A big “Hello” to our family, friends, church and former team mates!
We recently participated in Calvary Chapel Merritt Island’s annual missions conference. A week before the conference, Pastor Howard approached Mike and I and asked if one of us would be OK to share a testimony during one of the sessions. As we said yes to the opportunity, I started feeling sick to my stomach almost at once. I knew immediately that it would be me up on the platform speaking. At that very moment, God spoke very clearly to me that He wanted ME to share. I know this may sound crazy to some of you, but I dislike public speaking very much. I tried to pull the Moses card: “…Oh Lord, I’m just not a good speaker. I never have been, and I’m not now, even after you have spoken to me. I’m clumsy with words.” (Exodus 4:10) But God gently reminded me, “Who makes mouths?…Who makes people so they can speak or not speak, hear or not hear, see or not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go, and do as I have told you. I will help you speak well, and I will tell you what to say.” (Exodus 4:11, 12) And He did. It is what He laid on my heart to share that I want to share with you all now. Although I feel vulnerable in writing this letter, I know that God has told me (again!) to speak.
I love my job with Teen Missions. I feel so lucky to get to be in ministry full time with my husband and three darling daughters. As most of you know, my most full time role is that of raising my three girls, Kenya, Isabelle and Lily. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be a stay- at-home mom. Satan is so sneaky and sly though. He tries to diminish the importance of raising them up in the Lord, by getting me to believe that I am not doing enough as a missionary. I start feeling guilty that I am not doing enough for the Lord and for Teen Missions and that I am doing too much for my home and my family. I hate that I have struggled with this, that I have even given ear to his lies. My kids are the unreached. If I don’t tell them about God and teach them His Word, who will? I have a VERY important role. God has made me His hands and feet in our house and to our children. Being a God-honoring, God-fearing mother is a path that God has put me on. My kids and their salvation’s are matters of great importance! I am so grateful that we all live under God’s grace. Nothing I do, earns God’s favor. He freely gave it to me, to everyone, when He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins. It is through faith alone in that gift that I am saved. I need to be busy in the things that God has for me, not the things that I have for God. If I do things for Teen Missions, my church, my friends and even my family out of a need to appease any guilt that I have about not doing enough for God, I am not really doing it for Him then am I? God does not want my check list of accomplishments that I have done “for Him”. He wants my heart. As I live my life for Him, I want to be busy in what He has asked me to be busy in. And I want everything to be done an outpouring of love for Him. I praise the Lord that He has asked me to change the world one heart beat at a time.
That you, you are changing the world one little heartbeat at a time Making history with every touch and every smile Oh you, you may not see it now but I believe that time will tell how you, you are changing the world one little heartbeat at a time
(Steven Curtis Chapman Lyrics “One Heartbeat At A Time”)
We are ever grateful for your commitment to us. May we have an impact on eternity as we diligently serve in the work the Lord has put before us.
Mike, Michelle, Kenya, Isabelle & Lily
“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.” Psalm 127:3
“Complete the ministry God has given you.” 2 Timothy 4:5
~We are still leading the team to Bethlehem this summer. Pray that the people of Bethlehem and our team mates (some might not know Him!) will have receptive hearts to the message of Jesus Christ as many live in physical comfort but hurt inside and live in spiritual poverty. Pray also for peace in the Middle East and for our safety while we are there.
~ Regular and fulfilling time with the Lord in His Word and in prayer
~ Wisdom in raising Kenya, Isabelle and Lily
~ That we would be an encouragement to others