Friday, November 28, 2008
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Thursday, November 13, 2008
India is about 80% Hindu, 14% Muslim, and only 2% are Christian. Only about 50% of the one billion-person population is literate, and the average per capita income is $270 U.S. dollars per year. The average life expectancy is 58 years old. In part because of Hindu beliefs, India is an impoverished third-world country that feels little hope for change and improvement.
Our team will be traveling from December 26th to January 10th. During our trip we will be: helping provide villages with wells for pure drinking water, giving help to the poor and those considered untouchable, aiding the pastors in India in evangelist events to reach many villages with the hope of the Gospel, and also giving support and hope for a better life to a local orphanage.
Our first and most important support needed is prayer. We are asking for prayer:
· For our team safety while traveling, and during our time in India
· That we are spiritually prepared for any spiritual battles that may be encountered
· That we may share the Gospel boldly & with the love that Our Savior Jesus has shown us
· For unity, support, flexibility and compassion within our team
· That people we meet will have hearts prepared to receive Jesus as their Lord & Savior, and One True God
· That all the team members will be able to raise the financial support necessary to go
· That the pastors, church planters and people of India will be encouraged and strengthened as followers of Christ.
Secondly, there is a need for financial support if you feel called to also participate financially. I have committed to raise $3,500. If you would like to make a donation to my trip or know of others who would, please make donations payable to ROCKHARBOR Church. Please do not write my name or the country anywhere on the check. You may use the included return envelope, which is already addressed and indicates that the donation is for my trip. If you use your own envelope, please mail it to: ROCKHARBOR Church
Attn: India/Brittani Ehrhorn
3080 Airway Ave. Suite A
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Please note that donations are tax deductible and are non refundable. All donations will go towards the overall cost of the trip, and any excess funds will first help to cover the team’s costs and secondly will be gifted to the ministry we are going to serve.
Thank you all very much for your support of this ministry; I am so blessed for you to be apart of it alongside me.
Monday, November 10, 2008
I wanted to leave you all with this article that I found today called "Where Do America's Happiest People Work?". Notice that the incomes aren't much of a factor at all in happiness...it's the jobs where you get to help others and get creative! (i.e., where a person is challenged and called not to be so selfish, but also gets to make an impact on others) It reminds me how different the term "happiness" is defined in our culture and in my generation compared with those from decades past. Is happiness really about yourself? I hope not, because I don't think that you can be content trying to please yourself...how monotonous and unsatisfying would that be.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
"God is love"-- 1 John 4:8
Friday, November 7, 2008
Isaiah 52:12--But you will not go out in haste, nor will you go as fugitives; For the LORD will go before you, and the God of Israel will be you rear guard.
Thanks for sharing that Lizzy :) So, as I've mentioned the India team has a meeting this Sunday. Before the meeting, the team preparing the dramas for the trip(which I'm apart of) is gathering to prepare. It'll be great, and I know we have some great ideas. I will also have an update about my support afterwards. More information about the trip if you didn't know: we are leaving December 26th, 2008 and returning January 10th, 2009. Our only stop is in London. We are going to be helping put on a crusade and vacation bible school, helping the untouchables, maybe visiting a nursing school of women who have been saved from a former life of prostitution, visiting an orphanage, a Bible college, rural villages, dedicating a clean water well and a lot more. Because we aren't going to be in urban areas, the women on the team will be wearing traditional Indian sari's, and the men will be wearing pants (just a little side note). If you're interested in looking at the ministries we are going to be helping, more info can also be found at harvestindia.org.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Much later on in the evening, I babysat. That's when the entertainment portion of my day continued. I was reading a nighttime story to an eight year old; an informational kids book about ancient history. We were reading about the Great Wall of China, and I said "you can actually see it from space" and he said "yeah but in real life you can't". Then came the part about Stonehenge and the little boy said "when they made it, it was really big but now it's this small" as he made a measurement showing me a space of about a centimeter he made with two fingers. Then, when we got to the tombs in Egypt he said "yeah but in Egypt they don't use tombs anymore. Just when someone dies they dig a hole where they died. Or, if there's no room they just dig a hole somewhere else". And he said that in the Sphinx there is a "man who has a face that is half robot". Who would have thought that thousands of years ago, people were half robots. My history must be way off. Kids have such clever imaginations, it cracks me up. I enjoy hearing what they have to say.
I was able to talk with my dear friend Stephanie, and we also had time to pray to our Heavenly Father. And I sort of had a revolution that I thought was pretty cool. It's so hard to accept our mistakes. Think about it. We have a justice system of "law and order" that punishes wrongdoings that are caught. And of course people need to be taught right from wrong, and we live in a society with many many other people and a poor choice I make can definitely affect a lot of other people. Peoples outright disobedience and poor decisions have influenced me personally, and I'm sure that I've made poor choices that have affected others; but it's because of needing to teach right from wrong as well as the fact the we live in community with others that makes it harder to accept the justice in Jesus dying on the cross and our sins being abolished because someone else took care of them for us.
I just thought I'd share about how I'm learning and being challenged. (I really am trying to prepare myself for India...hence the working on my sleep patterns as one of the things to prepare). I hope everyone who reads it enjoys (even if it is just one person). G'nite.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Until next time, God bless you all!
p.s., I think I'm sort of beginning to get the hang of this blog thing :)
Monday, November 3, 2008