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Jesus Birthday Party

 

For the past few Christmases, my Good Morning Girls group and I have gotten our kids together to have a “Happy Birthday Jesus” party. In the past I would decorate my house preparing for the upcoming celebration with red and green candy jars, streamers and a “Happy Birthday Jesus” sign strung across the fireplace. I would have Christmas treats for the moms and kids, a craft to do pertaining to Jesus’s birth, Christmas music playing and a special story read to the kids explaining why we celebrate Christmas. Previous years I had our kids each bring a gently used toy or a new toy with them to the party to donate to a local charity. This year since our kids are starting to get a little older, my friend and I decided to do it a little differently. Instead of having our kids bring a toy to the party, we wanted to use this opportunity to teach our kids the importance of meeting the needs of others.

We decided to combine the “Happy Birthday Jesus” party activity that I talk about on page 40 in the Advent ebook with the GMG Christmas Challenge……teaching our children that THEY can make a difference in our world by meeting the needs of others.

Heroes are not determined by their age or their size but by what they allow God to do through them.

We want our children to learn early in life that God can use them powerfully for His Kingdom……NOW.

This year my sweet friend, Kristi, hosted the party and did a FABULOUS job! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH Kristi!!! She invited a mutual friend’s son to come to our party and tell our children about The Last Well. We each had talked with our kids about The Last Well but we thought it would be more powerful hearing about it from someone their own age.

Today, I’ve decided to bring our party to YOU. Please note the video footage is well……the best I could do. You’ll hear my sweet little Brinnley occasionally in the background as she crawled around me, pulling on my leg and enjoying the festivities of the backyard….. hey, I’m a mom just like you!

A mom who is trying my best to encourage my girls to see the needs of others outside our little community.

A mom who safely wants to broaden their view of the world and help them learn how to be Jesus’s hands and feet to those who are hurting whether they are near or far.

A mom who is trying to teach her kids the importance of what it means to “be a neighbor.”

A mom who wants her children to learn to look at others with love…..just like Jesus.

I want my children to love others well. I believe that starts when we teach them to see the needs of others.

I love this quote by Katie Davis from the book Kisses from Katie (if you’ve never read the book I highly recommend it!)

“…I have one purpose, in Uganda and in life, and that is to love.
I could ask for no greater assignment.”- Katie Davis

 

Welcome to our Jesus Birthday Party

{Click here if you can’t see the video}

After a little time of playing together, we gathered our kids and had the wonderful opportunity to listen to Hayes, who’s heart and passion for The Last Well is so inspiring.

After Hayes’s informational and passionate speech we had a sweet devotional reading out of the Jesus Storybook (which I LOVE!!)

Then it was everyone’s favorite time……singing Happy Birthday to Jesus and eating some cake!

 

I’d like to take this time to thank my sweet friend Kristi for hosting the party and taking these beautiful pictures!!! You are a blessing to me! I’d also like to thank Hayes and his parents for allowing him to speak to our kids about The Last Well! We LOVED hearing you speak, Hayes……you did a WONDERFUL job! :)

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Click here to learn more about our Christmas Challenge with The Last Well.

How much does one well cost?

  • ONE dollar gives ONE Liberian clean water for ONE year.  How many people can you help?
  • Purchase a water well for a community in Liberia for $3000.  The average well serves 1000 people!
  • Purchase a bio-sand water filter for one family in rural Liberia for $102.  You can give an entire family clean water!

How Can You Get Involved?

  • Add The Last Well to your Christmas list.
  • Talk with your family about The Last Well and give a family gift.
  • Give up a Christmas gift(s) and instead donate the money to The Last Well.
  • Invite your children to give up a Christmas gift(s) and donate the money to The Last Well.
  • Have a “Happy Birthday Jesus” party with your friends and their kids. (I talk about this idea in our Advent eBook on page 40) Instead of having children bring gifts to donate, have them donate the money online and learn more about the need for clean water in Liberia, building awareness of how other children live around the world.
  • Tell friends about THE LAST Well by sharing this graphic on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, informing more people of this wonderful organization and the great need of physical water and the “Living Water” in Liberia!
  • PRAY! Pray God will use us mightily in this nation for HIS GLORY!

Please join us as we strive to make a difference in our generation for Christ by serving one of the poorest countries in the world. Imagine what 17,000 Good Morning Girls could do by giving just $10 each. We could provide clean water and the Gospel to thousands of Liberians, saving lives now and changing eternal destinies as well.

Please join us this Christmas and help change a nation in the name of Jesus, one water well at a time!

 

Click here to donate.

 

 

Love God Greatly!

-Angela

 

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Changing the World for Christ…One Translation At A Time

There are times in our lives when we wonder if one person, or a small group of people, can truly make a difference…

Allow me to tell you a personal story…..something that I’ve seen with my own eyes.

It involves one of my GMG translators- Katja!

Katja has been translating for GMG now for a few sessions…..when she first started we had maybe a handful of blog hits coming from her home country of Germany. Since she has joined us and has started translating our documents, Germany is now listed in the number 7 spot out of 135 countries! Katja is a beautiful example of how God can use ONE woman to reach an entire NATION!

Today I’d like to introduce you to not just 1 but 3 women God is using to make a difference in their countries for Him…..each woman is playing a part in fulfilling The Great Commission.

You see, one person can make a difference…..a really big difference actually.

1. Katja- translated all our Advent documents into German.

Ich komme aus Bayern. Und bin mit einen Österreicher verheiratet. Bei meiner Ausbildung zur Hotelfachfrau habe ich gelernt hart zu arbeiten und meine eigenen Interessen für die Bedürfnisse anderer zurückzunehmen. Mit Mitte 20 habe ich ein Jahr lang in Amerika gelebt. Ich bin eine typische große Schwester. Mein kleines pinkes Netbook ist mein “Lieblingsspielzeug”! Dank facebook kann ich mit all meinen Freunden überall auf der Welt in Kontakt bleiben. Ich liebe Bücher! In der Regel lese ich mindestens ein Buch – meistens ein paar gleichzeitig. Neuerdings auch gerne auf dem Kindle! Ich liebe Musik!!! Jede Art von Musik, Musizieren und vor allem Singen. Ok, so langsam ist es nicht mehr JEDE Art von Musik… In den letzten 15 Jahren habe ich in acht verschiedenen Städten in vier verschiedenen Ländern gelebt. Ich habe zwei Kinder mit 5 und 8 Jahren. Ich liebe meinen Job als Hausfrau und Mutter.

Follow Katja on Facebook here.

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2. Edurne – translated all our Advent documents into Spanish.

Mi nombre es Edurne Mencía. Soy de Bilbao, España y actualmente vivo en Amazonas, Venezuela, junto a mi esposo y mis tres hijos: Yennixon Daniel (4), Nahiara (2)y Markel Elías (3 meses). Junto con mi familia, servimos a Dios en el ministerio con indígenas y oramos por entrar en la selva definitivamente. Mientras tanto, seguimos trabajando para Dios y haciendo nuestro viaje personal.

Follow Edurne on Facebook here.

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3. Rosilind- translated all our Advent documents into Croatian.

Moje ime je Rosilind i živim u Hrvatskoj od 2004. kada sam došla iz Amerike raditi u Crkvoj cjelovitog evanđelja u Zagrebu. Udana sam za Hrvata i zajedno imamo dvoje djece. Radim kod kuće kao administrator za crkvu, dajem instrukcije iz klavira i lektoriram tekstove. Ali u slobodnom vremenu volim pisati, imam blog na engleskom gdje ohrabrim žene biti zadovoljne s svojom ulogom što im dao Bog. Pridružila sam se s Good Morning Girls u 2010. kada sam tražila grupu za proučavanje Biblije. Bila sam nova majka i svidjalo mi se kako su materijale bile jednostavne – savršeno za majke koje imaju malu djecu – kao što sam ja! U 2012 započela sam Dobro jutro djevojke na Facebook-u za žene u Hrvatskoj, Bosni i Hercegovini, i Srbiji. Ako ste zainterisirani se pridružiti s nama, javite mi se na alittlerandr @ outlook. com.

Follow Rosilind on Facebook here.

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Thank you Katja, Edurne and Rosiland! Thank you so much for your service and sacrifice! Women’s lives in your countries and around the world are changed because of you!

If you know of someone who speaks Croatian, German or Spanish, please pass along these documents to them! I’m sooo excited to see how God is going to use these 3 beautiful women’s acts of service for HIS GLORY during our Advent study!!!

***NEW TRANSLATIONS****Stay tuned…..we have our Advent eBook being translated into Italian, Russian and Ukrainian this session as well! I will include those translations with the rest of our Advent eBook translations when they are ready! (Note: If you are interested in translating our documents into another language we are not yet offering, please contact me at LoveGodGreatly@gmail.com)

Because of the internet, we can now reach THOUSANDS of women for God, encouraging them to read His Word and doing all of this from the comfort of our homes! No traveling required!

Please make sure and stop by to thank them for the resources they have provided our community!

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Don’t forget, our Advent study begins one week from today! (Monday, November 26th)

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If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Looking so forward to starting our new Advent study with you in one week!!! Praying you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving this upcoming week!

 

Love God Greatly!

 

 

 

Giving The Gift Of Water {A Christmas Challenge}

God has a wonderful track record of using ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

I believe God is calling us to do something EXTRAORDINARY this Christmas! Today I’m inviting you to join Good Morning Girls and change an ENTIRE NATION in the name of Jesus!!! This Christmas I am issuing a very special Christmas Challenge,  a chance to partner with us and help provide clean drinking water for millions of men, women and children who are without the very basics…..clean water!

For our Christmas Challenge we’ve decided to partner with THE LAST WELL, a Christian organization with a God-sized mission: To provide clean water to the entire nation of Liberia- border to border and share Jesus with every person they serve!!! So far, TLW has reached over 200,000 men, women and children in Liberia with water and the Gospel. Their goal: To reach every Liberian with water and the Gospel by the end of this decade! I believe we can help them meet this goal even FASTER and thereby help save more lives in the process!

I had the wonderful opportunity this week to meet with Todd Phillips, the founder of The Living Well, and talked with him briefly about his ministry and our Christmas Challenge!

(Note: Click here if you can’t see the video.)

Why this organization?

  • It meets a basic need. Clean water. Men, women and children are dying because they don’t have the very basics…..clean water.
  • Local men and women in the communities are trained how to dig, maintain and repair the wells that are created through this organization.
  • The money we raise is MATCHED!
  • We are able to track how much money has been raised through GoodMorningGirls from our own personal site! (Check it out)
  • Jesus the “Living Water” is shared with the people in these communities as their need of physical water is met.

Why water?

  • It’s the first physical building block in helping a community become healthier. Everything else like health, food and livelihood builds upon it.
  • Unsafe water is the world’s number one killer…..it kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war!
  • Of the thousands of people who die daily from this problem, 90% are children under the age of five. As a mom of 3 girls ages 6,5, and 1,  I feel compelled to stand in the gap for these children and do something about this issue!
  • The hard truth: These deaths are preventable….with access to clean water.

Why Liberia?

Make sure and check out Todd’s video on why the country of Liberia was chosen.

 

How much does one well cost?

  • ONE dollar gives ONE Liberian clean water for ONE year.  How many people can you help?
  • Purchase a water well for a community in Liberia for $3000.  The average well serves 1000 people!
  • Purchase a bio-sand water filter for one family in rural Liberia for $102.  You can give an entire family clean water!

How Can You Get Involved?

  • Add The Last Well to your Christmas list.
  • Talk with your family about The Last Well and give a family gift.
  • Give up a Christmas gift(s) and instead donate the money to The Last Well.
  • Invite your children to give up a Christmas gift(s) and donate the money to The Last Well.
  • Have a “Happy Birthday Jesus” party with your friends and their kids. (I talk about this idea in our Advent eBook on page 40) Instead of having children bring gifts to donate, have them donate the money online and learn more about the need for clean water in Liberia, building awareness of how other children live around the world.
  • Tell friends about THE LAST Well by sharing this graphic on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, informing more people of this wonderful organization and the great need of physical water and the “Living Water” in Liberia!
  • PRAY! Pray God will use us mightily in this nation for HIS GLORY!

Please join us as we strive to make a difference in our generation for Christ by serving one of the poorest countries in the world. Imagine what 16,000 Good Morning Girls could do by giving just $10 each. We could provide clean water and the Gospel to thousands of Liberians, saving lives now and changing eternal destinies as well.

Let’s be women who not only read God’s Word together, but CHANGE God’s World TOGETHER!!! I believe, we are here for “such a time as this!”

Please join us this Christmas and help change a nation in the name of Jesus, one water well at a time!

I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”- Matthew 25:40

 

 Click here to donate today!

 


Love God GREATLY!

-Angela

 

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