29 Field Focus - Yvonne finally walks her talk

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Quote to Ponder:

“And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.  Let us, then, go outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.  For we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come”  The writer of Hebrews (chapter 13:12-14)
 
“I don't leave God to go out there.  He is already out there waiting for me”  Yvonne Herring
 

Our Guest:

Yvonne Herring
Co-host of Field Focus Radio
 

Focus notes:

  • Spring 2012 adult missions trip with Appalachia Service Project (ASP)
  • Devotional prayer preparation – working in us, working in those we would serve
  • Jonesville, Va. - the heart of the Appalachia
  • St. Charles and the blown up Meth lab detour
  • Feeling like Gideon – unprepared
  • Hitting a deer , the best bad luck
  • Two broken down houses, 2 amazing ladies, 2 beautiful afghans
  • Challenged by the beautiful hearts of our hosts
  • Giving God 2% of our year to leave the camp
  • Getting beyond akwardness
  • Keeping our eyes open for Jesus
  • Finding Jesus outside the camp
  • We are all going back next year
 

Summary:

I left for Jonesville, Va. with  eight other adults from my church in Massillon, Ohio on April 23rd.  We had planned and prepared for 6 months, yet that morning seemed to be the absolute worst time for me to be leaving home for a week.  I felt even worse when we hit a deer only 1 ½ hours out.  We spent 6 days working on housing reconstruction projects, trying to pick up where someone else left off.  I would find that the work we did was really just secondary to all that God wanted to show us outside the camp of our own Christian experience.  My most meaningful time was when I took the time to learn about the lady, whose house we were working on.  She taught me a lot in that week.  I felt that God was putting a mirror in front of me and showing me what I lacked: simplicity, contentment, a simple faith, might prayers, and close family ties.  I in turn gave her what she lacked : encouragement, confidence in the goodness of God, Bible readings, hymns, and a partner in prayer.  Grace flowed through our relationship.  Jesus loved her through me and me though her.  I returned having found what I went out  for, a sense of the realness of God.    
 
 

Contact information:  

To learn more about ASP short term missions go to ASPhome.org