Celebration of Our Calling

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved, How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:13-15

These words spoke to me recently… How can anyone preach unless they are sent? In the next few months, there are three ladies leaving the Valley to serve on the foreign field. And since one of them is my sister, Deborah, I feel especially passionate about this. As she’s packing her bags, it’s fair to say that I’m a little bit jealous of the adventure she’s embarking upon. To experience another culture is priceless. I am also aware of the tremendous sacrifice she is making- missing all sorts of family events, the comforts of her friend group, her native language, living off of her missionary allowance ($200/month), her beloved dog, moving into a city and the reality that her new home was broken into with in the last few months… No, this will not be all sunshine and roses, but it will impact her life forever and I’m excited at how God is leading her!

One of my friends was telling me about his trip to Africa and about a couple who left everything to move to Mozambique and took over a government-run orphanage… Years later they have 10,000 bush churches in operation- God has used their ministry and their His orphans in an incredible way to impact an entire country.

Sometimes it’s hard for me to imagine- that God calls some to make such a difference in His kingdom… While others of us aren’t asked to sleep in a grass-hut in the middle of nowhere. This leaves me feeling a little bit guilty…

But then these verses hit me on top of the head… Along with that came this quote from the book Serving as Senders: “In a secular war- for every person on the front line in battle- there are no less than 9 people backing him up- in what is called the line of communication… And how do we expect to win with any less than that ratio? God is not looking for a Lone Ranger- He wants an army- Soldiers of the Cross”.

Those who send, or those who are sent- this really does need to be a joint effort- and we are all called to join in… There’s lots of work for the sending team- moral support, logistic support, financial needs, communication support, re-entry support, and most importantly- prayer support…

If we join together- this effort can impact the world! What an opportunity! The battle is the Lord’s… And, I purpose to be as passionate of a team player/ sender as I can…  Blessings, Kendra

P.S We need you too

Bonus Pics:

Last week we enjoyed a Ladies Night/Mission Awareness with the afore-mentioned “Ladies-who-are-leaving” and several of their friends. The purpose of the night was worship God, inspire all of us to join in the effort ( build a bit of team spirit), to create a memory for them to take with them, and to encourage all of us… Everybody was tremendous sports and joined in incredibly well… Special thanks to Rachel Heatwole for taking the pics

Team Development Activities:

  • Communication
  • Cross Culture Challenge
  • Teamwork/Patience

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Photo Booth Fun; “Jesus loves the Little Children of the World”

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Corn Salsa:

6 cups of whole kernel corn

1/3 cup cilantro

1/3 cup onion

2 tablespoons jalapeno peppers

1.5 tablespoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons salt

Mix together and enjoy! Incredible on rice and tacos

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Cookie Dough (similar to DQs)

1 cup butter, room temperature

1.5 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups flour

6 oz mini chocolate chips

  1.  Cream butter and sugar
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix
  3. Roll into small bite size balls
  4. Try to keep out until dessert time

This is a neat addition to ice cream sundaes… And yes, I had my work cut out to keep these away from the cookie monster before supper… 🙂

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