One Life Can Make a Huge Difference

If what I’m about to share with you breeds any guilt in your heart that you are not doing something similar, then stop reading immediately and go on with your day. There is nothing that guilt would lead you to do that would have any value whatsoever in his kingdom or his work in your life. Fair enough? Please hear in these emails the complete joy these people are finding in what Father has invited them into. If you don’t know what that means for the moment, keep leaning into his love. He’ll show you when the time is right and the opportunity is present.

But if these stories inspire you like the did me to realize how much a simple individual can accomplish that merely responds to the nudging of the Spirit in their heart, then run with that as far as his Spirit might carry you!

Street Kids in Mongolia:

I have listened to you guys on The God Journey for a couple of years and always wondered when I would contact you, here goes. I have been in the US Navy for nearly 20 years and just came off my last deployment. I have suffered through some PTSD. We came to the Lord 12 years ago. Five Years ago, the Lord gave my wife and I James 1:27. This verse came to life and He truly gave it to us to give away. We started taking out the widows trash next door, feeding the homeless and even adopted two children from Mongolia. Three years ago, God laid on our hearts the need of all the children that were left behind in Mongolia, so we acted. We started by sponsoring children from one orphanage. 21 kids the first year. As we speak, my wife and 13 year old daughter are on our third journey with over 60 children sponsored, 4 orphanages visited and blessed, plus multiple street children loved, clothed, fed and connected. When God put Mongolia on our heart we would have never seen ourselves riding this humbling and amazing wave.  This latest trip allowed Stacy to love on street kids and meet with the First Lady of Mongolia. To see so many barriers fall and doors open all because the “crazy round eyes” keep coming back.  We received a letter from the government thanking us for being the first adoptive family to ever come back and love on those left behind. This is the heart that God gave us so many years ago we thank you for sharing a snapshot of what we are blessed to be a part of. I would love for you to read the post on her blog from 30 November 2010. Your willingness to be two goof balls loving on the rest of us goof balls, has directly attributed to our drive to just go. To go 13,000 miles to below freezing temperatures and watch God fund nearly every dime and my wife get paid for the week on top of it. I mostly wanted to share this story on the blog. It is simply a story of LOVE. Thanks Guys, see you out there loving on people.

Dolls for Orphans:

(Note: This started over the weekend as a little Facebook phenomenon. Faith is a fifteen-year-old girl that I first met over 10 years ago staying in her parents’ home. She wanted to do something to help raise money to move the orphanage in Kenya out of the slums and onto a safer locale. She started making these dolls and wanted to sell them for $20.00 each and she is donating all the proceeds to the orphans in Kenya. I watched as people started ordering dolls, and then some wanted to pay for a few dolls and donate the dolls as toys for the children in Kenya as well. Soon she was overwhelmed with orders. Here are some of her thoughts as we have discussed this together:)

“Hello Wayne, I just wanted to talk to you about some of the Orphan Dolls I sold. Yesterday I sold four on the internet and today I sold 17 at the salon, and my grandma wants two! We added the numbers up and it was $765 dollars and Uncle Kent said someone was matching everything we make, so it’s really $1,530! One of Uncle Kent’s clients already said she would pay to ship the dolls out for us. I was really excited, so I though I’d tell you. Faith”

How cool is that? Her orphan dolls are all hand-made. Each doll costs $20 dollars and 100% of the profits go to Orphans in Africa. I’d put a link here so you could order some if you want, but she wrote me this yesterday, “Hold off for a little while on the blog post! My mother and I need to get some more made for this Sunday, because there’s a big Christmas party on Sunday at the salon and we’re going to sell some, and I have a few orders to fill. But I’ll let you know when we’re ready because we want to sell as many as possible!”

So right now Faith is doing all she can. If she needs more orders up the road, I’ll let you know here.

It is so much fun to watch people work alongside Jesus when he has put a vision and a passion in their heart. I was deeply touched by both of these stories. Too many times I hear that we need to have large organizations to make an impact in the world. The reality is any one can have a profound impact on the world by simply following what God puts on their heart. So cool!

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  1. Awesome Stuff Wayne December 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    So inspiring to see what Father is doing when people simply follow the nudge in their hearts that is simply Father LOVING people through them…

    Have an Amazing Day Wayne 🙂
    Chris T Atkinson

  2. Kelly December 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Wayne – hubby and I are at an intersection in our lives. Retirement is coming early because of his health so we are asking Father what He desires for the rest of our lives. Don’t have an answer yet but we know He is leading us to pray for that place of His delight and pleasure. Have a feeling it will be nothing like what we had imagined. Who knows, another Mongolia orphans/dolls for Kenya/??? My heart resonates with what these folks are doing in response to His love. Thanks for the post!

  3. Captain Quaker December 8, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I love these stories of how a single individual really can change the world provided that they are walking with Jesus. I was especially touched by the story of the Mongolian orphans as the people of Mongolia have been on my heart for many years. Thanks for sharing these stories.

  4. Dixie Diamanti December 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Never should these heart felt stories bring guilt to any of us….let it be inspiration to the body to know how far reaching a small act of kindness can really be…..and to once again prove that all we have to be is willing to be used and we can change lives, one life at a time!! He is only looking for willing hearts that He can use. Thanks for sharing Wayne!!

  5. Jeremy Myers December 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Wayne,
    My wife and I were just talking about this last night, how it seems that some of what we do is motivated by guilt, or like we’re “not doing enough” for hungry and orphaned children around the world. We’re still trying to figure out the right “balance” between living selfishly and living self-sacrificially within the will of God. The last line of your first paragraph gave me hope that there is an answer out there.

    Thank you.

  6. Awesome Stuff Wayne December 8, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    So inspiring to see what Father is doing when people simply follow the nudge in their hearts that is simply Father LOVING people through them…

    Have an Amazing Day Wayne 🙂
    Chris T Atkinson

  7. Kelly December 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Wayne – hubby and I are at an intersection in our lives. Retirement is coming early because of his health so we are asking Father what He desires for the rest of our lives. Don’t have an answer yet but we know He is leading us to pray for that place of His delight and pleasure. Have a feeling it will be nothing like what we had imagined. Who knows, another Mongolia orphans/dolls for Kenya/??? My heart resonates with what these folks are doing in response to His love. Thanks for the post!

  8. Captain Quaker December 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I love these stories of how a single individual really can change the world provided that they are walking with Jesus. I was especially touched by the story of the Mongolian orphans as the people of Mongolia have been on my heart for many years. Thanks for sharing these stories.

  9. Dixie Diamanti December 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Never should these heart felt stories bring guilt to any of us….let it be inspiration to the body to know how far reaching a small act of kindness can really be…..and to once again prove that all we have to be is willing to be used and we can change lives, one life at a time!! He is only looking for willing hearts that He can use. Thanks for sharing Wayne!!

  10. Jeremy Myers December 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Wayne,
    My wife and I were just talking about this last night, how it seems that some of what we do is motivated by guilt, or like we’re “not doing enough” for hungry and orphaned children around the world. We’re still trying to figure out the right “balance” between living selfishly and living self-sacrificially within the will of God. The last line of your first paragraph gave me hope that there is an answer out there.

    Thank you.

  11. Brandi December 19, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Wayne,
    I want to know how to get these dolls…can i still get some??

  12. Brandi December 20, 2010 at 2:30 am

    Wayne,
    I want to know how to get these dolls…can i still get some??

  13. Wayne December 20, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Brandi, you can now: http://www.etsy.com/shop/faithelizabeth2?ref=seller_info

    Faith has sold over 100 of these now and has raised over $2,000.00 for the orphanage. Pretty amazing!

  14. Wayne December 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Brandi, you can now: http://www.etsy.com/shop/faithelizabeth2?ref=seller_info

    Faith has sold over 100 of these now and has raised over $2,000.00 for the orphanage. Pretty amazing!

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