Church Shopping | And then there were 7??

One of our visits took us to hear a message that God has been telling us for a while.

This church visit was great! They had a great area for the boys. T went into his classroom and loved it. Caleb, well, he's Caleb – he cried and finally went into his classroom. Andon hasn't found a nursery he didn't like yet – so it was great for him!

We are finding that with summer visits, churches are a little off their regular pastorial schedule. We heard an associate pastor speak, which was fine with us. The message he had was exactly what God wanted us to hear, no doubt.

The message was talking about truly listening to God and acting upon His words. I mean, we all hear Him if we listen, but do we always do something with what He tells us?

I'll be the first to admit, I don't. I want to be close with God, but if He is telling me to come out of my comfort zone, then I'll try to reason with Him. Um…you can't really reason with the mighty I Am. I know, but I suppose it's like the boys trying to reason with me when they have been told something – you gotta try :)

Anyhoo, they brought up a young couple who felt led into missionary work. I was blown away at their testimony and story that took them to the place of the calling. Seriously, they are courageous and I am constantly amazed at those who are in missions. It is definitely a special call, and it takes someone who is willing to listen – and obey – God's Will.

Now, I didn't get that God wants us to be in missions. But, I did hear the message again that he has been telling me for a while now.

Earlier this year, during Women of Faith, I was introduced to a group called World Vision. They are an organization that seeks sponsors for children in various countries. After that conference, I felt called to support a child. I said I would come home and allow the boys to choose their new sibling that we would sponsor. I wanted it to be a family event.

Well, that didn't happen.

Then, I saw and read Angie and Robin‘s trip to India for Compassion International. I was moved to support a child, once again. And, once again, I wanted the kids to be involved to choose their new sibling. I really wanted us to be prayerful about the child that we began to support. It's not about throwing money to a place, it's about praying – the greatest gift we can truly offer.

And, again…that didn't happen.

I could share several other circumstances when God called me to move on this. Seriously, a few more have happened and I just wanted it to be a family thing. Honestly, it never seemed to be a priority to get the boys together to choose their new sibling.

Until that message.

After the sermon, I told Paul all of this and he agreed. We needed to listen to God. This was a time that we heard a message and I was going to LISTEN to God! I not only want to listen, I want to do something!!!

And, we finally obeyed and did something!

Since I feel both organizations are just as worthy, our family chose to sponsor one child from each! Now, we have 7 members in our family with the addition of Yhoselyn and Douglas. Yhoselyn is from Peru and she is 4 years old. Douglas is 10 and he is from El Salvador.

When I spoke to T about sponsoring these kids, I shared that he may need to sacrifice something so we can give to them. Or, even better, he could set some of his allowance aside so that can be part of the monies for his new siblings. Although, I really need to get better about actually giving him his allowance now because I want him to see the giving aspect in this. I want him to know that through this giving, God's work is being done thousands of miles away – so that these kiddos can have a brighter future.

One last thing. I'm not a recruiter for couponing – I'm a helper. I feel called to do this site as a ministry to help others. But,if people never see the value in couponing, I hope they know that my savings not only helps our families, but it can help with missions here, or even thousands of miles for children. Saving money here is allowing them to have a future. I thank God for showing me this way to save.

I will be sharing a few more church visits in the days or weeks ahead. So many more to share.

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on September 17, 2009

10 Comments

  • Sarah - September 17, 2009 @ 2:04 pm
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    Thanks for sharing so openly about what God is doing in your life, Andrea. This site IS such a ministry, and we appreciate the time you give to help us.

    • mommysnacks - September 17, 2009 @ 2:35 pm
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      Sarah, thanks for you comment. It truly means a lot!

  • oh amanda - September 17, 2009 @ 2:20 pm
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    Andrea, your post just gave me chills! Isn’t it cool to sponosor someone? The little girl we sponsor from Burkina Faso writes us letters and calls us “Mama and Papa!” *sniff*

    • mommysnacks - September 17, 2009 @ 2:36 pm
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      Amanda, that is soooo sweet!! I am excited to have the boys begin a dialogue with the kids. We’ll have a new box to send off at Christmas, besides our normal Operation Christmas Child Boxes. I am excited for them to see a tangible result of faith and sacrifice.

  • Amy - September 17, 2009 @ 2:26 pm
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    I am just so proud of you, Andrea. To hear what God is calling you to do and to act on it are two different things. Thank you for reminding me to act instead of just hear the call :)

  • Courtney - September 17, 2009 @ 2:37 pm
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    so encouraging! there is so much joy & blessing in obedience!

  • Dana - September 17, 2009 @ 4:27 pm
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    Thanks for this post, Andrea. I also see one of the greatest benefits of couponing to be the financial freedom to give more. The $38 or dollars or so it costs to sponsor a child goes so far in a country like Haiti, India, or Nicaragua. And all it could take for some families is a little couponing to free up that money here in US.

    We also sponsor some children through Compassion. My 2 year old is so excited about her “friends” in Haiti. She reminds us to pray for them before her nap and before bed, and she colors pictures to send them with their notes. It really has been a great experience to teach her to look beyond herself- and the borders of our country- to see other kids in need. My husband and I pray that God uses this practice of giving through Compassion to grow a generous spirit and love for others in our children.

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Marianne - September 18, 2009 @ 1:21 am
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    We’ve sponsored a little boy through Compassion for about a year and a half. He’s so smart – his letters come fairly regularly and it’s obvious that he spends a great deal of time on writing them and the drawings he adds.

    And it never fails that his letters arrive on a day when I’ve been bemoaning this or that trivial thing – I see that envelope and I am smacked upside my head about what really matters.

    ;-)

  • Andi @udandi - September 18, 2009 @ 10:33 am
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    neat post, Andrea! my favorite radio personalities, Bob & Sheri, do a drive every couple of years to get sponsors for World Vision (this year they’ve gotten 400 out of their 500 goal). I think it is great that you can also shop from the gift catalog to provide job training for women and girls, seeds, chickens, basketballs–things we find easier to acquire.

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