Thursday, June 15, 2017

Friends Don't Let Friends Fight Cancer Alone

Most of you know that my Mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer a year ago. Just last month she discovered her former boss and very dear friend also has Stage 4 cancer. Mom wants to visit her in California to encourage her before she undergoes radiation and chemotherapy, but can't afford the trip. I started a GoFundMe page to raise the funds for her to be able to bless her friend. We are already halfway to our goal! Would you please help us by spreading the word? Please click the purple link below the picture to visit Mom's GoFundMe page!



Sheri's "We're In This Together" Cancer Fund

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Africa Beckons You

Photo by Chimezie Onyebilanma

The Lord very clearly called our family to minister in Africa. I am not suggesting that everyone should just pick up and go~though I think not many would be able to without the Lord's provision! I do agree with Andrew that we should all be saying, "Here I am Lord~send me!" with ANY nation in mind. The fields are ripe for harvest! Jesus has already commanded us as His disciples to GO into all the world and make disciples. Which part of the world is He calling you to? It could be in your own backyard, on the other side of your state, cross-country or on another continent. Are you willing to go where He sends you? Trust in Him with all your heart; don't depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take!" ~Kim

AFRICA BECKONS YOU!
by Andrew Strom

Over the years I have ministered many times in Africa - especially
Nigeria. The heat and the neverending cloud of dust, smog and
diesel fumes were ever-present, but spiritually it was always a
fantastic trip.

I know a lot of people on this List have had invitations to Third
world countries to minister. I want to encourage you to take
these opportunities, my friends - even if you have to pay your
own way (-quite likely because they are so poor).

I have come across many Repentance preachers in the USA and
the West who have been frustrated and discouraged here with the
lack of response and/or openings. We need to realize that there
is a wide world out there that is hungry and desperate for sound
preaching and biblical truth.

I remember once hearing David Servant make an analogy of a
fisherman with two fishing-holes to choose from. In one fishing
hole he caught virtually no fish at all. In the other fishing hole
the fish were so desperate to be caught that they were clinging
onto the line and he was hauling them in as fast as he could get
his pole back in the water! Which fishing hole should he choose?
Of course it was the second one. (Equating to the Third World).

A lot of us think it is the "spiritual" thing to do, to wait and wait
and wait right where we are, but as David Servant points out,
Jesus clearly told his disciples that if they were not received in
one town, to leave that place and go on until they find a receptive
place. This is actually a commandment of God. Otherwise all of
God's servants are left wasting their time in unresponsive
environments. Jesus commands us to "GO!"

Personally, for many years I focused my attention almost
entirely on the West. But God changed that. He redirected my
gaze to the Third Wolrd, and I am so glad He did. Such is the
need and the hunger there. Sadly, it is the exact opposite of
what we so often find in the comfortable apathetic West.

I strongly encourage every preacher who is on this List to consider
the Third World - and soon. It may be time to think "outside the
box", my friends. You won't regret it.

God bless you all.

Andrew Strom

Monday, March 20, 2017

Living Isaiah 58~A Reminder


In the past 6 years, we have moved continents 3 times in pursuit of Living Isaiah 58. Our journey has been completely Spirit-led and Father-funded (our Daddy is NOT on a budget and has some DEEP pockets!), and it has taken us from the the U.S. to Australia, to Kenya, and back to the U.S. again. In June of last year, we thought we still had at least one year left of living and ministering in Kenya as a family but God knew otherwise. That month we discovered that my Mom has stage 4 cancer. Our Father so graciously and faithfully provided for us to return to the U.S. to make memories with Mom/Grandma and we are so thankful! We have been back on American soil for 6 (!!!) months now, and are still unsure of what God's next orders will be. One thing we do know for sure is that we will never be released from the call to live out the mandate of Isaiah 58. In every nation there is such great need for God's people to rise up and be doers of the Word in regards to caring for the orphan, the widow and the "least of these"! We so appreciate your continued prayers during this season of waiting. Sean returned alone to Mombasa in January to continue and confirm the Lord's work there. He will be back with us shortly and we will continue to wait on God for His next instructions. In the meantime, we consider your prayers for us more precious that gold!


In His Love,

Kim

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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3)  SPEAK UP  

We are looking for 20+ bloggers to feature this post as a guest post.  
Please contact me directly at MRoepnack@gmail.com











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.