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First Mission Trip

Callahan Corner:  Jan 4, 2015

Last Saturday, our families and children all joined together as a “Mission Team” to carry the Gospel and some gifts to reach the poor people in a small, and remote, mountain village.

We gathered for prayer before heading north from our rice mill and dorm property. It was the very first time that most of our house parents & children had ever done this.

“Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge —no evil shall be allowed to befall you… For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”  (Psalm 91:9-11 ESV)

After a long drive, much of it off-road on a dirt trail, we reached the village and called the people to gather for a special meeting.

There was a tiny one-room church recently built there, and all of our families took a part in the singing, preaching, praying, special music, and gift-giving celebration. Here Shirley & I join all our children to sing a Christmas carol for the villagers.

“Everything on earth will worship you; they will sing your praises, shouting your name in glorious songs.”  (Psalm 66:4)

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After the Christmas service, we split into several groups and our house parents visited each small house to pray for the families. Here Shirley & I are walking with Montree and Tom to visit the village-leader’s small home.

“And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah.”  (Acts 5:42)

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It was a wonderful day. After our service, the entire village stood with our families to have a portrait made on the hilltop beside the church.

“Praise the LORD our God, and worship at his sacred hill! The LORD our God is holy.”  (Psalm 99:9)

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We are so thankful that God blessed us with a safe trip for our 6-truck caravan, and that many of our house parents & children are already eager to plan for a more ambitious “mission trip” next year.

Our sincere thanks to all the saints who were faithful to pray for us in this event: Teaching them to obey the Great Commission…“go and make disciples”.

 

Grace and peace to you in Christ,

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