faith life, missions

The Gospel Changes Lives

I came across this short film on Tim Challies’ blog and wanted to share it with you all. It will be a blessing to you. “Hearing His Voice documents the story of what happened when a people group just like this encountered God’s Word for the first time. They were forgotten by the world in the jungles of Asia-Pacific until 20 years ago when a Christian pilot spotted them in the foliage below.”

You can watch the film here:

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Be Content

Tea Party

This story really started months ago when a friend asked me to drive down to Atlanta to see Third Day on June 6th.  She purchased the tickets; I got us a hotel room.  Fast forward to earlier this week.  My friend messages me to say that something had come up and she will not be able to attend the concert.  I knew I didn’t want to drive all that distance by myself so I cancelled our hotel reservations.  My friend felt really bad about it and I told her that it was fine.  I really should stay home as I’m getting ready to go on a mission trip on the 11th.

The problem was that I really wasn’t ok with it.  I was more disappointed than I should have been.  All this week it has rained every day and that only contributed to my grumpy mood.  The Lord had brought this situation into my life and I was not content.  I was disappointed in what He ordained.

Staying home allowed me to attend a birthday party that I would have missed.  The party was for a 13-year old.  She had invited women who are special to her to come and to share some thoughts and Scripture with her as she enters into womanhood.  I know that each woman there had the birthday girl in mind when they shared their wisdom/thoughts/Scripture but the Lord used those women to speak to me.  As each woman spoke about contentment, not conforming to the world, being a light in the darkness, etc., I was convicted of my attitude.  I am so thankful that the Lord uses people to sharpen us and to speak into our lives–even though they didn’t know it.  I confessed my sin and discontentment.  I laid it all before the Lord and told Him that I was content with the situation.

No concert, no matter how fun it is, could have compared to this afternoon.  To see a young lady that wants to be held accountable for the way she lives was so refreshing.  It was also very convicting.  Do I have that same passion?  Do I want women speaking into my life?  I realized in that moment that as much as I love Third Day, this was so much more important. The Lord had to remind me to be content in every situation. Following the Lord in obedience is better than any concert.

Later this afternoon when I was home and checking Facebook, I saw an announcement that the guys will be in Virginia in August.  Trusting in His plan and His way always brings blessings!

books, missions, simple living

Missionary Stories to Inspire Children

About five years I posted about missionary books that would inspire your children.  I want to repost that again here.  Our church is wrapping up a summer of mission emphasis.  We have had many of our supported missionaries visit and tell us about their work. It has been so encouraging to hear from these servants who are sharing Christ with others, some of them in places where it is very dangerous. 

I think these books will help children to get enthusiastic about missions!  Here’s the list:

To Endure Hardships

Worth Dying For – Nicholas Stoltzfus
Deliver the Ransom Alone – Verda J. Glick
The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom
God’s Death Squad – Richard Belcher
Evangelists in Chains – Elizabeth Wagler
Coaks of Fire – Elizabeth Bauman
Trouble at Windy Acres – Mary Landis
In My Enemy’s Camp – Josef Korbel
The Smoke of a Thousand Villages – David and Naomi Shirbley

To Be Brave At An Early Age And Stand Up For The Right

They Would Not Be Moved – Harvey Yoder
Little Daisy and the Swearing Class
Paula, the Waldensian – Eva Lecomte
Captive Treasure – Milly Howard
The Shining Sword – Carles G. Coleman
Courage of Sarah Noble – Alice Dalgliesh
A Father’s Promise – Donna Hess
The Secret Church – Louise A.Vernon
Lost on a Mountain in Maine – Donn Fender
Run for your Life – Betty Swinford

To Be a Servant And Live For Others

Young Prince Hubert – Sidney Baldwin
Three Months under the Snow – reprint from Prism Publications
Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
Nobody Loves Me – O. F. Walton
Only A Servant – Kristina Roy

To Have a Zeal for Missions
Age 6-10 years

Miguel the Shepherd Boy – Edith Witmer
Mohan in the Jungle – Ella Grove
Sooky of the Philipplines – Mary Miller
Pedro – Marilyn S. Martin
Escape – Mona Dunckel
A Question of Yams – Gloria Repp
Missionary Stories with the Millers – Mildred A. Martin

Age 11-15 years

At Every Gate a Pearl – Shirley Boll
The Smoke of a Thousand Villages – David and Naomi Shibley
Paula, the Waldensian – Eva Lecomte
Seiko – Olga Abrahams
Forbidden Sunday School – Karin Moret
When Will We See Our Father Again? – edited by Margarete Schmidt
Dilek – Mollie Zook
Children of the Hills – Isobel Kuhn
Sammy Morris – Fern Neal Stocker
Gladys Aylward, Bold and Brave for God – Fern Neal Stocker
Gladys Aylward, the Adventure of a Lifetime – Janet and Geoff Benge
Amy Carmichael, Rescuer of Precious Gems – Janet and Geoff Benge
Hudson Taylor, Deep in the Heart of China – Janet and Geoff Benge
William Carey, Obliged to God – Janet and Goeff Benge
Nate Saint, On a Wing and a Prayer – Janet and Goeff Benge
Lottie Moon, Giving Her All for China – Janet and Goeff Benge
Tekko Returns – Alie Vogelaar
What Will Tomorrow Bring? – Betty M. Hockett
Young Man in a Hurry – Iris Clinton
On the Alaskan Trail and Other Missionary Stories – Margaret Jean Tuininga
Trail Maker, The Story of David Livingstone – Robert O. Latham
Friend of the Chiefs, The Story of Robert Moffat – Iris Clinton
Imprisoned in the Golden City – Dave and Neta Jackson
More than Gold – Evelyn Hege
These are My Peple – Mildred T. Howard
Marita – Evelyn Hege
The Smuggler’s Quest – Lily A. Bear

Youth to Adult

The Lim Family of Singapore – M. H. Finlay
Vanya – Myrna Grant
The Shadow of the Almighty – Elisabeth Elliot
In My Enemy’s Camp – Josef Korbel
Behind the Ranges – Geraldine Taylor
Awaiting the Dawn – Dorcas Hoover
Reaching Muslims for Christ – William J. Saal
John Paton – Benjamin Unseth
Eternity in Their Hearts – Don Richardson
Lords of the Earth – Don Richardson
Peace Child – Don Richardson
Ten Fingers for God – Dorothy Clarke Wilson
Totally Surrounded – Christine Davis
Tomorrow You Die – Reona Peterson Joly
Revolution in World Missions – K. P. Yohannan
Bruchko – Bruce Olson
Torches of Joy – John Dekker with Lois Neely
God’s Smuggler – Brother Andrew with John & Sherrill
Through Gates of Splendor – Elisabeth Elliot
The Savage My Kinsman – Elisabeth Elliot
The Great Omission – Steve Saint
Ann of Ava – Ethel Daniels Hubbard
Deliver the Ransom Alone – Verda J. Glick
Mimosa – Amy Carmichael
The Condor of the Jungle – C. Peter Wagner & Joseph S. McCulloughAnswering the Cry – Kenneth Eagle
George Mueller – Basil Miller
Jonathan Goforth – Rosalind Goforth
John and Betty Stam – Kathleen White
Isobel Kuhn – Lois Hoadly Dick
M. A. Thomas The Man with the Heart as Big as India – Richard P. Belcher
God’s Orphan Army – Richard Belcher
God’s Death Squad – Richard Belcher
Blazing the Missionary Trail – E. Myers Harrison
Judith – N. I. Saloff-Astakhoff
Hidden Rainbow – Christmas Carol Kauffman
In His Name – Edward E. Hale
God Knows My Size – Harvey Yoder
And the Word Came with Power – Joanne Shetler
Daring to Live on the Edge – Loren Cunningham
The Indigenous Church – Melvin L. Hodges
Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret – Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor
The Growth of a Soul – Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor
The Growth of a Work of God – Dr. and Mrs. Howard Tayor
The Man with the Bird on His Head – John Rush and Abbe Anderson
From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya – Ruth A. Tucker
Brother Andrew – Dan Wooding
Coffee on the Terrace – Bruce Grayden
The Torch of Triumph – Sally Laity
Child of the Crossfire – Alcyon Ruth Fleck
The Go Manual Compiled – Grahame Dryden and Anna Kim
John Hyde – Francis McGrawTouching the Untouchables – M. A. Thomas
Thirty Days of Prayer with Christ for India – M. A. Thomas
A Passion for the Impossible – Miriam Huffman Rockness
Slices of Life – Aretta Loving
Stronger than the Strong – Louise Morris
The Spirits of Mindoror – Catherine L. Davis
Where There is no Dentist – Murray Dickson

I would also recommend the books put out by Youth With A Mission publishing.  Some of their books are on this list but many are not. 

homekeeping, missions

This Week

I will probably be scarce this week as it promises to be busy. This morning I went out grocery shopping and it was crazy! I can’t imagine what later in the week will be like. I’m all prepared for Thanksgiving–as far as groceries go. I still need to cook everything. I hope to be able to make two pies tonight and one of my appetizers.

This afternoon Michael, Julianne and I will be going to Virginia Commonwealth University to serve Thanksgiving dinner for the international students who attend the school. We are really looking forward to meeting everyone and to serving the Lord in this way.

Tomorrow is school, babysitting and karate. Michael is on vacation this week so he’ll be able to take Julianne to school and pick her up. I’m sure they’ll get ice cream. 🙂

Wednesday will be busy getting ready for Thanksgiving. There’s only so much I can do but it will help. Julianne will be my assistant this year and she’s looking forward to it.

What are your plans this week?

daily life, missions, recipes

An Update

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update. Last week and this week have been busier than usual but in a good way. I have pictures to go along with this post but they’re still in my camera and will have to wait for another day.

Monday, October 15, two friends and I went to the local pumpkin patch for an afternoon of hay rides and pumpkin picking. Our oldest children spent an hour in an 8-acre corn maze. It was a beautiful day, althought a little warm, and we had a wonderful time.

That Friday, three ladies and I attended a Precepts Bible Training Workshop at a church in Richmond. We were all taking training to be leaders. Precepts had sent us homework to do ahead of time (in 2 Thessalonians) and our workshop used our homework as the basis of our study. We were there from 9-5 each day and at times the information was overwhelming. Our church doesn’t have the room for a separate ladies’ class so we won’t be doing this any time soon. The preparation and time commitment involved was a little scary! I can see now why Scripture tells the older women to teach the younger. Your children would have to be older, and possibly on their own, before you would have the time to devote to this. But, a lot of what I learned is very useful for my own time in the Word and I’m looking forward to putting it into practice.

This week I decided not to go to the quilt class on Monday. At the time that night was the only one all of us would be home together so I cancelled in order for us to have dinner together. As it turned out, Julianne didn’t go to karate on Tuesday and Thursday so I was home more than I thought I would be. Yeah!

I still haven’t decided what to do about the class. I love taking it but I just don’t have the time to work on my quilt at home. Between homekeeping, homeschooling and babysitting, I. am. tired. I suppose I could be doing it right now……….:-)

Tonight our small group met for dinner as part of our Mission Conference this weekend. We had our former pastor and his wife join us for dinner and we got to hear all about their new life in Mexico City. He is now teaching local pastors in a seminary. It was great to see them and hear all about the work that the Lord is doing down there. Exciting.

Tomorrow morning we had several mission-oriented workshops to attend and Sunday night we have a question and answer session with some of the missionaries we support. They are coming from Honduras, Peru, Asia and Mexico! I can’t wait!! It is so exciting and encouraging to hear all the Lord is doing in other countries.

In honor of all the rain and the falling temperatures, I made Pumpkin Puff cookies last night. I think there’s a few left!

missions, prayer

Urgent Prayer Request

Please be in prayer for our missionaries to Honduras, Mark and Heidi, and all the other workers at Hospital Loma de Luz in Belfate. It’s about 90 minutes east of La Ceiba, right on the coast. You can see the Caribbean from the top of their hill. The workers at Loma de Luz are deciding right now whether to evacuate or stay as a relief center. They are in the direct path of Hurriciane Felix. If they evacuate, it may be a while before they are able to return as the roads and bridges will surely be washed away. This happens regularly during the rainy season and this is going to be much worse. I believe they are expecting 10″ or more of rain.
Also pray for the local people that are in the path of this hurricane. Pray especially for Santos and Argentina, two special ladies that I met while down there.
I will keep you posted on all that is happening. Thank you for your prayers!