Tanzania Mission 2017

This mission and the recovery were much more difficult than I ever imagined it would be. Five months later, I have pieced together team pictures to make this video showing just a little of what we did. Most could not be photographed because we were involved in prayer walks on the streets of Moshi, Tanzania, Africa during the days and ministering on the streets of the red light district at night. Our ministry ended with a banquet for the girls and ladies we met there.

Posted in Hiding His Word, Prayer and Fasting

Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart – Ezra 8:21

Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. ~ Ezra 8:21

Our Pastors have called a time of corporate prayer and fasting during the forty days leading to Easter. In fasting we deny ourselves, temporarily afflicting our flesh so that we can be made sensitive to the voice of God and His plan and will.

When the Israelites were released from captivity, to return home and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, Ezra called a corporate fast. It was not to focus on God giving what they felt they wanted and needed. Instead, the motive was “to seek of Him a right way.” Ezra then gives a three-fold purpose to the fast that still stands as a great outline for believers during times of corporate prayer and fasting. The purpose – “that we might afflict ourselves before our God …

1. … to seek of Him a right way for us.
The “us” was the leaders Ezra gathered for the journey. Pray for your Pastors. Ask God to show them His right way and vision. But also as leaders in your home, ask God to show you His right way for your path and family.

2. … for our little ones.
The little ones were the children and represented the future of the Israelite nation, the heritage of the Lord. During your fast, pray that God would order the steps your children but also this entire generation.

3. … for all our substance.
The substance was everything in their possession. As you fast, ask God to make you sensitive to the way He wants you to manage your resources. Pray that His will would be done in the finances and possessions that He has entrusted to you.

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He Hears, He Cares…

God has done amazing things in my life over the last 24 hours to encourage me and remind me that He hears, He cares, He answers prayer, 5C8DDE2B-6CC6-407A-9672-2D4C00D27EFAand He has and always had a plan for me and for my life…and His plans are very specific and personal.

Earlier this week, I was in a state of desperation in prayer. I felt that loneliness necessary for going deeper places with God. Necessary, but painful to the core. I cried out to God during morning prayer on Monday and asked Him to please have someone pray in agreement with Him for me! Nothing seemed to come of the prayer right then, but later I felt a lifting of the despair. Although the burden was still present and I could see it, I knew I was no longer the one carrying it.

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Yesterday my mom brought me a letter she had found in a box. It was written in 1980 and it was to me from my Religion professor at Gardner-Webb University. Dr. Ronnie Prevost was my professor but also went to my church. Over the few years I knew him, not only was he my professor but he was my Sunday School teacher and also a father figure. I babysat his kids, so I was close to his wife and all of his family. They loved me. When the boy that I thought I would marry showed up on my birthday with another girl Dr. Prevost is the one that saw how that sent me into a spiral of destructive behavior. My heart was broken and his heart was broken for me as he truly thought of me and treated me as a daughter. In the letter he wrote these words, “Melissa, you need to find your own special place and purpose in this world. You need to do your best to move forward. Just do your best, ok? And Melissa, always keep in mind Proverbs 3:6 ‘In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.’”

That touched my heart to be reminded of how God has ALWAYS put into my path the spiritual parents, friends, and teachers needed to help with that particular part of the path…as I acknowledged Him. My dad died in 1975. The Prevost family was a major part of my life from 1977-1981 when they moved away to work at a college in Alabama. Sometimes I forget all the people God has woven together in His great plan to help raise me and encourage me, correct me and love me. Now please don’t misunderstand, I had the best and most Godly mom and so blessed to have her always there for me, but I have had quite a few others in many stages of life that God provided. I still do, praise God. What a good, good Father who blesses me so!

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Then today….

I received a text this morning from a lady I used to go to church with. I haven’t seen or spoken to her in almost 6 years. She wrote… I can’t get you off of my heart and mind this week. Not sure why, but the Lord keeps bringing your name to me several times a day. When that happens, I just pray.

He hears. He cares. He answers. He has a plan for you and for me. Always has. Still does. Always will.

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