"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
James 1:2-4

The Gilland Family of 6!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Finally, My Love Challenge Response...

Better late than never...

The biggest lesson I learned from the “The Love Challenge” was…

drum roll please...

I am so totally and completely selfish!

I learned that it is much easier for me to extend grace, show mercy and have patience with total strangers than with the people I love the most in this world.  I also learned that in terms of the way I give my love,  I have serious expectations; spiritual, emotional and physical.  "It’s all about me" can quickly and so easily become my mantra if I’m not careful and always aware! 

I am reminded that apart from Jesus it is impossible for me to love the way Jesus loves.  But there is really good news, with Him I can do all things and nothing is impossible for Him! (Phil. 4:13 & Mark 9:23)  So like I stated in previous posts, “The Love Challenge” is going to be a regular part of my life from now on.  I need that reminder often of how I am to love others and of what LOVE truly is because sadly I apparently forget a lot!

 As always, I would love to hear your comments good or bad! 

Joyfully, Ashley

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Love Review...

30 days ago, on July 11, 2011 I began the “Love Challenge”, several of you joined me.  I would love to hear from those of you who participated in this exercise.

How did it change the way you love or did it open your eyes to changes you might need to make in the way you love others?  What did you learn about God's perfect love?  

I'm so excited to hear how God spoke to your heart through His word over the past few weeks.  I’ll be sharing my experience with the “Love Challenge” in a few days.  

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19  


Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Good Storm...

I love a good storm.  That is as long as it’s a safe storm. I love the way the sky darkens to a stunning grayish dark blue and how it creeps across the horizon.  I love how the clouds bounce and swerve making their way across the sky.  I love when the thunder booms so loud it echoes not only in my ears but in my whole body.  I love the way lightning can startle me and make me jump.  I love the way the trees bend and sway; almost bowing to their Creator.  I love when the wind just appears out of know where and catches me by surprise.  I love how the wind messes up my hair and can bring tears to my eyes and how it sometimes even takes the breath away from my little children.  It has mighty power.  I love the beautiful music of the raindrops as they tap on the skylights of my kitchen.  I love how a good storm makes me cling a little tighter to my sweet husband and hold my precious children a little closer to myself.  A good storm displays the power, grandeur and wonder of God within the beauty of nature that He himself created.  I love that God is in control of the storm.  

I do NOT love when a storm of life comes my way and I’m walking through dark clouds all around me.  Do I remember and recognize that God is in control?  Or do I try to take control?  Do I find refuge and rest in Him alone?  Or do I seek out other means and methods to console my fear?  
“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’ He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.  The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!’”  Matthew 8:23-27 
Wow, to this day, that scripture continues to amaze me! Even though I’m a child of God, a perfect life and safety have not been guaranteed for me. But what has been promised is that God’s will and plan for my life and your life are perfect!  

“Safe? Of course He isn’t safe.  But He’s good.”  Spoken by Mr. Beaver in C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  

This is who our faithful God is:

Our Rock
Our Fortress
Our Stronghold
Our Refuge
Our Deliverer
Our Rescuer
Our Portion
Our Comforter
Our Delight
Our Strength
Our Sustainer
Our Provider
Just to name a few…(Psalm 18:2)

I’m praying that you and I would live our lives trusting in God regardless of what storms we find ourselves in.  For He is truly safe and trustworthy!  Be blessed my friends as you seek His face!


Wednesday, July 27, 2011


"God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him." 1 John 4:16

How is your “Love Challenge” going?  It seems like the more I ask God to help me love like Him, the more opportunities He provides for me to live that out!  It's not easy!  If you don’t know what I’m talking about read this and join me!


Last night I sat in my kitchen nursing the baby.  It was so wonderful to listen to the dishwasher purring and to hear the happy sounds of my children lingering from the playroom.  All 3 “big” kids were in the playroom making posters for their daddy’s return tonight.  I could hear George, the oldest, spelling out “Welcome Home Daddy” for the younger ones.  I was overwhelmed at how big and mature he has become.  Where did the time go?  He was the one I should have been nursing!  Where did these 3 other children come from???  How have almost 6 years passed me bye.  Time is truly flying!  The older I get the more I realize the truth of this!

For a long time now I have had a desire to have an international student ministry of my own, under the umbrella of my parent’s ministry, FollowOne International.   I have had many obstacles/excuses that have kept me from walking on to one of the many university campuses in my area and volunteering in their international studies department.   I have continued to pray and seek God’s heart for me in this area.  I have also prayed that if it was His will for me that He would make it happen because I just couldn’t get my act together enough to seek it out right now.

God is so amazing!  You will not even believe what He did!  
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."  Ephesians 3:20-21
The other night Doug and I decided to have a date night “IN”, which meant after we put our children to bed we order “take out” and watch a movie!  We ordered sushi and had it delivered.  When the doorbell rang I quickly went to answer it and there was the nicest young Chinese man I’ve ever met standing on my front porch.  We talked at first about where he was from and why he was here in the U.S.  Just as I had thought, he is here studying to get his Master’s Degree.  At one point in our conversation, which was easy and so enjoyable, I asked my new friend if he had ever heard of Jesus.  “Yes, but I am far too busy with my studies right now for Jesus, maybe later,” he said.  Wow…powerful words, too busy for Jesus!

We exchanged phone numbers and I am going to be inviting him over for a meal very soon.  I also have a very special gift for him, a Chinese/English Bible.  I am so excited about this adventure that the Lord has totally dropped on my door step!!!  I would ask you to please pray for me as I begin this relationship with my new friend, Si Wei. 

Time is running out.  Life is very short.  And we have an urgent message to share.  There are lost and hurting people all around us in our city, our country and our world that don’t know the saving love of God.  Who will you share the Good News of Jesus with today? I would encourage you to pray and ask the Lord to put someone in your path.  You never know who might show up on your front porch!
"Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'"  Matthew 28:18-20
I am praying that the Holy Spirit will fill each of us with a mighty sense of urgency to tell others about Jesus!


Monday, July 11, 2011

Love is...

Have you ever heard of “The Love Challenge?”  A few years ago I learned about it in a Bible Study I was a part of.  It is very simple, but you must commit to do it every day!  I have done it a few times and it is really a challenge I could handle doing every day for the rest of my life!  It truly is that good!

Here it is…The Love Challenge:  Read 1 Corinthians 13 every day for 30 days and ask God to empower you and to fill you with His love for others.  I would love for you to join me in this exercise!  See if you don’t love those around you differently, better…more like Jesus.  That is our goal, to look and love more like Jesus!   Since Jesus is perfect, His love is perfect!!!  “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”  1 John 3:16

Our love, just like all of us, is flawed by our sin.  We are incapable of loving like the verses 1 Corinthians 13 talks about on our own.  It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit in us that we are able to live and love in such a way.  The more we Know Him, the more we Love Him.  The more we Love Him the more we Follow and Obey Him.  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.  But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.  When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall we face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”

Are you up for the challenge?  I  am, let’s do it together!  I’m going to print several copies and place them around my house.  In 30 days we can share with each other how God has worked in our hearts and how we are loving those around us differently!  Can’t wait to hear from all of you!  I’m praying for you, praying we’ll be convicted and encouraged…ALL by our amazing God, through the Holy Spirit!

“Love is seeking the highest and greatest good for the other person.”  Unknown Author


Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Good, the Bad and the Crazy…

A little about me~

I think it’s interesting to know things about the people whose blogs you read.  I love it when the one’s I read give me a glimpse into who they really are.   I’ve heard it said that sometimes Christian bloggers come across as self-righteous or hypocrites or “perfect.”  I want to be sure I NEVER show myself as any of those!  So this is my attempt to be “real” with you.  I’m going to tell you some good things, bad things and just crazy things about me.  In previous posts you’ve learned a little about me and in the side margin of my blog there is a section “about me”, but I want to tell you a little more and be truly honest in my description of myself.  

Well I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  There is nothing good in me apart from Jesus!   I love talking about Jesus with people who know Him and with those who don't know Him yet.  I love hearing and sharing stories of God’s faithfulness.  I love reading His Word!

I LOVE Beth Moore!!!   I think we could be really great friends!  ;)  In the past 6 years I have done several of her Bible Studies and they have had a profound impact on my life!  The way she teaches speaks right to my spirit!  Good Stuff!  

I'm reading 2 books right now.  They are:  Instructing a Child's Heart by Ted Tripp and Radical by David Platt.  This is the second time I'm reading Radical.  It is a life changing book, I highly recommend it.  Another book I recommend is Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala.  Amazing!  I read it a few years ago and it too shaped and strengthened my faith. 

I love having plants and flowers in our home.  But I usually kill every plant that I buy.  Luckily I have learned there is one plant that can survive in my house and that is the “Peace Lily.”  It lays down when it’s thirsty.  Isn't that wonderful!!!  That is the only way I can remember to water it!  

I cannot sew.  I mean at all.  Not even a button.  Also, I don’t iron.  I mean I will if I “HAVE” to, but I’m not good at it so I send it all to the cleaners.  I love to wash and dry clothes all day long.  But i strongly dislike to fold and put away clothes.  It’s probably my least favorite domestic thing to do!  

I love coffee and diet coke!  I drink too much of both.  

I need to lose about 30 pounds, ugh!!!  One would think those pounds would just fly off from chasing 4 kids ages 0 to 5 years!  

I sometimes lose it with my children!

I collect crosses and McCarty Pottery.  They make me smile!

I sometimes have a hard time forgiving and forgetting.  

I’m really LOUD!  One of my best friends often times says to me when we are having a conversation, “why are you yelling at me?”  Oops!  

I love to cook!  But I don’t like to clean up the kitchen!

My minivan is always a disaster!  You can read more about that here.  

I am obsessed with having clean feet.  This started in college.  I don’t even know how or why it started.  But I have to laugh at myself.  Every night before I get in our bed I have to clean my feet.  I usually take a shower at night so that makes it easy.  But even on nights I don’t shower I will use wet wipes or wash them in the bath tub.  

I make our bed every day because a made bed sleeps much better than an unmade bed, in my opinion!  Some days I make it in the morning, other days in the afternoon and many days I make it right before I get in it! ;) 

I love being pregnant.   I actually love the labor and delivery as well.  I know it’s crazy!

My 4 children are my greatest accomplishment in life!  They along with their daddy, my sweet husband, bring me the utmost joy!

I have this flesh/spirit battle always going on in me that manifests itself mostly in material things.  My flesh loves to dress my children in beautiful clothes and decorate my home with beautiful things.  My spirit knows those things are meaningless, temporary and not the greatest use of money for the kingdom of God.  So it's a big struggle for me, just ask my husband. ;) 

In a nutshell I'm a daughter of the King, who doesn't always act like a princess.  I'm a busy wife and momma to 4 who is in constant motion and surrounded by cheerful chaos almost all the time.  I'm a woman who is trying to live out her faith one day at a time.  I'm so thankful for His Grace because even at my best, I'm not good enough!  

Well there you have it!  You now know me, Ashley Gilland, a little better!  I really would love to hear from you!  You are welcome to comment any time!  Or if you’d prefer you can always email me at ashgilland@gmail.com.

I'm praying that today God might use my good, bad and crazy to bring glory to himself and to bless you!

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Remember When...

This past week a sweet friend and I cleaned out my closet in my bedroom.  It was a HUGE job and took several hours to complete!  It felt so good to purge!  I love the feeling of accomplishment when a project is completed!  I was so excited to be able to donate so many shoes and clothing items to Must Ministries! 

In addition to cleaning out, I uncovered many things I had not seen in a while.  They had been hidden for some time.  Among those items was a large floral shoe box.  Inside the special shoe box was something so valuable to me.  It contained every card and letter I had received from my freshman year of college until I had married my husband.  I could hardly wait to sit down and go through everything in the box. 

Well last night was the perfect time.  I settled myself comfortably in my bed and I began to read through and study every piece of paper in the box.   I am a very emotional person, so I was prepared to shed a few tears as I walked down memory lane.   Just as I’d thought, for four hours I cried tears of remembrance over the words I was reading; I laughed a lot too!  It is so wonderful to go back and remember the past, the good and the bad!

There were cherished love letters from my precious husband from before we were married.  He was so tender and sweet.  It was a great reminder of our love to read his adoring words.  Also, I found notes of encouragement and congratulations from dear friends like, Courtney, Lisa, Lucy, Betty, Paula, Dee and Lissa.  I had saved all Birthday and Valentine’s Day cards from my parents, siblings, friends and grandparents.  Both of my grandfathers died in 2008, so to see their handwriting in cards was so dear to me. 

I had the most encouraging “love” letters from my momma and daddy.  They were so intentional with their words.   I’m so thankful for the love and support they have always given me.   They taught me so many lessons along the way, about life, love and our faithful God.   

One of my very favorite things ever is getting the mail!!!  Sounds silly I know!  I’ve even been known to even get upset if someone else gets the mail.  Usually the mailbox is full of bills and magazines, but I am always hoping that maybe there is a note from someone.  Do you do that too? There is something so special and even exciting about seeing a hand addressed envelope with my name on it!  It seems like we don’t really write letters anymore, now we type emails.  Its faster, easier and more convenient, but so impersonal and boring!  There is such beauty in holding the stationary and reading the penned words and seeing their signature.  It is truly an art form that I think should be brought back.  

Since discovering this “treasure” I have decided to become more intentional with my words and writing.  The next time I sit down at my computer to email someone, I’m going to think twice and consider getting out my lovely stationary and black ballpoint pen and blessing someone with a handwritten letter. 

Altogether I think I read about 250 cards, letters and notes last night.   Each one I read encouraged and touched me so deeply.  I am so thankful that I saved them all.  I am going to start visiting them and remembering more often.  I am also incredibly grateful for the prayers, encouragement and support from so many people represented by these letters during such a crucial time in my life.  I’m already thinking about who I can bless by sending an encouraging note to and make their trip to the mailbox a fun one!  How about you, who can you bless this week?

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Hebrews 10:23-24

Joyfully Remembering,

Sunday, June 26, 2011

What a Mess!

I used to be so neat and organized…and then I went and had all these children!  Haha!  I would rather have them and the mess than to have a neat, organized life and not them!  It’s taken me a while to say that!!!   My minivan is a great example of a “mess”.  It’s just down-right embarrassing.  I’m not even joking.  Right this very minute it smells so bad that I am certain an animal had to have gotten in there and died!  How does that happen?  When I open the doors I am constantly reminding my children not to let any trash or shoes or dolls or cups, etc. fall out!  It’s a disaster! 
Let me switch gears here and tell you about this past Tuesday.  It was just another summer day, except that daddy was out of town.   We played with friends, went to the pool, ate popsicles on the front porch and were silly together.  We had fun!   My children also screamed at each other, some hit and pinched each other and they grabbed things from each other.  At other times we didn’t have fun!  At 6:00pm I went to break up another tussle in the playroom.  This time I meant business!  I said to my children, “I have had it with your behavior today!  That’s it, mommy’s done, everyone upstairs to bed!”  And with that we all went upstairs and began putting on pajamas.   
I was helping the girls get their princess nightgowns on and we were talking about how they had not been acting like princesses during the day.  They agreed.  I was talking specifically to Ruthie (2 yrs. old) about having a heart of kindness and love.  She looked at me and as serious as could be said, “me want purpy (purple) heart!”   So much for that!  I just had to laugh!  But I couldn’t laugh about how they had all behaved that day.  All except 8 week old Jack, he was wonderful! 
Is there a connection between my messy van and my children’s behavior?  I think there is!  Just like my van is mess, so are our hearts.  My van is full of junk that we have to be careful not to let fall out.  My children’s hearts and mine are full of junk (sin) that comes out in what we say and what we do.  Luke 6:45 says, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” 
All our words and actions are merely a reflection of our hearts.  There is good news though, our God is wonderful at cleaning up messes!  We are people with messy hearts and lives, but nothing is too messy for Him to bring cleansing to.  Not only does he clean up the mess, but he replaces it with His Spirit which brings healing, joy and new life!  He is SO worthy of all our praise, for there is no one like HIM!!!   
So I was one tired momma Tuesday night.  As usual the Lord used my children to teach me something wonderful about His character.  How often has God “had it with my behavior?”  Probably more than I would care to count.  Oh my goodness I’m so thankful that He’s never said to me, “that’s it, I’m done!”  Instead, he’s patiently and lovingly cleaning my heart out one behavior, one sin at a time.  Praying to be more and more like our amazing God as I raise my children to know, love and serve Him!  More of You, Less of me…that is what I want!
“Create in me a clean heart, O God;  and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Why China? Why Now? by James Loftin

I’m linking up today with my daddy(aka James Loftin) who left early this morning for China with 14 other friends/leaders from 6 churches in TX, AL, TN, GA & FL.  In China they will be hosted and led by Chinese believers, different people on different days but young **“Runner” will be traveling with the team the whole time.

** Runner is a 24-year-old Chinese Christian brother. He was a successful sprinter in college, and when he decided to trust Christ, he chose the English name Runner. “I am running with Jesus in his mission to the world.”  Runner feels called to be an evangelist.

I hope you will read Why China, Why Now and then print the prayer guide I’m including and join me in praying for these men and women and also for our brothers and sisters in China who know all to well what it means to “suffer for the sake of Christ”!  I am not including the exact dates and cities they will be in China for security reasons.  If you would like more information please contact me.

Why China? Why Now?  
by James Loftin

God does not love the Chinese any more than He loves the Russians or the Haitians, but China is not just another country. Throughout Christian history, God has chosen to boldly use specific nations or peoples at certain points in his ongoing global plan. It seems that the church in China now has God’s special anointing.

Unreached Population
There are more than 1.3 billion Chinese on the planet. Approximately one of every five people is Chinese. More than half have never heard the gospel; this is the largest unreached people group in the world.

China shares borders with 14 countries, whose residents comprise forty-five percent of the global population. Six are predominantly Islamic. Four are significantly Buddhist, and three are dominated by Atheistic Communism. Many authorities hold that North Korea is the single greatest nuclear threat in the world. Only China is positioned to have an effective spiritual and political impact on North Korea.

Global Leader
China’s economic, technological, and military power continues to grow, and China is becoming recognized as the single most influential country in the world. As more and more Chinese follow Christ, the values and culture of China will begin to shift. Today China stands at a crossroad. She is leaving her isolationist past in communist socialism, but her future posture is still undecided.

Harvest Time
When the Communists took over China in 1949, there were approximately one million Chinese Christians. Because of the persecution by the communists, the world Christian community thought Christianity would die in China. But God had other plans. The number of believers has grown to over 100 million — only seven percent of the population is Christian. The revival continues in China.

Vision of the Chinese Church
In the 1930s, the young church began to develop a back-to-Jerusalem vision as they saw themselves as the tool God would use to take the Gospel westward from China through the Muslim world and even to Israel. Although the political environment for Christians in China remains somewhat unpredictable, the church is beginning to send missionaries to areas where Western missionaries have had limited impact. In the near future, more missionaries may be sent out from China than from any other country.

Open Window
Even as the window to the West slowly opens, there are rising fears of how China’s economic and military strength could impact America. Fanned by the media, these fears may produce resistance to benevolence toward Chinese. However, the window of opportunity is open right now. Western Christians and churches are urgently invited to minister with our Chinese brothers and sisters in God’s miraculous work — today.

Pray for China
Written by James Loftin, Founder and President of FollowOne International
Learn more about this ministry by visiting www.followone.org


China Trip Prayer Itinerary May 2011-

The team includes 14 friends/leaders from 6 churches in TX, AL, TN, GA & FL. In China, we will be hosted and led by Chinese believers, different people on different days but young "Runner" will be with us throughout. Use your imagination to fill in some of the gaps in our very general descriptions below. At times the team will split into 2 or more subgroups per the ministry opportunities of the day.

Overall Prayer Request: Wisdom for James, Laura and Chinese partners as they make daily decisions about ministry & schedule options in light of the unusually tense security pressure on Christian activities right now.

Prayer Focus:

Scripture Reading:
Pray for the team to be mindful of all the preparation God has already done. Pray for favor at customs - regarding the requested resources & literature team members are carrying. Pray for team's sharpness mentally, physically and spiritually. Pray that they may be humble and without fear. Pray for James (Orlando) and Runner (Beijing) today.

Mark 1:1-3
Ephesians 2:10
Pray for focus. May nothing (jet lag, culture shock, etc.) distract the team from sensing the move of the Holy Spirit. May the team be open and responsive to what God would like them to do. May God to give them the strength and courage to say "Yes" to God's plans: May they be ready to be stretched. Pray for Don (Memphis).

1 Kings 3:12
Isaiah 55:8-9
Pray for the Holy Spirit to provide and bless divine conversations with new friends. May these future leaders of China to say "yes" to Jesus. Pray for the Spirit to intercede as the team visits Tiananmen Square. May they have strength as they struggle with jet lag and wisdom in sharing. Pray for Laura (Orlando).

Colossians 4:6
Esther 4:14
Pray for the church in China to be a blessing to the nations. Pray for the faithful Chinese Christian leaders. As the team makes new friends and encounters new things, may they acknowledge God in the midst of all the experiences. Pray for
Ben (Memphis, TN).

Habakkuk 3: 19
Psalm 96
Pray that the team will be reminded of God's amazing involvement in all the
beauty around them. As God works, may they be available for His use. Pray for
Chris (Thomasville, GA).

Psalm 78:1-7
Pray for the team as they serve with the gifts and talents God has given them for
His glory and for the expanding of His Kingdom. Pray for the Holy Spirit to
intercede for them. Pray for Abbye (Memphis, TN).

Romans 8:26-27
Pray for wisdom and boldness. Pray the team would catch a glimpse of God’s
sovereignty as they serve together. Pray that God would help them focus on Him
and rest in His presence. Pray for Nancy (Orlando, FL).

James 1: 5-6
Acts 28:31
Pray for God to grant the team a better understanding of "The Great Commission"
as a representation of God's heart toward the whole world. Pray for the team, that
they may be able to see more clearly the call on their lives. Pray for Kathy
(Tuscaloosa, AL).

Acts 2:38-39
Pray for those sharing His love on university campuses in China. May they be encouraged and strengthened. Pray for new relationships between seeking scholars and Chinese believers. Pray for strength for the team. In the Spirit's power, may they finish strong. Pray for Todd (Dallas, TX).

Mark 6:31-32
Isaiah 40:29-31
Pray for the team to be encouraged by how God is working around the world.
May the team be mindful of how they are all connected to the Kingdom. Pray for
divine appointments. Pray for Jeanene and Joy (Thomasville, GA).

Acts 9:31
Romans 10:9-15
Pray for the team to have sensitive spirits as they worship with fellow believers.
Pray that God would meet the spiritual needs of the Chinese churches. Pray for
Bill and Liz (Suwanee, GA).

John 7:37-38
Pray that the new connections and relationships made during the trip will bear great fruit. Pray for team members as they begin to share their experiences in
China with their home churches, friends and family. For God's glory!

John 15:16
Colossians 1:10

At different seasons in our lives God calls us to different things.  Sometimes it is to GO.  Sometimes it is to GIVE.  If unable to go or give, we are always able and called to PRAY!  I am dying to go to China!!!  The time has not yet come when I have been able to go, primarily because I've either been pregnant or nursing a baby for the past 6 years! :)  But I know my time is coming.  Until then I'll focus on my ministry as momma to these 4 blessings and count it joy to lift up my brothers and sisters on the other side of the world!!!