Monday, October 31, 2011


Nemfa is a very smart and well-mannered 10 year old girl. She  joined the WHY family in August 2011 and is excited that she will be able to continue her education.

Nemfa is the 3rd of 7 children. Her father is very ill and is no longer able to work. The medicine he needs is expensive and is consuming all the income the mother earns.

Nemfa's parents are grateful for the opportunity for her to finish her education. Nemfa dreams of one day becoming a teacher. She would like to help her family financially and ensure that her younger siblings also receive an education.

Nemfa is in great need of committed monthly sponsors!  Please click here if you would like to sponsor Nemfa or donate to The Rescue Ministries!

Monday, October 24, 2011


This 12 year old girl packs a punch to the heart!  Catherine (pronounced Cat-a-rine) joined Wesley Home for Youth in January 2010 and is a treasure to the home.   Her sweet spirit speaks much louder than her voice. 

Catherine's parents separated before her birth and was abandoned by her mother soon after she was born.  She was left in the care of her elderly grandmother.  Although Catherine's "lola" did her best to care for her, she was unable to provide funds for her education.   She is hopeful for a better future through Wesley Home.

Catherine works hard to complete her chores and help in the kitchen.  When she is finished she eagerly begins helping her house-siblings with their responsibilities.

Cathy is doing very well in her studies.  She loves to express herself through singing and dancing!  She can be seen singing with all her heart during worship services.

If you would like to offer support for Wesley Home for Youth please click here.  Your prayers and financial support are essential for these young children.  Thank YOU!

Friday, October 21, 2011


Psalm 37:5-7
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Monday, October 17, 2011


Michelle came to Wesley Home in January 2010 as a mischevious little girl and has since transformed into a mature young lady. 

She enjoys singing while she completes her chores.  God has truly put a song in her heart.

Michelle is eager to learn more about God's word.  I was blessed for her to choose me to share Bible stories with her and Catherine during some down time on our July mission.  They were happy to sit for nearly an hour while I shared with them about the life of Joseph, asking questions and for translation along the way.  How amazing it is to see young people so hungry for God's word and His promises!

Michelle is in 2nd year high school and is working hard to receive high marks.  She loves to read and study English.

Michelle has a tender spirit and cares deeply for others.  She is thrilled with the opportunity to complete her studies through Wesley Home.

She is in need of committed monthly sponsors!  Please consider what you can contribute to help Michelle.  Click here to sponsor Michelle or donate to The Rescue Ministries.

Thankful, Sheryl

Friday, October 14, 2011


May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,  so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 15:5-6

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Think, Say, Do - Part 3

So my question is: Are you a thinker, a sayer or a doer?

Think: verb (used without object)
to employ one's mind rationally and objectively in evaluating or dealing with a given situation; to have a certain thing as the subject of one's thoughts; to consider something as a possible action, choice, etc.

When you see an opportunity to serve, do you let someone else take the opportunity instead?  Do you let yourself believe lies that you aren't "good enough" to serve?  Do you tell yourself that your not good at that aspect of service and someone else will do it?

Say: verb (used with object)
to utter or pronounce; to express in words; state; declare; state as an opinion or judgment

When you see an opportunity to serve do you say you will but not follow through?  If something else comes along do feel as if your commitments aren't important?  Is it easier to say yes and not show up than to just say no in the first place?  Do you let Satan distract you with other things?  Do you assume that someone else will be there to pick up the slack in your absence?  Do you say you will do something to get attention or praise?

Do: verb
Do, accomplish, achieve, mean to bring some action to a conclusion; Accomplish emphasizes attaining a desired goal through effort, skill, and perseverance: to accomplish what one has hoped for. Achieve emphasizes accomplishing something important, excellent, or great

Do you show up for the opportunity to serve?  Are you willing to get your hands dirty to accomplish the goal?  While all three words (think, say, do) are verbs, only "do" is taking full action, to accomplish and achieve.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 1:22

Folks, we are at war!  Against Satan, against our own sin, against lies we tell ourselves.  We can sit around and think about it or talk about it, but nothing is changing.  We have to DO something.  WE must DO something.  The Bible doesn't tell that someone in the next city will take care of things.  The Bible tells YOU and ME to GO!

My prayer is that committed people will rise up to share hope with the lost in our own cities, our own nation as well as around the world.  God doesn't call all of us overseas, but He does call all of us!

Thankful, Sheryl

Monday, October 10, 2011

Think, Say, Do - Part 2

We were not created by God to just take up space and consume resources.  We were ALL created for a divine purpose.  That doesn't mean we have a promise of ease,  comfort, convenience and wealth.  But we still have a purpose and there is work to be done.

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-38

A popular term in ministry (that I've selfishly used myself) is "burn out".  We tend to feel tired, worn down, overwhelmed with responsibility, wanting to take time for ourselves and so we just stop.  We give up.  We lay down.

I don't want to be that person.  I don't want to give up on the people who need hope, a warm meal, a tender smile, my time, a helping hand, a listening ear.....the list goes on and on.  Nor does God want me to be that person. 

God doesn't need me to serve Him, He WANTS me to serve Him!  He WANTS me to fulfill my purpose.  No matter if that purpose is leading a small group, opening a soup kitchen or cleaning toilets to fund an orphanage half way around the world.

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Col. 3:22-24

Each morning when I drop my tween daughter off at school, as she is getting out of the car, I say "Make good choices today."  Lately I've been thinking to myself about the example I set for her.  What about my choices....Will I choose to be lazy, too busy, blind or deaf when there's a need?  What type of person will I choose to be?

To be continued......

Thankful, Sheryl

Friday, October 7, 2011


2 Tim 4:2-5
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Think, Say, Do - Part 1

It seems that ministry work brings out the best and worst in people.  Whether it is those that run the ministry, work in the ministry, support the ministry financially and prayerfully really makes no difference. 

We are human.

When things are new, exciting and results can be easily measured; most of us are thinking about our ministry often, talking about it with our friends and family and getting our hands dirty with loving on and working in our ministry.

But. sigh

When things get tough, the ministry is a couple of years old, other things have come along, support is down, work is harder, laborers are few.  We want to quit. 

Satan entices us with new and exciting things.  Ministry or not.  Things that are more fun, easier, our friends are working there.....we would still be working for the Lord after all.....

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9

If there is a reason to start the ministry, there is a reason to continue the ministry.  People need hope, they need to see God's love and they need to see His grace through us.  If they see us give up as Christians, why wouldn't they give up on their own lives, their own negative situation, their own hope?

We must stay the course.  No. Matter. What.

More thoughts to come....

Thankful, Sheryl

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


So often when we are planning mission trips people are so giving. 

Giving of their time and talents to make things for us to take to share the gospel and show God's love.

Giving of their financial blessings to help fund the projects that we will be doing while on the mission or to help a mission team member with trip costs.

Giving of their self in prayer for preparation, for safety and health.

It is always amazing to see the gifts and the givers.

For our past trip in July we planned to share the gospel of Christ in local schools.  For this we needed tools to give visual explanations as we shared.  And they were given.

We had color books to show as we demonstrated how to make a Salvation Bracelet.  The children (even high school age) were thrilled to have a reminder of the message we shared.

Because of the large classes (approximately 65 in each high school room, around 50 in elementary classes) we were able to share with about 1000 students in a matter of a couple of hours.

a group of high school boys with their bracelets, Bev, Eremy and Megan in center
Jeraluz helping Megan distribute bracelets

elementary students with bracelets

A very special THANKS to everyone who gives and those who will give in the future.  

Thankful, Sheryl

Monday, October 3, 2011


Although Jeraluz is not quite 15 she doesn't seem to mind the motherly role she is filling at Wesley Home for Youth. If she isn't busy assisting Nanny Linda with dinner preparation after school she is helping a younger house-sibling with homework. 

Jeraluz with Catherine

Jeraluz has a fun-loving way about her that draws the younger children.  But they have respect for her and they get in line if she calls them on misbehavior.

Jeraluz was one of the five that were baptized during our July mission trip.  This was a huge step for her as she turned from her old life and said I believe in Jesus Christ, the one true and living God.  Please pray that she will continue to grow in her faith and her walk with God.

Committed monthly sponsors are currently needed for Jeraluz.  Please help this young lady continue her education and continue her journey in a safe, loving environment.  Click here to donate for Jeraluz.