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Finding a Way to Get Stuck


This blog was originally posted on January 8, 2015.

Every year I seem to make the same new years resolution. It always has something to do with drawing closer to God. Basically doing better at John 15:4, “remaining” in him. This year is no different.

John 15:4: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

What does it mean to remain in God?
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A framework for transformation

A Framework for Transformation


My first experiences in community development taught me one lesson – it’s not as easy as I would like. It always felt like a dance. Sometimes we did see good results but often it felt like one step forward and two backwards. Some of our experiences were great and sometimes we found out that while things can improve in one area, it doesn’t necessarily mean a life transformed. For example, more money doesn’t always mean better educated children, it may mean parents buying more alcohol.

In only three years of community development work I was already starting to ask if I had missed something, was there another way of addressing the needs that we saw around us. Around that time I attended a conference. One of the conference speakers, Bob Moffitt of Harvest Foundation shared three truths.
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Why Depending on God is Hard for Me

Why Depending on God is Hard for Me


In the United States it seems everything is at our fingertips. I remember when our family returned about 3 years ago from living in Bolivia. One of the first things we remember (even as we walked through the airport) was the amount of people with smartphones. Blackberries were the in-thing when we left and now everyone had a smart phone. We didn’t even know exactly what it did outside of connecting to the Internet. As an early 30’s adult it was weird walking into the Verizon store a month later and admitting to the attendant that we had no idea how they worked and if we even wanted one.

Now, Americans are essentially addicted to smartphones. According to a recent pew research study nearly half of all Americans admit they couldn’t live without them! [1]

What is it that draws us to our smartphones? Even more why have we become so dependent on technology and instant control?
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jan 26

Out of Debt


Each training within the TCT program focuses on one main theme. In year three, one of the topics is money management. One of the key topics throughout this training is encouraging people to get out of debt. Almost everyone from the villages at this training has large amounts of debt and the interest they pay on this debt plays a significant role in keeping them in poverty.

At the end of the money management training we challenge the students to make a commitment to try to get out of debt. In one region a number of churches had completed this training and the students had committed to do all they could to get out of debt. They made plans with the goal of being debt free in the next five years.
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jan 22

Can Fundraising Be a Blessing?


In 2008 my husband and I faced the daunting task of raising funds to support our family as we were preparing to live overseas as missionaries. It was a crazy and amazing time in our lives and I want to share some of the struggles and blessings (yes blessings!) we experienced through fundraising.

I think I can safely speak on behalf of most missionaries when I say that fundraising in not on the top of the list of favorite things to do. It is probably the biggest hurdle standing between the missionary and getting to the field. I have even had people tell me that they would become missionaries themselves if they didn’t have to raise support.
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jan 15

The Power of Prayer and Fasting

“So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.” Ezra 8:23

In one TCT community, the church decided that they wanted to build stable homes for everyone in the community. They did a survey of the area and decided there were 35 houses that were about to fall down and needed to be rebuilt or repaired. Over time, the church members worked together to collect resources and provide manpower and they were able to finish 17 of the 35 homes. However, after completing the 17th house they realized they had no resources left to rebuild the remaining 18 houses. So, rather than becoming discouraged and giving up on the task they had set out to complete, the church members decided to get together to pray and fast one night to ask God to help them finish the project.

The next morning as they left the church, large trucks filled with building materials pulled up outside the church and started dumping their loads. Confused, the church members rushed to tell the truck drivers that they had the wrong address. No one had ordered any building materials and no one there was able to pay for all they were dropping off. The truck drivers quickly responded that the materials were the church’s responsibility now, and if they didn’t want the materials there they would have to move them. Further discussion revealed that the materials were surplus from a nearby warehouse and they were being disposed of to make way for new materials. The materials were free. When the church leaders asked the truck drivers why they had dumped the materials there, in front of the church the drivers didn’t really know how to respond, they simply replied, “We were tired of driving, and just felt like dumbing the materials so we could get back to the warehouse.”

The materials miraculously turned out to be enough to finish the rest of the houses for the community. When the people in the comunity realized that they could not complete the task on their own, they looked to God to provide for them. They knew that depending on God would yield powerful results, they just didn’t realize how powerful.

Just imagine the work God could do in our lives and and the lives of those around us if we depended more on Him. Our challenge to you is to identify the areas in your life that you need to depend more on God. We can promise you that once you put it in His hands, He will not disappoint.

jan 12

Living Like a Tree not a Shrub

Thus says the Lord:

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength,
whose heart turns away from the Lord.
He is like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:5-8

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Finding a Way to Get Stuck


Every year I seem to make the same new years resolution. It always has something to do with drawing closer to God. Basically doing better at John 15:4, “remaining” in him. This year is no different.

John 15:4: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

What does it mean to remain in God?
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Depending on God

Depending On God


For the last twenty years, one of my constant prayers has been, “Father, make me aware of my desperate dependence on you.” It’s a crazy prayer in some ways. I think that prayer is partly responsible for the fact that my life often feels a little out of control—which, for a girl that likes control, is uncomfortable.

My work has constantly been marked by stunning growth—again uncomfortable for a girl who likes to be in control. “Small and manageable” is my motto—one that doesn’t work well when you are praying, “God, make me aware of my desperate dependence on you.”
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