What exactly is missions?

IMG_2298Missions, Missionary, Missional….these words seem so “churchy”, or so “in the bush Africa-y”. At least that is what I used to think. I believe many still do.

Hear is what I have come to realize as we live out doing missions work, being missionaries, and being a member of a missional ministry. It means we live our lives focused on taking the Gospel to people. Meeting them right where they are, showing them Jesus in their environment. Not, expecting them to find our church building.

Whether it is at the grocery store, downtown, or 7 hours down the Amazon River, we want people to meet Jesus. We stop trying to be perfect on Sundays and Wednesdays and remember everyday that Jesus makes us righteous. He qualifies us to reveal Him to others.
That little fact still overwhelms and fascinates me.

He qualifies me to represent Him.

He shines through me, even though I am not perfect. He knows all of my imperfections and all of the areas in my life where I still cling too much to my human nature. He still works through me. He loves me, He loves you, He loves each and every person around you, even those poor unfortunate people that have been hit real hard by this world. He loves them more than any of us could. He wants each and every person restored to their true identity in Him.

So in short, being missional just means we dedicate our lives to showing people Jesus and discipling them right where they are, that they may see themselves as Christ sees them. You can do this anywhere there are people.

Missionaries are still real people. We still work through personal issues. We may battle self-esteem, a temper, depression, or that really bad quality of trying to do it all ourselves. The difference is we keep our focus on reaching people and showing them Jesus.

What does missions, missionary, or missional mean to you?

 

Love you & God Bless you

Amanda Joy

Holidays and Birthdays

Hello everyone! It is a wonderfully hot day here in Manaus. This past week I got a yucky virus! It makes it so much worse when it is already so hot here plus a fever. Thank you everyone for the prayers.

Anyways,  this Sunday is Father’s Day here in Brazil. The theater group which I am in will to be preforming for the dads at church. I am getting excited. It is my first time performing in front of the church.

We are still learning the  holidays here. Mother’s Day was in May right after we had arrived.  Last weekend was Mom’s birthday, and because we now have a vehicle, we enjoyed our journey looking for presents for her. Getting to see what kinds of things they have here that are the same and different is entertaining.

Me and a friend of mine found some earring made out of fish scales. They had also made purses and necklaces. I had no idea that you could make such a thing. Brazilians are so creative and crafty. It is the little things that amaze me!  Many of these ladies have been given the art talent and they use this talent to sell their work. I adore Brazilian art!

The next holiday after Father’s Day is my birthday, October 14th!  We shall see if it is celebrated American style or Brazilian style. Brazilians love their birthdays! They go over the top in the way they tell someone happy birthday, and they way they celebrate. I have seen birthday parties here that are fancier than weddings I have been to in the U.S.  Another thing different for me this year is my birthday will not involve pumpkins, straw, or spook houses.  There is no fall here. I would love to actually have a summer birthday party.

And what about Christmas?! We have started planning on how to enjoy old Christmas traditions here in our new location. For example, we can make hot cocoa and then hole up in our bedroom with the air conditioning turned down low! Hahahaha! I can’t wait to share what we actually come up with during the season.

That is all I got you for you guys!

Love Kenna<3

One Brave Driver and a Nameless Car

Please help me find a name!
Please help me find a name!

Hello! Something really exciting has happened in the Betts’ house. We have added a new member to the family…. Sadly she has not been named yet. Any suggestions ?

Getting our car took FOREVER!!! It seemed that the car did not want to join our family. We were finally blessed with a beautiful silver car that runs like no other. It was hard to get around at first because we were always waiting on other people. It is not always easy when you can not just get in the car and go. I think we all learned that cars are blessings and we are very grateful that we have one now.

Ever since we got our car we have been adventuring. Dad plugs in Virginia Garmin (his little GPS that happens to be smarter than Manaus) and we just find our way around the city. Dad is not scared of the giant city traffic and all the other crazy drivers. He shows off his mad driving skills all the time. Haha good times in Manaus!

Please continue to pray over us learning the language. We are all learning little by little but, in Jesus name we will be blessed with Portuguese.

Love you all sooooo much!

Kenna❤

A Moment in the VIllage

Hello everyone, I know I haven’t been good at keeping you guys updated. For this I apologize and will try much harder to blog for you guys. A lot has been going on these last few weeks. It seems there is always something that needs to be done. At the end of May we had our first missions team come and stay with us. It was amazing to be there, watch them grow closer with the Lord, see their lives being spoken into, and having them take the time to speak into mine.

We went to Timbó ( a village along the Amazon River) with the missions team. All I can say is “WHAT AN EXPERIENCE”!  There are so many beautiful children in this village. We got the chance to go and love on all the children( for those of you who know me know that I have a very big heart for kids). On one of the days we got to teach them a game and teach them what it is like to hear the voice of God. Also, we went and walked house to house and just talked and prayed for the families. Nothing makes your heart happier than someone being so welcoming.

My favorite memory was when we were inviting a family to the church for a game and she asked us to come in. I don’t know how to describe this very nicely but we were NASTY! It is the rainy season here so that means lots of mud. We were all covered in mud that we couldn’t get off of our shoes. It was so hot that day we were wet as if we had just gotten out of the shower. I remember very clearly we all just stood and starred at each other. We didn’t know what to do and we felt bad. She started to open the door and smile at us. I know for me at that moment I knew that was where God called us to be at that exact moment. I said ” We are very dirty and muddy” She said ” It is okay. I will clean later”. As we walked in there I could see little kids starting to slowly come out of their room. I was amazed by the love in that house. When we prayed for this women the kids gathered around and closed their eyes. Heart touching moment!

God is good and is always showing His love for us. We just have to open our eyes and see His love.

Other than that we have been at the church a lot and working on our house. Plus,learning the language is a daily job. I know that God will bless us all with the language quickly❤

Love you all SO much!

Amo vocês MUITO

Kenna❤

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Can you believe it

Can you believe it? We are actually here in Manaus, Brazil. We have been so busy these past few weeks. The house that we have is beautiful. We have been so blessed with everyone here wanting to help us. The Lord always provides for us.

Some amazing things have already happened since we have been here. The other day, a friend of mine was going to take me home from church when we came across a girl walking alone at night. For those of you that do not know walking here alone at day time is not smart. When it comes to night time no one should be walking at all because its not safe. We noticed she looked really tired (I am pretty sure she was a prostitute) We had cake and pop with us from a birthday party we had just been to. We pulled over and shared this with her and visited for a little while. This reminded me that the Lord puts you in the right place at the right time. There are always opportunities in front of us.

For now we are constantly busy getting settled in to our new home  and helping get the apartment behind us ready for missions teams. When we have church services the nights are long!!!  But, we do get in some free time and we have a fun playing games and getting to know our neighbors.  We have gotten to play baseball and soccer and play tag and all that fun stuff.

That’s all for now

te amo ~ love you

Kenna❤