Monthly Archives: October 2011

And in other news…

Pete started pre-school last week…pre (language) school, that is.  He is learning the basics of how languages work (things like phonetics and syntax) so that he can be a better language learner when we enter language school.  /hi ɪz lərnɪŋ ɒl sɔrts əv ɪntrəstɪŋ θɪŋz. lajk haw tu jus fənɛtɪk skrɪpt. kul! ( wi prɑməs ɪt æktʃəwəli hɛlps ə lɑt wɛn hi bɪgɪnz lərnɪŋ spænɪʃ.)/

It makes me (Emily) nearly giddy with excitement, considering that I LOVE language stuff…nerdy stuff like how we use intonation to add meaning to our utterances, and now Pete can talk about it with me.  But it’s making Pete tired…he’s spending about 7 hours a day on the course, so if you could pray that he is able to concentrate and learn well over the next two weeks that would be amazing.  And in addition to that, we are still doing all the other things we need to in terms of support raising.  We really appreciate your prayers. Thanks!

Another piece of random news about our lives (can you tell I enjoy the randomness?)…here’s a picture of us sharing in a ministry report at church.  I always have this weird question when we’re sharing.  What should the person who isn’t talking do?  Do we watch the other person talk?  Do we smile like a moron, Vanna White (not saying she’s a moron. cuz she’s not) type person at the congregation while the other person is talking?  Seriously.  It’s weird.  I know.  But I do wonder.  And now you know the deep, deep thoughts that go through my mind while Pete is sharing all the awesome things God is doing in Mexico.  (You’ll have to ask Pete what he thinks when I’m talking.  I know the picture below is me talking…I think I was prepping the congregation for our worship…this morning’s report was extra exciting because after we shared, our praise team sang a worship song in Spanish.  And I really can’t wait for the day that we all sing before the throne of our God, worshiping Him in all the languages of the earth.  How cool will that be?)

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Confident much?

I promise she did not learn this skill from me.  Or from Sports Illustrated.

Yep, folks, she is just naturally vain talented.  That’s my girl!

But, seriously, I LOVE her confidence.  I love that she knows she is loved and that she feels like a beautiful princess.  Because, honestly, I have worked with teen girls (and women) for over 10 years, and I know the struggles that are coming.  The lies my precious daughter will hear.  The temptations she will face.  The comparisons she will make.  Oh, that we would all understand that we are LOVED, perfectly, by a perfect redeemer.  By our Creator.  The maker of the universe knit us together for a purpose…to glorify Him.  What else could we ask for?  I pray daily that I can set an example for my daughters…will you pray for me, too, as I pray for you?  Let’s set our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…not on our mirrors and ourselves.

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Merger Unites 35k Missionaries

I was part of an exciting moment in missions history at a conference last month! I was a participant and witness to the merger of two different missions networks.  It was exciting to see different agencies embrace unity for the sake of the gospel around the world. As Christ himself prays in John 17:23, “May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”

The merger was a BIG deal in the missions community. Read the official press release below and watch reactions from various missions leaders.

Scottsdale, Ariz., Oct. 3, 2011 – On October 1, 2011, the memberships of CrossGlobal Link (formerly IFMA) and The Mission Exchange (formerly EFMA) agreed to merge, forming a body representative of 35,000 evangelical missionaries deployed in every country by more than 190 agencies and churches.

“The merger will create better synergy, more effective use of resources, and eliminate needless competition and duplication of programs, products and services,” said Marv Newell, Executive Director of CrossGlobal Link. “We must have a united voice to honor God as we move forward in this ever-changing world.”

“After 159 cumulative years of operating as two distinct entities, we are clearly in a ‘reset’ moment,” says Steve Moore, President and CEO of The Mission Exchange. “I believe we can capture the imagination of a new generation of great commission workers who recognize the urgency of the undertaking and the need for a more strategic streamlined structure for the future of North American missions.”

Both agencies went through name changes in 2007, and now with the merger will again select a new name. “We hope to have a new name and brand identity by the turn of the new year,” said Moore.

“Our goal is to unveil the new name and brand at a special celebration in Salem, Mass., where, 200 years ago, the first North American missionaries were commissioned for overseas service by an organized mission society,” said Newell.

The new organization will continue to provide all its existing services for its combined constituency during this interim period as the new structure is formed.

CrossGlobal Link (formerly The IFMA), was founded as an association of independent faith missions in 1917. The Mission Exchange (formerly The EFMA) was birthed in 1946 out of the NAE as an umbrella association for mission agencies including denominations. Both groups had expanded their membership parameters over the years which helped lead to the merger.

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No Longer “For”

I’m no longer doing things “for” Christ.

Now before you get up in arms let me explain.

This last weekend at a conference I heard this statement…”We must never replace and confuse the person of Christ with the mission of Christ.”

You see it’s entirely possible to do something “for” someone without ever really knowing them.  We can be “for” a particular President or “for” a particular sports team and do a lot of good work for them. We can show up at all the games and cheer or campaign for the President but if you show up the Whitehouse or at the team locker room and demand entrance you would be denied. You may have actually done a lot of great things but you never actually “knew” them.

We can be so engaged in “doing” the work of Christ and never actually “know” him. We can turn the work and mission of Christ into an idol itself and miss the whole point.

We can attend worhsip, we can go to a small group, we can read the Bible, and we can even be a pastor or missionary “doing” the work of Christ and forget what it’s really all about. We are not called to do things “for” Christ but rather we are called to do things “with” Christ.

Here is what Christ himself says…

“21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” Mathew 7:21-23

We are not called to do things “for” Christ.

We are called to do things “with” Christ.

May we never forget it.

If you’re interested more in thinking about this topic you should read THIS BOOK

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