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Another Adventure Underway

Another Adventure Underway

Today we embark on a new adventure. Our little family is headed to Kenai, Alaska to serve in the annual Salmon Frenzy.
Josh and I worked with this wonderful ministry when we lived in Avoca and the Avoca Baptist Church has supported it by sending members for 5 years. While we know what to expect we also have no idea what to expect! Bringing along a 9 month old changes everything!

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It's not the whole house, but it's close.

We know that God wants to use our family to serve him and so even though their is a good chance this trip could be very difficult and involve some tears (from Mom and Jonah) we are being obedient. We are going to do the work of the Lord.

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1 Corinthians 15:58

The desire for this blog was always to be a way to show how God is using us to Move Mountains. We aren’t special people, we’re just obedient.
God calls us each to certain tasks and right now he is calling us to Alaska. I don’t know where he might be calling you but it could be as close as next door or as far away as Africa. Wherever it is, don’t be afraid! You were created for this! Take the first step in obedience and go. Go out your front door and do something – anything. Sometimes all people need is to know that you care about them. Good Luck in your adventure because I’m really excited about mine!

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Love
Gail

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Jonah Barrett Williford

Mountain Movers

1 Chronicles 16:24 (NIV)

“24 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.”

I think that everyone wonders at some point why do I have the name I have. Some, like mine, are pretty easy to figure out, I’m named after family members.  For other people it may be tougher to understand exactly what their parents were thinking when they gave them that particular name.

Names in the Bible are a big deal, usually they described the attitude or personality of the person that name was given to. There are multiple times in the Bible when people’s names were changed because their lives/expectations were changing. Abram to Abraham, Simon to Peter, and Saul to Paul. Your name means something.

Having a slightly unusual name myself I’ve always known that I would need to pick my children’s names carefully. I didn’t want them to have the same name as everyone…

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Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

The Year of Change

In July, Josh and I will have been married for 5 years. In August, we will have known each other 8 years. In those 8 years we have continually sought to do the Lord’s will in our lives. When we first started dating I told Josh that I would support him 100% but that he needed to know that I was called to do mission work and that no matter what he did I would also feel that I was needed in the nations. Since that time, I went to India, we went to China and Africa. We also went to Alaska and Avoca, TX. God has been doing some work in me the past few years, he has been clarifying his plan for my lives. While Africa is a place that will always be on my heart, God has taught me that wherever I am is my mission field.

“Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.”  Psalm 96:3

I am called to declare his glory and his marvelous deeds, how is this melting pot of America not the best place to start. I hope that God will choose to send us overseas many more times in our future but for now he has chosen to send us somewhere a little more local.

 georgetown, tx

In June, Josh and I will be relocating to Georgetown, TX.  Josh will be the High School and Guys Student Minister at Crestview Baptist Church.   God has shown us that this is our next mission field. I do not know God’s plans, but I believe  the words in Jeremiah 29:11.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

I believe that God has plans to prosper us and in turn we will bring glory to him. His plans are always perfect. His timing is always perfect.

Speaking of perfect timing, sometimes God’s timing is to remind us that he is perfectly under control.  I titled this blog The Year of Change because not only are we moving but God has decided to provide us with a miracle blessing.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. ” James 1:17

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We are expecting our little bundle of joy the end of September/beginning of October.

God is showing us every day that as long as we allow him he will take charge of our lives. Honestly, sometimes it is hard for me. Sometimes I want to tell God that my way, my plan is much better than his, that having a baby and moving to a new town and starting a new job just don’t make sense.  But then I stop and I look at the past 8 years. I see where he has already brought us and I know. I know the peace that surpasses understanding.

I know that it has been a long time since we have blogged on this page. I can’t promise to do any better because I really don’t know what the future holds. But I do promise that when God gives me words he wants me to share I will share them.

I hope today that you will see that it is okay to throw out your plans, to trust in your Creator that he created you for a purpose.

God Bless you and thank you for reading.

gail

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Some thoughts from the Bible this Morning

door“Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’  And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’  But I tell you this – though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.” Luke 11:5-8 NLT

Do you know what is directly in front of these verses? The Lord’s Prayer.

The Bible says, “Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story.”

This story is about PRAYER!

I am amazed by this story.  In case you are not understanding why, I will try to explain.

I hope that we can each think of a time when we prayed for something and we saw that prayer answered pretty close to immediately.

I am fortunate enough to say that I have experienced this a few times in my life.

But what about those times when you pray and things don’t change. And you keep praying and things don’t seem to get any better.  Do you ever feel like God might be tired of hearing you ask for the same thing over and over again? Or that he already knows what I need so why do I need to keep praying for it?

I’ve felt that way.

I’ve prayed – begged – God for years to fix a situation in my life. Sometimes it was sooo hard to pray because I already expected for my prayer to be answered.  However, as always his timing is perfect.

This story from Luke refreshes me and helps me to know that it’s okay to be a little annoying about something that is important to you. It is okay to continually pray about the same thing. God doesn’t mind. He wants to see our persistence. Verse 9 says, “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

I don’t know what you might be going through today but I wanted to encourage you to be persistent. To keep on praying and to not give up on God. He wants to hear from you.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The Story of Our Trip

This past Sunday, Gail and I were able to share with people of the community our journey in South Sudan.  We were able to share some pictures and videos as well as stories.  In case you were not able to make it but you still want to see what all went on, we have posted a video to YouTube:

http://youtu.be/RMWGyWbeq6o

Simply click on the link above and it should take it to the video.  Be warned that it is a little over 26 minutes long.  Which if you knew how many pictures and videos we went through, 26 minutes seems almost miraculous.  But please do go and watch it.

Again we want to thank everyone that supported us through this amazing experience.  We were able to see the joy and hope of God in the lives of South Sudanese orphans.  It is still hard to exactly put into words our experience but we hope this video will help you have a better understanding of everything.

In Christ’s Love,

Josh and Gail

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Josh wrote this for his blog today. I thought it was so good that I wanted to share it on ours as well. If you didn’t know, Josh has his own blog where he posts some really wonderful spiritual stuff. You can follow the link “Thirsting for God” on the right side of our blog page to access his blog.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
gail

Thirsting For God

It started not with myth or legend

No princess, prince, knight or dragon

There was no witch nor storm to fear

But came upon a midnight clear

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It was foretold years ago

In ancient books, the story goes

A people separate from their Maker

Lost in life’s endless crater

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They pulled and tugged and scratched and clawed

But there was no end for they were flawed

What did they need to be set free?

Brains, talent, strength indeed?

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They looked to warriors in their might

Their savior though, nowhere in sight

What man would come, what king to save?

No man, no king, a lowly babe

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Born not to riches or earthly glory

For that would be no great story

Instead he came poor and plain

GodMan here, Jesus his name

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A life righteous did he live

Into temptation he did not give

But perfect…

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Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Season’s Greetings

Happy Greetings!

Things are finally settling back to normal.

We were able to spend time with both of our families before coming home.

Josh’s mom made this amazing cake that helped fix some of my chocolate cravings. I ended up making it for Thanksgiving because it was so amazing!

And we had a bountiful meal at Mom’s house to celebrate Thanksgiving. (Everyone was more concerned with eating than with pictures, so here is a picture of us enjoying a nice walk after eating.)

Now that we are back home we plan on continuing to blog ever so often just to update what God is doing in our lives. We hope that you will stick around and see how our story unfolds. We are just as excited as you are. 🙂

In Christ’s Love

Gail and Josh

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2012 in gail, Uncategorized

 

Texas, Our Texas

After 48 hours of traveling we are safely in Nacogdoches, Texas at Josh’s family house.

It was pretty uneventful travel, we thank you so much for your prayers.

We will update more once we have gotten some good rest and are back in Avoca.

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Things We Learned From Africa

  • Peanut Butter is an excellent substitute for dessert.
  • We can live without electricity, but a fan at night is priceless.

  • Who needs a lawn mower when you have kids with sharp slashers.

  • Beans and rice for every meal is not too bad.

  • Mud toys are better than plastic ones.
  • Cold showers can warm the soul.
  • Mango trees provide the coolest shade during the hottest time of day.

  • Monkey is a delicacy. (so are giant lizards)
  • A nice cool morning means extreme heat in the afternoon.
  • It is better to eat fruit and vegetables that are not quite ripe than none at all.

  • Bedtime is at dark. (which is usually about 7pm)

  • Dirt is cleaner in Africa than America.  No hand sanitizer here.
  • White people always bring candy and if you don’t, you are not a friend.
  • All you need to catch fish is some line, a hook, a stick, and 4-5 boys that love finding worms.

  • A crocodiles weakness is a set of sticks sticking above the water.

We learned many other things while here in Africa and we can’t wait to share them with you.  We just wanted to share some of the more unique experiences.

This will be our last post from Africa.  Hopefully the next time you hear from us, we will be back in the states.  We look forward to sharing all of our pictures, videos, and stories with you all when we get back.  Please continue to pray that our travel experience is uneventful and we adjust easily.

Thank you again,

Josh and Gail

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Happy Saturday!

First, we want to say Happy Birthday to Sydney Mims! Hope you are having a great day!

This week has gone by sooo quickly. Thank you all so much for your prayers because it has been a very good week.

We did our teaching with each of the classes and that went very well. They seemed to understand the importance of being imitators of Christ and really liked playing Follow the Leader. 🙂

Gail did her second training this morning and it went better than expected. God really guided her words and she really feels like it will make a difference here on the compound.

This afternoon we had a game time with the kids. We played Sharks and Minnows and 6 Corners.  They really enjoyed it but it is so hot today we only played for about 45 minutes.

We are coming to the end of our time here in Terekeka and want to say thank you again for all of your support.  This has been a great experience for us. We have seen that God can use us in ways we didn’t expect as long as we are obedient to him.

In Christ’s Love,

Josh and Gail

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in Uncategorized