Saturday, March 5, 2011


3/6/11 Survival Guide Journal Entry from Pono Carroll

Today's Reading:
Deuteronomy 3,4; Psalm 36; Mark 13

“You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air...” --Deuteronomy 4:15-17

God is saying to look at yourself carefully so you don’t become corrupt and selfish and begin to idolize or worship yourself. Instead, you should put others before yourself, always looking to serve others.

Today you will be arriving in India, and you will have a very interesting and long day. You will probably see things that you have never seen before. Best thing to do is to always pray for protection over your team and yourself. Once you set foot in India, the “enemy” will do whatever it takes to bring you and your team down and prevent you from reaching your goal.

Dear father, I praise you and humbly ask for your protection over these servants while they are in India, especially those there for the first time. Use them as vessels to shine your light to the people of India, the kids in the orphanage, Woodstock, and even to one another. Jesus, we praise and love you. Amen.

Friday, March 4, 2011

For ben!

Can do!

Taipei! 14 hours..1/2 there to delhi

3/5/11 Survival Guide Journal Entry from Burt DePeralta

Today's Reading:
Deuteronomy 1,2; Mark 12

The LORD our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the LORD swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.” –Deuteronomy 1:6-8

God called the Israelites out of Egypt because He had given them a better place.
God’s call to the promise land sounds so exciting, hopeful, cheery, and grand. I mean OMG, is He 4real?? Land flowing with milk and honey. Well, if that’s all we know about the Exodus, then the book probably would not have been recorded. Instead, the Bible talks about how the people faced challenges, how they were stubborn, they complained and grumbled on the way and they even voiced to return to Egypt. Had the people gotten their way, they would have never arrived. In fact, they did get their way, and a lot didn’t arrive.

Jesus came that we might have life, and life more abundant. That is our promise: Jesus in us. That is His will. Abundant in grace, abundant in mercy, abundant in compassion, abundant in praise. Anything else, contrary to His Word, must not linger or remain, otherwise we too will go awry, away from His will.

Father, may it be that as I submit to Your will and calling on my life, I would be found faithful, that I’d be quick to obey, and slow to flesh out. Jesus, I pray that you’d be prevalent in the team’s conversations, that the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control be at the heart of this whole mission. In Your name, Amen.

It's a bright morning day

God has answered our prayers by giving us a bright sunny day today. Thank You Lord for all your many favors and gift of s sunny day.

Mussoorie Weather till March 4th

Since Yesterday(4th March), the weather here in Mussoorie was very cold, raining and cloudy.

3/4/11 Survival Guide Journal Entry from Dean Matro

Today's Reading:
Numbers 34-36; Mark 11
“When you enter Canaan, the land that will be allotted to you as an inheritance will have these boundaries...” – Numbers 34:2

“Command the Israelites to give the Levites towns to live from the inheritance the Israelites will possess. And give them pasturelands around the towns.” – Numbers 35:2

“Select some towns to be your cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone accidentally may flee. They will be places of refuge from the avenger, so that a person accused of murder may not die before he stands trial before the assembly.” – Numbers 35:11-12

In the devotional reading today, God describes three instances of boundaries: the physical boundaries of the promised land, the distance boundaries of towns and pasturelands, and the protective boundaries of the cities of refuge. The boundaries define the place where the Israelites were to live. Live inside the space and there is safety. Go beyond them and there is danger.

A new day, a new adventure. A trip half-way around the world. For some of you, this is a chance to see and embrace old friends; for others, it is a trip of profound faith because of the raw and pure uncertainty of it all—excitement and a sense of adventure for both of you, but in totally different ways. Regardless which camp you may fall into, all will be well if you stay within the boundaries of God. Within the boundaries there is life. Outside the boundaries there is danger. Although you may think boundaries define imprisonment, they also define protection. And with protection, there is freedom. It's one of those life paradoxes, where something that seems so totally absurd may actually be quite true.

Your boundaries today are not made up of walls, mountains, shorelines, rivers, or distances like in the old testament. Air travel takes care of those. Instead, your boundaries are much more profound. They are made up of moral codes and character qualities such as compassion, grace, and forgiveness. The Spirit of God is in you, and the fruits of the Spirit are your boundaries. Stay within them for the protection of your heart. Recite them aloud right now as a reminder of God's protection: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Remember them as you serve the orphans. Honor them as you conduct the retreat and chapel services. Respect them as you encounter life in new and far-off places.

Heavenly Father, we need you and the protection you provide. Grant us traveling mercies as we embark on this mission trip to India. May the plane rides be smooth and the border crossings uneventful. And, more than our physical comfort and safety, we pray for protection over our hearts. Allow us to be patient and gracious when things do not go as planned. Prevent us from being bitter when angry. Let Christ's love be evident in all we do. Amen.

Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil...

Away we go...

We are here at the airport waiting to board. The key to this first flight is sleep!!!!!

Pray that we find a way to sleep...


Teamfaith starting their journey!

Barb...last minute goodbyes before 30 hours in transit!

Keane and Jamie...we are off!!

Ben and Jules! Thanks ben...could not have done it without you!

Last minute briefing by Sharon our super woman coordinator!!