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Back to Texas: Newsletter #1

We are ending one journey of the Lord and beginning another as we head back to the U.S.  We will begin sending out monthly newsletters that will keep you informed with what God is doing currently with us as well as covering bits and pieces of this journey with the Lord that is coming to an end.  Here is our first newsletter.  We look forward to sharing with you all that God is doing!!! 🙂

May 2014 Monthly Newsletter

May 2014 Monthly Newsletter

 

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God Determined Our Steps

This past week, we were able to return to Dharmapuri, Tamilnadu, India; where Jeremiah visited on his last adventure here in India.  Jeremiah was stoked to be able to finally go.  We took rest when we arrived there on Friday after very long and hot bus rides.  We stayed on the second floor, above Pastor Daniel’s church, and one floor below where the girls from the orphanage stay.  On Saturday evening we went to 5 different houses to pray over the families and people of the villages.  Some of these people lived in very small “hut” houses and did not have very much to offer, yet they still gave us something to eat and glorious chai tea.

On Sunday, we attended Pastor Daniel’s church and I got to experience what a real Indian church is like, 5 hours full of clapping and bouncing, loud prayers and Holy Spirit happenings.  Jeremiah preached about tasting the Lord.  Afterwards we prayed for everyone in the church and I was part of a deliverance of a woman who was afflicted by something I could not understand due to language barriers; but I was really challenged to seek the Lord for more discernment when it comes to those type of things.  That evening, we went to two different leper colonies and I spoke about the compassionate love of the Father; we fed them and Jeremiah and I laid hands on and prayed over them.

Visit at Leper Colony

Visit at Leper Colony

I knew it would be difficult for me going there and seeing these people’s lives and bodies being rotted away through the death sentence the enemy has placed on them.  Even then, I was overwhelmed with compassion, as I read so much that Jesus was, and filled with faith that God would bring healing to them.  We did not see anything physically happen when we prayed over them, but so many of them asked for prayer and I believe that God touched them and will continue ministering to their hearts, bodies and lives.  Afterwards, we went to a street corner where there were some homeless people gathered.  I spoke again on God’s love, we sang some songs, and we fed them and prayed over them.

VIsit at Leper Colony

VIsit at Leper Colony

Jeremiah and I were very excited when we found out that we were going to be teaching at the first YWAM DTS in Dharmapuri during the week.  This DTS is all local natives to the surrounding area, except for a few staff members that are from a different state.  These 16 students, some families, are going on their outreach in three weeks to Sri Lanka and Malaysia, however, a few of them are having issues with getting their visas and passports, some due to finances, so please be in prayer for them that God would provide all they need so that they can be sent out to these needy nations.

We felt that God was calling us to talk about missions throughout the week.  On Monday, we talked about original design vs worldly thinking.  Our original design is who God made us to be apart from sin, but the enemy through the ways of the world tries to separate us from the truth of who God says we are.  I taught them the 4 R’s: Repent (Confessing the sin of believing the lie – Acts 3:19), Receive (Receiving God’s forgiveness and asking Him to fill you with more Holy Spirit – Psalm 103:8-12) , Rebuke (Rebuke the enemy’s grasp on you because of the sin – James 4:7), Replace (Declaring the sin as dead and “paid for” and asking God to come and flood your heart and mind with Truth and empowerment to walk it out – Galatians 2:20.)  We then took them through breaking the chains of the past, negative self-image, and false humility; and broke them into groups so they could all ask the Lord for each other’s original design.  Great blessings came from this!

Jeremiah Teaching at DTS

Jeremiah Teaching at DTS

On Tuesday, Jeremiah talked about waiting for the word, promises and call of the Lord.  I shared on counting the cost and taught primarily from Luke 14:25-30, which talks about the cost of being a disciple.  Afterward, I had them ask God for 2 promises for the present time and 2 promises for the future and to write it down, as instructed by God through Habakkuk 2:2-3: “This is what the Lord said to me, ‘Write My answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.  This vision is for a future time.  It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.  If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place.  It will not be delayed.’”  On Wednesday, Jeremiah shared on faith and perseverance out of Hebrews 11 and faith without conditions.  I taught about fear of the Lord vs fear of man and told some of my testimony of how bound up I was in every type of fear there is and how God set me free. I also taught out about unbelief out of Mark 16:9-18 and how unbelief can hinder us from receiving the promises of Jesus through this passage.  Then we took them through the 4 R’s again and broke off fear and unbelief.  There was so much freedom and fruit brought forth this night!!!

On Friday, Jeremiah taught on bearing fruit out of Luke 8: Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seeds, avoiding burnout, and planting seeds.  I talked about the importance of the secret place (Psalm 132:1-5) and how intimacy fuels missions (Luke 10:38-42).  It was obvious by the time we left Dharmapuri that we were sent there for reasons other than what we had in mind.  From the fruit that was brought forth through teaching at the DTS, we see we went there for that seed planting. Proverbs 16:9 says, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”  At times we can be so set in our plans, but God has the ultimate plan.  So be encouraged that even when things might not go our way, God’s way brings forth far greater fruit and blessings than our way ever could!

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!

Busy For the Kingdom

A couple days ago, we got to preach and minister at my friend Sam Douthwaite’s church (http://www.gatewaynewcastle.org/).  We were able to do the kind of ministry that everyone sees and appreciates.  After that, we were at St. Lukes for a Christmas Carol service and were able to pray and encourage several people there as well.  Sunday morning and evening at the church, this is what immediately comes to mind when we we think of ministry.

The very next day, we were able to do ministry of a different sort.  Some may not call it ministry, but it is what Followers of Christ should be doing all the time.  We set out with the intention of buying some Christmas presents at the local shopping center for my Sister and her Fiance.  We will be visiting them this weekend and celebrating Christmas a little early.  While we were here, we had two encounters that could have easily gone by us if we were too busy to take the time.

The first happened mainly because of me.  As we were passing an Apple store, I wanted to go in and look at the new Ipad Air.  This was an extremely silly thing for me to do, because I do not have the money, nor could ever justify it if I had the money, to buy one.  I just thought I would look at it.  Well, while we were in this shop, we ran across Steve who we had met at church two weeks ago.  He works for Compassion International helping others to learn about how they can be a part of change in the lives of needy children.  We were able to talk with Him a little more and meet his wife and almost 2 year old son.  This was an encouragement to me and I believe was good for them as well.  If we were busy or just attending the business at hand, we would have very quickly passed by and never taken the time to chat with these wonderful people and make that valuable connection with them.

A little later, as we struggled through the increasing crowd, we were stopped by a man named Carlton.  He had a sleeping bag thrown around his shoulders and was obviously a homeless man.  We could have easily passed him by like so many others, but we stopped and talked with him.  We even got the opportunity to pray with him and just talk about the Lord.  Even though we did not have the time and not really any money to give him, we were able to be an encouragement to him just by talking to him and giving him our time.

As the busy Christmas season is around us and we are attending parties and buying presents and fighting the madhouse of crowds just to get to wherever we are going, lets be conscious of where God is moving.  Let us never be to busy to join Him in His work.  My encouragement to you, is to not be busy!!!  Busyness means that what I am doing is more important that what you are doing and causes us to lose track of the One who is really important.  One of my earliest and favorite memories of Christmas is my Dad singing “Jesus is the reason for the season, Jesus is Lord Emmanuel.  He can’t get the glory without the story, Jesus is Lord Emmanuel.”

Always remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.  If we get so busy that we do not even take time to do what Jesus did and bless the people that need it most, with time, money, just talking to them, or something more, how can God ever get the glory?  Let us put away the busyness of the season that says me and mine are more important than anything and lets put on Jesus who humbled Himself and became obedient, looking out for the wellbeing of others rather than Himself.  We cannot be selfish with what we have if we truly recognize what Jesus gave up just so that we could live!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!