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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Vlogging!

Not everyone likes to read or has time.  So, to make sure we are getting our messages out to everyone we have started Vlogging.

This is the first of what will be many, and I promise they will get more creative, this was done on the fly-just to clear the confusion!

Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy8K4d19hHg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hearing God's Voice

Ten years ago if someone told me God was speaking to them I would have thought perhaps they had had too much sun, not enough water-ok, I would have thought they were crazy.  Let's face it, movies, television, media in general depict anyone who hears the voice of God to be a bit off kilter.

Now, well....call me crazy.

A couple of months ago I 'heard' God saying that we needed to start taking steps forward despite not having enough funds.  I asked what those steps should be and felt that we should put our townhouse up for rent.  It seemed a lot like putting the cart before the horse that wasn't even born yet.  So, I added to my prayer, "Lord, help me know that this is your instruction, please tell my husband the same thing so I know I'm hearing you right'.  Then I asked Phil to pray about what our next step should be and did not share with him what I felt I had heard.  A few days later he said "Well, I think we should put our house up for rent".

I say 'heard' because it's not an audible voice, at least not for me.  It's more of an idea or thought or words in my minds eye that seem to come, often quickly, after or during prayer.  Sometimes it's a 'feeling' like I feel peaceful about something in spite of the facts in front of me.

The facts in front of us right now are this; WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONTHLY FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO LIVE  AND WORK IN BRAZIL.  And yet, I feel peaceful about renting out our house.  On paper that is, let's see 2+2=CRAZY by the worlds standards.

But, when I made the decision to whole heartedly follow God, I knew I would no longer appear sane.  I'm ok with that.

So, we continue to walk forward, and part of that is booking our tickets for England.  It has been 7 years since we were last there-Luke was just a baby and Faith was just a dream.  Phil's two sisters and brother live there and two of them have never met Faith.  We also have friends from London all the way up to Scotland that we met while in Africa, so we will travel up and visit along the way. We have a lot of catching up to do before we leave again.

We also want to expand our contact base, bring Brazil to England and the churches there and connections have already begun.  We are excited!







When are we leaving and other FAQ'S

When do you guys leave?  The answer is about as clear as it the sky was this morning, blanketed in fog.  We don't know.  But we are getting closer!  We have to have enough money coming in on a consistent monthly basis before the mission will allow us to come.

How much money do you need? $5,000 in monthly support commitments.  This means we need people like yourself to say "I want to do something to change someone elses life", go to the website and decide what you can give.  $10/month or $200 ANY AMOUNT HELPS!

How much do you have so far? $2,600!  We are only $400/month away from our green light goal of $3,000.  Saying that we want to be as close to the $5,000 a month before we leave.

What exactly will you be doing down there? The short answer CHANGING LIVES.  How?

Mentoring
Encouraging
Loving
Training (so they can do for others what has been done for them.)

Hm, that makes an acronym-MELT...In a way we are melting down old patterns of behaviour to reveal a new way of life.

For more information about the people, the why's and the how's you can also visit the Bergens blog Bergens in Brazil or go to the website xingu.org where you can connect to all the missionaries blogs.

How will you use the money? 
50%-Living Expenses
50%-Outreach/projects

What about your house?  The plan is to rent our house as of May 1.  We leave for England on April 23, to visit family and friends and connect with some churches there.  We have people interested in renting it and we are hoping to have that confirmed soon!


If you have any other questions we haven't answered here, please feel free to email us: jen.snell@xingu.org