I Had an Ah-Ha! Moment!

So I just recently had a revelation. An “ah-ha!” moment, I would normally say. You know the verse Philippians 4:4 where Paul writes “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I will say rejoice!”

Gospel for Asia is an organization born from prayer. Literally, it started as a Tuesday night prayer meeting in our founders house, and still to this day, we are a living breathing organism grounded in the greatest gift given to believers in Christ – Prayer. We have Monday, Thursday, and Friday morning prayer before we go to our ministry areas, we have Tuesday night prayer every week, we have a Friday night all night prayer on the first Friday of every month, as departments we have prayer once, twice, or even three times a week, and of course there is personal prayer time. I’m not saying this to brag or anything, but just to make a point. With our lives grounded in prayer, you can bet that we see the effects of those prayer requests every day, sometimes immediately after we’ve prayed. I don’t know about you, but for me, this is a cause to rejoice.

Some of the answers to prayer may include, healing for brothers and sisters, people coming to know the Lord through the various ministries we have on the field, people faithfully giving to further God’s work, etc. Aren’t these amazing things?! But what about those prayer requests that we don’t get the result we had been hoping for? Say, we pray for healing for a brother or sister in Asia who was brutally beaten for professing Christ our Savior, we pray and we pray and we pray, but then that brother or sister goes to be with the Lord. How is that a good thing for the family that they left behind, or for the believers he was discipling in a distant village, or even for those who persecuted him? Doesn’t Paul say Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS?

Is the word “always” subjected to only the happy answers to prayer? Shouldn’t we also rejoice in the answers to prayer that aren’t as happy? Praise the Lord that brother is no longer suffering, but he is forever in the eternal presence of our Lord Jesus! Praise the Lord I didn’t get the raise in my paycheck, because HE knows what I need more than I could ever imagine! Praise the Lord for _______ (you fill in the blank).

Often times working in ministry I will get caught up in the numbers of the results. No matter how hard I try not to focus on the numbers, it seems to always creep into mind. Recently we have been praying for big things to happen on the web, but what happens if we don’t see that prayer answer? Or if the numbers go down? Will we still be praising the Lord for the lives transformed by the prayers and gifts given by those who were perhaps sacrificing what someone might call the “widow’s mite”? I want to say I would rejoice in this situation. I want to say I would rejoice in every situation, whether it be death, or new life, or sickness, or health. I will definitely be praying for the Lord to make this transformation in my heart and mind.

I am praying for each of you. I may not know your name, or what you look like, but I do know that God loves you more than you could ever fathom. And I pray that if you know Him, that you would grow in Him. If you don’t know Him, I pray that you will come to know and love Him just as He knows and loves you (even before you were born!).

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That’s “MY” Cup!

When you pray for the Lord to answer your requests… Do you realize He will answer them at what ever cost He chooses to? Are you willing to go through the answer to  that prayer, no matter what it is? We have a choice to respond in a Godly submission, or respond to our flesh.

God has a sense of humor to answer prayer (Of course you probably knew that)

As you can see in the picture there is one of my friends. I just got this picture not that long ago. I thought “What in world? Why does he have “MY” cup and why is it in he HIS department room?” I really thought he took it just for a joke to see if I would go pick it up. With thinking that I went to his department and there I see “MY” cup and in the inside… it has remnants of coffee inside. “He drank from “MY” cup with out asking me! How could he, and how rude!” Is what I thought. I was a little bit offended and upset. Isaac then starts to tell me how he had no idea that cup was mine but he always saw me drink out of it and thought I’d appreciate the picture of him and that cup. RIGHT!

I then remembered a prayer I said to our dad last night. I asked the Lord to help me to be like Fred (one of the Gospel For Asia Staff) and not to become offended in situations but to respond to offense by choosing to let go and yield to God. I then started to laugh and praised God for this. Though it may seem very silly… God used this funny situation to open up my eyes. Sure, there will be more to come but I love how our Father has a sense of humor and how he loves us SOOOO much that he answers are prayers because we cry out to Him to have him respond to us.

Be encouraged to see that when we pray He HEARS and ANSWERS. Let us all not make the wrong choice to respond in a selfish way to our prayers being answered even if they are not the way we would want them to have them answered.

Have a beautiful blessed day brothers and sisters!

Do not loose heart and KEEP on praying!

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15).

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What Does A Skunk A Bad Internet Connection And A Power Cord Have In Common?

What do a skunk, a bad internet connection, and a missing power cord have in common?  I’ll get back to that.  In the mean time I’ll let you know about a few things that I’ve been doing lately.

About a month ago God made it clear to me that I was supposed to join staff at Gospel for Asia.  Yes!  Now I’m support raising at home so that I can get back to Texas and keep serving at the home office.

I knew it was going to be a battle to raise support and stay connected to the ministry but I was sure I’d conquer it all!  It turns out some things can be a little harder to get done in the country than in the city.  For instance, where I live in Michigan it’s all forest and well, cold.  I have a few oddities I’m dealing with.  One is that my family doesn’t have high speed internet – it’s not that bad, there are just a few things I can’t do at home.  I was very excited to live stream a Gospel For Asia prayer meeting once I got back.  (Gospel For Asia streams a prayer meeting every first Friday.  Join us!)  The first time I went to a prayer meeting I had to drive 6 miles through the wilderness to get to a connection I could watch the meeting on.  Everything was wonderful!  I really enjoyed praying with the Gospel For Asia family and felt like I was back at home (the TX one).

When I got home I was worn out – ready to hop in bed and sleep.  I came through the driveway but discovered that there was a skunk by the front door!  There was NO way I was getting out now.  I thought about getting grumpy but decided it was the first adventure of support raising in the country.  I called a friend and we talked for a while.  Then I talked to another friend till I was sure the skunk was gone. 🙂

Well, I was trying to watch another prayer meeting one day.  I’d been a little discouraged that day but was really looking forward to hearing the message and uniting in prayer with everyone.  My connection didn’t work.  I’d get a few words – maybe a sentence – then the video would freeze.  I finally gave up.

Another prayer meeting arrived… I was sick but determined that though I was tired I was not going to stay home.  I wanted to have dedication and not just decide to sit on the couch at home.  I drove myself back out to the internet and set up my computer.  Suddenly I realized that I did’n’t have my power cord with me.  I had 43 minutes of battery life left.  True to its word my computer turned off from a low battery 43 minutes through the prayer meeting.  Well at least I got to go to bed a little early…

So, the question at the beginning of this was, “What do a skunk, a bad internet connection, and a missing power cord have in common?”  The answer is prayer meetings of course!

There’s always going to be something that will draw your attention away from what is best.  I’ve noticed that wacky things happen when I try to get to a prayer meeting.  For you it’s most likely something else that the enemy doesn’t want you to be doing.  Maybe it’s reading the Bible.  There are 101 things that will come up and seem like they need your attention.  When those things happen just purpose in your heart that God will come first.  I laugh when I think that God used a skunk and a power cord to teach me a lesson.  Maybe it just takes more to get my attention than other people…

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Lord Show Me A Sign!

Words are powerful. We have the power to use our words to be used to speak boldy about the Truth of God. We can yell, sing, whisper, scream and worship the Lord through our voices. For others they have no voice, they cannot speak, or scream but they can communicate just the same as people who can speak. They are Deaf.

I’ve been signing for many years now. It started with my hunger to know different languages in my Sophomore year in high school. I took a class and didn’t learn how to sign but I learned the alphabet  and about the deaf culture. What intrigued me about sign was how expressive you could be. At my school there was a deaf girl who was in the marching band and played the cymbals. This girl amazed me how she pushed herself to not let her being deaf stop her.  Little did I know that God was going to use her to be a big and important part of my Life in Him. I had a class with her and was eager to learn her language. Often I would pass notes to her and ask her questions. I found out that she was a believer! I then started to hang out with her and through fellowshipping with her I started to learn sign language very quickly and started to hang out with a lot of the deaf community. I then expanded my education of sign language and took ASL classes and kept going on to the next level. I was a little fustrated because I thought that I was waisiting my time taking so many ASL classes and I didn’t know what I really wanted to do in college.

God lead me to join Gospel for Asia- School of Discipleship for this year and He has shown me that everything that we have learned, skills he uses for HIS Glory! When our class goes evangelizing I have had oppurtunities to share with them Jesus and the Gospel in sign language. One of the times are class went out there were two ladies sitting together and the Spirit urged and tugged my heart to go pass out tracts to these two ladies. I walked up to them and started to speak and they signed to me ” We are deaf.” I smiled at signed to them “Good,because I know how to sign.” The ladies were so happy that I could communicate to them. Then, the Spirit started to move through me and I sharing my testimony on how the Lord changed my life and how He has redeemed from darkness. One of the ladies eye lit up and she was saying how weird it was that I was telling her that because she wanted to change her life but didn’tknow how. I told her how only Jesus Christ could only bring true change because of what He did for us on the cross and gave her a tract. After she was telling me that her bus came suddenly and she waved bye and left on her bus. I was awestruck that the Lord used me as a vessel through my hands and ASL to be able to touch her heart with what He wanted me to communicate to her.

And I thought I was never going to use my sign language here at Gospel for Asia. Please pray for those ladies. They are in my heart as I type this. And you may never know when your skills may be used for the Lord. He let us learn it for a reason.

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We’ve Prayed How Many Times This Week?

When I prepared to pack my bags for this adventurous world of Carrollton, Texas and Gospel For Asia, I had two rather small minded objectives:

1. I would finally catch up on my books (of which I brought a few).

2. I would finally escape from the pressing issues back home.

Today, as I write this, I can say that I have not been able to pick up any of the books I brought with me and not only am I going back to the issues I left, I am going to have to face them.

All of that to say, my expectations for this “1 month internship” were completely shattered.

And then there’s all this praying.

I have had  to realize that the staff and students here pray CONSTANTLY. I mean, incredibly consistantly. It doesn’t matter whether they want to or not, though, because  its rather necessary.

I dont think that I expected anything more or anything less. I think I just didn’t expect any of it.

But oh, what joy it has been to have my expectations of people and experiences completely destroyed because really, I am the only one who is hindered by them.

So I go into the deep places of my mind and of my heart and I see that all of these expectations, or lack there of, were made to awaken me from a sleep that I had not known I was overcome with.

But as I wake, I am entrusted with the knowledge of my ability to speak to God constantly. Without ceasing.

And I know in my heart that all this praying was what I should have been doing all along.

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Turn Over The Tables of My Heart


My Father…The Lord Jesus…The Holy Spirit…


How much of my life…of your life…should be surrendered to God?
What about your whole life?


Would you think it too far- if your entire person was consumed with a passion for Jesus?

Of course not.

But why is it so often we settle for a, ‘hotter than most’, ‘more passionate than the others’,..’no-one really goes that far’…’you can stop now, you’re a good Christian’– type of attitude?


I wanna burn for YOU LORD! I want to be a ‘burning-one’.

I want to be consumed with the love of Jesus.

I want to burst with the Light of the Gospel.

I want to decrease, I want the Lord to increase.


I had a revelation recently…a shift..

I’ve been trying to gather, collect, and horde the Lord- I want MORE! Give me MORE!…

But I realized that it’s a finite mind trying to capture an eternal God…

I stopped praying, “GIVE ME MORE OF YOU!”…

and started praying, “GIVE YOU MORE OF ME!”


When I honestly considered my heart, of what I wanted…I found that while it was true that I wanted God more than I knew Him–I just wanted what God wanted…and then I realized God just wants me!

Suddenly I realize how much more sense it makes to ask that God would give me to Himself…I am only so small- and He is SO ABLE.


So I want it all…All of me given to All of Him.


*LORD JESUS, come into this Temple and turn the tables over. Every dark place, shine Your Light. Consider me a burnt offering, a drink offering – Poured out and consumed. Give You all of me Lord.*




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