Psalm 111 verse 1: Praise the Lord! I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. Amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them.
That was my scripture study this morning. Amazing are the deeds of the Lord. Yesterday at 11 in the morning God opened an opportunity to tell our God story on the radio. Eddie Herrera of WAPN Holly Hill Florida, interviewed us for an hour long program LIVE! We were so privileged to give our faith story and how God directed us to Wycliffe Bible Translators.
If anyone had told me that Gina and I would be on the radio five years ago representing the bibleless people of Papua, New Guinea, my response would have been you are crazy! But God is crazy in a great way. He takes the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. Here we are, send us!
We pray that God will use this interview encourage his body of believers to go, pray or give financially to support bible translation work in Papua, New Guinea. We are God’s hands and feet. Help us to get moving!
If you missed the live interview, you can listen to it here!
When we talk as Christians about creation, we point to the intricate pattern of design. The creatures with their unique features made for the environment that God placed them in. Our universe and the order of it, with precise timing. The next thing that comes to mind for me is our personal story. How God weaves people and places into our lives and the timing of it all. How can you have doubts that God is concerned about our lives? God plays an active, loving part of the lives of regular people just like me and you.
So, it was Sunday at Palm Coast Community Church. This was the church that Gina and I have served and attended during our working days. We were going to see PC3 from the platform looking out at the other regular folks just like us. We would physically be in a different position but same position in God’s eyes.
Billy’s questions and our answers were great and designed by God to encourage our fellow brothers and sisters to reach higher in their daily walk with God. Our thinking (Billy’s and ours) scary thought, were so similar that you would think that we had rehearsed the answers for hours. On the contrary, we had know idea what he was going to ask. I was nervous as usual. But it was like another person takes the mike and answers the questions. My complete dependence is on God.
We have been telling people that try to place a title on us, that we are just regular people serving an extraordinary God. I really don’t like titles. This is our motto and we are sticking with it (it ‘s only help if you say it’s help.) Don’t be so arrogant to think you know the other person needs without at least asking.
During our travels we learned that from Phillipians 2: 1-11 that God will use us when we humble ourselves and consider others better than ourselves. Not looking only to your own interests, but the interest of others. Thank you PC3 and to our prayer team. We are thankful for the opportunity to present Wycliffe Bible Translators and the ministry of reaching the last 180 million people that don’t have any scripture. We pray for more partners to help us and be a part of our team going to Papua, New Guinea. Sunday was God’s Big Family working together as Paul wrote so many years ago, “then make my joy complete, by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.” Amen!
If you missed the service, you can listen here! Our interview starts at 16:57 Thanking all our prayer partners for everything you do on our behalf! Much love & blessings!
I hope, as I write it will be clear how God is so involved in our lives. He cares about the finest details. He is always working for the good of those He loves. So, many years ago when my friend led my Sunday school class at First Baptist of Bunnell, God knew how we would be brought together again to encourage each other in work of “The Great Commission”. Only our great God could put us back together after many years.
When Gina and I answered the call to join Wycliffe Bible Translators, we wanted to share the good news with all of our friends. Bill Elias was one of the first people God brought to my mind, but I was not quite sure if he was still serving at Flagler Community Church, but to my delight he was still there and he greeted me with love. When I explained that God was calling us to the mission field with Wycliffe, he was excited. He wanted to be involved and before long we met with the elders and shared our story.
Flagler Beach Community Church is supporting us with much love and prayers. They have helped us in so many ways. They pray for our military personnel every Sunday in service. They show Tommy and Olivia’s picture every Sunday and this brings me great comfort as we prepare to serve on the field. They were also the first church to be a monthly financial partner. They are vital team members in our mission to Papua, New Guinea.
We were able to represent Wycliffe and the bibleless people of Papua, New Guinea at this past Wednesday night service. Pastor Bill and the congregation gave us their full support and attention for the whole service. We believe God was well pleased that night as we came together for the purpose of glorifying Him in the work of Bible translation. We are so grateful for God’s Big Family!
Recently, we were interviewed by Trent Schake, the Pastor of Epic Church in Palm Coast and just in case you missed it… you can listen now! We are so humbled by our amazing prayer team, that continues to grow and wrap us in their protective prayers. We love you and are excited to see everything God will be doing through your prayers on this amazing journey!
At the end of the service they played this video….it challenged me to continue to step out and be BOLD for Jesus!
I am so thankful for God’s big family. I had the privilege to speak at “The Senior Adult Luncheon” at First Baptist Church of Stuart. So thankful for Stu and Nancy Borden for hosting me during my stay.
When I arrived on Sunday I got to visit and bid farewell to MAF missionaries Steve and Nikki Simpson at their parents’ home. They are part of our God Story. They told us about Wycliffe Bible Translators and have been such great encouragers as we prepare for the mission field.
Then I attended Feed My Sheep Men’s Ministry on Monday night in West Palm Beach with Todd, Stu, Bob, and a bunch of other men that love Jesus. The bible study concerned God’s will in our life. We did alot of study and prayer. Amen
Stu and Nancy were such great hosts and helped me with their prayers and wisdom. They are great examples of Christ followers. Their love of missions was so encouraging.
Then on Tuesday morning, I met with my little brother, Justin who had fine-tuned my guitar. Thank you Justin. Che and Josh were also so encouraging. Pastor Darrell and the whole FBC family are just great to be around. Bill Sprauge helped me prepare my video presentation. Then to really make my joy complete Scott and Carol Weatherford from Man O War arrived to encourage me. They brought Carol’s mom and dad who were missionaries to give words of encouragement. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Yoder. Then Janet, Carol’s daughter came to cheer me on. Al and MaryAnne, another missionary couple that was part of our God Story arrived to support me. God is so good because he knew I was nervous.
Nick Bennett who is the pastor for the seniors, sang “Send the Light” with me while Carol played the piano. I’ve always wanted to sing with Nick and God gave me the desires of my heart. God gave me the privilege to tell the Senior Adults about the Bibleless people of Papua New Guinea. Many thanks to First Baptist Church of Stuart and all those that are praying for us. God was glorified.
My heart’s desire is that somehow First Baptist family and New Life Church family will be able to do missions together. There are so many opportunities to serve together in the Bahamas. I can’t wait to see how God will use them all! Thanks again for all your prayers and encouragement. Keep praying for open doors. Looking forward to the mission trip to Vermont next month with God’s Big
God: I want you to share your heart with other women about missions
Me: Really? You want me to go all alone?
Me: Because I love you and want to obey – I’ll ask
Special thanks to Edi & Tina for inviting me share!
My conversations with God keeps me on my toes. How I love Him! He gives us everything we need and He can do extraordinary things through ordinary people ….like the courage to share my heart with a room full of beautiful women that are on fire for Jesus and want to know more about missions.
I love being connected to girlfriends and being united in Christ to glorify Him. I can personally tell you that the prayers & encouragement we receive are like a barrier between us and the spiritual attacks going on around us. Tim and I struggle the most just before going to share….and then I post a prayer request and we can literally “feel” your prayers.
Love how God keeps life long friends connected!
We know what we are up against….to be a part of a mission to bring Gods word to the 180 million people that still doesn’t have one verse of scripture is something Satan want’s to block…but we are on the winning team! And our secret weapon is your prayers!!!
I am so thankful that God gave me the courage and the words to share with the incredible women of Beaches Chapel. 18 of them are now part of our prayer team and many more that don’t have email said that they will commit to praying for us too!
Asking God to cover these ladies in His grace!
From Beaches Chapel to Papua New Guinea….we go together to share Gods word and His amazing message of salvation! Much love & blessings to all!