Thursday, July 28, 2011

This and Thats



This here blog is getting the shaft these days.  Kirby, Lynsey, and I have been sewing our faces off.  In a few short weeks, I'll head back to Haiti with a bunch of fun, funky ideas for our ladies to try at the sewing center.  My goal is to go back with a mock-up of each item.  I'm sure our wicked talented seamstresses will take one look at my "sewing" and be glad to show this white girl up.  I can't wait to see what becomes of all of these ideas once some Haitian hands touch these projects.

We're busy sewing, creating, and laughing our butts off.  Which means we're faceless and buttless I guess.  What a shame.

We're also busy doing all the last minute things that need to be done before Aaron leaves for the island.  So much packing.  My favorite thing.  Bleh. Pretty soon I'll be standing in the line at the grocery store buying months and months worth of cheese, lunch meat, and bacon.  Always entertaining.

Tomorrow we'll start a new giveaway. 

Today....

I loved the post (below) from Desiring God's website.  This sounds so much like our story, and what we tell people when they ask us how we knew if we were supposed to move to Haiti.  I think people are disappointed that we didn't have a vision or a dream or see a floating Jesus pointing to an island in our Frosted Flakes.  We didn't feel like we "surrendered to a call"...whatever that means.  We just read the Bible and couldn't really come up with a good reason for staying when Jesus clearly says go.

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Don't Complicate the Missionary Call
by David Sitton

I was never called to be a missionary, nor was I drafted. I volunteered. No special call was needed. I chose to go; I wanted to go; I was compelled to go. And where I go is always determined by an open Bible and a stretched-out map of the regions where Christ is still unknown and un-praised!

I chuckle when I hear missionaries and pastors talk about “surrendering to the call” of ministry. I always want to ask, “After you surrendered, were you water-boarded, or just hauled off in handcuffs and leg irons.” Was it really necessary for you to be abducted by a heavenly vision before you would go into the work of the gospel?

The missionary call is not like a prison dog that tracks us down, sniffs us out, and hog-ties us for the nations. That is silly-talk and really bad theology. Nowhere in Scripture is a mysterious (supernatural) call a prerequisite before we can respond to the Great Commission. The opposite is actually true.

Don’t Wait for a Call

No aspect of mission is more bogged down with extra-biblical baggage than the “missionary call.”  The clear command of Christ “to go” should be, by itself, sufficient to set you on your way “into all the world. . . proclaiming the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). You can’t go wrong by trying to go. Trust the Lord to direct your moving feet. If you are convinced of your “call” to “stay”, this will only serve as added confirmation that you are right. Don’t fear the risk of ending up some place the Lord doesn’t want you. Too many already took that “risk” when they assumed a stateside ministry or vocation with no confirmation other than their own desires.

Dramatic calls to ministry are the exception. If you have it in your heart to go, then go. Then, lean on the sovereignty of God to get you where he wants you in the harvest. Don’t worry about “running ahead of God.” You aren’t that quick!

Try to Go

Paul tried to go into Asia, but the Lord wouldn’t let him. He then tried to go to Bithynia, but was “kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.” Still, he kept trying to go. I count at least six cities in Acts 16 where Paul tried to take the gospel. It was only then that the Lord gave him a vision of the Macedonian. He woke up the next morning and immediately headed for the regions north, having “concluded that God had called them to preach the gospel in Macedonia.

The heavenly vision wasn’t a “call” to mission, it was specific guidance for missionaries that were already going.

The point?  Don’t complicate the missionary call. Get radical with the going and God will get radical in the specific guiding.

David Sitton is the founder and president of To Every Tribe Ministries. David is a career church planting missionary who lived and worked in Papua New Guinea for 16 years, making first gospel contact with several headhunting, cannibalistic tribes.

12 comments:

Jennifer said...

Hey there! I have been following your blog for a while now and this excerpt really hit home for me today!

Jennifer said...

Do you mind if I repost this? I think it is great!

Hendrick Family said...

Jennifer...

Sure! I think Desiring God just asks that you link to their site when you use one of their articles.

It really spoke to me too.

Marla Taviano said...

Love this!! And want to goooooooo!! (that would be go, not goo)

And, um, how on earth do you get all that meat and cheese down to Haiti??

Kari said...

heather,
while in the denver airport i saw a guy who had a huge backpack made out of burlap sacks. i thought of you when i saw it and wished i had taken a picture of it and maybe that could be one more thing to do from burlap. but we were passing and i didn't stop him to ask if i could.

Meggers said...

I want this hair dealie-whopper. And this post is pure awesomeness.

Gail said...

My love of sewing is what got me connected to Heartline--first John and Tara's blogs, and now yours too. I'm interested to see the new projects you are coming up with. I'm sure the amazing Haitian artisans will have some great ideas of how to make them even better.

I have some projects I make from recycled t-shirts, jeans, and mens dress shirts. I was thinking something like that might be useful in Haiti, as the materials would be cheaper or even free. Would you be interested in some links to tutorials?

Pamela Nees said...

Love your headbands! I'm sure the sewing stuff you're doing will be great-and when the Haitian ladies get ahold of it all, they will be fabulous! And i love all the free patterns floating around blogs these days-you almost never have to buy a pattern anymore. Good stuff.

Also loved the piece from DG website=my husband and I read it yesterday and thought it was so amazing. Really. Obedience is better than sacrifice~

Excited for all of you and look forward to seeing all that God has for you the rest of the summer as you head back to Haiti.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Well, now you've gone and done it again. Is it an accident that I always seem to read these posts right before I fall over in a heap in bed and wrestle around with these words when what I really want to do is sleep?

I didn't think so.

But here's what I want to know: How on earth (ha) do you decide where to go? I mean, if I was told to board a plane tomorrow, I just wouldn't have the slightest idea of who needed me. If that makes sense.

Please help it to make sense, Schnitzel.

And how do you haul off mass quantities of perishables like cheese to Haiti? I'd like that to make sense, too.

bye.

Andrea {FancyThat!} said...

There are so many missions in Haiti, but have you perchance heard of Growing Hope for Haiti? A college friend of mine married a native and together they have been trying to build an organization that builds homes and provides sustainable agriculture education, but they have had so much trouble with the government that they're taking a break.

Anyway, have a wonderful time sewing with the ladies!

Tiffany said...

LOVING your blog! I have been "sitting a spell" for about two weeks now reading, reading, reading, :) which will hopefully lead to changing, changing, changing.
As someone who is just itching to pack up and GO! I really loved your shared post today. I have no idea how it will all happen, but recently things seem to be lining up so, we'll see. I am hoping God has something amazing in store for our family, not a lot to offer in and of myself, but with Him I know unbelievable things can happen.
Anyway, just wanted to say I love your knack for writing, your reference to Agatha Christie (my fave!!!), your family's story, etc. and will be praying for you all as you prepare to return. Much love and blessings, Tiffany

Mommy, M.D. said...

Heather,
I was just thinking what if the ladies made costumes and dress up clothes for kids? That is something every kid loves, and more fun to buy than regular clothes. Capes, knight suits, princess dresses, that sort of thing? I think those would sell well. Churches could even buy big bins full (like a bag sale?) to stock their nurseries.

Or doll clothes. I can see that being popular.

I love that essay, too.