It’s About the Children….

CC 3 tattered clothes

“It’s about the children!”

When listening to anyone affiliated with Children’s Cup International Relief, their hearts for hurting and oppressed children stands out the most. Founder Dave Ohlerking’s journey from atheist to a follower of Jesus Christ led him straight into the mission field. God directed his steps into some of the toughest, war-torn regions of the world. These areas are plagued by genocide, drought, disease, abuse, famine–utter hopelessness. As he walked the streets, children tugged on his shirt tail. Expectant eyes pleaded through the mire on their faces. They simply needed food.

The burden Dave carried for the children grew as he traveled into scores of desolate countries, helping more and more populations of people. His heart opened ever wider to the needs of millions of orphans and vulnerable children from Vietnam, the Philippines, to Africa. He knew that these children didn’t chose their plight or abuse. But Dave knew that even food and water could not quench their deepest need. That need was hidden just a few inches above their aching stomachs, which often bulged from their bony frames. While their bodies cried out for nourishment, their hearts were starved even more for hope. Hope for a better future. Hope to be cherished. Hope for a safe place to sleep, an education, thriving health, protection from abuse, a way to simply survive. Dave could not turn his back on the children, even amid the overwhelming need he encountered. He knew that he possessed the very hope that each child desperately needed—“Hopes name is Jesus!”

“For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me…I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it for me!'” Matthew 25:37-40 NLT

God commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves. When considering that commandment, we realize that we would give ourselves food when hungry, shelter from the environment, and medical attention when needed. Does God call us to give less to our neighbors? There is divine wisdom behind each commandment. God knows that giving works in the deepest crevices of our souls. Especially when we give in spite of our own need. And the reward is far greater when we expect nothing in return. God knows that giving helps loosen our grip on the things of the world. Our hold on the things of this world can take our hearts hostage. Yet as we let go, we invite a healthy flow of giving and receiving from the Holy Spirit, instead of a stagnant soul inside. Being obedient to God causes a shift to occur, opening us up for more of what God wants to pour into our lives—JOY, PEACE, HOPE, and so much more! A far greater fulfillment than we could ever know living outside of his will.

Let go, there’s more!

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

Global Leadership Academy graduation class

In 1992 God gave Dave and his wife Jean the vision for Children’s Cup International Relief . The strategy of this ministry is to give hope, inspire dreams, and change the world where these children live. These children are then equipped to give hope, inspire dreams, and change the world—breaking the cycle of hopelessness, poverty, and disease. Instead, the children and their community become a cycle of hope.

After twenty years Children’s Cup is seeing the fruit of its labor. People who have gone through their CarePoints, lived in “I Am Not Forgotten” homes, and/or have gone through the Global Leadership Academy, they are returning to help the next generation thrive. Children receive food, clothing, medical attention, education, a safe place to live, and Christ changes their hearts. Through this effort, communities are growing stronger and becoming more sustainable through time.

Jean Ohlerking said when looking at the overall scope of the problem, the need is as vast as an ocean. Overwhelming! But when you approach that ocean one bucket of water at a time—one child at a time—you can effectively change a life, a family, a village, a country, and eventually the world.

Don’t miss out on what God has in store for you. Join the team and scoop up a bucket of water, and make a difference in the life of a child.

It’s all about the children, and here’s how you can help.

www.childrenscup.org

 

To read more of the late Dave Ohlerking’s journey as a missionary and “Pop” to countless children, go to: http://daveohlerking.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

Jennifer L Griffith

In 2000, God yanked up the deep Louisiana roots of Jennifer L Griffith through a traumatic snowmobile accident in Idaho. This event changed the course of her life. She let go of all she worked for, including a career, college degrees in Biology and Chemistry, and a Masters in Sports Medicine, to be open for God’s move in her life. She went from Chemistry teacher, athletic trainer and entrepreneur in Louisiana, to novelist, drummer, skier and over-all adventurous in Teton Valley, Idaho. Since then God blessed her with the ACFW Genesis Award in 2007 for Gumbo Ya-Ya and in 2009 for Magpies in Trees. In 2012, God directed Jennifer back to her southern roots in Louisiana where she serves as the drummer for VISION ministry, and wherever God calls her to work. She recently returned from three months in southern Africa, and waits on the next whim of God to move her for His glory. Jennifer has a few writing projects in the works. You can follow her on her blog http://magpiesintrees.wordpress.com

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