Missions Highlight – Hannah Gatlin

The next missions trip I would like to highlight is one in which my niece will be participating in.

Hannah has had the opportunity participate in several missions trips local and abroad.  What I really like about this current trip, with her home church, is that there is a long term connection, commitment, and growth in the serving of the people in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.  This goes beyond physical labor service, and instead focuses on identifying and training local leaders who will have a long lasting impact on the island.  When this relationship began, there were six churches on the island, which has now grown to encompass over twenty churches and still growing!

Our missionary commitment with the Island of Isla Mujeres is to train and develop local leaders who will continue to impact the island. We started with a group of six churches on the island, and that number has grown to over 20 churches and growing. We train leaders in Children’s Ministry, Young Adults Ministry, and Performing Arts & Theater completely free of cost to them.  We also host a Marriage Conference and an Evangelism Explosion workshop.  Last year, we held a concert to culminate our mission’s trip and we held a beautiful wedding ceremony where eight couples joined in matrimony.  

A note from Hannah:

I am so excited to be going to the island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico this summer (June 4th), and I would love to have your support! I will be going with Blueprints Church: a community church I attend, with the mission of connecting people to God’s master plan for their lives. Through a series of workshops, leadership training, and practical bible teaching, we foment the development of individual talents and interests. We believe every person was uniquely designed and our passion is to fulfill God’s intended purpose for their lives.  We are a 501-C3 non-profit organization and all your support will be tax deductible. If you are unable to give financial support, all of your prayers and encouragement are equally needed and appreciated! Please do not feel obligated to give financially.

If you have a heart for the people of Mexico, and want to help The Great Commission work being done on the Isla Mujeres…

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Or, if you are unable to give, please keep Hannah, Blue Prints Church, and the residents of Isla Mujeres in your prayers.  Let a good work be done.

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Missions Highlight- Jenny Andrews

Summer time seems to be one of the busiest times for missions. I’d like to highlight the good work that some of my family and friends are embarking on.  Prayerfully consider giving those who are answering the call of The Great Commission.

My sweet friend Jenny Andrews is serving with Gaits to Heaven

Jenny is a Native American who has served The Great Commission by sharing her testimony, heart for Jesus, and gifts/talents on Reservations in the United States.  She has a heart for her people, the struggles they battle, and sharing the hope of Christ with them.  Jenny speaks candidly about her own struggles and from her own brokenness a message of healing and restoration.  She is also a US Army Veteran.

I have had the pleasure of serving with Jenny in reaching women in our local communities, of South Florida.  I have the utmost confidence in the work she is going to do on the reservations.

If you can not give financially, please keep Jenny and our Native American population in your prayers.

A note from Jenny:

Please pray for me as I raise support to go on two mission trips this year. I have already raised $480 out of the $1200. If you would like to donate please send your gifts to “Gaits to Heaven” with a memo “Jenny Andrews” so I will receive the gift. It will be a tax deductible gift. I covet your prayers. Thank you for your support.

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“You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”

“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

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A good blogger considers the statistics of their site, they want to see how many views the blog is getting.  We can even look to see which posts are getting the most attention, feedback, or views.   This helps the blogger get an idea of who their audience is and what they are interested in reading.  From this information we can mold future stories to fit the demographic of our readers.

That is what a good blogger does anyway.  Many months ago, another blogger challenged me to not look at my numbers but instead to look to the locations my readers were coming from. 

The photo above is a screenshot of every country that had at least one person access my blog in 2015.  My eyes opened.  Over forty countries were represented, even in my wildest of dreams I couldn’t imagine going on over forty missions trips in a year.   I couldn’t imagine a single speaking engagement from 2015 that would have given me access to people from all over the world.

I realize a greater responsibility for my words now that I see the weight of such a blog.  I sit here, typing, as  representative of Christ.  A witness to my home town, state, country and the ends of the worth.  This means that I must make the greatest effort in ensuring that I handle the word of God with accuracy and humility.  I need to handle hard topics with sensitivity to culture and in submission to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. 

As I move forward in 2016, I will remind myself of something our Pastor says often at the close of service…   “The Mission Field Starts Here”.