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Day of Rest…..throughout many of the posts, you will find that the leaders make sure there is a day of rest each week.  This day of rest isn’t just to rest, but it’s also to get into the Word of God.  That is one of the many things I appreciate about AweStar is the intentionality of being in the Word either through quiet times or group teaching.  Each student has a 35 day journal where they write their thoughts from their quiet times each day and follow along through the outlines in group teaching.

AweStar believes in instilling the importance of God’s Word into the students so that when they get back in the states it’s a natural part of who they are and they learn to feed themselves through the Word.

Pray today for the teams for rest and for the nourishment that comes through God’s Word.  May revival be sparked through the simplicity of rest.   Consider for yourself, are you taking the time to rest??

Check out the great stories and pictures at www.awestar.org/blog.

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Today, there is an update from the Peru Team–check it out at http://awestar.org/blog/

On trips like these, Jesus brings different people from different places across the United States to a different country, but the one thing that they have in common is their relationship with Christ.  Even in their differences, there is great evidence of what the Bible calls Spiritual Gifts.  It is through opportunities like these that each students gifts come through.  God uses each person to bring a different gift to the team which is an incredible picture of the Church!  Pray as they utilize the gifts that God has given them to lift the name of Jesus high and encourage one another!

Here is a picture of the Nicaragua Team!

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“God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called.”

You will read yesterday and today and come across this statement.  This is what the students are taught throughout the summer.  When we say yes to God, he will put the students in situations where they have to learn what the Lord told them to do.  If you read from Peru, they were nervous about going out to share the Gospel, but rather than having a weekend conference on how to share the Gospel, Jesus put them in a situation where they HAD to share the Gospel.

When God calls you to it, he will help you through it.  Pray for our missionaries as the Lord equips them and the opportunities that they will have even if they are not extremely confident, that they will rely on the power of the Holy Spirit.

How about you.  What is God calling you to do?  He will put you in situations to help you in that call.  If you need help or clarification in what your call looks like and how to go about it, please contact me!

Check out http://awestar.org/blog/ for today’s updates and pictures!  God is doing great things!

PB&J Challenge

24/7 missionary. Through the discipleship taught to students on the mission field (which is the best by any mission organization) they are taught to always look for opportunities to share the Gospel and BE the Gospel whether it be in the community they are serving, the airport they are in or as they are in the marketplace. This happened in the airport in the way to Peru. Pray today for opportunities through the drama and as they travel to have the eyes of Christ and look for the seeking soul.

Today, would you also look for the seeking soul and pray that God would give you opportunity to be Christ today and learn how to be on mission 24/7. Check out the trip updates and pictures as you are having lunch and pray over our missionaries–www.awestar.org and click on trip updates.

New Creations

Posted: January 7, 2014 in AweStar, missions, New Creation

Anyone  who belongs to Christ is a new creation.  The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
2 Corinthians 5:17

I witnessed this past week the transformation of people that were without hope.  I traveled with my daughter, Hannah, and 47 other missionaries to bring Good News to Nuevo Laredo.  I traveled with a missions organization based out of Tulsa, OK called Awe Star ministries.

We performed a drama called, “Freedom”.  It depicts the story of the creation all the way to the resurrection of Christ sharing how Jesus came to free people from their sins through his death, burial, and resurrection.

Through this drama, the Holy Spirit began to thaw out the dark hearts of people who have been searching for hope and peace.  There were dramatic instances of weeping as men, women, and children came to the realization that there was Someone that loved them–that gave up their life for them.

It was absolutely beautiful.  Spiritual death was defeated by Life through Jesus.  The landscape of Nuevo Laredo was barren and grey.  The sadness written across the faces of people showed years of fear and lack of hope, but as these students and adults brought to life the pages of Scripture, the transformation was indescribable.  The sullen faces that have faced fear due to the cartel were suddenly lit up by the power of the Gospel.

I have to admit, I go with Awe Star on these mission trips because each year, I need to be saved.  Not saved spiritually, but saved from an American Christianity that says it’s all about me.  I need to be saved from myself and get a taste of God’s grand story that He has invited me to be a part of.  I get to see the joy of students who are able to lead their first person to Christ.  I get to see the joy of Christian brothers and sisters as they encourage each other in the Word, Prayer, Fellowship, and Worship.

It’s quite the site and reminder that I am to come back to one of the hardest mission fields: the United States and the American church.  It gives me the fuel and reminds me that what I do is worth it (1 Corinthians15:58).  It reminds me that I am doing the right thing as a parent in raising up missionaries.  It reminds me that the Lord’s return is very close and there will be a time that time will be up and there will be no more opportunity to share the Gospel, so now is the time to share the Good News.

If you would like to go with me, our next opportunity is Spring Break.  Message me and I will give you the details or you can call my great friends at Awe Star.  Go to http://www.awestar.org for more information.

20140107-221451.jpgMe with Samuel and Joel-our missionary translators and brothers in Christ

20140107-221514.jpgThe Crucifixion scene in the drama “Freedom”

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