Living Stones

Living Stones
This one goes out to the world changers, shining their light in the face of danger. A word that God has given our team this year is to focus on the living stones. His bride, his people. People through whom he is making the impossible happen in the nations.Our team had an incredible time and we were sad as the first half of our journey came to an end. We laughed, we cried and we faced many challenges, but most of all we got to be a part of what God is doing in the churches all over the world. In Jordan we saw Jesus’s heart for people. Thousands of Muslims are seeking refuge in Jordan and they are being received with open arms by the church. Although they have experienced great loss and suffering, the war in Syria has opened a door for the Gospel to be shared in the homes of refugee families. Muslims are meeting a man dressed in white in their dreams and many are coming to Christ in miraculous ways. In Palestine we met a family who is being persecuted by their relatives because they have chosen to follow Jesus. We lived with Coptic nuns who give their time to meet the needs of the poor and helpless. The Good Hope School extends a helping hand to the young people who are considered as outcasts, to help them realise their dreams and potential. In Jerusalem people from different countries flocked to the Old City for passover. We evangelised alongside Tony, a pastor who spent his days distributing bibles in the streets of Jerusalem. Sadly Tony passed away in a car accident on a mission trip in Iraq. The ministry he left behind is still going strong. The church is not only reaching out to Jews but to all nations. We saw a Chinese man fall to the ground to read his New Testament, where in his own country it is illegal to own a bible. Kosovo is a country that has been exposed to years of conflict and the people still experience the repurcussions of war. Conflict between Serbians and Albanians is still very real. After the refugee crisis many UN organizations withdrew their support. Nevertheless, a group of missionary families stayed behind and regardless of the spiritual oppression they face they continue to selflessly serve the local church. They are committed to see people reconciled and see them experience the freedom God gives through His Son. God opend doors for our team in Turkey to spend time with Turkish believers who face real danger because of their faith. In spite of it all God is equiping young people through student movements in Cyprus and raising them up to become leaders with a desire to see His kingdom come. The church is creating a platform through English Club, soup kitchens and prayer walks for Muslims and atheist to speak about Jesus. The church in Turkey is being persecuted and there is no freedom to share the Gospel openly, but they have faith to see the nation changed. We ended our journey Russia and our team split up to serve on different Christian kids camps. It was beautiful to see how children are being discipled and raised up as true servant leaders who look to God as their source. God has chosen leaders, that through their examples the children get to see the Father’s heart. The church in Russia experience oppression and face many challenges. More laws are being put in place to resrict Christians. Although the consequences of overstepping those laws are threatening the church is more alive than ever, reaching out to different people groups in Syberia and Mongolia. In our country, in the midst of mass poverty and political strife over a million people took a stand and prayed for our nation. All over the world God is busy preparing His bride for her Kings return. God is calling young people to step out in faith into the face of danger. More people in the nations are experiencing the freedom and victory that the gospel brings. These are people who have found the treasure of heaven and who live radical lives to see others walk in freedom with Jesus. The good news is that we are a part of those radical Christians who love relentlessly and who’s servant hearts are without limitations. The only qeustion is... How far will you go? 
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Holy Ground


"What we do, does not define who we are. What defines us is how well we rise after falling."

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Dear Ethiopia...


When I first laid my eyes on you and the rolling hills you sat upon. I thought what amazing luck I have that God had created such beautiful things and gave me the eyes to see them.  I am forever changed by your existence. You are a place filled with so many stories and I feel so privileged to share some of these stories with you. I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can't read anything, you have only the most rudimental sense of how things work. You can't even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.  These interesting guesses were what brought our team to a lot of interesting places ranging from the far North to the ever ongoing South. You taught me the names of these cities, and I saw that each one of them tell a different story. You introduced me to people that showed me characteristics of Jesus in such a simple and beautiful way. I learnt about the importance of our dependance on God and also what it truly means when Paul writes in Philippians 4:11 "...in every situation I am to be content."  I learnt that everything in life needs some sort of foundation, I came to the conclusion that Jesus must be this foundation. Just like the wise  builder built his house on the rock. I learnt that rest is necessary especially when we do it in His presence. He gives answers when we listen. I learned that one smile can heal a heart that had walls so tall and painted blue, but now has a door to let people through.  Ethiopia you showed me how the Father gives so much more to those He loves. We ask for one ministry point He gives us all of Ethiopia. Kindness is your specialty and somehow you grasp the importance of giving, not only things but yourselves as well. I am truly humbled by it.  I will be forever grateful for these foundations you reminded me of. Thank you for showing me what love is by also showing me what it is not.  I will carry it in my heart.  I will carry you in my heart.  YoursTill we meet again  

 

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Something delightful

Going to Turkey was different for many of us. Some enjoyed not knowing where to go, what to do or what God has planned for us there. We only knew that He wants us to serve but the question was who first. The first guess was the refugees. Makes sense…they need help… we are here to serve… so we aimed for them, but it was like shooting a moving target in the dark. We heard so many rumours about where they are or should be but arriving only to see a lack of people to serve…

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His love has won me forever


 

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