Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Our memory verse this week at school is "Go into all the world and preach the goods news to everyone." found in Mark 16:15.

This is a command, not a suggestion...
Jesus didn't say go IF...
you feel like it,
have the money,
speak the language...
have a seminary degree...
no one thinks you're crazy...
feel comfortable...

He said GO! Period. There is no if, he just told everyone to go.

 Don't wait until you feel called, because you already have been, he already said to go. Now, the question is where.

You may be called to Africa, or Russia, or Europe, or Guatemala, or Iraq, or Texas, or you may already be in the place where God has called you. You may even have lived there your whole life, but that does not give you the excuse to just stay in your comfortable little box, doing what you feel is safe, because there is a second part to that verse. Not only are we commanded to go, we are then commanded to preach- to everyone. That may mean seeking out the people in your own city who are in need of him. Yes, I said seeking out, because seeking involves movement like going. It may mean going into homeless shelters, and prisons, or it may be in your very own workplace or school. Wherever God has you, that is your mission field. God put you there for a reason, don't let it slip away, because one day people will no longer have the chance to hear the good news, and when we stand before the Father on judgement day, don't you want to know that you did everything you could to make sure that they spend eternity with Him? Or do you want to stand there knowing you had the opportunity...

but didn't take it?

Friday, February 10, 2012

What life is like... Part 2

While missionary kids may give up a lot when it comes to material things, we gain a lot in experience.
We may not own cars, the newest electronics, or the latest clothes, but every day we get to experience
things that most people never do.

We make new friends with every mission team that comes, we learn new languages. We learn the importance of serving someone other than ourselves, and our lives are never boring.

As missionaries, we understand the importance of having fun. God didn't intend for us to be serious all the time, he wants us to enjoy the things he has given us. If life as a Christian were boring, no one would want that. Showing others that our life is good because of God, makes them want what we have, and gives us an opportunity to share Christ with them.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Best friends know how crazy you are, and still choose to be seen with you in public.

Monday, February 6, 2012

What life is like... Part 1

People often ask me how I feel about living in Guatemala, don't I  miss America?

Of course I miss it.  I miss my friends, and driving, and knowing what people are saying, and eating normal food, but I wouldn't change it for anything.

Matthew 10:39 tells us, "If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it." Before, I was so comfortable, I almost didn't need God, It was so easy, I could do it one my own. I didn't rely on him daily, I just did it myself.

Don't get me wrong, I loved God, prayed daily, read my bible, and had been saved by the grace of God, but I didn't always completely depend on Him for my needs.
 Matthew 6:24 says "No one can serve to masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money,"
When I lived in America, this was exactly what I was trying to do. I tried my best to serve God, but I was also a slave to money and and the other comforts in America. But the bible tells us we can't love them both, which means that often times, I was putting other things before God. Here in Guatemala, we don't have much stuff, or many comforts, and it forces us to put our hope in God, and to fully rely on Him.

Matthew 6:19-21 says, "Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasure in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also."
I may have given up a lot of worldly stuff, but that stuff won't last. What will last is the eternal things, like the lives of these kids.