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On Obedience
April 27, 2015

Over the years that I have participated in ministry directed toward vulnerable populations, I have fallen into the temptation to measure “my” work by human standards: numbers and results. You see, these things are attractive to us… they are concrete, we understand them, we can see them, we can count them, we can quote them, we can attempt to control them. But this is not how our God works. The Lord of the harvest allows some to plant, some to water, but HE is the one who brings about the growth – in His time, in His way, according to His plan.

Therefore, we cannot allow ourselves to become distracted or preoccupied, bogged down or discouraged with our “production” in this ministry to children in need. We cannot “produce” anything anyway. That is God’s responsibility. Our only job is to be obedient. This should bring great freedom to you, brothers and sisters! We are called to be obedient whether or not we ever see “results” this side of heaven. If change happens in the life of ONE child, it is all worth it. I take that back… if NO change is ever seen in anyone, BUT the truth has been proclaimed and Christ the King has been honored in word and deed, it is all worth it. He promises that His Word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11).

Obedience is what our Lord desires. If all He wanted was efficient results, He would do all of the work on His own and not bother with bringing us into the equation. (We tend to make a sloppy mess of things, right?) But He is such a good Father that He wants a relationship with us, for us to learn to be dependent upon Him, for us to have to trust His plans (which are higher and better than ours – Isaiah 55:8-9)… because He knows that is what is BEST for us! Participating in this trusting relationship with Him is in our best interest. He is committed to His work in each of our hearts!

The great hope and freedom for us when we labor in this field of ministry (which is incredibly difficult, by the way) lies in this: the change that God works through us to bring about will happen not because of our successes and in spite of our failures. He will not allow one heart that He has predestined to capture for Himself to hang in the balance or be lost because of my disobedience or misreading of His call. I am just not that important! How dare I be so prideful to think that someone’s eternal destiny or even the accomplishing of God’s plan for their earthly life is contingent upon me!

Therefore, it is imperative that we do not respond to needs, but that we respond to the person of Jesus Christ. There will always be needs around us, so we must learn to listen to His direction regarding where and with whom He wants us to spend our time and talents that He has given us. He may intend to use you in ways you would least expect.

I urge you to follow Jesus’ model and go deep with a few. Look at His life… He spent 3 years pouring into 12 men… and those 12 turned the world upside down. Do not fall into the temptation to overvalue numbers and breadth and undervalue discipleship and commitment. This is our heart for Not Forgotten. Join us as we strive to imitate Christ. Let’s be obedient and trust the truth that He is always working!

 

Dear SMBC and FBC…
March 20, 2015

NF's booth at Shades Mountain Baptist Church
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” ~Philippians 1:3-5

The end of February and beginning of March has been such a rich time of blessing for Not Forgotten! We had the immeasurable privilege of attending two nearby missions conferences:  Shades Mountain Baptist Church’s “Global Impact Celebration” in Birmingham, Alabama and First Bible Church’s missions conference in Decatur, Alabama. Both of these churches have been wonderful partners for us over the years and we are extremely grateful to them for their continuous support and encouragement. It is such an honor to be able to share the story of Not Forgotten and the journey on which the Lord has us… not only with individuals who stop by our booth, but also congregations, Sunday school classes, and small groups of people who are attentive, moved by, and excited about all God is doing in and through NF.

NF Founder & President, Tyler Fuqua, speaking at First Bible ChurchAdditionally, WHAT A JOY for us to learn from and fellowship with other missionaries, to be poured into by these precious bodies of believers, to feel rejuvenated in our calling, to be reminded of God’s faithfulness and provision, and to receive love and encouragement beyond belief! We are filled to the brim and ready to pour out again – largely due to the faithfulness and community found in these fellow laborers for the sake of the Gospel, who are passionate about telling others – next door and around the world – about Jesus Christ. These two churches sure know how to love on some missionaries and they do it selflessly and so very well. From the bottom of our full hearts and the depths of our refreshed spirits, we tell you, SMBC, and you, FBC, two little words that fall very short, but we mean sincerely: THANK YOU. Not Forgotten loves you dearly.

 

 

Children have Arrived!
February 9, 2015
Not Forgotten is beyond thrilled to announce the arrival of our first four boys at Las Lomas!!! As of the end of last week, two sets of brothers now call Las Lomas home. Jesus (5 yrs) and Alexander (7 yrs) reside in the home of house parents, Isaac and Ruth. Fabian (2.5 yrs) and Adrian (8 yrs) are in the home of Moises and Mery. 

Although our hearts are grieved over the circumstances that caused these boys to need to come to us, we are overjoyed that the Lord has ordained their placement in our home. We are so thankful that they are in a place where they will be kept safe, cared for with excellence, loved unconditionally, and introduced to the person of Jesus Christ.  Please join us in praying for the transition of these little ones – pray that the peace and knowledge of Christ will flood their minds and hearts as they process all of the loss and change they are experiencing. Pray for their families, who are in need of redemption and hope that come only through Christ alone. He is the only one who transforms hearts and brings lasting change. 

We need your prayers and support now more than ever. Please lift up our children, staff, and leadership. And please consider giving to Not Forgotten. We especially need consistent, monthly donations to ensure that high quality care for these children is sustained from this point forward. If you would like to give, please click on the “donate” tab at the bottom of the page. Thank you for partnering and rejoicing with us over what the Lord is doing in our midst! We stand in awe of Him and give Him all the glory.

 

Only the Beginning…
January 31, 2015

Not Forgotten Leadership returned from a week in Iquitos this past Sunday. We are overjoyed to report that the trip went extremely well!

Gene has been training our new staff for several weeks; they are being well-prepared in all areas you could imagine. Tyler, Allison, and our dear friend, Whitney White (co-worker of Allison’s from Lifeline Children’s Services), continued the staff training during our time there. In the mornings, Whitney and Allison prepared the entire staff to care for children “from hard places” and in the afternoons, an attorney friend from Lima trained the staff on various legal topics. Our Not Forgotten staff at this time officially includes: Gene and Patty, our two sets of houseparents (Moises & Mery, Isaac & Ruth), our professor (Clevinton), the runner/scholarship program overseer (Rodbin), our social worker (Marta), our psychologist (Nancy), the groundskeeper (Chumbico), and the night watchman (Alex). Jhan Geys and Wixler, two of our scholarship program participants, prepared lunch for us every day on the property. They did an excellent job!

We were so pleased as we saw the Lord affirm time and again the WAY we are trying to do things, the STRUCTURE of the children’s home (family-style bungalows), the PEOPLE we have in place, and the LEADERSHIP that Gene is providing. It is obvious that Gene has such invaluable knowledge and experience; he is leading this team of people so carefully and well. This is so much bigger than us. God has gone before and is preparing the way. We are so, so grateful.

We presented certificates of completion at the end of the training, held a sweet time of reflection as a staff, had a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony, and took the whole staff out to dinner in Iquitos to celebrate. If you have been to Peru with us, you know that nothing says “let’s celebrate” like roasted chicken and french fries! The birthday of Las Lomas is now officially January 23, 2015. We eagerly anticipate the arrival of our first children in the next few weeks. This is about to become incredibly real, folks! And this – this is only the beginning!

We ask that you pray for our staff – for encouragement for them, for certainty in their calling to this work, for retention of all they are learning, and for Christ’s strength to be made perfect in their weaknesses.

We ask that you pray for our children – that the Lord prepares and guards their hearts, that their transition will be as good as it can be, that they will soon know who Christ is and what He has done for them to make them His and call them by name.

We ask that you pray for ongoing financial support for Not Forgotten. Our budget is about to increase DRAMATICALLY as we have hired these staff members and will be bringing in and providing ongoing support to children. Please pray the Lord specifically provides faithful monthly donors. Will you please consider GIVING MONTHLY to Not Forgotten even as you read this?

“To God be the glory, great things He hath done!”

Not Forgotten Wins Project For Awesome!
January 14, 2015

John Green announced today that Not Forgotten is one of the twenty winners of the 2014 Project for Awesome!  As a top ten, community-chosen, grant recipient, Not Forgotten will receive $25,000 that will be used to support the orphans and street children we serve in Peru. Thanks to everyone who supported Not Forgotten and voted for our video during this year’s competition.  Also, we would like to say a special thank you to everyone at Project for Awesome for making this special event possible.  Last, we could not do this without the amazing work of Destin Sandlin of Smarter Every Day who made a great video for us this year.  If you haven’t seen our video please check it out in the blog below.  Congratulations to each of the other winning organizations who are all doing awesome work in efforts to “decrease world suck!”

Project For Awesome 2014
December 12, 2014


Last year Not Forgotten won $50,000 from Project for Awesome thanks to your votes!  We used that money to build our first two children’s homes.  Now that they are complete, we need your help to support the children who will live here.

Here’s how you can help!

STEP 1: VOTE!!! http://bit.ly/VOTE4_NF_2014

Step 2: DONATE! http://bit.ly/HelpNotForgotten

Step 3: SHARE! – http://bit.ly/NF_P4A_FB The more people we get to vote for Not Forgotten the more boys we can help.

Giving Tuesday!
December 2, 2014

#GivingTuesday has become a day set aside for giving at the beginning of the Christmas season, in an effort to combat the general commercialism and consumerism of the holidays. Today, Tuesday, December 2, 2014, organizations and individuals all over the world will celebrate generosity and place their focus on others as they give.

The concept is simple: find a way to give today! Then share how and to whom you are giving. Spread the word and invite others to give alongside you. Not Forgotten asks that you join us in our mission to build hope and break the cycle for vulnerable children in Peru.

To give to the mission of Not Forgotten, click on the “donate” tab at the bottom of the page and fill out the information. Please list Giving Tuesday in the “tribute” section. If you prefer, you are welcome to mail a check to Not Forgotten at 1111 Fern Street, Homewood, AL 35209.  Please write Giving Tuesday in the “for” blank. Thank you for your partnership and for participating in #GivingTuesday 2014!

Christmas Gifts 2014
November 10, 2014

As we move into the holiday season, Not Forgotten has many things for which to be thankful.

At the top of our list are you, our supporters.  We are extremely grateful for your love for us, your commitment to Not Forgotten, and your faithfulness to play your part in the work the Lord is accomplishing through all of us, His body, in Peru.  May you know that each of you is an essential contributor to that work.  Our Not Forgotten team is extremely aware of how our God is using you and we say a resounding, sincere “thank you”.

Looking toward Christmas, we call on you to again offer your support to  the children who have captured your hearts.  We intend to provide Christmas gifts for 54 boys living in Scripture Union’s homes in and  outside of Iquitos, Peru.  To do this, we need your help!  In sponsoring a child this Christmas, you will be providing him with a new shirt and pair of pants, a new pair of socks and shoes, and an age appropriate gift (just for fun).  For $50, you will be able to give these Christmas gifts to one of these 54 children, and help assure him that he is not forgotten!

To sponsor a child, simply click on the “donate” tab at  the bottom of this page and fill out the information.  Please list Christmas Sponsorship in the “tribute”  section.  If you prefer, you are welcome to mail a check to Not Forgotten  at 1111 Fern Street, Homewood, AL 35209.  Please write  Christmas Sponsorship in the “for” blank.

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and thank you for your help!

We Officially Welcome Gene Idlett!
April 11, 2014

 

On February 1st of this year we hired our first, full-time Program Director!  Not Forgotten has a longstanding relationship with Gene Idlett Panduro and we are very excited to have him fully and officially part of our ministry.

 

 
Gene is 37 years old and he just obtained a business degree with a finance specialization from the Peruvian Institute of Business Administration.  For much of his career Gene has been a Children’s Program Director for Scripture Union of Peru in the city of Iquitos.  Gene’s wife, Patti, will also be working with Not Forgotten.  For many years Patti has worked as an educator in Scripture Union’s children’s programs.  Further Gene, Patti, and their eldest child Kanny are all currently taking college level English classes.  Gene and Patti currently have three children, Kanny (14),  Josué (10) and Estefano (21mo).

 

Before working with children in Iquitos, Gene worked with the municipal police in the city of Lima.  While working as a police officer in Lima, Gene states that “I could see the need for people whose only place of refuge were sewers, parks or abandon houses.  I could also see the huge need these people had for God, and I silently asked God to give me the opportunity to do something for them.  The lyrics to a song would come to my mind when I saw these people in need.  These lyrics are the following…”

Help me to look with your eyes. I want to feel with your heart,

and not be insensitive to this need for Jesus Christ.

“In these moments my heart longed to serve God and cried silently asking God to give me the opportunity. God heard my request and gave me the opportunity to work with Scripture Union of Peru in 2005, and for nine years my family and I have tried to serve God and our neighbor the best way we can.  It is our hope that more people change their way of life and have a personal encounter with God.”

 

Not Forgotten is very excited and grateful to have Gene and his family work alongside us in Iquitos.  His experience is very evident, as are the ways in which the Lord has equipped him for this work.  As the construction of our first homes continue to progress and as we get closer to consistently providing for and nurturing abandoned and neglected children in Iquitos, we feel extremely blessed that the Lord has provided such wonderful people to partner with us in our ministry and mission.  Thank you to all of you who are intentionally praying for our ministry’s leadership and discernment, and thank you to Gene and Patti for their dedication and sacrifice for these boys and our God!

 

2013 Project for Awesome Winners!
February 4, 2014

If you haven’t heard yet, Not Forgotten is one of the contest winners for Project for Awesome 2013! John and Hank Green just recently announced the winners and stated that each winning charity will receive $50,000!

This is very exciting for us because last week our organization broke ground on the first of five children’s homes in Peru.  These funds will go a long way towards building future homes for abandoned and neglected children on the streets of Iquitos.

With these winnings comes a huge thank you to many people…

First and foremost, thank you to the Vlogbrothers, John and Hank Green.  Thank you for creating this contest.  Thank you for lifting up charities and for using your position and influence to highlight and promote the work and need of others!

Thank you to Destin and Tara Sandlin.  Thank you for sponsoring Not Forogtten and for promoting our mission.  Thank you for partnering with our organization and for providing hope and opportunity for the children we serve!

If you are unfamiliar with Destin’s YouTube channel, SmarterEveryDay, please check it out.  His videos are the best combination of educational, entertaining, and amazing I have ever experienced.  It is the only YouTube channel I subscribe to!

And thank you to all of you who viewed and voted for our video.   And thank you to those who encouraged others to view and vote as well.  Because of your votes we can build more homes and assist more children!

We would like to give a special thank you to Savannah Jones.  Savannah saw our video on Destin’s YouTube channel and decided to sponsor Not Forgotten for her school’s Compassion Project over Christmas break.  Through the donations of many people Savannah raised $469.  This money will help make a big difference for the boys in Peru, and it will help save a boy’s life!  Thank you Savannah!

Savannah made a thank you video for all of her donors and we would like to share that with you.  Please view her video here, and thank you to all of the people who were a part of this contest.  We are very grateful!

 

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