Monday, April 4
Not even a bit of January weather could stop the Women's Missions Dinner. More than 150 women enjoyed a great meal and heard raw, real testimony from Alyssa Nixon (Cru) about the "refining process" she has gone through learning to be a missionary, mom and wife in Turkey. She spoke eloquently about the calling to reaching Muslims in a business-as-mission context, but also the many hurdles and questions as a young family living quite far from their home in California. "We don't quite feel the need for dependence on God here like we do in Turkey," she said. "Over there, I have to pray like Jesus is my husband. I HAVE to sit with him. It's a necessity just to get through. And that gives me strength. The Muslims we know are ordinary, wonderful people who desperately need the hope of Christ. We see their faces weathered by life."
Check out Ephesians 2:10 and Psalm 139 for passages that speak to Alyssa.
Darlene and Mark Godfrey then spoke about Business as Mission in their service in the Philippines, which is still recovering from the effects of a deadly, historic typhoon that hit the island in 2013. This was just months after the Godfreys committed to serving there and dramatically changed the logistics of their calling. They shared a couple stories of how people have not only got back on their feet but also came to know Christ through all of the devastation. "Business as Mission is not a technique," they said. "It's a worldview and a lifestyle."
Thank you to everyone who decorated, set up, cooked, and served:
WOW got off to a great start today with the first prayer breakfast. Hans Finzel of HDLeaders spoke from Daniel 5 regarding the downfall of leaders and movements that do not have God in their sights. Daniel 5:22: "But you his son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled yourself ...." Hans spoke from personal observation of the Cold War and the answers to prayer when the Berlin Wall fell, along with dictatorships and communist oppression in Eastern Europe during that time. Their belief system was hollow, and the Iron Curtain fell. Today's "curtain" is much tougher, he says, referring to the work before us in showing Muslims the truth about Jesus.
On tap for Tuesday: Suzy S. is the star of the 7:15 a.m. prayer breakfast; all are welcome in Room 206. Men's Fraternity meets as usual at 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. with special guest Hans Finzel of HD Leaders. Alyssa Nixon (Cru) visits Precept at 9:30 a.m., and the usual Tuesday night clubs and classes will feature several of our Business-as-Mission guests. Dinner in The Venue at 5:30!