Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tesfa turns 5!!!!












Wow~ what a big day here at our house...actually, more like a Huge weekend of many, beautiful celebrations. More on Christmas next post, this one is all about Tesfa!! We started off the day with candles in his pancakes & ended it with candles in his cake...That boy loves him some candles:)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Dossier...up, up & away!!!!

As Christmas is quickly approaching, we are daily reminded of God's goodness to each & every one of us. We are all so excited to celebrate Jesus' birth!! Things have been beautifully different this year around our home....Our kids have not been focused on what gifts they hope to receive, instead their focus is on HIM, and about their sister waiting on the other side of the world. There is definitely a feeling around here...that one of us is missing:(  Oh, how we wish we could get on a plane and be with her this Christmas!! But, we rest in knowing that we are getting closer & closer to her!! Our dossier is on it's way to ET!!!! Can't wait to get that phone call about a court date!!! What a Happy New Year it will be!!!

                                                                   xo

Monday, December 19, 2011

The week of blessings. The Tesfa tale.

Thanks again to all of you, who have come alongside our family, whether it be through prayers, finances, or well wishes. We have been extremely blessed by all of you!! The grand total for the week was....$5,905.00!!!!! The lucky winners of the Kindle Fire's were....Kari Weigel & Amy Hanson!!!



 Also, while I'm taking a few minutes to blog...I also have to tell you about Tesfa's conversation with me this morning. It went something like this: "Momma, do you like my color??"  "Yes, Tesfa, momma LOVES your beautiful skin!" "Momma, do you want color like me?" "Oh, yes...I wish I had your beautiful brown skin...Momma loves your skin!!"  "Momma, you can have skin like me! just go to the paint store and buy brown paint:)" "Oh, buddy, it's not that easy!"
                       "ok, momma....just go to Ethiopia, and then you will turn brown!!!!!"

                                                          Love that boy!
                                                                         xo                                                                                             

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wow, Wow & wow!!!!!!!

Wow!!! Can you tell I'm at a loss for words when it comes to a blog post title??!! I wish It could be an audio title!! Then, you'd all hear me screaching, yelling, thank you-ing, praising.... like big time!!! And you'd probably get the sense that I was jumping up & down!!! Yep, that's been our past week around the Gilliss house!! I am still in awe of the donations that keep flowing in from all of you!! Glory be to God!


 Tomorrow wraps up the.....

How Would You Like a KINDLE FIRE?


UPDATE: TWO (yes 2!!!) Kindle Fires will be given as a gift!! A generous friend of the Gilliss Family decided to bless one more person!! So that means TWO people will receive a KINDLE FIRE!!


Did that get your attention? Good. :)
http://forsuchasthese.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-would-you-like-kindle-fire.html


One week ago, I stated that our "due now" amount was $4,325.00 and our total remaining balance was just over $11,000.00 plus travel!!  Well, I am so excited to tell you that we have surpassed that "due now" number!!!! The current donations are at $5,440.00!!!!  We are about half way to our full amount!!!!!  To God be the glory!!!!!!


Whether you donated $10, $20, $50, $100 or $500.... we appreciate each gift equally.  :)


Thank you all so much for the overwhelming amount of love, generosity, & support you have shown us in the past week!!!  You all are a magnificent & beautiful part of "Our A's" story!!!


xo

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

3 DAYS left!!!

For Such As These: How Would You Like a KINDLE FIRE?: Did that get your attention? Good. :)

Click on the above title and be directed to our friends blog to get a chance to win.  And bonus... it helps our adoption.  

Thank you to those of you who have given so graciously to our adoption.  It is such a joy to watch God work through friends, family, and even people whom we have never met...

xo


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Can't stop smiling:)

It has been less than a week since Our friends at..http://forsuchasthese.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-would-you-like-kindle-fire.html started this amazing, humbling act of kindness to benefit our family & the daughter we are aching to meet!!!

 Yes, less than a week!! And as of today we have been blessed with more than we could ever imagine!!! Our current total....drum roll please.......is $4,462.00...yes, you read that right....Four thousand Four Hundred and Sixty Two dollars!!!! Wow!!!!!! Thanks to all of you, whether near or far, friends or family...that have completely blown our socks off!!! I can hardly wait to tell our girl about all of you, who have helped in some way...whether that be through prayer or finances. We appreciate all of you!!

 This will go through this Friday, the 16th!!! So, if you haven't already...check out http://forsuchasthese.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-would-you-like-kindle-fire.html for more details!!!!

                      Smiling ear to ear, thanking Our God for His provision.
                                                        xo

Thursday, December 8, 2011

WOW!!!!! Drum roll please!!!!!!!!!!

WOW!!!! I can hardly believe my eyes!!! Am I really seeing this right???!! Thanks to all of you who have blessed our family today!! Day 1 total.....$1921.00!!!!! Oh My Word!!! Really???? Are we really deserving of all of this love & support that has been shown??! I can literally feel us getting closer & closer to our girl!!!! At times when this journey feels hard...God is continuously right there. Speaking to my heart. Pushing us on. And, I'm sooooo glad we continue to walk forward. In HIS plan for us.

                       Day 1 down....8 to go!!!! I can feel God cheering us on!!!!!
                                          
                                                         xo

Friends & a Kindle.

Once again....friends whom we've actually never met...in person. But, they are friends.
In case you've never looked up the definition of friend..here it is:)

One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement.

 A person whom one knows; an acquaintance.

            A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.

 So, it's very appropriate that I call Charisa & Greg Knight our friends!!

And an absolute support they are!! They have kindly & graciously offered to support our family in our journey to bring our "A" home!! It's hard to put into words how thankful we are for them. When a person or family embarks on this journey called Adoption....it comes with alot of unknowns at times, fear, excitement, financial worries, joy etc...and it seems as if families who have adopted in the past or are in the midst of it themselves, are often your biggest cheerleaders!! And that they are. But, knowing that God  has this beautiful plan all worked out...even though it's blurry at times...gives us such comfort & peace. I love who God has connected us with in these past two years...it is nothing short of amazing. 

 So, please...take a second...jump on over to their blog...check out how they are supporting our family!! And have a chance to love Our Girl...even though you've yet to meet.
http://forsuchasthese.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-would-you-like-kindle-fire.html?spref=bl

    Love to your family from ours         xo

For Such As These: How Would You Like a KINDLE FIRE?

For Such As These: How Would You Like a KINDLE FIRE?: Did that get your attention? Good. :)

Click on the above title and be directed to our friends blog to get a chance to win.  And bonus... it helps our adoption.

Friday, December 2, 2011

close..but, yet so far.

Yesterday we received an email, with the sweetest pictures of our sweet girl in ET:) oh, how it makes me want to jump on a plane & be with her!! I just have to tell you...she looks so beautiful & so pleased with her latest hair-do!! Up until now, all of the pics we've received of her, she has had very short hair...they usually cut the hair down to help with the ringworm etc....anyhow, the pics we got yesterday....she has the biggest smile...ear to ear!! One of the nannies must have done her hair...it is beautiful & long!! It looks as if she is dressed up a bit...not in dressy clothes or anything fancy...but, a pink shirt & jeans with a spiderman logo:) She looks proud.
      And, as I stare at these pics, over & over....she feels so close to my heart, almost like I can feel myself hugging her....reaching my arms out to hold her...but, I open my eyes & I realize she is still so far away. I can't wait to tell her she IS loved. And how beautiful she is. And I can't wait to tell her how much Jesus loves her. Oh, how HE loves her. We love her.
 After picking the kids up from school yesterday....Kate asked me when we got in the car..."Mom, have we gotten any new pictures of my sister??"(which is a daily question from Kate!!) She could hardly contain herself on the drive home!! She has never gotten out of the car so fast!! She ran to the computer. And looked at her pics over & over & over again. All 4 of them stood here just gazing at her:)
 It seems like yesterday we were at this point with bringing our youngest two home....I remember it so well...I remember feeling like I would actually never see them face to face...It felt like I would only know them through pictures. And then, the day came. Oh, how Im aching for that day to come again. and soon.
 So, you are probably wondering..."whats taking so long??" or..."where are you at in this journey?".... well, In a way...it does feel like its been long...but, its really not taking any longer...the difference is...we saw her face the end of June & that is when we started the process. Where with the boys....we started the process a few months before we got their referral. With "A" being on the waiting childrens List...we knew from the day we saw her...she was meant to be our daughter! And then, in August....courts in ET closed during their rainy season, and just opened up again in October!! So, our dossier is out of our home & on it's way to our agency, then DC.... then Ethiopia:) After it is translated...we will be submitted for court!!!! I'm hoping for a court date in February!!!
   I've had people asking & wondering if there is anything they or you can do to help??! And, there is!!!! On the left hand side of this blog...you will see a very colorful picture of Africa....it's actually a 500 piece puzzle!!! This is one way you could help us!! You can buy/sponsor any amount of pieces for $10.00 a piece....we will then put your name on the back of the piece, so we can show her & remember who helped us along in this journey to our daughter & sister!
   The other way you could help...is listed below...This is a letter I wrote in our efforts to raise funds to help bring our girl home!! Like I've mentioned before...This is not something that is easy for me to do, or ask for. But, having been through the process before...and seeing God's hand & presence through it all...I no longer feel too proud. We, as Christians are commanded to rise up & serve the poor, needy, fatherless, the widow....in some way, shape or form. It may look different for each one of us. Some of us have felt the call to adopt, some might feel led to sponsor a child & some of us may help at our local homeless shelter.  "Jesus does not ask that we care for the less fortunate....He demands it." from the book "Kisses From Katie."
 

Dear Family and Friends,                                                                                           November 1, 2011

As most of you know…July 2010 brought 2 of the greatest blessings to our family! We were blessed with our sons…Ageze & Tesfa whom we adopted from Ethiopia. This past year has been wonderful, challenging, beautiful & hard at times…and we wouldn’t change a thing. Our walk with God and our Faith has grown tremendously in the last 2 years. For that, we are thankful.
 I’ll give you a bit of our history. After years of tossing the idea of Adoption around in our hearts & heads, we made the leap of faith, that would forever change our family, our hearts & our home!!! Going to Ethiopia was one of the hardest but best weeks I’ve had! When we were leaving for the airport, my heart felt like it was tearing in two. Two of my children in North Dakota & two of them in Ethiopia!! Saying “see you in 9 days” to Grant & Kate was truly devastating. But, the thought of not going to ET with Kasey to pick up our sons, was equally mind shattering. So, to the airport we went. I often wonder what the other people on our plane were thinking…I was crying like a baby! But, ultimately…I knew that God and our family would protect & love Grant & Kate while we were gone…I knew this was a time I had to go. And I’m so thankful I did. It forever changed us. I was somewhere above the Atlantic Ocean, listening to my Christian Music and the peace that washed over me was unexplainable. I was ok. Grant & Kate were ok. And Tesfa & Ageze were even ok. I was coming. Just one more day & we’d be in the same country as our boys…picking them up, welcoming them into our arms forever!
  Once we stepped foot on Ethiopian soil, we knew it wouldn’t be our last time there! I can’t even begin to explain how deeply we were impacted in those 9 days. And I’m so glad we were. We not only fell in love with our new son’s…we fell in love with their birth country. Leaving Ethiopia on that July day..heading for America, we felt comfort knowing we’d be back!!
  And, we are so pleased & excited to tell you….WE ARE GOING BACK!!!!
 We have one of the most beautiful little girls waiting for us in Ethiopia!! She is approximately 6 years old, she has the most beautiful smile that makes her big, brown eyes twinkle with hope & delight! We ache for her, pray for her, include her in our family talks…now, we are just waiting for her.
 And, that is where you come in. As you are probably aware of…Adoption is quite expensive. But, We can’t afford NOT to!! THEY can’t afford for us NOT to!!

   Like Proverbs 24:12 says: “Once are eyes are opened we cannot pretend we do not know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls knows we know and holds us responsible to act.”
There are a couple of ways you can help and be a part of our story:

1.     Prayer - We would love & treasure it if you’d pray for our Daughter In Ethiopia…for her health, her safety, but ultimately pray that she may feel the love that God has for her and that she may have faith that she does have a family waiting for her!
2.     Financial support - Would you please consider donating $5,10,20,50,100 etc.. towards our adoption in order to help us with bringing her home?? Between the paperwork, plane tickets, and travel... adoption is very expensive…any amount is extremely appreciated!! What a beautiful day that will be to get her home! Thanks in advance for your support. We appreciate each and every one of you.

Bismarck Community Church has graciously given us the ability to offer a tax deductible way for you to support "A".
If you would like to be a part of God bringing "A" to Himself through our family, you can send your tax-deductible gift to the address below.  Bismarck Community Church is a trusted organization administering the funds on "A" behalf, and will pay adoption expenses out of funds received.

1.     Please make checks payable to:  Bismarck Community Church. You may preference how the donation might be used by writing preference Gilliss Family Adoption in the memo section of your check. 
(*Note:  In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Bismarck Community Church which retains full discretion and control over its use.)

2.     Mail checks to:
Bismarck Community Church
Attn:  Gilliss family adoption
1617 E Michigan Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58504

  How wonderful it will be to pick her up, with our arms wide open!!!! What a beautiful day that will be!! Thanks in advance for your support. We appreciate each and every one of you.
Feel free to check out our Family Blog/Journey at www.leapoflove.blogspot.com…
We look forward to the day we have her in our arms & we are able to introduce her to all of you!!

Love & Blessings,

Kristen, Kasey, Grant, Kate, Ageze & Tesfa Gilliss

Thank you for investing in The Kingdom through prayer & finances- it will be an investment with an eternal return!! (Matt 6:20) We’ll give you an update with a picture of our daughter and details as we receive them!! Please pray this entire process will glorify God and fulfill His purposes!


                                                 xo
                                                      

Monday, November 28, 2011

Ageze's 5th birthday!!!

















Saturday was Ageze's 5th birthday!! It feels so funny writing 5th!! He is convinced he was turning 7!! Who am I to  argue with that...after all, he's probably right:) He was totally excited about his special day, but didn't love that his cake said..."5th" birthday!! He knows he &  Tesfa are not the same age....yes, Tesfa turns 5 one month from Agezes birthday!! This birthdate stuff just puzzles us all:) Ageze has been telling people for awhile now..."I'm 4,5,6!!" "right, mom??" Ha!! Take a peek at his fun-filled day!!! Love our 4,5,6 year old boy!! Ageze, you fill our life with such joy!! You are such a kind, gentle, loving, sweet, funny little boy!! We are so lucky to have you in our life!!!    xo

Thanksgiving 2011




So much to be thankful for...our family, friends, health, God's faithfulness, a roof over our heads, clothing to keep us warm, more food than our bellies can handle:) Those are just a few things that come to my mind!! We enjoyed our 4 day weekend together...hanging out with our family, friends, sharing a meal together, listening to our kids speak about what they are thankful for...








   Hope you all had a great, memory filled weekend!!!          xo

Monday, November 21, 2011

changing lanes. are you with Me??

Over the weekend, we were able to stay in a local hotel...our home was in the Holiday Home Walk...so, I'm assuming they definitely knew that a beautiful table setting of china & goblets didn't mix too well with a family of 6---------->>>>>>>>>

Anyhow, after winding down after a full day of swimming...the kiddos gathered their books & I grabbed a great new local paper..."The Great Plains Examiner." I came across an article that caught my attention. The title of it read..."It's time to change lanes." If you are interested in a thought-provoking read that you will probably read at least 20 times....keep reading!!

   Change is coming. It's inevitable. With it  comes potential for new growth-personally & spiritually. It also harbors the seeds of self-defeating doubt & fear. Satan would use it for your demise.
 But God uses change to bring you through something you normally wouldn't follow Him through in order to answer the prayers you prayed long ago. He uses change so you will be forced into the valley of utter dependance on Him so that your mountaintops will be places of power in your life.


I'm cool with that. Way cool.


 If the road of life is a six-lane super highway, then I pray that God causes me to change lanes & experience each one of them. Others, however, wouldn't like to see that happen. there's a world of people who want to see that happen. There's a world of people who want us both to stay exactly where we are righht now: friends, family & most of all Satan.


 They will get mad because you are making changes to grow. they will tell you to stay in your lane, don't disrupt the status quo & play the same game everyone else is playing.


   It's easy to cave when everyone around you is trying to put you into a place of powerlessness, whether they realize it or not. Lets' face it: staying in the same lane is comfortable, easy & safe.


    However, if we stay where we are right now, then we will not be effective for the next season God is bringing us into. Instead, we become afraid of what might happen if we step away from what's familiar.


  For God has not given us a spirit of fear & timidity. Not at all. Rather, He has given us a spirit of power, love, and focused self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7)


  Don't seek God from a place of fear and insecurity. Seek God from a place of power. One of the most self-sabotaging things we can do is believe the lie that the anointed place we were called to occupy is not 
ours to claim. This creates in us a culture of fear and a spirit that was never a part of God's original design for our lives.
   A refusal of fear and doubt is in order. Prayers of fear will turn to prayers of love infused with power and purpose, and that's a spirit that God stops the world to hear!
  Above all, don't ask others for permission to do the things God has already told you that you can do. There comes a time when change in your life is demanded, a time when you don't need confirmation because you have a conviction from God about what you should do.


  The Holy Spirit will teach you everything you need to know and will remind you of everything I, Myself, have told you. (John 14:26)


  As we catch this as a pattern for our lives, we will begin to drift into the other lane that our entire existence has been longing for. And God will call you to do something foreign to even some of the most devoted Christians. He will call you to let go of what's easy for the sake of embracing the hard road that few are ever wiling to engage.
  This is not choosing a good decision over a bad decision. It's choosing to make a God-driven decision.


   This sets you up to let go of those things keeping you in that lane you know you need to leave. This will make your breakthrough all the more sweet:) It will be like driving 25 miles per hour through a construction zone and finally getting to break free and put the pedal to the metal!!!


 God's plan starts with you changing lanes. You can't live off of yesterday's experiences, promises and callings. A new season equals new things. Who you are now and who you were created to be is separated by a white dotted line. It separates life from mere existence.




          That line is begging to be crossed. Merge NOW!!!





 Thanks to Terry Parkman for writing this fantastic article!!! It feels as if it was written specifically for me!!!                                                    xo Kristen

Monday, November 14, 2011

beautiful boy & his (he)art!!!!!

   
As I was going through Grant's school work from today...I came across some pretty sweet artwork, which I had to share!! I love that my boy thinks about Ethiopia & Uganda during school...and so many people often wonder what Adoption will do to their kids!!!! I love what God has done through adoption in our home & love that my children "get it!!"  xo

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Our God.

  Love this song. For me, it's one of those songs where I just sing as loud as my voice will carry...maybe not always a good thing...but I just love it that much, so I really don't care how it sounds coming out of my mouth!!! Oh, and Our God IS healer!!! My last MRI I had of my brain about 2 months ago came back amazing!!! The radiology report said the large spot I had on the right side of my brain is hardly visible!! Praise be to God!!!    And then I'm reminded...Lord, it's so easy to be thankful when things seem to be going "our" way, the way we like them...but, that's not Your way!!!  We are to cling to You with all we have, every minute of every day...In rain or shine!!   Remembering back.....when we had first announced to our family & friends that we would be adopting....I had a few very concerned friends...They questioned.."are you sure you should be doing this??" "are you sure it won't be too hard on your health??" They are dear friends...they mean well...they were just concerned for my well-being. And, I remember saying..."I would be worse off NOT going forward with the adoption!" We had to. God had made it very clear to us that adopting was not in our plan, but HIS!! Not that we were ever against it....we had entertained it many times...but, this time it was not being entertained...we were commanded!! Anyhow, after sharing our hearts with those friends, it was no longer me trying to explain why I should adopt...God simply placed the words in my mouth. I no longer felt like I needed to justify myself. God was doing it for me. Thank you Lord. I cannot even begin to imagine If the"what if's", would have held us back. From that day on...I could hear God saying..." Kristen, I did not command you to adopt to then have your health spiral downwards." "Trust ME, for I am with you." God, You are faithful. God, You are greater. God, You are stronger. There's no one like YOU. I will cling to YOU on the good days & the bad.                                                      xo           "Our God."
Water, You turned into wineOpened the eyes of the blindThere's no one like YouNone like You
Into the darkness, You shineOut of the ashes we riseThere's no one like YouNone like You
Our God is greaterOur God is strongerGod, You are higher than any otherOur God is healerAwesome in powerOur God, our God
Into the darkness, You shineOut of the ashes, we riseThere's no one like YouNone like You
Our God is greaterOur God is strongerGod, You are higher than any otherOur God is healerAwesome in powerOur God, our God
Our God is greaterOur God is strongerGod, You are higher than any otherOur God is healerAwesome in powerOur God, our God
And if our God is for usThen who could ever stop usAnd if our God is with usThen what could stand against
And if our God is for usThen who could ever stop usAnd if our God is with usThen what could stand againstThen what could stand against
Our God is greaterOur God is strongerGod, You are higher than any otherOur God is healerAwesome in powerOur God, our God
Our God is greaterOur God is strongerGod, You are higher than any otherOur God is healerAwesome in powerOur God, our God
And if our God is for usThen who could ever stop usAnd if our God is with usThen what could stand against
And if our God is for usThen who could ever stop usAnd if our God is with usThen what could stand againstWhat could stand againstWhat could stand against

Monday, November 7, 2011

one of a kind friends.

Yup, They make me smile!!! Joey & Destiny & their sweet little girl "Gali" came to visit last week!! Well, I guess it started off more like..."Hi, nice to finally meet you all!!" "Thanks for making the trek up here to North Dakota!" So, yea...Destiny & I had been emailing each other for a little over a year...(ok, I guess you could say I was stalking her)ha!!!! And now I know why I was stalking her!!! An hour or so before they pulled into our driveway..Kasey said.." are you nervous, Kris?" "Nervous for what?" I asked. "Well, to have people stay with us that we don't even know!" Ha!! "Nope!!" was my response!! That's exactly how it went:) This family is incredible. Delightful. beautiful. real. and the best part is....they LOVE GOD. Like, you can just feel it. I could listen to Joey speak for hours...because you know what he talks about....God!! And the passion, the love, the light, that shines from Joey when he is speaking about God..well, I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone quite like him. Or her. They arrived Late Friday night...we stayed up for a few hours visiting, said Good night & I laid in bed knowing these would be life long friends....yes, friends! I know, I had just met them..but, I knew!! If you had the chance to meet them while they were here...you know exactly what I mean:) Saturday brought a fun day getting to know each other...like really getting to know each other. I love deep talks. We talked & talked & talked!! Destiny & I share the same love for healthy food. I've always thought I love healthy, organic, good for the soul food...but, she taught me so much about healthy everything!!! Anyhow, Saturday night we had our adoption Group over for appetizers & a gathering. We enjoyed the company, visiting & then listened while Joey shared his heart. You missed out if you weren't here...just sayin!! Again, we stayed up till like 1:00 am!!! can you even believe it?? I am so not a night owl!! But, then again...I could talk about God, life, family, friends...for hours!! Sunday morning we had breakfast & off to church we went! Our church was lucky enough to have Joey speak...the whole service!!! I mean, when you look at this guy...you can see God's love. It was beautiful. We had a laid back afternoon, then went to my parents for dinner!! I just had to share This family with whomever was available!!! They blessed us big time & I know others felt the same way!! Sunday night Destiny & I headed to our local grocery store...i know..fun, right??! I love the organic section at the store..So, since they were leaving 2 days later...we thought it would be fun to shop for healthy stuff!!! She had a ton of great suggestions...& I love it!!! You all are gonna think we are nuts...but, we were at the store until midnight!!!!ha!! That's what mom's who love health food do on Sunday nights!!! Monday we spent the day just hanging out together, sharing our hearts some more, dreaming together, praying together. What a terrific day we had!!! We trick-or-treated the night away...then stayed up late talking!! Tuesday was a day we were dreading at this point...here, in just a few days time...we had created such a strong friendship.... an everlasting one. I just Love the people that God brings into our lives. They were such a blessing to our family. Friends who we can talk GOD, life, family, happy, sad & everything in-between with. Since they left a week ago...we've talked on the phone a couple of times...prayed over the phone, text back & forth....and I always hang up feeling so encouraged & led. The work God has done & continues to do in & through this family is just beautiful...just like Joey spoke about multiplying...here are a few scriptures I've been reading today & have been speaking to my heart...

Matthew 9:37-38 "Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'"
  • When the crowds of needy people were multiplying, what strategy did Jesus use to multiply the presence of God in a saving way to meet the need?
  • Jesus sends the 12 disciples to do and teach the same message and methods of the kingdom of heaven as he was (Matthew 9:35; 10:1, 7-8). What principles of leadership selection and reproduction do we see here
Revelation 7:9 "After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes…"

  • Since this great multitude comes out of the generations who have lived on the earth, how can you increase the total harvest of the kingdom of God in your region, including crossing cultures and language groups to bring Jesus to them?
  • Can you see here how God has delighted in the dream of his heart and seen the fulfillment of millions upon millions of human beings becoming members of his forever family by receiving the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world?
                                         Here I am Lord....SEND ME!!!!!         xo

                                 Joey, Destiny & Gali...thank you!!!! We look forward to the day we can see you all again:) 
                                                                       Until then.....I'll be praying:)