Monday, November 16, 2020

Advancing Native Missions Gift Catalog Review and Giveaway #christmasgiving #advancingnativemissons #givingcatalog #FreeProductReceived


Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this catalog and a gift was given from it on our behalf through FrontGate Media in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Advancing Native Missions is a Christian mission based organization that instead of sending out foreign missionaries that have little knowledge of the people or culture, they have native (local) missionaries to spread the gospel and minister. They are already accustomed to the physical climate, environment, and political situation. These missionaries live and minister on a fraction of the resources because their standard of living is comparable to those they serve. They also already know the language, people, and culture and can begin work with minimal training and preparation. They are more committed to working long-term because they already know and love the people; their own family, friends, and neighbors. These missionaries preach the Gospel, plant churches, care for children; found: schools, medical clinics, and Bible colleges to train others.

ANM serves 345 native (local) mission ministries with over 10,425 missionaries, church planters, trainers, and workers working in 97 countries around the world. These missionaries are engaging 858 of these 7,000 unreached people groups and are reaching out to more all the time. Some of these countries that these native missionaries serve are closed to Western missionaries. This is the only way to get the message of The Lord out to them.

Through the Advancing Native Missions Gift Catalog you can help these native missionaries with gifts and donations to them and the people they serve so that they may live in better circumstances. Included in the catalog is a coloring book for your kids to color of a true story about a small girl facing big struggles and how she overcomes with the help of others and the hope of Jesus. You and your family can also pick from many causes and charities to aid and advocate for those that are in need, including: 

  • Beekeeping kits for a native worker to support themselves through honey sales (brand new to the catalog)
  • a Bible to a fellow Christian for spiritual growth
  • a bicycle to a church planter or pastor so they can travel easier
  • a brick bundle (10 bricks) to help build new classrooms
  • a Newborn Care Package: care for a newborn and their mother in Israel for one month
  • a chicken so a family can eat and sell its eggs
  • Children's Gift Bundle: includes school supplies, sports equipment, a Christmas gift, and a pair of shoes
  • a Christmas gift box: a box of small gifts to a child in need
  • COVID-19 Relief Package: food for hungry families, hygiene supplies to help families stay safe and healthy, and financial aid for those who have lost jobs during the pandemic
  • a goat or sheep so a family can have milk and meat
  • medicine to support medical outreach in impoverished communities
  • a motorcycle so a church planter or pastor can access remote areas and share the gospel
  • a Persecution Aid Package will provide temporary safe housing, basic medical and care for injuries, food and other necessitates
  • school supplies so that a student is more equipped to learn
  • sewing machine so that a family can start a home business and mend clothing
  • shoes so a child can play, do chores, and walk to school safely
  • sports equipment so that kids can enjoy healthy recreation with friends
  • support a worker so they can start churches and care for their congregation
  • well to provide clean and accessible water for a community
  • etc.


 

My Thoughts:

By reviewing the Advancing Native Missions Gift Catalog I was given the choice of three gift packages: Animals Gift Package, Children's Gift Package, or the Newborn Care Package that I could pick from for ANM to give on my family's behalf. I picked the Animals Gift Package which is a $116 value and I believed had the most benefit to a family. This package gives 2 goats so a family can have an economical supply of milk and meat and gives 12 chickens so a family can eat and sell its eggs. 

Food and financial security is so important and so many in this world are starving, going hungry, and don't have any way to make ends meet. I know that I am fairly privileged to live in America where I am living fairly comfortably and free to be a Christian and share my beliefs. I am so grateful and thankful for this. My family is overjoyed to be able to share something so important and essential with our global brothers and sisters who are less fortunate. I hope this gift blesses a family for many years to come.

 

My daughters looking through the ANM Gift Catalog.
 

Giving to this amazing fund is a wonderful and generous thing to do to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays with your family. Sharing the message of Christ and giving the gift of benevolence, service, and humanitarianism is so important for those that are impoverished and/or persecuted for their beliefs. Please help those who cannot help themselves. Use the Advancing Native Missions gifting catalog to donate and directly impact families around the world.

 

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  • Prize: Win a painting from one of their partners in Bulgaria! They are artists and use that art to share the gospel and fund ministry.
  • Host: Advancing Native Missions and FrontGate Media.
  • Who Can Enter: Open to US Residents 18 years or older.
  • Selection Process: 1 Winner will be selected on 11/30/2020 and notified by email at which time they will ask for your address. Winner will have 2 weeks to respond.
  • Where to Enter: Go to this link https://www.blessedfreebies.com/advancing-native-missions-giveaway.html and fill out the form to enter.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Give a Novica Gift for Christmas, Review and $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway #FreeProductReceived

 

Disclaimer: I received a $50 GC for free to get something for myself for posting this provided information and the opportunity to give another away to my readers. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this post.

NOVICA helps change the lives of artisans in developing nations, while offering us extraordinary handmade gifts, jewelry, apparel, and home decor. There are so many talented artists and artisans around the world. NOVICA provides these unique, hard-to-find items on their internet website at great prices. These services are all fair trade, meaning that they don't charge the artists and artisans any listing fees and the artists and artisans remain fully independent. They are free to raise their prices, lower their prices, or remove their items from their website whenever they please. This website is great to buy something from for your special someone for Christmas, just remember since these items are coming all the way from the country they are made in, the shipping might take longer than expected. 

 

This is a review I wrote about the artisan who made my metal wall sculptures.

 

I received $50 to spend on Novica. I wanted something that could decorate the side of my farm's well house. I needed something bright and cheery so that when guests come up our driveway they would notice it. I found a gorgeous steel wall sculpture of a Violet Hummingbird by J. Blas from Mexico. It was the perfect price because it was just a cent less than the GC I received and since I am a Novica Ambassador I received free shipping. It is shaped by hand and has cutout motifs on its wings and tail feathers. It is the perfect size too at just 21.25 inches high x 15 inches wide x 2.4 inches deep you can still tell from the road coming to our home that it is a hummingbird. I also learned that in Mexico when someone sees a hummingbird in flight, they make a wish. I love this sentiment so much!

I had purchased a different wall sculpture from the same artist a number of years back called 'Cave Art Pony' which is hung on a wall in my living room and I love it too. These metal wall sculptures are so unique and wonderful! I highly recommend J. Blas and his artwork!

 

Assorted face masks from Novica.

 

Be sure to check out Novica's selection of beautiful face masks. They will keep you safe during COVID times and your purchase will help the artisans too. These are all unique and there is sure to be one that fits your style.

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  • Prize: Win a $50 Gift Certificate from NOVICA (This GC Expires 1/31/2021).


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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Drive Thru History® Adventures Bible Unearthed Review #FreeProductReceived

 

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

My family had the privilege of trying the Bible Unearthed from Drive Thru History® Adventures for this review to use in conjunction with our own curriculum at home. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

 

 

Drive Thru History is a great series that makes history fun. There are currently four different captivating series to choose from: Bible History (Acts to Revelation: The World of The First Christians & The Gospels: The Extraordinary Life of Jesus of Nazareth), American History (America: Columbus to the Constitution), and Ancient History (Ancient: Christianity and the Birth of Western Civilization). These bring the history to life and engages the viewer in an exciting adventure and learning. These not only tell us about the history, but also the archaeology, geography, and art surrounding the people, places, and events that have defined our world and the Christian faith. These videos are shot on location to bring you an up close and personal view of what the tour guide wants you to learn.

Dave Stotts is our host of Drive Thru History. He has spent the last 20+ years in the professional film and documentary production which has taken him to nearly 30 countries to shoot and edit works. He loves shooting and editing films, videography, writing, media creation. Storytelling is the driving force behind his work.

Bible Unearthed is a brand new 12 episode Drive Thru History® Adventures series produced by RightNow Media that has yet to be released (we received early access to it). It explores archeology and the discoveries that help us understand the ancient world. Dave Stotts, the host of Drive Thru History® Adventures introduces us to his friends and colleagues: Titus Kennedy, PhD and Randall Niles to unpack the world of archaeology in the Holy Land.


Episode 3 Layout...you would see more text if you could scroll.


How We Used This and Our Thoughts:

We received a lifetime access to Bible Unearthed. This has not yet been released and so we received early access. We have reviewed different products from Drive Thru History® Adventures before and loved every single one, so we were excited about this product too.

Bible Unearthed Episodes

This digital course has 12 episodes. It also has a 2-part introduction and 3-part course resources. This makes 17 total lessons. Each lesson can be marked as complete and then it will have a check mark beside it in the course menu. Every time you complete a lesson and mark it as done the next lesson will popup to move forward. Each episode has a video, course materials you can download and print out containing a worksheet and answer guide, and some text you can read about the subject with full color pictures and links to learn more. The worksheet contains the same text as what is online minus the pictures and then has about 5 discussion questions to answer. The answer guide is an answer key to the questions asked in the worksheet. The text has one or more paragraphs about the subject (a full written exposition and breakout), a "Getting Technical" section to go more in depth into a specific aspect, a "Scripture Reading" section to tie into a bible study and scripture, an "Optional Activity" section for more hands on, and a "Dig Deeper Articles" section for further investigation and research. 

 

Some Bible Unearthed video screenshots.
 

This was different than previous Drive Thru History® Adventures productions that I have seen. Besides Dave Stotts (the host of Drive Thru History) the videos featured two other people that were also knowledgeable in the field of archeology: Dr. Titus Kennedy (the resident archeology PhD) and Randall Niles (lead writer for Drive Thru History). The videos did not have as much eye candy as the other series in Drive Thru History® Adventures because it wasn't all on site. Instead Dave lets his friend Titus do most the talking about his passion, archeology, while they sit around a table in the "lair of archeology", as Dave calls it. The videos within the episodes incorporate items of interest, slides of pictures, and videos of Titus in the field. All the while Dave is up to his old antics as he has some well placed humor throughout to make you laugh.

We enjoyed these episodes and learned a fair bit when we watched each one. Titus does a great job at sharing his passion. I also loved that Titus goes through and points out a lot of the archeological evidence that shows that the Bible is a true book. This would be great for people that homeschool or afterschool or great for anyone that likes history.


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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Happy National Sandwich Day!

 

I wanted to share one of my favorite sandwiches for National Sandwich Day today. This is a Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian sandwich as it has mayonnaise, white cheese such as Swiss, provolone, or pepper jack, and cream cheese. It is perfect for having with soup or by itself. I love it with a glass of buttermilk.

 

Veggie Delight Sandwich

 

Ingredients:
  • 2 Slices of Bread (seedy wheat or sourdough) 
  • Softened Cream Cheese
  • Condiments (mayonnaise, Grey Poupon mustard, stone ground mustard, or horseradish sauce, or a combination)
  • 2 Slices of Sliced White Cheese (Swiss, provolone, or pepper jack) 
  • Sprouts (aka micro-greens) (alfalfa sprouts, broccoli sprouts, clover sprouts, or radish sprouts, or a combination)
  • Sliced Avocado
  • Sliced Mushrooms (button, shiitake, or baby bella)
  • Sliced Tomato
  • Sliced Cucumber

 

Instructions:

  1. Spread  cream cheese on one of the slices of bread and your choice of condiments on the other.
  2. Layer some sliced cucumber, sliced tomato, and cheese on the side with the condiments.
  3. Layer some sprouts sliced mushrooms, and sliced avocado on the side with the cream cheese.
  4. Put both sides of the bread together with the ingredients in the middle to make the sandwich.
  5. Cut the sandwich down the center or across to make two halves.
  6. Enjoy!