We are thrilled that our Lesotho Bible study has grown to 125 children! It was so fun spending time with them – meeting new faces and reconnecting with those we have known a while. I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings with new opportunities…and especially…growth both physically and spiritually in the kids!
Anchor Your Life
Christmas came early to Lesotho this year! Thanks to the help of Up With Downs for packing the items and Loving Covers for making the backpacks, these children were given gifts crafted by many hands working together.
The children of Syferfontein being loved…
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more….” – Dr. Seuss
We want to bring Christmas to the kids in Southern Africa by providing our children with new backpacks containing toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, Vaseline, face cloth, and a special treat for each of them to enjoy.
Would you consider helping us bring the gift of Christmas to these children in Southern Africa? $20 will cover the cost to purchase, assemble, and distribute each pack.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (NIV) Isaiah 55:10-11
Anchor Your Life has been up and running on the Internet since 1997. I love hearing from our readers! Here are a few of the emails I’ve received over the years.
“I’ve been receiving your daily emails since 2000. I just want to thank you for your effort and perseverance in maintaining your website, especially the section of the ‘Thought For The Day’. It has been a daily source of inspiration. I look forward to reading it each morning after I spend my quiet moment with the Lord. Finally, I’ve also started your Bible reading calender this year.” Joyce – Singapore.
“I have been receiving Anchor Your Life in my e-mail for over 3-years now. There are many days when the message that is shared fits right into where I’m at in my life. Whether I’m needing comfort, encouragement, a lesson, or love – whatever my need is on that particular day or hour Anchor Your Life fits right in. That’s how I know that Anchor Your Life is God-filled and God-directed. I have been able to use your teaching as part of the jail ministry that I am active in. When I find myself waiting for what the Lord would have me teach while preparing a lesson, the message from Anchor Your Life fits right in as a confirmation.” Debbie – USA
“I am probably like a number of your readers. I work in IT and my day is full of emails and telephone calls. For me the “Thought Of The Day” provides an important balance – alkaline to the acid of daily life if you like. Your email arrives in my inbox just like any other email and sits there among the problems and challenges of my day. The value to me is the balance you bring to a hectic pace – an opportunity to pause for a minute or so and read something non work-related and a million miles (seemingly) from my daily challenges. A peaceful space, a pause for reflection, a reminder to examine my values and a gentle guidance when dealing with others.” Keith – Australia
“I have been receiving the “Thoughts for the Day” for about 3 years and I read it first thing every morning in the office before the day gets going…some of them have really hit home and I print them and read them over and over…you and your team are doing a wonderful job of teaching and spreading the knowledge we all need to learn and know more about…thanks and keep on doing what you are doing.” Tom – USA
“I wanted you to know how much Anchor Your Life has touched and guided in my life. I find that it many times relates to exactly the kind of situation that I am experiencing in my life. It is as if God just sends the right words at the right time through Anchor Your Life. I am the director of the lay counseling ministry at my church and have printed out and used Anchor Your Life many times in counseling others. Thanks for allowing God to use you to minister to others!” Joy – USA
Many of you indicated that you use the material from Anchor Your Life for Bible studies, small group studies, choir devotionals, church bulletins. . . even sermons! You’ve used the content at Christian coffee houses, in jail ministries, for Youth groups, for dorm floor devotions. But, perhaps the most creative use of the devotionals came from a woman who selects specific messages, makes a dozen copies on colorful paper, places them in her desk drawer at work and gives them to everyone who visits her – the postman, the paper boy, the cleaner, the plant keeper. All I can say is keep on keepin on with sharing God’s Word with those around you!
Lastly, I appreciated some special comments that a few of you made – It “is so nice to know that there are actual people behind this email and not just a micro chip programmed to pump out the data each day.” Another reader wrote, “In this rat race and high technology world we live in, it is good to know that there are people out there like you that use it to give God honor and glory.”
We will keep proclaiming God’s Word on the Internet. . . you keep sharing it with others!
How has God used Anchor Your Life to draw you closer to Himself?