Monday, October 28, 2013

Family Evangelism Project....Halloween!!

For the record....and for those who are interested.....our family doesn't do Halloween. There are several reasons for this. Most of them are personal convictions that we have as a family, so we don't judge other families or look down on other families if they don't feel as strongly about this day as we do. But these are some of the reasons we do not "celebrate" Halloween:

  • This holiday has it's foundational beginnings in "hallowing" all things evil....spirits, Satan, demons, etc. Do a google search on Halloween and find out it's historical background. These websites have some really good things to read about it........go here....and here.

  • As a believer in Christ and the Bible as the Word of God, I believe we are warned that "....we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12

  • Because of this I believe we are being warned not to meddle with, dabble in, play with, or entertain anything related to the occult, demons, spirits or the devil. Instead, we should "Put on the whole armor of God, that ye (we) may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
Ephesians 6:11

  • As a Christian, I am an enemy of the devil. He is out to try to destroy my family, ruin my marriage, and break up my relationship with Christ. The Bible says he is as a "roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."
I Peter 5:8
  • Because of these things, not to mention the scary, creepy images all around that frighten my children and put images in their minds they can't get away from at night, I don't play with Halloween. Even the softer side of Halloween is not something we do. I've noticed that costumes and decorations are getting more whimsical and cute and harmless looking. But I just feel very strongly that the devil wants us to be deceived and can disguise evil as good in an effort to make us comfortable with what is inherently not right.

  • Plus, with a Type 1 Diabetic child in the house, we don't need all the extra candy floating around.

With all that being said, I LOVE FALL. I love the seasonal changes, and harvest time, and pumpkins, and pumpkin patches, and caramel apples, and county fairs!! We put up all the cutsy fall scarecrows and pumpkins and indian corn. We enjoy the season.

We also feel that it's our responsibility to find opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ, and to be light in the darkness and sadness pervading our culture. So I don't feel that it's right to slam the door, lock it, shut off all the lights, and hole up in the back of the house when the trick -or-treaters come knocking. What a terrific chance to tell them about the Lord and His answers to the problems in their lives!!! So since they are coming right to my door, I'm going to excite my children about being a missionary to their friends and neighbors.

So we bag up candy, tuck in a gospel tract, and wait for the children to come and get them!!! We don't generally dress up, and we love to show the love of Christ to those around us. This year we prepared 125 good new bags, and had only 14 left over at the end of the night. That's 111 tracts out on the streets of our town!!!

**Reposted from the archives

Monday, October 7, 2013

She got to meet the Chief! (Final installment of "Our red head goes on a journey")

Oh my.
How time has gotten away from me!!
It's almost the middle of OCTOBER now.
I have so many other things that I've wanted to journal and document
about our summer, but time is just getting away from me.
Especially since starting another year of homeschooling.
Even though there are many other aspects of Lexi's summer mission trip that
I really want to write about (including her day trip to London!!!),
I must move on to other things we are experiencing!!
So this will be the last of the series "Our red head goes on a journey......"

Meet Krobo Hene
Chief of the tribe of Krobo,
and "wealthy" landowner of the region who
donated the land for a new church building.

Here you can see the chief (under the back part of the umbrella)
flanked by his entourage as they are leaving the church building dedication ceremony.

The tribal chief (Krobo Hene) with the "Queen Mother".
This is not his wife nor his mother, but a woman in the political structure
that is entirely unfamiliar to me.
His position is similar to the mayor of an American city with higher heads of leadership
above him.
Those surrounding him here are "sub-chiefs."


The mission team in front of the chief's palace.

The chief's palace.

When I saw this picture and heard my daughter's stories of how the people of Ghana live,
I was reminded that here in America, we all live wealthy spoiled lives.
My home (which is very small by American standards) would be considered a PALACE to most people
living in third world countries.
So why does it even seem important to find the cutest thing on sale at Hobby Lobby to crown my mantel with for this autumn season?

What can I do for Jesus?
In a wealthy nation such as ours, where even those living in poverty here have so much more available to them than those living ordinary lives in Ghana, what should my responsibility be to promote the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
Am I living with an awareness that I did not have to be born in this country?
That I do not deserve the freedoms and opportunities that living here affords me.......
simply because I was BORN here?  I did not choose that.
How can I live a life of gratitude for the blessings I never earned and have an attitude
of continual contentment for what I do have?
To see that my cup overFLOWS and that I have so much to share.
So. much.
Especially the knowledge of the saving grace of Jesus Christ from a life of bondage.....
a life of no options......
a salvation that is free for the taking.

"By and by when on look on His face......
I'll wish I had given Christ more."