Monday, July 21, 2008

Regions Beyond Mission Outreach

The Regions Beyond Missions Outreach is a missions project dedicated to the task of personally evangelizing and equipping multitudes in Honduras, Mexico, India, Australia, and Peru with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Beginning in April of 2008, and each month following for five months, teams will be departing to the mission field for two weeks of evangelistic outreach, leadership training, summer Bible clubs, youth outreach and worker training, Scripture distribution, discipleship training, and tract distribution.

During last year’s Missions Conference my Pastor challenged me to not only financially support other missionaries, but to also consider actively being a missionary. We are all called to go, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and the Regions Beyond Missions Outreach of Faith Baptist Church is allowing the members of Faith to fulfill God’s call. I accepted the Lord's call and will be on the last team for this year heading out to Peru.

We have seen great success with the first four mission trips and are now coming up on our fifth and final trip for this year. You can view pictures and updates from the previous trips on our church's site for Regions Beyond and will see daily updates during my trip to Peru.

Mission trip to Honduras in April 2008

Mission trip to Mexico City in May 2008

Mission trip to India in June 2008

Mission trip to Australia in July 2008

On August 11, 2008 the fifth missions team will be sent out from Faith Baptist Church to Tacna, Peru in South America. The team and I will be returning back home on August 25, 2008. We will be working with our missionaries the Earnharts, the team will be heading up two 5 day Vacation Bible Schools (the first week in Tacna and the second week in Arequipa) along with strengthening and developing local mission works through leadership training, special ladies meetings, teaching and preaching, and distributing tracts, New Testaments, and other materials.

Tacna, Peru lies south of the equator, in the foothills of the Andes. It is bordered on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil, on the southeast by Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. The main spoken language is Spanish, although a significant number of Peruvians speak Quechua or other native languages. We will be in Peru during their winter, so temperatures will be in the higher 50’s to the lower 60’s.

Please pray for us as we venture out to Peru in service for the Lord ! :)

Friday, October 05, 2007

Fall is officially here!

Well, it looks like it's official. The leaves are changing colours, there are pumpkins growing everywhere in Puyallup, and there is no sign of sunshine in the forecast. I was hoping for a Indian summer, but it appears we are getting the opposite! So far we're reaching record rainfall for the month of October and it's only the 7th! At least we'll have a good snowboarding season. ;-)

i get to drive down this street on the way to work five days a week! Isn't it gorgeous! In the spring I get to see everything come alive with the new blossoms and during the fall I get to see all the changing colours of the leaves! ;-)

Friday, August 31, 2007

Welcome Home!

33 days on the mission field in Africa! My Pastor (Pastor Mark Smith), the music director (Brandon Lane), our missionary to Honduras (Mike Lane), and a recently graduated teenager from our youth group (Bobby Gall) spent the last month passing out thousands of Bibles, New Testaments, and Sunday School material and teaching and encouraging the local pastors in the Zambia, Africa region. Can't believe it went by so fast, but I am so thankful they are back home safe. It's great to hear of the fruit of their labor on the mission field, with hundreds of people coming to know Christ as their Saviour and hundreds of pastors and thousands of Christians encouraged to continue in the Lord's work.

Welcome Home!

Michael Bublé Concert - Tuesday Aug. 28, 2007


Monday, August 27, 2007

Going on a hiking trip with the Single's group from my church. We drove for about 1.5 hours till we reached the ranger station and learned that the road to get to the trail we were going to hike has been washed out. So what do we do? Park and walk the 3 miles to get to the trailhead! Then proceed up the trail, a 1.8 mile hike to a beautiful lake with a small rabbit trail half way up to see the waterfalls.

Matt got a little sleepy on the way to the hike. :-D

Part of our motley crew taking up the lead on our 3 mile hike down the road to the trailhead.

More of the crew coming up behind us.

Finally made it to the trailhead and Jess and Steve take a food break. What's on the menu: goldfish and fruit! :-)

A large culvert under a small stretch of road that is still intact.

Andrea and Leanne in the culvert.

Is that Nelson? All I can see is his teeth! ;-)

Jess and Steve making there way through the culvert.

The view from the top of the pipe.

Jess and Steve on a log going across the trail. There were huge trees like this all over the along the trail.

Funky orange mushrooms. We saw a large assortment of weird fungus and mushrooms.

The falls were of to the right about half way up the trail.

Steve and Jess at the viewpoint overlooking the falls.

H.R., Andrea, & Laura climbing the falls.

Laura and Andrea trying to get wet. ;-)

Steve and Jess on the log bridge.

Finally made it to the lake and I'm lounging on huge log sticking out into the water.

Steve and Jess eating See food! ;-)

Our fearless leader, Bro. Schmaling!

Leanne and Jess singing Baby Shark. Good times! ;-)

Leanne tossing rocks in the Carbon River.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Sunset from the Olsen's back deck

Went to a baby shower Friday night and got to see a gorgeous sunset!