Middle East donation needs – May 2015

I am gathering supplies to take with me on this next MISSION to the Middle East, departing MAY 20! These items are going to an undisclosed area but are much needed & appreciated. Let me know if you can help with donations of these items.GDI12

GENERAL ITEMS:
1. wash clothes
2. socks
3. hair accessories (like barrettes, hair bands, clips, pins)
4. make-up in general PLUS Nail polishes
5. shampoo
6. shower gel
7. scented lotion
8. toothbrush – toothpaste
9. TRAVEL SIZE toiletries (hotel toiletries are great!)
10. FRAGRANCES – this is for any of my fragrance-model friends who may have samples or testers that you want to donate!

These donations are a fulfillment of Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your GOOD DEEDS and glorify your Father in heaven.”

All donations through VMM/GDI are tax deductible.twitter-gdi-background

Middle East explanations

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Amir Tsarfati at Grace Chapel, Leipers Fork, TN

In light of the current events going on in the Middle East and Russia, I wanted to share a link to a great video (2hrs) that I believe will be helpful to those who are concerned/interested in what’s happening in this part of the world BUT don’t fully understand what’s going on.

Why are these people fighting?

Who are Sunni and Shites? What countries identify with these groups?

Who is Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Queda, ISIS, The Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban?

Where does Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Russia, The USA all fit in to this?

Does the Bible talk about these conflicts happening and are these all signs of the End when Christ returns?

This informative video of Amir Tsarfati speaking on these subjects will be worth 2 hours of your attention. For some of you who have a hard time with picturing the Middle East and how these countries connect, you may want to pull up a map on your computer and follow along!

Click HERE for Video LINK!

Anything can happen

This familiar story of the father who came to Jesus for help with his mute/demon possessed son was particularly striking to me today.  We struggle with many things throughout our lives and sometimes even fail to pray for help because of our own doubts about whether God will even answer.   Jesus was so clear in this passage…. the POWER is in our BELIEVING —- FAITH.

There are no “ifs” when believers pray in faith.

Anything is possible with God.

So, like this father in the story below, I say to Jesus – I believe.

I believe in the impossible.

I believe my prayers are heard and answered.

I believe God.


 

17-18 A man out of the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought my mute son, made speechless by a demon, to you. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and goes stiff as a board. I told your disciples, hoping they could deliver him, but they couldn’t.” 19-20 Jesus said, “What a generation! No sense of God! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring the boy here.” They brought him. When the demon saw Jesus, it threw the boy into a seizure, causing him to writhe on the ground and foam at the mouth. 21-22 He asked the boy’s father, “How long has this been going on? Ever since he was a little boy. Many times it pitches him into fire or the river to do away with him. If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us! 23 Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.” 24 No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts! 25-27 Seeing that the crowd was forming fast, Jesus gave the vile spirit its marching orders: “Dumb and deaf spirit, I command you—Out of him, and stay out!” Screaming, and with much thrashing about, it left. The boy was pale as a corpse, so people started saying, “He’s dead.” But Jesus, taking his hand, raised him. The boy stood up.