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Month: January 2009 (page 1 of 3)

Prostitutes and Pimps

A quick look into my brain:

I was on Beth Moore’s blog.  That reminded me of one time when I heard her speak about the possibility to expanding her ministry into other countries.  That made me think of other countries.  That made me think of Cambodia.  That made me think of human-trafficking.  That made me think, “Wouldn’t that be great if some prostitutes got saved and Beth could go over and lead one of her bible studies!?”  That made me think of child prostitutes getting rescued and being introduced to Jesus.  That made me think to pray for them.  That made me think about of the pimps.  That made me wish that they would stop their operations.  That made me think to pray that they would be saved.  That made me think about what an incredible testimony they would have.  That made me think of John Newton.
And all of the in less than five seconds!  Whew!  It’s exhausting to actually write out my train of thought!!  : )
Anyway, tonight amidst the muddle of thoughts I was reminded of the testimony of John Newton.  We’ve all heard the story a thousand times.  He was the captain of a slave ship…yeah, yeah.  *yawn*  Then he became a Christian and wrote the famous hymn.  Big deal….
It IS a big deal!  Captain of a slave ship.  Think in modern terms.  John Newton was involved in human trafficking.  He went from being a part of human trafficking to fighting it.  He had a strong influence on William Wilberforce, who fought hard as an abolitionist.  Can you imagine meeting him in church right after he got saved??  The pastor tells everyone to stand and greet the people around them.  You introduce yourself and explain your occupation and Newton grabs your hand, looks you straight in the eye and announced that he just left the slave trade.  Ye-ah.  That would give the church busybodies something to talk about. 😉
More on this later….
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Journal Entry: Monday, January 19th, 2009

Monday, January 19th, 2009

7:00 pm

Missions conference, the IJM org forming on campus, Charity’s CD, various verses, the sermon last week…You say that pure and undefiled religion is caring for the widows and orphans.  Lord, I am convicted to the very depths of my soul about my self-centeredness, my materialism, my lack of care and concern for the hurting people of the world.  I want to go minister and be ministered to by these people who have such faith in You, even in the face of persecution.  They are persecuted by their families, their friends, their villages and their government.  Sometimes mere children, these people sing out Your praises with their entire beings.  They never stop to consider whether or not this is “their style” of music, because they recognize that the praise is not directed towards them.

Oh Lord, these people pray for us Americans!  We think that we can somehow send missionaries to “help” them, but in many cases, Jesus, *we* could learn from them.

I never felt “called” to “missions”- what does that even mean?  Jesus has called all of us (if we are Christians) to love the body of Christ whether they be Indian, Khmer (Cambodian), Chinese, Ethiopian or American.

Charity’s CD puts faces and stories to overwhelming words like AIDS.  Lord, I want to be ever sensitive to Your will for my life.  Unlike Jonah, I want to run toward Your will.  Guide me, Lord.  I don’t want to stay here at Cedarville, but if this is where You want me next year then, Lord, I will do it.  But I don’t want this passion to ever fade.  I am no longer comfortable being comfortable.  Issues like child sacrifice, prostitution, slavery, starvation, AIDS, the Untouchables and orphans break my heart, as I believe they break Yours.  Just last week we were singing and said (the prayer of my life) “break my heart for what breaks Yours.”  Is this the result of that prayer?  I have seen in the past few years how my heart has been changed toward these issues.  I believe that that was You!  Since I was a little girl, I have been passionate about international adoption and about working in an orphanage.  Then as I got older and I became aware of child prostitution, I wanted to raise awareness and go to Cambodia.  Although I (rather selfishly) never thought that I would want to work with AIDS victims, in the past month I am willing and truly eager to go wherever You would send me.

Grant me contentment wherever I am, Lord.  Give me opportunities to share this information about these serious issues with others and hopefully pass the burden on to them.  Jesus, I love You with all that I am and I am eternally amazed at how You rescued me to give me new life in You!!
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The DVD of Faithfulness

As I “chatted” with a friend last night (Thank you Facebook!), we discussed the faithfulness of the Lord and were remembering a sermon from Revival Week (while we both served with Life Action Ministries).  The message was by Crawford Loritz, a pastor in Fairburn, Georgia.  This post is a combination of that message, the conversation last night and my own thoughts, so I don’t take credit for most of it!

I have a bad memory.  I easily forget the things that God has done in my life.  King David wrote “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your work; I muse on the work of Your hands.”   He also wrote “Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.”  David understood how dangerous it is for us when we forget what God has done.  Think about the nation of Israel and what happened when generations of them forgot what God had done in prior generations.

We constantly need to be replaying the faithfulness of our Lord.  Like a favorite DVD, replay the times when God has proven Himself to you.  When I am discouraged by life, I am reminded that over and over again He has been faithful.  Start compiling your own “DVD of Faithfulness.”  Make a list either on paper or in your mind.

Also, maybe this song will be a blessing and a reminder to you. The pictures can be cheesy (although the rainbow IS the sign of God’s promise- Gen 9:16), but the words are TRUE.

Be encouraged!  

God is faithful!!

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