International Ministries

Cross Cultural

June 29, 2014 Journal
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De Ja Vu... we talked about it at breakfast today... how things look or seem strangely familiar...

During orientation, Mario (our fearless leader), shared with us the cross model: t
-The middle... the cross itself, is Jesus. Without him, there is no cross at all!
-The upper part of the vertical "arm" is our relationship with God via prayer, experiences, and faith.
-The lower part of the vertical "arm" is our base... our knowledge of God's word in it's entirety.
One can have a good relationship with God and good knowledge of God's word, but still have a very unrecognizable faith. It would only be a vertical relationship.
-The right arm of the cross would be made with your ministry in your own life, in your family, and close friends circle, where you are comfortable. You would have to make it a habit of daily decisions in favor of God's will.
-The left arm of the cross is made of your ministry in the community dealing with social justice, empowering and encouraging people that you don't have obligations with.
It is possible to have all 4 arms, but one or two or more could be really skimpy... so it is a working model. Always working, always important, always under construction.

Today, we went to Primero Iglesia Bautista de Cochabamba where Mario shared the message, and we sang the closing song (Eres Dios de esta ciudad). Mario gave the message where he shared with us the cross model: t
*See above!*

De Ja Vu... we talked about it at breakfast today... how things look or seem strangely familiar...

And familiar things often turn into comfortable things… and comfortable things often turn into poorly functioning things… and from that springs hope for new, from which springs revolutionary thoughts and ideas which, as a part of the projects here at House of Hope, we are blessed to see!!!!!!

While we work, and watch people work on their knowledge of God through fellowship and church attendance and bible studies,
While we work, and watch people work on their faith in God through prayer individually and with others and blatant faith in humanity as well as their own blessings,
While we work, and watch people work on their relationships within their families and friend circles through family time, spending time and love,
While we work, and watch people work on their relationships with their community through social action, creating opportunities and examples to be followed,
WE SEE GOD WORKING HERE IN COCHABAMBA.

We see God working in our lives, making us uncomfortable,
     reinforcing us with his knowledge and truth, \/
     bridging our faith to the fulfillment of the prophecy,   /\
     revealing our shortcomings in our everyday lives with those that depend on us most, >
     and providing opportunities to provide opportunities.   <

And he will provide. He has made connections here through the general population that has created ripples that continue to move through the city constantly connecting to other people and organizations and support group making it stronger. Not to say there is no opposition, but God is stronger.

De Ja Vu... we talked about it at breakfast today... how things look or seem strangely familiar...

And days when we are discouraged… God is stronger.

Days when we are empowered… God is stronger.

Days when we seem completely unimportant… God is stronger.

Days when we feel like it’s all on our shoulders… God is stronger.

And he is there while we are building our cross…  because he is stronger.

Luke 9:23
And Jesus said, “If you want to be my follower, deny yourself, take up your cross every day, and follow me.”

De Ja Vu… every day. Deny yourself… every day. Take up your cross (it even SAYS) every day. Follow him… every day… BECAUSE HE IS STRONGER!