Life on Mission
Adrienne & Jeremy Penner - serving with MB Mission
"Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God - soon I'll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face. He's my God.
When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of You"
Fix my eyes on God - soon I'll be praising
Far too often I let my gaze wander and my focus becomes my circumstances, rather than the incredible God that I serve, love and follow. What an amazing reminder to turn my eyes back to where they belong, and in everything to rejoice in my Lord.
The next morning our pastor handed me and Jeremy this quote:
"God wants you to have something far better than riches and gold, and that is helpless dependence upon Him" - James Hudson Taylor
We all have weeks where nothing seems to go how we hoped. However, God is less concerned about the heating in our car or a laptop that works; He desires our lives - surrendered fully to Him, walking in complete dependence on Him and His Spirit. What an amazing God we serve! Are you walking in helpless dependence upon Him?
MB Conference of Manitoba Assembly
Elton DaSilva opened up by talking about the Good Samaritan, and what it means to live a life on mission.
- Compassion - causes us to truly see and leads us to action
- Availability - being attentive and open to however God leads
- Unafraid of Messiness - willing to engage in brokenness and walk with people
- Outrageous Generosity - which flows from understanding the gospel, the cost, and God's grace and mercy
- Unencumbered by Results - "Jesus doesn't call us to write the end of the story; He calls us to participate in the story He is writing"
Bill Hogg (with C2C) then challenged the church to be awakened to the Father's affection, awakened to the Spirit's anointing, and to proclaim, proclaim, proclaim! To pray daily, "Lord give me fresh encounters with the Holy Spirit" and "Lord give me new opportunities to proclaim who you are".
What does it look like to live on mission where God has you right now?
A real highlight for me (Adrienne) was the afternoon drop-in at UGM. I absolutely love connecting with people, hearing their stories, and being able to share Christ and pray for people. One of the first young men I started talking to just looked at me and said, "there's a sparkle in your eye. Seriously, you're sparkling. What is it?". Excited for the opportunity, I responded, "you know what that is? It's Jesus - the reason for the joy and hope that I have". The young man smiled at me and then exclaimed loud enough for the whole room to hear "I knew it! Man, Jesus is so awesome! He totally changed my life. Do you want to hear my story?". With a few other people gathered around he began to share how he encountered Jesus, was delivered from addictions, and now can't stop sharing the new life he's found. I'm telling you, this man is a radical evangelist. Even though he lives on the street, he kept telling me "with Jesus, my circumstances can be absolutely awful, but I always have a reason to smile and a reason to walk with hope". After we were done talking he went around the room telling each person that God was awesome. Wow! This is what life on mission with Jesus is all about!
Please pray as we connect with these wonderful churches
April 15-16 - Evangelism Workshop at Steinbach MB Church
April 24 - Bridgeway Community Church (Swift Current, SK)
May 1 - Boissevain MB Church
May 8 - Linden MB Church (Linden, AB)
May 13-14 - AWAKE AB
June 5 - Manitou MB Church
June 26 - Selkirk MB Church
If you are in the area when we're speaking at any of these churches, please come see us!
Please continue to pray for energy and strength as we hit the road to connect with church families and friends. Pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to guide us as we prepare and share the vision that God has given us for Thailand and M*anmar.
We are looking for partners who will commit to giving monthly to this project:
1 partner giving $500 per month
5 partners giving $250 per month
20 partners giving $100 per month
25 partners giving $50 per month
25 partners giving $25 per month
Please prayerfully consider how you can give, out of what God has blessed you with, to build His Kingdom in South-east Asia. We need you!