Sunday, October 27, 2013

Father, break my heart for what breaks Yours.

"Heal my heart and make it clean.
Open up my eyes to the things unseen.
Show me how to love like you have loved me.
Break my heart for what breaks Yours.
Everything I am for Your kingdom's cause."  Lyrics from Hosanna by Hillsong

These are the verses that have become a regular prayer for me.  In 2011 I was leading my 4th team on a mission trip to Guatemala.  While gathering together on a roof top terrace for our worship and devotional time we sang the song Hosanna. Its words cut deep into my heart. Since my first trip to Guatemala in 2008 my heart had been broken and it was moving me to want to do something to make a change but this was something different. I was starting to see the suffering of the Guatemalan people not through my own scale-covered eyes but I would say a little bit more through the eyes of Christ.  I was praying for God's will in my life in regards to continuing work in Guatemala and what it was to look like. God made it clear to me that moment with the lyrics of that song that the things that were breaking my heart didn't even touch the tip of the iceberg of how much more it broke God's heart.  He showed me on that trip how differently things were in serving as His hands and feet with Him being the center of all of it. He blesses the works and time even more richly when we are focusing on carrying out His will, His purpose and His plan.  How humbling it is to have the privilege to aid in furthering His kingdom even with our imperfect and lacking abilities. What matters to Him is that when we are moving in tune with His song, He allows us to be a part of His ongoing miracle of loving on others as an extension of His beloved son Christ Jesus' hands and feet.

This morning at church I was again reminded of this time of confirmation of continuing on with mission work in Guatemala.  There was a missionary sharing about his serving in Japan for 42 years and Ukraine, Siberia for another 15 years. His message made it so clear how as the body of Christ we are all in some way a part of Global mission work. That just because we may not step foot on foreign soil while proclaiming the saving love of Christ, that God uses us to further His kingdom throughout the world nonetheless. He talked about how a mailman played a starting role of another missionary that brought hundreds of thousands to Christ through the planting of a church.  We are all able to play the role that mailman simply witnessing to a lost soul surrounding us and years later they may become a missionary or perhaps that day they become saved and raise their children to know the love of Christ for generations to come.  The closing song to today's sermon: Hosanna by Hillsong. Thank you Father God for again reminding and confirming the work I feel at times is busting my heart to pieces while you continually mend it back together with every act of love done in your name in Guatemala.

I thank God for being gentle with me. For providing me with His never-ending grace and loving guidance as I fumble my way through how best to lead teams in Guatemala to grow His kingdom and love on His people.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Going to Get Sweet On Guatemala...AGAIN!!!!!

2nd Annual Sweet on Guatemala Event
A sweet evening supporting a sweeter cause!
Friday, November 1, 2013
6:00 – 8:30 PM
Elim Baptist Church, 114 Dahlin Ave, Isanti MN
Please join us to learn about the non-profit organization 
Recycled Lives
Hear testimonies from past mission team members and find out about ministry projects & opportunities in the coming year!
Desserts & beverages, silent auction, craft & Guatemalan coffee sales
*Program Starts at 6:30 PM
*SILENT AUCTION bidding starts at 6 PM & closes at 8:15 PM
Hosted by the Recycled Lives Board of Directors
Questions: or 612.709.0914

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Recycled Lives Cinco de Mayo 5k & Family Fun Fest

Please join us in our 3rd annual event that puts the fun in fundraising!!! We are raising funds to support our mission work we will be performing at a Garbage dump in Escuintla Guatemala in May.  Please come to eat, run, play, watch, support, pray, laugh and spend time with family and friends!  I may even run the race if we get 100 registrations..... Yes I have not been capable of running more than 2 blocks in one stint so register so you can see me pop a lung!
Here is the link to register and check out the details for the event: Recycled Lives Cinco de Mayo 5k and Family Fun Fest event registration

Please watch this video and consider supporting this ministry. These children and families are in desperate need. Even $5 can make a difference between eating rotting garbage each day or eating nourishing meals for a week for someone. Click here for the video: Recycled Lives Escuintla Project 
A youth group I work with raised enough money ($4,500) to build a home for a family from the dump. Yes, a group of less than 10 high schoolers and their 3 leaders raised this money in only a few months! Here is a video showing God's work: 1st Home Escuintla Project
God is at work here and is calling us to be His hands and feet to make a difference in the lives of the poor. If we wish to see poverty and starvation cease, we each need to stop thinking that we are broke and what little we have won't make a difference... even a dollar feeds a child for more than a day. We can do this!!!!!!!!!!!!
In Him,
Shawn :)