Serving in Colville, Washington

By Monday, May 4, 2015 0 0
Last weekend we had the privilege of serving at an event near Colville called Bonfire. The founders of Singing Waters Ministries host Bonfire each year as a way to introduce teenagers to vocational ministry. On their large property they set up 8 challenge courses. After registering and getting organized in the lodge, the kids eat their sack lunch and get ready to start the challenges, which take the rest of the day. In teams, the teens go through the courses, practicing team building and working together to accomplish each challenge. At a few of the challenges, the teens sit down to hear from a missionary. Chris camped out at a friendship chain, cheering teams on as they linked arms one by one and tried to walk on a wire from a platform to a tree and then to another tree. When a student lost his balance, he had to go back to the end of the line and the teammates had to fix the connect their chain.

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Sometimes it feels like our testimonies are unique among missionaries. We came to the game kind of late, we don’t have seminary in our background, and we weren’t involved in church planting prior to the call to missions. But as Chris shared his story, or God’s story in his life, with the teenagers, it struck me that God may be using our unique stories to call others to ministry. The fact is, we weren’t walking the path. Nobody, least of all us, expected this path. And even as we walk it, so many unexpected things have happened. But we were willing, which is what Bonfire is all about – reminding students that if they are a true disciple of Jesus Christ, they will be willing to consider how God wants to use them to advance His kingdom. It might not be full time ministry, but it absolutely will involve supporting missionaries, evangelism, and sacrificial living of some kind. I can only hope we played a role in diminishing fears or doubts for students.

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After the challenge courses were completed, everyone went to the lodge for chili dog dinner and a speaker. Finally, the night ends with a bonfire bigger than a house (not kidding!).

Some MK perks our kids experienced on this trip included a family road trip, stopping at a rest stop near Blue Lake to study the map (homeschooling on the road!), exploring the beautiful property that belonged to our hosts, and making new friends everywhere they went.

Giving Tuesday

By Tuesday, December 2, 2014 0 0

Thanks to sick kids and sheer laziness, it seems that we have managed to save 100% on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So far this holiday season, we’ve read the first story in Ann Voskamp’s Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas and hung our ornament on our Jesse Tree, a bunch of branches in a tall vase I put together for our Thanksgiving table.

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Today, however, is a different story. Today is Giving Tuesday, the day when Americans (and first worlders everywhere, I suppose) set aside their crazy Christmas spending in order to be generous with their time, money and resources.

Our family loves to be generous. We have never regretted our charitable giving, even when it really cost us something. There were many months this year, for example, that we continued to support our sponsored child in Peru even though we did not receive an income. It is a joy to hear how little Yasmina’s village is thriving because of sponsors like us, and we would not trade anything for that.

Supporting missionaries is another way we try to be generous with our money. Our hearts are in Spain, where less than 1% of people know Jesus, but God has moved our hearts to support missionaries working in other parts of the world as well. Perhaps he is moving your heart today.

If you would like to spend your Generous Tuesday dollars to help spread the gospel in unchurched Spain, here’s how!

6 Days

By Tuesday, November 11, 2014 0 0

For a few years now I have felt that we are in a waiting room, a wilderness, the desert even. God is teaching us great things while we wait on Him to bring the support we need to go to Spain to plant churches. I have cried out to Him in so many ways. I have pounded on the doors of Heaven, I have reminded Him that He can act swiftly and that He should, because souls in Spain are on the line. I have beseeched Him to listen not to my prayers, but the prayers of so many others. Our partners, and little old ladies in churches where we’ve spoken, are praying that God will bring more support soon.

But He has His reasons. His timing may be painful at this moment, but it is perfect.

Here is someone who knows about waiting on God: Moses. In Exodus 24, just before God gives Moses the tablets of stone with the inscription of the law, Moses, Aaron, Aaron’s sons and 70 men who lead Israel go up to the mountain of God and they see Him. Did you catch that? Verse 10 says, “and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness.”

Oh my. This, just days after God warns quite a few times that if an Israelite even touches the mountain of God, he will die. But verse 11 says, “And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.”

And then God calls Moses even closer. I think, after a party like that, anyone would be eager to spend more time with God. So Moses goes up to the mountain of God and a cloud covers because God’s glory is so great.

The glory of the Lord dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

God throws a big party, doesn’t lay a (perfectly holy and therefore perfectly justified) hand on the Israelite leaders. God invites Moses to stay after (my paraphrase). He closes the curtain behind Moses, and everyone is wondering what God and Moses are doing together on that mountain covered by a devouring fire. Except, it appears they’re not together.

It appears that God makes Moses wait 6 days, surrounded by God’s glory on the mountain, before calling to Him from inside the cloud. 

May we recognize what a privilege it is to even set foot upon the mountain of God, and may we wait so well.

Ediz Hook {Day 22}

By Wednesday, October 22, 2014 0 0

Quintessential Peninsula. #portangeles #olympicpeninsula #driftwoodfordays

My loves, left to right: Cheesy, Humoring Me, and Distracted. #susannajane #austinbrother #olympicpeninsula #driftwoodfordays

During our recent trip to the Peninsula to visit our coworkers on furlough, we had a few hours between services and we needed the kids to have a rest before we spoke in the evening service. Hurricane Ridge was a bit far and it was cold, we didn’t think we could make it on a 1/4 mile hike to the Dungeness Spit, and we considered feeding the old circus bears at Olympic Game Farm, but it wasn’t cheap. Then a couple told us about the road out to the Coast Guard offices in Port Angeles. You just drive through the paper mill all the way to the end. On one side is the ocean, with Vancouver in the distance, and on the other side is the bay and Port Angeles.

We took a slow route so the kids could sleep, and we had to use the paper mill in our GPS because I thought our new friends had said “Eddie’s Hook.”

It really is like a secret spot! We felt like we were going somewhere unauthorized, as the road leads right through the industrial paper mill, but the signs pointed us onward to Ediz Hook.

Once there, we parked and checked out the view, the crazy waves, and the calm side of the sea. There were some Coast Guard kitties and lots of seagulls to entertain the kiddos. It was the perfect break for our little family.

Austin took another little snooze on the way back to the church, where we enjoyed dinner with our coworkers before presenting our ministry in the evening service.

Listen to the locals. That’s the lesson here.

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