Monday, August 15, 2011

A Favor to Ask

Imagine you just spent two hours mowing grass, with a push mower, in 90 degree heat. Now you're going to the fridge to grab a cold drink. The problem is, it's not cold. It's as warm as the sweat running from your head.

How about making a mile high sandwich with that yummy looking roast beef, only to find yourself worshiping the porcelain god within hours because your roast beef wasn't stored at a proper temperature.

Try walking a mile through a dusty, dirty street to get a few things that your family needs to use for meals over the next several days. You have very little money to spend, and some of your items are perishable. Problem is, you don't have ample refrigeration. This entirely changes the way you need to plan to feed your family, doesn't it?

Think about what our comfy, cozy lives would look like without a refrigerator. Have you gone there lately? Had it even crossed your mind? I'm ashamed to say it hadn't crossed my mind for many months.

You want milk? Not for long.
Ice Cream? Never
Is there mayonnaise in that potato salad? How about a side of food poisoning instead.
Did you really want that piece of meat for dinner? Perhaps we should try something safer like rice, or beans. Perhaps we should do that forever. What would it look like to host a few dinner guests? I can't even imagine.

I'm not sure what it would be like to live without refrigeration. I lived several months with a busted freezer back in my Bible College days. It was horrible. It's almost automatic to believe that I can walk through a store, see things I need, or things I might need in the future, and be able to put them in the freezer as soon as I get home. Beef is on sale? Great! Stock up. Chicken! YES! I even stock up on bread, cheese, lunchmeat, seasonal veggies and fruit and usually it spends some amount of time in my freezer. It's probably saved me thousands of dollars when I bought things in bulk on sale, plus it's easier to plan ahead and use those items in the future.

Here is something that's been weighing on my mind for several days now. I've decided it's time to bring my thoughts to you - since sometimes things happen when we share what we think.

Our friends, the Mattenley's, are trying to raise some money for a small, efficient refrigerator. The Mattenley family is currently following their call to work with the people of Haiti. They are doing an amazing job, doing some great things that I believe wholeheartedly in. I will talk more about it here on this blog very soon, because as you know, just believing in something is never good enough. You must act on your beliefs for it to be genuine.

So with that said, please take five minutes of your time, click on this link below, and help me raise funds for this family to have a small, efficient refrigerator before the month of August is over. If you already have Paypal, it will probably only take you 40 seconds or so. You are welcome to copy the widget code and paste it to your blog or page as well. This is not one of those things where I'll give a freebie to whoever likes it, posts it, shares it - because it's none of my business. It's just between you and God. And I thank you very much for considering this.

Please be praying for the Mattenley's and their mission work.