Week #4 Jesus is everything

What can I say but this week, even after walking with Jesus for 22 years now, Jesus once again became the center of everything.

He has always been the center, the reason, the truth, but this week again His life, death and resurrection have become the main objective and the reason for why we do what we do.

Being part of a Discipleship Training School and getting to lead this September school has been one of the greatest blessings! Not only do I get the blessing of walking alongside young people who are discovering more about who Jesus is to them, I also get the blessing of being like a student again myself.

We never stop learning no matter how long you have walked and followed Jesus.

This week was a special blessing as we had Jeff Pratt teaching. He led the DTS I did in 1996 and his testimony and teaching impacted my life as much then as it did this past week.

Why? Cause Jesus does not change! He is the same yesterday, today and forever! His truth is truth whether you want to believe it or not.

His truth has changed my life! His life effects my life, His Love reaches out to me still every day! He takes me deeper into the understanding of His heart for me and for those around me. His patience with me is so incredible, yet He doesn’t let me get away with feeling sorry for myself and will confront me like a loving Father/Mother would, gently leading me into truth and application of that truth.

Four weeks flew by and how amazing to look back and see how the Lord orchestrated the sequence of these weeks:

Week 1: our foundations and beliefs, what are our roots and what is the soil we are rooted in?

Week 2: character and nature of God, who is God, who is the trinity, how deep is God’s Love, how does God respond? Always according to who He is…

Week 3: the person and work of Holy Spirit as lived out and exemplified through the life of Jesus. Dependency on Him, being led by Him, listening in prayer and intercesión to what He would have us pray instead of what we feel to pray.

Week 4: the person and work of Jesus, Jesus wants to be the Lena through which we see the world, but we have a wall of divide that we have built that keep us from walking in the fullness of what Jesus has for us and keeps us from seeing through His eyes. The work on the cross was the ‘finished’ work of Christ and we are invited to walk in the freedom of that finished work. We take up our cross daily to follow Christ, we die to self to become alive to the love of Christ.

Wow such amazing weeks and such a richness to keep pondering on. It is like being in my own Discipleship Training School all again….

Celebrating a student’s re-birth in Christ day!

I love going deeper with the Lord and what a joy to walk alongside a new generation and together experience greater freedom in Christ!

Have you ever wondered about going deeper in your relationship with God and knowing more about Jesus. Come join us in the January quarter for the next DTS! Email us today dts@ywamsj.org!!

Taking care of business

For the last 13 years the Lord has allowed our children to attend a wondeful Christian school and they have been blessed with amazing teachers who not only express love and care but share Jesus through their lives.

Whenever we ask our children if they ever want to change schools we get a big resounding ‘NO’. They love their school.

Gioela, our oldest is two years away from finishing High school and has gone through every single level at this school. From age 3 till now.

Our other two equally love it at their school and do not want to change.

Every year we see the faithfulness of God in His provision for our children to continue on in this wonderful school.

As we entered the month of October for the first time in 13 years we are not able to pay for the registration of our kids 2019 school year.

We continue to trust the Lord for His provision and as we have prayed we continue to believe that this is the place He wants our kids to be.

So to take care of business we have decided to sell our minivan. It is what we need to pay for the last months of school as well as registration fees for the upcoming school year.

On the other side we have been wanting to change cars, we no longer need a 7 passenger and we are needing a car that is a bit newer and a bit more reliable and less investment as we have had to do quite a bit of fixings over the years.

Pray with us

So would you pray with us:

  1. That God would bring us the right buyer at the right price to be able to pay off all school costs at once
  2. For the lord to provide us with a newer, more reliable vehicle for personal and ministry use (we are praying for a SUV 4×4
  3. For peace and wisdom in all these matters as we walk forward in faith.

Thank you for your partnership and prayers. Over the past 20 years of our marriage and ministry we have driven different cars either borrowed by friends or donated to us or through miraculous provision. We continue to trust the Lord He knows the need, especially for me, Marjolein, as a car is like a second home for personal and ministry use.

Full weekend and full week

After days of much rain we had two beautiful sunny days over the weekend. Though we did not really get to sit outside and enjoy the sun directly we got to have a beautiful time as a YWAM San Jose legal board for two days.

Some of you might say how is a legalboard meeting a beautiful time? Well when you spend it with people who all love the Lord and want to see His kingdom come on earth it is a beautiful thing to discuss the things He is doing in the ministry.

We walked the new land together, prayed and strategized on how we can see this developed.

Full days of meeting, planning, praying and thanking God for His goodness in our lives and ministry and embracing this new and challenging season ahead of us.

How wonderful to have a beautiful place to meet with a view of the new land!

Full Week ahead

It is week 3 of the Discipleship Training School that I am giving leadership to with a great team around me. This week we se learning about the work and person of Holy Spirit with a wonderful friend from YWAM Orlando but who served around 14 years in Eastern Europe.

What a total blessing to have Cindy Hunt with us and hearing her strories as we ask God for revelation about what He wants is to see. We read the Word, learned about Jesus being 100% human and yet fully God and how Jesus always did what the Father showed him. There is lots of learning going on and we as leaders are included in that learning!

I love the DTS and sitting in the classes everyday (besides my role as campus director) has given me a whole new passion again for the DTS! Twenty two lives who came to be trained and equipped, to grow in their walk with the Lord, their understanding of who He is and to get ready to make Him known!!!

Let it rain……

The last time I have been this cold was when our son was born in December 2004. Wind was howling around the house, rain was hitting the windows and we would not come out of the house very much. Luca was a newborn and we would all huddle in the bed together to keep warm, including our two year old.

The last days I have been walking around with double sweaters and rain coat, scarf and trying to keep my feet warm with my sloggers (garden shoes against the rain). I mean 15 degrees Celsius at 1200 meters altitude is simply ‘cold’ for me. People call me crazy (I know) but I like to be warm. But I love the mountains more than the beach. I can’t do heat for a long time, so I prefer being a bit chilly, but I do realize I might have to hit the thrift store one of these days to find myself a thicker sweater….

But you know that this kind of weather makes me think about Spiritual rain. Yep, sorry can’t help but seeking for the Spiritual lesson with this down pour of water over us.

The last two weeks have been simply a downpour of Jesus truth over not just my life, but the lives of the students also. We have been confronted with the truth, we have been shown who God is in His Character and His Nature. How is He loving, compassionate, full of mercy, yet also exercises justice. So many things to discover about who God is, yet so full of love towards His children to get to know Him, not just stuff to know about Him. But it is in the knowing more things about Him that His Spirit draws us to know more OF Him.

Some people have so many questions about God but never ask Him to answer them. Why is that we have questions about “God” and we seek in every direction to find answer, but not asking God Himself?

It is like somebody wanting to get to know me and they only talk to my husband, my kids, my friends, my parents or other people that know me, but they never end up talking to me. Funny how that gives them a judgement about who I am, if they never actually took the time to get to know me by talking to me.

Has that ever happened to you, that people think they know you, but they have actually never really taken the time to really get to know you? Annoying right?

Well then why do we do this with God? Why do we make assumptions about who God is or why He does stuff without really getting to know Him, taking the time to talk to Him and spending time with Him to get answers?

I am not saying that the questions you have about God are easy, they probably are not, they are probably deep and very raw and real. That is ok, God wants our questions to be real, deep and raw. But whatever you do, give God the honest opportunity to respond in His way.

I love God, why? Because He has shown Himself to me over the past many years, spoken to me personally, shown me his forgiveness, His love, His care, His leadership in my life, His protection, His provision and so much more. But really I love God not only for that, I love Him because the more I get to KNOW Him, the more I admire Him, the more I am in awe of Him, the more I see how merciful He is, how patient and so much more.

Loving God is not about what He does for me that makes me love Him, but simply knowing Him…His Character, His ways, His Nature…..Wow…but really getting to know Him, not what I think I know about Him, or only what people tell me about Him, but personally seeking Him…that is what I love.

Having a God that is personal, who speaks to His children, who lets Himself be found, who allows me to make mistakes, but picks me up and teaches me the right way to walk so I can avoid another mistake.

So when I have seen the rain, felt the rain and see the clouds hanging over the city in the early morning as I drive my kids to school, I say Lord give us more of Your rain. Your Word, Your presence, Your truth. Shower us with all that You have for us until we are drenched in your truth, until our heart and soul are dripping and overflowing with it.

I was reminded this morning of this famous scripture that many of us know so well:

“Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45)

Let my heart be full of Your rain (your truth) so that my heart will overflow, my mouth will overflow with words that reflect this truth. So much to learn, but Lord I ask that You would bring on the Spiritual Rain in my life!!!

“Guard your heart with all diligence, for from it flow springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23

 

Prayer changes things

For past two weeks we have experienced all kinds of interesting events, especially on a personal level with Giacomo falling fracturing a few ribs, recovering from a collapsed lung and all the while making sure things move forward within the areas of our responsibilities.

But….

Prayer changes things. The family of God around the world came together to pray, to lift us up and we have experienced His grace, His encouragement, His strength, His Spirit at work in us. It was obvious God was there.

There are times when we do not always ‘feel’ that He is at work, but because we know who He is, we understand some of His ways (not all cause He is so majestic and there is much to learn), because of that we know He IS working all things for good for those who love him.

Recently I am reminded of the fact that our faith in God is not based on how we feel about God, it is about knowing and believing that He is who He says He is. To not waver in our faith in taht truth!

I was reading today the first chapter of Corinthians in which Paul reminds us to not boast in our wisdom or knowledge (neither boasting about how we feel I would add)…but if we do boast, let’s boast about this: that we know and understand Jesus, the power of God for wisdom!!

You see prayer changes things because of who we pray to, in whose name we pray and knowing and understanding the One we pray to.

It changes us, when we establish again our dependency on Him, our surrender to His Lordship and then we ask Him to lead our words to be in agreement with who He is.

So thank you to those who stand in prayer with us. Our school on their second day of class, sat together and prayed (see photo)…

There is power in prayer and prayer in the name of Jesus!!

Amen….

Good soil for proper growth

Week 2 has begun after a full first week of understanding our heritage as a YWAM tribe and learning about, what we in YWAM call the ‘Belief tree’.

How do we make decisions and what do we build our lives on as believers. We should build our lives on nothing less than Jesus Christ. He is the Truth!

Want to know the truth that sets you free? Get to know Jesus….

The foundations of your life, the way you make decisions all come from that which you plant seeds in – soil!

Remember Matthew 13, the parable of the sower? Remember what happened to the seed that did not fall in fertile soil?

We need fertile soil to have good fruit!

We need truth to produce like kind fruit! The truth is a person – simple! Jesus is the truth, the way and the life!

So after looking at the soil of our lives, the roots which represent our beliefs, the trunk which represent our values, the branches which represent our decisions and the fruit which represents our actions…..

Now in WEEK 2…we go back to the soil once again and make sure that what we have in that soil is actually truth.

So we are taking about God’s character and Nature! Who is God? How does He act? Why does He act that way? Who are we?

So many questions so much to process!! So good!!

All that and more….laying a good foundation is crucial for proper growth!