God is This You? Bright Blue Colors and the letter D

God is This You? Bright Blue Colors and the letter D

God is This You? Bright Blue Colors and the letter D John 10:27-New Living Translation (NLT) 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.   During the beginning of the week, our mission’s leader Colby Gardner gave us a challenge that would require us to practice Listening Prayer.  You can begin by reading scripture and then ask the Lord to speak to you through it.  If you have a question that you want to ask God, you simply ask it and then listen for the answer. The question Colby asked us was to ask God for a word of encouragement that we would give someone that week.  God could speak to us through scripture, show us a vision, a color, give us a name, etc. We were to quiet our minds and wait for God to speak.  Quieting my mind can be so difficult at times. Yet in Cuba we were without the distractions of work, and technology. It was in this moment where I heard the voice of God speak clearly as day, “you shall live and not die.” This was followed by a vision of bright blue colors and a name beginning with the letter “D.”   I began to do like most of us when we receive or hear the voice of God. I questioned its authenticity, “Is this you God or was this me?”  The words, “You shall live and not die” continued to echo in my head. I decided at that moment to trust God and believe that He would reveal its purpose during the week.   It was...
From the Four Corner’s of the Block, to the World! Next Stop: Mission Cuba!

From the Four Corner’s of the Block, to the World! Next Stop: Mission Cuba!

Next Stop: Mission Cuba In 79 days I will be on the road again to Cuba to be the hands and feet of Jesus in that country. As many of you know the past year I have been training with a mentor to learn how to effectively lead missions trips and live missionally. This will be the first trip that I attend just the week following my Short Term Missions training with Adventures in Missions in Gainesville, GA. I am very excited about the work we will do in this country. Cuba is less than 90 miles from the United States and is the the largest island in the Caribbean. It has the second largest population in the region, and before the US Embargo of 1960, was one of the most advanced and prosperous nations in Latin America. From quality education, high life expectancy, and technological advances like telephones and automobiles, life in Cuba in the 1950’s was good. Enter the Communist Revolution in 1959. Economic depression followed the Soviet Union’s collapse. The Embargo limited trade and tourism to the nation in 1960, and the combination of those three factors left Cuba stuck in the 1950’s, its once thriving economy unable to advance. Now in 2015, it’s a nation without modern technology, appliances, or automobiles newer than the 1950’s. Adventures began officially going to Cuba in 2012, before the Embargo lifted. What we found was a nation hungry for Christ and a growing church inviting us to partner with them. Officially, Cuba is a secular nation. There is no national religion, although 59% of the population would call themselves...
Whose Voice Are You Following?

Whose Voice Are You Following?

John 10:27-30English Standard Version (ESV)–27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me… As we do the Favor Project together this is a question that we must ask ourselves daily! It is critical as we endeavor to remain focused with an attitude of gratitude and giving throughout the year. Have you ever had a moment where you just sat and daydreamed the worst possible scenario? Or maybe you have a big dream and you find yourself becoming anxious as you think of what can go wrong or why it won’t ever happen? Maybe, you find yourself scrolling Instagram and Facebook and you become discouraged as you hear the voice in the head that tells you, “It won’t ever happen for you. Or you aren’t pretty or smart enough?” There are so many voices that we often allow to compete with THE main voice that we should be listening too and that is God our Father. I love this verse above because Jesus is saying that a great indicator of someone that is His sheep is that they hear His voice, He knows them, and they follow Him. This will also be an indicator of how the world will know who Jesus is through you. When they observe you obeying and following His voice on a daily basis, they will see God’s glory on your life. Our prayer is that they see that and ask, “What must I do to be saved?” Your life will stand out because of the voice you follow. “You are the light of the world, a city on a hill...
When Destiny Awaits…

When Destiny Awaits…

Prior to traveling to India we knew that God had placed child sponsorship on our hearts. My husband told me to pray about which child to sponsor at Sarah’s Covenant House (SCH) and to be open to God’s leading. My first day serving at SCH I was a bit overwhelmed. There are so many children with great needs and they are all so loving. As I served in the various homes I enjoyed bonding with each child. On most days, I was drawn to the Rescue Home to help with their Preschool program. It was awesome to see the children learning basic skills and just being kids. However, on my 4th day there I was drawn to a little girl, who I call “Destiny” that was just sitting in a swing. Her condition, keeps her very weak and she is not able to hold up her head due to the fluid around her brain. When I would come by her swing to touch her hand, she would attempt to talk to me. On this day, I decided to just pick her up and hold her. I marveled at how her energy began to slowly pick up as she was held and we talked. I could tell that if she was without any health challenges that she would be just a normal kid with a lot of spunk! On my 5th day there, I decided to go and spend more time with her. It warmed my heart as she reached for me, and I was able to hold and chat with her for most of the day. As she was...
Out of the Mouths of Babes

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Matthew 21:15-16 (NASB) 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were shouting in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became indignant16 and said to Him, “Do You hear what these children are saying?” And Jesus *said to them, “Yes; have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies You have prepared praise for Yourself’?” Last week we had the opportunity to meet and talk to the parents and children of the Asha House Children’s Home.  Asha house is a home for the neglected and abandoned children of India. Since opening its doors in March of 2007, Asha has taken in over 40 children into its family.  The children come from brothels, villages, slums, and the streets of India.  Many come from situations where they were going to be forced into slavery and prostitution. In one day, the parents of Asha house, Victor and Simini have taught me so much.  Their personal story is one of faith, perseverance, and divine providence. What I loved most about them was their love and honor for one another and their children. Each child was so kind and had the joy of the Lord. Simini shared her personal story with us as it related to her desire to have a child.  Many doctors told her she could not get pregnant. Her children would surround her every night and pray for her to conceive and have the desires of her heart.  Today she is a mom of a beautiful baby girl who is about two years old! During our second...
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...