The Summit is Coming!

The summit is coming, the summit is coming!

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The Abolition Summit 2014- Exodus Cry- August 6th-8th- be there or be square.

While we are still waiting here in the States,  an entire movement has activated in Brazil. The Liberdade Movement. Liberdade means Freedom. This movement of prayer and outreach is bringing freedom to those entrapped in a vicious snare of human trafficking; slavery.  Our family has been praying and keeping ourselves updated with this movement (And if I am honest I am a little jealous we have not gotten to participate yet). I am so proud of our church in Brazil throwing themselves into this ministry. They are learning, praying, participating, and reaching out all for the glory of the Lord.

The words of God given to the church, “The same hands lifted in worship, extended to help”, have come to life yet again. Hallelujah!!

In a few weeks, Jason and I will attend the Summit in Kansas City. We are very enthused to be attending this conference and look forward to receiving what the Holy Spirit has waiting for us concerning prevention, intervention, and restoration of human trafficking and its victims.

Modern slavery, or human trafficking, is an issue all around the world. It is creeping into many cultures as the “norm”.  We want to be educated even more in this area. We want to make ourselves available for the Lord to use in this cause. We cry Liberdade for all!  

For more information about the summit please visit exoduscry.com/abolitionsummit

If you would like to know more about the cause, please visit exoduscry.com

If you would like to visit with Jason and I concerning the issue of slavery, please feel free to contact us. We would love to talk and set up a viewing of the movie “Nefarious” for you and your small group or church. This movie is definitely inspired by God and enlightens its viewers to the world of human trafficking and the glory of God. For God is surely a light in this darkness.

John 1:5 “ The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

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I Know That I Know That I Know

Hello friends,

Much has been on my mind lately, and I want to share a bit of it with you. I hope it forms into something that brings glory to the Lord.

My mind has been chewing on the word “favor” for a while now. The Christian culture likes to throw it around for things like good parking spots, cheap tickets, and job promotions. Every time I hear the word, I feel a quickening and my spirit checking out the situation.  I know we have the favor of God in our lives. I know God has great things/plans for us and puts us in strategic places. I also know we should not try to incorporate the favor God has for us into defining worldly goods or ideals.  This internal emotional journey I have been on with this idea of favor brought about a reflection of a time God spoke clearly to me.

It was in 2007 and the Betts family was enjoying a quiet evening at home.  Jason came into the living room and told me, “You need to read Mark chapter 5, I don’t know why, but God just told me to tell you to read this chapter.” I love God, Jason, and reading so I’m in, and I read the scripture.

If you are not familiar with this passage, it is about Jesus driving out demons from a possessed man.  The demons beg Jesus to drive put them in a herd of pigs in the area, and after He drives the demons into the pigs the pigs all go jump off a cliff and die.  (That is the gist. You will have to read Mark Chapter 5 for the full story.)

Back to 2007, I read this passage and I felt in my spirit God telling me that the demons died with the pigs. They were gone, never to come back. They were not going to bother this man again. I knew God was telling me that Jason was His for good. Jason would/will follow the Lord for the rest of his life. The demons are gone, and he will not be pulled away from God again.

Jason looked at me and said “you got all that from this passage?”  Yes, yes I did. It was very clear to me and I know that I know that I know this is what the Lord said.

In the last seven years, we have been through some stuff. Some stuff that God knew was going to happen. Some stuff that would blow your mind, some stuff that a good imagination could not even make up, you know that kind of stuff.  Stuff that Jason needed to lead us through. Hello?!, we are living through stuff that he needs to lead us through. And, I always have this moment to fall back on and focus me. This moment when God spoke directly to my heart and assured me.

Yesterday, during some powerful worship in the truck, God spoke to me and showed me this moment we shared. He showed me that He directs us, He leads us, He loves us, He shares intimate  moments with us….Then it hit me. This is the true favor of God. The steady rock of truth that He is, and the intimate ways He loves us.

To sum it up. God gives us favor with sweet moments spent with Him, and clear knowledge to feel calm and peace when a storm may rage.  True favor brings glory to God.

With a personal testimony, that I am not sure I have shared before (or not with many), God gave me a revelation which pushed me forward into a personal spiritual break through.

Lots of words for “I learned something.” :)

I hope this blesses someone. Be strong in what you know God has told you.  Consider it favor to be in His presence.

Thank you Lord.

~Amanda

 

 

Filling the Wait

Hi everyone! Yes, we are still here in the wonderful United States. Yes, we really want to be in Brazil. Yes, we are still waiting…..

The wait can be draining. It can be depressing. It can make you question everything you have done and will do. The wait is total preparation. We have been trying to fill our wait period with encouragement, positivity, spiritual growth, new connections, and just good fun at the lake.  I mean we are living at a lake…..

School is out and summer is here.  We have had some friends over to play and fish and cook out.  Yum! I love a good cook out. I plan on having more of that action happening around here. I also need some girl time. People need to pack a floatie and come see me! I am serious!

Some good ole fishing and fellowship.

Some good ole fishing and fellowship.

While waiting, we have visited a church in the middle of nowhere (nowhere to us but actually God’s Glory Tabernacle International in Pineville, MO), just because an event popped up on Facebook. I am not even joking!!  It lead us to hear a powerful testimony of being delivered from satanic worship from Rob Radosti.  We experienced a fire tunnel or prayer tunnel. I had never…and if you have never then you should. You just should. When we visited the church again I had the Holy Spirit overwhelm me to the point of loud crying (talk about embarrassing).

God has placed some fabulous encouragers in our path. Brothers and sisters in Christ who get what we are doing. Who love us and love on us and speak into our lives and our wait period.  We have been blessed to hear of an encounter so deep, this man and his wife were afraid to go to sleep because they didn’t want to wake up with the old baggage back on them. They were freed!!!! Wowsa!  I have goose pimples just typing it. Man, I feel so blessed thinking about it.  I am thankful for all that is happening!

The wait is hard. I won’t lie.  It is hard to answer the questions with “Yes, we are still waiting” and “no, we don’t know”.

However, filling the wait, well let’s just say God has opened our eyes to see the beauty in it.  Pastor How Ie says “Rest and Rejoice in the wait”

So, water balloon fight anyone??

 

Summer is here when you break out the balloons!

Summer is here when you break out the balloons!

 

Abornormal? I Think Not

Everyone has pet peeves…. at least a few things that just drive you crazy! There are three things that really bother me. The first would be when people click their pens! Second would be when a song comes on that I really like and Ellie starts talking! Like, are you serious right now? Can you not tell that I am jamming out over here??? Anyways…. and thirdly when someone is going through a hard time in their life, but yet they will not tell anyone.  They just want to keep it to themselves.

I have realized that the things that bother us when others do them are the things that we do and do not notice. ( I like to click my pens!)

For example when people sin… We get caught up in all the wrong that others are doing and the mistakes that they make that we don’t look at our life and what we are doing. We all have sinned! We can not judge people, because yes some sins are smaller than others, but in Gods book they are all still labeled SIN.

The thing is that we don’t like people praying for us, because then it shows that we are not perfect and we are struggling. The truth of that matter is that when there are ten people praying and crying out for you there is more of a chance that change will happen. Don’t take that wrong though, God does hear you every time that you pray. Don’t ever second guess that, but when people are crying out for you because they love you and care for you then God will hear all of them and not just you crying out.

Asking for prayer doesn’t mean that you are crazy or abnormal! It means that you are normal, because everyone has their ups and downs and with God you will make it through it . So remember that when you pray that you are speaking power no matter who you are praying for God is hearing it and understanding that you are crying out to Him.

Te amo

Kenna<3

Thinking Like a Champ!

Thinking……. that can be scary! Me and mom have a conversation a lot and it goes like this Me: “Mom I have been thinking!”  Mom: “Well that can be scary!”

I have so much that has been on my mind lately. Honestly, Portuguese is up there, for some reason that is always running in my mind.  Almost everyday I talk to a friend from Brazil and I don’t use Google translate very much anymore. First of all, don’t be thinking I am perfect in my Portuguese, because I am not and I still have much to learn.

Another thing that I think of all the time is of course getting the heck out of this place! Don’t take it personal.  Yes, I love you all and you are great, but “Hello?!”  I got places to be and people to see.  We are running on Jesus’ time though.  Every day here in the United States is great, because we know that we are one day closer to leaving. It is great that we have been here able to see people longer than we have expected. People always preach about going out and teaching the world about God and we will, but they have taught me and will teach us so much while we are there.  I am still young and still have much to learn, but when it comes to God we all have more that we can learn.

I guess what I really want to say is that when you think,  don’t think of all the negatives.  I could do that every day, because there is so much to be scared or worried about;  I am leaving all my family and friends, I am going somewhere that I will have to learn a new language, their culture is very different from ours.  But really,  there is no need to think about the negatives, just focus on the positives!  There is so much good.  God is Good! I will grow as a young person and as a christian. I will be bi-lingual. I will have my mind opened to other cultures and learn there are many correct ways to do things, not just one.

We don’t need to let our minds hold us back.  There is good in everything that we do. God is  in everything we do(:

We need to think like champs!

 

Philippians 4:8:Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent  or praiseworthy-think about such things.

 

Te amo,

Kenna<3