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April 16, 2012

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NY MIssion Team 2012

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Last Day thoughts

March 24, 2012

Message from City Uprising director

March 23, 2012

Thursday AM Testimonies

March 22, 2012

Quick update

March 22, 2012

Sorry for the lack of updates today. I’m having some issues uploading video, but will continue to try to work out the bugs.
Today has been a really busy day and we have done several types of projects including free bananas outside strategic apartment complexes to build relationships and let people know that the church is in their neighborhood. We also did surveys in community areas and picking up trash in the community as well. A lot of great conversations and divine appointments.
We will have some testimonies up soon! We can’t wait share what God has done!

Some Wednesday updates

March 22, 2012

An amazing woman and a different team perspective

March 21, 2012

One thing that has hit me (Jeff) this week is that spiritual warfare is real, He attacks different ways, and one way is on the home front team. My family is persevering through some things this week and I asked my wife, Tessa, to share some thoughts from her perspective as a team member (just not here in NY). I love her with all my heart and we share this not to make you feel empathetic for us, but to encourage and lift other members of this team on the home front in Keystone and elsewhere. I pray you will be blessed and rise to walk in the victory of the Gospel.

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The NYC Mission team read Gospel by J.D. Greear in preparation for their trip. They met before the Sunday evening service for several weeks to train and prepare their hearts for the trip. Team members worked hard to save money to fund the trip and spent countless hours praying for those they would come in contact with as they ministered in NYC. I did not attend those meetings or read the book and I never really considered myself to be part of the team ministering with The Gallery Church in New York City this week. To me, this week was just like any other with the exception that Jeff would be gone for the week. It is hard when he is not home. The responsibility of caring for our children becomes mine alone. There is always plenty to do to keep me busy with our three children, but weeks like this seem so much more difficult. Nathan, our four year old, began running a fever late Thursday evening. Someone always seems to come down with some type of illness just before Jeff leaves or during his absence. The difference this time is Jeff also came down with it. He started feeling sick on Saturday night and by Sunday afternoon had a fever over 102 degrees. I prayed throughout the day on Sunday for God to take the fever away. The decision was made that if Jeff woke with a fever on Monday morning the team would travel to NYC without him and he would try to join them on Tuesday. I was reminded that this fever was not a surprise to the Lord and He was in complete control. Jeff woke Monday and took off for The Big Apple fever free! Even though God answered my specific prayer to take the fever away I still struggled with doubts about him traveling. Eventually I came to the point where I simply said, “Thank you, Lord.”
Our trials this week did not end there. It is only Tuesday afternoon, but the children and I have been to Gainesville twice for three different doctor appointments. Both children required prescription medications and I received news that I do indeed have a herniated disc in my lower back. Jeff and I communicate a lot through text messages when he is on trips like this and after our final appointment today my phone beeped and I found this text, “This is spiritual warfare but try not to get discouraged because God has the victory and will sustain you.” (I fixed all the texting “shorthand” for you!) What a sweet reminder from my husband that I am not alone this week. Just as Jeff’s fever was no surprise to God, neither are the kids’ illnesses or my back injury. I learned that I am indeed part of the NYC mission team but I play a different role. I am keeping things together at home and praying for the part of the team “on the front lines” in NYC. Thirty one team members are walking the streets in New York praying for and serving the people who live there. There are also many team members at home caring for children, working, and praying for those serving and being served.

“What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.”
-1 Corinthians 3:5-7

May we each see that we are part of His team and play crucial roles, whether easy or tough. Your life is a mission and that never stops: so live SENT!