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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Seeking and Listening

God is a big God. I am seeking and listening to His will in my life. Many possibilities are surfacing for my heart for the nations. It is an exciting trip to see where God will lead me. Doors are opening and shutting for foriegn mission opportunities. Please pray for direction. I can't wait to see how I am used for His glory throughout the nations.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Surely We Can Change... by David Crowder


We can together do something BIG! We can help others! If we all do something small imagine how much the world can change! WOW! We CAN!

And the problem is this
We were bought with a kiss
But the cheek still turned
Even when it wasn't hit

And I don't know
What to do with a love like that
And I don't know
How to be a love like that

When all the love in the world
Is right here among us
And hatred too
And so we must choose
What our hands will do

Where there is pain
Let there be grace
Where there is suffering
Bring serenity
For those afraid
Help them be brave
Where there is misery
Bring expectancy
And surely we can change
Surely we can change
Something

And the problem it seems
Is with you and me
Not the Love who came
To repair everything

Where there is pain
Let us bring grace
Where there is suffering
Bring serenity
For those afraid
Let us be brave
Where there is misery
Let us bring them relief
And surely we can change
Surely we can change
Oh surely we can change
Something

Oh, the world's about to change
The whole world's about to change

A Heart for Africa - Swaziland

I am going to AFRICA!

With this heart for the nations, I have some exciting news to share with you. I am going to Africa! My heart is ready for this missionary adventure to Swaziland in July. I have been praying for this opportunity for a couple of years. It is spectacular to see the strategic events that have taken place over the last three years in order for me to learn about and be apart of this trip. This is an awesome opportunity to be part of the answer to the need among millions of people in Africa. My trip is with Heart for Africa. If you would like more specifics on what I will be doing during my 11 day trip please visit the Heart for Africa website at www.heartforafrica.org.

I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider partnering with me by praying and giving. For updates on prayer requests please join my facebook group: My Heart for Africa. The total cost of the trip is $3,700. This covers everything, including my plane fare, food, lodging, in country travel, and gardening necessities. I would love for you to be part of my “prayer and giving” team during this trip! Pray for God’s will to be done in my heart and in Africa.

You can support my trip financially in one of three ways:

1.Mail your check and the form attached to Heart for Africa at Heart for Africa, P.O. Box 573, Al-pharetta, GA 30009

2.Go to www.heartforafrica.org to donate with your credit card

3.Call (800) 901-7585 to donate with your credit card by phone

Please keep in mind that this donation must be received by June 16, 2010. Your gift will be applied towards my trip and you will receive a tax receipt. Please use my participant code #7001823 when you give. Thank you for prayerfully considering being a part of helping me share the love of Christ with the people of Swaziland. I look forward to hearing back from you. I anticipate God is going to do incredible things! I pray I will never be the same. Again, thanks so much for your support and be-ing in my life. You are a true inspiration to me in my daily life. I look forward to sharing with you about my adventure when I return.

With a Heart for Africa,
Amber Nolen

My Heart for the Nations

Please let me share with you a moment my heart for the nations. My heart for the nations began in childhood. God does many amazing, strategic plans for one’s life. He knows what we are going to do and prepares us along the way. It is very exciting to think He has it all planned and will give us the desires of our hearts. My father constantly told my mother when I was a child; I was going to be a missionary. I remember my whole childhood having a love for missions and foreign countries.

A very important person in my life is Bobby Jones. He was my Youth/College Minister at First Baptist LaGrange. Bobby asked the hard questions and made us think about our spiritual lives with God. I learned many things from him and his family. During college, I had been struggling with deci-sions on life plans. I heard Him call me into full time service. I did not know when or where but I knew I was going. Mission opportunities allowed me to hear God’s voice and allowed me for discern-ment with my life.

Another, influential person in my life is Katlyn Pedroza; she is a full-time missionary in Asia. She taught me true missions. I learned there is no such thing as a mission trip. Missions is a life-style. Every moment of your life should be a moment to show our Heavenly Father’s love to a person. Christians should always have Jesus’ eyes and Spirit ears. After learning missions is a lifestyle, I changed my perspective of missions. I still have a yearning for a foreign country but I know there will be a time and a place. Missions is my lifestyle with my current job and living in my home.

Church planting is a totally new way of thinking church. It is spectacular to see how the church is really the people and not the building. My current job is Director of Children’s Ministry at Auburn Church. Bobby Jones, my Youth/College Minister, remembered my calling and asked me to be apart of this amazing adventure called Auburn Church. Auburn Church is a church for the unchurched. It creates relative environments for people to invite others who do not know the love of Jesus Christ. As I work at Auburn Church, I feel as if I am a missionary in Auburn. I develop rela-tionships to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Passion for foreign countries is an amazing calling. I love to see how God is transforming my life into missions each and every moment. As I grow closer to Him and am in constant conversation with Him, I see His plan. My favorite verse is Psalm 46:10. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in all the earth. ”My mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. The people are in my apartments, Auburn, and anywhere in the world. “I’ll go anywhere, do anything, at any cost for You my King!” Steve Fee wrote a song about burning for Jesus to the ends of the earth. This song has meant so much to me as I am living for Him and developing into what He wants me to be. I think of this song as my theme statement. It is very true with my life for my King. My call in life is to lead people of other nations into a growing relation-ship with Jesus Christ.