Monday, February 13, 2017

Guest Post by Missy Roepnack



Last month, our friend Cody May drowned in a lake within sight of his wife Kimberly 
and their seven children.








This world has lost a man of which it was not worthy, 
and my dear friend Kimberly and her children are mourning this loss deeply.

Cody was an open-air evangelist and an abortion abolitionist.  His life was BUILT around making Jesus known, defending the fatherless 
and speaking up for the voiceless.  

This life - wordly things - Cody counted it all loss 
for the eternal worth of knowing Jesus Christ.






Cody was also an adoptive father to children 
from Connecticut, DRC, and Ethiopia.

  He is survived by these precious children - 

six of whom just experienced the loss of their father for the SECOND TIME.  






The May family had just moved to Texas a few days prior to Cody's death.  
Several of their children have special needs, 
and they were looking for a fresh start and new opportunities. 

Cody was transitioning between jobs, 
and at this moment in time - he had no life insurance.   








As a larger adoptive community, 
we have learned that family PRESERVATION is right there in James 1:27
and that sponsoring endangered children in other countries is such a crucial part of orphan care.  

Orphan prevention and family preservation 
ARE widow and orphan care.  





Inspired by other child sponsorship programs, 
we have set up a special tax-deductible fund through a 501c for Kimberly and her children through Bethesda Family Ministries

We are asking people to prayerfully consider 
becoming MONTHLY SPONSORS for Kimberly and the children by until adulthood, 
or until no longer needed. 


In terms of impact, no gift is too small.  Consider this:

A $10/month commitment over the next 15 years 
could buy college books for Cody's boys. 
A $20/month commitment over the next 15 years would be $3600 invested in the future of these children and the preservation of this family!!!

200 people committed to just $5/month equals $1,000 of reliable income.  


Four of our children were brought home 
by mostly small donations from people all over the world - it adds up!


Unlike other sponsorship programs, a massive 95% of your contribution (or more, depending on which form of payment  you choose) will go directly to Kimberly and the children.  The best child sponsorship programs normally run at about 80% down to as low as 50% of direct-to-program costs, so this fund is truly exceptional. 






Additionally, the person administrating this fund has been a local, trusted, and personal friend of my family for many years.  


  
I believe that knowing that there was a dependable amount of support coming in monthly would be such a blessing to Kimberly.  

It will enable her to make plans as she faces the future 
without her best friend and her earthly provider.   






Please pray about this, and consider committing to the May family.  We talk so much about supporting widows and orphans - we treasure this cause because God always has.  



Our God is the Father to the Fatherless, and those of us whom He raises up to adopt, foster, sponsor children...all we are doing is following His lead and example.  








...we love because He first loved us.  
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Monday, May 30, 2016

Fun project to spead the love and Word of God in Colombia

Sharing a blog post from our dear friends~great opportunity to participate in missions!

http://fromtheheartbookmark.blogspot.co.ke/


Calling all scrapbookers, graphic designers, crafters, calligraphers, painters, photographers, doodlers, stampers, sticker enthusiasts, washi tapers, homeschoolers, coloring book artists, families of all kinds, and Christians of all ages,

Here is an opportunity to use your gift at home to grow the Kingdom of God in far off places. Colombia Mission is seeking unique homemade-with-love bookmarks to be placed in each Bible we pass out. We would love to have you design a few!

Each bookmark should:

Include a Bible verse in Spanish or Wayuunaiki Spanish Wayuu
Use a sturdy backing, such as cardstock, and/or be laminated so they will hold up to transporting
Have a written personal note and/or prayer on the back when signing your name (this can be in English and will be interpreted by a missionary)


Wayuu is a Native American ethnic group of the Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia and northwest Venezuela. Their language is Wayuunaiki, but many of the younger people speak Spanish, as well.

Please mail finished bookmarks to PO BOX 40915, Downey CA 90239 by October 1, 2016.

Monday, June 22, 2015

You and Your Whole House

In August of 2013, Sean embarked on an exploratory trip to Kenya. We had already received the call a year before that, and we felt God was opening the door and saying "It's time to move forward." While in Kenya, the Holy Spirit ordered Sean's steps the entire time as he walked out the truth of Ephesians 2:10:
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

One of those divine appointments occurred on August 5, 2013. That was the day Sean met a man named Dennis. Here is part of my blog post recounting the story:
The other day, Sean and his friend Julius hired a piki-piki to take them somewhere. When the driver heard that Sean was going to preach on Sunday, he asked Sean to come and preach to him one day. So Sean decided that instead of walking to the meeting place on Sunday, he would hire Dennis to drive him there instead~that way he would be able to stay for the service.

Dennis had recently heard the gospel from another customer, and after hearing the same words from Sean he decided that God must be speaking to him! So he repented of his sins and joined the family of God! Later on, Sean visited Dennis' home and shared the gospel with his wife, who is a Muslim. Please keep her in your prayers~we are believing for this whole house to be saved! (Acts 16:31)

For those of you who took that prayer request to heart~God heard you!!! Dennis' wife Zena was baptized into the body of Christ yesterday. She had been raised a Muslim, but when she saw the transformation that had taken place in her husband~she knew that there was something to this "Jesus". Dennis no longer spent all his earnings on alcohol and partying. He no longer slept around with other women. He came home to his family every night and he began to behave like a godly husband and father. She asked many questions and listened to the answers carefully. She saw the power of God evident in the lives of other believers around her. One night she had a dream/vision that a man came into her room and said:
"I have come to cleanse your heart."
Not long after that she burned some very important Islamic papers she had been given that were supposed to provide protection for her. She began to attend our home fellowship, and received deliverance during corporate praise, prayer and worship on 3 separate occasions. God sovereignly moved without any help from us! It was amazing to behold.

Zena knew that she needed to take that last and most important step of being baptized, and after watching the 2 baptisms last Sunday, she finally decided it was time to take the "plunge"! Three other ladies also joined her. It was definitely a time of rejoicing! Please join us in praying for Zena to be strong in the Lord as she is already receiving opposition from her Muslim family. She is now harassed for being baptized~especially because she chose to do it during during Ramadan. Please also be praying for Zena's niece, Sharifa (shown in the picture above) and Zena's entire family to be saved.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

One year in Kenya

Life in Missions from Missions Machine on Vimeo.


Sorry it has been so long since I've done a blog post~honestly most days I can't put two coherent thoughts together!  I do update on Facebook more often, so you can stay updated better through our ministry page there (see the sidebar here on the blog).

We arrived in Kenya on May 14, 2014.  The past year has whizzed by so quickly, yet crawled by so excruciatingly slowly at the same time.  It's hard to explain.  This has definitely been the hardest year of our lives, but at the same time we have seen God do the most amazing things!

Our church family in Australia asked us to make a video about life in Missions.  I'm posting it here in case anyone has a half an hour to kill and you want to see me do the ugly cry.  We are planning on making another video soon that will cover the past year more thoroughly as to what God has had us doing here in Mombasa.

One thing we are so grateful for, is the faithfulness of God shown through the love, care, prayers and support of our brothers and sisters in Christ in America, Australia and Canada.  You have carried us through this past year in so many wonderful ways.  ASANTE SANA (thank you very much).  We love and appreciate you more than words can express!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Thy Will, Not Mine


"I asked the Father for just one thing in this life...His perfect will in our lives...not the easy road."~Adeye Salem, No Greater Joy Mom

As I was reading Adeye's blog post this morning, this statement resonated deeply in my spirit. Before God brought us to Africa, there was a particular day that I felt compelled to get down on my knees and pray. It was one of those moments where you know the Father has something to say and you need to listen! So I positioned myself to hear His voice, and He asked me a question:

"Do you want my will, even if it's hard?"

My immediate response, only by the grace of God and the help of the Holy Spirit:

"Yes, Lord! Only because I know that you will give me the grace and strength I need. You will help me!"

In my journey with Jesus, this has always been my desire~even though I haven't always been successful at it~to know and to do the will of God. Since we arrived in Africa, I have had my moments of struggling~desiring to go back to the "ease" of Western living. But then God gently reminds me of the above exchange and I say, "Oh yes, I signed up for this!" His grace truly is sufficient.

Yesterday I was talking with a dear friend who is going through one of those trying times. Though she desires a certain outcome, she shared that she was at peace with praying, "Your will be done." I had to smile, because she is exactly where she needs to be. She is acting just like Jesus! In the absolute most agonizing time of His life here on earth, He was crying out to the Father..."Get me out of this, if possible! Nevertheless, not my will, but YOUR will be done." How can we do any less as His disciples?

Thy Will Be Done by Derek Webb
Words by Charlotte Elliot, Music by Justin Smith ©2009 Justin Smith Music

1. My God and Father! while I stray,
Far from my home in life’s rough way,
Oh! teach me from my heart to say,
“Thy will be done!” “Thy will be done!”

2. If Thou shouldst call me to resign,
What most I prize, it ne’er was mine.
I only yield Thee what was Thine;
“Thy will be done!” “Thy will be done!”

3. If but my fainting heart be blest,
With Thy sweet Spirit for its guest,
My God! To Thee I leave the rest,
“Thy will be done!” “Thy will be done!”

4. Renew my will from day to day,
Blend it with Thine, and take away,
All now that makes it hard to say,
“Thy will be done!” “Thy will be done!”

5. Then when on earth I breathe no more,
The prayer oft mixed with tears before,
I’ll sing upon a happier shore,
“Thy will be done!” “Thy will be done!”

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I would gather children

Some would gather money
Along the path of life;
Some would gather roses,
And rest from worldly strife.

But I would gather children
From among the thorns of sin;
I would seek a golden curl,
And a freckled, toothless grin.

For money cannot enter
In that land of endless day;
And roses that are gathered
Soon will wilt along the way.

But, oh, the laughing children,
As I cross the sunset sea,
And the gates swing wide to heaven
I can take them in with me.

-Author Unknown

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Overseas Missions Q&A video

One of our brothers in Australia asked Sean to make a video answering various questions about Overseas Missions. There is a slideshow at the end!


Overseas Missions Wallacia from Missions Machine on Vimeo.