Filed under Ministry of AbogarIM

When The Heart Is Sick…

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV) Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 (ESV) Over the last six months I have thought a lot about the heart of people and of myself, and its state of being. Something … Continue reading

The Men and Women Who Dream…

“I have a dream…” These words (and the full speech) are among some of the most powerfully delivered and most frequently remembered of speeches given in the last 150 years. Throughout the annals of human existence though, we encounter a vast array of testimonies of people who have sacrificed and struggled a lot, but who … Continue reading

Letter from Julie Heisey, Abogar’s Newest Board Member

Hey Abogar friends, family, and supporters! This is my first chance to share thoughts and words with you as a newer teammate on this mission of loving kiddos through Abogar’s ministry. I wanted to share some of my evolving perspective on what ‘having purpose’ means in day-to-day life. First, I believe a brief synopsis of … Continue reading

40k for 40k @ 40 Campaign… Last Few Days!!

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” –T. S. Eliot “Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.” –Cadet maxim “Far better is it to dare mighty things, … Continue reading

Leave A Legacy… Live A Life Of Love!

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children, and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.             — Ephesians 5:1-2 1984 version of the NIV Bible I, Jesse Rivers, love these verses! I specifically … Continue reading

The Abogar Team Thanks You!

Dear Friend of Abogar, With every step taken to grow Abogar as an organization that serves the vulnerable children and youth of Latin America, we have YOU and many others to thank, who are keeping in-step with us, urging us forward. We are so grateful for your support and partnering with us in ministry to these … Continue reading

2018 Year End President’s Report

I realize that we are already finishing out the first quarter of 2019, and it is quite late to be publishing this, but due to illness and busyness of life I am just now getting this report into a blog format for our followers, supporters, and interested parties to be able to read. I do … Continue reading

The Way God Works…

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth,so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”         Isaiah 55: 8-9 He has shown you, oh man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you; to … Continue reading

7 Years Ago, 2 Years Ago, Today, and Beyond!

7 years ago today, I, Jesse Rivers, sat on the playground of a children’s home in Mexico, and spent time loving on precious little Angela. As you can see in the picture above, we laughed and played together. Many children and volunteers were all around, but I wanted to be sure to give each individual … Continue reading

40k For 40k At 40! A New Campaign for Abogar!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its … Continue reading

Learning From The Young!

Today has for sure been quite a filled and adventuresome day. It has also been a good day for learning and lessons! After a long morning and early afternoon, working with some official people in a process for helping AboGua forward, I, Jesse Rivers, was driving with my assistant, Yesenia, and her assistant, Estefany (16 … Continue reading

What Is Good?

He has shown you, oh man, what is good and what the LORD requires of you; to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God!      — Micah 6:8 As a young boy, I was greatly impacted when I learned the verse above in song form, word for word. I … Continue reading

Tears at Night… Inconsolable Grief!

5 Those who sow with tears     will reap with songs of joy. 6 Those who go out weeping,     carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy,     carrying sheaves with them. Psalm 126: 5-6 There are approximately 153 million orphans recorded around the world. According to UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), if orphans were a country … Continue reading

Christ Has Come! Merry Christmas 2018!

Tomorrow is my favorite day of the year. Most may assume that this is somehow connected with the habitual practice of receiving gifts on Christmas, but actually that has not been a big part of the celebration of Christmas for me. The reason that tomorrow, Christmas, is my favorite day of the year is because … Continue reading

Warmth at Christmas…

Christmas for many is a great time of family, celebration, and festivities. However, for many in the world, Christmas is a time of great challenge. While in the north it is literally cold during Christmas, the emotional state for many around the world in the holiday season is also very cold! It is hard to … Continue reading

$40 For 40! Happy Birthday Jesse!

Birthdays, for many, are a joyous occasion of celebration! It’s a time to celebrate the completion of another year of life! There are some specific birthdays that have added significance for us as well… a first birthday, a sweet sixteen, turning 18, the first quarter of a century (25th), over the hill (40th), half a … Continue reading

Love Wins!

A smelly, dirty, obnoxious little boy would show up at church each Sunday morning. He was fortunate that a caring Christian couple would rescue him from his hellish living circumstances, at least for a few hours every Sunday. People did not want to be near him, as his smell and his behavior were very off … Continue reading

In Urgent Times… Trust, Pray, and Obey!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart! Lean not on your own understanding! In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path!      – – – Proverbs 3:5-6 The title really says it all! It also reminds me of a great old hymn that I learned as a young boy… … Continue reading