Mission Accomplished

When you take a short term missions trip the goal is to come along side local churches in different nations to resource, strengthen, and help in whatever way you have ability to help.

What usually happens however is as much as you want to make a difference, the greatest difference made is in you.

You are inspired, gain perspective and most importantly build some life changing relationships.

We did what we came to do. Helped orphans, street kids, several local churches and trained pastors and leaders.

God did what he sent us to do. Used us to make a difference in the lives of many while awakening each of us to higher heights and deeper depths spiritually. 

Mission accomplished.

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Is Kony THE problem or A Problem

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Let me say again, I have no problem with “invisible children”. I love what they do and what they are doing. Bringing awareness to real atrocities that people tend to ignore so as not to have to deal with them. Thank God for an organization passionately putting their time, talent, and treasure where their mouth is. I’m all for the campaign to bring Kony to justice, truth is it should have been done long ago.

My question today is a simple one. What happens when He’s brought to justice? It is my understanding that Kony and the LRA, while still posing a threat have little influence or even presence in Uganda and are mostly hiding. He and they should be brought to justice!

I would like to take the opportunity while this buzz and awareness is humming to say we need to deal with the issues, the plight of the Ugandan people, that give way to the Kony’s of the world.

A nation savagely torn by HIV/AIDS. where, as bad as that is, more people will die from Malaria. A nation who as a result of war, and disease, and even poverty has an over 2.5 million orphan population.

Yes let’s flood American streets with the message to bring Kony to justice, but then let’s take those same feet that will “cover the night” with a message and “cover a nation” with the methods of restoration, regeneration, and renewal.

I know a group who is providing plastic surgery for victims of Kony’s tortuous maiming and dehumanizing act of cutting people’s faces to make them ashamed to be seen in public.

It’s one thing to say I care, someone should do something its another to actually raise funds and coordinate efforts to bring hope and dignity back to people who were mutilated by a maniac and his kidnapped, forced army of children.

I know people who have looked the HIV/AIDS issue in the face and
starred it down by providing medicines and solutions to the results of the travesties caused by this horrible pestilence on society.

There are people who have heard the voice of God to do something about the orphan issue and have provided villages built specifically for joining orphans to a home, parents, medical care, education and a message of hope that will change their life forever.

Rescuing babies from trash heaps, toilets and even buried alive. Taking them in and taking responsibility for the rest of their life. Raising them to take responsibility for themselves and their hurting nation.

They are helping marginalized women who will not make it without help.

The organization I speak of is our friends Gary and Marilyn Skinner at Watoto.com.

Watoto Documentary from Watoto on Vimeo.

So let’s cry out for justice and for awareness but there is something beyond awareness called action. Let’s take a step of action and help the people of Uganda.

How? Go there with a mission.
How? Partner with someone who is and has been doing something.
How? Give

We will be building again this year in partnership with Watoto if you would like to help please email us at globalreach@harvestokc.com

If you want to help Watoto directly go to http://www.watoto.com

Let your awareness fuel your action. Do something more than talk.

Then maybe we can keep another Joseph Kony or the like, from rising to power. It’s love and compassion that causes us to help.

Let it rise in you!

My Thoughts on Kony 2012.

Many have ask me this morning about my thoughts on the “invisible children’s Kony 2012 campaign.”

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I think it’s one of the best video presentations I have ever seen. I think the motivation behind it is clear, concise and needed. In today’s world we have a tool that makes available opportunities for justice not afforded us in times past. Personal media, information age, and social networking and we should bring all of that to bare on the injustices of the world.

It is clear that the viciousness of some world crimes have not be stopped because of the lack of visibility. We can turn our head because we don’t have to look at unless we want to. To bring awareness to this issue is absolutely necessary and Kony should be captured and should be prosecuted for his many atrocious crimes against humanity. This awareness campaign may do just that. It may apply the pressure needed to force the issue and get the job done.

However, to think that the arrest of Joseph Kony somehow fixes all the problems in Uganda or solves or resolves the violence, the aides epidemic, the over 2.5 million orphans is to oversimplify the issue. While it does take a step in the right direction it is only one component.

What is needed in Uganda, which I realize “Invisible Children” are involved in some practical areas, is people who will help care for, teach, train, and develop, a new culture and way of thinking in the nation. People who will fund the care (medical, educational, developmental, and spiritual) of a nation of wonderful people who need help and guidance.

Global reach for justice, the mission arm of Church of the Harvest, which I have the privilege to Lead, works in Uganda yearly. We partner with an originization, a church headed by lead pastors Gary and Marylyn Skinner, called Watoto. This church was established 30 years ago and is literally helping bring positive change to Uganda through ministries aimed at orphans “the Watoto villages,” and their ministries to at risk women in Gulu the part of the nation where Koney has been most prevalent.

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Please go to http://www.watotochurch.com/ and look at what they do. They are bringing real and lasting change to the people of Uganda which will bring real and lasting change to the nation of Uganda.

We have built several buildings at one of their villages that places orphans in family providing them with parents, food, education, vocational training, and medical care. While developing them as principled and purposeful leaders. Many have been rescued from the most dire of circumstances, and are given hope for their future.

If you would like to help us fund our 2012 building project with Watato the full cost is $17000.00.
Any gift you would want to give would be beneficial no matter how small or large.

If you a interested in helping please email us at globalreach@harvestokc.com

We will be going to Uganda in June. Pray for us as we do what we can to make a difference in this nation.

Greater Things Conference

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What I’m about to say to some will seem overdone, dramatic, and overly zealous, but I’ll say it anyway. In the deepest part of myself I can hear a loud thunderous voice saying Church, wake up!

It is time for all those who call themselves Christian to be just that. Christian, “Christ Like”. The expression of the love and heart of God! The heart of God is to love people. All people, all ethnicities, all socio-economic backgrounds, everyone, everywhere!

It’s our role to heal the hurting, bind up the wounded, help those in need and share the Gospel. It’s not about anything else. It’s only about love, compassion and justice for everyone.

We are here at this conference and we have heard from some major players in the world of compassion and justice outreaches. The one thing that’s clear is God is trying to get the attention of the church to get back to His heart.

Here are are some quotes from different speakers.

“Compassion is never compassion until we roll up our sleeves and cross the street”. -ChristineCaine

“Compassion is central to Christianity not peripheral, If we are not loving our neighbor we are not loving God, period”- ChristineCaine.

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“God placed the church on a battleship, and we’ve turned it into a cruise ship” – Myles Mcphereson

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“We study love the least when it is the most important thing in Christianity” – Joyce Meyer

“Love is the highest form of spiritual warfare we can do” – Joyce Meyer

“You can actually hide from God in church.” – Joyce Meyer

“We’ve given our Job to the government. The government is not anointed to minister to the poor the church is.” -Joyce Meyer.

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God has called us to Love. No excuses, no resistance, no inhibition. The greatest commandment is to love Him and love others.

Will you let God use you to do greater things?

I would change things if I could

I think we could all say this. When we hear about orphaned children or starving families or lack of medical care, or even hopelessness. The key is in the second part of the phrase.

You and I can do something. If it’s true that we would change things if we could, then we are without excuse because the truth is we can do something about it.

Annually Global Reach for Justice the missions arm of Church of the Harvest takes trips to Africa and Asia to help with all of these needs. Through our relationships and partnerships in these nations we are able to make a difference.

If you are a person who says I would if I could, you should come to the Global Reach Experience on November 18, 2011, and be the solution to the problem.

Get your ticket here

http://www.harvestokc.com/global-reach/global-reach-experience/

We can!

Cambodia here we come.

Our team is preparing to leave for cambodia. It’s a great team almost all of them have been before. Cambodia has a special place in my heart. I have so many friends there and we have seen such great things happen in the local church there.

It is our pleasure to come along side the church in cambodia and do what we can to help them. We really don’t look at what we do as classical missions but more of an expression of the local church because it is the long term leaders of local churches around the World that are truly making a difference and we are just joining our local church with theirs to reach the world.

If I could characterize global reach for justice it would be to say we are doing our best to fulfill James 1:27, and proverbs 31:8-9, and Ephesians 4.

We want to help the widows the orphans and train leaders for the work of the ministry. With Gods help we will do that.