Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas in July

Christmas is upon us and greetings of glad tidings abound. All around the world; men, women, boys and girls reflect on this special time of year. The children are so anxious for Christmas that many will have a hard time sleeping tonight. Receiving a gift is a special thing, but when Jesus said that it’s more blessed to give than to receive, as always; he spoke the truth.

As I reflect on the great “gifts” I have received this year, I want to share something remarkable. In July, the Calvary Chapel Bullhead City Bulgaria Servant Team flew half around the world to serve other Christians, but WE were the ones who received the gift. Sharing with friends in Sofia & Svishtov, Bulgaria and Skopje, Macedonia; we were blessed beyond measure.

Working with Blaga Vest Sofia, Blaga Vest, Svishtov, and Dobra Vest Skopje; we experienced grace and love and joy. We could never give enough thanks to our wonderful hosts, who made us feel like family, but maybe as we look back, we can just thank God for allowing such a great summer.

Please enjoy the photos as I let them do most of the speaking. In the meantime, I’ll feel like the child waiting for my Christmas in July next year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Inner Strength

From the outside, the hull of the old boat was battered and beaten. For many years, she had seen turbulent storms and suffered much damage. Now, don’t think that it was always that way, for this old girl had seen smooth waters and had voyaged to many wondrous places. She had experienced many adventures that would excite and entice anyone. However, it wasn’t the smooth sailing that gave her the worn look, it was those storms and rocky passages that made most people shake their head when they looked on her exterior. To the passer-by, she looked like she should have been put away years ago, yet there she was, still able to stand strong day after day.

What was the secret of the old boat? What gave her the strength to carry on? Deep beneath the surface, if you were to look under the scarred gunwales, you would see an inner strength. She was held together by what most could not see, by strong steel that made her able to withstand all the calamities on the surface. It was the inner strength that gave her character.

As with the old boat, many men and women who seem to be battered and beaten continue to carry on day after day. While they may not be the most attractive nor the fastest, they hold fast and stay true to the course. The strength of the truly resilient comes from what cannot be seen from the outside. It is God who can give such strength, holding us together as he lifts us up and protecting us with His armor. I thank God that He doesn’t fail and that He can be relied upon when the storms of life come our way. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bulgaria / Macedonia Servant Trip 2014

The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” – Psalm 32:8

In August 2010, the Lord started guiding me down an unexpected path. Taking my experiences and passions to allow opportunities I would have never expected. Over the past two summers, I've been blessed to work in His ministry to Bulgaria through The Hanna Project. God has moved in me, drawing me to this land so far away as I have seen Him work in peoples lives. Now, he has opened a new door.

This year, I'll be joining the Bulgarian Servant Team from Bullhead City, AZ as we support and encourage the Church in Bulgaria and Macedonia. We will be visiting brothers and sisters in several parts of Bulgaria and Macedonia. In an area where the protestant church only accounts for 1% of the nation, God is at work in the hearts of His people. Yet, all around them, people have no hope at all, or put their hope in ritual and superstition. Real believers are feared and often ridiculed. A special treat for me on this trip will be camp! We will be working at a Christian youth camp on the Black Sea. This will be our chance to serve children and teens in Narnian fashion.

We greatly appreciate your prayers for our brothers and sisters overseas and for our team. The Bulgarian Servant Team is not setting out to evangelize the nation, but rather to encourage our brothers and sisters as they share Jesus with their neighbors. We are only here to serve. (July 1 - 17)

Thanks to the following who are helping financially. Many have chosen to financially support mission work to Bulgaria in the past. If you choose this again, you will receive a receipt from Heritage FWB Church. Thank you for your prayers and assistance.
Heritage WAC
Harold and Stacie Green

I hope you enjoy these photos from past years, as we look forward to this year's journey.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

THP Team Bulgaria

Dear Friends and Family, 

Last year, the Lord opened a door of opportunity to me and many of you helped with your prayers and contributions. He allowed eleven of us to travel to Svishtov, Bulgaria and serve special needs children and local church members. God began opening doors for His Church - Protestant Christians in ways that are continuing to unfold. Thank you for the prayers for us and our friends in Bulgaria. What you may not know is that the Lord began unfolding a new work within me too. Just when I thought my life was planned and settled, God started shaking and challenging... WOW, what a mighty God we serve! As we continue to pray for guidance, your prayers are still cherished.

This year, I would like to share a new opportunity that the Lord is providing in June. Once again, we will be serving in a humanitarian mission trip to Svishtov, Bulgaria. The Hanna Project is sending a team composed of people from all around the U.S. to bring help, hope, and healing to men, women, boys and girls.

Purpose: The first and foremost reason for going is to share the Good News of Jesus with the people there by showing the love of Jesus to them. We will be constructing a playground at that same school for children with mental and physical disabilities, and will be working with conversational English sessions for high school students. Our hope is that they will see Jesus through us! We are looking forward to supporting Tim & Lydia Awtrey, along with Jonathan and Amy Postlewaite, our missionaries in Svishtov. We are asking the Lord to help fan the flame of the Gospel to people who are skeptical about Christianity and the protestant church. 

Prayer needs 
  • God will open the hearts of the people there. 
  • Team Unity. 
  • I will be open to what God wants to teach me. 
I am so excited about this trip! Will you please consider sharing this opportunity with me as the Lord leads you to pray and/or give? Financial support is essential to my going on the trip, but of equal or greater importance is your commitment to pray! 

When:  May 31 - June 10, 2013
Where: Svishtov, Bulgaria 
Cost:    $2500.00 per team member. 
(This covers airfare, food, transportation, lodging and materials.Each team member is responsible for raising 100% of their financial and prayer support.) 

If you would like to be involved, please put my name in the memo and make your check payable to: The Hanna Project and mail to: The Hanna Project, PO BOX 417, Antioch, TN 37011 You can also visit and support me online with credit or debit card.  


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ron Paul Warned Us About 9/11

Three years before terrorists attacked... Ron Paul warned us of our interventionist policies...

"Our National Security is more jeopardized by permitting this to happen because we're liable to start a war. We're liable to have our military men killed. We're liable to have more attacks on us by terrorists."

In 2008, Ron Paul was the only Republican saying that we should not be invading countries in the middle east.

In the recent New Hampshire debate, it seems that other candidates are finally getting some idea that Ron Paul has been right all along.

Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal wrote: "Every candidate who was asked took issue with U.S. involvement in Libya. Michele Bachmann asserted no "American interests" were at stake: "We were not attacked. We were not threatened with attack." Newt Gingrich spoke of "fundamentally . . . reassessing our entire strategy in the region." Ron Paul said we should get our troops home. Tim Pawlenty nattered on about something, but even he didn't take an opportunity to ask for patience on Afghanistan. John Huntsman, who was not announced and not present at the debate, told CNN he has doubts about the cost of Afghanistan and the likelihood of U.S. success there...

A flurry of polls this week show the public is on the side of the new sobriety. CNN had 62% now opposing the war in Afghanistan, just 36% in favor. CBS News found 64% want the number of U.S. troops decreased, and 51% said the U.S. shouldn't be in Afghanistan at all. A Washington Post/ABC News poll said 54% of respondents feel the war has not been worth fighting, and 73% said the U.S. should withdraw combat forces this summer. A Rasmussen survey found a combined 56% who said the U.S. should withdraw from Afghanistan immediately or on a firm timetable, up four points since March.

Rather than these Johnny and Jenny-Come-Lately folks, why don't we vote for the real visionary? Why not Ron Paul?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Pro-Abortion Party

The Pro-Abortion Party - In the budget deal, Democrats make clear their No. 1 priority.

In 2009, Planned Parenthood killed over 330 thousand children. Making his voice perfectly clear, President Obama showed that he would rather shut down the government than take away the taxpayer-funded murders. Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, the "conservative" politicians agreed with Obama... Sure, let us help you pay to kill these children! No wonder our country is in such trouble.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Philadelphia Doctor in Culture of Death

This is an outrage... but why does this continue in the United States of America?

During his tenure in the United States Senate, Barack Obama co-sponsored the 2007 Senate version of the Freedom of Choice Act (S. 1173). Later, in a speech given to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund on July 17, 2007, Obama declared, "The first thing I'd do, as president, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do."

While he still hasn't been able to push that wicked promise through, he has continued to promote the killing of the innocent children. As president, he has released millions of tax-payer dollars for abortions in the U.S. and in other countries. This is the legacy that his supporters embraced when they put in the Illinois state senator who worked diligently on four separate occasions to prevent newborn babies from receiving medical care that could have saved their lives. His record in opposition to the "Born Alive" legislation has, for years, made sure that babies born alive in Illinois after surviving an abortion attempt were tossed in a corner of the room and left to die.

In our culture of death, what is the difference between discarding a baby and allowing it to die with no care, no comfort, no medical attention, and killing the same baby with a pair of scissors? I agree with Bryan Fischer who said... "I submit that the president of the United States shares moral culpability for creating a climate in which this kind of Mayan-era butchery could take place. He too, just like Dr. Gosnell, has shown a 'disdain for the lives and health of ... infants.'"

Why is it so hard for some to believe the words of the Declaration of Independence...

"that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life..."