These beautiful faces impacted the lives of our team this summer during our stay in Kampong Thom, Cambodia. Every day these orphans would greet our team with beaming smiles that took your breath away. If you would like to be a part of bringing change to the lives of these orphans- Join us in the 120 Campaign.
Photo Credit: Lindsey Eryn Clark
Four simple words ignited the beginning of a beautiful story that would forever change human existence. “Let there be light”. God spoke these words in the beginning of time. Have you ever taken time to just think about the fact that our God spoke these words and voila’ it happened! Our God continued on creating everything that we see around us merely by SPEAKING it into existence. Our God’s power is eternal (Romans 1.20) and his power is beyond our comprehension. His power and love not only created the heavens and the earth, but also saved us from the penalty of the law. Romans 5.6-7 says, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, through for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him”.
God’s might and power is also demonstrated in the life of Abraham. With all odds against Abraham, God told Abraham that we would be the father of many nations by bearing a son. The odds of this actually happening were so outrageous that Abraham’s wife, Sarah, actually laughed when she heard the angels tell Abraham this news. However, our God is faithful and powerful to follow through with his promises even against all hope. “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening his faith- he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised” (Romans 4.18-21). Through Abraham’s life we learn that we ought to never let the circumstances around us determine what God can do. God has the power to come up against all hope and fulfill the promises that He has made.
Since we have been saved by grace and been adopted into the family of God as his sons and daughters we have access to what is the Father’s, including his power. In Colossians 1.12-13, we discover that because we have been “rescued from the dominion of darkness and brought into the Kingdom of the Son” we have been therefore qualified “to share in the inheritance”. We have access to the same power that brought the earth into existence and to the same power that conquered the natural and allowed Abraham to bare a son and become the Father of the nations.
There once was a time in my life that this simple concept did not seem so simple. I understood that I served a powerful God, but because I did not fully understand His grace and love I was incapable of understanding what was really mine as a child of the Most High God. I saw Jesus was making an impact in people’s lives through conversations, miracles, and just by His mere presence. I began to evaluate my life, and I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t creating an impact around me through any of those three areas. I set out on a journey of some sorts to become more like Jesus and to live a life like Him, one of influence and impact. Along my journey I realized the depths of God’s love and grace for me, and I came to an understanding that as His child, I have access to the same power that Jesus walked in. I realized that I was limiting God in so many ways, I was putting a limit on His love, grace, and the inheritance that He wanted me to have. I remember being in Thailand when all this came into perspective for me, I was talking to a group of girls involved in the sex trade, and all of a sudden it was like “whoooosh” and everything began to make sense to me. God’s love, grace, and the inheritance all became something that I took ownership of from that day on. I started living differently, I started living with an understanding of everything that the Lord had for me. I made the descion to walk in the power of God. I came back the states, and started breathing life everywhere I went. I was finally understanding that the power of God resided in me, in my presence, and in my conversations. Upon my arrival to the states and my new found understanding of God’s power in me, I had a conversation with a girl I went to college with, we were talking about life and the future. She was telling me she wasn’t at where she wanted to be in life, and out of no where my mouth started moving and I just started speaking life into her. The words that came out of my mouth that day were not my own, I knew in that moment that the power of God was pouring out of me. I had stopped limiting what God could do through me, an ordinary person, and was allowing myself to be a vessel that the Lord could use to work through. I allowed myself to see myself as He did, as His child, and took hold of the inheritance He has for me. I took the limit off what He could do through me and began asking the Lord to work through me whatever that looked like, whether through laying hand on people, through conversations, or my presence. Jesus walked the earth as an ordinary man, He was no different than you and I. He was simple. He was nothing great in the eyes of his peers. Yet, everywhere Jesus walked He impacted someone’s life. He understood the power of God lived in Him.
We too must make the decision to walk in the power of God. We, as sons and daughters of the Almighty God, must truly realize that we have access to the power that separated the red sea, calms the storms, moves mountains, and heals the sick. When a son or daughter is adopted into a family, they have access to all the things that the father provides; food, security, the family name, wealth, and the inheritance. This simple concept is the same for us with God. God has adopted us into his family, which means we have access to everything that is His, even his power. In 2 Samuel 5.10, it says that David ‘became more and more powerful, because the LORD God Almighty was with him”. The Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so if He was with David, then He is and will be with us, causing us to become more powerful as long as we allow Him to work in and through us. The Word says, that we are His hand’s and feet, the vessels which He is wanting to use in order to accomplish things on the earth. The Lord is beckoning us to begin speaking with the power He has given us, and stop being intimidated by the natural circumstances. He is waiting for us to begin speaking life into dead and empty places. Just as Jesus walked in the presence and power of God, so can we. Our mere presence can bring healing to the people that we encounter, we must just understand this and believe.
What would happen if we, the sons and daughters of the King, began to function as Jesus did and walk in the boldness, power, and presence of our God? If we actually started living and believing in the power that lives in us? I believe, that the presence of God would be too strong for people to deny. I believe that we would see drug addicts being freed from their addictions, sons and daughters returning to their fathers, the deaf ears opened, the blind eyes would see, the cancer would be cast out, and so on. The power of God is already in us, so I challenge you in this moment to start functioning in the power. Stop hoping and wishing that you could see miracles happen, and start believing that what you speak into existence will be, because our God who spoke life, resides in us.
Written By: Lindsey Eryn Clark
While in South Africa on Mystery Trip 2011, our team roamed the streets of the Cape Town with a mission: to bring love from above to the people of the city. Walking along the coast, our team ran into this sweet man who had traveled the world and had a story to tell. All he wanted was a listening ear. Our team sat down on the beach with him, listened to his stories, and introduced him to our Lord and Savior. It was on this day, that the love of Christ touched this man.
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I’m 15 years old and the oldest of 5. I have four younger brothers and sisters, I do not know where they are, but I know they are somewhere in the world. When I was 6 years old my mother died, several months later my father remarried. My stepmother did not like me very much, she used to beat me and tell me that I was “no good”. She had a “special” stick that she would beat me with til I was black and blue with bruises and bleeding. After my beatings, she would force me to do all the house work. Eventually, my father and his new wife started having more babies.
My family was poor, so my step-mother convinced my father that he should hire me out to families who needed field hands. The families worked me hard- and some of them beat me.
I had dreams that one day I would grow up and marry a rich man so I wouldn’t have to work so hard. When I was 10 years old a man moved to our village. The man approached my parents, asking if he could buy me, he was in need of a servant. Without much hesitation, my parents said yes. I suppose they thought it’d be one less mouth to feed if the man took me away.
At first, the man was kind to me. He seemed charming. However, his “charm” didn’t last long, it wore off within a few hours of me being in his home. My first day at his home I was demanded to do all the house work, cook, and work in the fields. As night approached, the man grew angry and started drinking. I’ll never forget that night, it was the night that everything changed. Once I was done with my chores for the day, I went out back to bathe and wash the dirt off my body. My body ached from working so hard all day. In the stillness of the night, I could hear the white man coming home. I heard clashing coming from inside the house, curiosity overtook me as I peeked through the cracks of the wood to see the commotion inside. Anger was written all over his face. The stench of alcohol coming from his body was so strong that it was unbareable. I moved away from the house to return to my bathe, it was then that I felt his his rough hand grasp my neck. He dragged me inside the house as he yelled meaningless things at me. As I tried to calm him down, I felt the back of his hand collide with my cheek. Frightened, I attempted to crawl away, however, my attempts were useless as he trapped me and began beating me. That night, he had his way with me- I cried, pleading for him to stop because he was hurting me. But my cries went unheard. That night, I went to the shabby mat that was my bed, and as tears welled up in my eyes, I felt ashamed of who I was. With my head down and holding back my tears I thought to myself “How did this happen?” On the eve of my 11th birthday I had become a slave.This is just one story of one girl.
However, today, there are 27 million others who are living a story similar to Champei’s.
Let me break it down for you: The number of humans enslaved in the world today is double the 12 million Africans that were estimated to be enslaved in the 400 year history of transatlantic slave trade.But here is the truth: At one point, all of us were enslaved, however, Christ came and rescued us.
As children of God, we have been called to freedom and have been rescued from the things that have enslaved us. We were called to walk in freedom and to be imitators of Christ. Christ rescued us through His great love, allowing us to experience freedom. So here is my thought: What if we were rescued, so that we could rescue others?
The Lord beckon’s his people to “live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory” (1 Thess. 2.12). It is time for us as children of God to be so enraptured by the love of God, that we cannot help, but be a part of a beautiful movement to rescue the world. There is power in love, Christ was an example of this. Songwriter, Paul Klein, once wrote, “We will be the answer to Redemption’s call… Love conquers it all, cross all boundaries, and breaks down the walls.”
So I leave you with this-
Will you be the answer to Redemption’s call? Will you let the love of God move through you to rescue others?
Join us February 2012 as we become the answer to the call and work with children who have been rescued out of child slavery. For more information please visit: www.gointernational.tv/trips/haiti
Written by: Lindsey Eryn Clark
Though the Kuna’s live on a series of picture perfect islands, their lives are missing something key: God. As the sun rose, so did the team. Traveling from island to island, the team drew the attention of the Kuna’s through setting up carnivals for the children. It was through simple games that the team was able to gain the trust of the Kuna’s and have the opportunity to speak into their lives.
With passion in their hearts to see the change in the hearts of the Kuna’s, the team performed dramas for the Kuna’s that represented the gospel message. It was beautiful to see the Kuna’s receive truth and dedicate their lives to Jesus.
On a rainy day in the Islands, the team challanged one of the islands to a game of basketball. This particular island’s leaders had been very resistant to allowing a church to be built on the island. However, as the leaders of the island watched the team play a simple game of basketball with the Kuna’s, their hearts changed. The Leaders of the islands saw that there was something significantly different about the team, their hearts were full of beauty, hope, and genuine kindness. While to American’s this game basketball may seem “insignificant”, to the leaders of the island it displayed something more, it was something that ignited change in their hearts. After the team left the islands, the Kuna leaders allowed the Christians in the community to build a church on the island. Hope had come to the islands.
This summer two teams with forty one ordinary people were moved by compassion and were willing to be used by God were able to impact the nations of Cambodia and Panama this summer. Hope had come and lives were transformed by the love and healing power of Jesus. Throughout scripture the Lord beckons his people to “go out in to the world and proclaim the good news”, to “do good and plead the case of the widows and defend the fatherless”. This summer, the teams walked out in obedience and were in turn a part of a beautiful redemption story.
On the islands off the coast of Panama, our team found this sweet little boy named Jonathan. As the older kids participated in the floating carnivals, he stood off in the distance smiling at them.
Photo Credit: Lindsey Eryn Clark
I was wearing a simple necklace with one pearl hanging at the end of it the day I met Leah. I loved this necklace because it was a gift from a dear friend. Yet for some reason, I knew Leah needed this necklace. Not for the sake of fashion, but as a symbol of hope. Without even thinking I took the necklace off for the first time in three years and placed it around Leah’s neck. As I finished fastening the necklace around her neck, you would have thought I had handed her all the money in the world. Leah started laughing, crying, jumping, hugging me, and I was crying along with her. After her parade of emotions, she proceeded to tell me that a few days before our team visited her village she had been crying out to God asking him for a sign, any sign, to show her that He still loved her. She needed to know God could still see her and hear her cries. I looked at that necklace as just another gift from a friend. Leah saw the necklace as a sign from God that her life was still worth living, a trinket symbolizing hope for the future. It blows my mind that by simply giving of yourself you can literally change someones life.
There are millions of Leah’s out there just waiting for a signal of hope from God, you can be that light. You have the capability to fulfill the mandate God calls upon us in James 1: 27 which is: “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”
Join Go International this February as we travel back to Haiti to fulfill the mandate, save innocent lives and be a light in a world full of darkness.
In January 2010, Go International took their interns on the annual Mystery Trip and found themselves in Cambodia. Everyday, the team would visit the orphanage and these two young girls would come and play with the team. They had nothing, yet they were full of love and joy.
Photo Credit: Lindsey Eryn Clark
In January 2011, Go International travelled to South Africa to encourage and share the gospel with our brothers and sisters of Capetown.
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The team came across this beautiful little girl while traveling the streets of a sqautter camp in Capetown, South Africa.
Photo Credit: Lindsey Eryn Clark