Saturday, August 27, 2011

Not Everyone is Called to Adopt, but everyone is called to care for the orphans and widows of the world

Although the world is full of suffering it is also full of the overcoming it.  Helen Keller

Love our neighbor as ourselves............

If we are loving our neighbors why is Africa dying?  If children in US, Canada, or England were starving to death and dying of preventable diseases they would have texting and what ever else available  to save the children.  Some-how Africa doesn't count to most.  These are God's people and children dying.  Suffering horrible deaths from preventable diseases.  The great trick of Satan is to say one doesn't make a difference.  The difference to that one can be life or death.

Less than $2 a day                    2.6 billion people                 40 percent of the world people
Less than $1 a day                    1.0 billion people                  15 percent of the world's people
$105 a day USA                         0.3 billion people                  4.5 percent of the world's people

Then the King will say, "I'm telling the solemn truth:  Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me-you did it to me"Matthew 25:40

The top 20 percent of the world's population consumes 86% of the world's goods:(

So let us say that each person in USA sponsored just one child for $25 dollars a month.  That small amount of money would almost double a poor families income for the year.  Just imagine the change in situation of doubling our own income in a year?  Now imagine that in county that makes only $1 dollar a day for an entire family this would be the difference between enough food and not enough to eat.

Here is a chart comparison of where our Aminat lives in Ethiopia:

                                                           Ethiopia                             USA
pop                                                     81 million                            295.4 million
life expectancy                                   49 years                              78 years
literacy                                                 36%                                    97%
access to safe H20                               22%                                    100%
average annual  income                         $180                                    $41,400

So actually where Aminat lives her family makes .49 cents a day...................
I am ashamed to say this year we just started child sponsorship.  I had always wanted to, but good intentions add up to absolutely nothing without action.  Everyone could do this, one child at time, feed one.

In the end, we will remember not  the worlds of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. 
 Dr. Martin  Luther King JR.

To learn more about child sponsorship visit

A wonderful book to read to understand the plight of the poor and our responsibility is:

"The Hole In Our Gospel"  by Richard Stearns president of world vision USA.

'He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well.  Is that what it means to know the Lord.  Jeremiah 22:16

Friday, August 26, 2011

August 26, 2011

41, 41,41,41 and counting!!!!!It is good to know that 1/2 of the people I work with I could be their mother.  Talk about strange.....I have to say I do feel better than I did in my 20's and life goes on.  Our time on earth is but a fleeting moment so we must make every day count and make the most of it.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

August 6, 2011

Summer is flying by at the Arnold house.  The count down to school is on and change is in the air.  What a hot summer, but we have made it through what I think are the absolute longest months of the year.  Sneha is finally settling into summer right about the time when school is coming very soon.  The good news is we have worked on much needed paperwork.  We finally filed with Logan county courts to get Sneha's adoption completed so she can become a citizen, get a birth certificate, and an SS card.  On the new adoption front the State of Colorado approved our home-study for Ghana.  We just have to wait for our social workers license to be renewed and our I600A goes to Texas to be processed.  Then we wait to receive our finger print invite to be printed in Denver.  While waiting for Joy in this process we are hoping and praying that another young child will becomes available at Beacon House for us.  We are hoping for a healthy younger than six years little boy or girl.  Only time will tell and we are willing to wait.

The Fab Four