Saturday, May 4, 2013

Finding Joy in the Journey to TEOTE! 2

So several Saturdays ago we shared a story from the beginning of our journey. This morning we wanted to share with you a story from last night. It's in the form of a message we wrote to a waiter that we've been building a friendship with.  We "bumped" into last night at our local pizza shop, getting a bite to eat before we went to a concert (or so we thought)...
hey man!
I wanted to let you know that the concert was not last night it's tonight... guess I need a smarter phone! (c: It became apparent to us that the Lord had used our desire to see Nate's concert to have our paths cross again and learn a little more about your story. So on a much more serious and passionate note I wanted to let you know that Marghie and I are entering into a new phase of the call that the Lord has laid on our hearts, and we have felt led to share with you what we believe He is doing. 
His story is calling us to continue the work of the ministry of the body of Christ to foster an environment through which a church planting movement among various UPG's throughout Central Asia and the Middle East starting in lower Kyrgyzstan and moving through all the countries from there back to Israel can become a reality. The Apostle Paul's style of purposely being a "tentmaker" to gain a posture among the nations as not to be a burden on ANYONE as he proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom and demonstrated how they could follow him as he followed Christ is our desire as well. 
Through this "tentmaking vehicle" of small enterprise development in various industries that are relevant to these cultures (currently focused on the fiber industry) - we believe that we can exist to glorify God and pursue a global vision to the ends of the earth as a premier small enterprise development organization that brings hope to local communities through economic, social and spiritual transformation. 
Our current phase of "preperation" has included the following components: waiting, listening, studying, researching, learning, brokeness, repentance, humility and developing a servant's heart. We believe the Lord when he says that, "if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Part of this phase is discerning who God has brought into our oikos (Greek word for sphere of influence) for the sake of seeking first His Kingdom and living out this calling of His on our lives. 
I believe that the Lord has been preparing His people for such a time as this - a people called by his name, for His glory and in His ways and timing, and I also believe that in His time he will hasten it and He will take the least of us and the small things and make them mighty tools of redemption in His hand. 
Maybe you have sensed that the Lord has been preparing you and others in your oikos for such an adventure/journey with God as well to a place we know not of. Maybe you would consider joining us in this preperation phase and enter together with us into this time of focusing on these same components mentioned above as we have to "lean and learn" into the future that God has purposely designed for us to walk in. We know that His salvation is more than just what we have been saved from but what we are being saved to. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. 
Please prayerfully consider these things and move forward as the Lord leads. 
Your brother and sister in Christ, be God's to TEOTE!,
JC & Marghie