“It all starts with a burden for the impossible,” the Pastor of Selah Fellowship in Whitefish, Montana had said one Sunday morning. That resonated with me, you see, for as long as I can remember I have longed to do the impossible. I think most probably see me as a daydreamer, but from as far back as I can remember I felt the desire to serve those in need. It was probably around the age of 5 that I wanted to invite the families from the Feed The Children commercials to live with me, and not just the child but their whole family. When we have a longing for the impossible and we walk with Jesus we can’t help but believe that He alone placed those desires in our heart and that He alone will bring it to pass. I have wanted to adopt, I have wanted to go on the missions field, I sincerely want to serve Jesus but is it possible that He might just have something bigger in store? For now I am actively waiting and praying. I must say I still want to adopt and I still want to do missions but they always seem like future events. I know often as Christians we want the eye-opening moment, the life changing “ah-ha,” the big green flashing light but would it not be fair to say He meets us in the mundane? I believe God for the extraordinary, I believe He can do all things, for all things were spoken into being at His very word. Psalm 33:9, “For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” Also, through a recent study of Gideon and through my husband, I know He has me right here, right now, doing just what I am doing for His glory. If He had any other plan for me than what I am doing now, then it would be so; that’s not to say He doesn’t have a future calling for which He is stirring and preparing me and my family right now. May I be faithful in the mundane! So for now, I am here. I am here and blessed to be a wife for just over 9 years, to be a mother of the three coolest kids ever, going to school for what I believe relates to future ministry, being raised up at an amazing Bible believing, Bible teaching church, and my kids being faithfully poured into by our church and school. Even in the mundane, God is at work.
But back to this burden for the impossible. God alone gives us a burden for something, He alone accomplishes it. He calls us, equips us, and allows us to be used as vessels to accomplish it. I love adventures with Jesus and am thankful He brings us along for the ride. Also, when it is truly a work of God, it has to be Him who does it. Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” When God is actively doing a work, we can rest. Please don’t misunderstand, this does not mean that we aren’t walking in an active faith, working out our salvation with fear and trembling, drawing near to the Lord, and seeking first the kingdom of Heaven. It means that when we are doing those things we can trust Him to accomplish His greater purpose, for His glory. So although I feel my burden is broad it can ultimately be boiled down to, Here I am Lord, send me!! As some of you know or at this point in the blog all of you know, we have a heart to serve in Ukraine. We have discussed in the past not knowing exactly what that looks like, all we know is that for now we cannot physically be there. So we have a longing, a desire, a burden, but we know that right now we just cannot be there whether it be because of my schooling, finances, language, or whatever other reason, the answer for now is “no,” and believe me, it seems impossible, but we have hope. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12.
What can we do until that time? We were blessed to meet up with some great ministries who we know are actively serving those in need in Ukraine, changing the lives of those in the community and the lives of orphans throughout Ukraine (specifically the Odessa region) and sharing the Gospel faithfully. We want to be their voice, we want to raise awareness and help meet their needs from afar. Will you partner with us? Because we can’t go, we want to send! We are wanting to send 55 backpacks to Nasledie Heritage foundation. Winter is coming and the weather is changing fast. Nasledie is currently serving up to 15 out of the 18 orphanages in Odessa. God has shown them great favor in allowing them to serve the children of this region. They also run both summer and winter camps for orphans, refugees, at-risk children, foster and adoptive families. They are building relationships and sharing the love of Jesus. We know that Jesus alone will change lives, bringing healing, comfort and peace, He alone will be a Father to the fatherless. The backpacks will go to the children of their at-risk daycare and after school program. They currently have about 45 kids that attend this program. These children are considered at-risk due to living situations that are currently under supervision by the government. Many of these children do not have basic necessities, running water, or heat in their homes. We would like to fill these backpacks with the items listed below. May we be the hands and feet of Jesus, may we be faithful to reach out and respond to the cry of those in need. I would encourage you to check out their blog at nasledieukraine.blogspot.com or their Facebook page at Nasledie Heritage Foundation.
These are the age groups and estimates for the amount of children needed to be provided for in each group.
Ages 6-8: Girls: 7, Boys:7
Ages 9-11: Girls: 15, Boys: 10
Ages 12-14: Girls:8, Boys:8
Feminine Hygiene Products
Laundry Soap (travel size)
Toothbrush (with holder)
First Aid Kit (travel size)
Journal or Coloring Book
Pens or Crayons
UNO Card Game
Note: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, chapstick should be in ziplock bags. clothing items should be new or like new.
At this juncture, we have 55 backpacks that we are providing and hope to fill. We are looking for volunteers to help fill backpacks, donate items, and donate to the shipping costs of sending them to Ukraine. We will be shipping these out in mid-October. Thanks for your consideration!
“Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'” Matthew 25:37-40
If you would like to help fill a backpack, donate items or funds to go towards shipping please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by commenting on the blog. We will be filling the bags on October 18th and shipping them out the 19th, so we need all donations to be in by the 16th.