Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Finding Imitators of Christ

"Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us." —Philippians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Since my days in college, I've always looked up to Creighton. Paul in Philippians 3:17 reminds me that I've been blessed to walk behind and view Creighton as a role model.  I see a leader who presses onward to the call of Jesus Christ, who holds his identity in HE who is greater than ME, and who has a righteousness that is anchored in his faith in Christ.
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(Bobby, Creighton & Rinku, from the 2009 Woodstock Retreat in Mussoorie)
On this mission trip, I got to meet Bobby, whom Creighton met at the orphanage 10 years ago. I watched Bobby interact with Creighton and could see and feel an honoring of Creighton because of the fatherly love that Creighton has been investing in Bobby for the last 10 years.
 
(Most of the boys in the House of Life Boys' Home in Dehradun, run by Bobby & Anu... oh, and Max!)

Bobby now takes care of 17 boys at the House of Life. He and and his wife Anu get to pour their lives into these boys. The boys at the House of Life have impacted me and our India team in a special way. 
 
(4 of the young men who have been part of the Firs since before our first team arrived in July 2007.
Pradeep and Ganesh are currently in college, Bobby is running the House of Life boys' home, and Gopal has graduated.
The are pictured here with most of the men on the March 2017 travel team from Hawaii)

Bobby shared the word agape with me. It's his favorite word to use for team names. His humility and surrendered heart allow him to freely receive agape love from the Lord and, as a result, his life is a major outpouring of agape love. 
Thank you, Creighton, for setting an example of what it means to follow Jesus. The fruit that we'll bear from your example will impact the generations of many families. 
 
(Those boys (!) striking a pose in the Delhi Metro station.  What an awesome team!)

-Marc

Back in Japan; Waiting for the flight Home

This photo is from the beginning of our trip, before most of us knew the powerful impact this journey would have on each of our lives.

And here we are once again in Japan, but this time we are changed.  Our Father has revealed in each of us so many new layers that He has just been waiting for us to process!  I can't wait for the coming days as each of us processes these last 12 days and prayerfully considers how we get to move forward with all this new direction!

Best.Trip.Ever!
–Aunty Barb

Authenticity of Relationships/Brotherhood

I'm often caught up in the "what" or "objective" of meetings w/ people. This trip was a good reminder of what it means to rest or to be in the love of our father through relationships. Simply watching these guys take care of each other and the younger boys has been a blessing for me. —Marc

- "If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well."
James 2:8 ESV



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Friday, March 31, 2017

Each one teach one

Each one teach one. Here is Tehani pouring herself out and serving the next generation of believers! Our friend Sonam shared with us that in Mussoorie, they focus on discipleship and fellowship more than anything. He shared that he felt like sometimes we get caught up trying to do too much, and in the end we end up getting less done, we end up making less of an impact. Keep it simple! Can you imagine if every believer just focused on making one disciple? One younger person who you pour yourself out for, someone you invite into your family to serve and teach in the ways of the Lord. This relationship works both ways as I gain more wisdom, grow in faith, and I'm held accountable for my actions and the things that come from my mouth. We are here to bring heaven down to earth, to build Gods kingdom, NOW! Let's all try to remember to focus on the one. Let's partner with God to bring about a revival. One that lasts longer than a generation.

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Surely A Generation is Impacted

What did we do to bring Jesus from heaven to save us? NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING. God's love for us is so unconditional; His saving grace found us and didn't leave us as we were. He rescued us, designed us to do the works He had planned long ago in Christ. "Saving is all God's idea and all His work. All we do is trust Him enough to let Him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.” Ephesians‬ ‭2:7-10‬ ‭MSG‬‬.

Now when I think of how God brought you folks into our lives, what did we do to deserve that? NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING. Because of your obedience and sacrifices, how a generation is being impacted! You found us when we were struggling to survive, and the seeds that you planted in various ways have now grown to become trees that can bear much fruit. House of Life and Salvation Home in Dehradun were born because we survived in Mussoorie.

Surely you made us taste the Love of Heaven by your obedience and sacrifices. We saw how great and generous our God is. We learned from you that it's not good just to be on the receiving end, but we must have the heart of the Heavenly Father who gives us lavishly all that we need. We learned from you to exercise the gifts and talents that God has given us to earn so that we can have enough to meet our needs and those of others. THANK YOU.

Our future is full of Hope. We are confident to disclose what lies ahead of us. We can always look back and tell the stories of God's power and faithfulness. He knows the end from the beginning. There is a promise in Ps. 112:  “Praise the LORD. Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.” (‭‭Psalm‬ ‭112:1-4‬ ‭NIV)

Thanks for coming and blessing us again. Let's continue to walk in the fear of the Lord and delight in His Word. He will surely fulfill
the promise to bless the children that He has entrusted to us.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Chef to chef!! What a great experience to work with this guy and a great view!!

God's Country 🙏🏼

As we were walking to dinner last night at Joe & Lori Gordon's, this is the view that greeted on the way. Mussoorie is such a special place with a special group of brothers and sisters in Christ, both the Gordon's and the FIRS. I have had the privilege of meeting and spending time with them, getting to see their love for God and for the C4 family.

My heart is full

My heart is so full being back with my family here in India! I love their hugs and snuggles. They show me so much of the Father's love for me. They have a pure child-like faith that God desires for all us but we loose over the years as life seems to get complicated. It's so simple though, love God and love people as an overflow of His love in us. Let love be what guides you. -Karri

Learning to be childlike

Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become more like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."  On this trip, I have been blessed and get to see what faith, love, and obedience look like through the eyes of a child. I'm learning from these children immensely and will try to put God first in everything that I do, just as they do. Thank you, Jesus! -Sean

Sean is a smash with the boys



These boys are strong!!!




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Pomaikai mai Inia, Blessings from India


The kids here are a true blessing, and where they live is nothing short of Heaven on Earth. -Max