Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
|DATE||TIME (CST)||NAME AND HOMETOWN|
|Feb. 1, 2011||7:00-8:00am||Kathy Schmidt, Concordia, KS|
|Feb. 1, 2011||8:00-9:00am||Jim and Marilyn Douglass, Concordia, KS|
|Feb. 1, 2011||9:00-10:00am|
|Feb. 1, 2011||10:00-11:00am|
|Feb. 1, 2011||11:00-noon|
|Feb. 1, 2011||noon-1:00pm|
|Feb. 1, 2011||1:00pm-2:00pm|
|Feb. 1, 2011||2:00pm-3:00pm|
|Feb. 1, 2011||3:00pm-4:00pm|
|Feb. 1, 2011||4:00pm-5:00pm|
|Feb. 1, 2011||5:00pm-6:00pm|
|Feb. 1, 2011||6:00pm-7:00pm|
|Feb. 1, 2011||7:00pm-8:00pm|
|Feb. 2, 2011||7:00-8:00am||Kathy Schmidt, Concordia, KS|
|Feb. 2, 2011||8:00-9:00am||Jim and Marilyn Douglass, Concordia, KS|
|Feb. 2, 2011||9:00-10:00am|
|Feb. 2, 2011||10:00-11:00am|
|Feb. 2, 2011||11:00-noon|
|Feb. 2, 2011||noon-1:00pm|
|Feb. 2, 2011||1:00pm-2:00pm|
|Feb. 2, 2011||2:00pm-3:00pm|
|Feb. 2, 2011||3:00pm-4:00pm|
|Feb. 2, 2011||4:00pm-5:00pm|
|Feb. 2, 2011||5:00pm-6:00pm|
|Feb. 2, 2011||6:00pm-7:00pm|
|Feb. 2, 2011||7:00pm-8:00pm|
|Feb. 3, 2011||7:00-8:00am||Kathy Schmidt, Concordia, KS|
|Feb. 3, 2011||8:00-9:00am||Jim and Marilyn Douglass, Concordia, KS|
|Feb. 3, 2011||9:00-10:00am|
|Feb. 3, 2011||10:00-11:00am|
|Feb. 3, 2011||11:00-noon|
|Feb. 3, 2011||noon-1:00pm|
|Feb. 3, 2011||1:00pm-2:00pm|
|Feb. 3, 2011||2:00pm-3:00pm|
|Feb. 3, 2011||3:00pm-4:00pm|
|Feb. 3, 2011||4:00pm-5:00pm|
|Feb. 3, 2011||5:00pm-6:00pm|
|Feb. 3, 2011||6:00pm-7:00pm|
|Feb. 3, 2011||7:00pm-8:00pm|
|Feb. 3, 2011||7:00-8:00am|
|Feb. 4, 2011||7:00-8:00am||Kathy Schmidt, Concordia, KS|
|Feb. 4, 2011||8:00-9:00am||Jim and Marilyn Douglass, Concordia, KS|
|Feb. 4, 2011||9:00-10:00am|
|Feb. 4, 2011||10:00-11:00am|
|Feb. 4, 2011||11:00-noon|
|Feb. 4, 2011||noon-1:00pm|
|Feb. 4, 2011||1:00pm-2:00pm|
|Feb. 4, 2011||2:00pm-3:00pm|
|Feb. 4, 2011||3:00pm-4:00pm|
|Feb. 4, 2011||4:00pm-5:00pm|
|Feb. 4, 2011||5:00pm-6:00pm|
|Feb. 4, 2011||6:00pm-7:00pm|
|Feb. 4, 2011||7:00pm-8:00pm|
|Feb. 5, 2011||7:00-8:00am||Kathy Schmidt, Concordia, KS|
|Feb. 5, 2011||8:00-9:00am||Jim and Marilyn Douglass, Concordia, KS|
|Feb. 5, 2011||9:00-10:00am|
|Feb. 5, 2011||10:00-11:00am|
|Feb. 5, 2011||11:00-noon|
|Feb. 5, 2011||noon-1:00pm|
|Feb. 5, 2011||1:00pm-2:00pm|
|Feb. 5, 2011||2:00pm-3:00pm|
|Feb. 5, 2011||3:00pm-4:00pm|
|Feb. 5, 2011||4:00pm-5:00pm|
|Feb. 5, 2011||5:00pm-6:00pm|
|Feb. 5, 2011||6:00pm-7:00pm|
|Feb. 5, 2011||7:00pm-8:00pm|
|Feb. 5, 2011||7:00-8:00am|
|Feb. 6, 2011||7:00-8:00am||Kathy Schmidt, Concordia, KS|
|Feb. 6, 2011||8:00-9:00am||Jim and Marilyn Douglass, Concordia, KS|
|Feb. 6, 2011||9:00-10:00am|
|Feb. 6, 2011||10:00-11:00am|
|Feb. 6, 2011||11:00-noon|
|Feb. 6, 2011||noon-1:00pm|
|Feb. 6, 2011||1:00pm-2:00pm|
|Feb. 6, 2011||2:00pm-3:00pm|
|Feb. 6, 2011||3:00pm-4:00pm|
|Feb. 6, 2011||4:00pm-5:00pm|
|Feb. 6, 2011||5:00pm-6:00pm|
|Feb. 6, 2011||6:00pm-7:00pm|
|Feb. 6, 2011||7:00pm-8:00pm|
|Feb. 7, 2011||7:00-8:00am||Kathy Schmidt, Concordia, KS|
|Feb. 7, 2011||8:00-9:00am||Jim and Marilyn Douglass, Concordia, KS|
|Feb. 7, 2011||9:00-10:00am|
|Feb. 7, 2011||10:00-11:00am|
|Feb. 7, 2011||11:00-noon|
|Feb. 7, 2011||noon-1:00pm|
|Feb. 7, 2011||1:00pm-2:00pm|
|Feb. 7, 2011||2:00pm-3:00pm|
|Feb. 7, 2011||3:00pm-4:00pm|
|Feb. 7, 2011||4:00pm-5:00pm|
|Feb. 7, 2011||5:00pm-6:00pm|
|Feb. 7, 2011||6:00pm-7:00pm|
|Feb. 7, 2011||7:00pm-8:00pm|
|Feb. 7, 2011||7:00-8:00am|
|Feb. 8, 2011||7:00-8:00am||Kathy Schmidt, Concordia, KS|
|Feb. 8, 2011||8:00-9:00am||Jim and Marilyn Douglass, Concordia, KS|
|Feb. 8, 2011||9:00-10:00am|
|Feb. 8, 2011||10:00-11:00am|
|Feb. 8, 2011||11:00-noon|
|Feb. 8, 2011||noon-1:00pm|
|Feb. 8, 2011||1:00pm-2:00pm|
|Feb. 8, 2011||2:00pm-3:00pm|
|Feb. 8, 2011||3:00pm-4:00pm|
|Feb. 8, 2011||4:00pm-5:00pm|
|Feb. 8, 2011||5:00pm-6:00pm|
|Feb. 8, 2011||6:00pm-7:00pm|
|Feb. 8, 2011||7:00pm-8:00pm|
Johnie, Salina, KS
Terri, Davenport, IA
Kathy, Salina, KS
Monday, August 16, 2010
Dear Friends and Family:
I have returned from Haiti! A team of 9 people from The Baptist Church of Concordia, KS came back to the states, however I believe most of us longed to stay. Here’s a snapshot why.
Our church recently partnered with a pastor of 7 churches in Haiti. Pastor Marcel ministers to 7 different congregations and six schools in the region of Saint-Marc, Haiti. Saint-Marc is about 60 miles northwest of Port-au-Prince. Their ministry, Evangelical Living Water Ministry of Haiti, has a three-fold mission: bring people to Christ, educate them, and provide healthcare (in that order). I strongly encourage you to visit them online at www.emevi.blogspot.com.
Not much has changed in Port-au-Prince since the devastating January 12th earthquake. Video of the tent cities and destruction can also be found at www.molliemoore.blogspot.com. In the meantime, here are the highlights of what God did for the Haitian people through your gifts and prayers. Highlights will explain how the team grew mentally, physically, and spiritually.
The team grew mentally: God is so good! Before we left, I mailed a letter asking for support. I wanted to see God send me there without one cent from me so I had no reason to boast of myself. He raised enough for each team member to be able to pay for the airline ticket, food and lodging ($13,500 total for the whole team), and then God went farther. He raised approximately another $26,000 for us to give to the EMEVI Ministries. As the team leader said, “I need to raise my expectations of God.”
The team grew mentally (part two): The “Moms” of our team helped the doctor hold a clinic while the men helped build classrooms and church pews. One 18-month-old baby boy suffered from pneumonia. His parents had left and his 12-year-old aunt brought the lifeless, floppy child to the clinic. We watched him overnight, and he the next morning he walked and drank water. Had our Father not given us the chance to see him that day, he may have not made it through the week.
The team grew physically: The team drove 3 hours, flew about 1,500 miles, rode motorcycles for 30 minutes, and walked. And walked. And walked. For 5.5 hours. And we arrived in a special place called Bateille. Situated in the mountains, Bateille is one of many communities the government does not know about. In fact, they refer to themselves as the “forgotten people.” The team accomplished building 12 pews for a church where people sat on the dirt floor or the largest rocks they could find. Our teammate was the first doctor to be in Bateille as long as anyone could remember. 46 of the 47 people seen had malaria.
The team grew spiritually: God challenged me to read Isaiah 54-56 each day. I started to memorize Isaiah 54. The most prominent lesson I learned came from Isaiah 55:11. “…so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Even if the people of did not understand English, God will use me. Even if I feel empty and ineffective, God uses my hand to plant His seed. If I am listening and doing what He asks, I am blessed and He is glorified. And that’s all that matters.
So I challenge you with this thought: Now that you know, what will you do? I praise God for the support of prayers and money that you lovingly gave so that you too could serve the Haitian people along side of me. And with that praise comes the request that you consistently remain obedient in the future.
“Wake up, O sleeper…Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Ephesians 5:14-17
Friday, August 13, 2010
This is the tent city outside of Port-au-Prince. There are many, many of these semi-permanent housing communities. The issue is that August-October is the rainy season with the possibility of hurricanes. Please pray these people find shelter when the rains come.
We drove 3 hours, flew approximately 1,500 miles, rode motorcycle taxis for 30 minutes, and walked 5.5 hours. Most of the trail looked like this--beautiful scenery, but a difficult climb! Why would you do this? To visit a special place. A place called Bateille. The people are beautiful, calm, truly peaceful. They have no running water, no plumbing, no electricity, no vehicles (except a few mules), and no worries beyond where to find food. They had a baptism service in the river.
God is good to those who love Him. The believers in Haiti are truly beautiful, and are living examples of how to live knowing that only God will take care of your daily needs. Although the Haitian people face struggles that are on the surface and very evident, their country is not unlike ours. People are selfish. It is the result of a fallen, sinful world. However, our country tends to be better at covering up our greed under titles like "success" and "relaxation" and "stress-free environments." Our self-obsession here is the same that it is there. May God release us to freely love on others without a motivation of "how will this benefit me?"
In conclusion, I leave you with this thought: "Now that you know, what will you do?" I read that question on another blog and it has stuck with me throughout this trip and the return home. It is a challenge I hope you take seriously.
For more information about the EMEVI organization, see www.emevi.blogspot.com. Please be aware that money donated goes straight to Pastor Marcel and the people he serves. Thank you for your prayers and questions. I hope to add more videos soon, but for now, you get a little taste of Haiti.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
This short article is more for the women. It's light-hearted and has a different voice than I'm use to writing in. And it's a known fact that I don't wear makeup, but it does help us all to be on the same page. This is also a sneak peek to what will be posted at www.christianonlinemagazine.com later this year.
Overcome Jealously Ladies!
By Mollie Moore
I saw it in Denny’s. A woman who truly had it together, graced with flawless makeup. Her husband and six well-behaved children sat at the largest round table. Not one of her kids had food on the floor, including the two in hi-chairs. She smiled (without a grimace!) as she helped cut chunks of sausage for a little girl. Certainly I stepped onto the set of a rerun of Bewitched, because in everyday life, this is an illusion that couldn’t happen without some nose twitching.
This scene causes some feelings of jealously. How come I can’t get it together? I’ve scoured the earth for the best formulas, plans, and motivation to keep my life in check. And yet, I still see a woman whose makeup must come with a plastic surgeon’s price tag sitting in Denny’s. (By the way did you know they make tattooed permanent eyeliner now? It’s true!)
Let’s be honest. I don’t lack the “Purple Passion” eye shadow she has. I lack a sense of contentment in my attitude. I lack a heavenly view of my identity. I lack an understanding of God’s Word. And I lack acting on what I know is true.
The Bible says, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away” (Isaiah 64:6). This verse isn’t intended to guilt ridden anyone. It evens up the score. I’m not perfect, but neither are the ones I envy.
God has each one of us in his hands, and he’s working out the imperfections. “Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand” (Isaiah 64:8). Notice the collective grouping. “Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand” (emphasis added). So that gal with the shade of “Purple Passion” on her peaches and cream complexion has issues to contend with that I do not see.
Besides, if I don’t recognize my jealously for what it is and confess it properly, I have a larger problem. “Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘He has no hands’?” (Isaiah 45:9). We are all clay. Why question the Creator? I am demeaning what He does in my life or in someone else’s life by not recognizing His grand plan. So how do I get over my “Green with Envy” shaded attitude?
Overcome jealously by:
1) Praise. I praise my God for what I have. He gave it to me, so he can take it away.
2) Identity. I realize my identity is in God. Instead of looking at my situations and what I don’t possess, I ground myself in what He says I am. I am clay, but moldable clay. I’ll humble myself to His working.
3) Read. I can’t realize my identity without doing some basic research. For me, if I notice that I am overly aware of what others are wearing or doing, it’s probably because I didn’t have a quality quiet time. Being in the Word is so desperately important because you don’t know what you’re going to face! (Even if it is a face with great makeup!)
4) Step out. I have to acknowledge why I feel the twinge of jealously or dissatisfaction, and then act on what the Holy Spirit says. Pray for the one you feel that spasm of jealously over. Don’t dwell on it, but move on to what God is doing in you too!
Perfect people don’t exist. I’m a piece of clay, and I’m glad for my “imperfections!” It gives God a chance to show His glory when He helps me overcome jealously. It’s why I can “face” those with perfect makeup. And this time I’ll throw out my “Green with Envy” and try a little “Cool Clay” color myself!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The Tables were Turned
By Mollie Moore
I once watched a TV show where dancers did a jazz dance. It mimicked office executives cutting a deal. The dramatic routine highlighted dancers using an actual table as a prop to jump over, dance on, and shake hands under. I happened to record it, and it’s one of my favorites. I even labeled the VHS, “Do Not Record Over!”
If you have not taken time to really read the book of Esther, do so soon. Esther highlights the way God works in unseen ways, while the rest of humanity is quite oblivious to what He is doing because of love.
Here is the verse we will ponder together: Esther 9:1b says, “…On this day the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but now the tables were turned and the Jews got the upper hand over those who hated them.” Meaning, the Jewish race had an enemy that had it in for them. The death warrant read, “destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews” (Esther 3:13). Instead, in 484 BC, the Jews in Persia survived because God intervened.
Interesting. Even all those years ago, the cliché that the “tables were turned” was still effective speech. For me it makes the Bible that much more intimate and understandable. I know how tables can be turned!
Jesus turned the tables for us. His opponent Satan had it in for us. The death warrant read, “steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). Instead, God intervenes because of love.
Let’s enter the room at the Last Supper. “When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve…. While they were eating, Jesus took break, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:20, 26-28).”
Lots of traditions happen around tables. The most obvious is thanksgiving. A church tradition mirrors what we read. It’s called communion. It is important to gather around this table with other believers, because it reminds us that Jesus turned the table for us. Without Jesus dying on the cross days later, Satan could fulfill his wishes to “steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). Instead, God intervened and turned the table for me, for you, for humanity.
Table turning happens in other places in Scripture. Only these tables were not only turned, they were overturned. John 2:15 says, “So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.” Do you notice in this scene how Jesus overturned “their tables” (emphasis added)? This passage does not tell us about the tables that did not flip.1 I think perhaps some tables He did not mind stood after Jesus walked away; at least His altar. God will keep things that bring Him glory in our lives. Unnecessary tables felt Jesus’ hand overturn them. He took what people found so necessary and flipped it over. Doesn’t He do the same with us?
In Esther, we see that God loved His people enough to turn the tables to avoid their utter destruction. In Matthew, God loves us enough to turn the tables to avoid our utter destruction. In John, Jesus did the table flipping quite unexpectedly, again to avoid utter destruction of true worship and true love.
Some scholars call the table turning “reversal of destiny.” It’s a pivot, a move to start heading the opposite direction. It is when the dancer takes a step and finds themselves facing a different direction. Even if it is on a VHS tape marked, “Do Not Record Over!” Keep your eyes out for tables. And your hearts open to turning.