Archive | November, 2010

Monthly Update: Thanksgiving Edition

24 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

When I sit back and think about all the Lord has blessed me with it’s pretty overwhelming. As Bonhoeffer says “life becomes rich.” I’m SO THANKFUL for you. For your prayers, support and encouragement.  You have made my life RICH! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I pray you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

a Note about Year-End Giving:
As you are thinking your year end giving would you take a moment to consider giving to me & the Global Youth & Family ministry. Whether it be a special gift or monthly support any contribution would be much appreciated!
To donate online click here for the MTW online donations page.
To send in a check by mail click here to download my prayer card.
As always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to be in touch.

Contact List Updates:
I’m getting ready to send out my christmas card and would LOVE for you to recieve one. If you could please email me with your current mailing address I would really appreciate it.

THANK YOU!

In Him, Ruthanne Burch

ruthanneclare[at]mac[dot]com

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Thanksgiving funnies

24 Nov

I love a good comic strip. So I thought I would share some good ones – Thanksgiving Style.

Hope you have a great day with your family and friends!

Enjoy

Promo – Kate’s Corner

17 Nov

18 years is a REALLY long time. But that’s how long I’ve known Kate Graham Mansfield.  She’s my very best friend in the whole world, a wonderful wife and mom and also pretty darn talented.

Kate makes and sells these beautiful cards from a corner in her house and I just couldn’t help telling all you fine folks about them.

She makes baby cards…

Cards for kids…

Thank you Cards…

And just in time for the Holidays – Christmas Cards!…

You can see lot’s of other cards she has for sale and purchase them over at the Kate’s Corner page on Facebook.

Go! See! Purchase!

Love you Kate!

Wanna come over for Thanksgiving?

16 Nov

I love Thanksgiving – It’s one of those holidays that’s pretty low key in my family so it’s usually nice and relaxing…..and did I mention the pumpkin pie? How could I have forgotten!

If your going to be in the Atlanta area for Thanksgiving and don’t have a place to go my Family would love to have you over for some Thanksgiving grub!

Leave a comment below, facebook me or shoot me a email if you are interested!

angry birds

15 Nov

I have a iPhone….. I know some people may see iPhones as luxuries but I can safely and confidently say I use it in my line of work more than I use my computer! It’s gotten me out of a lot of scrapes, saved me from being lost and kept me occupied during an EXTREMELY boring jury duty experience. I heart it.  I don’t love it because we are only supposed to love God and people (right jackie?) but it is very nice to have and I am so thankful for it.

Life would be pretty crazy if it was all work and no play right? So I do have a couple of games a I play on a regular basis. One of which is Angry Birds. I can pretty safely say it’s one of the most addicting games on the face of the planet. And it sometimes causes me to shake my phone violently and say bad things at it which I have to repent of later.

You basically have to take these birds that all have different skills and fling them over obstacles to hit and kill these little green pigs that smile realy snootily at you if you fail the level. I hate those little guys. I know it sounds so pointless but it’s SO fun!

So when I saw this picture on a blog I read I had to pass it along.

It’s an Angry Birds CAKE!!!! SO FUN!!!

side note – I just had an idea to needle felt some angry birds characters! How cute would that be! – end side note

I just spent a whole blog post talking about a video game….oh dear……..

fall…

14 Nov

…or autumn as they say in Australia is my favorite season…the trees are always a-blaze with color and pumpkin is the flavor of choice for all things dessert.

I was wandering around the Virginia Highlands area today and was taken by the colors of St. Charles Place…I had to stop and take some pics.

More are on Facebook but these are my favs.

Happy Fall – enjoy the abundance of pumpkin flavored goodies!

thank you

11 Nov

Colonel Colin F Burch

1st Sgt Scott L Kirkpatrick

and so many more in my family and others who have served our country.

Let’s remember them today.

religious songs……..

10 Nov

A friend of mine Ashley posted this on facebook and and just had to share.

Love me a good bluegrass song…throw in some humor and it’s even better!

Seeing the Nations

9 Nov

I mentioned in my monthly update that I was at the Global Missions Conference this weekend and I got a chance to See the Nations and all that God is doing!

One of the many things that the conference planners did well was have REALLY cool videos highlighting different ministries MTW is involved in.  I wanted to share them with y’all. This one is about MTW’s work in Haiti.  As more are posted I will share them.

Here is a link to one about the work in Ethiopia working with AIDS victims.

http://theater.15four.com/ethiopia/

November Update

8 Nov
Ruthanne’s November Update
Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.
Habbakuk 1:5

I love this verse.  I was only introduced to it a few weeks ago but it has become a groundbreaking verse for me.  In this verse God is responding to Habbakuk after he spent the first 4 verses complaining to God about all that is wrong in his world. So God told him, “LOOK!” “LOOK AROUND YOU!” “See the nations and what I am doing!” I really feel like I got a opportunity to “See the Nations” this weekend at the Global Missions Conference (GMC) and I am still in wonder and astonishment of what the Lord is doing and that I get to play a part in it.

Global Missions Conference
GYFM Team

The GYFM had a great time this weekend at the GMC in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I said this so many times this weekend but the GMC is like a big Family Reunion for me! I got to see friends and missionaries from all over the world some of which I haven’t seen in many years. I got to catch up with fellow MK’s who I grew up with, MK’s who I hung out with at Area Retreats when I was an MK in High School, MK’s who I’ve gotten to know over the past 4 years as I’ve been on youth teams at their Area Retreats. I loved that you couldn’t walk down the main hallway of the convention center and not say hello or give a hug to many a long time friend.

Our College TCK hangout!

On Friday Night we had a event for all of the college-aged Third Culture Kid’s (TCK) that were at the conference.  We had no idea how many students would come but we booked a room at a nearby restaurant and it was standing room only with the over 40 TCK’s that attended! It was so fun to catch up with those I have not seen in a long time and meet others whose families may not be with MTW. I look forward to seeing what God does with the connections that were made that night.

It was also so encouraging for us as a GYFM team to see the Lord open people’s eyes to what we are doing. We had a booth in the exhibit hall and it was such a blessing to have a central place where people could come and ask us questions. Questions ranged from churches asking how they can encourage their missionaries and their families better, missionaries asking how they can reach the next generation in their communities, and parent’s asking how they can understand and love on their MK’s better. We would so appreciate your prayers as we follow up with all who we met with and that we would continue to make partnerships and reach the next generation with the love of God.

The coming months…

The next couple of months will be fairly low key for me. I’m looking forward to these upcoming weeks so I can catch up on many things that have been put on hold while we were preparing for the Area Retreat and the GMC.

Prayer Requests:

–       I will be working on making some more connections and contacts in regards to my support raising. Please pray that these would be fruitful.
–       Eric & John will be travelling to Japan to teach a GYFI class at Christ Bible Institute in Nagoya. They then go to Korea to connect with national pastors there.

Because of His Mercy,

Ruthanne

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A note about my Support Raising

The Lord continues to provide for me in overwhelming ways and he continues to raise up new members of my support team!  I am so thankful for how the Lord is using you to allow me to be part of this ministry.

As you may know I received a large one-time gift at the end of June that enabled me to start with the GYFM at the beginning of July. This has been a great encouragement to me and I am so thankful to be able to be working full-time.  However this money has only been committed to me for one year.  My monthly support pledges are at 53%. Part of my job now is to continue to raise new support and cultivate the supporters I already have.

Did you know that I have 131 fans on my facebook page?  I don’t say this to brag but to say if just 90 of those fans gave just $25 a month I would be fully funded! If you are already a support would you consider raising your pledge $10 – $20 a month? If you have been thinking about supporting me monthly and just not had a chance to do so or have any other questions please don’t hesitate to let me know.

MTW now has Online Donations! You can donate online at www.mtw.org
OR
send a check to MTW
PO Box 116284
Atlanta GA 30368
Please include my name and account number #10660 in the memo line.
You can download my prayer card here!