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With every mission experience I’ve had, I gain with it a new perspective, thought, or lesson — a change of mind. I try to take home with me something that I can learn from, and each time I ask God to show me something new in order to transform my way of life. My first missions trip to Zambia overwhelmed me with the shocking poverty that was revealed to me for the first time. It was a truly eye-opening experience which affirmed in me how another man’s junk can actually be another man’s treasure. I saw this in the children as they rummaged through our garbage to collect cans for toys because just so that they could have something they could call their own. Two years later, my return trip to Zambia taught me an entirely new lesson. It furthered upon my first observations that although these people have nothing, they in fact have so much more. As I spoke with our translator one day while walking from hut to hut for medical visits, I asked him questions about daily life in the bush. I asked him how people who live in the bush go about moving to the city in search for a “better” life. There was a momentary pause before he said something that I will never forget for the rest of my life.    “We don’t live out here because we are stuck here, we choose this lifestyle. When you go to the city, there are things. Things that you want. But out here, we live as a community, supporting and trading with each other. We care for our neighbors and our families and that is our life. We don’t need those things.” All along, I had pitied these people for the circumstances in which they live their daily lives and the hardships that they encounter. Yet, I was blind to it all. I was taken back by the suffering and hardship and failed to see the underlying beauty of their way of life – a life that was based purely on love. Love for their neighbors, family, and God, which are the only true necessities of life. Here I was attempting to “save the world”, but little did I realize that they already had it all.     My most recent mission trip to Haiti added further to these lessons by showing me yet again, a whole new perspective and altering many of my preconceived notions about life. All along, I was caught up in the “works” of missions. I would often become discouraged with the overwhelming amount of problems that I would see in my overseas encounters knowing that I had such little impact, if any. However, through this missions trip I finally came to realize that the whole purpose of missions is not about a list of accomplishments that I can share with all my supporters back home. It’s not about us. It’s not about statistics. It’s not about reward.    We go to serve and see results. But the truth is, we will most likely will never see the true results of our work.  The results of our work is not based upon the lives we save, but love that we show through these things that we do whether that be digging a hole or performing open heart surgery.     The second lesson I learned form my trip to Haiti was a perspective shift in my thought about the work of mission. As a church, we hear all sorts of positive and encouraging stories of the good that is happening in the world through the work of mission organizations and non-profits. We do not, however, often hear about how these works can actually be a harm rather than a blessing in certain situations. During my stay in Haiti, we learned a lot from our leader who resides there and who holds the responsibility to lead teams like ours from all over the world to “help Haiti”. The problem is that these people, me included, arrive on a high horse. We have knowledge to share, things to give, and tasks to complete. Yet we forget the whole purpose of our mission, namely to demonstrate God’s love.
We come into these foreign lands with talents that we want to share. We want to make a difference, save lives, and we want to feel accomplished. Yet the trouble is that although our intentions are good, our minds are so focused on how we want to put what we have to offer to use that if we do not accomplish these great things, we feel discouraged. This is the enemy acting against us through our very own selfishness. Our one and only calling is to serve with love. It’s not what we do, but how we carry out our service. Everything we do is equally effective if we reflect the love of God through our service.  In Corinthians 1:13, God clearly states,
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing……and now these things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love”
Our strive to do good and change the world without the focus of God can actually be a curse. It’s as if we are trying to take on the role of God, rather than serving through God. The lesson I was able to take away from this trip was that;

Service is not a to-do list, but rather a to- love list.

Thank you to all those who have supported me every step of the way through this journey. I have continually felt the power of your prayers and love that radiates through your generosity and support.

Blessings,
Emily Loogman

Building Hope Foundation

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Updates | 0 comments

Building Hope Foundation

The LifeSaver Kit project has provided 60 medical kits to the Building Hope Foundation located in South  Africa. We have been working with Elzaan de Villiers to coordinate the distribution of kits among the    churches and villages. Here is a brief report… “After the service, Hannes handed the medical packs to the organising Pastor of 8 churches. During that  time a woman who was shot twice in the leg, and whose wound was only covered by a sock, also received a medical pack to clean her wound and assist her in healing her heel....

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A Thank You from Mulondo Patrick: Uganda

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013 in Updates | 2 comments

A Thank You from Mulondo Patrick: Uganda

  Dearest The Life Save Kit Project, I bring greetings to you all from Uganda my country on behalf of my ministry and my people who you helped get medical kits dueling these past  2 outreaches we have had along side my brother Jared Morrison from Atlanta . Thank you so very much for that support you gave to my ministry .We had the first outreach on 21st Dec and 29th Dec 2012.21st we had one outreach in the jungles of Bwelenga landing site on the showers  of lake Victoria where many children were ministered to through mosquito nets,...

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August 2012 in Vietnam

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in Updates | 0 comments

August 2012 in Vietnam

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Summer 2012

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Summer 2012

This summer alone, the total of $6,000 was given to this cause, which has allowed the purchase of 270 medical kits and are all being delivered to several different countries… 150 to Zambia, 60 to Uganda, 30 to Cambodia, and 30 to Vietnam. Another enormous blessing is that I have received a gift that has given me the opportunity to return back to Zambia on a medical missions trip with an organization called Nurses for Africa. I will be able to distribute these kits firsthand for the first time since starting this non profit. Thank you...

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Donate now!

Posted by on Jan 2, 2012 in Updates | 0 comments

Donate now!

Now is the time to donate, a donor has promised to match any donation made that is given to this project. Donate now and for each kit you purchase, another will be sent along with it!

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New years resolution

Posted by on Jan 1, 2012 in Updates | 0 comments

For this next year, we have a goal to send a minimum amount of 500 kits overseas. Please help us reach this goal by keeping this project in your prayers, encourage others to get involved, and donating what you can to this cause.

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Coincidence?

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Updates | 0 comments

Dear Emily, I received a Life Saver Kit from a dear friend, who came to help us last year – Mike Greenberg. The reason for my writing – is firstly I want to encourage you to continue to do what the Lord called you to do.  Every burden the Lord places on our hearts, we need to answer to, otherwise we miss out on the enourmous blessing it has in store for us and those the Lord wanted to reach through us. We are South African, working in southern Africa.  We just returned from a training session in the Eastern Cape, where we provided...

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Kit transfer in Tennessee

Posted by on Jul 23, 2011 in Updates | 0 comments

  Serena and Drake had a unique opportunity to transfer 30 kits while there were in Tennessee in early June. There will be several trips to Africa from this FourWinds Mission (the local mission of the WindFarm Cafe) based in TN. In the picture (L-R), Mike Greenburg, Serena Travis, Brian Hardin, Drake Travis and Jason Hollis. We look forward to the amazing stories and lives that will be helped through this fun...

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30 Kits Going to Zambia

Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Updates | 0 comments

A fun story… Serena Travis, my mentor, normally listens to Daily Audio Bible “DAB” (www.dailyaudiobible.com) everyday. Her ears perked up when she heard that there was a mission group of DAB listeners who were planning to go to Zambia in July. She wondered if it would be possible to send some LifeSaver Kits with them. Serena emailed DAB to inquire if it would be possible to send some kits with them. She received a reply from Mike Greenberg who is leading the mission from Franklin, Tennessee. He said that they would be happy...

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70 Kits Going to Mexico

Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Updates | 0 comments

Becky Travis, of Fort Jones, CA, will be delivering 70 kits when she goes to Mexico in June. She will be distributing them to different towns and orphanages during her stay. She volunteered to be our project partner after her initial trip to Haiti was cancelled. We look forward to adding pictures from Becky’s trip. Please pray for her safety and the safe distribution of the kits. Please pray for the recipients too!

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