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How Can Going on a Mission Trip Change You?

How Can Going on a Mission Trip Change You?

Beautiful friends in Poland

In 2007 I read an email from Grace Fox about a mission trip to Poland – an evangelical camp to teach English. I had met Grace at The Word Guild’s Write!Canada conference and felt comfortable travelling with her.

I thought I was to go and teach adults, English. God had others plans. A few months before we were to travel to Poland, Gene Fox, the president of IM called and asked me to consider working with the children instead of the adults.

I am a retired public school teacher so that didn’t bother me. However, I felt confused and had to pray about it before I said, yes. And I did say yes. And have gone on 3 other mission trips since (once teaching the adults).

Last week I posted my thoughts from 2010 about my time on a mission to Poland.

I believe I learned 4 important things during my time in Poland:

1. Always trust in God. There were many times we thought something would be impossible – but God showed us that was not the case.

2. Pray with your team, especially when you feel threatened or angry. God can smooth the waters through prayer.

3. Watch what God does around you – and go where He is working. I had to learn not to fret about myself and my feelings but look at all the miraculous ways He works in others.

4. Don’t worry about sleep – you might not get your quota for the days at camp. But God knows how much you need and He will see that you have time and strength to continue to do His will.

4 Ways a Mission trip Changed my LIfe

I learned much more than that but those were the important things that I feel changed me in my time there. These have carried over into my life back in North America.

Have you been on a mission before? What did you learn?

If you want to join this mission trip, please see the Facebook note below and follow the links to learn more about the camps.

www.im-canada.ca/family-camps
download an application: www.im-canada.ca/pub/IndTeam.pdf
request an application by mail: www.im-canada.ca/short-termers/apprequest

Tweetable:

Have you been on a mission before? What did you learn? (tweet this)

How can going on a mission trip change you? 4 ways it changed my life. (tweet this)

Being His – Mission Trip 2010 to Poland

Being His – Mission Trip 2010 to Poland

Week-30-Poland

I found this post on my old blog about my trip to Poland in 2010. I will be travelling again this year for my fourth trip to Poland. To find out how you can be a part of this please go to the end of the post.

Jesus says we can’t become a disciple if we are tied to anyone – we must be His alone.

In order to spread the Good News as a disciple I had to leave behind the NORMAL and RELIABLE. Jesus has to be responsible for me and I have to rely on Him alone..

Oswald Chambers says:

The secret of the missionary is – I am HIS, and He is carrying out His entreprises through me. Be Entirely His.

A COUPLE OF STORIES:

The summer of 2010 placed me in new hurdle. I had to fly the first leg of the journey alone – no one else was coming from Eastern Canada. I had never travelled alone. I had never even had dined in a restaurant alone. Once again God was there. It was actually fun! Except for the 9 hour wait at Heathrow Airport – God kept me company and I became HIS.

But I was so tired… So tired and needing to see a friendly face. When I saw the first 2 orange IM shirts (and they were bright orange) – I embraced this startled couple. I was so excited to see them after such a long wait. Tom and Deb are a very quiet reserved couple – If you know me you will how excited I can get. Tom told me later that he wondered what on earth he had been led into. This was his first trip as a missionary. Even after that startled beginning, Tom, Deb and I became good friends as we grew to know each other and our passion for Christ grew us closer together. Tom teased me incessantly about my energy and jumping about.

A miracle. Pastor Cezary lives in Gorzow and our camp was 5 hours away by car in Karpatcz. Cezary had an 18 year old car in which he travelled with Ewa and three children. It was long past its “last legs”. He was told by the garage not to take it on long trips. Miraculously he drove to camp and back without a problem. We did pray over that car before we left camp and headed for Gorzow. IM fundraised this past year for a van in which Cezary could take kids to camp, pick them up for after school meetings and drive to summer camps as well. Now he drives a 9-person van and is grateful to all who contributed.

MY THOUGHTS

Mission Trips like IM impact three sets of people

1. The national IM staff

The pastor and his family are encouraged by our participation. Without English speakers these camps would not take place. Family camps give an opening to people who would not attend church and it gives them a chance to know a personal Jesus. It gives the pastor an opening into their lives as he continues to build these relationships after we have left.

The campers

For the unbelievers it may be the first time they have held a Bible;

They may discover that God can speak to them without a priest as mediator; One camper said: “This is the first time I have ever been with a group of people who could talk to God as you do.”

Believers are encouraged through fellowship with the North American church – knowing we care and love them.

Campers said they felt unconditionally loved. That’s why they have returned each year. And this is true of all IM camps.

3. Our team members

Most feel inadequate for the task but when they say “yes” to God, they discover His enabling power. They go back home and have courage to say “yes” to other assignments He gives.

Many have to raise financial support in order to go. Those who say “yes” inevitably are overwhelmed with God’s ability to provide.

A trip such as this can stretch us to the max – physical weariness, cross-cultural challenges, working with differing personalities. It is a perfect time to learn true servant hood and relying on God through all times. (Philippians 2)

When we go out of our comfort zones, we must rely on God. So instead of depending on our own abilities and strengths we rest in Him to make us more than we are. We are forced to live by faith. That is when we experience God in deeper and more exciting ways.

When doing something you really love to do, we come alive – it becomes a Holy Time and that is how I feel when I am on these trips. Wrapped in God’s love the whole time.

What makes your Holy Time? It can be anything that you love to do. I love teaching Sunday School, singing with actions, dancing, painting and writing. I think I can even say I love talking to a group.

When we listen to God – we can hear what He is saying.

Where is your heart? When we focus on God we feel a purity of heart. Things become less about us and instead who we are focused on – God. Being HIS.

“Always measure your life solely by the standards of Jesus. Submit yourself to His yoke, and His alone”  ~ Oswald Chambers.

Tweetables:

Missions is simply being touched by people and meeting their needs. (tweet this)

You don’t have to go out of the country to do ministry. Look in your own backyard. (tweet this)

Prayer:

Lord help us all to step out of our comfort zones, to attempt to rely on You, alone. Little steps can lead to bigger steps. Help us. Remind us that You are beside us always. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

www.im-canada.ca/family-camps
download an application: www.im-canada.ca/pub/IndTeam.pdf
request an application by mail: www.im-canada.ca/short-termers/apprequest

To find out more about this year’s trip check the Facebook page below.

Five Minute Friday – Beautiful

Five Minute Friday – Beautiful

Taking just 5 minutes before I head out to work at the Pregnancy Care Centre in our town to write on the word – beautiful.

Beautiful friends in Poland

This scripture immediately came to mind:

And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15, MSG).

I have been a short-term missionary for International Messengers for 2 weeks, each of the past 4 summers. I participated in an Evangelical English Camp, where we teach English but also show the love of Christ.

The first words I saw in 2007 when I asked for an application were these from Romans 10:15:

 “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (NIV).

This summer I am not going on the trip (many reasons) but I know I will miss seeing the beauty of God in action. That’s what happens on a mission trip. We leave behind safety, family and regular routines – instead we go and follow where God leads. It is exciting, adventurous but very beautiful.

Indescribable – that’s what I would say in how people learn to trust in Jesus. Lives are changed – both the campers and the missionaries. We will never be the same.

I will never be the same. (click to tweet this)

Time’s up.

Have you gone on a mission trip? What were your feelings?
How did you grow in your faith?

The words: I will never be the Same reminded me of this praise song-

“For All You’ve done” by Hillsong

My Saviour, Redeemer
Lifted me from the miry clay
Almighty forever
I will never be the same

‘Cause You came near
From the everlasting
To the world we live
The Father’s only Son

You lived and You died
You rose again on high
You opened the way
For the world to live again
Hallelujah
For all You’ve done

Hallelujah
For all You’ve done

Linking in with Lisa-Jo Baker and Five Minute Fridays.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here (to Lisa Jo) and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minute artist who linked up before you {and if you love us, consider turning off word verification for the day to make it easier for folks to say howdy}

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.

I also share at

Playdates: playdatesTaking a Break  from Teaching What is Good.

 

GOODBYE – Five Minute Fridays

Goodbye

Arizona Desert

Canadian Lakes

This is an opportune time for the word “goodbye” as we leave for Canada next Wednesday. When I say goodbye it is always in hopes that, God willing, I will see everyone in Arizona next year. Then of course, in the fall, it is the reverse – saying goodbye to my home town friends.

Thanks to the Internet the goodbyes are never permanent. We keep in touch throughout the year.

One group that I have the most trouble saying goodbye to is my Polish friends from my mission trip. They have made a special mark on my life. Three times I have visited Poland for 2 weeks on a mission trip, to teach English at an Evangelical Family Camp. These people have claimed my heart and my soul. Once again this summer I will be returning. I am so excited. When I say goodbye after the 2 weeks, I cry – from happiness at what they are learning, for their passion for Christ and for their hard work at bringing others to know Him.

Family English Camp in Poland

And the other goodbye is saying goodbye to loved ones – as I said goodbye to my Mom this winter. That goodbye isn’t permanent either because I know we will meet again in Heaven. In my heart I am sure that Jesus is looking after my parents – and they are waiting in anticipation of seeing me, too.

Doris Read - 1917-2012

Goodbyes – heart-felt feelings of caring for each other.

Time’s up.

My five minutes are up. What do you think of when you hear the word – GOODBYE?

If you want to join The Gypsy Mama in her Five Minute Fridays read below.

Here are the rules:

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.

On Fridays we write like we believe we can fly. Won’t you join us? (<—Tweet this!)

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.


Love Them

Love Them

(reprinted from Under the Cover of Prayer, July 29, 2001)
I should be back in Canada today – a little jet-lagged but joyful and fulfilled. Thanks for your prayers.

The one thing that we are told over and over – LOVE THEM. Here are the way that I found to love them on my past two trips.

Hugs and Smiles

Certainly last year, since we had return campers – the camp started with hugs. We had two Mission Team returnees from summer 2009 and that opened the door to introductions and smiles. I recognized quite a few from 2008. But we also had new campers. They felt the warm atmosphere from the start and seemed very relaxed. The children came to us the first day while the campers were given a “test” to see where they scored on their English. Because we knew the routine and had something ready for the kids it was a fun time. We smiled constantly. Our joy was contagious.

Know their names

We know how much God loves us – And He knows each one of us. We are important to him. In this way, we need to do the same for others. We needed to try to learn their names.

Luke 12:7  “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

My Mom always seems to know names, but she works at it. At 94 Mom knows the servers, the nurses, the cleaning ladies, the people on the front desk and her friends at the retirement home.

On a mission trip our job is to know and love them – to get to know their names. First thing with the kids, we had name tags and during our group circle time we would say  –  “my name is …” and get to know who they are and something about them.

I have trouble with names… I am visual learner – I will remember your face but I’m terrible with names. I use the church directory to help me remember names. I am frequently asking people to tell me their names – again.

Remember the sitcom Cheers – it always started with “Everybody knows your name.” It was to make people feel welcome. How much does God knows us?  We are important to Him. So other people need to be important to us.

Love their children

Everyone can attest to the fact that you like other people to recognize and acknowledge your family. They are important to you. All the volunteers went out of their way to get to know the children. Whether at meal times or during our activities and worship – the kids were loved and accepted. It may have been a little noisy but no one complained. Sometimes other campers and even mission volunteers would end up with a child on their laps. That was good.

To Try to Know their Language

Also, to know the language of a country – even a few phrases is important to the people. They feel you care and  they are special.

In the first year I really wanted to learn their language. In the grocery store I learned to say proszę pronounced proshe …. “Please”- so that I could be polite walking past people. I learned that Polish is a very hard language to know. People have trouble pronouncing the sounds. So, then and there I decided to pray for the language to come to me.  After that prayer I started to pick up rules of letters, and sounds became easier. At the end of my first trip we visited Świnoujście (pronounced like Schwiniousitia), a seaside town on the Baltic… I practiced saying that word so many times until I think I finally got it.

This past year I learned a few more words, salt – sol, pepper – piepshe, and sugar – sukier.

I also learned a couple of songs in Polish for the children. One is called Miswatch Yezusa (my spelling) and the other was Jesus Loves me. Jezus koha mnie.

As I listened to the campers sing worship songs in Polish I would stand beside a Polish person and listen carefully to how they were singing. Then I tried to sing along. I got to the point of watching the screen and following the words and making them sound similar.

Perseverance is the key… Hebrews 12:1

“let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. That is the same in everything we do.

Then we interacted with them:

Show Them by being with them

  • Walks
  • Play together – we made rockets and launched them
  • Bead making – even with the boys
  • Card making
  • Eating Together every meal
  • Barbecue – Polish sausages and smores
  • Skit Night
  • Banquet Night
  • Dance – We had a couple of dances
  • Hiking – day together hiking up to a castle – a long walk up a mountain
  • We also had Talent Night and a Scavenger Hunt

Teach Them
Yes, we were there to ‘teach’ them but we always remembered: “They don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care for them.”

Bible Studies:

Here were people, some of whom had never held a Bible – willing going to Bible study every morning. They asked questions, they answered questions. God led them. He revealed Himself to them. Where in North America would we find MEN so passionate about Bible study even when it was something they were spiritually part of? God opened the doors – they opened their hearts.

English Classes:

Here in small groups the campers practised English at their levels. All sorts of methods were used.

Testimonies

Because I worked with the children at night I missed hearing most of the testimonies. Two years ago I was asked to give my testimony. It was a 5 minute talk with a translator. Very interesting. You say a sentence or two, wait and then continue. So many of the campers said how much they loved to hear how Jesus had worked in others’ lives. This year we had testimonies from the North American team and the Polish Team.

Workshops

Parenting:

The first time this workshop was held it was raining. They stuffed a couple of benches into a small bedroom and 14 people interacted in this workshop. It continued for another 3 sessions and no one dropped out. One woman said to me after a session: “I tried something they shared with us today on my child. It worked!”

Marriage:

Campers’ comments on the marriage workshops “Hearing these things gives me hope that I can some day be in a godly, happy marriage” Or “now I understand why we have trouble with communication. You have given us information that will help our marriage grow stronger.”

   Addiction:

Not much was shared about this workshop because of the difficult topic. But I know the woman that shared her testimony in this workshop and she did share that many others in the workshop shared their pain for the first time. Coming together with others that have similar trials certainly helped them not feel alone. Praying for each other is a way to connect God into the situation.

I hope you enjoyed my little outline of my version of our camp. If you want to know more please contact me or International Messengers. Please keep praying for me and the other missionaries as we return to life here in Canada.

Blessings,

Jan

Prayer:

I know that You love that we can love others. I thank You for this opportunity to do just that. May You continue to guide our footsteps as we try to be Your feet on earth. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

LOVE THEM

Love Them

by Jan Cox

I will have finished the English camp in Poland when you read this. I will be heading for a day of debriefing and a day of sight-seeing in Gorzow. Then I will be flying home to arrive on Monday, August 1.

The one thing that we are told over and over – LOVE THEM. Here are the way that I found to love them on my past two trips. 

Hugs and Smiles

Certainly last year, since we had return campers – the camp started with hugs. We had two Mission Team returnees from summer 2009 and that opened the door to introductions and smiles. I recognized quite a few from 2008. But we also had new campers. They felt the warm atmosphere from the start and seemed very relaxed. The children came to us the first day while the campers were given a “test” to see where they scored on their English. Because we knew the routine and had something ready for the kids it was a fun time. We smiled constantly. Our joy was contagious.

Know their names

We know how much God loves us – And He knows each one of us. We are important to him. In this way, we need to do the same for others. We needed to try to learn their names.

Luke 12:7  “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

 My Mom always seems to know names, but she works at it. At 94 Mom knows the servers, the nurses, the cleaning ladies, the people on the front desk and her friends at the retirement home.

On a mission trip our job is to know and love them – to get to know their names. First thing with the kids, we had name tags and during our group circle time we would say  –  “my name is …” and get to know who they are and something about them.

I have trouble with names… I am visual learner – I will remember your face but I’m terrible with names. I use the church directory to help me remember names. I am frequently asking people to tell me their names – again.

Remember the sitcom Cheers – it always started with “Everybody knows your name.” It was to make people feel welcome. How much does God knows us?  We are important to Him. So other people need to be important to us.

Love their children

Everyone can attest to the fact that you like other people to recognize and acknowledge your family. They are important to you. All the volunteers went out of their way to get to know the children. Whether at meal times or during our activities and worship – the kids were loved and accepted. It may have been a little noisy but no one complained. Sometimes other campers and even mission volunteers would end up with a child on their laps. That was good.

To Try to Know their Language

Also, to know the language of a country – even a few phrases is important to the people. They feel you care and  they are special.

In the first year I really wanted to learn their language. In the grocery store I learned to say proszę pronounced proshe …. “Please”- so that I could be polite walking past people. I learned that Polish is a very hard language to know. People have trouble pronouncing the sounds. So, then and there I decided to pray for the language to come to me.  After that prayer I started to pick up rules of letters, and sounds became easier. At the end of my first trip we visited Świnoujście (pronounced like Schwiniousitia), a seaside town on the Baltic… I practiced saying that word so many times until I think I finally got it.

This past year I learned a few more words, salt – sol, pepper – piepshe, and sugar – sukier.

I also learned a couple of songs in Polish for the children. One is called Miswatch Yezusa (my spelling) and the other was Jesus Loves me. Jezus koha mnie.

As I listened to the campers sing worship songs in Polish I would stand beside a Polish person and listen carefully to how they were singing. Then I tried to sing along. I got to the point of watching the screen and following the words and making them sound similar.

Perseverance is the key… Hebrews 12:1

“let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. That is the same in everything we do.

Then we interacted with them:

Show Them by being with them

  • Play together – we made rockets and launched them
  • Walks
  • Bead making – even with the boys
  • Card making
  • Eating Together every meal
  • Barbecue – Polish sausages and smores
  • Skit Night
  • Banquet Night
  • Dance – We had a couple of dances
  • Hiking – day together hiking up to a castle – a long walk up a mountain
  • We also had Talent Night and a Scavenger Hunt

Teach Them

Yes, we were there to ‘teach’ them but we always remembered: “They don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care for them.”

Bible Studies:

Here were people, some of whom had never held a Bible – willing going to Bible study every morning. They asked questions, they answered questions. God led them. He revealed Himself to them. Where in North America would we find MEN so passionate about Bible study even when it was something they were spiritually part of? God opened the doors – they opened their hearts.

English Classes:

Here in small groups the campers practised English at their levels. All sorts of methods were used.

Testimonies

Because I worked with the children at night I missed hearing most of the testimonies. Two years ago I was asked to give my testimony. It was a 5 minute talk with a translator. Very interesting. You say a sentence or two, wait and then continue. So many of the campers said how much they loved to hear how Jesus had worked in others’ lives. This year we had testimonies from the North American team and the Polish Team.

Workshops

Parenting:

The first time this workshop was held it was raining. They stuffed a couple of benches into a small bedroom and 14 people interacted in this workshop. It continued for another 3 sessions and no one dropped out. One woman said to me after a session: “I tried something they shared with us today on my child. It worked!”

Marriage:

Campers’ comments on the marriage workshops “Hearing these things gives me hope that I can some day be in a godly, happy marriage” Or “now I understand why we have trouble with communication. You have given us information that will help our marriage grow stronger.”

   Addiction:

Not much was shared about this workshop because of the difficult topic. But I know the woman that shared her testimony in this workshop and she did share that many others in the workshop shared their pain for the first time. Coming together with others that have similar trials certainly helped them not feel alone. Praying for each other is a way to connect God into the situation.

I hope you enjoyed my little outline of my version of our camp. If you want to know more please contact me or International Messengers. Please keep praying for me and the other missionaries as we return to life here in Canada.

Blessings,

Jan

Prayer:

I know that You love that we can love others. I thank You for this opportunity to do just that. May You continue to guide our footsteps as we try to be Your feet on earth. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

My Gratitude List continues:

  •  two fawns on the way home from dinner
  • middle of the night time with God
  • Oswald Chambers who pushes me to go deeper
  • writing the promises of God found in the Bible
  • a beautiful thank you card from my friends
  • energy to prepare the Sunday School room for Vacation Bible Camp
  • a wonderful amazing friend to help me
  • a willing hubby that helps too
  • rainy days to get things done
  • new members of our writers’ prayer team
  • finding rocks for a craft
  • communications with new mission partner for my trip

BEING HIS

Being His

by Jan Cox

As you are reading this I will have started my first few days of camp in Poland. This is my third trip with International Messengers to an English Family Camp.

Jesus says we can’t become a disciple if we are tied to anyone – we must be His alone.

In order to spread the Good News as a disciple I had to leave behind the NORMAL and RELIABLE. Jesus has to be responsible for me and I have to rely on Him alone..

Oswald Chambers says:

“The secret of the missionary is – I am HIS, and He is carrying out His entreprises through me. Be Entirely His.”

A COUPLE OF STORIES:

The summer of 2010 placed me in new hurdle. I had to fly the first leg of the journey alone – no one else was coming from Eastern Canada. I had never travelled alone. I had never even had dined in a restaurant alone. Once again God was there. It was actually fun! Except for the 9 hour wait at Heathrow Airport – God kept me company and I became HIS.

But I was so tired… So tired and needing to see a friendly face. When I saw the first 2 orange IM shirts (and they were bright orange) – I embraced this startled couple. I was so excited to see them after such a long wait. Tom and Deb are a very quiet reserved couple – If you know me you will how excited I can get. Tom told me later that he wondered what on earth he had been led into. This was his first trip as a missionary. Even after that startled beginning, Tom, Deb and I became good friends as we grew to know each other and our passion for Christ grew us closer together. Tom teased me incessantly about my energy and jumping about.

A miracle. Pastor Cezary lives in Gorzow and our camp was 5 hours away by car in Karpatcz. Cezary had an 18 year old car in which he travelled with Ewa and three children. It was long past its “last legs”. He was told by the garage not to take it on long trips. Miraculously he drove to camp and back without a problem. We did pray over that car before we left camp and headed for Gorzow. IM fundraised this past year for a van in which Cezary could take kids to camp, pick them up for after school meetings and drive to summer camps as well. Now he  drives a 9-person van and is grateful to all who contributed.

MY THOUGHTS:

Mission Trips like IM impact three sets of people

1. The national IM staff

The pastor and his family are encouraged by our participation. Without English speakers these camps would not take place. Family camps give an opening to people who would not necessarily attend a Protestant church and it gives them a chance to know a personal Jesus. It gives the pastor an opening into their lives as he continues to build these relationships after we have left.

2 The campers 

For the unbelievers it may be the first time they have held a Bible;

They may discover that God can speak to them without a priest as mediator; One camper said: “This is the first time I have ever been with a group of people who could talk to God as you do.”

Believers are encouraged through fellowship with the North American church – knowing we care and love them.

Campers said they felt unconditionally loved. That’s why they have returned each year. And this is true of all IM camps.

3. Our team members

Most feel inadequate for the task but when they say “yes” to God, they discover His enabling power. They go back home and have courage to say “yes” to other assignments He gives

Many have to raise financial support in order to go. Those who say “yes” inevitably are overwhelmed with God’s ability to provide.

A trip such as this can stretch us to the max – physical weariness, cross-cultural challenges, working with differing personalities. It is a perfect time to learn true servant hood and relying on God through all times. (Philippians 2)

When we go out of our comfort zones, we must rely on God. So instead of depending on our own abilities and strengths we rest in Him to make us more than we are. We are forced to live by faith. That is when we experience God in deeper and more exciting ways.

When doing something you really love to do, we come alive – it becomes a Holy Time and that is how I feel when I am on these trips. Wrapped in God’s love the whole time.

What makes your Holy Time? It can be anything that you love to do. I love teaching Sunday School, singing with actions, dancing, painting and writing. I think I can even say I love talking to a group.

When we listen to God – we can hear what He is saying.

Where is your heart? When we focus on God we feel a purity of heart. Things become less about us and instead who we are focused on  – God. Being HIS.

“Always measure your life solely by the standards of Jesus. Submit yourself to His yoke, and His alone” Oswald Chambers

Missions is simply being touched by people and meeting their needs.

You don’t have to go out of the country to do ministry.

When you give, you get back so much more.

Tell you a little bit more next week.

Prayer:

Lord help us all to step out of our comfort zones, to attempt to rely on You, alone. Little steps can lead to bigger steps. Help us. Remind us that You are beside us always. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List continues:

  • a helpful and faithful husband
  • restful boat ride
  • chance meeting with an old friend
  • chance meeting with another old friend
  • lunch with a friend
  • hugs and prayers with another friend
  • lambs running in the field
  • fresh produce from a local farmer
  • delicious salad, sautéed garlic tops
  • wonderful friends at Bible study

——————–

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it this year.

Time is Flying By

When you read this I will be starting my journey to Poland. Please check out Under the Cover of Prayer to find out more about my other trips as I prepare for this one. It is called Time is Flying By. If the link doesn’t work (I am doing this ahead) please go to Under the Cover of Prayer for Friday, July 15, 2011.

 

TIME IS FLYING BY

Time is Flying By

by Jan Cox

When you read this I will have 3 more sleeps until I take a plane to England, another one to Berlin and then a drive to Poland.

Yes I am going on another mission trip with International Messengers.

Time is flying by quickly. With God’s help I have put up most of the posts I need before I leave, as I will have no opportunity to be on the Internet while I am away.

Actually no phone, no Internet – no communication with family and friends for 2 whole weeks. We are totally reliant on God and each other.

This is my third trip with International Messengers. It seems that God wants me to look after the children because try as I might that is the “job for me”. And you know what – I really enjoy being with the children. Last week I organized a program at our church so two young people could come and run a vacation Bible school for the week (half days) for children in our community. So I spent 3 hours a day with children 4-12 and had a wonderful time.

Yes, I am looking forward to going. I have a wonderful group of people who are my prayer warriors before, during and after my trip. That is so important – to have people covering me, my family and the whole trip in prayer.

If you feel inclined I would love your prayers, too.

Oswald Chambers says: “The missionary is one in whom the Holy Ghost has wrought this realization – “Ye are not your own.”

So here is the first rule of being a missionary… Ye are not your own… be flexible. This is not easy for me. I am task-oriented, organized and structured. That is fine on this side of the ocean but once I am in Poland I may have to let all those plans fall by the wayside. After two years I have learned – I must try to be flexible.

BACKGROUND:

I attend a family camp, which allows European believers to invite unbelieving neighbours and friends with families to a camp setting where they can work on their English and spend time with their families. This gives these European members a chance to share the Gospel in a comfortable, relaxed setting and also provides them time to interact with their kids. Schedules in Poland, just as in Canada, are busy with some parents working more than one job, so time away with their children is rare and this provides them a unique opportunity to be with their families.

Next week I will tell you a few stories from my past trips. Stay tuned and thanks for your prayers.

Blessings,

Jan

Prayer:

Lord, watch over all the missionaries flying from different parts of Canada and the US to join in the English Family Camp in Poland. Be with Gene and Grace Fox as they travel from Romania to Poland and meet us in Berlin. Be with Pastor Cezary Dabrowski and his family as they travel from Gorzow to our camp site. Safety, please, Lord, for all the campers as they, too, travel to camp. Thanks for being with us, Father. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

My Gratitude List for this week:

  • a new camera – a lens to see and capture more of God’s world
  • drives through the beautiful countryside to see my Mom
  • singing in the car
  • praying in the car
  • succulent salmon with spicy yams, beets, and broccoli
  • my dog, so happy to see me, she can’t contain herself
  • sunshine after days of rain
  • perfect weather
  • answered prayers
  • haunting moon
  • hugs from grandchildren

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Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it this year.

SIMPLY SATURDAY – Grateful

Simply Saturday – Grateful

Once again I am tagging on to The Gypsy Mama. Today her word is grateful. Five minutes – here I go.

This week has been filled with blessings. My daughter and her two children were here (4 and 2). I ran a vacation Bible School called the VIBE (Ventures in Biblical Education). We had two fantastic leaders from our Presbytery and 16 registered children.

What fun! What excitement! What sweet children!

My body is in recovery mode today. I am a Grandma; running up and down stairs; doing jumping jacks and sitting on the floor – those were some of my activities.

It may take me a couple of days to recover but what a wonderful week.

The next week will be filled with planning for my mission trip to Poland with International Messengers. For two weeks we will be over in Poland to visit and teach English. Once again I am looking after the children ages 4-12.

Grace and Gene Fox are in Romania at the moment, before they meet us in Poland. What a wonderful team to work with. She writes in her blog about her reflections on her trip to Romania.

I am grateful that God gave me the gifts and passion to do this. I am grateful He gives me the strength and health to physically be able to work with children.

Counting my blessings and being grateful each day as God leads and guides me. I would appreciate any prayers for this trip.

TIME IS UP.

Your turn. Write a comment or post on being grateful. You can link to Gypsy Mama – here.

Blessings,

Jan

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