Forgotten Voices' Mission:

"Demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ by equipping local churches in southern Africa to meet the physical & spiritual needs of children orphaned by AIDS in their communities."

Thursday, December 4, 2008

12/4: Christmas Miracles (Happen All Year Round)

Have you ever witnessed a miracle? I'm not talking about a helpful serendipitous aligning of circumstantial events - like getting all green traffic lights when you are late for work - but a real gut-wrenching moment when the Spiritual strikes against our normal reality and leaves us with no recourse but to credit the Almighty. I know it all sounds a little too philosophical, but I'd like to do my best to explain.

C.S. Lewis once said, "Unless you live near a railway, you will not see trains go past your windows." He used this metaphor to explain that unless one finds themselves in a position where they must put their full trust in God to provide, they are unlikely to bear witness to His miraculous provision. Or perhaps it is better said this way: God shows up on the front lines. If our own lives are far from the front lines where we must rely on God for everything, how much of God's work should we expect to see? I am not sure that I have an answer for that question, but there is one thing that I do know with the greatest certainty: our partners in Africa are experiencing miracles and being miracles everyday.

One of the many things I love about Forgotten Voices is the organization's commitment to support local pastors and church leaders who are caring for vulnerable children in their own communities. What an amazing opportunity to come along side a pastor and support his dream to lovingly shepherding his local flock! These incredible servants are literally on the front lines fighting sickness, poverty, hopelessness, and darkness all for the sake of love. And its no exaggeration that they are seeing miracles daily. Perhaps we should not be surprised that this is the case since they are truly relying on God to sustain the many young, vulnerable lives which surround them. Remy, Harold, James, Pierre, Ms. Maposa - local leaders in Zimbabwe and Zambia whom we have come to personally know and love - arise each day trusting that God will meet the daily needs of those in their communities. Is it possible for us to join them on the front lines without leaving the chair at our computer? Absolutely.

Today I ask you not to wait even a second longer. Come be a part of the miraculous work that is being done on the front lines in Southern Africa. Please take a moment to give right now. Literally every penny is the answer to a pastor's pray for provision in his community or a child's dream to grow up strong and become a doctor or an accountant. You can even give a special gift to FVI this Christmas and receive a certificate to honor a loved one who is a mircale in your own life.

As for micrales, I would like to share one with you tomorrow. Please make sure you visit again and do not forget to give. You may just be the mircale a child is waiting for.

With trust and blessings,


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