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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Forgotten People

What if you were struggling daily just to find food and no one knew? What if you had to walk for miles to get water and no one knew? What if your house burned down and no one knew? What if you were beaten and thrown into prison because of your faith and no one knew? What if you were sleeping outside in the rain and no one knew? What if your child was killed and no one knew? What if your wife or daughter was raped and no one knew?

What if someone from thousands of miles away came to say they love you, pray with you, give you food, laugh with you, and instill hope?

Everywhere that David and I have visited I am struck at how much it means to the people that we simply came. They don’t expect anything. They don’t ask for anything, except that we remember them and that we come again. To most of the world these are forgotten people, or worse, unknown people.

The angel of the Lord found Hagar sitting near a spring all alone after being mistreated by her mistress Sarai. The Lord came, comforted and blessed her. He told her she was with child and would have a son. He told her that He would greatly increase her descendants. Upon this encounter, Hagar gave this name to the Lord: “You are the God who sees me. I have now seen the One who sees me.” El Roi, the God who sees. God didn’t just see Hagar with His eyes. He saw Hagar with a knowing. He knew what she was going through, what she was feeling, where she had come from and He also knew her future.

I take comfort in the truth that we have a God who sees. He knows the number of hairs on the heads of all the forgotten people. He knows their pain and their future. He will come again and right all the wrong. He will establish His kingdom and rule the world in peace, joy and righteousness.

Here are some forgotten and unknown people remembered and known by El Roi. May they see the One who sees them!







Monday, March 22, 2010

More From India

I Heard from David this morning. He was out of text range for a couple of days. They hiked 7 or 8 miles up the mountains to a remote village where there were some scattered believers. They had never seen westerners before and were very happy to see our team. They have been discouraged because of the persecution and some have even walked away from the faith, but these few have remained steadfast among the extreme persecutions. There were Hindu encampments all around this area, some containing extremists. It was significant to the believers that our team walked all the way to see them. They killed a hog and prepared a feast for them.

David also reported that while doing the medical clinics the believers had invited some Hindu's. This is significant because Hindu extrememists were the ones who brought about the severe persecution in this region. They are restocking on medicines today and off to do more missionary work! Pray for strength for the team. They are getting a little weary.

Joy

Thursday, March 18, 2010

India Team Update

The India team has arrived at their destination along with all of the medicines. They will be traveling to many villages preaching and running medical clinics. One of the team members said that when he went to Sudan he thought he was in the middle of nowhere, but that was only because he didn't know where the middle of nowhere was. He feels certain he is there now. David said he has it on his heart for a display of God's power among these people. One of the intercessors from our prayer team sent him a few texts with scriptures that she felt God was giving her for the people. One was Revelation 12:11. "And they overcame him (satan) because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death." David says that God is indeed moving by the power of their testimony. (And boy do they have one! Google “christian persecution in Orissa, India” to find out what has happened in this region.) He has been preaching on Romans 8:10 and will soon shift to Revelation 12:11. We are praying for a Heaven invasion in this portion of the earth; that His kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Pray with us!


Joy


Monday, March 15, 2010

India, Chile, and Other Stuff

India - David left for India today with a team of 6 from Pensacola, Florida. They will be traveling to the Orissa region where there has been tragic persecution of believers. They are initiating a 3-year project which includes pastoral training and the establishment of micro-industries for the villages. The funds raised from the Christmas Tree project we did back in December will go towards this project. Thanks to all of you who bought a tree! Check back for updates on India.


Chile - Sarah, one of our missionaries in Central America, grew up in Chile and Honduras as a missionary kid. The area where her father pastored was devastated by the earthquake in Chile this past month. She has a brother that currently serves in Chile as a missionary. Two of her brothers have set up a website where you can donate directly towards helping rebuild the church that was destroyed by the quake. You can also track the progress of their work from this website. They have recorded a song that you can purchase and 100% of the proceeds will go towards aiding families who were affected by the earthquake. To see how you can help the Chilean people please visit: www.steveanddannythompson.com


Stuff - Typically we send out an update every 2 weeks or so of an article posted on the ATC blog. I have wanted our blog to be more interactive. However, I knew that it would require more attention on my part, thus my hesitation and procrastination. I also don’t want to bombard you with emails. Well, the time has come, and I have decided to take the plunge and get more involved with the blog world. I will be posting much more regularly on the blog. The posts will include a variety of things; pictures, streaming video, articles, updates on trips, or perhaps just some random thoughts I may be having. I will not be sending out a mass email every time I post. Therefore, you will have to put it on your list of favorite blogs to frequent. We appreciate your interest and support of Answering The Call.

And now...Jeremiah 32:17, “Ah Lord God! Behold, thou hast made the heavens and the earth by Thy great power and by Thine outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for Thee!”


I needed to be reminded of that today!


Joy

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Joci

Every now and then I am amazed and in awe with the spirit of determination and resolve I see in a particular individual. Recently a couple friend of ours moved to Central America to join the staff at Refugio Solte, the ATC training center. They have a 14 year old daughter who moved with them.

This young woman of God stood strong while she watched her mother battle cancer last year. She supported her family by helping take care of her 4 year old brother and her mom while posting amazingly mature updates on her mom’s carepage. Then several months later moved to another state in order to prepare for her move out of the country. 3 months after that she and her family moved to another country. She didn’t take a bunch of clothes and accessories, things girls love. She didn’t take along game systems, TV’s or computers. She took a suitcase and got on a plane.

I can’t imagine being 14 and moving to a foreign country where I have no friends and can’t speak the language. But more than that, I can’t imagine doing that and maintaining a good attitude and sweet spirit about me. I am sure she has her normal-female-moody-hormonal-days but, give me a break, she is 14!!!!


I was recently in Central America and I was amazed by her. She didn’t whine; she didn’t complain; she did what she was asked; she helped others and she did all of this with while dealing with some very potent unseen obstacles coming against her. Joci, you are my hero!


I have had several heros along the way. I am sure there will be more. I think of Desire and Dorcas who tirelessly serve their people. Rather than taking the option to leave, they chose to stay in a war torn land so they could bless their people with the truth of Jesus. I think of Santino, who as a young boy witnessed the slaughtering of his village in Southern Sudan and fled by foot for miles in the forest across countries in order to survive; then return later to his homeland to serve the people who had suffered under the rebel invasion from the north. I think of Robin and Wendy who gave up a year of their twenty-something life of comfort and promise to go live in D.R. Congo to share the love and hope of Jesus with women and children who were victims of savage rape. I think of my friends Traci and Donny who held onto to their Redeemer and the promise of His redemption in the middle of all life’s storms; drug addiction, separation, and cancer to mention a few. My own daughter, who, no matter what curve ball life throws her way, holds NO grudges! NO bitterness! How is this possible? The grace of God, that’s how!


If you find yourself up against life, may I encourage you with 2 Corinthians 4:8-18


“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us but life in you....grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal."

Joci, greatness lives inside of you. His name is Jesus. When you are afflicted, perplexed, persecuted and struck down, remember that your flesh is being put to death so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in you. It is in this that the grace of Jesus will spread to everyone around you. So, thank Him and praise Him! Don’t lose heart because God is renewing your inner man and this light affliction is producing something you can’t see yet with your eyes! It is an eternal thing that nothing on this earth can compare to and He promises that your reward is coming. I love you!


Joy Fuller