A Wedding, A Retreat, and Compassion

What do a wedding, a retreat, and Compassion all have in common? If you said that all three are things in which my heart is deeply engaged, you would be right!

 

A Wedding, A Retreat, and Compassion

 

Cue the Wedding March!!!! Our son is getting married on June 23rd…in Texas. Needless to say, things are a bit busy at our house right now. Planning the groom’s part of the wedding from several hundred miles away is a bit of a challenge, but I think we have managed it. Our entire family will be traveling to Texas for the wedding and it will be good to have everyone together once again. We had one family wedding a few weeks ago when my husband’s sister’s son got married one county over from us. Our son and his fiancee’ came home from Texas for the wedding, as did our girlie and her beau. This mama’s heart was so happy to have all her chicks in the nest for 24 hours. Here is a slightly blurry picture from that wonderful day!

 

 

 

It never fails! When the Lord calls me to prepare a message for an event at which I am to speak, He works that message in and through me long before I ever stand before an audience to share it. As I am studying and preparing the messages for the September Come Away {retreat} for women, God is tenderly reminding me of His love, care, and detailed planning of my life.

I have sat beside Ruth and Naomi as they mourn their husbands/sons. We have journeyed out of Moab and back into Judah and seen God richly provide a kinsman-redeemer for Ruth and Naomi. I might have cried a tear or two when God gently reminded me that He did not cease being a ‘With-Me-Kind-Of-God’ when the penning of Holy Writ was completed. He is always with me, always working out the circumstances of my life for my good and His glory. I am so eager to share this and other messages at Come Away in just a few months.

Are you planning to join me at Come Away? Sister, what fun it would be to have you there! Click HERE for more information about the retreat. Click HERE to read how Come Away changed one woman’s life.

The other tender spot in my heart is for children who live in poverty around the world. As you may recall, I am an Ambassador for Compassion International. As such, I have the capability to share the Compassion message at churches, retreats, ministry events, fairs, festivals, etc. Has the Lord given you an interest in hosting a Compassion event at your church or in your community?  Hosting a Compassion event is so easy and it is FREE to the person or organization hosting. Gosh, I would love to speak with you about it. Email me at info@leahadams.org and let me know you would like to learn more about releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

Want to sponsor a child yourself? It is such a Jesus-kind of thing to do because He cared so deeply for the poor. Children who are sponsored through Compassion not only are able to get an education and learn a trade, get medical care and nutritional support, they are mentored through a local evangelical church in their community and taught about JESUS. Click the Compassion picture in my website sidebar, or if you are reading this via email, click HERE to see the faces of beautiful children who are waiting for someone like you to  change their lives.

Dear reader, this little space may be quiet for a couple of weeks as we are doing wedding things, but that will not mean that I have forgotten about you. No! You are so important to me. I love sharing my heart with you, AND I love hearing from you. Your comments bless me so. Your emails, that slip right into my inbox, are sweetness to my heart. So, even though you may not hear from me for a couple of weeks, I would adore hearing from you.

SDG/FCA!!

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When God Changes Your Ministry ‘Want-to’

Hello there!

I know it has been a few weeks since I posted here, but honestly, I have not been sure how to assign words to what I have been feeling and experiencing. What the Lord has been doing in my heart and ministry literally has me slack-jawed. So, today I want to attempt to tap out my heart.

 

When God Changes Your Ministry Want-to

 

 

As you might know from THIS post and THIS post I have the privilege and joy of serving as an Ambassador for Compassion International. In that role I share the mission and vision of Compassion and encourage people like you and me to sponsor children and release them from poverty in the name of our Jesus. My dear friend, Karen, who is employed by Compassion International, invited me to be part of her Ambassador speaker team in December and it took me about a half a second to say “YES” to that invitation.

In December I set a goal of finding 25 sponsors for 25 children in poverty over the course of 6 months. I realized that if I was able to accomplish that goal it would be because the Lord worked in the hearts of people, not because of anything I would say or do. Sometimes, I believe the Lord just looks at a situation and says, “Step back and watch me work.”

I have shared Compassion at five different events over the past two months. Some events had 5 people at them, while others, like Compassion Sunday at my church, had 300 in attendance. At each event I had the privilege to speak and tell about the children I sponsor through Compassion and what a blessing sponsorship is to me, as well as the ins and outs of sponsorship in general. I am so excited to share that over 30 children have been sponsored in two months. Thirty lives changed. Thirty families given new hope. Thank you to each new sponsor!!

When a child is sponsored they gain access to education and medical care that they would not have been privy to otherwise. They are taught a work skill that can help them earn money to support themselves and their families. So many children in poverty are preyed upon by those who bind them up in sex trafficking and child labor. So for a child to have a usable skill with which to make money is HUUUUUGE! A sponsored child is connected with a local evangelical church in their community where they hear about Jesus and are engaged in Christian mentoring. AMAZING!!!!

Y’all, I am nearly face to the floor over the fact that I get to play a small part in changing the life of children who live in hopelessness and poverty….AND, I get to do it by functioning in my ‘sweet spot’ which is public speaking.

It has been quite a while since I spoke publicly in ministry, and honestly, I thought perhaps those days were behind me. I love doing small group ministry via Tasting Grace and would be content if that were where the Lord had me for the rest of my useful days. Yet, He is graciously giving me the opportunity to speak again.

You know what else? I’m in such a good place because for the first time in the 10 years I have been in ministry I have zero desire to strive for a bigger platform for myself. The constant grasping for more friends, followers, comments, tweets, and pins is draining on the soul, and I am done with it. Please know that I’m not casting dispersions at other who do it. I’m just saying it isn’t for me any longer. My heart is so satisfied with mentoring via Tasting Grace and the Come Away Retreat, as well as sharing the message of Compassion children and the opportunity that sponsorship gives them to meet Jesus and be released from poverty. God has truly changed my ‘ministry want-to’, and I couldn’t be happier and more content with the whole thing!

With that said, if God sees fit to plop this Georgia red-neck on a big stage to share about Compassion, I will not say ‘no’, but it has to be His doing, not mine. This whole Compassion gig is His doing, start to finish. So thank you, Lord, for trusting me with your work. I’m humbled. I’m honored, and I’m as excited as a teenager with her first prom invitation from the cutest guy in the school.

 

It would be the delight of my day to come share Compassion with your church or group. There is no cost to your group for me to come and I provide everything that is needed. Email me at info@leahadams.org for more info.

Are you feeling the nudge from the Lord to sponsor a child? If so, go HERE to see some precious faces who are eagerly waiting for a sponsor.

Is there an area of your life where God has changed your want-to? Tell me about it.

May I Introduce You to Ruth, My Compassion Child?

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.

 

This quote by former First Lady of the United State, Lady Bird Johnson, rings with amazing truth and clarity. I know that, in my own life, it has proven to be true, and is one of the reasons that I am so passionate about the Child Sponsorship program of Compassion International.

 

Meet Ruth, My Compassion Child

 

In 2009 the Lord impressed upon my heart that I could make a difference in the life of a child in poverty by speaking truth and love into their hearts. I’m not talking about a child who doesn’t have a smart-phone or has to wear the same one pair of Jordans all school-year long. That’s not poverty.

I’m talking about a child who owns only one or two sets of clothing.

A child whose household income is less than $50 a month….fifty dollars a MONTH!!!

A child who lives in a house with dirt floors, adobe walls, and a tin roof.

A child whose diet consists of maize, beans, rice, and potatoes.

A child who might live in an area where AIDs is highly prevalent or child prostitution takes many young children and ravages them physically and emotionally.

A child who might rarely hear “I love you”, or “You are beautiful”, or “You are important”.

That is the child whose life I could change through Compassion.

I am not exactly certain how I became aware of Compassion and the work they do. Perhaps it was at a Beth Moore Living Proof Live event or some other women’s event. What I am certain of is the call the Lord issued to my heart to step out and change the life of a child.

Accordingly, I clicked onto the Compassion website and began to search for a child. I knew I wanted a girl, and I decided that I wanted her to share my birth month. I also knew I wanted to make a long-term commitment to this child, so I chose a younger child. After a bit of searching and applying those filters, I found Ruth.

 

Ruth 1

 

Yep, she was my girl….and she has been since 2009.

Ruth was 6 years old when I became her sponsor. The area of Africa that Ruth lives in is rife with malaria. Most adults in her region are unemployed, but some work as subsistence farmers and can earn the equivalent of $16 per month. This is the life that Ruth could expect to live into adulthood……BUT Compassion stepped in.

My sponsorship of Ruth costs $38 dollars a month and it gives her so much. For a mere $38 a month, Ruth has access to:

  • education to combat illiteracy,
  • school uniforms,
  • desperately needed medical care and nutritional supplements,
  • recreational activities that give a child focus and help them stay out of trouble,
  • Christian mentoring in a community based church,
  • and the opportunity to hear about Jesus.

 

What are the long-term benefits of sponsorship to a child? Sponsored children:

 

  • Stay in school 1 – 1.5 years longer than their unsponsored peers
  • Are 14-18% more likely to have salaried employment in adulthood
  • Are 35% more likely to find white-collar jobs in adulthood
  • Are 25-40% more likely to finish secondary education
  • Are 50-80% more likely to finish college
  • Are 30-75% more likely to be leaders in their communities as adults
  • Are 40-70% more likely to grow into church leaders

Over the years that I have been Ruth’s sponsor I have sent letters to her, and received letters back from her. We share our lives with each other and I consistently encourage her to work hard in school. I tell her that she is important to me, and that I love her and Jesus loves her.

Remember, children are likely to live up to what you believe about them. I want Ruth to believe that she is beautiful and important and capable of excelling. I want her to know that Jesus loves her and so do I.

 

Ruth 2

 

Today, Ruth is 15 years old. She is in Class 7 in school and is doing well. My heart is full when I think that perhaps I have made a difference in Ruth’s life.

 

Would you consider sponsoring a child through Compassion?

Please click on this link or the one below to see the beautiful faces of some children who are waiting for someone to sponsor them.

What If You Could Change A Child’s Life? {Compassion International}

Ten years ago when I stepped into ministry I never could have dreamed the path on which that call would take me. There have been amazing highs, and painful lows…but really, isn’t that just how life is?

If I can be completely honest with you I always thought ministry would look like standing on a stage speaking to groups, both large and small. On that stage is where I feel most comfortable, yet pretty early in ministry God made it clear that the stage was only to be a portion of how I would serve in His kingdom.

A few years in, He led me to write….a blog, a book, a Bible study or three. The writing led to some opportunities to speak on stages. I felt complete and excited to be able to serve the Lord in these ways.

Then, something else happened. God began to draw in and draw down my ministry. There was less stage and more face-to-face time with women. Mentoring younger women, and a few older ones, became part of my ministry. Tasting Grace mentoring in the kitchen ministry was born, as was Tasting Grace, the Bible study. Now, surely I was where God desired for me to be!

Ah, but no. God seems to have a penchant for change.

 

Change A Child's Life Through Compassion

 

In today’s short video I am sharing with you the latest ministry opportunity the Lord has laid before me. He has flung wide the door to another amazing ministry. Through Compassion International’s Child Sponsorship ministry I can blend my passion for speaking and sharing God’s love with the opportunity to mentor and encourage others. Words cannot begin to express how excited and humbled I am about this opportunity to partner with Compassion. Please click the video link to learn more.

If you are reading this post via email, please click HERE to be taken to my website where you can view the video.

 

 

Would your church or group be interested in hearing more about Compassion’s Child Sponsorship program? Would you be interested in hosting a Compassion Sunday in your church? If so, please use the form on my speaking page to contact me and I will happily share more information with you about how we can make this happen. You can also email me at info@leahadams.org.

Click the link below to see the faces of beautiful children who are waiting for sponsors!

 

SDG/FCA!!

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