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Monday, September 17, 2018

Reload Love: Transforming Bullets To Beauty And Battlegrounds To Playgrounds

Lenya Heitzig's heart is to reach out to hurting people through tangible acts of love.  The founder of Reload Love, a ministry which touches the lives of children affected by terrorism, Lenya also serves as the executive director of she Ministries at Calvary Church, pastored by her husband, Skip.

You can learn more about Reload Love, the ministry, and how you can be a part of changing the lives of children around the world HERE.

"So Jesus answered and said to him, 'What do you want Me to do for you?'  The blind man said to Him, 'Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.'  Then Jesus said to him, 'Go your way; your faith has made you well.'  And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road."

Will we try to forget all the things we've seen?
Or will we see, really see, and then let our emotions lead us into a new way of living?

This is the story of one woman who refused to look away from atrocities on her television screen.  Lenya Heitzig allowed her heart to break at the plight of refugees and the deaths of innocent children, and then she begged God for a job to do.

In this gritty, passionate story, Lenya details the epic way God answered her prayers - how a spark came to life turning weapons of war into something beautiful.  Experience the hope found in a children's playground as you journey with her through the jungles of Burma and the war-torn streets of the Middle East.

Though the shape of your heart and passion may look very different, you will find hope and inspiration in ordinary people who go to incredible lengths to share God's, life-giving love.

My Thoughts:
"What will we do when we finally see?"  Lenya Heitzig asks her readers that question in her book Reload Love.  In the book, Heitzig chronicles her journey of establishing the ministry of building playgrounds in war-torn locations around the world and making brass jewelry out of spent bullet casings.  If this isn't a story of seeing bueaty rise from ashes, I don't know what is.
Heitzig's writes her story as if she is sitting across from you at a table with a cup of coffee and simply sharing her heart with you.  Her story is challenging, encouraging, and inspiring.  She's been willing to do the hard things because of her trust in God for His strength.  I so appreciate the way Heitzig shares God's word throughout the book and how she let it transform her thinking and direction at each point along the way.
Heitzig has allowed God's love to transform her and she shows very clearly that love is a is something you do when you really see.  
I think Matthew West's song "Do Something" is the perfect soundtrack to Heitzig's story.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.