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Panama 2012 Video – And then God showed up…

Posted by Neverthesame on August 03, 2012  /   Posted in Panama

Hey everybody. I hope you have all enjoyed the “Day 1 video” and the “Training and Travel video” as well. This video was put together to remind us of the great ministry time and worship time we had in Panama this year. I encourage you all to use this video to show your supporters. This will help them all to know exactly what their investment in you, meant to you and the people of Panama.

Feel free to post this video link on your FB wall or if you need a link to download a copy just leave a post on this site and I will drop you a link. Some people wanted to make DVD’s for their supporters. Thats not a bad idea… Maybe even give them a support letter with the DVD asking for them to invest in you again for the Peru 2013 trip… Enjoy the video.

 

Panama 2012 Video – Training and Travel

Posted by Neverthesame on July 29, 2012  /   Posted in Panama

Hey everybody, here is a video that will help you remember the training days in Miami and our travel day to Panama. Please share this video with everybody on your team since not all students and leaders/LITS are part of our FaceBook and Twitter family… Enjoy.

Busy Isn’t Always Better

Posted by Neverthesame on July 25, 2012  /   Posted in Devotional

I like to relax, especially after a long day of go, go, go… Rest is necessary. My family is always on the go, there’s always a church event to attend, a meal to grab, a movie or concert to see, or a soccer practice to get to. Simply put, we fill up our calendar with ease.

I stop sometimes and think about all of this and ask myself, why do I live my life at this pace? Is it a lack of prioritizing on my part? Is it just the way I am built? Why do so many of us live such busy lives?

Consider this. In today’s society we equate busy with successful. The more we do, the more important we are. I have found myself answering the question, “how are you?” with the word “busy” more and more. Why do we do this? Is it because we believe more is better when it comes to activity? Do we just want to post all the things we do on Facebook to let the world know how important we are?

In Psalm 46: 8-10 the Bible tells us:

Come, behold the works of the LORD,
how He has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
He burns the chariots with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”

Many have heard verse 10a before but when we read this in context “Be still” takes on a different meaning. It seems to be less about a daily “quiet time” and more about a lifestyle.  The scripture tells us its His works and His decisions that makes the world turn. It’s His declaration that He will be exalted among the nations. Our job: Be still. (God is saying,”pay attention”) I think the more we do and the more we go, the more we find our identity in our own actions.  Being captivated as a member of His audience is the instruction I find in this passage.

I am not advocating laziness or some “sit on the couch” Christianity. I simply question our motivation as Christians sometimes. Are we busy doing things that make us look good, or are we so captivated by what He is doing around us that we are spending time at His feet bringing Him glory?

At His feet is where we find our purpose in life. Its where we find peace. Busy isn’t always better. What has God been doing around you? If your answer is general and generic its probably because you haven’t been paying close attention. Ask God to slow you down enough to show you how you fit into what He is doing.

Make your decisions from a “still” perspective and you will find the things you do in life will be bigger than you, and the strength you find to do them will surpass your own. When you fill your calendar with events based on what God is doing you will find all the resources and courage you need to do it all and still find rest.

What are they saying about me?

Posted by Neverthesame on July 23, 2012  /   Posted in Devotional

We have all asked ourself this question before. The tragedy is when we believe the answer. I can’t believe the stories I heard in Panama of the girls who believed what some simpleton said about them. People have no idea the lasting effects of their words. Word’s have the power to build confidence or break it down. The question is whose words are you listening to?

In John 8:1-11, we witness a defining moment in a young woman’s life. People said horrible things about her. They had “caught her” and used the truth like a branding iron to mark her. I am so moved by Jesus’ reaction to the situation. He speaks with such wisdom and confidence. He speaks to her accusers and addresses the very core of their motivation; Self-Exaltation.

Yes, Jesus, author of all things true and good, reminds us in this passage that the truth is His tool. He uses the truth to set us free not to beat us into the ground. He reminds our accusers, (all the people who need to feel better than someone else so they judge people not like them for being too fat, or too funny looking, or not cool enough, or not smart enough, or not spiritual enough, etc.) that they are not the measuring stick for rightness, He is. Ironically enough its not what He says to the “bullies” that makes the biggest splash in this young woman’s life.

As each accuser dropped their stones and walked away, I can only imagine how her confidence grew. She had been ridiculed in front of the world, embarrassed, and shamed, but now she was faced with the freeing reality that those that once stood over her in judgement with their defining words may have actually been wrong. How sobering to watch them all walk away. I can imagine the turmoil raging within her mind, although her accusers had been silenced she was conscience of her own guilt, and had already begun seeing herself through the words others used to define her. Nevertheless, finding herself face to face with Jesus, He declared forgiveness and freedom over her, giving her permission to “go and sin no more” or, believe what I said about you instead of what the world has said about you.

Know this, “they” will always say things about you. That’s what “they” do. Fill in the blank for “they”. Could be a relative, a sibling, a boyfriend or girlfriend, someone at school, or down the street, no matter who they are, they don’t have the final word. He  does. The good news is this, He doesn’t condemn you. What may be true to them and even to you, in your mind, isn’t truth if He says so. He is truth, and if He says “neither do I condemn you” then you are not guilty, you are innocent and you are free. Given the chance, why live any other way but free.

This week, find Jesus everyday. Listen to what He says about you. Believe it, and be confident. Confident that His definition of who you are is better than anybody else’s including your own.

Celebrate your freedom with confidence.

 

 

 

Melinda Watts – Amazing Grace

Posted by Neverthesame on July 19, 2012  /   Posted in Panama

BWV and Neverthesamemissions fans, check out this video of Melinda Watts singing Amazing Grace at one of the orphanages we visited in Panama last week. It will really bless you, I am sure. More recap videos to come… Including something you can share with your supporters to give them a glimpse of the ministry and overall experience you had in Panama. here’s the link:

I’m Home, Now What?

Posted by Neverthesame on July 18, 2012  /   Posted in Uncategorized

Here are the top ten things to do now that you are safely back home:

10.) Wash your clothes (or throw them away).

9.) Catch up on sleep.

8.) Tell your parents and all your friends about everything that you did on your trip. Share Pictures, post on Facebook, Tweet, etc. Don’t forget to reach out to anyone who donated toward your trip. Share with them the personal experiences you had as well as the ministry experiences you had with your team. be specific and detailed.

7.) Get the DVD on www.panama2012.com with all the pictures. (convince your parents that they saved so much money with you being out of the house for 2 weeks that they should use some of that savings to buy you the dvd). Then share the slideshow’s with everybody!

6.) Subscribe to susiemag @ www.susiemagazine.com and don’t forget your Mon-Wed discount code christmasinjuly when you subscribe. You won’t want to miss the November issue you and/or one of your team members may be in it!

5.)Eat something for lunch besides PB&J

4.) Watch all the videos on the new neverthesamemissions.com site. (Don’t miss the ones on “The Story” tab. These are the ones we will be profiling over the next four months. Get your sneak peak into the lives of those we will be changing in the near future.)

3.) Add us on Facebook and Twitter. The FB and TW accounts linked to the new site are the “official” neverthesamemissions and Big World Ventures pages. Add us to keep up with everything going on and for up to the second updates.

2.) Register at www.hopewear.com so you can start raising money for your peru trip in 2013. While you are there get all the HopeWear details and watch the video. Dont forget to add HopeWear on FB and Twitter as well. Then send people to the site to buy shirts to raise funds for the causes and your trip.

1.) Register on www.neverthesamemissions.com for your 2013 Peru trip. Fill out the short form online and send in $200 by August 31st and Big World Ventures will match your deposit up to $200. (If you register at HopeWear and not BWV your account will not link so register at both sites and if you sell enough shirts to make your $200 by Aug 31st the BWV match will kick in.)

When the Music Stops

Posted by Neverthesame on July 14, 2012  /   Posted in Panama

Nobody wants the music to stop, but it will. Panama has been great but in reality the trip is winding down and coming to an end. Time to start thinking about the rest of the summer and before long… yeah, going back to school. The hope and prayer of us all is that we will be different, somehow. Even though the place we go back to may be very much the same as we left it, we must be empowered to “keep the music going” in our hearts.

The music seems to stop when you change your focus. The music seems to stop when you get distracted. Just because you are soon leaving Panama doesn’t mean your journey is coming to an end. In many ways your journey is just beginning. Take the time to pray about Peru in 2013. Sign up now and trust God to help you find a way to get there next year.

 

High School Student Is Grateful

Posted by Neverthesame on July 13, 2012  /   Posted in Panama

It was such a blessing to minister in the public schools here in Panama this week. Every time we performed the drama, kids were saved. How awesome that the public schools are open to ministry on the school campus! Check out this video. The kids were so thankful that we came… Panama High School Ministry

 
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