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“Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the Name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you, and behold I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Matt. 28:19-20

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 11.07.17 PMAs most of you know, my husband and I volunteer with an incredibly God-centered, orphan-focused, long-term child advocacy ministry called Children’s HopeChest. We have partnered with HopeChest & Swaziland native staff to use the tools God has given to support & disciple a specific community of children. We are committed to building relationships with these 200+ kids through sponsorship, prayer, regular mission trips (Enough involvement for them to know they are not alone… but not so much they fail to recognize their own God-given potential to thrive & succeed apart from assistance.)

In September 2015, a new team is set to visit the children with a new team leader. Kim Caraway, though this is her first official time leading the trip by herself, has been heavily involved in helping us lead three of our past trips. She had the logistical knowledge she needs, but even more important she has a passionate heart that seeks no glory for herself, but only to be a conduit for Jesus’ love. She leads well, friends.

Will you consider joining the Bheveni Team 2015 (B15)? Below are lots of details, but don’t let the details be the determining factor. Let the Lord lead you to know if this is your time to set aside and GO BE the Gospel to the ends of the earth!

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Kim Caraway doing what she does best… Bringing joy & hope to children everywhere!

Swaziland Mission Trip on behalf of Children’s HopeChest 

Dates & Location: September 12-24, 2015 Bheveni Carepoint, Manzini, Swaziland

Cost: *$3500 Estimated Total Air & Land Costs

{$1700 land costs includes lodging, in-country transportation, food, drinks and travel insurance. Land cost may change slightly depending on the size of the group. Airfare costs vary depending on availability & departure city.}

Trip Leader: Kim Caraway, HopeChest Sponsor & Volunteer

Purpose: To be living representatives of Christ’s love. To hand-deliver the Hope of a Father who has not forgotten the children of Swaziland. To assist in empowering the orphan & at-risk children through true encouragement, serving any way we can, and fostering their independence that leads to long-term growth & development.

Who: Adults 18+ years of age. We have people from all over the USA join us, and sponsors and non-sponsors alike are welcome! We firmly believe that people need the opportunity to see and experience the impact of child sponsorship, as well as the opportunity to be the hands-on love of Christ to children who have been marginalized or forgotten by their own society. This year, spend 355 days making a difference in your own town, your own state… and invest 10 days into going completely out of your comfort zone to make life a little bit better for children around the world.

Itinerary: Much of the days are spent simply being with and playing with the kids, and helping the volunteer cooks who daily serve the children. We will also do brief, relevant Bible lessons. In addition, we conduct home visits throughout the week, meet the children’s caregivers, and bring them at least a month’s worth of food & supplies. The days are long, and hard work, but absolutely worth it. Typically the last day is when we see a little more of Swaziland & do some shopping, as most flights leave very late at night. CHECK OUT THE SWEET SLIDESHOW BELOW FROM PAST TRIPS!

Costs: Children’s HopeChest application (given to trip leader) and land cost deposit of $250.00 are due July 6th. To pay online HopeChest’s Website under the “DONATE” tab at the top right, fill out all the information for “trip payment” be sure to use our trip code SZ150901T in the ‘reference’ section & traveler’s name in the ‘notes’ section. Please email Kim Caraway when you make a payment. kim.caraway@yahoo.com

Second payment of $250.00 is due (8 weeks out – July 22nd)            

Final Trip Payment is due (4 weeks out – August 22nd)

Flights: You will book and purchase your own flight (either using our travel agent or book on your own), but you must arrive and depart the same airport at the same time as the trip leader. Tickets will be purchased appx. 6-8 weeks prior to travel.

Accommodations: You will stay in a hotel in Johannesburg and in a safe, clean Guest House in Manzini. At all times you will have a HopeChest staff person (guide &  translator)  with you once your plane lands.

Medical: To have the most benefit, see a health-care provider at least 4-6 weeks before your trip. We follow the Center for Disease Control guidelines for vaccination recommendations.

Passport: Please verify when you apply that your passport is current AND has at least FOUR blank pages.

Need an application? Have questions? Comment here or Contact kim.caraway@yahoo.com 

Shine On! 

Danielle

—>R.L.P.S. {Really Long Post Script} There’s always the question of “Is going worth it? It’s expensive! Wouldn’t it be better for us just to send the money to the people, that we’re going to spend on airfare & hotel?”

The answer is yes, and no. It IS worth it to go. And yes, there ARE times when it is better to send funds. But there are two things that money can not give a child (near or far) – and those things aren’t things at all – tangible hugs & time. The majority of the children we serve have been abandoned or have lost their parents due to the AIDS pandemic. Having adults come to just love & play with & listen to them means the WORLD!

We go as ambassadors of Christ, sharing His love & being His hands to wrap around the kids who desperately need to know they are valued & cared for. Jesus Himself came in the flesh, to the people – to all people – as a missionary of love. We are following in His footsteps, taking the Gospel message of love into all the world, as the Bible describes in Matthew 28:16-20. Throughout the year, we serve & love locally, and once a year we ‘go to the uttermost parts of the earth’! THAT is a cost I’m willing to pay! How about you?”

Bheveni Love.

October 2, 2010 — 5 Comments

Our Bheveni Carepoint Children!

Upon returning from a missions trip such as this, you expect to hear and read about how our lives have forever been altered by what we have seen and heard. Right?

I want to give you that joy.

I’m just not sure how.

My life has forever been altered by Swaziland, and more specifically by the women & children at our Bheveni Carepoint. Yet, somehow words don’t seem to be enough to describe exactly how this happened. I fell in love. And love usually can’t be explained easily.

But I will try.

Notice the GORGEOUS mountains behind the Swaziland Market

I love Swaziland, Africa.

I love the terrain of expansive mountains & flowing valleys.

I love the hot sun.

A leopard casually crossed the road in front of us

I even love the African animals.

My special friend Siphiwe

But mostly, I love the people.


Swaziland’s currency is not money. It is relationships. Think about that for a minute. They don’t want my money. They want my heart. And they freely give theirs.

this young lady wanted me to see her pretty ring too!

Not once did I get the sense that the Swazi children or adults were looking for a hand out. No, they were looking for my hand and my heart. My hand and heart – to come alongside them, to serve with them, to work with them, to sing and dance with them.

I need Swaziland more than Swaziland needs me, if I’m really honest with myself.

I come away from Africa with a sense that I’ve been blessed more than I’ve been a blessing.

In a place that we know there is desperate need, a greater joy resides. We know there is starvation, poverty, lack, death all around, yet the African’s joy remains in their hearts and across their faces. Their heartfelt gratitude for small things was extremely humbling.

My focus has changed. It’s not so much now what I can give them or how I can show them to rightly live. They have taught me how to live above my circumstances in JOY, not with sermons preached, but with their actions.

The children at Bheveni have never flushed a toilet,  never taken a hot shower, most only have one outfit they call their own, and chances are they’ve seen more death in their childhood than you or I will see in our lifetime – yet their joy is FULL. Circumstance does not define them.

Jesus loves the little children

Preschoolers happily wash hands before porridge in the morning

Giggles resound all morning, as 25-35 preschoolers happily play in the dirt under the hot sun, with broken sticks and pipe they’ve found laying around. Soon the Bomakes (pronounced Bo-ma-gay, meaning mothers) and Go-Go’s (as grandmothers are often called) call them to wash their hands & eat their porridge and each child gladly washes their own plate when they’ve eaten all their food. They look for no one to entertain them. They know the go-gos are busy all morning cooking up pap & beans so more than 100 school children can have a meal when they come to the Carepoint after school.

The children heading home before the sun goes down...

The school children love learning and seem to know how meaningful a solid education can be in Swaziland. They come walking down the dirt road towards the Carepoint with big smiles, looking forward to their only meal of the evening and some free, safe play time before their walk home. Some live only a few minutes from the Carepoint, others live an hour’s walk away.

Inside the Beveni Carepoint Gathering Room

During our afternoons at Bheveni, children from ages 3 and up stood for 30-40 minutes shoulder to shoulder, intently listening to Jim, our storyteller. On Friday afternoon, some of the older children put on a drama for us that they had learned at the Carepoint. The drama was the story of Joseph being left for dead by his brothers and how God saved a dying nation through one man’s obedience. The drama was both meaningful & very entertaining. A couple of the boys seemed to enjoy reenacting the ‘fight scene’ where Joseph got beat up!

The young man who played Joseph in the drama

While we took many gifts & provisions for the children, I would venture to guess all my B-Team members would whole-heartedly agree that the Bheveni children blessed us far more than we could have blessed them.

Yes, I definitely fell in love while in Swaziland. I pray that over the course of the next weeks & months I will be able to share more stories with you about the children who come to the Bheveni Carepoint.

May all of us gain a greater insight as to how to pray for them and love them. May you know that every prayer & every letter you’ve sent to your sponsored child has been received with so much appreciation and love. You are making a difference in the lives of these children.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the B-Team through prayers, gifts of time and resources. Before our trip, we said many times that we go not only representing God, but representing more than 500 Carepoint supporters. Now, we return also hoping to rightly represent the children of Bheveni and those who minister to them daily. May our resolve to love and partner with them be even stronger in the coming days!

Keep lovin’

Danielle, Mike & 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

B-Team Prayer T-7 days!!!!

September 10, 2010 — 2 Comments

This is Delta Airlines, How May I Assist You? Well... 🙂

Can you believe it? We’re leaving for Africa in 7 days! I know the week will FLY by!

Speaking of flying… did you hear all the members of the B-Team SCREAMING on Facebook today that Delta waived the extra baggage fee for us?

There are 7 team members. Each of us will check 4 bags – one for our personal clothing & THREE for items for the Beveni Kids & Caregivers. That’s 21 bags to be filled with things from socks & undies to jump ropes to backpacks! WOW!

Yep, I’m putting it in the category of a miracle, because it’s so rare for an airline to do this. To God be the Glory, but you best believe I am asking God to bless Delta Airlines for allowing us to do this.

That was the praise report. Now here’s the prayer request!

It’s all about me today. Honest, it is. I’ll just say it, I need prayer. As the team leader & sponsorship coordinator, I humbly ask you to pray for me. I need it (I can tell already!)

Please pray for the following:

  • First & foremost, please ask the Lord to show me how to lead the team with grace, joy & wisdom in this the last week of preparation & of course, on the trip itself.
  • Ask the Lord to reveal His plan in the details & as decisions need to be made that I would look to Him & those in authority over me, to make the right call.
  • I need strength. I have found it to be a complete & utter JOY to be on this missions team & a part of such a great organization as HopeChest. Yet, the enemy would like nothing better than for my strength to wain. If strength is gone, love & joy are sure to follow!

I remember my mom praying this scripture over me when I was teenager.

Will you pray it now for our team members? Jim, Elysa, Anna, Erica, Kelly, Mike, and myself.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18,19

Grace & Peace to you, our Prayer Team!

Danielle & the B-Team!

p.s. if you want to donate towards the Beveni Supply Fund, you may do so here on the blog by clicking that yellow Donate button on your left. Or, you may have items that you want to donate – please see this note on FB, which has needed supplies listed. Wanna Bless A Whole Lotta Kids In Africa?

p.s.s. don’t forget to leave comments, Y’all! We’re giving away a FREE Timbali purse to one blessed winner! For every comment you leave here on Moms4Change, your name will be entered! Sweet, right? I know.

B-Team Prayer T-8 Days!!!

September 9, 2010 — 4 Comments

Today B-Team member, Mrs. Elysa Mac, is guest posting! Enjoy!

LOVE IN ANY LANGUAGE

Jesus IS Love In Any Language

Back many moons ago, Sandi Patty sang a song entitled ‘LOVE IN ANY LANGUAGE.’  It was often used during missions programs at churches and student conferences.  It isn’t heard very often these days, but the message is still the same:  LOVE is LOVE in any language.

But sometimes, language barriers and cultural differences can make demonstrating that love in effective ways just a bit troublesome…sometimes a LOT troublesome.

The Beveni Team will be leaving in 8 days on a mission of love.  We want to give God’s love to the children and caregivers at Beveni Carepoint in Swaziland in overflowing and abundant ways.  We want those precious people to know that despite the disease and poverty and death around them that there is a God who sees them and loves them. We want them to know that they are not alone in their struggles.  That there is hope.

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*Please pray for us as we plan and prepare for this amazing opportunity.  Pray that despite language barriers and cultural differences, that at the end of our week at Beveni, every single child, parent, carepoint cook, auntie or uncle, will know that we love them and most of all, that God loves them and that He promises to be the Father they need Him to be.

*Pray that with every thing we purchase, God will use it to bring His love into a life in just the unique way that it is needed.

*Pray that as we plan the activities, that we’ll be creative in getting past the barriers and using all of the activities to draw the kids closer to the heart of God.

*Pray that as we have down time and just talk with the children and the adults at the carepoint and in homes through out the community, that God will bring us to just the right ones that He wants us to connect with.

*Pray that from the very beginning, their hearts will be open to us and that we will be able to supernaturally love them in ways that only could come from God. That God will anoint our words, guide our prayers, give us wisdom, show us truth, direct our actions.

Love covers a multitude of sins…and a multitude of awkward, cultural and language boo-boos.

Plans may not work out, games might not be understand, and a craft may go crazy, but LOVE NEVER FAILS!

Pray that we, as a team, will be overwhelmed with HIS love so we can overwhelm THEM with love, too!

Thank you!

Elysa Mac

B-Team Prayer T-10 days!!!

September 7, 2010 — 1 Comment

Use your God-given talents, no matter how small they seem!

“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Luke 6:38 NLT

I’m going to divert a little from our normal ‘style’ of prayer. Is that okay? just for a day?

I want to take time to tell you about two people that are using their God-given talents to bless our Beveni kids! They’ve taken their talents & passions for people (our Beveni kids) and found away to be a conduit of blessing!  I’ve said it so many times – that passion ignites passion! And now that statement is proven here! Let this build your faith!

1. Car Detailing For A Cause

My SIL & BIL own a small business M&M Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning whereby they are going to offer professional car detailing & washing this Saturday in our local town. They are giving the proceeds to our kids – our Beveni kids – to get the aid they need! This was by no coercion of my own – only God putting it on their hearts to help in some way! They are using their gifts & talents to bless our Beveni kids. Trust the Lord with me that because of this, not only will they be blessed personally, but also professionally, that their business would grow & flourish greater than any of their expectations!

2. Beveni Challenge 10 for 10

One of our faithful sponsors (who supports a child monthly through HopeChest) is using her voice & creativity for God – and she’s putting her money where her mouth is! Yesterday (Tuesday) she boldly challenged all 650 of her Facebook friends (and ours!) to give just $10 each to the Beveni Supply Fund within the next 10 days before the B-Team leaves for Swaziland. She even offered a matching donation – that’s right, to double all the money that came in during the first 10 hours! Some of you have already been moved to give! Thank you! I am excited to see how much is raised by one woman’s passion to bless children she’s never met. Please pray for her (Millie S.) that her gift will be returned to her in good measure, pressed down, shaken together & running over!

This Little Light of Mine...

So if you are passionate about something/someone – shout it from the rooftops! Don’t let feelings of insignificance hold you back! Trust God with the talents & abilities HE has given you. As you step out & invest those talents in others, HE will bring the increase back to you… just as He has done for me!

I’d like to leave you with a quote that I pray resonates within your spirit, as it does mine.

Never underestimate the power of giving. It shines like a beacon throughout humanity. It cuts through the oceans that divide us and brightens the lives of all it touches. One of life’s greatest laws is that you cannot hold a torch to light another’s path… without brightening your own.

Tomorrow (T minus 9 days), we will resume with B-Team prayers & support!

Danielle & The B-Team!