Friday, April 29, 2011

Jiosh Wechij O'Ohana

I wanted to share with you a passage of scripture that is written in the Native Language of the Pima and Tohono O'odham people. They have only a new testament translated in their Native tongue so the passage I am giving you is:

Romans 12: 1-2

1. Pegih neh, ni-wepneg, si o s-t-ho'ige'ith g Jiosh.T t heg hekaj wehs am wo i t-thagito wui matt am wehhejed d wo thothakamk ch am hab wo junihith g tatchuij. Batt masma s-wohom ab has wo elithath g Jiosh. 2. Pi g am hu ha oithch hab wo masmak hegam mo pi ab hu ihm g Jiosh ch wabshaba ab wo ie thagito Jiosh wui. T heg am gawul wo juh g emchegitoithag. T hab wehs wo ie wechijith g em-thoakag. Bamt wa'i masma wo s-mahchk mo haschu d Jiosh tatchui. K heg d wa"i si hekia s-ap' ekam.

Recognize anything? Hint: Jiosh means God

Wow isn't it complex. It took 18 years to translate the new testament alone and work on the Old testament has never begun!

There are people think that God only hears those who speak English or have a King James Version of the Bible but I can tell you first hand that God hears his people from every tribe, tongue, and nation.

We are humbled to be Gods messengers!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Compassion Tour 2011

Our very first mission team since living in AZ came last week!  They drove 14 hours from Modesto, CA and some team members were from Tracey, CA.  They were such an awesome group of students and adults!  We had an amazing time and formed many friendships! 

I will give a detailed account of the week really soon, but for now watch this video that Team Leader, Michael Saldivar made.  It's awesome!

California Mission Team- click on this to watch the video

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

An update of the last couple of weeks

Once again, we have been super busy!  It seems that some days we just go non stop!  But, we absolutley love what we do and we love to see God work!

On Sunday, April 3 Eric had the wonderful privilege of baptizing 3 of our youth girls.  Everyone was so excited, especially the family of the girls.  We had a meal afterwards and had just an amazing time of celebrating!  Many family members came that day that do not usually come, so we pray that they were impacted in some way and that they will come back in the future.

Also, at the end of the service, a lady that had been attending church for a couple of weeks was saved!!  She was then baptized on April 10th! 


Jessi


Savannah


Dominga


Also, we have been very busy helping the family at Cockelburr with the new trailer that got moved out there (see previous post).  There is lots of work that still needs to be done to the trailer, so Eric called some fellow missionaries of the rez to come help us figure out what needs to be done first.  While we were there that day, Eric and Ken also got to put together some bunk beds.  After we were done, the family had cooked a meal for us to eat.  It had taken them most of the day to make, and we were so honored to be their guests!



The beginning stages


Almost finished


Some of the kids gathered around to watch a movie

Some other BIG news is that we had our first church service/Bible study in Cockelburr on April 10th.  We had it at 2:30 in the afternoon.  We took a pop up canopy, a table, and folding chairs and had service right in the backyard of the new trailer.  A church from Phoenix, First Indian Baptist Church, is partnering with us to plant this new church.  We had 6 adults from the village to attend and 25 children!  FIBC brought some workers to play games and teach a Bible story to the children so the adults could worship without distraction!  It was an amazing service!  There really are no words to describe it.  There were many times that Eric and I could not hold back tears because God was there and He was at work.  It was seriously one of the best experiences we have ever been apart of!!!


Some of the kids playing games


A time of prayer for one of the adults dealing with alcohol addiction


Worshipping Together


Doug brought the message and shared his testimony


Precious Kiddos


Please pray for us as we continue to go back each week for our church services!  They were so excited to know that we were coming back each week (They thought it was going to be every now and then.)  We can't wait to have Easter service and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord with them!

Also, please pray for our very first mission team coming this Saturday, April 16.  They are driving from Modesto, California and doing contruction work during the day and having a youth rally/crusade at night.  We'll definitely try to update lots next week while they are here. 

Brittany










Monday, April 4, 2011

Our Exciting News!!

We are so excited to officially announce that we are adding to our family through adoption!!! 

Adoption is something that Eric and I have talked about since before we were married.  Over the past couple of years, we have prayed that God would show us how to be involved and what to do.  We always kept saying, "One day we will adopt.  When we have more money and are settled."  But God has different plans. 

You see, the thing is, when we surrendered our life to God and to do whatever He called us to do, that meant we surrendered ALL of our life.  Not just some of it.  So, we made a commitment to Him that we would do whatever He calls us to. 

So, number 1 was move to AZ to be missionaries.  Check!
Number 2- adopt a child now- no more waiting or putting it off
Number 3, 4, 5, etc- We have no idea.  Only God does, but we commit to be obedient!

We knew that when God called our family to missions, there could be no more "putting it off".  Because our reasoning was "when we have enough money" and "are settled".  Well, as missionaries we are obviously not loaded down with money and who knows if we will ever be settled.  God kept telling us "This is my timing, not yours."

The number 1 reason that couples do not adopt is for financial reasons.  It is very expensive.  We know many people are going to wonder how in the world we are going to pay for it.  Our answer is: God is going to provide.  He does not call us to do things that He will not provide for.  We have experienced this first hand already.  So, we are putting it in His hands.  People, mostly those who have adopted, have come up with ways and ideas to help raise some of the money. There are grants that you can apply for.  We have applied for 2 already.  There are also fundraisers that we will participate in.  But we believe that one of the main reasons that God has chosen our family to do this, is so that only He can get all the honor, and praise, and glory for it.  Everyone knows that we can not do it by ourself.  So, when we officially have this child in our arms, only God can be praised for it!  What a wonderful day that will be!

So, in a nutshell, that is where we are. 

We have decided that God is calling us to adopt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (or just Congo or DRC).  It is a country in Africa with 5 million orphans. 

There are lots of details that go along with adoption, as well as details about the Congo that I will talk lots about along the way.  I have made a new blog for adoption news and updates, as well as family news.  It is http://www.lovesrippleeffect.blogspot.com/   

All ministry news, updates, prayer requests, etc will stay right here on this blog- liveloveaz.  We hope you will continue to follow along!

We appreciate all your prayers and trust that you will continue to pray to for our family!

Brittany

Memory Verse Monday

This week's memory verse is:

"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and Redeemer."  Psalm 19:14