This month has been a month of huge weekends here at The Life Church! Coming up this weekend we’ve got the Watoto Children’s Choir coming. AND the Joyce Meyer Conference is in town! It’s going to be a busy weekend.
If you are near Memphis, come join in the fun! Here are the details:
Joyce Meyer Conference at the FedEx Forum starting Thursday evening, Friday morning and evening and concluding Saturday morning (March 27-29).
Watoto Children’s Choir will be performing one song in all our morning services: 8:30a, 9:45a, 10:45a (Collierville Campus) and 11:30a.
Watoto Children’s Choir Concert will be Sunday, March 30 at 6 pm.
Greg and I sponsor a young girl named Kellen through Compassion International. She lives in Kenya and with the recent unrest there, she’s really been on my heart. I think her town is not in the middle of everything, but things can really escalate in Africa quickly and she could be caught in it all. I’m praying for her intensely during this time. Children are very vulnerable with violence breaks out in Africa. As seen in other countries, they can be “recruited” (kidnapped) to be child soldiers or “wives” (sex slaves) for the soldiers. I pray that Kenya does not get to this point.
Her recent letter told me of her dream to become a nurse one day. She does very well in school and loves Jesus. I pray that her dream will become reality for her. She is 16 years old (I’ve been her sponsor since she was 5) and beginning to think about the future and dream. I pray that her future is bright!
I’m reading a great book my friend gave me – 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie Nolen. It’s a book of incredible stories of people who are making a difference in Africa working with people with AIDS and many of them living with AIDS themselves. These past couple of months have been an education for me in AIDS. My husband Greg and I attended the Global Summit on AIDS in California at the end of November then traveled to Uganda the beginning of December. The trips weren’t really designed to coincide, but the coincidence made quite an impact on me.
We don’t hear much about AIDS treatment here in the US because new antiretroviral drugs (ATVs) have made living with AIDS very different and basically treatable. It’s not a cure, but people can live healthy for years with AIDS. At first, it was only for those in developed countries because of the cost of the drugs, and get this, doctors literally thought people in developing areas could not keep up with the strict schedule for drug taking. Doctors Without Borders proved it could be done even in areas plagued with conflict and civil war.
Back to the book, it’s full of hope…and the renews the belief that one person can make a difference. Each person has their own story and their own mission. And each is leaving a legacy in a desperate place.
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