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Thanking God for Tanzanian Women Leaders

2019 UHURU Women Leader’s PowWow, Mwanza Tanzania

Our women’s leadership conference took place at the home of Glen & Denise Ellerbe, founders of Abide International Ministries. The first week we hosted 50 women leaders who gathered for a time of singing, teaching, crafting, fellowship and discipleship. Pictured here the women are working on their Freedom Discipleship Books.

We were also invited to teach at an annual women’s conference that is held at one of the local churches. The pastor of the church is a Bishop over 62 pastors and hosts an annual women’s conference. Denise, Beverly and I were invited to teach, minister and share our PowWow books with over 100 women who attended along with about 20-30 children. They would then be able to go back to their respective churches and communities and share what they learned.

At the end of both weeks the women washed each others feet and prayed for one another. It was a sweet time of ministry for all of us!
And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet,
you ought to wash each other’s feet. John 13:14 NLT
We washed the children’s feet and prayed over them!

“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash each other’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” John 13:13-17

This was especially impactful to these women as many began to weep and release burdens as their Christian sister prayed over and washed their feet.

Every single one of these women work very hard from before sun up until late in the evening. It was a reminder to us all how Jesus, even though he was about to endure a terrible death spent his last evening washing his disciples feet. In spite of our own personal hardships and trials, supporting and loving one another is key to teaching others about Jesus’ love and sacrifice.

The women came out to greet us when we arrived and were singing, dancing and we took part in the celebration doing the same!

Greetings and Goodbyes are very important in the Tanzanian communities. So is singing and dancing. We had a wonderful time of both.

We spoke at and visited several churches on our trip. Two were in a village outside of town. Below is Pastor Susan, one of the pastors of a village church. She attended our leadership PowWow. Although her church is primitive she and her members worship and praise God with so much joy!

Below is a village about two hours outside of Mwanza. The pastor is Pastor John. Many came out to hear us teach on a Friday afternoon and 15-20 villagers gave their lives to the Lord for the first time!

Pastor John’s church was the first tabernacle Abide International Ministries helped to build. A cobra dropped down from one of the rafters as Missionary Glen Ellerbe was holding up the last roof beam! By helping the pastors put up a church building it gives the people somewhere to come in out of the weather as well as help to establish credibility within the villages. Many of them have mosques nearby. Glen and Denise have a burden to distribute Bibles, build tabernacles for new pastors, as well as to disciple and train the men and women leaders God is raising up while there is an open door into this country.

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Matthew 7:24
This is on top of the Big Rock with Lake Victoria in the background.

These huge rock formations were all over Mwanza. The scenery is amazing, a supernatural wonder and a place where God is doing amazing things in the earth and people of Tanzania.

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The Pig Stuck in the Mud

So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating,
but no one gave him anything.

Luke 15:15-16

Recently I had a dream and it was terrible. In it there was a pig like the one pictured above that was buried and stuck in the mud. This pig looked so awful that I felt like she/he would die any second. It was buried up past it’s neck and stuck up under the porch of a house where you could barely see it at all. The yard had been flooded and to even get underneath the porch would be nearly impossible.

I kept looking around for someone to help. I was alone and there was no one in sight. It was getting dark quickly. I had to act fast if this pig was to be rescued.

I feel embarrassed to say my first thoughts were;

Just walk away and pretend that you didn’t notice it underneath there. No one will know.

Marlene’s Thoughts

Then the still small voice of the Holy Spirit spoke to me. He said, “I’ll know.”
I felt so ashamed and yet, the Holy Spirit didn’t bring condemnation only conviction. He said,

God loves that pig whether it lives or dies. You’ve been given a choice to either get down and get dirty, or to turn and walk away. Jesus still loves you too.

I woke up in a sweat. I was so thankful I was only dreaming! Then I remembered the story of the prodigal son who had squandered his inheritance and was so hungry that he would have gotten down into the mud just to eat the pigs food. Only if he had been allowed to.

Luke 15:15-16

The Lord showed me the condition of my heart and how easy it was for me to judge who is worthy or not worthy of rescuing.

The entire chapter of Luke 15 is about how God will leave those who are in good condition to go after the one lost person, in this case a pig. The Lord is ever pursuing the dirty, the broken, the lost and hurting. This is what His saving grace is all about.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53

Again, I’m thankful this was just a dream, but I’m even more thankful that like a pig stuck in the mud, the Lord sent Jesus to die for my sins, my pig pen, and he never hesitated a time coming in after me.

You are one of God’s Treasures,

Marlene

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Severe Quake Hits Alaska Friends Today….

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Most of us have never experienced an earthquake, the aftershocks and fear that can come along with suddenly seeing everything that is solid and secure be suddenly shaken and in disarray.

When I was in Alaska the first time, I experienced some very mild tremors but nothing like was described by friends today!

When calamity hits us it is important to be prepared and to know that we serve a God whose foundation will never be shaken.

Here are 10 Bible verses to encourage you during the uncertain times. 

1. “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.” Psalm 46:1

2. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

3.“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7

4. “The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” Psalm 121:7-8

5. “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” – Matthew 6:31:34

6. “The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.” – Psalm 29:11

7. “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

8. “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

9. “Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” Psalm 55:22

10. “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4

Read My blog Hurricane Michael – Who Is Like Our God?

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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 helping each other prepare for ruling and reigning with the MOST HIGH GOD!

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Hurricane – Who Is Like God?

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As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you, and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. Isaiah 66:13

This past week I found myself in the middle of (Hurricane Michael). Last month it was Hurricane Florence. 

After nearly a week with no a/c and limited power, I took ill and found myself laying in my friend’s bed in 95 degree heat wondering, Where is My God? I am so tired, so hot, and so overdone. This hopeless feeling was compounded with guilt from all of the other families who were still without power, and so many with no home, their businesses destroyed,and even some who have lost a loved one(s).

These two devastating storms came on the heels of three other storms that hit in 2017:  Hurricane Harvey, Hurricanes Irma, and Maria.

One minute I lay sick, my strength gone not knowing whether or not I could get up out of the bed in the morning to suddenly it seemed as if a minute passed as I woke up bright eyed at 5:00 a.m.. God had answered my prayer to renew my strength and refresh my dry and thirsty soul.

The Hebrew meaning for the name Michael is “Who is like God?” 

Who but God can answer questions when we endure hardship, extreme loss and even the death of a loved one? Who BUT GOD can refresh a dry and thirsty soul?

Job responds to losses, sickness and trauma by acknowledging and blessing God.

In one afternoon Job had lost his ten children and all his wealth. Shortly afterward he was afflicted with a horrid skin disease. In both these tragedies he kept his faith and revered the sovereign hand of God. In 1:21 he said, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” In 2:10 he said, “Shall we receive good at the hand of the God and shall we not receive evil?” He affirmed the absoluteness of God’s control over all things, and he bowed in submission to these heavy blows.

Even though my circumstances had not changed, I was able to thank God for touching my mind, emotions and spirit. I was able to get out of bed and thank Him for His grace and mercy.

Special prayer request:

As of 10/18/2018 the place where I am staying got their power back on! But, unfortunately I have seen devastation like never before and there are many who still have no power, lots of damage and in some cases no place to go until their homes are rebuilt. Please pray for those who have been hit so hard during these storms.

I am still believing the Lord for a place to live, minister and am also working on curriculum and materials for the 2019 Uhuru (Freedom) PowWow to be held in Mwanza, Tanzania next May (2019). I have also been invited to Alaska, the Phillipines and am praying for the Lord’s will and finances. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers and also for me to be established where the Lord would have me, at the right times. I am also looking for meetings to share and minister some of the things the Lord has laid on my heart recently for 2019.  May the Lord continue to protect and comfort you now and forever!

You are one of 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 helping each other prepare for ruling and reigning with the MOST HIGH GOD!

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The Moose Jumped Over the Fence

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Sometimes the Lord uses strange circumstances to get our attention! While I was in Alaska I opened the door to let out my friend’s English Setter Samantha and to my surprise there was a moose who had jumped over the fence! I wish I could say that I jumped for joy, while in fact it was just the opposite. I immediately picked up the phone to call for help and the response on the other end was, “Well that is Alaska for you!”

What appeared to be an emergency on my end, barely lit up a response on the the other person’s end. She said, “Usually they will jump right back over when they are ready. It’s just a matter of waiting.”

This reminds me of helping others during crisis and trauma care. We can provide a fence, a safe place, a listening ear and loving heart. When they have been fed, rested, and are ready, they are able to jump back over the fence and face life out in the world.

Many times I’ve had to wait patiently for the Lord to lead or guide me to whom He wants me to minister.

The toughest part is being willing to listen and wait patiently for God’s assignments.

Then, soon as I least expect it I open the door and realize there is a moose in my back yard!

Searching for God’s Treasures,

Marlene

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

Posted in Alaska, Change, Crisis, Encouraging Stories, Faith, Fatherhood, Missions, Teaching, Transition, True Stories

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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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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