Fundraising

It has been a few days since I have blogged.  It seems when I have a second to sit down at the computer then I lose my train of thought, as if I had many thoughts to begin with…  ūüôā  

It was a busy weekend, with the Harvest time festival at church.  I missed a lot of it due to some illnesses in the house, but Jeremiah went to almost all of it and thouroghly enjoyed the fellowship and was truley inspired by the speakers and muscians and their passion for our Lord.  It is very hard to talk to people about your faith, and where you stand as a Christian person, but watching these men speak from their hearts helps to add the confidence in our hearts to disciple more.  

We had our first board meeting yesterday for 7:10 Foundation.  We were able to face time from Sebeka, MN all the way to Tennessee to include everyone.  We were missing one member, because Pam was under the weather, but her husband and son filled in for her.  It was our first meeting, and I have never had any experience with board meetings before, so it was a little disorganized, but promise to be better by our next meeting.  Sherry has the minutes written up and I will post them to the google drive later today so that any of you will be able to see what was discussed.  

I wanted to throw something out there, just feeling for some interest.  I am thinking about trying to put together a vendor event, in the next month or so, where the vendors would volunteer to sell their products as part of a fundraiser.  I am not sure how many companies participate in donating a percentage of their profits, but I have had a Scentsy and a Pampered Chef fundraiser.  It is just in the thought stages right now, because I wanted to feel out how many people would be interested, so if you, or if you know of any consultants that may be interested please let me know.  You could comment here on the blog, facebook message, or email me at tanja@710foundation.org .  If I have enough of an iterest then I could start looking into a venue.  Some ideas would be Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple, Thirty One, Jamberry, Tupperware, Oragami Owl…. I am sure there are more, but this is what comes to mind.  

Also, just a reminder that we willl have a 7:10 Foundation booth set up in Perham this weekend for the Harvest Festival.  We will also have the kettle corn popper set up at the same time to raise money for the foundation.. We would love to see you all there.  We will be across from Pizza Ranch in the parking lot on Saturday the 5th from 9-4.  

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Blessings to you all, 

Tanja 

Bullying

 

 

bullying

This morning I read something that really upset me.  I was reading a Caring Bridge entry by a friend, whose daughter has been fighting cancer.  This child has gone through more in her life than most adults could ever imagine going through.  She has been fighting, and surviving cancer and surgeries and complications like a true warrior.  I have never met this amazing teen, but I feel like I know her, and her story has been so incredibly inspirational to me.  

Today, the update was about the tumor in her head, and what the scans showed, and what the next few months will bring for her.  Her mother (who is just as strong) ended the entry with a request for all.

“I do need to say this, to my fellow parents out there. Please talk with your kids, about how saying hurtful things can hurt so bad emotionally. We have had some kids say awful mean things to her, and texted¬†to her, tweeted about her. Some regarding her hair, which obviously¬†she can’t help due to radiation¬†and some just plain ridiculous. Like for instance, *&!* ¬†is not fat, far from it actually. She obviously not ugly, nor is she stupid or¬†any other terrible things that people have called her! Realize that she has enough to deal with battling cancer!¬†So please understand that enough is enough. There comes a point in time in ones life that they can only deal with so much. So I ask you please, speak with them, your sons and daughters, older and younger. She needs support! Nothing else! Sorry if this doesn’t apply to you, that’s why I saved it till the end. “

This end of the post was tear inducing. This child has been such an inspiration to so many, what can there possibly be to fear that such mean things are being said.  I wanted to know what the bible had to say about bullying.  A quick search brought these verses to light, and I hope that you will find the time to share these and talk about these verses with your children.  

Ephesians 4:29 

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

James 4:11-12

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Leviticus 19:18

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

For those of you that are bullied, I found a great blog posting by Jesse Rider @ http://fervr.net/teen-life/7-ways-to-respond-to-bullies  

 

To the sweet child in the caring bridge update today, please remember:  You are loved, honored, and respected by the One that matters the most.  You are very blessed with loving family and friends, and a whole cyber world that is praying for you daily.

Is there a Hell?

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Recently, I have been challenged with some questions. ¬†I knew in my heart the answer, but was not able to put that answer into words. ¬†Actually, it wasn’t a question at all, but a statement, that I was unable to address at the time.

“I do not believe that there is a hell, our God is a loving God and could not put anyone in such a miserable place.”

I have been trying to study revelation, and it is amazing to me that after all these years, I am finally able to read it and study it without fear. ¬†I actually feel more at ease knowing what is coming. ¬†I have a hard time tho, believing that there is no hell. ¬†If I question this, then don’t I have to question everything, from Genesis through Revelation?

If I have nothing to fear (hell), then why would I make it a priority to believe that I am saved of my sins because of the sacrifice that our Savior made for us on the cross.  In fact, what would He even have been saving me, or you from?  If there is no hell, then there can be no Savior.  Why would Moses have brought the 10 commandments to us, if we had no reason to follow them?  I agree, our God is a loving God.  He loves you and he loves me.  I believe that it pains him when we reject him.

I found this by author Dr. J Carl Laney~

”¬†When someone questions the fact and reality of Hell, he’s actually questioning the¬†authority of the Bible, and the¬†authority of the Lord Jesus Christ¬†Himself. The Christian faith is all tied up together, and when it is attacked at one point, it becomes vulnerable at all. It¬†holds together¬†beautifully.”

Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to worry about being cast into the fiery pits of hell? ¬†But, I know that it is a very real place, and thankfully the Holy Spirit has filled my heart, and he is there to stay. ¬†I believe that because of the redeeming power of the blood of Christ that there is hope for all of us. Revelations reminds us that during the tribulation there is still hope to be saved. ¬†Will you go with the rapture, the great multitude?

Last night I had the opportunity to be watch a show by Sean Emory.  He is a christian illusionist.  Was it chance that the words he used during his show were addressing the exact thing I have been working through?  Sean was passionate about the fact that yes in deed, there is a Hell.  He used scripture from Matthew chapter 7 to illustrate his beliefs.

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

We all have a choice to make, do we follow what is easy and maybe even considered the “norm” and go through the gate that leads to destruction? ¬†Or do we choose the narrow gate?

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Now, thanks to my amazingly talented sister there is the ability to comment on these posts, and I welcome any comments, I am still a toddler in my Christianity and learning every day.  I have asked the Lord to open up my mind and grant me the focus that I need to learn His Word, in the way He meant it to be learned.  I am open to spirited discussion on this topic.

God Bless~

Tanja

Simply Amazing

It has definitely been an interesting week or so.  We are still passing some bug around the house, hopefully this week will end that.

I was reminded again this weekend about the amazing healing power of our Savior Jesus. ¬†It is simply amazing when you are on the receiving end of prayer, and can witness to the power of it. ¬†On Thursday night I went to Emily’s¬†volleyball game in Menahga. ¬†Her game started at 4:30, and was over by 5:20, but we stayed to watch the 8th graders play. ¬†Emily was kind enough to get me a bag of fresh popped popcorn from the concession stand. ¬†I ate the popcorn and started feeling a bit nauseous. ¬†Emily and I left about 6 because I was not feeling good. ¬†When we got home I made an icky dinner of hot dogs and mac and cheese for the kids, and went and laid down. ¬†The nausea turned to pain the longer I laid there, I could not get comfortable. ¬†By the¬†time Jeremiah got home I was just plain hurting… ¬†I was certain that I was having a gall bladder attack. ¬†I have had friends and family go through this, and it seemed to be mirroring their same symptoms. ¬†So now the question is to go to the ER, or wait it out? ¬†I am usually not affected by much, and can tolerate quite a bit of pain. ¬†I have had six children after all. ¬†We made the decision to go to the ER and get checked out. ¬†Blood draw and IV in, Ultrasound, then the news. ¬†The doctor came in and said, “your gallbladder looks fine, and there is no sign of gallstones” ¬†What? ¬†My stomach went to my toes, I felt terrible that I would have come to the ER and wasted time and money for nothing. ¬†But, she continued….. ¬†“however, your pancreas is attacking itself¬†right now.” ¬†Hmmm… ¬†Something in my blood work indicated that the pancreas was having some issues. ¬†The levels were not extremely high, but they were well above normal, and this was causing my pain. ¬†I still didn’t think much of it, it can’t be that bad right?

I will spare you the long story of my morphine induced behavior while still in the ER, lets just say that the nurse was informing my husband of care. ¬†I had some choices, stay in the hospital for 2 nights to get fluids and maintain a water diet for 24 hours, slowly moving into clear fluids and bland foods, or go home and manage it on my own. ¬†I decided to go home, Jeremiah is very dedicated to keeping me alive, and was very intent on following the rules. ¬†ūüôĀ

As we researched more, we learned that if not cared for properly that panreatitis can be fatal.  Yes, fatal. Now, I was already getting relief from the pain from meds, and taking the necessary precautions to heal my pancreas, but this was a frightening notion.  And now to where I was headed with this post in the beginning.  The many prayer warriors in my life were right on top of getting the Divine healing boosted.  I am so very thankful for these people in my life.  My immediate family, my church family, and friends.  I woke the next morning virtually pain free and ready for my day (although without coffee)  I find myself sometimes taking it for granted, this gift that our Lord is able to give us.  The crazy thing is, we could ALL have this.  He hears ALL of our prayers.  There is no question that He is the reason for my speedy recovery, and I am so thankful.  Thank you Lord Jesus, for all that you have given and still give.

While we are praising our Lord, I have another praise to mention.  Last week I asked for prayers for the financial help to pay for the license for the kettle corn popper.  Those prayers have been answered.  Thanks to a very gracious donor we have enough to pay for the license and buy some supplies for the day.  Thank you Lord for answering that prayer.  So, we will for sure have the kettle corn popper hot and popping on October 5th in Perham.

kettlecorn

Many Thanks 

To those of you who know me, you know that my skills are not best used in the sewing department.  Many of my family members, and church family members have the amazing ability to thread a needle, and use a sewing machine.  For whatever reason, when I was created in the womb, I did not get the sewing gene.  

My mother-law-law Sherry has been very passionate about recruiting people to help make cloth diapers for Real Hope For Haiti.  While disposables are very convienent, they are not practical in Haiti.  First is the expense and availability, second is the lack of any type of garbage disposal service.  So cloth it is, and the diapers at RHFH are washed by hand.  If you can imagine 1 newborn going through 8-10 diapers a day, imagine what up to 20 will bring?  Sherry has the sewing gene, and found a basic pattern that could be used to make these diapers.  My very talented sister jumped right on board (she also has the sewing gene) and has already put together a dozen diapers.  Modifying the pattern a bit here and there for convience.  As the mother of twins, she has changed a few diapers….   

So,  here I am, happily posting links on how to make diapers, but not really able to participate.   Can I buy some cloth diapers and be included?  Any of you cloth diapering mamas out there know the expense of that.  Then I remembered that I am part of a co-op on facebook that does a lot of cloth diaper buys.  I have never paid attention to them before because I am one of those moms that is leaving a carbon footprint behind for my family and yours.  When I contacted one of the administrators of the co-op I learned of an open buy and could order diapers for a fraction of the cost.  I was able to order a dozen diapers.  Now my lack of knowledge about cloth diapering was apparent when the administrator told me I need soakers for them.  Huh?   When I had originally contacted the administrator she told me I could join the cloth diaper chat group and ask if any of those mamas would be willing to donate any of their own diaper stash.  She also told me she would donate some soaker pads.  I didn’t get much of a response when I asked for diapers but….  

My diapers came today.  I thought the box felt bigger than a dozen diapers could ever be.  Would you look at the stack of soakers that came with them!!!!  God is so good!   Thank you so very much to the administrator of the co-op for her extreme generosity in the donation of these soakers for the diapers.  I am more appreciative than words could ever express.  I will try and get these in the mail tomorrow to Indianna so that they can get on the fall container to Haiti.  

Proverbs 19:17 

     He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and He will reward him for what           he has done.  


While I am here, I am going to mention a few of our current needs at 7:10.  We are planning on being in Peram for the day on October 5th for their Harvest festival.  We will have a booth set up with our 7:10 information, and we are also hoping to be able to set up the Kettle Corn popper as a fundraising event for the foundation.  In order to do this the popper needs to be inspected and licensed by the state.  The cost of this is $84.00.   We are hopeful that if we can get the money for the inspection, that the sales of the popcorn that day will cover our supplies and then some.  If you could keep this current need in your prayers it would be greatly appreciated.   


Also we are still raising money for Mdm. Datilus to have a home built in La Digue, Haiti.  Please keep this single mother of 5 in your prayers.  


If you would like to make a donation please visit our website at www.710foundation.org and use the link for pay pal…  just make sure you note where you would like your donation to be used.  


Blessings to you all! 

~Tanja 

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Harvest Fest October 5th Perham, MN

faithHello All!

We are all just getting back into the swing of things here in the Dwire household, with school starting.¬† All three of the older kids were anxious to get back to school, but I am not sure I am as anxious for the hectic schedule.¬† We will adjust.¬† Cameron is in 11th grade this year, and working after school and on the weekends.¬† Emily is in 7th grade, in volleyball, band, and choir.¬† Madelyn is in 5th grade, and will be in band for the first year this year.¬† Cameron and Emily will join me in youth group starting the 18th, and Madelyn will be in TNT in Awana again this year.¬† Lydia and Faith are doing some preschool work and bible study with me at home this year.¬† They LOVE it, I am in need of encouragement, but they sure don’t seem to notice my anxiety.

We have been fighting some nasty bugs here the last month or so, the bug is making its rounds very slowly, keep our family in your prayers that we are through this before next June…¬† ūüôā

7:10 Foundation will be making its first official appearance (as of right now) on Saturday October, 5th. Perham, MN will be having a Harvest Fest, and will have vendors set up in town from 9am-4pm. ¬†¬† We will have a booth set up to help spread the word about our foundation and what we are hoping to accomplish.¬† We will have a drawing for a Haitian made basket, and hopefully take in some donations.¬† We have also reserved a space to set up the kettle corn popper, and will sell the corn as a fundraiser for 7:10.¬† Please keep us in your prayers that we will get the health inspection done before the 5th so that we can make this happen.¬† I think that the cooler fall weather and kettle corn go hand in hand, and I think that this could be a real profitable event for us.¬† Spread the word about the kettle corn!¬† It’s been a while since we have had the popper out, and we have some anxious fans ready for some.

Pam Allebach has taken the lead on one of our current projects.¬† We are working on putting together love bundles for Children’s Lifeline.¬† We would love to have all the participation that we can get, maybe some office competitions?¬† I have attached the informational pdf about the love bundles, and if you are around on the 5th in Perham, you can sure drop them off at the booth.¬† If you are friends or acquaintances with our good friends and board members, Charlie and Laura Chapin in TN, please get in touch with them if you are interested in putting some bundles together.¬† They are both admins on our facebook page and will soon have emails set up with the foundation too. ¬† And of course you can ship them to me or right to Children’s Lifeline in KY.

Love Bundles Final

Please visit us on our website at http://710foundation.org/ and “like” us on facebook http://www.facebook.com/710Foundation

Blessings to you all

~Tanja