It’s been a good two weeks. I’m in Warrington, England with my friends Mike and Jane. They were pastors of a church I helped plant in Scotland. They sold everything and moved to Warrington a few years ago to plant a new generation church called Oasis. Oasis is amazing. I love the energy, the way people are encouraged, and how they reach out to the community. Many of the people who now attend were reached, met Jesus, were then baptized, now are disciples and function as band members, creative arts people, outreach participants or serve in other ways. One of my Bible college professors stated, “If a principal works in any culture it’s God. If the principle doesn’t work in any culture, it’s probably American.”
Serving their city works. Oasis serves the community mainly through acts of kindness. They have served the people of the city from day one. In this culture nothing is free, and there is always a catch. When people receive a small gift, a coke on a hot day, a small bag of treats, or chocolate to celebrate Warrington people are impacted. The simple acts of kindness reaches the heart. They ask questions. Many receive prayer. Some meet Jesus then begin to attend Oasis.
We’ve gone out to the main shopping area in the town center. As we’ve served more than one person asked, “What’s the catch?” We were able to share why, have great conversations, and pray with people.
One day the police came down after seeing us serving on CV monitors. Their response, “Oh, it just Oasis.”
I prayed for a police woman. I simply stated, “I’d like to pray for your protection. Would that be ok?” She replied, “Thanks that would be nice.” We prayed for her. Invited angels to be with her. Declared protection over her. We declared she’d have eyes to see and ears to hear and God’s presence would be near her. We noticed her smile, gratitude and genuine up beat response. “I’m protected now. Thank you.”
One lady who had pain in her back was shocked when her pain level moved from an eight down to a two. Most people we prayed for encountered the love of Jesus through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Several people mentioned they would like to pop in and check Oasis out.
They have a family service at 11am. At 6 pm a new generation service starts. This service is mainly made up of 20’s and 30’s. The style is fun, upbeat and has an amazing house band who lead worship. Last week there was a tangible sense of God’s presence as we worshiped. Since I’ve been here there has been a shift into prophetic encouragement and prayer. People are now stepping into the next phase of outreach. As they pray for people they are receiving insight, knowledge and encouragement for the people they serve. This connection to the Holy Spirit is wonderful to see and experience. Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson wrote a best selling book The Externally Focused Church. My favorite line from the book. “Good deeds, creates good will, which opens hearts to the good news.”
Oasis … They areserving their way into the hearts of people… Tiz working in Warrington, England.
This is what Pattie and I do. We encourage, and in return we are encouraged. If you’d like us to come to your church or support us in prayer of giving. Simply click Invite Steve or Donor Box link.
It’s rewarding to see the potential for missionaries using the film we gift to highlight who they are and what they do. Two short video’s have been completed. We are waiting on completed edit. While in Costa Rica we filmed Thebackwardsmissionaries.com
Our heart is to equip, train and encourage wherever we are located and go. We are practitioners not just theorist. I do more than travel to encourage missionaries; this is just a part of what we are doing. We are learning and growing even at our age.
Worship a key that unlocks our hearts… I was worshiping and felt so small, so young, I asked Jesus, “Why?” Reply, “Because you are eternal.” Yep, much pondering on this statement happened. Stunned… I was worshiping a while ago, and I felt a nudge, a whisper… “Steve, if this was the only thing you did …. would it be enough?”
I sat in silence for some time then replied, “I want you to be enough. I’m so driven. I don’t know. Help me to allow you to be enough.”
I walked away from that moment forever changed.
Worship is our number one way of expressing our heart to Jesus. As we worship He appears. Sue Ranaldi, a worship leader in the UK once said, “Worship is the scene of His appearing.”
Those who worship, touch the Father’s heart
as they glorify Jesus. The Holy Sprit loves to glorify the Son.
As we worship He shows up.
Number two way, is serving others. Both sacrifices are pleasing to HIm. (Hebrews 13)
We sing … more than enough… but really, is He? When I remember this encounter I cease striving. I pause. I reflect. In eternity He will be more than enough… I’m learning to practice making Him so here.
More to follow. I head to the UK Monday for 3 weeks, and yes another video guy is going, thanks to the partnership support I’m receiving. His first out of the country mission. Excited for him.
I’ll be in Warrington, England for a couple of weeks with Mike and Jane McMahon training and encouraging before heading north.
Last thought. Times are a changing: partnership and support come from relationships with ones being sent.This includes churches and individuals. We are grateful for those we know, or we have known, who help us do what we do.
We are so grateful,
Steve and Pattie for more www.eyesoutward.com
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God is kind…His is intentional… The kind intention of HIs will. Kindness is part of his overarching will for man.
Ephesians1. NASB Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace,
He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses,
according to the riches of His grace
He lavished on us.
In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him Jesus (God was in Christ Redeeming the world to Himself)
with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.
also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,
to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,
who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
He bestowed grace upon usin the Beloved.(Jesus)… and He lavished grace upon us according to His kind intention.
What does bestowed grace and lavished grace look like?
I think it looks like this.
But it really looks like this!
Kind intention… flows from His grace, from His nature.
The Point: Kindness is more than a principle. Kindness is an attribute that flows from the very nature and character of God.
God is Love… God is kind.
Not surprising… The word kind, is a humble word…
Bible dictionaries often define kind… by simple word, like good, gentle, easy, useful and gracious.
Kind Intention… Kind: being of a good or benevolent nature or disposition; characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings:a benevolent attitude; desiring to help others; charitable; patient, considerate, or helpful; to be kind to another; mild; gentle; loving; affectionate; having an intention to benefit another
Intention: purpose; an aim or plan; a goal to accomplish; what a person intends to do; a moral decision; an attitude to propose to benefit another; a mental state that represents a commitment to carrying out an action, in the present or in the future; an aim that guides ones actions.
British Dialect. loving; affectionate.
Kindness is an action.
She is a kind person.
He is a kind man.
Why? How do you know when a person is kind? There is evidence… There is something about their character that is reveled by their actions. They are defined as being kind by what they do: what they say, and how they act.
God is kind to all…
Ps 145:17 NASB The LORD is righteous in all His ways And kind in all His deeds.
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. (Luke 6:35)
God is Love…
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. (1st Corinthians 13:4)
Kindness draw us out of our stuff and into His light and love.
Romans 2:4 NAS Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? Hosea is an amazing study of the goodness and kindness of God.
Hosea 2:14-15 NASB His previous statements of Israels waywardness leads Him to respond in a way that reveals His mercy and kindness.
What am I going to do?
I will allure her, Bring her into the wilderness And speak kindly to her.
I will give her her vineyards from there, And the valley of Achor (trouble) as a door of hope. And she will sing there as in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.”
Joseph, in spite of his difficulties, experiences the Lord’s kindness…
Here is the repeated phrase that followed Joseph… But the LORD was with Joseph
extended kindness to him.
The act of kindness expressed to Joseph, was the blessing of extreme Favor upon Joseph‘s life… He found favor where ever he went. Pit,Palace, Prison, to Prime Minister.
Kindness, Loving-kindness was the foundation of all David understood and knew about God.
When he committed unthinkable sin, and was exposed, in the midst of his greatest failure he knew (by experience) God was kind. He humbled himself and prayed asking forgiveness (according) to what he knew about the goodness and kindness of God.
Ps 51:1 NASB
According to your loving-kindness have mercy on me. Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your loving-kindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
A lot of people are boasting about many things. Jeremiah discovered what to truly boast about.
This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,(that he knows me) that I am the Lord,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”declares the Lord.
He exercises, releases the action of His grace and kindness on earth… or in our earth.
Lord’s prayer… Your kingdom come, your will be done, on(in us) earth, as it is in heaven.
Kindness is found in our earth, in our being. We have the fruit of the Spirit… Love, joy, peace, kindness… within us.
Kindness is so important…
Proverbs 3 1My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments;
2 For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you.
3 Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man.
The Point: As believers we should be reflections of thekindnessand grace He has bestowed, and lavished upon us. How?
By practicing being kind and doing acts of intentional kindness; by having kind attitudes and speaking kind words.
We need to have intentionality. His kind intention is for His world.
We can join His intention by being intentional toreach the people He loves within our sphere of influence.
We’ve had a good summer so far. We visited our son and his wife Vanessa. She has been in the news with Make America Native Again. You may have seen her.
We kept our grandkids for a week. M began to crawl. I called him Scooter. We then went home to Dayton for two days and headed to Alabama to be with Pattie’s family. We went to Pensacola for a Liberty Network International leaders conference last week. It is an annual conference for all Liberty Network pastors, some missionaries. We graduated from Liberty Bible College and we were sent ones from the church. It was good seeing so many people we knew from our distant past… reconnecting, talking, and laughing.
The conference was in the building where it all started, which in itself was prophetic. Charles Simpson spoke the first night. He talked about remember to take the bones of heritage into the future.
The bones of Liberty’s 50 year heritage: (My take gleaned over the 3 days. No order of importance, one without the other leads to dry bones.)
Prayer / Presence /Worship
Relationships / Community
The Holy Spirit
God’s Word / Bible College
Community / World Outreach / Missional
We decided we’d be intentionally open to pray for people. We prayed for a lot of people during the week We met the couple we sent out from Inverness, Scotland. They are two of the leaders of Adopt A Child International. What began as a small vision, now is huge. They have been extremely successful raising funds for hundreds, if not thousands of children. They encouraged us, affirmed us, and let us know their prophetic send off has carried them through the years. It was fun seeing and hearing about their fruitfulness. Pattie also stepped up and prayed for a Russian couple who have ministry in Siberia. They wept and laughed as she prayed for the couple. I was amazed at her accuracy and flow. A couple of days later. We found out they were at the Turkish airport when it was bombed. Escaping, they prayed for many people leading several to Jesus. Pattie had prayed for their safety. We were stunned.
We attended Liberty Church on Sunday. They are now in several locations in Pensacola and beyond. They are launching a downtown location this September. You can feel the energy. Their story is amazing.
Decisions: We also met with the Globe International guys Doug Gehman, and Ohioan, Scott Brown. We are having a conversation about becoming sent ones as a part of Globe. Great guys and gals who have been around the block a few times. Smart. Focused. As a part of Globe we will need to continue to raise our support, take a class, and attend an orientation in September. We were with Globe as missionaries and church planters in Scotland for 18 years. Our conversations have been positive and encouraging. We also, believe we have something to offer the team if we join.
Globe encourages people to have a sending / supporting church. We are grateful for Dayton Vineyard Church for sending and supporting us during this time of transition.
Traveling: July. I’ll be back in town early July. Pattie is staying in Bham for a while. We have a few loose ends to keep us busy. Pattie will have to start her teaching job in August, unless a suddenly happens in the area of support. Our ideal dream would be supported enough for her to travel with me. The last two ventures out, it was obvious I needed her. She has a lot to offer and speaks into what we are doing. I am heading to see Adam Vaughn at the end July for a few days. E. J. Waltemire is also traveling with me on his first ever plane, and first ever mission venture. He will be filming the Vaughn family. August.
In August I’ll be heading to England to help train, and join an outreach into the city of Warrington located just below Manchester. Oasis Church, then up to Scotland for a week before heading back.
When we are in the Ohio area we are hoping to help equip and serve.
Thanks for your support and prayer. We don’t take it lightly. We are grateful. You are sacrificing to invest into our lives. Much appreciated. We are using social media, Facebook etc. to let people participate and partner in our adventure. Our web site.is being updated. We are pressing into, “Experiencing the faith rest life.” Heb 4 Passion Translation Steve and Pattie