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Mission Drift

Guard the deposit

The Apostle Paul writes to Timothy from a Roman prison and encourages him to;

1) Hold on to sound teaching.
2) Guard the good deposit that is in us.

The Roman Empire was changing rapidly and Nero, was the presiding Emperor. After the death of his uncle Claudius in 54 A.D. Nero was nominated, helped by his mother Agrippina the Younger.  Historic authors write about Nero’s mother, Agrippina the Younger, and how it was likely she was implicated in Claudius’ death and Nero’s nomination as emperor. She dominated Nero’s early life and decisions until he cast her off. Five years into his reign, he had her murdered.

Paul could understand how easy it would be to succomb to the Roman rule and the threats against the Christian believers. We subtly face many of the same threats today. It can be very easy to drift away from God’s Mission.

Mission drift occurs when an organization passively changes course. It not only happens to businesses, it can also happen to people. This sermon explains how we can fulfill God’s mission for our lives and keep from drifting off course. I recently heard a message about the importance of staying on our mission.

This message was given on July 15, 2018, by Pastor Andrew Wild. (Click here to listen.) Andrew is a pastor at Riveroaks Community Church in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Pastor Andrew began his sermon by citing that the Emperor Nero, had his own mother murdered.  Nero’s mission was to be in complete control of the Roman Empire.

More about Emperor Nero

Nero was intentional, bold and unashamed of his determination to satisfy his own mission. Although his reign was short (13 years), he terrorized Christians, blamed them for setting fire to Rome, had his mother and wife killed. Finally when the fear of being overtaken by other rulers he took took his own life. He is quoted as saying, “What an artist dies in me!.”

During his reign he was instrumental in killing Christians for sport and thus Paul’s advice to Timothy was to stick to sound doctrine, guarding our hearts because of the truth that Christ lives in us.  In spite of the difficulties and persecution, Timothy was able to teach and preach this message to others. I think this is good advice for all believers in the day and age we are living.

Keys to avoiding Mission Drift ~ Andrew Wild

  • Be Intentional – You have been entrusted with a message of “the good news of salvation.”
  • Be Bold – Don’t be ashamed to share the gospel.
  • Be Willing To Suffer – Count the costs of being a disciple knowing the truth will always set you free but sometimes will cause you hardships.
  • Be Faithful – There is an eternal reward of hearing, “Well done, Good and Faithful Servant.”

If you want to avoid Mission Drift, hold on to the truths revealed in God’s Word. ~Andrew Wild

What a great challenge and word! We need to stay steady on the course with God as our Captain!

A really awesome book to read is Mission Drift.

Mission Drift

Staying on course isn’t easy and it will cost you something. If it doesn’t then I would wonder if I was already adrift. I know the Lord’s prayer for each one of us is for us to finish our course well. Another word from Paul,

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
Luke 14: 28 -30 NIV

Even though the enemy and our own flesh is constantly trying to steer us off the course, we can rest assured, God will help keep us righted if we are willing to take a lesson from His word to;

  • Hold on to sound doctrine.
  • Guard the Good Deposit that is within us!
  • RememberYOU ARE ONE OF GOD’s TREASURES!

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Forgiveness – Key to Healing


FORGIVENESS – A KEY TO HEALING IN ANY CRISIS AND TRAUMA SITUATION – Hear Peter’s Message by Clicking Here
Peter Neuberger, his wife Rebekah and children are missionaries from Tanzania. They are home on furlough visiting his wife’s parents who live in the Mat-Su Valley and will be leading a crusade in Kenya.  Rebekah is recovering from some health issues. Please keep these precious saints in your prayers.

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Fathers, We Need You! You are Soul Care Providers

I was sitting in a coffee shop thinking about Father’s Day and asking God what He wanted me to share.  There have been many influential fathers in my lives. Pictured above and below are just a few of some of the ones I know personally.

While I was writing I was privy to a conversation of a young man talking about the soon coming birth of his son. He described it, like being in the midst of a hurricane that is soon approaching.”

He went on to basically describe, “His newfound fatherhood is like a flurry of preparing for an uncontrollable event that he knew would radically change his life forever.”

He added, “My baby boy is running around inside my wife’s belly kicking and screaming. He is coming… and he will be here soon!” 

Then a few weeks ago this man’s unborn son went from kicking and lots of active movement in his mother’s womb to no activity and no respiratory score. Thankfully, after testing and waiting, they found out the baby is fine. I know this must have been especially scary, since this couple has been married for over 14 years and this is their first pregnancy.

He was talking with a couple about helping build non-profit sustainability programs  in Alaska. From their conversation I believe he will make a great dad and provider.

I love how the Lord will seat people right next to you who have the same heart and passion for souls and discipleship. I believe this confirms what God is calling us as believers to do in this hour.  I call these individuals Soul Care Providers.

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I’ve known many mothers and fathers who have gone through trials and tribulations regarding their children. Whatever the storm, God has it under control.

“Jesus is walking through the storm to get to your boat.” Cynthia Pettis

In 1993 I went to work for a young man and his wife who had waited over a decade for their first son. It was such a blessing when this little boy was born! This family now has three grown children and they have been such a model for other parents as well as an example of the Father’s love for His children.

This picture on the left is of Johnny Blue Craig Sr. and his son Johnny Blue Jr. This picture was  created for a prepaid phone card and a promotional ad for a Fatherhood Campaign. There is only a short window of time we have as parents and especially fathers to influence the next generation. The picture on the right is Johnny Blue, April and their three grown children.

We need fathers to come to the revelation that you become a father when life is conceived and you are a “father and soul care provider” even before your baby arrives.

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My father, and  my four sons; Colt, Chris, Maverick & Gary Jr.

Soul Care Providers ~ Fathers we need you desperately…

So, it is in the case of
hurricanes, tsunamis,
crisis, trauma and lost souls.

Storms of life come suddenly and how can we prepare
and provide soul care without the fathers who love the Father of all Fathers?

Fathers, Soul Care Providers, We Need You!

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian soldiers
Marching as to war
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before
Onward then, ye people
Join our happy throng
Blend with ours your voices
In our triumph song
Christ the royal master
Leads against the foe
Forward into battle
See His banners go
Crowns and Thrones may perish
Kingdoms rise and wane
But the cross of Jesus
Constant will remain

Songwriters: Arthur L. Sullivan / Sabine Baring Gould

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wherever God calls her.

She combines teaching, prayer, worship
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wisdom to bring salvation, deliverance &
healing to those who are lost, hurting & sick.

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Face of God

When I was in Asia recently and looking into the faces of my two grandson’s Jonah and Hudson, I encountered total unconditional love and unspeakable joy. I observed how they cling to their mother when they are tired and hungry, but aren’t afraid to explore and be themselves in the presence of their mom and dad. When they are alone with their daddy and they run, jump, and get a little more daring in their exploration and play adventures.

They haven’t learned about the dangers and pitfalls that are outside their walls of protection. Whenever they do experience bumps, bruises or sickness, they know their mom and dad will be quick to gather them and soothe their hurts.

As one who knows the loving face of God, my desire and prayer for them is that they will grow up and experience the joy of salvation, healing and unconditional love of God.

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Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeahRead full Lyrics Reckless Love by Cory AsburyRead full Lyrics Reckless Love by Cory Asbury

Recently Pastor Dennis, of Northgate Alaska church was teaching on the Face of God and told a story about his granddaughter Heidi, He said, “One of Heidi’s first words was Agoo.” Even though no one exactly knew what this word meant, her joy and laughter was very endearing. She recognized that she was able to totally engage and capture the hearts of her loved ones during these face to face encounters, especially with her grandfather. 

Every person is born with a “joy center” in their brain. These types of exchanges between each of us launches waves of joy and excitement and creates unforgettable memories. Face to face encounters provides a sense of love, safety and security that all children need, especially in the formative years. Both science and God’s Word tells us how important it is to stimulate and train the “joy centers” of our brains which can only come through face-to-face encounters.

During these face-to-face times of communication Jonah, Hudson, and Heidi knows they are the objects of complete panim and shalom.

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Train up a child in the way he should go,
[a]And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

Right-hemisphere-to-right-hemisphere communication requires face-to-face interaction between two people. Right-hemisphere-to-right-hemisphere communication is so fast it completes six cycles of communication every second. Read More
Brain’s Control Center Overview – LifeModel.org

The Matsu Valley in Alaska has been recorded as the worst place to grow up in Alaska, and perhaps the State of Alaska has one if not the highest rank as being one of the worst places in the United States to bring up a child.

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Northgate Alaska is one of the churches in the Mat-Su Valley who has declared war on this statistic and  has made it part of their local and global mission to create a community that is actively constructing a face to face pathway to train up and raise their children to experience a face to face relationship with the living God. They have been meeting for 18 years for a time of worship, praise, prayer and intercession for their community, state, nation and world. The group called Northgate Burn meets face to face with God each week.

Peniel, panim, is Hebrew for face or faces of God.

Scripture tells us God and Adam and Eve would meet face to face. Adam and Eve had been walking in the garden God created for them to live and meet until one day Satan disguised as a serpent came and tempted them. Genesis 3

Sin (doubt and unbelief) entered into Adam and Eve and they felt ashamed of what they had done (their sinfulness) and they hid from God. Genesis 3:8 says,

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

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I thought about Heidi and how innocent she was when she was communicating with her granddaddy, saying Agoo! At these times she is totally safe in these face to face encounters.

Imagine someone coming into her life, or your life and saying, “Don’t trust him, there are things that are better for you than this, and if you experience it (or just take this bite), your life will be so much better?”

Once our innocence and trust is broken, doubt, unbelief and a host of other sinful thoughts begin to turn our joy into ungodly thoughts and eventually desires. It is difficult many times for us, like it was for Adam and Eve to understand WHY?

God does allow us and those we know and love to experience hurt, brokenness, and the effects of sin. It seems like we are unprotected.  But, God’s unconditional love for us and for mankind is always available and never negates His desire to be with us face to face.

God loves us so much He sent his son to restore a never ending life with Him. When we accept and follow His plan of redemption we are empowered to overcome sin and death in all of it’s ugly forms.

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God’s intentions are always to restore us to this face-to-face position with him. He banished Adam and Eve from the garden, but continued to provide for them.

Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.
Genesis 3:21

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I don’t find it any coincidence in the story of Anna the Prophetess that her father’s name was Phanuel which means face of God.

Luke 2:35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your soul as well.” 36There was also a prophetess named Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher, who was well along in years. She had been married for seven years, 37and then was a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.…

Anna worshiped day and night in the temple and waited, for the day she had been promised to see the Jehovah’s face. After recognizing the baby she became one of the first Christian evangelists.
She was also standing in it at that hour and she gave thanks to THE LORD JEHOVAH and was speaking about him with everyone who was waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. Luke 2:38
Because of the fall of man, God was not going to give up on mankind. So in an instant faster than we can even imagine, He devised the plan of redemption through the second Adam, Yahushua. The Hebrew Bible uses Yehoshua (יְהוֹשֻׁעַ) for Joshua, which means “Yah is Salvation.” Christians, historians, and linguists outside the sacred name movement for the most part reject the term Yahshua (יהשע) in favor of Yeshua (ישוע) as the original pronunciation.

 And every priest stands ministering daily and
offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
But this Man,
after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever,
sat down at the right hand of God,
from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.
For by one offering
He has perfected forever those who are being [d]sanctified.

Hebrews 10:11-14

When we realize we have sinned and have been sinned against, we can regain our original position God gave Adam and Eve and all mankind through the plan of salvation and redemption God provided in and through Jesus.

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Coming to Jesus as a little child puts us in the same position of innocence and complete humbleness that enables us to receive eternal life, and all of the benefits of becoming His child.

What God wants from us, is a face-to face encounter.  I hear the voice of God say,

“Stop struggling, It’s time for you to trust me, and let down the walls and those hidden places of sin that separate you and I from being totally “face to face”.”

Searching for God’s Treasures,
Marlene

Marlene has been called to go and serve others
wherever God calls her.

She combines teaching, prayer, worship
with the prophetic, words of knowledge and
wisdom to bring salvation, deliverance &
healing to those who are lost, hurting & sick.

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What is next, Lord?

What is next Lord

At the end of 2016, the Lord gave me a vision, “The Tsunami Is Coming. Where Will You Be and What Will You Be Doing?” At that time, I had no idea where I would be going and what I would be doing. You can read this on my blog at  The Coming Tsunami.

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In 1985 the Lord came into my office and spoke audibly to me at the moment my one-year-old had stopped breathing and turned completely blue. He spoke three words to me, “Marlene, it is time,” then my knees buckled and I hit the ground in a repentance prayer. Deliverance came from many things I’m not proud nor ashamed to share with others.

Six years later, God truly rescued me from things that only He and I know. I was called to serve and share the Gospel with the lost, broken, and hurting; and since then, I have been committed to this. Seasons of visible fruitfulness have come and gone over the years, and the Lord is continuing to teach me that walking by faith doesn’t always mean that we will see the impact we are making or that we won’t have times where the enemy has appeared to have won the battle, at least in our minds.

My pastor recently preached on “Listening.” Of course, my ears perked up because I had just recently read this quote by Beth Moore in her book, The Quest, An Excursion Toward Intimacy with God:

To unplugged ears, the New Testament testifies with deafening volume to the role of adversity and the demand for endurance in the lives of disciples on their sure way to happily ever after. Sometimes God Himself sets up an obstacle course to develop and test the runner’s discipline, stamina, and agility. With His eye around every blind curve in our road ahead, He seeks “to supply what is lacking in (our) faith” (1 Thessalonians 3:10, ESV), so we can run triumphantly. 

Satan also attends to our marathon with unanticipated patience, biding his time, studying our patterns and weaknesses. He tempts runners nearby to go rogue and trip us.

I have been so humbled by even the hard places the Lord has allowed me to walk through because now that I am older, I can see clearly the miracles He has done over and over again. He is a supernatural God, and He wants us to be supernatural people.

I don’t have any regrets for the choice I made to choose a Christ-centered life.

In 2013 I joined Globe International in Pensacola, Florida, and started working as administrative support for Missionary Sandy Britnell in the Humanitarian Aid & Child Sponsorship Department. I was blessed to be part of the Globe team, working alongside and getting to know so many wonderful mission minded people. I was also able to take my first overseas missions trips to visit children in crisis and trauma Children of Destiny in Nicaragua, Central America, and Challenge Farm in Kenya, Africa.

In 2016 I felt it was time for me to make a change to go from being a support person in order to pursue full-time ministry/missionary work. I’ve always had a ministry, but the Lord reminded me this latter season would be different. In the Tsunami Vision in 2016, the Lord spoke very clearly, “Marlene, your talents aren’t any good if they are buried, or you are not using them for My purpose and plan. In order to be fully satisfied, you must be willing to be obedient to My leading.”

My passion has always been evangelism and missions work, which includes pastoral care; teaching; and praying for the sick, wounded, and afflicted, particularly women. I’m not your typical foreign field missionary and am more like the discipleship and missionary worker you read about in the New Testament. For the past year, my work was in Alaska working with church leadership, pastors, and students from many different cultural backgrounds, and traumatic situations. There were times I felt shipwrecked, like Paul, but I would not trade the past year for anything! And I do plan to return as the Lord leads.

For the first time in my life since I was a child, I am not working a full-time job. I rely totally on the Lord and others’ support to pay for my travel and ministry expenses. This has been difficult because shifting from being self-sufficient to totally God sufficient is weighty. I have to constantly remind myself to stop looking at the job advertisements.

 “Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2, ASV).

And so I’ve asked God the question, “What is next, Lord?” As this is probably my last season of life that I am entering, I feel led to look for a place to live and study. When I am there, I will, equip, train, and encourage those He sends my way; and from there I will go to the places where He leads, taking others with me as I go.

There is no lack of crisis and trauma in the world, and plenty of disasters. So, with whatever time, I have left on this earth, I feel it is critical in this season for all of us to ask God the question, “Where do I go from here?” Then to GO!

Walking by total faith and seeking God’s direction in this hour of trouble is not easy for anyone.

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Being alone at times for me is difficult. If you have a group of women or young people who need to be prayed for and encouraged, I would love to come and speak to them.

I also believe there are many individuals who are discouraged, (especially during the holidays and the traumatic times we are currently experiencing). I want to encourage you to draw near to the Lord, get back into the battle, and to fulfill what the Lord created you to do! If this is you, I would love to hear from you, so I can add you to my vision board and pray for you! My cell is (850)-661-6104. My email is CinderellaReleased@gmail.com.

Again, please consider helping by praying or asking the Lord how you can support me by fasting, praying, or giving financially. Please consider this ministry for your end of the year giving, and/or asking your company or business to consider this ministry as one of your charitable organizations to support in 2018.

Whatever you do, please do it as unto the Lord, and may He get the glory! He has done such great things in our lives.

Searching for God’s treasure,

Marlene

From ashes to beauty
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Endurance – The Iditarod = Alaskan Sled Dog Race

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The Iditarod – Alaskan Sled Dog Race

Passion, Vision and Mission

I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 23-24

I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
I Corinthians 9:23-25

The Need for Self-Discipline

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Endurance

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 
2 Timothy 4:7

Iditarod

Portions of the Iditarod Trail were used by the Native Alaskan Eskimo Inupiaq and Athabaskan peoples hundreds of years before the arrival of Russian fur traders in the 1800s, but the trail reached its peak between the late 1880s and the mid-1920s as miners arrived to dig coal and later gold, especially after the Alaska gold rushes at Nome in 1898,[10] and at the “Inland Empire” along the Kuskokwim Mountains between Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, in 1908.

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The primary communication and transportation link to the rest of the world during the summer was the steamship; but between October and June the northern ports like Nome became icebound, and dog sleds delivered mail, firewood, mining equipment, gold ore, food, furs, and other needed supplies between the trading posts and settlements across the Interior and along the western coast. Roadhouses where travelers could spend the night sprang up every 14 to 30 miles (23 to 48 km) until the end of the 1920s, when the mail carriers were replaced by bush pilots flying small aircraft and the roadhouses vanished. Dog sledding persisted in the rural parts of Alaska, but was almost driven into extinction by the spread of snowmobiles in the 1960s.

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The most famous event in the history of Alaskan mushing is the 1925 serum run to Nome, also known as the “Great Race of Mercy.” A large diphtheria epidemic threatened Nome, and Nome’s supply of antitoxin had expired and doctor Curtis Welch refused to use it, and then proceeded to send out telegrams looking for a fresh supply of antitoxin. The nearest antitoxin was found to be in Anchorage, nearly one thousand miles away. The only way to get the antitoxin to Nome was by sled dog, due to unusable planes and ships. Governor Scott Bone approved a safe route and the 20-pound (9.1 kg) cylinder of serum was sent by train 298 miles (480 km) from the southern port of Seward to Nenana, where it was passed just before midnight on January 27 to the first of twenty mushers and more than 100 dogs who relayed the package 674 miles (1,085 km) from Nenana to Nome. The dogs ran in relays, with no dog running over 100 miles (160 km).

 

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Balto

 

The Norwegian Gunnar Kaasen and his lead dog Balto arrived on Front Street in Nome on February 2 at 5:30 a.m., just five and a half days later. The two became media celebrities, and a statue of Balto was erected in Central Park in New York City in 1925, where it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions.

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However, most mushers consider Leonhard Seppala and his lead dog Togo to be the true heroes of the run. Together they covered the most hazardous stretch of the route, and carried the serum 91 miles, the single farthest of any team.[12]john 812

Please pray for the people of Alaska and that God’s light will overcome the darkness as many face tremendous challenges of hardship, crisis and trauma.

Searching for God’s Treasure

Marlene

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Ice Road Trucker Missionary

Ice Road  Trucker Missionary

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  • As I pulled down the storage shed door, “I wondered if I would ever see any of  my belongings which held so many precious memories – again?” 
  • This is what it must have felt like for the early missionaries who packed their belongings in their coffins and said Goodbye to family members, heirlooms, friends, etc.
  • Not only did I say goodbye to stuff that day, very soon I would say goodbye to my sons, their wives and my grandchildren.  I was off to Alaska – The Last Frontier!I remember the moment years ago when I sang so emphatically:
  • “Lord, here I am send me to the nations.”  Little did I know that would be to many nations– all in one state!

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  • Alaska Facts You could fit Florida in to Alaska 10 times! One-fifth the size of the Lower 48, Alaska is bigger than Texas, California, and Montana combined.
  • Alaska is also far-flung: 5.3 times wider (east to west) and 3.2 times taller (north to south) than Florida. From north to south, Alaska measures 1420 miles, the distance from Denver to Mexico City, and east to west 2500 miles, the distance from Savannah, GA to Santa Barbara, CA. Florida has 262 times more people per square mile.
  • If Florida’s population density were the same as Alaska’s, only 64,996 people would live in Florida rather than 17,019,068 (based on 2003 data). Alaska has 8 times as much inland water (in lakes, reservoirs, and rivers) as Florida. In fact, Alaska has 3 million lakes over twenty acres big. Alaska has more than 50% of the entire U.S. coastline, or 6,640 miles. Florida has 1,350 miles of coastline!

 

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On numerous occasions when I shut storage doors; I knew that someday I would return, unpack and set up a home where food, fun, Bible studies and laughter would eventually be shared again with family and friends.  The past few years in Pensacola have been joyfully shared with family and dear friends, however I was never able to unpack and set up camp. 

It has been a little like the Israelites in the wilderness. The Israelites had to move on when the cloud by day or the fire by night prompted them to follow. So in planning for this change, I felt a shift as I shut the door – it was different. All of the makings of a home; furniture, dishes, sheets, blankets, curtains, decorative pillows and cooking utensils were now gone and I feel a new season ahead!  As my friend Debby calls it, “You are a tramp (I prefer the word “traveler”) for the Lord!”

I am also saying goodbye to family, friends, my church home, and a climate that is very palatable year round. The comforting peace of the Lord has helped me through the emotional – letting go of these precious moments in order to say;

“Yes, Lord, I’ll go…. Send Me!  I’m excited to meet  and greet my new friends and family!

The nostalgia of this moment reminds me of the words to the song Elvis would sing, “Memories pressed between the pages of my mind.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord say to me,

“It’s enough.”  

I questioned, “Your grace?”  He said,

“Yes, My Grace is enough but  Jesus’ sacrifice is enough to carry you on through the next season, rest in Me and in the provision, purpose and power that I will provide for you.”

I will put My laws upon their heart, And on their minds I will write them,” Hebrews 10:16b

HE HAS ALREADY PREPARED THE HEARTS AHEAD!  

 

Jesus sacrifice contains the provision  and the grace for what I need for the journey ahead.

A few months ago I received two very confirming words: 

1) I would be a mother to the nations, and
2) I would be fully satisfied finding the treasures God had planted in the people and the path ahead.  Isaiah 54:11b-12  says;

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I’ve been asked several times from friends and family… What is a crisis and trauma care missionary and how will live?

What is a missionary?  mis·sion·ar·y ˈmiSHəˌnerē/  

We are all called to “GO” – The Word Missionary is not a scriptural word, but is used to explain how the disciples and others followed Jesus’ command to “Go” and make disciples.  As a believer and disciple of Christ, we are all under the same mandate. The method of our “going” may look different, but whether it is here in America or a foreign field, the mandate to share the gospel, teach  God’s Word, and equip or mentor others is the same!

“The Lord Jesus did not express His commission as a desire or a wish or a premonition of what might happen in the future. He spoke it as a command. He ordered, “Go . . . make disciples . . . baptizing . . . teaching”. These words were not an option to be considered among other options by those to whom He spoke. He here was presenting His marching orders for His disciples which were to be obeyed, no matter what the result might be. And failure to obey these orders would rightly bring into question whether one truly was a follower of this Master.” David Merck: Pastor

Missionary – noun

 a person sent on a religious mission, especially one sent to promote Christianity in a foreign country.

synonyms:  Evangelist, apostle, proselytizer, preacher

adjective

 of, relating to, or characteristic of a missionary or a religious mission.

“missionary work”

So, my commission is to go where God says to go and do what He tells me to do.  This is a daily, hourly and even sometime minute by minute process. Crisis and trauma strikes when we least expect it, or even sometimes in the middle of great men and women of God who are working hard to follow God themselves.

It is important working in the midst of caring, to self-care.  Please pray that I will take my own advice! Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers!

Scriptures Regarding Mission Work

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