V2H Update February 8, 2016

 

 

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Panthers Lose

Yes. The Panthers lost and I am sad about their poor performance. Everyone has days like that when things just don’t go your way. The Panthers were just outplayed and outmatched for the entire game. Hats off to the Broncos and Peyton Manning for a great career! Hopefully the Panthers will learn from this experience and become a stronger team next year. Now onto other things 🙂

The Love Feast

love feast instagramWe are hosting the first Love Feast this coming Saturday at New Vision Church from 9am-6pm. There’s no food since we will be fasting during this time. Our gathering will be to become more informed about poverty and social issues around the world and mission opportunities, we are involved with in El Salvador and India

We are asking people to consider praying and fasting from Friday lunch until Saturday 6pm. This will make 30 hours. We are also encouraging people to give $1 per hour or solicit donors for this amount equalling $30. This money will go toward helping children in El Salvador who are deaf and of families who have been affected by gangs in El Salvador.

The Love Feast in NC will begin on March 4 at noon and end at dinner March 5. We will meet at the Korean Church on Saturday March 5 from 9am-6pm for times of prayer and teaching.

Awaken India

Awakening IndiaI’ve recently purchased my ticket to travel to India. I am still seeking donations toward this trip, as the costs of travel and mission work is costly. My plan is to be there for two assisting with the WAVE team, hosting a conference for them, where we will basically sponsor the event with name tags, papers, food and travel for some to get there. I will also be working with the orphans and with the churches (7 of them) along with discipling some of the students during my stay. We will also begin our plans for setting up a local radio station for the church to broadcast the gospel and determine the place and dates for the summer camp we will host this coming August. So there’s a lot to be done on this trip. Thanks for your prayers and support!

New Vision Church

Some of you may be aware that the pastor of my church has stepped down from the senior pastor role and our church is transitioning in many ways. During this time, I’ll be helping more with some speaking and of course any other way I can outside of my “normal” responsibilities. Please keep our church in your prayers and all of us as we seek God’s direction and what our next steps should be as a church and individuals.

Lent

Lent is the 40 day period that many Christians mark between Ash Wednesday and Easter. That period starts on this Wednesday and goes until Easter Sunday (minus the Sundays in-between). I usually give up something during this period. I would encourage you to also consider doing something of significance during this period as a discipline of sacrifice and surrender. Here’s the thing: don’t do it to out of pride or trying to become spiritual. Practice this because of love and desire to draw closer to God.

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Summer Schedule

Right now we have several things in the works for the summer. Here are the things we are fairly sure about and the approximate costs. If you would like more information, please contact me.

May 31- June 13 El Salvador Cost $1500

July 6-10 Kentucky Cost$100

July 15-23 George Camp Miami Cost $200

July 28- August 10 India Cost $2500

Please note that these dates are subject to change and so is the cost. However, please also note that if you are serious about traveling with us on any trip, we will do all we can to assist you in raising the needed funds to go. There has never been a trip that someone has wanted to attend with us who didn’t go because of finances. So please, let us know if you want to go and are willing to commit the time.

Thanks!

George

Korea VBS Day 1

Several children and students from the area attended the VBS English Camp we held yesterday. Along with games they did some praise and worship along with a message, presented in Korean. They made a passport and filled in their information then went through some different stations where they learned about American culture and practiced English sentences and vocabulary based on those stations: Hotel, Airport, Restaurant and Shopping.

Project One:27 Days 1&2

This week I am in Ringgold, GA at Burning Bush Baptist Church helping with an event called Project One:27. The origin for the mission and project is taken from James 1:27 that says:

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

This week there are several crews working on different homes and assisting them by repairing roofs, putting in wheelchair ramps and repairing flooring. Teams of students and adults from Burning Bush are impacting their city and community in a huge way by making this event possible.

Each day teams rise and head to the work site by 7:15am and work until 3-4pm, sometimes even later. Then each evening there is a worship time and Bible study, which I am leading. Students stay at the church and hang out each night until 11pm and then head to bed to be rested for the next day’s work.

Tomorrow we only work until noon, as there are fun activities built into the schedule. Also, I’ll be speaking at another church in TN in the evening and all students from the project have the night off anyway because it’s Wednesday. The project ends on Friday night with a community wide outreach. Here are a few pics from the first couple of days to show the work we are doing. Keep in mind that the temp has been mid 90’s 🙂 I give props to all those who are working so hard on these projects for these families. It’s awesome to see what God is doing!

Venicia, Nicaragua

For the last couple years of visiting Nicaragua, we have gone to a remote village called “Ten Tall”. However, this trip, we went to a different remote village called Venicia. It’s similar to Ten Tall, in that we took a boat to get to it, it has solar panels for electricity, which is only used sparingly. There is no running water or many people who come from outside to visit it. We were the first group in three years to travel there with mission supplies from Together Works, Nicaragua. We were very happy to be able to share food, clothes and other supplies with them. We also shared the gospel through music and message. Here are a few pics from that day.

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V2H In India First Couple Of Days

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Vision 2 Hear is in India until March 10th working with our partner Sion Assembly Church in Vijayawada. We are very excited to be here and assist in sharing the gospel of Christ through preaching and meeting needs of people. The travel took us about 42 hours ( including the layovers) to get to our final destination for the next several days. Aside from a few minor challenges, our trip was uneventful, but long. Having spent yesterday and today recovering and catching up on much needed sleep, we have ventured out into the community already to visit some of the church locations and see some of the people.

DSC_0024This small sanctuary hosts the first services for SAC on Sunday mornings at 6am. With about 40 or more people sitting inside and then more outside, Pastor Ravi kicks off the day with the first of 7 services!

Pastor Rajendra and his brother Ravi take turns commuting to the various locations on Sundays, sharing the responsibilities of pastoring and preaching.DSC_0050

The small strip of land on the right is where the newly founded church at Noona meets on Sunday evenings at 7:30pm. With over 100 cramming onto this dusty pathway, the church gathers and worships God each week. They are currently looking at another space to better accommodate the growth of the church.

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We also stopped by the grave sites of pastor’s mom and dad. It was interesting to see how they honor the dead and their more specifically their parents. The grave site will be redone with a headstone that will have both pictures of their parents engraved on it.

The graveyard was broken into three sections with the Christian section being the middle and the Hindu on one side and the Muslim on the other. I was able to go over to the Hindu side before we left and actually view a burial. This was very interesting! The man was placed in an upright sitting position and put into a hole about 6 feet into the earth. There didn’t seem to be any kind of embalming given to his body. I captured some pics of the family and the gentleman but I won’t post at this time.DSC_0088

This pic is from the Christian side where a recent burial was made. You can see the fresh flowers over the heap of dirt. On top of the flowers there were some sticks of incense burning.

Here’s a major reason why supporting the work in India is so DSC_0046important. It’s because people are dying and they need to hear the message of Life In Christ. With more than 1 Billion people in India and the majority of them being Hindu or Muslim, it is vital for the churches in India to have our prayer and financial support. DSC_0042Everywhere we turn, there are these kind of shrines on houses and buildings. With people offering their gods food, money and prayers, it’s sad to see such worship to a god that cannot hear them. As partners with SAC ministries, we are helping to make sure the gospel of Jesus Christ is being shared in a society that doesn’t know the God who created them. More updates coming soon!

For more pics, check out www.vision2hear.com

Back From India

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I arrived back in Atlanta last evening around 5pm. Once I collected my baggage and had my car dropped off, I began the little more than an hour drive back to Covington, GA. Once I got onto the highway, I knew I was back in GA…the traffic was slow and the roads were packed with rush hour traffic. But I couldn’t help but remember the roads and traffic in India and be a little more than grateful for even being able to have a car in such traffic.

Our trip home was a little eventful with challenges from flying “stand-by” but there was nothing over-the-top-major. We did have a little snag in Amsterdam when we checked in. Unknowingly, Brandon had scheduled his flight time for a later departure than ours. So we had to make some quick adjustments and try to get ours switched so we could all fly out together. We were able to make the adjustments. However, once we arrived at the gate a couple hours later, the lady working for KLM was not very happy with us citing that we had caused them major problems. She thought we had simply wanted to skip the first flight in hopes of getting better seating but this was not the case. After explaining a few things to her, she calmed down but one thing’s for sure, she was not a happy camper.

We eventually made our way back home and got through customs without any hiccup. I will make plans to write a more informational final blog detailing the trip and what I gathered from it next week, once I get readjusted to life here. I have many things to take care of this weekend, as well as I’m preaching two services at my church. Thanks so much for your prayers and support. Here are some of the pics from the last few days in Vijayawada.

A Walk Through The Slums In Vijayawada

Yesterday we went through some of the slums in Vijayawada. It reminded me of Nicaragua and Nigeria to some degree as you will see in the pics below. While we walked and took pics, we stopped and went into some homes, handed out candy bars to the kids and told people of the outdoor meeting for the evening.

We went through two areas. It was the second one where we had an impromptu performance of the Shark Song to promote the evening event. all the kids loved the song and we further promoted the crusade.

After coming back to the house, we had a meal, worked on various things like web design for the ministry here, discussion of other ministry needs and preparation for the evening service.

It was close to 8:15pm before we made it to the location, which was only a couple miles from the house. The streets were very crowded due to a wedding taking place. But there were about 200 people gathered around awaiting our arrival. We all shared testimonies and I shared several songs with WAVE. Brandon sang a couple songs and then I got to share a sermon and encourage the people.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt the end of the service we prayed over almost all of the people who were in attendance. There was one boy whom I prayed over that shared some of his story with me afterward. Please keep him in your prayers. This boy’s father committed suicide and his mother was “bewitched” (his words) and she died. He is now living with his grandparents but is in need. There are kids like this with similar stories throughout the slums and all across India. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift toward Vision 2 Hear so we can help. If you’d like to give toward helping orphans in India, please donate here: India