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The Word of God October 5, 2011

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Encouragement for the day:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is alive and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.


The word of God has enormous treasure hidden in it!  I truly believe that Daddy enjoys illuminating His word to us.  He manifests His presence through His word!  Meditate, ponder, study, practice and utter the word to fill your life with His presence!


What is your favorite scripture?





What does this scripture mean to you?





Has that meaning changed over time?




In your opinion, what does, “…it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” mean?

Encouragement:  Daddy reveals Himself, His secrets, His delight through His word!  The more you sow into seeking it out, the more you reap His harvest (wisdom, guidance, knowledge, understanding and peace).

Be strong in the Lord October 4, 2011

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Encouragement for the day:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Ephesians 6:13-17 – Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.


It says in this passage to be strong in the Lord, putting on your full armor, to protect yourself against the schemes of the enemy.  It is important to remember that our battle isn’t against flesh and blood, but against the powers and principalities of darkness.  Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy – but God has come in power to set the captives free.


Take a couple of moments, grab a friend and put your armor on together.






Since we know that our battle isn’t with others, is it easier to forgive those that we see as wronging us?






Is there anyone that we need to make amends with?  If so, would you like to do that now?






Encouragement:  It is amazing that God equips us with the power and authority to come against that which comes to destroy!  Think about making this a morning ritual.  Call a friend, put it on together.  There is nothing better than starting our day with the protection/covering of our Daddy!

Pray! October 3, 2011

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Encouragement for the day:

Monday, October 3, 2011


James 5:16 – Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.


Psalm 17:6 – I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.


Matthew 21:22 – If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.


Mark 11:24 – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.


Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.


Prayer is a foundation to living as a disciple of Jesus.  Prayer edifies, encourages, develops intimacy, spiritually exercises (thoughts, heart, intentions), it changes things and blessings are promised.  John 14:14 says, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”  The Lord is jealous for our prayers!  He earnestly awaits them! 


Do you believe that prayer changes things?



Do you have any prayer requests?





Ask around.  What are the prayer requests of others?





Sometimes we forget all of the blessings (fruit) of our prayers.  Think for a moment about the prayers that you have prayed that have been answered.  List a couple of them here.





Encouragement:  God can do more in one minute than we can do in a lifetime!  Don’t be afraid to talk to the Lord.  He delights in our prayers and says that when we pray, He listens.

Take some time to rest in the Lord October 2, 2011

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Encouragement for the day:

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Isaiah 40:31 – but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.


Exodus 33:14 – The Lord replied, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”


Drawing on the Lord, waiting in His presence, breathing in His word, receiving a fresh in-dwelling of the Spirit will strengthen us in our time of need.  Rest now as you breathe in His aroma…


Take some time to rest in the Lord.  Quiet your mind.  Posture your heart in worship.  Allow His presence to restore your soul.






















Encouragement:  Many times when reality steals our joy, we need to escape into the presence of our King to become refreshed and restored.  Take that time and reap the benefits.

More news! October 1, 2011

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Day 5: Day 2 of the eye clinic to test the students, teachers and surrounding communities (Masai village). We gave away many reading, sun, and prescription glasses. While registering patients, some kept the munchkins entertained. They had many questions of America, of our families, our friends, our habits, our likes, our dislikes, our food, our culture, our electrical power (they have it for around 6 hours per day – usually from 6pm to midnight or midnight to 6am). They taught us games and we taught them tic tac toe. We hugged, loved and laughed for hours.
The construction team is working on repairing/replacing the boys dorm stairs. 10 boards cost $100 here! They are manually measuring, sawing and repairing/replacing.
We also mixed, spackled and painted on the beginning stages of a wall length white board (in 2 rooms). Once we are given access to the ambulance, we will be able to finish the white boards.
The nurses worked in a clinic and baby/mother hospital. Carolyn was able to assist in delivering a baby!

Day 6: Today was the very first graduation celebration of the New Life school. 5 hours and 50 graduates later, it was an amazing honor and blessing to experience this. I (Kelli) was chosen to pray the closing prayer for the entire celebration. There must have been 400 people in attendance. It was an honor to speak blessings over the school, the community and the New Life band.

Tidbits: Hakuna matata is the word of the day. Tanzanian’s are on a schedule very different than ours. They are very laid back and relaxed. There really is no time schedule. A typical day for us is to wake around 7am, take a bucket shower (water boiled by putting coals in a pail and heating a container of water to boiling, we add cold water to bear it), eat breakfast (depending on the home – bread, fruit, water, juice, tortilla type things, omelets – eggs and veggies), and then head off for a day at either the school or the baby/mother hospital. We have lunch delivered (4 hours is the average delivery time). Lunch is usually at 3pm. We wrap up the day around 5pm. We head home in public transportation. Rush hour in Tanzania is much different than in the states. Not much for road rage, just a battle to get on the road before the cycles, goats, cows, or other public transport. Toyota’s are the most popular vehicle. Once home, we shower and then head for tea time (snack) of hot tea and popcorn. We lounge, journal or play soccer with our host family kiddo’s for an hour or two (Dennis is age 3 and David is age 7). 9pm is dinner time. We have rice, beans, fruit, juice, coffee, anchovies, or whatever creation our amazing host families can surprise us with.

Day 7 will be church and then off to pray for the New Life school students final exams. Later in the day we may go to market.

Please continue to pray for us and God’s continued manifestation. We are awaiting an AH-MA-ZING encounter and know that we are on the brink.

Also, please pray for a little girl (between 1-2 years). She was badly burned by scalding hot water/tea. She has large blistering and is in extreme pain. We know that our Daddy is a Daddy of healing and miracles and are believing that this is one of those times.

Also, please contend with us. We are trying to get the ambulance we sent over earlier and the container we shipped from customs. There is politics and money hunger involved in releasing it to us. We are praying for God’s divine provision and open doors! It says in Mark, if we believe with everything inside of us, He will move mountains. We are speaking to those mountains and saying, MOVE, in Jesus’ name! Yeah, baby!

Please continue to pray for continued unity of our group. Emotions are changing daily with our environment and we need the spirit to guide us, and give us grace for our team. So far, so good.

OH! We were able to visit a Masai home yesterday. WOW! My heart overflows with love and compassion for this people. May God’s anointing and blessing and provision overflow on their resources, their health, their land, their salvation. My heart is to reach the unreachable by loving unconditionally. This people group is in dire need of love, attention and resources. Pray with me for an indwelling of His joy, His spirit, His provision, His wisdom, His grace, His mercy.

I would like to pray for our amazing support back home – Daddy, thank you for this opportunity to love on your children! We are so grateful for the support, the contending, the prayer, the friendships we have in our friends back home. I pray a blessing over them. I pray that you strengthen their frame. I pray that you raise up the dry bones and wet them with your refreshment. I pray your manifestation to not only fall on us here in Tanzania, but to travel to the USA and indwell every heart. I pray that joy arises and overflows. I pray that your ways are transforming. I pray for your sufficiency. I pray for your power to rise up. I pray for receiving and postured hearts. Daddy, bless our friends and family back home. Refresh them. Restore them. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen

Learning to recognize the voice of God October 1, 2011

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Encouragement for the day:

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Psalm 5:3 – In the morning You hear my voice, O Lord; in the morning I prepare for You and watch and wait.


Isaiah 30:21 – Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”


Learning to recognize the voice of God can be challenging.  We must find times to be still in order to “hear” His calling/leading/direction.  He will lead you by an inner knowing, by common sense, by wisdom and by peace.


Be still.  As you quietly wait on Him, write down anything that you might sense.




















Encouragement:  Present yourself to Him.  Even if you don’t hear Him, you will be honoring Him by seeking Him.  God doesn’t always speak right away, but if we are diligent in seeking Him, He is faithful to respond.

Is there a calling on my life? September 30, 2011

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Friday, September 30, 2011


1 Corinthians 15:41 – The sun is glorious in one way, the moon is glorious in another way, and the starts are glorious in their own way; for one star differs from and surpasses another in its beauty and brilliance.


1 Corinthians 12:2 – Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.


Have you ever wondered why you were created?  Have you ever asked, “Is there a calling on my life?”  And, if so, what is it?  After years of asking myself the same question, I finally realized that the gifts that we manifest naturally are the natural extension of our “calling” here on planet earth. 


What are your gifts (what gets you excited!)?








How are you using or will you use these natural abilities to be a blessing to others?












Encouragement:  God made you.  He didn’t make a mistake.  He thought of you, He created you and now He continually delights in you.  Be confident that you are here for a purpose!  Co-partner with those around you to be the best you can be!  The body cannot function without all of it’s parts!

Awaiting His power! September 29, 2011

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WOW! Our 4th day in Tanzania! Amazing things have happened and we are expectant of amazing things to come! Here is a re-cap of our days so far…

Sunday – we arrived in Tanzania around 8pm. After going through customs, we were greeted by our party (James, Ruth and Prince; Ondo; Gideon, all members of the New Life band). With greetings, hugs and joyful noises, we led a caravan to each host family home. Once arriving, we were greeted with a midnight feast! Bellies full, we passed out from jet lag.

Monday – we all woke up at different times (per our Tanzanian sister, Larissa loves the bed). Breakfast was served. Breakfast varied from house to house. Omelets (fresh eggs and veggies), toast, fresh fruit, chai tea, ginger/garlic tea, etc. Mind you, as we were guests, we were fed in abundance. Meals for the family are not as elaborate.

We went to the church to sort baggage, we celebrated Josiah’s birthday, and then we went to our homes to doll up for the nights festivities. The New Life Band members threw a party for us to introduce us to their band and family members. We sat outside, under the stars, dining on rice, potatoes, banana, cucumber salad, chicken (freshly sacrificed), cow meat, soda (Fanta and Coca Cola), and birthday cake. Things finally wound down at around midnight.

…Ok, done for now. Battery running low.

Habari za mchana (good afternoon)

For Lexi September 29, 2011

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For my (Kelli) babygirl, Lexi. This message is just for you…

Mpendwa Lexi, nakupenda sana. siwezi kusubili kukuelezea habari za Tanzania, hata kama haupo hapa watu wa Tanzania wanakupemda pia. Nina hamu ya kukuona.
nakupenda, mama.

Lexi – google these words to find out what I have said.

Love you, mama

Our Three Gratitude Attitudes September 29, 2011

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Encouragement for the day:

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Hebrews 13:15 – Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.


Every morning my best friend and I offer up our 3 “gratitude attitudes”.  There are many things to be grateful for if we decide to be a people who continually offer up thanksgiving.  Our flesh looks for things to complain about, but the spirit searches for reasons to give God the glory!


Name 3 things you are grateful for!





















Encouragement:  No matter how bad our day is going, if we offer up praise and gratitude to our King (the author and perfector), we receive a deposit in our hearts of joy and peace and gladness.