I sat in our livingroom on Saturday night and shared with a group of friends who were at varying degrees of understanding God’s gifts and callings. How do we know Whose we are…so we can begin to understand the gifts we have been entrusted with? I have realized over the last few weeks that I was supposed to write….to try to capture, frequently (rather than every 6 months) what the Lord has shared with me. I am being called to reexamine stewardship of kingdom resources, and realized that many nuggets I have gained in one setting could have multiplied influence if I would only capture them in print. So–this new year has a new commitment…to try to interpret for a wider audience many of the Kingdom lessons I am learning.
I am in the middle of a study of the Economy of the Kingdom and all that I am examining requires a ‘people’ to put it into practice. As I share with each study group, I am endeavoring to cross-pollinate the ideas of the Spirit and see the whole fertilized. Over the course of the next weeks, I will attempt to share in some kind of sequential way this course of ‘Sonship’ that I have been traveling.
Along my journey I came to consider this: Perhaps we have missed the pattern of discipleship that Jesus had in mind, and in fact, had imparted to His disciples. Instead of passing on an acquired knowledge of a set of prescribed doctrines (new covenant of course), perhaps the Father sent the Son to reacquaint us with how to walk in restored relationship with Him as our Father. I spent the first year of this “Sonship Study” looking at the earthly mission of Jesus and how we could mature by submitting ourselves to these lessons that the Son had come to teach. The second year of the study focused on the Lords’ Prayer ( the Son’s Prayer) and the High Priestly Prayer, and then years three and four looked at Hearing the Voice of the Lord. Now, year five, we are examining the Economy of the Kingdom vs. the economy of the world, and realizing that mature ‘sons’ are entrusted with a stewardship that they will give an account for. My contributions will draw from all of these, as the lessons are not linear, but internal, and continually being addressed as such by the Holy Spirit. (Reposted from Jody’s blog) .
We are in Yonchu’s apt tonight and have had the first ‘easy’ day of the trip. We had decided yesterday not to spend 14 hours driving to two towns and meeting women from another district that are coming to the summit. It was a wise decision on our part because both Yonchu and Daryl had upset stomachs for this day. Daryl is better and Yonchu is still dealing with a headache. Daryl and I spent the afternoon working on a way to introduce the way of summit style praying –but with teaching nuggets to introduce the concepts ( ie the illustration of the hand–worship=humility=unity=community=impact). We want them to see the big picture, and then approach the Lord to minister to Him–plus learning to listen in each of the sessions. We have to wait on so much, but sense that we are ‘prepared messengers’ rather than preparing messages. We work together well and see that each of us bring a different aspect to the whole. There is the sense that we are teaching a language and then drawing them into ‘fluency’. I don’t know when I will be able to write again. We are leaving for Santo Domingo in the afternoon ( hot, tarantulas, no hot water, ‘primitive conditions’–and if they think its primitive, I might just think I am finally on Survivor) We will be there until Sunday morning, when we will make the long winding drive back to Quito to leave around 3pm for Columbia. DOn’t know what kind of communication is possible, but if no email or skype is available, I will at least try a short call on my phone–if it works.
I am back in Quito tonight and we have had the fullest five days that I can remember. We have been in three of the four regions of Ecuador and spent many hours traveling by air and car to reach all of these destinations. I sp0ke to you last night by skype, and shared with you a little about our trip over the Andes to the Amazon district to meet with the women over there and to see them in their region. We were supposed to leave tomorrow morning at 7am and travel to another district in the north–Ibarro–and it was going to be an all day commitment of driving, traveling to meet more women who were coming to the conference, and not get home until late tomorrow night with the conference happening on Friday. We have managed to gracefully stay home in Quito tomorrow, and prepare for our weekend. Today we arrived from La Mercid–into Quito–and had a meeting with all of the Quito women. I shared today about ministry to the Lord and how it is the most important ministry we can develop, because when we minister to Him first, then we will know what we are to accomplish in His name. We introduced summit style prayer, because many of these same women will be joining us for the summit this weekend. Even though I don’t know the language of their lips, the language of the heart came through loud and strong. They fully participated, and we have just started to introduce them to meeting with the Lord this way. I think that our time with the missionaries is just as critical as the prayer times we have planned. There is not a lot of fellowship for any of them, and we have tried to come alongside and be an encouragement and share some prayer with them. We just got back from dinner, but on the way there, there was a fist fight between two men right in front of our car, and we prayed for the violence to be interrupted, and not get out of control. Papa answered right away. I will try to write again tomorrow. I have access to internet connections here until Friday afternoon. I haven’t tried to access my messages yet–but wanted you to get something from me tonight.
Love to everyone, Jody
It is early friday morn and I am at the airport. I want you all to know
how much I depend on your prayers. This entire season of time would be
impossible without your partnership in his spirit. I am submitted to
his will and word and I am blessed to partner with you for the sake of
the kingdom. I pray that you will be very alert in prayer--listening
--and responding. I love you --jody
(Note from Dan: Jody left this morning at 6 AM and has arrived in Atlanta.
She is now enroute to Quito, Ecuador. After a two day visit to
missionaries in Gualaquil, she will return to Quito until August 31st
when she will depart for Medellin, Colombia until September 6th. There
is a link to a map of her itinerary on the email updates. Thank you for
your prayers and continued concern. We rely on you and your spiritual
support as Jody travels.)
[Cairo – 2:00AM – Thursday, 8/14/08]
I leave for the airport in a few minutes flt 585 lufthansa to frankfurt
to arr tjere at 845 --we leave at 530. -i am to leave frankfurt just one
hour later 945 for portland to arrive at 1120 on flt 468. Please pray
for connections for me and my bag. Blessings--see you soon.
Love you. Jody
[Cairo – 4:30AM -Thursday, 8/14/08]
At the cairo airprt–took an hour to clear immigration–glad we arrived
early–waiting at the gate–continue to pray I make my connections.
We went downstairs at 7:30pm to go to dinner--got picked up at 9:30 and
have been in the car for one and a half hours and we are still driving.
It is almost 11pm and we have yet to arrive at the restaurant. There are
between 86 and 100 million people in Cairo and they are all out driving
tonite. Atef was in one accident on the way to pick us up and we almost
had 2 on the way. Arrived for dinner around 11--finished 12:30. We're
on a wild ride home in a taxi. Now would be a great time to pray. Had
a lamb shank--tahini and hummus. Yum. Love you--Jody