PLANTING SEEDS

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As a young girl in 1975, God placed His Love in my heart for Africa.  A missionary came to my church, and showed pictures of childrenfrom Africa who were very poor, very hungry, and very thirsty.
  I cried.
Something stirred in my heart when I saw those images. It left an impression on me that became part of me.  
HOW?


How can we, here in the USA, have so much, when they, there in Africa, have so little?
WHY?
Why-WHY did God bless us with an abundance, to the point where much of what Ge has given is wasted?  Much we have is taken for granted, not even used, even disregarded, as if it’s not important. 

Why is that?  
I’ve not been able to rationalize the why’s.  Nor have I been able to forget.
It’s not fair for us to have so much and they have so little.  

MAYBE…


Maybe, when God blessed the USA, when our founding forefathers created our governmental body on Godly principles and values…
Maybe, when God poured out His blessings upon us as a nation so much so there wasn’t room to contain it…

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Maybe, when God saw the worship, virtue, and devotion to Him and His Holy Word as a Christian Nation– He expected us to OBEY His Word?
Maybe, when He blessed us with wealth, He intended us to USE the wealth and prosperity He blessed us with to HELP OTHERS in need, first here at home, and then to our NEIGHBORING countries? 


No where in scriptures does it say we are to bear one another’s burdens ONLY IN AMERICA. (Or, only at OUR church!)


No where in scriptures does it say we are to do unto others as we would have them do unto us ONLY IN AMERICA. (Or, only at OUR church!)


No where in scriptures does it say we are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, and provide shelter to the homeless ONLY IN AMERICA. (Or, only at OUR church.)


God commands us, His Church, the body of Christ, to GO YE into the WORLD, not ONLY IN AMERICA. 


God so loved the WORLD and sent His only Son Jesus into the lost and dying WORLD, not ONLY IN AMERICA. 
God established my missionary journey right here where I live- in my daily life, in my community, in my work place (a Christian Insurance Agency God blessed me to own).  Then He expanded my journey regionally… with a Homeless Ministry God led me to establish and lead, Helping The Homeless Ministry.



But the impression of hungry, needy children in Africa He put on my heart as a young girl… and the LOVE for the people of Africa He placed in my heart as a young girl, never faded.   
My love for Africa only grew STRONGER.
Last year, April-May 2016, I was blessed to go to South Africa on a mission trip with the Joyce Meyers Ministries HAND OF HOPE.  I was in a very small, impoverished village called Idutawa, in Butterworth. The feeling of FINALLY placing my feet on the soil there for the first time is indescribable!
There were incredible sights, but even more heartbreaking ones.  The lifestyle they live is straight out of the Old Testament era… with shepherds guarding their flock, plowing fields by hand, walking miles to find water and searching daily to gather food to feed their families.  

Then this year, God lead me to return to my beloved Africa- to Uganda and to Tanzania. 
I knew as soon as I was there THIS was where God wants my ministry to focus. 
The people are beautiful and work very hard for basic essentials necessary to live- clean water & food. 
We are spoiled here in America and blessed beyond measure- everything we could want or need at our fingertips- but why is this so?
The purpose of wealth is NOT to hoard to ourselves. There’s people, PEOPLE– and children- CHILDREN!!! dying of starvation… and we CAN and SHOULD do something about it.
We have the ability to make a difference and to end world hunger.  But will we?  
We are.   And you’re invited to help. 
iamjesusgal ministries is currently speaking at local churches presenting “CHURCHES FOR AFRICA: PLANTING SEEDS OF LOVE.”

Between May 3- May 10, we will have Minister-Missionary Wendy Roundy and her Tanzanian guest, Bishop Andrew Mukasa, speak on the mission fields in Uganda and Tanzania.   Roundy will continue to schedule speaking engagements beyond this date upon request.
You will learn first hand accounts and up to date issues these people are challenged with, AND WAYS TO PLANT YOUR SEEDS OF LOVE.


It’s been said that one person can’t change the world.  But I disagree.
According to scriptures we were created to multiply, ‘every seed reproduces after its own kind.’


Each one of us, doing our part, reproduces in others, and the world is changed for Christ.

One person can’t change the world, but ONE CHURCH (the body of Christ) can.

I can’t say THANK YOU enough to everyone who has sown seeds into our ministry.
It’s not ‘my’ ministry.  It’s OURS.  God called us together as one body to do HIS mission of reaching the lost and helping those in need.
YOU are making this happen!  
Thank you, and may God bless you!


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Her smile was worth waiting for…

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Doesn’t matter how many times I see pictures like this… my heart stirs every time with love for the incredible people of Africa, and longing to be back… and soon I will be back! I return this year, the end of August.

My ❤ is for Africa … and her smile was worth waiting for..  Her name is Malaika, or, ‘Angel’ in English.  She was ‘dirt poor’ but ‘heart rich.’   Her tummy wasn’t full of food, but her heart was full of love.  Her stick & mud hut with a thatch roof wasn’t full of toys, but it was full of joy.  One thing that I’ve witnessed about these precious people, they have a deep sense of family bonding, and community.

Malaika is only 9 years old, but she was a ‘mother’ to this little one on her back.  She was devoted to the care of her brother, and did a great job of it.

While I was in Gulu, Uganda February 2017, with the Joyce Meyer’s Ministries “Hand of Hope”, she caught my eye.  Primarily because the first few times I was drawn to her, she kept her distance, and did NOT smile, not even a hint.  Several days there, she’d come by the ministry tent I was serving in, and hover around, listening.  I always smiled at her, hoping to engage her.

Finally, on the third day, she was still there, (a local whose family lived in the bush in neighboring village), when I had my camera in hand, she paused.  I held the camera out to her, saying ‘kamera?  Picha?’  Which in English is, Camera, Picture. Or Photo.   So, she nodded her head, stopped and posed.

But didn’t smile.  Not at first.  Like the previous days, she just starred at me.  (Later I was told by my interpreter that I was the first ‘white’ person she’s ever seen.) So, I made a face back at her, similar to the expression she had on hers, which is just like the one of her baby brother on her back’s face, and then stuck out my tongue, and laughed…and that’s when she smiled at me!

She followed me over to the ministry tent, cause I asked her if she wanted a ‘treat.’   While there, I had my interpreter help me in finding out if she had received Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hadn’t.  Praise God!  She was open, and since she had heard me preach the gospel multiple times before, and because she heard me sharing my testimony many times before, she was ready.  Faith came to her in the hearing of the Word!  (Romans 10:17 ‘Now, faith comes by hearing, and hearing of the Word of God.’ I enjoyed thoroughly praying with her after taking her picture,  and then was successful in leading her to Jesus!!!   Oh, how I enjoyed that!  That, and giving her sweets …though Jesus is the sweetest sweet ever!

I can’t tell you all enough how THANKFUL I am to you all who support our ministries, because without your help, people like Malaika may never get to hear the gospel, or have opportunity to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior!    THANK YOU for helping to send me to Gulu, Uganda!  THANK YOU for your faithful prayers!  THANK YOU for your caring and partnering with us!  YOU MATTER!  Your support matters!  Thank you so much!

 

Love,

 

Wendy

 

 

The body of Christ

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Joseph, a disciple of Jesus, secretly asked Pilate (because Joseph was afraid of the Jews) to takeaway”the body of Jesus”… and Pilate gave him permission.

So, Pilate came, and “took away the body of Jesus.”

Nicodemus, who earlier came to Jesus by night (see John 3) came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about 75lbs.

So, they (Joseph and Nicodemus) “took the body of Jesus” and bound it in linen clothes with the spices,  as is the burial custom of the Jews.

Now, in the place where He was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden-a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.

So, because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they “laid Jesus there.”  (John 19:38-42)

Three times j  this passage the words read “took the BODY of Jesus” (emphasis mine).

Three days, His “body” was in the tomb.  But, while the “body of Jesus” laid in the tomb, where was His spirit and soul?

We are a three part being:  We are an eternal created spirit, we possess a soul as we live temporarily on earth in a physical body.  Jesus, when He left Heaven and came to earth, became flesh and dwelt among us.  He is a spirit, as well.

We read scriptures to determine the answer.  Right before He died on the cross, He declares “It is finished!”

Luke 23:46 we read, “Then Jesus called out  with a loud voice, saying, ‘Father into Your hands I commit my spirit!’  ”

So, we know He trusted God with His spirit., and He took in His own body on the tree all of our sickness, disease, and the weight of all our son… He paid the wages of our sin, death.

We also read in Colossians 2:15 “He (Christ) disarmed the rulers and authorities (demonic rulers) and put them to shame openly, by triumphing over them in the cross.”

1 Corinthians 15:54-57 “when the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immorality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

‘Death is swallowed up in victory. Oh, death, where is your victory? Oh, death, where is your sting?’  (Isaiah 25:8)

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Sin carries a massive cost.  DEATH.

Eternal death-eternal separation from God. A HOLY God.  In a HOLY Heaven.

In a holy heaven, where THE Holy God dwells, there cannot be a trace of sin.

When God created the heavens and the earth, He made it a perfect place.

God desired a family, with intimate relations with a family; so God created man, Adam; and then out of man, God created woman from the side of Adam, Eve- a perfect match, his helpmate, to complete Adam. He instructed them to be fruitful and to multiply; and they walked upright with God.

God gave them free will, and gave them every good plant to eat of; with the exception of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil-actually commanded them not to eat of it, or they’d surely die.

The serpent deceived Eve,  and had her questioning what God actually said, and lured her into eating from the forbidden tree…then she gave some to Adam who knowingly knew he was eating forbidden food.  They committed high treason and surrendered legal authority and dominion on earth to Satan.

Genesis 1-3 gives account of this.  Through they didn’t die at that moment physically, spirituality they died, and were separated from God. A great chasm divided them.  An animal sacrifice was required with shed blood to cover their sin.

The Bible tells us without the shedding of blood there cannot be remission of sin.

Each year, prior to the ultimate sacrifice of Christ- at Passover, a sacrifice was made, with shedding of blood.

2000 years ago, Jesus became our blood sacrifice-the spotless, pure, sinless Lamb of God, (John 1:36) once and for all-and He conquered death, defeated Satan and took BACK the keys of the Kingdom, and gave them to us, His believers- to use His Name . (Matthew 16:18-19; 18:18/Mark 16:18-20).

Hell was never intended for mankind.  It was created for Satan and all his evil cohorts.  Heaven (3rd Heaven where God dwells) was created for all born again believers and followers of Jesus Christ.  However, those who reject Christ as Lord and Savior, and live for self as their own god-those who are outside of the blood covering that remits sin and makes them the righteousness of Christ, choose to remain in their trespasses and sins- which cannot enter a holy heaven.

God loves the world, all of us, even while we were yet sinners, God gave us a free gift of salvation, through Jesus His only Son.  But though it’s a free gift to us, it cost Christ His very life.

He choose to go to the cross, to stand while spit upon, beaten, tormented with his skin, and muscles torn to shreds, ridiculed, then be nailed to a heavy, rugged cross, with nails through His hands and feet…and die in all of our place.  The nails didn’t hold Him on that cross- His love for us did.

Then He died, and while His ‘body’ was placed in the tomb, His spirit and soul descended into the depth of the earth, where He battled Satan, with a river of His precious blood flowing crimson- and arose victorious over the dark domain.

On the third day, the day celebrated as ‘Easter’ (Resurrection Sunday), the REAL Jesus, His spirit and soul, reunited with His ‘body’ , He neatly folded the linen shroud He was wrapped in after His body was removed from the cross (Luke 23:54) and laid it where His body previously laid, and He left the tomb, “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene.” (Mark 16:9)

Matthew 12:40 “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

Romans 10:7 “Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)”

Ephesians 4:8-10  “Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)”

John 6:62 “what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? How can He ascend unless He be descended first?”

Only a loving, POWERFUL God can overturn death, take upon Himself the weight of the worlds sins, sicknesses and diseases in their entirety, defeat Satan and all His evil cohorts, resurrect Himself and everyone who hides themselves in Christ, and then turn around, ascend to Heaven, then send the ‘Promise of the Father’, the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, to come dwell WITHIN us, His Holy Temple!  The miracle of Easter is this:  the same mighty power that raised Jesus from the grave IS IN US, as His body!

He is risen!!! Hallelujah!!! And He has raised us up with Him, oh, glorious day!

Jesus gave it ALL for us.  Sacrificed EVERYTHING for us.  Suffered the absolute worse pain and agony known to man, because He demonstrated His love for us.   Can we in turn sacrifice a ‘day off’ to assemble together and worship Him, to give the only One who is worthy all the glory and praise due Him?

Consider the ‘body of Jesus’… broken for us…lying in the tomb that should have our names written on it- instead, He wrote a love letter of crimson, written in red… and died for me and for you.