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Could I have about 7 minutes of your time today? I want to tell you about some friends of mine, who just happen to live on the other side of the world.

One of the sweetest girls on the planet, my friend, Siphiwe.

One of the sweetest girls on the planet, my friend, Siphiwe. This moment when she put her arm around me: Priceless.

There’s about 150 kids who are not only my friends, but I am their friend. I genuinely believe they know the Browers and hundreds of others in North America as their friends. We’ve laughed, danced, ate & cried together. (If that doesn’t define friendship, I don’t know what does.) Isn’t friendship built on a common bond of interest in each other’s lives, trust and concern for each other’s well-being? Yes. I love the kind of friend you can call in the middle of a crisis and you KNOW they’ve got your back, no questions asked. We all need people like this in our lives, that show up saying ‘I am pulling for you! Your joy is my joy! Your pain is my pain! WE are gonna get through this.”

This is the kind of friendship that has formed long-distance between our connect community of sponsors through Children’s HopeChest and the children of the Bheveni community in Swaziland, Africa. A partnership. It truly isn’t one-sided. And we truly aren’t the heroes. Ask any member of one of the teams my husband & I have led… the kids & their caregivers are the heroes of their own lives. We’re the loud, obnoxious, over-zealous cheerleaders.

The B-Team worked tirelessly to paint the playground! The children LOVE it!

The B-Team & discipleship team worked tirelessly to paint the playground! The children LOVE it!

 

The children help tend the garden everyday. We were blessed to help a little while we were there.

The children help tend the garden everyday. We were blessed to help a little while we were there.

 

There are several ways we maintain this long-distance partnership:

Sponsorship impacts everyone's lives!

Sponsorship impacts everyone’s lives!

1. Sponsorship – through sponsorship a child in the Bheveni community is guaranteed a hot, healthy meal, clean water, discipleship & life skills training. Through sponsorship, they know they have a friend in North America who knows them by name, prays for them, and wants them to have a successful, fruitful life both here & into eternity. It’s $38 a month per kid, but all the money is pooled for the entire community so no child is left without their needs met, even if they don’t have a sponsor. We often say as a Children’s HopeChest sponsor, we get to mentor a child, but sponsor an entire community of children to band together & lift themselves out of poverty. It’s brilliant & God-inspired because it works – we see the fruit of sponsorship and it’s a beautiful thing, y’all! We currently have 30 new kids who have started coming to the carepoint who need a sponsor.

2. Dreaming Together – And we Dream BIG! Our online community of sponsors, advocates & supporters listen very closely to the vision the Bheveni community members have and do what we can to assist. We don’t do it for them, but assist and simply provide opportunity; whether that be through paying school fees (they have to pay to go to school! I still shake my head at this one. If they don’t have parents and barely have food, how are they to pay for tuition? ugh.) or giving a little bit extra during the holidays so they can build a new, safe community center and finally get electricity, it’s a complete joy to watch their dreams blossom & their futures brighten!

The Dream Building is going up!

The Dream Building made possible by GIVERS like you!

This multi-purpose building will be complete soon and will have electricity!

This multi-purpose building will be complete soon and will have electricity!

3. Visits – We’ve been to visit our friends in Swaziland four times since 2010. We’ve watched them grow up. We’ve led 4 incredible teams. I mean, I can’t even describe to you how amazing our team members are… they are just ready for it all & love the kids as if they were their own. It’s beautiful each & every trip to see the bonds of friendship forged and deepened.

This year, 2015, we are not able to send a team to physically be with the kids, or to physically pray & laugh & dance with the bomake who cook for hundreds of rambunctious kids everyday over an open flame. And it’s sorta crushed us to know a team trip isn’t happening. I pray that the children of Bheveni understand, but I have to put that in the Lord’s hands because otherwise it breaks my heart a little to think they may think we don’t care anymore. One blessing in this? We no longer have to put our time & resources towards funding a trip, but now we can JUST focus on supporting their dreams! Hallelujah for that! It would’ve cost the team a minimum of $20,000 to fly there for 10 days. Let’s imagine this money instead going into the long-term development of the children in a variety of other ways. And it can happen easier than you think.

Even though we aren’t having a team trip, we can & are still being a support to the Bheveni Community… and that’s where you come in.

Today, besides sponsorships, the one way my readers can help is…. drum roll, please…

Buy A T-shirt.

Really.

When you buy a Create Hope T-shirt, the extra funds will be invested into the kids’ lives. And the shirts are rad. Really. One of our 3-time team members designed it and she did a great job! So you’ll get a fashionable Tee and DO GOOD IN THE WORLD at the same time.

A rainbow of gorgeous, tangible hope.

A rainbow of gorgeous, tangible hope.

Your T-shirt will help ensure the kids stay in school, have the necessary school supplies & uniforms, have medical attention when they need it, and who knows, we may even surprise them by having the staff bring a meal with meat in it!

There’s a meal called ‘Chicken Dust’ – it doesn’t sound good but it makes my mouth water just thinking about it . Because meat is expensive, the kids only get this meal when our team comes. Once a year. And if we’re not coming… we gotta get them their Chicken Dust somehow, y’all! The hype around Chicken Dust rivals that of Chick-Fil-A. Now you get me. For all the kids to have a meal with MEAT, it costs appx. $600 US.

And if we raise another $400 beyond that, we can have the staff show up with a 30-day supply of food to the local homesteads. Often these are child-led or grandparent-led homes that are struggling the most. Two years ago we took one of these 30-day supply bags to Grandma Dlamini raising 5 grandkids (because all their parents had died). She burst into tears and said just that morning she begged God for a miracle. They had run out of food that morning. THAT morning… and THAT evening God sent some clueless Americas to show her His faithfulness.

The faith of a grandmother is a powerful thing.

The faith of a grandmother is a powerful thing.

Buy a Create Hope Tee, y’all. 

It’s $30 total shipped to your door. There’s even kid sizes. If you don’t want another Tee but wanna help the Bheveni kids out, click my paypal button on the top right column, and your donation will go towards providing some of life’s most basic needs (like food & education) for my friends.

We need to sell at least 100 Tees. As of yesterday, we’ve sold precisely 11. Eleven. So yeah, we’ve got some catching up to do. Shirt sales end July 27th.

I’m gonna choose to have the faith of Grandmother Dlamini. I’m praying the audacious & desperate prayer for our God to show up STRONG on their behalf through broken, yet willing vessels such as ourselves.

Thank you!!!

Shine On!

Danielle 

#createhope2015

Timbali Giveaway!

October 7, 2010 — 1 Comment

Timbali means flower in Siswati

In case you hadn’t heard, while on our missions trip to Bheveni Carepoint in Swaziland we were able to spend some time with the women who handcraft the Timbali purses we all love so much!

If you’d like to know about about the history of Timbali, please click this link to my Timbali Purse MarketPlace .

Before our trip, I started a Timbali contest – leave comments on my blogposts & be entered into the drawing for a FREE Timbali purse of your choice.

The time has come to announce the winner!

And the winner is…

Deborah Kirby!!!!!!

Congrats Deborah! You deserve it! Please go to my Timbali Purses NEW October Styles on Facebook & pick out your favorite purse and I’ll get it shipped out right away!

Here are some wonderful pictures of the Go-Go’s & Makes (Ma-Gays) hard at work with joy on their faces! They are so thankful for the opportunity to make an income & provide for their families. And they are also very grateful that their purses are loved all over the world!

The B-Team & Real Life Team processing new bags!

Women come weekly to pick up new fabrics & turn in finished products! We got to assist in quality check & count. It was so much fun!

Julie Anderson started Timbali crafts in 2006

Zanele one of Bheveni's Go-Go's takes a break from cooking to sew!


Thanks to all who left encouraging comments that you were praying for us & shared our excitement for how God was/is moving in Swaziland!

Pictures and Prayer

September 22, 2010 — 7 Comments

Everyone,

We are having an amazing time with the Bheveni children and Go-Go’s. If you would like to see more pictures,

CLICK HERE TO VIEW FACEBOOK BHEVENI ALBUM

We figured out that they load much quicker to Facebook. Since our time here is precious, please click on the link to see a bunch of new pictures.

Please pray for the team, as the realities of what life is like for the children here is heartbreaking  and sometimes unbearable. Ask the Lord to give us compassion and to use that compassion for His glory, bringing hope to our Bheveni kids and many others.

Today we were able to give the kids some toys such as jump ropes, toy cars, necklaces and bandanas. The bandanas were a hit. Please see how cute all the kids look in the bandanas. They will love them in the hot sun this summer. Thank you to each of you who gave towards toys and bandanas.

Tomorrow we will go visit a different carepoint where most of the women who make Timbali crafts are located. Remember for every comment you leave on this blog, your name is entered into the drawing for a free Timbali purse of your choice. and let me just say… I’m bringing home some AWESOME designs and a new bag style. Yippeeeeee.

Tomorrow afternoon we will then return to Bheveni for a SHOE EXTRAVAGANZA – all the school children will get new black shoes and socks. We will also be giving gifts to the Discipleship Team who care so deeply for our Bheveni kids.

On a personal note, my father is being buried today – Thursday. Please pray for my family and for myself as I know I will miss him. I know that I know that I know I am where I am supposed to be – in Swaziland, Africa, but my heart still aches for my Dad and to be able to comfort my mom and family. So Mike and I covet your prayers for us and for our family back home, as the funeral takes place.

Let me remind you of God’s faithfulness. He will NEVER leave you for FORSAKE you. A song we sang today with the Bheveni kids:

The love of Jesus is so wonderful.

The love of Jesus is so wonderful.

The love of Jesus is so wonderful.

Oh what a wonderful love.

So high – you can’t go over it.

So low – you can’t go under it.

So wide – you can’t go around it.

OHHHH what a wonderful God.

Swaziland Day One for B-Team

September 21, 2010 — 5 Comments

Welcome to Swaziland!!!

We are here! Not just in Africa, which is amazing, but yesterday (Monday) we arrived in Swaziland. I wish I had time to go into detail how smoothly our trip has been thus far. We passed through customs both at the airport & at the South African/Swaziland border without any problems. Customs agents did not look through ONE bag, or ask anything other than what we are doing with so many bags! God’s hand is upon us & going before us.

Swaziland is BEAUTIFUL! The road to Manzini (the town we are staying in) was breath-taking. Sometimes the terrain was flat & dry, but more often the view of the mountains had such all in wonder! Think Colorado mountain & Minnesota Evergreens.

We spent our first afternoon & evening being welcomed to Kriek & Jumbo Gerber’s house and then to dinner. Jumbo & Kriek are the AIM leaders here in Swaziland. I must say that I’ve known about them on Facebook & I’ve emailed with them some prior to our trip, but they are truly incredibly humble & passionate people. They love & serve the Swazis with such tender yet strong hearts.

Kriek stated that if there was one thing she would want people to know about Swaziland it is the fact that in the midst of the Swazi children’s pain & in their nothing they STILL HAVE JOY!!!! We can learn so much from them, to find joy in the worst of circumstances.

I have more to share concerning the vision & heart of the Gerbers & AIM, but it will have to wait for another time. Finding time & internet access has not proven easy thus far.

Please continue to pray for us. In about 30 minutes we will be going to the Bheveni (yeah, they spell it with an ‘h’, not sure why we don’t!) Carepoint. Our excitement is at it’s peak & we are ready to love on the kids & get to know them as much as we can. Pray for our hearts to be bonded & love to flow through us.

Also today we will be distributing the clothes everyone sent! Please pray that each child finds clothes that fit as though they were made for them!

Pray also for the team, for health and that God’s words would flow through us as vessels of His glory & His love.

I am hoping to upload some more pictures that we’ve taken… when there is time! 🙂 

Hello to all our families & friends!

In His Service,

Danielle & the B-Team!

Welcome to Africa!

September 19, 2010 — 3 Comments

With about 18 hours of flight time, 7 people  & 28 heavy suitcases arrived to the Johannesburg, South African airport just a few hours ago! We made it… by God’s grace, the entire trip went off without a hitch! Hallelujah! The Holy Spirit rode with us the entire way and we are so grateful for such smooth sailing.

After successfully making it through airport customs, we met up with our AIM guide, Marios, who graciously & quickly got our currency exchanged & hosted us to a wonderful dinner at Spur. We opted to avoid the monkey glands on the menu and instead went for more traditional dinners likes burgers & steak. What are monkey glands you ask? Do you really want to know? It’s way more fun to make you guess!

And now having traveled half way across the world, we are tired!

Tonight we rest comfortably in the Hotel Don near the Johannesburg airport. Our team met together & prayed. Mike shared this verse.

Zephaniah 3:17

“The Lord your God is with you, He is might to save, He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

We are all clinging to that promise for ourselves, our families, and the Beveni Carepoint kids.

We will drive out early tomorrow morning towards Swaziland!

We hope to have better internet service in the days to come, but here is a picture of us at the Atlanta airport just before take off…. Thank you for your prayers! God is answering them!

Love the B-Team!

B-Team - Erica, Jim, Anna, Elysa, Danielle, Kelly & Mike


B-Team Prayer T-1 Day!!!

September 16, 2010 — 7 Comments

Swaziland 2010 Mission Trip Prayer Calendar

First off, a huge thank you to everyone who has been praying for the Beveni children, care-givers, and all of us mission-trip participants. We are so grateful and humbled by all of the caring support that so many have lavishly given. We are believing for God’s hand to be evident in our work and relationships with the people of Swaziland in the coming weeks.

A brief introduction…my name is Mike Brower. I have been the very blessed husband of Danielle Brower for the past 15 years. I have also been increasingly proud of Danielle and her efforts toward Beveni in recent months. There seems to be a daily boost to our faith as we share the many wonderful testimonies of God’s faithfulness through you and the partners of Beveni. Thank you all so much for warmly receiving Danielle, and I, in this role of “leader”. We are challenged each day, but so grateful for these times. As each of us work together in obedience to the little things, I believe that great works are being accomplished in God’s Kingdom.

Danielle asked if I would consider writing a prayer request post for the “T minus” prayer countdown. I said I would…then I did something slightly different. Sorry for not following instructions but, “Please pray for safe travels” would have been a very short post…even if I could have found a really big picture to go with it! Instead I’ve put together a calendar of prayer for the duration of our trip. We hope to be able to connect and send updates often during the trip, but in case plans go awry, I figured having an advance calendar to pray for each day might be a good idea. Here goes…


Sept 18: SAFE TRAVELS. Our team will be flying to Atlanta from various spots throughout the country. We need 7 people, 28 suitcases, 7 carry on bags, and 7 computer packs or purses to all arrive safely and intact prior to the 7:25pm flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. It’s going to be a long 15+ hour haul from there. Please pray for efficiency, safety, tranquility, and ingenuity throughout the process. The list of supply needs is long. Thankfully we’ve found favor with the airlines and will have room for much…but we’ll need it all to get there with us intact and undamaged.


Sept 19: SMOOTH SAILING. We will arrive in Johannesburg on the same flight and need to collect our belongings, move through customs, meetup with our Adventures In Missions (AIM) hosts, drive 3+ hours to Manzini, and enjoy the endorphin high that the culmination of the past 6 months of efforts will bring. We are believing for favor all along the way. Hold up our pilots, our vehicles, our introductions, our sanity…and anything else you can think of!


Sept 20: GREAT FIRST IMPRESSIONS. There will be many first encounters, new relationships, and re-connections in the early days of this mission. We are believing for connections that will make a lasting impact. We are believing that we’ll be able to be a blessing to all that we encounter…and we’re thankful the many blessings we’ll also receive. We are believing for God encounters…and we don’t want to see these missed due to a cultural misstep or some other misunderstanding.


Sept 21: PHYSICAL HEALTH. I don’t believe that any on the team are Olympic athletes…perhaps Jim is? But even they need rest to remain healthy. We are believing that our bodies will function properly, and that our days will be filled with strength and health.


Sept 22: LAUGHTER. There are many new relationships that are being formed on our team. We all like each other right now. We are believing that this trip will be filled with grace toward us, and toward each other. Pray that we all would be strengthened by the Lord’s joy, that we would bear one another’s burdens, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.


Sept 23: BEVENI CHILDREN. Our great hope is that somehow through our simple actions the love of Jesus is introduced to those who need, and that His companionship would be evident in their lives. This trip is not about us. We are attempting to be obedient to Jesus…but that’s pretty easy really. The great needs of the children are going to be glaring, and at times overwhelming. Pray that we would simply shine with the love of Jesus toward the people we encounter. Pray that they would be drawn toward Him in all that we say and do.


Sept 24: BEVENI CAREGIVERS. We don’t know how this will happen, but one of our goals is to be a source of strength, encouragement, and blessing to the men & women & teens who are doing the real work in Swaziland. Humbly we pray that we would in no way add to their burden, but rather lighten the load for a short time at least. Please pray that they would be strengthened for their on-going and important mission. Think about what you could do to lighten their load from home.


Sept 25: ENDURANCE. There is a potential that our endorphins will abandon us at some point in this journey. Pray that our strength would be sustained, that our joy would be full, that our light would shine bright, that we would be utterly spent…but not until we arrive back home safely in the USA.


Sept 26: EFFECTIVE MINISTRY. We will be conducting a VBS-style ministry with the children of Beveni throughout our mission. We will rely on the care-givers and AIM staff to steer our efforts properly, but we are believing the Holy Spirit’s anointing will be strong upon each of us and that He will know and lead us in exactly what we need to say and do to accomplish His work in the lives of each person we encounter.


Sept 27: FAMILIES AT HOME. For several this trip will be the longest time we’ve ever been apart from our children. We are believing that they will be kept safe, healthy, and fully aware of our deep love for them. We are hoping to communicate clearly and often through the many wonderful technologies available to us…but we’ll miss their hugs, laughter, and smiles for a bit longer than we’d like. Pray for wisdom for their caregivers, strength for each day, and constant reminders of Jesus in their lives too!


Sept 28: GOD-IDEAS. We are believing that God will “show up” in each day and encounter throughout this trip. As we’ll be nearing the end of the mission, we are hoping for God inspired ideas for how to continue ministry through the carepoint and care-givers, AIM’s efforts, capital projects, and increased awareness. Pray that what begins in these brief days would continue long after we’re gone, and build stronger with each day.


Sept 29: TRAVEL SAFETY. We will be returning to the USA after a long travel route once again. Pray that all would go well. That we would be properly rested and ready to reconnect with family and friends. Pray for us to be able to effectively communicate the stories and realities of life in Swaziland. Pray that we would remember those people that touched our hearts, and that they would remember Jesus in us.

Also, Danielle and I have a bit of additional adventure as we’ll be going straight from Atlanta to Colorado rather than home in Minnesota. We are participating in a HopeChest event for the Swaziland/Uganda Carepoint Sponsorship Coordinators on Sept 29 & 30.

  • Please pray for our continued strength and health in these final days of  our travels.

  • Please pray for Children’s HopeChest’s efforts.

  • Please pray for AIM’s efforts and missionaries.

  • Please pray for the other Sponsorship Coordinators.

  • Please pray for divine connections.

  • Please pray for vision and wisdom.

  • Please pray that God’s will would be done in and through each one of us, including yourself.

Oct 1: A STRONG FINISH. This will be our final travel day in returning to Minnesota. Pray that all would go well, that we would be safely reunited with our sons, and that we would be already energized for the next leg in God’s adventure.

Thank you for praying! We are so thankful. It would mean so much to us if you would let us know in the comments of this blog, or in some other way that you’re supporting us through prayer. We fully believe that you are joining us in spirit on this journey. We could not be more proud of you and the team that God has brought together for this trip.

Blessings to you today,

Mike & Danielle and the B-Team!

Ps. Want to see all our smiling faces? Click HERE!

B-Team Prayer T-2 Days!!!

September 15, 2010 — 2 Comments

Everything our team and supporters have done this summer – blood, sweat & tears – is for this.

In two days we depart for Swaziland.

Yeah, we’ve done a lot of work to prepare for the trip, but the reality is that in & of itself none of that work matters without us going & sharing Jesus with the children of Swaziland.

This is not a missions trip for us to ‘see Africa’ & get closer to God, though I’m sure we will. This is not to pat ourselves on the back so we can say, “Look what we did for God!”

This is not a vacation. It will be hard & will be a challenge, for most of us, one of the greatest challenges of our lives.

It is not even to deliver supplies & provisions for the Beveni kids, though we are blessed to take them so much that will bless their earthly lives.

So why are we going then?

We go as ambassadors of Christ. We go to bring the message of hope to a dying nation. The hope we bring is that Jesus loves them & wants to spend eternity with them, that He has NOT left them orphans!

If you haven’t read Erica’s blogpost that I added earlier today, read it now. Prepare to have your heart broken. And let that brokenness cause you to PRAY. PRAY. PRAY. for the children of Swaziland, that includes our Beveni kids.

Reality Check.. by Erica Zeiler

Honestly, it’s easy for me to get caught up in the tangible business of this mission. Today, I’ve had a dose of reality that came through one of my team members blogs. Thank you, Erica.

Once again thank you for praying for us. Today please pray more fervently for this request than any other.

Salvation is the mission.

Danielle & The B-Team

Erica Z.

Erica Zeiler is on the B-Team. I will meet her for the first time on Saturday, but our hearts are already being weaved together! She wrote the post below on her personal blog In The Blink Of My Eyes Thank you Erica! What a powerful post.

Prayer Team: Please pray for the salvation of our Beveni kids & caregivers.

Reality Check…. A Closer Look at Swaziland Statistics

I recently read that if you are a 15 year old in Swaziland, your chances of living to the age of 32 are 6%! SIX PERCENT!!! Translated…that means your chances of dying before you turn 32 are 94%. You are probably more likely to be struck by lightning or attacked by a hippo than live to be 32 if you live in Swaziland…all because of the AIDS crisis. Of the 900,000 people in the country, the orphan population is closing in on 200,000. And half of all 20 somethings have AIDS already. But the one that hits me hardest is the first statistic….6 %!

To put this into perspective, I have just finished packing 140 bags full of school supplies and vitamins. God has provided enough money, through so many generous people, for our team to also be able to buy each child a pair of shoes for school, have a party with a cooked meal for them while we’re there, and give out a ton of clothing…but reality is still there. According to that first statistic, only 8 or 9 of those kids will live to be 32…meaning that 132 of the kids I will meet next week will probably die of AIDS (or some disease like TB resulting from a weakened immune system) before they are my age! God, have mercy!

So what has God called us to do in this seemingly hopeless situation? Without wanting to be too morbid or a Debbie-downer, the thing that I keep coming back to is that we must prepare them for eternity. Yes, we can encourage them in school, help them set goals, encourage them to dream about their future, provide them with food, clothes, and school supplies…but we must balance that with the reality that some experts have said that with the current birth/death rates the way they are, Swaziland won’t exist by 2050 because AIDS will have ravaged it beyond repair. And James’ words come ringing true to my ears….

“What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes”

(James 4:14).

And for children in Swaziland, this verse describes the frailty of life all around them, that they will be looking at death and eternity all too soon.

So as we go next week… prepared to bless the socks off of the kids and the gogos (“grandmas” that cook, teach, and care for the kids at the carepoints), as well as those we will meet through house visits…in the back of my mind I will be thinking about the best gift that I can give them…the gift of the Gospel that we have been entrusted with. As much as I anticipate seeing their joyful faces when they receive clothes, shoes, and school supplies, the look on their faces when they realize they can have eternal peace and be with the Lord beyond this world is beyond description. To look in the face of a 28 year old woman who has “the peace that passes understanding” as she prepares for her death, to sit with a grieving gogo as she realizes her new responsibility of parenting her orphaned grandchildren…the only thing that can get anyone through those times is trusting in the sovereignty of God and the eternal hope that we have in Christ.

As we go to teach VBS and love on these kids, I hope to be used by God to pour into them, pray for them, teach them, and encourage them as if they were a terminally ill child in the hospital…because they are…statistics have given them only 25 more years to live at most. Yet I go hopeful, because as we trust in what Christ did for us on the cross, we can cling to the promise that

“the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away…for He is making all things new.”

(Revelation 21:3-5)

This world is temporary because we were created for another world with unhindered intimacy with the God of the universe…and we can begin to live in that now!

B-Team Prayer T-3 Days!!!

September 14, 2010 — 1 Comment

It’s crunch time, Y’all!

It's Crunch Time, Y'all!!!!

Our B-Team is busy, busy – finding, filling & crunching suitcases to make all the supplies fit! We have been so blessed by our generous family & friends that are sending provisions for the Beveni kids!

And not only are there provisions of clothing, toys, bandanas, candy, crafts, backpacks, and school supplies, and more, but we’ve had so many monetary donations as well!

Notice the Give-O-Meter ‘s total is OVER $5,000! In fact, I had to raise the goal to $7200, just so you could see how far over our goal of $5,000 we actually are. Extraordinary!

Please pray for the following:

  • Ask the Lord to help us finalize the details of the trip, as the B-Team are making final arrangements for departure.
  • Pray for continued health & healing for everyone on the B-Team. There are several of us who are fighting sickness.
  • Pray that God would continue to prepare the hearts of the 131 (and growing!) children who are cared for at the Beveni Carepoint, that He would keep them strong & healthy that they may participate in all the fun we have planned for them!
  • Pray that we spend the money wisely & put it towards what the kids & the Carepoint need the most to provide long term sustainment.

In His Service,

Danielle & The B-Team!

B-Team Prayer T-4 Days!!!

September 14, 2010 — 3 Comments

Praise Him For His Mighty Acts!

Remember our B-Team verse I shared with you, our Prayer Team, nearly two weeks ago? The truth of that verse is more tangible now than ever!

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,  to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20, 21

The Word also tells us “Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.” Psalm 103:2

So let’s take today to simply praise the Lord and not forget all the things He has done for us!
Let me help remind you of just some of the ways God has blessed our missions trip before we’re even on the plane!
To build your faith in God’s provision.
  • God grew our team of 4 to a team of 7, seemingly overnight! Of course, it was the last possible night, but God did it! We had to have six to make the trip happen. So we were very excited when the last two claimed their spots on the B-Team!
  • A Child’s Hope International & Kids Against Hunger partnered with us, allowing us to ship hundreds of pounds of aid to Beveni on one of their food cargo ships. It left the US about six weeks ago & will arrive at Beveni appx. 3 weeks after we are there with toiletries for each child, feminine products, medicines, first aid supplies, school supplies & toys, as well as other items. This was an amazing God-connection via Facebook. This offer of cargo palette space on their shipment opened the door for Beveni Outpouring. I knew we’d need money to pay KAH for the supplies they gathered for our carepoint. God knew differently. The supplies on that cargo shipment were donated to us! So that means all the money we raised could now go towards Beveni in other ways!
  • Beveni Outpouring 72 – this was so much fun! We attempted to raise $7200 in 72 hours. Though we raised just over $3,000, we’ve seen God bring in LOTS more since then. I felt like that was the kick-off, when momentum really began to pick up. People were spreading the word all over Facebook & gifts came from very unexpected places. One family specifically donated all the funds needed to buy shoes for all the kids. And now? All the kids are getting shoes & socks & an outfit & school supplies, and toys & candy and…
  • Bandanas – I asked my Facebook friends if anyone knew where I could get 150 Bandanas for cheap. Within minutes several people were offering ideas, and in less than 20 minutes a very generous soul offered to pay for them & sent money to my PayPal account so I could order them for the Beveni kids – and then a 2nd giver said she just had to get in on it too and also paypal’d money for the kids! There were 37 comments on this one status update… a few people thought I was asking for bananas! And the laughs continued from there! Everyone’s joy was full!
  • Delta! Delta! Delta! Oh Delta! This week Delta Airlines agreed to waive the checked baggage fees for all 7 of us to take 4 bags each! That means we are carrying 1,100 POUNDS of supplies with us just for Beveni!
  • Passion Ignited! I’ve been so blessed to watch other people catch the vision for our Beveni Carepoint. There’s been so much excitement & so much compassion that we’ve even had a few people do fundraisers of their own to make sure the Beveni kids get all they need! It’s those fundraisers that have put us within $100 of reaching our goal.
  • Goals Exceeded! And right now, 4 days before our trip, we sit within $100 of reaching our $5,000 Beveni Kids Fund Goal! But in actuality, we’ve already exceeded it. If we were to add up all the gifts, clothes, toys, school supplies, and discounts we’ve received, I fully believe we’re nearing the $7200 mark of the Beveni Outpouring!
At each new God-encounter, I think this is ICING on the Beveni Cake, but by now, we have so much ICING we might have to bake a new cake just to hold it all!

And I can bet the other six B-Team members have their own stories of God’s abundant provision (I know they do!).

Do you? I challenge you today to take time to remember all of God’s benefits in your life – past & present. May the remembrance of those blessings stir your faith & trust in our Father who always provides!

Thank you for your prayers. Now on Day 4, PRAISE with us! Praise Him for His mighty works; praise His unequaled greatness!” Psalm 105:2

With a grateful heart,
Danielle & The B-Team