Saturday, February 4, 2012

|| Nigeria [and SEA] ||

This year myself and the next four siblings in line have the amazing opportunity to head to Nigeria in March. The purpose of the trip is to lead a VBS in an orphanage for children of martyrs run by VOM. What a humbling and amazing experience I am sure it will be. Please be in prayer for the remaining details to be worked out, supplies to be purchased, lessons prepared, and support raised.

Elizabeth and Julie also have the opportunity to return to South East Asia to lead/teach in the IBLP Childrens Institute. Elizabeth will be apart of the staff team this year!

Friday, February 3, 2012

|| El Salvador ||

What a blessed time the Lord gave us in December on the El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala missions trip. The Lord's hand was at work all year long in preparation behind the scenes in ways we did not even know until closer to the trip. Here are a few ways God provided:
- Funding
- 3,000 Gospels of John at amazing prices
- Gifts provided by the Hertzburg family for the Christmas Party at La Esperanza
- Money for gifts for the kids
- 400+ flashlights
- Medical Supplies
- Luggage
- Expedited passports for other members of the team
- Many other gracious friends who provided gifts and supplies to us or other members of the team
- And countless prayers

We would like to share a few of the stories and memories from the trip. Take a look here.

And you can check out the top 364 pictures from the trip HERE!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

|| Forgiveness ||

I seem to have taken a fancy to post about books I am reading. [Begin rabbit trail.... I have had many wise leaders encourage me to read as much about leadership, life, and Godliness that I can. There are so many great resources out there whereby we can increase our effectiveness for Christ as well as hone our skills in the business world, family life, emotional development, and more. End rabbit trail] I am also reading Improving Your Serve by Charles R. Swindoll. Sunday I was reading the chapter on forgiveness. What does it mean? Why is it important in the context of leadership? He takes us back to the model of God's forgiveness through Christ Jesus work on the cross. In the context of the the old Hymn:

          My Sin - oh the bliss of this glorious tho't-
          My Sin - not in part, but the whole,
          Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more,
          Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And in Scripture the words of the Psalms:

Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
-Psalms 103:1-5, 10-12


As I thought about what I was reading and evaluated in my own life I was humbled by the love God has for me that even with my terrible sin I am able to approach my Savior though FORGIVENESS.