Thursday, October 28, 2010

Who Is Poetice?

Please take the time to view this video about Poetice, which was an organization that we partnered with while we were in Zambia. The video is 8 minutes long but describes the need for Christ and purity in Africa in order to fight the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Who is Poetice? from Chad Dupin on Vimeo.

During the Hopefests that we helped with, thousands of teens gave their lives to Christ and purity, and hundreds came forward for prayer. Our team had the opportunity to pray with the teens. It was awesome to be a part of a movement that God is using to change the face of the country. These teens are the future of Zambia and can slow the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Please continue to pray for Zambia and all of Africa that God would continue to work His healing power. This crisis will not be stopped by human effort alone and requires divine intervention.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Back From Zambia

We have made it home from Zambia! The trip was great and I plan to post some updates of what happened while we were there. I am not going to post much about Zambia today except to say that God is doing incredible things there! It was wonderful going and making new friends that I hope to meet again someday. Thank you to everyone who has been praying for me and the team as we prepared and as we were in Zambia. There were times that I know we were able to do what we did there because of the prayers of our friends here.

I look forward to sharing some of our stories with you!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Zambia Schedule

I cannot believe the time to leave for Zambia is here! Please pray for Chris and my kiddos while I am away! I am most definitely going to miss them! I wanted to post my schedule so you could see what we will be doing in Zambia:

Oct 11 - Leave Buffalo (super early in the morning!)
Oct 12 - Arrive in Lusaka
Oct 13 - Hopefest
Oct 14 - Hopefest
Oct 15 - Hopefest
Oct 16 - Travel to Choma
Oct 17 - Church in Bulanda
Oct 18 - Tour Choma
Oct 19 - Work in Mayobo (stay night in Pemba)
Oct 20 - Work in Pemba
Oct 21 - Work in Katete
Oct 22 - Livingston
Oct 23 - Travel Home
Oct 24 - Arrive in Buffalo

To see how you can pray for us specifically, please visit my "Preparing for Zambia" page.

Thank you so much for praying with me! Since I will have very little internet access, I will be unable to post while I am away. You can be sure to expect a report when I return!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Week 5, Day 5 - React Like a Christian

Acts 11:19-30

Several weeks ago, I looked at how the stoning of Stephen precipitated some events that actually grew and strengthened the church rather than weaken it. The section of scripture that I am looking at today goes back to the fact that the believers were scattered as a result of Stephen's stoning. I am going to interrupt my thoughts for a moment and just praise God for the fact that He took one event and made it change the world! Look at what verse 21 says about some of the scattered believers that began preaching to the Gentiles, "The power of the Lord was with them, and a large number of these Gentiles believed and turned to the Lord."

We begin to see Barnabas' story here when he traveled to Antioch and brought Saul with him. While they were there, the believer's were first called Christians. Isn't it neat to see the history of the name Christian. I certainly hope I live up to the name, Christian! These believers did as we see in verses 29-30 in reaction to hearing that other believers were going to be having a famine in their land. They sent relief to them through Barnabas and Saul. This made me think of Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson when he wrote how it is easier for a Christian to act like a Christian than to react like a Christian. I have been thinking on that idea for a few days and I would have to agree. It is so much easier to proactively say and do the "right things," but the world is unpredictable. I don't always react like a Christian - I don't always live out how Christ calls me to react. Do I react to difficult news and situations with the love of Christ in me?

How about you? Are you acting like a Christian or reacting like a Christian?