Monday, April 25, 2011
Faith Alive’s Spiritual Theme for April, “Interest of Others,” is from Philippians 2:3-4: "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others." (NIV)
Easter reminds us that Jesus laid down his life--literally--for the interests of others. Pastor Ben challenges us to consider how we might step out of the comfort and safety of our lifestyles to help others. He says, “We are proud of our colour, race, country, family, social status, natural endowment, financial statues, etc., so that the call to serve the lower classes has yielded little or no response.” Their stories and photos, he asserts, reach the ends of the earth to create good messages and sometimes to raise funds, but the poor are left largely untouched. “Oh God," prays Pastor Ben. "Bring back to us the lost love, zeal and commitment that will help us to serve better."
I can close my eyes and hear Dr. Ben's loud, powerful voice conclude by saying, "In the miiiightyyyy name of Jeeeesuuuuuss, Amen."
Friday, April 22, 2011
For those of you following the news (or not), Christians are happy that Goodluck Jonathan, incumbent President of Nigeria, won the Presidential election this month. While good for Nigeria's future, angry and extremist Muslims are torching homes, cars, churches, businesses and even people. Most of the damage and carnage has been in the northern states; at this time Jos seems to be spared much of the violence. As of today, I have only heard of one Faith Alive person (a woman who works closely with FANOL paste) whose family home and car were burnt in a northern state--Dr. Chris has not reported any loss of lives from the Faith Alive family. Please continue to pray, as there is still a gubernatorial election to be held in Jos.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
AN AFRICAN EVENING
FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN
Topic: EDUCATING ORPHANS,VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND GIRLS IN NIGERIA
Speaker: KATE CLEMENT, Founder & Headmistress of Elim Elementary School in Jos, Nigeria
Friday, April 29, 6:30-8:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church
531 S. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Free Admission, Nursery available for infants and toddlers
Light refreshments will be served
Contact Erika Nossokoff for more information or to reserve a spot for your child in the nursery, 970-229-0936 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(Photo courtesy of Cathy McDermott)
Monday, April 18, 2011
Well, actually it was a Christy wedding...but the photos I chose seem more like Cinderella's story. I first met Christy in 2008 when she cheerfully cooked for us at the Faith Alive guest house. As of last month, she has her own kitchen (I assume) where she prepares meals for her new husband, Lawrence. While I don't know her life story, I imagine that she's had her share of struggles. It's a joy to see her wrap transformed into a beautiful gown and her life into a world of possibilities.
On another note, Dr. Prince left a few days ago after a week of fun and education. Kate and I are headed today to visit Sally in Albuquerque--please pray for safe travel. I'll definitely post more about our visit, but want to get their permission first (and we're rushing to get on the road right now).
If you're in the northern Colorado area, we invite you to hear Kate's presentation on Friday, April 29 from 6:30-8 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 531 S. College in Fort Collins: Educating Orphans, Vulnerable Children and Girls in Nigeria.
Oh, I don't want to forget to mention that prayers for a safe election in Nigeria are being answered--keep 'em coming! It'll take some time to know the results in a country with about 150 million people and a paper ballot system.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
The next best thing to being in Nigeria is to have a bit of Nigeria in our home. Mark and I are so happy to host both Kate (Elim Elementary School's Headmistress) and Dr. Prince (formerly with Faith Alive Clinic), whose visits just happened to overlap. We have been praying for some time now that Kate will be granted a U.S. visa (very difficult for Nigerians to get), and God has answered our prayers. She hopes to meet all of the wonderful people who donate to or sponsor orphans and vulnerable students at Elim. If you're in the northern Colorado area, please plan to hear her presentation about Educating Orphans, Vulnerable Children and Girls in Africa (April 29 at 6:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 531 S. College Avenue). Dr. Prince is here to advance his career by attending an American conference about treating HIV. Both Kate and Dr. Prince started volunteering at Faith Alive in its early years, and have nothing but praise to God for His faithfulness.
The snap is from church this morning, although my favorite part of the day was the early morning singing, praying, and devotion that we shared around our kitchen table. Hearing their Nigerian accents and feeling their strong faith, I closed my eyes and imagined being at Faith Alive...until I realized that it is more than a place. It is an international family.
Monday, April 4, 2011
This post is for you in Nigeria who know and love Mollie. Guess what this snap is? It is a scan of Mollie's third baby!
For those of you who don't know her, she's a dear friend in Fort Collins who went with me to Faith Alive in 2009. I teased her that her clothes hanging to dry looked as small as doll clothes, which is why I affectionately call her Mollie Dollie. Anyway, her stature doesn't match the size of her generous heart and joyful attitude. She's one of the biggest Faith Alive supporters, and obviously quite fertile. Congratuations to Mollie, her husband Rob, and her two adorable children, Kelty and Keen.
(Click here to see what Mollie looks like when she's pregnant--same as last time, but not that big yet.)