When Aury (left) was 8, she went door to door to take out people's trash in exchange for two-day old bread. At school no one wanted to be her friend because of her work. They called her trash. Compassion has helped her rise above all that. As a part of the Leadership Development Program she is in her final year of college, studying business management. She thanks Compassion for changing her future on earth and in heaven. "It's meant that I can dream again." Now she is pleased to be sharing God's great love for children that grew up the way she did.
Our speaker here at the Compassion (RichDrama.com/Compassion) Artist and Speaker Retreat is Mark Yaconelli. We heard his father Mike speak, only months before his untimely death, at a Compassion retreat at Michael W. Smith's ranch. Mike founded Youth Specialties. Mark is just as funny.
He's talking about the call to retreat. The artists and speakers here are constantly on the go, giving. Compassion has invested in us as partners in ministry. We're here for about the same price as it would have been to be sleeping on bunks in the US. He said we are the poor and needy, just as much, though in different ways, as the ones we serve here. We're here to rest and be served. We're here for Sabbath. He said, on the same level of importance, God said, "Don't kill anyone, and take a day off."
He said there's a tribe in east Africa that counts a child's birthday from the day the parents conceived the idea of having a child. The mother would then go out alone to hear the song of that child. She teaches it to her husband. The song is sung throughout the child's life from conception to death. We're hear to listen for God's song for each of us.
Dear family, friends and fellow believers,My apologizes for requesting again that you sign another petition but... The save the 911 memorial group is trying to get the "powers that be" to do the right. Currently the first responders will be listed together by their firehouse -- which is one battle that has been won. However, it will not state if someone was a FF. or LT. or Chief or Chaplain. Also the families of the civilians want their love ones listed with their fellow employees. All of cantor fitzgerald's employees need to be listed together so history can remember that one company lost over 600 people. The website explains the current plan and what the families would like to see.I believe that the listing of the names will either teach the truth of that day or in will blur it. If you have a moment please read the information on the website. www.savethe911memorial.comThank you.Ann Van Hine
Jan 27, 2007
(914) 287-7620 or
Last night, when I performed Lazarus by Sean Gaffney I picked a gal to interact with, based on where she was sitting. She asked me afterward if it was based on her Lazarus story. She was told she'd need heart surgery, but her friends (including Jim and Pat LaBossier, who invited me to perform) prayed for her. When she returned for a presurgery scan the doctor questioned whether he had the right image! He compared it to the scan that convinced him she needed the surgery. He said they looked like two completely different hearts! Praise the Lord, our Healer. Pray for her continued healing as she recovers from the cancer that caused the heart condition.
That story warms my heart now that I'm back in NYC, where the temperature is dropping fast.
Jamey had agreed to speak afterward, but he came down with a cold and asked if I'd excuse him. I saw him on the first row, so after the play I thought I should at least acknowledge his presence. Much to my surprise he came to the stage. He said, "Rich didn't think I was going to speak, but I had to tell you that today would have been Eric Liddell's 105th birthday." He went on to describe how Uncle Eric was a father figure to so many children who were separated from their families.
Dr. Taylor saw the play for the second time, and he brought his wife, Leone, and their grandson. I introduced him to the audience after the show as Jim Hudson Taylor, V, but that's this young man's cousin. This great-great-great grandson of Hudson Taylor is Devin Taylor Alsin. He attends University of Washington in Seattle (the only place I ever came in last in a race: steeplechase against some big schools). Devin is here to study finances for a semester. I was quite honored to hear how much he enjoyed the play. I told the audience that he may not have the name, but I'm sure he carries the mantle to accomplish great things for the Lord.
recaps his decision not to run on a Sunday and goes on to say, "What
fewer people know about Liddell is his connection with China." It
tells how he was born in Tianjin, was schooled in the UK, and then
returned to China in 1925. "He would spend the rest of his days in
China, in Tianjin and then Shaochang near Shanghai, before dying of
illness in a Japanese prison camp in Weifang, Shandong, in 1945.
There is a memorial for him in Weifang, and he is interred at the
Mausoleum for Martyrs in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province."
Zach has left a comment on your post "Amazing Grace opens February 23":
Hi, I'm a 9th grader who is an abolitionist. I'm grateful you're helping educate my generation about God's heart for the oppressed and how we can take our place in history. This is something I care about a lot and speak to students around the nation about. I'm also the student spokesperson for The Amazing Change. One of the things we're trying to do is to get 390,000 signatures on a petition to abolish slavery. Wilberforce was able to do this 200 years ago without technology. I'd appreciate your help. People can sign a hard copy and mail it in (and gather signatures of friends) or they can sign online at www.TheAmazingChange.com.
Freedom. IS 1:17 Zach.
They're celebrating Jessica's 15th birthday. This afternoon I'm giving them an acting lesson.
Oh, by the way, it's crazy hair day.
One of the speakers in Colorado Springs last week talked about being living sacrifices. I'm grateful to be more alive through that kind of death since the ultimate sacrifice has already enabled eternal life!
The money is thrown at his feet for good luck: A practice undoubtedly rooted in ancestor worship.
Joyce recently learned that the average introverted person will influence 10,000 different people in his or her lifetime. Makes you want to consider what kind of an influence you're making.
Okay, now we're directly over the North Pole, but the picture isn't as interesting: It's 5:45 in the afternoon in NYC, 6:45 in the morning in Beijing, and I don't know what time that makes it on the North Pole, but it's dark. No, wait! I see a light. I think it's... Could it be? Yes! I think it's Parka Pete!
That's a character I've done at various kids camps. Pete intends to beam himself to the North Pole but winds up at camp ... dressed for the tundra.
In all seriousness. Joyce and I did take a moment of Hope for the globe from up here. Click "Pray for the World" in the right column to pray for the whole world from wherever you are.
Wilberforce went on to lead the drive to abolish the slave trade, and that story is told throught the upcoming film, Amazing Grace.
It opens February 23, and I encourage you to see it opening night to cast your vote for more movies like it.
Visit the website, AmazingGraceMovie.com. There is a two-minute trailer, several resources and a Group Sales connection.
I told the youth in Colorado Springs two nights ago that there are 28 million slaves in the world today. I was glad to see from the website's link to the Amazing Change Campaign that the number has gone down by one million since I heard the statistic several years ago. We're moving in the right direction. Click here to be a part of the amazing change.