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22 And after the birth of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and fathered other sons and daughters. 23 So Enoch’s life lasted 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God; then he was not there because God took him. Genesis 5:22-24
There are only two people who have never died: Elijah is one and Enoch, the other. What does it take to walk with God like that? That’s a New Zombie kind of walk, to be sure!
The Main Idea:
WALK with God and you will END UP with God.
Enoch walked with God. For 300 years, he walked with God. Everyday. Day in. Day out. Enoch walked with God. That’s a long time. This means that they walked together. He was aligned with God. They went everywhere, did everything, together. Their steps were in sync and it was certainly unique. And in the end it was Enoch walking…
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Last Friday was Halloween and it was a busy day to say the least. We woke and drove over to the church and unloaded supplies for the Glow Night. Then I went to meet with the GAP students (15 students who are serving in El Salvador for a year). I had the privilege to share with on two occasions: once about mission work and the second concerning spiritual leadership. I was honored to be able to speak into their lives.
After the session, I was back over at the church for a practice for the evening to make sure all the songs for Glow were a go. Everyone did well and the decorations had come together well thanks to Trevor, La Iglesias interns, and the V2H ES WAVE team. We invested a couple hundred dollars into decorations and refreshments because we wanted this outreach event to go off well and really communicate the picture of glowing in the darkness as the Light of God.
We had several guests who came for Glow Night and the performance and message went very well. All those who attended not only enjoyed it but walked away very encouraged and challenged by the message. Here are a few pictures from the evening.
On Saturday I had the pleasure to lead the youth group meeting. This was really cool because many of the GAP students’ parents were in the country for a week long visit.
Sunday morning was somewhat hectic. We arrived with about 20 minutes until service and had much to prepare like the drawings for the Jesus Paid It All paintings, setting up the keynote with TV and sound. Even though it was crazy, it all came together. We performed a few songs with the WAVE team and even the GAP team had learned some parts for the songs to assist in leading worship with us. I shared about developing and growing our faith. The Lord seemed to bless the service even with all of my usual technical problems that travel with me regardless of all the preparations.
We left church and went to the cemetery where Jorge’s grandmother was buried. I had no idea this day was the DAY OF THE DEAD. This occasion was a very unique experience. People were everywhere, literally backing up traffic and lining the streets and grave sites. There were vendors selling flowers, food and other items to those who were present to celebrate the life of those who had passed away. This was certainly unlike anything I’ve seen in the USA. People not only set up chairs and blankets to stay a while but it was a very festive event. Music was played, kites were flown and people spent a considerable amount of time decorating the headstones of their lost loved ones. We spent about an hour with Jorge’s family laughing and taking pictures.
We went to a great dinner afterward and are our full of steaks and cheese. It was really great food and an awesome atmosphere hearing the marimba being played in the background.
After lunch we visited Gloria and Mario’s new home. They will be married next summer and they wanted to show us the home they will be moving into. Wow! What a great place. I am so happy for them and look forward to being part of their wedding celebration next year.
That evening we went to another restaurant called La Pampa with our friends The Lopezs. Trevor stayed the week at their home and they wanted to have dinner together. I was surprised by how excellent this meal was also! Simply great. It was a wonderful night with them and I really appreciate their generosity for the meal and for housing Trevor all week.
Monday didn’t slow much at all. We awakened and made our way to Cojutepeque, where there is a Christian deaf school we have visited before in the past. To follow up and keep the relationship fresh we drove an hour bringing with us some refreshments for the kids.
Upon arrival we were warmly greeted, as kids signed excitedly wondering who we were and why we were there. We set things up, only having a set of computer speakers for sound. ( This only mattered because of us needing to be able to hear the music).
We shared a few songs and then the refreshments. They all enjoyed everything very much. Kids and adults were appreciative of us making the journey to visit them and remember them. We snapped more than a few pics. I chose some here:
We went back to the city where I had lunch with a long time friend Chepe who was back in ES after serving in Iraq as a missionary for a couple years. It was great to catch up with him and hear what God is doing in his life. Not only that but to also share with him some of the plans we have for serving in ES and to get some feedback from him. It was a fruitful time all the way around and it was a good excuse to eat the Papa John’s buffet, which we don’t have in the USA.
After the meal and great time of sharing, I went back to the dentist to have my stitches removed from my tooth extraction. We stopped and got some souvenirs before going to look at a building for possible deaf ministry.
The building is located downtown and would be more than sufficient to provide workshops and training for deaf people. The building would be used to teach them different skills and help them with job training. It would also provide a place for them to have worship. The WAVE team could also use the building for training and practices. Please join us in prayer as we look further into this opportunity. The cost would be $600 a month, which includes rent, water and electricity. Another really cool thing is that it is right above skate park. This skate park is the only covered skate park in this area. V2H would be able to use this space and work with owner for more outreach.
My final meal was dinner with the Campos and Pineda families. While eating, we discussed some option for the future. It was a good but hard discussion as we talked about many things and the direction of V2H ES. In the end, we had a good sense of the direction we would move, which essentially means Jorge will train and mentor some people to run ministries in his absence. With the likelihood being very high for Jorge getting a job in the USA with a church in January, this decision had to be made. If the event doesn’t go down that way, Jorge will continue to run V2H ES but he will have much more help, which is a win/win situation.
All in all, the ministry and trips to both El Salvador and Nicaragua were very good in many different ways. I’ll update some of the lessons and direction for the future soon. Thank you so much for your prayers and support of this trip. Much was done for the Kingdom!
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My Greatervideo has been growing at a rate that I’m not quite used to. It’s been great to read all the comments, and I can only thank God for the progress it’s made. Now, it has got me thinking about numbers and followers and all the things of social media.
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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.
4 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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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
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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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. . . 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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