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Praying for the Bruscella Family who is so dear to our hearts and to my children’s hearts as well.

“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4)”

 

An anchor for the soul

This Sunday was truly bittersweet for me…sweet because my life is filled with amazing people who showed me so much love on my birthday, and bitter because after a terrible accident friday in our city 10 people have died. Sunday my dear friend Clarissa Diniz Bruscella’s husband passed away.

I would ask each of you, who have shown me such great love throughout the years, to support our community in prayer as we walk through this tragedy. And in particular for Clarissa and her two children, who are best friends with my oldest two. Thank you for your love always.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul. Firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19”

The logical answer

Why is there an urgency to go?

Why do we challenge young people to make a bold choice, and to take concrete steps?

We read in Isaiah 6:

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

Isaiah says, “Woe is me,  For I am lost!” Romans 3:23 says, “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” All. Revelation 14:11 says, “The smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever.” But do we understand what this means? There are 17,000 ethnic groups of people in the world and it is estimated that 40% are still unreached. They, and we, we lost in our sins without the hope of the Lord. And US?  We have experienced the glory of God! We know what the verses 1-4 mean because we have experienced, at least in part, HIS glory. We have received his grace that we read about in verse 7, “your iniquity is taken away and your sin purged.”

Surely God deserves more than the raising of our hands to accept him, or praying the sinners prayer, to come to church on Sunday, or accept his Word lightly. God deserves the complete abandonment of our programs, our possessions, our hopes, our dreams, and our lives. The only logical answer is, “Here I am I. Send me!”

Ready?

Finally finishing up our program for long term candidates.

We are so excited to be able to share this new program with the 11 people who are ready to dedicate their lives as field workers.

The program runs in 1.5 yr cycles and consists of four phases. Each phase is 6 months, aside from the last phase which is flexible based on field placement and the onsite opportunities available for each individual. We hope we will be getting a lot more people out their soon!

There is an urgency to go! We want to be ready