Thursday, May 10, 2018

WHERE IS MISSIONS?

copyright(c) Daneille Gray Snowden
2018
WHERE IS MISSIONS?
by the Holy Spirit through His Child -Daneille Gray Snowden

 

QUESTIONS: Is missions geography or geometry? Is it the location; or is it the 'people-groups?'
Is God constantly calling people to ones who are in crisis,  deep pain,  and loneliness all over the globe?


Everyone who has surrender their hearts and all of their lives to Jesus; this indeed is something we all must ponder. For all of us have been given character traits, gifting's, skills, and lessons that were learned during our own time of sufferings. 

The answer can be as complex as the question; or is it? 
I graduated with a degree in Cross Cultural Communications and just knew I was going to India as a missionary. God did give me the opportunity for a summer internship; yet I never did return. 


As my husband and I worked in the pastoral ministry in the U.S.A. in my naïve mind; I still felt so pulled to  the mission field. I still felt it was a PLACE. Then the Lord while in my 30's, OPENED MY EYES and caused me to intently peer into the heart of my neighbors, church members, relatives and strangers. 

Missionary is defined in the dictionary as: 'sent by a church into an area to carry on evangelism or other activities /  prompted by the desire to persuade or convert others.'

QUESTION: Does it say a PLACE? 
An area could be a place, or a specific time (like when people face catastrophic events), it could be to widows, prisoners, elderly etc... It could be with those in cultic beliefs, the poor, and any who have NOT heard the Gospel. {The list can go on and on.}

Many times we are called to people of whom our testimony, and sufferings of whom we can identify with. For example; I have seen woman who were raped, and abused; who today minister to woman who are ministering to those in the human trafficking slavery realm. 
 
Others write books sharing the biblical lessons they gleaned, as they faced certain trials -which touches hundreds to thousands of lives. 
God called us (Brad & Daneille) in particular from pastoring here in the United States; facing many hardships in this ministry to Pastoring the Pastors in Africa! We struggled with our own personal trials, poverty, loneliness, backstabbing, confusion, spiritual attacks and so on. In it; we really didn't feel we had someone to come alongside to build up and affirm. [Although we did receive much encouragement from a pastor who is my earthly father.] 

God also used what we went through with Brad's serious illness as he was bedfast most days, in a wheelchair and in great pain. We will minister to the disabled as well in Africa. God knew & planned this all along the way!  


Yes, for us we are leaving one place geographically and moving to another. Yet, God is doing geometry {which deals with rationships of points, lines, angles, and figures in space from their defining conditions.} He also multiplies...oh yes, He always multiplies!   
He heard the heart cry of the Pastors in Africa; (like Brad & I cried) for someone to come and encourage and help them. He heard the heart of our exhausted missionaries for someone to come along to be there for them!

What about you? What have you been through that God can use YOU to BE A MISSIONARY to others? It may be next door, your work place or in AFRICA! 👀 (smile)
A key to being healed is to reach out to the hearts of others even in your pain!

Let me tell ya what GOD CAN'T USE as you take this step out: FEAR! Fear is not of HIM...it is not FROM HIM! It apposes HIM and His Call for your life. It has to be squashed! Release it  in total surrender! We even must repent to owning up to fear. 

I write this to say; God cannot speak to one's clinging to fear; because they shut Him out. This is in regard to surrendering their desires for their lives, what they want to do and then what the 
COST may be! 
OUCH!

What is holding you back in fulfilling God's Purpose/Call upon your life? Is it separation from family, comfortable life style, learning a new culture and language? Is it having to get shots, facing mosquitos that carry malaria?  Is it that some places may 'smell', ya don't understand them and are afraid? 

FIRST - "Draw Near to God and He will draw near to you!" (James 4:7-8)
SECOND - Repent for being afraid. 
2 Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
THIRD - Surrender your will! Totally lay it all down. The closer we come to Jesus; the more we want to do this. Nothing else matters!
Prov. 23:26 "My son give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways."

NOW JOIN ME IN THIS BELOVED HYMN 
SING WITH A PRAYERFUL HEART...
'I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS!'

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Friday, April 20, 2018

POWER OF PRAYING FOR MISSIONARIES

PRAISE THE LORD FOR THE POWER OF PRAYER!

“This [continuous supply of oil] is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel [prince of Judah], saying, ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of whom the oil is a symbol],’ says the Lord of hosts." Zech.4:6
God anoints our prayers! He truly does, especially when we pray according to His Word (His Will & Way)! Your prayers for Missionaries to Mozambique have been so used for God's Glory. How?
*Strength - the road has been long and hard. But, "in our weakness, He is strong!" God's strength has empowered, led and broke through in oh so many ways.
*Wisdom- Receiving WISE GUIDANCE from the Holy Spirit; know who to contact and when.
*Anointing-  We have traveled across the United States and ministered in many churches. We also have been in homes, on the streets, in community gatherings, the market place, restaurants, and coffee shops -ALL where the Hope of the Gospel was preached! Where we prayed for many; who have to come Christ, healed, called and given Hope to pursue their call.
*Supply- In this journey where we have traveled; we started with no avenues of support. That was our first year. Yet, God brought it in miraculously. As my retired Pastor father told us many years ago: "He sent the ravens!" {story of Elijah} Going from no income for over 4 years to this is a true miracle in itself! He has supplied a home for us to live in, gas in our vehicles, clothes, food, personal needs for the children and such.
He also has given the INCREASE - "...but God gave the increase." 1 Cor. 3:6  We went from 0% monthly funded to somewhere presently in the 90%+. HALLELUJAH! 

G0D LED US TO SET THE TARGET DATE
(to be funded).
As we took some time to pray, just seeking the Lord about this; we felt strongly to set the date for APRIL 30TH. HIS TIME....HIS WAY...HIS PURPOSE! So, we took the step to announce this. When we did; more support started rolling in. And some still is too!
Presently it is April 20th; meaning: 10 more days!
We have an incredible amount of peace. Like the first scripture declares - "...it is by HIS SPIRIT...!"
EVERYONE ASKS.... "So, when are you leaving?" I tell them our target date GOD GAVE US to be funded is: April 30th.
Here is the steps toward leaving:
1) FULLY FUNDED (have to be)
2) BUY AIRPLANE TICKETS (in order to get our Visa)
3) VISA & FBI BACKGROUND CERTIFIED (for residency Visa when we get there).
4) FINALIZED TRAVEL PLANS WITH AGENT
5) LEAVE
WE ARE KEEPING QUITE BUSY EVEN NOW UNTIL WE LEAVE!
*MINISTRY - Traveling and speaking. Personal one on one meetings. And the phone calls; for support.
*PACKING - Oh are we packing! We just unloaded all our large items out and most of our boxes. Now it's odds and ends. We will be giving most of what's left away.
*VISITING PARENTS -  They are 87 years old. Read what my father (a retired Pastor)wrote me recently: "
We are fully in line with God on your leaving for His work; but it will take a lot of Prayer and His Grace to see you go and be far apart. Maybe, till we meet in Heaven. Doing God's will was never made for Convenience or Comfort, or Family "Togetherness." We all feel the same way, it's not an extended vacation; it's a 'Call of God' to run to the Dying and rescue them from eternal loss. We are trying hard to convince us of that as well."
*SAYING GOODBYE - To our family: our son, parents, brother, sister...and dear friends! Saying good bye to the American liberties. To English...lol! 

Yet, oh we are so ready to be SPENT UP for Jesus...for the lost...for our hurting pastors in Mozambique!

WE STILL NEED A LITTLE MORE SUPPORT TO BE READY TO FLY
If you are supporting us monthly right now...THANK YOU so very much!
Thanks to those who do and have increased their support! Wow!
If you haven't yet; we welcome you to be a part of this team of ministry to Mozambique.  $10 a month? $20 per month or $50? To raise the support by % it is $80 a month.  We feel it's important to first pray, seek the Lord - and then be open to how He leads. Everyone we have talked to, have told us that God has super blessed their lives in oh so many ways when they made the commitment to support this missionary call.
They feel like they are going to Africa; that's because THEY are by their giving!
There is another way to support as well:
We can
receive charitable gifts from an IRA.  It is a very tax effective way to give, because it excludes the income from the donor’s income. 
A person  should contact the broker who handles their IRA, and let them know their intentions.  A check would need to be sent from their account directly to OMS, and include the information that it is an IRA contribution and that the funds are to go to your support account. CALL ONE MISSION SOCIETY: 
(317) 888-3333
 CLICK LINK HEREhttps://www.onemissionsociety.org/give/TheSnowdens

                                  
WE ARE EXCITED TO DO WHAT GOD CALLED US OUT TO DO...
RESCUE, ENCOURAGE, SNATCH THE SOULS FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT IN AFRICA!
We love each of you! Contact us if you need prayer too!
Love
The Snowden's 
 
MOVING OUR BIG ITEMS. Tabby is pretending to be
like Grandma from the Beverly Hillbilly's! 
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We were blessed to minister at the church where Brad & Daneille met & married.
Also, where they both help start the Caring Place Outreach ministry (30 years ago).
And where Brad was called to the mission field.  Pretty amazing at: The Caring Place- Inpls, IN.
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