Monday, March 4, 2013

How to Pray for Me

Many have asked me, "How specifically can I pray for you while you are in Haiti?"

Here is my answer:

Please be praying for God's will to be done on this trip!

I ask specifically that you not pray that God gives me strength during this time, but that He becomes my strength!  And please don't pray for God to teach me to be peaceful, but instead pray that the Prince of Peace would overtake me and fill me with himself!  And I ask that you not pray for me to serve and love others well, but that the Holy Spirit serves and loves in and through me!

I am willing and said "Here I am, Lord, send me to where you can best use me!"  In just a few days after praying that prayer God put Haiti heavily on my heart.  He has orchestrated this entire trip and  I want Him to use my hands and feet in any way He chooses.  I refuse to do anything apart from Christ!

With that in mind, I ask that you pray that I would have ears to hear and eyes to see!  And that I would be an obedient servant.  I want everything I do to be out of an overflow of His love-not out of obligation of being a Christian, or being on a mission trip, so that it is evident to everyone around me that God's love is sufficient!

I truly want to be filled with His presence, consistently walking in the Spirit, heavenly minded, and pressing deeper into my love relationship with Him, even by the minute! 

In summary, I don't want to be in Haiti constantly asking myself "What Would Jesus Do?" 
Instead, I want Christ to fill me with himself and love in and through me.  I've tried to imitate Jesus Christ in my own strength and every time I've failed miserably, but when I allow the impartation of Jesus Christ to overtake me, suddenly, it all works...because it's Him imitating Himself, and He's very good at being God...

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Thank you!!

Wow!  I can't believe I am leaving in 2 days...

"God's work done God's way will never lack God's supplies."   -Hudson Taylor

I want to thank everyone for all your support!  I have been so blessed by so many-not just financially, but through prayer, encouragement, many gifts, lots of hugs, and so much more!

I want to thank Carolyn and Terry Routon for their willingness to invite me to go with them to Haiti and live with them there for 3 months.  I am so excited for this amazing opportunity to serve alongside them to the least of the least of these in Haiti.  This couple has a heart for Haiti and God is using them in some pretty awesome ways!  (Check out their blog in the upper right hand corner!)

I want to give a special thank you to W.A.T.E.R.S. Ministry, here in Smithton, for your prayers and financial blessing! 

I also want to thank my Harvest Fellowship family!  You guys have been such a positive influence in my life and God has taught me so much lately through your love and zeal for Him!  So many of you go above and beyond in serving one another, even in the little things behind the scenes that no one even sees most of the time.  I cannot begin to explain how thankful I am to be a part of your family and how much I am going to miss you guys in the next three months!

To every prayer warrior at God Seekers: I want to thank you so much for sharing your love and passion for the nations with me!  Since I started meeting with you guys, I have been so eager to press deeper into God's Word. You guys are such an encouragement to me and I have enjoyed praying with you and getting to know each of you on a deeper level!

Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank my family!  God has opened the door for such an incredible opportunity and I am so thankful to have a mom and dad that have encouraged and supported me all the way!  And awesome siblings that have been such an attribute in helping me prepare for this trip.  I don't know what I would do without you guys.  I'm going to miss you so much!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Depraved Indifference

    For those of you that don't already know, it seems as though I have spent the last two years battling one illness after another.  

    I think it's honorable to praise God through the storm and not ask for Him to get us out of every difficult situation that we find ourselves in. However, recently God has brought healing into my life and changed my direction. 

    A few months ago my prayer was that God would show me where He could best use me. My initial thought was that God would lead me to a small group at church, a certain college, or maybe even a local outreach opportunity. Before I saw this video, I never felt like overseas missions was for me. I just didn't feel "called." Little did I know that He would be opening doors for me to spend some time in Haiti...  
                                                    "'Not called!' did you say?'  
                                       'Not heard the call,' I think you should say."
                                                                                -William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army



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