As the departure time for our planned Compassion Sponsors Missions Trip to Ethiopia has approached, some of you have been asking me about the status of the trip. We were to have left August 3rd, which (as I write this) is tomorrow! I can’t believe August is already here.
Unfortunately, we did not have enough people registered in time to make the trip possible for this year. We are talking with Compassion about options for rescheduling a similar trip in the future. I am still anxiously looking for the day that you are able to meet the children that have been sponsored through the WJTL community.
Though it is disappointing that we are not able to go on the dates we originally planned, I am confident that God’s timing is perfect and still prayerfully have my sights set on an opportunity to return with you many of you to see the faces of the children that you sponsored.
I’ll take this opportunity too, to remind any of you who currently sponsor a child to send them a letter today … and if you don’t yet, check out compassioninternational.com to find out how.
It’s that time of year again; it’s time to vote in the 13th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards sponsored by the Lancaster Newspapers, Inc. Cast your vote and support your favorites! WJTL is once again up for Favorite Radio Station and we’d be honored to have your vote! You can look for the ballot in the June 2nd Sunday News and in the Intelligencer Journal /Lancaster New Era this week. You can also vote at LancasterOnline.com June 3 through 6. Look for us in the Miscellaneous catetory. Be sure to fill out all of the pertinent information so that your vote is counted. Results will be published in the Sunday News on August 25.
Christ in Action: UPDATE: After much deliberation and discussion CIA has decided to cancel the trip from this area scheduled to go to Oklahoma. There has been such an increidble response from the community and around the country to accomplish immediate needs. Also, “Homes were completely demolished so we are not going in and helping the homeowner clear things out of their home and prepare for remodeling. In this case, they simply saved what they could in memories and the rest is being completely bulldozed and taken away. People are staying with relatives and friends and are not really in the area at this time.”
Keep up to date with Christ in Action’s Facebook page.
Feed the Children: Feed The Children has already responded with basic essentials for the families in Shawnee, OK and provided several pallets of water and frozen lasagna to The Salvation Army and The Red Cross – who are already providing services to those in need.
Cash donations to help with Feed The Children’s disaster relief efforts and help defray the transportation costs of food and essentials needed for the families of those affected can be made by phone, call: 800-627-4556 or online at www.feedthechildren.org
Samaritans Purse: Information for how to volunteer with Samaritans Purse are available at samaritanspurse.org Chainsaw skills are helpful but not required. Volunteers will be working primarily on debris clean up, chainsaw work and roof tarping.
The Salvation Army: Responding with teams to areas affected. Providing meals and food items, emotional and spiritual care, working with local officials and more. Inviting everyone to pray and give financially. Supporters are encouraged to give online or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”
Love From Lancaster County: Partnering with Touch of Color Flooring in Harrisburg to collect relief items for those in need . For information Email Joell or go to Facebook – Love From Lancaster County
Lancaster Area Habitat for Humanity: Collecting financial donations. Donations of cash, check, credit card, or securities are accepted and all donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to “Lancaster Area Habitat for Humanity” and mailed to LAHFH, 443 Fairview Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603 or delivered in person to Habitat ReStore during business hours. Gifts can also be made online. Will assist with cleanup, repairs and new construction efforts as need and available resources become clearer. 717-392-8836 LancasterHabitat.org
Southern Regional Police Officer’s Association (Conestoga): Collecting items through 6/18 to deliver to Oklahoma City.
- Bottled Water
- Sports drinks
- Energy/granola bars
- Hand sanitizer
- Diapers, Baby Wipes, Formula
- Non-perishables: canned fruit/vegetables, pasta, peanut butter, pudding, tea, powdered drink mix
- Cleaning supplies, Work gloves
- Toiletries (i.e.- toothpaste, mouthwash, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, deodorant,)
- Sun block, Insect repellant
- Monetary donations will also be accepted. They can be in the form of Pre-paid Visa cards, or checks made payable to SRPOA, note “tornado relief” in the memo line. They can be mailed to SRPOA at P.O. Box 254 Conestoga Pa 17516 ** Attn: Cpl. Michener.
- Volunteers are also needed
Items can be dropped off at the Southern Regional Police Department between the hours of 8AM and 1 PM, Monday thru Friday. Weekend or after hour deliveries may be arranged by calling 717-461-2323 Information available at southernregionalpolice.com
If you were one of the many who have sponsored a child from a project in Ethiopia during WJTL’s 26 Hours of Compassion, I would love to have you join me and other WJTL listeners August 3 thru 10 on a special trip designed just for us to go meet our children, spend time serving alongside the people in Ethiopia, and see firsthand how Compassion is working through the local church in Ethiopia.
You’ll attend a church service with our brothers and sisters in Addis Ababa, spend time with the children at the projects, lead some VBS style activities, visit some children’s homes, work alongside some church partners on some service projects, get to know students in the Leadership Development program, and of course spend plenty of time playing with our kids and taking them on a special fun day! What an opportunity to join together as a community and go share the Love of Jesus while making memories together. Of course there will be sight seeing and many chances to learn about Ethiopian culture along the way.
STACEY GAGNE –
During our 26 Hours of Compassion events in 2010 and 2013, WJTL listeners have sponsored children from 2 specific projects in Ethiopia through Compassion International. These sponsors are beginning to receive details about a trip scheduled to take place this August 3 through 10! We will be traveling together from the listening area as a team to serve alongside the local church and Compassion staff at our projects in Ethiopia. We’ll worship together, spend time at the student centers and meet with the staff there, play with the children and serve through some fun VBS style activities. Our team will visit some of the children’s homes, participate in service projects like painting, clean up and other hands on work. It’s going to be a treasure to spend time with our sponsored children and even treat them to a visit at an amusement park. There will also be time for sight seeing and more. I can’t wait!!! I know that there are many church staff, children and families eager to meet the people that are impacting their lives!
Our trip will enable us to better sense God’s heart for this country, to join together as a community, to get to know the culture where our sponsored children live, and see the ministry of Compassion International first hand. It will mean so much to the children and their families to know that you would come and visit them! I am confident that lives will be changed as our community joins together to bring God’s message of love to these children and their communities in Ethiopia.
I will continue to give updates and share more about the trip and even give opportunities for those who can’t travel with us to get involved. Please pray for us as we continue to plan details, for God to prepare our hearts and for provision for the listeners who will join us.
CMI Productions is busy getting ready for 3 great events and we hope to see you!!
**The Sanctus Real Promises Tour with Sanctus Real, JJ Heller, Unspoken and Bread Of Stone will be at Manheim Brethren In Christ Church on Thursday, March 14th at 7:30PM.
**The Vision Conference with Jeremy Kingsley and Chuck Gibson is on Saturday, March 16th from 9AM-5PM (Doors open at 8:30AM) and includes admission to the Crowder concert in the evening. “It is the mission of Vision13 to challenge junior high and senior high students and leaders to become actively involved in God’s vision for the world.” You can find more information about the conference at their website: http://visionconference.org/
**Crowder (David Crowder with his new band) with Chuck Gibson on Saturday, March 16th at 7:30PM at Calvary Church in Lancaster. John Shirk got to talk to David Crowder about his new band and the upcoming concert, you can listen to it here: http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/
Tickets for all three events will be available at the door! Doors for the concerts open approx. 1 hour before the concert. You can find tickets and more information at our website: http://www.cmilive.com/
Ann D’Alessandro – Looking forward to Sanctus Real & Vision & Crowder and everyone else! firstname.lastname@example.org CROWDER
STACEY GAGNE – It’s been encouraging to hear the response from listeners who were challenged, reminded and inspired to impact the life of a child during our 26 Hours of Compassion last week. I’ve also gotten to catch up with some adult students that I befriended during my trip.
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to chat with a couple of the college students in Compassion International’s Leadership Development Program who came up through the Child Sponsorship Program. They were involved in some service projects this past week that included prison ministry, serving at Compassion projects in the local church, serving by painting in the homes of some of the sponsored families, helping to train parents and volunteers and just loving the children. How inspiring to know that these young adults are already having such an impact! This is the kind of God given hope and opportunity that our sponsorship provides!
We have heard from several listeners about ways that God has already reaffirmed things that He was speaking to their heart about missions, child sponsorship and our responsibility during the 26 Hours of Compassion. I (literally) ran into someone in the mall who flagged me down to introduce their family to me and thank WJTL for this opportunity!
We discovered that there are still a handful of students at WJTL’s project that are still waiting to “get into the classroom”. I’m highlighting their photo’s below. Please consider the impact that you can make on a life or share the opportunity and this link with a friend.
STACEY GAGNE – There will be much rejoicing at the Tedecha Mechane Yesus Church, the Ethiopian Compassion Office and the homes of hundreds of children and their family. Wow! As I write this, 287 children have been sponsored and there are still people making decisions to go online and sponsor children! We are thrilled that our community has sponsored another entire project in Ethiopia plus other children all over the world including several that have been on a waiting list for some time. We hoped to sponsor at least 250 children and together have exceeded that goal.
This is something to celebrate! Let’s give God the glory for the lives about to be changed both overseas and here in our community… because child sponsorship not only changes the life of the child and their family but that of the sponsor, too.
In the upcoming weeks and months, we’ll be sharing about an opportunity to travel to Ethiopia where you can meet your sponsored child, see their home, visit a Compassion project and even participate in some sort of service project, too.
So, thank you for listening, for praying, for sponsoring and for your faithfulness to the ministry of WJTL and our partnership with Compassion International.
STACEY GAGNE – “God mobilizes the heart of the world even for just one child”. When I visited the Ethiopian office for Compassion International, the Country Director said this and it really impacted me. Of course He does. God did it for me. He did it for you and He is doing it all over the world… creatively drawing people to Himself. I am confident that Compassion International is one of those ways.
Child sponsorship is so powerful because it focuses in on the individual but then impacts many. As we “honor the image of God” in a young person and value their holistic care we are also speaking to the fact that they matter. As a sponsor you get to be a part of a childs journey as they are fed spiritually, economically, socially and of course physically. You also get to encourage them to follow Jesus as they pursue their dreams. Your sponsorship also encourages that childs family, community and the local church that is hosting their project.
I invite you to pray about taking this journey with a child this week. Call 1-866-392-3690 Wednesday or Thursday or click here to sponsor a child right now.
STACEY GAGNE – The time has come! WJTL’s 26 Hours of Compassion is this Wednesday and Thursday! I am thrilled that we have another opportunity to come together with a church in Ethiopia and sponsor an entire project. One that I had the opportunity to visit just last month! (if you missed them, call in reports are available at our wjtlcasts page)
Our focus for this event is the Tedecha Mekane Yesus Church Student Center located in Dukem, about 20 miles southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in Africa. It’s home to about 22,000. Through child sponsorship with Compassion we have the opportunity to help provide these children with Bible teaching, health screenings, field trips, sports, health education, educational supplies, school fees and HIV/AIDS awareness education. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of your sponsored child. HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, typhoid fever and typhus are a problem in this region. Most adults in Dukem work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month.
Together with the local church in Ethiopia and Compassion International; we can help bring the light and hope of Jesus to many! Tune in this Wednesday and Thursday to hear stories about specific children we met, testimonies and more. Visit wjtl.com to check out videos as they are posted and please be praying for this event and consider sponsoring one of these children.