GROW Thailand, Kae Noi Orphanage

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Insurgencies in Myanmar began shortly after the country, then known as Burma, gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1948. The ongoing conflict for the past 72 years has left a country and its people fleeing from war and destruction. Many children have lost their parents and loved ones and have witnessed tragedies that no one should have to live through.

As a result of children fleeing Myanmar to escape war and constant fighting, Joni and Nangsar Morse established the Kae Noi Orphanage. This facility exists in the remote foothills of northern Thailand, approximately ten miles from the Myanmar border. Children who have lost their parents, or whose families have been impacted by extreme poverty and despair, may seek shelter, safety, support and resources at the Kae Noi Orphanage. A majority of families in rural village areas throughout northern Thailand experience extreme poverty, resulting in inadequate nutrition and an inability to access education or medical care without outside support. For this reason, many children are brought to the orphanage as parents or extended families are unable to provide sufficient care. 

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Today, the Kae Noi Orphanage has capacity to house sixty children with a vision that all children remain connected to their origin families (if feasible) and return home when care has been restored. Child sponsorship and general donation funds to GROW Thailand not only gives children a safe home, but also a place to openly grow their relationship with Jesus Christ, and the ability and structure to go to and stay in school.

We took the months of August and September to send finances to this amazing group of people in an effort to help them purchase a vehicle for the orphanage! We are honored to come alongside them to bring encouragement in all they do, as well as to physically support the needs they have. Please pray for these selfless momma’s and papa’s as they nurture, guide and train up these young ones in the Lord as they become the next generation of influencers!

Out of the mouth of babes, comes hope …

“Since I’ve come to the Kae Noi orphanage, my life has changed so much from what it was growing up on the other side. I’m happy. I’m no longer afraid, and I have a future now. This orphanage is full of kids like me, but there are so many more back in Myanmar that do not have this privilege that I have here. I’m so thankful for this place.” ~Isamue

CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE! 

… if interested in Sponsoring a Child

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Touching someone’s life that you will never meet is one of the most self-less gifts you could ever give. Bless someone today… JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN!

Every month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunities! We strive to be a part of what God is doing across the globe through established faith-based non-profits and to participate in His vision to transform hearts, so that they may know Him! Each gift brings hope and love to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others. It doesn’t take much… Join us today!

Unity Revival Movement

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God moves when people pray and seek His face! At a time when the world is in chaos, there is a movement happening in the shadows that’s sparking a release of the Gospel on the streets of Minneapolis. In the past 40 days, the love of God has been proclaimed to thousands of people! Seeds have been sown into many hearts, physical healing’s have taken place, baptism’s have occurred on the streets and a revival of unity has been birthed.

It started on Pentecost Sunday when a large crowd got on their knees in prayer at the George Floyd memorial site, where they repented in humility and called on the name of Jesus to heal this land. People across racial boundaries began to hug and cry on each other’s shoulders and engaged in uncomfortable conversations on race and injustice. Churches, ministry leaders, believers, and members of the body of Christ began to unite in prayer, service, and ministry to the community. The site of the tragic death that caused civil unrest was immediately transformed into a prayer alter with worship, intercession, repentance, and healing. God began moving as outreach services began happening every day.

Over the past few months, I’ve watched the Unity Revival Movement progress and continue. Paying attention to what God was doing and watching many video updates online. I’ve known Pastor Charles and Lindsey Karuku and their ministry for many years now. At a time when there is major division in pretty much every area of life, it’s refreshing and encouraging to know that God is still moving! God is in control and He is still touching people’s hearts.

Seeing transformation in the hearts of people through the gospel of Christ is the base of what we strive to support at Be a Blessing. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to join with this ministry for June and July and partner with all the amazing ways that God is changing and healing hearts.

What’s happening on the streets of Minneapolis! Behind the scenes update … Day #38

“This is not a political, economic, social, or race issue. We are dealing with a spiritual issue that can only be resolved through a radical transformation of hearts and a spiritual revival. We must be open to God and by his grace let the healing begin to the deepest cuts and wounds.” — Pastor Karuku

www.UnityRevivalMovement.com

Touching someone’s life that you will never meet is one of the most self-less gifts you could ever give. Bless someone today… JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN!

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Every month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunities! We strive to be a part of what God is doing across the globe through established faith-based non-profits and to participate in His vision to transform hearts, so that they may know Him! Each gift brings hope and love to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others. It doesn’t take much… Join us today

Faith & Food Distribution

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The economies’ recent sharp decline is leading to an increase in the number of individuals experiencing food insecurity. Food banks are reporting increased demand, while facing operational challenges, including declines in volunteers and retail donations. Demand for charitable food assistance is expected to remain at elevated levels for the foreseeable future. Along with that, farmers are having to dump and destroy millions of pounds of food because of the disruption in our food chains and the lack of need caused by so many business and institutional closures. 1000’s of new people seek food assistance across the country every day.

Should unemployment and poverty increase to the level of the Great Recession, 9.9 million more people may experience food insecurity. In a more extreme scenario, the number of food-insecure individuals could rise by 17.1 million. (www.feedingamerica.org).

As we see these unprecedented events occurring, we must never forget who our true source of supply is. Christ our Lord will always be our provider and sometimes He does so through the help and generosity of others.

We can’t always be there in person but we can be grateful for those who can!

May’s Blessing creates an opportunity for us to be a part of a local organization taking food-insecurity seriously. The Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf runs designated days of operation during the week and has started doing Drive-Through Produce Fairs during this unique time as well. Last weekend alone, they gave out 13,000 lbs. of fresh produce in roughly an hour. The increased need these past 6-8 weeks has been tremendous!

Some Items of Continual Need: Protein Products; Fruits and Vegetables; Boxed Meals and Special Diet foods; Staple foods like sugar, flours, coffee, oils; Garden produce; Infant formula, baby food, and diapers; Personal Hygiene products; and Cleaning supplies.

I’m always so grateful for how God gives us the opportunity to do what we can to bless others. We’ll be donating boxes full of Personal Products and Cleaning Supplies this month in order to help those whose budgets might be a bit tighter these days!

CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE!  www. ccefs.org

Touching someone’s life that you will never meet is one of the most self-less gifts you could ever give. Bless someone today… JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN!

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Every month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunities! We strive to be a part of what God is doing across the globe through established faith-based non-profits and to participate in His vision to transform hearts, so that they may know Him! Each gift brings hope and love to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others. It doesn’t take much… Join us today!

Homeless Youth Amid COVID-19

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Sheltering in Place is inconvenient at times, it slows us down, and it keeps us from going and doing all the things we are used to occupying our time with. We miss seeing family and friends, attending events and many other activities. But what does ‘shelter-in-place’ mean to someone who doesn’t have a ‘place’ to shelter? This month we bless an organization reaching out to homeless youth in New York who are living on the streets, who are fearful of what’s happening and who have no place to isolate themselves. Hats off to these amazing people giving hope, care, faith and encouragement to thousands of youth across many cities of America.

This month we’ll be partnering with Covenant House in New York City by providing supplies and needed items for their youth shelter. I’ll be heading to their Amazon wish list and picking out a few things that they are in need of. In this time of turmoil and unrest, we can still reach out to bless organizations as they reach out to serve people in tough circumstances. What an amazing opportunity God has given us!

Watch the News Report interviewing the CEO of Covenant House… from FOX News:

Let’s pray for those on the front lines, those affected personally, and for the healing of this nation!

CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE!  www. covenanthouse.org

Touching someone’s life that you will never meet is one of the most self-less gifts you could ever give. Bless someone today… JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN!

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Every month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunities! We strive to be a part of what God is doing across the globe through established faith-based non-profits and to participate in His vision to transform hearts, so that they may know Him! Each gift brings hope and love to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others. It doesn’t take much… Join us today!

Disaster Relief in TN

Monday March 2nd, 10:15 pm the first tornado was spotted 4 miles from Malden, MO. The coming hours thereafter, would produce a series of tornados that tore through four counties in the heart of Tennessee. This fast-moving storm came in the middle of the night and dropped at least one tornado with winds up to 175 mph. While still surveying the damaged areas, it’s possible that one single tornado could have caused 50 miles of damage through 3 different counties.

The last report I saw said it killed at least 25 people, destroyed dozens of buildings and left an estimated 50,000 people without power. At least 48 structures collapsed around Nashville, according to the Nashville Fire Department. More than two dozen buildings and businesses were destroyed or damaged. It will take weeks before some areas will be accessible for travel.

My heart went out to the first responders, those who lost their homes or businesses, and everyone without power for extended periods of time. It only takes a moment for something to change your life drastically. For many thousands of people that moment was this past Monday into Tuesday morning. It was another reminder to me of how grateful to God I am for His continual presence and protection in my life and in those I love.

Let’s pray for those affected as we also extend our hands tangibly to be a blessing to them!

Because of your generosity this month, we have the opportunity to help our brothers and sisters in Christ who are walking this road at the moment. Giving to help provide for some of their needs as they process what has happened and figure out how to move forward. I found an organization called Churches for Christ Disaster Relief Effort. This is an organized relief effort across a church denomination to be prepared and able to respond when disaster strikes. How cool is that?!! I was quite impressed as I read their mission and preparedness in helping others.

“We contact the leadership of local Churches of Christ in or near a major disaster area. Then we send and turn over to that congregation truckloads of emergency food, personal hygiene, infant care, water, cleaning supplies, and pallets of additional basic needs, for them to distribute to the disaster victims. The success of our organization is because of the hundreds of volunteers that help us. Volunteers pack the majority of these supplies in our Nashville warehouse so they are ready to be distributed as soon as they’re received. Every food box, hygiene box, infant care box we send are exactly alike. Donations from congregations and individuals that support us, allow us to purchase needed supplies in large volume, at extreme discounts, whenever we need them. We are able to stretch your donation dollar to buy 3-4 times what you could purchase at retail prices.”

I checked out their action in the wake of these tornados via Facebook. They mobilized immediately by organizing volunteers and sending out supplies to some of the hardest hit areas requesting help. What a sweet way of sharing God’s love and provision to people in difficult times. I love this!

CHECK OUT THEIR PROGRESS! www.facebook.com/disasterreliefeffort/

Touching someone’s life that you will never meet is one of the most self-less gifts you could ever give. Bless someone today… JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN!

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Every month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunities! We strive to be a part of what God is doing across the globe through established faith-based non-profits and to participate in His vision to transform hearts, so that they may know Him! Each gift brings hope and love to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others. It doesn’t take much… Join us today!

Books for Kenya

Having witnessed injustices, inequities and disparities to those burdened by poverty both in America and in Africa, Lance & Julie realized how important community development was. While doing work at a regional hospital in rural central Somalia, they fell in love with the people of Africa. They saw firsthand that basic needs such as clean water, safe sanitation, nutritious food, health-dental care, adequate shelter and education can be hard to come by in vulnerable communities. That experience burdened their hearts with the desire to empower people and transform communities.

With Community Development as their mission, Hope Without Borders was launched in 2007. They became actively involved in initiating, planning, designing, implementing and monitoring projects, whether in the US or abroad. Providing health care and skills training to individuals, refugees and families in need. Purposing to help individuals take ownership and ensuring the continuation of programs and projects that would bring about life-changing and sustainable success.

Learning new skills, technologies and capabilities allows someone to change their life and as they teach these new skills to someone else, it in turn, helps the entire community.

WHERE WE COME IN – BOOKS WITHOUT BORDERS is an ongoing project they established to help make it possible for kids and adults to receive or further their education. Reading is an important skill to develop as it opens numerous doors and allows children to explore the world around them. When adults can read, it provides the ability to gain new skills and trades which in return allows them to raise their family and provide well for them. Hope Without Borders has distributed close to 4000 books in the US and overseas.

THIS MONTH – we will be blessing Hope Without Borders with 150 new, Level 1 reading books! When I contacted them, they mentioned that this was the age group and reading level they were most in need of. This month it’s our privilege to provide reading materials to broaden and enhance a child’s learning ability and capacity to see greater things ahead!

“We pray that God will continue to open wide the doors and pathways that lay before Hope Without Borders. That God would grant wisdom and direction in every area of their ministry and in the lives of their families. That they would not grow weary but would be encouraged that God sees them and is overjoyed with all they continue to do to serve His people. We thank them for their obedience and consistency to move with the Lord, and pray that God would overwhelm them this year… that it may be their best year yet!”

CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE!  www. hwb-intl.org

Touching someone’s life that you will never meet is one of the most self-less gifts you could ever give. Bless someone today… JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN!

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Every month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunities! We strive to be a part of what God is doing across the globe through established faith-based non-profits and to participate in His vision to transform hearts, so that they may know Him! Each gift brings hope and love to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others. It doesn’t take much… Join us today!

Military Trauma Ministry

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Military veterans fight for our freedoms and serve our country heroically but often times at a very high cost. Our nation’s warfighter’s are among the most at-risk groups of society. This sustained and unresolved trauma has led to 22 veterans a day committing suicide, while the divorce rate for our combat veteran community hovers at 80%.

“After three combat tours, and surviving the Battle of Mogadishu, the first Battle of Ramadi and the first Battle of Fallujah; Ron fell deep into depression and solitude. Diagnosed with a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), PTS (Post Traumatic Stress), and a host of physical maladies – Ron considered ending his own life.” As a God-fearing woman, Helen took matters into her own hands with Christ by her side and her husband as her mission. Through this life experience, God led her into a new mission to help other military veterans find peace, hope, and a fullness in Christ that brings healing to the soul.

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“This was the father of my children, my husband, my partner, my soulmate and my love. Zero casualties were acceptable.”

The vision of Warfighter Ranch in Arizona was birthed through a dream and aims to heal the Warfighter’s of our nation with intention, purpose, and with Christ at the center of it all! Giving all warriors and their families the tools to become the Godly designed people they were created to be. To equip them with the armor of God so that they can be successful in their walk with Christ; and to help them reconnect to their loved ones and teaching them how to connect with new people. Love is the most powerful tool.

This month, Be a Blessing is joining the vision to provide love to the brave, self-less soldiers of this country. Warfighter Ranch currently provides Spiritual Individual/Group Counseling, Biblical Guidance and Teaching, Warfighter Mentorship, and Resource Management. As God continues to grow their ministry, a ranch in Prescott, AZ will be established. It will include: Equine Therapy, Family Connect Therapy, Horticultural Therapy, Scuba Therapy, Wilderness Therapy, and Physical Wellness/Therapy.

God has given Helen and Rob an amazing testimony and dream of helping hurting military veterans and we are so honored to partner with them. As they launch Warfighter Ranch Inc. publicly for the first time this coming March 2020, please pray for open doors, financial provision, encouragement and wisdom to walk where God leads them.

CHECKOUT their website: www.warfighterranch.org

BLESS SOMEONE, JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN … GIVE WITH US TODAY! Touching lives that you will never meet is one of the most self-less gifts you could give. It’s truly the unbelievable opportunity we have, that other generations did not.

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Every month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunities! We strive to be a part of what God is doing across the globe through established faith-based non-profits. To participate in His vision to transform hearts, so that they may know Him! Each gift brings hope and love to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others. It doesn’t take much… Join us today!

Spirit of Christ, All Year Long

HAVE A FABULOUSLY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I’ve been baffled for a long time at the notion within our society of ‘The Christmas Spirit’ during the month of December because our general culture doesn’t celebrate or acknowledge the importance of the life of Christ as being THE GIFT of Christmas. Yet they have taken on the same holiday as a means to giving gifts, showing extra kindness, reaching out to the down and out, or good tidings of joy to all people.

All of these things are good and at least show that we haven’t lost all our humanity and they clearly illustrate how the birth of Christ has impacted the world, whether they accept it or not. But, if there is no cultural basis anymore of Christmas being about Christs’ birth, then why do we hear about giving to the poor or helping in local shelters, or giving of your time and energy to help others so much more during Christmas?

Let’s not forget that these needs and sufferings of others are present all year through. This is what makes Be a Blessing so amazing! All of you give every month to people you don’t know, to impact lives you’ll never meet, and THAT’S what the Spirit of Christ is all about.

We couldn’t do this without all of us together and for you I’m so grateful.

We are ending this year at Be a Blessing with the intention to share the Spirit of CHRISTmas through gift cards to a shelter. Giving their guests the opportunity to spend time outside of the elements in a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. I spend hours of time inside my safe home, on my couch or sleeping in my own bed, while others that are also employed but can’t afford housing, are living out of their cars. It’s heartbreaking to ponder but praise God He has blessed us so we can do something tangible to help!

Be grateful for everything, BUT ALSO intentional with how we use it…

With these thoughts in mind, I would also like to propose a 2020 Budget Referendum! I’m a big fan of allocating personal finances into separate accounts for different needs, as it helps me stay focused on being intentional with what God gives. So, I was thinking…. what if we all budgeted a certain amount each month, maybe $5, $10 or $20, to give to someone JUST BECAUSE!

Send a card to someone going through a hard time with a gift card inside and an encouraging note. Or use it to fill up someone’s gas tank, or save it for a few months and pay someone’s electricity bill. Maybe you’re at Walmart and the person next to you is having a rough day and is showing high levels of frustration. How cool would it be to pull out a card just to brighten their day?! There are so many amazing things we can do with very little all year through, if we choose to be intentional.

BLESS SOMEONE JUST BECAUSE … GIVE WITH US TODAY!

Touching lives that you will never meet, is one of the most self-less gifts you could give. It’s truly the unbelievable opportunity we have, that other generations did not.

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Every month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunities! We strive to be a part of what God is doing across the globe through established faith-based non-profits and to participate in His vision to transform hearts, so that they may know Him! Each gift brings hope and love to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others. Join us today!