The Thanksgiving and Christmas season is wonderful time for family and friends to recognize all that God has given them and express joy and gratitude to God and others for all the many blessings enjoyed. This season is also a time to remember those who without such blessings, not out of guilt or obligation, but out of genuine desire to steward generously God’s kindness towards us in the lives of others.
This year, we are embarking on a 40-day challenge called Libere 2012. This 40-day challenging, beginning Monday, November 21 will take us through the end of the calendar year and provide a practical and accessible way for you to join us in remembering the “least of these” among us–orphans in Haiti.
Right now, there are 1,572 Haitian orphans under the direct care and nurture of our indigenous network of 13 churches. Still under the weight of the crushing earthquake and other natural disasters like cholera and mass flooding, these orphans are without the basics life, such as regular food supply, clean and safe drinking water, and a good education.
What we have done is partner with churches and organizations to provide the relief and aid these children desperately need. All together, for $65,000 (or $5000 per church), we can provide two meals a day, clean/safe drinking water, and education for all 1,572 orphans. And our goal and prayer is to meet that need in the 40 days we have remaining in 2011.
This challenge does more than simply provide immediate relief for the orphans. We have created a comprehensive system which includes training of church leaders on water sanitation, better food processing, efficient delivery system of goods and services, and purchasing through local companies to boost their own economy and provide more jobs. Our desire is not to create a state of dependence on outside resources; rather, we are seeking to leverage such resources to foster long-term development for communities while granting immediate relief and aid through the churches we support.
* Would you consider joining us for this 40 day challenge?
* Will you pray that God will move upon hearts to see the need and answer the call?
* Will you consider financially supporting the cause of loving orphans and giving them an opportunity to succeed in education, protect them from life-threatening diseases, and provide them will physical and spiritual nourishment?
Regardless of when you discover this challenge, it is never too late to join in. Libere 2012 is all about ordinary people with extraordinary faith in the God who answers according to His riches in glory. May God be glorified in our dependence upon Him!