Reset

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reset:  to set again or anew

I love this picture for many reasons.  First, I’m viewing it while on a relaxing vacation on the beach.  Second, it’s such a cool picture of weather for this weather geek. Third, it’s a great visual of life over the past year or so.

This year has been full and ever changing but the biggest change: the decision to quit my job.  At the end of April, I left my job, after nine years to enjoy and pursue a different path.  To take a step towards resetting my life to serve others and hopefully make a greater impact.   This reset is a huge step of faith but is full of hope for what God has in store.

Resetting…to listen to God’s next steps for me without the distractions of work.

Resetting…believing God’s command to not worry or fret.

Resetting…trusting God’s promises to provide for my needs.

 

As I look at this photo, there are many thoughts but the most important one:  Jesus is Lord of the storm.

On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.  Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they *woke Him and *said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”  Matthew 4:35-41

 

Thailand 2017

 

 

 

This summer, I will once again have the privilege of returning to Thailand to serve with a medical mission team from my church (The Church at South Mountain: http://www.casm.org).  Our team will reunite with full-time missionaries, Dr. Doug Derbyshire and his wife, Cheryl to serve with their mobile medical clinics.  The goal of these clinics is not only to treat the physical ailments of many Thai people who generally have no access to healthcare, but also to bring the saving message of Jesus Christ to those who have never heard it before.  I am excited for the opportunity to join the Derbyshires and local Thai believers in this amazing work.

I am asking for your prayers that I might be a humble, loving, compassionate and faithful servant of Christ so that I might be a blessing to the missionaries, encouragement to the local Thai church and a witness of Christ to those who have never heard of Him.

In addition to your prayers, I am also asking for your financial support so I may go and serve in Thailand.  The total cost will be $2100 per person.   If you are able to provide support in any amount,please give online at: https://casm.infellowship.com/OnlineGiving/GiveNow/NoAccount

If you would prefer to mail a check, please contact me at: ksgirl47@hotmail.com and I will provide you with the support form to attach with your check.   As a matter of integrity and tax purposes, you will receive a receipt from the church for any gift you provide.  

My goal is raise these funds by May 15, 2017.

I thank you in advance for your support, encouragement and prayers as I prepare for this trip and look forward to sharing my experiences on this blog.  Feel free to subscribe or bookmark this blog so you will get the latest updates or contact me personally.

Love and Blessings,

Kimberly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wake Up

As of this post, our team is headed home to Arizona. It’s been a full and busy week of varied experiences with the greatest joy found in the opportunity to repeatedly share the gospel, in word and deed, to students, teachers and administrators.

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Upon returning, our team will be asked a number of questions about this trip and our response lies in this scripture, used on our final day of teaching.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

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Every Perfect Word

“Those who hide their sins do not prosper, but those who confess and leave their sins find mercy.”  Proverbs 28:13

“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet lose their soul?”   Mark 8:36

These are two of the scriptures for this week and it’s amazing to see how perfect God’s word is for each day.  Not only is it perfect for teaching and sharing with our students but it has personally impacted on our team and brought a new perspective.

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Thailand: Church Planters

The past 24 hours  have been a whirlwind of activity to prepare for a very busy week.   Yesterday (Saturday), we spent the entire day with Jeremy and Christina, the newest missionaries, getting reintroduced to the cultural and spiritual foundation of Thailand.  One of the most encouraging statements shared so far, by Jeremy:

“You are church planters.  You’re pushing open a door for long-term ministry to the people of Thailand.  You are helping us find a few children that we can pour into over time.”

Once again, the opportunity to be exposed to and observe the spiritual practices and allegiance to the many gods, is always an eye-opening experience.   It’s also a reminder to us that we are not exempt from the many “idols” (job, money, status, possession,etc.) we can turn to in the Western world, that can distract and derail us from following Christ with all of our heart, mind and soul.

This morning, I had the opportunity to teach a lesson to 25 pre-K/elementary aged children on the Great Commission.  With the help of our  faithful team, we were able to show these children that as they trust God and follow His plan, they will be required to go and tell the world about Jesus”.

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Cheryl Derbyshire (our missionary host and wife of Dr. Doug) created a song…on the spot…for the kids to sing using this simple phrase.   I just love watching and learning from her about how to minister to the children and people of Thailand.

Sunday School with the children was followed by attending the worship service.  The pastor preached from Luke 5:17-20.  Thanks to Dr. Doug who translated the sermon for us during the service, so we could follow the sermon.  The joy of hearing God’s word today was magnified by how it connected us, no matter where you are from or language spoken, Christians all have the responsibility to carry our friends to Jesus…no matter the cost, obstacle, or risk.  What made the day especially memorable…we were privileged to see five young women baptized!

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Love and blessings from the field,

Kimberly

 

 

 

Broken

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That purple piece of chalk…yes, that piece right there in the middle.  That’s what broken looks like.  It looks and feels SO out of place…while everything around it looks…perfect. As I stare at those broken pieces, I can name them in my life.  Some recent and some from long ago.

What do you do when you’re broken?  Is there anything worthy or good or beautiful to be found in this place?

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A New Adventure Awaits

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Two years ago, I wrote about change and contentment and posed the following question : How content am I when plans and dreams change?   Well, my plans and dreams did change…AND it was good AND different AND challenging AND insightful.

 

In that time, I got a dog…Riley.  Who knew this little bundle of energy would be a source of endless adventure, affection and fun.

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I traveled to Thailand a few times and preparing to go again (4th trip) in June.  Even with some familiarity of what to expect, it’s always so exciting and full of surprising experiences.

Finally, I finished a rigorous course of study with Moody Bible Institute and now have my Certificate in Biblical Studies.  Theological studies is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done and yet it transformed how I think, how I read the Bible and how I view the world.

My life is still very busy but my perspective has changed about what’s important and keeping the “main thing, the main thing”.  As I resume writing this blog, I hope to share my “notes to self”…things that I logged in my notes app on my phone in my moments of quiet and unexplained inspiration.  These words of wisdom and encouragement that I’ve saw me through my studies,ministry and life.  I looking forward to sharing them as well as highlights of our upcoming mission trip to Thailand.

Kimberly