Chad Reimer YWAM Arctic Mercy March 20th, 2011
James 1: 2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
There is something special about working out your salvation daily knowing very well that Jesus is in you and you are in Him, knowing that the cross and empty grave mean that the battle is over in a sense but still looking to Jesus every morning and telling Him “ I need You”.
Jesus and His redemptive work on the cross mean so much more than we give Him credit for sometimes, God has redeemed so He can have fellowship and communion with us on so many levels. But As I work in village ministry, as I work in the lives of our Discipleship training school students, and as I work out my own salvation I have to remind myself that just because we are fully redeemed by the grace of God that we still have to let Him sanctify and complete His work in us. These past few month I have seen God do a might work in the lives of the students here. This week the speaker has really hit what I think the heart of the DTS really is. It would be fair to say that the students have all experienced God a lot in these past few months, one of our students was healed from dyslexia another student received her peripheral vision. They have been hearing Gods voice/ prompting in community outreach, in our intercession times, in their quite times, and in our latest village outreach to Ouzinkie which I will share about later. They have been experiencing financial blessings pouring in to cover their outreach costs, they have experienced the peace and joy of the Holy Spirit. But what the speaker this week is saying and what we have been saying this whole time” we care more about you being more in love with God when you are 80 than you are now”. With a greater spiritual knowledge and a stronger identity in Christ these students look at what is ahead of them with a great responsibility. will their faith be tested? guaranteed, will perseverance through trials and testings bring them closer to God? yes. We want Truth to dictate experience not the other way around.
We are preparing to go on our main outreach to St. Lawrence Island Alaska for which I am the primary leader with 2 other staff and 7 students. We leave on April 4th for 7 weeks to spend 3 weeks in Gambell and 4 weeks in Savoonga. As we go we want to walk humbly before God loving mercy, for God sees our broken hearts and we are made complete in His love and as we walk with the many people we are in relationship with on the Island we have to walk knowing that Jesus has plans and purposes and has such a great love for these elders, these middle age, these youth, and these kids. We face a lot of spiritual warfare because of our stand to be led by the Spirit trusting in the word of God and sharing His truth. Prayer ministry and really a lot of getting involved in the community, showing them the mercy and kindness of God so that they will turn to the Living waters of God and away from broken cisterns. Im really excited because God is sharing with us the things that are on His heart for His people, good news for the poor, healing for the brokenhearted, liberty for the captives, and release for prisoners. I pray that we see the fruit of the Resurrection power that was promised to those who believe Jesus, the power to love purely and to live free.
We spent 2 weeks at the beginning of march in a village just north of Kodiak island called Ouzinkie ( U- zinc -E) working on a mission house run by kodiak baptist mission, we got to minister to quite a few young people and encourage some of the teachers, elders and the russian orthodox reader. Most of our work was physical renovation(mudding, texturing, painting, tiling, etc.) with a side of spiritual transformation. The DTS leader Kevin who is also a father of 4 kids got to really impact one girl by continually speaking truth of an amazing Father in heaven over her as she has been broken by so much death, especially the death of her father. Continue to pray for transformation for the many hearts seeking it in Ouzinkie.
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