Saturday, August 15, 2015

Prayer For Real

The Lord led me to CSM 5 years ago and it was in prayer that the Lord confirmed this guidance. Leading this organization, and being in ministry where the Lord is my provider, is my way of life.
I don’t know or care to try another way than to pray.

I love the verse in I Thessalonians 5:24 where it says; “ He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” I just believe He will do it. I know that prayer is the base and foundation of this New CSM. For the last 2 years we have had a team of prayer warriors praying monthly at CSM for the vision, staff, and for God to move.

For the past 10 years I have participated in Church of the Highlands 21 days of prayer at the beginning of August and January. This time of reflection has served as a reminder of what He is doing and wants to do. Fasting and praying has been foundational to my life and ministry. Twice, I have fasted for 40 days, and words could never describe what He did to me during that time.

This fall my son Tate will finish his final semester of college at UNA. His final class and project is on Prayer. He started this summer filming and raising the support needed to do this project. It will be a documentary on prayer and the 4 characteristics in a prayer movement. I am so proud of Tate and his growth in the Lord and desiring to really change lives through this project. Watch the most recent video about the Prayer project and check back here to see the final result this winter.

Almost daily I am asked how we get the items we have at CSM or how we are able to do what we do. I always answer "pray." I believe this is foundational to CSM and my ministry here. I sometimes try to work in my own strength but to no avail. I know CSM is here to love, serve, and connect through the power of prayer. Please pray for us and we will pray for one another.

Let's Help Lifeline Kids Camp!

When team members from Lifeline came to talk to us about their 2015 Kids Camp we were so excited. We feel strongly about the work they do helping orphans around the world and are thrilled to help them have a successful camp! During their time here in Alabama, the children will visit the Ministry Center and learn about CSM and they will then go and serve seniors at a weekly luncheon. The Lifeline team is busy collecting supplies and lining people up to serve meals. You can find out more information about this great program below and find ways to serve at Lifeline.

We are collecting supplies to help. Please drop off supplies at the CSM Ministry Center at 3600 3rd Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35222. 

Lifeline Kids Camp needs:

  • Disposable Plates, Bowls, and Cups
  • Plastic Utensils
  • Styrofoam cups
  • Reusable Food Storage (like Tupperware)
  • Ziplock bags (gallon, sandwich, and quart)
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Cling Wrap
  • Plastic Pitchers
  • Igloo Coolers
  • Food Service Gloves
  • Size 3 and 4 Diapers

 Lifeline Children’s Services is honored to host ten children from Nanjing, China as part of our 2015 Kids Camp

Join us September 14-28, 2015, to help show “Southern Hospitality” to these precious children through memorable experiences.  The children, ranging in age from four to eleven years old, will be staying all together in a home with translators and orphanage representatives. Volunteers have the opportunity to learn about the children and their culture as they interact with them and participate in activities throughout the week.

Our goal is to shower these children with the love of Christ, introduce them to Southern culture, and provide them with unique experiences. This opportunity allows us to interact with and know these children on a personal level so that we can better advocate and seek a forever family for them. We anticipate these camps will offer future opportunities to advocate for children while strengthening and establishing relationships in other countries. God has blessed us with a unique opportunity!
Will you consider partnering with Lifeline as we welcome these children from Nanjing, China?

Children from the Winter 2014 Camp

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Jackson Family Move

Today was move in day for the Jackson family! We are so thankful to Wells Fargo for providing us with this home, members from the Hagan, Autrey, and Bruce Sunday School class at Shades Mountain Baptist Church for cleaning and decorating, and @BBVACompassBirmingham for providing home goods. The Jacksons will be in this home temporarily while we rebuild their home that was severely damaged in 2011.