Saturday, September 5, 2015

40 Days of Blogging: Rolling out the Red Carpet for Gospel for Asia

40 days. A holy number. A time of testing, of refining. A time of being in the wilderness with God taking care of you. 

Welcome to my own 40 days of blogging! I will be partnering with the blogger's team with Gospel for Asia. This means I will be hosting at least 40 days of my own blogs this year related to helping women, girls, pastors and the persecuted church around the world, particularly in Asia to reach more people with their message: They need our help and our love and our prayers. 

1 John 3:18- Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

Rolling out the red carpet to welcome Gospel For Asia to my blog! As part of the mission of this blog: to GO where God calls me, to shine as His daughter, I am stepping up to help the thousands of women, young girls and all of his children, including the persecuted church around the world who desperately ache for their loving Heavenly Father's arms to embrace them and rescue them. 

Here's the 411:
(muy importante, Hěn zhòngyào 非常重要 (translation in Chinese for crucial, important info)  on the Gospel for Asia team-

Check out this short 2 minute video to see who Gospel for Asia is-just scroll down the linked page to see the video.

1. They are an awesome ministry that does the work needed to bring native missionaries to crucial areas.

2. They help women, children and families in need to come to know Christ through sharing God's love in practical ways to meet their needs and get them involved with the local church family to care for them.

3. They provide a sponsorship program for children that has shown God's love to over 70,000 children and they bring Jesus home to their families who come to know Him as well many times

 Each day will represent the need of one girl, woman, or any child of God that needs your prayers and your action to spread the word of their great need- they are your sister, your mother, your daughter and they need to be loved, they need to be found, they need to rescued from slavery, violence or poverty (or sadly, all of the above.) Please do what you can to pray for that one girl, woman or man in desperate need of God. Please pray for them all. Focus on one country or pray for the featured person or family in need. Challenge yourself to praying over this precious child of God, over their family, over their country as you read the post and as you join with me in prayer for God's precious daughters and sons.

Day One: Her name is Shiuli. She lives in Kathmandu, Nepal. Please pray for her now and as you read! 

When you were 14, what were you doing?

Most of us can say we were safely in school or with our friends. Busy with a school sport or activity. Spending time with family. Fairly free to choose our own path, aside from following the rules and expectations.

But imagine for a moment, that instead of this scenario, you found yourself being married off to someone you did not know. You are suddenly taken from home. You have no choice but to go off to your new life. You are taken to the city after growing up in a rural mountain village. Your bags are packed, so to speak, but you might not be bringing much with you. Certainly not the creature comforts you might be used to.

Either way, those things don't matter so much anymore. You are alone in a new town, no friends, no family of your own that knows you and cares for you.

Your new husband might be interested in you at first and treat you kindly enough. Or he might barely glance at you, except for caring for his needs. Or he might mistreat you when you don't quite meet his every expectation of being the perfect wife at age 14.

You soon have your first child. It's a girl!

Not to be celebrated quite so much in this society though. Since boys stay connected to their birth family all their lives and girls do not, boys are much more favored. Daughters virtually become a member of their new husband's family, no longer a part of their own.

Your husband is mainly busy with work and you soon join him with work; to help build up your house, along with taking on all the cares of the household, and your in-laws house as well when they call upon you to help them, though rarely.

  After your first daughter, you continue working and taking care of your husband and your family grows. You have 3 daughters. You wonder if there is more to life. You don't know much of love. Or if your husband is kind to you, you feel some kind of disconnect and want to know if there is more. Of course, you barely have time to think of this with all of your responsibilities. But those moments at night make you wonder with the sounds of the city crashing down on you, quite different from your peaceful, yet vibrant mountain village that you grew up in where at least you knew everyone and knew somewhat what to expect.

Your name is Shiuli and you are doing all you can to make ends meet as your family grows in the capital city of Nepal; Kathmandu.

Suddenly tragedy strikes. You are left alone without your husband, He is gone. Died from sickness.

Your in laws are not near enough to help you. You don't know if they would have helped you. You don't know where to turn.  You are left very much alone in the big city of 700,000 people in Kathmandu.

You have three young daughters and no way to help them get what they need. No way to pay for your home and have enough to feed them. You don't know how you made it work before. Suddenly you are penniless and struggle to find a new place to lay your heads or you go without shelter and without food for some time. It gets worse and your daughter cries of hunger. Nowhere to turn. You give them everything you have and go without yourself.

You seek help and answers from the many religious centers and temples in the city. You give all you have when you hear that if you give gifts to the gods to make them happy, they will save your family.

It's too late. Your youngest daughter dies of starvation and malnutrition.

Your world goes black.

You keep pulling yourself up for work, knowing you are your remaining two daughter's last hope.

You would give anything to bring your daughter back.

 You feel the stares of the men in the city, as if they are waiting to strike like snakes with venom in their teeth at the right moment. With their cold smiles when they stare right through you.

You need help desperately. You cannot return home.

One day at work, the darkness and fear and hopelessness threatens to overtake you.

When suddenly, a flash of light enters the factory. In the form of a woman gently, lovingly smiling at you and asking you what you need.

You break down in the moment that she reaches for your hand and asks you again what you need help with- she wants to help you. She asks if you need food.

Your sobs pierce the air, though you are silent until you leave the factory and speak with her.

She brings you hope and gives you words of life that encourage you and she tells you many stories about other women who got the help they needed. Who found peace. Who found their answers. She tells you about her amazing, loving God. Who always cares about you. And makes all things right again.

“The Lord has blessed me in such a wonderful way that He has provided shelter, food, special care and attention through His people,” Shiuli says.

“The most important thing is I am receiving fellowship,” she adds.

Give Answers to Someone Else in Anguish

Millions of other women in South Asia need someone to turn to who will tell them of the God they can take refuge in. But many of these women cannot or will not talk to a male missionary because of the cultural restrictions against male-female relationships. They can only be reached by other women.
Touch the life of someone like Shiuli by sponsoring a woman missionary.

Friday, August 21, 2015

The World Race is on! Leaving in 4 short months- how to join me on the journey!

Shadows danced on the lawn. Doubt filled my mind, but it was quickly replaced by a peace that I couldn't understand but knew was from God. I sat on the porch, the sun blinking through the clouds again. The cool breeze was on my face, comforting me. It was time. God said YES!

 Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

God told me to GO!

I just didn't know how to move forward or what to do next. I trusted God to guide me. To give me what I needed so I could fulfill the purposes He has for me.

I will be going to 11 countries in 11 months, as you may have heard by now ;)

The next part is that I need you to be a part of this journey with me. I want to formally invite you to join me on this exciting adventure to reach those around the world who may have no more hope. Who need to experience another person's love firsthand before they know anything about God. My hope is in God and it is my passion to share this with others.

God redeemed me from a dark past where I felt like there was no longer any hope. God set me free and made me new, in His light and with His unfailing love.

He can do this for you too! He can do this for his children and people all around the world.

Will you join me on this exciting mission to reach others with freedom, love, and redemption and HOPE?

Please send me a comment or message letting me know that you want to GO on this journey with me!

I need you to join my team that will encourage me, equip me, and lift me up in prayer so we can go on this journey around the world to help that lost girl find redemption, to help that orphan child feel love, to give hope again to a poor family, or to reach out to that single mother living on crumbs. Or to reach out to that widow that needs to feel comforted and cared for again.

God can work through all of us to do these things and more!

Please reply, comment or contact me on here or at my World Race blog to drop a line, saying YES or GO that you want to join the team and tell me how:

1.) Encouragement: Send me a message, comment or a note. Penpals, anyone? I love getting letters and words of encouragement to boost me along on this journey and this is valued immensely!

Proverbs 16:24 Kind words are like honey—    sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. 

2.) Prayer: Pray for me before and during and after this journey!

3.) Ideas/Fund-raising Team: How to make this journey happen, helping to host/come up with ideas for fund-raising events/how to help with life out in 11 countries, etc

4.) Generosity/Giving: The funds needed to make this happen! Your kindness and generosity will help send me out to the nations where I can do life-changing work and help many people in need!

The easiest way to give is to go directly to my World Race page here and click on the Orange Support me tab at the top or click here and make sure it says my name, Jennifer Silverman. 

To send a check:
Please mail your tax-deductible contribution to:
Adventures in Missions
P.O. Box 742570
Atlanta, GA 30374-2570
Be sure to put my name: Jennifer Silverman in the memo line please, so it goes to me! Make it payable to Adventures in Missions, but remember to put my name on the memo line. Thank you!
In order to go, I need to establish a team that will join me, stand with me, and send me on this journey. It's more than the finances, though those are needed.

This is a heart journey, a relationship partnership. It's joining a team and if you feel led or any stirring or something in your heart to join the team, please contact me with which number above you'd like to help with and tell me 2 things about yourself and 4 things I can pray for, for you!

My goal to be able to go is $16, 962.

Yes, that is a lot.

That's why I need a team around me and lots of prayer!

But I am trusting God to help pave the way.

And that's where I need your help!

My next deadline is for $5000, needed by October 5th.

This means the world to me, as I need YOU to do this! Thank you for considering to join the team and help out, so I can be sent to the nations with your help. You rock! 

We will be on this journey together and I will be updating you and keeping in touch with you, learning about your heart and your life as I share mine and lift you up in prayer too, as this is a partnership and I value you and look forward to getting to know you/know you better, as we are on this team and journey together and will fight together!

Thank you for reading!


Jennifer Silverman

Thursday, January 8, 2015

All this Time: God is always with you!

Ever wonder if you are really making a difference? If your words or actions matter? If your efforts add up to something meaningful? Something with a purpose? Something that will really help someone else?

On your own, they don't.

But with God, we can learn how even the simplest things can be a blessing and give true purpose to our lives.

In the midst of our chaos, we can sometimes forget what our purpose is. We can easily forget our true identity in Christ.

Ever wonder if God is really there for you? If he hears? If he listens?

When I was searching for meaning in the middle of the storms, God spoke to my heart.

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name. You are mine." 

Like waves in the ocean, a feeling a peace rushed over me. That doesn't mean all the storms in my life have stopped. It means that God whispers to my heart, reminding me He is always right here with me. He is right there with you, He loves you and comforts you and takes you in His arms. He fills you up. He is always right by your side.

But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine." Isaiah 43:1

Remember that it can be the smallest thing that makes a huge difference. A smile. Praying for a friend. Praying with a friend. Sharing encouragement. Offering a helping hand. Doing what you are able to show your friends you care. It all is for a purpose. And makes a huge difference. Often, when we get that urge to reach out or say something to someone to encourage them, it can be very timely. It can be God putting it on our hearts to help each other. This is how we can make a difference and speak and act out in love for each other. 

Here's a video to express how God's love is around us and He truly is always with us even if we don't see Him or understand Him- All this Time by Britt Nicole

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