The end of October.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

It's hard to believe how quickly time is flying for Mitch and I. November is just next week (& we will celebrate 3 months of marriage!) then pretty soon it will be Christmas. Tryin to enjoy the time we have.

And trying to enjoy the beautiful fall weather before the cold comes! 

Last Friday we had the opportunity to visit with some refugees from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Several of them are believers, but others were not. We spent time sitting on the floor and praying in 3 different languages. What a great, minuscule foreshadow of when "every knee shall bow and tongue confess that Jesus is Lord."

 Our new Burmese friends!

I recently finished the book, "The Heavenly Man." It is one of the most incredible books of faith I have ever read. It will inspire and convict. It is a biography about a Chinese Pastor, Brother Yun, who has been beaten, tortured, and thrown in prison for his faith. This book has challenged me greatly and I encourage all to read. 

Mitch and I are trying to embrace the reality that as we go overseas as foreign missionaries, we could be subject to persecution. Brother Yun said it this way, "The Lord wants us to embrace suffering as a friend. We need a deep realization that when we're persecuted for Jesus' sake it is an act of God's blessing to us." 

Just as Jesus states in Matthew 5:11-12, "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad because great it your reward in heaven." 

Happy fall, my friends. 

found in the aftermath

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mitch and I have really been enjoying the fall season here in Nashville. You just can't see pretty color-changing leaves in Florida. Our screen door is almost always open with the ac turned off. Thank you Jesus for a cool breeze :)

I made a little video from some of the footage Mitch took while on our trip. Please watch and pray.

I have been reading through the Psalms a lot lately and have been meditating on Psalm 103-104.

"The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed."
   -Psalm 103:8

"As a father has compassion on his children, 
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; 
for he knows how we are formed, 
he remembers that we are dust. 
The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and it's place remembers it no more. "
  -Psalm 103:13-16


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

So proud of Mitch for completing the Chicago Marathon (and it was 2nd one)! What a champ! :)

It was a perfect day for the runners. Nice, crisp air and tons of people cheering them on. I loved watching people accomplish such a big goal. It was very inspiring, however not enough to want to run one. Maybe, I'll work up to a half marathon one day!

Mitch's brother Matt and his wife Darcy

Good job Mitch and Matt!

Christ is enough.

Friday, October 7, 2011

It's good to be back on American soil.
However, our trip was great. It was an eye-opening experience to be in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. We had veteran mission trip go-ers to first timers and everything in between. But we all had one thing in common that we took away. We are in need of Jesus.

Living without our comforts that we are so used to will begin to play tricks on your mind. Selfishness sets in and we lose focus. I found this happening to me a lot. It was constantly hot, we were always tired, and sometimes hungry.

But despite all of this, God is still faithful. His grace covers us and his love prevails! He doesn't need us to complete His mission.

In Dominican we visited several public schools and shared Jesus with them. Can you imagine? That would be illegal here! It was fun to spend time with the kids. In the afternoons we visited a local village and evangelized. Pray for the people there, who are very set in there Catholic ways and believe in a salvation that is works based.

Haiti was a bit more challenging…heartbreaking too. Our living conditions in Haiti was almost like luxury to what most Haitians live in. We stayed at the Bethel Missions Outreach compound. We slept on the floor and awoke each morning at 4am to the sound of our fellow brothers and sisters worshipping. They are so passionate about the Lord. Their expression of worship is shameless.

One of the evenings we walked to a village to talk to people about Jesus. One lady said she was a witch and a voodoo priest, but just down the road several young boys got saved. They called out. "I want Jesus." How precious it was to see God at work over a country full of darkness.

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for us. This time next year, Mitch and I will be living in another country, depending on the Lord to meet our need and be enough for us. Please pray that God would prepare us for wherever he sends us and that He would be all that we need.

Salvation is found in no one else. For there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12 
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