Monday, October 28, 2013

One Thousand Gifts (continued)

"Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget no all His benefits...The LORD is compassionate and gracious...As a father has compassion on His children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him...Praise the LORD, O my soul." 
 (Psalm 103:1,2,8,13,22)

What an amazing evening of praising the Lord!  We had the honour of being part of the 50th anniversary of Compassion Canada.  We were so richly blessed by speakers from around the world who gave thanks for the work of Compassion and the spreading of the Gospel.  We were also  blessed by some inspiring artists and song writers.  We were also blessed by the people we met at our dinner table and all of the 600 Christians who filled the room.  

The theme of the evening was "Impact".  According to the Oxford dictionary, "Impact" means, "to have a strong effect on someone or something".  Synonyms for "Impact" include:  effect, influence, impression, footprint, touch, shape, transform, change, and alter.  By sponsoring a child through Compassion, you are spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and releasing a child out of poverty "In JESUS' name"!  That's a pretty big impact!!  What a blessing that we have the opportunity to bless others and be used by God, because of the impact of what Christ has done for us on the cross.  Praise the Lord!!

Continuing to give thanks...

-being inspired to share our love- which is what Compassion is about

-talented artists

-inspiring and talented musicians

-being united with 600 fellow believers
-an inspiring man, Wess Stafford,  with an amazing story 
-a wonderful, Christian leader, Barry Slauenwhite (the President of Compassion Canada)
-his dedication and commitment to Compassion and his love that he shares
-his surprise visit from his sponsor child from Honduras

-Ethiopia, one of the 26 countries that Compassion works with

-the opportunity to sponsor children in Ethiopia and the opportunity to be a part of the ministry of Compassion Canada
-the impact that each sponsor has by sponsoring a child and how that impacts many more lives
-meeting wonderful, committed Christians
-spending time with friends at the dinner
-being blessed by the stories of others
-spending lots of time with Paul (on our long trip to London!)
-singing hymns with two thousand other believers at the Getty concert last Thursday
-the work of EduDeo ministries and the inspiring concert that they presented
-celebrating "Gotcha Day" today (celebrating three years of being blessed with our baby girl)

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