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Partner with Me on my Trip to Africa!

Challenge Farm

Dear Friends and Family,

July is finally here and  I’m excited to be heading to Challenge Farm in Kitale, Kenya Africa!

Challenge Farm is part of Globe Hope, the humanitarian arm of Globe International, Inc. where I work.

When I got saved at the age of 12, I felt God calling me to Africa. I could see myself in a vision giving a cup of water to little children. Challenge Farm was founded in 1992 and is home to 188 street children. Many lives have been changed over the years at Challenge Farm and I am so excited to be able to go there! For more information please visit their website at Challenge Farm.org.

Below is a story that happened just last year. Above is a picture of some of these precious children. “On April 9, 2014 in Kitale, Kenya 87 street kids were awakened from their sleep and placed in jail. Challenge Farm by faith took in 30 new children.”As the children were brought to Challenge Farm one of the boys asked, “Is there food at Challenge Farm?” – “Yes, 3 meals a day” – “and football every day!” – “and showers! ” Jesse and Elissa Pontius

The cost of the 21-day trip is about $3,000. This price includes airfare, meals, lodging, and ground transportation and some supplies for the Challenge Farm. Please pray for our team & me as we prepare to go on this mission trip. Apart from financial support, there are several ways you could help:

At the present time I have approximately ¼ of my funds raised. I would like to ask that you would consider supporting me financially. (I recommend a gift of $50, $100 or $150, but you can always give more!), but more important please pray for me and our team. A few facts about where I am going:

Challenge Farm Boys

  • In Sub-Saharan Africa (the part of the continent south of the Sahara Desert), more than 300 million people – nearly half the population – live on less than $1 a day.
  • Every day 6,600 people die from AIDS.
  • More than 12 million African children have already lost one or both parents to AIDS, with the number of AIDS orphans expected to increase to more than 18 million by 2010.
  • In Kenya, the median age is only 18, and about half the population is 15 or younger

The 30 children that were taken in from being “netted” on the street were all 12 and younger. The minimum cost to feed, clothe, provide medical, dental, shelter and education is approximately $200+ per month. Imagine your monthly household expenses increasing $6,000 per month in one day!

You may send a check or call in a donation to:

Globe International, Inc./Globe Hope
For Memo Line: Marlene Hoenig/Globe Hope Kenya
P. O. Box 3040
Pensacola, Florida 32516-3040

Or you may donate online by going to: https://give.gme.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=298&fid=jiUz5iVpcmo%3d&fdesc=dR%2fdlqzLWOwKyBmVaS503A%3d%3d
850-453-3453

For His Glory,

Marlene Hoenig

“And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42 NAS

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P.S. To get the feel for where I will be going, and to see the importance of reaching out and making disciples…to help change this country visit the link below.
Challenge Farm Short Video http://vimeo.com/406972

Globe Hope Logo

http://globehope.org

For More Information on how to become a Globe Hope STAR or Globe Hope sponsor please email me at globehope@globeintl.org.

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“Cinderella Released, Take My Hand!”

King kissing hand

This morning during prayer I began to be anxious, and feeling like I wasn’t doing “enough” to get things moving the direction the Lord would have me to go.  He told me to, “stay seated.” When the time was right He said, “I will come and take you by the hand.” He then reminded me of a portion of the book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge called Take My Hand, There is a scene near the end of the film Anna and the King I wish I could now play for you.  Let me describe it.

The setting is nineteen-century Siam, a tiny but beautiful Asian country still in the grips of its ancient past.  Anna, an English woman living in Siam as a tutor to the king’s many offspring, has helped King Mangkut prepare for a state dinner.  He wants to show the British that his country is ready to enter into the affairs of the world, so the dinner is given in the English style — silverware, tablecloths, candlelight, and, at the end of the meal, ballroom dancing.

When the east is over and it comes time for the first dance, the king stands and extends his hand to Anna.  He invites her to dance with him.  He fixes his gaze upon her and is distracted by nothing and no one else.  He waits for her response.  She is clearly surprised, taken aback, but has the grace to respond and stand.  As they walk past the long table, the king’s eyes never stray from hers, a smile playing on his lips.  Others are upset that he has chosen her.  Some watch with contempt, others with pleasure.  It is of no consequence to the king or to Anna.

Anna came to the ball prepared.  She was beautiful in a striking gown that shimmered like starlight.  She spent hours getting herself ready — her hair, her dress, her heart.  As they reach the dance floor, Anna expresses her fear of dancing with the King before the yes of others.  

“We wouldn’t want to end up in a heap,” she says.  

His answer to her questioning heart? “I am King. I will lead.”

Jesus is extending his hand to you.  He is inviting you to dance with him.  

He asks, “May I have this dance… every day of your life?”

His gaze is fixed on you.  He is captivated by your beauty.  He is smiling.  He cares nothing of the opinion of others.  He is standing.  He will lead.  He waits for your response.

My lover spoke and said to me,

“Arise, my darling,

my beautiful one, and come with me.” (Song2:10)

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In the service of the King,
Marlene Baggs-Hoenig
Trauma, Stress and Joy Recovery Specialist