Sunday, March 15, 2015

Do You Hear What I Hear?

"The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."-Zephaniah 3:17

Do we really stop and listen to the love song that God is singing over our lives?

Right now I have a  choir of the tiniest yellow birds singing outside my window coupled with a rooster that is still marking time with his tenor voice. Coming up the road is a caravan of horns and drums letting us all know that wedding vows have been said. Celebration is all around!

Friends, that is what God does daily for us. He sings over our lives. Just like Zephaniah tells us, He takes great delight in you! I want you to grasp what that means for you. The God of the Universe celebrates your worth. He sees every part of you and still rejoices. Are you listening to His song? It is so easy to hear chaos instead of the sweet melody of the Father.

Take time to be still and listen.

The world is not your song. Jesus is!

Until Everyone Has Heard,

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Mundane Faithfulness

Zechariah 4:6-Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.

Almost three years in Africa and I am still finding comfort in this verse. Just today as we were sitting outside sipping our cool soda and savoring every bite of chipsi (French fries), Patrick looked at me and said, "Sometimes I still find it hard to believe that we are eating lunch outside in a village in Africa." It is good for us to still be in awe of what God has asked of us. It is very good to be reminded of God and his enormity. It is extraordinary to have him brush the side of your sunburned cheek with a breeze of warm remembrance. A remembrance of who we serve.   It helps us to be humble when we see the fruit of our labor and hopeful when we see nothing at all. God gives us the assurance that He is saving and transforming lives, ours included. We will not leave the comfort of our secure lives, we will not financially send missionaries, we will not be equipped to suffer, without a firm conviction that God is mighty to save and all His sheep WILL hear his voice.

I think what you would learn from any missionary is that serving overseas is not very glamorous and more mundane than people think. I mean most days I am teaching ABC's and listening to children read. Trust me, I would love to fall into bed every night knowing that I had proclaimed the Gospel to at least 3 Tanzanian people, but I am having to find contentment each day in the fact that I have poured all of my spiritual energy into my own six children. It is a daily struggle for those of us that serve. We pop out of a culture that thrives on results, even in the church, and plop into a place where time and efficiency stand still. It is surreal. God intentionally moves you away from what you think matters and gently leads you by the hand to what matters most, Him. He could care less about numbers, agenda, and productivity. He is a shepherd, gently coaxing us to this pasture and to that pasture, where we pick up one, two, three more sheep before we venture out to graze elsewhere.

So, what keeps us here? Mundane Faithfulness. Day to day living. Grazing and tasting the sweetest grass in the world. (Psalm 34:8). A steady diet of exactly what the Lord provides, when and where He provides it, and a faith in His sovereignty, give us enough confidence to stick around. Trusting the word of God is more than enough to do the work of God. (Psalm 4:5) Knowing and being reminded that our availability to be used by the power of God, is the best fuel for ministry faithfulness.

Until Everyone Has Heard,

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Prayers Go Where Your Feet Cannot

The wrath of God will cost somebody their life. It will either cost the unreached peoples their lives for eternity(Oh, God let it not be so), or it will cost us Christians our earthly lives in missionary service (to live is Christ and to die is gain).

Here is the question: Dare we be so in love with our lives in this world that we will stand back while THREE BILLION lose their souls and their lives in the world to come?
I believe it was Adrian Rogers who used to say, "The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time." The wrath of God upon the world means we need to be urgent in getting the gospel there in time.

                                                    It is a fact that the gospel saves.
These numbers of Bible-less peoples is what broke our hearts and forced us to abandon our lives and come to where ever God would have us. We came to a cross-road: If we truly believe what we say we believe and we truly love Jesus Christ as our all satisfying treasure then we do not have a choice. We must go.

We need your prayers for our family. We need your prayers for Africa. We need your prayers for our language projects that are taking place all over Africa. These people need to learn to read their heart language and they need the complete Bible.

Please commit to pray for our family to have longevity on the field.

Please pray for our health.

Please pray for us as we disciple children and young people on the weekends.

Pray that we would be intentional to share Christ with someone every day.

Pray that our prayer walks through out the community would bear fruit.

Pray that our hours spent in study and prayer each day would encourage our daily walk as we are without pastoral support and counseling.

Pray that Jesus become so famous that it outshines the great darkness that blankets.

Until Everyone Has Heard,