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Kingdom First

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3
 

Unleash Compassion

“If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10
 

Build Community

Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” Ps 126:2
 
 
Weekly Blog

Zimbabwe Mission Day 2

Day 2
 
On Friday October 26 we awakened in the Bronte hotel in Hurare, ate breakfast and prepared to be picked up by the combi driver at 9 am.  The driver did not arrive until noon!!  It was a 3 1/2 hour ride from Hurare to Old Mutare, with no stops.  Our driver needed to return to Old Mutare as quickly as possible in order to pick up children from school.  On the drive we saw cows meandering across the road, goats grazing.  Many children of all ages were walking home from school in their school uniforms.  There were roadside stands selling carrots, watermelons, bananas, peaches,  apples and tomatoes.  The landscape is dry right now, but there are trees that are green.   We saw very large cacti and some trees with beautiful purple or red  blooms.  It’s a frequent surprise and shock since everyone drives on the left side of the road, and the stearing  wheel is on the right.  Since Jeff was riding in the front left I kept wanting to tell him to get on the correct side of the road!!
 
We finally arrived in Old Mutare and started by stopping to visit Cecillia in the office.  She is the administrator of Fairfield Children’s home.  She had purchased ginger beer for us, a nonalcoholic drink that Jeff and Steve have enjoyed in past years. We walked around so I could see the hospital, waiting mothers homes, Fairfield children’s home, and other buildings on the Old Mutare United Methodist mission site.  
 
Since it it gets dark around 6 pm, we joined another mission team from Indiana on a small bus to travel the mile to our lodging at Africa University.  We are staying in the Ubuntu center, housing designed for visitors.  The accommodations are very nice.  It looks like an American hotel.  We had dinner in the center dining room with the Indiana mission team.  The Indiana church conference has sponsored scholarships for 24 students at Africa University.  They are here to connect with those students.  We still haven’t been able to have a hot shower here…but we have clean running water and we are blessed.  We were very jet lagged at this point and went to bed early.
 
Day 3
 
We had breakfast at the university dining hall.  Scrambled eggs, bread and porridge…which seemed like cream of wheat.
Cecillia picked us up to go to Fairfield.  
 
Jeff and Steve spent much of the day working on a 1949 Ford tractor.  The tractor has not been in working order, and when the guys visited in 2017 they took the carburetor back to the states.  A man from Mineral Wells, Mark Sampson, rebuilt the carburetor and we brought it back this year.  The guys discovered that there are other problems with the tractor, and will continue to try to get it fixed.
 
I started my day by helping Cecillia in her garden.  Corn, tomatoes, onions, greens, okra, peppers were all planted.  She also has 3 chickens and several rabbits to help feed her family.  I met her daughter and grandchildren.  Camilla ran to me when I first went into the house and gave me a big hug.
 
I was able to do check ups on most of the children in 4 houses today.  They all seem healthy and are running and playing.  I love their names… things like Blessing, Rejoice, Faith, Overcome.  I let each child and adult listen to my heart and their own hearts…  I loved the frequent looks of wide eyed wonder and the smiles.  One of the greatest joys was being able to give Nyasia, one of the mothers, a new blood sugar meter and blood pressure cuff.  She has diabetes and hypertension.  If she goes to the hospital it costs her $4.00 to have her blood pressure checked, and $8.00 to check her blood sugar.  She was so thankful and appreciative.  
 
We walked the mile back from Fairfield to Africa University.  There’s a type of succulent here, also aloe that grows wild and I see 1-2 foot in diameter. We saw 2 creatures we thought might  be chameleons.  We stopped at the home of Larry and Jane Kies for a short visit.  He teaches agronomy and she teaches English at the University.  He loaned me a songbook in Shona , the native language, to take to church tomorrow.  When he picked up the book a 2-3 inch tree frog jumped out.  He was startled… I am thankful it did not hop out on me!!!
 
After dinner we enjoyed a concert of several choirs at soloists at the University, a short distance from where we stay.  Such praise and excitement for Jesus!  Dancing and shouting!  The theme was to let Jesus be in the drivers Seat of our lives.  That message resonanates all over the world.  God is good.  I will take so much more home from the blessings I receive this week than I could ever give these beautiful people.  I am welcomed with hugs and hospitality everywhere I go.
 
“There I see no passion to be found playing small-in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”.  Nelson Mandella
 
 
“And now abide faith, hope and love, these three.  But the greatest of these is love.”  1 Corinthians 13:13

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Soul Listening

In the movie Gladiator, the dying emperor Marcus Aurelius, asks Maximus, “Why are we here? 

Maximus: “For the glory of Rome” 

Marcus: “What is Rome, Maximus?” 

Maximus: “I have seen much of the world, and it is cold, and dark. Rome is the light.” 

Marcus: “Yet you have never been there!” 

Maximus believed in the glory and nobility of Rome, despite having never seen it. He led men into battle for a vision of world he had never been to but believe could be. He had a whisper of what life was meant to be. 

Where did that come from I wonder? 

All good adventurers learn to listen to the wind, that still small voice that moves inside you, a voice that can’t be rushed, controlled or debated. It can only be embraced. It whispers of a world without careers, competition or criticism, where your dreams flourish, adventure is the norm and beauty is all around. All our heroes, great art and beautiful music are but remnants of that far off country. Yet few remember or pay attention anymore. Your activities and your life, is not about you and your comfort! This can be the hardest lesson we ever learn. Our lives must point to a purpose greater than our own well-being that pushes us to stretch, grow and risk. People will rarely embrace your self-interest, but they will follow you when your story connects to some great dream, a noble calling or a grand adventure. “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” C.S. Lewis 

Soul Listening Take 5 minutes and sit absolutely still with your eyes closed. Let the voices in your brain slowly go silent. Don’t try and say anything, think anything or conjure up feelings you think you should have. Just feel the rhythm of your heart beat and the steady pace of your breath. This is the beginning of life.  

Take 5 minutes and just smile. Force it initially if you have to, but feel the warmth and happiness of God’s Presence fill you up. “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14


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Journey to Zimbabwe

Day 1
 
8000 miles from home.  Tonight we are staying at a hotel in Harare, the capitol of Zimbabwe.  It was a long journey, and we are thankful to have arrived safely.  We will be picked up in a “combi” in the morning for the 4 hour drive to Old Mutare.  
 
On our 17 hour flight from Washington DC to Johannesburg South Africa there were people of many different races and different languages.  Sitting next to me was a United Methodist pastor who currently lives in Oklahoma!  He is originally from South Africa and was going home for a visit.  Even more amazing–he and Jeff will both be attending a global missions conference in Atlanta Georgia in December.  I did not begin to talk with him until the end of the trip, and wished I had initiated a conversation earlier.   
 
I initiated a conversation with with the young man beside me early into the second flight from Johannesburg to Hurare.  He was going home to see his family, and had not been home in 5 years.  His brother was picking him up, and he was surprising his parents.  He said he was anxious.  A modern day prodigal son come home?  I pray he has a wonderful visit with his family.  
 
Interesting observations from the day…there’s no coffee stands in the airport in Johannesburg!  There’s complimentary insect repellant lotion at our hotel!   When we arrived in Hurare there were few lights, and it is a big city.  The airport was dimly lit.  The electric here is unreliable….we take so much for granted!   
 
Thank you you for your prayers.  I can feel them.  Our journey will continue tomorrow!  
 
God is good!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Taking Spiritual Selfie

One of the most bizarre activities of today’s popular culture is taking a “selfie.” Since the introduction of smartphones that come with dual cameras, people have been posting pictures of themselves on their social media doing all sorts of weird (and sometimes incredibly inappropriate) activities. All that is needed is to hold the phone-camera at arm’s length, aim the lens at ourselves, smile, and snap. You’ve got A Selfie. An image in time that announces to the world, this is the ME I want to be. The ME I want you to see. It is the ME with a painted-on smile that hides the truth and advertises, ‘Hey everyone, look at me. Aren’t I wonderful. Isn’t my life wonderful.” But is it true?

OK, now let’s imagine we could use this amazing technology for another purpose, to take a Spiritual Selfie. A glimpse of our soul as it really is, unvarnished and brutally honest. Would you want to take one? Would you want to share one?

What would you see, what do others see? Are you excited by your spiritual life, who you’re with and what you’re doing? Are you smiling, crying, exhausted, asleep or afraid? Are you laughing, loving and leading others to a joyful life? What is in your background shot? Family and friends or are you sitting alone and afraid? What is that one thing you praise God for? Where are you in your own spiritual journey?

OK, so that’s where we are, but that’s not where we have to stay. If you don’t like where you are, then change it. But the truth is, if nothing changes in our daily life, then nothing significant is likely to change in our actual life. The key to significant spiritual growth is to develop good spiritual habits. Spiritual disciplines include worship, study, prayer, generosity, service, fellowship, and fasting. Paul wrote, “Make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by- day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing!” Romans 13:11-12

Blessings, 
Steve

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What Kind of Church is This?

The following question posted on Facebook recently:: “What is your church known for in its community?” Within a few minutes of being posted, many responses came forth. After sifting through all the comments and criticisms of church, three patterns began to emerge…

 
About one-half of the churches are known for ministries that require the community to come to the church itself. Great preaching. Incredible worship services. A friendly church. Great events at the church. How our members care for one another. You get the picture. These are all great responses, but they require the community to come to the church. If community members do not set foot on the church’s campus, they will never know about the ministries of the church. For the majority of the churches, the idea of community ministry is “you come to us.”
 
About one-fourth of the churches cited great ministries in and to the community. Partnering with schools in the community. Serving the community with food and clothes. Medical and dental ministries. Ministries to families, parents, and children in the community. The list goes on and on. It was exciting to read how many churches demonstrate their love for their community by actually going into the community. The focus was “we come to you…”
 
About one-fourth of the churches said they were known for negative reasons. Preacher-eater churches. Congregational fights and splits. Legalism. Unfriendliness. One church leader said his church was known for two murders that occurred a few years apart on the church site. Ouch. The focus was “we come for ourselves…”
 
Of course that makes me wonder, how would people in our community describe Mt Pleasant and how would we describe ourselves? What do you think?
 
 

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