Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Disciple Making

Here is our favorite message on making disciples. We invite all of our friends to listen to it.
Click here and choose the link for "The Lost Art of Disciple Making". The pdf file gives the outline to the message. You can read that while you listen.

Our favorite book on the topic is Discipleshift by Jim Putman.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Our perspective on life depends on where we stand

Our perspective on life and various issues depends on where we stand, and what we compare ourselves to. For example we may think we are pretty big stuff, until we come in contact with God. This is what happened to Isaiah in 6:5 "Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts." Standing among his people he fit right in, but in the presence of God he was doomed because of his dirty mouth.


These photos are from a place called Gravity in a mall in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. After our meetings we went there to relax and get some perspective.

Sometimes when surrounded by some wonderful leaders I feel that I have little to offer. But God has me here for a purpose, so I persist in seeking to understand His will in each situation.

See these photos and more by clicking on "Recent Photos", then choose slideshow and watch for captions.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Being Scared

Time to write another post. Fall is almost here even though the leaves are not turning colors yet. Ryan and Kevin are enjoying school. Nate just turned 4 years old. He is a cute, talking, fun boy.

Our summer was nice, full of adventure and quite different. No more grandma and grandpa to visit. Many times this summer I wished they were around so I could ask them about this or that. But God provided other relatives that I never met before. Second cousins, third cousins. I love to meet them and it was fun for our boys to meet their 3rd cousins this way too.

Being scared is a topic we talked a lot about recently. As we traveled this summer in the RV  we stayed overnight in a forest. With no electricity around everything was so dark. Kevin was the one who called from his bed :"mom are you here? What is that noise?" I learned how much kids need protection and to know that you are there to protect them. The world around them is too big and scary. I think its the same way with us. How assuring it is to know that God is with us. We can face even the darkest nights.

Coming back home Kevin had a scary dream one night. So he called me to come and stay with him. But then the next night he came crying after i put him in bed because he was afraid to sleep because what if "i will have another bad dream". So we talked about God being with us, caring for us and protecting us. We prayed together and I assured him that we are here anytime if he needs us in the night.

Of course little Nate heard all of this so he started to come in the night telling me that he needs to sleep with us because he is scared. I put up with him for 3 nights then I realized that he is not having any scary dreams but he is trying a new strategy. So I told him that he can't come in our bed to sleep in the middle of the night. I came to him, prayed with him, kissed him again. He wasn't very happy so after 2 more nights decided that it was not that fun for me to come to him so he stopped even calling me.

A couple of days ago Nate said: "Mom when we have scary dreams and are really scared we can call you, true?

"yes, true".

Nate: "when we are really, really scared than we can come and sleep with you?"

"yes if it is a very scary dream than you can come and sleep with me"

Nate: "Why is daddy so scared every night?"

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Romania national report

Here is a wonderful newsletter telling what God has been doing in Romania among our friends and colleagues. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

2 hard years

It is a long time since I wrote something on the blog. I was busy but mostly I was trying to figure out my emotions. We had 2 hard years. Too much sad feelings for me. My dad went home in 2 months after he was feeling numb on the left side of his body. Cade would have been 1 year old. Then Dennis' mom and dad went home 2 months apart of each other. I feel a little overwhelmed. A little is a nice way to say. I really hoped to see them again this summer. I wanted so much to get to talk with them one more time, hug them one more time.One more time before the next time. I was not ready to let all those dear ones go. But this is not all about me. Yes Heaven is better than anything here on earth. I know this and I believe this but my heart is still sad. I am sad that I can't anymore share life with those so dear to my heart. I am sad that my boys will never have a chance to know them and to be impacted by them here in person. I am sad that I can't make more memories with them. No more pictures with them, no more letters with them, phone calls, visits, laughs, cries, prayers... They finished the race here...they ran well... serves me as an example.

On the other side I feel a great responsibility to talk more and more with my boys about these sweet grandparents and the legacy of faith they let for us. I need to be more intentional now to remind them of the godly lives they lived. I want for them to get to know them before they will get to see them again face to face.I want for my boys to be inspired by their grandparents walk of faith. This is a legacy that we need to pass on.

As regarding my heart... I trust that the One who has compassion on His children because He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust will bring again sunshine in it. Also I don't think that the suffering need to make us to toughen up. Suffering needs to make us more sensitive, more caring, more compassionate, more like Jesus.

“When, because of your faith, your life too becomes perceptibly different; when your reactions are quite opposite to what the situation seems to call for and your activities can no longer be explained in terms of your personality; that is when your neighborhood will sit up and take notice.  In the eyes of the world, it’s not our relationship with Jesus Christ that counts; it is our resemblance to Him.” from the book The queen and I

Monday, April 14, 2014

Prayer request update and mission opportunity

Our neighborhood yard sale was a great time to meet some neighbors. We handed out some fliers for an Art of Marriage meeting at our home, but so far no one responded.

We went to Carei, Romania over the weekend to visit a couple who had been at our MC2 training. The visit went well, but others in this brethren church are cautious about starting new groups that could become churches. Their little assembly of 20 fills the upper room available. It is not growing. They could be starting many groups around the town.

Our Polish University ministry has a need for Americans to come and help with an English Camp (called SpeakOut) this summer.  I wanted to write to tell you about this opportunity and see if you know someone who would be interested in coming over to be a part of this summer missions project.  We participated in SpeakOut Hungary for a month last summer and know that it is very effective in reaching students. Here are some of the important details:

What:  Serving primarily as a tutor at ‘SpeakOut’ - English camp in Poland. Here is the link with information: http://www.speakout.rapp.pl/staff 

Friday, February 14, 2014

This movie is too scarey!

That was Ryan's reaction after he understood what was happening. The dad had fought with the mom, packed a suitcase, and left. The boys didn't understand why he didn't come home from his trip, why he would pick up the boy on weekends. They asked if this was a true story.
We explained that it was just a story, but that most families experience divorce today. That if they went to a public school in the US, many of their friends would have families like this. It is very sad. Ryan is right, this is a scarey movie. God says, "I hate divorce." Malachi 2:16