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Let’s have a conversation.

Posted by: | June 20, 2017 | No Comment |

This post today will hopefully not just be me sharing information about my life but I would hope this would be sort of like a conversation and if you feel so led please comment below, I want to hear your thoughts.

You know, I have been asked a lot about our lives here in Panama and normally 2 questions are asked about 95% of the time and those are…

  1. Why Panama?
  2. What are you doing/going to be doing?

Initially, it seemed pretty easy to answer those questions because the answers were simple.

  1. Why? Because the Lord called us.
  2. What are you doing/going to be doing? You know, I am not sure. I just know I want to make a difference in a huge way.

The questions have not changed by any means but my answers have.

  1. Why Panama? Obedience.
  2. What are you doing/going to be doing? Obeying.

If there is 1 thing that Yahweh has taught me here in Panama it is that my idea of Church, Ministry, Missionary work, this Christian life is so different than what I have been taught. He literally and still is sifting the “traditional church” system, ministry, etc. out of my psyche and I think it is because you cannot put God in a box.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, if you read throughout the Gospels there are systems put in play specifically beginning in the book of Acts. Even in 1 Timothy 3 we have systems set up and such because Paul knew that the different churches with their different issues would need some sort of order. But I am not sure exactly what my role would have been if I were to have been placed in Asia Minor around the time that the Apostles Peter, Paul, etc. were around. However, I do know what Yahweh is telling me now and that is to obey, that is to come to him each and everyday devoid of my agenda being open to his because my life is not my own.

I am on assignment until I am called to my true home with him. I don’t have a home outside of that. So do we evangelize while we are here yes! Do you heal the sick, yes! Do we have church, so far not in our home very much non-traditionally, yes! Do we ask the Lord for his assignment for us each day, yes! Why are we in Panama because we are obeying the assignment given to us each day and tomorrow if he says go to the United States then the assignment moves us to the United States. I guess you can say we will be missionaries wherever we go.

My question to you is, do you know what your assignment is? Are you asking him what it is daily that he wants/has for you to do that day? Because if you don’t I promise, you are missing out. Now, the assignment is costly some days/moments more than others. It is a narrow path to be on God’s assignment and lonely it can but oh so worth it.

Please feel to share your thoughts and comments below. After all, we are all in this together in different seasons. I am aware that I do not have it all figured out. Let’s figure it out together! One Body, the Body of Christ. The Book of Acts Church.

God Bless you,

Angelina

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Do not read this!

Posted by: | May 17, 2017 | No Comment |

Do you remember the time when you first made the decision to follow Christ? When you gave up doing things on your own. The time you laid your life down, your ideals, ideologies, your hopes, dreams, plans, desires, everything at the feet of Jesus.

You know, I believe that each believer has had that moment when they surrendered it all. The first time I fully understood what that processed look like was during a sermon at an old Baptist church. The Pastor was reading an account about Peter (the disciple aka the rock)after the death and resurrection of Jesus. Peter is facing Jesus after denying him and here Jesus is asking him questions like “Peter do you love me” and Jesus goes on to say a few other key things.

So many people have an understanding of the whole conversation that takes place here between Jesus and Peter but what I saw in the midst of this was a broken man facing the one he let down and Jesus is telling him that things have now changed. “It is time to follow me full out Peter. It is time to surrender it all. This is your moment.” I always couple this passage in John to the passage in 2 Chronicles 7:14 because this so mimics that process of surrender and their is even a promise there.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
I am going to get straight to the point here because well, that is me. Following Jesus is not a decision to be taken lightly. It will cost you your life and that includes your dreams, desires not just for you but your children, etc. Peter was crucified upside down! There is an exchange that takes place, your life for his life his. You do give something to him and it will take you on a narrow path, a path that most will not take and it is tough. I was reminded of that today by another believer who got real with me and said “look, you are in a battle.” Why are you expecting anything else? You are a target because you are chosen, the elect of God. Satan wants to take you out SO lay down your life anew, afresh to Jesus and Surrender!!!!!!!!!!!

Listen, if you want to change the world, if you want to be an impact player, be prepared to pay the price, be prepared to do the work both inside and out. Be prepared to do it and take heart you will mess up and be humbled from time to time. Even Peter had his moments and he walked with Jesus. And even moreso remember where he brought you from and where he is taking you.
Church, things are only going to become more difficult so make up your mind who you want to serve and stick with that decision. Count the cost.

And lastly and on a lighter note, take heart because when you choose Jesus and he takes you on the journey of knowing and understanding him more, you learn more and more how small the cares of the World are compared to the glory of knowing him.

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.(1 Peter 1:13-25)

If you are a person seeking to understand more of the Lord and you have no idea where to turn, if you are not a Christian yet but want more information about what that looks like to become a Christian and where to begin please do not hesitate to email me and I would love to chat with you [email protected] and help you along this journey. It will cost you your life but you gain his.

Blessings

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You know, I think it is time for a new start. A time to say, you know I may not have done it right but I sure am not going to let that stop me from being my best me. I am going to fight the good fight of faith, I am going to let God, and I am going to choose moment by moment, day by day to become more like the Lord, more like the one who paints the sky blue, who made the emerald of the oceans, who called the mountains to rise, who calms the seas, dries my tears, and made my baby boy’s beautiful hazel green eyes, long toes, and frizzy tendrils we call hair. The Lord is God and he, the one who will not share his glory with another, wants to help you make this year the best yet.

So, why this resolution? Why resolve to say, this will be the best year yet? Because friend, the choice is all ours and we need to take this bull by the horns and own it. So, the next time the AC breaks in the dead of the heat, the sink leaks, the children keep screaming while your attempting to call a friends or simply concentrate, or the phone decides that it has had enough for the moment resolves to dive into the toilet, resolve to choose a different reaction, resolve to say…

“THANK YOU LORD FOR MY LIFE! THANK YOU FOR SHELTER, THANK YOU FOR TOILET PAPER IN THE BATHROOM, FOR WATER, AIR, THE DIRT THAT MADE IT’S WAY ON THE BATHROOM FLOOR.

NOW LORD, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO THROUGH ALL THIS? WHO NEEDS MY PRAYERS, WHO NEEDS GRACE AND MERCY, WHOSE FEET CAN I WASH, WHAT CHILD CAN I GIVE A GUMBALL TO, SMILE AT. HOW CAN I HELP YOU FURTHER YOUR GLORY IN ALL THIS? HOW CAN I FURTHER YOUR KINGDOM THROUGH THIS MOST EFFECTIVELY IN THE MIDST OF MY TRIALS, DISCOMFORTS, MY ISSUES TODAY?”

Angelina, how can I possibly do that? Do you know how hard that is? Do you know what it takes to do that? I just can’t. Oh friend, yes you can. When your lying on the couch sick as ever and the kids want you to play, when your daughter wants you to hold her but you cannot even muster the strength, friend I have been there. I have seen God in those moments make and mold me and oh he still is. I have a confession to make though, this week this has been me. Did I pass the test each time, no way! BUT I sure did keep pressing. I sure did pray, sing, shout, let him know where I was, and boy have I cried.

He is still good. Those issues with the leaky sink, no AC, etc etc etc they are still there BUT Here is what has happened while we have endured and chose to seek first the kingdom since arriving Saturday…

  1. a young girl got her gumball
  2. a Pastor was fed
  3. electrician man was fed a few times, prayed for and received healing, he cried for the loss of his marriage in my husband’s arms
  4. a city was prayed over several times
  5. several people smiled in a town where saying hello to a stranger is seen as odd
  6. the gospel was shared with at least 3 people
  7. cable installation guys were fed and sent off with cold water (oh and the gospel got slipped in too ;))

I resolve, even if I am all by myself, to start fresh and choose daily to follow God’s lead, to say “use me Lord” excepting the warfare to accompany it (because it will accompany it). So here I go…

 In the words of JJ Heller…

There is no use living in regret.

Let’s fight a good fight,

train our eyes to find the light

and make this year the best one yet!

Starting right here…Happy New Year!

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So, today I felt led to finally share something that I wrote over a year ago regarding a season of my life when I finally learned to find joy in the midst of one the toughest situations a parent can find themselves in, loosing a child. I hope it speaks to you. I pray it is something that reaches the young, the wiser, and more wiser. I pray it blesses you and more importantly transforms your life. I am going to post it here and feel free to share as you desire.

Walk This Way The Joy Journey Mini Book

 

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The Divine Appointment

Posted by: | April 19, 2017 | No Comment |

Hey Ya’ll, Buenas Noches! So, we just returned from a “quick trip” to Panama City about 6.50-7 hours away. It sure didn’t seem quick because it was jam packed with a lot of new and exciting things and the normal things from meeting a young man named Jose  (well worth the entire trip), practicing forgiveness to strangers, and much much more.

So it started off as a trip to the city after Chris and I felt the pressing to go ahead and choose a place to live. We had already narrowed down an area that we both seemed to be called to but this time we actually had the cash to put down a deposit on a place, something we had been praying for because a few days prior we didn’t have it. Here we are, planned trip to Panama City and God’s promise of privison deep down inside. The Lord had called us to move to that area and he would supply the way. He is faithful, he is just waiting on us to believe that and trust his answers come what may(Mark 11:22-23). On the way there about half way Chris says to me “I think I need to turn around. I saw a homeless guy on the side of the road and, hey, do you have any balboas on you?”

Side note: Balboas are the national currency here although so is the American dollar

At this point I am soooooo ready to be in the city, we have been in crazy traffic thanks to the beautiful holiday drivers(think of it as living in a country where millions of people drive to their family’s house for that 1 weekend and rarely anyone travels by plane). And so, I am literally in a battle between “let your husband stop and do what God says” AND “no, we have an appointment to keep!” The good thing is, I have a husband who listens to the Holy Spirit while God works on me so after turning around and being led to give this man money, water, and some food Chris learns about this man’s recent stomach surgery(btw he is walking barefoot in the beating hot son on what we call the Pan american highway(middle of nowhere and HE JUST HAD SURGERY)!

Chris also offered to pray for his healing and while he did felt pressed that this was this man’s divine appointment to meet Jesus. Jose did accept Christ that day and the most interesting part, was about 5 feet behind where we parked on the side of the road was painted on the concrete bus stop the name Jesus along with a cross and a picture of Jesus’ face.

 Ya’ll this is just the first few hours of an interesting trip and to be honest this would be a long post to share it all at once so in fairness of your time I will end with this…

thank you thank you thank you to those that gave and prayed and encouraged us in the faith. You helped make this possible and we love you. God is so faithful and he will use whoever will let him even a woman named miracle who I am so excited to tell you more about in the next post.

to be continued…

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Blog 1, Well Sort of

Posted by: | April 10, 2017 | No Comment |

Before we even met Chris and I had this feeling that we were called to reach the Latin American community with the Gospel. We each had an idea of what we we wanted that to look like but really had no clue where it would lead. We assumed it would be in the US. So like many believers out there we would pray here and there, talk about how we would do it, etc. and each time the cares of the world would get in the way along with job changes, moves, childbearing oh and rearing, etc etc etc. We always seemed to get stopped in our tracks until one morning my husband cried out to the Lord asking for discernment and things began to unravel for us.

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Several months later we found ourselves with 9 suitcases(well 8 but that story I’ll explain later), a 6 month old, a 3 year old and landed in Panama, and less than $200 in my husband’s wallet. Needless to say, it has been quite the journey. When we first arrived here we connected with a ministry called Strength4thejourney who got us connected to the community at large. Since arriving December 2015 we have found ourselves doing everything from street preaching, praying for people and laying hands on the sick, helping local ministries in numerous ways, holding a home church with the local Panamanians, and learning to live each day asking the Father what it is he has for us to do that day. Currently we are planning a move to another part of Panama to start a home church, another area we feel we’ve been called to and we are excited to see what God is going to do and excited that we now can bring you along so stay tuned each month for the new happenings. I have a feeling that this will be another life transforming experience. Glad you’re with us this time.

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Bienvenidos Amigos!

Posted by: | April 10, 2017 | No Comment |

Welcome to our page. We wanted to start you off with a bio about why we are here and what type of journey we are inviting you to take with us. My name is Angelina and my husband’s name is Chris. Some of you know us and some will get to know us. We only hope that as you read each post and see each picture that you walk way changed forever know the Lord more and never wanting to settle for any less than his best for your life.

Chris and I started this journey in different places and times in our lives and we collided in the middle with this same vision for our lives and that was and still is to be obedient to the Lord, to be around others who want to be obedient and in doing so and getting this Gospel of Jesus Christ out to the nations. We want to be found hearing him say at the end of our existence on the Earth “well done my good and faithful servant.” You see we were bought at a price. He pulled Chris and myself out of the pit of destruction and despair, slaves to our sin and the precious blood of Jesus shed for us on the cross was the payment for our freedom. We see it as our duty to obey the one who paid it all for us and boy oh boy is this an interesting adventure. Hope you’ll come along for the ride.

      

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