Tuesday Thought: Our Care For Overseas Missionaries

Living overseas has special mark in my life. My life is changed. My perspective is changed.

This is not what I had in my mind when I was at school. My plan was to study hard, earned my bachelor and then went to overseas, well at least Singapore, to get better job. But then when I went back to finish my bachelor degree in 2004, God led me to different path. God changed my motivation. God changed my perspective of the idea of living overseas or cross-culturally.

We moved to Ohio since 2008 after we got married. For me, I am away from my home country, my parents and close families. But for my husband and daughters, here is their home country. For all of us, no matter where we will be living, wherever God will send us to go, we will make it home and serve Him as family.

Thinking of being away from home country, my thought goes to all missionaries who serve the Lord overseas. Those who live away from their home countries, away from their families. But they are there because of their obedience to the Lord’s calling. They are there because the people need to hear the Good News.

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Our church, Grace Baptist Church Minford – Ohio, has a group of ladies who always get together every month to pray for the missionaries whom our church partner with. I am so thankful to this group of ladies! Knowing that they are thinking and praying for us and the missionaries is very encouraging.

They are not only getting together to pray, but in their act of love is real.

On last Friday, some of us get together to make Christmas cards for our missionaries. We would love to send them a note on Christmas day, sharing our hearts with them on the field. Especially for those who are away from their families on this special holiday.

That night, we made 17 Christmas cards! These ladies are amazing! We learned together to stamp and putting cards together. Most of all, we fellowshipped, shared stories, and had fun time 🙂

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My oldest daughter came back from Great-grandma’s house, she joined us a little but before bed time. My friend helped her making this card. She is a blessing!

This is one of little thing we can do to show care with missionaries who serve overseas. If your church partner with missionaries overseas, you can try to do something special for them to show your care and love 🙂

Here are some cards we made that I would like to share with you today:

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THANK YOU for your partnership with missionaries all over the world. THANK YOU for your love for the people who need to hear the love of God and His Good News. THANK YOU!

Christmas in February

What? Christmas in February? 😀 LOL… I am feeling Christmas spirit in February. Few weeks ago, I made cards for fund raising event that my husband and I had to help the people in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia who lost their Bibles because of the flood water and mud hit my home town. These are 2 of 80 cards I made.

Both cards I made using Sparkle & Shine paper packet and complement elements. The stamp set I used from the Frosted Cardmaking Workshop On The Go Kit. Both kit retired from Close To My Heart.

First card I used the sketch from the Paper Players Challenge #184:

Celebrate the Season by Helen Gullett

Supplies: Sparkle & Shine paper packet, White Daisy Cardstock, Recollections clear gems, Doodle Twine Christmas Collection from Doodlebug Designs, Tombow glue runner, glue dots.

Here’s the second one that I link it up this card at Christmas Cards Challenge #13 – Anything Goes:

Peace and Joy by Helen Gullett

Supplies: Sparkle & Shine paper packet, White Daisy Cardstock, Martha Stewart lace border punch, Nicole gems, Recollections clear gems, Tombow glue runner, Glue Dots, 3D Foam Tape.

And here’s one more Christmas card that I made using the sketch from Page Maps for Scrapping Everyday Miracles March Card Sketch Challenge:

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Have a Holly Jolly Christmas by Helen G. - Scrapping Everyday Miracles Card Sketch Challenge

I hope you enjoy my cards 🙂

Merry Christmas To You All

I grew up in multi-cultural and multi-language background. It amazes me when I found out how many languages spoken in this world! Over 6,000 languages! Can you imagine that?

If you go to Google to find how these people say “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” in any langagues, you will see people say it in so many different ways!

In thise special season, I hope your Christmas will be filled with joy, love, peace and hope from God and may His favor and goodness be yours in this coming New Year!

This is how I say it in languages that I can understand (from the most I can speak & understand to the least):

Slamat Natal deng Taong Baru (Manadonese)

Selamat Hari Natal dan Tahun Baru (Indonesian)

Selamet Hari Natal ame Tahun Baru ye (Betawi)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! (English)

Merry Christmas lan Sugeng Warsa Enggal (Javanese)

圣诞快乐,新年快乐
Shèngdàn kuàilè, Xīnniàn kuàilè (Mandarin)

Feliz Navidad y Feliz Año Nuevo (Spanish)

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Merry Christmas To You All

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IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE ALREADY!! It seems that the year has just gone by so fast, yet so many things are still on our To-Do lis.

December is not just the end of the year, but it’s the month to get ready for the new beginning, getting ready to step into the New Year! Are you ready? In our every day busyness, we easily get distracted by whatever we are doing and forget the most import an thing of Christmas. I hope, each of us will have time to meditate on the true and real meaning of this big celebration that we all preparing.

It is all about CHRIST. He is the reason of this season, the light that we need to step into 2012, the lamp that shines our path, the one and only guidance we need, the Savior who can save our souls, the reason we live.

Many things have happened in our life, and we are so thankful that with the strength, grace, mercy and favor from God through our Lord Jesus Christ, we are enable to get through all the challenges in 2011. He is faithful and everlasting God!

In September 2011, we had our first interview through Skype call with Wycliffe Recruiter Personnel. Later in October 2011, we started our Application progress and it is still in the progress now. If accepted, then we will go to the Wycliffe HQ office in Orlando, FL, for the 2 weeks – EQUIP Camp in April 2012. Please do pray for this process that we are going through, pray for God’s provision and help. We will give you more updates on this process later.

For about 10 months the local church that we have been going didn’t have a pastor. Struggling in frustration but all trust the Lord to send the right one to pastor and disciple His own people at Grace Baptist Church, Minford. God truly worked in each member’s heart while waiting for His answer. Last month, we received God’s answer! He sent Rob McKinney to be our new Pastor. Last week, God provided them a house just couple houses away from the church. This is an amazing answer and miracle for us. They will move into their new house on December 28th and we will have the first Sunday Service together on January 1, 2012! What a wonderful way to start the year!

We Are Ready For Christmas

Last week challenge from My Memories was the “The Holiday Time,” to share how we get ready for our upcoming Holiday celebrations (5 MORE DAYS to CHRISTMAS!!) and how we are preparing for the Holidays. It’s been CRAZY busy but here’s my layout that I did with my MMS program and all the materials I used, you can find at MyMemories store :

Christ is the reason of the season