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Strange Question

It has been a while since there was a post on here. Today I am substitute teaching and I had a thought that I would like to share…it’s more of a question I guess. But here it is:

We are all part of God’s plan. From the smallest of creatures to the largest of galaxies. Each one of us serve a particular purpose at a particular point in time. However, God works outside all of this. He works outside time and space. So here is my question.

Can we pray for something in the past and it have an impact?

For example, if we find out that we have a great, great grandfather that was murdered before he was able to grow old, could we pray today that someone might have told them about Jesus? And could God have known at that time that a great, great grandson would someday pray for salvation and thus he grants it?

I know it is a strange thought but I also think about simple things. Such as praying for someone that is speaking in front of a lot of people. If I forget to pray in the moment, can I pray after it happens and still have an impact?
I am not sure this theory works on prayers for yourself, but I think that we can impact others lives.

Just thinkin’

In Christ’s Love,
Josh

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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Josh

 

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The Week Ahead

Well, we have 1 week left here in Africa.  It looks like it will be a busy week.

Already Gail has given a peacemaking seminar to some of the non-English speaking workers on the compound.  Saturday she is scheduled to give a more in-depth seminar to the English speaking workers, mainly teachers and leadership staff.

Also, Tuesday through Thursday we will be doing another teaching time with the school kids.  We will be talking about being imitators of Christ and leaders to those around them.

Josh will be speaking at the Wednesday afternoon chapel and is scheduled to go with Pastor Joseph that morning to te surrounding village to share the gospel and pray for those they encounter.

Please be in prayer for these specific things and also that our last full week here will be fruitful ad that we display a servant heart to all.

For your viewing pleasure; the MONSTER Catfish that Josh caught during our outing with the older boys.  They really enjoy taking pictures so Gail allowed a picture of her to be taken.

Thank you for taking time to be invested in us,

Josh and Gail

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in gail, Josh, Uncategorized

 

Just a Quick Update

We are coming up on our final full week here in Terekeka.

This week has been busy.

Josh has been varnishing wood for a new counter that is being built.  He has a great story about getting attacked by a bat. I think you should just ask him about it because it is too crazy to explain through the blog.

We have also been working with the school and doing a “Practical Learning Activity” with each of the classes.  We taught them about trust and then had them go through an obstacle course blindfolded with their partner and classmates telling them where to go.  They thought it was quite funny! With the older children we took it a step further and had some of them yelling the wrong way while the partner was telling them the right way.  We were then able to connect this to real life and that there will always be things around us telling us how we should act or things we should do but we have to rely on the Bible to make the right decision. We are making plans to do another activity with the students next week, but today we were told that they did not have a rope strong enough for Tug-of-War so we have to come up with another idea.

Today we did a scavenger hunt with the kids at the compound.  They had so much fun and the winning team got to choose their candy first, which is a VERY big deal. Here of some pictures of the teams running around the compound trying to find things.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. The kids really love songs and tomorrow at church they will sing “Every Move I Make” while Josh plays the guitar.  This is them all hanging around after practice wanting to hear and learn more songs.

Gail & Josh

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2012 in gail, Josh, Uncategorized

 

Details

So we have gotten some emails saying that we have not talked about a few things that everyone would like to know.

We have talked about it being hot, but truly it is VERY hot!  The lows are around 76 degrees at about 3:00 in the morning and a cool day would be a high of 92 degrees. And it feels really nice! Limited hot water is available for us to bathe in but we take cold showers so that we will be cool before we go to bed.  We try to be in bed for about an hour before the generator and our fan goes off so maybe we will not notice the heat as much. It has worked fairly well because we have been sleeping pretty well.

We realized today that we have not had any meat since we came to Africa. Our daily food is porridge or oatmeal in the morning, rice and beans and possibly some kind of vegetable mix for lunch and dinner.  They try to mix it up every day but rice and beans are always there. 🙂 Surprisingly, Josh usually does not each the veggie mix unless it is cold.  But he doesn’t mind the plain rice and beans so it has been fine. I usually have some of the greens because they add more flavor to the dish.

We also wanted to tell you a little about the local people.  The people group that this orphanage works with is the Mundari people.  They are distinguished by the V-shaped markings on their heads. The markings are being discouraged now by the government of South Sudan because it is unsanitary and because it separates them into tribes and the tribes will fight but they are trying to unite everyone under “South Sudan” instead of tribes. There is 1 child here at the compound that has Mundari markings. Below is his picture. His name is Phillip and he is becoming a friend of ours.

Please continue to pray as we go through the next three weeks.  We believe God has brought us here for a purpose and we hope that we will fulfill it.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Gail and Josh

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in gail, Josh, Uncategorized

 

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Off To Africa

We have made it to Washington, D.C. and are now waiting to board the 13.5hr flight to Ethiopia.  So far everything has worked smoothly and without real complications.  Your prayers are being heard and we thank you.

Once we are in Ethiopia it will be Wednesday.  So with an 8 hr time difference it will still be Tuesday in the U.S.  Hopefully we will be able to continue to post as regularly as we have been.

We spent the night at a nice hotel.  The night didn’t last as long as we would have liked but that just means that we will be able to sleep (hopefuly) on the plane.

We are excited about this opportunity and pray that we can be a light to those we encounter.

2 Corinthians1:11 “You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”

In Christ’s Love,

Josh & Gail

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in gail, Josh, Uncategorized

 

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A Big Day

Well today is a big day.

Today is the last full day that we will be in Avoca before we leave to go to Nacogdoches to finalize preparations for Africa.  This means that we are doing some deep cleaning (by “we” I mean Gail).  We are also gathering all of our stuff and double, triple, and quadruple checking our lists.

Also, tonight is Fields of Faith, a student event put on by those that work with the local FCAs at schools around the area.  We are taking a large school bus for this event and anticipate God to continue to do amazing things with these students.

Lastly, today is the day that we officially have all of the funds that are necessary for us to go to Africa!  Yes, it is cutting it a bit close for my tastes, but it is all about God’s timing.  And his timing is perfect.  We want to thank each of you that supported us through giving.  Know that it is being used to further the kingdom of God.

Attached is a picture of the luggage that we will be taking to Africa.  The smallest bag actually has our clothes for Sunday, our first flight, so it will not be going with us.  But the rest are certainly packed tight and slightly under the weight limit.

Again thank you for your continual prayers.

In Christ’s Love,

Josh

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Josh, Uncategorized

 

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Week #10 Verse-1 John 3:1

1 John 3:1 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”

Well, it is our last memory verse.  Which also means that at this time next week we should be getting very close to being in South Sudan!  To us this verse has a very obvious meaning to our situation.

The fact that we have the ability to go and serve him and a people that do not know him, shows the kind of love that the Father has “lavished” upon us.  It is truly a blessing that God looks at us and sees his children.  He does not see his servants, busy bees, or representatives.  He sees his children.

We do not deserve this title but through God’s grace, mercy, and love, we have been given the title.  We did not earn it, it was freely given when we entered into the family of Christ.

One of our goals while we are in Terekeka is to show the children there that they do have a Father.  A Father that will never fail them.  A Father that will never leave them.  A Father that will never be taken from them.  A Father that loves them more than they love themselves.  A Father that cares.  A Father that knows.  A Father that gave all to be called Abba.

Wow.  How great God’s love is, that we would be called children of God.

 

A short update on our situation.  We will be leaving for Nacogdoches on Thursday morning and be getting things ready for the flight out on Sunday evening.  We will be trying to update more frequently from here on out and posting pictures as we go.  I’m sure Gail will take plenty of pictures for you all.

Again we thank you for your prayers.  If you signed up to receive prayer calendars while we are away you should be getting them this week.  If you did not sign up but want to receive a day-by-day prayer calendar to remember us in your prayers, please respond with an email address so we can send it to you.

 

In Christ’s Love,

Josh

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2012 in Josh, Uncategorized

 

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