Pause and Reflect February 2015

Coming this Spring on April 7th to any Internet accessible devise available to you will be GreatDeals4u.biz, an online Thrift Store benefiting Mobile Mission Ministry. Check out the GreatDeals4u_ScreenShot

More details will follow later.

Why? How in the world did you get this idea? As early as the 1860’s someone said, “One mans trash is another mans treasure” I have found that some people who do not have extra “cash”, but have extra “stuff” that can be put to kingdom use. We have developed an additional way to support the work we do. Here are some items that were donated since this idea was launched:

  • A set of “new” wheels for a Nissan sold for $300. 100% was donated.
  • Two different families were moving and had me sell furniture, an oil painting, rugs, fixtures, books, computer equipment. They donated 25%. – 50%.
  • Someone else is having me sell a few items and they are donating 10%.
  • Another family had me sell a very nice refrigerator and exercise equipment. They contributed all the proceeds to our ministry.
  • A lady donated a fur coat worth around $600.

This initiative has benefited both the donor and our ministry. Unexpected needs arise all the time. I purchased a bus ticket for someone; a young man struggling needed some groceries; the very nature of “Mobile” Mission Ministry is we do a lot of traveling. Our vehicle has 145,000 miles. I will need additional training in specific areas which will have a cost attached. At some point, I will need a utility trailer for items donated. Proceeds from the store will go a long way to meeting the “unexpected” needs of our ministry.

The Latest

CWJCofMadisonA church gave us some perfectly usable but dirty car seats. Yes, Lee cleaned them and found a home for most of them.

Two individuals accepted Christ at a free mobile dental clinic recently.

And pray as we talk though a difficult situation with a man I’ve been mentoring.

South helps East

We are mobilizing a youth group to repair, clean and paint 5 picnic tables at a church on the East side of Nashville. The Church at Station Hill, a regional campus of Brentwood Baptist has partnered with The Church at Woodbine, a ministry campus of BBC, located in a multi ethnic community, to help them revitalize their ministry.

Challenges

Pray for Lynn who will graduate from high school this May. His biggest need is to realize the challenges he is facing. He needs a sense of purpose and direction; and motivation to become a productive member of society.

Taxes and God’s Goodness

Reviewing and preparing to file my 2014 taxes, while distasteful, has a silver lining. Last month I reported we were 2% short of our “stated goal”. A week after I mailed the newsletter, we received notification of a generous donation dated for 2014 that put us over our “stated goal”.

God is good. You guys are wonderful prayer and financial partners.

 

God Bless you,

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Pause and Reflect January 2015

Just before I was to hit the send button, I received word that Ed Dauzy went to his home in Heaven. He was 89. Pray for his family. We have known Ed and Ione for years. They were faithful supporters of our ministry. Ed mentored me when I was a young leader at First Baptist Trenton.  His walk matched his faith.  

We received 98% of our financial goal for 2014. God provided 100% of our needs. This should be no surprise. I hope my faith is greater than the 2% difference. God is always faithful. Reading in Genesis today, I was reminded about God’s faithfulness. “Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age; at the appointed time God had told him. (Genesis 21:2) He was 100. She was 90.

MTI_TitleSlide_MTI_NEXT_copy This time last year, I was given the task to research the needs and opportunities to expand the gospel in four key areas: Evangelism, Education, Poverty and Medical Care. After traveling to the 24 counties identified with the Middle Tennessee Initiative, described by our pastor in this 2 minute video, I submitted my findings to our church.  Last Sunday, our pastor challenged us with the work ahead. He cast the vision for every believer to be engaged in sharing the gospel of Christ to the lost around us. Over 1.2 million out of 2 million have no religious affiliation in the Nashville metropolitan area.

In my research, I’ve seen the need for many churches to overcome the challenges they face due to changing communities or congregations. This March I plan to attend a conference in Kansas City, MO. dealing with church revitalization. I will be able to use this information to help smaller churches in our surrounding counties. Pray for wisdom and guidance as I pursue this new initiative.

Choose Who You will Serve

Praise the Lord! Tom found a job in Michigan over the Christmas Holiday. One year ago

We traveled for 17 hours, driving 600 miles @ 50 mph. Not once did Priscilla need to say, "Watch your speed!"

We traveled for 17 hours, driving 600 miles @ 50 mph. Not once did Priscilla need to say, “Watch your speed!”

he successfully completed parole in Michigan after serving 25 years in prison. He desperately wanted to reconnect with his family in Tennessee. But they challenged and ridiculed his faith.

For 11 month’s he tried to reach out to them, only to be rejected. He made the wise decision to move. We helped Tom move back to Michigan. God blessed him with a job in

less than a week. Pray that Tom grow in his faith. be rejected. He made the wise decision to move. We helped Tom move back to Michigan. God blessed him with a job in less than a week. Pray that Tom will grow in his faith.

Planning for the Future

Pray for Lynn. He is doing well in the exceptional school located close to where he lives. If he stays on track, he will graduate this May.

Lynn lives with a group of men with mental health issues. Pray that we help Lynn find the best path forward beyond high school. Lynn has no available family. His sister and her family who live in DC were here to visit her adopted family. We got together for lunch one Saturday. Only his sister was able to convince him that he desperately needed a haircut; right then after lunch. Her husband did the task.

Lynn sharing lunch with his sister Candace while her family was visiting in TN.

Lynn sharing lunch with his sister Candace while her family was visiting in TN.

Lynn after his brother-in-law gave him a haircut "ordered" by his sister Candace

Lynn after his brother-in-law gave him a haircut “ordered” by his sister Candace

He grew up at the Children’s Home where we met him. He is getting involved with a group who work with teenagers who have special needs.

Pray that he begins to think about how he may support himself after high school.

 

Looking Back and Forward

Five years ago we launched Mobile Mission Ministry.

I’m looking forward to what God has planned for 2015. We all must be ready in season and out of season to tell our story to others. We can find ways to show kindness in the name of Jesus, and to help the hurting. Pray that Priscilla and I will wisely make good use of our time for the opportunities that present themselves.

Thank you for supporting us financially. Thank you for your prayers. We intend to be the hands and  feet of Jesus as we try to help meet the needs of those who desperately need a touch from God.

“For He will deliver the needy  when he cries, The poor also, and him who has no helper. Psalm 72:12. We want to be the helper to those who have no helper

 

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