Happy Friday! It’s a wonderful day for me because I get to introduce you to a friend of mine, Lorie Newman. If you are visiting after reading my devotion on Encouragement for Today, I’m so glad you stopped by for a visit. And I always love to welcome my regular readers. Thanks for joining me today.
I met Lorie Newman a little over seven years ago when we were both adopting internationally. In fact, it was at She Speaks when she came up and introduced herself and we discovered we both had stalled adoptions. She shared with us the new agency they chose, and within three months after the conference our daughters were home.
Since that time, I’ve watched Lorie’s passion for serving others grow. And it always starts at home as she’s a wife and homeschooling mother of seven children, including twins and two children who were internationally adopted from Haiti and Liberia. She is also the founder of an orphan ministry that enables over 250 impoverished African orphans to receive food, clothing and education through a partnership with Children’s HopeChest. Lorie has coordinated ministry events with FamilyLife’s Hope for Orphans and Interfaith Hospitality Network, and leads mission trips with groups of women speakers to teach, train, and minister to the women of impoverished nations.
There’s so much more I could say about Lorie, like she’s an amazing speaker and Bible teacher, but today I want to tell you about her new book. Which, by the way, she got a contract for after meeting with a publisher at She Speaks (www.shespeaksconference.com – registration starts in January!!!).
The book is “A Cup of Cold Water in His Name” and it’s fabulous. It’s biblical, inspiring and practical at the same time. I asked Lorie a few questions about her book and life. Here’s some of our conversation.
1. What compelled you to write “A Cup of Cold Water in His Name”?
In our world where there are so many needy people, the statistics can be overwhelming- 1.1 billion people lack access to potable water, 925 million people are chronically malnourished, 145 million orphans, 19 million people in American are considered the “working poor.” With such great needs, many of us as Christians have to wonder if helping just one needy person really matters. But God rarely calls us as individuals to care for masses of humanity. Instead He teaches the importance of helping just one. Matthew 25:40 is clear- “Whatever you have done to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me.”
I wanted to show the infinite worth of helping just one needy person. I pray the Lord meets people in the pages of this book and they are inspired to step outside their world and help others.
2) What will readers find in the book?
Ranging from easy to high-level commitment, the 60 creative ideas and projects I give in my book are broken down into the five areas of need that Jesus speaks of in Matthew 25- feeding the hungry, inviting the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, and ministering to the prisoner. I give everything the reader needs- websites, resources, and ministry contacts- to inspire people to become the hands and feet of Jesus to the needy.
3) You’re a busy mom. What would you say to other busy moms who want to do something but feel overwhelmed?
As Christian parents, its easy to think of missions as “what we do.” Instead, we should remember that missions is “who we are.” Missions comes naturally to a family who simply ministers in their sphere of influence. If there is a single mother in your neighborhood, anonymously leave a bag of groceries on her porch while she’s at work. Do this with your children and even let them help you pick out the food as you shop at the supermarket.
If while driving with your children in the car, you pass the scene of an accident or if an ambulance passes you with its siren blaring and lights flashing, take a quick moment to pray aloud for the people involved in that emergency.
If there is an elderly widow or widower at your church, let your children help you bake cookies for them or even spend a Saturday morning doing their yard work, making sure to praise your children while they help.
If you pass a person begging on the side of the road, use the opportunity to show your children that helping a stranger in need, even when you have a busy schedule, is just what Jesus did during his earthly ministry. Purchase several $5 gift cards from local stores to keep in your wallet or purse to give away. Then you and your children are always ready to help someone in need.
Raising children who care for the marginalized will come naturally to them when they see Mom and Dad living the truth of Christ’s compassion in everyday life.
4) Can you share some of your home organization or personal time management tips that help you manage all you do?
I wish I could say I have a mastered personal time management and home organization, but in our home, much of what I have learned in these areas has simply been through trial and error. Because we are a large family, home management is vital to making our household run smoothly. Each day, as a part of my morning routine, I make sure I have dinner on my mind. If I need to thaw a frozen roast or soak a few cups of dry beans that morning in preparation for the dinner meal, I take care of that first thing.
I also have one child help me prepare dinner each night. This gives me quality one-on-one time with each of my children while also teaching them a needed life skill.
With our large family, I also have a regular cleaning day each week and require my seven children to have regular chores. Each cleans their own room and also an assigned area. Even a small child can dust with a sock on their hands that’s been sprayed with furniture polish. It is so time consuming to teach children to clean properly, but given the proper patient instruction it is well worth the effort!
My best tip for personal time management, other than making sure you spend time with the Lord each morning, is simple: Allow yourself an extra 10 minutes of time before you have to leave for an appointment. For example, if you need to leave your home at 10 am, then plan to load in the car at 9:50. It’s just inevitable with children that at the last moment, someone will be looking for a left shoe, a missing sock, or the baby will have a dirty diaper. Plan for the unexpected and give yourself some “wiggle room” on the clock when heading out the door. This will help you avoid being frustrated and flustered which we all know can quickly ruin what started out as a great day.
Thanks Lorie! You are an inspiration to me.
I’d love to give away a copy of Lorie’s book to one reader today. If you’d like to win, please leave a comment on this blog. I’ll leave the contest open until Sunday at 8 p.m. PST, and announce the winner on Monday. And even if you don’t want it for yourself, I imagine a children’s ministry director or outreach coordinator at your church might like a copy.
Thanks for joining me today.
In His love,