We recently had a visit from a gentleman named Abner, who is working in Lebanon preaching the gospel to refugees fleeing from the war. He also works with the YWAM base there and it was great for the team going to Lebanon to meet him and ask some great questions. Abner (originally from Brasil) was speaking on the importance of evangelism to Muslim believers and how to hold a discovery Bible study. A discovery Bible study is a great tool to use when digging deep into the Word. It is essentially just using the Scripture alone to see what God is saying. Abner also challenged us to hold true to the Word of God. He said that we will have to compromise either the world or the Holy Spirirt. His teaching was very impactful because it caused us to really check our motives when we choose to do what we do.
While Abner was here, we also had the chance to participate in the Children's Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) holiday Bible camp. Think of it as a vacation Bible school held during the final week of October. We were the main staff for the duration of the camp and really had a great time with the children. We played games, helped out with songs, memory verses and Bible teachings. The camp ended with a party for children of all ages on Halloween night. It was fun to see all the kids dressed up and watch the Jungle Book as well. Sorry that we don't have pictures throughout the week, we aren't allowed to post pictures of the children, but know that Irish children are darling!
This past week we had one of the best weeks (in my opinion). Maged, the base director from the King's Lodge in England, came and spoke about hearing the voice of God. We absolutely loved his style of teaching and what he had to say about drawing closer to The Lord in obedience. He spoke out of so much love and obedience for our Father that it was difficult not to enjoy this week. The Holy Spirit fell so heavy upon all of us as we dug deep into Scripture and practiced hearing the word of God. It is so encouraging to know that each believer carries the authority of the Holy Spirit and is able to clearly hear His voice. It is not always easy, but with some practice, we can hear God's voice beckoning us into a deeper relationship with Him. Don't we serve an amazing God?
One nugget that I really want to leave with you all from this week is a quote that was shared with Maged some years ago.
"Our God is the genius communicator. His ability to communicate is far greater than our inability to hear."
Powerful words spoken by a man who is truly on fire for The Lord. I hope they encourage you.
The title of this post is "Futures" and for good reason. Korina and I (plus Baby Bean!) really want to share our vision for our future within ministry. We know a lot of you read this blog, but may not know exactly what our long term plan is for our lives. I'm hoping to clear up some questions now.
We are currently attending a DTS at YWAM Sligo in Ireland. This school has been years in the making for our lives and we know each and every day that our Father has clearly called us here. We will be leaving for our outreach in Morocco the second week of December and will be returning to the states in late January. Once back in the states, we are planning on staffing with YWAM on a full time basis. We are continually praying for direction as to which base we will attend and God has revealed and confirmed many moves for us in the near future, so please continue to pray.
We have a heart for the lost. God has fostered this compassion for people in our hearts in many ways; through jobs and experience He has intentionally placed in our lives. I love food, but even more importantly, I love to teach. I feel that God has given me the ability to portray clearly information and I love to help explain difficult things to people who are asking for more. This gift has been prayed over me for many years and I finally see it coming to fruition. I want to lead my family in the footsteps of Christ, asking Him what step to take next and walking in faith as we are obedient to the Father.
Korina, as many of you know, has a strong mothering spirit. God has revealed to her that she will be a mother to and of the nations. This is very exciting as she gets ready to mother our first child. Her strong faith causes others to draw close as she loves them like a mother does. Others draw to her for advice regarding many different issues. Her goal is to continue to allow God to reveal this capability in her and her family as walks out in obedience to His will.
We are continuing to step out in faith in every aspect of our lives. Any decisions we have been making in regards to our lives, have been taken up to The Lord. God speaks to us in amazing ways, and it is exciting to see glimpses of our future. For this to happen, we also need your help. We need your prayers all the time that we hear God clearly and follow His will. We also need help financially. Outreach costs for us are currently $2700 that is due by the first week of December. Beyond that need, we are seeking out monthly supporters who want to joins us in seeing the nations changed. Once we graduate DTS and return to the states, we will live off of full support from generous donors who believe in what we are doing. Please pray and consider joining our team as we impact the nations.
None of what we do can be accomplished without the help of our supporters. God gave Korina and I each and everyone of you for a very specific purpose and we look forward to discovering that together. Please continue to pray for us regarding the health of our little one, our finances, and our futures.
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"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6
Be encouraged by this Word. When we seek Him, He hears us. Best of all, He will respond!