I know we promised to keep you up to date while on the trip this year. And by now you have already realized that we were not able to keep that promise. This was a very different year for all of us that keep this site up to date. For the first time we had our children with, and that made for some awesome times that we would like to share. However it does add extra duties to the trip and this site was the item that lost out.
With that said, we do plan on writing up a review of the week soon.
But I need to hear from you. Keeping this updated during the week is a big task, and takes quite a bit of time. So we need you to leave a reply or contact us in any form of communications, if you find or have found the information within the (Blog) posts helpful in any way. The FAQ and What to Bring will remain and be updated as needed.
We need to take time to review the comments or suggestions to plan on how to attack this part of the project before next year.
Normally I would not copy an entire article to share with everyone, but his one contains such good information I felt I needed to. the source link is at the bottom and the original web page is the bottom most link.
Jemar Tisby of the Reformed African American Network (RAAN) points out in a recent article that every Christian is called to be involved in missions, either by going or sending. For those whom the Lord does not lead to go long-term, Tisby gives 4 helpful and very practical tips for becoming a “radical sender”:
1) SPEND LESS TO SPEND MORE
Spend less money on non-essentials and comforts so that you can spend more on missions. In my experience reading about missions and talking to foreign missionaries, one of the most draining aspects of their vocation is raising money. In truth, if we as individuals and congregations committed ourselves to sacrificing a few luxuries for the sake of missions we could alleviate much of the anxiety that goes with missions and send many more people into the field.
2) REGULARLY PRAY
Spiritual warfare is real. Some of our missionaries are going to places where witchcraft and other forms of paganism hold sway. Moreover, whatever the context, the Enemy does not want people to be saved. He will be especially active where Christ is being preached for the first time. Therefore, senders need to pray for missionaries. Seriously pray. Senders should ask their pastors and missions committees or organizations for names of missionaries to pray for on a regular basis. Small groups should frequently pray for their missionaries. And we should be bearing up the goers in our own private prayer lives.
3) OFFER RELIEF AT HOME
Leaving home to cross a culture, learn a language, face political and physical threats to make Jesus’ name known is an all-consuming work. And workers need relief. When missionaries come home on furlough senders should flood them with opportunities to rest and rejuvenate. Lend them your lake house for a week, if you have one. Cook them a meal. Let them borrow your car. Pay for their gas or airfare to and from missions conferences. The ways that senders can support missionaries at home are innumerable. And the best way to find out how you can help is to ask a missionary.
4) LEARN ABOUT FOREIGN MISSIONS
Don’t just wait until the next missions conference to learn about foreign missions. Commit to learning about the worldwide need for the gospel. Seeing the number of unreached people groups and the diverse places and cultures from which they come feeds a concern for missions and the Christians who go to them. You can go to websites like the Joshua Project or denominational sites like the Southern Baptist International Mission Board or the PCA’s Mission to the World.
Full article here
The last two weekends at the church we have put up a banana tree. That probably needs a little explanation.
The banana tree consist of a Christmas Palm (fake) tree that was donated to the group a few years ago, and we hang paper bananas on the tree. The bananas have items written on them that we figure we need to bring down, either as a donation, or as a supply for the projects that we are planning for the trip.
Now that people have selected a banana, and have filled the request on the banana, we need to collect them.
So please return all items for the trip by Feb 2, 2014 at noon to the church.
If for some reason you have forgotten your item, you can bring it to church ASAP, and they will call the team to get your donation down to Honduras this year!
We as a team are so blessed to have such a wonderful and supporting congregation, it truly makes planing these trips easier.
The most exciting time of the trip outside of the trip itself is fast approaching, “packing day”.
Traditionally this is the day that we gather all of the donations and items that we are going to be bringing on the trip and pack them up.
Everyone packs up two suit cases full. One might contain your own things you need for the week, or they will fit into your carry on baggage.
Things are starting to get exciting, and I am sure the new team members are in a real wonder! I remember my first packing day like it was just yesterday. Nervous excitement for what God had in store for me…little did I know.
I know now, that God had in store me was more God, more God, and more God.
I am thankful that I was called, and that I had 20 seconds of insane courage to follow that calling.
My life has never been the same.
We are gearing up for our 2014 trip. Please see the Trip Calendar for details of the upcoming scheduled meetings.
This years trip will be February 8, 2014 – February 15, 2014
Start to pray to God…
- to see if you should go.
- to tell you what your mission within this trip is.
- to guide the leaders to hear the mission He wants for our group.
- to open the hearts of the people we will meet, both before we leave and after we arrive.
The trip is Saturday to Saturday, feel free to find a flight for those dates, after you have completed and returned an application to Dan Coyer.
Feel free to contact Dan Coyer for any questions.