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Are You Living By Faith?

Are You Living By Faith?

Paul writes in the beginning of Romans, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes, the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’”

 When I read that last part I am forced to ask myself two questions. First, do I consider myself righteous? Second, am I living by faith?

To the first question my initial thought is to say yes, I am a righteous person. I go to church, I read my Bible(maybe not as much as I should), the people around me know I’m a Christian. I try to avoid sin as much as I can. I pray and do my best to honor God.

But now, when I ask myself the second question, my whole response to the first is now not so clear. Am I living by faith? In a lot of ways I’d say yes but I know that there are definitely some areas off y life where I struggle to live by faith. Now according to Paul, “The righteous shall live by faith.” So, if I’m not doing the second then I’m not doing the first either.

Some years ago, the Lord wrecked my life with this very question. I was happily trucking along in my job. I was making money and able to take care of the things in my life that needed taking care of. I was able to buy the things I needed and in many cases most of the things I wanted. What I came to realize though is that I wasn’t happy where I was in my life. I was comfortable. My job was actually making me miserable. I had gotten to the point where I dreaded going to work most days but the money, which really wasn’t all that much, gave me the ability to control my circumstances.

Then God drew closer to him. I had reached my “pit of misery” and when I looked around the only thing I saw was God with his arms open saying, “Come to me”. It was literally the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life but I decided to finally give up control of my financial situation and step into the unknown. I honestly didn’t know if God would be there to catch me but I knew he said he would. So I jumped.

The truth is that I gave up a lot that day. The temptations are still there. The uncertainty at times is still there. But God has been there. He has not failed me or forsaken me and I continually pray for the strength and patience to live by faith.

So, do you consider yourself righteous? Are you living by faith? The question you have to ask yourself is, “What in my life am I unwilling give up control and hand over to God?” God’s plan for our lives is much better than our own. Where are you comfortable? If you are comfortable you have no need for God in your life. He doesn’t want comfort. He wants faith.

Bryan Nicholson

Media and Marketing Lead

Thankful for 2017 and Focused on 2018

Happy New Year! As we look back at last year, things were not always easy, but God has been so faithful to us. We want to say a big thank you to all of our supporters, both those who have prayed as well as those who gave financially. This last year has brought some new endeavors for us and we are very excited about them. Please continue to pray for more partnerships and trainings in 2018! Continue to check our website for updates throughout the year.



I Went, I Served, I Got the T-shirt, NOW WHAT?
What It means to be an ambassador.

I am going to attempt to do something that’s nearly impossible… explain the experience of a Short-Term Journey. If you’ve ever taken a journey with us here at H2T, you know we pray you are “ruined” based on Isaiah’s experience of seeing God, being touched by Him and then surrendering his life. Many people have this same experience, yet it is so difficult to put into words what actually happened to get each of us to this place.
We’ve heard it explained as:
• Seeing God in a new way
• No distractions allow you to focus on God completely
• The Spirit world is real and you see it clearly
• The whole trip you are focusing on God from sun up to sun down
• You get out of your comfort zone
• You let go of control
These are all well and true, but still short of the miraculous life changing, ultimate time and experience that happens when you are on a missions trip.
The life change is so amazing, but what we do after it is as equally important. I love the picture 2 Corinthians paints when describing the “new life in Christ”. Let’s look at the details of what happens in this transition.
• Vs 13 – The disciples are “beside themselves” looking like they are a bit out of their mind as they are so committed to serving Christ.
• Vs 14 – The Love of Christ compels them to serve. They have experienced what Christ did for them and they can’t be silent or just stand around
• Vs 17 – They are no longer the same as they were before, they have been changed into a new person
• Vs 20 – Now they are ambassadors for Christ allowing Christ to plead through them.
As believers we have our “before and after” experience of what Christ does in us that changes us and compels us to live differently, even appearing “strange” to some. This process of salvation can easily be compared to our experience on a Short-Term Journey. (I’m going to try again)
We have this experience where we are exposed to the powerful way God works, not in our understanding of time and space or with our solutions and it works, where we see people who are fully dependent on Christ and yet completely happy with the “nothing” they have and we are so focused on praying each moment of each day to give us what we need to serve that day and share His hope with others that it brings a joy and excitement we’ve never experienced, yet desperately need every day.
My favorite part is verse 20 where they identify themselves as ambassadors. They have identified themselves as ones who will go share Christ’s message of transformation and change on His behalf. Why? because the LOVE OF CHRIST COMPELLS THEM!!!
Unlike Christ, missionaries desperately need their own ambassadors. They need someone who will share what is happened, who will compel others to come visit and get involved, who will help them expand and grow through the resources they have to offer. As ones who have experienced the ministry, who’ve been apart of what’s going on, who can see what the missionary is trying to accomplish and how you can further their work with your help, you are now the ambassadors!
I have a few questions for you:
Church: What do you do to enable and equip your teams to be ambassadors?
Missionary: How are your preparing your teams before they leave?
Traveler: Are you looking for ways during your trip help you be a better ambassador?

H2T calls our ambassadors Missionary Support Teams, and we feel like every missionary needs them in every church. Contact us today to set up your Ambassadors for your missionaries.

Stefanie Nicholson
Founder & Team Lead


The Great “CO-MISSION”
In 2016 our Here To There Team was asked by a Costa Rican pastor to come help him find “help” for the ministry he was doing. Upon arrival we discovered he had a very active ministry consisting of Worship Services, Feeding the Homeless in the Community and conducting a service weekly, Conducting Bible Studies at  Men’s and Women’s centers, Visiting the poor and sick as well as feeding people in these neighborhoods, and taking food and Gospel Tracts to street people in downtown San Jose. All this was being done by himself and one elderly lady, even though he pastored a church of a couple hundred members.  Our work was to identify and train members who could help in this ongoing ministry, which we did.
This is an example of the condition of most work being done by Missionaries today. So many are doing the work alone because of a lack of understanding of the “CO-Mission” aspect of this command.
The command of Christ for believers to go into all the world spreading His gospel has long been the accepted  plan for the propagation of His love, forgiveness, and plan for man’s salvation. Most of the time this is seen as an individual order to each believer. While this can be an accepted application, it was given to a group or team of committed and empowered followers.
Just the term itself, “Co-Mission” implies both multiplicity of participants as well as focus in work to be accomplished.
Yet, as we consider the reality of the work of “Missions” today, it is usually anything but “Co” in nature. Most of the time a church sends a check monthly to a missionary and occasionally reads a prayer letter and they call it “Missions”. At the same time a missionary and family are struggling in a foreign culture to do a work to which they have been called while feeling all alone and forgotten. Where is the “Co” in this process?
What is needed is a plan for both to “Partner” with the other for the benefit of all engaged. Missionaries desperately need the physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial assistance available through the supporting churches. Likewise, churches need the empowering impact that comes from members participating in the ongoing “Life & Mission” of a supported missionary. “Partnership” serves the good of both entities in such a huge way.
By the way, a recent check on that work in Costa Rica finds it flourishing with many from the church stepping up to accept the “Co-Mission” work needing to be done. Will you do the same? Step up and accept your call in your local church and see how you can partner with missionaries around the world.
Here To There Ministries works with Missionaries and Churches to train and equip them to discover and benefit from the joys of “Partnerships” between Missionary and Church.
For more information about partnerships please visit our website.


Wayne Dinsbeer

Church Partnership Lead


Help! I need help asking for help.
Part I: Why

Often we know we need help, but it’s so hard to ask for it, and then once we’ve suffered the consequences, we wished we would have gotten help when we needed it. This three part blog series discusses the WHY, HOW and WHERE to get help. This first blog shows us WHY we need help and the consequences for not reaching out when we should.

Help! It’s something we all need in times of our life. We know it, we experience it, often we are the first to want to help others. But, why is it that when it comes time for us to need help, even when we are most desperate, it’s so hard to ask? Is it because we are afraid of rejection? That if we ask, and no one comes to our rescue, then we feel even worse? Is it that we are prideful? We want everyone to think that we have it all together and we don’t really need the help? Is it that we aren’t sure who to ask, maybe we feel judged, that if we ask for help, we come across as not good enough?

This last one may hold true in our jobs. We may not want to admit to our bosses that we don’t know how to do something. “After all, the expectation when they hired me, was for me to do my job. If I go to my boss and tell him that I don’t know what I am doing, or I need help, then could I get fired?” But without help, we can get burned out. Burn out can cause us to miss a lot of time at work. According to The Balance: Top 10 Reasons for Getting Fired, number 9 is “Taking too much time off”. Number 6 is “Poor Performance”. Both of these reasons are most likely due to burn-out, which could easily be remedied by simply asking for help.

Kronos is a company that provides workforce and human capital management. They, along with Future Workplace, an executive development firm did a survey. Charlie DeWitt, vice president for business development at Kronos, said based on this survey, “Employee burnout has reached epidemic proportions,”

Some statistics, from the American Institute of Stress website and NIOSH (National Institution for Occupational Safety and Health), regarding stress in the workplace include, 40% of workers stating their job is extremely stressful, 25% say their job is their number one stressor, 29% feel extremely stressed at work, 26% admitted feeling burned out or stressed at work. This job stress is causing health, financial and family problems. 80% say they feel stress on their job and nearly half state they need help managing stress, 42% say that their coworkers need help with the same. 14% stated they felt like “striking a coworker”, 25% feel like screaming or shouting, 10% are afraid of a coworker becoming violent, 9% state there has or is assault/violence at their work, and 18% had experienced some type of “threat or verbal intimidation”.

As you can see from the statistics people are getting overwhelmed, burned out, and it’s even leading to violence. They have reported that either THEY or a COWORKER needs help.

Any work, can be stressful regardless of what type. Including Ministry.

In regards to MISSIONARIES and the church, there is not much difference in stress levels and how it’s managed than any other occupation. In comparison here are some statistics with reference to stress in ministry:

These statics relating to missionaries and pastors are astounding. 5,000 US missionaries leave the field due to depression, marriage and family difficulties, conflict with team members and nationals, and lack of spiritual and emotional support. When these missionaries leave the field its costs about $250,000-$400,000 to replace them due their leaving for unresolved personal, family and relationship problems. How can they lead the world for Christ when it’s leadership has 70% of them admitting to not having a close friend they can rely on, ask for help, or talk too? How can they reach the world for Christ when 45% of them are burned out, experiencing depression, and leaving the ministry? What about the 40% that are in conflict with their parishioners? And the 80% of seminary students that leave full-time ministry within 5 years? If they aren’t being taught to ask for help, how to ask for help, and where to get the help, how can the ministry for Christ grow?

The truth is, Missionaries, and Pastors need help at times as well. But also have the fear of asking for it. They have the same fears and reasons as anyone else. They want to appear as though they know what they are doing, they don’t want to put other’s out, and they are afraid that they may look weak. The thought process may be “ I am the one that is supposed to be helping others, not the other way around”. “How can I help someone with their struggles and needs, if I am asking for help with my own struggles and needs?” That’s simple. When you are on an airplane, and they give the instructions for safety. They do not say, go around the plain and make sure everyone has their oxygen masks on, and THEN if you have enough breath left in you, put an oxygen mask on yourself. NO! Why? Because if you did that you would be the first one to die, and would not be able to help others. They ask you to put the oxygen mask on YOURSELF first, so that you can breath and be alive, in order to help others. Basically, we need to take care of ourselves, we need to be able to ask for help, when needed, if we are going to have enough oxygen to help those around us. But, for some in the helping profession, especially those in ministry, they have it the other way around.

Moses learned this important lesson from his father-in-law Jethro, in Exodus 18. Moses was serving as judge at that time, and he had people coming to him the Bible says from “morning till evening”. In verses 14-18 it says, “When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?” Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will. Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and instructions.” Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.””

This is the first blog in a series of 3. In this Blog we discussed WHY we need help, and what the consequences are for not reaching out for help, in our time of need. The next two will discuss the HOW and WHERE to get help.


Think about areas in your life where you need help?
WHY aren’t you getting help? Is it because of one of the reasons listed in the Blog? Or for another reason?
What is holding you back from asking for help?
If you’ve tried asking for help, and you felt rejected, then please try again with someone else.

If you would like to speak to one of our team members, including Christy, please contact H2T for HELP

Here to There Ministries:

Christy Paul, M.Ed, LMHC



1.) The balance:
2.) Employee burnout survey:
3.) American Institute of Stress website:
4.) Statistics According to Focus on the Family and Narramore Christian Foundation:


The mission trip is certainly not a new concept in the church today. However, I feel like it has, in large part, lost its luster so to speak. We talk about it occasionally; we hear from others that have gone talk about their experiences for a few minutes from time to time; our pastor may mention it here and there but it seems that very few churches place any sort of emphasis or need for people to go on mission trips. We like to think of a myriad of excuses for why we can’t go. The biggest one I hear is that it costs too much money. Of all the other excuses this is the one that bothers me the most. We talk about it as if it’s up to us to make it happen. But where’s the faith? If you think god wants you to go on a trip do you think he won’t also provide the way to get there? If we really believe that everything in the world is already his then certainly he can provide the amount necessary to “go to all nations”?

As Christians, we need to be seeking God and looking for where He wants us to serve. We should also be looking for opportunities to serve over seas. David Platt, in his book Radical, challenges his readers to spend a couple of weeks outside of America. His reasoning is for the perspective that being in another culture can provide. I wholeheartedly agree with this. Not only for the culture but also because I believe that we are much more likely to experience God’s presence on a mission trip. In my experience, I don’t need God very much here in the USA. Let’s face it, even amongst the poorest of us, our needs are met. But, when you step off that plane and enter another country, another culture, another world nothing feels normal. It is in that instance that you are vulnerable and that is precisely when we give God the most availability into our lives. I think about Peter stepping out of the boat; Joshua marching around Jericho; David facing Goliath with a sling; or Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego and the furnace. They all did something that seems patently ridiculous all because they believed in the power of God. Did they know how it was going to end? No, but they knew choosing God was better than choosing their fears.

In my first mission trip my wife and I went with a small group of people to Myanmar to train pastors and church leaders. We were going to be there for two weeks and I wasn’t all that comfortable speaking in front of groups really to begin with but felt like God wanted me to go. A few days into the trip, on Thursday, the leader said he needed someone to speak at a church on Sunday and he looked straight at me and asked if I would do it. I must have looked like a deer in headlights for a moment trying to figure out what was going on. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking but I said yes, looking back it may have been the Holy Spirit talking instead of me. So, here I am giving me first sermon ever, in a different country through a translator, and I was scared out of my mind. And that’s the point, when you get out of your comfort zone, you will have no other option than to choose God. And he will not disappoint you.

Short Term Journeys are a great way to get people excited about missions, the church, and God. When you go you will get connected with people on a whole new level. You will get new friends and family that live all over the world. Suddenly, missions won’t feel like a distant thing others do. When you hear about what is happening in the places you’ve been you’ll actually feel what they’re experiencing because you have first hand knowledge of the people and the place. It’s great for the church because you’ll come back different and excited about what God is doing. The experiences that you learn as you go will change the way you see the world and can impact how you serve here at home.

So, now what? Go see where your church is serving and find out if/how you can get involved. Pray that God will show you where he wants you to go. Think about different countries or people groups that you might feel a certain affection for. If that’s the case, find out if there are any groups that you could get together with already in those areas. Remember, the harvest is great but the laborers are few. If you ask God to send you, you can be sure he won’t say no.

Bryan Nicholson

Media and Marketing Lead


What Could be?



What Could Be?
Becoming Missionaries your churches want to partner with
Objective: Partnership Missionary support
“Nehemiah 2:17 – Let us build together…”

Think back to the moment you knew God was asking you to be a full-time missionary. The excitement and the thrill of this new adventure captivated every thought and breath you had. You were focused and driven to do whatever it took to “get there” and start serving. Depending on the route you took you had hoops to jump through, not to mention the financial support you got to raise. In your eagerness to begin this new journey you possibly overlooked the what could be.
The what could be is the massive window of opportunity you are creating when you begin something new. You are the new front runner for this country, these people, this epidemic…because you are willing to focus all of your efforts to reaching these people. The what could be is the endless dreams that are created because you stepped out and obeyed God’s leading. For missionaries, your what could be is greatly increased by your partnership with your supporting churches.
So, let’s back up – to the ASK. In our eagerness to get to the field and get the job done we typically only ask for money (and prayer support) so we can quickly get to the field and go do. We didn’t know we could ask for more – we didn’t know we should ask for more. We pass up the what could be with our churches by not asking them for more.
When we ask for more than just money we are blowing the doors wide open to what could be.
Because you are answering the call and inviting these churches (with pews filled with resources and skills) to join you, your vision just quadrupled and you just gave an open invitation of possibilities (what could be) to the church. You now have others joining you as you move closer to reaching this major vision, you now have help to define this vision, you have people who will help you carry out this vision and the possibility of what could be just became endless.
The initial vision God gave you may very well be the starting point, and you are simply the catalyst to mobilize your church. Allowing the church to partner with you along this journey brings other vision casting people to the table – expanding your vision, and not limiting it to what only you are capable of.
Churches, if you are reading this, you need to look at your missionaries and ministry partners with a ‘what could be´ filter. What could we, as a church, do now that we have a missionary in Venezuela? What could we do now that we have a teacher serving in Eastern Asia? What could we, as a church, do now that we have an engineer in Iran?
Part of the what could be mindset it taking ownership of these opportunities. It is no longer US (the church) and THEM (the missionary), but it is a WE. What are WE going to do TOGETHER?

Missionaries, if you want to know how to ask your churches for more, please allow H2T to walk you through the process. Churches, if you would like to start looking at what could be with your existing missionaries, we would like to help you today. Contact us today to see what could be.

Stefanie Nicholson

Founder and Director of Here2There Ministries

Response to Recovery

While my major work is in the field of Missions with Here2There, I also teach and train others in the area of CPR. Part of the training highlights the importance of a rapid response to an emergency situation and the impact that has on a person’s recovery. Statistics show that for every minute a victim goes before care is given their chances of full recovery decrease by 10%. The emphasis is on the critical work of the first responder which can be the difference between life and death.

There is much the same impact in the life of a Missionary who often finds his or her status on “life support”. Feeling like they are all alone in a foreign culture, with no one to assist them in their work or even care they are there. Missionaries are experiencing great difficulty carrying on the work to which they have been called. Just like the victim of an emergency situation, They Need Help!

The New Testament clearly identifies the “first responders” as “The Church”. All the resources needed by a Missionary are found in the church, whether it be financial, physical, emotional, or spiritual in nature. Those sitting in the pews should see themselves as the vital resource pool the missionary so desperately needs. If activated and mobilized, they can provide the support needed by a missionary family.

YOU are “The Church” so take some time this week to think about what YOU can do. You are probably thinking to yourself right now, I can’t do anything, but don’t let that stop you. If you know a missionary reach out to them and see how you can help. If nothing else, we ask that you please remember to pray for Here2There Ministries and especially the missionaries that they are equipping each month.

Here2There specializes in training and equipping both Missionaries and Churches in forming vital “Partnerships” which are valuable and beneficial to all. For more information on Church Partnerships and other vital Mission topics, visit our website for other great resources.


Rules of Partnership – Part 3 of 3


Our third rule in partnerships is Big Victories – for both the church and missionaries. Often times when we consider victories in missions we think the missionaries is the only winner. Well, in partnerships both the church and the missionaries will see great results and great benefits as they work together in their strategic partnership.

H2T uses the term Strategic Partnership because through strategic partnerships missions is no longer a one-way street where the missionary is always on the receiving side. In a strategic partnership both the church and the missionary are contributing to an overall vision and both are seeing positive results. They both see positive results because the missionary is also contributing to the vision of the church in the process.

When churches and missionaries work hand in hand toward a common goal both sides will see benefits along the way.

  • Church – your people are gaining exposure as they serve in a new culture or context. They will be challenged to share the gospel in a new way, using their gifts, given a new perspective and opening themselves up to what God is doing world-wide. THEN, they return that energy and exposure and excitement back to their church body.
  • Missionary – specifically matched needs with resources of the church body, long-term partnership to develop and grow the ministry as well as a chance to share your cross-cultural training with others.


“As a partner it is your duty to make sure the people you are partnering with are successful”


Churches, there is a great benefit from strategically partnering with your missionaries. As you give of your time and most importantly of your people, God will begin to expose your church to greater vision of what he is doing around the world. This exposure to the moving of the Holy Spirit in a new light will create a fire among your church bringing revival in ways you couldn’t have planned or asked for. Individuals in your church will now be able to take ownership for these missionaries they’ve worked side by side with, they will take initiate to be their ambassadors and work with them along the way. This gives the church more individual leadership and allows the missionary to get beyond the leadership surface into the body of the church where the majority of resources lie.

Missionaries, as you join in strategic partnerships you will be accomplishing your vision as well as help meet the vision and strategy of your partnership churches. You become a conduit for the churches, giving opportunity and exposure to their people as they come and serve with you, or help you from home. You, along with the churches, must think about each other in a new light and mindset as team members that need each other to make it all happen.


Missed Part 1 or 2 of our series on The Rules of Partnership? You can find them HERE

If you need help creating your strategic partnership to get big victories, please contact H2T today for your free DNA evaluation.

Rules of Partnership – Part 2 of 3


“”Great leaders must have two things: a vision of the world that does                                             not yet exist and the ability to communicate that vision clearly””

– Simon Sinek

The second rule in our three-part series is CLEAR VISION. In order for the church and the missionary to be working together on a specified project or need there has to be a clear vision defined, and a clear strategy created. This vision must be seeable and easily sharable from both sides of the partnership. Often times missionaries share they have so many needs, but when we need to give a list it is too hard for us to articulate the details.

Yes, this shared vision is not the norm for churches and missionaries. Typically the missionaries are out doing the work in their areas and simply sharing the results with the churches.  But, in strategic partnerships both the churches and the missionaries are working together using resources from both sides to get the job done. When there is more than one person working on a job there has to be a clear vision and strategy in place to work from.

This seems to fall into the more “business” side of ministry, but it is a valuable area most ministries miss in their planning. From the vision a team can establish a strategy, set goals, create a working plan and set markers along the way to know when they’ve reached their goal.

Having a clear vision allows both the missionary and the church to divide and conquer – each taking a piece of the vision as their own

Vision does not mean you have to have all the answers. Vision means you know where God is leading you. Through your partnerships, and regular communication, you can decide how you are going to reach the vision and who you are going to need to get you there. This is a great opportunity for churches and missionaries to work together. Neither one of them is bringing “their side” to the table, but they are discovering it together as God reveals the details of the vision to them collectively.

Vision changes. As you get closer to accomplishing your vision you will need to set a new vision. So, vision is something that is measurable and tangible.

  1. Clear and concise – so others can remember
  2. Compelling and captivating – so people will join you and support you along the way
  3. Challenging – providing a solution to a need


Churches – do you have a vision for missions at your church? Have you identified the best way your church is going to reach the world? Have you targeted your geographic locations or people groups you are set out to reach? Having a vision allows you to set goals, identify the right people (inside and outside your church) to help you reach that vision and create the best strategy to accomplish that vision and reach your goals. We already know we are to make disciples of all nations, but how are you doing that and where are you starting are some great tangibles to identify to give your church what they need to know in how they can join you.

Missionaries -when you have a good, clear, seeable vision it makes it easier to share your needs, and invite others to join you. When our vision isn’t clear (to others) it brings about great frustration…we don’t understand why people don’t want to join us, or why they are having trouble understanding what we are doing. You should run your vision by several honest friends and church leaders, and ask them if they know what you are doing and what you want others to do with you. This is hard work, but it is important. Having a clear vision also gives you the perfect opportunity to match your vision with the vision of potential church partners – giving you a common thread to make a partnership connection.



Missed Part 1 on Communication? You can find it here

It doesn’t matter if you are a church or a missionary, either way you need clear vision and you need to be able to share that vision with others, clearly, so they will join you. If you don’t have a clear vision, or are having trouble communicating that vision with your church body or with your partnership churches, please call H2T to help you clarify and communicate your vision.