A Song for Monday

We’re studying modern history this year in school. There are so many great missionary stories to be explored; this week, we begin with Eric Liddell. Later on we’ll get to Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, and others.

They inspire us…to keep on.

I Raise My Glass

In December one of my reads was the book The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer That Changed the World, by Stephen Mansfield. You might recognize Mansfield’s name from the books The Faith of Barack Obama and The Faith of George W. Bush.

This was one of those books that delighted me and annoyed my husband. Why did it annoy him, you ask? Because he would be peacefully reading his book — he’s working his way through Lewis’ space trilogy right now — and I would say, “LISTEN TO THIS!” and begin reading out loud.

If you are a fan of beer, Ireland, or history, you will devour this book. If you are interested in how businesses can change the course of poverty and social justice in their immediate surroundings, you will also enjoy it. If you are a fan of Hudson Taylor, you might be interested in the Guinness family’s role in enabling his ministry. The list goes on and on.

It’s a quick read but a good one! In honor of the family, we drank a pint of Guinness with our Christmas dinner last month.

It went down easier than I expected. I may become a Guinness drinker!

Drawn From Water

Drawn from Water from Drawn From Water on Vimeo.

(I found this via Jeremy Haskins. The group’s site is here.)

AIDS Infection at 85%, Unemployment at 80%

Thabiti Anyabwile writes soberly here of his visit to a town on the edge of despair:

South Africa, AIDS, the Social Gospel, and the Gospel

“Today’s visit to one town reveals to me the betrayal it is to claim to be gospel people and not be merciful people.”

Please read it.

Compassion Children

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Compassion, International has been on the radar for us for many years, since performers like Caedmon’s Call and Bebo Norman have been dedicated to the organization for a long time and are faithful to raise awareness of the work Compassion does.

Two years ago, David and I made a commitment that for each child’s seventh birthday we celebrate in our home, we would take on sponsorship of an additional child from Compassion.

Why seven? I don’t know. It’s a Biblical number. It’s a long time of God’s provision in a child’s life, and seemed an appropriate time for a child to start to broaden their horizons of the scope of need in the world.

What made the sponsorship a little more special is that Compassion has a feature on their website where you can search by birthdate. So we now sponsor two boys: one — in Kenya — shares his birthday with Cam, and the other — in Bolivia — shares his birthday with Ben.

As long as finances allow and the Lord deems it, we will continue this trend. It’s been a wonderful thing for our kids to correspond with our sponsored child.