Saturday, May 16, 2015

Live a life of love

For about a year now I have not had any regular ministry responsibility.  After James was born I took a break from volunteering at the preschool, then shortly after that the preschool closed for various reasons....and I kept praying and asking the Lord where I fit in at the mission.  What can I be doing to serve and love people right now, in the season I am at home caring for our young children?

And I felt like the Lord was inspiring me with the following ideas:
(I'm sharing this mostly to encourage other Mom's like me.  Because you may want to reach out in love and serve more but are not sure how...)
* Reach out to the single missionaries on campus, feed and encourage their laundry.
* Write encouragement cards to people
* Love and serve my family well, setting a good example to others watching us
* Pray for and encourage 'Osi in his full-time ministry responsibilities
* Give, when I see a need
* Pray for and encourage all our friends and missions partners in the U.S.
* Help out in the campus kitchen, chopping the garlic because nobody likes that job.  haha
* Plant more flowers around campus
* Help fellow Tongan missionaries write newsletters...
* Pray with people
* Bake and give it away
* Sew things for people, especially mending and hemming for the singles
* Share the word of God with someone - something the Lord shows me during my quiet time
* Sit with another Mother in their home -visit and encourage them
* Babysit another Mom's children
*Take them all out to the park or beach
* Invite people over for dinner
* Bless someone secretly
I guess the more I added to the list I realized these are things I love doing anyway, because God has uniquely gifted each believer with talents for building up the body of Christ.   So my prayer is that God will challenge me to choose one thing off the list everyday, and above all "live a life of love".  Because its not about what we do but the attitude/motive for why we're doing it, right?  =)

"Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
" - Ephesians 5:2

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Outreach continues - on two fronts!

Bittersweet day yesterday, part of the DTS team left for Vanuatu to finish their outreach and 'Osi is staying here in Tonga with the rest. Lord willing we'll go to Ha'apai next excited to see how God will continue working through both teams to love lost and hurting people to Jesus!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Whoever loses his life for Christ's sake, will find it

I wrote this letter to a loved one, and thought I should share it with more people....because concerned friends and family in America and in Tonga ask us regularly why we are living in Tonga instead of the America, a.k.a Disneyland =)  On the other hand there are some sweet but misguided friends who put us up on a pedestal of holiness that we can't even touch.  SO can I just throw out this disclaimer first?  'Osi and I are missionaries, but we are also just average Joe normal people, we don't have extraordinary talents or holiness. That being said, here is why we do what we do. 
'Osi and the Discipleship students have started their 3 month outreach.  They have been living in the village of Kolomotua, Vautu'u, and Patangata doing community service, door-to-door ministry, and outdoor evangelism programs.  But every few days he comes home to check on us, bring us food, and sleep overnight.  I know its a little bit of a sacrifice, but honestly we have been praying for this opportunity to work with the Discipleship students for years now, and it has been AWESOME to see them fall in love with Jesus, and catch a fire to live for him, start sharing with other people and making disciples of their it multiplies, get it?  =)  

That's what Jesus told us to do "Go and make disciples" and it totally makes sense.  The world would get saved SO much quicker, and be nurturing mature Christians if we were multiplying disciples rather that merely evangelism.
So I am ridiculously excited to be doing this with 'Osi.  The students came over to our house last night, and we were eating bread and butter and tea on the porch sharing stories about all the great ways God is opening hearts and opening doors in the villages.
Tongans make the BEST missionaries, and this place here in YWAM Tonga is the only campus we know of that is sending out missionaries. Besides the Mormons, lol  they are sending out missionaries by the Bushel.
I just think its sad that so many of us Christians just don't  get it.  God has amazing plans for our life, but so often we settle for less.  Maybe we're scared that if we really surrendered our life and future completely to Him He would  tell us to go live in the bush in poverty, nursing aids orphans or something, and that scares us.

So instead we Sing  on Sundays  "Your all I want, You're all I ever needed...."  But we LIVE as if our aim in life is to make ourselves as comfortable and happy as possible here on earth. 
And the world says that is our Right and the natural thing to do.  And if at the end of our life we have a spouse and kids and a house and a good job with benefits or whatever, and are thin and beautiful.... then we are "successful".
But Jesus said "Whoever finds his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."  

When I was 16, I had just returned from the Mexico missions trip that opened my eyes to see the rest of the world does not live like we do.    And I remember driving my nice new car over the Camano Island bridge during this georgeouss sunset, and I was thinking how incredibly blessed I was.  What a life of privilege I was born into!

And I was talking to Jesus, out loud, ( because thats what I normally did while driving  =)  remember how our parents made us wait a year before listening to the radio??

And I started, spontaneously praying the same prayer David did in 2 Samuel 7:18-22
"Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: "Who am I, Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?...What more can David say to you? For you know your servant...  How great you are, Sovereign LORD!  There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears."

I told Him that I was so in love with Him and SO THANKFUL for everything he's done for me, that I would follow him to the ends of the earth and back.  Just whatever and whenever He wants....
And you know, he was right.   When he said.   "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. ..."
  In losing my life to Him, I really found it.  =)

Its really good.  I know we don't have alot of "stuff".  But its good.....

We are so honored, and humbled to be used by God out here.  And I know at the end of our life we can look back and see that it counted for something.
We won't regret giving up the temporary comforts we could have had in America.
He is worth it.

Monday, January 19, 2015

And this is what its like riding the bus

Standing in line for the AOG church conference....I couldn't help myself, this is exactly what it feels like taking the bus to town, except with 3 children.  Ah!  Scary but really fun, because they play loud music and we meet new people. I always forget to take my camera on the bus - but now you can imagine.  If you ever visit Tonga, you MUST experience the bus!
Standing room only ladies and gentlemen - its THAT popular  =)

DTS Outreach!

The YWAM Discipleship Training Course is divided into 3 months of classroom lecture phase, and then 3 months of outreach where the students put into practice sharing their faith and loving people with the love of Jesus whom they have come to know so dearly during the lecture phase.
Our DTS staff and students feel God is leading them to outreach in Vanuatu and Australia....however they are still awaiting approval of their visas to travel there. So in the meantime they have begun reaching out to Tongan villages. 

A typical day may start with a prayer meeting, then going out for community cleanup work.  Then door to door evangelism - and a couple of days a week they do a big outdoor evangelism program in the village square.

God has truly gone before 'Osi and the team in their outreach to the villages of Kolomotua and Vaotu'u.  The Holy Spirit has softened hearts of the people, and there have been many open hearts to the gospel and renewed commitments to Christ!

I personally enjoy seeing the love God has given these students for lost and hurting people.  They truly understand that life is not just about them and our own personal walk....God wants us to serve those around us by ministering to their practical needs and their spiritual life.