Friday, January 30, 2009

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY PARKER JAMES!!!

Today is my nephew's first birthday!!  I can't believe how quickly a year went by.  It has been a blessing being able to spend so much time with him during his first year.  Yeah, its been a little tiring because he hasn't always slept through the night and when he does he wakes me up around 6 and right now he won't stop screaming!!  But nothing compares to his little laugh!!  I love playing with him right before bed because he seems to get a little wild and it's very entertaining!!  I can't wait to see the plans that God has for him and I pray that he would turn into a man that serves Christ with everything that he has!! I love him dearly and I am going to miss him significantly when I move to China!! I love you Parks!!!

Aunt JuJu


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Blessed beyond measure!

Hey everyone,

So yesterday I updated my blog saying that I needed approximately $4,400 left to reach my goal!  Well throughout the day I received $1000 in donations.  That means if I did my math correctly, I need approximately $3,400 left to reach my financial goal!!  I was stunned to say the least and I was in shock as my God once again took my breath away!  It kept bringing me back to the verse I have posted numerous times on my blog

Ephesians 3:20-21

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine according to His power at work within us.  To Him be the glory in the church, and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.  Amen"

He can do far more than my mind can even fathom!  Too often I find myself trying to predict where He will lead me or what he will do!  I don't know why I waste my time because He always goes beyond my feeble thoughts!  God is good all the time!    

To Him be the glory,

In Christ, 

JHart

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

37 days!

Hey everyone,

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!

In Christ,

JHart

James 1:27

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Garage Sale!!!!

Hey everyone,

So this week has been crazy because every time I turn around I feel like I have people handing me garage sale items!!  Our house is a wreck because we have boxes all over the place.  It's so awesome because sometimes we just assume God is going to hand us the money for missions, which he is fully capable of, but I also think that he can provide in endless ways that involve much more work and preparation.  For example, a couple months ago I had nothing but a few clothes to sell and now I am overwhelmed with items from people who have willingly donated them towards my move to China.  We have now officially decided that we will have more than one sale because we don't have enough room to put all of it out at one time!!!  I am very excited for Saturday and I'm asking that you would please pray that everything would go smoothly and that the weather would be nice and of course that God would richly bless me financially through this!!!!

On a different note!!  We now have 41 days until we are in China!!  Today I visited Emily Richard's (Chapman's) blog and ran across a couple new photos of Marias Big House of Hope!  It was awesome to see how different it looks from when we were there over the summer.  Lets just say that it didn't help the anxiousness of wanting to be in Luoyang at all!  I can't really describe the feelings that I have been having lately but it seems that 90% of my thoughts involve China.  Unfortunately its a struggle because everyone around me is probably sick of hearing me talk about it.  It's also extremely difficult to stay focused at work because my heart and my mind are in China!!!  Please continue to pray for the children of Luoyang and China Home Foundation as we prepare for the move into the orphanage in early March!  

In Christ,

JHart

Monday, January 19, 2009

44 days!!!

Hey everyone,

So this weekend went really well.  Its awesome to know I have so many people from all over that are supporting me through this journey.  I just wanted to say thank you because without that support I would not be able to make this dream a reality! 

Now on to China news!!  

We now have 44 days until we leave for China.  Thats crazy!!!  It's coming so quickly!  I just realized the other day how unprepared I actually was when I was looking over everything that needs to be done before we leave.  The number one being that I need to apply for my Visa A.S.A.P.  I was holding off on that because I had a question on how to fill it out but I'm ready now!!   The garage sale is also next weekend and I cannot wait to spend every free hour that I have marking items :)  Just kidding!  But I am excited to have it because I know God is going to use this to help provide for my trip.  Please pray for this!  I need about 5,000 more dollars.  God is good and I know that he will provide this for me. Anyways thats just a little bit of what's going on right now!!!

Talk to you later,

JHart

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Going down south!!

Hey everyone,

This summer my boss approached me and asked if I would be willing to chaperone a middle school youth event that was being held in South Georgia!  After some thought I decided I should do it.  I had just returned home from China and I was processing what God had revealed to me.  During that week I met a youth pastor from Adel, Georgia who was interested in what was then a dream to return to China to live in an orphanage.  After returning home we kept in contact and he has asked me to make a trip to Adel to speak at the youth Sunday school class about my dream that is now becoming a reality.  I am asking that you would please pray for me as I speak this weekend.  I am not the greatest public speaker but I know that God  is telling me to encourage and inform the next generation about orphans and how we can change the world one life at a time!!!  Thank you for all your prayers and support!!!  

In Christ,

JHart


Ephesians 3:20-21

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according yo his power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." 

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Waiting on God

Hey guys, 

So this past week was kinda crazy!!  Going back to work after having a break is normally hard to begin with, but it felt extra hard this year because I have so many thoughts and emotions running through my head right now.  One day I actually yearn to be in China to the point where I'm just anxious and unfortunately don't want to be doing anything other than thinking of the children.  And the next day I'm almost in tears or more often than not, I am in tears because I cannot stop thinking about how much I am going to miss my family!!  Although I have been on a roller-coaster of emotions I am determined to learn something during this time.  I'm not quite sure what that is going to be yet, but I know God is teaching me something through this.  He has perfect timing and even though today, or at least right now, I am anxious to be in China I am also excited to see what He is teaching me as I wait on him.  

Psalm 25:5 

"Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day."

Later, 

JHart

    

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Back to real life!!

Hey everyone,

So this past 2 and a 1/2 weeks has been a wonderful time of relaxation.  The only issue with that is I must return to the this thing I call real life. :(  Today is my first day back to work with the kiddos.  I'm excited because I miss teaching, playing, and hanging out with them, but at the same time I'm sad because I am going to miss hanging out with my family and friends.  I know that as soon as I get back into my daily routine the next 2 months are going to fly by!

China seems to be coming quicker than I thought it would.  Its an emotional ride that I'm not going to try and explain to you.  But I will ask you to pray for me and Chrissy as we prepare for our move to China.  I'd be lying if I told you that I wasn't going to desperately miss my family, my home, and my comfy bed!!!  However, I know that God has called me to spend time in China with his precious children that are in need of love.  And I am beyond excited to see what God has in store for my life, the ministry, and of course the children!!!  As humans we tend to run from God and what he calls us to do for numerous different reason all resulting from sin. Believe me, throughout my life I have been a walking demonstration of this statement due to fear of where he will call me and what sacrifices I will have to make.  However it is my deepest prayer that he will infectiously take over my life and that I will answer him like the prophet Isaiah.    

Isaiah 6:8 
 Then I heard a voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

These days it may seem like we are in a hopeless world but I beg to differ!!  Through faith we must have hope!  

Hebrews 11:1 
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

"Hope means a continual looking forward to the eternal world.  it does not mean that we leave the present one as it is.  If you read history you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were just those who thought the most of the next." C.S. Lewis 

 Later,

JHart

Thursday, January 1, 2009

China Update!!!

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.  


In Christ,


JHart