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“You chose the wrong girl God!”

I can only imagine that this was what Mary thought when she was pregnant with Jesus or when Queen Esther was told by her Uncle to save the Jews.

“You chose the wrong girl God!”

2018 was a hard year. Many times I felt inadequate to handle this missionary life. From problems in the ministry, to wondering if everything would collapse, fatigue and sickness that made me want to curl up and die, seeing needs without the finances to help, spiritual warfare taking its toll on my staff and having absolutely no clue what to do. I truly was stripped of everything I thought was important and my bare branches were exposed.

“You chose the wrong girl God!”

tumblr_static_winter_tree_by_epickittyness-d3dpj76“In spiritual winters, our fullness is thinned so that, undistracted by our giftings, we can focus on our character. In the absence of anything to measure, we are left with nothing to stare at except for our foundation. We begin to examine the motivations that support our deeds, the attitudes that support our words, the dead wood otherwise hidden beneath our busyness. Abundance may make us feel more productive, but emptiness has greater power to strengthen our souls.” Anonymous: Jesus Hidden Years…..my new favorite book!

In using my own strength to determine what I could or couldn’t do I inadvertently had removed God from the equation. Yes I loved Him, Yes I believed in Him, Yes I trusted Him and of course I spent time with Him everyday talking to Him about all these things.

So how did I get here?

How do I get out of it?

Look at how weak I am!

Look at my unbelief and how easily I am distracted and lose focus on You!

Why did You choose me to represent You to the lost when I am evidently lost myself.

2 Corinthians 12:9-11 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Helplessness tests us and reveals what is really in our hearts. Dependence on God not self reliance is the true friend of our soul.

45328000_10156746330298808_3825232954834026496_n“My daughter, you are weak and that is why I chose you. Strength is not given, it is grown. Through Me you will help grow My kingdom and change lives. I chose the right girl!”

Personally, I do not know whether my dreams will be fulfilled or if my sweat, tears and prayers are just planting seeds for someone else to watch bloom. I do not know if like Esther, one day God will say, “I rose you up for just a time as this,” or if, like Mary the mother of Jesus, I will wait and watch my dreams be crucified before they know resurrection. I do not know……but then being all-knowing, is not my job.

Continue to pray for me and my family as we serve in Nigeria. If you would like to become a prayer partner and receive our weekly prayer requests click Prayer Partner. 

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I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
Psalms 9:1

2018 was a very fruitful year for C.A.R.E. Africa and we give all the thanks and glory to our Lord and Savior! When we look back at our 2018 goals, and check off every single one, our hearts are overflowing with thankfulness to God. Without him stirring people’s hearts to support us prayerfully, financially and physically, none of this would have been possible.

If you followed our blogs you know that 2018 was also a very hard year for us. Spiritually we experienced attacks like never before. Honestly, we were not prepared and that is why 2019 we will be better equipped. Watch for our upcoming blog announcing our 2019 theme and goals for C.A.R.E.

Join us to thank the Lord for what he fulfilled in 2018.
1. Foundations Academy Egbe primary school opened.
2. Monthly sports outreach started.
3. Began weekly Egbe community search for the vulnerable.
4. Three children graduated secondary school and one was accepted to University.
5. First, annual, one-week kids camp held. Three children accepted Christ.
6. First, annual, staff spiritual retreat held in Miango.
7. C.A.R.E. van purchased for children, staff and team transportation.
8. Hired an AWANA director who will also serve in pastoral care.
9. Two USA teams traveled to Egbe. They were instrumental in the school renovation and the TIV outreach.
10. Water well project for TIV camp started.
11. Significant increase in sale of C.A.R.E. products in USA
12. Caregiver microfinance program started. It is designed to support entrepreneurship and alleviate poverty.

As of today we have 55 children and 45 caregivers/foster parents registered in our programs. 

As we continue to walk faithfully please join us in prayer for the new year and new opportunities it will present.

 

DSC_0470PVD or Parent Visitation Day is a day in Nigerian schools where the parents are invited to come and see what their child has been doing. Foundations Academy Egbe just had our first PVD day! As I walked around and observed the individual meetings with each child, caregiver and teacher I started to lose it. I had to go to the back of the center and cry outside so no one would see me. They were happy tears, thankful tears and tears of exhaustion. I experienced an overwhelming sense of  joy and saw Christ’s love right in front of my face that day. These children were each told what they were doing well and how great they were. They were also told what they needed to work on. It was all done in a loving environment and the caregiver and the child were united. No shame, no fear and no judgement.

DSC_0284This school is the missing piece to the puzzle for our family based care program. We can disciple these kids, love these kids, preach to these kids, but when they spend 8 hours a day in a school system that fosters, shame, fear, cheating, bullying and promotion regardless of your ability to comprehend the subjects….we are fighting a losing battle. The C.A.R.E. Africa partnership with Foundations Academy completes our holistic approach to the care of the vulnerable children God has placed in our care. With C.A.R.E. Africa and Foundations Academy, we can now confidently say we are raising up a generation that will make a difference.

Help us buy computers for our center by visiti (1)

One week ago we celebrated #GivingTuesday. We wanted to give everyone an update to let you know we were able to raise $710 for computers for our center. Thank you so much to everyone that prayed, shared emails, Facebook posts and spread the word. We are so grateful and will send pictures once the computers have arrived!

 

Please help us by spreading the word to all your family and friends. Forward this email or post to Facebook this message and attached picture.

“Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now #GivingTuesday. Would you consider donating today to C.A.R.E. Africa to help their school purchase computers so they can have a computer class for their kids. Visit http://bit.ly/CAREcomputers to learn more and donate.“

Help us buy computers for our center by visiti

Help us buy computers for our center by visiti

Black Friday, Cyber Monday.
#GivingTuesday on November 27th

Please help us spread the word for #GivingTuesday one week from today. Forward this email to as many people as you know or copy this picture and post to your Facebook page. Last but not least just post this link http://bit.ly/CAREcomputers on any social media and tag it with #GivingTuesday to help us raise awareness and support!

For #GivingTuesday we are raising money for computers for our center. Currently we have a beautiful area in our Library sitting ready for a computers. We need these computers not only for our Primary school but also for our Secondary school kids.

In our Primary school we want to give them the basics. Our secondary kids have to take their JAMB (SAT/ACT equivalent) on a computer. Some have never even used a computer before. Asking them to take an exam on a computer that will determine if they can get acceptance into University when they have never even used one, is just crazy. They become overwhelmed and end up failing the exam. We also want to teach them how to do research and type very well so they are ready for University.

Overall, having computers for our kids to use will help them in the future to excel in University and one day in interviews for jobs. Help us empower our children and spread the word on #GivingTuesday.

DSC_0008Meet Mommy Okikiola and Mommy Favour Girl……yes that is what we call them. These are two of our caregivers in our program. They take care of Okikiola and Favour.

Mommy Okikiola is actually the Aunt of Okikiola. Okikiola was abandoned by her father when she was very young. A few years later she was then abandoned by her mother. When we met Okikiola she was not in school and she was with living with her Aunt. Her Aunt was owing 3 terms of school fees to Okikiola’s school and was voiceless and exhausted.

Mommy Favour got pregnant out of wedlock when she was very young and the boyfriend abandoned her. She was living with her mother and trying to complete  seamstress training. When we met her Favour was not in school because she didn’t have money for school fees. She was voiceless and exhausted.

dsc_0206.jpgA year ago a missionary in Egbe showed me a trivet from Burundi she had bought that was made out of bottle caps and African cloth. She told me I should try and see if I could do this in Egbe with our caregivers. With the help of google I was able to learn how to make these beautiful pieces and train Mommy Okikiola and Mommy Favour. They make one piece about every 3 days and get paid immediately upon completion.

C.A.R.E. Africa’s vision and mission is To Invest Courage into the Voiceless and Exhausted. Empowerment is one of the many programs we offer to accomplish this. Both of these women have been empowered by learning how to make trivets. Help us empower them by purchasing one, two or three trivets for Christmas this year. They are only $8.00 and have the C.A.R.E. Africa label on the back stating that they were handmade in Nigeria. Order now to have yours by Christmas! Visit our Etsy store at http://bit.ly/CAREtrivet to place your order.