Saturday, July 4, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Since moving to China I have experienced a roller-coaster of emotions but the one that stands out the most is love. The greatest thing about love is that it isn't just an emotion, its a choice and a commitment to put others before myself and to love under all conditions and circumstances. I will never be able to love others like Christ does but I pray that others would see the love of Christ through my poor attempt to love as He has commanded me to do so.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Jane, Liz, and me
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Ni hao everyone,
When I think about the last week I become overwhelmed with the events that have taken place. Knowing that almost a week ago I was at home making my final “see you laters” and today I am sitting in my apartment in Luoyang, China writing this. When we first arrived I was in shock. I really never thought the day would come. I was “preparing” for it and I knew I had made a commitment to God and the children, but truly I honestly never expected it to happen. After my initial shock, I began to become inwardly irritable and slightly upset with my surroundings and why God had placed me here. I mean it is not everyday that you use the toilet and instead of simply flushing your waste down, you actually fill a bucket up with water and pour it into the toilet hoping that it goes down and stays there, only to throw the paper used into a trash can sitting next to you because the drain system cannot handle it! Adjusting to the smells of China has also been a doozy. The worst part was that at first everything else smelt like China. Now I find myself smelling like China! But then God redirected me like He does so often and reminded me that I was selfish for thinking those thoughts. Who am I to demand things from God? I was reminded of how God responded to Job after he had lost almost everything except his own life, and after looking at the difficulties Job endured that’s probably the one thing he wanted to lose.
Job 38: 4
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding,
5 Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it?
6 “On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone.
God continues to respond to Job in this manner for another 35 or so verses. Saying Job, who the heck do you think you are? Were you there when I made the earth, when I made you, when I created time, space, water, birds, fish, mountains, flowers, gravity?! After taking a look at this passage it becomes clear to me that God did not create my life for me! I am not here living on Earth to be comfortable or to bring myself glory. I am not here to look good in the eyes of others. I am here in this world for one purpose and that is to bring glory to God. When I reflect over the events of the past year it becomes very clear to me that God wants me here and was preparing me long before I even realized. Although I am unsure of where and how God is going to lead me from here I am sure of one thing. I am in Luoyang, China to love these kids with everything that I have. To do my best to provide for them emotionally, mentally, and socially because God loves each of them more than I could ever imagine and He has called me to do the same.
1 John 4:19
We love because he first loved us
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
34"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Julee Hartmeyer (me)- First fell in love with orphan ministry in 2004 when my youth leaders began working with foster children in the state of Florida which led to their four beautiful children that have since been adopted!! Realizing the crisis I began helping foster families and children in the area in very small ways. Four years later after working with countless orphans in my hometown I decided to apply for a trip to China led by the Shoahannah's Hope in the summer of 2008. Little did I know I would meet 13 of the coolest girls and two of the greatest guys I have ever met. My life would never be the same. God revealed to me that he has a passion for orphans and that I have been called to care for these children on a greater level, which has led me to make a one year commitment to volunteer with China Home Foundation starting in March of 2009.
Chrissy Adams (my roommate and one of the 13 awesome girls)- Was a team member and roommate of mine over the summer on our first trip to China with Shoahannah's Hope. Currently works for The Church at Battlecreek as an office assistant. Has been highly involved in an orphan care ministry started at her church known as ADOPT(ED), which raises awareness and sells t-shirts to help offset the financial burden of adoption for families. She has a passion and a calling to care and defend for these children on a larger level which has led her to make a one year commitment to volunteer with China Home Foundation starting in March of 2009.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
So as always things have been crazy around here. The garage sale went smoothly and was a success as I made $600 that will be put towards my move to China. We will be having another sale on February 21st and hope to do just as well! Thank you to everyone who donated items or helped in any way for this garage sale.
We officially have 37 days until we leave for China!! Thats crazy!!! I'm asking that you would please pray for our team and The China Home Foundation as we have recently felt the devil attacking us and we pray that he would not have a foothold in any part of the ministry! I now need around $4,400 to reach my financial goal! Please pray that fundraising will go well for both me and my roomate Chrissy as well as China Home Foundation!
Alright I'm out!
Thanks again for all your support and encouragement!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Dear family and friends,
I hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Christmas. Our departure for China continues to come quickly as we are busy making final decisions on travel plans and living arrangements. Plane tickets have been purchased and our official departure date is now March 4th. New Hope Foundation, the ministry that currently occupies the fifth floor of the orphanage, will be moving into their new building in mid February, allowing China Home Foundation to begin ministry on the fifth floor beginning in March. Our partners, Mikey and Michael, will begin preparing the apartment on the fifth floor for Chrissy and I. This will allow us to make a smooth transition so we can begin using this floor to work with the children as soon as possible.
The Lord continues to provide financially as I have now raised approximately $7,500 in gifts and pledges. I will be hosting a garage sale on January 24th, which will help reduce the cost of the remaining $5,000 I still need to raise. Monthly donors can begin sending their donations starting the first of March to the following address listed below. Please make the check payable to Jacquie Hartmeyer.
4111 36th, st. w.
Bradenton, Fl 34205
For more information regarding the ministry of China Home Foundation please check the following websites
Ministry website- http://www.chinahomefoundation.org/
China Home Foundation blog- http://chinahomefoundation.blogspot.com/
My roommate’s blog- http://www.chrissynicoleadams.blogspot.com/
We ask that you would please pray for the following requests:
1. Pray that China Home Foundation will continue to find favor in the eyes of director Pei, the man who runs the orphanage. This is crucial because he determines how much we can do with the children.
2. Pray that New Hope Foundation will be able to make a smooth transition into their new building in mid February, allowing China Home Foundation to move onto to the fifth floor as soon as possible.
3. Pray that China Home Foundation will continue to be blessed financially to help begin and sustain ministry with the children of Luoyang.
4. Pray that Mikey and Michael will be guided to make bold and biblical administrative decisions regarding different aspects of the ministry.
5. Pray that Chrissy and I will be able to prepare for the move as we will struggle with the departure from home, family, and friends.
6. Pray that His name will be glorified in every aspect of the ministry.