Saturday, January 31, 2015

~Phillip....the planter!~

The Mission that God has called our family different from what a lot of people may think of as the "typical missionary endeavor."
God has not called our family to buy or build buildings on the mission fields where He has called us to work.
Nor has He called us to build Empires around ourselves, nor try to "Americanize" anyone...but He has called to be servants and serve the Nationals where we are working.
As you have seen, we try to invite a lot of people into our home, to try to touch their lives for Jesus and Holiness.
You don't see many pictures in our newsletters, on FB or on our blogs of large groups of people where we are ministering...our ministry is often one on one!  Discipleship!  We are trying to be faithful to what God has called US to do!

~Our 6 children are our first mission field!
Phillip is a FAITHFUL DADDY! He takes the Bible literally when it talks about talking to your children about God when you rise up, and when you lie down, etc.  
Phillip is constantly using EVERY OPPORTUNITY to talk to our 6 wonderful children about Jesus!
He daily has family devotions, and it is such a RICH time together!  
We read God's Word together, we laugh together, sometimes we cry, we sing together, we discuss lots of things, and then we pray together!~
(Pic taken last time!)
Phillip also believes that God has called him to a prayer ministry!  He PRAYS FOR HOURS for A LOT of people!
He prays for our families, churches and people in the USA, Colombia, Jamaica, here in Argentina, Peru, Cuba, etc.  He prays for a list of couples!  He prays for our supporters, and prays for a whole prayer book full of people nearly every day!
~Phillip and Bro. Bruce.  Bruce has a ministry to Spanish speaking Jews here in Argentina.  Phillip prays a lot for him!~
 Since we have no car...Phillip does most of our grocery shopping!  Here in Argentina there are 2 different Chinese grocery stores within close walking distance of our house.
Phillip is faithfully witnessing to those grocery workers, passing out Chinese tracks to them, inviting them to go to church with us, etc.
When we returned here to Argentina, one of the Chinese grocery workers was SO HAPPY to see Phillip and the kids back...that he squealed with delight, broke out in a big grin, and reached under the cabinet and gave the kids each a piece of candy.  :-)
In the Chinese grocery stores, there are mini fruit and veggie markets.  They are run by people from Peru!  Phillip faithfully talks to them about Jesus as well.
Before we left Argentina last June as sort of a "Goodbye for now gift" Phillip passed out Holiness books and Bibles to nearly all of the people he has been witnessing to.  They seemed very happy to get the books!  One lady started reading her book before Phillip even left the store.  :-)
~Phillip is a Faithful God-loving Husband!  He treats me like a queen, and is carefully leading our family to Heaven! (Pic taken last time...when I was expecting Abigail! :-) ~
 There is a laundry mat here in Argentina.  (Here, you drop off your clothes like a dry-cleaners...and pick them up cleaned and folded!)
Before we had a washer, Phillip took our clothes there.
He became good friends with the 2 older ladies and man that worked there, and started talking to them about having a relationship with Jesus.
One day he asked one of the older ladies if she had a Bible.  She told him that she didn't and that she WANTED a Big Print Bible.
Phillip told her not to buy one, that our family would get her one.
When He took the Bible to the older lady at the laundry mat....she hugged it to her chest and CRIED!
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Even when we have our fun trip to renew our Argentine visas...we witness to others, pray with others, etc.
One elderly man in Uruguay when we were there last March...listened as Phillip kindly talked to him about his soul and that he wasn't getting any younger and that God wanted Him to serve HIM!  The man had tears coursing down his weathered cheeks as Phillip talked to him.
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Your Faithful prayers and giving...make it possible to plant seeds of the Gospel around the world!!!!!

~Phillip speaking in Spanish to the Chinese young people.  Oso translating into Mandarin for those who didn't speak Spanish. ~
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While we were just in Colombia for nearly a month, we had to take taxis.  Taxis there are VERY CHEAP compared to U.S. standards.
Phillip used nearly every Taxi ride (and we rode in A LOT of taxies :-) as an opportunity to talk to the taxi driver about having a relationship with Jesus Christ.
~Pastor Jimmy and Phillip holding the Men's meeting in Colombia!~
Phillip urged each Colombian taxi driver to get a Bible and seek after Christ.
Some of the taxi rides were 30 mins. or more and the taxi drivers were asking questions and you could tell they were really thinking about their souls and what Phillip was telling them.
We will probably never know anything about those Taxi drivers ...but it could very well be, that when Phillip gets to Heaven, They will be some of the FACES  that greet Him and THANK HIM for being faithful!  (Click link for "FACES" Song sung by Greater Vision)
Phillip is planting seeds one seed at a time...God is doing the rest!  :-)
~Phillip teaching the kids here in Argentina.~



Martha S. Bryan said...

Dearest Heather, I enjoyed so much the full tour of this email and the one of your house. God is so good to you all and the people as well. I loved the house and all of it's rooms. The bird sitting on your box was so cute, I do hope it was dry! I love you and all those little ones and of course your Phillip. Moma

Daryl Hausman said...

Your precious Family are daily in our prayers! Love ya much:) Laura

Kim M. said...

Great post! We are praying for you all. I think it is so interesting that he is preaching in Spanish & that is being translated into Mandarin. :-)

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