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  • An Interview With Karen Stubbs of Birds on a Wire

    Karen Stubbs is the founder and leader of Birds on a Wire, a ministry designed to equip moms through truth, encouragement and community. Recently, we were able to have a conversation to learn more about her, her ministry and her passion for helping mothers. Find the interview below.

    Karen StubbsPictured from Left to Right: Curt Andrews (Family Christian CMO), Karen Stubbs, and Ted Weyn (Family Christian SVP of Strategy & Development)

    Family Christian: Who is Karen Stubbs? Did you always want to become an author?

    Karen Stubbs: I am a wife to Greg Stubbs and a mother of four children, Kelsey, Emily, Taylor and Abby. I am also a grandmother to two beautiful grandchildren, Evie and Chapman. I live in Cumming, Ga. Being an author was never on my radar. I wrote a lot in college, and I love writing, but after I had my children, I stopped writing for a long time because I didn’t have time.

    FC: What is Birds on a Wire? And where does the name come from?

    KS: Birds on a Wire (BOAW) is a nonprofit ministry that focuses on equipping and encouraging moms. Being a mom is a hard job, and as I looked around, I didn’t see anyone truly pouring into moms to help them in their journey, so I thought I would start a ministry and do just that: to walk alongside a mom and encourage them.

    The story behind the name is sweet to me. BOAW started off with eight moms in my basement as a small group. In the early years, it was not an organized ministry—we didn’t even have a name. There was an artist, Jenifer Tanskley, that attended and at Christmas the group gave me a painting by Jenifer. The painting was the picture of birds sitting on a wire. I instantly fell in love with the painting and hung it in my bedroom. I kept looking at the painting and one day I called Jenifer and I asked her, “What was your inspiration for this painting?” She said it was Matthew 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable then they?”

    Oh my! It hit me like a ton of bricks. We as moms worry and are anxious with our children. We worry if we are going to mess up our child or not be a good mom. But, God has our children, and God has us. We don’t need to worry about anything—it is all in His very capable hands. So, I gathered a bunch of creative moms together, brought the painting in and read Matthew 6:26.

    I said, “Ladies, we need to name this ministry today, and I want it based off this picture and Matthew 6:26, what do you think?” They all started talking it through and one sweet mom, Carla Grogan, said, “We are like those birds, and Jesus is our wire. When the wind blows we just have to hang on for dear life and trust in Him. We really are like a bunch of birds on a wire.” I thought to myself, that’s it! Birds on a Wire.

    FC: How did God work in your life while writing and/or since the completion of writing Moments with God for Moms?

    KS: God started working on my heart before I even wrote the devotional. My eyes were open to how it was a real struggle for most women to carve out time for a quiet time after they became a mom. Once I decided to write the book, I started “listening” to what moms were talking about in the grocery store, Starbucks line, at my children’s ballgames or wherever I was and started finding Scripture that specifically addressed the struggles of a mom. Every devotion in the book is taken from a mom’s point of view. I tried to make it as practical and “real” as I could because I believe God is in the details, even in our role of a mom.

    FC: What do you hope mothers will take away from reading the devotional?

    KS: I pray that every mom will be drawn closer to God in reading this book. My desire is that moms across the world will realize God is in this journey with them and He is a loving Heavenly Father.

    FC: Do you plan/desire to publish more books in the future?

    KS: I am always thinking about “next” topics to explore that would help a mom in her journey. Books are a way to connect with moms, so yes I am planning on writing more books.

    FC: How does Birds on a Wire come alongside moms to give them practical advice (in addition to the devotional)?

    KS: BOAW has an entire library of resources that help moms. I have six DVD curriculums and workbooks that moms can go through either in a group setting or by themselves. The DVDs are a video of me teaching on a topic such as Discipline, Time Management, Boundaries, Contentment, Comparison, Fear, Control and many other topics, and each of these will help a mom and give them practical advice on raising children. I also wrote a book called Letters to Moms, and this book was birthed out of that basement group in the early years; after certain nights, I would write the moms an email on certain topics, hence the name of the book.

    FC: Family Christian and Birds on a Wire have recently partnered to provide a Mother’s Day gift bundle, including your devotional, encouragement cards, a gift bag, a bookmark with a 60-day free trial to iDisciple and a free line of personalization. Why is the gift set so valuable to give to mothers on Mother’s Day?

    KS: I believe this bundle is the complete package for any and every mom. The devotional is a daily encouragement and a way to connect to God, the encouragement cards are easy to use and so handy because you can place them wherever you are, at the sink doing dishes, your desk at work, in the car or by your bed, these cards are like a mini shot in the arm for moms, and remind them they are not in this job alone and the 60-day free trial with iDisciple gives moms a whole library of great authors, music and books that they may not have exposure to. Whether a mom is just getting started with a newborn or she is a grandmother of 10 grandchildren, I think this Mother’s Day gift is for everyone and will be a huge blessing for any mom.

  • Emerson Eggerichs and the Respect Effect

    A mom wrote:

    "I have been really struggling with my... son lately. Now I understand why every mother wants a daughter... because we “get” them! When my... daughter throws a fit about something, I know what angle to come from because I understand why she’s upset. When my son does something, I’m like, “Why did he just do that?” Again!"

    Mothers love their sons more than they love their very lives, but they readily confess ignorance and confusion.

    Every mother recognizes the woman in the girl and her longing for love. The feminine need for love rings loud and clear to all women. And, the desire to love is obvious. Who misses the nurturing nature of women and little girls?

    Yet as I talk to mothers and tell them there is a man in the boy, some respond with curiosity about who that man might be. These mothers admit they are a bit in the dark on God’s virtuous design of testosterone, unlike the way they intuitively grasp the purity of estrogen. One mom quipped (about her son), “We love these kids, but Lord help us; if they don’t have the same XX or XY chromosomes that we do, it can be like navigating a foreign country without a map.”

    But there is good news! In the book Mother & Son: The Respect Effect, I explain the attributes of mothernsonblogthe masculine soul. Both research and the Bible reveal the male’s need for respect.

    This is a simple and revolutionary insight into the heart of a son that we have overlooked—and shockingly so. This book is about a mother going beyond her love and applying respect to the heart of her son. Every mom will begin to see for herself this need in her son of any age. She will see her influence increase, her son motivated, and the two of them connect in ways she thought were not possible.

    I have collected hundreds and hundreds of e-mails from moms. You need to hear their testimonies. You owe it to yourself. You owe it to your son.

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    Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is internationally known for speaking on the topic of male-female relationships. Based on his personal experiences over three decades of counseling, as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Eggerichs has written numerous books and created the Love and Respect Conference for married couples.

  • Laughing In The Dark: Our Exclusive Interview with Chonda Pierce

    Chonda Pierce is a platinum-selling, Emmy-nominated Christian comedian, who has been making audiences laugh for more than two decades now.

    Chonda posing with a flower in her mouth.

    Last year, she gave fans a more intimate look at her life in the form of a documentary style film. In addition to her normal stand-up performances, she showed the audience a behind the scenes look into her life, which showcased her struggles with loss, separation, tragedy and depression and finds hope and life through her relationship with God and her fans.

    Laughing in the Dark comes out on DVD today, April 5th, and to celebrate the release, we spoke with Chonda to discover how she got into comedy, life as a Christian comedian and more.

    Family Christian: How did you get started doing comedy?

    Chonda Pierce: I was cast in a show at a theme park called, Opryland USA. Our show, Country Music USA told the history of Country music by impersonating various country stars. I was given the role of Minnie Pearl - mainly to exclude me from the big dance number that followed. Since I was taught as a child that dancing would send you to "hell in a hand basket!"

    FC: What comedians inspired you early on in your comedy career? What comedians these days inspire you?

    CP: Sarah Cannon (aka Minnie Pearl), Carol Brunette, Red Skelton and Lucille Ball

    FC: Was comedy your dream job growing up, or did you have another career path in mind?

    CP: I was always interested in the performing arts. Even as a young child I loved the theater and filled my days with community theater, high school productions, college theater, etc.

    FC: When did faith begin to play a role in your life? Were you always a “Christian” comedian or did your faith get put into your acts later on?

    CP: My faith is never a part of my "act.' My faith is a part of my life - my life with Christ will always bleed over into EVERYTHING I do.

    FC: Some Christian rappers have said they don’t like being known as “Christian rappers”, but rather they are just rappers who also are Christians. How do you feel being labeled a Christian comedian?

    CP: Sadly, the secular world deems the "Christian" artist as soft, less than or not as interesting. It's a silly judgment... But it exists. Looking back - I see now what a distraction calling myself a Christian comedian can be when trying to legitimize my talent as a comic. But, frankly, I was so excited to not be going to hell that I wore the title proudly!! HA!

    FC: How has God spoken to you and worked in your life in the areas of darkness and depression? And how have you been able to use this to be an encouragement to others?

    CP: Talking honestly about depression has become somewhat of a calling. I wrote a book called Laughing in the Dark. You should read it sometime! HA!! HA!!

    FC: Since creating the film, Laughing in the Dark, has God worked in any new ways?

    CP: God has certainly surprised me with the overwhelming success of this movie. I don't feel like anyone "created" anything... I simply lived my life and someone filmed it. GOD did ALL the rest.

    FC: Do you have a specific verse or verses that you lean on during troubled times?

    CP: Favorite scriptures vary with moods, circumstances, etc. Just like favorite songs! But my overall LIFE verse is: John 6:63 "The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing..." Puts EVERYTHING in perspective doesn't it!?

    FC: Do you hope to make more films like this in the future? If so, can you share some of your plans?

    CP: NO! A documentary of the most trying times of my life??? No, thank you!!! I'd love to do some fun movies, some serious acting. But, I'm ready to take a break from tragedy!!

    We can't thank Chonda enough for taking the time to answer our questions.

    Check out Laughing in the Dark today!

  • An Interview with Glenys Nellist

    We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Glenys Nellist, author of Love Letters from God, Little Love Letters from God, and Snuggle Time Prayers. We learned what an average day for her looks like, where she draws her inspiration from and more.

    She also discussed how adults complicate salvation and gave us insight into how she simplifies this idea for children by offering them an invitation to "join Jesus' team" by way of a small postcard found at the end of the each book.

    Check out the full interview below:

  • What Is It About Small Children?

    Have you noticed the super powers small children wield?

    I was riding the NYC subway one morning, when the doors opened and into the car walked a little child.

    She was maybe 2.

    Instantly, all of us—these defended New Yorkers, all avoiding eye contact, all guarding our space—were transformed. We smiled at her. At her mother. At each other.

    Her gentleness disarmed us. Barriers of race and age and status vanished.

    She changed everything.

    When people asked Jesus, “Who’s the greatest in your Kingdom?” Jesus showed them a little child and said, “Become like this little child.”

    It’s not always all about what we teach children.

    It’s about what they teach us.

    I’ve learned that from writing for children. Writing for children keeps you honest. You have to dig deeper. Work harder. Understand it better. Your job is to distill—to take the profound and make it simple enough for a child to understand.

    When I was writing THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE, I couldn’t rely on jargon. A little child has no concept of what sin is, for instance. I had to find other ways to describe it. I wrote that: sin is not just about breaking the rules, it’s breaking God’s heart; it’s like poison that makes your heart sick and stops it from working properly; it’s like running away from God and hiding in the shadows.

    Writing for children demands nothing short of excellence.

    The funny thing is—if you write with the excellence that children deserve you reach everyone. C S Lewis said: “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”

    Excellence, it turns out, is the most inclusive thing.

    THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE has broken out of the boundaries typical for a children’s bible storybook—read by college students, theologians, pastors, couples; read in schools, prisons, old people’s homes. (It’s so popular with adults that we have published their own edition: THE STORY OF GOD’S LOVE FOR YOU.)

    I think it has something to do with that place inside of us all that remains a child still, the place God loves to speak to us—the place where we are undefended, humble, open to wonder. Open him. The place that tiny child spoke to us all, in that NYC subway car that morning.

    In THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE I captured the plotline of the Bible. As adults when do we ever hear that plotline? Even if we go to church regularly, we may never hear the whole story in one sitting.

    But when you distill the story down so that you can read it in one sitting, immediately it is startling. Because most of us think we know what the Bible is about—and it’s not good. We think it’s a book of rules you follow so God will love you. Or a book of heroes you copy so God will love you.

    But it’s none of those things.

    It’s most of all a Story.

    The Story Of a God who breaks into History and comes down to rescue his children. A God who moves heaven and earth to be near them, to love them—though it would cost him everything.

    The Story of a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. The Story of a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne—everything—to rescue the one he loves.

    The Bible is simply this: THE STORY OF GOD’S LOVE FOR YOU.

    And I don’t know anyone—young or old—who doesn’t need to hear that story.

    Sally Lloyd-Jones is a New York Times bestselling author whose books include: Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing, a children’s devotional which won the ECPA Christian Book of The Year award in adult inspiration, and The Jesus Storybook Bible, now available in a format for adults with a new design and title, The Story of God's Love for You. Sally also has a new picture book coming this spring, Baby Wren and the Great Gift.

  • What's Next For Widow Connection?

    Previously, we shared with you how Widow Connection started and how Family Christian has partnered with them along the way.

    Now, let’s take a look at what’s in store for 2016 and beyond.

    Along with her daughter, Valerie Neff Hogan, Miriam Neff plans to launch a brand new radio show, called $tarting Over Financially, which will be several 20-minute features that address starting over when life has brought unwanted change.

    “It’s primarily geared to widows but also addresses the same needs to people who have gone through divorce or whose spouse is incarcerated,” Valerie explained, adding that a few topics include assessing one’s financial situation, debt and surplus, document gathering to do a budget and building wealth and worth.

    Miriam and Valerie Miriam and Valerie.

    In addition to working at Widow Connection, Valerie is also an attorney and offers Christian budgeting counseling and financial planning, so her financial experience paired with Miriam’s counseling experience make for a perfect way to offer sound advice to widows in a loving and caring way.

    The idea for $tarting Over Financially came as a result of all the feedback they’ve received from listeners, who have often said they wanted to hear more advice surrounding money.

    Widow Connection’s work will also continue overseas, where they’ve provided skill training to widows in Mozambique, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana and Albania.

    In these countries, widows’ needs are different—compared with the U.S .—because these widows are truly in poverty. One example is the need for clothing. In the U.S., we have access to stores with inexpensive clothing—but these widows do not .

    Widow Connection stepped in to assess these widows’ needs and developed a plan to help. They empower women to support themselves by offering sewing classes, which allows them to provide clothing for their families and earn money by selling the clothing.

    These widows now have the means to earn a living for themselves. And many of them can afford to keep and feed their children, instead of having no other option than to put them in an orphanage.

    We are very thankful for all the work Miriam does and look forward to continuing partnering with her in her mission to help and support widows in distress.

    Join us in giving hope to widows around the world. Donate $10* to Widow Connection by texting FAMILY to 52000.

    #FCGiveHope

    *Your one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your pre-paid balance. Message & data rates may apply.

  • Widow Connection: Lori's Story

    It’s difficult for anyone to understand the feeling of becoming a widow without having gone through the unfortunate experience themselves.

    “The temperature in your home isn’t the same. The refrigerator isn’t the same. Sometimes your children don’t want to come to your home because it reminds them of the sadness from losing their dad, and you want them there all the time because you’re lonely,” Miriam said, describing what a widow’s life looks like after she becomes widowed.

    In addition, upon becoming widows, women lose 75% of their friendship networks. That’s why Widow Connection has been a blessing to so many people, including Miriam.

    Through her nonprofit ministry, she’s met and served many widows around the world. One such example is Lori Fox-Ritter, a widow with whom she has become very close.

    Lori’s husband, Eric, lost his battle with ALS on April 21, 2010—four years to the day after Miriam’s husband. At the time, her two children were 7 and 13 years old.

    It wasn’t an instant connection, though.

    Through her friend, Lori found Miriam’s radio program, New Beginnings, about a month after her husband passed away. After listening to an archived version of the broadcast, she felt that Miriam knew her heart and everything that she was going through and wanted to learn more.

    A few weeks later, Lori purchased Miriam’s book, From Widow to Another, and was surprised at what she learned on the first page: Miriam’s husband passed away four years prior to the day Eric did. Both of their “vehicles to Heaven” were ALS, and Lori figured God was telling her to read the book—and that night, she finished it.

    Lori felt very connected to Miriam after reading the book, so she decided to reach out to her on WidowConnection.com. After corresponding over email, they decided to meet in Chicago that December.

    This would mark the beginning of a fresh start for Lori. After meeting Miriam, she was introduced to more widows with whom she could trust and relate to.

    Lori Reading Lori enjoying Miriam's book, From One Widow to Another.

    Following the death of a spouse, life is flipped upside down, but with the encouragement and love of God and others, widows can get back on their feet.

    “That period of time afterwards we can decide to just stay under a rock and not get healthy and not figure it out, or we can say, ‘God gave me this body, and it needs to serve me,’” Miriam said. “One of the things we encourage each other to do is to listen to and take care of yourself, and God is going to love you and comfort you.”

    Miriam noticed these positive changes Lori was making in her life.

    “When I saw the way you were growing and loving your kids, kind of getting your body healthy again, I thought 'this woman is going to encourage a bunch of other women with her journey. And it happened.”

    Miriam invited Lori to be featured on her DVD series, One Widow to Another, and she graciously accepted.

    “I was really excited when she asked me to be part of this. I wanted to be used to share the things that had helped me,” Lori said, when explaining the impact Miriam’s book, website and entire ministry had on her life.

    And it wasn’t just widows that God put in Lori’s life.

    Lori knew she had to be in a good place before entering the dating scene again. She prayed that God would prepare someone’s heart for her. She knew it had to be a Christian man and one with whom she would want to spend the rest of her life. And in 2011, God brought Lori and Todd together, and they’ve been happily married since 2012.

    Today, Lori uses her accounting skills to help her church and her brother with their finances and is more than willing to help new widows the same way Miriam helped her back in 2011.

    As for Widow Connection, they have plans to grow and continue helping widows all over the world. Continue reading to see more about their future.

    Join us in giving hope to widows around the world. Donate $10* to Widow Connection by texting FAMILY to 52000.

    #FCGiveHope

    *Your one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your pre-paid balance. Message & data rates may apply.

  • Widow Connection Teams Up With Family Christian

    “Family Christian has been a partner that has literally helped put us on the map,” Miriam said. “They’ve been so important in what Widow Connection is doing today.”

    Miriam Talking Into A Microphone New Beginnings is a 60-second radio spot where Miriam offers wisdom, humor, and insights for widows.

    In our previous post, we introduced Widow Connection, a nonprofit ministry that equips, informs and educates widows in the U.S. and around the world—and all with a biblical basis. They also encourage people in widows’ lives to know how to care for them.

    The ministry was launched in 2007 by Miriam Neff, who only a year prior became a widow herself. After launching WidowConnection.com and authoring her book, From One Widow to Another, she began to think of ways she could reach even more widows.

    In 2009, Miriam’s next goal for Widow Connection was a feature on the radio. Through her research, she learned that stations would carry a one-minute program at no charge. But she still needed funds to record it—and that’s when she reached out to us.

    Soon after Miriam laid out her plan to us, we were on board and New Beginnings was born. The one-minute feature focuses on starting over, whether from a loss of any kind, divorce or financial turmoil—and is an encouraging word to those who listen.

    Once New Beginnings took off, more stations took notice and picked up the show, drawing more people to WidowConnection.com. The website is not only an excellent resource for widows to read other widows’ stories, they but can also email Miriam, who takes time to individually respond to every one of them.

    From a simple 60-second radio spot, many widows were reached and many of their lives were changed.

    Today, New Beginnings is broadcasted on more than 1,000 stations in the U.S.

    Continue reading to discover one widow who was dramatically impacted by Widow Connection, and more specifically, Miriam.

    Join us in giving hope to widows around the world. Donate $10* to Widow Connection by texting FAMILY to 52000.

    #FCGiveHope

    *Your one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your pre-paid balance. Message & data rates may apply.

  • Widow Connection: A History

    Six years ago, Miriam Neff walked into a Family Christian store with her daughter, Valerie, and three adopted grandsons, who were in foster care at the time. Our store was hosting an orphan care event, and while the boys enjoyed a craft and snack, Miriam struck up a conversation with a store manager, expressing how impressed she was with the event for orphans and adopted children.

    Miriam with Picture of Grandsons Miriam proudly showing us her grandsons.

    She was thrilled to learn about our commitment to supporting orphans and widows in need through James 1:27, which says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (NIV)

    “That’s awesome! Most people don’t get it. They may do the orphan piece, but they don’t understand that it also says widows,” Miriam said, reflecting on that day.

    In 2006, Miriam became a widow after her husband, Bob, lost his battle with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Immediately she felt ripped apart—feeling as if she was no longer whole—since when people marry, they become one, and Bob was taken away from her.

    Unfortunately, before his passing, Miriam had scheduled her retirement for that same year. So halfway through 2006, she was without her husband and a job.

    It left a large void in her life—one that she was unsure how to fill.

    At first, she tried to find resources that would provide her with guidance financially, emotionally AND spiritually, but what she found was very limited.

    Then she sought to find fulfillment by spending time with Bob’s friends and trying to connect with memories she struggled to hold onto.

    One of these trips led her to Burkina Faso, Africa, where she was asked to teach a group of widows about the Bible. The widows enjoyed it so much they asked her to come back at the same time the next day.

    That night, which also happened to be the seven-month anniversary of Bob’s death, Miriam was sitting in her hotel room when she realized God was calling her to serve widows.

    “I’d never had a calling before,” Miriam said, adding that God asked, “‘Miriam, if you’re not finding these resources, what are you going to do about it?’”

    That was the birth of Widow Connection.

    Miriam began by launching the website, WidowConnection.com, which has grown substantially into a place where widows can seek comfort by reading shared stories from other widows and find resources for their own current situation.

    Next , Miriam wrote her book, From One Widow to Another, and then began thinking about how she could further spread the word about her ministry and serve more widows—that’s when she asked us about our widow outreach, and our partnership would begin.

    Continue reading about how Family Christian and Widow Connection work together today.

    Join us in giving hope to widows around the world. Donate $10* to Widow Connection by texting FAMILY to 52000.

    #FCGiveHope

    *Your one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your pre-paid balance. Message & data rates may apply.

  • Pray America: How You've Been Helping Feed Families

    Last November, we shared with you how families in Guatemala were still seeing the effects a drought in 2014 had on their food supply. Many of you donated to help purchase dry ingredients, including corn, rice, beans and salt, for Pray America to distribute to the neediest families in Chichicastenango.

    Your donations helped provide over 90,000 pounds of food. Your donations helped provide over 90,000 pounds of food.

    We’re thrilled to announce that your generous donations have raised enough for 1,733 food kits! Each food kit contains 52 pounds of food and will feed a family for 30–45 days.

    Let’s take a closer look at how God’s amazing plan unfolded:

    Winter 2015

    • Guatemalans are still seeing the effects of a drought in 2014. Ron Morin, Founder and Director of Pray America/Manos de Jesus, asks God how his ministry can be prepared if the drought returns. God responds to build a bodega, or food storehouse. Ron and his team begin to build, not knowing if they’ll have the funds to complete the project. He trusts God and acts.

    Spring 2015

    • God leads Family Christian to develop a ministry plan that includes a 10-day focus on famine relief in Guatemala. We commit to match the first $25,000 that is raised by our guests.
    • We share the great news with Ron, and through tears, Ron proclaims that he now knows why God called him to build the bodega. Still without the funds to finish construction, Ron is firm in God’s plan and continues to walk by faith.
    • A man in the U.S. contacts Ron, saying God put on his heart to donate money to Pray America for a special project. Ron is overjoyed. The funds pay for the bodega’s roof.

    Summer 2015

    • The bodega’s construction is complete. Now the need is to fill it with dry, natural food—corn, rice, beans and salt—that Guatemalans can survive on.

    Fall 2015

    • In November, our 10-day campaign to raise funds to purchase food for the bodega kicks off. Our guests respond, and more than $50,000 is raised in donations!
    • In early December, we learn the famine crisis continues to worsen in Guatemala.
    • Ron travels to our office in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graciously accepts the funds to purchase the food for the bodega, and we celebrate God, our Provider.

    January 2016

    • The dry food is purchased and begins to fill God’s bodega.
    • The last week of the month, a mission team from Family Christian travels to Guatemala to serve with Pray America. The team distributes the critically-needed food to families in famine-stricken communities—and the team’s overwhelmed by the joy and relief from each recipient. God’s provision is clear.

    This is a great accomplishment, but there are still so many Guatemalans who need food, and YOU can help! Donate now >

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