Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Post for 2013


  • It's amazing how fast the year went by for our family. It doesn't feel like it's going to be the new year tomorrow, but it is. So, as the last post for this year I am looking back.
  • Close to the beginning of the year, on Feb 26th, we lost my grandfather. I'm very thankful God allowed my family and I to be able to say goodbye, as many do not have this opportunity.  In March I had my 14th birthday, celebrating it with family and my baby sister (who turned 2 this year!) it was my first birthday with her as my official sister. In the summer, my Dad took a few groups of kids from our neighborhood out on the river, which is always fun! (to find out more about the organization my parents started go to their website www.urbanmountainadventures.org or to their facebook page) In August my Dad and I flew out to Washington, ahead of my mom and siblings. We did a father daughter climb on Mt. Adams and Mt. Baker. It was the best thing ever! It was my first experience mountain climbing and it was awesome. This fall my sister Savvy and I have been training for our rock climbing competitions.(In early January we are competing in Iowa.) In October my mom, my two sisters, and I visited friends in California, then in November we visited family in Texas. It was so good to see cousins, uncle, and grandmother. 
  • Wow. There's only so much one can write about their experience, for most of it is all stored in ones heart. I hope you had a blessed year, and may the new year of 2014 be full of adventure. God bless! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is a time to remember Jesus' birth, to remember how much God loves us "That he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) Isn't God's love amazing?!

Below is the story of Jesus' birth, going from the book of Matthew, to Luke, back to Matthew. 
Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!!!


(Matthew) This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[d]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[e] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[f]because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[g] (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

(Luke) In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah,the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.


 (Matthew)  After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’[b]
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Believers son murdered

Please pray for this family! (received in an email from Gospel For Asia)
  • I am heartbroken over the incredibly sad news I just heard: One of our believer's sons was tortured and murdered last week. Anmol was only 7 years old when his life was tragically taken from him.
  • Read the story and learn how you can pray.
  • How it pains me to hear of such atrocities done to an innocent child. It is extremely rare for a child to be the target of brutality like this. But I know, throughout all this, God is still good, and in our times of pain and confusion, we can find strength and hope in Jesus to face another day.
    Little AnmolWill you please pray with me for this dear family who now has to live without their beloved child and brother. May they find comfort and peace—even joy—in the arms of their Savior.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Free DVD!


  •                               Victoria 10-pack
  • Get a free DVD about persecuted Christians in Sudan!
  • go to http://www.persecution.com/idop to order yours today!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pastor Saeed is Denied Medication



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Pastor Saeed is being denied critical medication.
As a result of severe beatings at the hands of his Iranian captors, American Pastor Saeed experienced symptoms of internal bleeding. He was prescribed medication and had been improving.
Now he has been transferred to a deadly new prison. Pastor Saeed's father attempted to deliver his doctor-prescribed medication to him this week and was turned way.
With the horrendous conditions in the prison and the lack of proper medication, Pastor Saeed's health will likely deteriorate quickly.
We must speak out. We must be heard. Take action. Share this message through Facebook and email.
Sign the Petition to Save Saeed at BeHeardProject.com.
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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Pastor Saeed

Pastor Saeed's life is in grave danger.
Yesterday, he was transferred to another Iranian prison – a deadly cellblock in one of Iran's most dangerous and obscure prisons.
He is no longer sharing a cell with political prisoners but with murderers. Rajai Shahr Prison is where prisoners are sent to disappear – many are murdered at the hands of other prisoners.
President Obama, who has already spoken to the President of Iran about Pastor Saeed, must take immediate diplomatic action to save Saeed's life. Time is of the essence.
Join our urgent new effort to urge President Obama to take decisive action. There is no more critical time than now.
Jay Sekulow
ACLJ Chief Counsel
P.S. Please earnestly pray and share this critical message. A U.S. citizen's life hangs in the balance.
(Taken from the ACLJ email I received)

  • Perhaps you remember hearing about Saeed, but if not, here is his story. 
  • Pastor Saeed is an American citizen of Iranian decent. He has a wife and two kids. He went to Iran to some of the orphanages there, and he ended up being arrested. Just because he is a Christian. He has been in Evin Prison for over a year, and was just recently moved to the Rajai Shahr Prison. PLEASE! Keep him in your prayers and let others know about him. Sign the petition and write a letter to the Iranian president. To learn more, go to SaveSaeed.org

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan, Largest Tropical Cyclone Recorded on Earth!


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header2.pngAs you read this, Typhoon Haiyan, the largest tropical cyclone recorded on earth in 2013, is making landfall in the central Philippines.
  • Winds have been clocked up to 235 mph—the most powerful storm to make landfall in history—and an estimated 10 million people are in the path of the category 5 storm. 
    The potential for loss of life is unfathomable.
    During this time, World Help will be monitoring the needs and suitable response through our network of partners on the ground.
    But right now, we must pray.
    Pray for divine protection for those unable to escape Haiyan’s power. Virtually nothing can withstand winds over 200 mph. Yet while hope may seem bleak, there is room for the miraculous—and that is what we must make appeal for. World Help firmly believes that our prayers can save lives.
    Pray for a swift response from the international community. Lives will depend on it. As soon as possible, these victims will need medical supplies, food, clean water, shelter, and so much more.
    Pray for comfort as millions suffer the beating of this merciless force. Many will lose everything they know—loved ones, homes, lifetimes of work. Right now, in the eye of the storm, there are innocent children and families in need of supernatural comfort. Likewise, in the days to come, they will face the unimaginable and we must continue to respond with prayer.
    As you pray, please spread the word on your social media networks or through email. Lives are hanging in the balance . . . every prayer counts. 
    Thank you for joining us in petition.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Book Giveaway!

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  • I am giving away "His Treasure" by Sheri Rose Shepherd. So head over to my review blog to find how you can win it!

Friday, October 11, 2013

My Child


  • I was in the car yesterday and the car next to me was a silver car and a younger woman driving. Right behind her was an older woman in a similar car. Here were two women with two different stories. Two different generations. It made me think that no matter how young or old we are God is always there for us. Every day, 24/7. Whether we are in the grocery store, in the car on a road trip, or in a church worshiping our Creator. He cares about you, and wants to show you His love. Just listen for His voice and read his letter to you (the bible)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Free Resources for IDOP!


  • Victoria 10-pack           Prayer-Kit
  • November 3rd is International Day Of Prayer for the persecuted (IDOP). Voice of the Martyrs is offering a free DVD and Open Doors USA is offering a free prayer kit. Use these resources to let Christians around you know more about the persecuted church.
  • Be the voice for our brothers and sisters!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Commission


  •                                        The Commission
                                       I asked the Lord to help my neighbor,
                                       And carry the gospel to distant lands,
                                   And to comfort the sick, but he said to me,
                                            If you love me, be my hands.

                                         I asked the Lord to go to the dying,
                                              And the orphan in the street,
                                      And visit the prisoner, but he said to me,
                                               If you love me, be my feet.

                                         I asked the Lord to go to the poor,
                                       And watch over each babe that cries,
                                  And see each mans need, but he said to me,
                                            If you love me, be my eyes.

                                       I said to the Lord, I want to serve you,
                                           But I don't know where to start.
                                        To love is the answer, he said to me.
                                             If you love me, be my heart.
                                   
                                               ~ G. Shirie Westfall ~

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 11th


  • Today is the 12th year since the Twin Towers attack in 2001. The day is a sad reminder to those affected by that tragic date. The date when many were told that they would never see their loved ones again. I pray that many of those people, the survivors and families of the victims, would go to Jesus, the only one who knows how they feel. And the only one who can give them peace. Pray for those effected by September 11th, that they would be comforted. 
  • God be with you.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

"To Broke to Buy a Pizza"

  • One night while we were on vacation my family was going to Wendy's for supper. There was some construction up ahead, so we had to go a different route. As we were driving up to Wendy's I saw a guy holding a sign that said "To broke to buy a pizza". We had passed a lot of guys holding a sign up, but I wondered what would happen if we offered him food instead of money. My family had done it before, someone is holding a sign saying they can't buy food and are asking for money. My parents offer them food, and the people say they don't want food, they want money. But what if this guy really was hungry. Were we going to just drive by him and one day when we are in Heaven the question would be asked. "Why didn't you feed me?" It couldn't hurt to offer him a burger, because at least we tried. I asked my dad if we could order him a burger, and we did. As we drove up to him my mom rolled the window down and said, "We got this for you." The man took the bag and said a big "Thank you!" to where we knew he meant it. It was one of the most rewarding moments. I am very thankful that we stopped to see if he wanted some food. It may have been his only meal that day. So next time you see someone on the side of the road, offer some food. Because you might just meet that person one day and get a great big thank you. Because it's not only the perfect time to demonstrate God's love, but to be a witness. 
  • God bless!
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

You Are Important

  • You are part of something BIG! You just might not know right away, and you may not feel like it. But know that you are a  HUGE  part of God's plan. :)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

A touching story about a Bible

  • “They begged and begged me, but I couldn’t give it to them,” said the man. “I know Christians are supposed to share, but I just couldn’t part with it.” He sadly held out his hand so that his listener could see his prized possession.
        “I really wanted to, but I couldn’t. You see, people in North Korea told me that they have been praying for fifty years to get a Bible. But I didn’t give them mine because I had been praying for twenty years, and I had just gotten it from a pastor in South Korea.”
        He sighed deeply as his mind went to the needy believers in North Korea desperately praying for one copy of the Bible. He hugged his Bible to his chest. He had escaped the Communist prison state and was now living freely in South Korea.
        Bibles in North Korea are rare. Because of the opposition from the Communists, believers consider them more precious than gold. One man was beaten to death with an iron rod along the Chinese border when he was caught bringing Bibles into North Korea. Sadly, cases like this are reported over and over.
        “I cannot forget those people,” he said with a sigh. “I cannot forget the look of envy on their faces when I showed them my Bible. I feel so bad for them.”


    They serve as coasters for drinks or a handy spot to rest the remote control. Their sturdy covers help compose a letter on hotel stationery or catch the ashes falling from a cigarette. They listlessly adorn the coffee table, next to the caramel candy dish and the TV Guide. Although this book remains a best-seller year after year, no one seems to be reading it very much. It is the Bible. The Bible is abused and neglected outside of those places where its true value is known all too well. How differently we might treat our Bibles if we had to pray twenty years to get one! What can you do to revive your passion for God’s precious Word?
  • from Extreme Devotion
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pastor Jeremiah

Photo: Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured) transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service....only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food....NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit n the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him. 

As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation........"We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek".... The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation.....The homeless man sitting in the back stood up..... and started walking down the aisle.....the clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him....he walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment....then he recited

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’  “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning...many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame.... he then said....Today I see a gathering of people...... not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples...when will YOU decide to become disciples? He then dismissed service until next week....... Being a Christian is more than something you claim. I'ts something you live by and share with others.Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured) transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while ...it was filling with people for service....only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food....NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit n the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.

As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation........"We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek".... The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation.....The homeless man sitting in the back stood up..... and started walking down the aisle.....the clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him....he walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment....then he recited

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning...many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame.... he then said....Today I see a gathering of people...... not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples...when will YOU decide to become disciples? He then dismissed service until next week....... Being a Christian is more than something you claim. I'ts something you live by and share with others.
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Leonard Dober

  • Leonard Dober wondered if Jesus had thought the cross too much; then he remembered Jesus’ prayer in the garden ended, “Not my will, but yours, Father.” Leonard’s task seemed impossible, but he was pursuing God’s will and not his own.
        Leonard Dober determined that God’s call to him was to reach slaves in the Virgin Islands. He planned to reach these men and women by selling himself as a slave and working alongside others each day while sharing Jesus’ love with them. The thought of being a slave frightened and sickened him. He dreaded the treatment he would receive. “But Christ was willing to die on the cross for me,” he thought. “No price is too high to serve him.”
        It wasn’t the slave masters who were Dober’s harshest persecutors, but rather fellow Christians. They questioned his call to minister to slaves and ridiculed him as a fool for his plan. But Dober would not be dissuaded. He arrived in the Virgin Islands late in the 1730s.
        When he became a servant in the governor’s house, he feared that this position was too far removed from the slaves to whom he had come to minister. So he left and moved from the governor’s house to a mud hut where he could work one-on-one with slaves.
        In just three years, Dober’s ministry included more than thirteen thousand new converts.


    Jesus freaks. That’s what the world calls those whose faith seems a bit radical. Odd. Extreme. Dober was an eighteenth century “Jesus freak”—a free man who chose to live as a slave in order to win them to Jesus. He was willing to do whatever it took to squeeze the last ounce of devotion from his heart in service to Christ. For Dober, that meant a specific plan that made sense to no one but him. Have you been written off because of your freakish refusal to go along with the majority rule? If God has called you to do something radical for him in your family, church, or community, you must obey. Let others call you crazy, but may Jesus find you committed.
  • From Extreme Devotion
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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Camp: Day 1


  • Update: I failed to mention that I went to this camp, hosted by Holler Ministries, to learn more about what it's like to be a missionary. The camp is located in North Carolina, but is set up like an African village, and you go through real life situations.
  • The first day I got to missions camp, I was a bit nervous. (for a few reasons) 1. I didn't know what I'd do while I was there and 2. I didn't know anybody. So we get to the meeting place at 2:30, and I unload my stuff and walk down to the outside porch. So for the next hour or two the rest of the campers and I were doing games so we could learn how to do team work and trust each other. We then had our commissioning dinner and went to the "airport". All of us were new to this, and it was kind of frustrating at times. I couldn't pronounce the capital (Nairobi) correctly and almost didn't make it though check-in. I got upstairs and everything was quiet, except for the few beggars and welcoming man. (I could only understand the hello part). I went and exchanged my "million" dollars. (the pretend money turned out to be more than I thought). I was then arrested for not having my visa and had 200 schillings taken for a bribe. Then I hunted the guy down and asked for my money back, and he said I needed my visa to get it back. I filled out the application came back and we talked a bit, I prayed for his wife, and got my 200 schillings back. By then my bags had been stolen and I had to hunt those down, go through customs (I was accused of having a lighter in my pack) :) Finally got the mark of approval and waited for the remaining campers. We then went to "Africa" and met a village elder, who's words we couldn't understand except simba's (lions) were around in the forest, asked if we wanted chai, and told us that they (his village) wash their face and brush their teeth in the mornings. (That was only after the many blank stares we gave him). Later he explained what he said in English and then we went to sleep in our mud huts (those things were pretty awesome in my opinion) to the sound of guitar music from Shelby, a fellow camper.
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    playing a teamwork game


Commissioning meal
Praying before "take off"
Check-In
Very Encouraging! :)
Security
Welcoming man and beggar
Money exchange
Interrogation
Security after check in
Visa application
Customs
Singing through customs.
Thief, beggar, and my stolen back pack. :) 
the village elder
Inside our mud hut! 


Saturday, July 13, 2013

God is Breathtaking


  • Time just flies by. The seasons pass, and as in an instant, the next ones here. So far, this year has been really good. I have learned a lot about myself, good and bad, and hope to be able to do better in those areas. 
  • I am amazed at how detailed everything is. From a dazzling rainbow to the skin on our body. I can't believe how amazing our God is. He know everything, and loves us all! I don't know about you, but I think that He is incredible. His way's are not our ways, and he has us here for a reason. It won't be until later will we see God's plan in our life, but even now we can see some it. 
  • I love how creation seems to cry out praise to God all day long. The beautiful snow peaked mountains reflect God love of scenery. The grass decorates parts of His earth, while dusty landscapes lay across the wide land. How the moon affects the tide, and the sun keeps us warm. The stars decorate the sky, and the lakes reflect them. All of creation sings praises all day long, and it is amazing to just sit outside and enjoy the handy work of the Master Artist.  
  • God deserves your best, so give Him your all! 
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Sunday, July 7, 2013

“Sometimes I miss those days of persecution!”


  •     The words came from an Iranian pastor who had escaped to the West. In Iran, arrest and police harassment were common experiences. He had even lost his home and job because of his faith. Now he was free to live and worship wherever he wished. How could he long for the days of persecution?
        “Sometimes I miss those days,” he said, “because I was so alive. I felt every day that Jesus was with me.”
        The pastor had planted a church near the front lines of the Iran–Iraq war. He earned money by driving a taxi and grew his church by sharing Christ with his passengers. In two years, he had won souls from nine language groups. Many soldiers worshiped with them each week, and he had baptized fifteen Muslim converts.
        The pastor and his wife counted on God for everything. When the bombs of war fell around them, they prayed for his protection. When there wasn’t enough money, they prayed for his provision. And each day God came through for them.
        Their ministry was rewarded. Ten members of his church have gone on to become pastors. Even now, the pastor can see fruit from the time of ministry at the front lines.

    If you’ve never been in love, you cannot understand what it is to be heartbroken. If you have never lost a loved one, you cannot truly relate to those who mourn. You cannot understand a longing for something you have never experienced. Those who have been persecuted for their faith describe a peculiar longing. They long not for the persecution as much as they long for the sense of fellowship their persecution brought them. They don’t miss the torture as much as they miss what the torture taught them. The end result far outweighs the suffering. If you want to experience a deeper walk with Jesus, you must be willing to obediently sacrifice for him. That is also a type of suffering. 
    (From Extreme Devotion)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Thank You


  • Today, as our family had guest over, a knock was heard on the door and as it was opened Yaz was there with her hands full. She walks in the door and we greet each other and she hands me three wrapped packages. 
      "I didn't know when your birthday was..." (My birthday was in March, but Yaz was thoughtful and kind enough to give me a gift three months later. A lot of people would just wait until next time if they were late. Just shows you how nice she is!) I open the three packages up she had given me- a painted rock covered in gold glitter and three gems on top, a journal and pen, drawing box, and last, but not least, a shirt that she had beautifully drawn on. Those were some of the best gifts I have ever gotten, and my favorite was the shirt. It was covered all over with sayings, one note she wrote to me was. "You're a very inspiring person to me since I met you 4yrs ago. You love to dance, sing, write wonderful stories, play piano, guitar, and many other things...That's why you have I think the gift of inspiring."
     ~Yaz, that is one of the best things anyone has ever written or said about me. I may not be good at all of those things, but I love getting such a compliment from such a nice person as you! Thank you so much!~

  • Written in my new shirt.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Ethiopia-Lalisa Mergesa

Ethiopia-Lalisa Mergesa
Lalisa. M.
Please pray for Lalisa. She just lost her husband in December, and is in great need of our prayers.
    If you would like to send her a letter of encouragement please follow the steps below and send them to :

Open Doors USA
Attn: Letter Writing Dept.
PO Box 27001
Santa Ana, CA, 92799

1. Pray
That God would give you the right words and verses to share.
For God to give the recipient strength to persevere and that they
will know the Lord’s compassion and mercy. (James 5:11)
2. Prepare
Write in short and simple English.
Do not dwell on the recipient’s plight or your blessings.
Handmade cards or children’s artwork can be very heartening to
families.
3. Protect
DO NOT mention Open Doors or your home address.
DO NOT include money.
DO NOT mention anything against the government or other
religions.

Thank you and God bless

How Many Kings


  • I  heard a girl sing this at camp and I immediately fell in love with it. Here is "How Many Kings" by Downhere.
  • God bless.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

I am changed


  • My life has been changed. Not for worse, but for the better.
  •  I can't say I don't know, so I'll do my best to share the news. 
  • To change the world and let others know so that they too can change the world. 
  • I love my God because he cares. So I'll share Christ's love to the people of the World.
  •  To be a light that will stay lit until God calls me home.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Trust


  • My baby sister, Izzy, is, slowly, learning to walk.  For the her therapy we have to hold one of her hands and help her walk. As I was doing this the other day I was struck by the way Izzy was holding my hand. Two things. 1. She was holding it in a death grip. and 2. She trusted me enough to hold on my hand. When I think about this she is showing a couple of things. She clings tightly and at her age (under two) she already trusts people, and it made me wonder if we easily do the same thing with God. When we are nervous or are doing our everyday life do we cling to God to be in His presence every day? Do we trust God enough to hold His hand and let Him lead us down the narrow path? Just think about it. 
  • God bless.  

Monday, June 10, 2013

When Your Huts on Fire


  • I received this email a little while ago and thought I would share it.
  • The only survivor of the shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. 
Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, 'God! How could you do this to me?'

Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching th island! It had come to rescue him! 'How did you know I was here?' asked the weary man of his rescuers. 'We saw your smoke signal,' they replied.

The Moral of This Story:
It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering. Remember that the next time you little hut seems to be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Don't Worry. God is in Control


  • I love watching a plan of God take place. how he puts a dot here and there and then he slowly connects them to form a bigger picture. That is how our life is. Everybody's life is a dot in God's big picture, and sometimes he puts smaller ones inside of it. We all have a reason to be here. God knows what he has stored for us, and for us to find out we just have to go with the flow and see where God has placed us. 
  • This week God has been showing me that I shouldn't worry about tomorrow. As Jesus says in Matthew 6:31,32
"So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? These dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows your needs."
If I look ahead for what we'll be doing in June all of it is just stuffed with so much stuff it can be overwhelming, but if I look ahead at just today my life is not being flooded. Because things will change. For example: Trips will be canceled, Prices go up, People move, and a million other things. But we need to just let that stuff go. 
  • Title "God, can I ask you a question?"

Me:Godcan I ask you a question?

God:Sure.

Me:Promise you won't get mad?

God:I promise.

Me:Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?

God:What do you mean?

Me:Well, I woke up late.

God:Yes.

Me:My car took forever to start.

God:Okay.

Me:At lunch they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait.

God:Hmmm.

Me:On the way home my phone went dead just as I picked up a call.

God:Okay.

Me:And on top of all that, when I got home I just wanted to soak my feet in my new foot massager and relax, but it wouldn't work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?

God:Well, let me see. The Death Angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.

Me:(humbled): OH...

GOD:I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.

Me:(ashamed)

God:The person who made your first sandwich today was sick and I didn't want you to catch what he has.  I knew youcouldn't afford to miss work.

Me:(embarrassed): Ok...

God:Your phone went dead because the person who was calling was going to give false witness about what you said during that call. I didn't even let you talk to them so that you would be covered.

Me:(softly) I see, God.

God:Oh, and that foot massager had a short that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me:I'm sorry God.

God:Don't be sorry, just learn to trust me in all things, the good and the bad.

Me:I will trust you.

God:And don't doubt that MY plan for your day is always better than your plan.

Me:I won't, God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.

God:You're welcome, child. It was just another day being your God, and I love looking after my children.