Giving is a hard thing and a blessing! When I had my first experience of fundraising for a mission assignment I realized something about being financially supported that I didn't expect to. Being given to is humbling and giving to another is a joy! What that tells me is that while people are giving of their resources to invest in what God is doing in people's lives, those who are asking (in this case me) are being humbled and then I realize that I am proud of being humbled and so somehow God will humble me again and again while those who are giving are being blessed with joy and hearing a testimony of God's glory being revealed through His works. And I would not want to rob another of the joy that comes from giving because of my own stubborn pride. By giving, it is my hope that you are also receiving this joy as well as investing in the eternal work that God is calling us to together. And so, you are invited to give as the Lord leads and in so doing be filled with joy and take part in what magnificent things God has in store . . .
** For financial donations you may mail checks made out to Awinjo Ministries and sent to PO Box 1832 Loganville, GA 30052 (please include a separate note designating the funds are for Ruth Ellen Dandurand)
** Or you can make an online donation by visiting this page: https://www.aplos.com/aws/give/AwinjoMinistriesINC/ruthellendandurandNote: Right now, I am preparing to serve in Uganda for the foreseeable future. If you would like to know more about this ministry please see the link for Awinjo Ministries on the right hand side of the home page.
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One thing that I have learned over the years of being involved in various overseas mission trips, moving to another state, attending college thirteen hours from home, and living for Christ is that it is impossible to do it alone. We Americans like to think that being independent is the best way to live but in many ways, living without the support of a community is not only lonely but just about impossible.
When I moved to southeastern PA almost four years ago, I had no idea the undertaking it was going to be. Starting a new life in a place where I had no family within seven hours, no church community, and no close friends has been incredibly challenging. It has taken a great deal of humility to ask for help over and over again. Thankfully, I am a daughter of the LORD who promises to provide for all my needs if I will ask, seek, and knock. Sometimes those needs are met by the generosity of others and sometimes it is by an unexplainable miracle. As I learn about being part of a community I have begun to discern what ways God has gifted me in order to bless others. A community is about giving, receiving, supporting, loving, encouraging, challenging, accountability, serving, and many other things I'm sure I have forgotten.
Another aspect of this learning about how impossible it is to do life alone is through my many ventures into other lands serving people and trying to follow where the Lord leads. Traveling to strange places where I understand very little about the surrounding culture, language, and religion is isolating to say the least. Relying on God's promise to never leave me nor forsake me has helped me to know that He is near even when it doesn't feel like it. It is a comfort to know that, because He is unchanging and He is always everywhere, I can't go anywhere where He is not. His will is perfect and He will make it possible for me to keep walking the path He has for me.
For the last two years I have been involved with Hope for Health Clinics a nonprofit organization that works to empower the people to eradicate malnutrition. It was an answer to prayer to be able to participate in serving people in a developing country. I had the privilege of going to Haiti six times and learned so much about Haitians, serving, missions, God's purpose for my life, and many things in between. It would not have been possible for me to help those in Haiti be healthier physically and spiritually without the accompaniment of my Heavenly Father and many others who supported me with prayer, encouragement, and financial giving. There were times that God enabled me to get there on my own but more often than not, I had to rely on His body of believers in various ways.
God calls us as individuals to be a part of His greater plan for His kingdom, but most often a call on an individual becomes a call for a whole lot of other people. It is a privilege to be invited into the wondrous things God does in the world and the lives of each person. Support takes many shapes and all are vital to accomplish anything with human hands.
Prayer is something that has more power involved than we realize. When we pray we are literally talking to God Almighty! We are prayed for continuously by the Holy Spirit! And we can pray with the power of Jesus Christ given to us by the Holy Spirit living in us! How is all that possible? I don't rightly know. But the concept of prayer is a miracle in and of itself! Whenever I start to doubt the power of prayer, God reminds me in some small or some big way that the power lies with Him as He flows through us into the world. So, I invite you to pray with the power that the Holy Spirit gives!
Community and relationships are significant aspects of being human, being created in the image of God, and being adopted into the family of God. God is a personal and relational God and we have been fearfully and wonderfully made in His image. He models this throughout Scripture and it began when He created not one but two humans and then He walked with them on earth. The tree is not a single limb but has many. A vine has many parts that depend on all the others in order to bear fruit. A body is not all one part but many or it would not be a body but one lone limb unable to accomplish anything. We all have different purposes and abilities and all are necessary for the functioning of us as a whole. So, you are invited to join me in using the gifts God has given you to bless others and to walk with me in community . . .
If you would like to be connected intentionally through prayer and regular contact, feel free to email me or send snail mail!
In our lives together, God will accomplish much and I am excited and honored to be walking life with you!