Kids of the King

My life as a kid of the King


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Last Minute Gift Idea!

So I totally forgot to add this to my last post about Green Christmas Ideas! And it is SUCH A GREAT THING TO DO!!! DONATE in the recipients name!

There are SOOOO MANY amazing organizations that need help at this time of year. But if you are drawing a blank… here are some ideas:

Locally:

  • Bring a food donation to your local food bank.
  • Drop some cash in a red kettle (Salvation Army).
  • Spread some joy by donating presents to a childrens organization near you.
  • Sponsor a needy family in your area.
  • Donate to your local Big Brothers/Sisters, or any other communtity outreach that is close to your heart.
  • Donate to a local church.

 Globally:

There are many awesome organizations that make it so you can help worldwide this time of year. Here are some things that are available through Compassion Canada (I sponsor a child through them! She is in Uganda):

  • A MOSQUITO NET! ($13) Mosquitoes carry malaria, which kills nearly one million people every year. This gift helps to give children and their families a mosquito-free sleep with an insecticide-treated bed net and prevention education.
    Helping kids in: Burkina Faso and India.
  • A CHICKEN! ($16) A chicken isn’t just food—it’s an opportunity. Offering a source of income, manure for a vegetable garden and a supply of eggs, this gift helps put food on a family’s table and money in their pockets as they receive support and education to help them raise and care for their new chicken.
    Helping kids in: Burkina Faso, India, Rwanda and Uganda.
  • A PIG! ($75) Owning a pig makes a big difference in the life of a rural family. They’re easy to feed, and their droppings are a great source of manure for farming. This gift provides support and education for families so they can earn an income through breeding and caring for pigs. Helping kids in: Rwanda
  • MENTOR A YOUNG MAN! ($200) Healthy families are essential to a healthy society. And when they are torn apart by divorce and abandonment everyone suffers, especially children who need to know what biblical manhood looks like. This gift helps a young man develop the solid spiritual foundation of true manhood he’ll need to take up his role in society as a husband and father.
    Helping students in: Kenya
  • WATER! ($1500) Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease. But these deaths can be prevented by providing them with clean water. This gift helps give hundreds of children access to clean water through purification systems, rainwater tanks and other water-harvesting systems.
    Helping kids in: India

There are soooo many more ideas! They even give cool tips on how to give it as a gift! For example: If you buy a chicken – you can print off the e-card and pair up some egg cups, a whisk and some napkins with your card to put together a creative breakfast basket.

Here are some links to other organizations that have these programs:

Please NOTE! Whenever you are dealing with donations and especially your payment information – ensure you are dealing with a reputable organzation. Unfortunatly there are sooo many people that try to take advantage around this time of year. Not cool!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

“‘And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.'”

“…And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

 

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Florence Nightingale

I have been reading a book called “Compassion – A call to take action” by James and Michal Ann Goll. It is part of their “Women on the front line series. It is amazing! One of the chapters is about Florence Nightingale. Most people have heard of Florence Nightingale. But I doubt they know how awesome of a woman she was. I sure didn’t know. I didn’t even know she was a christian! Here is a little back story.

She was born to a wealthy english family. She was well-bred, attractive, educated and was expected to marry early and well. In 1837 she heard the Lord call her to ministry. She felt the Lord wanted her to help others. So without the support of her family, she served wherever and whomever she could. She turned down many suitors (even one who she loved) and would study health books instead to going to parties. In her time, the act of nursing was done by prostitutes, drunks and others, NOT women of Florence’s status. In 1844 she was convinced that her call was to help the sick and become a nurse. She had some health issues and was sent to Egypt to recuperate. While she was there she wrote many journal entries about her encounters with God.

From there she went to school to learn all she could about the health professions. Women nurses were not openly accepted, even at hospitals, but she pressed on and made so many life-saving changes to hospital protocols. In 1854 she volunteered to nurse in a Turkish hospital during the Crimean war. She wrote that the conditions were appalling. There were sick, dying and dead everywhere! They were dirty, unfed and had no access to clean water! No wonder more men were dying of disease than of their war injuries! Florence changed so much (not without opposition from the doctors, who still didn’t want them there) She used her own money to buy clean gowns, socks, blankets, utensils, plates and more. She and the other nurses scrubbed to wards, washed and fed the men, read them letters and books and even looked after their families by ensuring their wages were sent to them. She worked herself into exhaustion and illness in the most appalling and disgusting conditions. There are so many things I could write about her! She changed so much in the health profession that we benefit from today.

When she returned home after the war, she was asked about her service in the war, and about longevity, her reply was this:

“It matters little provided we spend our lives to God, whether like our blessed Lord’s they are concluded in three and thirty years, or whether they are prolonged to old age”

She lived until she was 90 years old! And most of her life she was quite ill. She truly loved the Lord and served Him in every way that she could. She believed that everyone needed to set apart times to pray, that was her strength. She is an inspiration to everyone on how we need to be. Put ourselves aside and answer the call. This is the quote that inspired me to write this post:

“Life is a hard fight, a struggle, a wrestling with the Principle of Evil, hand to hand, foot to foot. Every inch of the way must be disputed. The night is given to us to take breath, to pray, to drink deep at the fountain of power. The day, to use the strength which has been given to us, to go forth to work with it till the evening”