{Gods Provision}

This is an excerpt from my last monthly newsletter I sent out.  I also posted this on facebook. But I thought I would post this here on my blog as well, hopefully it will encourage some of you and give you a little more insight into what living on a mission base looks like.

I thought I would talk a bit about what its like to live here on a mission base. There are over 80 ministries that are apart of/under the International House of Prayer name. They range from an adoption agency,worship teams (keeping the 24/7 worship going), 4 internships, bible university, outreach to feeding & clothing the poor, the list goes on…The enviroment here, is one of pure LOVE. It is not strange or out of place to have a total stranger ask if they could pray for you, or give you something (An hour ago from writing this a fellow intern came to me and told me how she needed a soda because her stomach wasnt feeling good, so she asked a friend for the money to buy one, she then went to the vending machine were a lady(who she didnt know) was standing at the vending machine she had just bought a sprite and asked my friend if she would like iit, my friend said YES of course;). And just 30 mins ago another intern who’s my roommate just had someone come up and gave her $40.The lifestyle here revolves around sermon on the mount {Matthew 5}.Its unlike anything I have ever experienced. Those living here are raising their own support, there are the rare few who receive a work scholarship (typically office jobs).

The main focus of the Mission Base is keeping the 24/7 prayer & worship going. The missionaries here are called ‘intercessory missionaries’ meaning they not only do works of justice but they are coupling it with intercession (a big word for prayer).It’s like a double whammy here, they are not only doing works of justice,but they are also worshipping & praying to God for him to bring justice, and save people (from sex slave trade, addictions…). Its amazing!Gods FAITHFUL provision There is a real grace here at the IHOP-KC for Gods ABUNDANT provision.

I wanted to share with you just some of the amazing testimonies just within my core group. Maybe there are those of you who are needing finances, and/or trusting God to take care of some financial issues. These REAL stories are sure to build faith.So onto the testimonies. Two girls in my core group came to internship without the internship being completely paid off. 2.5 weeks before the money was due our core leader broke the news to them that both of there internships had been TOTALLY paid for. That’s over $8000 between the two of them! Someone, some where decided to pay for them! On top of there internships being paid for people were coming up to them & mailing them hundreds of dollars at a time.Being here at internship I have had two times were people have either come up and given me money or I have found money in my purse that was not there before. One of my roommates Emily was sent over$600 in checks in the mail within one week, 2 weeks after receiving the money her car broke down and she had to take it in the shop, it cost over $400 fix it. Talk about perfect timing! Towards the end of September I felt like the Lord was asking me are you willing leave everything behind? & can you trust me up the last minute? In Him asking these questions I found myself Wondering if I would be able to raise funds as a missionary,have enough food to eat, a place to live…We are all familiar with the list of needs that every human has. That same day I found myself questioning these things I received a package with airborne that I was needing(from a family member who had no knowledge that I needed them), later that day an intern handed me 2 boxes worth of my favorite snack bars, the next day I received $50 in the mail, and the day after that I was given 10 of my favorite yogurts (all which I needed, the cafeteria provides meals but no snacks to interns) Several weeks later I realized I didnt have any winter boots or any waterproof shoes for the rainy days here. Within the week someone here gave me both boots & shoes in almost brand new condition.After these ‘little’ reminders from God I was reminded how faithful He is to His word. He will always watch over me and keep me!God not only provides, but He provides abundantly.Living here on the Mission Base I here stories almost weekly about the amazing provision people expeirence.Everyone has a story here that will amaze you, from people packing up everything they have and moving here without a place to live, to people being given brand new cars, to being given a place to live.My faith is slowly but surely increasing that God is faithful to His promise that I will never be in want. How can it not in an environment like this?


{Serving others}

“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and is himself destoyed or lost?”
Luke 9:23-25

In choosing to live a life wholeheartedly devoted to God I find myself laying down the mindsets I’ve been taught by the world since birth of were so called security can be found. In a house, a car, education, a job with benefits, a significant other, friends…the list goes on. While these so called securities are pounded in my head by every form of media I sit down to read scripture and find Jesus calling me to simplicity. Saying to choose humility and serving others over living a ‘prosperous lifestyle’ according to the worlds standards.

“…let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need”
{Ephesians 5:28}

“Let no one seek his own, but each one the others well-being”
{1 Corinthians 10:24

Scriptures clearly points out to me that I am to be giving away more than buying for myself, it is calling me to work so that I have something to give to those in need, not so that I can check off my wish list.  This is so NOT what western culture currently teaches, with magazine covers telling me how I can get ahead at work, catch the hottest guy at the gym, make the most friends, have the ‘hottest’ body and make the most impact in the business world.

In the bible a man asked Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life, Jesus response is as follows:
“One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow me.” Be he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions”
Mark 10:21-22

I stare back at these words that say I am to surrender all that I have been given ‘things’ so that I can give them away. Wait? What! I thought that life was all about advancing my life, I thought that I was given hands and feet to work so that I could go to target and buy those things that everyone else seems to have…Hmmm, guess not. How did I pass over these scriptures? How did I somehow think they didn’t apply to me? How has the body of Christ forgotten these words that Jesus himself spoke? Jesus tells us plainly in scripture what we are to do with our lives. He doesn’t speak in parables when talking about what we should do with what we have.

“What God calls wisdom looks foolish to the value system of this age” – Ron Downing.
In what culture does giving away what you have deemed as WISE not just something nice to do? Not any I know of. Practically speaking, What about giving away your car? Or giving away your entire paycheck to a friend in need? My personal feeling is that in this day and age these things are deemed as nice to do, but not necessary to live life there is a small margin of  people who walk these out as a lifestyle.
In western culture were taught on how we ‘need’ to focus on how to have a stable job, save enough money to be able to shop here and there. Within the last couple years its best if you buy organic, and donate to a
foundation or two once a year focusing on peace or adoptions. What if we flipped the tables on all this. WHAT IF we began living with the main premise being to help our neighbors?  What if instead of complaining about not having the newest boots or nike shoes we gave away that extra pair of shoes to the friend who had noted
they loved them. What if when that co-worker needed a car to borrow you let them borrow yours and you took your bike to work? WHAT IF…the possibilities are endless. Are we willing to lay down our own agendas, our idea of what success is? If we did these things not to be noticed by anyone, but simply out of LOVE. What if we started living for the eternal kingdom and not this earth that will one day pass away.

“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another”
Romans 12:10

I desire to live a life that would benefit for others first and foremost. That I would have possessions simply so that I could give them away. That I would put my brothers and sisters needs before mine. This is what Jesus did, if I am wanting to walk Christlike (which I am!!) then I am to imitate the way he lived life. I have been reading the gospels while at internship and have been amazed when reading about Jesus when He would go away, and people would follow him and even when he was tired and hungry (Yes Jesus, God in flesh did get tired and hungry that is a whole ‘nother topic in and of itself) he would have compassion on the people
and he would heal all who came to Him. How many of us can say when people text, call, or come over unexpectedly while we are trying to have alone time or are headed to bed we would not only welcome the person, but have compassion on them and do whatever we could to help them? Lets be honest,  when I am tired. I am tired, I don’t want to be exerting energy. But in the last month and a half while being at the internship I have been put in situations were its nearing 1am and my roommates are needing
a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, a hug. Saying yes to being there for them is eternally more fulfilling than sleep could ever be. Yes I may be even more tired in the morning. But what is an hour less of sleep when you are helping a sisters heart heal and trust? By me saying this it by no means Im saying I do the right thing every time, but I am learning by experience what brings the most life to those around me. And that
ultimately is what I want to continue in doing. Serving my sisters, no matter the cost. It means laying down my agendas, my mindsets, my hopes for what I desire to accomplish in that day, and in life in general.
To live a life serving others will drastically change were your time, energy and money is spent.
No longer will extra money be spent on a coffee or brownie but it will be given to that friend who is in debt, or maybe they wanted a coffee.

“So he answered and said ” You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself”

{Luke 10:27}