Child Sponsorship Day/Mama Zipporah visit

During our ‘Lost Crusade’ series at Cornerstone today, Pastor Linn spoke about impacting the Kingdom beyond our short time here on earth. God wants us to leverage the resources that He has given to us to impact other lives. Here is a video of the different stories from those who have been impacted by your generosity:

One way you can make an impact is by sponsoring a child through one of our three focus countries. Cornerstone offers child sponsorships through Food for the Hungry (Peru), Huruma Children’s Home (Kenya) and Harvest India (India). For just over a $1 a day, you can make a difference in a child’s life, their family and the community.

Today was an amazing day as several people stopped by the child sponsorship booth to sponsor children.

We were also blessed by a visit from Mama Zipporah from Huruma Children’s Home in Kenya. Mama spoke from main stage on how the generosity of the people of Cornerstone have impacted the lives of the 140+ orphans at Huruma. She then took time to visit with those that sponsored children at the booth and the team headed to Kenya in August.

Pastor Linn and Mama Zipporah

Caroline, Mama and Sylvia sing Kenyan songs to the August team going to Kenya

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Harvest India Documentary

During our “At the Movies” series at Cornerstone, Jeff Gokee interviewed Dr. Suresh Kumar from Harvest India on stage. Suresh compared life in India with clips from the 2008 Academy award-winning movie “Slumdog Millionaire”. They also talked about Cornerstone’s recent trip to India and our future partnership with Harvest India. Here is the documentary that was shown on stage.

What can you do..?

PRAY

And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Colossians4:3 (NIV)

Prayer is essential to the work God does in the world. One of the best things I do to keep up with what different missionaries is read their stories. It used to be you had to wait till they came back from a long term trip to hear the stories and see pictures. Now with today’s technology, email and blog pages give us instant updates. Follow missionaries’ prayer email letters or visit their blogs and find out what God is doing in other countries. Pray for their specific needs.  Another thing you can do is stay updated on current events in the world.

SEND

And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:15 (NIV)

Missionaries were sent at the time of Paul. Sending missionaries to the mission field involves giving financially. That is why prayer and support letters are given out to those who send. It gives you the opportunity to be a part what God is doing in the world, especially if you are not able to go yourself. Another part of sending missionaries is writing encouraging letters. It can get lonely out there and reading emails and letters can really make a different in a missionary’s long term stay in another country.

GO

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 (NIV)

A small but powerful word. Go! It involves stepping out in faith. Even though it doesn’t always make sense on paper, just know God will provide a way when you obey. He will use your gifts and talents. And if going long term doesn’t fit in your plans, try a short term trip. Find out what trips your local church has planned and get a glimpse of what God is doing in the world.  Then take that experience and pray and ask if he is speaking to you to do something more.

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Flexibility!!

Lost luggage, sickness, accidents, delayed or cancelled flights, adjusting to different traffic laws, wierd food….

These are all things that we at times experience on mission trips. And the thing is.. you can’t plan for the unexpected. So we at Cornerstone have a theme we live by whenever we go out on the mission field- flexibility. We need to embrace flexibility and have a good attitude about it. We need to step aside and let God do his thing. He knows what He is doing. It is not only good for us, but also the people that we are serving. And it is the only way work will get accomplished for the Kingdom!

I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart. Psalms 40:8 (NIV)

– T. Timmons