LET IT SHINE Giving back at Thanksgiving and Christmas

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I remember as I walked through the compounds of Grand Goave’s Lifeline Christian Mission, I walked past a small little boy who was eating a simple rice and bean meal provided to him by Lifeline’s school. The meal was watered down in efforts to increase the portion size and fill the belly.  The boy was sitting on a half-wall next to his friend, donning the Lifeline uniform and playfully giggling with his friend as they shared lunchtime together.  In a world of instability and poverty, this lunchtime meal was something reliable.  Many kids on campus receive the same meal and portion size but purposely only eat part of the meal so that they can take back the rest of the food to their families.  Food is scarce; it’s not always guaranteed.  Hunger is the constant, the reliable, the feeling and misfortune they are accustomed to.

The innocence and playfulness of the sweet little boy caught my attention.  As I began to pass him in my stroll, I bantered making a “Mmmm” sound, pretending I was eating with him.  Without hesitation, the little boy stuck out his spoon, offering me a bite of his only meal.  My heart simultaneously overflowed and broke as I realized the pure generosity and trust this boy offered to me, a mere passerby.  He was wiling to share his meal with me, a stranger, a well-fed American.  I will never forget the beauty and weight of sacredness in that moment.  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”  Matthew 5:8.

I struggle to share my fries or a split half a decadent slice of chocolate cake.  I can’t imagine sharing the only meal I had for the day especially with a stranger.  That boy pointed me towards the heart of Christ because he modeled Jesus to me—he gave without hesitation, he loved without cause.   It was a challenge to my own heart. “Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.”  Ephesians 5:2 (MSG)Solar Panel Collages4

Haiti has had a very challenging year, yet much of this remains out of the news.  Millions of dollars worth of petro funds have been “lost” by the government which has created a tremendous fuel shortage.  Riots, violence, and killings have ensued as the Opposition (Haitian civilians taking a stand) are seeking to get the government’s attention and ultimately overthrow the current president who they believe is responsible for the lost money.  Because of this, streets have been full of violent blockades and inflation has spiked.  It has made it very challenging for the Haitian children at Lifeline to get their steady source of food, since the schools have been on hiatus due to the violence.  Additionally, since there is such a fuel crisis hospital/clinics, the Children’s Home and the Lifeline compound have very limited fuel to run the generators that provide electricity and running water to these facilities.

This is where Lifeline needs your help.  First, please pray for Haiti—for the unrest to stop and for peaceful positive change.  There is a long oppressive history between the government and the people.  The people are desperately crying out for change even at the cost of their own lives.  Please pray for salvation of souls and the protection of the children.  Secondly, join the Let it Shine Initiative this Christmas.  “If the campuses at Grand-Goâve and Port-au-Prince had solar panels, they would not be relying on fuel for powerThe solar panels would provide power for the water pump, the administration offices, the clinic, the children’s home, and the mission houses. Installing the solar panels would also employ local Haitians, as we aim to get as many pieces sourced from Haiti as possible.” 1.  Notify your work, create an awareness group, gather your coworkers, show your church…if we could get 18 groups to donate $1000, then we would exceed our goal and play a part of bringing peace to the chaos in Haiti.  Please share this with others.  If you personally would like to contribute visit:

http://lifeline.org/advocacy/campaign/141004/solar-panels-for-haiti-4

If you need more help or information on how to bring the initiative to your church, please contact me at Rebecca.Mills@Lifeline.org.

 

 

1(https://lifeline.org/project-detail/solar-panels-for-haiti)

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