Missionaries

Worthy Thought: We must not limit our focus to our own people. 

God wants His people to proclaim His love in words and actions to the whole world. 

He wants us to be His missionaries wherever we are, wherever He sends us. 

I love Guatemala, I’m looking forward to my next trip to be the hands and feet He created me to be.     

For more on my missions to Guatemala with Sounds Of Love follow our Facebook Page 

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Love 


Angela is on location in Guatemala doing what she loves with her ministry Sounds Of Love.  

Here are some great pics from her trip and also one of Eric,  Angela’s awesome husband modeling their new shirts. 


 You can visite Sounds Of Love ministry page for details, more pics and how to order your own T-shirt to help support their mission. 

Angela will return soon with more #WorthyThoughtWednesday posts! 

Restoration Stories – Turyatunga Felex 


My names are Turyatunga Felex. I am 23 years old from Uganda Africa. I was born in a polygamous family where my daddy had over 14 children and 4 wives. 

 I was 4 years old when my dad abandoned us and left us alone with our mother, with no one to help. Our mother had no money to take me to school and to feed us. Our Dad would come home for only mistreating us and fighting with our mother. 

 Everyday life was a mess. 

 

Our mother tried her level best and made me study and completed primary school and all in my pain. At school I could study for one week and the school directors could send me back to home for fees and with nowhere to get it I would have to spend some weeks home looking for fees myself but all in pain and when I was completing my primary six level our mother also left us alone because of my dad afflictions toward her.  

I lost everything and everyone at that moment I was left homeless. I had to look for where to get survival from. I went to the streets of Kampala where I start life from. When on street life was not easy at all. I had nowhere to stay, I had nothing to eat and with nothing to put on. 

I could move into hotel pits to get what to eat but all in vain it was a hell. While on street God was merciful to me and saved me from the pits when I accepted Jesus as my personal savior, from then on I started believing God and I start hoping in him that one day my life will change. 

 I started sleeping in church but with nothing to eat. From there God was merciful to me and brought one who was merciful to me sponsoring me in school again he paid for only one term, because I was bright the school gave me bursary till I finished high school. 

After high school I had no one to take me to the university so I went to church again and I start ministering. I also sleep in church when every one had left.

 I loved helping others whom I met on the streets. I could go there and preach to them. God taught me many things. I learnt his word, I joined a missions team called gospel tour ministry., and we started moving to the villages helping those in need and the poor as we pray and preach to them.  

I am setting up an orphanage home to help kids who are on the street, who are in diaspora like I was in. Those who lost parental love and care so that they can have the care and love lost from their parents. I sponsor them in schools as well. 

May God bless you as you read my life story, as we wait for part two in Jesus’ name Amen. 

He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing. ~ Psalm 107:20-22 KJV 

To help support Turyatunga’s orphanage mission see the link to his Go Fund Me page Here now. 

Connect with Turyatunga F Charity Missions and Penner Child Care on Facebook Here

Values 


WORTHY THOUGHT: If we don’t pass our values onto all of our children someone else will.

I was thinking back on my last mission’s group trip. 

We visited a children’s orphanage in San Lucas Guatemala. 

The children were so delighted to see us; we played games, did arts and crafts, and shared Bible stories. We wanted all the children to understand and know Jesus is with them and loves each one of them. 


The children may not have their parents today, but I am thankful for the Godly people who do work tirelessly there in the orphanage. They are hard working people with huge hearts, hugs and warm smiles and they allow us to come into their orphanage to minister and love on their children. 


Maybe this will convince you to go visit an orphanage in your area in your country. Maybe even to adopt. Each child is a gift from God.


Bible verses helps us understand what the Bible says about all of our children, the importance of raising and teaching our children.

Remember the Bible tells us not to merely listen to the word of God but to do what it says (James 1:22). Take what you read here, write it down and put it into action!

 I pray that God speaks to you and touches your heart with these Scriptures


Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother

Proverbs 29:17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Psalm 127:3-5 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Father God, 

We thank you for all of our children we know that each and every child is fearfully and wonderfully made by You to do works in Jesus Christ. Amen.

        ~Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Indescribable 

  
One of my favorite things is seeing God show off! Seeing Him work through others in magnificent ways is beyond thrilling! 

 Being a part of His plan, though, is even more…well, it’s indescribable

Use me, God! I am willing! 

 Jesus, allow me to be Your hands and feet!

 Teach me to be a fisher of men! 

 I want to be like the birds that sing Your praises, like the flowers that bloom to Your song, like the stars that shine in the darkest of nights…all being who they were created to be!

 Allow me not to wither away as the parched plant in a neverending drought. 

 Allow my heart not to hollow as with the start of petrified wood or harden as fossilized stone.  

Protect me from the weathering work of the enemy and the venom of the serpents that threaten to steal what You say is mine. 

 Seal shut the wounds deep within me that hinder Your work! 

 Stop the salty flow of pain and replace it with Your gentle kiss! 

 Show me how to love like You! 

 Accept my repentance for holding on for so long to things that were never meant for me to bear! 

Receive these things and have Your way!

 Receive ME and do as You wish! 

 May all of these things be done according only to Your will. 

Amen…and so be it.

              💙 ~ Stephanie Gable 

Big Dreams 

  
Big Dreams, and an even Bigger God!!!

This year has proven to be one of the most exciting years of my life! I started out the year in a brand new town, and left the big city of Houston behind. I saw stars in the sky, and felt the wonderful central Texas breezes up on the top of a hill. As I began to settle into a new life, and a new place, I got a little too comfortable. Recently, I heard someone say, that we have to get a little uncomfortable to allow God to work in our lives. That really sparked something in me, and renewed my desire to follow God every step of the way. 

I just returned from the Thirty-one Gifts National conference, and it left me inspired and encouraged to reach bigger goals, and to dream bigger. Thirty-One is founded on the scripture found in Proverbs 31 which talks about the virtuous woman. Sharing the vision of Thirty-one with others is an open door to share the Gospel and to lead others to HIM. 

I have always had big dreams, but I am so thankful that I also have a Big God!!! 

Just last year I started my new ministry, His Hope Ministries, with the hope of reaching the city of Houston. Now, that vision has changed and I am so excited about new open doors here in Bastrop and the greater Austin area. I have been talking with the volunteer coordinator at the Austin Ronald McDonald House. She is going to allow me to bring in a team of volunteers to minister to the families staying there. We have made plans to do adult and kid crafts once a month, and eventually also providing a meal. These crafts will range from hats that the cancer patients can wear, to tie blankets big enough to fit their hospital beds. I am so excited that this opportunity has opened up for my ministry, and also that along with some of my friends, and even my Thirty-one sisters we will have such a unique opportunity to help those in crisis. 

When I look back on this year so far, I cannot help but smile. God was guiding my steps all along, even when I began to doubt or question His will. When we open ourselves up to hear God speak, we can find peace and comfort and know that we can trust in Him. 

I do not know what the future holds, but I know that God is guiding my steps. I am beyond blessed to have this opportunity to see God do great things. I have been around the world, and back again, but now it’s time I continue to reach my own community and share the Love of Christ. 

My life verse, 1Corinthians 10:31 says,

 “Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 



There is nothing more incredible then seeing God bless and honor His work…may we never forget to dream big because God isn’t done with us yet!!! 

                    ~Beka Hawkins

Beka Hawkins has always had a heart for missions and from the time she was 3 years old she began telling others that she was going to be a missionary. At the age of 11 she surrendered her life to full time ministry, with a desire to reach the UK or Ireland. As the years went on, she knew that Bible College would be the best place for her to enrich her life and her ministry. She began attending Pensacola Christian College in the fall of 2002 with a desire to become a teacher. Plans began to change, and God began to burden her heart for the broken and wounded people who needed hope. She graduated in December of 2006 with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Music. 

Upon graduation, Beka began working in various ministries. She became the director of the first Habitat for Humanity/YMCA day camp center, and saw God do amazing things in the lives of the families there. 

In the fall of 2007 she became a Houseparent at Boys and Girls Country, a ministry that houses up to 80 kids at any given time using a Christian home setting. During her time there, her passion for missions only grew stronger. In the summer of 2009 she joined the ministry of David Stockwell Evangelistic Association, where she spent the next three years working in the states and abroad. She also travelled with the team to various countries in Africa, the Philippines and Belize. She was able to share God’s love with thousands upon thousands of people who were so hungry for the Good News of Christ!!! 

In 2012 she stepped out on her own and began a journey of starting her own ministry. In 2014 His Hope Ministries was started with the vision to bring Hope and Love to the least of these. With many open doors in the greater Austin area, she hopes to use all that God has done in her life to prepare for future ministry in the USA or abroad.

  

You can check out more from Beka Hawkins Here
http://hishopeministries.weebly.com/

Homeless

  

Betty…
Incessant chattering
Everything she sees 
Is an update…
Yet she’s looking
Outside of herself
Watching 
For a need
Not missing a lick
In her neon
I see kindness
A genuine concern
Willingness to learn
Generosity unheard of
For the homeless
She brings out
The bitch in me
That stray dog
Lurking within
Hidden
Until
Goodness 
Like a bone
Threatens
The flesh
She’s grown
On me
Seeing her best
Recognizing Christ
In this
And knowing
How He
Uses us to
Sharpen one another 
Ridding our hearts
Of hesitation 
To love
And be loved
Unleashing love
Lavishing His love
On us
Because we are
Homeless
Without
Him.

❤️ Krystal Lynne 


  

Joy & Happiness 

  

I’ve often been told by visiting my friends or family members that I always look happy. They have known and seen my painful struggle with hardships in finances, divorce, betrayal and loss but still I always appear cheerfully encouraged. 
I tell them I found joy in my heart. That’s the part they don’t understand most. How do you get joy in your heart when you go through hard times? 
I thought that is very a good question. 
Is there a difference between Joy and Happiness?
 As I prayed to Holy Spirit to orchestrate my thoughts, I was led to:
 “Joy of the Lord is your strength” 
        -Nehemiah 12:42-43.
This means God strengthens us spiritually in the midst of suffering with the joy given only by the Holy Spirit.  
In my opinion Happiness is a decision or a perspective. It is unrelated to my circumstances. Happiness, like most things, is dependent on our relationship with God who is unwavering and eternal. We don’t base our life on circumstances, but on God. 
My example was my mission trip. In Guatemala, I visited children who have very little or nothing yet were happy.  Food, shelter and safety is all they needed. 
Happiness is unrelated to stuff. 
True joy however is far deeper than happiness. We can feel the joy in spite of our deepest troubles. Happiness is temporary because it is based on external circumstance, but joy is lasting because it is based on God’s presence. 
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalms 30:5
And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; it shall rejoice in His Salvation.” Psalm 35:9
I read a devotional article “Choose Joy: Because happiness is not Enough”,  by Karen Warren co-founder of SaddleBack Church with her husband Rick Warren in Lake Forest, California. 
She wrote; “the meaning of Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of your life. the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.” 
My conclusion to the question on Joy and Happiness is, yes; I’m happy because I choose to be happy, knowing God is with me every step of the way.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him and he will set your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-7
This is where I find my joy; Knowing a deeper truth that He is in control no matter what my circumstances are and I trust hope and love deeply in Him. ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Ding Dong Principle 



This book inspired me as a Christian (a Jesus girl) not to be afraid to go on a mission for God. Whenever I thought about going on a mission trip before, often times my first reaction was I’m too afraid.  
God always reminds me of this scripture …
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV 
So armed with God’s presence and promise 
I found the courage to go to Guatemala in the Fall of 2013, which led to the courage to sign up for violin lessons in the Spring of 2014. 
Recently, God told me in a vision that I’m going to go back there to teach violin to the orphans in Guatemala, helping children escape poverty and violence with music.   Sometimes language creates a barrier, but with music there are no barriers. 
Reading about Corrie Ten Boom and her missions in this book, I saw with Gods help she moved mountains!!!  
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.~ Philippians 4:13 NLT 

This promise is for us- so We can too! 
~ Angela Lipe- Pattengill 
Enjoy this Worthy thought: The Ding Dong Principle 
by Corrie Ten Boom “Tramp for The Lord”
One day a young girl, who had repented and received deliverance from lust and impurity, came to see Miss Corrie who was presently visiting and speaking at a church in Holland, the young girl goes up to Miss Corrie afterwards and says” Even though I have been delivered, at night I still keep dreaming of my old way of life. I’m afraid I will slip back into Satan’s grasp. 
 Miss Corrie tells the girl “up in that church tower, there is a bell which is rung by pulling on a rope, after the sexton lets go of the rope the bell still continues swinging, first the ding then the dong. It gets slower and slower until there’s a final dong and it stops. I believe the same is true for deliverance”.
The young girl says “you mean even though I sometimes have temptations, that I am still free, Satan is no longer pulling the rope which controls my life?”
Miss Corrie says “the purity of your life is evidence of your deliverance and you should not worry about the dings and dongs, they are nothing but echoes. The demons know that even though they have to flee at the name of Jesus, the demons will not leave without given their clapper one big swing leaving behind the vibration of ding and dongs on their way out scaring us into thinking they are still there. 
But if we grow fearful over the remaining echoes other demons can come in and take their place. 
The bible promises that after we confess and denounce our sins, God cleanses us from them by the blood of Jesus. Indeed, He says your sins I remembered no more. (Hebrew 8:12
When we hear the dings and dongs of our past life, we need to remember that through Jesus sacrifice on Calvary, Satan can no longer pull the rope in your life, the sounds of the vibrations may still echo, but they will grow less and less and eventually stop completely.  Satan cannot return as long as you walk in obedience. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.” 
Haven’t you learned that your body is the home of the Holy Spirit God gave you, and He lives in you, and your own body does not belong to you. For God has bought you with a great price. So use every part of your body to give Glory back to God, because He owns it. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19,20
However, this does not prevent Satan ( or his demons) from standing outside your house shouting through the window saying “we’re still here!” But Hallelujah! We know Satan for who he is -the prince of liars. He is still not here he has been cast out. 
So whenever you hear those old echoes in your life; one of those ding and dongs, you need to remember to stop and say “thank you Jesus you have bought me with your blood and sin has no right to sound off in my life.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom 
I encourage everyone to get this great book!