I’ve been listening to NPR (National Public Radio) most evenings for my 45min. drive home. I am almost always driving home during their “All Things Considered” program. The news program uses interviews, commentaries, and audio clips to share news stories.
I’ve been amazed at how much I’ve learned over the past month or so listening to segments on everything from Immigration and Benghazi to a commentary on the local corruption in NY State’s Senate.
Anyway, a new segment on All Things Considered on Pope Francis is fascinating and hits close to my heart as he begins his papacy by focusing on the poor.
“For [Francis] Bergoglio, social justice is not a sort of service of the church, an external relations department oriented to those who are victims of injustice,” says Melloni. “But it is part of the very essence of the church.”
The pope commenting on the financial system said, “If investments and banks plunge, this is a tragedy,” he said. “But if families are hurting” — he added ironically — “this is nothing.”
I hope his words lead to change and that others are inspired and challenged by his heart for the hurting.
You can read the full article here.
We are now just over 5 weeks away from boarding the plane and leaving for Mozambique! This June will be my 6th trip to Dondo and Dani’s first!
We have plane tickets and our itinerary is set. Now we are setting up appointments for shots and beginning to collect clothes from friends, family and coworkers to bring with us. We’re also working on getting visas and suspending our cell phones and cable for the month we’re gone.
Right now we have 85% of our total funds for the trip. Which means we still need to raise $1,500 as soon as possible! We are so thankful for each one of you who is praying for us and for those who have donated towards our trip!
If you haven’t already seen our latest letter, you can open it below and read David’s story as well as a few details about what we’re planning for our time in Dondo.
Kane April Letter
Would you join our financial support team today? If you’d like to help us get to 100% you can click the “Donate Now” button to the right and head to CRI’s Donate page.
Dani and I spent the weekend in Rochester at Lakeshore Community Church where the youth ministry (Ignite Student Ministries) was having a 30 hour famine known as “Hunger for Hope.”
Almost 60 teens came out to this event that raises funds for Sparks Ministry in Dondo, Mozambique.
Dani and I along with Todd, Christa, and Dan from the CRI NY Office were able to spend time with the teens sharing about life in Mozambique and specifically the hope and help that Sparks Ministry brings to many teens in Dondo.
The teens participated in games, discussions, and Skype calls that showed them a bit of what life is like for most Mozambicans. It was exciting to see young people in NY begin to understand and identify with the young people in Mozambique. The similarities of their lives, even half a world away, are striking.
The teens were able to live video chat (twice for about 45mins. each time!) with Ercilio (Directer of Sparks) & some of his teens.
About half the group discussing how their lives would be different living on $1 per day.
The teens sewing backpacks.
We are thankful to be serving with CRI and for the relationship with churches like Lakeshore. Lives are being changed all around the world!
I have been doing a little reading on Elie Wiesel lately, and I’m fascinated as well as challenged by him.
He is a Jewish-American writer, political activist, and a Holocaust survivor who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
Wiesel at age 15
Here are a few quotes from him that have stuck in my mind:
“I have tried to keep memory alive… I have tried to fight those who would forget. Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices.”
“Indifference is the sign of sickness, a sickness of the soul more contagious than any other.”
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
“Questions outlive the answers.”
Cedarville’s Annual Missions Conference is this week and Dani and I can’t wait to engage with students each day to share about our projects in India and Africa! The conference theme this year is Love God – Love Others – Serve the World. As we strategize and plan and prepare all our materials, we are driven by this theme to Love God – Love Others – Serve the World.
Our internship program offers students the opportunity to live out each of these in another culture. You can see an overview of what our internship offers on the CRI Internship Page.
We are praying that each and every student who has an interest in serving in India or Africa this summer would hear from us sometime this week! Would you take a minute right now and pray for the students at Cedarville and for this conference?
Follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the week!
We have a lot to be thankful for. God has blessed each and everyone of us with so much; a roof over or heads, family, a warm bed at night, children, a spouse, a church family, friends, food, the weather, our country, etc. You may not possess all of these, but I guarantee that you have things to be thankful for. No matter how down you may feel, you can always find the silver lining.
There is a little boy who I have been reading about on Facebook, his name is Tripp Halstead. On October 29th, a large tree branch fell on him and he has been in critical condition ever since. He is still hanging on and fighting for his life and so is his parents. They have been so encouraged by all the people on Facebook from around the world who are praying for him and encouraging this family. Even though their circumstances are not envied by anyone, they have so much to be thankful for this season; their son is still alive, the nurses and Dr.s are doing everything that they can, their new family all around the world never cease to encourage them and pray for them. It is inspiring to see a family, who could be so mad at God and so angry towards what is happening to their little boy, praise the Lord for the little miracles that occur in their sons life each and every day.
I hope that you are reminded today that you have so much to be thankful for. Hug your loved ones extra hard today and give thanks to the Lord for all that He has blessed you with.
I made this sign for my home in order to remind me that no matter what is happening in my life, big or small, I always have a reason to be thankful and I owe that thanks to God!
If you want to learn more about Tripp, go to Facebook and search “Tripp Halstead Updates” to learn more about this little boy fighting for his life and the family who will never give up!
Where in the world are we going??
Sean and I are going to be in Mozambique May 2013- October 2013 hosting interns and working with native leaders. I want to learn as much as I can about Mozambique before we go, and I’m going to share some of what I learn on here. Hopefully, together, you and I will learn about Mozambique and the beautiful people who live there.
Just a few facts about Moz.:
Currency: Mozambican metical
Population: 23,929,708 (2011)
Life Expectancy: 49.7 years
Portuguese is the spoken language of Mozambique so lets learn some phrases:
-Good morning - Bom dia
-Good afternoon - Boa tarde
-Good evening - Boa noite
-How are you? - Como está (esh-ta)
-Goodbye - Até logo
-Thank-you - obrigado
-Friend- Amigo -Excuse me – desculpa (des-cool-pa)
-Hello- Hola -God Bless you - Deus te abençoe (day-ohs tee a-ben-soy)
So lets make a sentence:
“Bom dia amigo, como está?”
I just said, “good morning friend, how are you?”
As Sean and I go on this journey I hope you will be praying for us. We also need your monthly financial support. Would you join our financial team today?
I love fall. I have never been more excited for apple picking, leaves falling and crisp cold weather! What is your favorite thing about the autumn? Here in upstate NY, summer is slowly fading away as the crisp weather is working its way in. The leaves have just started to fall and I have been forced to turn the heat on in the house every now and then.
I’m not sure what it is about this season that is so attractive to me, is it the colors? the fact that I love wearing jackets and sweaters? I think the thing that I love the most about the fall is I feel as though it is God’s reminder to me to be thankful and content with what He has given me. Thankful for the new season, thankful for His promise that winter will come, but that Spring is always around the corner, and thankful that in all the seasons, seasons of life and weather, He is always here with me.
Our mums are starting to bloom!
Just remember that if fall is not your season and winter is not your thing, spring and summer will always come. Genesis 8:22 ”While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” ~Dani
Just for fun here are some random facts about Dani and me.
Sean: I’ve been to Mozambique five times in my life.
Dani: I have naturally curly hair (very curly).
Sean: I really enjoy The Twilight Zone and music by The Kingston Trio.
Dani: www.rustyantiques.wordpress.com is my Crafting Blog.
Sean: I love all things Tech, and once taught a computer class in Dondo, Mozambique.
Dani: I’m a coffee addict!
Sean: Both of my pinkies have been crooked from birth.
Dani: I’ve never been overseas.
Sean: I am eight months younger than Dani.
Dani: I worked at the same Ice Cream shop for six years.
How many of these did you know? Let us know in the comments.