Thailand

Posted in Compassion International, Family, Places with tags , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2010 by Juli Jarvis

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So glad to have spent some time with all our kids recently

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It was a great birthday celebration with this wonderful daughter, Sarah:

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Then I got to travel to Asia with this Aerospace/Bio Engineer and our Commercial Pilot/World Traveler Son!

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I’m so glad we got to attend this special LDP graduation in Thailand!

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Our sweet LDP student — Siriporn — whom we’ve sponsored since she was eight!  What a delightful young lady!  And she’s every bit as special as I had imagined!

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We had so many special moments together!  She said my hug reminded her of hugging her mom!  🙂

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I not only got to spend Mother’s Day with two of our own kids, but also with Siriporn and her mom!  This sweet lady became a Christian through Siriporn’s involvement with Compassion.

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We got to do silly stuff together, like this:

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And we got to have this wild adventure:

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Chris and Sarah on the back of an elephant:

Upcoming Trip to Thailand

Posted in Compassion International, Places with tags , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2010 by Juli Jarvis

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We’re actually going to travel to Thailand next week!  Woohoo!

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This is one of the unsponsored kids I hope to be able to hug in person!

Napaporn Inta

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Also this child — Winai.  I’m thankful he’s been chosen to receive a sponsor.

Winai Jankaew

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Also this young boy — I noticed in his bio that he has no mother, and has to care for small children in the home.  This boy needs to be in school, and his family needs the support that sponsorship will give all of them.  I’m thankful he’s been chosen to receive a sponsor.

Wichian Karaboon

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This is the final unsponsored child I hope to meet next week.  Jakkritt is in kindergarten and also enjoys all the activities at the Compassion project — soccer, bicycling and group games.  But he has no sponsor yet.  I’m actively looking for sponsors for all four of these kids.

Jakkritt Oonyaw

The Resurrection

Posted in God, Holidays, Scriptures with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2010 by Juli Jarvis

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Fellow Israelites, listen carefully to these words:  Jesus the Nazarene, a man thoroughly accredited by God to you — the miracles and wonders and signs that God did through him are common knowledge — this Jesus, following the deliberate and well-thought-out plan of God, was betrayed by men who took the law into their own hands, and was handed over to you.  And you pinned him to a cross and killed him.  But God untied the death ropes and raised him up.  Death was no match for him.  Acts 2:22-24

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The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, the One you killed by hanging him on a cross.  God set him on high at his side, Prince and Savior, to give Israel the gift of a changed life and sins forgiven.  Acts 5:30-31

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And we saw it, saw it all, everything he did in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem where they killed him, hung him from a cross.  But in three days God had him up, alive, and out where he could be seen.  Acts 10:39-40

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Could it be any clearer?  Our old way of life was nailed to the Cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life — no longer at sin’s every beck and call!  What we believe is this:  If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection.  Romans 6:7-8

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He was sheer weakness and humiliation when he was killed on the Cross, but oh, he’s alive now — in the mighty power of God!  2 Corinthians 13:14a

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He was supreme in the beginning and — leading the resurrection parade — he is supreme in the end.  From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone.  So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding.  Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe — people and things, animals and atoms — get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the Cross.  You yourselves are a case study of what he does.  At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got.  But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence.  Colossians 1:18b-22

The Cross

Posted in God, Holidays, Scriptures with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2010 by Juli Jarvis

I really love to read familiar scriptures in The Message

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Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself.  Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree?”  That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the Cross:  He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse.  And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too.  We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing — just the way Abraham received it.  Galatians 3:13-14

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For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ.  Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate.  Can’t you see the central issue in all this?  It is not what you and I do — submit to circumcision, reject circumcision.  It is what God is doing, and he is creating something totally new, a free life!  Galatians 6:14-15

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Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people — free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds.  And not just barely free, either.  Abundantly free!  Ephesians 1:7

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When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God.  God brought you alive — right along with Christ!  Think of it!  All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s Cross.  He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.  Colossians 2:13-15

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He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way.  His wounds became your healing.  1 Peter 2:24

Random Thanks

Posted in Family, Friends, Health, Nature, Weather with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2010 by Juli Jarvis

I haven’t posted here for a while, but I’ve been noticing things I’m thankful for:

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Jeremy’s new job

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God is providing, little by little, for the trip to Thailand in May

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Chris fearing his wrist was broken and finding out it was not

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Having Sarah home for the weekend — after having all three kids so far away to four different colleges, it’s so nice to have her close enough now to return home for a weekend!

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Having fun working on a musical production with teens

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Lessening pain in some parts of my body & life

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Another excellent Bible Study by Beth Moore, which has brought me flat on my face before Him every morning — a true learning experience in itself

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Good books

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Talented but humble Olympic athletes

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Friends helping

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Finishing my first quilt

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Snow sparkling like diamonds

Sunrise and Sunset

Posted in God, Nature with tags , , on January 23, 2010 by Juli Jarvis

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Sunset

A sunset is proof that God colors outside the lines.  — Beth Moore, Daniel study, pg. 186

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Sunrise — notice the “pancake” clouds

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Colors changing on the previous one

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2nd sunrise

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3rd sunrise

Thanks even in the Crisis

Posted in Compassion International, Friends, God, Health, Nature, Places, Scriptures with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by Juli Jarvis

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Although the earthquake in Haiti is a devastating event, and the country will be rebuilding for years to come, there are some positive things for which we can be thankful.  For one, our prayer is not for a restored Haiti (to return to what it was before the earthquake), but for a new Haiti (better than it has been in these last 200 years).  I think this is possible in God’s hands, although it may be a long time coming.  Jerusalem was 49 years in rebuilding after its destruction (Daniel 9:25), but God was Present and working the whole time.

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We do not need to despair over tragedies such as we’ve seen in Haiti, for God is still on the throne, and He brings good and beautiful things even out of sadness.  Haitian people have been worshipping in the streets, and sharing what little they have with one another.  The world is finally responding to Haiti’s needs, too.

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Prayer is a very real, effective and vital ministry of the church.  Still, we are not “in control” — and for that I am thankful.  God is in control and this world is not the end of our existence.

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A Haitian Christian lawyer/friend of Wess Stafford’s was pulled out alive from the rubble of his office.

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God has been giving me so many special scriptures throughout the week, related to Haiti.  We can have complete peace and assurance in times like this!

“Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.  We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”  –1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (NIV)

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.   — James 1:2-3 (NIV)

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  –Romans 8:37

Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.  — Philippinas 1:12 (NIV)

When He has brought out all His own, He goes on ahead of them, and His sheep follow Him because they know His voice.  — John 10:4

Be still, and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.  The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. — Psalm 46:10

But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.  O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.  — Psalm 131:2-3

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Believers & children who have died in the earthquake are home with the Lord!  I saw children being pulled out of the rubble — either by relief workers or by angels, bearing them gently away to Heavenly places.  This is not just a image in my mind; it’s true!

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Compassion staff members from the Dominican Republic have been helping powerfully with relief efforts.  I’m thankful for my friend, Cris, who works for Complimentary Interventions such as this in the DR.

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Ephraim, my Haitian friend, and employee for Compassion, is safe!

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Dan Woolley, whom I’ve worked with a bit in the past, was rescued safely from the rubble!

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All 74 of the Compassion Haiti country office staff are accounted for and safe!  This is nothing short of miraculous!  I believe these and many of the sponsored children and Leadership Development students will step up to lead and direct Haiti, under God’s direction, into a much brighter future.