Friday, August 21, 2015

The World Race is on! Leaving in 4 short months- how to join me on the journey!

Shadows danced on the lawn. Doubt filled my mind, but it was quickly replaced by a peace that I couldn't understand but knew was from God. I sat on the porch, the sun blinking through the clouds again. The cool breeze was on my face, comforting me. It was time. God said YES!



 Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

God told me to GO!

I just didn't know how to move forward or what to do next. I trusted God to guide me. To give me what I needed so I could fulfill the purposes He has for me.

I will be going to 11 countries in 11 months, as you may have heard by now ;)

The next part is that I need you to be a part of this journey with me. I want to formally invite you to join me on this exciting adventure to reach those around the world who may have no more hope. Who need to experience another person's love firsthand before they know anything about God. My hope is in God and it is my passion to share this with others.

God redeemed me from a dark past where I felt like there was no longer any hope. God set me free and made me new, in His light and with His unfailing love.


He can do this for you too! He can do this for his children and people all around the world.

Will you join me on this exciting mission to reach others with freedom, love, and redemption and HOPE?

Please send me a comment or message letting me know that you want to GO on this journey with me!

I need you to join my team that will encourage me, equip me, and lift me up in prayer so we can go on this journey around the world to help that lost girl find redemption, to help that orphan child feel love, to give hope again to a poor family, or to reach out to that single mother living on crumbs. Or to reach out to that widow that needs to feel comforted and cared for again.

God can work through all of us to do these things and more!

Please reply, comment or contact me on here or at my World Race blog to drop a line, saying YES or GO that you want to join the team and tell me how:

1.) Encouragement: Send me a message, comment or a note. Penpals, anyone? I love getting letters and words of encouragement to boost me along on this journey and this is valued immensely!

Proverbs 16:24 Kind words are like honey—    sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. 


2.) Prayer: Pray for me before and during and after this journey!

3.) Ideas/Fund-raising Team: How to make this journey happen, helping to host/come up with ideas for fund-raising events/how to help with life out in 11 countries, etc

4.) Generosity/Giving: The funds needed to make this happen! Your kindness and generosity will help send me out to the nations where I can do life-changing work and help many people in need!

The easiest way to give is to go directly to my World Race page here and click on the Orange Support me tab at the top or click here and make sure it says my name, Jennifer Silverman. 

To send a check:
Please mail your tax-deductible contribution to:
Adventures in Missions
P.O. Box 742570
Atlanta, GA 30374-2570
Be sure to put my name: Jennifer Silverman in the memo line please, so it goes to me! Make it payable to Adventures in Missions, but remember to put my name on the memo line. Thank you!
In order to go, I need to establish a team that will join me, stand with me, and send me on this journey. It's more than the finances, though those are needed.



This is a heart journey, a relationship partnership. It's joining a team and if you feel led or any stirring or something in your heart to join the team, please contact me with which number above you'd like to help with and tell me 2 things about yourself and 4 things I can pray for, for you!


My goal to be able to go is $16, 962.

Yes, that is a lot.

That's why I need a team around me and lots of prayer!

But I am trusting God to help pave the way.

And that's where I need your help!

My next deadline is for $5000, needed by October 5th.

This means the world to me, as I need YOU to do this! Thank you for considering to join the team and help out, so I can be sent to the nations with your help. You rock! 

We will be on this journey together and I will be updating you and keeping in touch with you, learning about your heart and your life as I share mine and lift you up in prayer too, as this is a partnership and I value you and look forward to getting to know you/know you better, as we are on this team and journey together and will fight together!

Thank you for reading!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Silverman




Thursday, January 8, 2015

All this Time: God is always with you!

Ever wonder if you are really making a difference? If your words or actions matter? If your efforts add up to something meaningful? Something with a purpose? Something that will really help someone else?

On your own, they don't.

But with God, we can learn how even the simplest things can be a blessing and give true purpose to our lives.

In the midst of our chaos, we can sometimes forget what our purpose is. We can easily forget our true identity in Christ.

Ever wonder if God is really there for you? If he hears? If he listens?


When I was searching for meaning in the middle of the storms, God spoke to my heart.


"Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name. You are mine." 



Like waves in the ocean, a feeling a peace rushed over me. That doesn't mean all the storms in my life have stopped. It means that God whispers to my heart, reminding me He is always right here with me. He is right there with you, He loves you and comforts you and takes you in His arms. He fills you up. He is always right by your side.

But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine." Isaiah 43:1

Remember that it can be the smallest thing that makes a huge difference. A smile. Praying for a friend. Praying with a friend. Sharing encouragement. Offering a helping hand. Doing what you are able to show your friends you care. It all is for a purpose. And makes a huge difference. Often, when we get that urge to reach out or say something to someone to encourage them, it can be very timely. It can be God putting it on our hearts to help each other. This is how we can make a difference and speak and act out in love for each other. 

Here's a video to express how God's love is around us and He truly is always with us even if we don't see Him or understand Him- All this Time by Britt Nicole

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Orphan

It was Christmas and I wanted more than anything to adopt this little boy I met at an orphanage in South Korea. 

When I first met him, it was as if I knew immediately there was something special about him. He stole my heart because he was so precious and God stirred something in me to recognize something in his spirit- He is one of God's children, present or future, it doesn't matter, He is God's. And he needs to be loved! We only got to spend a short time with the children, passing out gifts and taking pictures, as we were visiting multiple orphanages that day. But there was just something about this little boy, 8 years old, that really made me ache for him to have a family to be there for him in the ways he needed. 
The next day, I went back with my friends to give him gloves and a hat that I had bought for him to keep him warm in the winter. He may have thanked me; it didn't really matter at the time, but I could tell he was so excited to get the gift, it made him light up!

 In the gift, he may have seen acceptance or love or someone who believed in him. It may have just been cool to get an extra Christmas gift to show off to his friends! But I held onto the memory of his sweet spirit and I still pray for him when I think of him. His mom is still in the picture, from what I had heard when I had visited the next day after our Christmas visit. But she is unable to take care of him. I would have loved to adopt him if I were able. But I know that through my prayers, I can make a difference in his life. Through God working in his life, he will see that people believe in him. That people care about him and love him. He will feel God's arms around him. He will stand strong and tall one day as a man of God. 
Please say a pray for him today as Christmas is nearing again, 3 years later. Pray that God strengthens him and warms his heart and provides for all his needs, that he recognizes God's love for him and comes to know him. That God raises up a family to be there for him and love him always. 
God promises us, "I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you." John 14:18
This promise can apply to you as well. If you ever felt abandoned, remember that God will never leave you, He will come to you and rescue you and comfort you! For all the ways people fail us or fall short or disappoint or hurt, there is a reason. People were not made to fully meet all our needs! We cannot always love each other perfectly. Only with God is there perfect love. Still, God calls us to love others even in the pain, even when they disappoint us. Even when we fail. 
God desires you and loves you just as if you were an orphan who needed someone to be there for them! His heart melts for orphans and praying for them can help us to draw nearer to God as we learn more about His heart for His people. And His heart for us. God loves you more than you could imagine. Stop. For a moment. And think about it. God promises He will never let you go. Even if you run away uninterested or deny Him. His heart breaks, but He loves you and our God is a God who pursues and fights for the ones He loves, which is really an amazing thing that I am super thankful for!
 When has God come through for you and rescued you in a powerful or surprising way? Please comment below. I would love to hear your stories about orphans or anything related! 
 (These pictures are of other precious children we visited. I did not get a copy of the picture with the little boy I so wanted to adopt! However, the little one not pictured could also be "your" little one that you spiritually adopt and commit to pray for- check out this awesome site that allows you the privilege of praying for an orphan- one who is on God's heart! Or pray for these cherished children waiting to be adopted today. It's as easy as asking God if He would have you pray for a certain child and printing out their picture to share with your family and friends to pray for!) 

Deut. 31:6 I thought all three of these versions spoke out strong truths! What parts of these verses- what words stand out to you or touch you the most?
New International Version
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
New Living Translation
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you."
English Standard Version
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

I am going on The World Race! I will be joining a team through Adventures in Missions, going to 11 countries in 11 months to share God's love with the least of these: orphans, widows, the poor, and human trafficking victims.  Learn more on my World Race blog here.



Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Do Compassion Sponsors really make a personal difference? Do they touch lives in a real way? One Life Forever Changed

The following letter was written by Ruzamba Niyomwungeli, a 24 year old graduate of our Child Sponsorship Program. It was written in Kinyarwanda and translated into English at the Compassion Rwanda country office.

“Life has meaning when someone touches it at tender age. Someone stood out and shaped my life. I believe in life of fullness. Thank you my sponsor where ever you are.”
- Ruzamba Niyomwungeli
I really do not know what I would be looking like if Compassion had not touched my life when I was at the age of four – sick, starved, almost naked and frustrated with no hope. Thanks God. 

God has been on my side since I was a child up to today. I really extend my sincere gratitude to my loved sponsor who stood by my side up to now, and I do promise that I will never disappoint him or God, who has been witnessing my daily life. Thank you my sponsor.

child-support-letter-ruzamba-niyomwungeliPresently, I am a mature adult, and above all it’s through your hands I grew up to become an adult with a mission to change my family, my community, my country and the world at large. My dear sponsor what can I give you and what can I say if it had not been your incomparable love you extended to me and my family. I believe in the next day, that I always count as a day of grace and new hope.

My sponsor, I do love you and wish you to see God’s grace day by day. My prayers rest in the hands of God. God of mercy bless my sponsor and Compassion. By God’s love I am who I am because of what you did for my life, where my parents were unable to support me in all the aspects of life.

I cried in my neighborhood, but no one listened to me. I called to my neighbors because of hunger, but there was no boon coming to me. I was sick in my bed, but no one could render a service. But not far from God’s hands, a sponsor, a parent, came to me from the far country that is beyond the sea where my eyes could not imagine a thought. What a blessing and love. God I am too special in your eyes. Thank you God.

My sponsor stretched out both his arms to bring me back to the foundation of hope where I stand right now – with all the courage to make a difference which is positive for my life, my family and my community. God of mercy, bless my sponsor and Compassion.

My sponsor, you became the spiritual, economic and intellectual garb I wear now. You became a friend where many people were not able to welcome me.

My sponsor, I believe that God will always be with you. I really want to assure you that what you did in my life has touched thousands of lives through me; for now I am grown up and am making a positive difference in my family, community, and more especially in my church where I was blessed from.

The God of mercy who brought me to your life is the same God who gave me this real time to say that I really thank you. My sponsor, you came into my life when I could not speak write or read, but now I do write and read. What a friend I do have!

My sponsor, you are my friend, and I do credit you most of my blessings. I believe God has heard my prayers for you, as you pray for me.

Blessings to you.
Ruzamba Niyomwungeli

Courtesy of Compassion International

Please pray for these children in Rwanda, who like this young man, Ruzamba, hope and pray for someone to reach out to them in love today to truly change their lives! See who they are! 

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Birthday Dreams and Tattered Clothes: One Child who needs Hope


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Re-posted from  Stephanie Nunez


 I was looking through Compassion, and saw a sad face.  I typically do not have the reaction I experienced.  This picture literally made me cry.  Unfortunately, I can not sponsor a third child.  It's not financially possible, and my husband reconfirmed that for me.

This little boy, Demelash from Ethiopia, is most likely wearing pass-me-down clothes from an older sister.  A pink, torn up tracksuit.  His little face shows no hope, and his birthday is May 1st!  I'd love for prayers so we can find this child a sponsor.  Take one look at his face, and you can see how desperately in need he truly is.

Thank you for your prayers, and a million thanks to anyone who can help this precious boy, Demelash.

*Praise God for providing for Demelash! Please keep reading below to see other children who, like him, have been waiting for the support and love of someone like you! 



With Love and Prayers,
         Stephanie Nunez


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When we sponsor a child, we shout out our love with volumes, but also with a loving embrace.This is an act of love that any child of any country and any language understands and is immensely changed by.

Their whole life is changed, because you decided to love them from wherever you are in the world.

One choice, one click, one prayer, can change a child's life forever. One child is waiting for your help today!

Please pray for these other children, like Demelash in Ethiopia, who have been waiting a long time for a sponsor as well! 

Or look at the children who have been waiting the longest, regardless of country! 

These children below, from Ethiopia and other countries too, have been patiently waiting and hoping for a sponsor and for some light to shine in their dark world. 






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Please pray for Sostenes who is only 4 years old and you can just see how great his need is from this picture and from his eyes.

Do you see his extended belly? This is a sign of malnutrition and a low protein state in the body- (read more on that here.)

Clearly a sign that he needs help and prayer and all the love and support he can get now- please start praying for him and don't stop until he gets a sponsor!

Pray that he gets a loving sponsor who will encourage him and that he come to know Christ soon!

Sostenes  is from Tanzania and has been waiting almost 250 days for a sponsor! Please pray for this precious child in need!

Sostenes' birthday is August 30th. He enjoys ball games and hide and seek.

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Shruit is an 8 year old girl from India who lives in an area with high risk of exploitation and abuse- it is possible to be sold into sexual slavery in this area, especially at her age.

Shruti enjoys art and reading and there are 4 children in her family. 

*Praise!

 God has come quickly to rescue Shruti 

Pray for other girls like her waiting for a sponsor and in risk of being sold into sexual slavery. 


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Pray for 7 year old Kalkidan from Ethiopia 
Her birthday is August 6th, 2005
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Pray for 8 year old Dibora from Ethiopia
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Please pray for 6 year old Bilal from Ethiopia who has been waiting 217 days and lives in an AIDS affected area

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Please share below in the comments- I would like to hear from you! Have you considered sponsoring a child or do you have a sponsored child that you chose for their birthday or special day? Or what other ways have you chosen the child you sponsor? Or are you still considering your decision?

Have you decided to sponsor a child? Please share with me- I would love to hear this great news and pray for you and your child! Send me an email at jsilverman286 at gmail dot com.

Please pray for 6 year old Mebrat from Ethiopia- her birthday was just on May 2nd and she needs your love and support now! Pray that God comes quickly to her and shows she is not forgotten- that she is His child!
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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Happy Birthday! Compassion Kids Spolight: Birthdays around the World!




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Please pray for Niyotwizera- I had to stop for a moment to pray for this young and precious son of God who looks so scared and downtrodden from life- he is really one of the littlest ones or least of these that we are called to love and protect! Niyotwizera is from Rwanda and just turned 6 today. He also lives in an area affected by AIDS, which puts him even more at risk and in need of your support today.

Watch this powerful video of a music artist's visit to the country and what we can do to help! 
Please PRAY that God rushes in to pick up this little one and embrace him with His love and that he does powerful things with his life. My heart hurts for him- please consider sponsoring him- and please pray about it first! It is crucial to consider the benefits of long term sponsorship and to really be sure you can make a solid and long term commitment to this precious child who desperately needs stable love and consistency in his life.

Pray for Niyotwizera that he gets a loving sponsor soon and pray for other boys like him in Rwanda who also need a sponsor! 

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Pray for Uwamahoro who is only 5 years old and lives in the country of Rwanda.

Her birthday is August 8th. Please show your love and support for the littlest of these today!

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*Praise God that He has provided for her!

Young girls like her continue (unsuppored, no life line) to live in a high risk area for exploitation and abuse, which means that she is at risk of being sold into sexual slavery or taken advantage of. Having a Compassion sponsor would protect girls like her from this and allow a wall of defense to be put around her, as she would then have the means and support necessary to be protected against this.

She is waiting and hoping for someone like YOU to step up to defend her and show her she is worthy and loved! She is a precious child of God, please pray that God comes quickly to rescue and defend her and please consider sponsoring a girl like her if you feel led to give your love and support!

Pray for other girls like her in Bangladesh also waiting for a sponsor like you! 

There are also many girls similar to her living in a high risk area in India, that also face the horrifying reality of being sold into sexual slavery- please pray for these girls today!

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Meet Abdurkerim who just turned 11 today and lives in Ethiopia. He enjoys soccer and group games.

Please pray that he comes to know Christ and that God works in his life in a big way! Abdurkerim has been patiently waiting for a sponsor for a long time- for 225 days!

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Praise that Kamilajini has gotten a sponsor! She just turned 8 and lives in Sri Lanka. Pray she continues to get support and encouragement to survive and thrive in the dangerous environment she lives in!

Pray that she comes to know Christ and is surrounded by God's love and presence!

Pray for another girl like her in Sri Lanka who needs your prayers and love today!

Pray for a girl who has been waiting a long time for a sponsor in Bolivia!

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Mebrat's birthday is today! She is wearing a lovely pink dress, but is lacking much of the love and support she needs today to reach her full potential in Christ.

She is 6 years old today and from Ethiopia, where she lives in an area affected by AIDS.Though she lives a world away from many of us, she is still a child with many similarities to other children her age.  She likes to play with dolls and is is kindergarten.

Please pray for her that God shows her His amazing love. Her eyes speak the sadness that she has experienced.

Please show your love today and pray for a sponsor for her that will support her and provide what she needs most of all for her birthday- your love, Jesus.



I challenge you to pray for the other girls in Ethiopia who, like Mebrat, desperately are waiting and hoping for YOU to lift them up in prayer to our Father!

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Suporn is now 11 years old, a young girl  from Thailand. Her bright smiles and cheerful outlook show that with support, she will blossom and grow into a strong and beautiful young woman in the future.

Please pray for the other girls like her, also in Thailand who need a sponsor just like Suporn!

There are 4 children in her family. She enjoys singing, playing with dolls and playing house.She helps her family with gathering firewood, washing clothes and cleaning.Her parents, like many other adults in the area, are sometimes employed as farmers and make about the same as $53 US dollars a month.

Please continue to  pray for Suporn that God provides her a new sponsor with all she needs to be a long term and loving sponsor. Pray that those around her, along with her sponsor, will be a stable source of love and God's light in her life.

 


Pray that these birthday children (as well as many others around the world!) will see Christ's love today and that He provides for them in His perfect way. 



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*Praise God that Imanashimwe has received a sponsor! 


Imanashimwe makes her home with her stepfather and her mother. Carrying water, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen are her household duties. Her stepfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 5 children in the family.

For fun, Imanashimwe enjoys walking, playing ball games and running. She attends church activities regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.

Your love and support will help Imanashimwe to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. She also lives in an AIDS affected area.  Please pray for her protection and health and for her to come to know Christ! Pray for the other girls in Rwanda who have been waiting for a sponsor too! Pray for girls who have a birthday today to get a great gift of love on their special day!

Please also pray for the all of the children in Rwanda who have been waiting for a sponsor to guide them and protect them and show them light which is hard to see in the dark world where they live! Give them hope and light today!  



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 Pray for all of these young people and children in Christ- that He won't give up on seeking them and that He will come quickly to rescue them and show them His amazing love!


How did you choose your child to sponsor? Do you think birthdays are a good way to choose a child- why or why not? 

 Do you have a sponsored child's birthday coming up? 

I want to hear from YOU! What do you want to read and learn about and what do you want to hear more about?

Have you considered sponsoring a child or do you have a sponsored child that you chose for their birthday or special day? Or what other ways have you chosen the child you sponsor? Or are you still considering your decision?



I understand that not everyone is able to make this financial commitment of $38 a month, but please pray for these kids- if everyone committed to prayer for these children, more of them would find a loving sponsor!  Search here for a child who needs support and commit to pray for them!

Please pray for these precious children with special needs- physical or mental- that desperately and vitally need support and love from you today!

Have you decided to sponsor a child? Please share with me- I would love to hear this great news and pray for you and your child! Send me an email at jsilverman286 at gmail dot com. 


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Compassion Kids Spotlight: Breath-taking Brisa from Mexico



Brisa is a 4 year old who caught my heart and stopped my breath when I saw her page.

She is so young and so in need of God to catch hold of her with His love.

My heart cries out to her, wishing I could sponsor yet another child! But I know I have made my commitment to several children and want to make sure I am able to sponsor them long term.


Brisa is from Mexico and has been waiting 180 days for a sponsor. Please pray for her and view her page to learn a little more about her life and how you can pray for her. Please consider sponsoring her and making this commitment that will have a powerful, far-reaching and eternal impact on this precious little girl's life.


Brisa has 6 children in her family and she loves art! Her birthday is in the summer- on August 26th!




View Brisa's page here and please pray for her that God wraps his arms around her and comes quickly to rescue her!




I understand that not everyone is able to make this financial commitment of $38 a month, but please pray for these kids- if everyone committed to prayer for these children, more of them would find a loving sponsor!  Search here for a child who needs support and commit to pray for them!



Have you decided to sponsor a child? Please share with me- I would love to hear this great news and pray for you and your child! Send me an email at jsilverman286 at gmail dot com.


I would like to hear from you- have you had a personal immediate reaction to seeing the picture of a child in need?