Africa

This has been filling up my head and heart lately:

(the awesome background photo for my countdown is via BringLove.In)

Lately I’ve been working on getting baggage figured out (all those dimensions just about put me over the edge). Plus we’ve been having some stress with needles -long story short, Raeca got a needle a week earlier than she was supposed to so she had to get some blood work done to see if the needles were effective or if she needs to get some over again. Then they also messed up when we went for blood work and didn’t get enough . . . I’m trying to be patient and understanding but sometimes it is so hard. So far the blood work that has come back has been good news, though we are still waiting to hear about the results for yellow fever.

If you are interested in helping us out with the trip at all, we are collecting donations to be used in the orphanage as well as the classroom, if you have any of these items that you would like to donate please let me know!

• Bible story books or other books with lots of pictures or simple reading level (grade one or two)
• National Geographic magazines in good condition or other wildlife or travel or sports magazines
• games (such as UNO, Sorry, playing cards, Go Fish, Connect 4, etc.)
• any soccer cleats or shorts in good condition (The boys range in age between about 10 to 16 so a variety of sizes)
• regular sneakers that are still in good condition and might fit a boy between the age of 10 – 16.
• sticky tack for putting up things on the wall
• posters for the wall of either sports figures or animals or Bible posters or anything else that is good.
• craft supplies (such as crayons, construction paper, drawing books, glitter glue, glue sticks, pencils, etc)
• pony beads
• used digital cameras and memory cards with charger –if we can get a few donations from people who get new cameras for Christmas, we can teach a photography class; if they can take quality pictures they can start making cards to sell

We would like all donations to be in by January 22 so we can figure out how to pack it all into our suitcases!

I just did the math today, on our way to Uganda it will be 26 hours of travel (flights and layovers, but doesn’t include getting to the airport hours early) and then 24 hours of travel on the way home. All with a little girl that will be 16 months at the time and doesn’t like to sleep in strange places. It will be an adventure. We truly covet your prayers.

with love,
Chantel

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gifts that give back

What if when you gave a gift it gave joy to not only the one receiving it, but also someone on the other side of the world?

I’ve compiled a few ideas, unfortunately I want everything on the list. Here are a few ideas of gifts that give back:

BringLove.In

100% of the proceeds from each sale go directly to support the work that Bring Love In is doing in Ethiopia, meaning you can both look great and help create new families from widows and orphans at the same time!

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Ordinary Hero

 We are thrilled to be able to offer high quality products that directly benefit adoptive families and those traveling to serve through missions.

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The Vintage Pearl -a heart for africa

We have a heart to help the people in Africa… $5 from each necklace sold will go to African missions work. 

visit the store

Amazima

When you buy from Amazima, you employ a Ugandan woman, feed a hungry child, and receive a beautiful piece of jewelry to show your solidarity with Uganda wherever you go. 

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Noonday Collection

This company gives back in so many ways -not only does the money go to the women around the world making the items, but when you buy from Wynne’s store you are also helping support her adoption of her son, Camp.

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Happy shopping!

with love,
Chantel

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How Will YOU Change the World?

Ordinary people all over are standing up and changing the world.

Watching this video creates a wave of different emotions in me; sadness to see such brutal living conditions but also joy to see the beautiful transformations that are occurring. All because some people were willing to follow God’s call on their lives.

Mission Ethiopia (MissionEthiopia.com)
Ethiopian Youth Soccer (EthiopianYouthSoccer.com)
Project 61 (p61.org)
Embracing Hope Daycare (embracinghopeethiopia.com)

How will YOU change the world?

with love,
Chantel

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Change the World

Every year at this time it hits me at how off the mark we are with Christmas.

The billions of dollars that are spent throughout North America on gifts that aren’t necessary.

Sometimes this world disgusts me.

This year as we were buying more toys for Raeca it really struck me. She has enough toys as it is -she’s only one, how many toys can she play with at one time? Why am I buying her more toys when there are children around here and in other countries that don’t even have food? Or when more than 26,000 children under the age of 5 die per day from preventable diseases or treatable causes?

Sometimes I disgust myself.

Last night I told Jared that I want to change the world -and I was serious.

The first step in changing the world is to changing myself.

This is my journey.

with love,
Chantel

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