Sunday, September 26, 2010

"Raising" Support

Jason and I are sitting across from each other at my parent's kitchen table. He is working on our initial support letter while I update our blog and contemplate all things "raising support".

Biblically what or how should a missionary be sent? In the American church we've come to accept as norm the raising support campaigns, support letters, forthright asking, etc. However, we've wrestled with what exactly should this season of raising support look like. Here are the main points of struggle and the tension thereof: We're fearful of cultivating relationships for the "what's in it for me". We're fearful of striving instead of trusting God as THE Provider of all things. We're excited about the mutual enjoyment of our Global God, with other believers, Who uses ordinary people (like us) to advance His Kingdom enterprises even in Haiti. We're excited to partner with senders who will receive His approval in their generosity.

So what does it look like to trust God for the provision needed to be sent - what does it look like to partner with other believers - what does it look like to reveal our practical/spiritual needs to the body of Christ... These are the questions swirling around in our hearts and minds.
On our way home from church it seems we've discovered a theme verse for the year ahead. This verse brings clarity and balance - as God's Word always does.

Matthew 6:33
seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

In all that we do and in every relationship we encounter our focus needs to be seeking Him and His righteousness. As we live and love in Nebraska - He is our goal - His glory is our joy whether the topic of our mission needs are on the table or not.

That's all for now from these Schmicklets as the Spirit applies His profound, yet simple truth to our daily go. May the Lord bless each of you with more of Himself!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Holiness is Wholeness - Jesus, I Come

Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy freedom, gladness, and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of my sickness, into Thy health,
Out of my want and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of my shameful failure and loss,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of earth’s sorrows, into Thy balm,
Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm,
Out of distress to jubilant psalm,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy blessed will to abide,
Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
Out of despair, into raptures above,
Upward for aye on wings like a dove,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the joy and light of Thy home,
Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of the depths of ruin untold,
Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold,
Ever Thy glorious face to behold,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Quick Tell

A quick update before we head off to McCook to see some of our closest friends, all of the way from Georgia.

Thank you for praying!
* We enjoyed safe travels: both Jason by plane - the kids & I by car. I had energy & joy the entire time.
* My mom & step-dad have been ooberly generous in letting us add a ton of miles to their car. Thanks!
* C.W.O. was so good to us. Dean Yoder, President of C.W.O., went out of his way to welcome us.
* It was good to see C.W.O.'s headquarters and meet some of their staff. -should've taken pictures. oops.
* Anticipating, even more, to see God at work in Haiti: gladly being spent for Him.
* The meetings went very well - with many questions answered [we'll report more later].
* We enjoyed our splice of family time in the middle of this changeover. Ethan managed to wrestle Jason (their favorite past time) and we all reaffirmed that together is best!
* The pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks, per my sister's recommendation, was toothsome.
* Jason gave his notice today & his boss was more than agreeable. God's favor was definitely received in this as Jason will be able to work out his notice (a rare gift in Rainbow Foods' world of retail) & an open door for future employment (if ever needed).
* We are so thankful for the insurance that God has provided. Jason got his chompers worked on today (along with the rest of the family this past year). Such a gift!

Looking Ahead:
* Pray for Jason as he finishes up his last week, gets his crooked back readjusted by the chiropractor & makes the Nebraska long haul.
* Pray for a temporary home for the next 9 months or so. We've got our minds set on a particular place but nothing is concrete.
* Pray for our future employment. We've got a strong possibility but again it's not quite for-sure.
* Pray for this season of support raising - that God would be honored & the One at work - not any fruitless striving of our own.
* And always - pray that He would have first place in our everyday lives so that His Name would be made great in & through these redeemed clay vessels regardless of our location (here or Haiti)!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

"Great is Thy faithfulness," O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be."

Jason sent this piece of hymn in an early a.m. text. as I was heading out for breakfast with a dear friend on too little sleep. With a long day ahead this hymn has been a great place to fix my mind.
Life is full and crazy busy. Our family is headed to Denver for a meeting with Christian World Outreach's staff. Jason is flying in from Minnesota while the kids and I drive. It will be good to be together for a little bit. Pray that God would go before us and accomplish His purposes in us. I, in particular, am growing a little weary in the busy transitioning. Pray for endurance and joy.