A Lot Of Words

There’s an old saying that a picture is worth 1,000 words.
And technically a video is 24 individual pictures (per second) played consecutively.

So because of math:
Watching a 6:00 minute video is the same as reading 8,640,000 words!
That’s like reading the full Harry Potter series 8 times in a row…

Y’all are fast readers!

Above is the video we filmed and edited during our trip to Lesotho, Africa.
We hope you enjoy, and please share it with your friends!

With Love,
Tyler & Rachel

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What’s For Dinner?

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As you can imagine, there are about 162,000 things on my mind, so this blog post may seem a bit discombobulated (it’s a real word… not sure what it means, but SIRI spelled it for me so I know it’s real)!

Lets start with the biggest news:
Just last week we reached 1/3 of our support-raising goal!
Thats right, $15,000 has been raised to send Rachel and I to Lesotho so far!

Can we just take a second and thank God for His faithfulness and provision!

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Matthew 6:26

I have always loved that passage of scripture. Too often in my life I give in to worry or I stress about the future. I become consumed with how I will accomplish a difficult task or reach an overwhelming goal.

Did you catch that?

I worry.
I stress.
I become consumed.
I will accomplish.
I must reach the goal.

If there is one thing God has been showing me all throughout this support-raising process it’s that my attempts at accomplishing the goal on my own must diminish and my faith that He will take care of everything, even the things I sometimes view as impossible, must grow.

I need to move out of the way for Him to work in incredible ways.

After all, birds seem pretty well fed, right?

Prefect example – Just yesterday the homeschool ministry at our church hosted a bake sale for Reclaimed. When Rachel and I were talking before the sale started we were estimating $250-$300 in donations… maybe $350 if people came really hungry.

We should have just moved out of the way, because 15 people donated baked goodies, all the kids worked really hard holding signs and spreading the word, there were hundreds of people visiting the bake sale tables, talking with us about Reclaimed and picking out what they wanted eat.

And guess what, in the end this little bake sale raised $830 dollars!

Thats more than double what we thought would be raised in the best (most hungry) scenario. Needless to say, Rachel and I had an absolute blast learning this lesson!

So what comes next?

Next Sunday (3/13) Jason Stoker, the Executive Director of the Reclaimed Project, will be joining us in all four services at Cool Spring. We will be showing our (soon to be completed) video from our trip to Lesotho in January, as well a sharing our hearts for why we will be moving to serve orphaned and vulnerable children in Lesotho.

This morning we will also have a station set up where you can visit us before or after the services to learn more about supporting Rachel and I both prayerfully and financially. We are so excited to be able to share with everyone and tell some of the incredible stories of the work God is doing in Lesotho!

That evening Cool Spring Baptist Church and The Reclaimed Project are hosting a Fundraiser Dinner from 5:00-7:00pm. We are so so excited to announce that 240 people have already signed up to attend!

We are going to show an incredible testimony video highlighting the first ever Orphan Care Center in Botswana, enjoy a wonderful Italian meal, hear from Jason Stoker more extensively about the mission of the Reclaimed Project, and we may even play a game together before the night is done!

Menu:
– House Salad
– Pasta with Marinara or Alfredo Sauce
– Italian Sausage or Grilled Chicken
– Dessert

If you haven’t signed up for the dinner yet but would like to attend, we are going to keep accepting RSVP’s through Wednesday evening!

To RSVP, click “going” to the Facebook event, send an email to tenglish@coolspring.org, or use the sign-up sheets around Cool Spring Baptist Church.

We would love to see you there!

So how will God work next weekend, we can’t wait to move aside and find out!

With Love,
Tyler & Rachel

Mark Your Calendar

We are just SIX months away from our move to Lesotho!

Rachel and I are so excited about the next few months, we have some big things in the works and we want as many people to be a part of them as possible!

As you probably know, we are in the process of support raising $45,ooo for their two year term in Lesotho. While this number can seem daunting at times (believe me, Rachel and I have had some overwhelmed moments) we firmly believe that God will provide, just as He always does.

Over the next few months we are hoping to have several events designed to give everyone an opportunity to learn more about Reclaimed, hear our hearts as we approach the move to Lesotho, and commit to supporting Rachel and I both prayerfully and financially!

Mark your calendar, below are the Fundraisers coming up in March:

  • Connections Café will feature the Reclaimed Project every Sunday morning for the whole month of March. All proceeds and tips will go directly towards our $45,ooo goal. This is an easy way to support us “with just the cost of a cup of coffee!”
  • The Faith Homeschool Group is hosting a Bake Sale on Sunday, March 6th from 8:30 – 10:30am. Bring a few bucks to Connections Café for a fresh muffin or pastry. Hope to see you there!
  • On Sunday, March 13th from 5:00 – 7:00pm The Reclaimed Project and Cool Spring Baptist Church are hosting a Fundraiser Dinner. Please join us to learn about the program, meet some great people, and enjoy an awesome dinner!

    To RSVP, click “going” to the Facebook event, send an email to tenglish@coolspring.org, or use the sign-up sheets around Cool Spring Baptist Church.

We hope to see everyone at these events!

With Love,
Tyler & Rachel

Elephants & Giraffes

While visiting Lesotho last week, we kept a journal with the hopes of sharing about all of the exciting things we were seeing, learning, and experiencing. This is our very last post in this series. We hope you enjoyed haring about all we learned!

These posts are a part of a series, if this is your first time reading you may want to start here.


Saturday & Sunday, January 9th – 10th, 2016

We had such an amazing week in Lesotho! So many of our fears and hesitations about moving to an unknown country were calmed. So many of our questions about our new job have been answered. We can’t thank Brett, Allison, Steve, and Leah enough for all their time and support as we got adjusted and asked countless questions over the past week.

During the last two days of our trip, we had the pleasure of going to a game reserve and taking two separate game drives, a late afternoon and a sunrise. Rachel was so happy to see an elephant up close, and I was pumped to finally see a giraffe!

Below are just some of the pictures from the game drives!

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We want to thank everyone so much for your prayers and support!
We truly couldn’t do it without you!

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With Love,
Tyler & Rachel

The Two Kingdoms

While visiting Lesotho last week, we kept a journal with the hopes of sharing about all of the exciting things we were seeing, learning, and experiencing. One of the things we learned about during the Marketplace meeting on Friday was how to share the Gospel with people from Lesotho.

These posts are a part of a series, if this is your first time reading you may want to start here.


Friday, January 8th, 2016

The Two Kingdoms is a Gospel presentation that begins with the description of two separate kingdoms. The Kingdom of Light and the kingdom of darkness.

The Sesotho people truly connect with the idea of kingdoms because their own country is a kingdom as well.

To begin the story you compare the Kingdom of Light, God’s kingdom, to the kingdom of darkness, Satan’s kingdom.

In the Kingdom of Light you experience love,
But in the kingdom of darkness there is only hate.

In the Kingdom of Light there is freedom,
But in the kingdom of darkness you live in slavery.

In the Kingdom of Light you are filled with peace,
But in the kingdom of darkness you feel anger.

In the Kingdom of Light you know the power of God,
But in the kingdom of darkness fear is everywhere.

Lastly, in the Kingdom of Light there is life,
And in the kingdom of darkness there is death.

Once these two kingdoms are clearly established, you begin by sharing the story of Adam and Eve. These two people were created by God and lived in the Kingdom of Light with God. But because of their choice to disobey God, they were kicked out of the Kingdom of Light and forced to go to the kingdom of darkness. They were no longer a part of God’s Kingdom.

“For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie”
Romans 1:25a

So man traded the things of the Kingdom of Light for the things of the kingdom of darkness.

Love for hate,
Freedom for slavery,
Peace for anger,
The power of God for fear,
And life for death.

Every one of us in born into the kingdom of darkness. We are stuck and we can’t get back to the Kingdom of Light on our own.

We need to be rescued.

Thankfully, God had a rescue plan all along. He sent His only Son Jesus to bring us back into the Kingdom of Light.

Jesus came to Earth and lived a life without sin. He lived an obedient life, never falling for the lies that come from the kingdom of darkness. He told people that he was God. This made some happy, but others very mad.

The religions rulers of the day were upset by the things Jesus was saying, so they had Jesus beaten and crucified.

He could have stopped the punishment because he truly was God, but he willingly went to die on the cross for each of our sins.

If we place faith and trust only in him, we will be forgiven and can once again be a part of the Kingdom of Light.

They buried him but he rose on the third day showing his victory over sin, death, and hell.

Jesus is the only way for us to return from darkness to the Kingdom of Light.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
John 14:6

If we desire to be a part of the Kingdom of Light, it must be through faith in Jesus Christ only. When we place our faith and trust in Jesus only, the Bible says we are rescued from darkness and transferred to the Kingdom of Light.

We traded our hated for love,
Our slavery for freedom,
Our anger for peace,
Our fear for the power of God,
And our death for life.

Are you happy living in this darkness and fear?

With Love,
Tyler & Rachel

More Than Just Baskets

While visiting Lesotho last week, we kept a journal with the hopes of sharing about all of the exciting things we were seeing, learning, and experiencing. We are closing in on the finish line of this series of posts, we hope you have enjoyed them all so far!

These posts are a part of a series, if this is your first time reading you may want to start here.


Friday, January 8th, 2016

The last event of our week in Lesotho was helping out in the Marketplace at Khokhoba Baptist Church. Reclaimed has done a great job of empowering women and men through the Marketplace.

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Each individual receives an order to fill, spends the month making their craft (beaded necklaces, baskets, stuffed elephants, bags), and then brings it to the Marketplace meeting for Reclaimed to purchase. Reclaimed then sells the product stateside at trunk shows hosted by anyone interesting in selling the product. 

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This group of about 50 women and men meet together regularly throughout the month where they are taught how to handle their money through financial management classes. More importantly, the Reclaimed team presents the Gospel to the group every month too.

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When the women and men were first being trained to make products, they were asked to commit to give a portion of their income back to the Orphan Care Centers. They all agreed on 25% of each of their earnings. This money has been used by the Care Center to buy food and clothing for the kids, a new stove to prepare meals, and even the new building.

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Tyler and I really enjoyed seeing this process firsthand and it was great to see how much Reclaimed means to these women and men. It adds a new dimension to our jobs after being a part of this day at the Marketplace. 

If you are interested in hosting a trunk show, please comment below or send us a message. The trunk show can be hosted in your home with a few close friends or with larger groups through your work or church. When you host a trunk show, you help bring the Marketplace full circle and become a vital part of sustainable change in Lesotho. Please let us know if you have any questions or would like to host a trunk show.

With Love,
Tyler & Rachel

The Biggest Smile

While visiting Lesotho last week, we kept a journal with the hopes of sharing about all of the exciting things we were seeing, learning, and experiencing. Here is the journal entry from our day working with the kids at the Khokhoba Care Center.

These posts are a part of a series, if this is your first time reading you may want to start here.


Wednesday & Thursday, January 6th – 7th, 2016

Over the last year, The Reclaimed Project has started two Orphan Care Centers in Lesotho, one in Khohlo-Ntso (which you can read about here) and one in Khokhoba. We had the privilege of spending two days working with the kids and the women at the Khokhoba Care Center.

Unlike Khohlo-Ntso, which is about a fifteen minute drive from our future home in Katse, Khokhoba is only a few minutes walk from our house – don’t worry, none of these village names will be on the quiz!

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When we arrived at the Khokhoba Care Center, the kids had not arrived yet. Many of the kids had to walk a long way to attend the Center, so Rachel and Leah jumped in the car and drove to pick several of the kids up.

As the kids spotted the car driving towards them, they would wave their arms and come running. They recognized the vehicle and knew we were going to pick them up.  Rachel thought it was so funny to see the kids climb in and all squeeze into the back, they were so happy and kept giggling as they drove back to the Center.

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Once all the kids had arrived, we began another great day of camp led by the team from New Orleans.

We taught about Daniel in the Lion’s Den, and how if we have God on our side, we do not need to fear anything. It was a great lesson and the kids really got into it. They even opened up about some fears they have.

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One of the most amazing things about the Khokhoba Care Center is that the women have really taken ownership of the program. They all work really well together, and have so much passion for the kids. It’s amazing to see!

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The women who run the Center, along with the pastor of Khokhoba Baptist Church have done a great job of taking their monthly income (which comes through the marketplace – we will be posting about that soon) and reinvesting it back into the Care Center.

In just one year they have been able to build a building, run electricity, and will be plastering and painting the walls soon too.

The women want to provide the best opportunities for the kids to succeed. They truly care about these kids as if they were their own.

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I quickly became attached to a boy named Ntene.

He has the biggest, most beautiful smile I have ever seen.

And he’s deaf.

When Ntene was a small boy, he became very sick. One of the complications of the sickness was that he lost his hearing. His mother had no interest in caring for a deaf child, so she abandoned him.

Because of the added communication barrier, we were only able to talk through nods, smiles, holding hands, and hugging.

I’m not sure what those small forms of communication translated to for him, but he was constantly cracking a smile, exhaling a deep, powerful laugh, and becoming unable to contain the joy that was welling in his heart. Those small expressions of love meant so much to him.

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I loved my interactions with Ntene.

He taught me so much about the importance of showing up and being present in a child’s life. The women at the Center struggle to communicate with him as well, but he still comes back each day, has grown in friendships with the kids and leaders, and is eager to learn everything he can about the love of Christ.

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Rachel and I are longing to return to Khokhoba and start building lasting relationships with all of these amazing kids. We were blown away by their openness, fun-loving spirits, and desire to know more about Jesus.

We are also extremely excited to pour into the women who lead this Center. They do such a phenomenal job and we can’t wait to get to know them more.

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With Love,
Tyler & Rachel