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Monday, November 22, 2010

New Season... Heart for Africa


Great JOY and thankfulness to the Father. My passion has been for Africa for many years. I was introduced to Heart for Africa at a friend's party years ago. From then I have followed closely with this organization. This past July, I was privledged enough to go to Swaziland with Heart for Africa! The trip made my passion tangiable. I would never be the same. God's footprints and little plans for my next season started many years ago. My next season in life will be one of serving the beautiful people of Africa with Heart for Africa. Check them out at www.heartforafrica.org. My official job title is Trip Co-ordinator with helping the office and the President. I am excited for this new opportunity. Thank you for being a part of my ministry team in prayer and love!

Monday, October 25, 2010

TWO MONTHS

Good evening! I am so excited that in two months from today, I get to celebrate Jesus' birth with the adorable kids in Moldova. I want to thank you for your continued support in my life and the next season. I am half way funded for the trip. GOD IS SO AWESOME!

To keep up with prayer requests check out my blog at myheartforthenations.blogspot.com and twitter @thirstyforlove.
You can support my trip financially by Online Giving:

Go to www.thirstyforlove.org

Click on Sponsors and Donations.
Click the DONATE button. You are paying through PayPal
Fill in your Credit Card information.

You can put AMBER NOLEN after you write your first name.

A confirmation email will be sent to you and will serve as your receipt to use for tax purposes.

Thank you for being part of my life. I am thankful for you! Have a beautiful day! Pray for God’s will to be done in my heart and in Moldova.

Love:

Amber Nolen

6000 People Groups Haven't Heard

"Having seen all this you can choose to look the other way, but you can NEVER say again, "I did not know'" William Wilberforce



Friday, October 15, 2010

NEW Operation World


Operation World is an AMAZING book for all the people groups in the world. I use this book daily. LOVE IT! A NEW edition is available out now. You can order it from Barnes and Noble by clicking here. This book goes through different countries and shows the location, primary religion, challenges, stories of Christians in that particular country, and how to pray specifically for the country. I love how you can be a part of ALL NATIONS with this book. I love how you can pray for needs of ALL NATIONS with this book.

God's Promises

While I am in the waiting room, I am preparing. Psalm 23 is a very memorable passage for many people. I have been reading it since last Sunday. Such a beautiful passage of God's promises for His people. Here is the passage from The Message:
Psalm 23: A David Psalm
1-3 God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.

4 Even when the way goes through
Death Valley,
I'm not afraid
when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd's crook
makes me feel secure.

5 You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.

6 Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I'm back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I LOVE YOU MORE...

Beautiful song by Matthew West, More! He loves us more than everything else created for His glory! GOD LOVES US MORE! And because He loves us so much, we obey and follow Him!

Take a look at the mountains
Stretching a mile high
Take a look at the ocean
Far as your eye can see
And think of Me

Take a look at the desert
Do you feel like a grain of sand?
I am with you wherever
Where you go is where I am

And I'm always thinking of you
Take a look around you
I'm spelling it out one by one

I love you more than the sun
And the stars that I taught how to shine
You are mine, and you shine for me too
I love you yesterday and today
And tomorrow, I'll say it again and again
I love you more

Just a face in the city
Just a tear on a crowded street
But you are one in a million
And you belong to Me

And I want you to know
That I'm not letting go
Even when you come undone

I love you more than the sun
And the stars that I taught how to shine
You are mine, and you shine for me too
I love you yesterday and today
And tomorrow, I'll say it again and again
I love you more
I love you more

Shine for Me
Shine for Me
Shine on, shine on
Shine for Me

I love you more than the sun
And the stars that I taught how to shine
You are mine, and you shine for me too
I love you yesterday and today
And tomorrow, I'll say it again and again
I love you more

Than the sun
and the stars that I taught how to shine
You are mine, and you shine for me too
I love you, yesterday and today
Through the joy and the pain
I'll say it again and again
I love you more
I love you more

And I see you
And I made you
And I love you more than you can imagine
More than you can fathom
I love you more than the sun
And you shine for me

Friday, August 6, 2010

Maize


Maize is a staple in the diet of the people of Swaziland. A single 110lb bag of ground maize can provide a meal for 250 people. At Project Canaan, we are happy to have 500 bags of maize ready to be used in the communities throughout Swaziland. Through the churches that we support, we would like to get this maize in the hands of the people that need it most. For a donation of $50, Heart for Africa can grind the maize into flour and deliver to the church of your choice. Help us feed the people of Swaziland with Project Canaan Maize.

I LOVE MY CHURCH! They are amazing! Help send them MAIZE for the kids to eat. Its Church #13 Emtfuntini Church.

CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK TO DONATE: http://bit.ly/dm86ze


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Heart for Africa - Swaziland

Why I have a heart for Africa.....

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Camp Litsemba

Litsemba means HOPE! I am so excited to be teaching the kids this week about an amazing HOPE in Jesus Christ. We have an amazing curriculum for Camp Litsemba. During Camp Litsemba, we are partnering with a church in an area. Heart for Africa and the church are partnering together to provide food with a garden and spiritual lessons for the kids in that area. The church I am going to is the Emtfuntini Church. The church is in the Hhohho region in Mgungundlova-Hhohho.

Poverty and hunger are serious issues in this community. The garden that is in use has a problem with goats eating the food. We are helping by fencing off the garden. Camp Litsemba will happen for around 15 kids ages 2-5 years old. They will learn amazing truths. The three truths they will learn are the following:

Jesus LOVES me!
Jesus CHOSE me!
Jesus is my HOPE!

We have exciting activities and Bible stories to teach the above truths! I LOVE the curriculum!!! It is going to be an amazing experience to show the children through actions, love, and words that there is a HOPE in Jesus Christ no matter what! I can't wait to let my LIGHT SHINE and see how I am used for His glory!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Like A Child

I have downloaded the amazing songs for the Litsemba Church Camps in Swaziland. One song is "Like a Child." It really broke my heart for the children of Swaziland.
The Lyrics are by Glenn Marais.

Just 6 years olf and all along in the world,
a child am I, a child am I
I lay my brother and sister to sleep, cry alone.
At where we be, a child am I

Where is the world, when we cry in the night?
Where is the world, when our parents are dying?
Where is the world, when we can save a life, by reaching out, Just like a child.

Do we close out eyes to the pain in the world,
A child cries out, a child cries out.
One reaches out and another joins in,
Together we can, all begin, a child cries out.

Where is the world, when we cry in the night?
Where is the world, when our parents are dying?
Where is the world, when we can save a life, by reaching out, Just like a child.

Do you go to sleep at night, warm without a care?
Can you go to sleep tonight, and know that, somewhere, a child is all alone, all alone!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Ghana is the last African country in the World Cup!

Check out this article about Ghana being in the world cup! They are a united team! LOVE IT!




My heart is in Africa!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

James 1:27

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27



Many kids are in need of love all over the world. My heart for children of the world is growing. The love and passion I have in my heart for these children is indescribable. I can't wait to see how He uses me for His glory!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Less than two months and I will live out my heart for Africa

I am so excited! In just two months, I will be in Africa! Thank you for partnering with me as I am a light in the darkness.


Here are some specific needs as I prepare for July 16th:
1. Prayer:
I am seeking God's will for my life. I have a huge heart for missions and can't wait to see what He has in store for me. I have a blog about MY HEART FOR THE NATIONS... feel free to follow my journey as I have great faith and great surrender for God's plan in my life! Also, please pray for the people of Swaziland! When I go to Swaziland, I hope to have Spirit ears and Jesus eyes so I may know how to help and serve them.

2. Financial Support:
I only need $1200 more. God is amazing! I am amazed by how God has provided thus far! WOW! Check out where I am over the ocean on my fundraising page: http://www.heartforafrica.org/trips/anolen.aspx The deadline is June 4th!

Thank you so much for being a big part of my life! I can not wait to see how I am used for His glory!

Love: Amber!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Seeking and Listening

God is a big God. I am seeking and listening to His will in my life. Many possibilities are surfacing for my heart for the nations. It is an exciting trip to see where God will lead me. Doors are opening and shutting for foriegn mission opportunities. Please pray for direction. I can't wait to see how I am used for His glory throughout the nations.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Surely We Can Change... by David Crowder


We can together do something BIG! We can help others! If we all do something small imagine how much the world can change! WOW! We CAN!

And the problem is this
We were bought with a kiss
But the cheek still turned
Even when it wasn't hit

And I don't know
What to do with a love like that
And I don't know
How to be a love like that

When all the love in the world
Is right here among us
And hatred too
And so we must choose
What our hands will do

Where there is pain
Let there be grace
Where there is suffering
Bring serenity
For those afraid
Help them be brave
Where there is misery
Bring expectancy
And surely we can change
Surely we can change
Something

And the problem it seems
Is with you and me
Not the Love who came
To repair everything

Where there is pain
Let us bring grace
Where there is suffering
Bring serenity
For those afraid
Let us be brave
Where there is misery
Let us bring them relief
And surely we can change
Surely we can change
Oh surely we can change
Something

Oh, the world's about to change
The whole world's about to change

A Heart for Africa - Swaziland

I am going to AFRICA!

With this heart for the nations, I have some exciting news to share with you. I am going to Africa! My heart is ready for this missionary adventure to Swaziland in July. I have been praying for this opportunity for a couple of years. It is spectacular to see the strategic events that have taken place over the last three years in order for me to learn about and be apart of this trip. This is an awesome opportunity to be part of the answer to the need among millions of people in Africa. My trip is with Heart for Africa. If you would like more specifics on what I will be doing during my 11 day trip please visit the Heart for Africa website at www.heartforafrica.org.

I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider partnering with me by praying and giving. For updates on prayer requests please join my facebook group: My Heart for Africa. The total cost of the trip is $3,700. This covers everything, including my plane fare, food, lodging, in country travel, and gardening necessities. I would love for you to be part of my “prayer and giving” team during this trip! Pray for God’s will to be done in my heart and in Africa.

You can support my trip financially in one of three ways:

1.Mail your check and the form attached to Heart for Africa at Heart for Africa, P.O. Box 573, Al-pharetta, GA 30009

2.Go to www.heartforafrica.org to donate with your credit card

3.Call (800) 901-7585 to donate with your credit card by phone

Please keep in mind that this donation must be received by June 16, 2010. Your gift will be applied towards my trip and you will receive a tax receipt. Please use my participant code #7001823 when you give. Thank you for prayerfully considering being a part of helping me share the love of Christ with the people of Swaziland. I look forward to hearing back from you. I anticipate God is going to do incredible things! I pray I will never be the same. Again, thanks so much for your support and be-ing in my life. You are a true inspiration to me in my daily life. I look forward to sharing with you about my adventure when I return.

With a Heart for Africa,
Amber Nolen

My Heart for the Nations

Please let me share with you a moment my heart for the nations. My heart for the nations began in childhood. God does many amazing, strategic plans for one’s life. He knows what we are going to do and prepares us along the way. It is very exciting to think He has it all planned and will give us the desires of our hearts. My father constantly told my mother when I was a child; I was going to be a missionary. I remember my whole childhood having a love for missions and foreign countries.

A very important person in my life is Bobby Jones. He was my Youth/College Minister at First Baptist LaGrange. Bobby asked the hard questions and made us think about our spiritual lives with God. I learned many things from him and his family. During college, I had been struggling with deci-sions on life plans. I heard Him call me into full time service. I did not know when or where but I knew I was going. Mission opportunities allowed me to hear God’s voice and allowed me for discern-ment with my life.

Another, influential person in my life is Katlyn Pedroza; she is a full-time missionary in Asia. She taught me true missions. I learned there is no such thing as a mission trip. Missions is a life-style. Every moment of your life should be a moment to show our Heavenly Father’s love to a person. Christians should always have Jesus’ eyes and Spirit ears. After learning missions is a lifestyle, I changed my perspective of missions. I still have a yearning for a foreign country but I know there will be a time and a place. Missions is my lifestyle with my current job and living in my home.

Church planting is a totally new way of thinking church. It is spectacular to see how the church is really the people and not the building. My current job is Director of Children’s Ministry at Auburn Church. Bobby Jones, my Youth/College Minister, remembered my calling and asked me to be apart of this amazing adventure called Auburn Church. Auburn Church is a church for the unchurched. It creates relative environments for people to invite others who do not know the love of Jesus Christ. As I work at Auburn Church, I feel as if I am a missionary in Auburn. I develop rela-tionships to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Passion for foreign countries is an amazing calling. I love to see how God is transforming my life into missions each and every moment. As I grow closer to Him and am in constant conversation with Him, I see His plan. My favorite verse is Psalm 46:10. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in all the earth. ”My mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. The people are in my apartments, Auburn, and anywhere in the world. “I’ll go anywhere, do anything, at any cost for You my King!” Steve Fee wrote a song about burning for Jesus to the ends of the earth. This song has meant so much to me as I am living for Him and developing into what He wants me to be. I think of this song as my theme statement. It is very true with my life for my King. My call in life is to lead people of other nations into a growing relation-ship with Jesus Christ.