What to do when you don’t know what to do. 11-3-2016

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What to do when you don’t know what to do. 11-3-2016

What to do when you don’t know what to do.

I remember a portion of an old poem that goes something like this;” What to do? What to do? Put some mustard in your shoe…” With our presidential election, just a few days from now there seems to be a high level of both indecision and anxiety. To that end I offer just a few simple steps for peace through the election process.

(1) Park the Panic
One of the worse things you can do is panic about this election. Look – God has this under His control! To quote a line from a children’s movie, “This is not the time to panic…I’ll tell you when to panic.”

(2) Pray
The very best option is for you to spend time in the presence of God. It both provides a great calming effect and puts you in the place where you can hear direction from the only One who knows for sure what is going on.

(3) Get Informed
My father used to occasionally say, “Are you ignoring me? One thing I can’t stand is ignorance!” I think he used a little play on words to tell me to both listen to him and to tell me to be informed. In this election, you need to be informed on the issues at hand and on the persons, you will be voting for. I heard a man talking the other day saying that it is our responsibility as citizens to vote – I don’t fully agree. It is our “privilege” as a citizen of a free country to vote but our “responsibility” is to not be ignorant and go cast our votes uninformed.

(4) Pray some more
After you have gathered all the information you can it then time to take your brain to the Lord and ask Him to help you sort through all the clutter you have accumulated.

(5) Go Vote
I really do not need to say much about this do I? Do not stay home in silent protest – go be a voice for Godliness and morality. Finally;

(6) Might be a good idea to go Pray again.
Your prayers for our country should not stop at the polls! There is a great need for God in our local, state and national governmental system. That will never be realized if God’s people will not humble themselves and seek His face on behalf of our leaders. Like them or not they are our leaders – pray for them fervently.

If you will follow these six simple steps then you can be at peace that He has everything firmly in His control.

Serving Him by Serving You,
Joe Jackson, Jr.


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Reaching the Nations from Home 5-23-2016

Below is an article published about one of the many missionaries which we support here at The Church at Wellington.  At the end of the article is the link to the PENews site where you can read this and many other stories of what is happening in the world today. We are proud to be a part of what they are accomplishing for the Kingdom of God!

 

Reaching the Nations from Home

by Jennifer M. Nelson on May 16, 2016

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For almost two decades, Assemblies of God U.S. missionaries David and Sue Hartmann lived on the other side of the world ministering to the people of Albania. Now, the Hartmann’s have the opportunity to meet new friends from many different cultures and nations every day from their own backyard in Texas.

Since 2012, the Hartmann’s have worked as U.S. Intercultural Ministries missionaries to refugee populations in North and East Dallas. The couple works with up to 20 different ethnic groups in the Dallas area from around the world, including some from parts of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa who have left their home countries because of genocide or persecution. Many refugees have come to the U.S. from countries with little or no Christian missionary presence, David says.

The couple spends time taking refugees to medical appointments, helping them with English skills, mentoring, aiding them in the citizenship process, helping with daily tasks, serving as their advocates, and distributing food to them as they adjust to life in the U.S. But at the heart of their ministry is getting to know the people, spending time with them in their homes, and establishing friendships. In forming relationships, the couple has discovered many of the refugees don’t really know any local long-term residents.

“Some of them have lived here 10 years and don’t have an American friend,” David says. “This is an incredible opportunity that God has provided. Refugees are begging for friendship.”

Through these bonds, God has opened up doors for the couple to pray for and share the gospel with the new arrivals who come from various religious backgrounds.

As the refugees are learning to adjust to their new lives, the Hartmann’s are receiving an education alongside them, not just about the various cultures the refugees came from, but also about the trauma and tragedy they went through to get here. Some escaped violence. Others saw their homes bombed, or watched the murder of family members.

The Hartmann’s also have come to understand the stress refugees experience once they resettle in a new place, often separated from family members. Sometimes the new immigrants don’t even know whether their loved ones in the home country are still alive.

One of the biggest challenges the couple faces is seeing the new families in their circle deal with the lasting impact of horrific events, whether it’s emotional stress, mental illness, or physical pain. The Hartmann’s have discovered that offers to simply listen are readily accepted.

Healing frequently begins when a refugee shares a hurt or burden, then agrees to receive prayer, David says.

Despite everything the refugees have been through, the couple says they are amazed at how hospitable and friendly foreign born are in return, inviting them to share coffee or a meal.

“They care about us, too,” Sue says.  “It’s humbling when they want to feed you. Usually they wouldn’t think of not feeding you.”

Knowing there are so many refugees and so many needs is what motivates the couple to continue their work. David looks forward to training other volunteers and equipping more churches to help through time, financial giving, and prayers.

“This is an exciting opportunity to reach the mission field,” he says. “If we win refugees here, they will win them there. They are the ones who will take the message back.”

 

http://penews.org/news/reaching-the-nations-from-home


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