Faith Journey goes to Haiti + Four!

Because of faithful giving from so many wonderful supporters, Faith Journey has been able to minister in Europe several times in the last few years. Last summer, people like you helped us step in and fill a two-month need in Tallinn, Estonia, while the resident missionaries were in the States on deputation.

We are always extremely grateful for these opportunities to minister and always, always, tuck you all in our hearts as we roll up our clothes and pack them in our overloaded suitcases.

But this next week we tackle a different, and yet exciting adventure!

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Faith Journey, a.k.a. Doug and Nannette, are heading to Port Au Prince, Haiti for a six day missions quest. We are thrilled; did I say literally beside ourselves, that two of our three sons are going with us?! Yes! Kristopher, 29 and Korey, who will celebrate his 24th birthday in Haiti, are accompanying us on the journey of a lifetime. We are beyond ecstatic to enjoy this adventure together.

Even more unbelievable, this time around, is that our leaders/guides on this trip are our best friends in the entire world, Pastor David and Bonnie Beecham of Lexington, Tennessee. Nannette has written about their adventures on her blog, Hope in the Healing, just recently. You can get to know them here!

The Beecham’s work hand in hand with resident missionaries Ron and Terry Brian, and have been making trips to this beautiful country several times per year for the last four years. The Brian’s have poured themselves into the people and the country for many years and we are blessed and honored to be able to spend a tiny bit of time and energy with all of them.

What will we be doing?

A little bit of everything, we hope. There is some painting that needs to be done at the missionary compound and Doug, Kristopher and Korey have volunteered to make that happen. Clean, cook, build, plant, whatever the need, we will try to fill it.

Since the 2010 devastating earthquake in that area, that killed more than 230,000 and displaced over 1.5 million people, Haiti has struggled to recover.

And then there are the children.

It is said that there were approximately 380,000 orphans in Haiti BEFORE the earthquake…that number doubled after the devastation five years ago.

Many are being well taken care of in orphanages around the country. Many have been adopted to the United States and other countries. But all of them need love and we plan to bring plenty of that with us.

Since David and Bonnie Beecham began going to Haiti four years ago they have fallen in love with the children there. Bonnie is always saying how she misses her kids and this trip is a special one to her. She hasn’t seen them in over six months and is anxious to get in some quality time. Here are a few examples of why they love going so much.

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So, the need is great. We don’t know the entire itinerary yet but we will attempt to update our social media, if we can gain access to internet, to keep you all in the loop as to what we are doing. Electricity is precious and the generator is used for important things such as refrigerators!

Would you pray for us? We fly out this Thursday, the 10th, and we covet your prayers knowing it is a dangerous time to travel. Yet we trust in the One who has everything in control and we put our lives and our ministry in His hands. Pray for a safe journey, settled stomachs while in Haiti and that more than anything we would show the love of Christ to hungry souls and share the Gospel, that Good News, that changes lives every single day.

If you would still like to partner with us, we have a couple of needs in this area. It is always expensive to take on a trip like this and our funds are definitely limited. Anything is a blessing and you will be a part of unprecedented revival around the world!

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Thank you, God bless you all and stay tuned for pictures and progress reports as we take to the skies!

 

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Faith Journey takes flight…today!

FullSizeRender (11)Friends, this is Nannette, we are boarding shortly in Chicago for the island country of Malta in the Mediterranean. I’m sharing this on my blog, Hope in the Healing today too. We covet your prayers for safe travel. We have a long layover in Vienna, Austria (I know, right?!) and hope to get out of the airport a few hours to at least see Old Town. Then we will be with the Parker’s, Missionaries to Malta, for the next three and a half weeks. While there, we will be teaching and sharing Revival By Design, a Biblical blueprint that will help a church prepare for the revival God wants to give. If we are not prepared to handle them then we will definitely lose them!

Did you know that Malta, which was formally called Melita in the New Testament, is the island where the Apostle Paul was bitten by a viper? There is a rich history of Christianity in this island country, one of the oldest Christian communities in the world! And it was brought by the Apostle Paul himself around A.D. 60.

He was being taken to Rome to stand trial, (along with some other political prisoners), and ultimately, eventually, he would become a martyr for the cause of Christ.

He was in the hands of a capable man. Julius was a centurion who was the commander of a cohort. A cohort is a band of soldiers between 400-600 men. This was a large ship and quite full! The end of the chapter tells us there were a total of 276 people on board.

“Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.” Acts 27:9-11 KJV.

Here is the dilemma: God had revealed to Paul that the weather was to become perilous and for them to stay where they were. Paul warned Julius, but do not forget that Paul is also a PRISONER. Julius was in quite a predicament. He had the experience of the pilot and captain in one ear, and this man of God in the other.

What they wanted to do doesn’t sound so bad. It would have only taken them a day to get to Phoenix and that didn’t seem like such a risk. It was a bigger town. It was close to Fair Havens and better protected from the weather. The sailors would be thrilled because there was more to do there.

But God said, “Stay. Abide.”

How many times do we go ahead and do what we want to do even though God says, “STAY.”

He wants us to wait, listen, and trust Him. But we insist on doing our own thing anyway.

So the ship sets sail.

“But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.” Acts 27:14 KJV.

This wind was so strong that it had a name: Euroclydon. Things started happening quickly. The second day they begin to lighten the ship, throwing things overboard.

“On the third day, they threw the ships tackle overboard with their own hands.” Acts 27:19 NIV.

Now, they were getting rid of some of the ship’s gear. Desperation had set in. If only they had listened to Paul.

“When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.” Acts 10:20 NIV.

They were in trouble; big trouble. They should have listened. They should have stayed in Fair Havens to begin with but they didn’t. All hope was gone as far as they were concerned.

How many times have we all been in the same situation as the crew of this ship? How many of us, just like Julius, have rejected the voice of God and did things our own way, only to fail miserably?

Did God make us come crawling on our hands and knees begging Him to take us back? Never, and He doesn’t require it of these men either.

He shows mercy.

Paul stands before them and brings them good news. “And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee…for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” Acts 10:22-25 KJV.

Even after he gave them this great news, the storm grew worse and some of the men tried to abandon the ship. We may have done the same in a state of panic! But Paul tells Julius and the soldiers, “Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.”

The next morning, Paul urged them to eat because it had been 14 days since they had begun fasting. They needed their strength.

He reminds them that God had promised that not a hair on their head would be harmed as long as they stayed in the ship!

After they had eaten, those 276 souls lightened the ship even more by throwing over the wheat.

Get rid of those things that would keep you from walking with God, that would pull you down or drag you under. A little hindrance, a stumbling block…nothing is worth losing your soul.

The ship began to break apart in the back and the prisoners and crew grabbed hold of pieces of debris and broken planks to swim to shore. Not one of them perished!

“And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land. Acts 27:44 KJV.

Paul had been fasting, he was a man of prayer, and he had been shipwrecked two times previously. He trusted God when he heard His voice. He was strengthened by his time of prayer and fasting. God gave him wisdom to handle this situation and hold everything together.

Why else would a commander of an army trust a prisoner to give direction?

Only God would allow that to take place.

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Paul brought the Gospel to the island of Malta all because of a shipwreck. “Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.” Acts 28:1, 2 NIV.

If you feel your life is a mess, that your shipwreck and chaos can never be put back together again, remember Paul. He brought the Gospel to an entire country because of a shipwreck!

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Believe that today. There is safety in the ship. Trust Him with the storms of your life and watch His will unfold.

Would you pray for not only our safety but for anointing, wisdom and favor? We do not take these trips lightly, we appreciate everyone who helps support us and give these opportunities to share around the world the Good News that Jesus saves. Stay updated with our Faith Journey adventure here on the blog and Instagram! And yes, you can still donate to our missions journey via Paypal to your right. Blessings.

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Two-Week Countdown to Malta!

 Faith Journey 2015       Destination Malta!

It is with great excitement that we make the announcement that our Faith Journey destination for 2015 is the nation of Malta! We are honored to be invited to this beautiful and historic island by Missionaries Kirby and Mary Parker. Tentatively, our plans are to minister and teach as well as to provide leadership training. We will depart on Thursday, April 30 and return on Sunday, May 24. We look forward to sharing some great reports during our time in Malta.
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About Malta…

As you can see from the photo above, Malta is an island, South of Sicily and Italy, and North of Africa. It’s relatively small size, (122 square miles) and population (approx. 450,000) make it one of the world’s most densely populated countries.Malta gained it’s independence in 1964 from Great Britain after a long history of being occupied by many different nations. In 1974 they became a republic. Malta is known for a long Christian legacy which includes the Biblical historic site where the Apostle Paul was shipwrecked. Known at the time as Melita, this is where Paul was infamously bitten by the viper that struck out from the fire that Paul was throwing a bundle of sticks upon. History records that Paul spent three months on the island on his way to Rome. While there he was known for curing the sick, including the father of Publius, the “chief man of the island”. It was Paul who was responsible for opening this country up to Christianity. From the UPCI Global Missions Website: Kirby and Mary Parker, through prayer, received their call to Malta. They were appointed as UPCI missionaries to Malta during the 2000 General Conference and arrived on the field with their daughter, Rebecca, in May 2002. The Parkers have started one church in Malta, conduct home fellowships in key localities, study the Maltese language, and make regular contacts on the neighboring island of Gozo. He states ‘We are praying for a Holy Ghost revival in Jesus’ Name for the Maltese, Chinese, Filipino, Bulgarian and American nationals who presently attend our church.” The Parker’s appointment was expanded in 2006 to include the North African countries of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. This is in keeping with their long-term vision and goal of using Malta as a base of outreach into North Africa (nearly ninety million souls). The Parkers have made ten evangelistic trips to Morocco, where one UPCI church exists in this nation of over thirty million souls. Libya has been selected as a Target Nation. The Parkers have made one trip to this country, where they were able to witness to Libyan, and other, nationalities.


You Can Be A Part…

First of all, we want to say a heartfelt thank you to our monthly supporters. Without you, this trip and others like it would be impossible for us. You are making an impact around the globe through your sacrifice. We take that responsibility very seriously. Travel such as this is very costly, as you can imagine. If you would like to partner with us, there is a convenient link to our PayPal account right below. We appreciate every sacrifice that makes this journey of faith possible!

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Thank you again for your continued support through prayers and finances that will allow us to return to the Global Missions field as often as possible to assist in the work there.


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The Narva Experience

As a part of our assignment here in Estonia, we recently had the privilege of traveling to the far northeastern portion of the country. Yes, this could be referred to as the Russian border. Our destination for the day was the city of Narva, where there is a small group of Russian-speaking believers (most are dual citizens) that we were to meet with.

Narva is the third largest city in Estonia and is filled with history! Of course, pretty much all of Estonia and the Baltic States cities are filled with history. Our little over three hour drive was wonderful inSillamae, Estonia Municipal Building and of itself. The highway went through beautiful countryside, as well as occasional glimpses of the Baltic Sea. It was another reminder of the beauty of this country. We also took a slight detour to visit the city of Sillamae. I was able to visit there one cold night during our previous term in Estonia, so seeing the city on a warm sunny day was certainly more enjoyable!

Narva CastleThe historical highlight of the day was a brief visit to Narva Castle. The main tower of the castle, “Tall Hermann” serves as the iconic symbol of the city. The beauty and majesty of the grounds were a little overwhelmed by the weekend activities. It seemed that this particular Friday, Saturday and Sunday, that Narva was Ivangorod Fortressplaying host to a Motorcycle Rally. Yes, so the castle grounds were filled with tents, loud music, motorcycles of all sorts and sizes, and of course…bikers! Nevertheless, we did get the chance to peruse the grounds and catch a glimpse of the Ivangorod Fortress of Russia, just across the river.

We quickly left the castle grounds to make our way to an apartment building in the heart of the city. Our destination was the ninth floor of the building, which meant that we would need to take the elevator. Now, for you Americans, please note that European elevators are not similar to the ones we are used to. Oh, the nameplate said, “OTIS”, but it was one of their miniature versions. And just in case you are not aware…Nannette does not like elevators, in fact they may be next to the least liked thing on her list, perhaps only exceeded by her hatred dislike of cats.

Upon realizing we had arrived, our wonderful “I-only-speak-Russian” host and her friend, quickly made their way down to the entry door to let us in and greet us…in Russian! They then ushered us to that little elevator, and the four of us squeezed into the three person capacity elevator. Their Russian chatter, combined with a surprisingly fast elevator, helped my bride to endure the ride.

Our service that evening was wonderful. This group of Holy Ghost filled Russians may have been small in number, but they certainly knew how to worship and pray! And we did a lot of that. Following the conclusion of my message, we moved into a time of focused prayer. We began praying for individual needs, as well as general needs. We wrapped up with praying as those in attendance shared their burden and passion to see a mighty move of the Holy Ghost happen in their city! They have a hunger for genuine REVIVAL!

As we concluded the service, our hosts would not allow us to make our journey back without sharing their supper with us. They brought out a wide variety of ethnic dishes and we enjoyed a time of food and fellowship. It gave us all an opportunity to share information about each other’s lives.

These dear people will forever hold a special place in our hearts. I am thankful for missionaries who are sacrificing their time and resources to journey to this city on the Russian border on a regular basis to help these people grow in their relationship with Christ, as well as teaching and empowering them to reach their city for the Kingdom.

Thank you all who partner with us for allowing us to be just a small part of this group. We look forward to sharing more with you in the days ahead!

A Busy Month!

It just does not seem possible that we have been in Estonia for four weeks already, and are halfway through this assignment. So much time has been spent getting reconnected with some of our old contacts and friends. And we have made many new ones already.

Sunday services here in the church in Tallinn have been filled with such an awesome presence of the Holy Ghost! A big change from our time here four years ago is the Worship Leading of Bro. Sander Mandre. Every Sunday he has done a magnificent job of leading us into a wonderful time of worship. This past Sunday the weather was quite warm, so we had the windows open in the space we are renting. Even with the presence of a steady rain, I noticed several people stopping outside the building to listen as we worshipped in song.

Recently, we were honored to drive to the far Eastern edge of Estonia (translated: the Russian border), to the city of Narva. Here on the ninth floor of an old Soviet-style apartment building we met with a wonderful group of people who love to spend time in worship and prayer. These people certainly know how to pray! Following the ministry of the Word, we moved into a time of prayer…and it was an intense time of prayer. You could feel God meeting with us in a great way. This group is ready to see Revival in their city! Please join with us in prayer for Narva!

This past weekend, following our Sunday service, we drove down south to Tartu, Estonia to celebrate Nannette’s birthday and our 35th Anniversary. This was another great opportunity to see more of this beautiful country and to learn more of its history. We were thankful for this short, but exciting time exploring a new city.

I shared with the church on Sunday that I can feel some breaking in the spirit world happening, especially in the immediate vicinity of the Culture Center where we are currently meeting. The evidence was seen as the people stopped to listen to our worship. I shared with Missionary Turner that continued revival is going to happen in this city and in this country!

Please continue to pray for this work here, as well as the country of Estonia. All of us are aware of the current headlines and this can be the source of a great deal of anxiety for a people who have spent so much of their long and storied history being occupied by other nations. We are believing in a mighty Holy Ghost Outpouring to continue to happen in the Baltic States!

Everybody’s Going on a Missions Trip!

(This post was originally written by Nannette for her blog, Hope in the Healing this week. I thought it appropriate to share it here.)

My original title was, The Mission Trip: It’s not just about sightseeing…and I could have made friends and enemies with my title alone! Some could mistake it for “Shame on you! Didn’t you DO anything on your mission trip besides sightseeing?!” Then those that know me better will realize I am wanting to paint a bigger picture…a much bigger picture.

So, what do I mean? What is the purpose of a mission trip?

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The Sweetheart took his first missions trip overseas when he was 18. He traveled to South America where he visited Chile, Argentina and Brazil. He went with an independent pastor who took him to see things up close and personal that would forever change his life.

Witnessing things such as satanic worship in a cemeteryat night…and out of sight…he was introduced to another world, one that most of us only read about in National Geographic back in the 1970’s.

He visited church after church, meeting amazing people who love God and are doing their best to serve Him. Privileged to witness and invite others to come to know Jesus Christ, right on the street, and get a positive response, was overwhelming.

What else did he do?

He went sightseeing. Experiencing the wonder of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will forever be a highlight! He was privileged to bring back treasures such as a marble chess set from Chile and the ugliest sweater for me from Argentina that you have ever laid eyes on. I treasure it to this day! (I wish I had pictures to share but I am thousands of miles away from home and his “SLIDES”, yes, slides! For the younger generation, well, ask the older generation.)

Not to be outdone, when my oldest son, and his girlfriend-soon-to-be-fiancé-now-soon-to-be-wife-of-twelve-years were both 18, they took a two week missions trip to Alaska. Alaska? Yes, Alaska. America needs Jesus!

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Kyle and Rachel visited wonderful missionaries who travel distances we cannot fathom to minister to people, and met native Alaskans who are planting churches all over the 49th, and largest, state in our great union.

Their group worked, they shared testimonies, sang, preached, whatever was asked or needed in those fourteen days, they were eager to serve.

Did I mention the sightseeing? Oh, my!

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Not to be outdone, when our middle son, Kristopher was 17, he and his friend Christopher, (yes, two of them!) joined a group traveling to Bolivia. Again, they were able to meet people and see things that forever changed them. They worked, hard! They preached, sang, shared on the streets and they LOVED…hard.

They also came back with the most hideous, handmade, woven pants you have ever laid eyes on. I bet he had half a dozen pair in different colors and patterns! (Just being goofy here, thankfully they didn’t go witnessing dressed like that!)

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Obviously a mission trip brings out the worst in taste. Unfortunately, I cannot recall a decent treasure that was brought back from this trip but the Sweetheart remembers well a beautiful leather briefcase that Kristopher had bought for him. He carried it for many years.

And…they went sightseeing…

Dangerous sights…

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Amazing sights…

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If you follow my blog, you are aware that I call my boys My Three Sons, so you are expecting me to share The Baby’s mission trip. I will not disappoint you! Korey and Kristopher journeyed to Scotland and Ireland for six long weeks of a personal mission trip…funded by Korey and Kristopher.

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They spent their own money but were blessed to stay in accommodations with the missionaries there in exchange for hard labor (smile).

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They loved every minute of it.

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(Okay, almost every minute. Korey is a little dramatic after helping to update the landscaping at the Bible School here. He is a musician, after all, not a gardener!)

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And when in Rome…or in Glascow…well, doesn’t everyone try on a kilt? Kristopher does.

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They also were at St. Andrews before and during the British Open!

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Korey slept during the British Open…at the infamous St. Andrews….in Scotland.

No, seriously, he did.

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They took pictures, and liberties, that would probably have gotten them in trouble had anyone been watching.

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It was an amazing trip.

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Korey then joined us in Riga, Latvia for six full months of ministry. He brought his guitar and sang his heart out, along with several other wonderful young people, helping to start churches in a very difficult region of the world. He met people he would never have gotten a chance to become acquainted with otherwise, people that have impacted his life.

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Did Korey get to sightsee? Yes and no. His six months were more work than play. He did see most of Riga, Latvia, the capital of the Baltics. We took him to Tallinn, Estonia one weekend, where we are currently serving as short term furlough replacements, to see one of the most beautiful Old Town’s still in existence.

What was his most exciting sightseeing adventure? He was asked to conduct a music seminar in St. Petersburg, Russia for about five days, accommodations in the church with our beloved Missionary, Reverend William Turner. What a privilege! Yes, he was blessed to see a part of the world most will never see and make friendships with beautiful people.

These are examples. Examples I used because I know their stories, I can talk about them, share them freely.

But, what about the career missionaries? They are overseas for long, long periods of time, there cannot be that much to do, right? Isn’t it just one big, long vacation?

First of all, do not misunderstand and think I am touting the adventures of my family. We are not career missionaries. We were Associates in Missions, or what our organization calls AIM workers. Sort of part-time missionaries in some cases, and in others, self-sponsored, or church sponsored, missionaries who are going to fill a need. They may not have felt a calling, per se, to a certain country, but they want to do something. They see that people are needed, and they are available, willing and ready to go. Sometimes that is a precursor to a career missionary. You have to start somewhere and put your time in before you are promoted to a long term overseas assignment.

Yet, many AIM workers and associate missionaries sell everything they have too! Some, like us, could not have raised the money necessary to spend a year in Europe without selling our home, and most of our possessions. We do not regret it, even though we are not overseas full time.

Now, we personally go when we see a need, when we can raise the money to do so, and the rest of our time is spent traveling for Revival By Design.

Career missionaries have much more red tape to cut through before they are on location. It can take many months, or even years, to raise the support needed to stay on location.

Naturally, it is different in every organization.

I have read many books down through the years of missionaries blazing the trail. Of those working in the jungles of Africa, walking mile after mile, facing danger, literally, around every corner. I remember stories of other Godly souls who were able to be a part of seeing thousands saved in one tent crusade! They didn’t have email, cell phones, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Viber, Face Time, or Skype. They had snail mail and some were fortunate to have telephone communication…for about three minutes due to the expense…or the connection!

They definitely had things more difficult in many natural ways than missionaries do today, but they share many similarities that have NOT changed over the years.

Selling out.

Saying, “Goodbye’s” to loved ones.

Being homesick for their families.

Severe financial hardship. (Even though you are doing it for Jesus doesn’t mean you will be wealthy!)

And the most difficult of all…attacks from the enemy.

But I hear no complaints. I am sure there are some, even missionaries are human, but it is temporary. It may come from frustration, broken promises, and exhaustion.

What they DO experience, and I am sure 95% of them will agree, outweighs the struggle that accompanies the life of a missionary.

They witness lives changed, hearts broken and mended again, miracles, healings, signs and wonders!

They build churches in cities and countries where there has never been a church that taught Truth.

They light the way and bring the Gospel to the four corners of the world attempting to fulfill the scripture, “Go ye, into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15.

And this one, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matthew 24:14.

The short-term mission trip whets the appetite of the young and the old. Some will go back, they will commit and “Go ye…” Others that have been privileged to go for a short time will not go back on a permanent basis but the experience will live on in their hearts and they, in turn, give in another way…they financially support those that literally go! It’s in their heart; they’ve been there, witnessed things that impacted them, now they want to help.

They never forget.

So, do missionaries sightsee? Yes, they do, they should! Of course it isn’t JUST about the things they see and the places they get to go…if they are going for that benefit only, they won’t last. God will not bless it. But missionaries that sacrifice for the call…they enjoy the countries God has sent them to love and labor in. Another long-time missionary mentioned that it is often even a spiritual experience as they learn more about their country, the history, the people that call it home…it helps them so much to connect!

They take pictures and post them on social media so YOU can be blessed to see places that your feet may never wander through. You have helped them get there; they want to share it with you! (There are times and situations where missionaries MAY NOT post very many pictures, if any, of their congregation, house church, or people they are working with for privacy reasons.)

The associate missionary, no matter how long they are on location, are a blessing to the missionary that lives in the country all of the time. They bring refreshing, strength, fellowship and maybe even Oreo’s and Ziploc bags from the States!

Missionaries go to places we can only dream about, but they give way more than we will ever realize and sacrifice more than some of us would be willing to.

Be blessed to see pictures of them feeding children in Africa, putting shoes on kids in Haiti, singing on the streets in Europe and preaching to thousands in South America!

Then pray.

Pray for those that have, and will, answer the call to GO. Pray that they will be able to raise the funds necessary, that it will not be a financial burden on them for years to come, and that their hearts will not become weary with THE WAIT.

For those already on the field? They need your prayers even more!

Pray for those that have gone; that God would have His way in their lives. That they would hear HIS voice and know the direction He would have them to take.

Pray for strength for each new day, peace in every situation and for favor with their city, village or country.

Pray that the emptiness in their heart would be replaced by the love of God and a love for the people in their new homeland.

Don’t begrudge them a little enjoyment in the country within which they labor. Love them, support them financially, bless them when you can.

And pray.

And We Are Here!

We have arrived on location in Tallinn, Estonia! We have spent the past couple of days getting through the rigors of jet lag as well as beginning the process of reacquainting ourselves with the city.

Our journey to Tallinn allowed for a multi-hour layover in Oslo, Nannette and Rachel in OsloNorway. We took advantage of this to go into the city and see some of the sights. This was enhanced by being able to meet up with Rachel Zehm, a former team member from our work in Latvia who is currently serving in the city of Oslo.

As we flew into Norway, it was breathtaking to see the beauty of this country below us. Snow-covered mountains gave way to lush, green, rolling hills and farmland, with innumerable lakes scattered throughout. Oslo was no less beautiful, especially as we made our way to the main harbor area of the city. Oslo Opera HouseOslo Harbor From The Opera House

Oslo and Norway are experiencing an awakening of revival! Rachel shared with us some wondrous accounts of how God is miraculously opening doors of opportunity to reach souls who are hungry for something more in their life. While there is much natural beauty in this land, it certainly does not compare to the beauty of people who have a true relationship with Christ! That is the heartbeat of every missionary…regardless of which one of the 200+ countries of this sphere called Earth that we might occupy at any given time: to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them.

Check out our facebook page for more pictures from our brief stop in Norway. We will share thoughts from our first few days in Tallinn soon! Thank you for your continued prayers, support and encouragement!