Hidden With Christ Ministries November/December 2018
Recapturing Tanzania 7 Days of Photos and Video Pages 5-8
IN THIS ISSUE 2
THANKFUL AND BLESSED
DEBORAH'S FIRST BIRTHDAY
RECAPTURING TANZANIA: 7 DAYS OF PHOTOS
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
STEP UP TO THE PERFECT WILL OF GOD
TEN YEARS OF FAITHFULNESS
TOA EDUCATION UPDATE
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I love the Thanksgiving holiday because of all it represents - a time to gather with family and friends and to give thanks for one’s blessings! Looking back on this year, I find much to give thanks for, both personally and in relation to Hidden With Christ Ministries. I am grateful for all that we have seen accomplished with Treasures of Africa Children’s Home. Abandoned babies were rescued and made a part of the Treasures family, older children with nowhere to live made Treasures of Africa their home, and our oldest “treasures” – now in college - made progress toward achieving their dreams. We saw more people utilize the MY EVERYDAY BIBLE APP than ever before and we made progress toward a complete overhaul of the APP that will be launched shortly. We also had the privilege of ministering to hundreds of African pastors in an annual Pastor’s conference in Morogoro, Tanzania. We are deeply grateful for the generosity of donors that enabled this ministry to undertake the most practical of tasks from feeding orphaned children to remodeling an aging kitchen in the orphanage. The photo below shows the new kitchen project at Treasures of Africa Children’s Home with its newly tiled floor, new kitchen counters and brand-new cabinets. We are so grateful to all who have given so generously to help us this year. My prayer is that you will experience God’s richest blessings as you remember and give thanks for all that God has done for you in 2018. Happy Thanksgiving!
As we celebrated Deborah’s 1st birthday, I was brought back to the day she arrived at Treasures and marveled at what a difference God had brought about in one year. She had been found abandoned, lying in the dirt, only minutes old, in the pre-dawn darkness by rural villagers who had heard the birthing screams of the mother. Within a matter of a few hours, she was brought by the Welfare officials to Treasures of Africa. She is the very first sweet treasure I held in my arms on the actual day of her birth. God’s loving hand brought her to us on the very day she was born and I will never forget what I felt from the Lord in that moment. The beauty of His presence and His Father’s heart that loves, protects and cares for His children was overwhelming. I knew it was His hand that had brought her into this world. It was God that had kept her alive, watched over her and had given her to us. It is because of God’s hand and His power that we are celebrating her life and now enjoying her as part of our family here. The Lord spoke so many things to my heart the day I first held her in my arms about her life and her future. And, as He spoke them to my heart I declared them and prayed them over her. I spoke to her about how greatly she is loved and of the great things the Lord has in store for her. And of how she would grow up strong in His love and in Him. He gave me the name, Deborah, and spoke to my heart of how she will be like Deborah of the Bible. A woman of great courage and strength who is sensitive to His guidance and to His voice. As we have watched her grow this first year of her life, we have already seen the fruit of what the Lord had us pray and declare over her. It truly has been amazing! Deborah is so beautiful, smart and so full of life already. She has a great personality and is playful and loves to smile. She began using her voice at a very early age making her own unique sounds and trying to form them into words. She also began pulling herself up and then walking long before most of our children. There is something so very unique and special about Deborah. It doesn’t take long before one is aware of it. Our hearts are full of thanksgiving and praise for all He is has done, all He is doing, and all that is yet to come. Thank you so much for being a part of celebrating her life which is such a beautiful and precious gift from above!
Deborah examines her first birthday cake
One Year Old Deborah
by Andy Langeland
HWCM Media Director
This month I was able to travel to Tanzania for the first time in three years to once again photograph and shoot video on behalf of Treasures of Africa Children’s Home. Our daily lives here in Orange County are quite busy with the usual responsibilities of family life and raising three daughters. This three-year period had been the longest stretch of time without overseas travel for me in the 20 years since my first trip to Ukraine on a high school missions trip. Despite my more recent acclimatization to domestic exploration (we take road trips in our 80’s camper van at every opportunity) it was great to get back to doing what feels second nature for me - packing a bag full of camera gear and getting on an airplane. I was blessed with the rare opportunity to travel with both my parents (Dave and Rita Langeland) on this trip to Tanzania. The orphanage is running at an optimized efficiency and the accomplishments at Treasures of Africa never cease to amaze me. Having worked with orphans in Ukraine myself, I understand many of the ups and downs of this type of ministry and the vast cultural divide alone makes me appreciate the achievements at Treasures of Africa Children's Home all the more. Though I am well aware of how quickly kids “grow up,” my oldest is already nine years old, I was struck by how certain kids at TOA seemed to have time-warped to being young-adults, and little preschoolers have become strong, capable elementary school students now easily speaking English. Then there are the former high schoolers who are now young adults pursuing their academic goals in college. And of course, it was so fun to meet the sweet little babies and toddlers who have been rescued in the time since my last visit. They are so adorable, with smiles and bright eyes that show no hint of their heart-wrenching stories of abandonment.
Though I was in country specifically to update photos of the children and young adults and record video footage for new promotional material, several thoughts stood out to me more than ever on this trip. One thing that is so striking in Tanzania is the gap between those who can go on to high school and those who cannot. In the United States, if a young person works diligently in a school setting, they have a legitimate chance to move on to some form of higher education. If one achieves and maintains good scores through high school, such a student can go on to some college or trade school path. It might not be an Ivy League school and loans might be necessary, but a myriad of options are available to those who are diligent academically and many inspirational stories can be found of those who through determined effort, “studied” their way out of impoverished situations. However, in Tanzania, the delineation between the future “haves and have-nots” is defined by one simple test. The government guarantees up to a seventh-grade level education. In order to advance beyond that, a student needs to pass an English proficiency exam. Seems simple enough, except for the fact that children in government schools are taught in Swahili. English is just one academic class offered in the government school. Only those who can pass the aforementioned English proficiency test can unlock the door to high school and beyond. This is the reason that Treasures of Africa has fought hard to place all of its students in private schools. Tanzanian children in private schools are taught entirely in English and are prepared to enter high school and college where English proficiency is a requirement. (con't.)
The vast majority of Tanzanian young people who are not able to continue on to high school end up working in the most menial of manual labor jobs you could imagine. Any visitor passing by on the streets in Tanzania can observe these common examples young men pushing heavy carts or bicyclists pedaling large loads, women selling bananas from the baskets carried on their heads or selling roasted corn from roadside grills, men selling chopped sugar cane or hawking fish, all for the equivalent of mere pennies. If their goods or services are not purchased that day, they will go home with nothing monetary to show for their very long dayâ€™s work and most likely be unable to purchase basic necessities for their families. In the villages, the level of sustenance living for the uneducated is even more extreme. From day to day, going hungry is a very real possibility. Fortunately for the young people at Treasures of Africa - their education is a top priority and largely made possible by monthly sponsors. Private schools in Tanzania are by no means extravagant or luxurious. In fact, the accommodations are spartan at best, but the education offered is superior to the overcrowded government schools. Though financially costly, private education is the very real stepping stone to a brighter future in East Africa and the dreams that each of the kids at TOA long to accomplish.
This leads me to the second recurring theme floating through my mind on this trip. The older TOA “kids,” who are now young adults, are all studying in a variety of colleges. The leaders at Hidden With Christ Ministries have been preaching this plan of action for years now, and I have made videos over the past years speaking of the TOA kids’ individual academic goals. The amazing thing is that it is truly happening!! Irene, who dreams of being a lawyer is actually studying law, Benny who dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon is about to begin his pre-med studies. Catherine, who dreams of becoming a news reporter is studying at the Arusha College of Journalism. Antoni, who despite intense learning challenges, dreamed of becoming an electrician and mechanic, is now the star pupil in his third year at his trade school – Hai Institute of Technology - and the list can go on.
L to R - Deborah, Christina and Esther
Anecdotally, this is heart-warming. But statistically speaking, this is unheard of!!! Every young person of age at Treasures has gone on to a college level education. The statistical probability of this among orphans in any country is NIL! Even in the U.S.A., the percentage of children coming out of the foster care system who make it into college is disturbingly low, with some sources reporting the number at only 10% (with actual graduation rates even lower). TOA’s accomplishment is astounding, and should be hugely encouraging to every person who has supported Treasures of Africa over the years. This will be the message of the video projects I am currently working on: the goal of TOA is not short-term, mass humanitarian aid, but a laser-like focus on changing the individual lives of orphans for the long term. And as time goes on, I truly believe we will be writing about the impact these “kids” have made on the course of history in the nation of Tanzania.
Joel and Shadrak
All I Want For Christmas By Rita Langeland HWCM Executive Director
Christmas is coming in just a few short weeks. At Treasures of Africa Children’s Home, we don’t have the elaborate Christmas celebrations common in America, but what we do share is always meaningful and fun for the children and they certainly look forward to it! It all begins on Christmas Eve when the Treasures children receive new pajamas and gather at the Mission House to watch “The Nativity” movie, sip hot cocoa and eat special Christmas cookies and popcorn. Then, the moment they have been waiting for arrives…they are allowed (one by one) to climb the staircase where the Christmas stockings are hung to search for the stocking with their name on it. The giggles during the stocking search are priceless! Last year was 4-year-old Hamidu’s first Christmas with us. He loved every minute of it as it was his first experience of the holiday since his family did not celebrate Christmas. This year, we have 5 children who will be experiencing their first Christmas with us and we know it will bless them so much!! On Christmas morning, everyone goes to church dressed up in their new Christmas clothes. When they arrive home after church, they are full of anticipation because it is the time when each child receives a personal Christmas gift. Then the children and staff share a traditional Tanzanian Christmas Feast which often includes a roasted goat! Each year we try to buy a group gift for the orphanage when possible. If you personally asked me what I want for Christmas this year…my response would be…
All I want for Christmas… is a Teeter Totter for the younger children and a Ping Pong Table for the older kids at Treasures of Africa! If you would like to contribute to the TOA Christmas Fund – we will use the donations to purchase these large group gift items and if more than enough is received, we will add an additional piece of playground equipment. There is a charitable organization that we found in the city of Arusha that fabricates very durable playground equipment and gives jobs to young adult orphans to learn that trade. We plan to order both items from this organization. The Teeter Totter is a heavy-duty model designed for schools and the cost is $750. (see photo below) The ping pong table we want is designed for outdoors and has a concrete base and top and should last for years! You can donate online at www.treasuresofafrica.org/make-a-donation and choose “Christmas Fund” from the drop down menu under “Select Campaign.” Or just send a check to our office address at P.O. Box 3267 Tustin, CA 92781 Thank you for your love and generosity toward Treasures of Africa Children’s Home. We wish you a wonderfully blessed Christmas season!
Have you ever expressed the desire to be in the perfect will of God? Perhaps you have asked the question, “What is my future?” Knowing the perfect will of God is not “future telling.” It is obedience. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test (try out) and approve (see the goodness of) what God’s will is—his Good, Acceptable, and Perfect will. Romans 12:2 According to this scripture, your thinking must be “renewed” not rearranged. When something is renewed, the old attachments are removed. When you renew your membership in an organization, your old dues no longer apply. You are assessed new dues. When you renew your driver’s license, the old information no longer applies. The date is new, the expiration date is new, the current address is new, and your age is new. The pattern of this world is “Me first.” Satan is a “Me first” character who wants you to think and behave like him. “Do whatever it takes to get my way.” The renewed mind is “God first.” God is first in my loving, thinking, and doing. Only when you no longer apply the “Me First” mindset can you see and operate in “The Good, Acceptable, and Perfect will of God.” These are levels of operation. The “Good Will” is what God bestows on everybody without prejudice. The sun rises, the rain falls, the crops grow for you, regardless of whether you worship God or not.
Gravity works for the prisoner, the pauper, and the privileged. We all benefit from God’s goodness. The “Acceptable Will” is within the boundaries God has set such as the Ten Commandments, loving God, loving self, and loving others. When you choose to live according to God’s standards, you also benefit from the blessings that come with the “Acceptable Will.” You can stay in the Acceptable Will through Jesus Christ who forgives your sin through repentance and forgiveness. He will hear your prayers, provide for you, and heal you. You will be able to hear His voice and His Holy Spirit will be your companion. Blessings can flow to and through you. The “Perfect Will” is the particular destiny God has for YOU at a certain place and a certain time in history. The Perfect Will is the place of fulfillment and joy. You may be a doctor to whom God will give the secrets to developing a cure for a Parkinson’s disease - but if you choose not to do the research, you will not be in His perfect will and the destiny God intended for you will be unfulfilled. God’s “Perfect Will” for you will progress in stages. Being educated, gaining experience, then applying all this to further God’s Kingdom purpose requires your cooperation. You may first work as a farm hand learning how a farm is run. You then study agriculture by observation and through technology. As you observe the farm and listen to God, He will give ideas on how to produce better food sources. You will help other farmers and reach into countries that are struggling to feed their population. In the whole process, you will be sharing the Kingdom of God. I believe that the “mom season” of my life was to be the best mom for my children - not the “Best Mom in the World.” That would be impossible and not God’s perfect will for me. My job was to raise my children to be responsible adults in the Lord. As long as I was faithful to that calling during those years, I was in His perfect will. When my children became independent adults, my “perfect will” assignment changed to becoming a mentor to young moms raising their children. If you are living and breathing on this planet, you are in God’s Good Will where the sun rises, gravity works, and you don’t have to do anything to make it happen. To be in His Acceptable Will you must make choices to live God’s way according to His Word. Jesus constantly restores us to the Acceptable Will when we repent and forgive. This is grace and mercy in action - not performance. The next level of the Perfect Will requires obedience and faithfulness knowing that whatever he ordains, he will sustain. __________________________________________________________________ Marcia Vogl is the founder of Bethany Projects and has partnered with Hidden With Christ Ministries to bring a vital ministry of personal prayer ministry, teaching, and mentoring to the Body of Christ. Marcia has been involved in personal prayer ministry since 1992. She holds a BA, and an MS in music education, and has trained at Elijah House. She has completed a Masters and a Doctorate of Practical Ministry at Wagner Leadership Institute. She is the author of “The Path Forward” a Christian mentoring handbook designed to help individuals walk according to Biblical principles and is available at your local bookstore or through Amazon. Check out her website at www.bethanyprojects.org.
Ten years is a long time to some, not so many to others, but ten years has been literally life changing for all of us at Treasures of Africa Children’s Home. We usually write about the kids and the amazing things God has done in and for them but today some of the original unsung heroes will get their due. I am referring to the incredibly faithful Tanzanian staff members God has sent to bless our home. Without them, this ministry to the less fortunate would be impossible. Anna and Juliana were two of the original staff members who were both hired on the same day - March 16, 2007 - just days before our first children arrived. They were honored with their 10-year anniversary celebration last year as Treasures of Africa Children’s Home officially opened in 2007. Nurse Elizabeth, who was hired on June 19, 2008 and our security guard, John, who started work on September 13, 2008, just celebrated their 10-year anniversaries at our last all staff meeting in October of this year where they were honored for their commitment and faithfulness. Many staff members have come and gone since our formative years for various reasons, but this core group along with some other longstanding employees with upcoming 10-year anniversaries, have literally been a bedrock to the children, other staff members and TOA management. Employment faithfulness including coming Julianna to work on time, being honest with what’s in front of you and treating your fellow staff members with respect is not a common commodity in Moshi. It’s taken a lot of training over the years to change mind sets and instill certain values with our staff at large but these four have really been the exception and a blessing in how they handle themselves and respond to changes and new directives. Anna
When Anna was first hired as a caregiver, she was a widow with three daughters living on her own and struggling desperately to take good care of her kids. She has turned into one of our fiercest prayer warriors and really has a heart for all of our children that’s easily seen as she loves on them daily. She met and fell in love with Eliya who was one of
our guards at the time and has since married and had another child. Anna and Eliya are currently the TOA house parents and live at Treasures of Africa with their six-year-old son, Ebenezer. Eliya has become one of our most trusted drivers and is always ready in case of an emergency. Their older girls are a blessing when they’re home with us during boarding school holidays. Juliana was also hired as a caregiver and married a few years after joining us. She now has two children of her own and loves our kids with a true motherly love that’s beautiful to see in action. She’s been helping with the weekly fruit and vegetable shopping on Tuesdays for a while now and has always been one of our most trusted staff members. She has this constant soothing presence about her that makes the kids feel safe and secure even in the midst of a little turmoil that inevitably breaks out every so often due to having 33 kids under one roof. I’ve really come to appreciate the calming influence she has on everyone in her immediate surroundings. Nurse Elizabeth showed immediate promise when she joined us in 2008, and she was quickly taken on as an apprentice by Nurse Jodie Schooley (now Jodie Polk) – hence the title Nurse Elizabeth. She has continued to take various classes and seminars on her own to increase her medical acumen and has been invaluable over the years documenting and facilitating all of the medical needs and procedures undertaken for the children. She has made herself into one of our most “go to” employees and fills a double roll as Caregiver and Nurse. She is also the Caregiver Department Head and does a marvelous job at communicating and coordinating. John has without a doubt been one of our most faithful guards for over the last 10 years. He’ll do whatever is Nurse Elizabeth asked of him even if it means taking a few night shifts to cover a vacation, fill in at one of our other sites in an emergency or stay after his shift ends if the need arises. He’s had the coveted day shift schedule for as long as I can remember and keeps a very watchful eye on any working visitors that come onto the grounds. From the trash collectors to the meat delivery guys to the Electric Company emergency crew (who are around more than we’d like) to the plumbers and other workmen – he scrutinizes them all and has saved quite a few of our tools from leaving the premises. The proverbial employer’s gift of a watch in the U.S. has definitely John lost its luster in many respects, but a beautiful Seiko solar powered watch purchased in America is worth its weight in gold shining from the wrist of a Tanzanian worker walking down the street under the majestic view of Mount Kilimanjaro. The four watches we’ve awarded so far have been met with shrieks of excitement and serve both as an incentive and an acknowledgement of hard work and honest dealings. We appreciate our staff so much and we’re so blessed to honor these four as they’ve honored us with their time and commitment to Treasures of Africa Children’s Home.
Education is a big emphasis at Treasures of Africa and as a result we have students in a number of schools dependent upon their personal needs and interests. We are so grateful to all of our donors who help make it possible for us to invest in the future of each of the TOA children. Here is a brief update on a few of our students. Awadhi Awadhi is deaf and has been attending Mwanga School for the Deaf for five years. He is doing well, learning sign language as well as all of the traditional subjects taught in Primary School in Tanzania. It took some adjustment for him to settle in at the boarding school but he now seems genuinely happy and content there. The Headmaster, teachers and the school Matron (who oversees the living situation) are compassionate people and the students appear to be well cared for each time we â€œpop inâ€? to visit the school. This school is operated by the Lutheran Church of Tanzania and has an excellent reputation. The curriculum is designed to enable the deaf students to be prepared to enter Secondary School or a Vocational School when they complete this program.
Antoni Antoni just started his third year at Hai Institute of Technology. He has studied Auto Mechanics and Electrical wiring. He is 16 years of age. He has so excelled and demonstrated incredible aptitude that he has become the “darling” of the school. He is so trusted by the administration that they gave him his own room and workshop and he has keys to the tool rooms so that he can utilize equipment when he is working on projects. The owner of the school also chose him to take a course in Computer Aided Draft Design and Architectural Design because of the initiative and high aptitude he has demonstrated. In his free-time he is continually creating and designing things which amaze his teachers. Witness Witness just graduated from Joyland Girls Secondary School. This is a private girl’s school which has an excellent academic reputation. In Tanzania, every Secondary School student must take a National Examination at the end of Secondary School. The scores on this test determine whether a student will be able to attend Advanced Secondary School, college or University. Witness will be taking this exam at the end of November. She hopes to score well and be able to continue with Advanced Secondary School. She wants to study Business. Innocent Innocent is a student at Mweka College of Wildlife Management. This school is located just outside of the town of Moshi, on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This school is well respected for its specialty in Wildlife Conservation and has students from multiple countries across the continent of Africa. It has a beautiful campus and is supported by the internationally recognized World Wildlife Fund. Innocent hopes to become a Wildlife Ranger when he completes his training. HeleNA Helena is currently a student at Saint Luke Foundation Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy. This school is located in the town of Moshi adjacent to the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, the largest hospital in the Kilimanjaro Region. She completed her first year and earned a Pharmacy Technician Certificate. She is currently enrolled in a two-year Pharmacy Diploma program. Initially, Helena enrolled in the Pharmacy course as a pre-requisite to a nursing program. But she has done very well and enjoyed her studies so much that she is considering continuing on to become a pharmacist. Time will tell!
You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to recognize that spoken words are powerful, though the subject can be studied in depth from Genesis to Revelation. But the reality is that simple human observation can uncover this important truth. For example, you can undoubtedly remember certain words that were directed at you that impacted your life, for good or for bad. Consider the child who struggled in school and was best known for his fistfights in the classroom with fellow students. When his teacher declared in frustration, “Tommy, you’re going to end up in prison just like your father, if you don’t change your ways…” All the child heard and remembered was, “…you’re going to end up in prison…” Spoken words (especially from authority figures) are powerful. I have observed many people speak negatively with the hope of getting a positive result. This is common among parents who are trying to “motivate” their children to change their behavior. I recently witnessed a mother who was trying to convince her child to leave a place that the child wanted to stay. After multiple attempts to cajole the child without any result, the mother resorted to saying, “Alright, then I am just going to leave you here,” and stormed off in the hope that walking away would change the child’s behavior. Instead of getting the result she wanted, the mother induced fear of abandonment in the young child, who burst into sobs at the idea of being left behind. The mother returned, picked the child up and carried her to the car. Had the mother done that after the first refusal to obey, she never would have needed to resort to the threat of abandonment. We must be very wise about how we speak to our children (especially in moments of frustration) because our words can do emotional and long-term relational damage! The Bible teaches that words can be used to speak life or to speak death, to bless or to curse. Deuteronomy 30:19 exhorts us to choose the wiser option: I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live…Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV) The implied truth in this verse is that there is a direct relationship between our words and the quality of our lives and the lives of our children. If we choose to speak life and blessing, both ourselves and our descendants will “live.” We need to learn how to speak a blessing over ourselves and our children. Maybe you have never had anyone speak blessing over your life and therefore don’t know how to do so with your own children. This is true of many people who were raised in homes where the parents were not believers. Others may have been raised by Christian parents who did not understand the power of this profound truth. Don’t be discouraged, you and your children can receive the blessing God intended for you by simply believing the Word of God.
There is a specific passage of scripture that gives us the exact words of blessing that God Himself wants you to speak and to experience. It is found in Numbers 6:22-26. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”’ This passage of scripture is often referred to as the “Priestly Blessing” because God had his High Priest, Aaron, speak these words over the children of Israel. Some may argue that it does not apply to us as New Testament Christians, and only belongs to the children of Israel. But allow me to remind you of the New Testament promise that was written by the Apostle Paul (who was called the Apostle to the Gentiles) in the third chapter of the book of Galatians: And if you belong to Christ [are in Him Who is Abraham’s Seed], then you are Abraham’s offspring and [spiritual] heirs according to promise. Galatians 3:29 (AMP) So as a spiritual heir of Abraham - this powerful promise of blessing found in the sixth chapter of Numbers belongs to you! And we are also part of the “royal priesthood” mentioned in 1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; As part of this “royal priesthood” you have the right to pronounce the “priestly blessing” over your family. I strongly encourage you to take the words of Numbers 6:24-26 and declare them over your children each night. Imagine how powerful it would be for a father to tuck his children in each night and speak the words, “The Lord bless you and keep you, and the Lord make His face shine upon you…” What an impact there would be on hearts and minds if those blessings were the last words heard by your children each night. It would change everything! If you are a single mother or a widow, you stand as the spiritual authority in your home because you have leadership authority under Christ Jesus, who is our High Priest according to Hebrews 3:1 …consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus… Now take a look at this powerful blessing from Numbers chapter 6 as it is written in the Amplified Bible and observe the rich meaning of this blessing: The Lord bless you, and keep you [protect you, sustain you, and guard you]; The Lord make His face shine upon you [with favor], And be gracious to you [surrounding you with lovingkindness]; The Lord lift up His countenance (face) upon you [with divine approval], And give you peace [a tranquil heart and life].’ Can you see the comprehensive coverage this blessing provides? It speaks of supernatural protection, provision, favor, mercy, grace, lovingkindness, divine approval and peace (freedom from fear and anxiety). I encourage you to take this powerful blessing and speak it over yourself, your spouse and your children. It is the only prayer of blessing found in the Bible that was written by God Himself and He gave this explicit instruction… This is the way you shall bless the children… Say to them… The Lord bless you, and keep you… And since God wrote it – you can be assured that it will come to pass!
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A Magazine dedicated to sharing the international work of Hidden With Christ Ministries and its orphanage in Tanzania - Treasures of Africa...
Published on Nov 10, 2018
A Magazine dedicated to sharing the international work of Hidden With Christ Ministries and its orphanage in Tanzania - Treasures of Africa...