A Note from David...

Occasional grumblers: Eliana Grace and Jonathan David

I, of course, never complain to God. But I have been known to question Him about His faithfulness when I'm feeling a little like Job. "So this is what I get for serving You? Not complaining, Lord, just asking..."

Just a few months back, I found myself grumbling...um...I mean, humbly asking the Lord to explain how my circumstances reflected His love. Two newborn grandchildren were both in a neonatal intensive care unit. One was fighting for her life.

The Holy Spirit reminded me of Psalm 41:1: "How blessed is he who considers the poor; the Lord will deliver him in a day of trouble."

God hasn't promised us exemption from trouble—just deliverance. And He didn't promise deliverance to everyone, but only to those "who consider the poor." I was glad then that I had met the condition of the blessing.

I'm so glad that you, too, haven't forgotten the "least of these" among our spiritual family. I encourage you to hide Psalm 41:1 in your heart for the next time trouble knocks at your door. By the way, Jonathan David and Eliana Grace are both thriving. — David

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This Month's Articles

She's Not Heavy, She's My Sister
The Unreached People Groups Fund at Work in China

"Can Jesus accept a broken person like me?" It was a sincere question from a woman who'd suffered rejection for 50 years.

As a child, Lu contracted a polio-like disease that significantly impaired her ability to walk. Had she been born in a more developed nation with accessibility laws and mobility devices, life for Lu would still not have been easy. Continue Reading...

God Gives Again
The Disaster Relief Fund at Work in the Philippines

Like the rest of the fishermen of Merida Village, Jerome dragged his small fishing boat up the beach, further than usual, and tied it firmly to a coconut tree. Menacing clouds were approaching from the southeast, and everyone knew it was wise to take precaution. Weather reports indicated a typhoon was headed towards the Philippines, but that was nothing unusual for those who call the island of Leyte their home. Most likely, there'd be no fishing that night or the next day. The rising winds were a scant harbinger of what lurked behind the darkening clouds on the horizon. Continue Reading...

A Blessed Drop
The Safe Water Fund at Work in DR Congo

Honorine Banyene quietly tended her field, an essential daily chore that made it possible for her to feed her family from the fruit of the ground. But unknown to the 48-year-old mother of 6, it would be a day of darkness like no other. Continue Reading...

A Business and a Bible
The Widows & Abandoned Women Fund at Work in Kenya

At Heaven's Family we do our best to remember the Apostle James' words, "Faith without works is dead," and focus on the needs of the whole person. Meeting pressing needs is particularly relevant when you are serving, as we are, in some of the poorest places on earth, where so many struggle to survive from one day to the next. As one missionary succinctly summed up the importance of meeting both spiritual and physical needs: "Dead people can't hear the gospel." Continue Reading...

This Month's Teaching

The Limits of God's Grace
by David Servant

Perhaps no biblical story better illustrates the grace that God offers—the true grace—than that of Jesus' encounter with the woman who was caught in the act of adultery. Bringing her before Jesus, the scribes and Pharisees reminded Him that, according to the Law of Moses, she deserved to be stoned. In that regard they were correct... Continue Reading...

Join Heaven's Family's Mission Team to Mexico

Sunday, August 17 - Saturday, August 23

A limited team of 12 people will be serving for a week at The Village, a Christian community directed by veteran American missionaries Jason and Nicole Fitzpatrick. Many children who have been rescued from the streets and horrifically abusive homes live with the Fitzpatrick and their staff at The Village, just a few hour's drive from Mexico City. You will fall in love with them all!

Team members must be able to raise/bring at least $2,000 with them that will be used to fund self-sustaining projects that will be launched during your week in Mexico, in addition to any trip-related expenses.

For more information, call Heaven's Family toll-free at 855-333-2211, or email team leader Mr. Jody Walter at Jody@HeavensFamily.org.

Parting Shot: The Queue to the Loo

The words queue and loo are primarily used in Britain, but they rhyme so much better than line and outhouse. The children of Hopeful Orphanage in Myanmar are happily no longer standing in line every morning, as in this photo, as they have since become beneficiaries of a bathroom that features multiple toilets, all thanks to our generous donors. — David