Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Getting Some Skin In The Game

9 DAYS!!!

We will be headed to Uganda KNEES OVERSEAS in 9 days.


We are going to get knees on the ground and skin in the game.


I think of how upside down mission trips or any ministry that follows Jesus really is in this world. 

 It would make so much more sense to send money, I mean think about all the money it takes to get to the other side of the world. That money would be really wonderful and useful in a 3rd world country. 
 Even if it were our experience or education that is valuable to help others, we could just send emails, or books to say whatever it is we have to say.
  In this day and age we can even stream videos and interact thru a screen. 
 All the money and books and live video are good, and there is a place and a time for it all, but NOTHING is as good as getting some skin to skin contact.

The thing about getting our skin in the the game, is once you have touched people and feel the warmth of their skin, the heart connection takes on a whole new rhythm.

 I'm sure there are more efficient and economical ways to do ministry and ministry projects, but there is no value or efficiency standard you can put on what is in our hearts for our kids and friends, and brothers and sisters that we have had some skin to skin contact with.

Think about this....people can't physically multiply without some real personal contact, and God designed our model of "multiplying" His kingdom by some real personal contact as well.


God sent messengers and writings from His very hand, and provisions and supernatural signs to show HIS people who He is, and to get people to turn to Him and know Him and trust Him and love HIM and yet ALL of 
history
*HIS-STORY *
changed and hinges on the time God sent His Son, His flesh in the flesh, to dwell among us. 
 He got His skin on and came to show us who He is and how much he loves us, and as a result the world has never been the same. 
 All of time is tracked by the time in HIS-STORY that the WORD became FLESH.  

Jesus is our model to follow.  He said repeatedly when he was walking the earth to,
 "FOLLOW ME."
So I guess that means following His example of showing up in our skin to show people just how much we love them.
What a privilege and an honor He has given to us.

We can send HIS WORD out into the world and it is
powerful, but when we GO and make some skin to skin contact,it causes a whole new connection and level of
 LOVE and JOY.
As we go, I am praying for our KNEES OVERSEAS team, that we and the people that we are going to spend time with, all rub off on each other; may we have a new and fresh 
LOVE and JOY
in the LORD.
It is thru Christ Alone that we have hearts to LOVE HIM and HIS people and get the opportunity to encourage and touch lives for His glory.


  




I realize that not everybody can jump on a plane and go to Africa, but we can all get some skin in the game everywhere we go.
We can touch the lives around us wherever we are and wherever we get to
 GO.

Matthew 4:19 (ESV)

19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Who Are We Thanking?



Thanksgiving 2 years ago.



Who Are We Thanking?

I love Thanksgiving, it’s one of my all time FAVORITES.
I love seeing people posting and expressing their thanks all month.

It seems so fitting that Thanksgiving and Veteran’s Day fall in the same month.
I love when people post a picture of their dad, or husband or mother or sister, or child, in their uniform, and people jump in and say,
“Thank you for your service and sacrifice.” 
It is very powerful to see that person, and see people acknowledge their service and be thankful for them.

I believe gratitude loses it’s power if it is only felt and never expressed to someone that can receive it. Make no mistake about it, God can see our hearts and knows if we are thankful, but oh how He loves to hear it from our mouth in praise and thanksgiving.



The Psalms are full of thanks to God, but the beautiful part is not only the thanks that David felt, but that he expressed it so beautifully and often and detailed, so that God could not only see his heart, but hear it, and people for centuries all over the world, even to this very day, get to enjoy and join in the THANKSGIVING that David felt and EXPRESSED to God.
It's a powerful thing to let others join in our thanksgiving!

 We did an exercise in gratitude at PB&J (youth group) last night.  It was very interesting to me how easy it was to roll off the kids’ tongues what they are thankful for.  We went around the room saying what we are thankful for, but then when we went back around the room and had to give credit to someone in our life for the thing in which we just said we were thankful for, it got a little harder; and then when we went around the room one final time and had to give God thanks for at least one thing, with our words, in front of everyone, and then had to pick someone in the room to say “thank you” for something specific, it got really hard for some and quite awkward. 

So the kids would say something like, “I want to thank God for my family.”
And then they would look at someone in the room and say something like,
“Thank you Zoe for being a good friend.”

You would think this would be easy and pretty natural for these kids that are all friends and it actually got pretty awkward but also sweetly reverent. 

The kids took it seriously and we could all feel the change in mood in the room.
It went from silly and pretty loud to a little more serious and sincere.

We talked about WHY it’s hard to be boldly thankful, and to be thankful in front of people, and even harder TO THANK specific people, and it boiled down to our
PRIDE.


So think about this…..the most thankful people are the people that have received, but also acknowledge that they receive.

If I hand my kids money, I hope they never look at that money and tell it thank you.  I want them to look me in the eye and say thank you and loud enough so I can hear it….which seems to need to be louder all the time.  I truly believe that “thank you” is just as much for the person saying it as the person hearing it, not that the "hearer" needs it, but is encouraged by it.

When I get home from a drive to town, it would be idolatry to look at my car and thank it, but it is a wonderful thing to look to God and give thanks that he got me to town and back one more time, even though He used a car to do it.

When Esther (who is learning to drive) gets me from point A to point B without a wreck or a heart attack I say thank you to her and to God! 
That accomplishment deserves the double whammy thank you. 

So when we are giving thanks, and especially in this season let’s be so mindful and intentional of
WHO
 we are thanking. 
Let’s thank people and especially thank our living and loving 
Father God! 

2 Corinthians 9:9-11English Standard Version (ESV)
As it is written,
“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;
    his righteousness endures forever.”
10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.


All that we have given and  all that we have been given should drive us right to giving THANKS to God!

We would all much rather be the giver, in most cases, but it seems it is better for our hearts to receive.
Receiving puts us in the HUMBLE position.

The thing we often forget is even when we do get to be the GIVER; it is only because we have RECEIVED first.
We can’t give what we haven't received.

This messes with us and especially our pride, we want to think we have "earned" all that we have, and then we have the opportunity to be generous.
I would challenge that thinking.
We only have the opportunity to “earn” because we have been “given” much opportunity.
So once again, the biggest givers are actually the biggest receivers.
That's a shift in perspective....

When we go to Uganda we receive so much more than we give IN EVERY WAY, and the truth is, everything we have to give, we have been given by a generous and gracious God.
Even our time and our energy, we have been GIVEN by our God.

May this Thanksgiving be a time of truly understanding what we have received, and for that be THANKFUL to God first, and the people He put in our lives to deliver the blessing.

If we express thanksgiving and never direct it to a person or our God, we might even be bragging about how thankful we are, like....look at me, I'm the most thankful.......

As I watched the kids go thru the exercise and they were happy to give thanks…they were proud to be thankful, and then when they had to name names of who they were thankful to, even if that person wasn't here, they squirmed a little.  And trust me….we are all like this, the kids were just willing to participate in the exercise.

KNEES OVERSEAS!!!
I pray as we are less than 2 weeks away from going to Uganda that we receive all that God has for us.  I pray we empty ourselves of ourselves and we are ready to receive all that He has for us as we prepare and as we go.
I pray we are truly thankful and that we are loud and proud to give thanks to people God has put in our lives and to God for our very lives!
  May we be humble and realize if there is anything we give it is only because we have been
 GIVEN SO MUCH!

Luke 12:47-49English Standard Version (ESV)

47 And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. 48 But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.


Thanksgiving can be a lot of fun.  I have no idea what got us going, but this picture made me laugh just looking at it.  I thank God for laughter!!! 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Follow Up Post...Who Are We Full Of?

My last post stirred up some stuff for a lot of people.
I enjoyed reading the comments and hearing from people.
 


The thing that kept ringing in my head is how the post brought out reactions from a lot of different angles and perspectives and thoughts and feelings far beyond the incident or our family.


  Everyone has a story and an experience and there were many different reactions.
I was touched by the support for Mik and for our family.  Mik has had a lot to deal with in life that has been much bigger than name calling, and his character and the way he lives his life (even though it is far from perfect) reminds me of the enormous power of forgiveness. 


The whole incident led to some great discussion, between Charlie and I, once we had some time to process our own thoughts and reactions.  It stirred up a confession session where we brought up some stuff in our own lives, and our past that we weren’t too proud of our reaction or lack of reaction.

We talked about some times that we wish we would have handled situations much differently.
We could put ourselves in any one of the lives that had the unfortunate exchange.
 
It reminded me of a women’s event that a friend and I spoke at a few years back; we talked about
“What are you full of?”
When we get bumped, what comes spilling out?
This can range from a bump in the hall, to a devastating blow in life.
A bump in life can range from a nasty name, travel delay, change in job or finances. or location, a diagnosis, a loss of life or friendship; it is anything that bumps us.
The thing about bumps us in life; will spill out whatever is in there….even stuff we didn’t know was in there. 
Guaranteed our lives will encounter some bumps and blows and
 WHOEVER
 We are full of will come spilling out.
The little bumps can bring out whatever is on top…but those hard blows in life….bring out whatever is at the bottom.

I do not post our experiences from a stand point of teaching anyone a lesson…. I share some of our story to share what God is teaching us and maybe it can help someone else.
When I prayed for wisdom I felt like He was asking me to share what He is teaching me on this one.
It’s what God gave us……our lives our not our own.


I promise you I have so much grace for this kid that spewed the hateful words and so much respect for Mik in this particular incident.  I pray everything that bumps me or our family  drives us to repentance, which is to turn away from ourselves 
 (selfishness, self protection selfish thinking) 
and humbly turn to JESUS and fill up on
LOVE AND TRUTH AND LIFE AND GRACE.

We are getting ready to go to Uganda, and we will be bumped around in planes and cars and sights and smells and everything we can and can’t imagine will be different than what we are used to and I pray our team is filling up NOW on Jesus, so whether it is a bumpy ride or a big blow out that 
JESUS


 is in us from top to bottom and that’s what comes out here and there and everywhere.




1 Timothy 1:5-6 and 15-17 (NLT)
The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions.
15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.



 


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Where's The Line?

Where’s the line???

My son was called a
 F…f#$@%^&*    N....$%^&*(#
 yesterday.

I’m so proud of how he handled it.  He didn’t let it go, but he didn’t punch the kid in the face.  He just turned around and gave the kid the opportunity to rephrase his greeting. 

When is it bad enough to cause a scene or call attention?
 I’m just wondering…where is the line?

I was asking the Lord for wisdom this morning because I don’t know how to navigate these situations.  It gives me a sick feeling in my gut and I don’t know what to do, and frankly I want to hide and hide my family.

I want to ignore it and diminish it, so I don’t have to feel it or deal with it.

I want to hide and protect and pretend.

People tell me this isn’t that bad and we have come a long way……ok great…where is the line?
Where do we just say enough, this has crossed the line, and now I have to speak up, or make a stand?
Everyone has a different line I guess….what is ok and what is not ok.


At what point do we say, this is not ok on my watch, even though it isn’t “US” what if it is someone else?  Who will we stick up for?  How bad does it have to get? 

Our kids are watching, our kids all heard the story and are looking to us for our response.

Here’s the line in our family….you get called a name and you do everything in your power to exhibit self- control….you hear your brother called a name and you better unleash every tackle and take down move you have ever learned in your gazillion hours of practice.

I pray there is such a close brotherly love between those that we love, that nobody gets away with being ugly to our loved ones. 
  I pray it offends us 10 times worse to see a brother or a sister treated unfairly as when it happens to us. 

Many think name calling is just name calling…..but I’m asking,
“Where’s the line?”

Hebrews 13:1-3 (NLT)
13 Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.


I want to button down the hatches even further and try to limit, even MORE, the exposure and the situations where there is opportunity for crap like this, but what does this do?

I have read the stories of people  in history singing in church, and when the trains with Jewish prisoners stacked in the cars and headed to concentration camps would go by, the people would just sing louder, so they didn’t have to hear what was going on outside.

I want to go into protection mode and just sing a little louder, not because my kids can’t handle name calling, but because it goes so much deeper and wider than name calling, and what does it look like the next time someone wants to express their hateful heart?
 When do we stop singing and pay attention to what is going on that we don’t want to know about, or know what to do about?
So, I’m here to tell you….even in our little protected and wonderful community, this is real and there is a problem, and even though people don’t like how others are trying to draw attention to the problem, it is worth asking ourselves……

WHERE’S THE LINE FOR ME?
  WHEN AND WHERE AND WHO IS WORTH MAKING A STAND OR TAKING A KNEE TO SAY I BELIEVE THERE IS A PROBLEM AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO, BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW IT’S NOT OK WITH ME.

When our son told us the story of what happened and we said how sorry we were that people are such jerks, he said it was ok.
 It’s not ok.
 God forgive us for everything we have done, or not done, to make you think it is ok.

 It's not ok.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Uganda: HARD WORK!!! 26 Days.

I am surrounded by hard working people.  Charlie is seriously the hardest working person I have ever met.  Charlie’s work ethic and endurance is one of my favorite qualities about him.  There is something that makes me feel safe and cared for by the way he is willing to work so hard for our family.

Every family member in my immediate family and extended family and friends and community work and work hard.  Hard work is a gift and brings with it so many wonderful values.  Many of our friends and family, including ourselves, own their own businesses which means you can work even longer and harder. 

 Charlie is a builder.  He is a great builder, he builds many things and when he builds, he builds beautiful and sturdy buildings that are meant to last for years beyond our years on this earth.

I’ve been thinking about all this hard work and I have felt challenged in my own life.

What if we put as much time and effort and thought and energy into building relationships as we did building houses and businesses and careers and retirement? 

What if we studied the Word of God like we do a set of plans, or for a test, or a business plan, or a contract, or budget.  What if we looked at kingdom building like we do our building business and we built relationships that will last strong and beautiful beyond our time on this earth.

What if we worshiped as hard and as intentionally as we worked, or played, or ran, or roped, or hunted, or cleaned, or studied, or blogged.  

What would it look like to come into a worship service as prepared as we do for a job, or an event?

This hits a nerve with people that automatically think I’m talking about earning favor or earning salvation or earning anything with Jesus…what if the reward of working at relationship is the relationship.  What if it has nothing to do with getting to heaven or earning favor, but it is simply working at relationship because it’s beautiful and when you work at a relationship there is something beautiful being built. What if we worked at our relationship with Jesus because having a great relationship with Him is the reward that lasts forever?  What if we worked at marriage to have a great marriage and worked at parenting you have great kids?  What if all the effort we put into building relationships on this earth are the future investment that will pay off in heaven because we are going to have so many loved ones that we built a relationship with and we will all be worshipping and working for the one and only God.

We get so locked into our job, our earning a living, and I realize this is a very important part of life, and if we truly believe we are on this earth for only this time and God is the provider of all things and we have eternity to look forward to, why wouldn’t we be investing all we have (even our work), all our time, all our attention with our focus on there, not here.

What if we invested in our kids’ future in heaven as passionately as we do their education and sports?

What would it look like to pray and spend time with Jesus as passionately and as faithfully as we do our work, or even our favorite sport or entertainment pastime.



I’m all for sports and education and work and jobs and all that stuff, I’m all about it ALL, I have lived at a football field this Fall, so trust me.....I'm all about it!!!
BUT
 I pray oh I pray, we learn to put Kingdom building first and most, not because we think we will get something but because we desire to, and we will know SOMEONE and be known by HIM!!!


My prayer for our Knees Overseas today is that we work our hearts out!  I pray we work so hard we have callouses on our knees.  I pray we spend our time on our knees here and there at the feet of Jesus.  I pray we work at building relationships that will last for eternity all over this world.

I want to recognize Jesus when I meet Him face to face, but I better get familiar with what His feet look like first.  In scripture when God shows up  people just hit the floor, they can't even look up, let alone get up, so I'm thinking His feet are a good place to start.

You hear these old guys that talk about their "glory days" in sports, or these older folks talking about what it was like in "their day".....what if we have to sit and listen to the same stories a million times for a million years because we didn't invest our lives, our time, in the people we get to spend eternity with and we have nothing to contribute or share because all our stories and experiences burned up in the fire and it didn't make the cut.

1 Corinthians 3:10-15New Living Translation (NLT)

10 Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful.11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.
12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Guest Post: Lashae

27 days. We leave in 27 days!

The last time I went was almost 7 years ago. This will be my 3rd trip.

My first trip I wasn't even 18 yet. I had 4 weeks of high school left. And I skipped my "senior night" for softball, I skipped prom. I missed a lot of the "normal" senior events to be on mission in Uganda. Instead of finding a dress for prom, I found myself on my knees at a neighbors house sharing smiles and being given avocados. Instead of playing my last softball game, I was playing football (soccer) with boys from a boys home. Instead of going to assemblies I got to assemble with a bunch of strangers in a little "hut" they called church and sing songs to Jesus for hours, and learn what joyful giving is as they DANCED down the aisle to give their tithes.

For my second trip I was 18, had a very serious boyfriend (who is now my husband) and was on a mission to bring my sister home! I was working for a youth ranch and just passionate about living life to bring glory to the name of Jesus. I was still pretty footloose and fancy free, I had made the decision to not go to college so I could be more available to God's call. I didn't want to be in debt and go to college just to get an "education" for a "career", when I already knew what I wanted to do, and was getting to do just that.

Faith like a child

Fast forward to now, round three, life looks a bit different than it did back then. Now I am married. We have three young girls. I am at home with the kids all day every day while Chaney is out working his butt off. And I am going to leave them all for TEN days! The longest I have ever left was for 5 days and I had the baby with me. This time all three will be home with Chaney while I am on the other side of the world. And it has been awesome to get to say "yes!" to GO this time.

For the last 6 years I have been "the sender" I pack bags for the team to take, I watch all the kids and manage things on this side of the world. And it has been AMAZING! I have been so blessed to get to be a sender. When I first started doing missions I thought it would be such a "bummer to miss out and not go" and God has shown me how untrue that is. To be a sender is to be on the team too. I get to experience the spiritual warfare, and I get to pray my face off, and see the pictures of the items I got to pack and give to people I love over there, some I still have yet to meet but that are dear to my heart.

"arrows"
But this time I got to say "Yes" to GOING! And it is truly just as exciting for me to go as it is to send. The preparation looks a little different but the excitement is the same. And to say "yes" this time around has some strings attached, three sweet pink strings actually (my girls) and a big rope (Chaney) this time I have a family to leave, to help prepare for my leaving, to return home to, to pray for while I am gone. But I also have a pretty sweet entanglement of extra prayers, I have my own little "senders" this time.



safe with daddy
I know a lot of women that say "they can't go" on missions because their job is to stay home and raise their family. Which I agree, it is our job to raise awesome Jesus-following kids that grow into Jesus-following adults, and what better way to do that than to SHOW them how to say "yes" to Jesus, even when it seems a bit crazy and scary. I am not saying that doesn't mean there isn't seasons, I've needed to stay home for the last few years. But I have always asked "is it my time to go?" Sometimes we go, sometimes we send, sometimes we show how to follow Jesus in our own home with our loved ones, and neighbors and the lonely, and sometimes we do it by going and serving across the ocean. We've been able to send Chaney on mission and support him when he was serving in the church. Whether it's in our backyard, at the park, across the country or the world, we can show radical Jesus love to our kids. AND TRUST ME ON THIS, they SEE, they UNDERSTAND, God speaks to them and can even use them. Maubry is so excited to "send" me. She prays often for my trip and it has been such a blessing to talk through it all with her and encourage her growing heart to love the nations as she learns to love Jesus more all the time.


Something so big on my heart as I raise these beautiful girls is to teach them what it means to have our eyes on eternity. THIS IS NOT OUR HOME and although I fail at it often and sometimes it is scary I try to choose to keep stepping out trusting that this life is not all I have and that if that is true then I want my girls to live that and believe that and to do wild and wonderful things for Jesus all the days of their lives.

my favorite little senders

So, as I prepare to leave in 27 days, I might have a few extra items in hand (like a "special" picture Maubry drew me and tucked in my bible) and a lot of extra love in my heart but I have so much more to share. And so much more to return to and show how awesome it is to live for God every day of the week. Here or there. God is big enough to make a difference wherever we are, with whatever we have, we just have to ask to be a part of it. And sometimes that means we get to say "yes" to going. Or "yes" to sending. I want my life to be full of more "YES"!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Uganda: Guest Post From Our Ugandan Son, Andule Simon

The following is a post from Simon. Simon is our Ugandan son. I seriously have such a heart connection with this kid. I hesitated to share his beautiful post, only because he is so kind and gracious and says so many kind things about our family, posting it here felt like I was bragging in a way, so take it however you want, but the only bragging going on here from me and from Simon is that we are bragging on our God. We are bragging on the fact that He can change your life, God can make something beautiful out of broken people. God can bring us together as family, and He can heal hearts and He can use anything and everything we offer to Him.




Here's the God's honest truth: Before Charlie and Lashae went to Uganda the first time, we were totally against foreign missions. We had this idiot idea that we had to be good enough (according to who...I don't know, but we knew we weren't), and everyone in the USA had to be saved and thriving and we had to have all kinds of money saved up before we had any business going anywhere or doing anything for Jesus.

We were against it, and God invited us in anyway. We only agreed to it because Lashae was determined and we could see that. I had a very clear, come to Jesus moment where I was reminded that God gave us our daughter and we had to trust Him with her.

We were clueless as to what we were doing, Charlie would just say he was going with eyes wide open, he had no expectation and no idea why he was going, other than to keep an eye on Lashae. What Charlie didn't realize was God was using that trip to open his eyes and open his heart in a whole new way. God is so good at being God and sometimes I think it's the clueless people that just say yes, out of a willing heart, even if it's for all the wrong reasons, that God likes to use, because people watching the process can conclude, if God can use THEM (us) then He can use anyone. Well I am here to tell you, He can use ANYONE!!

From Simon:

THERE IS ALWAYS MORE WITH GOD


For the past seven years of my life, I have seen the power and blessings of ministry. I have learnt so much from those who do ministry and ministry has indeed changed my life
My first experience with the blessings of ministry was in 2010.. This was the time i met a missionary, a servant of God, a dad , CHARLIE BREWER and this has brought all the DIFFERENCE IN OUR FAMILY. We now move with a new name of LIVING TESTIMONY due to the glory of God. The BREWER FAMILY is our God-GIVEN FAMILY and with all they are have done to change our lives, the list is endless, we are only together joyful .

Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with songs of joy, then they said among the nations, the lord has done great things for us.
The lord has done great things for us and are filled with joy .
(Psalms 126:2-3)

In the next lines, I want to share about the lessons I have learnt so far about ministry.

1. PURPOSE;
When God calls you for ministry, there is always a purpose for this call. I have learnt that ministry is always for his glory and he chooses anyone , there is a purpose for this. You meet many people along the way, with different backgrounds and stories. You may hate or love some, the reverse is true, some maybe a blessing to you or you will be a blessing to those you meet . It only depends on God's PURPOSE of you meeting those people. It depends on who and why God has brought those people for you to meet. When I met dad CHARLIE BREWER in the most trying moments of our lives , no one could tell why we met , only God knew for what PURPOSE he chose this to happen the way it did . And like I said earlier , the purpose is ALL THAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE IN OUR LIVES .
Have you been called by God to do his Work?
Have you moved past your fears and got to work?

2. GOD PROTECTS
When God chooses anyone for ministry, he guarantees protection. When he choose Moses in the bible, he promised to Go with him . "My presence shall go with you and I shall give you rest " . He's a working and moving God. What he promises, he fullfills.
If we pray and commit ourselves to doing his work, he protects us in whatever geographical area he sends us. I have learnt all this from seeing people doing ministry work. Are you afraid of going to places to do ministry? God's presence shall go with you . Start from where you are, use what you have, and do what you can for his glory.

3. GOD PROVIDES.
Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. ( I Peter 5:7)
Your father knows that you need these things .
As God sends out his servants for ministry, he provides them with all that Is required to do his Work. Take an example of an Army of a country . When a government sends them for security purposes, the army is provided with everything, that is needed and if all these things get used up, they are sent more. This is how the kingdom of God works when it's ministry. He provides whenever there is need. His mercy moves with us daily .

I have come this far due to the love and care of ministers of God, am still carrying on due to ministry. The BREWER family met us and changed our lives . When stopped from knowing about Jesus to living in him. A time comes when the things of God that you once hated, now you love, and the things of the world that you once loved, now you hate . It's always change and I thank God for changing our lives for his glory . With all that i have learnt and that am learning ahead of me, I ask God to lead me and make the best use of me for his glory . I don't care HOW LONG I LIVE, all I care about is HOW I LIVE . I only want to live in serving him, I want it and I will HAVE it .
HAVE YOU THOUGHT OF HOW YOUR LIVING?
As for me and my family , we shall Serve the lord .
NOTHING IN THIS WORLD COMES REMOTELY CLOSE TO THE JOY OF KNOWING THE LORD .
IT NOW DEPENDS ON ME AND I DEPEND ON GOD.

#amalivingtestimony .




  In this picture, is Simon and Patrick and their mother, who I love and admire. She raised these amazing boys and she is so kind to share them with our family. You have never in all your days seen boys more proud of their mom, than Simon and Patrick.


Matthew 14: 28-33
28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind,he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Something hit me today....maybe Jesus called us out of the boat (our comfort zone) because once people saw that we could be used in all our mess and little faith, and wrong ideas, it will bring people to worship Jesus and say to Him,

 "Truly you are the Son of God."