Friday, September 28, 2012
So here we are less than 24 hours from leaving on our first vision trip and we are super excited! We have been waiting for this time on our journey to finally know where God wants us to be specifically. We have known to what country He called us, but that was really about it - until NOW!!! We are human so we have thoughts and ideas going in - but we all agree that we have to remain open to what God will show us and confirm with us as we make these trips, knowing that He will reveal to each of us maybe in different ways where we are to be. So we will bathe it in much prayer after making both the trips and reveal it then. I was thinking of how these days people have those revealing parties where they reveal the gender of their baby - well we have been almost 3 years of waiting to know the gender of ours - lol so maybe one of those cool parties will be well deserved :-)
Please keep us in your prayers over the next 10 days as we explore, travel and ask a million questions while we are there. Most important prayer request would be for clarity for all 3 of us. We appreciate so much the encouraging words, phone calls and sweet gifts we have been given this week and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We pray that each of you will know how much we truly love and appreciate you. I will try to keep the blog updated as much as possible, but I am not sure just how much time or availability I will have. But I plan to keep the facebook page updated if nothing else - so check there too.
As you know we have our 2nd trip about 2 weeks after we return and as of right now, we are still $1200 short and unable to purchase the plane tickets. I am praying that the cost of the tickets do not go up too much since we will be so late in buying them. The closer you get to the travel date and purchase the tickets the cost usually is dramatically higher. But without the money in hand, we can not buy them before we leave. Join us in praying for provision for that immediate need. We have seen God provide this whole journey and we trust He will continue to do so.
Thanks for following us, praying for us, encouraging us, supporting us and most of all loving us!!!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Evidence Mission Team 2012
"believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever
believes in me will do the works I have been doing" John 14:11-12
We saw great evidence of the work of God in Jerez, Mexico this year. We took a team of 12 and served like Jesus! What a great work He did in us and through us. We averaged 260 each night in EBV (VBS to us) and we averaged 60 adults each night. It is great to see people hungry for God's word. We are blessed to live in a nation that has the freedoms, facilities and finances it does. Say a prayer of thanks for those things we so often take for granted. We were able to accomplish many repairs and projects at Casa Betania for Steve & Amber Benedict. We always enjoy our time with them and the kids each year.
|Group Picture with all the kids our last night.|
On our trip this year our new Macbook Pro was stolen within hours of us landing in Mexico. And we were in no way going to allow satan to distract us or hinder any work that God would have for us. I started having pain in my shoulder before we left which got progressively worse with each passing day. I had my first experience with free health care in Mexico after thinking that I may have had a blood clot. But praise the Lord it was not. The visit was not bad at all, we didn't have to wait long and the doctor told us what to watch for and to go straight to the trauma center if we saw those things. So that was something new for me to experience. One of the best parts of the trip for us this year was for Ashtyn to share one night in devotion time that she knew that her heart and home was not in Alabama, but there in Mexico!!! She is ready to be there too. See God does call everyone and He alone is the only one that does that type of work in someones heart.
We are leaving again in 25 short days to head back to Mexico. This will begin our vision trips where we will be meeting the teams already in place, seeing what their ministry looks like and getting to know them. We are still $2300 away from meeting our vision trip needs, but are trusting the Lord for provision. We are asking that you begin praying now for us to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading to show us where we are suppose to be. We are excited that we are so close to finally being able to know specifically where God wants us and to know a little bit about what our part of the ministry might look like. Just being able to know simple things like where will we be living, what schools are available, what will we need to bring etc... is super exciting!
I don't want this to be too long, so I will close with some pictures of us serving in Mexico and leave you with a question - Is there EVIDENCE of Christ love in your life? Scripture tells us that if we truly believe in Jesus, then we will be doing the works He did - meaning there should be evidence in your life.
|Ashtyn helping our sweet little "Dora" in VBS. She looked just like her!|
|It amazes me how much these kids are always wanting to be loved!!!|
|Mike drawing with some of the kids, they loved him!|
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