Did you know that Larry and I host a weekly radio program called “A Place Missionaries Call Home?” On the program, we have the wonderful privilege of talking to missionaries about their lives and what God is doing around the world in missions.
Recently, we were able to talk to the Goddards, third generation missionaries in Paraguay. They were explaining to us how the tribal people in South America have begun to realize that the Great Commission is not just for them to receive – but it is their responsibility to “go and tell others,” too. Not long ago, some of these “tribal missionaries” went to a village to share the Gospel with them. The villagers were reluctant to accept their witness. After some time, they discovered that the villagers were offended by how the missionaries smelled – clean from daily baths, shampoo and soap. You see, the villagers did not bathe regularly and the clean smell bothered them. So, in order to win them to Christ, the tribal missionaries decided to give up their daily baths. And now, the villagers have accepted them. Like the Apostle Paul, they gave up their “rights” in order to win some.
To hear more missionary stories, go to our web site at www.siloamhomes.org to listen any time. Or you can listen live at 12:00 noon on Saturdays on WTRU.org. We hope these missionary testimonies will challenge you and let you know what God is doing around the world.
Thank you for your faithful support to Siloam Missionary Homes. Without your generous gifts, we would not be able to give missionaries a place to call home. I pray that God will touch more hearts to partner with us in this incredible ministry to missionary families.
Dear Coffee Club Members,
Missionary families coming and going – that seems to be the theme lately, almost like a revolving door. We look forward to meeting the new ones that arrive, getting to know them, and hearing about their ministries. We have just spent a month or so remodeling one of the homes to give it some new floors, paint the whole house and do some much needed improvements. I can hardly wait to take the new family into the house so they can see how God has provided this beautiful home for them!
I hope you will mark your calendars to come and join us on Saturday, June 22, 2013 for our first Farm Day at Camp Glory Farm. There are going to be a lot of fun things for the kids to do, as well as for the adults. So, make plans to bring the family – your kids, or your grandkids! Come and experience Siloam Missionary Homes for a day.
We have some new Coffee Club Members. We are so grateful for your partnership and for each one who sacrificially gives each month so we can continue to provide this wonderful missionary campus for missionary families.
May God richly bless each of you.
Ps. 107: 8,9,22 “Oh, that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. And let them sacrifice the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing.”
When you think of the word “sacrifice,” what comes to mind? Most of us think of having to give up something we love.
God does ask us to sacrifice various things in our lives, and many times, it is with great difficulty that we do so. But, have you ever thought about the sacrifice of thanksgiving? One sacrifice that pleases God is our thanks to Him for who He is and what He has done in our lives.
Take a moment to reflect on all of the blessings that God has given. No matter the trials you face, if you look deep, you will see the Lord’s goodness and His wonderful works in your life. Offer Him the sacrifice of praise and thanks. It will be a sweet aroma to Him.
Then, we are to declare His works with rejoicing. Here at Siloam Missionary Homes, we are a faith based ministry – we rely on God’s provision for the needs through the gifts of His children. God is faithful to meet the needs and He blesses each day. Many times, the funds come in the very day they are due!
Would you consider joining as a Coffee Club member (a monthly partner) to help us give missionaries a place to call home? Your tax deductible gift will cause us to “declare His works with rejoicing.”
What can you buy for $10? Not much, these days. Dinner for a family of 4 at a fast food restaurant costs more, dinner and a move costs way more…
We are looking for people who would be willing to give $10 per month this year, to help us provide a home for missionary families. Do you think $10 can make a difference? Yes it can!
Would you pray about partnering with us this year? You will be blessed. I look forward to hearing from you.
Recently I have been thinking about the word “joy.” What do you think of when you see that word? Does it mean “happiness” to you? or “satisfaction?”
When I think of happiness, I realize that comes from my circumstances, what is going on around me. Is it good, or is it bad? Because of that, my “happiness” can come and go easily depending on whether things are going the way I want them to.
Satisfaction comes from doing a job well, or seeing something that I finished. This is good, too, but it is not always a feeling that lasts longer than the moment.
Joy, however, is something that is based entirely on Someone else in my life. No, not my husband, or my children or grandchildren – although they are my very favorite people! Joy is based on my relationship on Jesus and what He has done for me. There is a deep joy in walking with Him every day. The wonderful thing is that “happiness” and “satisfaction” come and go, but JOY is a constant, because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. And He is the same regardless of the circumstances that I find myself in.
As you walk through this Christmas season, let yourself sing the song “Joy to the world…”, realizing that Jesus has given us all that we need to feel joyful in our hearts. And share that JOY with others as you wish them a Merry Christmas!
Do you ever ask yourself that question. Sometimes I do! But, I have learned over the years that as I walk with the Lord and submit to His leading in my life, I can.
One of the most rewarding parts of my involvement with Siloam Missionary Homes is seeing the look of relief and gratitude as a new missionary family arrives and is shown into their house. As a missionary kid myself, I know from experience the unsettling feeling of being shuffled from place to place. What we do here at Siloam makes a difference to each person who comes to stay here.
So, do you want to make a difference in a life? Get involved in Siloam Missionary Homes. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and find out how you can make a difference today!