Our team that went to Jordan had a life-impacting journey. Here is one member’s note about his journey.
On my first Syrian refugee home visit, I choked back tears as I listened to heart- wrenching stories of their lives. I began to wonder how I would make it through the next 10 days. I wondered if my being there was a mistake. Then God began to show me hope! These people who have no material possessions have everything in Jesus Christ. They have faith that I can only pray to have someday. That faith, that God is in control, gives them hope for tomorrow and a better life.
I went to Jordan to be a blessing, but as God would have it I was blessed. Truly a humbling experience that I am grateful for.
Back in Florida from a 13-day trip to Jordan. We had an outstanding time with the team (Latvians, Brazilians, Irish, Americans) pictured below.
When talking with those we went to support, I asked three of them this question: “When I have the opportunity to share with Americans a message from you, what would you like me to share?” Here are their responses:
Receive and love our people. They’ve suffered enough. Don’t add to their pain or cause them more hurt. -Iraqi refugee
When you pray for us, consider that you might be the answer to your own prayer. -Missionary
We believe the American church is our mother church. We pray for you. Please pray for us. -Pastor
I finished another great read from Henry Cloud and John Townsend.
One of the marks of a truly safe person: they are confrontable.
Safe people know that they are subject to change. They want to mature and grow over time.
Safe relationships are not just about trust, support, and sharing. They are also about truth, righteousness, and honesty.
To best deal with unsafe people, we first need to understand what causes us to be unsafe.
And that’s just from chapters two and three.
I came across this book while searching for a resource for developing a coaching program about relationships. Pretty sure this book is worthy. Here’s why:
- Clear definitions, illustrations, and suggested tools for implementation.
- Complete and thorough look on the subject.
- You are not given the idea that you are perfect and others aren’t. It’s a look at yourself, if you choose to accept the opportunity.
Anyone would find this book helpful. Keep your ears open for a group coaching program on this subject, most likely coming this fall.
Mission trips usually contain firsts. In the last 48 hours, I’ve had a couple.
- Yesterday I led a relay game for kids ages 4-9 carrying eggs on a spoon.
- Today I was asked to share in a session on marriage with 11 couples at Rahwa Baptist.
Have your “yes” ready, even for firsts.
Today was the first everybody (over 80 from at least 6 countries) was in place. Very cool.
(Pictured are two Latvians who happen to be our roommates)
(a follow up from last post)
When, not if, fear lies to us, we should be ready with a counterpunch. Our most powerful counters will be focused on God, not us. In the story from Exodus 3-4, Moses’ counters were all about himself. Suppose he had countered with these questions instead.
What is God doing?
- And I don’t mean, “Pretty cool trick. How is he doing that?” Rather, I’m talking big picture. Moses may have actually been asking himself this question for decades, but I’m guessing his viewpoint was too small.
Where does God want me to join his work?
- It’s pretty clear Moses gave up this thought long ago. His bully memories and self-excusing led him to accept, “This is all there is.” It wasn’t long before he found out otherwise.
How is God revealing himself?
- Like most of us, Moses was caught up in his own awe. His self-imposed blindness allowed him to offer only what he could see. His world changed when God removed his blinders.
Go ahead. Counter Fear. Give God his chance to remove your blinders to show you what He’s doing and how you can join him.
Fear steals your curiosity. 3:1-4
Fear steals your “yes.” 3:11,13; 4:1,10,13
Fear steals your awe of God. 3:5-6,14-15;4:11
Fear will tell you to bow to other gods. Vs. 1-6
Fear will tell you to give your allegiance to what you can see. Vs. 7-12
Fear will tell you to resist God’s plan. Vs. 13-18
Fear will tell you that God cannot be trusted. Vs. 19-30
Heard this on the radio yesterday. Got inspired for messages to share while in Jordan. Ready.