Brenda's Blog

  • Where's Your Focus During the Off Season?

    Where's Your Focus During the Off Season?

    Have  you ever felt discouraged? Doubted your faith? Just really felt like "what the h-e- double-hockey -sticks is going on in my life??" I gotta be honest and transparent with you, I have recently been discouraged. Only for like the past week or so and I just could not understand why.  I even started really doubting that I could hear from the Holy Spirit, I felt so dis-connected in my prayer life, and yes, I even started to question If God was really with me. WHOA.. I KNOW! It's a little disheartening and I know.. I KNOW... there are many of you who relate to this.

    So, what do you do? Do you  stay in it and choose to wallow in negativity?? I gotta tell you, even though I was the star of something in my life this season.. my very own pity party...HECK NO I wasn't going to stay here!!!!! 

    So what did I do? I told God! YES! I am honest with Him always. If I can't paint a picture of "fake happiness" in my work, why the heck would I be fake with God and in my prayer life? LOL!! He knows everything anyways, so if I told Him I was just fine, then I would be lying.

    LORD, you have examined my heart, and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You know what I am going to say even before I say it. Psalm 139:1-2/4

    Keep searching for Him and His guidance. Jesus died for you, God sacrificed Him for you.. because He loves you. Even though I felt totally unconnected and discouraged, I kept listening to music and sermons and kept reading the Word. Yes there were times when I was like "really? Cuz I don't feel what you are saying in this song or verse.. like, not at all.. nope" That of course was my rebellious spirit, which I had to rebuke several times. I made it a goal to go out and meet other Christians, get invloved with churches and volunteering, get into a gym, and ride my brother's bike as much as possible. I kept seeking.

    Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

    Then one day, I saw a vision of me walking on the beach, so I fasted and went to the beach. I sat down and I looked into the Ocean and I said "OK God, what is it you want from me? Why am I here?" THEN... WHOA...this is crazy God stuff... 2 guys walked up to me, they were missionaries, YES, they were from the Navigators... WHAT?!?! IS THIS HAPPENING? YES! And they told me to TRUST JESUS, and I literally cried... ok, I got teary eyed. GOD MET ME ON THE FREAKIN' BEACH!!!!! RIGHT WHEN I ASKED HIM TO! I WAS FLOORED!!!

    Oh it didn't stop there!! OK, so this is kinda silly, I was listening to Ricky Schroder, of all people..lol! And he said this:

    "When things are down, count your blessings, be thankful, and focus on the good things that YOU DO HAVE not what you don't have "

    DUH! I said to myself. All the Joyce Meyers, Steven Furtick, Eleven 22 Pastor Joby, Middleburg Methodist, TD Jakes, Brian Houston Hillsong Channel sermons kept saying this same message to me over and over again and BAM!! There is GOD in front of me the whole dang time!!!  He is always in front of you! ALWAYS! God is so freakin' awesome and loving I can't even stand it... well I can.. you know what I mean! LOL!

    Can you focus on the good in your life during the off season/trials/storms??? Sit for a moment and meditate on ALL YOUR BLESSINGS! All the good.. Big and small.

    He has placed such awesome and loving people in my life. My family.. wow they just are so loving and supportive of me, my new friends at the churches I am involved in, they are all being used by God to keep me strong and they don't even realize it.. they are all just being themselves: loving and kind. I see Jesus in all of them. Those are the blessings I have been given and they are some of the reasons why the Holy Spirit told me to come home. So that I could focus on PEOPLE WHO LOVE ME, and rebuild the respect of PEOPLE in my life and how important they are for joy... COMMUNITY. (Thank you too YWAM for that one) Jesus is using other people in my life right now, not status.... I am learning, and my humle pie is tasting better and better.

    Is it possible you could still feel discouraged? I am still a bit discouraged at times, yes I will admit that, but I will keep my focus on Him. Because even when we are stubborn, He still looks after us. He doesn't give up on us, we do...

    MY ENCOURAGEMENT TO YOU:

    Keep seeking! Even when you just dont believe or dont want to, even when you just hate the world and have no hope. When you are the star of your daily pity party, like I was, KEEP SEEKING. He is right in front of you. Jesus died for you.  I hear dhtis at a workshop the other day at The Church of Eleven22Think of someone you LOVE with all your heart and soul...Would you sacrifice your child for this person? Heck no right?  BUT GOD DID!! HE DID IT FOR YOU!  That is how much He loves you! Stay in the WORD, get involved with other people, blast positive music in your ear, go to the gym, go wherever you feel good, JUST GO! Go and seek! We just tend to look in the other direction sometimes because sometimes we are looking for what we expect to find. When really, the answers, the treasures, are in what HE SEES and what HE KNOWS IS BEST FOR US. And sometimes, that is different than our expectations. But rememebr, His is alwasy better than ours. And I can't help but believe, and have hope, that even when we are completely stubborn adn want things OUR WAY... His is still better....

     God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him. Romans 8:28

    The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Galations 5:22

  • Home!

    Home!

    Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.  So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up." Galatians‬ ‭6:7-9

    #AdventuresWithRoxy #Home😝

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  • Road Trippin!

    I have been road trippin' over the last couple of weeks, and I wanted to share with you a few things.  What I have learned and some of my "vlog-ettes"  

    I like to call this past year of my life my "Eat, Pray, Love Tour." Like Julia Roberts in the movie, I have been able to travel and learn a lot abou tlife, a lot about me.  I have learned that life is too short and why not invest in what brings you JOY?!?!  It is not always easy to get away whenever you want and just soul search, but over the past year, I have been blessed with that opportunity.  Funny how I had to go through some pain, humility, pruning, and loss to get this blessing, but it was all so worth it!!!! 

    Here are a couple snippets of wisdom I learned:

    Don't settle for things that bring you pain and negativity

    Take a stand and set boundaries

    Love others, even when you they hurt you

    Have a solid, sturdy, loving SPIRITUAL LIFE

    PRAY!!!

    Look at the brightside in every situation, even when you everything looks horrific 

    You may fail at things, but you are never a failure.

    Don't give up!

    LOVE others and LOVE YOU!!!

    Be good to animals!

    Get rid of JUNK!

    Appreciate all the people who have helped you in life

    Help others when you can

    Pluck your eyebrows in outside light

    Hiking is great for the soul!

    Good strong coffee is a blessing

    Facials and wine are sooooo much fun on girls night

    Southern Sweet Tea is better then any "new age trendy health food drink"

    Home is where the heart is

    Be you... that's who God created, You are His masterpiece and He is never wrong

    Nothing beats family and being around those who love you.... NOTHING

    And now here are some fun "vlog-ettes" from my latest road trip! 

     

    Breakfast in Paradise! #blessed #roadtrippin #bestfriends #family @tfuchs76579 you make me a better person... I ❤️ u

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    Texas Traffic Jam #I❤️TX

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    Making new friends already..... #I❤️TX #Clyde

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  • WHY I LEFT A GREAT JOB TO PURSUE....

    WHY I LEFT A GREAT JOB TO PURSUE....

    I don’t expect you to understand what it means to hear from the Holy Spirit, or to follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance.  But I am on this crazy adventure right now, and I am following something He has been showing me. As a matter of fact, I don’t blame you to think I am a bit wacky to admit that to you! LOL!! Cuz, if truth be told, I am very wacky!  Sometimes the things I do has Jesus up in Heaven shaking His head saying” Oh my sweet child what are you up to now?!” That is our awesome Jesus, His love, mercy, and grace also comes with a sense of humor!

    Well, you may know of my time spent in Nepal with YWAM, you may have even read my earlier blog posts about how my time with YWAM COS was a jubilee season.  My jubilee was family.  Jubilee is things that God restores to you, all debts paid.  I lost my mom when I was only 25, that kick-started my cocaine addiction. (I am now recovered and clean 8 years on June 20th!!)  Well, when I was in Nepal, the Holy Spirit restored my mom’s love through the people of Nepal.  Especially this one woman, Pushpa, a spunky Believer, a strong amazing woman and mom.  Also the culture in Nepal is a lot like my mom’s Filipino culture, so all this love just poured back into my heart, because the Holy Spirit gave it all back to me! He reminded me about the love of my mother and how it makes me who I am today! I forgot all that and I never realized it.  Then I was able to meet my Filipino half sister, whom I never met before! We met in an airport on the flight home from Nepal.  Then the Holy Spirit would put thoughts of my dad in my heart. He found Jesus a couple of years before he died of cancer.  I will never forget the days I would call him crying about boys and he would say "CALM DOWN CHILD!" and read me bible verses!  LOL!!  And when I returned home to the USA I spent time with my brother and his family, and we became closer than we ever have. My sister in law became my close friend and Sister in Christ, and my nieces well, they just stole my heart! And I know that is because of the love of Jesus and how HE is bringing family so alive for me.  Everyone I bonded with during missions in Nepal knew how much family was the highlight of my trip and how the Holy Spirit restored that for me.  

    So when I came back to the USA and received a call from The Fish in Portland OR, I was so excited that WOW!! I am gong to make a comeback to my career! Like Sally Field once said “You like me! You really like me!!” LOL!! I was so excited and they really took care of me.  What an amazing group of people, my bosses and co-workers at Salem Media.. WOW!  They loved on me and really made it feel like home.  But something was missing.  It’s like Solomon talks about in Ecclesiastes 2:10-11:

    I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. 

    I truly felt in my heart I was not continuing on in my journey with the Holy Spirit about family.  I realized everything I have here in Portland is pretty awesome, but I feel alone out here, and I miss my family like crazy. Not to mention in YWAM you are never alone, you are consistently surrounded by people, who become your family; loving and annoying, LOL!!  Anyway, I could not stop thinking about my little niece saying to me as I was packing up to move from Florida to Portland, she said “Tita, please don’t go, please find a job here and stay.”  That was heartbreaking to me, but I had to go, my pride took me back to my career.  

    Sometimes in life we make decisions that are not the path that God intended...or are they? Hmmm...  But, I did find a huge treasure while here in Portland… no matter what we do, what path we take, when we have relationship with Jesus, He is with us.  I sometimes expect huge waves of His “signs” in my life, big change and big answers! But here on this journey, He showed me His little hugs every single day.  And even though I may have taken a different journey, He didn't become mad at me, or stop caring about me.  He just wanted me to see His love for me, His unconditional love. All He wants is relationship with us.  All He wants is for us to know that He loves us!! He wants us to know that His Grace and Mercy and love and plans for us are already taken care of, that no matter where we go or what we do, HE STILL LOVES US!! We may have to go through some refining, some pruning, some pain, some discipline, but He does not fail or abandon us!!!

    I am closer to Him than I ever was…. And now I am going to follow the rest of the journey that the Holy Spirit had me on in Nepal… and that’s the jubilee of family.  So, as my time here in Portland was amazing and I hiked my face off, I am going home.  I am leaving a great job to pursue .... the Holy Spirit's jubilee journey...FAMILY. For the first time in my life.. ever..I am choosing family over career.  I have no idea what is going to happen, I have no job or anything, but I do know this, I trust Jesus and I get to tell my niece.… “Hey Girl… I am gonna stay this time…”  

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. (Jeremiah 29:11-14)

  • When You Don't Know What To Do... Just BE PERSISTENT!!!!

    Are you ever at a point in your life where you are like “GOD WHERE THE HECK ARE YOU??” AHHHHHH!!! The answer is… EVERYWHERE and always with you!

    But there are times when it doesn’t seem like it right?? Not that He does not love you, but He just isn’t answering your desperate need for an answer… NOW!

     

    Sometimes don’t you wish He would just knock you over the head with a 4x4 with the answers to your questions/prayers?   I mean not literally, but you know what I mean.  Sometimes it is like, Jesus can you just send me a text with the clear and definite answers.. PLEASE?!?!?

     

    Ever feel that way?  If not your life is perfect and you can stop reading this…

     

    Yes! I knew you would keep reading! LOL!  I am/just went through this and man what a roller coaster ride of crazy-ness! I returned from a 6-month mission trip. ½ in the states for training, and ½ in Nepal for ministry.  When I returned to the USA, I was a different person, and I still am that new person, with a new refreshed outlook on life… so going BACK to a life that I had before I left was terrifying to me.  A life on the crazy world of radio, life in show biz.  AHHHH!! It scared the heck out of me. 

     

    So, God had set up this awesome opportunity for me to get back into Christian radio, a great gig! But He taught me in Nepal how important family is. He restored and redeemed so many things about love and family while I was overseas.  So I came back to America and was spending time with them and decided ok, I am going to get a job and stay near my family in Florida or Texas, one of the 2. 

     

    SO, of course this radio job would take me away from my family! OF COURSE. Life just isn’t going to be exactly what I want it to be.. of course not.

    But the bible does not promise us that.

     

    So I interviewed and applied for jobs near my family, not radio, but in ministry or with Christian families.  Great jobs too!  But, everything was in such a crazy time crunch.   I did everything I could to not have to leave my family, I even told God a zillion times.. “SHUT THE DOOR TO THE RADIO GIG IF YOU DON’T WANT ME TO TAKE IT!! SLAM IT GOD!! I can’t do this without you, I NEED A SIGN.. NOW!” But he just kept on opening the doors to the radio gig.  If an obstacle came up to keep me from going, God would move them out of the way.. GRRRRRRRR, I was thinking..  Jesus.. really?? You just taught me all about family and how important it is, and now you want me to leave them. AGAIN??? WHAT?!?!  I have to go back to show biz and get into all that crazy life style that I was living my whole life… moving around the country to places where I have no one and I am alone, and have to start all over again?

     

    “The signs you are looking for, you can always find them in THE WORD, THE BIBLE!” `~some guy on the radio…

     

    I was so lost, I was so confused.  Because there was so many amazing things that came with the job, and so many amazing things that came with staying near my family.. so what the heck??? WHAT AM I GOING TO DO??? There was no door slamming in any of the choices I had.. WHAT?!?!

     

    So, I stayed in the WORD, and I prayed and prayed and prayed and did intercession with the Holy Spirit daily.. some days nothing.. not a peep from the Holy Spirit.  Some days… He gave me little things to do, but I still had no clear answer. But I did know, that NO MATTER WHAT I CHOSE, GOD WOULD STILL LOVE AND TAKE CARE OF ME!

     

    That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (Matthew 6:25-27)

     

    Ok, that was not good enough for me. Holy Spirit, but can you give me clear answer on what to do?? Like can you spell it out for me? Call me? Text me something!!! PLEASE!

     

    So I just kept on praying and seeking…

     

    Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. (Luke 12-31)

     

     

     

    The enemy found a foothold in that.  He told me I was a failure. He tried to get me to doubt God, that all the spiritual growth I had in Nepal was false.  That I put myself here in this position because I made such bad decisions in my life. That I am a single 43 year old who has no kids, no one loves me, I am a joke of a woman, and no one would respect me because I am job-less, husband-less, and child-less. So he tried to tell me that I was going to end up with no job anywhere and just be a loser and all my life was just a waste, all my hard work would be soon forgotten.

     

    YES that is how bad it got.  That is how the enemy TRIED to STOP me..

    BUT we ALL KNOW JESUS wins.. ALWAYS! EVERYTIME!

     

     So I kicked the enemy in the bootie …I stayed in the Word, very close to the Word… EVERY SINGLE DAY.  I continued in prayer and intercession daily. I reached out to people.  I asked for prayers and help from my awesome strong spiritual mentors and my life mentor.  I served, I humbled, and I believed and claimed daily that I AM A CHILD OF GOD. I was PERSISTENT.

     

    One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people.  A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’  The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”

    Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. 7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! (Luke 18:1-8)

     

    Finally I just decide that I was going to take the radio job, it’s ministry, there are awesome people who were fighting for me, and my new bosses were being so supportive in Godly, upstanding, moral ways.  They earned my respect in a strong and powerful way. They were not being like other people I have worked for in the past.  God never shut the door, so I knew He has a purpose in this. I may have been kicking and screaming, but I got in my car and started my journey from Florida all the way across the country to Portland, Oregon.

     

    Again, the enemy came back and was like nope.. Guess what, I am going to give you another obstacle to keep you from going. ..

     

    So, once I got to my family in Texas, I started having doubts .. AGAIN!!! I have a best friend in Texas who has a powerful little church, 3P Arena Cowboy Church, and they all prayed for me.  Again FAMILY. A strong Christian FAMILY. Right here in front of my own eyes in the greatest state in the world.. TEXAS. They did not even know me and they prayed for me.  And I heard the Pastor say “WE NEED TO GET OUT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT’S WAY!!” Jesus why am I so confused?? This is a no brainer!

     

    Did I create my own trap here? Was I so insecure and scared to make a solid choice that I made it harder for myself? Was this all my doing?

     

    So I stayed in the WORD… again thank God I was in Luke.  I was reading about how Jesus, moments before He was about to be betrayed by Judas, tortured, mocked, and crucified, He was in the garden begging God to stop the suffering. Begging Him, please Father do not allow this to happen. But Jesus said "YOUR WILL BE DONE FATHER" And I thought, “my goodness Brenda, Jesus was about to DIE and here you are crying over whether you should leave your family for a MINISTRY JOB?? To work for people who like you??”  That sure did humble me and change the way I was thinking. My suffering is NOTHING compared to that.  Jesus inspired me that even if it hurts, if it is God's will, it will be powerful ministry! Someone somewhere somehow will feel the love of Jesus through all of this!

     

    So I kept reading the WORD and kept doing intercession with Jesus.

     

    Finally, one day in a hotel room on my way to Portland…. I FINALLY HEARD CLEARLY FROM the HOLY SPIRIT… LOUD AND CLEAR!!! I was reading in Luke, when Jesus was telling the disciples that those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank.  God reminded me don’t let ego get to me, He said loud and clear “GO AND SERVE!!!!!!”  Do not “go and work,” He said “GO AND SERVE!!”   I lost it! I was so thankful; a huge weight was lifted from my heart. That changed EVERYTHING for how I was looking at getting back into radio.  Take the lowest rank Sister, and SERVE, period.

    Then I was listening to a sermon from New Spring Church with Davy Blackburn. He said

     "Everything God gives us in life, good AND BAD, is what we would ask for IF WE KNEW everything that HE KNOWS"

     

    That was it… God finally got to me… He just needed me to go through all the emotions, ups and downs, fears and doubts, happy and sad moments. Laughter and tears, to finally just LET GO AND LET GOD!! I finally could GET OUT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT’S WAY!!!! 

     

    SO, now I am here in Portland and God is with me.  I am still scared, I don’t know what will happen. I am sure I will mess up at a few things, I ain't perfect!  But I DO HAVE the POWER of THE HOLY SPIRIT, and that is ALL WE NEED! 

     

     

    MY ENCOURAGEMENT TO YOU:

    When you have no idea what God is trying to tell you, when you have no idea what you are suppose to do, when you can't seem to figure our what road to take at the crossroads, don’t stop seeking Jesus, BE PERSISTENT! NEVER STOP!!!! He is with you, He is there, sometimes we just have to go through every emotion in the book to finally GET THE HECK OUT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT’S WAY! TRUST HIM!!!

     

    “When You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move

    When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through

    When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You

    I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!"

      Lauren Daigle

     

     

    SO TUNE IN!! I am back on the air!!!

    NELSON AND BRENDA in the Morning!!!!

     

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  • When YOU say YES to JESUS...

    THANK YOU to all who prayed and supported me for God's mission to Nepal with YWAM!! I LOVE YOU!!! Look at what YOU HELPED with by saying YES to Jesus... everyone in this video and MANY MORE were touched by the love of Jesus because of YOU!!! 

    As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words! 2 Cor 9:13-15

    PRAISE JESUS!!!!!

    Because you answered His call to support me, and I answered His call to “GO”, we together were used by God to do HIS WORK across the WORLD!!!!!!!!

    I am just so excited to share with you what God has done through you and I because we were bold and said “YES!”

    This is some of the amazing things that God used you and me for in Nepal:

      • SANU and KUMAR: A married couple in Chitwan, Nepal who reconciled through the power of the Holy Spirit! They were once Buddhists and were saved through the church I was working with! Kumar is an alcoholic, and with lots of prayer, song, intercession, and casting out of opposite spirits, God finally exposed that and now the church is working with the couple to strengthen them through the love and power of Jesus!                       PRAYER: please pray that they keep strong in Jesus and he does not fall back into alcohol and abuse.
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      • DISCIPLE TRAINING IN THE VILLAGE OF ARKHALLA, NEPAL: We were in this village in the hills for a couple of weeks during Christmas.  Our YWAM teams taught the youth and adults in the church about Forgiveness, hearing the Voice of God, breaking past bondage by knowing the Father Heart of God, and how to make time for prayer and intercession with Jesus. Out of this came powerful testimonies and casting out of many negative spirits.  PRAYER: pray these teachings stay with them as a church so they can grow in JESUS!
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      • VILLAGE COUNCIL HEARD ABOUT JESUS! : My team’s biggest ministry was preaching, teaching, and sharing testimonies. I have to admit, this is where I shined for Jesus!!!!! I LOVE SHARING!! I LOVE PREACHING THE GOSPEL!!! Why? Because I have been through so many crazy things in my life that Jesus has restored and redeemed, that I can’t help but SHARE how HE can and WILL do the same for others!!  As you may know, about one year ago, I lost my job.  I was devastated! But God taught me “not to worry” HE will take care of me.  When we went to visit these men on the village council, the Holy Spirit told me to share with them my testimony of getting through the loss of my job through the scripture Matthew 6:25-34. These men were not believers, YET, but when I was able to share with them about how God will help them when they worry about their village and their families, this was so powerful!!  THEY UNDERSTOOD!!! They heard the scripture they shook their heads, they listened, they felt it, and the seed was planted!                 PRAYER:  Pray that Jesus continues to work in their hearts and they BELIEVE!!
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      • SOLAR PANELS FOR NABI CHILDREN’S HOME IN CHITWAN, NEPAL: WOW!  The children in this home (12 total) are here for many reasons, but the main one is because their parents either died from the earthquake, or they had to leave the country to work, so they left their children.   This home is a Christian YWAM base. The kids here are learning and growing with Jesus. The government was threatening to shut down this home.  One of the requirements for a children’s' home to stay open is no lights by candle at night. Nepal is on an electricity schedule; it is not on all the time. Candles are a fire hazard. This Chitwan base did not have Solar Panels to have lights when the power is off… BUT NOW THEY DO!!! PRAISE JESUS!! I donated some of your money to the cause… THANK YOU!! Because you answered God’s call to support me, you have saved these kids from being separated and possibly going to a non-Christian home! These children are amazing! We fell in love with them! I am still very close to the house mom. Her name is Pushpa. PRAYER: please pray that these children continue to grow in Christ, and pray for the Nabi Children home to stay up and running. They always need funds and prayers!

      • PUSHPA and GOD’s REDEEMING JUBILEE: God not only used you to help people in Nepal, but you also changed my life! Pushpa and I became close friends, I believe in my heart Jesus brought me to her, because we both lost our mother’s at a young age. And she looks like my mom did 20 years ago!!! Through her, her love for Jesus, the people of Chitwan, and the congregation of the Trinity Fellowship Church in Chitwan, God JUBILEE promise came to life, He wiped our debts of the loss of our mom’s. He restored the love of my mom that was taken from me when she died almost 20 years ago.  His redeeming love came overflowing back into my life! He reminded me what the love of FAMILY is!!  My dad died as well, a few years ago, and God restored all that lost love while I was in Chitwan. So I left Nepal with lots of love in my heart, and the power of the Holy Spirit to know how important the love of FAMILY is to us all.                                                                              PRAYER: Please pray for my family and for Pushpa’s family and for the family of Trinity Fellowship Church in Chitwan

      • I MET MY BIG SISTER FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! : Our flight back from Nepal to USA was changed as we were flying to Nepal.  One of the lay overs was in Frankfurt, Germany where my sister lives.  We have the same mom, different dads.  We have been wanting to meet for years, and God made it happen on my way home.  Again… JUBILEE!!!!! He restored the love of FAMILY… AGAIN!!!!! PRAYER: Please pray that she has a strong relationship with Jesus.  Pray that her and I can be together again soon!!!

      • PRAYERS FOR TIBETAN REFUGEE WOMEN: We spent some time in Pokhara; there in the hills is a Tibetan refugee camp and a Buddhist Temple. Some women who live there go to Pokhara Lakeside to sell jewelry for money to live.  We were able to talk with them about Jesus and pray with them!! We went to visit them a few times and prayed each time.  SEED PLANTED!!! PRAYER: Pray for God to provide for them and pray that Jesus keeps working on their hearts so one day they will be SAVED!

      • CHILDREN LEARNING AND GROWING WITH JESUS!   God had used us to play with and teach the children of the Bahdee Village, Dang, Arkhalla, Chitwan, and the Pokhara slums.  During those times we played with them, we taught about Jesus, taught English, and just loved on them!! These amazing beautiful children are learning about JESUS!!!!!! YES!!!  That means they are the next generation of Nepal that can continue to spread the Gospel!! PRAYER:  Please pray for all the children to grow in Jesus! Pray for the communities and other missionaries to continue to pour the love of Jesus into them so they can spread the GOSPEL for the rest of their lives!

     

    This is just a small testimony of what God has done with you and me in Nepal! Words cannot express to you what YOU HAVE DONE because YOU SAID YES to GOD TO SUPPORT ME!!!!!!!! People on the other side of the world are closer to Jesus because we said, “YES!” Thank you my friend.

    Please continue to PRAY with me as I am praying about going out on the field again.   I am praying for confirmation of who, what,  where, and when!  

    How can I pray for you? (Please e mail me brendaprice18@gmail.com with your requests)

    I LOVE YOU and I thank you with all my heart and soul for allowing us all to get closer to Jesus through missions and love. Thank you and GOD BLESS you!

    Love, your Sister in Christ,

    Brenda Price

     

    The Great Commission

     Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!

    Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:16-20)

     

    “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
        “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.  (Isaiah 55:8)

     

    Early the next morning Jesus went out to an isolated place. The crowds searched everywhere for him, and when they finally found him, they begged him not to leave them. But he replied, “I must preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other towns, too, because that is why I was sent.” So he continued to travel around, preaching in synagogues throughout Judea. (Luke 4:42-44)

     

    Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say,

    “They share freely and give generously to the poor.
        Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”

    For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

    Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.

    As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace

    God has given to you.

     Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words! (2 Corinthians 9: 6-15)

  • After 40+ Years, I Finally Will Meet MY SISTER!!!!

    After 40+ Years, I Finally Will Meet MY SISTER!!!!

    When I was a little girl, I would always dream about having my big sister come live with us in America.  I wanted to have bunk beds so when she came to live with us, we could share a room.  I always wanted to have my big sister in my life.  Finally, decades later, this dream is about to come true!

    I GET TO MEET MY BIG SISTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I can't even write this without tears coming to my eyes.  I can't even begin to tell you how this feels in my heart.  This is a total gift from God! It is only for a few hours on a layover, but I don't even care if it was only for a few minutes.  I get to hug my sister!!! 

    My mom came to America after the Vietnam war.  She married my dad who served in the United States Air Force. When she left the Philippines, she left behind a little girl, her name was Susan, my big sister. We have the same mom, but different dads.  My mom truly believed that she could eventually bring my sister to America once she and my dad could make enough money. It never happened.  We grew up poor, but my brother and I have always wondered why, why could we never meet our half-sister?  My brother and I always wanted to meet her... our big sister!

    Our parents are in Heaven now, and we never really got the chance to know about my mom's side of the family.  We just knew we had a big sister in the Philipppines that my mom loved very very much.  We remember the letters they would write back and forth, but we couldn't read them because they were written in Tagalog.  We talked to our sister on the phone once or twice.  Said "Hello." I rememember that being so weird because we would say "my mom.. uh...I mean OUR mom." 

    My mom died about 18 years ago.  We tried to find Susan but we just had such a hard time.  We didn't have social media back then.  A few years ago, when my mom's mom  was very sick, she told my sister to "please find your brother and sister in America."  Then she passed away and that is when my sister googled me and my brother and found us via social media.  We have been in touch ever since. We actually have a lot of family in the Philippines, that we never knew about.  My sister married a German man and now she lives in Germany. 

    I am traveling in Nepal right now with a team from YWAM, and when we were traveling last December, our return flights for March were changed to have a layover in Germany.  INSTANTLY I contacted my sister and was like " WE MIGHT GET TO MEET IN A FEW MONTHS!!!!!!!!!"

     So I asked my leaders if I could possibly meet her at the airport. I prayed about it over the last few months.  I was so prepared for the answer to be no. That the rules won't allow me to leave the airport to meet my sister.  

    I remember praying about it a couple nights ago and God said "Are you will to lay down your rights to the rules? Are you willing to get a no and accept it?" I said "Yes Father."  I was already prepared for my leader, Hanz, to tell me "I am sorry we can't arrange this for you."  And to be OK with it, hurt, but OK. So I prayed and asked God to help me be humble, lay down my right to meet her, this is not the responsiblity of my team leaders,  and I was ready to accept the no.

    Then Hanz said "I am going to go with you to meet her" and I lost it... all I could say to her was "THANK YOU!" As I write this I am still tearing up.  If you read my older posts, this trip has been a "Jubilee experience" for me because I really feel God has returned to me the love and memories of my mother through the Nepalis here.  This is just full circle.  God has given me back my mom and my sister. The debts of the past have been paid and this is His gift to me. 

    And my faith in people has been restored in so many ways on this trip, and when Hanz told me she was really working for this to happen for me and my sister, at that moment, God restored my faith in people, again, full circle.  

    The Holy Spirit is for us, NOT against us.  The Holy Spirit loves us. He goes about things in ways we could never expect. And that is ok, becasue with His love, I am whole again.....

    “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
        “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine."

    Isaiah 55:8

  • "Stepping-Stones" A Letter from You and I to Jesus

    "Stepping-Stones" A Letter from You and I to Jesus

    Dear Jesus,

     Hi Father! Thank You for the (fill in here something He has given you recently. For me, it is the beautiful view of the Annapurna mountains this morning!) WOW!! Your love for me is so POWERFUL and MAJESTIC – You always take my breath away Father. YOU always know exactly how to make me feel loved and show me that You are with me.  When I see how much You love me, I can’t help but think, wow, if You have this much for a sinful me, your love for all your sons and daughters is beyond any human comprehension. Father, it is my honor to share your love and hope with the world.  Your power of transformation is something everyone deserves and should know about. And that is what I love so much about You, your heart is for anyone!  You are not too good for anyone; your mercy and grace are for all of us who choose to believe in You.

     If You could take me, (here you can list a few shortcomings. For me: a 43 year old, never been married, child-less, unemployed, recovered drug addict) and love me enough to put my broken pieces back together to show your ultimate power, love, and glory to a hurting world, WOW!!! Then I pray Father, in Your Holy Name, that through me people can see your hope, your love, your power, your endless and unconditional love, and your strength. I pray that through me your love can shine on to those who do not know You. 

     Jesus, I am not perfect, I am still a work in progress, and I mess up on a daily basis, but yet YOU still love me so much. You love for your sons and daughters is filled with so much grace and mercy! Thank You for your unconditional love for us all! When I repent and strive to be a better person, You give me what I need to do that, ALWAYS!!! 

     I am learning, the closer I get to You, that this walk with you, it is a process, a beautiful, humbling process.   All I have to have is a willing and humble heart, and believe that You are my Lord. It is not humanly possible to be exactly what I spiritually strive to be, but with You, I can learn how and grow daily. 

     Thank You Jesus that even though there are times when I fall backwards, times when I stumble over my mistakes, You still lift me up and carry me back to the journey that You have for me. You carry me until I am strong enough to walk with You again and move forward.

     What the world calls “scars” and “baggage”, I can now call Stepping-stones to be closer to You. Stepping-stones to show the power and glory of your love.  Stepping-stones to a stronger me because of YOU!

     

    Thank You Jesus for loving me…

  • Nepal: Beautiful People, Beautiful Memories

    Nepal: Beautiful People, Beautiful Memories

    It's Jubilee Season!

    Thank you all so much who have been praying for my YWAM outreach team and all of you who are sponsoring me.... WOW!!! God is using you all so much on this trip!! Isn't it awesome how together we are doing His work? Powerful.

    Life here has been so awesome! I can't thank you enough for being a part of this with me!!! God is doing the most awesome things. Completely unexpected redemptions and new beginnings. God has shown me family... Huh? Yes! This culture is beautiful! My mom was Filipina, she passed away almost 20 years ago and we. We were best friends. The Nepali culture reminds me so much of her! I'm finally understanding so many behaviors of my mom and how her influence has made me who I am. Everything from the way the Nepali women live, cook, eat with their fingers, serve people with love, squat, yell, have tempers, and leave their shoes at the door.. Lol!!! God has shown me who I am from showing me who my mom is. Thank you Jesus for restoring my self worth and self confidence. My identity is not in anything but Him and for a long time I was getting it from the wrong things.

    We are staying with a family for 3 weeks in a children's home / YWAM Base, 11 children! The hous mom is Pushpa and we have become so very close. , I am praying about supporting her and her family when I get back to the states and start working again. Pushpa lost her mom when she was young so we have had some great conversations. She is probably one of the first people who has said and felt the same things as me about what we have experienced about losing our moms. Such a beautiful gift from God.

    Also we are doing a lot of house fellowships and preaching at church. Sharing the gospel in this community has been amazing!! God is so good. We have seen deliverance of a few women, we have prayed and laid hands on many hurting people here. Many people in Nepal believe in Jesus because of healings, signs and wonders... It is so powerful!!! God is working through us so strongly it is blowing my mind. God is also using the Nepalis to show us so many things. They are such a loving, hardworking, serving, and simple people. The Christian community is growing in Nepal. There are still many spiritual things coming against Christianity... But God is more powerful! I know God has this place on my heart and I will be back. I will be praying about what ministry HE wants me to do here, but this is the place on my heart and I will be traveling back here many times!

    Please pray for the country of Nepal. Also keep in your prayers the YWAM Chitwan Base and the families here. They are in need of funds, and lots of prayer for the children's home. The government is getting involved and are threatening to shut it down. Many things have to be done for the home to pass all kinds of inspection. This is a home full of love, a Christian home where the children are learning about Jesus. They are in the middle of a Hindu community, but still shine their bright little hearts for Jesus!

    God is good! I'm seeing His mighty power on this trip..... Thank you all for being a part of all this with me!!!! God will and is blessing you all for answering His call to support me... THANK YOU!!