Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
We love when we receive updates from our missionaries and the extraordinary stories of the ministries they run. Michael and Denise have been in Uruguay for about a year now. Here is what they are up to!
We have been caught up in an Uruguayan whirlwind these last 2 weeks, with one week in a tent and the Holy Spirit moving in a spectacular way.
Denise and I were missionaries to Ecuador for 17 years when the Holy Spirit asked us to ‘leave all’ there and come to Uruguay…a land known for the saying ‘a graveyard of missions’. Our saying is, ‘Jesus does miracles in graveyards!’ We are seeing miracles! These last 2 weeks we saw ALL the national Pastors come together to seek Him, we saw 1500 teens worship and seek Him for the past week. Help us to pray for Uruguay. The Holy Spirit is brooding over this nation, a nation that has atheism in its constitution. No wonder He called us here! They have never had an outpouring of His Spirit. It is time for Uruguay.
I will begin teaching 20 disciples for 1 year this Monday. Pray, they have never had a discipleship program. I will train them to train other disciples…almost sounds like the Bible..lol.
Hi everyone. Michael and I are more settled here in Salto, Uruguay. We have started to travel further out to other cities, north of the Black River (see map). Michael and I are responsible to reach all the area north of the Black river (Rio Negro). Our area includes 1.5 million people and the majority of the churches in Uruguay. As a missionary chef I have a goal as to what I would like to accomplish. For starters, I would like to help the northern churches to develop an evangelism program through food. To meet that challenge I am raising $1000 to buy equipment like a 3 burner, portable gas stove with propane tanks and accessories. I will then be able to head to some of the smaller churches in the northern regions where I can do some teaching on evangelism (using food); a new way to effectively reach into their communities. My ministry is definitely a new method for evangelizing the lost.
You can also come to help me reach the lost through cooking (or peeling vegetables..lol). We need you, Uruguay needs you, the Lord needs you. Hurry home to Uruguay!
Thank you in advance for your prayers
Your missionaries to Uruguay,
Dr. Michael Mills and Chef Denise
Their link on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/159092040867386/
Sunday, February 10, 2013
This weekend my husband blessed me with a Chinese massage. I love this place. The gals are so sweet and kind, but they barely speak English. So, we communicate the best we can through hand gestures and giggles. Today, I was trying to ask one of the gals how to say Thank You in Chinese. Of course she didn’t know what I was asking & after 3 tries I realized that just saying the same thing over and over was not going to help her understand. I tried sign language and we were laughing hysterically until I finally bowed and she said “Oh, shank shoo”. Yes, I screamed! And then she said “Xie xie” (pronounced “'she-ay”) and we hugged. What an delicious moment of bonding!
It made me think of the many missionary friends we have around the world. So many nations, countries and languages! Barriers at first, connecting while learning from one another and the potential to share God’s love through it all. I considered how some of them leave every comfort, everything secure behind to enter into a culture where one is not understood and cannot understand. I thought about the patience that is needed, the love that is endured, the grace and precious desire to build a relationship that is required. Even language school only teaches the basics but there are dialects, slang and mixtures of each to learn as well.
We short-termers count on those that have moved in to buffer the language barrier; much like Heaven coming to Earth. We have learned the language of this world and its mindset, but God would come to live within us teaching us His language and Kingdom mentality. We don’t always understand what He is saying & rather than repeat the same thing over and over, He sends angels, gives us signs and performs wonders. Sometimes we feel silly when we finally ‘get it’. We shake our heads and laugh. Often it’s an epiphany and we must stop to ponder in amazement at how our lives are so much more valuable having learned a lesson unique to the Heavens. However, no matter our response we are creating an intimate and lasting rapport with our Father. A relationship in which His language will become our language.
"So, we keep on praying for you, asking our god to enable you to live a life worthy of His call. May He give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do" 1 Thes 1:11