Often we are asked about children whom have been raised in House Of Blessings and moved on. Where are they? What are they doing now?
The founders of HOB – Phil and Lonnie Murphy, Helping Hands In Motion, the friends and supporters of House Of Blessings have all worked hard to provide every opportunity available to the children growing up in House Of Blessings. The philosophy of the House Of Blessings has been to raise fewer children and give them greater opportunities to achieve higher possibilities in life. Instiling in them Christian teachings, values, ethics and morals! Making it a priority for them to get a good education through high school; then making it possible for any and all who wanted to receive higher education the opportunities to do so. Knowing by following these principles these children will grow up and make a considerable difference in the communities in which they live.
There are many stories we could share; from Bobby pastoring a Haitian church in Indianapolis, Indiana; Isaac ministering in another ministry outside of Port Au Prince and going to H.E.A.R.T. this next semester; Steeve pursuing an education and ministry in the medical field. There are also many more, but I want to focus on one so you can hear more of her story.
Wislande Joseph came to the House of Blessings when she was about 12 years old; she received love, care, instruction and education. She did well in school and after graduating from High School she was given the opportunity through Medical Mission International to go to a college in Ecuador, receiving her degree as a Surgical Optometrist Assistant. When she moved to Ecuador she did not know anyone there, nor the language as she started her studies. She has shared that living there was difficult at times with no family and friends. She did, over time, make friends and learn the language…which didn’t surprise any of us. After receiving her degree she returned to Haiti.
But her story does not stop there. After coming back to Haiti and the economic situation was difficult, she worked hard to find a job and finally landed a good job working for an Optometrist in Port Au Prince, Haiti. She lived at the orphanage and traveled daily to and from Port Au Prince. For you whom have been to the House Of Blessings for a visit, you know how difficult this daily trip would have been. She was getting paid pretty well in her new position, but it was not fulfilling.
Wislande was very appreciative of her job, but it lacked an aspect she learned growing up in the House OF Blessings, giving back or helping people. Her new job did not do this and it bothered her, to the point she started looking elsewhere for employment. Then she found her current job working as a Surgical Optometrist Assistant with a Haitian Optometrist. The difference between the jobs was this Optometrist makes regular visits into very poor and needy areas helping those who could not afford any eye care. It feed her desire to minister to those in need!! She even took a pay cut to be able to be involved in giving back to her community and to her people. Wislande has shared numerous stories with us of her trips into these areas and helping the less fortunate and giving back to her people. Now, she feels this job is making her life more complete.
But the story does not end there – Wislande is getting married to a great Christian Haitian man who is finishing his medical degree in Haiti to be a doctor. He, too, wants to help his people and give back to Haiti, to make a difference in their community, Haiti and the world.
Many of you ask how to pray for the House of Blessings, thank you for asking! Here are some of HOB’s PRAYER NEEDS:
* A date to drill the well at HOB – we have limited resources for a couple of wells to be drilled at HOB and at the local church, we have been working on this for almost 2 years, trying to get a company with a rig that can travel up to HOB. We have the company now, and we are on the waiting list, so we are asking for a definite date to drill, for favor when drilling (each hole costs approx. $5000 whether they hit water or not), a great water vein with good water and a strong supply of water.
* For a person/couple to go to HOB as a Missionary/Teacher for the HOB School. They must raise their own support. This position is for community outreach as well as for HOB, and needs to be strong in teaching English.
* Good health for the kids and staff at HOB
* Several of the older kids at HOB, and in the community, are in the decision making process of their careers (jobs, higher education, etc.) – asking for guidance as they make their decision, for finances and open doors for them and for protection against wrong decisions.
* For financial support for the orphanage, and for the kids. The higher they go in school, the more it costs, and several are in the upper grades now.
* Also for my personal support – unfortunately, I must raise my own so I can continue to effectively minister in the areas which HHIM has been called.
* One of HOB’s kids who is now an adult, Wislande (mentioned above) is getting married in June to a doctor – they both are Christians and continue to give back to Haiti. This wedding is a joyous occasion for everyone at HOB.
* For continued vision and guidance for HHIM in the ongoing ministry and work at HOB.
If you have any questions, please call me at 863-255-1339. God bless you!! We love you all.
“Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness” (Acts 4:29, NIV)
Fanatics disturbed Pastor “K’s” workplace and seized the sewing machines through which he ran a sewing center. They put him behind bars for few days and threatened him of further consequences if he continues to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. The political situation has gotten worse in this place and Pastor “K” and his family needs our prayers more than ever – they are in serious jeopardy.
Pastor “K” sent us an urgent prayer request: “I am fine and we hope you are fine. The situation in this area is not good; one fanatical person gave report to police that Christians are converting others. I was put into jail and a friend of mine was an advocate before the court and then he gave bail for me to be released. When released from jail I had to move from my rented home as fanatics would come and break windows and threaten me and my family. Please pray for me as I am making repairs to my home, pray as we may have to change homes once again. Also, please pray for me and my family as we continue to minster here that God will open a way for the Gospel!”
Another Pastor from the same geographical location, Pastor “V” wrote us providing an update on their ministry as well as the fear they have for their lives. “Many times believers have been threatened to leave working in this group. They are bold enough to share the gospel to this group touching the lives. We are doing certain compassion work to show them the love of Jesus. The good thing is that the people in very secret are coming to know the real God and people are coming to Christ.” Pastor “V” and his family are doing tremendous work even though their lives are threatened and they are forced to leave the place and demanded to not share the gospel. Despite the oppressive and difficult situations, Pastor “V” and his family are touching the lives of people, sowing the seeds of Good News. AMEN
Sample of prayer requests we receive:
Pray for the protection of our family as we are threatened daily.
Pray that God will give us His wisdom and new strategies to reach others more effectively.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for MY sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.” (Matthew 5:11-12a NKJV).
It is hard for us to wrap our minds around the fact that a person who is so passionate about reaching his family, friends or people of his tribe for Jesus Christ, they will endure unthinkable persecution. However, this is the life of many of our Christian partners that minister in some of the most difficult, unreached areas in the world. Many have come to me, after being persecuted, telling me how honored and worthy they feel to be persecuted for the Gospel. For most of us, this is hard to understand and grasp, but it does say in God’s Word we will be persecuted for the sake of the Gospel. Jesus even said, my paraphrase, if they did not accept ME what makes you think they will accept you, you will be persecuted because of ME!
If you are not already aware, pay close attention, as the persecution of Christians is not only happening abroad; however also in our own back door. There is an intense religious war right here in America! It is being fought every day in our schools, our government and our businesses.
To mention a few examples: Columbine; attacks against Chick-fil-a for their Christian stance; protests against Hobby Lobby for their Christian beliefs yet they stood firm against abortion – There are countless more!
The persecution of believers here in America is increasing! We can learn how to endure persecution and use it to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ from the words that Jesus spoke, from biblical accounts of others, of brothers and sisters abroad and in the US. “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring Good News, who proclaim peace…” (Isaiah 52: 7a NIV)
A Prayer of Compassion from Mother Teresa:
Lord, open our eyes that we may see you in our brothers and sisters. Lord, open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed. Lord, open our hearts that we may love each other as you love us. Renew in us your spirit. Lord , free us and make us one. AMEN.
Helping Hands In Motion is committed to prayerfully and financially supporting our persecuted faithful believers in ministry. Please join us in lifting them up to the Lord for protection and endurance. And fervently pray for America! This wonderful country was founded by Christians, based upon freedom of religion and expression. These liberties are now in danger, one-by-one they are being removed. We must earnestly seek God and ask Him for help!
PRAY: We ask you to pray with us for the persecuted while they passionately serve and take the Gospel to difficult areas.
SUPPORT: We ask you to financially support the ministry of Helping Hands In Motion, as we encourage, enable and empower national indigenous leaders with resources to reach their communities, cities and countries for Jesus Christ!
Journey to Haiti by Kris Green
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”Matthew 16:24 NIV
For most of the group going to Haiti, we didn’t know what to expect. We had been told a lot of information, asked questions, but still in our hearts we weren’t ready for what Haiti had to offer. We were all challenged in different ways throughout the trip and had our hearts broken for this country and for our new friends at the House of Blessing.
Each one of the kids and workers at the House of Blessing were kind and loving. We had many fun times playing different games or even just sitting around talking. We were moved by their faith in the evening devotions as they sang and recited verses by heart, which put our American memories to shame. And even just walking past them, their smiles resonated the love and grace of Christ.
While we helped out in the House of Blessing and with a widow’s house in the little community in Calabasse, we quickly found between the altitude and the labor, that we were outmatched. We helped in various ways, moving concrete, to digging a hole for a septic tank, and to working on the roof of the House of Blessing. Each moment we shared in labor was filled with laughter and growth. Even when we felt dwarfed by watching the Haitians who were helping us work harder and stronger than we were capable.
While the group grew closer, we now have a unique bond being back in the states and approach each other with hugs rather than handshakes. Each looking into each other’s eyes knowing we both share a heart for this country. And eager expectations as people begin discussing the possibility of returning next year. And our small church in Dunedin, Fl, is alive with anticipation on hearing more about our family in Haiti.
We want to also thank House of Blessings for allowing us to come and be a part of your family. As well as Helping Hands in Motion and Richard Fields for helping provide this opportunity for our group to come and share your heart to spread the gospel.
Jesus said: “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” —John 12: 26
I have been making annual mission trips to India since 1998. I have to admit looking back, in the beginning, I was drawn to the place more by my love for adventure than my passion for souls. The passion for souls came as I sensed the spiritual darkness of this place and began to see the hunger and desperation of the beautiful people of India.
On one Sunday while we were in India on this last trip, as we traveled around an old building we came into a courtyard area where a small church group would usually meet; however this day was a little different. The courtyard was surrounded with houses and buildings giving it a closed in, more intimate effect. Today, the small courtyard had run out of room as there were many in attendance. Why such a large crowd? Because many had heard that after the morning service a medical team from the United States, would be seeing patients and tending to physical needs. God had a bigger plan!
That morning started early as the team not only traveled a long distance, we had to prepare all the supplies that would be needed for our journey and for the camp. Our Indian brothers had several ministry needs to tend to while there, so our 1 large team had to divide up into 2 teams on this day. The medical team would travel a long distance to make it to the poor and needy people living in Tea Garden Village. Most of those living there worked in the Tea Garden. Normally speaking in order for a villager to receive any medical treatment it would take a long journey which would require money, which most do not have, to visit a physician and receive treatment.
The other team headed off to visit another distant village church, where funds had been previously given to build a new Church facility. The US team traveling with us had provided the funds to build this new facility and while in the area the pastor and area leaders wanted us to come and dedicate the new church building.
What an incredible time we had as we dedicated the church building in this mostly Hindu village! The church building provides a place for those whom have received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior a place to Worship. The church building also legitimized the ministry in the village and the villagers would have a greater respect for the Pastor and his ministry. In turn, many more in the village would come and hear about Jesus Christ and receive Him as their Savior. The small village church was abuzz and full with anticipation, knowing westerners were coming. We were overjoyed because we knew the Word of God would go out to many more people and they would give their lives to Jesus!
Back at the medical mission site, one of the team members shared the Gospel where many responded and many came for healing prayers. God performed marvelous miracles that morning!
Just as the service was ending, the second team traveled to the Tea Garden Village and joined forces for the long day ahead while working and praying for the medical needs of the villagers. We began preparations to “open” the clinic as hundreds filled the courtyard, eager to be seen and treated by physicians. As always there were many more villagers than we could be able to see, but everyone did all they could to see as many people as they could in caring for, touching, diagnosing and praying for every person they seen. The day came to an end simply due to nightfall as there was not enough light to assist anyone further. In total at that village, we seen close to two hundred patients; unfortunately there were countless more needing to be treated.
As I looked over all the faces who had been seen and treated and then looked in the faces of those not treated there was joy, but also a tremendous sadness – IT WAS DIFFICULT! So many people, so many needs! I remember praying and asking the Lord: How do we help them all? It hurts to turn them away without being seen? His answer was, “Do what you can for those whom you have seen, leave the rest to Me.” I am not sure what answer I expected or if I expected Him to perform a miracle of making the daylight last longer. But I knew He was right, I had to give it to Him. It didn’t make it any easier, but I knew it was what He wanted. I was reminded we help one person at a time, do all we can and leave the rest to HIM!
“I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.” —Psalms. 40: 1-3
In total we held 4 different medical clinics during our time in India, God healed so many people through this incredible team that gave all they could to be a servant for Jesus Christ.
A medical mission opens the door in many ways to share Jesus with people. As you can see the anticipation of being seen by a medical person for physical healing opens opportunities in numerous ways for spiritual healing. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
Ecclesiastes 3:11(NIV) “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart…”
A question that I get asked frequently is “How are the children doing at House Of Blessings (HOB)?” In our messages, we write about the progress of many aspects of the ministry and give updates of how projects are going. Lately during my prayer time I have been asking the Lord about what to include on a House Of Blessings update, He said. ”Tell everyone a little about the children, just enough to whet their appetites to come and spend time with them”. So here goes!
When you have 16 children in one home, it seems there is always a buzz about something. In spite of current challenges, such as decrease in financial support, cold’s and allergies, a very dry season, water shortage, loss of food previously provided by CRS (Catholic Relief Services) and many other challenges, the children are doing awesome!
Rosie is growing so quickly, with a spicy personality and ever so charming and is quickly learning English. It is so awe-inspiring to see her holding the hand of one of the older children walking to school.
Christina is full of energy and charisma, and is now learning French (she already speaks Creole and English). She is in kindergarten now -she’s very smart – and is taken to and from school by motorcycle. It is a little frightening to see her get on that motorcycle and head out!
Schelando is sprouting up so quickly, picking up on English better all the time and not as quiet and shy as he has been. It is great to see him and the others playing, chasing each other through the house.
Nacofa is such a hard worker. Quiet, shy and ticklish, and when you get a smile from her you get a glimpse of her inner beauty, which is absolutely heartwarming. We are so proud of what all she has accomplished.
Mawoole is developing into quite the young lady. She has become a little shy, but she’s so fun to be around her. She still wrestles some, but not as much as she used to, she is growing up!
Woodnorder is our “Mister Mischievous”! He wants to play most of the time (and usually he is), especially wrestling with people just about all the time. He is a people person and great to be around and to have fun with.
Sarah is growing into such a beautiful young lady. Still likes to rough house around with you. She can be ever-so-charming one moment and the very next moment she’s back to being a tom boy!
Sony wants to act rough and tough, but he is so good with the little ones. However he doesn’t like to show his soft side. He is growing up and we know that he will develop into a great young man!
Jonas is our young man with the great big smile! He is studying all the time; I tell him he will go far because he immerses himself into his studies. I can’t forget to tell you he loves video and electronic games.
Fello “Mister Flirty” is full of personality! He recently just graduated from a cooking school and he practices at the orphanage from time to time. We are very proud of him and his accomplishments.
Widlene is a wonderful young lady, fun to be around and I love to tease her just to see her laugh and smile. She likes to dress up and fix her hair all the time… this must be why some many boys are around!
Wiesland is growing so much in the Lord! She has a heart to know the Lord more intimately and to serve and worship Him. I love her leading our times of worship! She has a special young man in her life, just ask her about him!
Carlo is developing into a passionate, loving and caring young man. He wants you to think he is tough, but he has such a sensitive side. He is a great big brother to the kids, learning to be a leader and to set an example for the younger ones. He likes to play soccer; he is also great leading us in worship and playing his drum! He travels with me and helps with the translating, we have great talks where I get the privilege of hearing from his heart and passion!
Woody is overseeing the Children Of Promise ministries outside of the orphanage and doing a great job at it. He has a special young woman in his life, and their relationship sounds serious! He finished his schooling for mechanic and is now doing some teaching. When he is in the home he’s on the computer talking to his special young woman. Congratulations!
Marie is “Mother” to all of us! She takes such good care of everyone; she is working, preparing food or helping the children constantly. She is such a blessing. At times her room is full of talk and laughter as women come together fixing hair, nails and who knows what else.
Gilene goes to a Business School and has just a few more papers to write to complete her degree. She is trying hard to get her visa so she can join her husband here in the US. She is constantly going to the church to serve, help and work.
Others you know:
Isaac is working with another ministry at an orphanage north of Port Au Prince, overseeing teams and work projects. He, too, has a special young woman in his life. We are very proud of him!
Steeve is in and out of the house, as he is taking First Response EMT classes in Port-Au-Prince. He wants to get into medicine and this will get his foot in the door, for only the Lord knows what will happen in his future.
Wiesland (the older one) is ENGAGED! She now lives in Port-Au-Prince, enjoys her job and ministry opportunities. We love it when she comes to the house and surprise’s us for a visit and catches us up with what is happening in her life. Her lucky young man is a doctor, they want to minster together in Haiti! So proud of the both of them! The wedding date set for June!
Nadia is a great mother to a beautiful baby girl, Denia Prencella Alexis. Denia is so good, she doesn’t cry much – probably because she is constantly being held by everyone at HOB. Nadia just recently obtained her US visa and is in the process of coming to the US for her family to be united.
Tanya shuffles being a wife, mother, director, spiritual leader, caregiver as she gives love and direction to her children plus all the children in House Of Blessings. We couldn’t be prouder of her! She has grown so much as she has taken over as Director of the HOB, she is learning more and more each day on how to be the spiritual woman God has called her to be! Praise The Lord!
There is so much more we could say about each person, or previous children who were raised in the HOB and now serving the Lord is various ways. We hope this has peaked your interest in serving the Lord through your service at House of Blessing. Plus we are looking for a Teacher for the School at HOB – we need to get this person in place and preparing themselves to move when the school is complete. Does any of this sound like a challenge and a fun adventure that God is tugging on your heart to do? It is!?! Talk to us and plan a visit to Haiti, the House Of Blessings and Calebasse!
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SOON!
There is so much exciting and wonderful news we want to share with you. The Lord is doing so much in the areas of ministry that He has placed us in – it is difficult to know where to start.
Helping Hands In Motion is being used by the Lord to Encourage, Empower, and Enable National Indigenous Leaders to reach their communities for Christ by Investing in Lives, Impacting the World. It is awesome to be a part of what He is doing! 2012 was a successful & rewarding year. I want to highlight a few so you will know what He is doing so you too can be excited, pumped and praying for every aspect of this ministry!
INDIA: We just returned from India where a medical team went into remote villages to give a healing touch, prayers of comfort and sharing Jesus! Hundreds of people in need of physical help came; they were tenderly touched, examined, given medication and were prayed over. These brave men and women of the medical team traveled to the other side of the world to give a “Jesus Touch” to so many needy people. These efforts have and will continue to open doors of ministry in these villages. There are so many stories we could tell of how this ministry has reach many for Christ. Because of this ministry, we have seen people experience one of these camps and then start attending a church or fellowship and then become followers of Jesus Christ. We have seen healings though these camps. Many healings happened because of the doctors giving their touch, but we have seen and have had reports of where God has brought physical healings to people through these camps. All of this is done so people will be open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We thank the Lord for these brave men and women giving their time, talents and funds to do this awesome outreach ministry. If you want to be a part of one of these teams please contact me.
HAITI: As you may know there had been a water shortage at the House Of Blessings. We have had to purchase several truckloads of water for the orphanage and teams coming. After one teams time in Haiti and hearing about the need for water, team member Stephanie Huebner wanted to do something about it and had a 5K walk to raise awareness and funds. It blew her mind what the Lord accomplished through her. She was able to raise $25,000.00 for wells to be drilled at the House Of Blessings. Then came the arduous task of finding a well drilling company to drill the well for us. Linda Cox stepped up and started making connections, seemingly all around the world. Now because of Linda’s perseverance we have a company that will be coming to the House Of Blessing to drill the well next year. It is not over, Please continue to pray for the well drilling efforts. Pray the Lord will have the well drillers to drill in the place where they will hit water, and not just water but good water. Each hole drilled costs money, so pray they hit water on the first time.
ASIA: Everything we do is directed with efforts to share the Love, Grace and Mercy of Jesus Christ to the unreached. In India and Bangladesh we are working with National Indigenous leaders to equip them with tools to do just that. Because of partners in ministry, we have been able to provide some of these pastors with small electronic devices to share the Jesus Film (If you want to know more, go to a web site called Renew and look up Mini Vista, this is what these pastors are using). The results have been unbelievable, with these small devices they can share the Jesus Film in vast areas of settings, giving many opportunities for the Word of God to go out. Many have responded by accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Savior! We have been told because of the Christmas Season many people are open to hear more about Christ, during this time doors are open to the Gospel which are not open at any other time. One pastor just sent me a message of where they have used the Jesus Film movie with the projectors we equipped him with and had been able to show the movie in 3 places in the last two weeks. He is praising the Lord for the response people are making to view this magnificent movie. Continue praying for these pastors for protection, many are ministering in hostile areas. Pray these pastors will find favor and be able to show the Jesus film. We know many will make commitments to Jesus Christ because of this one evangelist tool.
BANGLADESH: We all know how we need to reach children for Christ, worldwide. Helping Hands In Motion recognizes the importance of our children’s wellbeing – mentally, physically and spiritually. In Haiti, Bangladesh and India we minister alongside the Children of Promise, a Church Of God Ministry supporting children in many areas around the world with sponsorship programs. Many children are presently sponsored through Children Of Promise; many more are in need of sponsorship. In India and Bangladesh Helping Hands In Motion teams up with Indigenous Pastors and Compassion International to start children ministries in remote villages. The results have been unbelievable, many children are brought into these programs, they hear, see, feel and experience Jesus, they and their families are drastically influenced and changed. Through these efforts we have seen hundreds of people physically, emotional and spiritually affected, thus many have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. At present, we are working with 8 Compassion projects in India and Bangladesh, with over 1600 children registered. I just returned from being at the start of one of these outreach ministries to Children and their families in Bangladesh. It was awesome to be there and experience this new ministry starting in this remote village knowing hundreds of children and their families will be affected. We know they will receive nutrition, help with their education, social assistance, medical attention and hear about Jesus Christ! WOW this is unbelievable and it will be life changing for hundreds of families. Please continue to pray for this outreach ministry, those working with the children and overseeing these projects. Pray to see how the Lord wants you to be involved in this life changing ministry. You may want to sponsor a child in one of these programs. Please contact me and I will be honored to show how you can help.
These are just a few of the highlights of 2012 and how the Lord is using us to carry out His Command and Commission to “go into all the world and make disciples”. As we search and serve in various ways of outreach to so many needy people, we also help the multitudes find forgiveness and salvation in Jesus Christ. Romans 6:23b, “…the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
Your faithful prayers and support enable us to carry His glorious Good News to the far corners of the world. Thank you and may God richly bless you!
Entering into the USA at 5AM through the New Jersey International Airport it was evident we were in the Christmas Season. It was great to be back home after such a long journey; emotions of Joy came upon me as I thought about Christmas. So, I wanted to express that Joy to others, giving greetings of “Merry Christmas”. Follow by various replies; along with the surprised, joyous and amazed expressions; “Merry Christmas to you’’ or “Thank you, the same to you”, or the most challenging “Happy Holidays”. To which I say, “MERRY CHRISTMAS”!
Friday comes; with the one of the most evident, heinous cases of pure evil and sin. So many lives, so many young innocent lives, taken! Emotions once again come upon me, this time not as pleasant; as I dealt with questioning, anger, heartache and concern! Turning to Him in difficult times as these; asking God to be with these families, this community, USA and the world!
With Actions and Emotions such as these, where do you turn, but to Lord and the scriptures. There, we are reminded; Zephaniah 1:14 “The great day of the Lord is near – near and coming quickly.” 2Timothy 3:1 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.” Matthew 28:20 “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
These words do not make it any easier, but helps me understand. We are in a war and it is the forces of evil against the forces of God! Christian’s we must take a stand we have been quite too long, thinking that is what Jesus would have us do. Jesus was always going against the “status quo”. He was always standing up for what was right, no matter the consequences. We want a quiet life! We pray for things to go easy and no difficulties. Guess what? That is not what Jesus experienced and He tells us that is not what we will experience as “His Followers”. Matthew 24:9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.”
Throughout the scriptures we have HIS promises; Deuteronomy 20:1 “When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, Because the LORD your GOD, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.”
We have been Commissioned and Commanded to “GO” into the World and make disciples. Let these examples of evil awaken us to answer HIS “GO”! Lives are counting on us to take the Gospel to a lost and dying world! Jesus has Commissioned and Commanded us to “GO”! What are we waiting on?
As the day quickly approaches, if we are to “Impact the World” in the name of Jesus, we must “Invest in lives”! With Christmas upon us, as we end one year and begin a New Year, let us renew our vow, as HIS followers, to “GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES”!
We need a Redeemer.
The price wasn’t gold or silver. The cost of our redemption was a lamb. The Lamb.
Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. John 1:29
The very Person who is our Rescuer, our Redeemer, knows you. He knows your heart and your desires and your struggles. And His concern is YOU! He longs for you to experience still moments with Him, to allow His presence to wash over you.
Today, I invite you to linger in His presence…and to know that He is Immanuel, God with us.
-Devotional excerpt by Teri Lynne Underwood.
All of us of Helping Hands In Motion wish all of you a Joyous Christmas season, with renewed passion and strength to “GO UNTO ALL THE WOLD AND MAKE DISCIPLES”!
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”~ 1 Corinthians 15:58, NLT
From all of us of Helping Hands In Motion and our partners, we want to express our heartfelt Thanks this Thanksgiving to you.
Psalm 100 (NASB)
A Psalm for Thanksgiving
All Men are Exhorted to Praise God!
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. 3 Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.
With warm thoughts and prayers at Thanksgiving!
May GOD bless you with every good gift from above! May God touch you with love, compassion and kindness! May God keep you in safety wherever you go! May the love of God be granted to you for who you are, One of His children!
May you and your family be blessed on Thanksgiving, the remaining of this year and throughout your life!