Beginning the Year with “Firsts”

He chose to give us birth through the word of truth,
that we might be a kind of first-fruits of all he created.
JAMES 1:18 NIV

It is a wonderful time when we as Christians are dedicated to God in all that we do and all that we are.  It is important to remember that all we have belongs to the Lord first and foremost,  The Lord is also kind in His loving ways to remind us that there is more.  If you listen carefully and open yourself, you will see many sweet reminders, both of His love and of His firsts.

Many of you know that I am not a big New Years Day resolution person per say.  My normal is to skip over that part of the holiday and move into the year without thoughts of resolutions or a yearly goal.  I can quite nicely live without the years regrets of breaking promises that I know I most likely cannot or will not keep.  (With the exception of the one and only year that I formed and fully filled out a perfectly “me type” resolution, hint: think watermelon!!!)

This year, The Lord gave me a gift.  He filled out a resolution list or a “firsts list” for me.  From the beginning of this year, actually started in Dec., He has been showing me gifts of firsts from His view point.  This has been a tremendous time to see new and beautiful ways that He surrounds us.  His artistry of Life is vast.  Each day I wake up to see what the “new” or “first” will be.  Each Day, pure to His promises, He shows up and grants another unknown to be discovered.

This year, I will be sharing a few of these insightful and fun firsts.  As the year progresses, I hope to share many more.

Jan. 7th 2019 – One of the Firsts
(Mandalay, Myanmar airport immigration)

By now, most of you have journeyed with me across the seas.  Most of you have heard me talk about the need/requirement to apply for a visa’s to live outside of your home country.  Myanmar is no exception to this rule.  My visit to Australia had a top priority; to apply to the Myanmar Embassy for a one year multiple entry visa.  Applying for a Myanmar one year visa was a first for me.  Previously all of my visa’s to MM (Myanmar) was either a tourist visa or 70 day visa.  Once I got this particular visa back, I was quite scared that I filled it out wrong.  It was stamped for 70 days and multiple entry.  Even so, beyond my fears that day, The Lord provided a missionary friend in Yangon that explained I would not know how many days I actually got until I went through immigration at the entry point in Myanmar.  It was totally up to the immigration person.

So I had to wait to find out the verdict.

As it turns out, this was the first time EVER, not only was the Immigration lady smiling and friendly, the whole crew was!!  She asked if I applied for one year.  Which of course I answered, “Yes.”  She smiled while showing me the stamp for one entire year!!!  My first time ever reaction in an immigration line, (with a very expressive) “YES!!!” followed up with “Oh, I am so sorry.”  She smiled and told me to have a nice day.  So, YES!!!!!  I now have a one year, multiple entry visa for Myanmar.  The significance of that is that I have totally been blessed to come and go freely in and outside of Myanmar.  God’s grace is overwhelmingly amazing and abundant!  His provision was there from the beginning until now and forevermore!

There is one more first, HOWEVER, I am running out of space here, sooooooo

If you are more than curious to see and to read about a wedding in another culture, please email me.  I will gladly send you a copy of my newsletter with colorful pictures and wonderful experience of a union Myanmar style!

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2018 December Celebrations & 5 Years Of Ministry

“In reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”

EPHESIANS FOUR:TWENTY TWO-TWENTY FOUR

 

TRANSITIONS WITH THE LORD, FOCUSING FORWARD

Ephesians 4:22-24 has been a verse that I have lived in many aspects of life.  Walking through each day living and adjusting in yet another new country and  new set of cultures, these verses are fresh and astounding.  Just as the people of long ago were encouraged to remember the past, but to shake off the old and to press forward into the new, also I am in a season of growing into another level of where the Lord will have me.  I am remembering the past, but looking and pressing forward as I would encourage you to do.

CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF SERVING FULL-TIME IN THE MISSION FIELD

Five years later, and many many lessons of life, spiritual growth, cultural growth, life lessons and beyond.  The Lord has kept His promises to keep me, to guard and protect me, to build and refresh me.  This journey is also largely due to the support of so many faithful servants (earthly angels) who have a hand in walking this path with me, in prayer, financially, personally.  With your continued faithfulness to me and to the mission field that I am called to, this has been a great season of looking back, remembering, renewing, reviving, and focusing forward for the sake of the Kingdom.

Please take a look at my newsletter to see many of the wonderful ways the Lord has worked through me for the Kingdom.  It has been a pleasure to serve with you for our Eternal purposes!

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2018 October Falling Into The Season

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
JEREMIAH TWENTY-NINE:ELEVEN

 

TRUSTING GOD IN EVERY SEASON, .
Jeremiah 29:11 is always a verse that when looking for encouragement people often quote. While it does bring encouragement, the original context of the verse was spoken by the Lord to the Israelites when they were facing complete uncertainty and displacement. Some were prophesying that their exile to Babylon would only be a few short years.  But the truth was that it would take a lifespan for them to return to Jerusalem. In the meantime, God was asking the Israelites to trust Him, to build houses and to have families and to prosper.  The Lord knew what plans he had for the people of Israel.  He knew how they would eventually influence and change the Babylonians, but they had to trust and wait on HIM.  Many times when I am in a season of waiting or a season of change, this is one of the verses that I look to and pray for an easy and short season of displacement.  HOWEVER, that was never the promise; no the promise was trust God and he will take care of you for however long it takes.

Through this short season of a few years, it has been one of changes and struggles,

waiting and wondering, growing unknowingly and knowingly.  This season brought me to points of continually praying trusting and waiting and waiting, trusting and praying.  For four years I lived in one country and crossed into a second country to serve the people that I was called to serve.  Suddenly, it all changed.  The doors opened and the gates to the “promise land” were opened.   The wait time is over and promises are becoming complete.  I now live in and serve in the same nation.

The Lord has a purpose for every season.  While I was waiting for the transition to live and minister in the same country, the foundation created over the past four years was to be my buffer for this new season.  There were many new opportunities to partner with other ministries and missionaries.  I started growing and developing relationships around me as well as continuing to deepen relationships that were started ten to twenty years ago.  Early this year, I really felt the Lord leading me into a new season. When I was offered a way to live and minister in my current country, I knew it was the Lord that was building a bridge for interdenominational ministry.  It was as if The Lord was standing close by and whispering a personal message into my ear and soul, “job well done daughter, now let’s move into this next season I have for you.”

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FURLOUGH 2018 (March-June)

Furlough

(please keep this timing secret from my mother, she thinks I am coming home in April, March will be a lovely surprise for her!)

This spring I am preparing to return to the States to visit family, friends, supporting churches and individuals. There are some details that still need to be worked out, but over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my perspective stops and dates through my newsletter, on Facebook and through emails.

Get ready!!!  Spread the word!!!  If you, your church, Bible study, women’s group, home group, youth group, a few friends, family members, etc. (or someone you know) would like to be included in my 2018 “spring tour” please feel free to let me know!!  It is exciting to be look forward as we, together, bring together teams and host a gathering to share in with the works of the mighty mission field here in S.E. Asia!!!  As I begin to plan out my itinerary, I am getting more and more excited to seeing as many of you as possible.  Sharing about the past works and the new future is wonderfully overwhelming!  I am hoping that my time home will be filled as much as possible with telling all about the things that The Lord has been doing in “our” lives, through the ministry, and in the lives of those whom I have had the privilege of ministering to.

During this time, I’ll be working to make new connections with people who have a passion to reach and disciple the lost in Asia.

Would you be willing to help me out with that? 

This will be the first time in just over four years that my time at home will include support raising.  This really is a testament to the faithfulness and generosity of people like you. Most missionaries see a 10% decrease in their partners per year, and that is a minimum.  By the grace of the Lord, my partner’s consistent life-giving support has enabled me to remain focused on the work that is done here and the lives we are shaping. (We being myself and the team I serve with.)

Here’s what I’m asking:

Would you be willing to host a small group gathering at your house with people who might be interested in partnership with me as I serve in Myanmar?  It would be incredible love to meet with new and current friends and to able to share what the mission field looks like with them.  It is certainly an honor to offer them the opportunity to be a part of re-directing life journeys in Myanmar.
You might be worried you couldn’t get together a big enough group, but if even one of your friends finds a shared burden in their heart, the kind of burden you have too, they can become a powerful addition to our team. When we say “our”, we mean yours and ours because we’re in this together.  The group size can be from one to many, you decide!!!
And that’s the other thing. It’s fun to share a mission with someone, to see how, with your efforts together, you can start a ripple effect in a nation that alters the lives of so many of its people.
If you’re interested in helping build an all-star team while I’m home this spring, please let me know by sending me an email or facebook private message.  I’ll can let you know more about my schedule and when I’ll be in your area.  I am looking forward to seeing you soon!

To book a time and to schedule a date:
This is an online link to book a date for us on my calendar.  This tool will help us to be sure we have time to meet and connect with each other!!  When you set a date and time, Please include a way for me to contact you.  (an email address, phone #, FB msg, etc)    https://capturedheart4asia.youcanbook.me

Serving together,
Rebecca

 

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Newsletter Dec 2017 ~ Jan 2018

Hello, thanks for stopping by to see what has been happening since we last met!

Ministries

What a blessing to serve this past year here in Mae Sot, Thailand!!!  I have been blessed by sitting under the Mae Sot Thailand Foursquare leadership.  I was also given opportunities to serve in a few of our local ministries as well as in the community.  The places I have served go beyond those listed here, these ministries have reached many lives beyond those you see in these pictures.  We have started yet another chapter in this journey on to reach the unreached people groups.   An additional part of this wonderful path is to build up the leaders of today and tomorrow.  It is indeed a blessing of blessings!!

Briefly, let’s share some of the ministries and those whom we have ministered to over this past year: 12 girls in our safe house (Grace House), 16 boys and girls at our orphanage (Home of Hope) and 30 students at a local high school (Hsa Thoo Lei).  Beyond these, we are blessed to add to the list, mission teams, villages, teaching/speaking at conferences, working with missionaries serving here, among others way of serving here in Mae Sot.  These are a few of the ways you have helped to serve here in Thailand and Myanmar.  It has been a treasure to serve, a blessing to be able to give and now it is time to store up these memories and treasures as the time draws to a close here in Mae Sot, Thailand.  I am so excited about sharing the treasures of the field with you while I am home on furlough!

God’s Grace

One way of serving here in the field can look much like it does in the States.  When we have a “fallen” friend or family member, it is time for us to comfort and be with them as much as possible.  I am talking about a sister who has been given the chance to share her testimony of healing through the battle of cancer.

My Lisu sister Gracie, Yuu Kyi Mee, has been an incredible example of The Lord’s mercies Who are Fresh everyday.  She has walked through extremes of pain and healing with such untold joys and grace that we truly know ONLY the Lord could provide.

Most of you know I am not a nurse type of person nor am anything close to it.  So I count it a privilege that The Lord has allowed me the time and grace to go be with her and the family as often as possible to help as I could.  Through this past year, I would take my time off and make the journey to Bangkok and hope that I was not hindering but being a blessing to one of our saints.

Gracie still has a journey to follow, in the mist of those steps, she continues to show us the Love of Jesus and His faithfulness.  We are honored to watch and to be apart of this testimony.

 

Praying God’s abundant love over you until next time!! 

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5 WAYS YOU CAN START WALKING IN YOUR DESTINY TODAY

Here are five keys to help give some focus and guidance on living your life intentionally with God’s purpose for you in mind:

1. DO ORDINARY THINGS IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY
When Saul was sent by his father to look for lost donkeys, he didn’t just give up when he couldn’t find them on his own. Instead he sought guidance from the prophet, Samuel, who ended up anointing him as king. His choice to perform this ordinary task in an extraordinary way ultimately led him to his destiny. Today face the ordinary things—the laundry, the administrative tasks in your job, taking out the trash, making your kids’ lunches—with great intention.

2. STEWARD YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES
You may be tempted to not take your current job or role seriously, but God is looking for you at your place of responsibility. After the birth of Jesus, angels showed up at the place where the shepherds were keeping watch over their sheep. In the gospels, Jesus came to Peter, Andrew, James, and John where they were fishing and mending their nets and called them to be his disciples. Where God told you to be responsible, that’s where He’s going meet you. If you need to adjust your attitude towards your job then today would be a great day to do that.

3. VIEW EVERY JOB AS TRAINING FOR YOUR DESTINY
When David was just a boy tending sheep, he killed a lion and bear with his bare hands when they attacked his flock. When the Israelites were faced with Goliath, David’s confidence in his ability to vanquish the giant won him an audience with the king, and it was his account of defeating the lion and the bear that convinced the king to let David fight Goliath. Like David, the things you are doing at your job now—when no one is looking—are training you for your ultimate destiny. Treat your current job with gratitude as God trains you to defeat your future giants.

4. BEHAVE LIKE YOU’RE PASSIONATE, EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE IT
In sports, a good team will rise to the occasion and “play up” when going against a stronger team. However, it’s the championship teams, the true winners, that play up all the time, no matter who they are playing. It’s really easy do your absolute best job when you’re feeling passionate, but an extraordinary person does this all the time—even when they don’t feel like it. How can you play up in your current season?

5. SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM
When Jesus brought the Kingdom down to us, He didn’t bring it as another thing to add to our list of jobs and priorities on earth—even if it’s at the top of that list. Rather, it is by and through the Kingdom that everything else in life flows through. He commanded to “seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness and all of these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) If you are seeking His Kingdom, you are not going to miss everything and anything God has for you. He is faithful to honor his word and fulfill his promises. Choose Him above all, and all of these things—including your extraordinary purpose—will be added to you.

TAKE A MINUTE TODAY TO REFLECT

If you’ve been living with a “tightrope plan” mentality then today I want to encourage you to put that behind you. Remember that the path is much bigger than you think, and that if you seek God’s Kingdom, you’re not going to miss it. Put the burden of that mentality at the feet of Jesus today so that you can pick up His peace and delight in its place. Then reflect on the 5 keys we talked about today and start walking in your divine purpose with Him! Does this resonate with you? How do you see yourself stepping into your destiny in this season? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

 

 

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Autumn in Asia!!!!

Autumn in Asia

Why many hello’s and howdy-do’s!!!  Autumn in Asia is quite a time of year to be here!  I wish everyone could escape for a few days or weeks to come experience the wonders here during this season of the year.  Still, each season brings about its own special holidays, celebrations, festivities.  Each country along with the different parts of those countries bring about a freshness to each season.  I pray you enjoy a few of the wonders we have had here in the “Land of Smiles” and the “Golden Land”.

 

Autumn in Asia — culture

 I have been teaching at a new or new-to-me school for a few months. I was invited to be apart of this yearly event at the school.  This is  also a “new to me” culture of Karen people celebrating Mothers Day here in Thailand.  Although the students and youth are honoring mothers for Mother’s Day, it does not stop there.  Elders, both male and female, regardless if  you have biological children or not, are all celebrated.  The youth and the elders tie a ribbon of several strings around each others wrists while holding different elements of things, rice, bamboo, etc.  The strings are to symbolize unity among the people.  I am freshly amazed at the traditions these people have kept for centuries.

 

Autumn in Asia — historical 

October 12, 2017 and the days surrounding this date, ALL of Thailand paid their last respects to the passing King.  20 years ago I was glued to the television and watched another royal funeral for Princess Diana while living and serving on the mission field in Bristol, England.  Like then, I was glued to the Television (via youtube) for 15 hours watching a most amazing splendor of paying last respects to a King.  Both were loved. Watching and learning, I realized another degree or element of knowing a King’s love for His people truly never dies, the legacy lives on.  It really makes me have a respect for the words and the meaning of the words, “Long live the King”

 

 

Autumn in Asia — convention/vision

Through the fall we have had a few Foursquare conventions.  We were blessed to have a gathering of women ministers and church members come from all over S. E. Asia.  We had incredible speakers, our own Joyce Butron (FMI SE Asis Director), Melinda Scott (FMI minister to missionaries) and Zina Docto (FMI Missionary) among others to minister and give the Lord’s refreshment to many dry souls.

I also was blessed to attend the Foursquare of Myanmar annual convention this year.  There were many blessings of goodness that happened!!  We got to pray and anoint new ministers and dedicate them to their ministries.  I also was blessed to be able to co-teach with Joyce Butron!!!!  Our class held the youth that traveled with the elders to convention from around the country! 

While in Myanmar, I was treated to a time of getting to be at the college/seminary that started my journey into missions 20 years ago!!!  LITSOM (Lisu Theological Seminary of Myanmar) is also the school that we will be talking more about in group meetings at home!  With the Lord’s blessing, you are viewing my home school and mission ground for next year!!!

 

Autumn in Asia — convention/vision

Through the fall we have had a few Foursquare conventions.  We were blessed to have a gathering of women ministers and church members come from all over S. E. Asia.  We had incredible speakers, our own Joyce Butron (FMI SE Asis Director), Melinda Scott (FMI minister to missionaries) and Zina Docto (FMI Missionary) among others to minister and give the Lord’s refreshment to many dry souls.

I also was blessed to attend the Foursquare of Myanmar annual convention this year.  There were many blessings of goodness that happened!!  We got to pray and anoint new ministers and dedicate them to their ministries.  I also was blessed to be able to co-teach with Joyce Butron!!!!  Our class held the youth that traveled with the elders to convention from around the country! 

While in Myanmar, I was treated to a time of getting to be at the college/seminary that started my journey into missions 20 years ago!!!  LITSOM (Lisu Theological Seminary of Myanmar) is also the school that we will be talking more about in group meetings at home!  With the Lord’s blessing, you are viewing my home school and mission ground for next year!!!

 

Autumn in Asia — Thank you!!!

There are never enough ways to say it!!  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!  Your prayers, your kindness, your thoughts, your heart for us, your love, your support, your love of the King of Kings, your willingness to go the long haul, you, it is about you and what HE can and does do through YOU!!!!  Thank you for being you and giving so graciously!!!  I pray some day you will know exactly how important you are to the eternal purposes.  More over I pray you have a glimpse into the tides that you are a part of for the ever after.  Simply and Humbly, you are appreciated, thank you.

 

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baptisms, witch doctors, you just can’t make this stuff up!!!

Spring has Sprung and Summer has come!!

Greeting you with some crazy awesome way out there super fantastic times in the lives here in South East Asia!

There has been baptisms, visits to a village, decisions for christ, real life God stories that just can not “be made up!”  And the best part you get to share it with us!!  My only regret is that you have not been here in person to experience the fullness for yourself.

Please pardon the limited space below as you get to partake in a few of the memorable moments of April and May.  I pray you are blessed and inspired afresh as you read of HIS goodness.

 

ANOTHER Baptism!!

What a privilege to join Pastor John (Former Thai National FMI Leader) to a “not so far away” Lahu village.

We gathered up in a truck and a car to drive a really “interesting” hour and fifteen minutes.  The torn up highway, due to construction, the sketchy side road to the village could not dis-way us as we looked ahead to the coming blessings.

Two ladies had called Pastor John and asked for someone to please come to the village to baptize them.  In this area there are approximately only ten families in the region who are Christian.  At the moment there is no actual spiritual leader.  Knowing these things, made it even more vital to answer the call and to “go.”

The small group that had traveled to the village paired with the small group of family and friends went to the river side.  Men went in and cleared a path of vegetation in the mucky river for the baptism.  First, Pastor John read scripture over the ladies and laid hands on them and prayed over them. The mud on the bank of the river could not hold the pastor and the two new saints foot steps as they sunk into the mud.  They moved forward and the worship team and others on the sidelines sang, “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back”.  Pastor John prayed over them once again as newly anointed saints.

That day these saints became rich with untold wealth.  They chose to live sacrificially for Jesus’ sake and to serve Him by serving the body of Christ, they are storing up treasure in heaven. (Matthew 10:42).

 

Witch Doctor Witch Doctor No More!!

25 + years ago .. in a far far away land ….  these two men met in the most unlikely and/or unfriendly way.  A young pastor (on the left) fresh out of bible school visiting a village unknown to most and a witch doctor (shaman) (on the right) with zero tolerance from any other form outside his powers and belief system meet.

The shaman’s story is quite similar to Saul/Paul’s story in the Bible.  In that the shaman was trained through generations of his family on being a witch doctor.  He used his powers to do many many things in the villages that surrounded his own village.  No one dared to go to his hut unless they absolutely needed something from the “gods” and from him.  Everyone was terrified of him and what he would and could do to them.

And then one day, up walks a young pastor full of the Holy Spirit and not afraid of anything outside the Light.  Not because of his own strength, but because of the strength that was in Him and worked through him, The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit.

It took many many visits to this village.  Many many times the shaman tried to curse the pastor.  Many many many times the shaman grew quite angry with this pastor that he had no power or hold over.

The day came that the pastor came to the village and there was something terribly wrong.  The shaman screamed at the pastor about a man who lay dying in a hut just “beyond” them.  NO ONE would dare to go to that hut because the man was also a which doctor and many many spirits filled the hut.  The shaman had tried every single magic trick and potion he knew, yet nothing worked.  The shaman dared the pastor to go to him. Believing nothing could be done, he started to taunt the young pastor with things like “why are you afraid”  “where is your God” “who are you that you think you can help”  actually the real words were much more demeaning and degrading.  Pastor John was neither afraid or willing to turn back.  He simply asked “where is this man take me to him”

Beyond belief of anyone in that village and beyond, Pastor John not only walked to the hut where the man was laying and dying, he went in!!!  And then, he prayed, and he didn’t stop praying until The Lord showed a full miracle.  It was not because of the miracle that he stopped praying, it was because the Spirit was resting with them.  The man sat up and is alive today.

That was the turning point for the Shaman to become a village leader.  That very day, he denounced his magic and all that comes with it.  He turned out everything that had to do with magic and potions and he turned his life to Jesus.  That day marked the day that the first Christian walked among a group of villages that is approximately 800 strong.  Like Paul, most people did not believe him or trust him.  Also like Paul, he suffered much to show the love of Christ and to bring others to Christ.

25 + years later, he is still growing in Christ and sharing the Word.  Because of this leader, 10 families are also now Christians and being baptized.  All because one young bible student decided to go and to keep going.  Please keep praying for both of these remarkable men of Christ and their families.

Prayer Requests:

-please continue to pray for me as I transition into a new roll here in Mae Sot, Thailand.  Your prayer support is significant.

-please continue to pray for the people of Asia.  Specifically those who are in with in our reach yet so distant from immediate touch.

-please pray for teams to come minister along side the current ministers and lay workers, the number in the team is not as important as having teams who say “yes” and come to be Jesus hands and feet.

-pray for serving with the Heart of Jesus

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Thank you for feeding into lives here.  We can’t thank you enough for making an eternal investment!!

You are making a difference!

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bearing fruit

 

FRUITFULNESS!!!

Many blessings and greetings to you!

January, February and March have been filled with some amazing times!!  For teachers, summer is always a time to stretch out of the “norm” so to speak.  That is true here as well.  We are out of school and in summer from the middle of March until the first of June.

What do you do in the mean time… ???  there are may exciting ways to fill the summer break here, Baptisms, meet with missions teams and missionaries, speak at conventions, go into villages to build relationships, preach in various places, oh, did I mention, set up in a new town, with new living arrangements and new ministries?  yes, in the mist of it all, there is much to fill the summer time days!

Baptisms!! 

I have had the privilege to be apart of two incredible times of welcoming saints into the forever Kingdom!  The picture above is here in Mae Sot Thailand with our Foursquare Leader and another of our FMI missionaries recording the wonderful time.

Along with these five saints, January brought eight new saints into the Kingdom.  The baptism held in Bangkok was extraordinary to witness.  As we were in the out skirts of Bangkok in an area that is prominently Buddhist.  It is also one of the more poor neighborhoods in the city.

Today these saints became rich with untold wealth.
When we live sacrificially for Jesus’ sake or serve Him by serving the body of Christ, we store up treasure in heaven. (Matthew 10:42).

Convention!!


What a blessing to be asked to attend this yearly Women’s convention as one of the speakers!!  It is such an honor to be able to live with the ladies and families for a short period of time and to be blessed as I feed into the lives there.  I was led by the Lord to speak on two topics, Prayer and Mary and Martha.  Both of those topics tied directly into the over all theme of this years convention, relationship with Jesus.

One hundred and sixty five women from surrounding villages signed up to come and be blessed, refreshed and renewed in the Lord.  They have a way of laughing through the hard stories and rekindling friendships in incredibly beautiful ways.  Even beyond the language barrier, I was included and was able to enjoy and relay funny stories.  I found out later that the ladies all watched me and finally accepted me due to this reason; I am the only foreigner that has come to their village, lived like they do, could eat their food (and not complain) and stayed through all of the teachings from beginning til the end.  Because of that, they accepted me and tried to talk with me in various languages, Thai, Burmese, Lisu, English, body language, among other ethnic languages.  It is only by the blessing of the Lord that I was able to attend and be there, He has done a mighty work in me and all the ladies that come each year.

They are truly Proverbs 31 women!

Inspiration!!

There are many stories that we could tell and share, but one stands out.  To honor the lady who shared this personal story about her husband, we will use the names Peggy and Sam.

Peggy has been a Christian for many years.  She lives in the village that hosted this years convention,  She regularly attends services and serves in the community.  Sam was not a Christian.  He chose to live a very worldly life with all that has to offer.  He was not the nicest person to his wife as he would regularly mock and criticize her when she went to church or did things for others.  Then this year, the women came.  Men in the village decided to serve the ladies and do all of the cooking, set up, clean up, sound system, etc.  Sam became curious and wanted to see what this was about.  His wife asked him to come with her for one of the evenings that had men also in attendance.  To her great surprise he joined her.  The next night, as she was getting ready to go to evening service, he asked her to wait, he wanted to attend.  PRAISE THE LORD!!!  Even though he did not make a pubic confession during our time together, the people of the village all confirmed that he is a different man now.  We are waiting to hear the good news that he openly confesses the Lord as His savior!  We are standing in the gap as we wait to know that he will be a “forever friend”

 

12-15 newly baptized saints

165 women signed up for conference

100 women heard about how to have a deeper relationship with the Lord

1 man now with a changed heart

?? unnumbered touched by  a few are willing to say yes and go, please join us!

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Beyond the Horizon

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Looking at the world beyond…

This large world becomes very small when you board a plane, or open the internet, or pick up a phone, or turn on the television …

I never thought I would travel beyond the borders of America.  Yet, here I am!!  Sitting in Asia and wondering at the goodness of the Lord to bring me to so many places beyond the beach lines of California and the south east coast line of the U.S.A.  I am also wondering how He saw fit to use an ordinary woman in so many extraordinary ways!!    Yes, many thoughts ran through my head as I gazed out that window that day.

The most amazing things that come to mind frequently are the simple things.  Like getting to go into villages and minister in quiet ways and also in not so quiet ways.  Sitting with people who look and act different and yet it is all the same.  Building relationships with a mirage of people, from young to old, from distinguished to unfortunate, from educated to those who may never see a school, from loving to questionable.  Also meeting eternal friends and the pre-eternal friends.

Of the countries I have been in and the experiences I have been fortunate to have; I always wonder a few things:  Why me Lord?  What can I do more for you?  How is this going to end up?  What’s next?  You know the typical questions.  What I have learned is that there are no typical answers when you are guided by the Holy One of Heaven.   I have learned that things are much better if you lean in and listen with an open heart and mind.  I have learned that He is much bigger than we can ever dream.

It would be lovely for you to dream too, to gaze out the “window” and “travel” to the far unknown places.  To let go and let God.  Let Him lead you into the places that you are meant to go and grow.

 

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