Original Post by: The Deal Family
Serving in West Africa
Every missionary loves the great commission. Jesus stood on the mountainside surrounded by His disciples; encircled by the men, women and children who had chosen to walk His path, to follow His voice, to practice His resurrection.
Go. Make disciples of all nations.
One foot at a time.
I remember my short twelve year-old legs walking into the rolling waves, in a group of new followers of Jesus, alongside my father. Looking toward the shore we saw a great cloud of witnesses standing beneath a canopy of tropic green, celebrating our confession. I stood there shoulder-deep awaiting resurrection.
My life is the product of a missionary who heard the Lord say, "Go and make disciples." Surrounded by the nations, men and women from Guineano tribes, I was baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
One foot in front of the other.
Our feet carried us to Northeastern Africa. We walked down into the Nile baptizing, and celebrated the public confession that comes through discipleship. We have brothers and sisters in the deserts of closed countries because men and women heard the Lord say, "Go and make disciples." Today we lift our praise together with people who have heard the good news of the Messiah, men and women who have been baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
One foot at a time.
From the heart of Parcelles Assainies, one of the most populous arteries of Dakar, we made our way from the church to the shore. Before a cloud of witnesses, six men and women stood facing toward the crowded buildings along the coast and confessed the Lordship of Christ.
One foot in front of the other.
Our toes slipped into the shifting sand. Our feet, our knees, our waists submerged under the rich blue waves rimmed with white foam. Our bodies rocked by hard waves. Our eyes tight as sun rays pierced through the sky and bounced off the water like crystals.
We walked down into the breaking waves, backs braced and feet set against the surging sheets of water peeling away from the undertow. Half swallowed by the waves we baptized them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In the heavy lifting waves we found ourselves sharing in their baptism, soaked with resurrection, filled with rejoicing. We lifted up our brothers and sisters before the watching world as new creations, peace-filled peacemakers, reconciled sons and daughters called to the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5.17-18). We stood there, drenched in resurrection, commissioned ambassadors for Christ.
And now, their new journey begins anew—disciples called to go and make disciples—to the unreached frontiers. One foot in front of the other. One foot at a time.
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Original Post by: Sarah Furrow
Co-Founder: Give Hope 2 Kids
Imagine with me for a minute: You're a 14-year-old girl, your parents are suddenly gone, and you're left to care for your younger siblings with zero resources. Your younger sisters are ages 9, 7, twins 4, 3, and a baby. Are you feeling panicked yet? These are the shoes that big-sister Katherin was filling for over a month, alone.
They are not alone now. These 7 girls arrived here at GiveHope2Kids one week ago. They came with only the clothes on their backs. All were malnourished and two had bronchitis. They were listless and obviously insecure.
It's just one week later, but already you can see a change in these girls. They're more alert, more active, and they smile. It's amazing how one week of good care can make such a difference.
But one week of care isn't our goal. We're in this for the long-haul. If we can reunite a child with family, that is obviously our ideal, but for most of our kids that's just not possible. For as long as a child is here, we are raising them in the best family-environment that we can. We will educate them and prepare them to support themselves as independent adults, and not let them go until they're ready to fly. We want to be their forever-family.
Seven sisters are now living with Grandma Gladys. We will be their home and family for as long as they need it.
Will you help us do this? We were already needing sponsors and adding in 7 more kids makes our need for sponsors that much more urgent! Be a blessing to these kids. Help us a make a difference in their lives!
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By: Lindsay Morillo
YWAM Santiago, Dominican Republic Staff Member
Have you ever felt like God was asking you to do something for him that was outside your comfort zone; something that made you anxious inside and question, "Is that really you God?" I've come to find that happens often in the Christian life. There is a battle everyday between what God is saying, and what our human nature is saying. So it only makes sense that God's word tells us to pick up our cross DAILY (Luke 9:23). To put on the full armor of God and pray in the Spirit at ALL TIMES (Eph. 6:10-18). True Christianity isn't just "fluffy stuff," it's often very INTENSE. Spiritual warfare is real. But, however intense this walk with the Lord may be, God is always with us and has the final victory. In this truth we can be fully confident.
As we spend more time in God's presence, and in the Word, we begin to gain profound understanding about the fact that our life is not about us. God asks us as his followers to give up our own way so we can fully follow him. Does he do this simply to control us? No, he still gives us free will. He asks us to surrender because of his great love for us. He can see everything with far better vision than we can. He has the ability to know what is best for his children and wants us to walk in Faith and Trusting in his ways; his direction, timing, everything.
In Psalm 119, there are some verses I would like to highlight. The chapter emphasizes that in the midst of everything, we can delight in the ways of the Lord. I believe this is God's heart for us as his followers. It's normal to wonder in circumstances, "What is happening God? What do you see that I don't?" However in the end, we need to remember that God is, and will always be, on the throne. In him alone we can find refuge, strength, wisdom, rest, peace, mercy, victory, and so much more.
"I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your laws. I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands" (Psalm 119, vs.59-60). "I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure" (vs. 162). "How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey. Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life" (vs. 103-104).
Are we hungry for him daily? Are we obeying him without delay? Do we delight in his ways? Christianity isn't about people being perfect. It's about imperfect people continuously seeking and obeying the God who IS perfection. In following Christ, we acknowledge that God has a greater plan than we do, and it's His grace through us that qualifies us for anything.
Also enjoy this video update from YWAM Taipei, where Rebecca is serving, how God is moving amongst the students there: