Dear friends! I hope you are doing well! It’s been great to catch up with a few of you in these last two weeks back here in Colorado Springs. My time back in CO has been amazing, but also very full! because I have a pretty quick turn around as I prepare for next month. My schedule is slowing down a bit, so I have been able to give myself more fully to prayer and waiting on God, specifically for the scouting trip I’m taking to the Middle East in a couple weeks.
I haven’t yet shared much of this part of my heart on here, but God began highlighting the Middle East to me in the end of 2012 when my friend shared some incredible stories of God was doing in the region. Ever since that time, I have had a conviction and a burning in my heart to live and lay down my life for the gospel there in the Middle East. Last year, I began pursuing this stirring in my heart much more, and God used these last six months in Brazil as a powerful catalyst for this stirring to become action. During the missions school we had in Fortaleza, a group of us with hearts burdened for the Middle East began meeting and praying together. From that birthed a commitment between about six or seven of us. We committed to follow God into that region and do whatever He says to do; no matter the cost, no matter the length of time. We long to spend the rest of our lives to full heartedly follow Him.
As we prayed and fasted together, it became clear that the next step is to take a scouting/ vision trip to get our feet on the ground. We feel there are some amazing things God is speaking and putting on our hearts, but from the beginning, I have felt very strongly the verse that says “unless the Lord builds the house, we build in vain.” Great ideas are not enough. We desire a mandate breathed from the mouth of Father God; something we can pass through persecution for, or even die for, because of our certainty of what He has spoken. I believe we have pieces of this mandate already and that as we step out in faith, He will continue to speak and give us the rest. That is why four of us are taking this trip at the end of the month. I believe that as we spend time in these countries with seasoned missionaries and ministries, that Jesus is going to speak to us. My conviction and hope is that God can use a small group of people who are ready to lay down their lives and follow Him wherever He says, do whatever He speaks, and who do not love their own lives, even unto death.
Our desire is to go where no one else wants to go, or is willing to go, because we long for His return and desire that our life would shout that out. If you would like to know more or just how better to pray for and with us, please contact me! (I’ll put my info below) I’d love to chat! I want to believe God for what He desires to do in the Middle East.
Please also pray and ask God if He wants you to take part with us financially. God has already provided almost everything, praise Jesus! 🙂 We only need $1500 to able to cover visas, housing, and food for the month we are there. If God is putting it on your heart to join with us in this way, we would be very grateful! You can click on the support link on the top of this page and give through Iris ministries. Thanks!
Can’t wait to bring back stories of what God does!