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India One Prayer Report December 2009

by on Feb.25, 2010, under INDIA, One Prayer

One of the biggest blessings I get to experience is getting to be in the company of truly great men. Jack and Raj rank way up there on that list.

Jack and I met up with “Raj” in Chennai and traveled for more than a week visiting different villages and cities where the on going work of One Prayer church planters is happening. On this day, we were  in Trichy and decided to do the report from the top of Rock Fort. Wow.. what an amazing place.  But the story Raj and Jack tells is even more amazing.

The Kingdom of God growing by the minute. To be completely honest , I am so humbled by the work the church planters are doing there. The sacrifices they make to press the gospel of Jesus Christ forward is staggering. Every now and then I think I am having a bad day and my circumstances are too difficult, then I remember the church planters and church goers in India.

I am quickly silenced from my wining.

The work that is being done is phenomenal. It is in part because of generous hearted people who are “giving until it helps”.  Why do we have so much ? It is so we can share in this wonderful work that is so close to the heart of God. It’s a privilege. The Father lets us in on the blessing.

Me and Raj..

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Behind The Scenes – Cambodian Documentary

by on Feb.15, 2010, under Cambodia, On my mind

Video by Dustin Holliday. Dustin is the Director of Outreach at Christian Fellowship Church in the Washington DC area and close friend of Jack. He also leads a missional outreach to Nicaragua.  He joined Jack and I in Cambodia to get a first hand look at the One Prayer Church planting efforts. While we were traveling and shooting video, Dustin was using his mad video skills and a flip camera to capture these behind the scenes shots. It’s a rare look for me because I am always behind the camera.

We had a great time.. lots of fun in the midst of some pretty intense work in very high heat and humidity. Dustin was incredibly helpful. Several times I took him up on his offer to carry the gear. A 50 plus lb. back pack full of lens, mics, batteries etc.

Dustin is a warrior. He and Jack are cut from the same fabric. Leather I think. Camo black leather with kevlar coating and built in GPS tracking and radiation detection and spider venom antidote. Yes… they eat spiders. No, I did not. You can insert whatever sissy descriptive term you like right here.. but I did not eat the giant jungle spider.. and I have no plans too.

Warrior: ” A warrior is a person experienced in or capable of engaging in combat or warfare”.

I spent 5 days with Jack and Dustin together. Wow… I would tell you what they talked about but I want to live a little longer  ( if you get my meaning). What I did witness and can share is these guys are intense.  Both these guys are highly trained in self defense. They can hurt you so fast and in so many different ways that you would need a slow motion camera and instant replay to figure out which way to fall down.

But these warriors have chosen to use their tougher than nails skills for the Kingdom of God. I have witnessed them using their “get it done” mentality to impact a village for Christ and bring lasting change that will save lives now and for eternity. They may have hands of steel with attitudes to match but inside of them both beat hearts of gold.

It was an honor to serve God along side these warriors and a surprise when Dustin called me “the warrior videographer”.  I kinda like that..   Shootin pictures.. takin names.. For God’s Kingdom… now and forever..

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What kind of currency does God use ?

by on Feb.11, 2010, under Gene, Spiritual

I am not a historian and certainly no expert on the evolution of trade, but I do understand commerce. Here and abroad. From time to time I travel in other countries and there is always a ritual upon entering another nation, I exchange my American currency for the currency of the country I am visiting. It’s fun. I try to make sense of the system and look carefully at the artwork and usually I try and keep a little of it in my wallet to take home for a souvenir. In India, it’s all about Rupees. In England, it’s mostly about Pounds or Euros. Recently I was in Cambodia, there it’s Riel, but they were very happy to accept American currency.

It was not that long ago in American history when it was common to pay for goods and services with a chicken, goat, bushel of apples or what ever you had access too. It’s amazing what you can buy with some beads..  New York for example..

The point is value. To some degree or another, value is measured in two ways. Either your the buyer.. or the seller. Almost all of us are both.

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Last fall I had the opportunity to coach a girls 4th grade volleyball team. It was a two month commitment. Three events per week. What was I thinking? My life was already to busy. At first I was fine.. then I started to feel the pressure. I started asking myself questions and really began to wonder if I had made a mistake. Is this the best use of my time ? A question of value.

Then something happened. I was struck by the diversity within the group of girls.. The range of personality and skill level mirrored many of  the people in my everyday life encounters. There were girls who were clearly athletic stars and girls who lacked basic coordination. There were confident high achiever types and timid insecure types. Strong, weak, mouthy, pouty, they were all there.  A significant change in my awareness came when I yelled at one of the girls for kicking a ball and nearly smashing another girl in the face with it. She shut down completely. I had been oblivious to the the damage I could do even though I was clearly right to protect the other girls from this potential source of injury. It took me several minutes to talk this little girl back into “being ok”. Up to that point I had been treating all the girls pretty much the same regardless of their individual personalities or skill levels. But not anymore. I got real intentional about understanding each one better. My wife, Mary was also co-coaching with me and she helped me a great deal with this. In the weeks to follow I got significantly better at interacting with each girl with better understanding.

I was loving these girls. Each one in a different way.

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Grandma & Granddaughter in Remote Cambodian Village

During the time I was coaching this volleyball league, I was also prepping for a two week trip to India and Cambodia. These mission trips are a very big deal to me. They are a significant part of what I think God has called me to do. It’s important! Really important! A very high value in my way of thinking.

One morning in prayer.. I believe I got a little revelation… about value and currency.

God’s currency.

He does not need money, He owns everything.  What does God value ?

Love.

God’s currency is love. And it has the same value everywhere. No need to exchange it at the border.

When we are sharing God’s love, it has the same value no matter to who or where you are sharing it. In India, Cambodia or the 4th grade girls volleyball team.

So what does God want ?   Who has something of value for Him ?

We do. He wants us. He wants to spend His love on us. Lavishly.

Jesus is God, spending His love on us.

The Cross, the symbol of God’s love and payment in full for my sin and the sins of all His children.

Jesus, the embodiment of God’s love for us.

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A Tale of Two Kingdoms – Part 3

by on Feb.02, 2010, under Cambodia, One Prayer, Spiritual

In this final video, Part Three of The Tale of Two Kingdoms, An Eternal Kingdom, we visit the the villages where the Kingdom of God is growing rapidly. 

Only a few short months ago the church planters completed their training and went out into the villages and jungles of Cambodia with the good news of Jesus Christ. This message of hope for today and eternal life was received with incredible enthusiasm. Soon the new believers began baptizing each other in the name of Jesus. Now several of the church planters have begun planting additional churches. This is truly the definition of “going viral”. This is the body of Christ in action. Men and women, children of God being the hands and feet of Christ, bringing His Kingdom, from heaven to earth. 

While visiting these villages, many practical needs became evident. Clean water, healthcare, food, sanitation and educational needs. Now we have the opportunity to make a huge difference in the lives of these new believers by sacrificing some of our blessing to help meet some of there most basic needs.

This video documents and celebrates the work of God through His people being obedient to His call:

Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 
40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

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