When the needs are in your face obvious, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, it's overwhelming.
It's easy to give into the feeling that you could never make a difference, not even a dent, in helping to meet the massive amount of needs.
It's easy to feel hopeless.
Until you bring your focus in closer, until you find one person, one way, you can help.
Like finding a way for Margaret to get surgery for the growths on her face and head and body.
Or mentoring 24 young women in a class on passion for Jesus and keeping themselves sexually pure.
Or finding sponsors in the U.S. to give monthly to the Canaan Life project, which helps with vocational training and small business start up for Ghanaians, one person at a time.
Or digging a well so one village can have good, clean water and an irrigation system for their crops.
When we were in Ghana in April, an engineer friend from our church joined us there to plan where and how to dig that well.
A village was chosen, plans were drawn up.
But then, leadership of that village made decisions that shut that project down.
We had done an impromptu outreach in another village, Homabenase, while there, and my kids have participated in two more outreaches in Homabenase since.
We've sent shoes for the children.
(We need at least 500 more pairs!)
Inquiries were made to the village leadership about land to dig a well for the village.
They were taken to a plot of land and told that this piece of land was named "Canaan Life"!
Confirmation. God had led us to the place He wanted us to focus on.
One place where we could make a difference.
(Please pray for Ghana, their president died unexpectedly yesterday.)
From Ghana's Facebook page:
The President of the Republic of Ghana, John Atta Mills, has passed away. He died at the 37 Military Hospital earlier today. Our condolences go out to his family and loved ones.
May he rest in perfect peace. And may our dear country and all who love it find peace and unity in the aftermath.
AN EXERPT FROM MY DAUGHTER'S NEWSLETTER:
You will notice on my sidebar two things.
Under the heading missions is a paypal account that goes directly to Canaan Life vocational training for Ghanaians.
Under the heading blog sponsors are what I call Ads for Missions.
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