Wow, here we are at the end of another week already! And we are officially halfway through our lecture phase which means we are also getting more and more excited for outreach! We are leaving for Thailand on December 9! But before that comes Thanksgiving and my family is coming to see us and that is SUPER exciting!!
Here is some of the scenery we get to enjoy every day!
Montana is Gorgeous!:)
This weeks lectures were on missions and it was awesome! Our speaker was Scott (not sure what his last name is:/) He is an American who moved to Taiwan with his family, they have been there for 12 years working on a YWAM base. He is very passionate about missions and having him teach was amazing! If we ever doubted that we are called, those doubts were completely blown away! Did you know that we should need a greater call to stay, then we need to go? Because God has already called ALL OF US! He gave us the great commission. Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God has still called some us to stay and have jobs so we can send others, but we are all called to participate. Our options are to go, send or disobey! And the world is in desperate need of goers. Rather then not doing anything and saying, well I’m not sure God wants me to go. We should be saying, God I know that u gave us the great commission so unless you close all the doors I’m going! Rather then putting on the brakes and having God kick us out, we should be stepping out and letting him push us back if he wants us to stay, BECAUSE he has already told us to go! Approximately 1/3 of the world is christian, 1/3 is people who aren’t christians but they have access to the gospel, the last 1/3 is people who have never heard a word of the gospel. They don’t know a single christian. What are we doing about it? We are sending approximately 86% of our money and missionaries to people that are already christians. We are sending 12% to the people who already have access to the gospel and 2% to the people who have nothing!! Is this fair? Is this what God intended? A quote that I really liked was: ‘It is better to miss the will of God, trying, then to miss it by doing nothing at all! Scott told us repeatedly; ‘We are at war! When you became a child of God, you also became an enemy of the devil! What are we doing about it? God never meant for us to take his gift of salvation and hold it close and keep it all for ourselves! He wants us to share it! To spread it across all the nations so others can experience his forgiveness too. We shouldn’t be living for him for the blessing that comes out of that, we should rather be living for him so we can be a blessing to those around us. Quote’ Blessing is like manure, when it is left on a pile it becomes a nasty, awful, smelly mess, but if it is spread out across the land it can do great things.’ How are we living? Does our life say that we have Heaven on our mind? That we realize this life will pass away and we are only here for a short time? When our culture and the people around us are going one way, are we willing to see God’s heart and say NO! We need to go this way! Or do we get caught up in the ways of world. Do we lose our focus on Christ and just kind of go with the flow? Do we fear man more then we fear God? Jesus says, I am so worth it!
Like I said… Scott is very passionate about missions, and after listening to him all week, it is simply impossible not to feel the weight of what God has asked us to do. But it was a week that we enjoyed.
This is the nursery where Lakenzie and Kristina spend Most of their time:)
We are still enjoying our time here, and its really rather crazy how these 2 tiny rooms and a community bathroom:) have become home to us. We have come to love the people here and they have become like family. As much as I long for privacy sometimes I can’t imagine stepping outside without meeting other people, I think maybe I used to be lonely and didn’t even know it!:) Eating a meal with just the 3 of us I’m assuming was VERY quiet and maybe a little boring? We have these guys that serve breakfast sometimes and they make a big deal out of it. If u walk in the door looking like you’re half asleep or like you got out of the wrong side of bed, they seem to make it their personal goal to put a smile on your face before you leave and most times I think they accomplish it. And evenings… let’s just say I’m pretty sure we got bored evenings and didn’t realize it because here theres so much happening here, theres soccer, basketballl, volleyball, a pool table, a ping pong table and then theres people just chilling or making a big scene in every corner of this place, so theres never a dull moment and if you’re looking for some activity you will probably be able to find it, there is, after all, only like 200 people living here:)
And this our little sweetie down by the lake one beautiful afternoon.
And that concludes week 6! Be Blessed!:)