here am I, send me

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I, send me!" Isaiah 6:8

Greetings to you all with a heart full of joy! I come to you this morning filled with joy because of the work of our Father!! He is so faithful!! He pursues us and searches for each of us in the places we are--each of us! He calls to us to "Come", and follow Him and when we make ourselves available to Him, He changes us and the world around us, He grows us, He teaches us to walk with Him in confidence, power and love!! Please join me in praising God for the following things:

keylife mission team

& compassion crusade: louisiana

I spent the last few days with 18 other people from my family of faith in New Caney—KeyLife Fellowship— engaged in our Compassion Crusade:Louisiana! My heart still breaks as we ride through the streets and see that there are still homes under construction, being cleaned out, or just sitting in devastation. After 7 months, people are still facing and working through the struggles to have one of the basic needs we all have—a shelter, a place of refuge, a home!! I’m reminded that God is our Shelter, our place of Refuge, and yet so many do not know that!

Our team joined forces with 2 other teams—one from Missouri and one from Alabama—to come alongside Stevendale Baptist Church (SBC) to help in their rebuilding process. They are a band of about 100 followers whose place of worship took on water during the flood. Every part of their campus has been gutted and needs repair. They are currently worshipping in their fellowship area, while the rest of the buildings on campus are being restored.

Our group from KeyLife spent time working on a building they are turning into a bunk house to be used for teams coming to work and will one day be a place for summer camp participants and/or camp leaders to stay. We framed up the inside to put bathrooms, showers, and bedding areas.

One group of our team cleaned a building that will become the administrative building. It had to be cleaned again and treated to prevent mold. The group cleaned and organized it, and it is ready for rebuild to begin. Some painted different things, some moved wood from one room to another and created a room for organizing all of the electrical supplies needed for the rebuild…boxes and boxes and boxes and more boxes of different kinds of electrical doodads.

Others used the shop vac to clean the walls of the sanctuary. I was amazed as I watched not only our team but the other teams as well. G0d did so much in a short amount of time simply because when He asked, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” Some people like Isaiah heard Him calling and answered, “Here am I, send me!"

Our team celebrated with one of our partnering families as they were able to spend their first nights in their newly restored home and their furniture was delivered that day! We were able to see the restored home and sit with them to enjoy some moments of praise and thanksgiving to our Father God for His grace, His faithfulness, and His blessings!! We also visited several other families who have been on the hearts of the KeyLife family who served on previous trips. One of those families is getting closer and closer to being able to move into their home. One family is facing great loss as the husband, father and grandfather of their family is fighting terminal health issues. We were unsure if we would be able to talk to him or not, but when we arrived, his wife greeted us with the declaration that God had done a miracle this week. Her husband began talking, eating again, and is doing so much better. He talked with us and shared all about his grandchildren with us…they are the light of his life and he is so concerned about them. We prayed together with him and his wife!! We all left encouraged and thankful for the chance to spend those precious moments with both the wife and the husband!! Again, I was amazed as I watched the lives of those we with whom we celebrated and prayed!! Together we praised God and called out to Him for our brother who was hanging onto life in the midst of sickness. All of this because God asked, "“Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” Some people like Isaiah heard Him calling and answered, “Here am I, send me!”

Please join us as we continue to pray for the folks in Louisiana impacted by the flood last year! Pray for Stevendale Baptist Church and so many other churches who are seeking to minister to their communities while also trying to recover from the flood themselves!!

malian harvester mission team

On Monday March 13 through Wednesday March 15, a team of 7 Malians left from the capital to share the gospel in the village from where our brother Solo’s family came. Two weeks before Solo died he had visited them and had the opportunity to share with the chief and others his testimony about Jss. Joining this group were 2 leaders from villages that we have been working in and 6 followers from neighboring villages. This team joined the pastor who is living and serving in B@ to share the Good News!

While in Louisiana I received a text from the Harvesters which said that on the first night, 8 people gave their lives to Jss. Then on Wednesday morning I woke up to another text that said, “On Tuesday, 35 adults and 25 children gave their lives to Jss!” Tears welled up in my eyes as I considered the greatness of our God. What an incredible work God had prepared and done through His servants. What a work He has done in the lives of each one who said, “Yes!” when God called out and said, “Come, follow me!!”

Again, I stand amazed as I consider how God called out to these Malian men and women saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” They answered, “Here am I , send me!” Lives were changed and new journeys with God have begun!!

Please join us in praying for these new followers!! Pray for them to be strengthened as they learn to walk with Him, as they seek to understand what it means to be a follower of Jss, and as they grow into true disciples!! Pray for Pastor Bart as he seeks to follow up with each one of these new followers and walk with them as they seek to know God more intimately!!

God continues to ask, "Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?"

Do you hear Him? What will your response be?

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