Saturday, July 21, 2012

Ministry Update - June 2012


In our last newsletter, I shared about my granddaughter, Jamie's miraculous escape from a serious car accident. Since then, Jamie has gone on a missions trip to Guatemala and El Salvador. Below are some of Molly's insights regarding this important season in Jamie's life.

A CALL TO DESTINY

Six months ago, when Jamie asked if she could go all the way to Central America without me, my immediate response was, "No way!" She begged and pleaded but I just couldn't part with my first-born even though it was for a good purpose. Then one morning the Lord spoke something to me I was not expecting. "Molly, she has the desire now. Don't wait until she no longer does." I knew then that the stirring that Jamie had in her heart was from God and I needed to respond to it.....NOW.

Six months later, the day finally came; the day I was going to learn how to trust in my Jesus more than I ever have had to in my life. I waved goodbye as my fourteen-year-old daughter left the church parking lot in her team van. I was crying so hard that I couldn't even see her trying to wave goodbye back. All of a sudden, flashes of when she was born came flooding through my mind. All those years, all the joys and tears were all for this moment; the moment when I no longer carried her along in my destiny but now she walked in her own.

A few days later Jamie wrote in her journal from Guatemala:

"Today we got to visit an orphanage. No words can explain the love I have towards them. My heart broke when I had to say my last goodbye. Those kids were filled with more love than I've ever seen in any other person. They assured my heart and my mind of my purpose in life - I AM going to reach those in need; those who are begging for help yet no one stops to care. I will show them there is a Jesus who cares. I will go where God calls me...anywhere.

I will never stop serving God. I want to build up what God desires and be the difference that the world is searching for. I use to want to be normal but now all I want is to be different. Lord, use me for your works. Guide me with your wisdom. Transform lives with your love because if they just experience a hint of your love, they will never walk away from you. Amen."

Twelve long days and many sleepless nights later, she came home. I was expecting my same bubbly little Jamie to come running over to me, to hold me and tell me how much she missed her mommy. Instead, I approached not a little girl but a radiant young woman of God. Though nothing can take away the moments we shared when I helped her learn to walk, or to ride a bike, or even her first day of kindergarten, I knew things would be different. She had found someone new to help her do things; not just ride a bike but to scale mountains and set captives free. She had finally found her Jesus, not my Jesus, but hers and suddenly it was okay that she let go of my hand because now we could each hold the hands of Jesus together.


THE DANIEL GENERATION

Daniel is one of the most interesting young men in the Bible. He appears during a time of great discouragement in the nation of Israel. Babylon has just overtaken Jerusalem and the temple has been destroyed. The people have been led into captivity and the glory of Israel has been devastated.

As the book begins, we witness Daniel along with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, facing enormous pressure to conform to the culture of a pagan kingdom. Interestingly, Daniel had already been mentioned three times in the book of Ezekiel. In each case, Daniel's righteousness and wisdom were particularly noted by the Lord. Daniel's friends were probably part of his prayer group because they mirrored his moral strength and courage.

Although of no priestly pedigree, these four young men were spiritual giants in the midst of a religious establishment that was strangely silent during the years of Israel's captivity. Apparently, the older religious leaders were more interested in assimilating into the new culture than becoming a challenge to it. Perhaps they thought it was the key to their survival. Actually, it was the key to their loss of power and influence.

I find it fascinating that every time God displayed His miraculous power through Daniel and his young friends; He also dismantled the glory of the existing earthly kingdom. God was sending a clear message - His Kingdom is superior to all other kingdoms and will never be defeated.

In many ways, the book of Daniel reflects our national condition. Today, our political and economic resources have been overwhelmed in the face of unrelenting difficulties. Our religious establishment is in turmoil and struggles for relevance and influence. The sins of our nation have produced a state of spiritual captivity.

In the midst of our desperate condition, God is once again stirring the hearts and minds of this next generation to be a voice for His Kingdom. This may challenge our preconceived mindsets and spiritual paradigms. Nevertheless, can we still do our part to train and support them? Can we pray for the fulfillment of God's purpose in their lives? Can we use our influence, experience, and resources to provide them the greatest chance for success? Our response may not only determine the accomplishment of their spiritual destiny but the fulfillment of ours as well.


FIERY UPDATES

I was also able to participate in a Crisis Management Briefing conducted in the city of Sartell, sixty miles away. An explosion had occurred at Verso, a paper mill that was the largest employer in the city. One person died and several were wounded in a fire that took several days to extinguish. As leaders in law enforcement, company HR, and city administration shared their experiences, people rallied in support for one another. I saw evidence of God at work in the midst of a community tragedy.

Back at our office, we continue to work hard at preparing a new website for those who hunger for revival fire. The website will have a new look and a new name. There will be blogs, compilations, sermons, and revival resources. We can't wait to share it with you.

Finally, thanks so much for your prayers and support. Because of your participation, you share in the rewards of everything God has done through the ministry.

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