New Zombies: Abel

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With it being Halloween, I thought I’d kick off  new blog series called New Zombies. I’ve been wanting to write about this for close to a year now. And since “The Walking Dead” had it’s premier on October 31, 2010 (Days Gone By), I thought enough days have gone by for me. Here’s the first installment. Hope it’s helpful and challenging.

It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith. Hebrews 11:4 NASB

Did you know that Abel never had a word of his recorded or written down for anyone to read? When I realized this, I was surprised. I was struck by the fact that in the short…

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A few more pics from El Salvador

El Salvador Update

The time in El Salvador is going fast but well! Thanks for all your prayers. Over the last couple of days we have been busy with practices, performances and meetings.  Yesterday we had a 3 hour practice preparing for tomorrow night’s Glow Event. We worked on songs like Monster, Radiator, among others with the ES Team. We also prepared a couple of songs with the Americans here on the Global Year project known as “GAP”.

Today we went to the Christian Deaf School that we have visited previously. We were able to share several songs with them. They loved the interaction and music. We also brought doughnuts, drinks and candy, which everyone loved as well. It was great to be with the kids, to see their smiling faces and to know we brought a little joy to their lives. A few pics here show their excitement.

The day progressed on with me being to share with the GAP students again about mission work and God’s intention for missionaries. We talked about being willing to “unlearn” our ways in order to learn God’s ways. Furthermore, we talked about discipleship and how important relationships with God and one another are. It was a great time and I am looking forward to meeting with them again tomorrow and discuss leadership.

The day ended with me going back to the dentist for a cleaning. the extraction surgery went well and it seems to be healing well. I am on meds for it and have not had a problem since the event.

As we wrap up our final couple of days we have a few more things to attend. Tomorrow night is one of our biggest events: Glow Night. We are renting some glow lights from a local DJ for $5 each. This is a huge blessing as the lights we have are just not strong enough to generate the effect we need. Be prayerful for this event as we hope to see some people make decisions for Christ and commit to being LIGHT in this world of darkness.

I will also be preaching in church on Sunday. We will share a couple of sign songs and then I’ll speak. The church is in a new location and I am excited to see some of the people I’ve met before and to meet some new folks also.

I have the stitches in my mouth removed on Monday afternoon around 4pm and then we will pack up and head to the airport later that night. I arrive back in the USA around 9am Tuesday. I have quite-a-bit of work to do once I get back to prepare for holidays and the soon departure for India. I have to secure my Visa and all as soon as I get back. I can’t do it until then because I have to send my passport with the application. So I won’t have a lot of time to spare. Please be prayerful for this matter.

 

Thanks for your thoughts, prayers and support,

 

George

Arrival in El Salvador

We had a couple of great last days in Nicaragua. Sunday was a very full day. We started the morning with a worship service, with the Nicaragua WAVE team performing a few songs. Trevor and I ended the music time by sharing “Ponderosa” (Stronger, by Hillsong). Then I spoke about Jesus as Lord of our lives, sharing from Galatians 2:20 among other passages. I finished up with Watch The Lamb, by request, to demonstrate the amount of love and grace Jesus has shown toward us. It was a powerful time. After the service, we handed out items we brought from the USA. Soaps, shampoos, razors, along with bags of rice we purchased once we arrived. The people were very thankful for what they received. We had enough for people to come through the line several times and take multiple items for their families. This was a huge blessing. That afternoon, we watched Transformers 4 with many from the village and then took a brief break before shooing God’s Not Dead. The people loved both films and of course, God’s Not Dead inspired many. We left both dvd’s for them to be able to use in the future. I know they are already talking about having a larger group showing of God’s Not Dead as an outreach in the community. We packed up and said good-bye to those around before we made our way to the bus stop in Chinandega. The bus came about 1:30pm and as we were getting our bags to make our way about 200 feet to where the bus was, it pulled away, leaving us! We immediately threw our bags back into the truck to chase down Tica Bus! I couldn’t believe this was happening! But then again, should anything surprise on a mission trip? LOL.  We drove honking the horn and flashing lights until we were able to finally drive alongside the buss and wave them down. It was about two miles down the road before we stopped them. Aside from that little incident, there wasn’t much else to speak of about the trip, except that is was long. The border stops took the usual 45 minutes to get through. We arrived early though in El Salvador. We were scheduled to arrive 11pm but got in close to 10 or so. Jorge wasn’t immediately available because he was planning on 11pm but he got us about 10:45pm and all was well. Today I have a dental appointment to extract a tooth and perhaps have some other work done. Will see how that goes. My good camera is messed up. For some reason the SD slot won’t accept card any longer. I hope to get it fixed while here and my glasses have gotten very scratched while here too. I hope to have all of these things taken care of this week :) As for the schedule for the week, I know that we have a few presentations to make with Bible studies for groups…maybe it’s 3 total and then on Friday we have a Glow Day outreach, where the WAVE team will perform and I’ll share the gospel. I think I also am scheduled to do some training with a church plant team and then speak at the church plant on Sunday. So it could make for a busy week…please pray that the dental work doesn’t prevent me from being able to do all the other things I need to do. With that, I’ll sign off for now. More updates coming soon. George

A Few Pics From Nicaragua

Our time has been great thus far. Thanks for your prayers! We have been meeting each night for worship and working with students for WAVE practice. We went to Ten Tall yesterday and served the village soup along with giving out much candy and personal hygiene items.

Today we went to the Dump and gave out close to 75 bags of rice. After lunch we are going to the orphanage to give away more items and share through music.

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I’ll write more when I am able. Thanks again for your continued prayers!

George

Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections On 3 John 7

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. . . they went forth for His name’s sake . . . —3 John 7

As I prepare to leave the country today for travel to Nicaragua and El Salvador, this is a great reminder of why I am going: to advance the kingdom of God in Jesus’ name. Missionaries serving the King seek to build the King’s kingdom, not their own. I am to be about the Lord’s business and not my own endeavors. The goal is to build God’s people and encourage them in the faith.

Even though Peter had denied Christ three times, Jesus reinstated Peter and asked him of his love for Christ. And of course, Peter said yes, he did love Christ. With each confession, the Lord gave Peter some instruction, that being “feed my lambs”, “tend to my sheep” and “feed my sheep” (John 21:, 15-17). Jesus entrusted caring for people to…

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Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections On Prayer And John 14:12

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. . . I say to you, he who believes in Me, . . . greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father —John 14:12

Why is prayer so difficult for me as a follower of Jesus? Because I have become accustomed to life in an instant society. Prayer as a discipline does not yield instant results. Much like general exercise or even intense workouts, the body is pained, energy expended and the results require weeks before the transformation may be noticed. But be assured with the practice of such discipline, there are results!
Prayer is difficult for many of us because it requires much initially, leaving a sense of void or even emptiness. In many regards prayer is “work”. Yet it is the work that yields great results in time and moreover in eternity. It is through prayer that I connect with God…

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Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections on Prayer And Matthew 9:38

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Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest —Matthew 9:38

Everything with God’s work begins and ends with prayer. Why, you ask? Because I must be reminded that it is God’s work and Him working and not me, myself. Prayer is the key that opens the door for God to be active in the world around me. As mundane as it may seem, prayer is the powerful tool God uses to change the world. Through it, God changes me that I might be an agent of change for His name and glory.

Prayer may seem senseless and a waste of time, however, it is the best investment the time I have. When I pray I am investing in something eternal instead of ephemeral. Prayer brings heaven to earth. When I take the time to pray, I am aligning my thoughts with God’s thoughts and…

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Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections 1 John 2:2

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He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world —1 John 2:2

Jesus being my “propitiation” means that His sacrifice of Himself satisfied God’s anger and wrath of sin, thus opening the door for all to walk through into a relationship with God by faith in Christ alone.
As a missionary for Christ, this is to be the message preached, that the world can be saved through the death, burial and resurrection of Christ because He alone is what satisfies God’s wrath of sin. This gift of grace extends to all who believe. There is no limitation to whom can be saved because of what Christ has already done.

Jesus is not caught up in some battle for a nationalistic belief, personal preference, or racist bias. However, He is seeking that all would acknowledge Him in unwavering allegiance as…

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The Youth Culture Report Digest

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