October 22, 2014

SOME SAY BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP...

Do you ever look in the mirror, and not like what you see? Maybe little things about your body bother you, and no matter how hard you try to hide your imperfections, they still find a way to capture your thoughts.

Sometimes, you even end up comparing yourself to others. Picking out not only the superficial flaws in your own self, but in others as well. This starts poisoning your eyes, so you can no longer see what true beauty is.

Our thought pattern is under one of two masters, either God or Satan.

"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7)

It is extremely important that the Holy Spirit guides and regulates our thought pattern. Like it or not, our body responds to the input of our minds. When our thoughts are filled with truth, love, victory, and hope... we can overcome anything with God!

The definition of an overcomer is: to get the better of in a struggle or conflict; conquer; defeat: to overcome the enemy.

My friend Mary is a beautiful overcomer. Her thoughts are filled with victory, even though, by first glance, you would not think so.




Some say beauty is only skin deep... but I say beauty penetrates to the soul.




Mary was abandoned by her mother when she was a baby. The challenges that this young girl posed was greater then her mother was willing or able to handle. Her grandmother took her in, and raised her as her own. She faced many health issues as a youth, but God continually healed her. He brought her through her darkest times. Now she is a grown women, with a grown daughter of her own. She single handedly cares for her grandmother, who so kindly cared for her. Currently, Mary's grandmother is in her early 90's with many health problems of her own. Mary also takes care of their large garden, is going to school for sewing, and still finds time to play sitting volleyball in her free time.

With everything that this women does, I'd have to say the most impressive thing about her, is the joyful noise she makes when singing worship songs to our Lord. I've never heard her complain about her handicap. I've only seen joy radiating through her from her smile. She truly has chosen who will rule her thought pattern. The King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

Mary was baptized this past June, and has been attending our home fellowship since. We are actually in the process of getting her some custom shoes. We need to take care of those beautiful feet.



                           


As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"



With Love,

Natasha

October 20, 2014

A-MAIZE-ING WORK DAY


Last month, we had a maize shelling work day here in Kenya. As many of you know, it can be very time consuming to load pictures where we live, so I apologize for the late posting. 

This was my first experience with shelling maize, and with everyone working together it turned out to be a lot of fun. I was forewarned that I might get some blisters, but I am happy to report that I did not get any blisters just sore hands. The reason for the sore hands, is because we shelled by hand! Imagine that.  It's the easiest traditional system for shelling maize, you simply press your thumbs on the grains in order to detach them from the ears. I used a knife to help remove the first row of grains, it was a very useful tool. Cindy Carrier is an awesome teacher, and definitely has more experience in this area then I do. 

Here at Kingdom Driven Ministries Kenya, we help with the various needs of the poor in our area. To help the hungry we provide farming training, and vocational skills. We also grow food and maintain stores of grains for our needy neighbors. I can't stress enough what a great experience we had working together for the common good of others. After all, as Christians we are called to love our neighbor as ourself. (James 2:8)

For more information check out kingdomdriven.org.




























With Love,

Natasha

October 02, 2014

You say rightly that I am a King!

Wow the last 6 days have just been an amazing ride the Lord is doing wonderful things! For the last couple of days I have been in Dar Es Salaam attending a missionary gathering I was asked to come speak at. So this afternoon I was given the floor, to share what is on my heart and I want to share it with you as well.

Over the years many have gone out evangelizing to get people “saved” and yes salvation is a wonderful and beautiful necessity in the gospel, but it is not the focus. We have taken salvation and placed it at the front in an effort to seek and save the lost at the cost of losing sight of the very reason Christ came to this earth, which was for the sake of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom is the entire vehicle by which God is saving man. Simply put salvation is God salvaging some and making them capable of expressing his Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

When we remove Christ’s Kingdom from the gospel and put salvation at the front it’s like a man who takes an old rusted car and restores it to a new creation and then it just sits in one place, there is nothing to propel it forward and eventually over time the car once again begins to fade, rust, and drift into the background. We have created all sorts of crafty ways to go and salvage people, but we haven’t delivered the goods to them.

In parable of the talents Jesus gives a teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus says the Kingdom is like a man who was going on a journey so he delivered his goods to his servants. To one he gave 5 talents, to another 2 talents, and to another 1 talent, and immediately he went on a journey. So the one who had 5 earned 5 more, and the one who had 2 earned 2 more, but the servant who received 1 talent went and dug a hole in the ground and hid his lord’s money. So when the lord of the servants returned and settled accounts with them, two of the three servants doubled what they had been given, and their master said well done good and faithful servant enter the joy of your lord. But to the servant who knew his master to be a hard man and fearful of him said look here is what is yours take it. You wicked and lazy servant you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed… Cast him into the outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. The entire parable is in Matthew 25:14-30.

What is Jesus telling us here? A man delivers something and at his return it is to be handed back over to him… Christ himself is that man who came and delivered His goods to His servants and then went on a journey and one day He will return to receive back what he gave His servants. But what are the goods or talents delivered in the parable? It is the Kingdom of God, Jesus himself came into this world and proclaimed the message of the Kingdom. He delivered it to His disciples and they passed it on to their disciples, and on and on. Simply put Jesus ushered in the Kingdom of God and it is fully established in heaven and being established on earth, and Jesus is calling you to become a citizen of that Kingdom, because in that Kingdom is life. We can’t look at Christ as our dear sweet Savior without honoring His Kingship.

It is the very purpose Jesus was born TO BE A KING! If we have not surrendered to His Lordship by walking in obedience to the decrees of our King we can’t call Jesus our Savior. Jesus wants us to step into His kingdom and with everything we have STRIVE to inherit that Kingdom, He says if we put our hand to the plow and look back we are not fit to be a citizen in His kingdom

Are we going to be the servant who receives the Kingdom and goes and buries it in the ground to keep it safe for when the master returns? Or are we going to except the responsibility Jesus Christ has left us with, to expand His Kingdom by walking in obedience and making disciples that follow in the footsteps of the Master.

For His glorious Kingdom
Charlton