Justice

Up Up and Away

Posted on July 9, 2010. Filed under: Adversity, Children, Faith, God, Justice, Love, Mercy | Tags: , , , , , , |

Okay, so the day has finally arrived where 19 people from the Mesa and Gilbert Arizona area will be traveling around the world to a remote country called Malawi, Africa.  Why are we going to Malawi, is there a fantastic resort there?  I am not sure, but if there is, we are not going to it.  We are going to live and care for those who have not had the easiest life. We are on a mission to give assistance to some in the world who have been ravaged with AIDS/HIV, raped and beaten women, orphaned children, severe poverty and poor living conditions.

God has directed all 19 of us to go and be with the people of Chikuzulire, Africa, and to give support in many different ways.  We are bringing medical supplies, so that the children can be de-wormed, administered antibiotics, and have their hungry bellies fed.  Only God knows exactly what will happen while we are there, so we just pray for His will to be done.

I will be collecting my thoughts in an electronic journal each day we are there, for which I will publish on my blog post in successive days once we get back to an area where we have internet.  So, in the meantime, please pray for our journey, pray for safety, and that God will move in a mighty way for those we will be with for the next 2 weeks.  Pray that we can be the hands and feet for God, and pray for God’s will to be done on this earth and in the place of Malawi.

In Matthew 28:18-20, the Bible tells us this:

“18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Have a blessed day.

Daryl Dho

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Serving People Around The World

Posted on April 19, 2010. Filed under: Adversity, Children, Faith, God, Justice, Love, Mercy | Tags: , , , , , , |

I am excited to be going on the mission trip to Chikuzulire, Malawi from July 9th through July 24th, 2010 in order for our team to provide assistance and counseling to many women and children who struggle with challenges in their lives, such as rape and HIV/AIDS.  This past week, I had the privilege to meet with Mission Community Church’s partner from Somebody Cares, an organization which helps support those who have many physical and spiritual needs; her name is Chief Theresa Malila.

Theresa gave us an extensive overview of the current conditions in Malawi, and what we could expect on our trip.  As she spoke and described life in Malawi, I was overwhelmed by her stories, which both broke my heart and encouraged me simultaneously.  She is an amazing servant of God for the people in Malawi.  Afterwards, I was more convinced of the importance of the trips our team takes to Malawi in order to provide assistance, all while sharing the gospel of Jesus through our lives and our words.  It excites me to envision how God will use us, as we serve and minister to their myriad of needs.  Yes, it is a privilege to be serving people around the world.

I also ask for your continued prayers, as we approach the time to go to Malawi, including preparing our minds and hearts to be focused on serving those individuals who have many needs.  The area is very poverty stricken, has a low life expectancy, and high rates of HIV/AIDS.  Over the last few years, positive change has taken place in the villages around the area of Chikuzulire due to so many people who care for and educate them.  What we do to humbly serve them, in order to bring some hope and the gospel of Jesus Christ is so important.

If you would like to find out how you may participate either financially or prayerfully, please visit my blog dated April 7, 2010.

Also, if you would like to obtain some information about the country of Malawi, please go to this Wikipedia address on the internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malawi

May God bless you,

Daryl Dho

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Please Help Pray For And Finance Africa Mission Trip

Posted on April 7, 2010. Filed under: Children, Faith, Family, Friendship, Glory, God, Justice, Love, Mercy, Sacrifice | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Recently, I was presented with the opportunity to go to Malawi, which is in the southeast portion of Africa.  It borders Tanzania on the East and Mozambique on the West.  My church, Mission Community Church, in partnership with the organization, Somebody Cares, has taken the approach that we truly are the hands and feet of Christ.  I am joining a team on July 9th through July 24th to help where God sees fit to best serve the needs of the people there.  Our destination is the village of Chikudzulire, where previous teams from our church have had the opportunity to assist in the completion of a well for clean drinking water and the construction of a feeding center and community center to provide for more than 900 local children who have been orphaned by the AIDS pandemic.  There are many opportunities our team may assist with while we are there; for which our Trip Focus will include building relationships and to be a support with the people of Chikudzulire and other villages; and to address the issues widows, women and orphans face each day.  Our Trip Purpose will be to organize and conduct rape/crisis counseling conferences; and to teach and train on women’s issues of hygiene, sex education, childcare and other topics as needed; along with additional projects as directed through the staff of Somebody Cares.  Most importantly we’ll get to show the amazing love of Jesus to some of the most hurting and impoverished people on the planet. The trip will personally challenge me to things I’ve never dreamed of and surely will change my life forever.  

Each individual team member will need approximately $3,000 to fully fund this trip.  Any funds that are donated will directly help us to cover airfare, food, lodging and local transportation, as well as supplies for aiding the children in the villages that we will visit.   I have no idea how God will work to provide the funds for me, but I know He has something incredible to teach me while we are there and through the fundraising process.  He surely will provide.  I feel compelled to provide hands-on help to these children in Malawi, and I am thankful that God is opening doors to allow this to happen.   So, do you want to participate with me on an African Mission trip?

This is where you come in.  I am writing to all of you since you are my friends and already supporters of me personally in my life.  I ask that you would consider offering a financial gift, not because I need it; for God doesn’t need any help from you or I. I’m asking you specifically because I want to invite you to participate with me in this step of faith and see what God does with what you can give.  Equally important is prayer support for safety on the trip, the strength of the team, and the hearts of the Malawi people.  May God keep us safe and work through us and in the lives of those we go to serve. As the trip nears, I’ll provide further information where you can prayerfully follow along through an online blog and photo-journal while we are in Malawi.  Thank for your love and support for allowing your resources to dramatically change the lives of people in Africa.  All prayers and any financial support will be a blessing to the ministry.  Even as little as $10 can go a long way.

If you would prefer to donate securely online, please go to http://www.Africa.mission68.org and select the “Give” tab on the far right.  Set up a quick login account if you don’t already have one and follow the simple prompts.  Select the trip which I am participating and input my name, amount of donation and payment info.  If needed, please contact me for additional instructions or details about giving online.

IMPORTANT Please make all checks payable to “ Mission Community Church “ and leave the memo line BLANK, but attach a note indicating my name, Daryl Dho, so my account will be credited.  You can mail your check the following address:

Daryl Dho
10141 E. Kilarea Ave.
Mesa, AZ  85209

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

May God Bless You All,

Daryl Dho

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Love One Another

Posted on July 13, 2009. Filed under: God, Justice | Tags: , |

How many times do we find someone during our day, that crosses our path, and they either directly, or indirectly need our help? Let’s be honest, probably more often than we would like to admit. I am talking about people either asking for help literally, or someone who we know needs help, but in both cases we do nothing about it. Maybe because we either think we can’t, don’t want to take the time, can’t justify in our minds that they really are in need, or we just don’t care. There are a lot of reasons, but the point is that many of us pass up opportunities to give grace and assistance to people who say they need help, and we just don’t do anything. What we should be doing is what the Lord commands us to do, love one another. It is not our place to reconcile whether they do or do not need help, but whether we truly can give the assistance.

If we step out of our comfort zone, into the unknown, we may be surprised how much love we have to give. All of us are guilty of this at times in our lives. We all have driven by a stranded motorist, passed on the guy begging for money, etc., but should we have done that? I don’t know, that is not for me to decide. There is injustice all over the world, and we can make a difference if we take a little step here and there, we just have to take those steps, one at a time, caring, loving and processing God’s compassion that is in us to others as we go through our days. We cannot leave it bundled up inside, we have to let it out.

Yes, to love one another, that seems simple enough. But unfortunately, since the beginning of time, people have found a way to be unqualified as being those who could be characterized as persons who love one another. Because, from the beginning we have found ways to not love another, we have killed each other, as Cain did to his brother, and throughout the ages we have found many different approaches to show we do not love one another. We have fought each other in wars, hated each other, victimized each other, cheated each other, you name it, as a people, if it is an inappropriate act against someone, then we have done it to them. According to what I read in the Bible, and based on the teachings of Jesus, that is not showing love for one another. Even when we just think of doing something inappropriate, according to Jesus, we have committed the act.

1 John 3:11-18 speaks specifically about how mankind has shown ways to damage this commandment from Jesus, which He made to the disciples in John 15:12, “that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” Jesus laid down His life for us, paying the ultimate penalty for our sins. He loved us so much, and He wanted us to do the same, unconditionally for others. 1 John 3:17-18 says, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and see his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” We must be like Jesus and not turn our back on those in need. There are too many people who need assistance that we come into contact with every day both directly and indirectly.

Certainly, we have to be able to share the love of Christ more readily in our lives. We have to love one another as God loves us. It is commandment. All we need to do is take the focus off of ourselves, put it on others, and remember, what Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, “‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Of course, He was speaking of taking care of those in need, and when we do, it as if we are taking care of our Lord Jesus. So let’s go out and do our best to love one another. Amen.

Have fun blessing others with your lives,

Daryl Dho

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