Reflecting on Uganda… A Shift in Perception,written by Ginny Brooks.Children are at the core of what is pure and true, binding the gates of hell with the laughter of heaven.Everything we truly are, rests in who He is. We can only limit ourselves by our lack of trust and faith in his Grace and Everlasting Love.One of the first things I noticed in these little ones we encountered at each school was their overwhelming kindness and acceptance. How were they able to be so joyous towards people they didn’t know? Christ in them was so evident to me; any feelings of sorrow were dispelled by the abundance these kids had in Him. I felt pretty shy engaging with them at first, until it struck me, that I was just one of them in their eyes and in my own. I am not a bystander or a hero. “We are” indeed, Children of the Kingdom, which resonated through my being. God hasn’t forgotten Africa. I can assure you He is very much alive in these young disciples of His Word. They worship with tenderness and community. The friendships they had with each other were most remarkable. I had never before experienced such humility and earnest love for one another as I did in Uganda; young and old.I was given the pleasure to meet some of the college graduates of God Loves Kids sponsored students who attended as a GLK sponsored child throughout school. To see in the flesh how much someone had overcome what seemed to be everything against them and how just one person out there somewhere decided to believe in them and give them another chance to shine bright was the faithfulness of God to grant them an opportunity to have a future. God works wonders needless to say through His Saints. You can see through these young adults that they do not take anything for granted. Their lives are living testaments to God’s promises made manifest through the works of Love.Photo by Ginny BrooksWe are all tangled in the same mess. The hardships may look different, but pain is the same. A worthy sacrifice before the Lord has weight in our hearts. As Sons and Daughters, how will He use us to advance His Kingdom? There is no greater honor than to be a living temple to the Spirit of God. We have fullness in Christ Jesus and lack nothing.1 John 3:18 “My little children, let us not live in word; neither in the tongue, but in deed and truth.”Romans 12:18 “God arranged the members in the body, each one of them as he chose. If all were a single member where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body…vs 26, If one member suffers, all suffer together with it.”I Corinthians 13:3 “If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. “
Reflecting on Uganda… A Shift in Perception, written by Ginny Brooks. Children are at the core of what is pure and true, binding the gates of hell with the laughter of heaven. Everything we truly are, rests in who He is. We can only limit ourselves by our lack of trust and faith in his Grace and Everlasting Love.
God birthed God Loves Kids ministry in the heart of Lovie Phillips over 38 years ago to touch children in His name that otherwise would have little or no hope for the future. Thousands of lives have been changed and God is working through GLK now and, I am sure, will be for many years to come.
The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was a part of Greece but is now the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young.
In 2012 God Loves Kids will be making two trips, one to India, Nepal and Nagaland and the other to Rwanda and Uganda. You can help make a difference! God Loves Kids ministers to children who without our help would face a life that is hard for most of us to imagine without seeing it firsthand.
We have a vision for a new church in Nepal, a country where for centuries, no Christian missionaries were allowed to enter. • Can you envision a land where cows are holy, animal sacrifices are a weekly occurrence, and human cremations take place daily?
Faithfulness and obedience to the call of God on her life has resulted not only in spiritual sons and daughters, but in grandchildren as well. Almost forty years later, with God Loves Kids, has Lovie Phillips been successful in this God given goal? The God Loves Kids Alumni has answered this question with the testimony of their gratefulness and the success of their productive godly lives.
While we were in Uganda, during the month of March 2013, the newspaper headlines were filled with stories of kids in the slums who were being told they would have as safe place to live and food to eat along with religious training. Instead they were kidnapped and taken to muslim terrorist camps. Ten Islamic imams were being sought by the authorities for kidnapping orphans who had been recruited into Islamic orphanages.
Born in 1961, one of my earliest memories was watching my hero Lassie on TV. Of course, that memory is in black and white because that is how it was broadcasted. I remember during my younger years, the black and white TV had grown old, the picture tube grew weak and turning up the brightness control became a ritual.