Saturday, June 23, 2012

T-shirts for sale!

I am selling shirts to raise money for my mission trip to Uganda. If you would like one please send me an email (risserad@gmail.com) with the size you would like and your contact information.  $15 each. I will be taking pre-orders only. Deadline to order a shirt will be July 8. (If you live outside of the Tifton, Ga. or Harrisonburg/Broadway, Va. area I can send shirts to you with a small shipping fee to cover the postage.)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

BundiNutrition


Synopsis

This fund was created to address some of the nutritional needs of Bundibugyo, Uganda. Situated near the shared border of the Democratic Republic of Congo, it is a place of turbulence, disease, social disorder, and death. Over the years, World Harvest Missionaries have been providing nutritional assistance to the community in various ways. During wartime, there were food distributions. After the war, seeds and hoes were distributed to assist people in rebuilding of their lives. In the past few years, WHM, in conjunction with World Food Program, has been able to supply HIV affected families, malnourished children and motherless infants with food and milk. The Matiti (Milk) Project was also used as a way for milk to be sustainably supplied within the villages, through breeding of dairy goats.

The BundiNutrition Fund is currently used to run the following projects:

Supplemental Milk Supply

WHM in conjunction with the local health center provides milk for special cases. Some children are hospitalized due to their poor nutritional status. (Kwashiorkor/Marasmus). Special milk-based feeds along with medical care are used to revitalize them. Motherless infants under one year are provided with boxed milk (Ultra-Heat Treated) or formula. Some aunts or grandmothers are willing to act as a wet nurse for a child. WHM provides a small food stipend for them. This complements their meager food intake and facilitates relactation and a good milk supply.

Nutrition Education and Feeding Program

This program is for those moderately malnourished children. We will give them a weekly supplement of ground groundnuts (similar to peanuts) mixed with moringa leaves (good source of protein and vitamins) and soy flour that the parents can mix into the child's food to add protein. These food are locally available. A large part of the program will be education, as we want to teach people (and ultimately the community), about good nutrition, proper hygiene, and how to treat common illnesses like diarrhea. We will also be incorporating some Bible teaching into our lessons.

Quick Facts:

· $1/day buys milk or baby formula to ensure the survival of a baby whose mother dies in the first few months of his life.

· $15 buys enough milk to resuscitate a severely malnourished child.

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I mailed many of my support letters out to family/friends before I found this synopsis of the program. I figured this provides a better description of the needs of the children in Bundibugyo. Below I have posted the link for financial contributions online via credit/debit cards.

http://www.whm.org/give/give-to-a-missionary
(you can find my photo on page 9, or just search "Risser")

OR mail a check to:

 World Harvest Mission
 Donations Processing Center
 P.O. Box 1244 
 Albert Lea, MN 56007-1244

**If writing a check make them payable to World Harvest Mission, and place my designation number on the bottom left line #26039



Saturday, June 9, 2012

Invitation

Pray. Seek. Step.  This is my definition of how we are to live our lives... We pray. We pray about everything. We pray about what God's plans are for us, and how we can be faithful in doing his will and pursuing his purpose for us. We pray for our loved ones, our neighbors, or coworkers, and our enemies. We pray for direction and clarity.  We pray constantly. We pray, and we seek...  We pray hard, and we seek Christ. We seek to know Christ more deeply. We seek him, that he may become the center of our lives. That we may surrender daily to his pan and his will in our lives...And then we step.  We step in faith. We step with assurance because we have prayed and sought Christ, and know that he is guiding our steps. We step one foot at a time. And we see God working, and moving, and we hear him speaking to our hearts. And through all of this our faith becomes strengthened, and our hearts become more fully dependent on Christ, and our desire becomes stronger to abandon everything for the sake of Christ... so we continue to pray. seek. step. pray. seek. step.  


I am preparing to move to Bundibugyo, Uganda in September and have been trying to get all the necessary things taken care of before I depart. It is not a small task to conquer, but thankfully I am surrounded with many people who are partnering with me on this endeavor.  My prayer is that my blog may be an example of how to live with audacious faith (check out the book Sun Stand Still if you're curious about "audacious faith"), and also that it may keep record of the many encounters of God's faithfulness and unending love.  I invite you to follow my journey over the next several months and years to come.



"I pray that Christ will live in your hearts by faith and that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. And I pray that you and all God's holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ's love—how wide and how long and how high and how deep that love is. Christ's love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with the fullness of God. With God's power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine."
    
Ephesians 3:17-20