Thursday, December 1, 2011

Rock Stars

So it's true.............rock stars, they know each other, travel in the same circles.  I have long been a fan of the Lantz family.  They live their lives with a determination and focus and passion for Christ that goes beyond what you find in the every day, they have sold out for Jesus.  It's an amazing thing to witness and be a part of - go here to see what they began in Canton along with the Bargers (who are now moving and leaving a BIG, EMPTY space in the pews at church and my heart......I'll get over you, Ashley :)

So it turns out that this rock star of a family has a connection to another rock star of a person - Sarah Terwey.  She is 28.  She just got married, is simply beautiful, she's intelligent and when you see a picture of her laughing she is glowing.  It's a cool thing to see.

She has 13 kids.

She lives in South Africa.

She is a rock star.

And she needs your help.

Her is a website for her organization:  They give homes, education, food, love to children who are desperately in need of these things.  Children without homes have found a home with Sarah and her husband, Mark.  They are currently in need of 100,000 dollars to buy the land that they are living on.  This includes their schools, their homes and would give them an opportunity to continue to expand their ministry.

Here is their mission statement:

At Pfunanane our vision is to impact children and families in the community in the following ways:

Pfunanane Academy strives to give children the highest standard of Christian education possible. The school is a place for disadvantaged children and orphans to join other children in a healthy and non-stigmatizing classroom environment, where they receive special attention and care, along with a quality Bible-based education. 
Financial Support
Sponsorships provide the disadvantaged children with the following support: education, a healthy diet, uniforms, travel subsidy to and from school, housing on the school property where necessary, health care where necessary, gifts, clothing, school books and supplies, etc. Support such as food or medical help is also extended to the families of the children as determined by need, and parents are hired for part-time help wherever possible.   
Children's Village
With 19 children already living in our children's cottages, we have plans to build more group homes and create a "village", providing housing, care, and a stable family for orphans or children who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or have nowhere else to stay. Each future cottage will have a long-term house parent or couple, and will be home to up to eight children.     
Spiritual Development
Pfunanane's aim is to make disciples in the community, which includes the children attending the school and their families. Children are involved in outreach efforts as well, teaching them to be servants and Christian leaders in their own communities. The Gospel is taught at every opportunity in the classroom, and children have weekly discipleship times. 
Skills Development
Pfunanane plans to expand our involvement in skills development, whereby children will learn about different career choices in South Africa, and will be taught skills that will help them to be self-reliant in the future.  Our aim is that they will one day become  Christian leaders in their families, communities, and country. 

Sarah and her husband are changing the world - one child, one village at a time.  It's amazing.  It's inspiring.  Will you join me in helping them?  Can we pour out our abundance on them?  I would love for our lives to be a reflection of what God is doing in their lives.  I would love for our gifts to them to not make sense, for their website to have an update that doesn't make sense.  For their need, their debt to be erased as was ours so long ago.

If you have any questions or concerns about authenticity please let me know.  I can put you in touch with someone, a rock star.......then you can be part of the group :)  Also, I asked to be Sarah's friend on facebook to receive updates and to be able to pray for their family.  I was accepted within the hour and got to see a bit of her life and what she is doing.  It's real.  It completely does. not. make. sense.

All glory to God.............

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