Thursday, January 8, 2009

"Hope Now"

(by Addison Road) Addison Road - Addison Road - Hope Now



"If everything comes down to love
Then just what am I afraid of
When I call out Your name
Something inside awakes in my soul
How quickly I forget I'm Yours

I'm not my own
I've been carried by You
All my life

Chorus:
Everything rides on hope now
Everything rides on faith somehow
When the world has broken me down
Your love sets me free

When my life is like a storm
Rising waters all I want is the shore
You say I'll be OK and
Make it through the rain
You are my shelter from the storm

Chorus

I am not my own
I've been carried by you
All my life

Chorus...

You've become my hearts desire
I will sing Your praises higher
Cause Your love sets me free..."

So, I was checking out Addison Road's website, and I came across an organization called Mocha Club & this statement:
I need Africa more than Africa needs me. Do you?
I was intrigued by the statement, because it didn't really make sense to me. So, I began to read about their history and projects. What stood out to me the most was the director's observation of the African people he encountered on a mission trip a few years ago. In the midst of their miserable & tragic circumstances, he saw a lot of joy among the people.

I felt very convicted when I read that, because I am quite guilty of finding joy in my positive circumstances {& of course, NO joy in my negative circumstances}. But, my joy should not be contingent upon my circumstances. Over the past few years (as I've mentioned before), I focused on my negative circumstances so much, that I was unable to find joy. I failed to focus on God, so I failed to find the joy & peace that comes from that relationship. I hate when I discover that I am like that unstable & double-minded man mentioned in James 1 (again)!

So, anyways, after reading about Mocha Club, I decided to join. A piece of my heart has already been in Africa since my family started sponsoring this precious little boy last year.

Amos lives in Kenya & is the exact same age as Cody~they'll be 8 on Saturday! When I found out what the cost of two mochas could do for Africans (feed 1 person for a month, educate 2 children for 1 school term, save 1 person's life from malaria or provide clean water to 7 Africans for 1 year), I thought it was a great way to do a little more for the people of Amos' continent. I gave up my first mocha today. Join my Mocha Club team!

Here's one last thought from the founder of Mocha club, "...it is Africa that has taught me that possessions in my hands will never be as valuable as peace in my heart. I've learned that I don't need what I have and that I have what I need." My prayer is that we could all learn these lessons!

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