Friday, June 24, 2011

The Schwindlings and VBS project

Meet Tommy and Joy Schwindling! They will be moving to Jacmel, Haiti on July 19th to help Samuel with the children and be the host for countless mission teams. They have been working hard getting their belongings in storage, placing their house for sale, and learning about Haiti.
Plus a zillion other details that need to be addressed before making such a drastic move. They need our prayers both now and when they begin God's work in Haiti. We are so humbled by their willingness to serve in this capacity and be willing to sacrifice so much. Our partnership with the AL Baptist ST. Bd. of Missions continues to be such a blessing to Children's Hope, and we appreciate their willingness to provide The Alabama House where the Schwindlings will be housed for the next year or two. This is God's mission, and what a privilege it is that He allows us to be involved. This time last year, we didn't even know Samuel and the children. Yet, God has orchestrated just the right people, ministries, and resources to come together at just the right time and allow us to move forward in ways we never could have imagined!

Our VBS partnered with Lifeway this year in a project called Kits for Kids. There are so many children around the world who do not have school supplies. The lack of these supplies often prevent them from enrolling in school, and without education children have very little opportunity to overcome their negative circumstances. The kids that came to VBS last week brought quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies that added up to over $2100!!! This offering was divided between Kits for Kids and the tornado victims. Kids met last Wednesday night to pack kits and get them ready to be shipped. $1,050 buys a lot of school supplies, and it is exciting to think about how these kits can change the lives of children around the world. A big Children's Hope thank you to Glen Leathers (Children's Minister), his interns, and all the children who brought change. God can use our "change" to make "change!"

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