Happy New Year! Welcome to our first blog of 2015.
Imagine what would happen to a city if all of its churches would evangelize and disciple others. That city would be transformed by the love and power of God!
Write the vision and make it plain upon the tables.
The Lord has encouraged us to work more with local leaders and pastors and help to strengthen the cycle of discipleship and evangelism. We are designing a mobile training institute where we can offer all of our training and Agnes’ messages on iPads and Kindles – today’s modern tablet.
The Christmas season was very sweet. Thank you Pastor Titus Tuiasosopo and the Oasis Christian Church for Christmas Caroling again this year! Their music truly ministered to our family, we had a great time serving hot chocolate and cookies and a wonderful fellowship with them. Cha Wallace showed up, just in time to hear the Samoans caroling! It was great to see her dance before the presence of the Lord.
This year, by God’s sovereign and mighty power, we were able to give over 400 gifts to Sister Amy Wang to give out down in Los Angeles! Sister Amy and those at the Azusa Lighthouse Mission are still recovering from a massive flood that happened last September. They are faithfully ministering and demonstrating God’s love in Los Angeles on 5th Street. With God’s provision, Sister Amy and her team gave away presents to about 400 precious boys and girls.
Annella Whitehead and Ashley Flores coordinated Christmas gathering family and faithful volunteers and serving a beautiful Christmas dinner. Carrie Duren cooked her amazing food, Marva Beauvoir baked a fresh-from-the-oven carrot cake, Cathy Jones came with lovely gifts for all, Mark and Tracy Vaughan (our newest interns) delivered gifts to Sister Amy… everyone had a wonderful time.
Two days after Christmas we had an incredible “heavenly” experience! Roland and Linda Beard came and gave a special class on God’s creation and the sky! It was amazing to see God’s creation up close! Roland and Linda have incredible knowledge of the stars and planets, giving scriptural evidence of God and His creation. Many of our children are taught in schools that the earth just appeared, theories of evolution and countless other equations were God is left out. Roland and Linda’s passion teaches the truth of God and Creation, using the night sky as backdrop. Thank you Roland and Linda for giving our family a wonderful experience!
Did you feel a special touch of God’s presence this New Year’s Eve? We did also! The Lord moved mightily. New Year’s Eve we gathered with our family and extended family of volunteers for a special meal and time of worship. We cooked “Healing Soup”…… and Indian Tacos, soft fry bread topped with meat, cheese and all the taco fixings. Afterwards, everyone moved to the living room for worship and prayer before the New Year arrived. The presence of God was so palpable, weighty and powerful. Words in our language can’t fully capture the experience, but the atmosphere was thick with His Glory and the sense that something special was evident as the New Year approached. Gordon shared what the Lord had placed in his heart for this year, Psalms 86:11:
11Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.
He shared on moving to a new level, training in a new way, His way. In this year, the Lord will unite our hearts, and remove the double minded-ness in us. Gordon said how the Lord wants to make us His people, whole and no longer divided. Whatever ambition or agenda we hold onto, must be given to God. To turn aside from our things, and do the things He asks of us. We must determine not to defile ourselves. A secondary scripture,
17 Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” ’ 18And they will go there, and they will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there. 19Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, 20that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
Gordon shared how the Lord is going to give us a new identity, to train us as leaders with a vision from Him that will set our priorities. Gordon said: “Our priorities determine what we do with our time. What we do with our time sets our agenda.” There truly was a special touch that evening, as we heard what the heart of the Lord was for this year.
Friends, we thank you for standing with God’s work with us in 2014, and we look forward to what He will do in this next year.
Until next time!
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