Life is cyclical. We are surrounded by cycles in every aspect of our existence. Even nature shows us these cycles everyday with the rising and setting of the sun; seasons change, fields are planted and harvested, trees live and then die, the tide comes in and goes out, the moon becomes full and then new again, et cetera, et cetera. Cycles are also evident in our society, financial economies, emotions and every point of life. In the Bible we read of cycles in reference to certain years, prophecies, the end of days and ultimately the glorious return of Christ Jesus.
Now, the point of highlighting captivity effects on animals, is to draw a parable to the cage effect many humans find themselves in. However, unlike animals, which have no say in the matter of captivity, humans have not only created their own cages— speaking figuratively— but have willingly entered into them.
Greetings in the Lord. For the last month, we have been on Gospel Expeditions in Namibia and Botswana. Our specific mission was to reach the remote Himba tribe in the Koakoveld region, and we are happy to report that this mission was a great success! Many received Jesus, and in one village in particular, all prayed to receive Jesus as their Lord! We want to thank you for your prayers and intercession, for they opened doors and prepared the hearts of many. Additionally, we are so grateful for your financial support as it is the means by which we can reach these remote settlements and share the Good News. Please continue on in every way as we have immediate missions ahead in Madagascar. Now is the time to be active, now is the time to bring the Gospel to all mankind!
This month we would like to share a message called - The Active Life.
Idleness is the great killer of purpose. Idleness doesn't always appear in the form of slothfulness or lazy behavior, but instead, it is usually brought about because of a lack of challenge. In our modern society we have striven to remove challenges from our lives to the point we have reduced ourselves to a mass of bored individuals that are unfulfilled. When a person lacks clear purpose they put forth the minimal effort and drift through life. Moreover, vices and outburst of anger become the norm to a person who is idle and there is a restlessness inside their heart, yet their outlet is for darkness rather than the light. But how can we expect anything different when we create for ourselves lives that do not challenge or press us into a true purpose? The jobs most people work are mundane tasks that repeat day after day leading only to more and more discontentment. We have created an idle society because we have removed any challenges and shunned risk-takers as social misfits. Most people follow the practice of materialism as a way to, if even for a moment, quench the discontentment they feel in the idleness of life. However, there are never enough things that can be bought that will fix a condition of the heart. (materialism definition: A tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort more important than spiritual values.)
Comfort is an alluring offer. Comfort and security can give us the things we are taught to want, but ultimately comfort holds us back from becoming or doing anything great. Risk is the only way we achieve our dreams, calling or any memorable feat in life. Risk goes hand and hand with faith, for without risking anything, your faith would not be coupled with action and thus, dead. Life is filled with risk, but the greatest risk of all is never taking a risk.
Imagine life is like a river. The flow of time is the rush of water leading you towards your final destination. Along the way, there are tributaries and many different paths the river can take, but time is always leading you in one direction. Now, imagine you are in a raft on this river of life, and as the flow of time pushes you forward, you have to make choices as to which tributaries you will navigate. Some tributaries are safe and well charted, some are dangerous and unknown, but each major direction you choose will define your life. So how do you choose the right path?
History of Cuba: The most important and relevant portion of Cuba’s modern history is the Communist Revolution (1953 - 1959) led by Fidel Castro and supported by the famous communist revolutionary Che Guevara. This revolution, once accomplished, intensified the cold war between the U.S.S.R. and the USA and almost resulted in global nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962...
Often times, for most people, life boils down to a series of problems. These problems are carried around in people’s hearts and minds like a lead weight and can destroy their health, finances, and spiritual life. Problems can be as simple as dealing with daily tasks, and as complicated as combating a serious illness. Think about your life for a moment — from the waking in the morning to the wee hours of the night you are probably thinking about how to fix a problem. You might have a reprieve from time to time, but let’s be honest, most of us are constantly beset with concerns on how to fix our problems. Problems that are common amongst people are: creating enough income to support their family, paying off debts, finding time to stay healthy (working out, eating right, etc...), conflicts with other people, breaking bad habits, making meals, shopping for food, and on and on it goes.
Travel the Road's December Newsletter - 2015
As we enter the new year, many people look for a transformation and betterment in life. They want the new year to be better than the last. This is a good thing. There are many steps one can follow to bettering their life. No matter if it is diet, habits, time management or anything else, there is a system that can be easily found and followed because of our access to information. The internet and the free society we live in gives us unparalleled knowledge at our fingertips. We can search and discover any subject without leaving our home by browsing the internet. Now in contrast, let’s look at a time in history when information, especially information about God, did not flow so freely. The story ahead will encourage a strong value of the Word of God while also highlighting the need to follow the simple practice of reading the Bible and knowing God personally.
Travel the Road has been a huge blessing to me. It's been very inspirational and paramount in my heart's turning towards missions and what God is doing around the world. I tear up sometimes just watching Travel the Road because of the grandeur of their ministry, of their travels and preaching of the Gospel to the unreached.
This month, we would like to share a message of—Hope Deferred.
We live in a society and world that constantly robs us of our hope. People everywhere are deferring their hopes, dreams, and purpose in life to live according to a formula that society presses upon us. In Proverbs 13:12 it says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.” How often have you wished for a different path in life? Or regretted the choices you made to get to where you are now?
Most people don’t know it, but the more material objects a person obtains, the more that person becomes enslaved. In our society today we are taught to have more of everything, but the unintended consequences is slavery to a system that cannot bring true happiness. In fact, the more one gathers of material items the more stress and unrest a person will feel in life. Most people living in the modern world are driven on a daily basis with the motivation to attain and consume more.
The God Type of Heart: Part Three - Jesus. In parts one and two we highlighted David and Moses, who both had The God Type of Heart, and this month, we would like to conclude the series with the ultimate example of The God Type of Heart - Jesus. Really, the title for this letter should be The God Heart, because Jesus is God and was before the foundation of the world. He is the example of the perfect man and the One we should all fix our eyes upon. His walk on earth was pure and without blemish and He lived life without sin. The good news is we can receive the same Holy Spirit and overwhelmingly conquer in Him. Let’s examine a few aspects of Jesus life and find wisdom in His actions.
Part Two: Moses — Moses grew up in a time where his people, the Hebrews, were oppressed by the Egyptians. His life was suppose to end at birth. The Egyptians, who feared the rise of the enslaved Hebrews sent an edict throughout the land that all newborn male Hebrews were to be thrown into the Nile and drowned. Moses, whose mother couldn't bare this outcome, set him in the reeds of the Nile hoping life would find him.
Day Two: A quiet dawn breaks over the city of Kathmandu. Gone are the incessant honking of horns, street sellers hawking goods and the busy foot traffic that gives Kathmandu its personality. The mood instead is somber, quiet, and fearful of what happened and what might happen next. We gear up in our room for a day around the destroyed and traumatized city, stuffing water bottles and cameras into our bags. Our eyes show the signs of sleeplessness as we suffered through 10 aftershocks the night before. We slept fully clothed ready to sprint out if another big one hit. A couple of times we came close to fleeing our room as some of the aftershocks registered nearly 5.0 on the richter scale at 3:00 AM in the morning.
The Earthquake: Day One - 11:56 AM Thamel District - Kathmandu, Nepal: A low rumble of what seems like a large truck passing by begins to vibrate the desk I am working at in our 2nd floor room. But something is different. The vibration begins to increase and I take my hands from the desk and lift them up like I have done something to cause this. I then look at a water bottle near me as it teeters around in a dancing motion and then falls to the ground. The deep rumble increases and the entire room begins to sway. I look over to William and both of our eyes grow wider as the vertigo motion takes hold. It feels as if we are aboard a ship in high waves and passing over debris. The rumble increases and from every direction we hear screams of terror.
Travel the Road's April Newsletter - 2015 This month, we would like to start a series about The God Type of Heart vs. The Outward Appearance. It is a running theme in the Bible, that God, time after time, chooses people to lead and carry out tasks of high importance based on their heart rather than their outward appearance.
Watch the Series from Dr. Alan Scott on the Third Person of the Holy Spirit.
Siberut Island, Mentawai archipelago off West Sumatra - Indonesia: Sitting cross-legged on the wooden-slat floor inside the uma (Mentawai style long home) we take stock of our scratches and leech bites from a long jungle trek. Our clothes are soaked with sweat and mud and we are flush pink from exhaustion.