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/