Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

My Missions Trip to Europe....July 18-Aug 9, 2010

My Missions trip began in Rome, Italy where I attended a conference called Transform 2010. I can't begin to explain how it affected me! I sat everyday listening to the experiences of people who have given their lives to bringing people of various religions or no religions at all to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ!

After my first week in Rome which included an outreach ministry day in the city at the Coliseum. The Conference attendees all dispersed to various parts of the Mediterranean to begin our missions ministry. 12 of us left for Bosnia. Bihac to be exact. It was more than beautiful...the sky even looks more majestic than here in the states.

The first week, I did my concert in the town Center and it was absolutely a hug from heaven to the listeners. God just blessed it! At the end, the babies came on stage and danced to "stomp" I could see some mothers putting their babies on the stage and I would stoop down to them and sing....God really blessed the concert so that I could use the children's coming without fear on stage to God wanting them to come to Him without fear and how He would accept them with His love....Thank you Lord!

The American Night we had was a smashing success! Shirley made passports and we had dishes from every region of the US. I made my famous peach cobbler!

Well, The Lord wasn't done with us...cause in the park every day we did programs and made one on one contacts that lasted to date! God saved someone and He is drawing others even now!

It's amazing how I saw hardly any African Americans in Rome at the Conference! It is so important to reach out beyond our own existence and feel the needs of the world, to pray for people who need God and countries with needs that only prayer will provide.

My goal is to speak to churches about missions....especially African American churches....We have to open up our hearts beyond what we can see....we just have to!

Contentment where ever I am....Please help me Lord!

Well, it's August 30th and I returned from my missions trip on August 9th and I find myself getting restless for travel, for missions, for working for the Lord...but I return to my 9-5 job letting my light shine and trying to stay above the mountain of paperwork that is required of me.

But I know that this experience has made God so much more real to me. He answered prayers and He challenged us to prove Him to stand by His Word and He came through!

So much to tell and show much to share

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Preparing for my missions trip on a Saturday morning!

God is probably getting a good chuckle out of this whole thing. When I was a student at Zion Bible College, I refused to go to missionary prayers because I did not want God to call me to some remote village and I just figured if I began to pray for missions, that God would give me a burden and I'd be compelled to go! Well, years and years later....the foolish young girl has matured into a woman who will go where He leads me....who knew? :-)

Well, it's Saturday morning and as I woke up, piddled around, had my devotions, contemplated the missions trip to Rome and Bosnia, I am prayerful and hopeful about the outcome of my trip as I take missions back to my church in order to strengthen our ability to reach out to the lost in the community where the church is situated. There is a reason the Lord planted that church there in Salem, NJ. There are people that will come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior there in that church! I want to be an instrument and a catalyst of change and growth in this ministry.

And so I pray about my future at my job, Living in Philadelphia and going to church in Salem, NJ is not the best way to establish groundwork for all that has to be done, so I believe God will use me beyond my job and I believe the work is going to be hard work but it will require my attention and time. God will make a way for me to do just that. This is His work and I leave all of the questions to Him. I trust Him to work it all out.

Location location location! My husband is praying and waiting on God to lead him to lead us as to where and how we should go about "being there" for the people we want to reach for Jesus. And then there is "Time With" and that will happen only as we are in the right location to have access to those who we will effect for the kingdom of God.

Wow....this missions trip is going to change my life! I'm looking forward to what I will learn, who I will affect, growth, challenges and changes....I'm reading my materials, preparing for my missions trip through praying in alignment with the guidelines that are given to each team member who is going on this trip.

I met one team member yesterday who was in Philadelphia for a conference. She's a teacher in Harrisburg. We went to Maggiano's Little Italy for dinner just to get to know each other since we're going to be spending two weeks together sweating and working for Jesus! Praise God!

I'm going to round up my support prayer team because I'll need it

Some people have donated money and blessed my endeavor and I am so very grateful!

I intend to bring everything that I learn there back to my community and use it to bring more people to Jesus! In His Name I work for Him!

Here's what I need you to pray about:

Lives to be changed as a result of my missions trip
Divine appointments to share the gospel
For God to be glorified through my service on this trip
Protection in traveling
Good Health

God Bless You!