March 27, 2011
You can read the story of Christian martyr Karen Watson in the book Lives Given, Not Taken. Karen was killed while serving humanitarian and spiritual needs in Iraq.
Before leaving for Iraq, Karen left a letter with her pastors in Bakersfield, CA. The letter read:
Dear Pastor Phil and Pastor Roger:
You should only be opening this letter in the event of death.
When God calls there are no regrets. I tried to share my heart with you as much as possible, my heart for the nations. I wasn’t called to a place, I was called to Him. To obey was my objective, to suffer was expected, His glory my reward—His glory my reward…
The missionary heart:
- Cares more than some think is wise
- Risks more than some think is safe
- Dreams more than some think is practical
- Expects more than some think is possible
I was called not to comfort or to success but to obedience…
There is no joy outside of knowing Jesus and serving Him. I love you two and my church family.
In His Care,
March 25, 2011
This year’s Global Impact Celebration (GIC) is well underway! We have special guests who are serving around the world….but we are also hearing from Calvary members who have a story to tell!
This morning (Friday) a few hundred men will spend an hour hearing how God is at work.
Saturday morning our women will hear stories from the Northern Africa/Middle East, Central Asia, SouthEast Asia, East Asia, etc.
Bible Fellowship Classes are meeting in homes (Friday and Saturday nights) and then there’s Sunday! Sunday our guests will fan out to the classes and other volunteers will join them — telling their stories of the works of God.
Join us when you can and pray that God will help us see His plan for us to tell our story…and tell the world!
March 24, 2011
Reflecting on last week’s “retreat” in South Asia…
It was a pleasant walk down this pathway from the meeting room to the dining hall. Those serving in South Asia spend their days surrounded by pressure from constantly crowded streets and spiritual darkness.
This walk represented a complete change of pace.
The ride back to the Big City reminded us of the incredible needs in the region.
This side street gives you a snapshot of where our friends walk every day.
March 23, 2011
As I reflect back on last week, I am so thankful for the grace of God that carried us along…such a long way. We were not sick and had very few problems along the way. And, I learned a lot!
Thinking about last week—I am reminded of:
1. Spiritual Darkness
The crowds of people, the plethora of gods, the emptiness and hopelessness… all of these things remind me of the truth of 2 Cor 4:3,4 and make me long for John 8.12 (take a moment and read these verses and pray for South Asia)
2. The Work
Although the darkness is great, the Light of Jesus is shining and people are being delivered from darkness into light. (Col. 1:13; Acts 26:17-18) The reports of how God is working–even in this great darkness– encouraged me!
3. The Workers
Hanging out with our friends who live in South Asia….reminded me of the call of Jesus to leave it all and follow Him. (Matt. 16:24)
As we begin these 5 days of Global Impact Celebration (GIC), I am praying that God will work in all of hearts like He worked in my heart last week.
March 22, 2011
For the next couple of days I would like to reflect on last week. We intentionally didn’t share too many details because of the nature of the work…and, now that we are on the other side–I will try to paint a better picture.
First, I must thank you for reading these updates and praying for us…I can’t say it enough! We were carried along on the prayers of God’s people, in the strength of the Spirit, finding that in our weakness–He is strong.
Our time was focused on serving God’s servants. We gathered with a few dozens workers who are leaders in South Asia. These men and women live in various places and lead various strategies in the region.
What did we do? Our team took care of their preschoolers, encouraged their teens and led in times of worship and Bible study. BTW, our team was incredible! They were so positive and loving–setting the tone for the meeting. I am so proud of the way they loved and the way they served!
We had a little free time every day that allowed for some things that were a little “different.”