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Car service and help Feed the 5,000 at the same time?

by Feed the 5,000 | 09.13.2011 | 1 comment | Posted in General

On Demand Auto Repair is holding a special fundraising event for Feed the 5,000 this Saturday, September 17, in Silverdale. The event will include:

  • A $1/ticket raffle basket for a Date Night Basket! All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Feed the 5,000.
  • Sponsor or become and advocate at the event and get entered in to win a $500 tune up by On Demand Auto Repair.
  • Discounted Service Vouchers for brake repairs!

The event will be held at the Fast Signs Shopping Complex across from new Grocery Outlet – 9460 Silverdale Way, Silverdale, WA.

You can read more about the event on Facebook and RSVP here.

Hope to see you there!

Feed the 5,000

Is sponsorship really trustworthy?

by Feed the 5,000 | 06.02.2011 | No comments | Posted in General, Sponsorship, Stories, Video

The idea of sponsoring needy children around the world is a compelling one, but many people wonder – do my dollars really go to help my sponsored child? Does it really make a difference in their life, or is this just a clever marketing ploy?

It’s an important question. One that deserves a good answer.

Shaun Groves was asked that very question and recently blogged his personal experience with Compassion International, which we’ve excerpted below – you can read the full version at his blog.

A Magic Trick For Kristen

[...] On my first trip overseas, way back in 2005, I boarded a plane to El Salvador to see if Compassion could really be trusted. I suspected they were a scam. I just had to figure out what that scam was. So when I visited a Compassion child development center in San Salvador, I asked a worker there if I could look inside a file cabinet. I expected her to ask a superior for permission, or ask me why, or get angry even. But instead she opened it.

I pulled out a random folder. It contained every record for one sponsored child cared for there. The worker explained what I was looking at, patiently wading through medical charts and report cards and financials. I walked away convinced. My CPA wife and I were so convinced that we drastically changed the way our family lives so that we could help more children live.

This afternoon, at a child development center in the Philippines, after telling that story, I opened a file cabinet.

I pulled out a file randomly. It contained all the financial records for the center for a given month. I flipped to a random page. It was a list of children’s names – children whose sponsors had given extra money that month so that their sponsored child could receive a birthday present. This was money above and beyond their monthly sponsorship of $38.

I picked a name randomly. The first one. “Precious.”

Now, when extra money is given by a sponsor for a birthday present, the social worker in the child development center works with the child’s family to buy something the child needs or wants. That purchase is supposed to be documented so that the child development center can prove to internal and external auditors that the birthday money didn’t buy a staff member a new dress instead.

“Can you show me the receipt to prove how this birthday money was spent?” I asked the bookkeeper?

Read the rest of the story and the SURPRISE ending at Shaun’s blog.

The five organizations highlighted for Feed the 5,000 were chosen specifically because of their reputations for good stewardship, experience in the field, connection to newlife, and above all, a focus on carrying out the mission of Jesus.

newlife pastor Wes Davis had the same skeptical attitude towards child sponsorship. Then he joined Compassion in Kenya and had the same life-changing experience that Shaun and so many others have had. Watch a video of Wes’ trip and see for yourself:

11 years old and nine kids sponsored already?

by Wes Davis | 05.28.2011 | 1 comment | Posted in Advocates, General, Sponsorship, Stories

Here is a letter from 11 year Karsten, who signed up to be an Advocate for Feed the 5,000 and now has NINE kids sponsored (with help from his little brother and sister)! I hope you take Karsten’s words to heart – “If you think you can’t make a difference, think again.”

Way to give Jesus your lunch, Karsten!

Wes

Awhile ago my parents came home from state of the church and were very excited about this new thing called Feed the 5,000. They told us how you can sponsor a child in extreme poverty and write letters to this person. We decided to sponsor a little girl in Ghana.

Last week as I sat listening to Wes, I realized I could make a difference. Just a child without a job, no money, no power could change this world right now. That day I decided to become a feed the 5,000 advocate. I picked 5 faces out of the stack and filled out the paper work. By that Sunday evening I had my first child sponsored.

The next day I wore 5 Feed the 5,000 bracelets and handed them out as I explained that each bracelet represented a real child with a soul that was in desperate need of our help. That night they all went home and told their parents. The following day 1 more child was sponsored and now 2 more children have hope for the future. If you think you can’t make a difference, think again… A child with no hope is waiting for you. Together we CAN make a difference, even if you don’t have a job, money or power… find someone who does… be an advocate!!

Karsten
Age: 11

1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set and example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and purity.

Video: Sally’s childhood sponsorship experience

by Feed the 5,000 | 05.23.2011 | No comments | Posted in General, Sponsorship, Stories, Video

When Sally was just 10 years old she choose to sponsor a child, doing odd jobs and coming up with the money to pay for the sponsorship. Now 46 years later, Feed the 5,000 is inspiring her to give Jesus her lunch and sponsor again.

Sally is giving their lunch to Jesus — how about you?

We want to hear from you! Have you sponsored a child? What’s your story? Leave comments below!

Video: A vision for the 5,000 emerges

by Feed the 5,000 | 05.16.2011 | No comments | Posted in General, Stories, Video

Have you wondered how the vision for Feed the 5,000 was planted? Here’s the story, including a video of the trip that started it all…

The vision for the movement came into focus when newlife pastor Wes Davis was on a trip to Nairobi, Kenya with Compassion International. In Wes’ own words:

In the slums of Mathare, 800,000 people live in two square miles in shacks just bigger than my bathroom. Yet it is here that the church is bringing hope by preaching a gospel that includes caring for people’s practical needs – feeding the poor, educating the children, and providing basic health care.

While on the trip, I was reflecting on the story in John 6 of Jesus feeding the 5,000 people with one boy’s lunch. I sensed the Holy Spirit say to my heart – “give up your lunch so a child can eat” and the question hit me: “Could Jesus feed the world with our lunch?”

What is it going to take to get 5,000 kids sponsored in one year, from a church with around 2,000 attendees? A miracle, that’s what.

Just like the boy who offered his lunch to Jesus, all we can do is give what we have. Then we have to have faith that God will do the rest.


(video edit thanks to Trent Jenkins at Bayside Church)

Video: One Mom’s Mother’s Day Surprise

by Feed the 5,000 | 05.13.2011 | No comments | Posted in Advocates, General, Stories, Video

On Mother’s Day at newlife, one special mom — an Advocate for Feed the 5,000 — received an unexpected surprise…

Check out the video below!

Consider:

If you already are an Advocate, be sure to visit the Advocate Center for resources!

We want to hear from you! Are you an advocate? What’s your story? Leave comments below!

The heartbreak of a mom

by Wes Davis | 05.13.2011 | 2 comments | Posted in Advocates, General, Stories

Sunday afternoon, I received an e-mail with a powerful story of what God is doing in the heart of a mom at newlife to make a difference in the world through Feed the 5,000. And she gave me permission to share her story with you – let this ignite your heart!

Wes
newlife

Dear Wes,

My husband and I have been attending Newlife since last August, when we transferred here from Pensacola, Florida. I feel so blessed to be a part of Newlife and I know it is exactly where God wants me. So, I just wanted to let you know what God has done in mine and my husband’s hearts involving child sponsorship.

Eight years ago, I was driving home from college, when I heard on the radio about sponsoring a child. Even as a little girl, I had always wanted to be a sponsor and felt God tugging at my heart. My husband and I had been married a little over a year and in that year I had become a wife, stepmother to a wonder 4 year old, and a mother to a newborn. I felt God speaking to me that we were to supposed to sponsor two children, because God had blessed us with two children. So we started sponsoring a little girl, Choity from Bangladesh, and Aklilu from Ethiopia. Last year my church in Florida hosted a Compassion International event, and I again felt God telling me to sponsor more children. My husband and I now had five children, and so I started sponsoring three more children — Yordin from Columbia, Maria from Columbia, and Aide from Bolivia.

So now at Newlife I have listened as you spoke about Feed the 5000. I again felt God tugging at my heart. Last May, my husband and I lost our beautiful little girl, Molly, at 6 months into my pregnancy. It was heartbreaking and I didn’t understand why God had allowed us to go through this, but I felt his peace and presence through it all. In this last year I have shed my tears over my little girl that I only got to hold for a short while. I have questioned why God allowed this to happened to me and my husband, who have loved all five our children with all our hearts and were ready for one more.

Recently, I have felt God’s answer to my questions. You see, I am a labor and delivery nurse and have the opportunity to comfort and witness to those mom’s who are in the midst of losing their child during their pregnancy. I had a patient recently who I cared for during her and her husband’s loss. Because of what I had been through, I was able to pray and comfort them during this time. I know that my Molly had purpose in her short little life and because of her I am able to reach out with the love of Christ and help other’s who have went through the same thing. So as I sat in church today, listening to you speak about Feed the 5000, I felt once again that I was supposed to sponsor another child, in memory of my Molly. So I am now gladly going to sponsor Reinatou from Burkina Faso.

I also felt God asking me to be an advocate. I had felt this before and thought “No, what if I can’t get them all sponsored?” But, as I sat in church today, I felt God say “I am bigger than this, and bigger than you. Do you not have the faith to believe that I can call 5 people to sponsor these five children?.” Well, when God puts it like that … Of course he can. And so I am now an advocate for five little children that I am going to pray and find sponsors for. I hope and pray that I can eventually visit all of the children my husband and I have sponsored. I feel God calling me to something bigger, whether with sponsorship, or fostering children, I don’t know. But if there is any way I can help, with trying to get families to meet their sponsored children, I would gladly help. I am so blessed.

In Christ,

***

Lena: Advocate and writer, on the Mission

by Feed the 5,000 | 05.12.2011 | No comments | Posted in Advocates, General, Stories

Lena and her husband just started attending newlife a few weeks ago. Last Sunday she heard about Feed the 5,000. And she’s already putting her passion to work, becoming an Advocate for children and using her writing skills to tell others about Feed the 5,000 from her blog.

Below is a reproduction of Lena’s original post at her blog.

Have you considered becoming an Advocate?

Feeding The 5,000

Posted on May 10, 2011 by rootandblossom

(Ethiopia 2008: Teddy was a friend I made during my time there. He is what they consider a street child. During my time in Addis, Teddy became an orphan when his mother died, leaving him to provide for his several younger siblings. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t think of this boy, praying he’s still alive, healthy, and smiling.)

On Sunday, Chris and I learned about the ‘Feeding The 5,000′ movement. It’s a topic we have heard of for the last couple weeks but weren’t quite sure as to the details. The movement is this: to sponsor children around the world and grow our hearts. Inspired by the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with just one child’s lunch. Our church asked the question, “could Jesus feed the world with our lunch?” By giving up one meal a week, a person could essentially sponsor a child. Our church set a goal to sponsor/find sponsors for 5,000 children around the world.

I have to admit, I am guilty of having the mind set of Jesus’s disciples rather than the boy when it comes to the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. The world has always made me feel quite small, and the more I see, the smaller I feel. I doubt that there is much that I can do or offer so I become stagnant. What if my mindset was rather of the boy who offered his five loaves of bread to Jesus to feed the 5,000? The boy did not look at his bread then look at the crowd and decide to keep the bread to himself, thinking it wouldn’t matter. No. Instead the boy saw he had something to offer, quantity and amount being irrelevant, and offered all of his lunch. Jesus took the boy’s lunch and filled the stomaches of 5,000 men.

In my heart I’ve always wanted to sponsor a child, but I’ve also always had a financial “excuse.” Even now, with two incomes my husband and I could arguably say we aren’t financially there yet because of the whole buying a house thing. But no. The catch with money is that no matter how much you have, you never feel like it’s quite enough. This time, we’re putting out faith in Jesus that he may take our lunch and feed the 5,000 with it.

Not only are Chris and I going to become sponsors but we committed to Advocating for five children. Five children whom with a sponsor will be enabled to transform their communities and break the cycle of poverty by staying healthy and becoming educated.

Tomorrow I will be introducing five children to you. Five children, like all children, who desire to achieve great things, but are at a huge disadvantage due to the cycle of poverty they were born into.

I ask that today and this evening, you truly consider becoming a sponsor to a child. Though this movement stems from our Church, there is not a requirement to be a Christian or person of faith to be involved, all you need is passion or desire to make a positive change in a nation. Could the world be fed by your lunch?

Feel free and encouraged to check out Feedthe5000.org

Join newlife May 1st and 8th for Feed the 5,000

by Feed the 5,000 | 04.25.2011 | No comments | Posted in General, Video

Starting next Sunday, May 1, come to newlife for a special two week Feed the 5,000 series. See the teaser video below!

Help feed the world.
Give Jesus your lunch.

Never been to newlife? Check out times and gathering locations at www.newlifekitsap.com/gatherings.

Video: The Raley’s Lesson

by Feed the 5,000 | 04.17.2011 | No comments | Posted in General, Sponsorship, Stories, Video

The Raley’s are choosing to sponsor their first child in Latin America with the same birthday as their own little one. They see their sponsorship as a way to give their lunch to Jesus and provide a valuable lesson for their daughter as she grows up. Check out the video below!

The Raleys are giving their lunch to Jesus — how about you?

We want to hear from you! Have you sponsored a child? What’s your story? Leave comments below!

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