how will they know…

we believe? How will they know that Jesus is the one we represent and follow? That we trust in God as our Father, Creator and Protector?

Christian musician Lecrae has a song in which he says, “can they tell you value Jesus by the way you rep His name?”

I was just reading a post of my friend from New Zealand (http://girlthateatschips.blogspot.co.nz/2014/07/my-poor-stolen-dresses.html) where she talking about how she was getting ready for a women’s conference which had a dress code and the dress that she wanted to wear was missing. She looked around and well to no avail it was gone and soon later to realise a few more were gone. What encouraged me was at the end what she said was, “It’s what you DO, not what you WEAR, that really matters.” It reminded me of when a leader on my Discipleship Training School (DTS) with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in New Zealand got his iPod stolen from our van as we were on an outreach function. His iPod was only filled with Christian music and he said he hoped that maybe they would see Christ through it before they deleted the songs. Just as in my friends post she hoped that if someone did steal them that God would bless them and that they would come to know Him the way she does.

Things come and go, people come and go, stuff fades, breaks decays all returns to which it came from the earth whether compostable or not. I believe that if we believe in Jesus, God the Holy Spirit we don’t just fade. Our bodies do, the things we own do, but our souls go to a place with others who believe and of course the Creator God, His son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. That place is called Heaven. God gave us a call, a call to go out into the world and share His name and His love. I’ve been encouraged by friends in the church such as The Godinho Family who goes to Mexico at least twice a year doing missionary work and is currently in Africa doing the same or my friend Ashley Buchert who spent a year in the missions field recently and as well a handful of other small missions trips and just the way she represents Jesus in her life as well as the way the Godinho family does too. And of course Im encouraged by the many friends I know in YWAM giving up the simple things in life, giving up what most consider real dreams of owning a home, a nice car, heaps of stuff and having a good paying job to live on faith, by faith trusting in bigger things with their minds set on eternal things. Its not just the missionaries who encourage me, I mean that is where my heart is but there are plenty of others who live in a way that you can tell, they know Jesus. Church families and friends and as well leaders of small groups and people who just be.

In church on sunday the pastor brought up a famous Christian who apparently buys fancy things and spend extraordinary amounts of money on things like tables and random things in their house. At first I had the feeling of who cares we aren’t the ones to be the judge of her, God will in the end, but then he read somethings things she said. I got the feeling she missed something about the call of Jesus about how to show who He is.

I want to be a missionary. I want to show those who don’t know God His love. Something that stood out from my first outreach trip to Fiji was what our leaders told us about sharing the gospel. People in Fiji have heard it all. They need to see actions not hear words. It goes back to the saying, “Go out and preach the Gospel and if necessary use words.”

The world we live in almost anything we do can show up somewhere that everyone in the world can see. Are we doing life so others see Jesus? Do they see how we value Him by the way we represent His name? Do they see the heart behind what we are doing?

To quote one last song. Artist Jamie Grace describes a song she wrote titled do life big, by saying Jesus lived a big life and calls us to live a big life. Jesus loved, served and gave His all, He lived life big, now its our turn.

“Oh, I wanna love, wanna give every day I live,
I wanna do life big,
I wanna love, serve, and give every chance I get,
I wanna do life big,
Oh, I wanna love, wanna give every day I live,
I wanna do life big,
I wanna love, serve, and give every chance I get,
Oh I wanna do life
I wanna do life big, big”

More Than A Thousand Words

I’ve often heard it said a picture is worth a thousand words. A thousand words is actually quite a lot when you think about it. Much can be said in that word frame, much can be conveyed. Stories can be passed on told from one to another in just a thousand words. For me it has been three years now since my best friend Anna Joy Booth passed away and a thousand words is not enough to describe her. This photo about doesn’t even hold simply a thousand words to it. There is heaps more. There is a story. A story of the end of a wonderful day. A story of an outreach team that went to the South Sea Island in Fiji for a fun day and is on the bus ride back to town in this photo. So much happened on this day that it couldn’t be described in simply a thousand words. Anna’s life could never be summed up by the photos that her many friends and family have left of her to remember her by. Nor could they be summed up in just a handful of the memories. She was more than that. She was a follower of Christ, she was a role model, a loving soul, an auntie, a beautiful person, someone who loved all and all loved her back because of her simple heart. She had compassion, she had love, she laughed, she served she was the definition of a heart for people. Most of all she showed me what it looks like to have a heart for where you grew up for the people around you and the place you call home. She showed me what its like to care, to laugh and to cry when its rough. She showed me heart in everything. Anna Joy Booth I miss you just as much as I always have and I am so thankful that I got to know you and your wonderful family. I am thankful for all the memories I have of our fun times together and for the photos and the videos of you that make me both laugh and cry. I am thankful that if I want to hear your voice I still can through the many funny videos you made on outreach and more. I am thankful for most of all for you and for having been in my life and the footprints you left on my heart never to fade away.

A guest post I worte for Stuff Christians Like

Well Jon Acuff I waited. I sent you this post as a guest post for your blog Stuff Christians Like and well I never heard anything back as I was told. I am sure you are busy and get heaps of writings and things you have to sort through and I am okay with that. But I laughed the whole time I was writing this, so now I post it for myself because I just feel the planet earth needs a laugh and I hope they get one from this. *Hint if you have never heard of Stuff Christians Like you should look it up. Funny stuff and the guest post and all of his posts are supposed to be full of satire (which is the funny part of course)…with the exception of serious Wednesdays. Anyway here goes nothing…

Missionary Goggles: Where Real Love is Found…? (originally titled YWAM Goggles: Where Real Love is Found…?, but I felt it needed to be more relevant to all Missionaries)

Does anyone in the missions field even know what real love is? I mean of course those in the missions field love something. They are there volunteering to do Gods work, whom they love. Most likely in a particular place or setting or culture or with a people group they love. But when it comes to relationships with other people (as in the opposite sex) do they know what real love is?

I have most recently spent quite a bit of time in community living with a missions organisation called Youth With A Mission (ywam.org). What a great opportunity it has been to learn more about God and then go make Him known around the world. On my first school I attended my school leaders presented relationships and rules and guidelines and things to know and follow for the school. Funny how the thing that stood out the most was what he called “YWAM goggles.” Just like beer goggles he said. “You know the more beers you drink the more prettier the people you’re hanging out with get.” He told us that because we would be in such close quarters with everyone seeing them day and night and in all walks off life they may suddenly become attractive when normally they really wouldn’t.

I didn’t believe him, but as it turns out I was wrong. Apparently you can get YWAM goggles and begin to like a girl (or for the girls begin to like a guy) you spend heaps of time with and not even realize it. I know because it happened to me (liking a girl that is) and even though over my first 3 years in YWAM where I took part in being a student and staff I didn’t find real love with a human person, I did meet people who did. I meet people that seemed to never fit end up getting married. Some of those couples looked like Ron Burgundy drinking milk on a hot day, but turned out to be like peanut butter and jam in the end…perfect together (of course as long as its strawberry jam and crunchy peanut butter).

So I guess what I am saying is if you do YWAM or another missions organisation or just go into the field for missions don’t date there, but do date there but then don’t date there or better yet just don’t drink beer. And as well remember God always provides and by that I mean the right mate of course, not the beer.

That is my so called inspirational wisdom for the time being, so enjoy it.

A Simple Message

Jesus said go into all the world and make disciples (Matthew 28.19)

Pretty simple right?

Well, maybe not. Back then the fastest way they got around was camel or donkey maybe. Nowadays though in a matter of hours we can be in another country crossing over land and seas in an instance.

Jesus still says go into all the world and make disciples (Mark 16.15)

Its still a simple message, that requires a simple action.

The message of Jesus is not a formula. It’s not Algebra trying to find its x. It’s not science trying to decide whether Pluto is a planet or not (by the way Pluto you will always be a planet to me). It is simple. Jesus left the comfort of Heaven and God and His glory to be a man. One that was mocked, spit on and beat up crowned with thorns and then put to death in a horrific way, a way generally meant for criminals. He survived. And by that I mean the mission His Father sent Him to do was accomplished. He died on that cross for the lives of us all. You, me, Kelly Clarkson, your neighbour, your boss, the homeless guy you see on your block, Eminem and the rest of the world. He didn’t die so we could continue to sin, He died so we could be saved from sin, and by saved not just watch out for the ball about to hit you saved, but reaching out to grab your hand to pull you up from drowning in the water saved.

God is calling. Jesus is calling. The Holy Spirit is leading.

Answer. Follow. Share. Go.

Birthdays.

Birthdays according to facebook:
1. the day when all your friends gang up on you for good

2. the day when you become the most popular on facebook (of course outside of celebrities, television shows, any one else that has a birthday on the same day and Justin Bieber)

3. the day when no matter what time login your wall and inbox are full

4. the day when people you haven’t talked to in days, weeks, months or years decided its a good day to write you (and of course those you talk to regularly as well)

5. your special day of birth and now even facebook acknowledges it

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6. the day when family says happy birthday without saying happy birthday

7. finally the day I choose to avoid the hoopla and wait a couple of days before going back online so I can try and manage all the chaos

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thanks to everyone who said happy birthday in some form whether it be via message, wall post, phone text/phone call or in person. For my first birthday in ‘MERICA in three years and first one I worked on in around four years it was a pretty sweet as day.

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Chur.

Michelle asks if Tim and I had peanut butter and jam to eat. I respond Michelle do we need air to breath? We both laugh, cause you know there is no Tim and Kyle without PB&J. What a fun time!

Michelle asks if Tim and I had peanut butter and jam to eat. I respond Michelle do we need air to breath? We both laugh, cause you know there is no Tim and Kyle without PB&J. What a fun time!

I’ve meet so many different people around the world and this is just a few photos that I have..not even half the friends and family I’ve meet. I need a heap more photos and as well more space to put them..God has blessed me with awesome people in my life. ¡Gracias Dios!

I’ve meet so many different people around the world and this is just a few photos that I have..not even half the friends and family I’ve meet. I need a heap more photos and as well more space to put them..God has blessed me with awesome people in my life. ¡Gracias Dios!

a video/slideshow I was asked to make about the Men’s Mexico Missions Trip to Porvenir Mexico to be played at church.

Music used with permission from Luke Parker. Song titled Oh My Soul Waits off his EP Deeply, Human. This song and more by Luke Parker can be found on itunes.

Hola Mexico.Let us go back but not to far just about 10 years or so to Spring Break 2004. The event a youth group missions trip. The Participants just a handful of friends, some leaders and doing Gods work in Tijuana Mexico. This was my first taste at a different country and as well a missions trip. The hole time I was ecstatic. I wanted to go back as soon as we left. My heart was filled up and ready to rock. However, fast forward five years and I finally went on my second missions trip. This time via plane. Fast forward another year and I was back in Mexico, this time in Baja California also known as Porvenir Mexico. Six months later I was off to New Zealand where I was for 19 months and then home for five and then gone again for almost 11 months to Sweden. Finally just a week ago I got to go back to Porvenir Mexico with a team of Men from Hydesville Community Church. Just like my last trip to Mexico we were in the same place doing similar things. We arrived as a team of 12 men in Porvenir Mexico on the 26th of January and we left for back home on the 31st. Just a few short days to do a handful of things. The main work project was a fence at the Youth Centre in town. The main event was an Outdoors Man dinner. 9 people accepted the Lord at this dinner after hearing the message of Christ. There was also good food, games, a bow an arrow shooting area and prizes at the dinner. Fun times all around. We also served food to the river people early in the morning getting up around 3.30-4am to make egg sandwiches, fries and juice. Another meal we put on was at a boys Orphanage where we spent a few hours letting them shoot bows and arrows and just have fun. There were some smaller detailed projects done as well. Also we took a trip up to the rehab centre where we put on a dinner for all of them up there and well shared some testimonies and had a time of worship with the men there and the youth from the church.For me going back after four years was such a blessing. Seeing how God has worked in Porvenir and at the rehab centre. Whats even more exciting is that at the rehab centre they aren’t funded and don’t charge. God has fully blessed that place and its leader Carlos who is now off to start a new rehab centre 14 hours into the middle of Mexico all on faith.What a joy it is to go and see how God is working and sending out people from that very area. What a joy it is to see God work in the area and in the people. It was a rich blessing for me to return and to be encouraged by the people of Mexico and the group of Men I was with as well. God sure didn’t disappoint and neither did Mexico. What a joy it is to do the Lord’s work. God bless Mexico. Thanks for all your prayers and support of this short missions trip to Mexico. It sure helped as God sure did move. Keep it in Jesus, one Love, one God, one Way. AMEN!

Hola Mexico.

Let us go back but not to far just about 10 years or so to Spring Break 2004. The event a youth group missions trip. The Participants just a handful of friends, some leaders and doing Gods work in Tijuana Mexico. This was my first taste at a different country and as well a missions trip. The hole time I was ecstatic. I wanted to go back as soon as we left. My heart was filled up and ready to rock. However, fast forward five years and I finally went on my second missions trip. This time via plane. Fast forward another year and I was back in Mexico, this time in Baja California also known as Porvenir Mexico. Six months later I was off to New Zealand where I was for 19 months and then home for five and then gone again for almost 11 months to Sweden. Finally just a week ago I got to go back to Porvenir Mexico with a team of Men from Hydesville Community Church. Just like my last trip to Mexico we were in the same place doing similar things.

We arrived as a team of 12 men in Porvenir Mexico on the 26th of January and we left for back home on the 31st. Just a few short days to do a handful of things. The main work project was a fence at the Youth Centre in town. The main event was an Outdoors Man dinner. 9 people accepted the Lord at this dinner after hearing the message of Christ. There was also good food, games, a bow an arrow shooting area and prizes at the dinner. Fun times all around. We also served food to the river people early in the morning getting up around 3.30-4am to make egg sandwiches, fries and juice. Another meal we put on was at a boys Orphanage where we spent a few hours letting them shoot bows and arrows and just have fun. There were some smaller detailed projects done as well. Also we took a trip up to the rehab centre where we put on a dinner for all of them up there and well shared some testimonies and had a time of worship with the men there and the youth from the church.

For me going back after four years was such a blessing. Seeing how God has worked in Porvenir and at the rehab centre. Whats even more exciting is that at the rehab centre they aren’t funded and don’t charge. God has fully blessed that place and its leader Carlos who is now off to start a new rehab centre 14 hours into the middle of Mexico all on faith.

What a joy it is to go and see how God is working and sending out people from that very area. What a joy it is to see God work in the area and in the people. It was a rich blessing for me to return and to be encouraged by the people of Mexico and the group of Men I was with as well. God sure didn’t disappoint and neither did Mexico. What a joy it is to do the Lord’s work. God bless Mexico. Thanks for all your prayers and support of this short missions trip to Mexico. It sure helped as God sure did move. Keep it in Jesus, one Love, one God, one Way. AMEN!

A Swimming Adventure in Sweden from kylefornia on Vimeo.

When the Ocean in Sweden unfroze it was taken advantage of for joy. Swimming became a refreshing break from studying for many of us on the School of Biblical Studies in Ljungskile Sweden and as well a handful of others from various schools (such as the Bible Core Course and the School of Worship). Most of it is just random swimming on random days. That is what took place at the beginning. Then the Finale became two weeks of swimming in a row. Going to the ocean daily to take a break. Sometimes that was a couple times in the same day. Sometimes just once. However it was it happened and became a fortnight of swimming. What a joy it was with friends and jelly fishes and random experiences all taking place from May to June 2013. Thank you Sweden!