Sunday, December 12, 2010

Merry Christmas

We are in the final days of preparing for our official move to the reservation, 21 days to be exact! The last few months have flown by, but it seems as if these final days are passing dreadfully slow. We are so excited and overwhelmed at the thought that we will be beginning this ministry in just a matter of days. Pray for us as we are closing out things here, saying goodbye to friends and family, and packing our belongings. We will be loading the moving truck January 1 & 2 and we will be heading to Arizona the morning of the 3rd. The trip should take us 3 days, so we should arrive at our new home on the evening of the 5th. Pray for us as we will have a 3 vehicle caravan; a moving truck, pickup truck, and our van (which will have our 3 and 5 year old riding in them). The trip is approximately 1750 miles!
God has truly been amazing throughout this whole process, daily we stand in awe of Him and things He has done and how He has done them. I can never remember a time in our life where the provision of God was so evident. We can't wait to see how He is glorified even more over the course of His ministry on the reservation.
An update on things happening on the reservation even as we speak: First Pima Baptist Church, in Sacaton (the church where we will primarily based) is gearing up to help families throughout their village and across the reservation by providing Christmas gifts for Children. They are expecting a great turnout so pray that God use them as they meet this physical need in hopes to open the door to meet the ultimate spiritual need.
As for the house we will be living in; The awesome people who have worked tirelessly over the last couple months to make it possible are putting the finishing touches on the floor and other odds and ends things. They keep telling us how blessed they are to have been a part of what God is doing. Without their faithfulness and willingness to be used by God, it would  have set us back by several months. Thank God for them!
Thank you all for the prayers, support, and encouragement!!
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

...and how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard?

This week has been the week of prayer for international missions throughout Southern Baptist life. It is a week where we as Southern Baptist recognize, highlight, and pray for those that are serving Christ throughout foreign lands all over the globe. I wanted to take a moment to recognize a family that is doing exactly this; a family that I have known for many years and has an intense desire to make the Gospel of Christ known to the people to which God has called them.





Josh and Stacy Leigh Hutchens along with their young son Jude are missionaries to the people of Moldova

In their own words:

"God has chosen to make us partakers of privilege in taking the Gospel of the Kingdom to the enitre world. He does not need us, but He has chosen us in His infinite wisdom to use us to accomplish the great mission of history- all peoples worshipping God in Christ."

"Many people in Moldova and across the former Soviet Union cannot worship God because there is no one to proclaim the Gospel of Christ where they live. There are no missionaries. There are no churches. There are no Christians."

With a desire to see all nations worshipping God in Christ and with the understanding that many of the people of Moldova have never heard the Gospel, Josh and Stacy Leigh moved to the small Eastern European country of Moldova to literally be the hands and feet that would carry this Gospel of Christ to its people.

God has used their ministry in amazing ways since arriving in Moldova. It seems as if we are always receiving updates telling of the amazing power of God and how He is proving Himself over and over as Josh and Stacy Leigh are being obediant to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

This is just a small glimpse into the lives of a real family serving a very real God. They are truly living out the Great Commission on a daily basis!

To learn more about the Hutchens' Ministry or to partner with them financially or through prayer visit their website: http://gospellife.org/

Monday, November 29, 2010

Last Chance for Shirt Order-- Plus slight changes to design

Thanks again to everyone for the support during the last few weeks as we have been trying to come up with creative ways to meet needs on the reservation. Several people have ordered shirts and the money that is profited from the sales will literally be used to share the love of Christ with several families and individuals. We cannot wait to get there and begin our ministry!!

We are placing the actual shirt order on Friday of this week (December 3rd). So if you are interested in getting one let us know asap. We will place different orders throughout the year but this will be the last one for a few months, so don't forget to place your order today!

We also wanted to let everyone know that there have been some slight changes to the shirt as well. The design overall is exactly the same, however the color of the shirt will actually be charcoal gray and the the writing that is black will now be white. It looks great!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Our Shirts have a Lower Price!!

Thank you all for the great response you have given toward our New Shirt Design. We are now able to lower the price to $15. So hopefully this will allow for more people to purchase them and in turn more needs will be met on the reservation. If you are interested in purchasing one, comment with your shirt size or send us an email: liveloveaz@gmail.com

Anyone who has already ordered or will be ordering a shirt will get them at the new lower price of $15.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Check out our new shirt design!

Isn't it awesome?  We think so.  But what's even more awesome is that we are selling them to meet needs on the reservation. 

The price for the shirt is $18 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Native Americans in AZ!!!  The shirts come in youth sizes XS-L  and adult sizes S-XXXL. 

If you would like to order one or more, please let us know by commenting below or sending us an email at liveloveaz@gmail.com.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to partner with us as we carry the Gospel of Christ to the Native Americans in Southern AZ!!

Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

God is good all the time!!!

Wow!  It's been a while since our last post.  We've had an adventurous last couple of weeks to say the least.  To be honest, some of those weeks have been very trying, but God is sovereign and in control.  When we don't understand, He knows why and how things happen.  He is good all the time!!!

We have several new updates.  First, our house in AZ is getting the work and repair done to it as I type this!  This is only one example of how awesome God is!  We were having trouble getting a team together to be able to go do the work, and we weren't sure how it was going to get done before we were to move in.  However, God knew all along.  One of the churches that is partnering with us told Eric that they would like to pay for the cost of the renovaions to be done and pay for someone to do it!!  Little did we know, two missionaries in AZ already were willing and ready to start the work on the house!!  It truly is amazing to see how God works.

Also, we have had many of you ask how things are coming along with raising our support.  At this point, we have about 15% raised.  We also have had several one time donations.  We are scheduled to speak at several different churches in the next upcoming weeks as well.  We also have mailed cards to several individuals in which we are still receiving them on a weekly basis. (Side note- if you have forgotten to mail back in your card it's ok for you to still send it in.)  When we say this figure to some, we get the reaction of "Aren't you worried your not gonna raise your support?"  Truthfully, every now and then that thought crosses our mind.  But we know, without a doubt, that God has called us to AZ and He will take care of us.  He is Jehovah Jireh- Our Provider!!  We have learned that not everyone is supportive of us going.  Some individuals that we never would have imagined.  There are some that are very supportive.  Some we would have never imagined.  That's when we step back and see once again that God is sovereign over this.  It will happen in His time and with those He chooses to partner with us.

Another thing going on is that we are having another yard sale this Thursday- October 28.  It will be at my parent's house (2611 Brewers Hwy.)  We did have a yard sale last week that was very successful!! However, we still have things to get rid of and we have added some new stuff this week.  We just keep finding stuff!!  This is helping us with the cost of moving, which we have figured will be at least $3000.  Please come out and see if you need anything.

Last, tomorrow is our commissioning service at Mid-Continent University.  Many of you already know about this, however, if you haven't heard you are invited to come on out.  It starts at 9:30 am and will last about one hour. We would love for you to be there if possible. 

We want to once again say thank you to everyone for praying for us, encouraging us, giving financially, etc.  Many of you have been such blessings to us during this time of transition. 

-Brittany-

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Full Speed Ahead

We want to start by saying a BIG thank you to the churches and people who have allowed us to come and share what God is doing in our life! The response has been great so far.  Your support through prayer is amazing and for those of you who have taken the step to partner with us financially, you'll never know how greatful we are!  If you would like us to come and share with your church or group we would love to have the opportunity to do so.

We also wanted to let you know of a another way that you can partner with us. The house we will be living in and conducting most of the mission work out of is in need of a little TLC. Nothing too major but there are some things that really need to be done before we can move our family in.  We wanted to present you with the opportunity to help make this a reality. We are in need of about ten people who would be willing to travel with us to the reservation in November to help make the necessary repairs and updates. We will be painting, installing flooring, minor electrical work, and several other light construction projects. If you are inerested at all or would like more information please let us know. You can email us at liveloveaz@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

We're officially official!!!

Yay!! We are so excited!  We received an email this morning to let us know that the Board of Trustees at the NAMB approved us to be Mission Service Corps Missionaries.  Although we knew this was just a formality, it feels good to know for sure. 

Please continue to pray for us as we begin this process.  We know that when we are doing God's will and are following Him with our life that satan loves to attack.  Indeed, he has this week.  Everyday so far.

However, just a couple of hours ago we got an email from a wonderful friend telling us that her and her husband were planning a mission trip to AZ during the spring.  How exciting!  Just thinking about this makes us so excited!   Although we will miss so many of our family, friends, students at church, etc, it makes us realize that our heart longs to be there doing the work that God has set out for us to do. We long to be there telling others about Jesus and meeting needs!  We long to be there to do work that really matters to the Kingdom of God! 

A line from a song that we really love states, "All of life comes down to just one thing- that's to know you Jesus and to make you known."  That's the prayer we have for our life.  Everything else doesn't really matter.

Thank you guys so much for your support and prayers!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wherever He Leads I'll Go

We have sang that song for many years, not really thinking much about it.  It is a song that is sang often in most Baptist churches, and many times we sing it more out of repetition rather than as a commitment to God.   However, our family has been learning over this past year what it really means to follow God- no matter where He leads us to go.

We have always (at least from the time we came to Christ) loved missions.  We always thought that we would take mission trips with our churches and lead mission trips with youth, but never thought much about being "missionaries".  Over this past year and a half, though, God has really been showing us what He has been preparing us for. 

It all started with Eric taking a mission trip to Southern Arizona to the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation with Mid-Continent University.  It was a trip that he hadn't really planned much for or thought much about.  However, the moment he stepped onto the reservation he knew that God had something great in store.  He immediatley had this love for the Native Americans of that reservation.  To make a long story short, he was able to lead a young man to Christ and overcome extreme cultural barriers.  It was a trip that was truly life-changing in many ways. 

Three months later, Brittany went on a mission trip with Starfish Orphan Ministry to El Salvador.  She was so excited to go and it had been something that she had desired to do for quite some time.  She has always had this burden and love for orphans.  Although she had an idea of what to expect, she didn't realize how the trip would change her life.  She came back from this trip and could not think about anything else. 

God started impressing upon our hearts what He wanted us to do.  Although we both knew that God was calling us to mission, we didn't discuss it with each other because we didn't know how the other would react.  Finally, the first Sunday in September of 2009 we were alone in the car and neither one of us could hold it in any longer.  We both told the other that we knew that God was calling us to missions but we didn't know where or when.  We discussed it for several hours that night and decided that we would just keep praying about it.  We thought that it would be at least a couple of years away.

Just four days later, we were presented with the opportunity to be missionaries in Southern Arizona!  We quickly realized that God's timing is not our timing. 

We started praying about this opportunity to make sure that this was God's will and not our own.  Over and over again, He has made it known that this is His will.  And so, that it what we have chosen to do- to follow God where He leads us to go. 

We are getting our things in order.  We have sold our house!  We are in the last stages of being approved by the North American Mission Board.  We are in the process of raising our support.  We are speaking at churches, men's groups, women's groups, Sunday School classes, etc. 

We plan on being there in January to begin our journey as missionaries!  Please pray for us as we end one phase of our life and start another. 

If you would like more information or would like to contact us to speak at your church or other group, please send an email to liveloveaz@gmail.com