Thursday, February 18, 2010

Encouragement times 50!

My good friend, Aaron Gibbs wrote this little blog/invitation thing for his mom on his blog today… I wanted to both honor Carol Gibbs in recognition of her 50th birthday (Carol is an amazing woman, so selfless and giving in so many ways) but also I wanted to share with you how she wanted her birthday celebration to proceed  (she doesn’t know I am doing this and will probably not be happyJ but better to ask forgiveness than permission!).  As the blog/letter below states, instead of presents, she wants any gifts to be money given towards the construction of Ciyanjano Centre, the retreat property of ACTION Zambia for the poor here in Zambia. When I heard about her birthday wishes, I was so encouraged. It reminds me so much of how John Piper always seems to exhort us to live, to focus our hearts and happiness for things eternal, and to store our treasures (and gifts) not on earth, but in heaven.  Anyway, I just thought you might be encouraged by her example as well. We are heading into a major, major fundraising time with Ciyanjano. I don’t think she even knew that. But, we are hoping to raise over $100,000 in the next year so we can have a conference centre for the poor and underprivileged children, churches and pastors in Zambia. (It isn’t build it and they will come. They are ready to come and are just waiting for us to build!)  Please be praying with us, and may this birthday wish from Carol Gibbs be an encouragement  and model for all of us on how we can be creative and selfless in the way we live our life on this earth for the things that last forever. (Thanks Carol!!!!  We are so thankful for all your support and love for us here in Zambia… Wish we could be there to celebrate in person but maybe we can hook up a skype phone call! AJ, let’s make it happen!) Enjoy!

Carol is turning 50
While planning for my mom's 50th birthday I was thinking about something special I could do for her... she works so hard and is so selfless I thought that I should have all of her guests help contribute towards a nice gift. She called the other day with a plan of her own, and asked me what I thought about instead of people bringing her gifts, if they would use that money and make a contribution towards Ciyanjano, a conference center in Zambia that our missionary friend Steve Allen supports and is trying to develop. I just smiled, shook my head and thought... of course you would... I wanted to send her on a cruise :)

To all of our friends and family, stop by mom's house on March 7th from 2:00-5:00 PM for an "Open House." Come for five minutes or the whole thing, we would love to see you. And if you would like to know how you can make a donation for Ciyanjano as a gift for my mom then keep reading.

Steve is a missionary with Action Zambia, and all donations are tax deductible. There are three ways you can donate:

1. Mail a check to Action International designating it for "Carol For Ciyanjano - # 71140 (Zambia)"

PO Box 398
Mountlake Terrace, WA

2. Donate online by clicking here and select Zambia Ciyanjano Centre (71140) as the designation and under additional information put "Carol For Ciyanjano"

3. Just come to the open house and we can make it happen :)

Go to Steve's blog, Alive in Africa for a post and short video about Ciyanjano. Megan and I were in Zambia last summer with the Allen's and visited Ciyanjano, it is a great place and has tons of potential for the community there. Scroll down for a post of our time there...


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