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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Minded For Missions

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.   Romans 12:1
    To Montana or bust                                               Welcome to Jordan, MT
        Englewood First Baptist Church mission team in Jordan, MT
To live the Christian life is to allow Jesus to live His life in and through us. Galatians 2:20 says, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Jesus spent his life on earth as a servant and as a dedicated follower of Jesus, I believe in living my life in service to Him. Part of my service is going on mission trips. Being a missionary is first about spreading the word of Jesus, and second showing His love in service to others.
    A service window in their kitchen                        Replacing the back porch
Last July was my first mission trip. Since it was the churches first adult mission trip too, the plan was to stay within the boundaries of the United States. Our mission team leader contacted a few places and after much prayer, we were headed to Jordan, MT. Jordan in located in Garfield County, which is the size of Connecticut and only has a population of 1100. Talk about your wide open spaces. We had 48 members (22 were youth) of our church travel from Englewood, TN to Jordan, MT. While there, members made many repairs to the Jordan Community Bible Church and the parsonage, visited the nursing home, cooked, painted, did lots of yard work, were counselors for Bible camp, did some ranch work, and held VBS for the community. I was director for VBS. There I met and fell in love with many adorable children. We started VBS in a large tent in the park, but those Montana winds caused us to finish the week out in the local service hall. The drive was long, but it was the first time I had been that far west. The country is beautiful and we got to do some site seeing on our way home.
    VBS helpers and students                                    Handsome little Montana cowboy
    Going to the church for lunch                               Singing and dancing

    Sharing the gospel with colored birds
This year I have two mission trips to attend. The first one is with our church youth. I am currently serving as a youth sponsor (my first year). The youth, which is ages 13yo to 18yo, goes on a mission trip every summer. They usually attend Appalachian Outreach. At AO, they are given projects of construction for homes that have started deteriorating. I am leaving this Sunday with 22 youth and we will return Friday, July 1st. My second mission trip is with the adults of our church. This year we are heading over to Pierre, SD. My family and I will leave July 8th and return July 18. On this trip, I will be singing, taking my therapy dog to local nursing homes, and cooking the meals for our team. We have been praying that the flooding will start to recede before we get there.
Interested in visiting Pierre, SD or Appalachian Outreach? Follow this links for more info:


  1. Hi Tisha-

    Thanks for your post about my bunny planter. I wanted to make sure you saw the answers to your questions, so I'm answering you here.

    Yes, the acrylic enamels for outdoor use should work on your concrete planter. I'm not quite sure if they come in anything but gloss though.

    I've also used a primer like Kilz, then regular craft or household paint followed by an outdoor sealer. The one I like is Delta Ceramcoat Varnish for exterior/interior. Read the bottles carefully because the one they make just for interior is in the same bottle so it's easy to pick up the wrong one.

    Do NOT put the sealer over the outdoor paint. I've done this before and it causes a reaction that will discolor the paint.

    If you are using the vernish, be aware that for light colors like white, cream, or a very pale color over time (I've had this happen a year or two after I've painted something) it will discolor. Yet of all the varnishes I've tried for outdoor stuff, the Delta one is the least obvious one to yellow or change the color of the paint.

    If you don't mind the chipppy look, you can paint your planter just with craft or household paint and let it naturally weather over time. That's a pretty look too if that's what you like.

    Hope that answered a few of your questions!

  2. HiYa Tisha,
    Finding that I know you from several different areas on the WWW. It sure is hard to keep track of everybody, but I must laugh at myself.

    I wish you a safe and happy trip. I'll bet that you will have lots and lots of great pictures to show us!

  3. Cozy, your paint info is very helpful. I'll see what I can find in my area. Thank you for responding personally and making sure I get the message.

  4. Hey Susan,
    I know what you mean about the WWW. I have just started promoting my store with all these social networks (blog, twitter, facebook, flickr) and I'm slowing finding the circles of people.

    Yes, I will have lots of pictures to share when I get back! LOL


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