Change Someone’s Life Today!

Instead of re-writing the story, I’m just copying and pasting the email my brother Jake sent around about a young man to whom we’ve recently been ministering.  Consider getting involved and helping to change his life!

We met Emal, a young Muslim refugee from Afghanistan, about 9 months ago. We shared the Gospel with him, he’s been reading the Bible, and he comes to church most weeks. He hasn’t started to trust in Jesus yet, but he’s growing closer. Recently, he told me, “I know I need a new life – I want things to change, and I think Jesus is the answer, but I can’t believe in Him yet. I need to learn more about Him first, and then I can only believe if I really believe it’s true.”

One of Emal’s biggest physical needs right now is for hearing aids. Like many refugees we’re meeting from Afghanistan, Emal’s ears were damaged with the constant bombing, so we want to get him some hearing aids to make it easier for him to get a job, survive in Bucharest, and, most important, learn more about Jesus.

We found a pair of used hearing aids plus 2 years of batteries for $250. These are really good hearing aids that normally cost $2000 to $3000 new, so this is a great opportunity. Please pray about helping us to buy these hearing aids for Emal, and if you can give, click here.

When we present them to him, we want to be able to tell him, “This is a gift from Christians from all over the world who care about you because Jesus cares about you. This isn’t just from me, but this is a gift from God’s people.”

Whether you can give or not, pray for Emal, for his hearing to be restored, for him to find good work in Bucharest, and, most important, that his heart would turn to Jesus!

Thanks so much!

If you can give, click here.

The Search for a PO Box

Since moving to my new place last year, I discovered quite early a need to rent a post office box.  Where I live, I don’t have an actual mailbox, so anything that comes usually ends up at some point or another at my landlord’s store across the street.  Though I haven’t seen my phone bill in about 9 months, that’s usually not a problem.  When I had to order about 30 books for our summer class, though, things got… tricky.

The post office sends a notice (called an aviz) for every single package that comes.  An aviz is small, easily-lost, barely-identifiable, and often illegible.  Sometimes they would end up in my landlord’s store…  Sometimes they would make it to me from there…  Sometimes, they would… disappear.

It doesn’t help matters when you’re ordering from Book Depository.  Book Depository is seriously awesome.  They deliver books worldwide without charging for shipping.  But… they send books out individually, one at a time.  One.  At.  A.  Time.

This doesn’t work when you’re ordering about 30 books.

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Hundred Miles by Judah & the Lion

I’ve been really enjoying “Hundred Miles” by Judah and the Lion lately.  It’s easy to play, has simple lyrics, and is a ton of fun when it gets to the really fast part.  For your viewing enjoyment, the video is below:

You can find their latest album on Noise Trade, where you can get the songs for free.  But if you’re like me, you’ll want to support these guys and actually pay for the music:  iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon.

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Holy Ghost Premiere… You don’t wanna miss it.

Religion sucks, but a living relationship with our Father through the Holy Spirit… is awesome… simply awesome.

If you haven’t seen it yet, the world premiere of Darren Wilson’s newest film Holy Ghost from Wanderlust Productions is streaming free on bethel.tv until September 8, 2014, 5pm PST.  It… rocks.  Watch it… period.

Check it out here before it’s too late.  (Or just go by the DVD when it’s released in a few weeks.)

Oh, man, am I hungry to see the Holy Spirit work through me.  As a missionary in a new culture, barely able to speak the language, this has been one of the most frustrating things here… how to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit to people with whom I can’t communicate.

But, church, we just gotta do it, teach it, and lead others into it.  It’s time to be an encounter.  The world doesn’t need more advice; they need an encounter with the Father who’s searching for his sons, the shepherd who’s searching for his sheep.  The world doesn’t need religion… it needs relationship with the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit through the sacrifice of Jesus.

Oh, man, this movie has made me hungry for what’s real.

John 14:12 – “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.”

Help us send Michael and Annie Fisher on a sabbatical!

michael and annie

Michael and Annie are the reason I’m in the ministry today, and I owe them more than words can describe.  They’ve served Jesus faithfully 31 years, through easy times and hard, and it’s about time they take some time off to write, reflect, and get strengthened for the next step God has for them in ministry.

I’m definitely looking forward to getting to help support financially the man who’s supported me in so many ways through the last 15 years I’ve known him.

Check out the link, pray for Michael and Annie, and consider donating to help them pursue this next phase in their walk with God.  (You can read more of their story and donate here.)

The Winter is Gone – Kate Hurley

I first heard this song at the end of the Deadraisers movie that came out a while ago.  I immediately loved its simple style and poetic lyrics.  Not to mention Kate Hurley’s awesome voice.  Of course, I had to find the chords for it.  Although google knows everything, this one thing it couldn’t tell me, so I found Kate Hurley’s website and sent her a message asking for help.  She was kind enough to respond and sent me the chords you see below.  :)

While the song isn’t yet on youtube, you can listen to it here on bandcamp and fall in love with it just like I did.  And then copy these chords and have fun!  (P.S. WordPress doesn’t seem to like extra spaces, so I can’t line up the chords correctly.  So you’ll have to figure that out on your own.)

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Sweet! The stains are gone!

vapoorizeDecent pants are expensive in Romania. I have a few pairs of blue jeans in various conditions, but I don’t have many pants I can wear for work at the school (i.e. not jeans). Two days ago, I found two of my pairs of pants got these big blue ink stains on them somehow. I quickly grabbed some soap and started scrubbing, but there was absolutely no change; the stain didn’t even smear.

Finally, I “prayed” something like, “Well, God, this sucks. I don’t have any money to buy more pants. I’ll get over it; they’re only pants, but still… You made the Israelites’ clothes last for 40 yeras, so you can make my clothes last, too. And they weren’t even trying to be faithful to you; I haven’t been perfect, but at least I’m headed in the right direction.”

And then I stuck them in a bucket of water, no soap, and thought to myself, “Maybe they just need to soak for a while… Maybe God will do something. And if not, I guess I’ll just have a couple pairs of shorts.”

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