Sunday, February 5, 2012

Put Feet to Their Faith With the Children's Heart Project Through Samaritan's Purse!

All this month I'm focusing on the Children's Heart Project through Samaritan's Purse and am encouraging you to "Put Feet to Their Faith" and involve the children in your ministry in a project to raise money for the Children's Heart Project. Through the Children's Heart Project, Samaritan's Purse provides life-saving heart surgeries for children around the world who are in need. They bring these children and a parent to the United States where they live with a host family while their child has the surgery. The host families share Jesus with the parents and children and not only are hearts made whole physically, but people get saved and hearts are made whole spiritually as well! Consider the account of two little boys from Uganda . . . 

"On Sept. 30 last year, Caroline Nakimuli found out that her 3-year-old son, Kato, was going to die. The little Ugandan boy had a hole in his heart that could only be repaired through surgery, and Caroline didn’t have enough money for the operation. Two hundred miles away, Leocadia Kyomukama was keeping a close eye on her 6-year-old son, John. He had been going to the same hospital for treatments for his heart condition since 2008. Although doctors had given him medication to help him, he had been struggling with his condition since birth and was so limited that he couldn’t even attend school. Early this year, both Caroline and Leocadia received calls from Samaritan's Purse. Their doctors had examined Kato and John, and had decided the boys should be flown to the United States for surgery. Arrangements were already being made to find a hospital and family to host them. 

With tremendous joy and a small bit of fear, Leocadia, Caroline, Kato, John and an interpreter boarded a plane destined for North Carolina. Twenty-four hours later, they landed in an area completely unfamiliar to them. But it wasn’t unfamiliar for long. Their host family immediately welcomed them. About a week before the boys’ surgeries, the Ruckers showed the Ugandans the Jesus film. When it was over, Caroline said she wanted to accept Christ as her savior. After she prayed with the interpreter, Leocadia decided she wanted to rededicate her life to God. A week later, John and Kato went into surgery. Both of their heart defects were fixed. When John woke up, he said that Jesus was carrying him on His back. Since that time, he has sung songs about Jesus and listened to Bible stories.

'When I get back home, I will tell all the children and the big people in my village about the great things God has done for me!' John said with wide eyes. 
'My heart has been healed and I can now be able to go back to school and run with other children and even overtake them!' They left Uganda with holes in their heart, but they will return with healed hearts full of Jesus." (Check this link for the full account.)

Have the children in your ministry make heart art and then put on an "art show" displaying their creations. Sell the artwork and donate the money to the Children's Heart Project! Put Feet to Their Faith and involve the children in your ministry in a project to raise money which you can give to the Children's Heart Project so children's hearts can be made whole - both physically and spiritually!

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