Friday, February 27, 2015
I been having some great meeting the last week trying to line up our ministry opportunities in the international village. It was great to meet some new people like Carol and see some old friends like Betty as well as calling on different apartments to see how the corporate part of our meeting at their facility is coming along. Yesterday, I had the chance to meet with Tim Cummins and his daughter Ashley long time friends and fellow missionaries. We worked together with North American Mission Board. Tim helped me get started with NAMB and was my supervisor. God is at work in Atlanta and I look forward to seeing what God is going to accomplish!!
Friday, February 13, 2015
Yesterday I had to great opportunity to ride with the Police. They took me around to different apartment communities and introduced me to managers. I was able to share with the managers Youth Outreach United's vision for Atlanta and my vision specifically for the International Village-
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
So I must admit that I have been a little concerned about having to raise support again. That concern, I suppose, just comes from experience. I have always been able to raise the support that I needed for a short-term mission trip. God has blessed us greatly and I have always used that as a confirmation that I was suppose to go on the trip. But for some reason it seems that where we have been abundantly blessed in raising short-term funds, we have never been able to raise much support for our daily mission work here in Atlanta in the refugee and immigrant community. I believe that there are several factors. One being that short-term support is just that a one time gift and people are not prepared to make a long term commitment for monthly support. Secondly, I have found that there are people who believe that refugees and immigrants should not be in the US so therefore they will not support our work with them. Whatever your stance is on this issue, I do submit that these people still need Jesus and to know His love and forgiveness! They are part of our Jerusalem! "You shall witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in all Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8
Friday, January 30, 2015
After multiple computer problems I finally got out my 1st offical newletter this week for Youth Outreach United. I am a little out of practice writing letters but I know it will all come back to me in the next few months. I have been very busy with my new work for Y.O.U. but also for our upcoming trip to Belarus. I am grateful to the Lord for restoring my health so that I can serve Him doing what I love to do!!
Friday, January 23, 2015
I have a tremendous amount of catching up to do on this blog. I took a sabbatical from blogging lately.In fact for quite awhile. When I created my blog I fully intended it to be a space to share the ministry work I was doing. Due to high pressure in my job, family,situations, and health issues I took some time off. I haven't been totally out of the loop. In June 2014 Mark and I led a team from First Baptist Atlanta to LaCampa, Honduras. It was my 3rd trip there. We love working with the Lenca Indians and this trip was no exception. We had a great time of children's ministry, women's ministry, and construction. (That was Mark not me!) When we returned from the trip I had major surgery on my cervical neck. Really it was 2 surgeries. The Surgeon performed an anterior discectomy and cervical fusion and then I was flipped over and he performed a posterior cervical fusion C3- C7.I was in ICU 6 days. Needless to say my neck was in serious trouble. I have had quite a recovery with complications of pneumonia, swallowing, and speaking problems and of course pain, lots of pain. I think that's to be expected when they put 7 metal plates and 14 screws in your neck! God is good and He has and is continuing to heal me!! During this time I have prayed, searched and interviewed for s new ministry position. I was offered several ministry position's but they just didn't feel right. God has His timing and He knew that I badly needed the surgery last summer. So He prompted my spirit to wait - BE STILL! This past fall I seriously began seeking Gods will and He has led me to a new position. Last week I was officially welcomed as the Director of the International Village in Atlanta for Youth Outreach United. I am so blessed!!