Hunger strikes developing nations

Citizens in the West, China and India must realize that the meat on their plate and biofuels in their expensive cars carry a cost for those in the developing world, Evans said

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24262084/

Living in a community so focused on prayer, fighting to live a lifestyle of regular fasting, extravagant giving to the poor, and the giving up of worthless things. I read the news, not extremely regularly but try to keep an open eye on the things happening in the world as we see the beginning of the birth pangs that Jesus speaks of in Matthew 24. I was actually just reading that passage before reading this article, and my heart squeezes “God there must be something that can be done”.

Of course there are people fighting to stop world hunger, people out serving among the poor and the dying, and here I am in Missouri. Sometimes I yearn to be out among them, to serve them with my hands, and ever so gently He reminds that I AM serving the poor, hungry, dying and abandoned, as I sit in this room petitioning the courts of heaven for the return of the Savior of the World.

Jesus, we have nothing unless You come.

Titus, oh my friend Titus

Oh How I love your word! It is my meditation all the day…Psalm 119.97

Yesterday in briefing we were talking about the apostolic prayer found in Romans 15, specifically verses 5-6, and 13. Now may the God of patience and comfort;

  • endurance and encouragement -NIV
  • perseverance and encouragement – NAS
  • dependably steady and warmly personal God – Message,
  • the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement -Amplified

grant you to be like-minded toward one another according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ….Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I LOVE this prayer! I love how the NIV says it, He is the God of endurance and encouragement! He is the God of hope who FILLS us with joy and peace and solid believing!  No more questions, no doubts, He gives to us peace when we believe in Him. The 15 minute briefing was the most encouraging 15 minutes of the entire week, hands down.

That might be due to the interesting week though. Even on days, sleep eludes me, and I look forward to the kingdom of God being on the earth. I’m not really sure if we will never sleep, I mean that would rock, but I think that if we do sleep, there wont be painful sleepless nights, watching the clock tick by. After one such night this week, I finally rolled out of bed around 7, tired of lying there. Jeremy was on his way to bed and had just txt me, we spoke for a moment and I told him about my pounding head, and his housemates all got together to pray for me. 20 minutes later I suddenly realized the migraine had lifted, hallelujah! Praise God for my brother! Though that was the longest day of my week it was also the most pain-free day I’ve had since the first er visit last month!

Anyway, the mediation from this week has been Titus 2.11-14

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

My heart has been so encouraged as I’ve prayed and sang this passage this week. This is our blessed hope, He is coming soon!

 

 

Concerning the Polygamist Sect in West Texas

This week I have been painfully captivated by the recent events going on in West Texas concerning a governmental raid of a Polygamist sect. Strangely enough I have been crudely aware of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-day Saints for a couple of years now; by no means any sort of an expert of their beliefs etc, but occasionally checking the news to see where they have popped up again. My heart is squeezed every time I read an article, watch a news clip, or think about the lifestyle and rituals that are forced upon any who are born into this group.

The situation outside Eldorado has caught my heart in a particular way, due to the magnitude; 410 children have been removed from the ranch and taken into protective custody by the state, along with over 100 women who have gone voluntarily to care for the children. Authorities are still searching the estate, believing that it is highly possible for more children to be in hiding.

Women and Children being relocated

The Washington Post says, “for all their lives, the boys and girls of the FLDS have been told the outside world was hostile and immoral. Venturing beyond the brilliant white limestone walls of their compound would consign them to eternal damnation” making the removal and relocation of the children and these women an extremely difficult and confusing situation. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/12/AR2008041200438.html

What pains me is the treatment and brainwashing of the children. The group forces girls to marry as soon as they hit puberty, some as young as 13. The marriages are arranged with men MUCH their senior, some 40 years old, and these children are forced to themselves bear children as soon as possible. According to an extended article from Newsweek, officials, “found numerous underage girls either pregnant or already with infant children. They determined that all the children were being “indoctrinated and groomed” to participate in underage marriages, even the boys, so all were in danger of being abused.” http://www.newsweek.com/id/131379/page/1

Jesus heart is pained. Of course He has known what was going on long before officials did, Matthew 6 makes it clear that our God sees what is done in secret, but as I’ve prayed for these people throughout the week I feel such pain in my soul.

This past week was the Global Bridegroom Fast here at IHOP, and as I’ve spoken of before that means that as a staff for three days we shut down as much as possible and spend the majority of our time in prayer. This GBF I joined a handful of friends in attempting to read the entire new testament in those 3 days. I didn’t make it :), too prone to stop and focus on a passage I guess. But did get a good portion through and, possibly due to my thoughts being in Texas, was struck with the tender heart of our Saviour, and how much He speaks about & concerning children. He loves the little ones! Matthew 18 caused my heart to tremble and pray for the repentance of the men leading this group.

In prayer for these children I have LONGED for the return of the Messiah. Whenever the headaches are really bad I turn my thoughts to Jesus and remember that He is coming with judgement, and He will judge the sickness in my body, set me free from the chains of death, and judge the one who attacks me. This week I longed for His judgements on behalf of these children. My prayer was Ephesians 1:17-19, wisdom and revelation of the Lord’s heart to be given to those burdened with the responsibility of making the decisions regarding the future of these children and how to go about with their mental and emotional healing,  and understanding of our Father’s true heart for the children themselves – that the Holy Spirit would reveal Jesus in truth to them and drive back all lies and wrong thoughts about Him. He is a good Father, full of tender mercies and compassion. Papa let them see You as You really are.