Tag Archives: Testimony

The Gift of Healthy Discontent

2 May

Blog post by Mike S., Team Moldova 2011

Besides using His Word, God has used pain in my life to bring me to the point where I wish to continually serve Him. I am thankful for how God has used difficulties from the past to shape me. He’s always used them to give me a desire to serve Him in a greater capacity and move me out of my complacency. Continue reading

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Daddy, Am I captivating?

30 Apr

Blog post by Lori K., Team Moldova 2011

When little girls are small they dress up in there prettiest dresses, twirl around in front of their fathers, wanting to know, “Daddy, am I lovely? Am I captivating?” Studies have been done showing that women who had a caring relationship with their fathers during childhood suffer less depression, have fewer eating disorders, and have a better self-image. These crucial questions little girls ask are primarily answered by their fathers. The reason why I feel it is important to share this with you is because not having my questions answered has brought me to where I am now.
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Children, Bible Camp, & the Country of My Ancestors

29 Apr

Blog post by Penny S., Team Moldova 2011

When I was 12 years old I felt God calling me to foreign missions. When I was 41 I went on my first foreign mission trip. You’ll understand now why my life verse is Isaiah 55:8, “For your ways are not My ways, neither are your thoughts My thoughts, declares the Lord.” His timing is certainly different from my timing…only by 29 years! Continue reading

God Prepared My Heart for Service

26 Apr

Blog Post by Holly N., Team Moldova 2011

In the summer of 2009 I graduated college with a B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science. All throughout college I worked at Barnes and Noble as a part-time job to pay my bills. Now that I had graduated I started looking for jobs everywhere and looked into getting my Masters. I couldn’t find a job right away, so I went full-time at Barnes and Noble and decided to start working my way up the corporate ladder. For a year I focused on my job, my boyfriend, my family, and my friends while God took the backseat. Continue reading

The Ministry of Touch

23 Apr

Blog post by Christine A, Team Moldova 2011

Ever since I can remember, I have experienced my world through touch.  As far as I was concerned, something wasn’t real until I’d had a chance to touch it.  I decided what colors, books, pictures, clothes, and toys I liked only after I’d touched them, not content to simply look at them.  My mom would have to remind me when we walked into a museum, “This is a place where you have to look with your eyes, not with your hands,”  because she understood that was how I interacted with my world.  People I talked with were hugged (if I knew them well), or shaken by the hand, or touched on the arm, shoulder, or back….not just spoken to.  I was blessed and fortunate to grow up in a family that was affectionate; you hugged everyone when you said “hello” and hugged again when you said “goodbye,” even if you knew you’d see them again the next day.  As a child I thrived in this world of healthy significant touch. Continue reading

I Trust

22 Apr

Blog post by Melissa M., Team Uganda 2011

I was an adolescent who didn’t have the choice to lose control over my body, dignity and rights to safety and protection. Unfortunately, those feelings of vulnerability and lack of choice were once again brought to the forefront of my life this past August. I lost my family (my ex and his daughter), not to death but by unforeseen circumstances. A person I trusted with my whole being used his athletic gift in pro fighting against people he was supposed to love and protect. Continue reading

“Invisible Children” Inspires Journey 117 Trip to Uganda

20 Apr

Blog post by Preston A., Team Uganda 2011

God has brought me to this specific point for a specific reason.  I believe God has wired me to be burdened and impassioned with a heart for the downtrodden, disenfranchised, the forgotten, and those who just have their back against the wall.  Furthermore, for some reason, God has burdened me with a passion for Africa.  While in my first year of college, I watched the documentary “Invisible Children,” which placed a yearning to go to Uganda.  It now appears God has allowed me the opportunity to fulfill this yearning.  So when you put my passion for the troubled mixed with my heart for Africa, what you get is helping orphans and widows in Uganda.  Continue reading