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Definition- Truism noun 'tru-i-zam An undoubted or self-evident truth
Truism: YOUR PRAYERS, PHYSICAL ASSISTANCE AND FINANCIAL
CONTRIBUTIONS PROVIDE FOR GOD'S RICH BLESSINGS!
Truism: ALL OF US AT LIFELINE THANK GOD AND THANK YOU!
Truism: GOD IS GOOD; ALL THE TIME!
Read below about what God's been doing through Lifeline
Every day God reminds us that he is in control by providing new relationships with
churches, donors, work teams or other partners who are excited about Lifeline's vision and
eager to get involved.
The trusses are continuing to go up on the new Grand-GoÃ¢ve Children's Home.
Adam (Lifeline's Administrator in Haiti) and wife Ruth are expecting their second child! We
celebrate with them and pray for good health.
Congratulations to Lourdes and Ebert on their
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wedding! Lourdes is one of the girls from the
Omoa Children's Home and she married a
Godly man. The bride and groom were lovely
in the wedding attire and the flowers were
beautiful! We are so very happy for them!
(see photo on right)
ONE NIGHT ONLY! Tomorrow Saturday,
March 29 is "Desert Song," a benefit concert
for Lifeline's Navajo ministry. Can't join us for
the concert but want to partner in the Navajo
ministry? Donate online or join a work team.
We have been pleased to welcome several
guests this week at Lifeline's office: Paul
Mercer from the Gideons organization in
Canada; NoNo, our Lovelink Assistant in
Haiti; and Brian and Barb Snyder, our Administrator with the Navajo in Arizona.
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know...same products, same prices, same service! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price
of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Lifeline whenever you shop. Plus, from now
through March 31, 2014, an extra $5 will be donated to Lifeline for each customer who
makes an eligible purchase! Contact Abby@Lifeline.org if you have any questions.
At the office, we hosted the Westerville Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) meeting last
week, which is a gathering of the local church pastors. We had the opportunity to share
Lifeline's ministry and many of the ministers commented that they didn't realize the scope
and the diversity of Lifeline's outreach. It was a good time of fellowship and prayer and
connecting with the local churches!
Eduardo Otero, Lifeline's ministry partner in Cuba, continues to struggle with chronic back
pain that is limiting his capacity to minister there. Pray for healing.
Pray for Mauricio, Johanna and their toddler Samuel as they prepare to plant a new church
in Santa Cruz, Honduras. Mauricio is a graduate of Lifeline's Bible Institute in El Salvador
and has been serving in various churches as well as being caretaker at CaryHill. They are
excited about this new adventure, but so many changes and challenges lie ahead.
Pray that God would open hearts to sponsor a child! We need more sponsors for the
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They [Lifeline] have
authentic love for the
Haitian people they are
serving, training, equipping
and discipling to be
followers of Christ
and leaders in their
children we are serving. Learn more at www.Lifeline.org/Sponsor.
Prayers for safety for Dana Krahel, Lifeline's Volunteer Director, as she travels and make
contacts for the Ohio88 food packing events. Pray for successful meetings around the
state of Ohio.
You can view Lifeline's weekly prayer list at www.Lifeline.org/pray.
People, Projects & Programs
In last week's email to sponsors, Audra Norman shared her experience on the women's work
team, which distributed sponsor gifts and served the Haitian families in January. We wanted to
share her article with you who may not sponsor a child or have experienced a work team...we
hope you consider impacting a child or joining an upcoming work team!
It's hard to put into words just how amazing the
women's work trip was for me. II experienced a
whole new side of Lifeline that drew me in so much
more than I already was. This experience confirmed
to me once again why I love Lifeline so much! They
have authentic love for the Haitian people they are
serving, training, equipping and discipling to be
followers of Christ and leaders in their communities.
Lifeline lives out this authentic love intentionally
through their ministries to the people every single day!
There are so many highlights that I could share! I
really enjoyed seeing the gift distribution. I was blown
away by how Lifeline went the extra mile to make this program so personal for those that
sponsor. The staff spends so much time, energy and effort into making this program special, not
only for the children and families involved, but for us - the sponsors - to feel connected to our
kiddos. It was truly amazing to walk through the line with several children and watch them
receive their Christmas gifts, get their photo taken and be measured. What an honor to be a part
of delivering over 1,000 Christmas gifts and seeing all of those precious smiles!! I will treasure
them in my heart always!
Ladies Day was a wonderful experience! We saw
women travel in from all of the Lifeline churches on
this one day of the year, wearing their beautiful
costumes and singing such heavenly songs. These
ladies know how to have church. The music was
awesome and we danced right alongside our Haitian
friends. It was a pleasure to be a part of a day that
encourages women in their walk with God. It's not
easy for them to leave home for a day, but they did
and I believe they were blessed by it just as much
as we were.
It was also a highlight to be a part of several home
dedications. I hadn't anticipated home building on
this trip, so that was an added bonus. Especially
since one of the homes built was sponsored by
farmers from our community in Iowa. It was a
special privilege to represent those farmers by gifting
the home owner with a Bible inscribed with a
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message and prayer for the home to glorify God
always. While we were visiting another home to be
dedicated, the homeowner shared interest in
becoming a Christian, and we asked him if he
wanted to know Christ personally. When he said
YES, and we prayed with him to receive Christ, I
knew right then and there that this is what it's all
about! Nothing happens at Lifeline without prayer,
and because of that God continues to soften hearts
to hear the gospel message. And this man heard it
and received that precious gift! There wasn't a dry
eye amongst the 63 women present there!
Visiting the churches of Torbeck and Lazile was
such a blessing. I was anxious with excitement to
experience Lifeline's outpost schools and churches.
We were received with open and welcome arms,
music, dancing, a feast and prayer. They prayed for
years for American visitors to come and we were the
answer to their prayers...how humbling! We were
blessed to hear Pastor Philipe share a message and
to see how much his people loved him. It was also
an honor to serve the children by fitting their feet
with brand new socks and shoes. It truly brought
our theme of taking our towel off and serving like
Jesus did as he washed his disciple's feet a reality
for me. I held back the tears when I took off the
sweaty, dirty shoes and socks of a young child. I
chose to see past the dirt and the grime to the
beautifully designed child he placed in front of me.
Fitting them with new socks and shoes and then
seeing their smile was all I needed to confirm once
again why I love serving God so much! We are his
hands and his feet on this earth, and called to do his
work in His name! I'm so grateful to be a follower
and servant of Christ! God is so good!
It will always be a highlight for me to spend time
with my sponsor child of 13 years and his family. It
completely fills my heart with joy that they all know
who I am when I arrive to their home, and that they
know my name. I am greeted with many hugs and
kisses from young to old! They show it in their
affection toward me and they always make me feel
so welcome! I look forward to seeing how God
works in their lives and how my family will continue
to be a godly influence through prayer and example
of love in their lives. It's awesome to see our
sponsor child grow in to a young man who loves
God and tell us he wants to become a Pastor! I
look forward to seeing the plans for his life unfold!
Serving alongside 60+ of the most incredible women from the States and all of the incredible
Haitians that spend their time with us has left me going through withdrawal of not only the country
of Haiti and its people, but of the friendships that I developed while I was there. I cherish my
friendships with the Haitian staff and translators and look forward to seeing them again someday.
I was also able to serve alongside my aunt, who came to know Christ as Savior while we were in
Haiti. And it was through some very special kindred friendships that were established on this trip,
and their testimonies, that helped lead her to that decision. God is so good in how he ordains
EVERYTHING. His sovereignty never ceases to amaze me! We learned from one friend that
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The Lord is good
to those who wait for Him,
to the soul who seeks Him.
Lamentations 3:25 (NKJV)
there are no coincidences! He reveals himself in all things! I was so blessed to be able to spend
this special time with these women and I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to do so! I hope to
revisit Haiti during a women's trip again for it is a very special experience and one that will remain
in my heart forever!
The Scriptures are replete with references to the value of
waiting for the Lord and spending time with him.
When we do, the debris we have gathered during the
hurried busy hours of our day gets filtered out, not unlike the
silt that settles where a river widens. With the debris out of
the way, we are able to see things more clearly and feel
God's nudgings more sensitively.
David frequently underscored the benefits of solitude.
I am certain he first became acquainted with this discipline as he kept his father's sheep. Later,
during those tumultuous years when King Saul was borderline insane and pursuing him out of
jealousy, David found his time with God not only a needed refuge but his means of survival...
God still longs to speak to waiting hearts...hearts that are quiet before him.
an excerpt from The Finishing Touch, by Charles Swindoll
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