Thursday, November 30, 2017

Two video's

I have never posted two video's at once but they both tell a story which is important and can teach us something about mission work.  You will get a laugh out of the first one but the laughter will die off as you watch the next one.  Asking you to watch two video's is asking a lot but you will not be sorry, I promise.  So, go ahead, jump right in there and enjoy the funny skit about , some millennial missionaries. 


I hope you got a laugh out of that one because this next one will sober you up. 


  We were in training with a couple that was ask to stay another semester  because the husband's  whole reason for going was fueled by his sense of adventure, not by II Cor. 5:14-15  For the love of Christ controls us, concluding this, that one died for all, therefore all died.  And He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.  ( It's that part, "no longer live for themselves" that was driven straight to the deep part of our soul that put the fuel in us to go be a part of reaching the least reached. ) No matter whether you live in the jungle, a small town, a big city, are full time in the ministry or work a secular job God wants us to "no longer live for ourselves".   

I do hope you used the freedom in Christ you have to laugh a little at the first video. I did because I need both, the laughter and the serious.  Eccl. 3:4 says there is a time for both.  

Monday, November 6, 2017

Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, people sitting and childWe met up with this young couple, Coleton and Shawna while home to have their second baby.  It was instant connection and not just because we four are with Ethnos 360 (New Tribes Mission).  I mean they are young, 20's, we were late late 60's so sometimes you can lose a connection due to that age gap. There was no gap of any kind with these two.   Why?  They both had teachable hearts, so refreshing.  A teachable heart reaches out knowing they do not have all the answers.  Trust me, we have worked with those puffed up with pride, and we always walk away from them discouraged. This couple left us encouraged.  Ace and I both said, they will make it.  Below is something Shawna put on their facebook that so blessed me I wanted all to read it.  So go ahead, read, get a blessing too. 
Shawna Williams wife of Coleton shared this about what kind of husband it takes to be a missionary in a remote location. In writing this, she also gives us a peek at what kind of wife it takes to follow the lead of man of God into a remote village so those living in the village can hear the gospel. She speaks the heart of anyone who willing to sacrifice for the sake of others.

I am so proud of him. Seriously. I am so lucky to be his. This guy is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. He is slow to anger, always sees the best in everyone (even when I am trying to point out someone else’s flaws 😜), he loves his children fiercely and always makes time for them. He is purposeful about spending time with me, always asks how he can help, and doesn’t even mind my crazy antics. Seems perfect right?

Well he’s not. Bubble bursted? Well it’s honestly one of the things I love the most about him. He’s not perfect, nor does he try to be, and because of that, I see the Lord working in him daily. I’ve said before how unqualified I am to be a missionary, and how I hate to camp and outdoor fun. Well people, that doesn’t just stop with me. This guy is also not a fan of being adventurous, he’s not a hiker, or a camper, or an extreme risk taker. He’s not flashy, tremendously outgoing, and he doesn’t enjoy being the focus of attention.
BUT... here he is. Teaching this morning from Gods word, in another language he worked so hard to learn. Over the past 2 years living in the village, I’ve seen him literally squirm with uncomfortableness. This is not “his thing.” His idea of a good time is shopping and eating awesome food. It’s going to some cool event or being pampered. It’s not going on crazy hikes to “no mans land,” or constantly being covered in flies. It’s not being outside or cooking over a fire. It’s not having all eyes on him. Everything about who he is, fights against what we do every day here, but here he is.
I was brought to tears this morning just admiring his faithfulness as he taught from Gods word. Admiring his sacrifice to be here. Admiring his love for the Lord and his willingness to do hard things. You may have a perfect husband, but mine isn’t. Mine is relying on the Lord every day to make him a better man, husband, and father. Mine recognizes that in his weakness the Lord is strong. Plus he looks good too 😉❤️ #Husbandman #missions#ethnos360


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