c.s. lewis God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
dear francis follow up Numbers 13:25-33 Their experience: - slaves in Egypt - witnessed historys greatest miracles Their mission: - their conquest – what would they face… Their challenge: - Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong and fortified… v.28 - …We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us. v. 31 - …We became like grasshoppers in our sight, and so we were in their sight.
continued… they were Gods people, thats how God saw them and thats in fact who they were… you live your life out of how you see yourself when you live in Christ, God sees you the way he sees His own son The most important thing about you is how God sees you! – CS Lewis
be encouraged God has given each of you special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others Gods many kinds of blessings. 1Peter 4:10 And you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. Acts 1:8
preparation be confident in who you are! preparing your friends and family pray what you will see/experience packing re-entry (get together)
ministry of presence Preach the gospel always and when necessary use words. – St. Francis of Assisi Just BE with them Think of what it costs them to follow Christ You dont have to defend or explain God – its more about peace and hope than answered questions We want to be humble and confident servants
confident servants KNOW your identity in Christ hurting people hurt; healing people help others heal dont think for one minute that you cant do this – it doesnt depend on you…it depends on the Holy Spirit – just make yourself available. Jesus is already there address/deal with the lies and struggles in your life…in intense situations we are like sponges being wrung out and we dont want the muck and dirt to pour out, but the love, compassion and spirit of Jesus to flow from us.
prayer have at least one prayer partner stateside increase your commitment to prayer prayer devotional in-country: if you cant give them anything and you pray for them, you have done your job.
being there… remember you are entering into their lives – not touring pain soup, soap and salvation (William Booth) earn the right to be heard dont condemn – just love! must have endurance – you wont change their lives in a day dont work any more than 12 hours – take a 15 minute break every 3 hours please dont complain You may not know the impact you will have until you get to heaven!
re-entry manage expectations prepare a sound bite you will grieve some innocence or ignorance – its a process… BBQ on Saturday, August 12 th
packing please do not pack more than YOU can carry! suitcases cannot exceed 50 lbs duffel bags are best one bag per person will be for donations everyone needs a sleeping bag! see your packing list in your binder for specifics… Stay tuned for packing party details
packing list Passport Credit Card & Cash (for meals in airports) medications – malaria and personal needs Airborne alarm clock journal, bible, pen sunblock bug spray tennis shoes & flip-flops sweatshirts or fleece towel swimsuit outfit for church