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Ten days Luke 10 journey - What else as miracles can you expect? In our first Luke 10 journey in training I was sceptical how God will show up and what he has planned for us. Everything was new for me and I didn't know so much fun will expect me. After this privilege to experience this and hear all the stories from the other groups I was so excited for this faith trip and knew that He will provide and be with us all the time. Praying, listening to God's voice and stepping into his plan were a big part of these ten days. Jesus sents us out as lambs between wolves to share his word and be an example for others in the way how we live. That was exactly how we felt in our first three days when God opened the doors to sleep in a four star hotel and let us be part of a promotion weekend for a small town. Through conversations about our faith and experiences could we impact many workers and tourists. Out of the nice bed of the hotel we slept in our tents in a forest full of scary monkey sounds and adventure, but through biblestudy and prayers we got encouraged every day. The next day God provided in a special way. We got a five hour lift und in the destination town he asked us if we want to come to his brothers church. Without nowing we are Christians he brought us to him and a warm meal and a place to sleep waited for us. They welcomed us as they knew we are coming, but nobody told them. God gave them the previous day a bibleverse that a group will come, they should be prepared and welcome them as their own family. We thanked God and encouraged them through prayers. Every person we met didn't recommend us to walk through the border to guatemala and especially not in the night, but we felt to do this, so we crossed the border and searched for a place to pitch up our tents. While walking i prayed and didn't feel peace, but in this moment a car stopped and took us to the next city. He was a drug dealer, but God saved him long ago and he invited us for dinner and to sleep at his church. The next three days we stayed and spent a lot of time with him. I learned a lot from him and his experiences. God has a big plan for you and he will show up in an amazing way if you step out in faith! All praise and glory to him for what he has done!
I have come to the conclusion that man has been made comfortably numb by the world. And our flesh is chronically addicted to the feeling of not feeling.Every thing the world throws our way, provokes us to harden our hearts, to close our eyes, to look away. Because sometimes your heart and soul can not handle feeling the brokenness the world brings across your path. So we decide to become numb, because not feeling is easier than feeling. But this state of numbness come with terrible side-effects, which is in favor of the enemy. Because a numb heart can not feel heart ache, joy, love and the presence of our Father. Now God knows this. So he puts us on a journey of de-numbefication. During this journey we are taught how to feel (turning hearts of stone into hearts of flesh). So we are led into the desert or into great trails so God can start chizeling away on our stone hearts. He leads us in the direction of extreme heart ache, because it will take a huge amount of brokenness for a stone heart to feel again. So slowly from the outside in. God allows us to pioneer into our numb hearts, instinctively, lovingly and patiently God come along for the journey. He gives us just enough trails for the outer layer of our stone hearts to start feeling again, to be filled with blood, life and Love. And usually when that layer is filled to its capacity it is the point we feel the closest to God. But God knows there is more to feel (He wants to be closer than just the outer layer), this is only one layer that is now no longer numb. But we also know this, deep down something in us tells us this is not the pinical of love, there must be more... So we journey further into our numb hearts, ready for the next trail, the new expedition into the dessert. So we consider it pure joy when facing trails of manny kinds. Because with each trail a deeper layer of our heart is allowed to feel, the numbness is taken away and replaced with compassion and sadness. When pioneering a new layer of a numb heart, is usually the point where we feel the most separated from God, because we step back into the numbness into a area of not feeling. This feeling is one of the biggest lies we can fall for. For The word of God says that He will never leave us. For He says He will always be with us and nothing can separate us from Him. So this feeling of separations is almost ironic. For when we feel God is leaving us. He is actually moving closer, deeper, one stoney layer at a time. But I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Because the more we allow God to break our heart for what brakes His we indirectly allow our hearts to be filled with joy, not any joy but the type of joy that brings God joy.
...The adventure of a lifetime.For those of you who don't know what a Luke 10 is let me quickly explain it. You can read Luke 10:1-9 and that sums it up pretty well, but for those of you who don't have a Bible on hand a Luke 10 is where they send us out without money and limited supplies. What is taken differs from team to team. Our team had just enough money to get to and from Mae Sot with a little left over for buying drinking water, our toothbrushes, a change of clothes, Bible, and a rain jacket.Starting out it was clear God wanted us to go to Mae Sot and not to stay in Burma for the week as we originally thought. From getting to the Burmese embassy too late to apply for a visa, to it being waaaay out of our price range to buy plane tickets to get to Yangon city, and then being led on a wild goose chase around Bangkok.But our team was at peace with going to Mae Sot because it was a border town and we would still be able to go into Myawadi (just across the Burmese border) with a day visa.We took the night train to a city about 200km away from Mae Sot and then hitchhiked the rest of the way there. It was amazing how the Lord provided during that time. One of the people who gave us a ride in the back of their truck gave us breakfast (we didn't tell them we didn't have food or money for food) and then later another man blessed us with lunch (without us having to tell him either). We even managed to get to the border before 1pm!Our goal had been to get to Mae Sot so after that was completed we weren't sure what to do next. We noticed a night market (that was only open Sunday nights) setting up across the road so we started helping a family there. They blessed us with even more food and we got to help them make the food and sell to customers. While we were doing that a man started talking with Robynne. It turned out he was a pastor that worked with YWAM and he offered us a place to stay! He said he worked a lot with the Burmese people and he could take us to places around Mae Sot where we could help out. Later on he told us that he never went to that market, it was too far from his home, but something told him he needed to be there that night.That evening he took us to his Burmese school where we got to share about what we were doing. And it turns out they had just been talking about walking by faith at church that morning! We got to talk to the teachers there, answer questions about Christianity, and encourage them by sharing about God's love and grace.The next day we went to Mae Tao, a Christian Burmese clinic, and had the opportunity to pray for the post op patients. I think what affected me the most there though was seeing all the victims of landmines. The war ended in 2010 but people still come into the clinic almost every day because of landmines. That night we visited another school and shared with the people there. We had the opportunity to pray for them and had the great privilege of being prayed for by them.Finally it was time to enter Burma. We woke up early because we could only enter for one day. There are alternate ways of getting into the country but you run the risk of being shot so we took the more conventional way across the friendship bridge . We didn't have a contact on the other side so we walked around Myawadi, talking to the people and praying for the city. It was amazing to see how God provided for us that day by sending us people to talk to. That day was very hot as well but people kept blessing us with cold water and pop.One of the markets in MyawadiBurma side of the Friendship BridgeWednesday we had the opportunity to go to one of the Burmese refugee camps near Mae Sot. We weren't allowed to go inside because "It's not a zoo" as the guards say. So we walked along the highway beside the camp, praying for hope for the people inside. Our last day in Mae Sot and Luke 10! We were told we would be doing construction at one of the schools so we dressed in our smellier shirts, ready for a hard day of work in the hot sun. When we arrived they said that plans had changed and instead of construction we would be going to a wedding! Those of us who had managed to keep one of our shirts clean quickly changed before we were whisked off in the back of a truck with some students to the wedding. Once we got there it turned out that the ceremony was over and now it was just the reception. Though that didn't seem to matter because we were soon escorted to a table and had a mountain of rice placed in front of us. As soon as we finished eating we were rushed out of there, back to the school.The rest of the day we rested and played with some of the children until that evening when we had to go.I wish I could write in detail about everything we did and experienced there but it would take far too long. I do want to quickly add however that God provided for all our needs miraculously while we were there, we never lacked anything. Another thing that stood out was that it all felt so prearranged. It felt more like we were just going to another ministry point than it did a Luke 10. But I guess that was because God had arranged everything.Anyway I hope this story has encouraged you as much as it's encouraged us. God bless.