Month: April 2018

Details

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I was reminded recently about the fact that our God, who created the heavens and earth, cares about each and every detail!! As we took time to notice the fine details in the beauty of nature around us, we could see how much He loves us and how much He cares. As our team enters into a time of transition, we often find ourselves unsure of all the details, and it can start to make us feel uneasy. But I am learning to trust once again in the fact that He cares about each of the details we may be concerned about, and He will take care of them all!
6 “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. “Luke 12: 6-7

Fun Fact Friday: Elevated Cheese

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We had an exceptional experience several months ago.  For our anniversary, we went to a restaurant that has tried to make the cuisine from this region elevated and more gourmet.  One of the first things that came out was this plate of cheese.  The people here love their cheese!  Each type of cheese is unique to the region it is from and has a unique twist.  On the plate, there are two discs like a mozzarella–one swirled with mint and one swirled with walnuts and paprika.  Then, there is a goat cheese and a cow’s milk cheese fermented in wine.  It was really a very special experience. The green sponges on the plate?  Oh, those aren’t sponges!  That was the parsley that had been made into a cake!  We tried them and we were surprised with the sweet flavor that balanced out the strong bite of the cheese!

Prayer Point: One Mediator

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Although this church is older than anything in America, it is still in use –often holding weddings and tours (many people from other countries visit here) at the same time. There is a clear contrast between this newer icon and the older, faint murals on the walls behind it.  Someone had taken the time to light the candle in front of her picture.

This is very typical of church walls in this city.  Many times, the icons are of Mary, like this one.  Others may be of Saint Andrew, Saint Matthew, or Saint Peter.  They are all said to hold different blessings, especially for someone that has their namesake.  This is part of the lie that has been given to the people here–that these Saints are needed to intervene, on our behalf, to God.  We only need one Mediator!  Would you pray that people would stop and think about who they are praying to?

Watchmen Needed!

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One of the most beautiful cities in our country still has remains of a great wall that once surrounded the city to protect the people from their enemies. It is said that “the fortress walls once ran 4.5 – 5 kilometers long with 28 watch towers and 8 gates. Each tower of the fortress was named after the nearest village, so that the residents of this village knew where to hide in case of danger and which tower they were to defend.” (Cora V.)
How did they know when their enemy was approaching? There were men who stood watch. Just as in Old Testament times, as it says in Isaiah 62:6,  “O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the LORD.”
Praise God for those who have been willing to commit to being watchmen on the walls for us and the people of Green Mountains. Thank you for praying for protection from the enemy. If you haven’t joined us yet, please do–we need you!

Fun Fact Friday: Tournament Time

Over the past twelve months, the team guys have hosted a few men’s game nights for our local friends and students. Ping pong is always a huge hit, and there are some pretty intense matches during these get-togethers.  What’s even better is the relationship building and conversations that take place in this relaxed and fun environment. Please pray for those listed on the tournament bracket (this one includes some recent visitors from the States too) that they will be changed forever, and for direction as He guides our paths to perfectly intersect  with people who desire to know Christ.

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Prayer Point: His Rightful Place

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“Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is you, Lord our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.” Jeremiah 14:22

Please pray that Christ will be restored to His rightful place within the national religion and in the hearts of this people.

Piercing the Darkness

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We live in a country in which Christianity became the state religion 1700 years ago in 319AD by a young woman named Nino!  She is buried in a small church on the grounds of an ancient monastery in the Eastern part of the country.  We recently visited and stood for some time in the small church.  It is overwhelming to see firsthand how a message of relationship, hope, life and light has morphed into what could be described as a heavy, duty-filled, dark religion.

As we stood there, sun beams came through the window into the dark church.  The vision of light piercing the darkness is so powerful, and we’re praying that this historically Christian nation would experience true revival!

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