A Matter Of Perspective

Sometimes we just need a little perspective.

After watching this video if you would like to impact your world click here and sponsor a child.  Your sponsorship will provide water, education, medical attention, and lessen the vulnerability of children to to exploitation of others.

When you sponsor a child from this page would you do me a favor and put my name, Darrell, in the space where it says “athlete” and this will go toward my personal goal of sponsoring 100 children before I climb Mt Kilimanjaro. Thank you.

We are privileged to not have to walk this walk every day of our life. Some times we take life for granted.

We are blessed to be a blessing.

World Changers

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World Changers…

7 children whose lives will be changed as they help change their world.

Last Sunday these 7 children received their world vision sponsorship packets.  Each one read the information about the child they are sponsoring and a little about their families or lack thereof.

These children are developing a world view that will reshape their own personal lives as they grow up in affluence.

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As the children read about their “brother” or “sister” my heart was touched by the depth and simplicity of this act of love and “pure religion”.  

James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

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 Each child is learning to love and serve others, be generous, appreciate what they have and not take even the routine of a meal on the table for granted.  They are spending time praying for their “brother” or “sister” and sending them gifts and writing them letters. 

This is not only impacting these children and the children they are sponsoring but it is also reshaping this organic house church as 

adults in this group are learning to go deeper and challenge their 

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own personal values in this world.

What about you will you join these world changers, expand your world view, look after a “widow/orphan” in their distress, teach your children a broader world view and help them to appreciate what they have and not take for granted the food and water that is so readily available.  


Will you help change our world.

Here is a link where you can go to sponsor a Child.  It is $35 dollars per month which will help provide a child with…

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Clean Water
Education
Health care
Less vulnerable to Human Trafficking
AIDS Prevention
And Much More

 
Click HERE and choose a child.  Fill out the form and in the space where it says “athlete” put Darrell.  I will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro this Summer with Team World Vision and have a personal goal of sponsoring 100 children.
 
 
 

Together we can change our world!

 

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For more information on the Kilimanjaro climb, Team World Vision, World Vision, or Child Sponsorship, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Comparison – up or down?

Why is it that we always have a tendency to compare up instead of down? Think about it.

This is not a new thought for me but one that has resurfaced recently as I ponder Preto and the other children we sponsor in Tanzania. Living in affluence, in the top few percent of the world financially we still have a tendency to look at those who have more than we do and compare up.

Rarely do I ever hear “God, why can’t I be like those who have nothing. Why are you doing this to me?”

Rarely do I ever hear, “Lord, this isn’t fair, I have too much.”

The more common is, “God, I can’t make ends meet.” “I’m boke.” “Did you see Jim’s new (car, iPad, phone, etc), that would be so nice but I just can’t afford it right now… unless I put it on CREDIT.” Oh the wonderful world of CREDIT. Credit the wonderful gift for those who compare up.

Why is it we CAN’T afford $35 a month to sponsor a child in another country who doesn’t even have clean water? Could it be in part because we have positioned ourselves by living beyond our means? Could it be in part because we think that all our resources are a blessing from God for our hard work so that we can have the best lifestyle possible for us?

Could it be in part because we don’t see their water need but we do see the Starbucks down the road and our NEED for our daily fix?

The majority of us in America blow far more than $35 dollars a month on stuff we don’t need.

I was so blessed the other day when a good friend of mine who I know does not have much by American Standards, made a choice to sponsor a child and find a way. I know God is blessing her as she blesses others.

I am blessed by the 10 year old boy that made a personal choice, that his parents initially tried to talk him out of, to use his allowance to sponsor a child.

I want to challenge you to begin to compare down and allow God’s blessing to be used to bless others. And as soon as you think you can’t afford to sponsor a child to look seriously at your life and how good you have it…

Think about it… If you are reading this online on a computer you have it good. If you are reading this on an iPhone, Ipod, iPad, smart phone, etc you are privileged. I could make the typical list of car, home, clean water, Starbucks etc…. We truly are privileged.

What can you give up so that a child can have…

* clean water
* health care
* education
* less vulnerability to human trafficking
* and more

Will you join me along with others and compare down?

click HERE and sponsor a child or two or three.

When you fill out the form there is a spot for “Athlete” please put my name, Darrell MacLearn, there as this is linked to our Kilimanjaro climb.

Thank you for comparing down.

Divine Encounters – Expect Them

As I boarded the flight I prayed for the person who would “have to” sit by me on this flight.  You see I entered the flight expecting a divine encounter.  Why is it that we are surprised by divine encounters. I love the quote, “where you go the king goes and where the king goes people bow.”  before your head swells, they don’t bow to you.  They have an encounter with the Christ in you and another divine encounter ensues where both parties are blessed and strengthened by the time shared together.

What an Awesome traveling companion God had chosen for me on this flight.  A person who was as much a blessing to me as I hope I was to her.  Who would have guessed I would be privileged to hear the story of a missionary kid who totally understood the value of sponsoring children (which she did shortly after the flight was in the air – thank you Lisa, Elisha’s life will be forever changed).

As we talked about hiking, running, world vision, fresh water, church planting, organic church concepts, spiritual gifts, human trafficking, boarding school, her personal experience with malaria, her job and her journey in life, I realized that this encounter probably wasn’t as much about who would “have to sit by me” but more about who “I would be privileged to sit by.”

It was when she asked me if I had ever asked for a spiritual gift that my life was impacted.  As we discussed the spiritual gifts she took me to James 1:5 and talked about how she had asked God for wisdom and how he answered that prayer in her life and had given her a great gift… The gift of wisdom.  As I pondered this and continue to do so I am reminded of how generous God is and how he desires to freely grant this request.  So again I ask for more.  Maybe I am a little greedy here but I want as much of this gift as I can get.

I am also reminded of how many great opportunities scream past us on our fast paced busy lives.  It is so easy for us to just get on a plane, put on the head phones and tune out the world around us including the divine king who is embodied in the passanger seated in 15E.

Thank you Lisa for what you taught me on this flight.  Hope someday to hear that you are flying planes for his glory bringing a hope and a future to those in need of a divine encounter with the God in you.

Kilimanjaro – Treadmill Lessons

As I mounted the treadmill for another adventure with God, I wondered what the day’s lesson would be. It seems each time I go to the gym in preparation to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro God has a unique lesson for me. He is teaching me and preparing me in my life for more than a climb up a mountain. There have been a couple recurring themes now…

Jeremiah 29:11

“I know the plans I have for these kids declares the Lord. Plans for a hope and a future” and then he whispered, well ok yelled, in my ear “and those plans and that hope and future rests in the hands of you and my people.”

The other theme and what has been heavy on my mind today comes out of

Isaiah 58:5-10

“5Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?

It is more than going to church.  It is more than saying I am a Christian.  It is more than putting on an appearance of being spiritual, holy, Christ-like, or righteous.  It is more than saying “What can I do? How can I help”.  It is actually helping.  It is actually doing something.

 6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 

7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 

8 THEN your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

9 THEN you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, THEN your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

He is calling me to a new kind of “fast”.

As I picked up the pace on the treadmill it was as if he was saying run for these kids. Go fast on their behalf.  Do this to loose the chains of injustice and set the oppressed free.  Do this to share food with the hungry, shelter for the poor wanderer and clothes for the naked.  Darrell do this and SPEND YOURSELF IN BEHALF OF THE HUNGRY AND SATISFY THE NEEDS OF THE OPPRESSED.

You may be asking yourself how does working out or climbing a mountain fit in the “Doing” of this text?  God has challenged me to acquire 100 children sponsorships through World Vision.  I will be joining 9 others with Team World Vision and we all have a goal.  I am starting by personally sponsoring children and “spending my $70 a month on behalf of the hungry” and then I am looking to multiply that through others who will sponsor children and help find others who will sponsor children.

Do you think sponsoring 1000 children would impact their world?  Would it be the kind of fasting God desires… Spending yourself on behalf of the hungry, naked, homeless, oppressed and those vulnerable to and chained by the injustice of our world?

Maybe it will require you to “fast” in other ways.  Maybe the sacrificing of a meal once a week so that someone else can eat would be your way of “doing” Isaiah 58.

Maybe the “fast” from or sacrifice of something unneeded (starbucks, dessert, a movie, etc) would enable you to provide something needed for a child in our world and in that be living Isaiah 58 and the fast that God desires.

As I have been preparing to speak in Illinois on human trafficking this week God has been reminding me of how poverty creates a vulnerability to be exploited.

You can be vulnerable and not be in poverty.  But you can’t be in poverty and not be vulnerable!

We have an opportunity to live out Isaiah 58 in very real and practical ways.  God is teaching me to pray and fast and he used a treadmill as a teaching aid to help me understand the kind of fasting he longs for his children to do.

Will you join me in an Isaiah 58 fast and “spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed”?

click here to sponsor a child and provide them with food, clothing, clean water, education, health care, connectedness and lessen their vulnerability to disease, human trafficking, abuse and exploitation. Please put my name, Darrell MacLearn, in the space for Athlete and this will go toward my goal of 100 children.  Thank you for making a difference and fasting with me.

Lord thank you for treadmill lessons.  You are changing my life.

Human Trafficking – What can I do?

I am often asked in seminars and conversations about human trafficking – “What can I do?  I want to make a real difference but I am simply one person.  I want to do more than just spread the word and generate awareness.  I want to do something practical that will make a real difference.”

There are many different reasons for human trafficking and many different environments that cause it to flourish.  However, the most prominent and real issue in our world that increases the vulnerability of children to being trafficked is poverty.  Poverty positions children to be vulnerable.  Poverty is exploitable and traffickers are ruthless businessmen and women who will commodity a human being to make more money.  Traffickers put a carrot on a stick for a better life, for a hope and a future.  But whose hope? Whose future?

One boy said, “the nightmare I didn’t know looked better than the nightmare I lived everyday.”

That is a sad statement of the reality of an impoverished life without a genuine hope and a future.

What can I do to make a real difference in human trafficking? I am glad you asked.

Sponsor a child for $35.00 a month and make a real practical difference.  Sponsored children are connected and community vulnerability is decreased and they receive a genuine, authentic, real promise of a hope and a future.

Click here or on the link below and sponsor a child and put my name, Darrell MacLearn, in the spot for “athlete name”.  I have a personal goal of sponsoring 100 children.  10 climbers and I will be going to Tanzania in June to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with Team World Vision.  What if each climber could find 100 sponsors.  That is 1000 children whose lives would be forever changed.  What if you sponsored one and found one who would sponsor one who would find one…  Folks this is totally doable and could make a real difference way beyond this initial goal.

But I can’t afford it… REALLY???

Click here to sponsor a child (please use this link and pass this link on as it is attached to my goal)

Please forward this blog to others

click here to see a video on human trafficking

For more information on the Kilimanjaro climb, human trafficking, child sponsorship or World vision please don’t hesitate to ask.

God is in charge of southwest seat assignments

Divine Encounters

When you board the aircraft there is always a bit of curiosity, excitement and possibly, if truth be told, fear about who you will “have” to sit by or be privileged to sit by.  I am beginning to think that God is choosing my seat assignment and travel buddies.  On my flight from Dallas to Kansas City I was PRIVILEGED to sit by Jerome and his wife Kendra who were on a weekend getaway. After a great in flight conversation about family, church, god, Kilimanjaro, sponsoring children, golf, and shopping we said our goodbyes thinking that would probably be the last time we saw each other.  That was until the next morning.  Waiting for our ride to pick us up from our hotel a man says, “hey are you stalking us”? Of all the hotels in Kansas city they and their family from south Dakota who they were meeting up with could have chosen was the same as ours.  That was when my buddy and partner John Huddle walked up and I introduced him to my new friends. And John said, “way cool, we were neighbors last night. They are staying in the room next to me.” and then unfolded a great conversation about God, divine encounters, Kilimanjaro, sponsoring children, world vision clean water projects and how god has used an airplane encounter to bring great joy into my life, to encourage one another and to spur us on to love and good deeds.

Thank you Lord for another great seat assignment!

Kilimanjaro for a hope and a future

In June 2012 I will join 10 other team world vision climbers to embark on a climb that has already changed my life.  Kilimanjaro, the tallest free standing mountain in the world at over 19 thousand feet looms before us.  As I try to get some perspective I look out the window of the airplane I am on as the 10 thousand foot notification sounds. I am overwhelmed by the reality of the task we will face.  It seems insurmountable.

But it is not the actual Kilimanjaro climb or it’s physical training that has changed my life.  It is the purpose for which I am climbing.  It is becoming for me a Jeremiah 29:11 climb.  A climb to give hope and a future.  As Robin, Kelli and I sponsored Petro, an 8 year old boy from Tanzania my life began to change.  I began to see the seemingly insurmountable reality of Petro’s life. As a Hope Child in an aids ravaged area life seems hopeless and overwhelming for children like Petro.

As I mounted the treadmill and began my workout the other day I began to pray for Petro and the 6 other children our organic house church are sponsoring. (one child for each of our children-this too has changed my life and I will write more specifically on this later). As I prayed, God reminded me that he has great plans for Petro and these children, plans for a hope and a future.  And then he changed me.  I could not escape the reality that their hope and future may rest in my hands.  For without the generosity of others their reality is hopeless.  God has plans for them and I believe I am (we are) a part of that plan to bring hope.

What kind of hope could be found if we joined together and sponsored 100 children.  What if 1o climbers climbed with purpose and each found 100 sponsors.  1000 children’s lives forever changed along with the community impact and ripple effect these lives would have.

Will join me in this endeavor and help me find 100 child sponsorers?  Click on the following link and put my name, Darrell MacLearn, in spot where it says “athletes name”.

World vision – Kilimanjaro

“I know the plans I have for you (Petro) declares the lord.  Plans for a hope and a future…”

Dear Petro, I pray that your life will be forever changed as world vision comes alongside you.  That your physical and spiritual needs will be met and that you will discover the love of Christ through the generosity of his people. I pray that you will find hope and discover the great plans God has for you, plans for a hope and a future.