This is Moses. Today, he’s a forty-seven-year-old successful farmer and father of four living in Uganda.
However, five years ago, Moses’s life was very different. Like many people who live in the plush green hills of Central Uganda, Moses lived in poverty, which means, he couldn’t provide food for his family, regular medical check-ups, or afford for his children to get an education.

In 2006, somebody in the United States began sponsoring Moses’s second-to-youngest daughter through World Vision’s child sponsorship program. Grateful for the help, Moses decided that it was time for a change. A farmer, Moses sat down and wrote for the first time a five-year vision statement for his farm.
In addition to his mission statement, Moses also wrote out a plan/strategy to achieve his goals.
 
With World Vision’s help… just 14 months shy of March 7, 2011, Moses is well on his way to out performing his goals.
Smiling proudly and clearly excited we were there, Moses asked if we wanted a tour of his now 11-acre farm.
 
“That’s my Momma,” said Moses as we walked toward his fields. She smiled when he said that.
Before showing us his crops, Moses allowed us a peek at the newest edition to his farm: 50 laying hens. “Only had ‘em four days,” he said, “No eggs yet, but they’ll come.”
Moses’s eldest daughter smiling for me. She was washing her hands after snapping/cutting beans.
The first few steps into Moses’s field, a wealth of life.
Coffee beans. “The red ones are ready to harvest,” Moses tells us.
Jackfruit, a well-known and well-loved crop in Eastern Africa.
Bananas.
One of Moses’s nephews working in the field. In Uganda, it’s not uncommon for families to live close by so they can help and take care of each other.
World Vision gave Moses a cow in 2006. However, the cow died in 2007. “But I managed to buy me another one,” Moses says, smiling.
Everywhere I looked I saw signs of life… 
 
 
 
Signs of hard work… 
 
Signs of hope…
For Moses, a child sponsorship from World Vision wasn’t simply a handout, it offered him and his family a new way to live.
A new beginning.
By America’s standards, Moses is still poor, still living in poverty. But don’t say that to him.
As far as he’s concerned, he’s one of the richest men on earth, living the “American dream.”
And I would have to agree.

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Why does Jesus’s six-pack have testicles?
I know, that’s just wrong.
But seriously, what was wrong with those old painters?

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On a completely different topic, does this man’s legs begin at his belly button?

Christian Nightmares

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Looks like God’s little ray of light broke her arm.

Reblogged from Crazy Christian Clips

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I adore author Sara Miles.

As soon as I read Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion, a memoir about Miles’s journey into faith, her love affair with communion, and her quest to feed the hungry mouths of the San Francisco community where she lives, I Googled her name. Finding her website, I emailed Ms. Miles about my love for her book and inquired about whether or not she’d be willing to read Churched and possibly endorse my book. She agreed, and a few weeks later, I received her glowing review of my work.

Since that time, I’ve followed Miles’s writing career closely and was ecstatic when I learned of the title to her second book, Jesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the Dead. For those of us raised in evangelicalism, “Jesus Freak” as a title might seem cliche or old-fashioned, even a rip-off of the DC Talk song (and book) by the same name. But such a judgment toward Miles entitling her book “Jesus Freak” would be hasty and uninformed. For one thing, if Sara is aware that there’s a 1990s DC Talk song with the same, my guess it’s only because she’s Googled the title and not because she’s ever listened to it for pleasure. For somebody like Sara, an open-minded liberal who’s openly gay and a novice to practicing organized Christianity, the given title of Jesus Freak is in my opinion, brilliant.


In Jesus Freak, Miles offers readers a bird’s eye view of her everyday faith, from conversations with friends who think her “Jesus revelations” are crazy to a host of personal and theological reasons as to why she believes in a real resurrected savior. Furthermore, in addition to the journalist turned nonprofit-guru turned author writing in detail about why she takes the things Jesus says literal, Miles also shares honestly about the fears and joys that often come when one attempts to be Jesus in the here and now. One thing’s for sure, Miles can write; her prose flows easily from the humorous and lighthearted into the deep and painful and back again.

In the same way Take This Bread caused me to rethink how I viewed and partook of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus Freak caused me to wonder when the last time a stranger or friend thought of my love and passion for God as freakish.  

For Miles, freakish isn’t about standing “on a box in the middle of the city,” but about being the beauty, grace, and reality of Christ in everyday experiences. And again, in Jesus Freak, that way of life is no cliche.

Quote From Jesus Freak: “But Jesus is real, and so, praise God, are we. Every single thing the resurrected Jesus does on earth he does through our bodies. You’re fed, you’re healed, you’re forgiven, you’re pronounced clean. You are loved, and you’re raised from the dead… Go and do likewise.”

Read an excerpt from Jesus Freak here.

Purchase Jesus Freak here: Jesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the Dead

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