Monthly Archives: April 2007

The POWER of ONE: YOU are a missionary

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You know many people have said to me, “I admire what you are doing.” But the truth is, I could have been doing the same thing I am doing now, praying for and ministering to Muslims, right where I was living in OK. AC, our pastor at New Covenant, has a saying, “Every Member is a Minister.” But we can go further than that. EVERY CHRISTIAN IS A MISSIONARY. Since Jesus said “Therefore go and make disciples of ALL the NATIONS…” (Matt 28:19) it makes sense for us not just to be missionaries in our neighborhoods, but cross-cultural missionaries to our neighbors of other nations and cultures in order to really reach the ends of the earth. You may not be called to GO to the nations like our family, maybe the nations have come to you: in the form of ONE Muslim you know. We reach Muslims one at a time. It is called the POWER of ONE.

We went last summer to Florida for a training with the Crescent Project. Their mission is to reach Muslims for Christ. Will you begin to pray with us about reaching a million Muslims in 2007? You have the POWER to reach ONE Muslim for Christ and change the world. Read the e-mail we received today from Fouad Mosari about the POWER of One. You’ll have to follow up by reading Robert’s blog today about meeting a devout Muslim man at the local pizza place. While trying to convert Robert to Islam, Robert and another missionary (and the Holy Spirit) led the man to agree to read the Bible to find out more about Jesus and meet again for coffee to discuss. Praise GOD!


What’s one in a million? More than you may think.

At Crescent Project, we want to help you share the love of Christ with a Muslim around you.

Maybe she is the covered woman you’ve seen in your neighborhood, but have never gone out to meet her. Maybe he is the co-worker that you know is from Pakistan, but you’ve never gotten into that conversation.

If that’s your story, we have organized the Million Muslim Outreach for you and the one Muslim you know.

Our vision is to see that one million American Muslims hear the gospel in 2007. We’re working with other Christian groups and churches to make this vision a reality. The message will spread through individual Christians living for Jesus. We believe in the power of one:

* 1 Christian committed to sharing the message of Jesus

* 1 Muslim’s life changed creates a ripple effect among friends and family

A Million Muslim Outreach. It will only be a “catchy idea” unless you choose to act. Get involved today. Share the message of Christ with a Muslim.

Learn more about the Million Muslim Outreach Download PDF here.

Tears of China

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I wept today when I read this story forwarded to me by one of the families with whom we traveled to China. My heart is breaking for the murdered babes, their mothers and fathers and the fear that must now grip the hearts of others. These were babies in their 7th, 8th and 9th month of life, forcibly killed without the consent of the mother or father. What if it had been Jadyn and we never knew her because of some “family planning quota” that was not being met in her province?!!? In the deepest places of my heart, I know that Jesus is weeping today.

Forced Abortions in China- Story on NPR

Wedding dresses anyone?

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I read several e-zines about the state of missions and the cause of Christ around the world. This one is worthy to pass on. I have often wondered what should I do with my wedding dress. It is not likely my daughter would want to wear it… perhaps it can bring glory to Christ and a paycheck to someone in Turkey. Read on…

TURKEY – WEDDING DRESSES NEEDED
from: Turkish World Outreach (http://www.two-fot.org) email
– April 12, 2007

Ladies, do you have a wedding dress you would be willing to part
with for the cause of Christ? If so, please consider sending
it to Turkish World Outreach!

Turkish World Outreach
508 Fruitvale Court
Grand Junction, CO 81504 USA

This Christian organization is collecting wedding dresses to
provide destitute believers in Turkey with a means of employment.
Many have been fired from their jobs because they have chosen
to leave Islam to follow Jesus. Wedding dresses from western
nations are greatly admired in Turkey, and Turkish believers
will be able earn a living by renting such dresses.

More information here (http://www.two-fot.org/contact.htm).

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Don’t send dresses to the Albany office that
is listed on the web site; use the Colorado address above.)

The 10 Cent Park

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We went to a park on Thursday. We have all been going a little stir crazy at home! Now I know that sounds really simple. But here in Albania, parks are pretty scarce. We had to walk a mile to get to this one. So… I load up Jadyn in the stroller and head out with Robert and the boys. This is our first time to visit this park- we have seen it on our way home from church. When we walked in we were approached by a woman who gave us tickets and ask for 40 lek (about 40 cents). So this park costs money! Interesting! The park is surrounded by hedges and fences so it is nice that you feel enclosed and safe. The boys had a great time sliding down the huge 10 foot pole. Never mind that the whole thing swayed a little and would never have passed US codes for a park. Robert and I stood ready to catch someone at any moment. But there were nice places of grass and shade, benches and tables and a little area to play soccer for the boys. All in all it was a great outing…. until we were locked in at the end. The attendant went to lunch. I felt a little less stupid when there were two other Albanian families trying to get out also…. ?!@#$%^&*?! How is this supposed to work? Finally another woman who was running a concession stand down the street came to let us out. Okay, note to self, watch the lunch hour at the park. Either bring enough food to stay or get out early!

Welcome to Delaware (Albania?)

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This has been such an up and down season for me and for us as a family. When I look back over the last year, I am overwhelmed by the changes we have seen in our life. Changing jobs, selling our house and a good part of our possessions (my parents may disagree with this part since their basement serves as the “Wheelis Storage Facility”), moving across the world, changing schools for the boys, learning a new language, losing a buisness, traveling 2/3 of the globe again to adopt a precious daughter. The list could go on…. It has really been a spiritual winter for me. I have really been looking at the losses a lot. I heard this song again today and listened to it again two or three times, letting the words really soak into my heart. He really has been here to say, “All you really have here now is ME.” What an amazing discovery! This journey may not be for all we think it is! Sharing the love of Christ, while important to our Lord, is really secondary to my personal love relationship with Him. He wants me to rely only on Him, for Him to be the most important thing in my day. What an awe inspiring thought to think that this all may have been just for me to KNOW HIM MORE.

Well it’s bitter cold December,
and the leaves have fallen true
And I do believe I’m still in love with You
Yeah, my scenery keeps changing
and sometimes it’s hard to view
But You’ve let me see so much since I’ve known You
But I headed to where it seemed like nowhere
You told me You’d come
You told me You’d meet me here

You were here to say,
“Welcome to Delaware,
I know you’ve traveled far,
And it’s a lot colder here than what you’re used to,
And I know, that in the winter time,
things aren’t what they used to be
So all you really have here now, is Me…

So I’ve settled here, and that is that
For You to show me who I am
You had to take me to a place I’d never been
And all the things I dreaded most
About the things unseen…
Have now become the sweetest part of me!
And though I headed to where it seemed like no where
I knew You would come,
I knew You would meet me here…

You were here to say,
“Welcome to Delaware,
I know you’ve traveled far,
And it’s a lot colder here than what you’re used to,
And I know, that in the winter time,
things aren’t what they used to be
So all you really have here now, is Me…”

-Watermark

A new airport terminal and technology

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We returned to Albania in the dead of night. Our plane arrived in Tirana at 12:30am local time. It took an hour to get our 13 bags plus carry ons and all the kids (wide awake I might add) through customs and into the arms of dear friends waiting at the gate! Albania has opened a new terminal at the airport since we left. Covered parking, a restaurant and all the works. Added bonus, there is a now full time job for a man who has to show everyone who comes to the airport how to push the button to get your stamped parking ticket and how to insert that ticket into the slot after you have paid your fees when you leave. The line is long as Albanians who have never seen such a thing wait to get in and out of the airport! Have you ever thought about that? How did we all learn to do that?! Who taught us to push the button at the airport to get the ticket and make the gate go up? Technology…. it is coming to Albania!