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Amy Grant, Matthew West & VeggieTales get it


This from USA Today: “What if December looked different this year? What if we all gave Christmas away?” That’s the refrain from the theme song of a new Christmas video from VeggieTales, the animated children’s stories that share gentle Gospel messages… VeggieTales teams up with Samaritan’s Purse for Operation Christmas Child this year: U.S. director Randy Riddle says that despite the recession, the ministry will deliver a record 8 million boxes worldwide, including 5.2 million from U.S. families, up from 4.9 million last year. Driving up the numbers, he says: singe Amy Grant crooning the theme song on radio and tie-ins with VeggieTales and the nation’s leading Christian retailer, Family Christian Stores. Singer/songwriter Matthew West was commissioned by VeggieTales to write the song “Give This Christmas Away.” Are you involved with Operation Christmas Child? What is your church doing this year to impact the poor ? Here’s an idea. Or how about a gift that glorifies? Photo cred:  Big Idea, Inc. View on YouTube below or here.


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Flooding in Philippines – relief update


Here are horrific photos of last week’s flooding from one of our partners in the Philippines. According to our partner on the ground: Nearly a month’s worth of rain fell in just six hours Saturday, triggering the worst flooding in the Philippine capital in 42 years, which stranded thousands on rooftops in the city and elsewhere. More than 70 people were killed, Manila was blacked out and airline flights were suspended as a powerful tropical storm battered the main Philippines island of Luzon . Cross International  has procured 40,000lbs of canned food to aid in relief efforts for the Philippines. From pick up to delivery it will cost $8000.00.  That’s $1.00 for every 5 lbs delivered. We will be able to deliver another 200,000 lbs. over the next year. The canned food will leave next week. It will be 30 days before it arrives in the Phillipines. To help, email me or donate on-line here. Cross International  has procured 40,000lbs of canned food to aid in relief efforts for the Philippines. From pick up to delivery it will cost $8000.00.  That’s $1.00 for every 5 lbs delivered. We will be able to deliver another 200,000 lbs. over the next year. The canned food will leave next week. It will be 30 days before it arrives in the Phillipines. To help, email me or donate on-line here. HT:  CI colleagues Mike Wilson, Russ Griggs


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Bob Dylan for Christmas


Billboard reports that Mr. Zimmerman’s new Christmas release, Christmas in the Heart, will donate ‘all present and future royalties to Feeding America, an anti-hunger charity. Says Mr. Zimmerman: “It’s a tragedy that more than 35 million people in this country alone — 12 million of those children — often go to bed hungry and wake up each morning unsure of where their next meal is coming from. I join the good people of Feeding America in the hope that our efforts can bring some food security to people in need during this holiday season.” Street date for the release is October 13. Maybe Dylan will look beyond the U-S borders next time.  I’ve got a great charity to suggest (-; Photo cred:  Billboard.com


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California debut for Harmony of Hearts


Crossroads Community Church in Rocklin held the first Harmony of Hearts event in the great state of California on Sunday, August 23. Pastor Harlyn Matson and I met at the Saddleback Worship Conference earlier this year, just before his trip to Burundi.  Upon viewing our music video, he immediately requested it for his church.  According to worship coordinator Mike Stonehill, there were few dry eyes in the service. Kudos to Dr. Matson and Crossroads Community for following God’s instruction for worship by serving the poor. To debut a Harmony of Hearts presentation in your area, click here.


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African orphan support – $68/year


Here’s a wonderful opportunity for you to become faithful with a little: The Reencontro Orphans Project in Mozambique provides direct support to more than 7000 orphans and other vulnerable children in Mozambique, Africa. Reencontro is composed of local Christian laypersons and cares for these children, many of whom have lost parents to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Incredibly enough, $68 provides food, clothing, health care, education or other essentials for a child for approximately one year. Orphans receive food, education, citizenship registration (documentation they need in order to attend school), healthcare, housing, vocational training, income generation projects, and spiritual and psychological counseling. Would you and your worship team be willing to be musical advocates for the Reencontro Orphans Project this fall? If you would present a song during one of your services in September or October, I will provide you brochures, free music, free DVD/audio tracks to support these parentless children in Mozambique. Every single dime raised from your event will go directly to the Reencontro orphans. Call me for details:  1-800-391-8545 ext. 174. Download details on Reencontro here:  Reencontro Orphans Click here for music samples Click here to preview DVD accompaniment tracks Click here to order free music


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Haitian orphan support: $23.50/month


The World Harvest Children’s Home in Cazeau, Haiti provides food, medicine, and care to 80 orphaned, sick, and handicapped children in Cazeau, Haiti. Here’s the description: Traveling to remote, impoverished villages, founder Miriam Fredericks rescues handicapped, abandoned, and starving children – children so hungry they are unable to walk or even crawl, with little bodies ravaged by TB, malaria or dysentery. Though some are so ill they do not survive the trip back to the orphanage, so far more than 100 children have survived and been carefully, lovingly, nurtured back to health. Gifts contributed to World Harvest Children’s home help Miriam and her staff meet these children’s nutritional and medical needs, and give them a loving, caring place to live. For $23.50 per month or $282 per year, you can provide one child with: Three nutritious daily meals Tuition to attend local public school Proper medical care Bible instruction and education Would you and your worship team be willing to present a song on their behalf? If you could present a song and pass out our brochures during one of your services this fall, every dollar will go to the World Harvest Children’s Home in Haiti. I will happily provide free materials for your music department and information for the congregation on the impact they can have for the orphans in Haiti. Just contact me for details and free music.


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Billionaire Buffett serves the African poor


Howard Buffett, son of famed Wall Street guru and billionaire Warren Buffett, is spending not just his finances but also his life fighting hunger in Africa. According to the Wall Street Journal: It was ordained that Howard and his two siblings would see the family fortune given away rather than have it to spend on themselves. His father, who lives far below his means in a modest Omaha house, has argued publicly that it does little good for society when children inherit great wealth by virtue of an ‘ovarian lottery’…Of his middle child, he says, ‘he’s got my money and his mother’s heart’… It’s hard to measure the impact of Howard Buffett’s foundation, something Mr. Buffett himself acknowledges. He does most of the work finding and visiting projects…. He employs eight people, mostly in administrative roles. One man is based in South Africa overseeing research on Mr. Buffett’s 6,000 acres of farmland outside Johannesburg. It was there on a wildlife preserve that he set up that a cheetah bit him. Mr. Buffett figures his foundation’s projects have helped about 1.5 million Africans so far. He hopes that the crop-breeding work he is supporting will eventually help millions more African farmers feed their families. Video below is excellent and worth a few minutes of your time. (HT:  Chroncle of Philanthrophy)


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Rick Warren on successful ministry


Providentially, our music video on serving the poor was introduced by after Pastor Rick Warren gave the morning plenary on what constitutes a successful ministry. He shared personal stories about how he and his wife Kaye have given back everything the church has paid him, and that all the book royalties are channeled in charitable works. Pastor Rick told the crowd, “All you need in life is a good T-shirt and a clean pair of jeans.” Some notes from Pastor Rick’s message: “If you are ever going to have a Christ-like ministry…if you are ever going to overcome materialism, you are going to have to learn generosity.” “If you’re going to have a Christ-like ministry, you will be criticized by religious people.” “Don’t pretend to worship God if you’re not tithing.” “The antidote to the lust of the flesh is integrity: the anridote to the lust of the eyes is generosity: the antidote to the pride of life is humility.” “I only have one goal in life: The global glory of God.” Essentially, successful ministry is giving.


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Christian radio supporting Cross International


Please pray for our efforts this month with a large number of Christian radio stations across the U-S. We are working with several radio stations and programs in extending a helping hand to African orphans. Each gift can provide food, clothing, preventative medical care, school expenses, or meet other basic needs of a child-for an entire year. Click here to learn more


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