Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tales From The Mission Field: Surplus Prayer

Guest Post by Aggie Stretch

There is no such thing as 'prayer surplus' when planning a mission trip.  We encourage a Ten To Pray ideal.  Ten friends and family to institute, 'Don't worry about anything, pray about everything' Phil 4:6.  This grafts others into the mission branch. 

Here is an example of faithful prayer:

Upon our return from Ghana, Anna approached us to say she had been praying through Psalm 91 while we were away.  It begins beautifully with, "Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty".

The verses she felt compelled to repeat were, "For He orders his angels to protect you wherever you go.  They will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone.  You will trample down lions and poisonous snakes…."  

She could not know that we had come within 2 feet of a python: 6 inches in diameter and about 5 feet long, while walking down a dark lane in the night time towards the main road in Amrahia.  Anna is one of our Ten to Pray. She has prayer journeyed with us for 10 years. 

 She is a faithful friend; we serve a faithful God.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Perfect Tree

Many hours of work went into our Christmas Eve Service.

But it was all worth it because the end result was a charming evening of song, drama and an opportunity for response.

'The Perfect Tree' was far from perfect.  As we prepared, it seemed much was against us...

Our live tree, a huge beautiful beast that smelled like Christmas and shed like a furry Newfoundland was absolutely PERFECT...until we actually rehearsed with it - three times the tree stand broke - even after the mastery of a brilliant welder - and we settled for a quickly grabbed artificial tree that had been left in the basement following the Ladies Social Christmas Dinner.  This was a mad dash of sweaty turn-around only minutes before the service started.

But how appropriate!  A 'Perfect Lesson' in 'The Perfect Tree'...

The entire service was built upon this verse from Isaiah:

"Forget the former things - do not dwell in the past. 
See, I am doing a NEW THING!"

And so we did.  We laid aside our own 'perfect' vision, and allowed God to work through what we thought wasn't good enough.

And the result?  You decide!

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Alanna Rusnak shares her life with her husband, three children, and a cat she's trying hard not to love.  She has attended HMC for her entire life and been on staff since 2003, currently fulfilling the role of Creative Communications.  You can find her over at her own blog, SelfBinding Retrospect.