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Pics, pics and more pics October 13, 2011

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And, even more pics October 13, 2011

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More pics October 13, 2011

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Pictures October 13, 2011

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Your invitation… October 9, 2011

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Encouragement for the day:

Sunday, October 9, 2011

 

John 7:37 – On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.”

 

We have been given an invitation from the most high God to enter into His kingdom, His inheritance!  He yearns for us to draw near to Him, to receive the gift of salvation, to lay our burdens at the foot of the cross.

 

If you haven’t given your life to Jesus, will you consider it now?  It doesn’t matter what you have done or what has been done to you.  He beckons you as His bride.  You were the reason He lived…and died.

 

Pray something like this:  Lord, I know I am a sinner.  I know that I deserve the consequence of my sin.  I trust you, though.  I believe that you shed your blood for my sins.  I want to try to live a life that glorifies you.  Forgive me.  I ask you into my heart.  Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have given your life to Jesus, maybe this is a good time to reconnect with God.  To recommit to His ways, His will.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encouragement:  As we receive God, His provision, His love, His faithfulness, our joy will overflow as we are filled with His Spirit!  Even when we re-commit our wills to His, there is a refreshment, a restoration that happens inside of us.

Safari and thoughts… October 8, 2011

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We spent the last 2 days on safari! Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY! Ok, so nix the tigers and bears. But we did see a mosaic of animals – giraffe, zebra, elephants, monkeys (with blue bottoms), gazelle, buzzards, baboons, lions (male and female), a rhinoceres, hyena, warthogs, water buffalo, and so many more. The landscape went from rocky to sandy to red clay. Boabab trees, also known as "upside down" trees dotted our way. We were able to stay in a beautiful lodge called Eileen’s Inn. We had individual villa’s for two. And a swimming pool name Kellie’s lala. We brought one of the New Life band children who had never been in a swimming pool before. We enjoyed evening entertainment last night of African dancers and gymnasts.

Today was an emotional day for many of us. The thought of leaving our tight knit group of 24 is one thing…leaving the homeland, our host families, the kids that we expanded our hearts for, the New Life band, the New Life school, the Masai people, our devoted drivers, and every other person that crossed our path is a whole other story. God has done many things on this adventure. I must admit that I thought that He would purpose something mighty in the land of Tanzania, but mostly he purposed an awakening in my heart and the hearts of most on our team. He has poured His compassion, His empathy, His unfailing love, His provision, His faithfulness, His delight over us like a balm. He has cast out fear. He made us believe that we are created for a purpose. That we are beautiful in His sight. We are aware that He has called us to be a willing participant in His plan. He has called us to simplify our lives. In many ways, we were changed more than anyone here.

And it was so! October 8, 2011

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Encouragement for the day:

Saturday, October 8, 2011

 

Genesis 1:24 – And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds:  the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.”  And it was so.

 

I don’t know about you, but when I speak this verse aloud, I get the Jesus bumps!  “And it was so”.  How cool is that!  He created earth for us to inhabit with all of its beauty and splendor.  Let’s soak in that a moment. 

 

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Pray with me – God, as the winds continue to caress the waters of creation, as the waves of the sea crash loudly, as the hills and the trees stand strong together, and the sun, moon and stars shine brightly, all expressing thanks to You, so we thank You for Your continued presence throughout the entire family of creation.

 

…and He saw creation and said that it was good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encouragement:  God didn’t stop at creation.  He didn’t stop at the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus.  He loves us so much that He continues to make  beauty out of the mire (the void).

 

Creator October 7, 2011

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Encouragement for the day:

Friday, October 7, 2011

 

Genesis 1:20 – And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”

 

In Africa there are beautifully exotic animals that we can enjoy!  God made them for OUR enjoyment!  The animals here are not that different from our human lives on planet earth.  He is our Creator and Sustainer.  We are dependent upon Him for every breath we take.

 

What are our needs?

 

 

 

 

 

What are our wants?

 

 

 

 

 

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Encouragement:  In the Word it says that if He (the King of the universe) provides for a plant or animal that goes unnoticed, how much more would He provide for His children…in whom He delights!  He shows off in the little things to cement in our hearts the knowledge of His abounding love for us.

Creation October 6, 2011

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Encouragement for the day:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

 

Genesis 1:1-8 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.  And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

 

Close your eyes and try to imagine what the universe felt like when it was formless, void, and completely dark.  Open your eyes slowly and notice the light that floods through your lashes then into your entire field of vision. 

 

What do you think the universe was like without a sun, moon, stars or even planet earth?

 

 

 

 

Name 3 things that you find amazing about God’s creation.

 

 

 

 

 

You are a “re-creator” – taking what was already made and creating something new.

What did He create specifically for you?

 

 

 

 

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Encouragement:  God is the source of all creation.  In the deep void, He spoke, and light came.  The first light of creation became the light of redemption, available to us all.

Making memories… October 5, 2011

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The children at the New Life school are in the midst of their national exams. We are talking serious business. There are armed guards watching over them to make sure they don’t cheat. The kids have been so stressed that there have been many sick due to nerves. So, as Americans who love a good party, last night we decided to surprise them (all 180 of them) with ice cream and The Lion King 1 1/2. For most, they had never had ice cream or seen a movie…especially on the big screen. We took a generator, the white side of a large tarp, 50 liters of ice cream, 200 cups, 200 spoons and made a memory that they will never forget. Between laughter, screams of delight, sugar buzzes and wonderful fellowship, it turned out to be a memory that we Tanzanian’s/wuzungu’s (white people) will never forget.

God has blessed us so abundantly. We have been humbled, we have cried, we have laughed, we have been tried, we have been stretched, we have been changed.

Thank you Jesus…

Baba Baba Baba, tuna kua budu (Daddy, Daddy, Daddy, we worship you)