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Friday, February 28, 2014

An Affirmation of Those Who Care

I believe in people who care. 
Even more I believe in what these generous people offer others.
 They bring care giving down to its essentials.They offer not abstract ideas, but reasonable attention;
 Not definitive answers, but reasonable assurance.
 Not empty platitudes, but authentic hope.
 I believe the work that they do is both deceptively simple and unusually difficult.
For their task is to offer those who so need it something irreplaceable;
 their own humanness. They bestow a precious gift, only themselves and all of themselves.
 They approach the other holding out what they have to offer; their sensitivity, their dedication, their belief.
 They bring into the open what they choose no to hide: Their honesty, their woundedness, their compassion. What these empathetic people do requires real , courage, For they do not know how they will be received, or if they will be understood. What they give requires great perseverance. For healing is a time-consuming process, And staying with others in their pain is n energy-draining experience.
 But if these souls did not perform their roles in the way they do, 
then in a very real sense the Word would not be made flesh. 
The Love would not be made visible.  And the hope would not be made genuine. Yet because such committed caregivers are among us, we know the world is not just a better place.
 But ours is better time and we are a better people. We know that because those who truly love us day after day after day.

-James E. Miller

Friday, February 21, 2014

This life, therefore,
is not righteousness but growth in righteousness.
Not health but healing,
not being but becoming,
not rest but exercise.
We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it.
 The process is not yet finished, but it is going on.
This is not the end but it is the road.
All does not yet gleam in glory but all is being purified.

-Martin Luther. "Defense and explanation of all the articles"  

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

International Faith Missions: Pastors Seminar Badi 13'

International Faith Missions: Pastors Seminar Badi 13': December 16-19th found us in Badi, gathered together with 87 pastors and church leaders representing 21 different churches from all...

International Faith Missions: Pastor Seminar Robia 13'

International Faith Missions: Pastor Seminar Robia 13':  The past four days Dec. 9-12th 75 pastors and church leaders from 18 churches across the north side of Pay-Pourri and Marosau gathered...

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Pastor Seminars 2013


Monday is the first day of our 2013 pastor seminars in Pays-Pourri. This year we are expecting 185 leaders to attend between two locations. The first seminar will be the 9th through the 12th in the village of Robia and the second seminar will be the 16th-19th in the village of Badi.
Please pray for the hearts of all the leaders attending. That they would be inspired to a deeper walk with God as they lead God's church in Pays-Pourri.

Please pray for our speakers:
Michael Martin- Sanctification
Desire Merzantan- The life of a Leader
Emanuel Schrock- Justification through Faith
Rodney Sprenkel-Relationships of a Leader
Jeams Auguste- Translator

And that God's name would be glorified!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Life....Change....

No I'm not in Haiti anymore but - yes I am. I guess this post is far over due but to ignore it would be negligent and misleading. so for those not in the know already now you know.
After 3.5 years of working together at IFM Julia Bauman And I started dating as of July. And because living in the same house while dating is not exactly healthy and due to mission policies I left Haiti and went back to Virginia in August. 



Of course all of those that know me well will remind me of all the times I dissed Canada but yes she is Canadian. And of all places, I took my first trip the Great Formidable White-North last week. I have to admit Canada is very Beautiful, very European and very Cultured but of the very small part that I saw it is a wonderful place, not to mention 'Tim Horton's' :-)
    
I am no longer "staff" at IFM though I have come back down for 6 weeks to prepare for and facilitate our pastor training seminars here in Dec. Please pray as we prepare for these seminars and pray for the leaders attending!! That their hearts would be fixed on our Lord and Christ and that their mind would be rooted in the knowledge and precepts of our Savior. But most of all that seeds of living faith would grow in their lives to produce disciples of Christ.
    

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. Ps:86:11

I have been in VA at my parents for a week now. And I know I'm an oddity but I don't have a FaceBook account. And I have to confess that this past week I used both my Brother's and Mom's accounts just to keep up with the world. And what I've found has asked for much reflection.
Real friends come hard for me, but in all the many churches and groups of people I have been through in my short life there is acquaintances and casual friends that have helped to shape who I am. Of my real friends growing up all but a few were over 40 years old but there was always the crowd at church or Home school group that was my age, that I hung out with.

In my searching to see where all these people have ended up I was both inspired and saddened by their lives. I could categorize them according to denomination, education ect.. but I will refrain so as not to seem bias or dogmatic. But for the sake of profiling I'll label them liberal and conservative because at the core I believe what I see is the true definition of these words.

Liberal: Of these casual friends those that are still serving God with all their heart are still solid. They are holding to truth. But those that (of my humble opinion) have pursued their own way have not completely rejected God and Christ. But they have blurred the line of truth. They have stretched it, redefined it and reasoned it to fit the perimeters of their lives. They would not say they have strayed from God's word but rather that they know better now or maybe they have been 'enlightened'. But the fact is the inherent authority of God's word has no place in their lives. They define truth by how they feel, what others are doing or with science or psychology.

Conservative: Of these casual friends those that have stayed true to God's word their lives continue to burst with fruit of their faithfulness. Though trials have come and the world around them groans with uncertainty and blasphemy, the word of God still holds all authority in their lives. Truth is their stability and their strong tower. But those that have not stayed true to Christ are different from those above. They have completely rejected faith and the Gospel. They dismiss it as inapplicable or as old fashion. They have run full tilt away from God and into the arms of humanity and this world.

Those in the Conservative group that have rejected God have not attempted to redefine truth. It has been carved so deep into their heart that the only way to leave it is to completely reject it. Chet Plimpton outlined this well when he said "When people come into knowledge but do not allow God to turn that knowledge into spiritual reality. They are unknowingly preparing themselves to despise the truth they were taught because they know it clearly stands opposed to what they really want to do."  
Those in the liberal group on the other hand have in reality rejected God though they would not admit it. For them truth stands in question thus it can be redefined to justify their lives. The foundation of truth was acknowledged but not laid deep in the soil of their hearts.

Christ taught us in Luke 6 that the foundation laid in the truth of the Gospel will stand in the onslaught of all storms. No man can pluck us from our Fathers hand and thus the only way to lose that foundation is to make a contentious choice to abandon it. So may I suggest that the 'liberal' camp is on shaky ground for they have yet to receive God's word as unchangeable inherent authority. In myself I would say that this is a educational or theological problem (which it is). Could we stop to consider the Jews, Hindus and Muslims. Their piety and commitment puts Christ's church to shame. By the time they are 12 years old they have committed to memory more of the Koran or Torah than any Christian ever dreams of memorizing the New Testament. Today Christians define who they are through their denomination. When the storms of life come they confide themselves Socially and Ethically in that denomination. This is what defines who they are, we see this time and again. As soon as a denominational distinctive is challenged their is division and strife. They say 'we are losing the faith of our fathers', only they do not realize they are admitting that their faith is not in Christ's Gospel but in their denominational ethnicity.    

I realize I have little ground to state as such, considering I have no denominational heritage. And thus I cannot say that in its self that such a heritage is wrong or unhealthy. Because I really do not know what its like to have one. But I can say that the second that heritage defines who we are religiously (whether consciously or subconsciously) The foundation of Truth is no longer our stability. Isaiah 33:6