ANSWER: According to Forbes, research shows that American spend just under $1,000 annually eating lunch out?
Okay ... that's food. You are right. And, we all know that food ranks right up there with water and sleep. It's not really optional.
QUESTION: Do you have any idea how much Americans spend on movies annually? A few may contend that movies are just as essential as food, water, and sleep. But, not many and those won't be taken seriously.
ANSWER: According to Ask.com, As a whole, Americans spend 9 billion dollars each year on movies. This includes renting and viewing in movie theaters. The average household will spend around $600 each year just on entertainment.
Too many people never venture very far, very often, outside of their little kingdom of one where they are their own king and the entire citizenship all wrapped up into one. And, where, as the king, they get to make all the rules and regulations of their kingdom. The options are many. Could it be too many of those options are wasted on that little kingdom?
This is an opportunity to move beyond the boundaries of a life lived too small. Is it YOUR turn to take this opportunity? Please read on.
|Robert ... limited options!|
Last year Robert finished his Primary 7 schooling. This is one of the really big achievements in the educational structure of Uganda, just before a student is entitled to enroll in High School (called Secondary School here in Uganda). Every graduate of P7 must take a national exam and ALL scores are published for public viewing. The scoring is similar to golf. The lower the score, the better. Candidates are ranked as First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, and Failing. Robert scored a 9 which is a VERY HIGH score and placed him near the top of First Grade.
Now for the sad news. Robert has never known his mother. His father is HIV positive and, until he was sacked, was a guard at one of the well known churches of Jinja. The father is undisciplined and irresponsible which led to the loss of his job. But Robert doesn't stay with his father anyway. He lives with an uncle since the father isn't mature enough to care for his son. But, Robert does not even have a mattress on which to sleep. He only has a blanket with which to cover himself at night.
|Rose ... big heart of compassion & concern|
It seems that Robert's potential should not go to waste. It seems the heart of our Heavenly Father would gather some of His children to see if they can't express His heart in enrolling Robert in school. He had already activated Rose with compassion and concern. Who courageously approached me about finding resources and a school.
|Rose & Robert in the shop where she sells sweets|
Why not live for something outside of your kingdom? Something inside of HIS Kingdom? Why not help fund the schooling of Robert through Next Generation Ministries? Robert will need $200 per term to cover his school fees, room, and board. There are three terms in a school year from January through December. There are, of course, two terms left in 2014. He also needs a mattress and other items (approximately $125) that will allow him to enter the boarding section of Fountain of Hope Schools.
HERE IS YET ANOTHER OPTION FOR YOU ... write a check in any amount to Next Generation Ministries (NGM) and mail it to NGM, 29940 South Dhooghe Road, Colton, OR 97017. Please write Robert on the memo line. Let's see what we can do together!