Jubilee

Jubilee

What do you think of when we hear the word “Jubilee?” I have always thought of a great celebration! In the Bible, “Jubilee” was a time of celebration observed by the Israelites every 50th year. Well, today we visited the various homes of Sarah’s Covenant House, one of the ministry partners of Adventures in Missions. Sarah’s Covenant Homes is an orphan care home for special needs children in Southern India. They provide surgeries and daily care for over 100 children. However, what they provide most is love and acceptance. These children are not treated as orphans when they arrive at SCH; they are treated as children who are a part of a loving family. The “ayahs“ (caretakers), nurses, and foster moms are truly anointed by God to care for these children. As I observed them in action I truly witnessed the fruits of the spirit among these women and God began to deal with me about these characteristics in my own life, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23) Clearly, there is so much I can learn from these women as I watched the Holy Spirit naturally work through them to care for these children. Although each home was remarkable, the “Jubilee Home” made a distinct impression on me that I will never forget. As soon as the door opened, the teenage girls ran to say hello, touch my braids, shake our hands, and teach us the word “friend” in sign language. I must admit, at first the excitement and joy they felt for us when we arrived was overwhelming. Living in our Nation’s Capitol back home, it is rare when teens greet you with such joy upon the first meeting. Although these children are classified...

All Roads Lead to India

Ephesians 6:12-The Message (MSG) 10-12 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.   Its 1:42 am and I finally made it to my hotel room in Atlanta, GA. From major plane delays to missed flights, to the hotel room not being ready, to a now broken handle on my luggage, this day has definitely been long. My missionary friend Connie Rock got super ill over the weekend and may not be traveling with us.  I am co-leading this mission with her and our friend Kristen Torres-Toro. We are praying and trusting the Lord for her healing. She is an amazing woman who has been training me and I really want her with us on this mission. Tonight, I am reminded of the verse above. India is a country where Christianity is at about 2 percent.  Hinduism is the prominent religion, and Islam follows closely behind. Our mission requires us to be the hands and feet of Jesus in places where the gospel is not prominent. God loves the people of India and this is why I am drawn to travel to this country.  Anytime you are doing something where God is...
The Aha Moments: Mission Guatemala & Mission Home 2015

The Aha Moments: Mission Guatemala & Mission Home 2015

Last week we were walking the streets of Guatemala, as the Lord guided us on our missions journey. Oh how I miss the beautiful town of Antigua Guatemala already! Yet, I’m sure that we will return as we build upon the relationships that we have made and take other teams to serve. This mission’s trip was full of Aha Moments for my husband and I. From building new relationships, to growing even closer in our marriage, to witnessing the miraculous, to pushing ourselves beyond our comfort zone and serving with no limits, we are changed! Each mission trip that God allows us to experience is another piece of the puzzle for our lives. Adventures in Missions (AIM), and the Purchase Effect sponsored this trip. To learn more about each organization click the hyperlink above. This trip was all about learning HOW to living missionally. For many of the participants this was their first mission’s trip. Many were challenged, yet we all were impacted and are excited about living missionally.   Many maybe asking, “What is living missionally?” Well it means to engage others with the gospel message and to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We do this from serving and building relationships with people wherever we go. It also means to be led by the Holy Spirit and to be open for God to work through you and in you. Living missionally involves simply loving people by caring enough to pray for them, have a conversation with them, or simply give a hug. As our team was intentional about Living Missionally together, I had several Aha Moments where...
Living Missionally In Guatemala! Day 1!

Living Missionally In Guatemala! Day 1!

    It’s an amazing feeling when you see the very things that you’ve prayed for over the years begin to unfold before your very eyes.  This particular missions trip is an answered prayer. In 2011, the Lord began to plant the desire for missions in my heart. My husband and I had just got married and I told him, “babe I believe we are going to do missions soon.” And of course my husband responded with what he always says, “God’s will be done.” Over the next few years doors began to open for us too experience what it is like on the mission field. Then In 2013, during one of our trips I met a woman who I just knew within me that I needed to serve. She is a missions leader for Adventures in Missions and Founder of the Purchase Effect. Fast forward to today, and I am assisting with leading this amazing team of people while being trained by a missionary. God is so faithful guys, because all of this has been orchestrated by Him. Growing up and to adulthood I was never exposed to missions or missionaries. What I’ve learned is that when we delight ourselves in the Lord, He truly does give us the desires of our hearts. (Ps 37:4) But if we  are also seeking Him first and the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, His desires naturally become OUR desires! (Mat 6:33).  So I’ll be blogging about this experience and the ones to come later this year as I train to lead teams myself one day soon! Next year prayerfully some...