Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Where to give: Part 2
Note the black screen when you arrived. Today I am participating in SOPA Blackout to protest the new proposed SOPA laws based on the broad and encompassing language of the bills that could cause more damage than good. If you want to know more about it, read here.
However, I couldn't not post this today because I thought it was pretty important.
Friday (the 6th), I wrote this post. However, my usual link to social media sending thing wasn't working. So ONE person read it! Normally, I would be all upset about that, but I'm not. I am taking that as a sign, that I do need to talk more about these companies and a few others. So I'm going to do a short series on Wednesdays about where you can give to make a big difference.
If you know of a company or organization that I need to feature, please comment or email me.
Earlier in the series: Child Sponsorship
In Part 1, we discussed child sponsorship. This is a pretty direct way to have a big impact on the lives of children. However it is not the only one. There are tons of missionaries around the world serving in many different countries. They are impacting the lives of these people for Jesus and they need your help! Part of the amazing impact these people have is their ability to focus their entire lives on these people they are serving. How do they do that? By YOU providing their salary. By YOU praying for them. By YOU gifting things to them. By YOU encouraging them. So below is a list of some missionaries that I know, where they serve, and what they do. (There is every possibility that I am wrong about some of what they do. So double check whatever I said and go ask them. PLEASE go read their blogs because I really suck at trying to explain it.)
Anna Smith - Taiwan. Anna is teaching English, leading Bible studies, and discipling the people of Taiwan. You can read about her work here.
The Parker Family - Thailand. Matt and Laura direct a short term missions agency, fight human trafficking, and work with a children's home. You can read about it here. They also have 2 girls and 1 boy.
Jaime and Steve Wright - Costa Rica. Steve is a coach and a player on a Costa Rican football team. Jaime is a pretty popular blogger who will hopefully soon get a book deal. Their main job is with International Teams. They are also parents to 3 boys. The original amount of time they signed up for is coming to a close and are searching for God's will about what to do next. Read Steve's post here and see how you can help. Read Jaime's post here.
Nicole Schara - Nicole is serving with Katie in Albania. She is discipling young women and starting an anti-trafficking program. See what she had to say about it.
Katie Hawkins - Katie is serving Albania and Europe as a media specialist. She is helping the missionaries in Europe get their story back to their supporters in the US in a new and modern way. She is also discipling young women in Albania. Hear what she has to say about it.
Kristen Paulick - Cambodia. She has a beautiful heart for the people of Cambodia, ALL of them. She wants to see the women freed from sex trafficking. She wants to see the children in a loving family. She wants to see the men free from the addiction that is destroying them. Read about it here.
Jeff McQueary - Costa Rica. He works with youth groups from the United States that come to Costa Rica and then the group from Costa Rica goes with the US group to another place to serve. I'm doing a really bad job of explaining it. He will explain it better. Read this. He and his wife have 3 boys as well.
I know there are lots more than the ones I have listed. However, these are the ones who have a blog that I follow. Maybe there is a missionary or missionaries that your church supports. Find out and you can follow some of the suggestions I'm going to give you for that person or persons.
1. Obviously, you can give money. That always helps. It may not seem like you have much to give and maybe it doesn't seem like that will impact people much, but it will. Read this post by Jeff for a better explanation than I am giving you.
2. You can pray for them. Now you are thinking, "Yeah that is what they always say." But I mean really everyday pray for them. Pray for the country they are serving. Ask them if there is a newsletter or any specific people to pray for. Nicole and Katie have a weekly prayer list they send me of specific people to pray for and why. It makes such a difference having a name to pray for. Pray for them to have the right opportunities. Pray for their language ability. Pray for them to connect to the people they meet. The list can go on and on.
3. An amazing thing that my blogger friend, Kim, gave some missionaries is to send gift boxes to their kids. If they don't have kids or even if they do, send them a box of goodies. Contact them, find out what they like, and send them that stuff. Everyone loves getting mail and I imagine that getting mail as a missionary is really exciting!
4. Encourage them!!! Follow their blogs and comment on them. Follow them on Twitter and encourage them. Get their address and send them cards or letters of encouragement. Pray for them and then tell them you are praying for them. They do hard work and don't get a lot of feedback from it. They deserve your encouragement.