Treat Yourself

On our way through security in the US yesterday I came across this sign that said “treat yourself” and thought it was an odd saying to have plastered throughout a TSA checkpoint. Where people scramble to basically derobe in order to get through the scanners and then quickly shove everything together to get as far away from security as possible in as little time as possible. Not exactly what I’d consider treating yourself. Needless to say I had to take a picture of such a sign. Once we boarded our plane for the first 5 hour leg of our journey to La Paz I settled in to read a book I was given for Christmas that has brought me an enourmous amount of encouragement over the past days. The book is “Let The Nations Be Glad” by John Piper. It is all about God’s supremacy in our lives, especially as it relates to mission. The section I was reading was about suffering which was quite a contrast to the “treat yourself” slogan we had just left. 

I felt as though the Lord was intentionally grabbing me in a place I didn’t want to be grabbed. As I read story after story, and scripture after scripture on how God used suffering to advance his kingdom I found myself engaged in an inner battle between what I was reading and the “treat yourself” world I live in. I was then challenged with a story that I’ve heard many times. The story of the man who stumbled upon a great treasure in a field and immediately sold all his possessions so he could go and buy the field and enjoy the treasure. It would be easy to think that this man didn’t suffer, but think about what he did. He sold everything he had worked his whole life for. Imagine he had just paid off his big house and 4-5 year old sedan. He had nice furniture and maybe a manicured lawn with some nice landscaping. He gave up his comfortability in order to attain a treasure much greater. 

I felt, and still feel, convicted with the thought, “what price would you pay to see the nations reached?” “What price to see the father glorified?” That’s the ultimate treasure. If the answer is anything less than everything I am not willing to suffer to see the Great Commission be completed. 

We have now reached our destination in La Paz and will begin some much anticipated training with local leaders today. The question for all of us today should be “what price are we willing to pay to see the name of Jesus glorified?” Join me in praying that today no price will be too great!! 

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First, Last, and Often

We were discussing simple training techniques, how to help people learn and grasp concepts, when the idea was brought up. If something is important you should touch on it first, last, and often throughout. It brought up a passage that I haven’t been able to shake lately.

“One who watches the wind will not sow,
and the one who looks at the clouds will not reap.
 Just as you don’t know the path of the wind,
or how bones develop in the womb of a pregnant woman,
so you don’t know the work of God who makes everything.
In the morning sow your seed,
and at evening do not let your hand rest,
because you don’t know which will succeed,
whether one or the other,
or if both of them will be equally good.”
Ecclesiastes 11:4-6 (full chapter here)

Sowing the Gospel seed is not something we should be picky about. It is the single most important message we will ever have and it deserves to be first, last, and often. As we take this word to heart, I can’t wait to see what God does in Martinsburg and throughout Berkeley County (and wherever you are). As I write this post I know of at least a few people walking the streets, sowing the seed, and asking God to produce a harvest. If scripture teaches me anything, it’s what a few people under the influence of the Holy Spirit can accomplish!

God wants to use us to make disciples of the nations, starting right outside your front doorstep. Join in on the movement and see what God will do. We would LOVE to share the journey with you. Check out the quick video introduction below to see the gospel tool we are using on missionary journeys. There is nothing holding you back from sowing the best seed ever – first, last, and often!

Life As Full Time Missionaries

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Over and over again, God has affirmed the direction that He has called
us – to be full-time missionaries with New Life Global Ministries. Ryan is no longer on staff as one of the pastors at New Life Community Church, so we are both working full time in order to put together a team of monthly ministry partners.

We are asking God daily to lead us in this area as we depend on Him completely. Our days are filled with phone calls and appointments as well as fulfilling our responsibilities in building the organization, New Life Global Ministries. Expect to continue to hear from us in the weeks to come as we hope to share with you the chance we have to follow Jesus together. We believe that God wants to use us, together with you, to make disciples – Here, There and Everywhere!

If you would like to hear more about New Life Global Ministries and how you can partner with us, email