Monday, August 24, 2009

BROWN BAGS and JESUS

I just discovered this over the weekend. Now this truly is MISSIONS! Please visit their site and learn how they are truly the hands and feet of Jesus to many...not in a foreign field but right in the USA. ( I think Sherry from A Journey Back does/did a ministry that is similar)


There are places like this and people like these near where you live. Why not talk with your church about doing something like this? Or if you don't or can't with your community or church, why not see how you can be a part of this ministry by going here or HERE or even here?

I told you when I started Mission 4 Monday that there are so many MISSIONS waiting to be filled by YOU! You were made for a MISSION! God has a PURPOSE for you right where you are. Denise @ Shortybear's Place showed this over & over each week with great ideas that are available for you to be JESUS right there! Let's BE JESUS & share & show we care!





Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"COME, FOLLOW..." FISH?

WORD FILLED WEDNESDAY (WFW)

"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
Matthew 4:19

Definitely a PURPOSE for missions!

Just learnin' how to fish...

Just learnin' how to follow...
(oh that I could be more like a baby duck with Jesus)
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...let's get our "ducks in order" and show by example what it means to follow Jesus Christ &
let's stop being "sitting ducks"for the enemy, who comes to steal, rob & destroy, let's stop "waddling" and start walking in the VICTORY of ones who follow Christ & finish this race triumphantly and no more "quacking" or wise jokes at the stragglers...let's learn to swim, fish & FOLLOW from the PROs... Sweet blessings ~ Peggy



Monday, August 17, 2009

Let's PRAY & FAST together for...


Announcing the Fourth Annual 


International Weekend of Prayer & Fasting

for the Victims of Sexual Trafficking
 September 25-27, 2009


"May my prayer be set before you like incense;
 may the lifting of my hands be like the evening sacrifice."
 Psalm 141:2





The Salvation Army, the Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking, and the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking invite you to join with them in observing the 4th Annual International Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for Victims of Sexual Trafficking.


You can join the observance by organizing workplace and church-based events for prayer and fasting on behalf of those sexually exploited and/or trafficked into the commercial sex industry.


To register your participation and obtain free prayer guides (in English or Spanish) register on-line at http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/trafficking.


Other resources that can be found on-line include promotional flyers (in English, Spanish, Russian, German, & Dutch), sample sermons, Bible studies, an intercessory prayer walk guide, a community prayer walk guide, and a church bulletin insert. A fasting fact sheet is also forthcoming.


We hope you will join with us in lifting petitions to God to free the captives, and to equip the Church to serve, prevent, rescue and restore.


Lisa Thompson is the Liaison for the Abolition of Sexual Trafficking with the Salvation Army National Headquarters in Alexandria, VA. She is a member of the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST), a coalition made up of various faith based organizations, including Project Rescue, committed toabolishing slavery in all its forms.



*** taken from the August Newsletter of PROJECT RESCUE...Beth & David Grant
To read more related articles please click here and see what Project Rescue is doing.


A Note from David and Beth Grant


Dear Friends,


We are excited to report the wonderful things God has been doing on behalf of the ministry of Project Rescue to enslaved women and children. Because of your prayers, hundreds of women and children are finding hope and freedom in Jesus Christ!


There are now more than 85 children and teenagers living in the leased Project Rescue ministry site in Nagpur, India, just a few yards away from the edge of the red light district. Last year, Project Rescue leadership put a down payment on a site to build a new Home of Hope a safe distance from the red light district. However, it became increasingly apparent that a safe home out of reach of the district was needed as quickly as possible. Men visiting the brothels were constantly pressuring the teenage girls as they came and went from the home to school and back, placing them in constant jeopardy. Many of you have joined us in prayer over this particular need, and we have seen God provide!

[click here for the rest of the story!]



Please PRAY for PROJECT RESCUE

  • For a new location for the vocational training center in Kolkata and the permanent residential home in Nagpur

  • For direction, protection, and provision as new relationships are being built as a result of open doors in Delhi

  • For continued protection over the teenage girls at the new home in Nagpur

  • For freedom and healing for the women in the new Home of Hope Moldova

  • Open doors in Bangladesh and Rajasthan


Mark your calendars SEPTEMBER 25th-27th for PRAYER & FASTING for the Victims!

PROJECT RESCUE ministry is made possible by faithful prayers & generous support, which makes their work possible and has brought & will continue to bring HOPE to countless women & children.

Perhaps you'd like to learn more about Project Rescue. David & Beth have the following speaking engagements:

August 3-8: General Council, Orlando, FL

August 17-21: Compassion Forum, St. Louis, MO

September 13 (AM and PM): First AG, Van Buren, AR

September 11 & 18: Southern MO District Women’s Ministries Retreats

September 20 (AM): First AG, Grand Rapids, MI


Thursday, August 13, 2009

THANKFUL THURSDAY ~ HOPE

There is so much to be thankful for that I just could not pass up the opportunity to share with

and
participants

So I decided to post my thankfulness over here at MISSIONS because this is where my heart is
and since Iris has chosen HOPE and Sweet Blessings @ Proverbial Sunrise is sharing this month on HOPE and in my previous posts, I shared on HOPE... but this verse from Iris' stirred me:

“But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…” 1 Peter 3:14-15

...and right away I thought of MISSIONS! MY HOPE to share JESUS!
Actually, it should be my HOPE to be Jesus to others!

1) I am so thankful that God placed a burden in my heart for the Mexican people: mostly children & women... I'm thankful for so many churches & people getting involved & aware of Stopping Human Trafficking of Children & Women for sexual exploitation. My HOPE is for this to END!

2) I am so thankful that even though I live among the people that my own needs are provided for, though at times, I have had to learn to "suffer" a little... it is nothing like theirs. I have HOPE that Jehovah Jireh will provide and I have miraculously seen Him bless or provide for me, but I also have someone back home in the USA, that supports me and though it is strained at times, this support has never failed and I generally can rely that it will come though ... my HOPE is that I can see God's Provision & Sufficiency in all things & each time my needs are met so I can share my HOPE with others that are in more of a hopeless situation. That I will always show my gratitude.

3) I am thankful that I have bottled water & learning better how to use that for much more than I have in the past because I'm so spoiled & use to opening a faucet & having clean water, even drinkable water, fresh, clean and even with good taste whereas here, let's just say ya' never know what color the water running out of the faucet will be and so can you imagine the bacteria... I know I shared this my last time... my gratefulness of water and how I depend on the Living Water but even my Thirsty Thursday post speaks of this. The reason is I think this is the culprit of many health issues I've had, not knowing and adjusting... even to brushing my teeth, which leads me to my next thankfulness (but I have more on this topic of water).

I HOPE that I remember to use only bottled water for brushing my teeth.

4) I am thankful for no more dental pain on my front crown & that the meds worked to kill the infection or inflammation. I am thankful to be able to eat again after 6 days of living with this not knowing what to do or who to see (because trust me dentists here are not like dentists I have known, nor their practices - even though I know people come here for less expensive dental treatment, I have no idea why) I am thankful I saw a female dentist who just looked at my tooth & prescribed me medicines so I could return for a "cleaning". I will be more thankful that it will just be healed by Jesus and I don't have to go back there and whatever can wait until I go home again...or seriously I was checking on flying home for this especially if it is the root & I need root canal...if you saw even there "spit" sink, you'd know what I'm talking about... anyways I'm thankful that nothing is beyond the LORD's touch & healing, not even a tooth!

My HOPE is for healing and wisdom in what I should do.

5) I'm thankful for the RAINS that come to cool off the temperatures. I HOPE that I see a big difference. It was such a beautiful "sun shower" and my HOPE was in seeing His Son soon.

6) I'm thankful that 3 of my 4 females are out of heat. I HOPE no one is pregnant!

7) I'm thankful for the young boy who asked me for pesos in McDonalds & that I had enough to give him for a cone, but I also gave him my fries & coke. I only wish I had a hamburger to add to it but I was not having any success with 6 ATMs so my funds were limited and I needed to have enough to take the bus home. But there are always opportunities here to bless someone.

May I have the eyes of Christ & the prompting of the Holy Spirit to choose the one & trust God to resupply.

8) I'm thankful for ALL the many people that serve the LORD just here in Mazatlan, multiplied greatly throughout Mexico. I'm thankful for hearts for people that need the LORD! I'm thankful for those who support the missionaries. I'm thankful for the laborers here. I'm thankful for volunteers. I'm thankful for Mexicans being called into the field to gather the harvest. I'm thankful for Youth With a Mission & the Youth answering God's call on their life.

But I'm also thankful for the many serving back home in the USA, where there are so many needs...more and more and we can't turn our eyes from who they all need...JESUS! He is their One True HOPE!

And now I'm back to the WATER issue... so much THANKS for water. I have had my eyes really opened to the needs as in Africa & the many Projects building wells, etc. and doing something to clean water. My heart broke as I watched videos of these that are suffering!

Here in Mazatlan, the Vineyard Church has many wonderful ministries that show Jesus and His HOPE with many outreaches out to the poor in the community.

I shared a video here just last week in my WFW, (which no one viewed or commented on... boohoo) but it shows clearly what touches my heart here.

But I want to share this HOPE from the Vineyard (La Viña) in a Project they share called:


Today, over 1.2 billion people still have no access to clean drinking water; and, in 2004, LaVina started a program to alleviate this problem in the Mazatlan area. The Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) has developed a Biosand water filter that could eliminate over 96% of waterborne disease worldwide by the year 2015. The filter is based on a simple technology that empowers people anywhere in the world to create affordable and effective water filters out of locally available materials.
Under the LaVina program water filters are manufactured and distributed in the Mazatlan area. Labor to fabricate the filters is provided primarily by local Mexican residents; and, as of Spring, 2005, LaVina had distributed over 100 filters in the Mazatlan area. Another 70 - 80 filters were in various stages of production when the photos below (on their site) were taken in April, 2005.


You can help Share the Love of Christ by donating to this project. You can subsidize the cost of a filter to one family for $40US. Or you may choose to expand your gift by subsidizing filters for multiple families or a whole neighborhood or community. The costs to produce, sell, deliver, install and do follow-up visits for 1 biosand water filter is has increased in 2007 to $60US. A $40 subsidy per filter will allow us to continue selling the filters at a price which is affordable to these families.


We sell the filters because, when we previously distributed the filters free of charge, they often were not used. We found that either they were not maintained -- perhaps because of a lack of ownership pride, or the people just didn’t trust them because they were free. So, we now sell the filters to the people for $20US each and give them an option to make small monthly payments, which are affordable to most families. This participation by the user creates a sense of ownership and assures that the filter will be used for a lifetime.


Click on the follwing link to Water Filter Donations to learn how you can help support this ministry. ~ from the Vineyard Church - La Viña
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MY HOPE was not to share this because it's not going to help me and I'm not the kind to ask usually for others in this way. My HOPE is just making other people aware and how much we can be thankful for in our comfortable worlds.

This is not a poor rural town, which is much worse...or other locations in Mexico and the world worse, but a highly tourist town, with much wealth and more "condos" all the time for tourists, when as far as I can see, the needs of the many that live here are not being met well. There are times, I have no water at all and I live in a middle class area. I have seen how others live. I have seen mountain towns, where water is such a scarcity. No running water nor bathrooms. I had to bathe from a bucket of water. And people live like this all the time. Women walk miles to gather water. Where I live, we have trucks that daily come by selling bottled water.

My HOPE is not just sharing water but giving these people HOPE in the LIVING WATER but it's really hard when you see the basic needs not being met. And when USA is having hopeless times and lack then all the resources & funding sources dry up also. So I ask you to share your HOPE, pray and ask the LORD to open the gates of heaven, stop injustices and send HOPE to these:



THEY DESERVE HOPE IN CHRIST JESUS!


JEREMIAH 29:11
Pray:
Jesus, share with me Your heart for the lost sheep in this world. I was a lost sheep and I remember how empty I felt and how meaningless everything seemed. Jesus I have known You as Savior and Deliverer but now I want to know You as the Lord of the harvest. I do ask You with all my heart to send out laborers among the lost. I ask that You would fill them with love and power.

Please forgive me for the many opportunities I have missed to speak about You to others. I repent for ignoring the nudge of Your Holy Spirit at times when you wanted me to share. I ask for courage and wisdom. I want to be Your witness in word and deed, seeking wholeheartedly after the lost. Lord bring someone who is seeking across my path today. I want to share with them what You have done for me. According to Your word, “there is salvation in no one else…” Jesus, may Your name be magnified!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I AM THE LIGHT! "SOY LA LUZ"


JOHN 8:12 JUAN 8:12

Jesus said,

"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life."

When I first came to Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico...it was this verse & also John 14:6 that told me clearly this was where God purposed me to be ...because a beautiful woman of 108 yrs.young shared this WORD with me and was delighted that I, too, knew this WORD in Spanish and in English. We shared & prayed daily. Thank you Susanna, from Oaxaca! You spoke God's Word into my life & His WORD now shines through the darkness in this place more each day because of prayer!

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I know this is from God because I went to Prayer Central IN HIS NAME devotional for today Day 12 is "Light of the World" it starts like this but to pray it all, ya gotta go there...

Jesus came as the Light of the world. His light shattered the darkness and caused the blind to see. Be encouraged in reading these Bible verses, His Light still conquers today.

Prayer:
Jesus, You alone have illumined my darkness. I rejoice in Your goodness. Nothing is too difficult for You. Jesus I bring _______________ before You. I ask You to illumine his/her darkness. In Your Name I take authority....



Saturday, August 8, 2009

THE MISSION

There's a call going out
Across the land in every nation
A call to those who swear allegiance to the cross of Christ
A call to true humility, to live our live responsibly
To deepen our devotion to the cross at any price

Let us then be sober, moving only in the Spirit
As aliens and strangers in a hostile foreign land
The message we're proclaiming is repentance and forgiveness
The offer of salvation to a dying race of man





Chorus:
To love the Lord our God
Is the heartbeat of our mission

The spring from which our service overflows
Across the street
Or around the world
The mission's still the same
Proclaim and live the Truth
In Jesus' name


As a candle is consumed by the passion of the flame
Spilling light unsparingly throughout a darkened room
Let us burn to know Him deeper
Then our service flaming bright
Will radiate his passions
And blaze with holy light
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To learn more about STEVE GREEN, son of missionaries, you can go here...
I fell in love with Steve & his heart & songs
in English & Spanish long ago.




Wednesday, August 5, 2009

(WFW) The Other Side of Mazatlan

Here in Mazatlan, in just one colony near the dumpsite,
the precious children wait for a sandwich, orange & a bottle of water!

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I can't believe that I have not yet shown this video. I have it on DVD & video for churches to view but never thought that it was available for me to share here, but it is...so I am.

Although the other reason is that I did not want you to view this thinking that my life here is like the beginning of this video...though when I came as a tourist back in 1995, it may have been some of that...until God got a hold of my heart and showed me what HE had in mind with:

THE OTHER SIDE OF MAZATLAN


The Vineyard Church, located in the Golden Zone, Tourist part of Mazatlan, is one of my favorite church communities because of their many outreaches to the community & how they serve by being Jesus! If you are ever on vacation here, don't just check out their church services but be sure to take one day to join them on the tour to the "Other Side of Mazatlan".

The Vineyard Ministries blesses me each time I share in any of their on-going projects!
They have many opportunities available to get involved & serve God by serving others in need. It is my privilege & delight to be involved with them whenever I am ABLE!



I share this button on my main blog and I have a post on the HUNGER SITE here also.


The Hunger Site

Matthew 25:35-40

For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me. Then these righteous ones will reply, Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink?


Or a stranger and show your hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you? And the King will say, I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!
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Lots going on over here at a mission field at home in the USA. PRAISE GOD & continue to pour out blessings on Auto Mission & Sherry w/Cowboy.
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