A Lesson on Missional Living- Part 1

A Lesson on Missional Living- Part 1

  Photos by Connie Rock of Purchase Effect, The Faces are Blurred to Protect the Identity of Our Friends Upon arrival in Thailand this past week, I asked the Lord what my purpose was for being here. I had been here twice already for this Adventures in Missions trip and really didn’t understand what God wanted to do or learn a third time.   After 8 days of being in Thailand and doing ministry and outreach in the streets of Patpong, experiencing one night of outreach in Nana, and building relationships in our neighborhood where we reside, its’ so evident why I am here again. We are building trust in women who have been exploited, disappointed, hurt, mistreated, and used. As I see many of the same face for a third time, I have witnessed their guards come down and faces light up because I am in their country again; taking the time to love them. Even with language barriers and the use of my handy Thai language app, hand motions; there is a language that we speak that they understand fluently and that is: Love. It’s the one language that transcends barriers, and breaks down walls.   Building this trust and showing the love of Christ is all a part of the greater lesson I have learned by coming on these trips. This lesson is on “how to live missionally. “ Missional living is simply the posture, thinking and behavior of a missionary in order to engage others with the gospel message. It’s the belief that we all have a responsibility to fulfill the great commission. This is...

The 2015 Overcomer’s Conference !!! Our theme: One Night with the King

Many of you attended our online Overcomer’s conference earlier this year! I was so honored to host this conference with Bridgette Reed of the Bold and Fierce Foundation. We received your requests, and sought God on what we were to do next. God is truly orchestrating this night, this One Night with the King just for you!!!  So you definitely don’t want to miss this conference! We have some amazing speakers, and worship leaders! I’ll share more in the upcoming days! Click here to watch this video: Overcomers Conference 2015   Then register today! We have a limited amount of spaces available! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!  ...
Same Same, But Different

Same Same, But Different

Galatians 3:28 (Message)-In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Have you ever felt alone when going through a challenge in your life? In the midst of trials and tribulation, it’s easy to feel as if you are the only person in the world that is going through. Our emotions during the trial can make us feel as if we are by ourselves on an island. This is how I used to feel. Over the course of my life I have had to overcome a lot of things from depression, to promiscuity, to drug abuse, and much more. There were times when I felt no one understood the pain that I was experiencing. When I came into the knowledge of Jesus Christ, I learned that I was never alone because God never leaves us, nor forsakes us. I also learned that Jesus could indeed identify with my weaknesses and temptations yet He did not sin. Hebrews 4:15-16 (Message)-Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. During, this trip to Thailand it was confirmed yet again that what I’ve had...
Do We Dare to Believe? Mission: Thailand 2014

Do We Dare to Believe? Mission: Thailand 2014

 Photo by Connie Rock Last year I attended this particular Adventures in Missions trip to Thailand and was truly impacted! Feel free to read about my experience from 2013 here: http://jenniferlucyinspires.com/her-name-was-pretty-day-3-part-of-day-4-thailand-missions/. I must also give you all an update on “Bella”, or in my 2013 blog I called her “Pretty.” Well, not only did she stop working in the bar, she began to work at Rahab Ministries for a few months! Today, she is working in another village as a car saleswoman!! Hearing stories like this truly speak to the power of prayer and building relationships, which this Thailand trip encourages its participants to do. We must also remember, that some will plant, some will water, but its always God who receives the increase and all of the glory!     One of the things I love most about this particular trip to Thailand with Adventures in Missions is the focus on spiritual awareness, discernment, and prayer.  Prayer is how we as Christians communicate with our Father and how we hear Him communicate with us. Although this is an open line of communication, it’s often taken for granted and not utilized amidst the hustle and bustle of life in the states. Here there is no room to take this for granted because everything we do must be done prayerfully as the Holy Spirit leads us. Things happen when we pray! This trip really stretches your ability to believe that because from the surface, you wonder if change is really taking place.   From having attended this trip back in 2013, one of the things we consistently prayed for is...
Knowing Jesus, Is Sharing Jesus: Missional Living 101

Knowing Jesus, Is Sharing Jesus: Missional Living 101

  During our trip to Thailand we had the opportunity to visit the Grand Palace.  The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782.  The current king does not reside there.  However, several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year.   This was my second time visiting the Grand Palace.  Yet, I am still in awe of the elaborate structures, and walls filled with solid gold and jewels.  Nonetheless, what caught my attention more than the gold walls and the jewels was a simple sign near the entrance of the temple that said: Knowing Buddha, Buddha is not for Tattoo, Buddha is not for Decoration, Stop Buying Buddha.   This made me think of how we often treat Jesus, the Bible, and the cross. I do not believe there is anything wrong with expressing your faith through jewelry, t-shirts, etc. In fact, I believe it can be a great witnessing tool and conversation starter. Yet, many of us fail in making that connection to our faith, and sharing it with others.  This Buddha sign simply reminds me that I am to live missionally. Missional living is the adoption of the posture, thinking, behaviors and practices of a missionary in order to engage others with the gospel message. In our representation of the gospel with crosses on our necks, scriptures on t-shirts, we must remember to engage others with the message that we represent.   This is what I love about the Thailand trip. We often have times during the day to practice living life missionally, because...
I’m Going Going, Back Back, To Thailand Thailand

I’m Going Going, Back Back, To Thailand Thailand

I’m Going Going, Back Back, To Thailand Thailand   “If we are going to accomplish the global purpose of God, it will not be primarily through giving our money, as important as that is. It will happen primarily through giving ourselves. This is what gospel represents, and it’s what the gospel requires.”- David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream   This evening as we get ready to board the Ethihad plane to Thailand again this year, I am filled with emotions. Initially, when I decided to make this trip a second time I felt as if I would have the upper hand. I had been to Thailand before on a mission’s trip, so I thought I knew all of what to expect, how we would flow, etc. As pompous as that sounds, I truly thought I would be able to predict how it would all go down.   Well, as always God has a great sense of humor! That’s one of the many reasons why I love serving Him! This Christian life is an adventure! For those who have not turned on CNN lately, Thailand is currently experiencing “Political Unrest” or a Coup d’etat.  According to Merriam Webster that means, “a sudden decisive exercise of force in politics; especially: the violent overthrow or altercation of an existing government by a small group. If you want to read more about it, Google it! J So as you can imagine, all last week as we have been preparing my email has been flooded with messages of prayers and concerns. These messages have been coming along with alerts...