Wednesday, April 24, 2013

To Those Who Read & Follow This Blog

I have my very own self-hosted website where I post more frequently. I would be most honored if you would visit and follow me there. www.ordinaryservant.com.

It's a pleasure to serve you and I wish abundant blessings upon your life.

In Him,
Ordinary Servant
Pilar :)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Learning To Love by Heidi Baker; Rolland Baker

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Chosen Books (February 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800795520
ISBN-13: 978-0800795528
Price: $13.99
Purchase: Amazon | CBD | BN










Description

Missionary Leaders Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Glimpses from Africa.

Continuing where their book Expecting Miracles left off, this narrative draws from the last five years of the life of Iris Ministries. Woven alongside fascinating narrative from Mozambique is teaching from Heidi and Rolland that communicates the distilled wisdom about the heart of the Gospel from all their years of serving the poor.

More than any of their previous books, this one has the most to say about what Rolland and Heidi have learned about love--whether in Africa or wherever home might be: finding intimacy with Jesus, concentrating on the humble and lowly, being willing to suffer for love's sake, finding God's supply of utterly needed miracles, and walking in the unquenchable joy of the Lord. Every reader will find incredible challenge and refreshment in these pages.

Review

I remember Heidi Baker visiting Times Square Church back in 1995. It was a 3:00pm service and she preached a touching message entitled, "Who will go?".

I was a baby Christian. I had just started attending Times Square Church back then. The strangest thing started happening to me. To my surprise, I began to weep.

She did an altar call and I was propelled to go. I went and fell on my knees sobbing my heart out. I wasn't familiar with the move of the Holy Spirit or anything like that. So everything was completely brand new, coming from an open and sincere heart.

I remember that day like if it was yesterday. I never forgot Heidi Baker, Mozambique or that altar call. There were only a few of us at the altar answering the call. I honestly thought I would wind up in Africa one day, but I didn't.

It was refreshing reading Learning To Love and seeing all that the Lord has done in Mozambique years later.

Heidi and Rolland Baker share wonderful and encouraging testimonies of their work through Iris Ministries.
Granted, I personally struggle with the whole miracle element; the blind seeing, the deaf hearing and the dead rising. However, I respect the work that God is doing through the Baker's in Mozambique.

I enjoyed reading the different stories throughout Learning To Love. The book is inspirational and I recommend it.

In conclusion, I want to thank Chosen Books for sending me a complimentary copy of this book to review.

Heidi and Rolland Baker, founders of Iris Ministries, served as missionaries in Indonesia and Hong Kong before following God's call in 1995 to Mozambique. In the face of overwhelming need, the Bakers now watch God provide miraculously for well over 10,000 children every day through their ministry, and many more through the Iris network of more than 15,000 churches, Bible schools, primary schools, and remote outreach programs. They live in Mozambique, Africa.

Thursday, February 21, 2013



Yes, I jumped on board with Avon again on February 6, 2013. I used to sell years ago before I had my first son. I had to stop because I had him and then his brother a couple of years later. So between working full time and caring for babies, I was completely exhausted and had to stop.

But I sure did miss it, which is why I'm glad I'm back.

I remember as a child my great aunt used to sell Avon. So that was my first exposure to Avon products. I have nothing but great memories and experiences with Avon.

I would always look forward to my aunt's gifts on my birthday or Christmas. She would always give me something from Avon.

I remember two things specifically that I especially loved. This perfume stick that smelled of honeysuckle and this little plastic hamburger which when you screwed off the top, there was scented lip gloss inside. I cherished that little hamburger for years.

As you can see, I have a healthy history and relationship with Avon and I'm so happy to be selling for them again.

What's even greater than the last time I sold, is now I have my own online store as well. Besides being an independent sales representative, I am also an e-representative too. Which means, anyone who wants to order Avon can purchase from my store from anywhere, 24/7. Isn't that amazing! I love it.

You can visit my online store by going to http://parsenec.avonrepresentative.com/.

I do hope you stop by and visit my store. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

If you are interested in the Avon opportunity and would like to join my team, please feel free to contact me.  I would be happy to help you. It's great for stay at home moms, college students or anyone wanting to build their own business from home.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Creating Room To Read by John Wood

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult (February 7, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0670025984
ISBN-13: 978-0670025985
Price: $27.95
Purchase: Amazon | BN










Description

The inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive’s quest to build libraries around the world and share the love of books.

What’s happened since John Wood left Microsoft to change the world? Just ask six million kids in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa. In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the nonprofit Room to Read. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the Andrew Carnegie of the developing world,” he strived to bring the lessons of the corporate world to the nonprofit sector—and succeeded spectacularly.

In his acclaimed first book, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, Wood explained his vision and the story of his start-up. Now, he tackles the organization’s next steps and its latest challenges—from managing expansion to raising money in a collapsing economy to publishing books for children who literally have no books in their native language. At its heart, Creating Room to Read shares moving stories of the people Room to Read works to help: impoverished children whose schools and villages have been swept away by war or natural disaster and girls whose educations would otherwise be ignored.

People at the highest levels of finance, government, and philanthropy will embrace the opportunity to learn Wood’s inspiring business model and blueprint for doing good. And general readers will love Creating Room to Read for its spellbinding story of one man’s mission to put books within every child’s reach.

Review

I first learned of John Wood several months ago while watching a program called "Half the Sky" with Nick Kristof and his beautiful wife Sheryl WuDunn. The program is based on a book they both wrote together. Much like John Wood, they are doing a marvelous work around the world.

I began following Nick Kristof because he is an activist against child sex slavery in countries such as Cambodia, India, etc. Both he and his wife are proactive in girls being educate around the world, especially in oppressed nations.

On the program, Nick Kristof interviewed John Wood about the wonderful work he is doing through his nonprofit organization called Room to Read.

Creating Room To Read chronicles John Wood's journey with Room to Read. He shares his life and the stories of various children. He also shares his vision and desire for every child to be able to read and have books. Thus, promoting global literacy.

I am inspired by his heart, devotion and sacrifice. I truly believe he and his team at Room To Read are doing an amazing job in changing the lives of so many children worldwide.

Creating Room To Read will motivate you to want to make a difference. I believe if we all did our part and donated to Room to Read, we could make John Wood's vision come true.

I challenge you to read this book, it is life changing.

In conclusion, I want to thank Viking Penguin for sending me a complimentary copy of this book to review.

John Wood worked for Microsoft for nine years, helping grow the company’s international profile. He resigned at thirty-five and founded Room to Read, which is widely regarded as one of the world’s top nonprofit organizations. He documented his decision and the creation of Room to Read in his memoir, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World. He lives in New York City.