I.D.E.S.

Currently: September 2017

Current book The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. I try to read this book once or twice a year. It’s just a wonderful reminder that each of us were created by God for a purpose.

Current blessing Receiving a letter from the boy Jimmy and I sponsor at Niños de Mexico. It makes me heart so incredibly happy to know that he is safe, healthy, has a home, and is learning about God.

Ninos de Mexico sponsorship letter

Current beauty product Yes To Carrots Super Rich Body Butter. It fits my beauty product criteria: natural, smells good, and works great!

Current goal This is a lofty one, but I want to finish the first draft of my book by the end of the year. Can’t believe I’m putting it out there, but I’m hoping it will help me stay accountable.

Current indulgence Watercoloring. I love pulling out my paint and brushes every now and then. This time I was making some simple art to put in a 5×7 frame for our bedroom. I chose the bottom right one.

Abstract watercolor painting

Current drink As always, coffee. Really enjoying the single origin organic Peru beans from Aldi. Also had an iced vanilla latte the other day and it hit. the. spot.

Current craving I want to paint my nails. I just need to find a chunk of time when Mavis is sleeping so I don’t worry about picking her up with wet nails, ha.

Current food Vegetables from our garden! I know we’re nearing the end of the gardening season, so I’m trying to soak up all the garden time I can.

San Marzano, cherry, and purple tomatoes Japanese eggplant, purple tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes, and green beans

Current confession I don’t want summer to end, but at the same time I’m looking forward to fall and the holiday season. I’m planning a fall dinner for Jimmy and I and looking forward a new season of Gold Rush.

Current obsession Anything that has to do with our fur babies. Jimmy and I brought Mavis to her first training class this week and it was so much fun!

Girl cuddling cocker spaniel puppy

Current need Absolutely nothing! Feeling extremely blessed.

Current procrastination Mopping the floors. I’ve Swiffered the living daylights out of them, but I know they need a good old fashioned mopping.

Current excitement My mom bought a truck! She was torn between a few different Chevy models and the Ford F-150. She went with the Ford and told me she is loving it. I can’t wait to take a ride with her!

New 2017 Ruby Red Ford F-150

Current prayer For all the victims of Hurricane Harvey to find comfort, safety, hope, and solace. Watching the news has been heartbreaking. I highly recommend checking out the nonprofit I.D.E.S. if you’re looking to donate.

Current mood Happy. Looking forward to the weekend!

Current question Have you ever had someone tell you that you look like your name should be something other than your real name? I cannot tell you how many people have told me I look like my name should be Daisy. I’ve also gotten Alice, Genevieve, and Luna (apparently I look like Luna Lovegood?), but I get Daisy a lot. So much so that my parents call me Daisy instead of Allie.

Advertisements

Some of my favorite missions

It’s the season of giving, so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite Christian mission organizations. All of the below organizations are supported by my church, and are very near and dear to my heart. I have been personally involved with a few of these wonderful missions for years now, so I’m really excited to share what they’re all about!

Missions

To not make these posts super long, I’ve decided to split them up into a few different posts. Be on the lookout for the second post later this month!

1. Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch

Shiloh

I’ve blogged about Shiloh once before, when I first became involved with this awesome mission. Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch is a non-profit mission that provides Christian homes for abused and neglected children in Kahoka and Clarence, Missouri. The ranch has six sets of “home parents” who live in houses on the ranch and take in children to live with them. Some of the families are big (up to ten children), and have kids from age 0-18, and other families include the home parents’ biological children along with abused children.

The focus of Shiloh is to meet the spiritual, emotional, social, and physical needs of each child they take in. The kids are exposed to a stable family environment, and have the opportunity to take care of farm animals, learn how to cook, and get involved with the local church. There’s also an on-site Christian school at the Kahoka location and everything is absolutely free for the kids taken in at Shiloh.

A few years ago, a representative from Shiloh visited my church and told the congregation about a young, grade school-aged girl they had taken in from a rough living situation. He said that he took her to the dentist for the first time and almost all of her teeth had cavities. They got everything taken care of, and he said the girl was a trooper through all of the dental work, but the story just broke. my. heart. It made me realize that so many people in the U.S. are suffering, and for children to be able to experience the love of Christ at such a young age can really make in impact on their lives.

The youth group from our church went on a trip to visit and serve at Shiloh two summers ago, and the kids from our church made deep bonds with the kids at Shiloh. They still tell stories from their time on the ranch. Each year, our church youth group goes Christmas shopping for the families, and we have a blast picking out gifts that the kids want, but would otherwise never receive. It’s always such a special day. You can read more about how I’m involved with Shiloh in this post. There are a lot of ways to support and become involved with Shiloh, including volunteering, becoming a home parent, and donating needed items or money.

2. International Disaster Emergency Services (I.D.E.S.)

IDES1

I.D.E.S. is a Christian organization that meets the needs of people throughout the world that have experienced some type of disaster situation. I.D.E.S. is based in Noblesville, Indiana, and has been helping people since the 1970s. The amazing thing about I.D.E.S. is that 100% of the money donated to the organization goes directly to helping people in need. This is amazing because, unfortunately, organizations like the Red Cross, use around nine cents of every dollar for administrative fees. This sounds minuscule, but it really adds up. If a company were to donate one million dollars to the Red Cross, $90,000 of it would be used towards administrative fees (you can read an article on that here).

I.D.E.S. has many programs, including mission trips, disaster relief, medical services, hunger relief, youth programs, and more. As an example of some of the work I.D.E.S does, I took a screen shot from its website.

IDES

A lot of I.D.E.S.’ work is abroad, but it also helps here in the U.S., most recently with relief and repair of homes in South Carolina after flooding, fire relief in California, and more. You can read about the work I.D.E.S. is doing here.

3. Ninos De Mexico

Ninos De Mexico

Niños de Mexico is a mission organization in Mexico City, Mexico that is supported by churches and individuals throughout the United States. Mexico City is one of the largest urban areas in the world, and there are hundreds of thousands of “street children” throughout the area. Some of these children have been orphaned, abandoned, and/or abused. Niños de Mexico focuses on showing these children the love of Jesus. This is done by actively sharing in Jesus with the children and people of Mexico through Niños de Mexico’s children’s homes, Christian school, medical outreach, and church plants.

Niños de Mexico operates four children’s homes in the Mexico City area: Casa Génesis, Casa Bethel, Casa Ágape, and Casa Esperanza. Each home is designed to function as a family, with Christian house parents, their kids, and 11-19 children. The homes at Niños are loving and caring places for the children of Mexico to grow and learn the love of Jesus.

Bethel
The fourteen boys who live in Casa Bethel on the east side of Mexico City.

There are quite a few ways to get involved with Niños, and you can check them out here.

What are some of your favorite mission organizations?