One of the amazing things about God is the variety of ways He speaks to us. While Liz Carmichael was in school, she was excited to hear how missionaries smuggled Bibles into closed countries.
Then, when she was a teenager, God called her into missions. She left to minister in Eastern Europe shortly after the fall of Communism. While there, she shared the Gospel, helped plant churches, and taught English.
She's been back in the US for several years but is planning to go back to Eastern Europe in the next few months.
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah [3:17] NIV
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans [15:13] NASB
Challenge and Testimony
Early in her time in Eastern Europe, Liz struggled a little. During the first year she was trying to learn the language and the culture.
During that time, they also began to see some kinds of things that we might not expect in North America. There were witch doctors putting curses on them but they didn't know it at the time.
All they knew was that some of the people on the team were getting weird sicknesses and Liz was suffering from panic attacks. So they started praying and God showed them what was going on in some astounding ways.
One interesting way God showed them His power was through a vision Liz had. Because of what God showed them, they were able to see His ability to break through.
During that time, they also had many people praying for them.
It was also during that time that Liz had her biggest “ah-ha” or revelation.
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
2 Timothy 2:1-2
Significance in the Marketplace
…for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.
Liz suggested that you look at what you're already doing. If you're only praying, consider giving. If you're only giving, consider praying.
If you're unable to give (or give more), consider being a champion.
- Find other supporters for them
- Find people who will join you in giving
- See if your small group will adopt them
- Find businesses who will partner with them
And, of course, developing a relationship and encouraging missionaries is important.
- Write an email (using a secure service, if necessary)
- Send a hand-written card or letter
- Send something on birthdays and holidays
- Send a package if you can
Note: As we approach Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Day, this is a good time to start thinking about how you can do this. Take the time to find out what would mean something to the missionaries you love and support. Figure out what you can do.
- It's important to have lots of people praying. Not just saying they'll pray. But committing to pray at certain times.
Personal Success Habit
- Liz keeps a gratefulness journal
- How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
- Praying God's Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds
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Shifts in Society
It's a great privilege to have a neighbor who may never have heard the Gospel before. It's your opportunity to be the hands and feet of God in a real way.
You can think of practical ways to meet them and be involved in their lives.
- Introduce yourself
- Take a plate of cookies
- Spend time outside in the yard
- Take a walk and say “hi”
Then, as you develop a relationship, look for ways to minister God's love and disciple them.
Liz would focus on three things:
- Support network
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