Serving in the Peten Jungle of Guaremala for 27 days, challenging yet so rewarding! John 16:33 states (Teddy version) "Life will be jacked up, but take heart. Jesus came to bring us peace."
Everday was a new adventure, from driving a bus with 120 kids in 100 degree weather up a winding, mountainous road to killing scorpions in our room at night, to ministering in many schools, hospitals and retirement centers. Hearts in Action is a faith based, Chrstian organization ministering and serving in the heart of the jungle. They provide, through partners, academic & school supplies, transportation, athletic & music classes, lunch, & school uniforms to over 300 students 5 days per week and pay the staff and faculty to teach all the classes. Not only do they touch the lives at the Ranch de Los Niños (Ranch of the Kids), they also provide jobs for the community and share the love of Jesus, providing meals and clothing to the community.
To be apart of this as a family had its difficult times. However, I believe our hearts were being branded for future ministry opportunities. I can minister many places but collectively with my family we reach so many more. We had four goals:
1. Serve our hosts.
2. Develop our ministry gifts.
3. Day to day life.
4. Cultural immersion.
All the family was able to experience, serve together and see each goal in operation in our lives.
What a tremendous opportunity! many more to come...
Each of us need godly and human support. As well we should be making opportunity to be a support to people daily. We can support people through our words and actions. WE can be a support to people even when they don't know through prayer.
Think of the word support and these illustrations; a supporting actor, a truss which supports the whole building, someone who seconds the motion and the military term, watch the flank. To do the will of God we all need support.
The word support is stated many times in the Bible. Naturally the word support means:
Support-carry the weight of, to prevent from falling, to assist or strengthen, to bear the cost of, to be actively in favor of. Everyone needs support; spirit, soul and body!
We see the word support in the Bible as many synonyms such as, supported, supporting, supply, supplying, supplies, strengthen, strengthened, strengthens, strengthening, encouragement, partner, partnership, uphold and sustain.
I want to encourage you to be a support to someone today. Ephesians 4:16 states 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. And from God side Romans 11:18 ...You do not support the root, but the root supports you. Finally Psalm 18:18 ...but the Lord was my support.
Ask the Lord how you can be a support to someone today or this week.
In a culture pressed for time, many chasing the dollar and so overwhelmed by every type of media it can be difficult to maintain ones prowess in a difficult world. I believe one can avoid the declining family values represented by far to many Americans (any people group) by valuing faith, family and fun.
In regards to faith, John 14:6 states, "Jesus is the way, truth and life and the only way to the Father God is only through His son Jesus." Faith in God is important, knowing and living for Jesus is more important. If you have a family or are single, I encourage you to take time to read and do the word of God. It has changed my life. It will change your life as well.
Family and fun should be synonymous . I am far to guilty of being on my phone, while Ki is on the Wii, Makinzy is playing the DS and Autumn is watching a TV show. We are all in the same room but are not connected. However, Autumn has brought a joy of family to my life. She always does amazing things to foster amazing family traditions and values. We are always working on enhancing our family and fun, even in the midst of our former 11 years of full time ministry, making time to be with each other daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. It has never been perfect but I value family and fun., working hard to continually grow.
I charge you to take some time to work on faith, family and fun in your own life. Read the Bible together, serve together in your church or community, play soccer, play Barbies, play a board game, take your wife on a date. Let me know how it goes...
Wow! 2 weeks already. I can hardly believe how the time flies by. I have had an amazing journey this week. I moved from the apartment in Dingxi (pronounced Ding she) to one across town in Fuzhong (pronounced Foo jong). My host had me go through mock preparation training for moving to a foreign country. All this is by myself on public transportation or walking without a translator. The first stop was the hospital. It took a long while since I don't speak Mandarin and was using my Chinese dictionary. In Taiwan one seeking a visa for residency would need a shot record and an exam done at the hospital to verify that you are healthy. The cost would've been $1900 NTD ($55 US) and then you times it by 4 for my family. Next was to find the immigration office. That wasn't easy either. My host wanted me to verify the cost ($2000 NTD or $60 US) and application process and ask foreigners of beneficial information. This was about a 6 hour affair.
One day I was at the supermarket to compare a typical grocery list and recipe from the Frazier's (cereal and milk) to what I could purchase overseas. I only found 20% of the items and the tiniest box of cereal (one bowl for me) was $5 US.
On Saturday my host took me to his English teaching class to see how that flows. About 2 hours of teaching and 1 hour of prep on an early Saturday am. I enjoyed the 19 students who thought I was funny and big. On Sunday and Monday I was able to serve my host. I watched their two boys ages 12 and 7 while they went out for 8-9 hours each day. They said they have not had a real date or a lengthy time alone for over 2 years. WOW! Just think by your prayers and support you were able to help this couple have time alone. What a blessing!!!
I was also able to visit one of the most popular temples, Longshan. It was during the holy festival where they remember their ancestors. The place was packed and made me reflect on ways others may view Christianity when they walk through the doors of our American churches. I am so glad we serve a living God.
I thought I would have a better grasp of the Mandarin language by now. I am outgoing and usually have tremendous language acquisition. One of the things I would've worked harder at was learning the language before I came here. With my busy schedule; school, work and taking care of the kids it was hard to find the time.
A few things learned in class, now with hands on applicability:
1. Take 1/2 the stuff and twice as much money.
2. The 3 I's
I will be flexible.
I will not be shocked.
I will walk in love
3. God supplies and is always on time.
My family and I appreciate your love, prayers and support. Without you we could not go on this training and growing adventure. I am learning so much and so thankful He has brought me to this place. I am learning to apply PS 46:10 "Be still and know I am God." Take time to be still before Him and I encourage you to apply the 3 I's this week.
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I am attending Rhema Bible Training Center's, Rhema School of World Missions and during the 9 month course is a required 30 day mission internship. My teacher chose Taiwan for me. The 4 main goals of the internship is to: 1: serve the host 2: develop personal ministry gifts 3: day to day life and 4: culture. I have the unique opportunity to understand the real day to day life of a foreigner/missionary overseas without an interpreter or anyone holding my hand (I am alone). My 11 years of ministry experience as a children, youth and young adult pastor mixed with in class mission teaching is being poured out in a real life applicable situation in Taipei, Taiwan.
I left Tulsa, OK, USA on a 3 leg journey to Taipei, Taiwan. From 7:30 AM Monday, March 21st I departed from Tulsa Intl. it took me 42 hours (with the 13 hour time change) to arrive at my hostel. Once I went through customs, found my baggage and transferred money, I found a bus heading into the city and then took a taxi. The taxi driver couldn't speak English and couldn't read the directions I printed in Chinese. I finally arrived Wednesday March 23rd at 1:30 AM.
As you would suspect the food, communications, culture and every aspect of day to day life without speaking Mandarin is difficult to say the least. Many times we marvel at what God is doing through oneself or others yet not as appreciative at what God is doing in oneself or other individuals. I am thankful for what He is doing in me right now. I have a evangelistic and mission minded heart and spirit. I enjoy communicating to people. I have come to understand that this mission is about God planting and watering in me and allowing Him to give the increase. Too often we seek quick results. The number one priority for a missionary is to establish a secure routine for themselves and their family.
Some tasks for me so far have been to understand the culture and find places of business. I had to locate, document and photograph hospitals, police stations, grocery/household item stores, post office and parks I have visited Taipei 101, the 2nd largest building in the world and the Chaing Kai-shek Memorial Hall. I have been to the National Palace Museum, night markets (famous in Taiwan), and day markets. I have eaten exclusively off the street. I am blessed and your prayers are appre
There is so much more so stay tuned.
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