Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hard Knocks Seminary


Being a missionary comes with so many challenges.  You read these fabulous biographies on the lives of some pretty amazing people and think....

WOW I WANNA DO THAT AND BE THERE!  If God called them to live in a head hunting
 cannibalistic tribe with absolutely no modern conveniences available AT ALL, surely I can live in a 
modern African city and be successful.  How hard could it be!?  

WHAT EVER!  
When you arrive with your grand expectations and your ideals,  your 25 duffle bags full of Target sales, American food and hope something becomes shockingly clear.    In a 250 page biography on the life of the missionary is Papau New Guinie, they are only able to really tell you the highlights.  It is not all glory dances and victory laps around the sanctuary.  It is impossible to put into words what happens in the battles of the mind and the extreme struggles with your own flesh.  The loneliness that is tangible at times can almost suffocate you.  They don’t tell you of the moments when culture shock sets in and they just want to pack it all in and go home.  I personally, wasn’t prepared for that one.  Culture shock almost sent me packing a few times.  
We have taken many lumps over the past few years, some could have been avoided and some you just have to take them as they come.  However I am thankful for the lumps because they have prepared us for what we are doing now on the streets of Lusaka.   I don’t know if we would have been ready any other way...
We became missionaries through the Seminary of Hard Knocks.  
It is becoming clear to us that we need to begin to take things to the next level with the street kids.  They need and deserve and church meeting place.  Wednesday mornings have become church in the bus terminal.  They know we are coming, they gather and they wait for us.  PLEASE PRAY!!!!!  We know that God has placed us out there and we don’t take that responsibility lightly.  
  • Please pray that God will direct us to the right place at the right time for the right price.
  • Please pray for the finances to do this work.  We are going to need rent money, food, clothes, and all the things you need to make a store front church work. 
  • Please pray that we can make the proper connections with people who want to work with street kids.  We need to be able to build good relationships with the police and social welfare.  

We feel as if we are just along for the ride.  Simple steps of obedience bring the power and glory of Jesus!  We are not unique or special at all, we are just a simple couple from New Jersey who want to be in the center of God’s will. 

We also know that we are just as effective as those who are praying for us!!!  PRAY PRAY PRAY!!!!  
If you are lead to give please go to tscnyc.org and follow the steps under to donations tab.  There you will find our name.  

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