Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christ Made Us Holy!

I pray you all had a wonderful day celebrating our Savior's birth! My family (pictured left) spent the night at my parents' house so we could all wake up together on Christmas day. I don't think we've done that since I was in middle school. Praise God for blessed family time!

Tomorrow my friend Matt (worked with TouchGlobal last year) and myself will start the 12 hour drive to NEW ORLEANS!!! I praise God for the chance to serve there the next two weeks and I look forward to seeing friends.

Please pray:
1) We have teams from MD, CA, KS, and IL coming to serve. Please pray for them as God works in them and through them for His Kingdom purposes. They will be serving on Castle Rock's new property, Ms. Cammie's home, and Ms. Valerie Thomas's home. Pray for God to call people to come back and serve as an intern or staff!
2) I will have the chance to see ALL of my summer 2011 interns over these next 2 weeks. Please pray for our time together and that we'd all be a mutual encouragement to each other!
3) I am still in the process of raising support and will be traveling after New Orleans to St. Mary's GA, Jacksonville FL, and up the coast. Please pray that God would open up opportunities to share what He's doing through me and through the ministry and stir up in people's heart a desire to partner with me in His work! If you're in that part of the world let me know! Love to see you!

Thank you so much for praying and for your partnership in God's work through me! I couldn't do this without God and without you all! I'm looking forward to sharing all that God is doing that He might receive all the glory, honor, and praise!

Love ya!
Katie :)

So wrap our injured flesh around You
Breathe our air and walk our sod
Rob our sin and make us holy
Perfect Son of God

"Welcome to our World" by Chris Rice

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Monday, December 19, 2011

God is working after Hurricane Irene

Hi Everyone,

Thank you so much for your prayers while I traveled around NC! It was a blessing to see friends and share what God is doing in my life and in the ministry.

Two cool God Stories from this past week were:

I had lunch with Norm from Greenville NC. I first met Norm after Hurricane Irene went through and pulled up three of his trees..none of which hit his home, Praise the Lord. Norm shared with me how one of his friends we helped and shared with their family the love of Christ has since that visit started to attend church! They were so touched by our willingness to help complete strangers and show them God's love and kindness that they wanted to know more about this faith! We praise God for using this storm to transform people's lives!

I also got to help with One Harbor Church's Crisis Response team this past Saturday. After Hurricane Irene, this church saw an opportunity to reach out to their community and started gathering volunteers from the church to hold work days on Saturdays! You can find out more on their blog: How cool to see the body of Christ have a desire to show His love to their neighbors! God is awesome!

This week I'll be more locally stationed out of my parents' home, visiting with friends and family. Next Monday, I'll be headed down to New Orleans for two weeks! I'm so excited to see everyone, including ALL of my summer 2011 interns!! woot woot! Praise the Lord for a chance to reconnect with them and continue sharing God's love with the people of New Orleans!

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Merry Christmas!
Katie :)

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!"
Phillipians 4:4

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Go Forth and Invite!

Hi Everyone!

My blog title "Go Forth and Invite" comes from a conversation I had the other day with a fellow long term staffer who is also raising support. We coined it as we shared stories of God's provision when we are obediently inviting people to pray about becoming a ministry partner.

The word "invite" came from the parable of the wedding banquet in Matthew 22:1-14. This guy wants to throw a wedding banquet but no one wants to come so then he sends out his servants to invite anyone they find. But once the people arrive, the king throws out a guy for not wearing wedding clothes. haha. I definitely still need time to process the parable but the last verse is what stuck out to me. It says:

For many are invited,
but few are chosen.

This verse really encouraged me as I remember that my responsibility with support raising or ministry partnership development is to INVITE! I must invite people to pray about joining God's work through me. It is God's responsibility to pick out the ones He wants on the team. He is the one choosing who will come alongside me in His work.

I pray and ask God that He chooses quickly but more importantly in His timing. So please join me in praying that God would give me courage to invite and the Lord would choose exactly who He wants and they would be obedient to His leading!

Love you guys!

Katie :)