June 22, 2017
Along the Journey with Laura Martin
After a week away with our family, it’s good to be back. I know the Lord is doing much in all of our lives and hearts, and I pray this finds you well!
“My steps have held fast to Your path. My feet have not slipped. I have called upon You for You will answer me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech, wondrously show your lovingkindness.” - Psalm 17:5-6
This week, I have been serving with a day camp for the kids at our church. While there, a friend motioned me to come over and with great enthusiasm said,
“reviveTX is still alive!”
She shared with me that the night before, her family had a repairman at their house. She sensed she was supposed to ask how to pray for him. She had never done that before with a repairman but felt prompted. She overcame her awkwardness and asked the man to pray right there in her home. He was clearly moved as she loved, listened, discerned and responded!
What’s neat is, the morning before this happened, I ran into her husband in the kid’s ministry area at church. He was telling me he was sorry he wasn’t able to ever go out on a team, but he took on more of a supportive role as his wife was very involved and loved it. He was grateful for reviveTX. Little did he know, the Lord would bring someone to their home for a divine appointment just a few hours later!
And that’s our heart. reviveTX was not an event. The Lord gave the vision and invitation to gather the Church in the DFW area for 50 days from Easter to Pentecost to go out and share the Gospel every day. As a ministry, reviveTX equips the saints for the return of Christ. After 50 days, our prayer is that everything learned during the 50 days becomes a lifestyle and that the Church walks in the power, love and grace of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
So you may wonder…What is happening in Dallas now besides changed lives?
PRAISE THE LORD: Each of the ten regions has scheduled outreaches for the coming months. You can go to each region’s Facebook page for updates on their schedules. If you have any questions, you can contact Hallie Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRAISE THE LORD: We have 381 people throughout the ten regions signed up as the remnant…meaning they are committed to lead and be involved with the regular outreaches in their region.
PRAY: For the Lord to bring new people to take part in these outreaches and for divine appointments as they go out!
PRAY: Specifically for the four regions that are gathering in the next week:
Light Purple: Saturday, June 24 at 121 Community Church in Grapevine: 8am-1pmBlue: Saturday, June 24 at ParkwayHills Church in Plano: 8am – 12noonRed: Sunday, June 25 at Dallas Bible Church in Dallas: 12noon – 3pmAqua: Wednesday, June 28 at Lifegate Church in Denton: 7pm to 10pm
PRAISE THE LORD: 2,001 disciple-makers were matched during the 50 days!
PRAY: We still have a need for about 30 disciple-makers, specifically in the Denton area (aqua region).
This week, another friend shared with me how her husband has felt led to walk and disciple a young man who has been homeless. On Father’s Day, he went to the park and gathered up all his belongings he had left under the bushes. After a few difficult days for the young homeless man, he has now found help and a safe place at a shelter. My friend’s husband is committed to meeting with him each week and has such a heart for him. The young man desires the continued meeting as well. PRAISE THE LORD for the body of Christ going outside the Church walls to love on others!
PRAY: Pray for wisdom for each discipleship group meeting as they pour into each other’s lives. I know there are so many stories out there about ongoing discipleship. If you would like to share a testimony, please share your story at email@example.com.
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.” - 2 Corinthians 9:8
THANK YOU for praying for our team who traveled to Israel.
A small TTR team went for the purpose of attending the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast, the first of its kind, with over 50 Christians from different countries represented, plus other officials. But the Lord had even more in store. The Lord ordered their steps and aligned their conversations in a very unique and connected manner. Kyle and the team found favor with officials, and the Lord laid some neat groundwork for next steps and meetings for future trips to Israel. They were stretched and enlightened as they shared the Gospel. God is good, and His plans are beyond ours.
PRAY for the Lord to order our steps and that we WALK it out as He leads. We are praying and walking this out in FAITH!
“Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, to give thanks to Your holy name and glory in Your praise. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting even to everlasting. And let all the people say, ‘Amen.’ Praise the LORD!” - Psalm 106:47-48
PRAY FOR reviveWISCONSIN: Eight TTR team members traveled this week to Wassuau, WI to get to know the humble, solid core team God is already using to get reviveWISCONSIN ready. We are hoping to equip the local believers as well as prepare the community for advancing the kingdom of God in central Wisconsin. We are asking the Lord for clarity of the next steps.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” - Proverbs 16:3
PRAY: As our team presses on and refocuses after reviveTX. After 50 days of working together throughout the 10 regions of reviveTX, our team is now scattered across MN, IN, OH, FL, NC, MS, GA, AZ, MI, WI, and TX, all doing ministry in their home states.
PRAY: For continued wisdom with pastoral care of our team, training and educating for continued growth and prayer strategy.
PRAY: For wise stewardship of resources.
PRAY: For potential missionaries applying to serve full-time.
PRAISE THE LORD: For his daily provision both in resources and His daily grace in our lives. We are able to do ALL things as we abide in Him.
“Therefore, I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” - Ephesians 4:1-3
PRAISE THE LORD: We are excited to announce TWO MORE full-time Missionaries! We give thanks for the Lord providing full-time support for both Matt Reynolds in 59 days, and Alisa Beisner in 72 days! Isn’t that amazing!
MATT REYNOLDS: After reviveOHIO erupted out of Darke County into the surrounding communities, it made its way to Mercer County in December 2016. Matt Reynolds, lead pastor at Grand Lake United Methodist Church in Celina, OH, helped to organize the local pastors and encouraged Grand Lake to serve as the initial host location. Matt was drawn to how TTR bridges the divide of denominations and brings the entire Christian community together for the sake of sharing the Gospel. He connected with TTR’s passion for prayer, outreach, worship and intentional discipleship. Now part of the TTR team, Matt will continue working to unite the body of Christ, encouraging the Church to focus on Jesus and set aside the things that normally divide us.
Matt lives in Tipp City, OH with his wife, Heidi, and their three children, Nolan, Grady and Jonathan. He begins full-time with TTR July 1.
ALISA BEISNER: Alisa’s journey with Time to Revive began during reviveOHIO :: Darke County in August 2016. She was challenged and encouraged to step outside of her comfort zone as a means to reach others for Christ. One of her favorite things about serving with TTR is the unity among churches. “It has been absolutely beautiful to see so many come together under the common denominator of Christ. Instead of competing, we are encouraging and working alongside each other to share the amazing hope of Jesus Christ!”
Alisa lives in Ansonia, OH with her husband Stuart. Before joining the TTR team, Alisa worked as outreach director, accountant and interim worship leader for her home church, Ansonia First Church of God.
PRAY for Matt & Heidi Reynolds and Alisa & Stuart Beisner as they begin their journeys full-time with Time to Revive. May the Lord bless them abundantly!
In closing, I want to just share something so simple the Lord showed me last week. I kind of debated sharing this because of the simplicity, but the Lord kept it on the forefront of my mind. As we enter this next season with Time to Revive, the Lord has encouraged me to continue to TRUST. TRUST His ways. TRUST His timing. TRUST His provision. TRUST the way it looks with HIM leading.
While I was away last week, I was journaling, and the Lord reminded me of His provision for my journal during reviveTX. It was the day of the kickoff, Sunday, April 16 and I went to my closet because I had just filled up my journal. I was looking for a new one, and I always put my extra journals on my closet shelf. All I could find was a simple, yellow, paper thin one. It wasn’t “cute” or “trendy” looking. It was basic and lightweight and simple. In my flesh, I didn’t really want to use this one. I paused before grabbing it to use, and as I did, the Lord impressed upon my heart, “This is perfect for this season, Laura. TRUST me.” And you know what? It was perfect. Everyday, I tucked it in my small purse. I was able to write prayers in it each morning and jot notes during the service. It was EXACTLY what I needed for the 50 days. I finished journaling in it last week while I was out of town.
But I had been given a NEW JOURNAL on the final day of reviveTX, June 4th, for my birthday. I embraced this new journal last week. It’s heavier, it’s sturdier and has a cute design on it! The Lord impressed upon my heart once again, “This is the right journal for this new season, Laura. TRUST me.” And so, as we enter this new season with Time to Revive or in your own life, look around you at all the Lord has provided for you physically or on the calendar or however….see it as the Lord sees it. As you live with a pure heart, TRUST in HIM and HIS ways and HIS timing. It is RIGHT for this season.
“TRUST in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes, Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.” - Proverbs 3:5-8
Thanks for walking this journey with us as we equip the saints for His return!
In Christ alone and with love,Laura Martin