A Visit From New Beginnings
Andy & Janet Stevenson shared about their work in New Beginnings Mexico. It is amazing to see how God has taken them just as they are to work out His will. It was not until their fifties did Andy and Janet receive Christ as their personal Saviour. God has not only created a new heart within them but also a new life mission. On a vacation to Puerto Vallarta Janet looked out and noticed the extreme poverty that contrasted the resorts that the vacationers where staying in. Her heart was broken for the people and she could not ignore the Holy Spirit pressing her to do something. When arriving home she shared with Andy that God had work for them in Mexico. Both then left their jobs, packed up, and began serving in the streets of Bosques del Progreso, which at the time was located near a local dumpsite. They have constructed a community center in which people can come to have both their physical and spiritual needs met. One of the bigger initiatives has been the women’s jewelry project. Women in the community make jewelry, sell it, then all the proceeds go back to the women who make them.
Couple great "take aways" from last night in light of what they have learned serving in ministry and living everyday life with God.
1. “Be aware of Spiritual warfare.” Andy describes how in North America it is easier to drift away from God because the warfare is subtle. He described it as “One on One Combat” in Mexico vs. “Fighting Ninjas” in North America. We have to be on guard, staying close to God and our relationship with him because the attack is not overt and seen. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Have you read Ephesians 6 in the lately?
2. “Just do it.” Make you’re your walk with God is a practice that does not leave you. Get into the habit of "breath prayers" and constant communication with God. Fix your eyes on him. It may not be what you want to do at the time, but do it. Make your walk with God and relationship with him intentional all the time (Hebrews 12:2).
3. “Don’t be afraid of redirection” It seems that life is leading us one way only to have things change. “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps”(Proverbs 16:9). Be aware of God and His leading because He will redirect your path. Don’t be discouraged when it is not what you had originally had in mind, if you keep your heart in tune with him he will make your path straight (Proverbs 3:6). Do you trust God in the redirection?
Blessings on this day. We hope that you were able to meet some new people at YA. You are not a lone on this journey. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it" (Isaiah 20:31). What a comfort that we have that as we lean into God, “Seek Him.” We can trust he will give us the way to walk - "voice from behind" - forward in faith not fear.
Thank you Andy & Janet.
... And yes.. this photo does have an EPIC photo bomb.. ha ha