Hello precious family and friends!
Can you believe we’ve passed Thanksgiving and were now headed into the Christmas season and moving quickly into 2014?!
I know we are all looking forward to what next year will hold, but I think it is just as important to take a look at what all has happened this year. We should take time to evaluate to see where we are at, what all we accomplished and so on. I was listening a minister and decided to take a hold of what he was talking about.
And this is the idea:
“…Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the first fruits of the crops you sow in your field. “Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field. “Three times a year all the men are to appear before the Sovereign Lord. (Exodus 23:16-17 NIV)
“Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest. “Celebrate the Festival of Weeks with the first fruits of the wheat harvest, and the Festival of Ingathering at the turn of the year. Three times a year all your men are to appear before the Sovereign Lord, the God of Israel. I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your territory, and no one will covet your land when you go up three times each year to appear before the Lord your God. (Exodus 34:21-24 NIV)
It is not just the feast of the “harvest” that I am to be focusing on, but the feast of the “Ingathering.” The feast of the “Ingathering” is all about taking stock of the success of this year. Taking stock of my prayers, what has been answered and what still has yet to be answered. How many lives I impacted for the kingdom of heaven, salvation, healing…and so on. I need to take stock financially how much I have given into the kingdom of heaven and how much I have received. The end of the year is a time of gathering together all my labor to evaluate all that happened. When I take stock I find reasons to praise and worship the King. God wants me to occupy larger territories and it is my job to receive the responsibility that He has placed in my hands.
Our Christian walk with our heavenly Father is not just to affect “me” and “my house,” but the whole house of God. And when we truly take a step back and evaluate we can see where our priories are and where they have been this year.
In John 15:7-8 ” If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. This is to my Fathers glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
Above are some collage pictures of the last 10 1/2 months. I personally have taken stock of this year and below is part of my “Ingathering” for you to see…because you too are apart of this years harvest and ingathering.
I have traveled over 41,634 miles, hundreds hours worth of travel to 4 countries, 8 states, 25 cities and 10 different Indigenous villages. As I went from place to place the ministry was not always the same, the heart of the people was always the same. A desire to have peace with a living God and to truly know Him. Through Gospel crusades, evangelism training, evangelism, conferences, preaching to the youth and to adults thousands of lives were effected this year whether salvation, re-dedication, emotional healing, physical healing, or empowered through the Word of God…I can confidently say there is fruit of my labor all over Brazil this year and you are apart of it.
Thank you so much to those who have faithfully prayerfully and financially given to me and to the work happening in the Amazon and through out Brazil this year! Words are not enough for the love and support you have shown me.
I was not able to get on my flight back to the USA due to some complications with renewing me visa, so I am still here in Campina Grande with the hub of Rhema Brazil. I am unsure of when I will be returning at this time, so if I do not see you in the states before Christmas… Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!
if you would like to send in a last donation before “years end” You can go to www.rhema.org/alumni/jrogers
Love and blessings from you missionary to Brazil,