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Jason’s Journal | Part 5 of 7

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[headline h=”1″]Physical healing & an eternal Message | part 1 [/headline]

Monday march 4 6:30 am

“I wait for The Lord, my soul does wait, and in His Word do I hope”- psalm 130:5

We have our first clinic today and I must admit that I’m a bit nervous. These verses are calming to me–god forgives and does His work through His Word. I’m just left to wait like a servant waits for His master’s orders. Lord, use today for Your greater glory. Let Your gospel bear fruit and increase as You’ve said it would.

Monday march 4, 11:09 pm

What a day! Today we went to Aleman to host our first medical clinic. When we arrived, there was already a line forming (with some 20-30 people) outside of the church. We set up our equipment in three seperate rooms– 8 stations all together. We have general medical stations as well as dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy. After the people are funneled through the medical systems they come outside to go to 1 of 2 evangelism stations.

I remember Bob saying often that they didn’t want to send healthy people to hell– meaning it was highly possible to meet physical needs and overlook the spiritual needs that lay within a person. It is amazing to see the lengths to which SCORE medical goes to make sure this doesn’t happen. Even in talking to Bob I can tell that he recognizes this priority. I’m growing more and more convinced that coming to the DR would be worth it if only to talk with Bob and Anna.

Along those lines, tonight we looked at Matthew 9 where Jesus looks out upon the people with compassion because they were like sheep without a shepherd. The heart of Jesus’ compassion was to help their spiritual state but he still meet physical needs. Too often, what we call compassion becomes centered around the physical or the spiritual. Jesus did both.

I’m immensely thankful to see how score how has emulated the heart of Jesus on these outreaches. I’m hopeful that the handful of people who decided to follow Jesus are not the seed that fell along the rocky path but are the fruits of compassion submitted to Christ– the beginnings of a new harvest for which God is raising up workers.

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Jason’s Journal | Part 4 of 7

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[headline h=”1″]Forward planning & inward focus [/headline]

Sunday march 3, 6:35 am

At 6:00 this morning the rooster outside our window wakes me up. Even at this early hour I marvel at a rooster in this urban environment. But that seems to be the DR; old and new thrown together. Fuse boxes reside under make shift tin roofs. Large factories stand next to acres of sugar cane that will be harvested by machete. You get the feeling that American capitalism came crashing into the Dominican Republic and now the Dominican Republic is scrambling to catch up.

After my wake up call, I’m now sitting on the patio at the front of the SCORE hotel. No one else is here but the staff getting breakfast ready and the security guard. They speak only Spanish, I speak only English and we have an understanding to not even try to communicate this early in the morning.

The sun is rising over the buildings across the street. Today, we’ll go to church locally and come back for lunch. The afternoon will involve planning for this week’s clinics. Additionally, some of the guys will be putting down flooring as well as building some bunks at the Lily House (SCORE’s ministry to down-and-out women of the DR).

Sunday march 3 5:49 pm

We’ve just arrived back at score after going to the local supermarket—which, oddly enough was a lot like our supermarkets.

Today was about planning. The next four days will be filled with clinics and this takes a great deal of coordination. Some here are medical professionals, others pharmacy workers, some are studying medicine, others are just here to help. Regardless, the clinics sound like they will be very busy and, as such, need a plan. I’m sure we’ll have it running like a well-oiled machine by week’s end.

Church this morning was very good. We sang together with the Dominicans and then split into an English sermon and a Spanish sermon. Bob Nilsen taught on Joseph from genesis 41-42 drawing multiple connections between Joseph and Jesus. I’m looking forward to hearing him teach this week for devotions.

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Jason’s Journal | Part 3 of 7

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[headline h=”1″]Construction (of sorts) [/headline]

Saturday March 2, 8:20 am

Today we’ll be working on a project in a village. I fully expect the work to be hot and hard; testing my resolve to bring glory to Christ in my attitude.

This morning, I was able to meditate a bit on the latter portions of John 15. Jesus works bring conviction and either call or condemn those who witness them. In the same way, we should not be surprised when the world responds to our good works with hatred since we are called out of it.

On a lighter note, a rooster decided to call at 1:30 am this morning. At first, I thought it was my roommates alarm clock. Turns out it was just nature after all.

Saturday march 2, 3:00 pm

We’re riding back from the Monte Cristy  now. We tore an entire roof off of the retirement home, which I would have never thought possible at the beginning of the day.

There were a few hiccups. Some of the residents were a bit upset that we kicked them out of there home. I guess this understandable– even though the roof was in very bad shape. Termites had left very little of the remaining tresses, so the roof repair is needed. But I understand how these people may not understand the inconvenience

A group of children seemed to collect around the worksite. Probably 5 little girls and 2 little boys aging between 3 and ten years. There were no parents to watch them. They just took whatever attention you were Willing to give them. All in all, these people have next to nothing. Yet, they have more joy in them than most Americans I meet.

Saturday march 2, 10:43 pm

Tonight we had good times of fellowship following a hard days work. The body of Christ never ceases to amaze me. We have people with us from a wide variety of denominations and traditions, all coming together to further the kingdom of God.

During worship we briefly reflected upon John 15 (following my time in the word recently). As we abide with Christ, He causes us to bear fruit. I hope that this week allows us to deeply abide in Christ and so be able to be fruitful. I’ve spent too much of my life trying to do the opposite; being fruitful so that I can earn God’s abiding presence.  Now I want to learn how to trust before I work; how to believe before I try to become.

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Jason’s Journal | Part 2 of 7

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[headline h=”1″]Anticipatory travel & safe Arrival [/headline]

Friday, march 1 5:46 am

We’re about to leave for Atlanta and eventually on to Santa Domingo.  (Actually, that could be way wrong. I’m lost in airports. My goal here is just to follow the crowd and not get lost. It will be miraculous if I actually end up in the DR.)

There is an energy to our group– a nervous excitement about what will happen and when. It’s interesting to meet people I’ve never talked with and feel an instant camaraderie with them. Reminds me of the beginning of 1 John 1 where we fellowship with one another because we first fellowship with the Father in Christ. Thankful that the separation due to sin has been undone at the cross and that perfect strangers are now brothers and sisters once again. At this point, I’m incredibly hopeful for a great week… even at 5:30 in the morning.

Friday march 1 11:03 

We’re in the air. After talking with Mike and Linda about ministry and mission, I’m ready to be in the DR. I spoke with Jodi and the kids during the layover which was nice, but now its time to engage. Spending time praying for the coming week.

Friday March 1 5:39 p (DR time)

Our bags are checked in and we now sit beside the pool in the Dominican Republic. Everyone is tired but hopeful following a long day of travel. Tomorrow holds a long day of work–either construction or medical.

When we arrived, SCORE had a nice reception for us complete with cake, punch, and sandwiches. There was a brief meeting which followed where we were told a few brief rules.

The drive to the score hotel was marked by vast extremes.   The beauty of God’s creation saddled next to the poverty of the country. While I’m sure every country faces these issues, a new country makes these stand out– a constant reminder that our sin has drastically affected God’s beautiful creation and now awaits God’s sons be revealed.

Friday March 1, 9:49 pm

This evening as I was sitting by the pool, a gentlemen from score approached me and asked “are you pastor Jason?” He proceeded to tell me that my wife had asked that I call home, but that it was not an emergency. So, I got on the score complex phone and called her. The good news was that our adopted child would be a boy. Thank God for His goodness to an undeserving sinner.

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[sub_title]Thanks for stopping by.[/sub_title]

Jason’s Journal | Part 1 of 7

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[headline h=”1″]Introduction[/headline]

At the beginning of March, I had the opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic with 32 other people; some for our church, others from other churches and some from Cedarville University. I have to admit, I had been on short term missions trips before and been fairly disappointed; I had an expectation that short term missions trips were a front row seat to what God was really doing in the world. This time, I tempered my expectations. Perhaps God wouldn’t show Himself through tongues of fire, though He could if He wanted to. What He did show me though was that He works in the Dominican Republic much like He works in Greenville, Ohio; through men and women submitted to Him, abiding in Him and bearing fruit accordingly (John 15).

While we were on our trip, I took the time to try my hand at journaling. I had my iphone and the notes app and would try to write down what I was thinking from time to time. Often, it would be on the bus ride back to our hotel or in the morning after finishing my time in the Word.

Regardless, I wanted to post those thoughts here. Admittedly, I had to go back and polish up some of the spelling and even make sure that what I was saying made sense. But, the point of it all is three-fold;

  1. I want to encourage those who are thinking about going to the DR.
  2. I want to remind our church (as I was reminded) that God doesn’t just work in Greenville, Ohio but all over the world
  3. I wanted to give a brief window into what Bob and Anna Nilsen (our missionaries in the DR) and the teams we send down every year are doing.

I hope that you enjoy what you read. I’ve posted the thoughts consecutively so that you can get a perspective on what is happening. We’ll be sure to spread the posts out over a 3 day period so as to not overwhelm the reader.

I hope that God continues to allow our church to enjoy these trips and see fruit from them. We don’t go to the DR to help an impoverished country get health care or have better facilities.  We go to the DR to see the gospel bear fruit (Col. 1:6)—in us and in them. I hope that you get that sense as you read.

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[sub_title]Thanks for stopping by.[/sub_title]

art4worship | Why Create?

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[headline h=”2″]art4worship : Why Create?[sub_title]A discussion of creativity and it’s role in worship[/sub_title][/headline]

type: Messages | by: Jason Bradshaw|

Creative Workshop (session 1) Audio

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Brooke Yost’s Baptisim Testimony

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I grew up knowing who God was, went to church all my life and was baptized when I was 11 but I was just going through the motions. I wanted to change the way I looked and the German Baptist church did that for me. I looked like a believer on the outside but on the inside I was broken and lost.

Because of past things that had happened in my life I wanted nothing to do with God. I turned to guys, partying and drugs. Anything I could do to prove just how much I hated god. Just to prove I could do everything on my own and be happy. And for the most part I was happy but it wasn’t a lasting happiness.

I always thought “when I have my life together and everything figured out THEN I’ll get right with god” or “when God actually shows me that he loves me then I’ll believe” but I was just running from God and straight to hell as fast as I could.

On September 21st at the True Woman conference I realized I’m never going to have it all together or figured out and that’s ok because God loves me right where I am at. At that moment He opened my eyes to His grace and love. He showed his love for me by sending his son Jesus to die on the cross in my place for my sins and rise again 3 days later so that I don’t have to be perfect or have it all figured out. God accepts me as I am, broken and lost. I now know that God sees me and he loves me and because of that I am made brand new.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” So today I am getting baptized not to be saved because that has already been done but I am getting baptized as an outward confession of faith.

I asked God into my life at the True Woman conference as Joni Eareckson Tada sang these words… Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found was blind but NOW I see.

Operation Christmas Child: Fill a shoebox

We are collecting shoeboxes filled with toys for Operation Christmas Child. The deadline for shoeboxes will be the end of second service on November 11th. If your LIFEgroup is considering using this event as one of your outreach events, please contact the church office to see how you can get supplies to help you! If you are not familiar with the ministry, check out www.samaritanspurse.org/occ/ or call Pam Denniston at 692.5761.

We have provided resources below to assist you in packing your shoebox(s). In addition, brochures and supplies are available at the welcome center in the church narthex.

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[headline h=”2″]What do I put in my shoebox?[sub_title]So you’ve got your shoebox, now what can you put in it?[/sub_title][/headline]

[headline h=”6″]Toys[/headline]

Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc.

[headline h=”6″]School Supplies[/headline]

Pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

[headline h=”6″]Hygiene Items[/headline]

Toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.

[headline h=”6″]Other[/headline]

Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy0, mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

[headline h=”6″]A Personal Note[/headline]

In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. A coloring sheet is provided below for children to fill out. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.)

[headline h=”6″]Do Not Include:[/headline]

Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food, out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

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[headline h=”2″]Resources[sub_title]Items to help as you pack your shoebox.[/sub_title][/headline]

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[headline h=”3″]Coloring Pages[/headline]

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Have your kids color and fill out this two sided page that will tell the child receiving the shoebox a little information about them.

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Need labels for your shoebox(s)? Look no further, we’ve provided labels for you right here. Simply download, print, and tape to box!

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[headline h=”3″]Samaritan’s Purse[/headline]

Want to know more about Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child? Need more information on how to pack a shoebox? Would you like to track your shoebox(s) and see where they end up? Visit Operation Christmas Child online for more information.

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LoriAnn Filbrun’s Baptism Testimony

About a year ago I was starting to look more into God’s word. The more I looked, the more I realized I am a big sinner! Without Christ, I am filthy! I would go to hell forever if Jesus was not King of my life. I do not want to go to hell. I do not want satan in my life.

I know that only through Jesus Christ, I am saved, through faith. I know only God can forgive my sins. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” I believe that Jesus is God’s Son and that He died on a cross and rose again for us. I want the world to know this!

Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist to set an example for all of His followers to be baptized. I want to be like Jesus. I know that baptizing me does not save me. By being baptized today, I can express to the world my love to God and that I am a saved Christian. I no longer live in fear. I have everlasting life!