Giving Joy This Christmas

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Give yourself the joy of giving this Christmas!

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love to give and it is the season of good tidings and great joy.

All across America we see organizations who gather to bring food and gifts to the less fortunate, but in India and Pakistan I do not know of any.

Christmas at the orphanage in India is a special time to gather for a meal with the widows and their children. Praveen and his family cook a meal for everyone and give gifts of clothing, hygene products, and tiffin boxes for school. It is a joyous time for the children because they do not receive gifts throughout the year as other children do. The children share their talents by performing song and dance, and they share the story of the birth of Christ.There are over 50 children who attend along with other needy elderly and widows. Please consider donating to this celebration. Please share the need with others who enjoy giving to spreed Christmas cheer.

In Pakistan Jamil is also gathering with area children who are in need. Jamil and his family give gifts of food, clothing, and toys to the children who attend their Christmas celebration. Jamil has contacted me and relayed he would need $100.00 to reach their goal for the Christmas celebration. Please consider donating to his cause.

I hope you all have a Christmas filled with happiness and warmth. I pray you will gather with others and share the gift of love. It is the one gift we can all give that would cost us nothing, yet is the greatest gift of all!

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L.A. Marzulli Losses His Home To Fire

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There has been much devastation in the several fires that have swept through California.

There is a heavy burden on many as they attempt to start over with only the clothing on their backs. L.A. Marzulli is an author and speaker in the ministry. While he was away at a speaking engagement his family home was lost.

I ask that you please share his Go Fund Me link on your social media.

I pray that all that have suffered loss will find restoration, and all who have lost loved ones will be comforted.

Thank you. 🙂

Wedding Bells And Blessings!

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Hi everyone! I am here to share the good news from India and hope you enjoy the heartfelt thanks to those who have given to the cause!

First I will share the good news of Harshitha.Harshitha

Harshitha came to live with Praveen and his family as a young girl, and they raised her well. Praveen has shared the news of her wedding celebration in their home. Children grow so quickly, it seems like just yesterday she was graduating.

Praveen also shared the news of the children and widows. Praveen and his family attempt to give monthly support to the widows in their church who struggle with daily needs. Praveen was also happy that he could provide the children with toothbrushes and paste. It brings great joy to help others in need and to see a child you have raised start a new life of independence. This is one more child rescued from the streets of India, and this is a great blessing.

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The One Common Thing All Happy People Absolutely Do

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Guest post by Joshua Infantado founder of Becoming Christians

Have you seen people who are just so happy? When you see these people, it seems that they are just glowing with energy, life, and hope.

Now, you might wonder what makes these people happy.

Do you know that there’s one common thing that all happy people do? This one thing is something that is indispensable in their lives. In fact, I would venture to say that without doing this one thing, happiness would never last. You might be happy for some time, but it will wane after a few days or weeks because this one thing is neglected.

Do you want to know what this one thing is? Let me tell you. The one common thing ALL happy people do is to give.

Yes, you read that right. How can such as simple four-letter word help you achieve not just happiness, but also joy in your heart?

Let me explain.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life (Galatians 6:7-8).

This is one of the most important universal and spiritual laws that you should always remember: YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

Now, why am I telling you this? It is because when you give, you are sowing happiness. You are sowing goodness. You are sowing blessings.

Giving is such a remarkable act of kindness that has a unique way of making the giver happier than the receiver.

That’s why it is not difficult to see why Christ said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

If you really want to be happy, make other people happy. You can give not just money, but also your talent, knowledge, time, and energy. When you make other people happy, happiness will eventually find its way back to you!

There’s no doubt: the happiest people on earth are the most generous people. The best thing about being generous is that you will never run out of blessings to share.

Notice what the wisest human king of Israel mentioned:

There is one who scatters, yet increases more;
And there is one who withholds more than is right,
But it leads to poverty.
THE GENEROUS SOUL WILL BE MADE RICH,
And he who waters will also be watered himself (Proverbs 11:24-25).

Well, human nature will tell us otherwise. It will never agree that giving leads to happiness. When we look at our society today, they are geared towards the way of getting rather than the way of giving.

They thought that having more will make them happy. Thus, they spend their whole life chasing the wrong stuff and filling their hearts with material things. However, by the end of the day, they still feel empty.

No wonder we see a miserable and sad world!

Don’t fall into the trap of believing that the more you have, the happier you’ll become. God shows us how to be happy, joyful, and blessed. We can only achieve that by giving ourselves to others and serving them.

So if you want to be happy, give. It is one of the best investments you’ll make in your life!

Author Bio:

Joshua Infantado is the founder of Becoming Christians, a website dedicated to helping people live a life pleasing to God. He currently lives in Davao City with His wife, Victoria and son, Caleb. Visit his website and get a chance to download his free eBook, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Christians.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go Fund What?

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Wise giving is a true investment! 

I am sure you have read the story that went viral.. Johnny Bobbitt a homeless man from Philly who stopped to help a woman who ran out of gas. Johnny walked several blocks and spent his last $20 to bring Katelyn McClure some gasoline. It was a feel good story that didn’t have such a happy ending. Katelyn McClure and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico were so grateful for Johnny’s selfless act, that they struck up a  friendship in the day’s that followed. Katelyn found Johnny at the same intersection where she ran out of gas, and would bring him food and gift cards. Katelyn and Mark then went on to start a Go Fund Me page to reward Johnny for what he had done. Sadly when the money started rolling in to the tune of over 400,000 the friendship between the trio took a turn south.

Johnny Bobbitt claims the couple did not give him all the money they collected from donors. Further research shows that instead of buying Johnny a home and his dream truck, the couple instead bought him a camper that he parked on their property. The money they did give Johnny he spent helping friends, and admitted to spending some on drugs. In the end a judge ordered the couple Katelyn McClure and Mark D’Amico to return the remainder of the money to Johnny Bobbitt, but all the money was gone.. The couple it seems spent half the money they had collected.. In their defense on the issue they claimed Johnny was using the money for drugs, and not being responsible with the money they gave him.

Go Fund Me has been a good place for a man and his money to be soon departed.. Among many great causes by honest people, there is a ration of scams and really ridiculous pleas for money, such as”buy me some beer”.

I realize GFM can not keep everyone in check, but after reading the number of people who reported fraudulent campaigns that were ignored, it disturbs me.

A popular blog named Go Fraud Me has compiled many of the shady campaigns.  Although they use some colorful language.. I feel it is good to raise awareness.

Back in the day it was hard to raise money for a legitimate cause, it took many months of bake sales, bottle drives, and spaghetti dinners. With today’s social media anyone can ask for money and prey on the hearts of people along with slipping their fingers into your wallet.. Weather people believe it or not, we all have to answer for what we have done in life. The love of money can sear the conscience, and lies to get it leaves good people feeling duped and let down. A word of wisdom, honesty is always the best policy.

Love Is Here

  Offering a home..

Providing knowledge for a brighter future..

Teaching moral values while they are young.. 

Not forsaking orphans and widows..

Feeding the hungry..

Gifts of kindness..

Nurturing strengths and talents..

Counseling for broken hearts and inner wounds..

I am thankful to those who have given to the India Home.. You help love grow 🙂

 

 

 

Pastor Yatham No Longer With Us

 

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It is with a heavy heart I write that I received an email from Sunil Yatham, son of Jeevaratnam Yatham, to inform me he passed away in his sleep June 26, 2018.

Readers may remember Pastor Yatham in my updates for India outreach , with Rural Global Gospel Mission. Pastor Yatham’s widow Esther, and family ask for prayer.

My heart grieves, yet I know he is with the Lord. His heart was for missions, and sharing the gospel. He was always asking for Bibles and tracts to share with the lost souls of India. There is comfort for those who mourn in God’s word.

Philippians 1:23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

Revelation 21 3-5 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”  Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

Pastor Yatham will be missed..

This is a great reminder that life is short, and it is my hope your future is secure. If you have not ever considered what happens after death, please know it is something that needs to be on top of your bucket list..

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The Bible tells us how to have everlasting life, although we die.. we are alive!

Romans 10:9-10 If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

 

 

 

Smiles Across The Miles!

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Update From India and Pakistan

I would like to thank those who give to the children, your help is greatly appreciated!

The children of India are back to school, and enjoy their studies. They do not have an iPhone or gaming consoles, so their time is spent forever learning and playing!

The weather in India has been threatening, dust storms, heavy rain, and wind. The children have been blessed without sickness so far.

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Praveen and the family, have been helping children of widows, and making a difference! Educating and sharing Bible stories with them. Your help has enabled him to offer them snacks, soaps, and tooth brushes. This is something they truly enjoy receiving. When he is able, he also helps area widows who are in need. He would like to do more, but the home children must come first.

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In Pakistan, Jamil is also caring for children who had no home. They are back to school, and in need of supplies, and clothing. Jamil rents a space to home school a number of children who are poor or orphans.

It is difficult in many country’s to care for children, because there is no government aid. There are government orphanages, but they lack the bonding and love that they can receive from having a home to call their own.

It is my hope that this children’s charity will grow.. I do not have the means for a charity coordinator, or methods used to grow. I ask that you share with friends and family who have an interest in children’s aid.  I appreciate the ladies who have been such a great help from the beginning. I pray you will be blessed for your cheerful giving.

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Mudlarks

Mudlarks: By Anna Waldherr of A Lawyers Prayers

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Photo: Poverty in India (CC0 Public Domain)

“Mudlarks” was a 19th Century term for street children who survived by scavenging amid the mud along the River Thames.  A British film titled The Mudlark (1950) told the fictional tale of how one such child – a boy named Wheeler – supposedly found his way into Queen Victoria’s presence [1].

The speech below is attributed to Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in the film.  In view of prevailing conditions today, the words retain their poignancy and power.

Some 15 million children still live in poverty in the United States, a billion worldwide [2][3].  Two million children die annually from preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia because of a lack of basic medical care.  Over 44 million have been aborted legally in the United States alone [4][5].

“The House of Commons may be a strange place to discuss the conduct of a mudlark. …

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The Heart Of A Father

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The love of a child can melt even the strongest of men

Happy Fathers day to all the men in the world who have been dedicated to their children.. You never know the potential inside a mini you! Lead by example, because they are always watching.. Forever learning, wanting to be just like dad. For the soldiers who long to tuck their children in bed at night.. For the aching in their hearts to hold their loved ones tight.. You are a hero in their eyes, and ours. Thank you for your service.