority and it was even harder for Lola who had lived several years without anyone to account to. So when I got home, I discovered that my mum had been having trouble with her. She would always find a way to avoid any kind of work and shirked all her chores. The thing about this girl is that she’s stronger than most, is easy going, good humoured and sweet tempered. She also loves to eat. She regularly out eats both my brothers and I combined. My mum was beginning to despair; the girl was just too lazy! Or so we thought.

At Green Pastures, we are terribly short staffed so I asked Lola to help out in the Kitchen and with the guests. Oh boy! The transformation was remarkable. She worked hard with everything in her…and with a cheerful demeanour too. Lola has been a Godsend to me. She is a very charming young lady and has extended this to the guests. Her love of people met with her love for food to produce a hard working and dedicated young woman. Just goes to show that some people are not really lazy, they just need to do the work they love.

At Green Pastures we try to create an environment where people can feel at home and as they get to know God, re-discover who they were meant to be with him. I think Lola has commenced that journey.

For more Missions, check Peggy’s blog at http://mazmagi.blogspot.com. We have a very interesting guest staying with us at Green Pastures, she works among sex workers in a west African country…I will see if she is ammenable to an interview or a write up; if she is, I’ll share that on Missions 4 Monday. Have a lovely weekend!

P. S. Below are pictures from Green Pastures and it’s surroundings…

An open invitation to dinner...

An open invitation to dinner...

 

A lovely evening for a walk

A lovely evening for a walk