10 Things We are Thankful For

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Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope that your day is filled with family memories, laughter, good food, and moments to reflect on all the blessings in your life! This is a great season of ministry at Remember the Children. Today I want to take a moment and share our list of 10 Things We Thankful For!

  1. We are thankful for the House of Hope and the loving family environment they provide for the children!
  2. We are thankful for the interest generated at ICOM (International Conference on Missions) this last weekend for GlobalGen. 17 college students signed up to join us for an internship!
  3. We are thankful for 42 people going to serve with us this December!
  4. We are thankful for 200+ child sponsors! You all are making a huge difference!!
  5. We are thankful for the gifts and letters we are able to take to the children from their sponsors. Thank you for investing in their lives in such a powerful way!
  6. We are thankful for our Strategic Partners working on the front lines in Romania and loving their communities. God is moving!
  7. We are thankful for our staff here at Remember the Children and the ability to add to it this year. It is a blessing to be in a season of growth!
  8. We are thankful for the lives being changed in Romania. We are seeing stories of redemption and healing sweep across the country.
  9. We are thankful for the last 20 years of ministry!
  10. We are thankful for YOU! Thank you for joining us and partnering with us to love the people of Romania. It really would not be the same without you apart of our team!

Take some time to share what you are thankful for with the people around you today. Feel free to share it with us as well on social media and use the hashtag: #rtcWeekofThanks 🙂

Thank you for your partnership and prayers.

Written By: Grace Hansen, Director of Communications 

Mobilized to LOVE

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The time has finally come! We are here. The booth is beginning to take shape, as we prepare our hearts and minds for the 2016 International Conference on Mission (ICOM)! Year after year, thousands of people gather to learn, grow, inspire, and motivate each other to love our world more deeply. I always get emotional when I first walk through the doors of ICOM and see hundreds of booths that represent thousands of people…from different cultures, languages, and backgrounds…all choosing to LOVE their world.

They. Choose. To. Love.

I am always encouraged and inspired, as I stroll through the exhibit hall and see how people use their skills and passions to bring food, clothes, water, education, and freedom to the poor and oppressed around the world. I am always reminded that no matter how hard life gets or how overwhelming the pain and heartache around the world can feel, our God is MOVING. He cares about each tear that is shed. He hears the cries of the lonely. He has not forgotten us. ICOM shows me that God is mobilizing His people to love this world in mighty ways and I am beyond blessed to see Remember the Children fit into that plan. We are able to see people experience the hope and love of God as He breathes life into their homes and communities. We get to watch people like you choose to love children who are often forgotten and abandoned.

Today. May you rest in the knowledge that God does not forget your pain, but He listens to you and is FOR you. Know that He is moving in this world to bring new hope and life. And may you feel empowered to love those in your life…be the hope they need today!

Written By: Grace Hansen, Director of Communications

Open to Respond

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When I was offered the opportunity to travel to Romania in the mid-1990’s to participate in a short term mission trip, I never imagined that experience would have such a profound impact on my life. Honestly, my desire during that time was to visit a post-communist country and to experience life in its culture of recovery.  I did not go with an open mind and a heart of compassion anticipating that something unimaginable would happen.

But as I walked into that experience, my life would be transformed forever as I witnessed children in living conditions that were entirely unacceptable. In my life I had seen poverty but now I was coming face to face with a level of suffering that I never imagined I would ever be exposed.

The words of Jesus echoed in my mind after one particular encounter as recorded in John 14:18; “I will not leave you as orphans.”  I remember vividly the day I held a boy who was dying, and it was paralyzing to know that there was nothing I could do. The worker even screamed at me to put him down because “I was giving him hope.” But in those few moments in time that my eyes locked with his; it was if he was asking me, “where have you been?” I put him down and I walked out of the room and outside of the building.  The smell and the scene were so horrible that a friend who was with me walked out and immediately vomited.

I realize now that the time for me was a moment to respond. It was time for me to say that I want my life to count for the sake of these children. Children are to be loved, nurtured, and raised to know that they are valued.  To witness children being brought into this world without any care for their development, much less any care that they are valued children of God was difficult for me to see.

This Sunday is “Orphan Sunday.” Over the last twenty years, I have had the privilege of helping countless orphans through the ministry of Remember the Children. In 2004 my wife and I responded with an even greater commitment by adopting our two girls out of a remote orphanage in Siberia, Russia. All of this life change came to me simply because I was open to going and serving.

Is your heart open to responding to God’s call to care for those the world tends to forget?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (James 1:27)

As we approach orphan Sunday maybe you could sponsor a child to give him/her an opportunity for a better life.  Maybe God is calling you to open your home to increase your family by taking in an orphan that needs the opportunity for a family with a mom and dad. James not only challenges us in 1:27 to care for those the world tends to forget, he even goes so far to state that our faith/religion is pure and faultless when we see others as God sees them. I invite you to invest in the life of a child that needs you. I promise, your life will never be the same… and quite honestly, neither will the child’s. The invitation is there, “change your world… one child at a time!”

Written by: Andy Baker, Executive Director