Gye Nyame: “Only God” : My Experience Leading a Mission Team to Ghana

Gye Nyame: “Only God” : My Experience Leading a Mission Team to Ghana

From July 19th-July 31st I was able to spend some time in Ghana leading a missions team. Here about the experience here! I pray that it inspires you to step out and live missionally. Let’s take the gospel from the 4 corners of our block to the 4 corners of the world! Love, Jennifer Lucy Tyler From My Block to Yours- www.frommyblocktoyours.org City of Refuge Ghana-http://www.cityofrefugeoutreach.org/ Adventures in Missions- www.adventures.org My amazing missions team and the founders of City of Refuge Me and Sweet Grace Our Team the First Morning after they Arrived Our group after taking the kids hiking up Shai Hills...
Our Secret Enemy: The Root of All Sin

Our Secret Enemy: The Root of All Sin

  I found the greatest love of all Inside of me The greatest love of all Is easy to achieve Learning to love yourself It is the greatest love of all- Whitney Houston In a culture where self-worth, self-esteem, selfies, and being self-made are highly regarded it’s easy to unknowingly welcome our secret enemy: Pride. We love ourselves SO much that we often believe the world revolves around us. I never thought I was a prideful person, or even thought about how dangerous pride can be. In our world we are taught to have pride in ourselves, and our abilities. We are taught self -esteem in books, conferences, and school. Heck, I’ve shared on the importance of having self-esteem because it was taught to me over the years. This sense of self-worth and being self-made leaves out an important person, “God/Jesus/Holy-Spirit.” (I’ll use these names interchangeable throughout this blog.) Our worth comes from Christ, and the more we are aware of that, the better we can recognize pride when it rears its ugly head. When I truly think about the sin of pride, I can see how the enemy with his craftiness has secretly inserted this into our identities from the beginning of time. Defining Pride Let’s begin with defining pride. I love this definition found in another blog: Pride’s been defined as a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction in an achievement, an accomplishment, or in someone else or something else but it’s also been described as conceit, egotism, vanity, vainglory, all over one’s own appearance or status in life and not just something that’s been accomplished. It...
Courage to Lose Sight of the Shore

Courage to Lose Sight of the Shore

  “You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”   The Christian Life is often equivalent to one big, fun, terrifying rollercoaster. You know the really big one that takes you through every emotion? You go from anxiety, to laughing, to crying, to screaming in terror, to ultimately surrendering and experiencing relief. That is pretty much how I can describe our Christian experience especially if we look back over the past few years. I often think of the call of Abraham that starts in Genesis chapter 12.  12 The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.[a] 3 I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who treat you with contempt, and all the peoples[b] on earth will be blessed[c] through you. How often does God reveal His purpose to us yet never gives us all the details of what’s in between? God gave Abram an instruction, He told him the benefits of obeying those instructions yet He left out a ton of things in between. He was just supposed to leave everything that was familiar and enter into this journey of walking by faith, obedience and trust of Our God. I admire Abram’s obedience to God’s call all throughout scripture. God would give him an instruction and with no questions asked, Abram would obey: Genesis 22: 1-4 The Sacrifice of Isaac 22 After these things...
When Christianity Becomes Boring

When Christianity Becomes Boring

Last night after lamenting and sharing my frustration with my husband about the church at large, my heart was tested. I expressed my discontent and boredom I was feeling with the church.  Somewhere along the journey I was asking myself when did this life become so routine? Where was the adventure? The evangelist in me was becoming lost in church culture. One of my greatest passions over the years had become sharing with others how to live missionally; not just overseas but in their daily lives. Yet, I realized that I was becoming unfulfilled due to the fact that I wasn’t living as missionally as I was in times past. Being “churched” it’s easy to find yourself ONLY doing life with other believers. And quite frankly, just doing life with other believers gets quite boring. Yes we are to fellowship with the saints, but we are also to sit with the sinner for the sake of winning them to the gospel. We can’t truly grow the body of Christ if we consistently surround ourselves with each other and become a social club. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (ESV) 19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under...
Birthing A God Sized Vision!

Birthing A God Sized Vision!

Birthing A God-Sized Vision So I haven’t given birth to a child yet, but as I’m preparing to give birth to vision I realize that there are so many similarities. Nesting In pregnancy, the urge to clean and organize is known as nesting. Nesting during pregnancy is the overwhelming desire to get your home ready for your new baby. The nesting instinct is strongest in the later weeks coming up on delivery. I believe that vision birthing requires a nesting season. When you are preparing for a launch of a dream or a vision, you will find yourself tying up lots of loose ends. My days have been spent combing over our website, researching, ordering marketing items, meeting with assistants, accountants and event planners, etc. The nesting season can be fun but if you aren’t careful you can be overwhelmed. (I’m preaching to myself here.) Yet, even within the nesting season REST is so important. Without rest, the birthing process can be difficult. I have had to remind myself to rely on His strength more than my one. This is not always easy but necessary during the nesting stage.   1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)- 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.   Labor and Delivery When its time to give birth to a baby, contractions will begin. This process can be painful for some, and has been painless for others. Nonetheless, just as you may have pain birthing a child, you may also experience painful things as you birth a vision. Have you ever been so close to birthing what God has inside of you and it seems like...
There is a time for everything…

There is a time for everything…

Ecclesiastes 3 New Living Translation (NLT) A Time for Everything 3 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. 2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. 3 A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. 5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. 6 A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. 7 A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. 8 A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace. 9 What do people really get for all their hard work? 10 I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.     I decided to begin this blog with this verse because there has definitely been a shift in seasons. It’s so important that we discern the seasons we are in. There will be seasons of running, and seasons of rest, seasons where you are in the forefront, and seasons where you are in the background. Whatever season...