Monday, February 13, 2012

Why Question

When sharing the exciting glimpse of what God has planned for my life people begin to let their earthly fears take over. They ask things like, "when will I see you?" or,"will you have a shower? "What about  tv, a house?" or,"did your mom say you could do that?" "You are not going alone, right?" "Are you going with an organization?" "How will you make money" And many more. I have already thought, prayed, and been given the answer to all of those questions. Here is an the "big picture" answer.
I trust God with all my soul. I know if he wants me to have a tv or a house in Haiti that he is going to make it happen. I also know that he will provide me with the money, that our family will remain at peace with this wonderful calling, and that he will protect me. When we see verses like, "You shall not murder. "You shall not commit adultery. "You shall not steal. (Exodus 20:13-15 NIV) Most of us think of memorizing that in Sunday school or something like that, but we never, NEVER question that God wants us to follow those. We might say,"I'm a lawyer I have to lie if I'm going to make enough money for my family." or some other excuse like that, but in the end we feel the need to continue not to lie or guilty that we did, and hope we do better next time.
Why is it that, when I say that God has called me to do missions in Haiti do people question if this is really what God wants me to do?
* He tells me "Do not merely listen the the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." (James 1:22)  *He gives me countless verses on what to do" Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow." (Isaiah 1:17 NIV)
*He tells me where to do it, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8 NIV) Ad well as, "...God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this..."(Acts 2:32) "God has chosen us in advance to be his witnesses..."(Acts 10:41) "...For you are to be his witnesses, telling everyone what you have seen and heard."(Acts 22:15) "...And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me every where..."(Acts 1:8) As well as many more verses.
*He tells me he will protect me, "So we say with confidence; the Lord is my helper, I do not fear. What can man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:6) "Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?" (1 Peter 3:13) "But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, do not be frightened."(1 Peter 3:14)
*He tells me why He wants me to do these things, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." (James 1:27 NIV)
So why do we question some commandments in the bible and obey without question for others? Why do we remember, do not lie, but we forget that its the same as taking care of orphans and witnessing to the ends of the world. I don't know what God has planned for you, but to me it's plain and simple, trust God that he will help you when you do what he says, and do it!
Note: this is not to be a "strong" message used to "avenge" someone, but to express the blindness of our ways. I have thought the same things, but God has made it clear to me to do what he says. Not to go off of feeling or idea, but scripture. Hopefully you will benefit from this idea of how the world has twisted our thought process and that we need to change it. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

February is known by many as the month of love, this February you have the opportunity to share the love! God has blessed me with countless things! One of the greatest things he has blessed me with was my trip to Haiti and the connections and relationships I made down there. I have talked about almost all of the wonderful people I met down there and now I get to share about another! I stayed at the Arris house which is in the city, Carrefour.(My bloggs name!) Pr. Arris has a wonderful large family and they all have great hearts for their country! They are not looking at what they can do for their country in the future, they are doing it now! Its such a wonderful thing! There are three boys, Dukenson, Michael, and Obed. I already talked about Obed, who is 17, and a very close friend of mine. Michael, is 21, and he has joined with a wonderful lady from Pennsylvania, Crystal Funk, to do Gods work in Haiti. Their organization is called Hearts United for Haiti. Most of their work is in a very remote city in Haiti, they help provide the people with healthy water and build relations with God! I looked into going on a trip with Hearts United and during the process Crystal explained to me the costs of the trip. She mentioned to me that the majority of the costs comes from car rental. Because they are in a very remote place they rent a car, which comes with a driver, so that if anything happens they can take care of the people on the trip. (Good idea!) Haiti does not make cars, all of their cars are imported. Importing a car costs lots of money, because of the corruption. If a Haitian gets a car they hold on to it with their lives, that is why the driver is always with their car. So renting a car in Haiti is extremely expensive! Crystal also mentioned that a lot of trips have been canceled, a lot of people could not go to share God's love. That really bothered me! I have had issues raising money for my own trips so I understood the deal. God is awesome and had a wonderful plan for Crystal, Haiti, and I! My father drives a semi truck and dose not need his car very often. On the 4th I had, had my permit for a year and will get my license soon. My father gave me his truck as a first car :) But the fact that people were not going on missions trips was really bothering me. I talked to my parents about giving my truck to Crystal and Hearts united for Haiti and they mentioned concerns of the truck not working good enough to go to Haiti, in fact many people told me that. Ultimately it was my decision on wither to give the car to Haiti or to sell it and get a cool new car for me. Hard decision! God really wanted me to give the car to Hearts united for Haiti, so I did :) I'm so excited for this blessing that God has given Hearts united and Haiti! Now we are sending the truck, which is perfect for a jungle like city, to Haiti! We had the car checked out. I was scared that it was going to be bad, like everyone had said when they were trying to help me do the right thing, but it is fine!! It only needs very small work done like an oil change and new spark plugs! How awesome is that!!! Now, the part where you come in :) It is going to cost $1,500 to ship the Truck, filled with many supplies, to Haiti, and $6,000 to get it out of port in Haiti. So, Heart United for Haiti needs your help to get this truck to Haiti, and to help all of the people in Haiti :) Donations are always welcome! My mother and I are doing some fund raising for this and we want to give you a glimpse of what we will be doing. Chick-Fil-A is going to give us 20% of everything sold to people supporting our cause! How awesome is that!!!?! We will most certainly be having a day for that! Culver's has also offered to help and will give us %10 for a night, and Fazolis  will help us. How cool! I'm also having a bake sale! I will most certainly update you with dates and times for everything! If you want to help with the bake sale, learn more about Hearts United for Haiti, or give a donation to help send this truck to Haiti, let me know! (
Thank you so much!