Saturday, April 17, 2010

Do you hear the roar?

Deep in the south, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, there is one day in history that stands out as epic. People speak of it still in church parking lots and bars, front porches, and country clubs. On one October night in 1988, over 70,000 Tiger fans’ shouts & pounding feet registered as an actual seismic event. The roar of the crowd must have been deafening as their screaming moved the earth.

Right now, halfway around the globe, there is a crowd of children TEN times as large as those that night in “Death Valley,” that work and live on the streets of Ethiopia. That number is rising, too, due to drought, famine, displacement, and HIV/AIDS. In the streets of Addis Ababa alone, UNICEF estimates 180,000 street kids, most of whom have no care or support. That is why we have created Into the Streets of Ethiopia, a ministry dedicated to meeting the basic needs of these children, showing them the love of Jesus in a practical way.
We need your help as we launch Into the Streets.

A gift as small as $6 would provide a street child one healthy meal a day for one month- talk about a “Happy Meal”! Ten dollars would provide a doctor’s visit for a sick kid, or a child could go to school for 6 months with your donation of $24. His uniforms and tennis shoes could be purchased with $40. A little girl could count on filling her belly at least once daily for an entire year with your gift of $73.

Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, "Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!" and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn't it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? James 2:15-17 (The Message Bible)

A little boy’s feet plodding along the dirt streets of Ethiopia will not move the earth.

But will it move you?

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