Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Washer, Dryer, Swimming..God is GREAT!

The sun was sooo warm here today. Thanks be to God.
We swam as a family at the pool tonight. Thanks be to God.
We ate delicious leftovers and there were leftovers of the leftovers. Thanks be to God.
Gas prices have dropped drastically. Thanks be to God.
I was shown favor by an employer today. Thanks be to God.
Anthony had a good day at work and has been assigned one project from two projects. Thanks be to God.
Our missions Sundays are filling up fast. Thanks be to God.
We had two more prayer slots filled up. Thanks be to God.
I was able to share a smile and give hope to a patient in need. Thanks be to God.
Our electricity was on all day long and there is no end in sight for the electricity. Thanks be to God. 
I hear the washer spinning and the drying-drying clothes right now. Thanks be to God.
I am thinking...
Because of his LOVE, God had already decided to make us his own children through Jesus Christ. That was what he wanted and what pleased him! Ephesians 1:5
Thanks be to GOD!
Today, in my casual text message conversations God brought a reality. A verse to mind that was hidden in my brain archives. It is Hebrews 11:1, which says, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."
One instance was a friend in need of a word from the Lord. She has undergone such trial and has shown perseverance in the Lord and hope for tomorrow. Today however, found her beaten and hiding..the verse comforted me to speak it to her. I love her so much. She is a friend I met on mission to Mexico, one that Anthony and I worked side-by-side with and had such a great time!
The other was when my sister and I were talking theologically. She attends a church which is not Nazarene and there was some conversation about speaking at her church. Ultimately her pastor decided to stay within his denomination for speakers doing missions work and disappointment set-in because we had hoped to share our joy for Africa with her people as well. God again reminded me that the churches we speak in will be God's decision, our hope is to serve. God has NO intention of holding back, he will fulfill our faithful steps in HIS timing. Isn't that beautiful? Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see....!!!
I am hopeful for a friend whose sister-in-law suffers from cancer.
I am hopeful for a patient who I had in Chicago that is raising children alone and has taken in children who aren't even hers to help raise them. 
I am hopeful for my friends who are moving from border missions to Africa for service with the Church of the Nazarene. 
I am hopeful that each person we touch in Family Practice sees Jesus in my eyes.
I am hopeful for faith in Christ in my life to be expanded. 
God has great plans for each of us who remember Hebrews 11:1, he has plans for the faith action from the hope we have and the certainty is in Christ.
Friends be excited...that hope is just on the horizon and God is going to do something great! In fact, he already is doing a great thing!

Praise Him today!
Jesika

Monday, June 25, 2012

SATAN ROARS LIKE A LION

Sometimes it is just soooo hard! Here we have enjoyed a very relaxing weekend with a few wonderful friends and lots of to-do's getting tackled. We were in the fellowship of two very receptive services and we have enjoyed two beautiful love offerings of prayer on our ministry intentions...but man alive...as sure as my skin is on my body there he is...the deceiver, searching and seeking, waiting for a moment when he can barge into my almost perfectly God given weekend and PUFF, try to blow my lights out! 
I really have about had it..so here is the verse that instantly came to mind:
1 Peter 5:8- Be self-controlled and alert! Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 
Now, I like steaks, and I like grilled steaks. But I don't want to falter at the hands of a roaring lion. I want an instance like Daniel standing in front of that roaring lion- snap their jaw shut so tight and PROTECT us Lord I pray...this is my thought as Satan seeks to trample on my seemingly God spent and perfect weekend. I am reminded once again..I am flesh...but as Pastor Todd Keller spoke tonight, I should bleed the words of the Lord when I am bitten/smacked/harmed/and tested. 
The commentary on 1 Peter 5:8 says>Your adversary the devil - Your enemy; he who is opposed to you. Satan opposes man in his best interests. He resists his efforts to do good; his purposes to return to God; his attempts to secure his own salvation. There is no more appropriate appellation that can be given to him than to say that he resists all our efforts to obey God and to secure the salvation of our own souls.
WOW! That speaks of power...a forceful fight..one wanting me to bow down and give up and one hoping I will put up a fight for God.
What do you want to know...you want to know more about the services?
Our mission field is as much in our home, outside our doors, and in our neighborhood as the people we are going to serve in Malawi. Are we all fighting? Are we working to snap the jaw of the Lion shut and send him whimpering? A threshold on our home is a door for destruction.

Our prayers go out to the following people tonight, please help us this week to lift them up in prayer:
Melinda Tooley- fighting cancer
Mark Brown-recent loss of his wife to cancer
Lucky Brown-awaiting transplant
Jim Mitchell-awaiting hip replacement
Katherine Knight-giver of kidney
Angel Cheney -album cut
Abbi D.- diabetes Type I, uncontrolled
The Chengs- recovery, peace, and snapping that jaw shut
Bill Brandon-new diagnosis of cancer
The Alis and the Moshers-home deputation
Jordan and Rachel Thompson- http://thompsonpng.blogspot.com/
All of our students and the preparation for graduation for the current classes at ANU and NTCCA!
The staff of the college who are making preparations as well.
Lindie Kusky-a healthy continuation of the pregnancy
Jen George-a healthy continuation of the pregnancy

This is just a few of the many we will be praying for this week. Feel free to drop us a line: jesika@love-coffee.com if you want to be added to the prayer list.
And remember..Satan lurks.
We did have a wonderful time with friends at Fairway Knolls Church of the Nazarene. We feel love and appreciation from all of you.
Then this evening the blessing of God fell at Point of Change Church of the Nazarene. We feel God is going to do great things in this ministry and we are praying equally...oh and a shameless plug for this church plant but they have a BIG YARD SALE---yes, a BIG sale going on this weekend at the Central Illinois Holiness Association Campgrounds as they are two weeks from launch.
Enough writing, must go pray. Thanks all for your continued prayers!

Love ya!
J & A

Thursday, June 21, 2012

FUNDING THE MISSION: WHO DOES IT?

Recently we had friends who came to our house and stayed with us. While we were talking about the mission work in Malawi that we are going to be doing, they looked puzzled. It was a similar puzzling look as the one my little brother gave me when we told him we were going. The look said, "but why do we need to support this work, shouldn't they be paying you to go?" We inquired this time about the look and indeed it was the look and reasoning we suspected. Our friends who were with us knew of plenty of missionaries whom they had known in their life who were all paid for their work on the mission out of their church budgets/denominational budgets. So, they couldn't figure out where we fit into that equation.
If I said 38 million, would you automatically think dollars? or would you think lives? Well, we in our denomination spend 38 million dollars funding the mission...what is the mission? The mission is the goal to Make Christlike Disciples in the Nations...what Nations...well as Nazarene people we are working in countries around the globe in over 200 areas. Those areas touch the lives by the millions in observance of the Ultimate Mission...which is to go into all the world preaching and teaching...
Where do we fit in? Well, that budget supports missionaries who are full-time global missionaries, the staff at our headquarters, retirement and pension of missionaries who came off the field, insurance, health insurance, furlow (home assignments), radio broadcasting, JESUS project, and many many more things...what it doesn't always support is new or sustained work. That is us: We are the new work. We are going with the church of the Nazarene to teach a new cohort of students who want to spread the gospel into their local villages and people groups. However, it is a new work! We are going to teach the classes that we teach for the first time EVER in this people group in this city/state/country! We pray it is a GO! However, the mission has been hit by the recession just like all things. Four years ago the budget was 48 million...but donations, expectations, and reality has hit the mission. Is the mission any less strong? NOPE!
It just means we go into our people groups and ask for donations. We ask that you fund a new work! In direct support of furthering education of the people across the world...hold on you say, you are going to Malawi, how is that across the world? Well, by giving, you support the hopes that Malawi will send out missionaries from the group to their own places, in turn raising up the next generation of missionaries...remember...missionaries are not limited to American Citizenship! They are all over the world..if each one can reach one...there is an unlimited amount of this....:-)
I hope this helps everyone who reads this blog to understand a little bit better why we are asking for your financial support as well as prayer support.
We are very excited we have reached the 20% mark and can only imagine that the next two months before we leave will fly by. I surely hope the months to come meet the needs so we can fulfill this promise...the promise of education and hope for the people group in Lilongwe, Malawi.
A huge thanks to those of you who are already praying for our mission!! ! ! ! !
We are substantially blessed by you, we already feel the pieces coming into place and it is HOT! EXCITING!!! YIPPEE!!!
God bless,
Anthony and Jesika (author borrowed the husbands account to complete this blog)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

With Greatful Hearts

Good evening, friends!

Jesika and I have so much to be thankful for today...

First, thanks to Marseilles Church of the Nazarene for being such gracious hosts and for your generosity. It was a joy for Jesika and I to share with you what God has laid on our hearts for Malawi.

Thanks be to God that our missionary friends who were looking for a van large enough to fit their large family (2 adults, 2 teenagers, and 4 in car seats) plus luggage for all of them were able to locate and purchase a van!

Thanks be to God that our friends on the mission field who had an urgent need for provision were provided more than expected in less time than expected!

Thanks be to God - We can confirm the first part of the plan... Jesika and Leyana will leave for Malawi at 6:04am from Chicago O'Hare on August 27th, and I will follow soon after. We are all getting very excited, and we ask for prayers for support to continue to come in.

We are in high need of Churches to speak at throughout July and August. If you would like us to speak at your Church, please let me know by email anthony@love-coffee.com. Jesika and I will get back with you with date options!

Current Prayer Requests

Will you join with us in praying specifically for these needs?

  1. Unspoken request for a student at NTCCA for a physical need
  2. Traveling mercies for friends who are coming home for the field for deputation
  3. The son of our friend, Michele, who is sick, for healing
  4. Churches to share our vision with
  5. Meeting the financial needs of this trip
If you have a need you'd like for us to add to our prayer list, feel free to email it to anthony@love-coffee.com, or leave it as a comment on this post.

For those of you who feel so lead, you may make a donation online at http://web.nazarene.org/goto/moore.malawi

Monday, June 4, 2012

Being a Christian is an amazing privilege. If you call it any less, you are mistaken. The life of Christ and the gift of him as God's only son was such a story that it can never be repeated. I am blessed that this is my destiny, to be a Christian. I hope that words I say, lives we touch, gifts we give, and prayers we prayed bless those around us.
When we attended a church in Oklahoma City during our early years of marriage, Pastor Mark Crow would spend time each Sunday going over the testimonies of those whom God was meeting their needs. As those needs got met, the expectation was that they would take from the abundance of the storehouse and give a greater gift for the gospel of Jesus Christ to be shared throughout the world. The motto of that church was reach our city, change our nation, and touch the world with the Good News! They were firm believers in the power of giving and this rubbed off on us early in marriage. Anthony and I were POOR. We had a baby 10 months after getting married, he had no visa to work, I worked nights in the ICU, I had school debt, he had no income, we had hungry mouths and ends barely met...what we learned is that His grace was sufficient for us and that the money had no value. Tithe when it seems to hurt and giving will become a way of life.
This morning we were able to impress on our home church the value of the seemingly over-giver. How God wants for you to not just give money through tithe but to dare to stretch yourself and see if you really "go without"...2 Corinthians 9:7- Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 
We gave the Faith Promise Program its rightful start for the year and it was well received. Each person took home a solar garden light. Why this? Well as God was speaking to us in the program we learned that our light (the one that is not to be hidden but to shine on the hill) is powered by the Son. Just like the solar garden light is powered by the sun! Also, it comes with a stake for putting it into the soil...it isn't a shallow stake that can be easily pulled out with wind or that water can wash it away from it's place..it is firmly rooted in the soil, just as the light was firmly rooted so our lives must be grounded in the soil of God's word and rain will come and water our hearts and grow us as Christians...Oh can you see I am a visual learner? Well in reflection the service was awesome!
Then this afternoon we headed to Marseilles, Illinois. We were invited to speak on our mission to Malawi. This church is an amazing reflection of the beauty of giving. Watching their congregation from the pulpit was a ministry. Their eyes, their amazement, their faith it was unchartered and unabandoned love for our Savior. They are holy devoted to the Great Commission and this was seen in their actions and words as well. Often you go to encourage and share and walk away with a fresh perspective and a new anointing. This was one of those nights and it was great. We were able to share and give information and hopefully picked up some prayer partners along the way. A shout out to Sam, the soundman, he did a great job running our various slides and presentations and never missed a beat! Thanks! We felt the love...it was beautiful!
I want to close with this prayer. It is liturgical, which may not be what you are used to, please take no offense. It is the prayer we prayed for many Sundays and through dark periods that the Lord was molding our marriage and our life...it is now a prayer of praise:
Lord, here we stand, 
as we bring our tithes and offerings unto the Lord,
we are believing for jobs and better jobs, raises and bonuses, benefits,
sales and commissions, growth in business, settlements, estates
and inheritances, interest and income, rebates and returns, checks in the
mail, gifts and surprises, finding money, bills paid off, bills decreased, blessings 
and increase, thank you Lord for meeting all my financial needs that I 
may have more than enough to give into the kingdom of God and promote
the gospel of Jesus Christ, hallelujah!


Similar to pressed down, shaken together, running over...
God is the God of more than enough. Thank you for blessing us so that we can give more and be in Malawi for the fall of 2012.
Blessings!
Anthony and Jesika Moore