Stranger

A stranger walked towards our house. He was different than me. I immediately had to push away judgement and fear. Why is that? I hate that. But it was true. I greeted him with a smile and said hello. He shared that he wanted to work for some money so he could buy some food. Part of me wanted to run inside and lock the door. But the Spirit reminded me this was an opportunity. An opportunity that I have asked for. I knew I did not have any cash so I asked him to return in a little while when my husband got home. A little time past and he came back right as we were about to eat dinner. My husband invited him in.

Bondage: Known

To identity the areas of myself where i am weakest... 

The things that draw me away from God; to satisfy myself... 

Those things that control me; that i have become enslaved to...

To identify them; to know them; to not fear them; but to understand... 

& maybe there will be a day where that which controls me doesn't anymore.

- I

An Exhortation For Missionaries To Keep Their Eyes Fixed On The Kingdom

For our sake He became poor…so that by His poverty, we might become rich.

This is an exhortation to act, not for the sake of doing, but for the sake of being in the presence of your Savior. To get a glimpse of His life, what He did, how He felt, how He hurt, how He loved, how He healed. How His eyes were fixed on another kingdom. With intentionality in His every step, He came, He laid down His life. Pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, upon Him was the chastisement that brings us peace. By His stripes, we are healed. Because of the wrath of God that was poured out on Him, He can say ‘I died, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys to death and hell.’

Our Time In The Amazon

Earlier this month myself, Mark Vann, and Nick Crawford were able to travel to the Benjamin and Javari area of the Amazon and work with two of our network church planters Richard and Ashley Whittemore as well as several local church planters that they are building partnerships with. Richard and his family have lived in Benjamin Constant, Amazonas Brazil for over two years working with local believers, fighting for justice in their city, and taking the gospel everywhere they go. I hope that I can share a bit of their story well ...