Tuesday, August 17, 2010

end of summer '10 update from joe

Friend & Ministry Partner's

One of the goal's for this summer's interns was to read through the
gospel of Luke and the Act's of the Apostles in the 8 weeks they were
here to serve in the city with us, Acts is Luke's second book which
tells of thing's which Jesus continued to do through his people after
he had rose from the dead. I was also following along with them and
found this passage near the end of Acts from Paul defending himself
while on trial incredibly moving.

[King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.”
And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be
a Christian?” And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God
that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such
as I am—except for these chains.”] (Acts 26:27-29 ESV)

When you have tasted the mercy of God like Paul had, you long for
other's to taste it as well. The great mercy of God which had been
foretold about by the prophet's, and which we now can know plainly
living on the other side of the death and resurrection of Jesus
Christ.

He lived the life we should of lived, and died the death we should of
died. What would we not do for him? How could I not want you all to also
know God's love, and the healing of knowing all of your sin's are
forgiven because he died in your place, and the power to live a life
of freedom from sin and selfishness, and to do good works because he
rose from the dead and making the world new, starting with the hearts
of men and women?

Me and my wife Kristy have long felt called to serve Him and let
other's know about his great mercy in tangible ways, as we have been
for the past 5 years, by living with, and providing help to the poor
today and hope for eternity.


Pray for us as we go to Candidates Week, next week to explore our
calling in Africa with African Inland Mission.

Pray we get a really honest look at out strengths and weaknesses.
That we would be confirmed in our gifts and calling, and also aware of
the thing's in our lives we need to work hard on.

Pray that we would have discernment along with other's on where God is
leading us exactly.

Pray that we would have the answers to questions that have been in our
hearts for almost the whole time we've been married. That we would be
appointed as full service missionaries and know our field and the time
frame for which we will be leaving.

Pray that the week would be a time of refreshment and fellowship as my
mother will be caring for our kids and we will be able to spend time
with a bunch of other people exploring their calling for mission's in
Africa.

On the home front, if you haven't yet, please check out the liberti
summer intern's facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=120926881271665&ref=ts

It contains a ton of great pictures and some stories of how the
intern's have grown this year. Homeless were fed, and we learned
their names, the unborn were advocated for, and young mother's
without the family or the means were supported, inner city kid's were
loved and respected, relationship's were born, and I saw intern's and
other's spiritually come alive.

The intern's never went hungry, though they were barely paid, the
generosity of many liberti member's and other's from the community
allowed them to find home cooked meals, they spent a ton of time
together, and they became family. They prayed together, studied the
bible together, served together and had fun together. I even got to
baptize the one who lived in our living room, and welcome him into our
church family last Sunday.

I am also thankful for the opportunity I had to preach for the first
time at liberti church east. I was free to choose my text, and I
preached on Psalm 67, a great missionary psalm, taking the high
priestly blessing for the nation of Isreal from Number's 6, and
turning into a song and a prayer of all the people of God, for all the
nation's of the world.

I will be preaching again August 22nd on the 9th commandment in a
series we are calling 'the great liberties'. (libertichurcheast.org)

We are so thankful for all God has done this summer, and ask that you
would remember us in your prayers, and that this month (august) would
be a time to shift down gear a few notches, reflect and be a family
together, so we can be strengthened again for his service.

Thank you for all you do to make our lives work and keep us sane.
(baby sitting, praying for us, supporting us financially, encouraging
us, ect..) we love you all.

Press on

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