Thursday, November 15, 2012

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Just Waiting...

Have you ever been in a waiting period... it just seems to never end and your mind fills with all kinds of WHAT IFS.... I find myself playing out all kinds of scenarios. If this...then that... and if this other thing takes place- well then maybe God is trying to show me this... hmmmmm .  Mind be still and lay your burden down at the feet of Jesus. He is THE ONE who can see the outcome, he is THE ONE that has called you, he is THE ONE who can handle this tenuous life.
So, I am officially laying this down at the feet of Jesus. I don't know what is going to happen and it looks really overwhelming to me. Please help keep me accountable and remind me that JESUS has it under control. As a result of that, He alone will be glorified! I just have to be obedient and listen to Him :)
Okay, heart and ears- perk up like you never have before.

obey the LORD your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul

Help me to do this Lord Jesus, AMEN

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Enquirer Journal writes article...

When Cindy Baucom went to Kenya in 2007, she came back with a mission. 

Baucom, who visited Kenya because her son was working there as a missionary, met a native Kenyan named Monica Akinyi. 

“I spent a lot of time with a lady named (Akinyi), who lived in the slums, she just amazed me with her heart and generosity,” Baucom said. 

Orphan children from Kibera, the town where Akinyi lived, would pile into her small home made of sheet metal and mud, Baucom said. Akinyi would cook for them and feed them. 

“It really struck me, how generous she was,” Baucom said. 

Fifty percent of Kenya’s population lives below poverty, according to a 2000 estimate from the CIA World Factbook. The population is about 43 million, according to a 2012 estimate. 

“I went over to spend time with my son and fell in love with the Kenyan people,” Baucom said. “We became sisters.”

When Baucom left Kenya, she really wanted to help Akinyi. 

“(The poverty) is below anything that anyone in the US could really relate to,” Baucom said. “They just have nothing.”

Akinyi told Baucom that she wanted to start a feeding center in the slums of Kibera. Baucom returned to Union County and since 2007 has been raising support and money to help Akinyi feed the children. 

In 2009, she formed Bringing Miracles as a nonprofit organization, hoping that other people would lend their support. 

“It springs from a relationship with (Akinyi) and knowing that God’s called us to help people who are hungry and have needs,” Baucom said. 

Baucom is new to running a nonprofit, so this has been a learning experience for her, as well as Akinyi. 

“I think there’s 15,000 meals a year now that we provide for these children,” Baucom said. “It’s a slow process and kind of a learning curve for me and (Akinyi).”

Baucom went back to Kenya in 2009. She speaks with Akinyi on the phone often. She is currently working on bringing Akinyi to Union County to tell her story. 

Raising funds and awareness has been a slow process, due to the economy, Baucom said. 

“It’s been difficult because there are so many needs, local needs,” Baucom said. “It’s been hard, but God has always been faithful to provide. I’m trying to do some things, take some steps to get the word out more, let people know what’s going on.” 

Baucom, a member at Lakeview Baptist Church, also helps the community through her church and volunteer work. She is a microbiologist at Carolinas Medical Center’s Main Campus. 

She tries to make as much time as possible to help people. 

“I’m always open to whatever the Lord shows me to do,” Baucom said. 

In addition to providing meals to the children, Baucom is trying to provide scholarships for more schooling for them. 

“We’re trying to do our part to minister to the least of these and if anybody has a desire to be involved in helping, they would make a huge impact,” Baucom said. “A lot of it is just sending money to provide food and schooling for the children. It does have a huge impact on those lives.” 

Baucom has an event on July 16 at Sardis Baptist Church, part of the proceeds will benefit Bringing Miracles. The nonprofit can be found online at 

“I want people to know that they can make a difference, whether it is locally or abroad,” Baucom said. “We can each have a huge impact by helping others that are struggling.”

Read more: The Enquirer Journal - Bringing Miracles: Kenyan poverty touches heart of county woman 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Bringing Miracles: Kenyan poverty touches heart of county woman

Bringing Miracles: Kenyan poverty touches heart of county woman: “I spent a lot of time with a lady named (Akinyi), who lived in the slums, she just amazed me with her heart and generosity.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bringing Miracles, Inc. and Sori

Hello Brothers and Sisters =)  [Y'all]

    Just wanted to share some exciting things that God has been doing! We had been praying for wisdom about making things sustainable in Kenya and it has been incredible how God is keeping Monica and I in sync. =) We had been talking/praying about buying land for quite a while and it seems like whenever some money gets saved- it has to go for monthly support- I mean that is top priority that the children be fed daily and emergency needs be met. Land in Nairobi right next to Kibera is going for $7,100 and land in Sori next to Lake Victoria (close by) is $1,000- but like I said the immediate needs had to be met. One day, a couple of weeks before the Sori trip- I called Monica and asked her- "Is is possible to pay for seed and to rent land and then share portions of the proceeds with the worker/owner, is that kind of thing done in Kenya?" Monica responded with excitement, telling me that she had recently talked with one of the church folks in Sori about a similar thing!
    So, it is pretty cool that we are working up 1 1/2 acres in corn and beans! We have already paid for two seasons of crops and when pruning time comes, we will pay some workers for their labor. Please pray that this will be a fruitful season! All proceeds will probably pay for rice and other food for the center. 
    Bringing Miracles, Inc. purchased the certificate of non profit for the feeding center last month. This will enable them to receive help from large NGOs and other benefits. They will also be recognized by the Kenyan government. One of the requirements was to have access to a bathroom. We went in together with the center's neighbor and are installing a toilet right next to the current facility. This is a significant improvement. =)
The best part is that the children won't have to go up past the railway to find a bathroom- they can just take a few steps outside. Yay!!
    Monica went to Sori for the crusade last week and she has so many wonderful testimonies! God did great things -30 people gave their life to Jesus Christ and two Muslims found salvation in Jesus!! We sent enough for Monica to buy 5 Swahili bibles and 2 bibles in Luo. 
    Monica told me of a horrible situation she encountered- that brought me to tears. I almost am afraid to share this because it is so graphic. But, it is the reality in Kenya- and I remember while there hearing of so many heart wrenching, graphic stories- you just don't want to believe these things happen, but they do. During fasting and prayers in preparation for the crusade- the Lord told Monica that she was to visit a family some distance away from the crusade. She did not know where, but she knew that at the appointed time the Lord would show her. So, she left Sori - I think it was on day 3, and as she walked the name David came to her- and folks she saw told her about the abominations occurring in this family she was to visit. They even assumed she was a witch doctor- because many had come before her trying their magic to make this family right. You see, the mother was alone with 10 children. Every night, these boys would come home drunk and rape their mother. She was often unconscious afterwards. Some nights she would hide in the African bush just waiting until they would pass out. Monica arrived at the home and spent time with the mother- sharing about Jesus and His love- she put her hope in Jesus and was saved. Hallelujah! Before Monica could leave, they heard the drunken ruckus of the boys returning for the night. Monica was scared and wondered what would now happen- would she too be raped. The Lord reassured her to have courage like Joshua- to not be afraid that God was with her. When the boys arrived Monica told them how Satan had tried to bring destruction to their family- she said they all fell on their faces and began to cry and repent. They came to the crusade and they repented before the crowd and promised to never drink or defile their mother again. Monica has called to check on them and the villagers attest to them being changed.
    Please pray for all these new converts, that they will continue to grow and mature in the Lord.

Here are some photos and testimony in Monica's words:

this was the second day of the crusade the young girl who collapsed in school and was about to die was brought in the crusade , after praying for her for five minutes she wake up and iwas so happy to see our god working

the word of god was entering in their blood stream , as ispoke of faith there was awoman who has been possitive , and is using drugs for seven years but if he had of faith of jesus which can bring aclean blood to somebody she rolled down crying so much calling jeeeeeeeeeeeeeesus , after we prayed for her before the crusade ends she went for the test in one clinic you know what she was found negative prayyyyyyyys the loooord

in the forth day the word spead all over the village women men children wre coming to jesus , they wanted us to stay more but we planned for five days
This baby needs our prayers- she is 2 years old but whatever disease she has is stunting her growth and she is malnourished.