I am proud to announce my very own foundation. My prayer is together we can assist as many in need as we possibly can.
“Faith is taking the first step, even if you don’t see the whole.
If we can’t help a hundred kids,
then let’s join hands and hearts together to help one.”
Chris and I do not have the time to physically open up our own charity, so instead, we have decided to donate 100% of all the money we raise, with your help to different charities we feel would benefit from our assistance. You will notice the charities we support are all for children. This is because our children are our future. Without strong, healthy and happy kids, our world will not be strong, healthy and happy.
I can’t imagine not being able to feed a child, or give them a bed or a wash, let alone water to drink. I can’t imagine using a child as a slave, either sexually or any other way! This saddens Chris and me so much, our hearts ache.
Every night more than 100,000 people in Australia are homeless. Homelessness can affect men, women and children from a wide range of backgrounds living in our cities, suburbs and country towns. The extent of the problem is hidden by the fact that most homeless people don’t sleep rough on the streets. They stay with relatives and friends until they wear out their welcome, and sleep in hotels, short-term and crisis accommodation, caravan parks and even cars. 10.000 of homeless living in appalling conditions are children.
Homelessness can affect anyone you know – your neighbour, your friends even your family. There is a wide diversity of people turning to us for help for many different reasons. Broken marriages, disabilities, domestic violence, mental illness or breakdown may all contribute. Up to 21% of Australia’s street sleeping homeless have suffered hypothermia, frostbite or trenchfoot. Tonight up to 80% of families and 60% of individuals will be turned away from emergency shelters.
Swags for Homeless and the Backpack Bed® was awarded Australia’s highest honour – the Best Community Organisation by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Swags for Homeless is a nationally accredited charity in Australia and is winner of 2011 Australian Human Rights award for best Community Organisation; Australia’s highest honor. Founder Tony Clark and his wife Lisa designed the live saving Backpack Bed to give dignity to homeless turned away from shelter. To donate please go to this website. swags.org.au/donate/
End Homelessness Now
This year the Red Shield Appeal is focusing on homelessness and The Salvation Army is asking the community to help end homelessness now through making a donation or volunteering for the doorknock. By assisting people before they reach crisis and find themselves with nowhere to go, we are helping to end homelessness. Without the broad range of services The Salvation Army provides with donations to the Red Shield Appeal, many more people would face homelessness. In addition to providing around 2,000 people with accommodation every week The Salvation Army is also working with thousands of people who are at extreme risk of becoming homeless.
You can make a difference…Sponsor a child today and change a life for a lifetime.
For $1.15 per day your sponsorship will help a student through education. Offer opportunities to children who are marginalised and vulnerable. Prevent illness by providing basic medical care. Extend options to orphans and children with disabilities in residential care.
‘The key to our success is every day people, just like you. People making regular donations helps to provide poverty stricken children with life essentials – things we take for granted like food, clothing, education and medical care.’
Through an annual sponsorship, the financial aid assists The Salvation Army to run pre-schools and schools, children’s homes for orphans and children with disabilities, feeding and counselling programs and tuition programs as well as supporting children living in the community. The Salvation Army operate in more than 126 countries in the world working with the most vulnerable and marginalised people in the world. The Salvation Army cannot do the work they do without your help. Please help us to make a difference by changing one life at a time. See more at: http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/en/get-involved/sponsor-a-child/Sponsor-a-Child
James and Betty Robison at Life Reach International are an organization we have supported for many years. This is their web page link for you to witness the wonderful work they do http://lifetoday.org/
A couple of years ago we raised through gold coin donations at my Heart Light Gatherings over $3000.00. All of that money was sent to Life Today for their Shoe Project.
Some of the children who will receive shoes live at garbage dumps, scavenging for food and items to sell. They walk over burning trash, broken glass and mounds of diseased rubbish. Others must navigate hot, burning sands in desert regions, or walk on rocky trails to fetch water – all without the comfort and protection of shoes.
Most have NEVER received a brand-new pair of shoes! Many have never had shoes at all!
They put on their new shoes, and the joy is immediate as they begin running, playing and smiling as they admire their shoes. It seems like such a simple gift to you and me . . . but I can assure you it’s a life-changing gift for them.
For families with little to no income, buying new shoes for their children is out of the question. Consequently, the children’s feet are subjected to infections that can lead to devastating consequences including crippled feet, disease and, in rare cases, even death.
A new pair of shoes – made from a sturdy, durable, water-resistant material – is going to bring a big smile to their faces . . . and over the years, thousands more smiles! The shoe distribution day in villages around the world is pure joy.
$36.00 will supply 10 children with a pair of shoes.
There are many other ways we can support James and Betty. They have many different projects. Recently, along with the generosity of a friend, we donated money to Nepal , after their devastating earthquake recently through the Crisis Relief Project.
These are some of the many projects James and Betty have set up ~ *Christmas Shoe Project * Survive Under Five * Rescue Life * India Food Factory * Water For Life * Mission Feeding * Homes For Life * Crisis Relief. What great people they are.
Proverbs 25:25 says, ‘As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country’. That’s the news Life Today wants to share in 500 areas this year, with your help. A goal of 500 wells in 2015 (more than a well a day) is ambitious and has a big budget – $2.4 million – so it’s vital at the first of the year to make a great start. The average cost to drill a new well this year will remain at $4800. With wells capable of serving 1000 villagers, that means for as little as $4.80, a child can have water for life. It also means you can have a part in providing clean water.
Gifts of $48 will help provide clean water for 10 people.
Gifts of $96 will help provide clean water for 20 people.
Or you may be able to give a gift of $240 or $480 to help provide clean water for 50 or 100 people through http://lifetoday.org/outreaches/water-for-life/
Young girls with hopes and dreams are prime targets of some of the most evil people in the world. Locked behind walls, threatened with beatings, they become sex slaves kept in a “working room” at the brothel. Reach out and help stop the enslavement of innocent young girls and offer a better life. Reach out and help keep girls from ever being taken or tricked by a “job offer.” Rescue those already enslaved as they long for their freedom.Restore hope and belief for a better future and help equip them for a new life. These girls need your voice, and your support enables us to hear their cry.
Today your support goes to work in India, Cambodia, Thailand, Ukraine and several other nations.
And in the latest news I can share from India and Cambodia, we are excited to report that progress on two new Safe Houses continues. It is there where more girls can find safe haven. The Safe Houses are reaching girls and helping restore their hope. http://lifetoday.org/outreaches/mission-rescuelife/
A massive 7.8 earthquake has left a trail of destruction and suffering in Nepal, a nation nestled at the foot of the Himalayan Mountains. Thousands of villages have been destroyed and the death toll is approaching 4000 with thousands more injured. More than 20,000 homes have been destroyed.
Please pray for those who have suffered such great loss – loved ones, their homes, and for many, their livelihood. And pray for those people helping on the ground who are facing a massive relief effort and long-term rebuilding.
LIFE is responding. You can help with our relief efforts, including supplies of fresh water, medical supplies, personal care kits, tarps, blankets and food.
As you give to LIFE’s crisis relief efforts you are helping those affected by natural and man-made disasters around the world. Emergency response to each situation is always unique, and LIFE works to provide essentials such as water, ice and food in these unpredictable times of need.
Your support has provided relief to victims of earthquakes and hurricanes, as well as those whose lives have been turned upside down by other natural disasters. Thanks to you, support was available following the tsunami in Japan, earthquakes in Nepal and Haiti, the floods of Katrina, and many others around the world. http://lifetoday.org/outreaches/crisis-relief/
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