Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sifting Week Part 1

 We arrivred in New York City on Sunday evening and found our way to the home of our home family, a pastor and his wife in Manhattan.  We were feeling pretty good for a couple of small town chicks in the big city when I put my luggage through the turnstile in the subway and couldn't follow through with myself! I had to climb under the arms of the turnstile.  In a dress no less!! Haaa!!
It was the first of many laughs on this awesome trip.

Monday morning we made our way across the city to Jackson Heights, in Queens.  Our training took place at Kabob King, a resturant at the heart of the neighborhood.

After the first training session, we were told to gather with the groups we came with to go out into JH.  Sharon and I looked at each other like....our group?? We weren't so much a group as a twosome.  We weren't sure what to do next so we asked the friendy intern who'd come up and introduced herself.
This is Eunice, an intern from Texas, spending the summer in NYC.  She was working with a group of mostly young adults from Maryland.  They were led my Marshall and Tammi Stoy, who are training in NYC for a year before heading to Washington, D.C.  The group from Maryland is from their home church.
Here's the whole group, short and long term missionaries.  They group welcomed us with open arms and we instantly felt like God had provided for us with this great group.
That morning, we started prayer walking while familiarizing ourselves with the neighborhood.  I felt very much like a foreigner.  Not because I didn't know my way but because it is unlike the America I have ever known. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

People of Peace Seeking Mission

We are halfway through our Sifting Week in NYC.  We are spending our days in Jackson Heights in Queens which is the highest concentration of unreached people groups in New York City.  The people here are from Tibet, Pakistan, Nepal, India, and Bangladesh.  They are mostly Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, and Sikh.
We have been prayer walking and meeting people, learning about their culture, language, and beliefs...  
We have made some contacts and we've been sharing the gospel by being WITH the people, IN the people, and coming to them as learners.  
I can't wait to share in detail about the whole week, but we are so busy and just trying to discern the path the Holy Spirit is making for us.  Right now we are going to a salon where we met some women from Nepal and India yesterday.  They said we could pray for them and for their business, and then one of them asked if she could pray with us!! We are going back their today hoping to spend time with them and share the gospel with them.
This week is extraordinary.  Truly.  This experience is such a gift and I can only hope to pass on some of my joy in Christ with the people we meet. 
God Bless you!! :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My Utmost for His Highest

I've been meaning to start this blog for a while...
I have had a couple of blogs before but I get behind on posting and lose steam and give up (a common tale in my life.  Yours too?)  But this time I'd like it to be a place to write about my heart for the nations and sharing God's love with people here in our hometowns and throughout the world.  Also a place to ask any of you Prayer Warriors (or maybe Future Prayer Warriors?) to pray for me as I pursue God's greatest glory (in a small but meaningful way) letting His name be praised in every tongue and by every ethne on this planet, and for many missionaries and mobilizers, and also for the unreached nations themselves.  It is a HUGE job.  That's why we have to take hands as God's people and commit to prayer.  It is the only way the Great Commission can ever be fulfilled. 

It was when I took an amazing discipleship course that teaches in fifteen weeks with fifteen instructors, that I (YOU!!) have an important place in God's plan to be worshipped by all nations.  
Perspectives changed my life.
I will be going on two missions trips this summer.  The first is next week (EEK!) in New York City with a group called  Global Gates, a group that ministers to unreached people groups who have come to NYC.  The whole idea is to take advantage of America drawing in so many diverse people and sharing the message of salvation with them here so that they might share it with other people within their culture. Pursuing

global impact through urban gateways.

The second trip I'm going on is to Cusco, Peru.  I will be there from August 5th-15th.  Both of these trips will be led by Perspectives lecturers.  You can definitely say I "drank the Perspectives Kool Aid." I am in.  Hook, line, and sinker.  I got certified to become a Coordinator for the class this past weekend and look forward to being a part of the awakening of many new students as their eyes are opened to their purpose and God's heart for the nations as it is woven through the whole Bible.

Think about that...
The greatest charity is not a hot meal, or a couch to sleep on, or even a kind word, or any amount of money.  They're all wonderful and important, but the greatest charity is sharing your love of Jesus with the world, one person at a time.
So....would you like to go on this journey with me??
All you have to do is commit to pray for the nations (and for me!!) :)

Why me? Well why not? I'll pray for you, too.  Comment me any prayer requests and I will pray and even share them (anonymously if you'd like).
Who am I??
I'm just a girl who came out the other side of some dark stuff (more to come on that...)
and has Jesus to thank.  I want to use my life thank Him.  I fail every single day.
But I will never stop striving to see God worshipeed.
My Life to the Fullest.
My Utmost for His Highest.  
My Life in return for His Amazing Grace.