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How Loudly Silence Speaks

We have all had those awkward moments after saying something that either shouldn’t have been said or saying something incorrectly and having it taken to mean something totally different from your intended meaning. In those moments the silence is deafening.

I was reminiscing during the holidays with my youngest daughter, Michelle, about things she remembered from her childhood days.  We were talking about a vacation we had taken to the Smoky Mountains when she was three. At that age she had an arm with an easily dislocated elbow which, when out of place, required her doctor to relocate. On this trip we were exploring a cavern on a tour with 30 or 40 others. Of all times, her elbow dislocated. Because this is very painful for her, she would scream out with pain. Not the thing you want to hear anytime, much less in an underground cavern. We took her to a local doctor which did not look like her home doctor, as his age was much different. We both remember him having a bit of difficulty resetting her arm. After the first couple of tries, Michelle in her loudest voice told him he was not a “Real” doctor. We were very embarrassed at the time, but now laugh at the occasion.

In my daily Bible reading I read the story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac to prove His love and trust in God. The Bible records that Isaac inquired on their journey from whence would come the sacrifice, to which Abraham replied that God would provide for Himself the lamb.(Genesis 22:8) A few verses later we see Abraham binding his son Isaac and laying him on the altar. What we don’t see is any words of objecting from Isaac.

The thought occurs to me that this young man is not recorded to voice any objection to what he had to view as soon death. Don’t you think if this were a youth today there would be much objection voiced by the entire situation? No doubt there would be a fight on the part of the young man in opposition to what was about to take place. There would be national news stories about the father’s arrest for child abuse and attempted murder. It would be all over the social media in no time. Abraham wouldn’t stand a chance in our legal system.

Yet, in scripture, Isaac opens not his mouth. I was talking to my dad, Dr. Jack Dinsbeer, retired Pastor but still writing Bible Studies and teaching and preaching weekly, about this issue. He took me back to Abraham’s encounter with Melchizedek in Genesis 14  and what Melchizedek brings, bread and wine as He blessed Abram. Here we have Abraham being assured by example that God would provide for Himself a sacrifice to be made.

I am sure Abraham must have passed on this experience to Isaac in his teachings of God’s faithfulness to he and his family. It is certain that by this time in Isaac’s life Abraham would have imparted a vast amount of wisdom based on his personal relationship with a Holy God. Such wisdom heard, understood, and received must be a factor in Isaac’s acceptance of these unusual circumstances. His silence speaks loudly of his faith in God’s promises passed on to him by his father.

But “Silence” takes on any number of characteristics. In this passage our assumption is that it speaks to Isaac’s awesome faith. Unfortunately it is not always such a positive indication, but still speaks as loudly. Take for instance the list of things Missionaries need to convey to their supporters, but feel they can’t due to negative repercussions. 

Here 2 There works with both Missionaries and Churches to bring them into a “Partnership” relationship. One aspect of a true partnership is the ability to communicate information freely, good or bad, without fear of consequences. We are all the time confronted by Missionaries who tell us they can not say some things to their supporting churches because they fear the response would not be good.

Some of these things they need to be able to share with others include:

  • Matters of a personal or family issue they are going through
  • Spiritual warfare they are battling on the field
  • Emotional stress they are feeling
  • Financial pressures they are experiencing
  • Desperation over real needs in their  life and ministry

Or it may be something good they wish to share, but don’t feel it would be taken the right way, such as:

  • Our family had the best vacation to some famous place
  • We got a special gift which enabled us to do a great thing for the family

The fear Missionaries have is that, whether good or bad news, the response is not pleasant and could result in a loss of support. So They Stay Silent ! Unable to share what they really need to communicate to those closest to them due to their fears. You may say this is an exaggeration. But, this is what H2T deals with everyday. The sad news is that it is very damaging to both Missionary and Church Families.

Our solution lies in the establishment of Church Partnership relationships between Missionaries and Churches. That is what we have been teaching and training about for several years. We are purpose in “Closing the Gap Between Missionary and Church”.

When a Partnership relationship exists between Missionary and Church each participant enjoys the blessings of service to the Lord and His works, both on the field and in the pew.

No longer is the Silence Speaking Loudly because Productive Communication is leading to Positive Ministry. I can’t tell you how different this relationship is when there is a union between these entities which moves both forward for the Glory of the Lord. 

If you are a part of a church which has little to no relationship and contact with her missionaries, I would love the opportunity to speak with your ministry about the benefits and blessings of doing Missions in Partnership with your Missionaries. By the way, H2T believes Everything a church does is “Missions” and Every Person in the church is a “Missionary”.

In February Here 2 There kicks off our latest training tool AMPD, Association of Mission Partnership Development. This 11 month comprehensive training opportunity promises to be a most effective and impactful tool for any church participating in it. I urge you to go to our website at here2there.org and click on the link for AMPD to discover more.

Wayne Dinsbeer

Church Partnership Lead

Unleashed 2019

Several weeks ago our team watched a sermon by Francis Chan challenging the questions, “Do you really have a relationship with God?” Through the first, second and third time I watched it, and then read through the scriptures for several days, God begin to stir in me a vision and a desire for our ministry with churches for 2019. It began to speak to a burden and an unanswered question I have had for some time now, “How can we help the churches want to see the nations come to know Christ?”.

Unfortunately many of the churches we visit with, share our ministry with, approach to work with all give us the same responses, “Our missions program is great!”, “We’re giving more money than we ever gave!” but, rarely do we hear about any of the ministry they are doing, the people they are sending out, the care they are providing or anything new or different besides sending money. 

For months our teams have been wrestling with the question, 

“Where does a genuine desire for the lost come from?”

The answer that keeps coming back to me is: Prayer and Scripture.

We will see the church passionate, and excited when we are genuinely digging into God’s word, when we are genuinely on our face before God!!!

H2T’s prayer and desire this year is to see THE CHURCH UNLEASHED! We desire to let go of all the distractions and lies keeping us from living out the full and powerful life God has already given us. As we serve our churches and our missionaries this year, our constant prayer, our constant focus and drive will all come from the passion to be UNLEASED.

Ephesians 1:17-23 gives us great details of what God wants to do in us, and our authority as The Church – Christ’s body which is HIS BODY and HIS FULLNESS. Just like Paul prays for the church to have the eyes of their hearts opened. We desire to see the hearts of our churches opened and recognizing the power He has is also the same power we have, and he wants them to know it and life it out. 

 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Specific Prayers for the church:

  • Unleash the Power of the church
  • Unleash the dedication of the church to the vision of God
  • Unleash the power of the Holy Spirit to move mightily in our churches
  • Unleash the vision God has for his church
  • Unleash the Church to GO
  • Unleash the understanding God has for his church
  • Unleash the belief that believers have the same power as God
  • Put Christ about all things and consider everything else garbage
  • Hunger like an addict for Christ
  • Fast and Pray to know God more
  • Remove the insecurities we have that keeps us from believing truth
  • Accept and live in boldness to speak truth and speak up
  • Recognize we were made for more than “this”
  • Mind is empowered to life the life we were called – in his immeasurable greatness

Will you join us in praying for the UNLEASHING of The Church in 2019?

Will you join us in praying for our team and the churches we work with on a daily basis to be UNLEASHED?

Will you ask God to open the eyes of your heart so that you will be UNLEASHED?

Stefanie Nicholson

Founder and Director

Divorced?

Just moments ago I began reading the book Antioch Revisited. I got less than two pages into it when I was stricken almost to tears. Now to our staff at Here2There Ministries, this would not be a surprise, as just yesterday I told them of my extreme empathy; my ability to deeply identify with an emotion, a situation, or the condition.  I often find myself on the brink of tears when I hear of tragedy in someone’s life or see visual evidence of the same. It is not uncommon for me to get teary-eyed or cry when I think of what Jesus Christ has done for me, that He is even willing to do through me (in spite of who I am), and when I think of those who do not know the Him.

The book I mentioned began with an acknowledgement of a divorce. A divorce more shocking than any I have ever experienced or heard of. If you have experienced your parents announcing to you that they will be divorcing, you still do not know what shock was stirred up in me when I read about this divorce. Even now, I am having a hard time keeping it together, as this is so disturbing that I cannot even understand the emotions that are stirring around in my heart.

Think for a moment of a couple you identify as the one most dedicated and loving couple ever. One who serves in your church (and even in your life) as the perfect mentor couple. A couple who you love so much that you hurt every time there is a problem in their life. When he had his heart attack, you were by his bedside, where also was his dedicated wife. The same guy who mowed your yard when you were sick from the flu, while his wife made chicken soup to soothe your sore throat. That same lady who stood by your wife when your unit was reported missing in Afghanistan. Imagine the shock when you heard from your spouse that they, your pastor and his wife (for example), announced that they were divorcing. Your heart would just drop to the floor in pain.

Sounds crazy, does it not? Can you imagine it for just a moment? That is so disturbing that it is almost painful to even imagine.  That is how I felt when I read the book’s first sentence: “It is one of the great tragedies of church history—the divorce between the church and her mission.” About now you are probably thinking to yourself – “wow that was a lot of build up for such an innocuous situation;this is just the way it is today.”

Maybe like you night; I moved right on past that statement and read even to the next page. Though there was not another mention of this divorce after the first paragraph, I could not get this condition out of my heart. There are many reasons why such a divorce is a problem for the church. The loss of purpose, missionaries left stranded, missionaries not being sent, people losing their understanding of the best their church can do for the Kingdom, and the complacency of the sleeping church, but isn’t that just people today?

As I read on, I found that I could not pay attention to what I was reading. That was just minutes ago and I cannot tell you what I read. This hit me in a profound way.

The church?   Peter’s church?   Paul’s church?   Jesus’church?   Divorced?!   [Are you crying yet – I am.]

It hit me hard. The love of Jesus’ life, is (in many cases) separated from Him –Divorced from the One who most Loves her. Remember this?: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it …” (Eph.5:25)  If you have ever experienced your spouse announcing to you that he or she wants a divorce, and then wanted so much fort hat person to turn around and repent from that weak moment, you may understand (just a little) how the Lord feels when He experiences His church disconnected from Him. Consider that the Lord told the church how to Love Him:

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.(Acts 1:8)

If the church is not doing this, she is not showing Jesus the love He wants her to express to Him. Sure, He wants us to repent from sin, worship Him, learn His word, trust Him in faith, seek His glory, tell those we meet of the good news of salvation through Him, and love our neighbor as ourselves, but these are the things the individual does. The church is to love Him by being missional. Not doing so is paramount to the church divorcing Jesus Christ Himself.

Your call to action today is to take this message to your church. Help her understand that the Lord wants her back. Teach her to turn around and say, “this is crazy…of course I do not want to leave you!” At a minimum, Love God by going out into your Jerusalem, but remember— He gave His life for the church, so consider Judaea, Samaria, and the uttermost.

If you need help with connecting your Jerusalem with Judaea, Samaria, and the uttermost, consider attending the Here2There Ministries AMPD cohort program. Find out more by visiting our homepage at www.here2there.org or asking any Here2There representative.

Mark Painter MCM
Missionary Care Lead

Credit to:

Julien, Tom. 2006. Antioch Revisited: Reuniting the Church with Her Mission. Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books.

All biblical references from the KJV.

Delegate

Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh, that I may make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” Genesis 24:1-4

Delegation is a powerful tool that should be used by leaders. Abraham understood he could no longer care for his household as he should so he charged his servant to insure his son took a wife from his kindred. Just as Abraham delegated this great task we should understand when we should delegate as leaders.

Leaders who cannot delegate create bottlenecks and delays. Leaders who cannot delegate miss deadlines and create crisis. Letting go of things is difficult, especially if you have always been the one in charge. Delegation increases productivity as two are better than one. Delegation is a form of discipleship. Allowing someone you have mentored and trusted, shows you believe what you have taught. Letting others take the reins doesn’t mean we have given up, it just means we have taught well.

Delegation in missions, both in the field and at home, demands leading of the Holy Spirit. On the mission field the only people available to delegate, even the simplest of tasks, are those to whom you are there to minister. Trying to do it alone definitely is not the answer. Through church partnerships, the first step is prayer and setting up a local prayer team. Prayer teams are a perfect form of delegation and discipleship. The second step is communication and creating those lines of communication. Communication teams are another form of delegation by the local church. With communication the Holy Spirit moves both on the missionary and the partner church in these critical areas. Delegation both in the field and at home are essential to engagement.  Delegation in the supporting church empowers the church to be involved. Support from the local church encourages the missionary and empowers them to delegate ensuring that the Gospel continues even when they are not there.

If Jesus didn’t believe in us to carry the Gospel to every corner of the globe why would He have chosen to die?  He has delegated to us (with the leading of the Holy Spirit) the task of reaching the world. Let us also understand that we (and our missionaries) cannot do it alone. Pray that God shows you where and how you can delegate so that, through you, the Great Commission is fulfilled.

 

Wayne Pierce

Operations Lead

The Church Unleashed

So that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. -Eph 3:10

 I recently ran across this verse and it stopped me in my tracks. I was dumbfounded and had to read this one verse over and over again and still I thought there is no way this actually means what it is saying. How could the church make anything known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places? I figured that they would know more about what was going on than we could. And yet, there is was from the hand of Paul.

I had to go to google and see what people who are smarter than me had to say about this verse. After reading some different sources I was blown away by the power that the church holds in this world and in the spiritual realm. Apparently, the rulers and authorities in the heavenly place don’t even fully grasp the manifold wisdom of God and it is the responsibility of the church to show them.

Wow, ok, so how do we do that as mere mortals? Paul goes on to tell the Ephesians that Christ gives us that power through faith in him. Verses 14-20 sum it up very well;

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.

Paul’s prayer is that God would grant us the strength and power, through the Holy Spirit, to comprehend God’s love and know what is inherently unknowable for man and also that we may be filled with all the fullness of God. Then he caps it off with an amazing truth: God can do far more than what we can even imagine. That right there is how we, as the church, can make known the manifold wisdom of God to the heavenly places.

Here2There so believes in the church’s responsibility to also make known this manifold wisdom of God to our world that those same powers are available to and placed inside of us can and should be used to glorify His name from Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria to the Uttermost.

What are you doing allow God’s power to work through your life? Is your church doing anything to tap that power and unleash God’s people into this world?

Here2There can help strengthen your missions strategy. Our passion is to see more people going to more places to share God’s love and make disciples. For more information go to here2there.org.

Bryan Nicholson

Media and Marketing Lead

Jerusalem, and in all Judea AND Samaria

Who are we as the body of Christ? In Hebrews 10:5, when Christ entered our world, He took on a physical body prepared for Him. In His physical body, Romans 5:8 demonstrated the love of God clearly, tangibly, and boldly—especially through His sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross. After His bodily ascension, Christ continues His work in the world through those He has redeemed—the Church now demonstrates the love of God clearly, tangibly, and boldly. In this way, the Church functions as the Body of Christ.

Where it comes to the global church in scripture, there is no other book in the Bible that best describes the description of the church then the book of Acts. In John Phillips’ Commentary of Acts, he stated that “The book of Acts is the inspired history book of the Church and should be treated as such.” Phillips further explains that it is “a story of almost constant expansion.” Fellow Commentator John MacArthur in The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Acts 1-12 went as far as dubbing the book of Acts as “the first volume in church history.”[1] Ever since the book of Acts was lived out and written down, the church as we know it has grown globally. The founding fathers of the Acts church heard and understood that call. How we understand that same mission that has been handed down to us, directly influences the global growth that we see today. So now that we know the church, what is our mission?

Merriam-Webster’s Learners Dictionary describes a mission as “an important assignment carried out for political, religious, or commercial purposes, typically involving travel.” Although the definition may seem simple, one should never limit themselves or strive for such mediocrity. Missions can be looked at from three basic levels. From a personal level, from the point of the church and finally from scripture. Acts 1:8 should be considered the gateway to the church mission movement. It is the who, what, when, where and why of the church. That when we receive power, we shall be witnesses, for the Lord Jesus to the world. So, what does that look like today?

In Understanding Church Growth, Author Donald McGavran proves that “there is tremendous church growth going on in the world today.” He has also reported as many as 20,000 new Christians a day in China alone in the 1980’s. With these kinds of numbers coming in on a global scale, we must ask ourselves what part the Western Church is playing in this global growth? What is the church’s involvement in the Global missions drive of the 21st century? The first stop scripturally for most would be Matthew 28:18-20 the great commission with the reminder that we are to go to all nations. The next would be back to Acts 1:8 were they would use the flawed theory of sequentialism that we should now take steps to go from our own Jerusalem and step by step go to the outer peoples. With that flawed logic and the decline of Christian beliefs in the Western church, we would never leave our Jerusalem.

In Acts 1:8 we are called to be witnesses with the emphasis on being. Where you are and what you are doing at that time, you are all called to be witnesses. Most Christians will never move overseas and become full-time missionaries, nor were they ever meant to, but how many have been given the call and not followed through with it, we may never know. We all do have a part to play, and the bible is very clear about enlisting every Christian and every local church in the grand plan of global missions. The local church is called to be the engine of church planting and gospel delivery. In his book Missions: How the local church goes global, Author Andy Johnson reminds us that “Churches don’t need a complicated missions program. They need the Bible and the wisdom to know how to apply it.” It is important to understand that the local church is called to action and that we are all called to be witnesses. The church is to cultivate a culture of service among its believers. To encourage some to serve abroad if they feel God’s calling, and the others to serve locally, like as stated in Collisions 3:23 “whatever you do, do it for the Lord.” It does not have to be something complicated, but it must be something. So where does the church stand today when it comes to global missions and people that need to hear the gospel?

According to JoshuaProjet.com, a leader in the tracking Unreached People Groups (UPG), reports that 41.3% of the world’s population are considered Unreached People Groups (UPG). That is 3.14 Billion people that have little to no access to the Gospel of Christ. Of those UPG’s, there are a reported 30,900 Christian missionaries and workers that represent 3.14 Billion people.

The other 59% of the world population or of the 4.45 Billion people in the engaged/evangelized world there is 419,000 missionaries and 5.25 million Christian workers reported in those reigns. In short, 97.5% of the Missionaries and workers in the global mission’s field, are working in the 59% field.

To go even deeper we must ask the next question of what part does the American church play in sending men and women to the front lines of missions? An article in Christianity today states that out of the 419,000 million reported missionaries in the field of the world, 127,000 come from the US. That would mean out of the 350,000 churches reported in the United States, 1 in 3 will send out one missionary. So why are we on the decline when it comes to sending servants?

The fact is that we live in a sinful and broken world. People in the west want to make a difference in the world, and this is evident with the increase in short-term mission’s trips. The world’s ills are endless and often cascade one off the other. Today, the culture that a woman is born into could lead to lack of education, which leads to reduced employment opportunity, which leads to early marriage with children she cannot feed or maybe even human trafficking. The answer for most would be that we remove the women from the situation and train them for a better life, but that plan is centered on the power of the people and not God. On many fronts, the fight against social injustice has taken over the global message. The alleviation of social injustice has its place, but it should never override the gospel message which gives freedom to all.

The first part of Acts holds the key to getting back on track as the western church. We tend to gloss over the when and the how we do it. First, we must receive the power which is where we draw our strength. Secondly, we must get down to the core of the message and who we are a witness for, which is the source of our power. As witnesses, we have to let God be God, and that is the how. We are called to get back to the foundation of the gospel and away from social programs and distractions. Witnesses must get back to the basics of teaching men to fish through discipleship and not just giving a man a fish for a day. So, what can we do if we are not the sent ones?

In Serving as Senders, Author Neal Pirolo recalls a statement that helped him to understand the need for global mission’s senders. “In secular war, for everyone person on the battle-front, nine others are backing him up with what is called the ‘line of communication.” If this is true for the secular battlefield, why not the spiritual battlefield? The sender’s responsibility is also to financially and prayerfully support those that are called to the field. We must understand that some will be sent, and the rest will be the senders, but like in 1 Peter 3:15, whether we are local or global, we are ready to give an account for the hope that is in us. Here2There (Here2There.org) is here to help train spiritual soldiers and churches for the field through partnership development and missionary care.

Finally, without those that are called, and those that support, in no way can we fulfill our calling as the body of Christ as stated in Acts 1:8. How can those that are lost ever here John 3:16 if no one will tell them. How can they believe without hearing? Someone must tell them, and someone must send them. Which one are you?

 Stephen Gant

 

Is it really that simple?

Sometimes the hardest things in life are the things that sound so simple. We know that God is in control and that he works things out for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). How do we know? Because we have seen it happen in other’s lives, and we have seen it in our OWN lives. Yet, here we are almost always doubting, almost always having to try and talk ourselves into believing it. It’s as if there is something inside of us telling us that God has given up, we have already used up our “tokens” of when God is going to come through. We know that’s not true, but we live as if it is. We talk about how cats have “9 lives”. Sometimes we limit God in the same way. There are so many people around the world that are in need. If we go to God and ask him AGAIN to help us through ANOTHER struggle, there is this fear that he will say, “Hey, I have been there for you X amount of times already, it’s someone else’s turn”, or “You are really in a bind this time, there is no way, I can help you with this.” But, the reality is, that GOD is GOD and He is the ONLY one that can get us out of EVERY single bind, He is the ONLY one that can help EVERYONE all at the same time no matter what. In fact, He LOVES it. Let me say that again. HE LOVES IT!! He loves it when we come to Him with our burdens and cares(Psalm 55:22, I Peter 5:7), He loves it when we are always seeking Him (Matthew 6:33, Deuteronomy 4:29, Psalm 63:1). The problem isn’t God, but instead it’s us.

We KNOW that God is in control and taking care of things, but even the slightest little thing can rock our faith and make us doubt. Not completely doubt, but it gets us worked up to where we worry and are anxious. I think there’s a reason the Bible says “have courage” (Deuteronomy 31:6-8) “don’t be anxious” (Philippians 4:6, Matthew 6:25-34) and talks about “peace” (John 14:27, John 16:33) so much, because God knows that we are constantly losing our courage,  becoming anxious, worry over everything, and not at peace, and all he wants for us it to have peace. It’s not an easy solution unfortunately, but it’s about being MINDFUL. God teaches us what to do..we just have to do it. Mindfulness = prayer. If we are constantly praying, like God asks, and doing so with a thankful heart things would be a lot different. (Philippians 4:6)

So the question is why aren’t we? Maybe because we find comfort in a strange way through our anxiety? Maybe we  have been “taught” through what we’ve seen, were raised, or through other circumstances that being anxious and worried is our “go to”. Maybe it’s easier to just complain and “vent” than it is to talk to God, or maybe we are afraid to tell God how we really feel, or that God won’t listen, or we feel rejected by His answer not being what we want to hear. So we just complain about it, worry about it, and drive ourselves crazy, until we have nothing left but prayer..then we feel good. Imagine that, after we pray we feel better and at peace.

This isn’t an easy topic, but if we can train or retrain ourselves to pray first, pray always, and feel confident to tell God EVERYTHING because he already knows anyway, and make it a habit, then we may find ourselves more at peace more often.

 

Disclaimer: If you are experiencing severe anxiety or panic attacks, this may be a mental health issue that can not and will not go away just through prayer. In addition to praying, please seek help from a Christian professional. There is nothing wrong with talking to a professional or taking medication. God has given doctors and therapists the gift to help those in need. Seeking outside help does NOT make you less of a Christian or mean that you do not have faith. It means that you are doing the right thing to take care of yourself!

1.) If you have any debilitating anxiety/panic attacks please seek professional help from a Christian therapist, or Psychiatrist, right away.

2.) In the blog above there is a list of a few reasons why people are anxious. Which one describes you? Is there another one not listed that fits you better?

3.) Find at least one time a day to spend in prayer, asking God to take away your anxieties. List them one by one giving them up.

4.) Start your day in prayer asking God to give you the strength to deal with any stressors, without feeling anxiety.

5.) Please feel free to reach out to Here2There Ministries at here2there.org@gmail.com

 

TAKE AWAY: Pray FIRST, Pray ALWAYS, Pray EVERYTHING!

 

Christy Paul, LMHC

Monuments – Mobilization – Miracles

You are probably asking yourself how are these three things connected in any way. Just follow along and you will see.

My wife, Donna, and I recently returned from a trip we had been planning and looking forward to for a long time. We visited South Dakota and the great sites of Mt. Rushmore, The Badlands, The Black Hills, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Monument, and a whole lot more. It was an awesome trip as we saw sites so different than what we are used to in the flat lands of Florida. The weather was certainly diverse as we went from temps in the 80’s one day to in the 30’s the next with snow, plus winds of 35 to 40 mph gusts.

Our first day in South Dakota was very hot as we had expected much cooler temps. I am one that likes to have our trips planned out so we see everything we possibly can in the time allotted to see it. Thus our first day landed us at the historic Mt. Rushmore Monument. There etched in stone are the faces of four US Presidents that shaped our nation’s past and set the course for her future – Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. I was awestruck at first glance of these massive stone carvings in the rocks of the Black Hills towering peaks.

.While sitting high up in the amphitheater awaiting the evening lighting ceremony, Donna noticed a small crowd of people gathered around someone at the lower left part of the seating area. They seemed very upset and then she heard someone scream, “Medical Emergency” ! She made me aware of the situation and asked me  to go offer my assistance ( I am a certified CPR / AED/ First Aid Instructor).

Upon reaching the scene, I quickly became aware of an elderly gentleman in full cardiac arrest. There were those already doing CPR and Rescue Breaths on the man, but I offered my assistance as I know this gets very tiring very fast. Someone then arrived with an AED unit (Automated Electronic Defibrillator) and I began assisting with the use of this on the man, who was still in full arrest.

After several rounds of CPR and two sets of shock from the AED, the man began breathing on his own and his heart started beating again. By this time other medical professionals were on the scene and began to take over the needed care assuring everyone the man had strong pulse and heart rhythm. It was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life, but one in which I felt prepared to do what  needed to be done.

I’m sure by now you must be thinking what does all this have to do with “Missions”?

A week later I have had time to reflect on this incident and what I participated in and witnessed. This man visiting the Monument is just like so many going through life never expecting something like this to occur. But, he was dying right in front of us. He was much like the many Missionaries and Churches that are experiencing a slow death due to lack of vision, passion, direction, desire, and relationship. We all know others in this weakening condition.

Then there was the call to action in which many capable and compassionate people, all strangers as this man was there alone, came to the man’s need. They Mobilized to accomplish a work which saved the man’s life. I witnessed people trained and skilled coming together with one purpose in mind, reviving this man.

What a great example of that which needs to take place with our Churches and Missionaries today. Here2There Ministries teaches and trains both Church leaders and Missionaries in the skills of developing Church Partnerships. When educated and trained, both Members and Missionaries are able to be Mobilized in ways that create meaningful Partnerships which lead to productive relationships in the lives of the Missionaries and the Church. I invite you to visit our website at here2there.org and check out the Church Partnership section to discover more.

Such relationships and partnerships don’t just happen, any more than that man at Mt. Rushmore could save himself. It took a team of people to act in one accord using the skills they had learned to accomplish the task.

Oh what a Miraculous task it was! A life was saved! PTL!! That is the same result we see when Churches and Missionaries form Partnership bonds that revive their lives and their ministries in ways that can only be described as “Miracles”. Just like the church at Jax Beach that was looking for a Haiti connection was introduced to two ladies who started Christian Academy of Petit Gouve, Haiti,  and had attended a H2T Missionary Training on how to establish Church Partnerships met and formed a relationship that will lead to great things taking place for each.

Or the Missionaries from Kenya that see Church Partnerships as a solution to their sustainable funding issues have identified seven churches which H2T is coaching them to become Partnership Churches with their Kenya Missions. It will be life changing!!

If you have not read the book Antioch Revisited I highly recommend you do so to learn more about the need for Church Partnerships and the advantages of doing ministry in Partnership Relationships.

Wayne Dinsbeer

Church Partnership Lead

The Yes in Every Moment

“There is no such thing as a free lunch.”

I rarely turn down food that did not require me to front any cash, and can therefore understand why one may wonder how this phrase came to be. Most often, I have heard this phrase used almost interchangeably with the phrase, “What’s the catch?” We are prompted to be suspect of the generosity that is implied, and, while that is a valuable lesson, what I have found instead is a deeper understanding of my attitude and relationship with God.

Regardless of the motive of the one providing the “free lunch,” we, as the receivers of the “free lunch,” are paying for it. The price is opportunity cost; the value of every alternative we are turning down by making a choice. For example, I offer to buy you whatever you like off the menu if you join me in going to Sonny’s. Imagine, the joy of barbeque without the impact on your wallet. After accepting my offer your friend makes a similar offer but they are going to get sushi. Now your decision to go to Sonny’s has cost you the spicy tuna roll you would have ordered at the other restaurant. Perhaps you hate sushi, and avoiding that meal sounds good to you, but you have also cost yourself the option of going home and not having to spend time with me at Sonny’s. I could go on, but I will spare you with a summary; saying “yes” to one thing means saying “no” to others. The alternative is also true, even to say “no” to making a choice is saying “yes” to delaying a decision.

We already know this though. We are doing this in every moment, deciding to go to our friends’ house rather than staying home, choosing to water our plants rather than letting them die, and so on. Such things may seem small but we use the same process on a grander scale and often with more difficulty.

I recently made the decision to quit my job at the Lord’s prompting. I thought that it would be easy following God, finally knowing what He wants me to do in life. I couldn’t believe that I had this opportunity, but just as soon as I had it I was painfully aware of what I would be giving up to follow Him. I looked around me and saw the life I had built so far. There wasn’t anything glaringly wrong or sinful that I needed to escape, really it just wasn’t God’s end goal for me. Even though I had wanted to serve God my whole life, when I finally had a specific direction I became selfish and mourned the loss of the other options. At this time I understood how difficult it is to not only say “no” to temptation but to say “yes” to God’s plan. I had grown accustomed to the idea that I would work in a certain field and just live my life for Jesus as best I could, but now I need to move, I need to start over, and I need to learn new things. I am so thankful that this is the case, but it wasn’t easy taking that first step to quit, and the time after letting the pieces fall has required direction and faith.

I think about people who have already taken the step to leave the life they’ve always known to go and share the gospel. The joy of knowing that God has a purpose for you is unlike anything I’ve ever known, but somehow it’s still easy to fall into feeling alone or thinking, “maybe this is as far as I was meant to go.” Making it through the seconds or hours or months between now and the next step can be the most difficult. Without dependence on God and the support of brothers and sisters in Christ, it can be tough to keep saying “yes” to God when He is asking for your all.

So this is my challenge to you, dear reader, if you feel you are on autopilot, try to see the choices you have been given. Our God is mighty and all knowing but still lets us have a say in how we live. This is our chance to show stewardship, not just with physical wealth but with our hearts and minds. Also, when you look at others, especially those serving in ministry, try to see what they have had to give up. It may be time with their family, a consistent church home, the willingness to say “yes” to their own daily needs. Pray and partner with one another. When we operate as the family of God and bear one another’s burdens, or “share the bill” so to speak, we are strong and God is glorified. In saying “yes” to the Lord’s prompting, we can be part of what lessens the cost to someone else who has already done the same and in saying.

 

Verses for thought and inspiration:

Luke 14:25-34

Galatians 6:2

Joshua 1:7-9

1 Samuel 15:22

James 1:27

Ecclesiastes 12:13

Pamela Burchard

H2T Volunteer