Summer is here. We, in America, are preparing to celebrate Independence Day and Freedom.
Are we really free? As long as anyone, especially a child, is suffering due to circumstances beyond their control, are we, as their neighbors and brothers and sisters, free?
Galatians 5:13 "Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
You might be saying to yourself, Why are they asking that question? We would like to share a story with you...a true story.
Imagine you had been working for 7 years to try to open a center that would help vulnerable children. Imagine that the orphanage you dreamed of couldn't happen because the country you are working in stopped registering orphanages. You heard that you could open a rescue center for girls who have babies or are in trouble. You have turned your labors toward that end and you are close...so close.
You get an email that tells you of a young girl who needs your help and you hear the plea, "I wish your center was open, so that we could help this girl, NOW!" That is what happened to us this month.
We would like to share the story of Annie (the name has been changed) as it has been told to us.
"Annie is a girl of 15 yrs. She did her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in March this year and got 290 marks out of 500. Thats a C+ which is good and above average. She is waiting to hear which school she will be selected to join. Selection of schools will be done from mid-June.
Annie is a girl who was born and raised by her mother with other siblings. Later her mother got married. The foster father decided to have sex with Annie as early as age 12 yrs. In our findings, her mother warned Annie against accusing her father because he is their bread winner. They have other siblings now of this foster father. The shocking part is that in this family, the kids prepare their food as the mother and the man of the house have their meal separately prepared. These children suffer a lot.
I have the idea that we rescue this girl and support the kids with a supply of food. We will be praying for her as you think about her." (This is the accounting that came to us.)
We know that we can't help all children, but when one is brought to your attention, you have the facility to help them (short of a few things), and the Lord says, "Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise." (Luke 3:11), what are we to do?
Then, we had a board meeting. We discussed finances. We discussed the money we had on hand. We know that there are many girls with a story like Annie's. Some of them have gotten pregnant and have children to support along with being in vulnerable situations. We are aware of ten girls who have children and hope to be accepted into a center like ours to continue their education and keep their children with them. We discussed that to get the center up to the point of running smoothly it would cost $4,500. That is the cost of a TV, a computer, bedding, and a storage building that would get the farm equipment out of the buildings in which the girls will reside and study along with other minor needs.
Then one board member said, "Patty, are you up to another challenge?" My first thought was, "I think this is challenge enough!" Oh, me of little faith. She was referring to a donation challenge. She proposed to match $500.00 as a double match (meaning the first $500 will be matched two dollars to one, then another board member proposed matching the next $1000 (dollar for dollar) and another added another $1000 to be matched (dollar for dollar). Do the math... $5,500 to cover starting costs.
Then God did His thing...His miraculous thing! He led a friend and sponsor, who wishes to remain anonymous, to donate enough money to support eight girls at the center for a year. That allows us to bring girls in, let people see the difference we can make and gives us time to raise money for their support further out than that! We hope to open with at least ten girls. If anybody else is interested in supporting a girl or partially supporting a girl you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-373-1127. The person who donated the money would have been happy to have it used in any way, but with the board willing to raise the start-up costs, how can we not use the "God" money for the girls!
So help us to meet the challenge and we plan, Lord willing, to have the center open within the next three months.
LET'S TURN THIS PICTURE:
INTO THIS PICTURE:
Let's bring Annie and 10 children to the center. Let's turn HURT into FREEDOM and bring GLORY to GOD!
Help us to meet the challenge. We have a little over two weeks to accomplish the goal.
You can donate by:
1. Sending a check to:
TWO BURNING CANDLES
P. O. BOX 7932
OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC 28469
2. Go to https://twoburningcandles.org and make a payment on-line
God Bless You! and Thank you!
Patty and Ken
Founders of Two Burning Candles
This is the book that Ken has been writing for the past 12 years! It is published and ready for purchase! This is one of his ways of supporting Two Burning Candles. All of the proceeds of the book will be donated to the organization. You can support Two Burning Candles when you purchase a copy. It would make a great Christmas gift! Go to Smile.Amazon.com. Designate Two Burning Candles as the organization you wish to support. They send a portion of their sales to us no matter what you purchase. Ken will donate his proceeds. It is quite an unbelievable feeling for us both to see this in print and hold it in our hands.
1. That we are able to find the perfect house mom and open the center to give children who are struggling in their homes a safe and Godly place to stay when they are not in school.
2. For the Gospel to go forward with food distribution and teaching as we can do it at this time so that God’s word and love can be shared.
3. Continued financial support.
Donations can be mailed to:
Two Burning Candles
P. O. Box 7932
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
God bless you all,
Patty and Ken Carter
Founder of Two Burning Candles