Thursday, April 22, 2010

5 Ways We're Preparing for Overseas Missions

1. Building Prayer Support 
We're looking for a strong prayer support base. This group is helping with that.
2. Learning About Global Mission
Josh and I are learning about needs in global missions, praying about them, and discussing them with others. How will we be involved? How are you involved?
3. Developing Skills
Part of overseas ministry is offering our skills to the Lord and to people. We're actively developing these. Josh is finishing a business degree and developing in HR. I'm learning a lot about communications and graphic design.
4. Ministering -- here!
We're praying about when and where to go, but we're also thinking about now. We have been talking about living our lives as if we were sent to Minneapolis as missionaries. Imagine that. This takes intentionality (and courage).
5. Praying
We're praying for those around us and those around the world. Even though we're not among the least reached as we would like to be, there are many who are.
Think about this today:

About a million Druze people are least reached & "open minded." Pray that they'll know the one true God, Jesus Christ!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Muslims Who Believe in Jesus

Haifa Israel - Ahmadi Mosque in Kababeer Neigh...

Did you know that there are Muslims who believe in Jesus?

The Ahmadiyya Muslim people living in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, believe
"that Jesus, contrary to mainstream Islamic belief, was crucified and survived the four hours on the cross. He was later revived from a swoon in the tomb. Ahmadis believe that Jesus died in Kashmir of old age whilst seeking the Lost Tribes of Israel. Jesus' remains are believed to be entombed in Kashmir under the name Yuz Asaf. Ahmadis believe that Jesus foretold the coming of Muhammad after him, which Christians have misinterpreted." Wikipedia
Please pray for these 154,000 Ahmadiyya/Ahmadi around the world. They are Muslims, rejected by Muslims. They believe Jesus died on the cross, but are confused about who he is. Read a story about an Ahmadi mother and her child discussing Jesus. Pray that Ahmadiayya Muslims will recognize Jesus as their Savior through dreams and visions.
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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Holy Week

It's Maundy Thursday. We use this day in the church to remember the Last Supper of Jesus with His disciples before His death. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Holy Week, here you go.

  • Palm Sunday (Sunday before Easter): This is to remember Jesus, the Messiah, riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and fulfilling the prophesy.
  • Maundy Thursday ("Holy Thursday"):  This is to remember the Last Supper, the night before Christ's crucifixion.
  • Good Friday: This is to remember Christ's death for us. He took on our sin at the cross.
  • Easter: This is to remember the third day after Christ's death when He rose from the dead and had victory over the grave, sin and Satan! Wahoo!

All of this was so you and I can go to Heaven!

And can it be that I should gain
an interest in the Savior's blood!
Died he for me? who caused his pain!
For me? who him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
- Charles Wesley

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