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Archive for October, 2011

October 2011 Ministry Update

Happy Fall!

Can you believe that October is already over? I love this time of year, watching all the leaves change to beautiful warm colors. Here in Tennessee, many of the trees turn a bright red or orange. It’s simply stunning to take in a view of the turning trees on the mountains here.

I have exactly 30 days and counting until I leave on my trip for India – I am so excited! It was great to be home a couple of weeks ago and share about these precious girls and God’s heart for them. I am looking forward to another trip home for Thanksgiving and I hope that I get to see many of you back home while I’m there. (more…)

One of Those Moments…

The other day I had one of those moments… the moment when you are ready to pick up your phone to call someone you love only to remember quickly (and painfully) that they are not here anymore.

My friend Theresa called me last week because her car battery had died and she needed a jump in order to get to church. I drove over the park where she was waiting, in the rain no less. We both fumbled with our umbrellas and we lifted the cars’ hoods and I searched through my trunk to find my jumper cables. I had a large umbrella, thankfully, having to practically lay down in my trunk to get to the very back of it where the cables were stored, I could feel my backside getting wet. Fabulous! Seriously, who wants to go to church with a wet rump? (more…)


A friend just shared an article with me about a group of girls in India. Almost 300 girls just participated in a renaming ceremony because they had all be named Nakusa, which means “unwanted”. The article comes from Fox News, and I have posted it below:

October 22, 2011: Girls hold certificates stating their new official names during a renaming ceremony in Satara, India.

MUMBAI, India –  More than 200 Indian girls whose names mean “unwanted” in Hindi have chosen new names for a fresh start in life.

A central Indian district held a renaming ceremony Saturday that it hopes will give the girls new dignity and help fight widespread gender discrimination that gives India a skewed gender ratio, with far more boys than girls.

The 285 girls — wearing their best outfits with barrettes, braids and bows in their hair — lined up to receive certificates with their new names along with small flower bouquets from Satara district officials in Maharashtra state. (more…)

Uses for Vinegar

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I read an article this morning on that gave 20 unusual uses for vinegar. There were a few I had never heard of that I may have to try, such as:

3. Removeunderarm stains
Unsightly sweat stains can really ruin an otherwise beautiful blouse. Ironically, if you use aluminum-based antiperspirants, they’re even more likely to appear, thanks to a reaction between aluminum compounds in these products and salts in your sweat. Spray full-strength white vinegar on the stain before washing, and it will disappear.

6. Deterants
Got trails of tiny ants weaving their way around your home? These annoying insects aren’t big fans of vinegar, so spraying a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water anywhere you have seen them can help encourage them to move out. The vinegar also erases the scent trails that they use to indicate sources of food to their brethren. (more…)

The Nation Has Lost a Good Man

No, I’m not talking about Steve Jobs. Though he was definitely too young and his passing is mourned by many, another man passed away on the same day (October 5) with much less attention that Mr. Jobs. Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth passed away at age 89. He doesn’t sound familiar?  He was one of the driving forces of the Civil Rights Movement right alongside Dr. King. He suffered beatings, countless arrests, and threats to his life for the cause of civil rights. The nation has indeed lost a good man who worked hard to make our country a better place and has now entered the rest of his Savior’s arms. (more…)

Dessert Banquet

If you live in the Fulton area, you are invited to a Dessert Banquet! I will be sharing about my work with Infusion Ministries and my new work with orphans in India. Bring along a friend or two! An RSVP is not required, but appreciated – just email me at or give me a call.

Here is your personal invitation to join me: (more…)

Sponsorship Table

Last weekend, I attended my church’s first adoption conference and got the opportunity to set up some information about STEPS. I spent a lot of time working on getting the display ready during the week leading up to the event.

The girls of STEPS can be sponsored for $30 a month, and we need 10 sponsors per girl to help meet all of their needs. So I made little buckets that hold ten pictures of each of the girls. On the front is their picutre and name, on the back is their birthday and story of how they came to STEPS. Then when someone sponsors one of the girls, they get to take one of the pictures with them. (more…)

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