Take Action

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 and is filed under Uncategorized

Take action!  I remember reading a Tony Robbins article years ago that encouraged people to take action.  He contended, in this article, that people often have great ideas but do not act on these ideas.  He said that this “action” or “lack of action” is often what separates those that achieve some level of success from those that do not.  I would say that I agree with Mr. Robbins.  I will leave it to you to define “success”.

In fact, I believe that this would be the same idea that James was referring to in chapter 2 of the book of James as he wrote about faith and deeds.

“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” – James 2:17

“…I will show you my faith by what I do.” – James 2:18

These are just two verses from this chapter and I would encourage you to read it completely.  Faith without deeds would be like a great idea without any action following it, in a word, useless.  People like Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, to name a few, had great ideas but what truly separates them was that they acted on those ideas.  The same can be said for so many great Christians serving others around the world.  What about you?  Have you had an idea to serve God and your fellow man but did not act?  What held you back?  World Vision, Compassion Intl’, Samaritans Purse, New Missions and so many other great organizations began with an idea.  No different than FedEx, Apple, Microsoft, Ford, etc.  The difference between them, and others that had similar ideas to serve, was action.

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House of Hope

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 and is filed under Uncategorized

The Oasis ministry has spent the last month and a half focusing on a safe house.  Many of the women we visit with come from difficult circumstances from which they need to escape.  Financially, the money was not there for a safe house but we felt that the need had to be met.  This began the journey of Hope House.

Chantz, Vladimir, and I looked in many locations for an affordable house.  Through many resources, we found several homes in the price range we prayed we could afford.  Nothing seemed right.  The houses were too small or too far from the main road causing the ladies to walk miles to catch public transportation.  Finally, after much prayer, we found the house!

Hope house is a three bedroom and one bathroom home.  It has a combination living room, dining room and a small kitchen.  The thing that made this the perfect house was the large room behind the kitchen that is used as a discipleship room and a room for making the jewelry.  God always provides for our need and this home is just perfect.

The week after we signed the lease, some friends from the states came to visit.  They helped us paint the house and someone donated funds to purchase a refrigerator, stove and two beds.  Hope house was up and running.  Now we needed money.

We prayed over the house and really felt that God was in this place.  He would provide and so we started a sponsorship program for the house and waited.  In a matter of days all the rooms in the house were sponsored and before long, someone sponsored the rent for the entire year!  Praise God for His provision!

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