Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Passions of my Heart

My life is filled with what I like to call Godly passions.  You also have them in your life.  In addition to God's call on your life, passions are those areas of your life with God's touch and call on them.  You could also call them burdens.  Burdens for people, a certain group of people, certain areas of ministry, or simply certain desires He has placed in your heart that result in accomplishing His will in and through you.  

Outside of Jesus Himself and my incredible family (which is growing), my passion/burden is for certain nations of the world.  To be more specific - India and Honduras.  In 1997 I visited India for the first time and it changed my life.  God used this first visit to confirm several things that had already been stirring in my heart.  Some of which were a desire to travel, and a fascination for other cultures of the world.  As it turns out India is about as far as you can go without coming back again!  India's culture is about as opposite from ours as you can get!  It took one trip as the catalyst to set in motion God's calling on my life to reach these nations.  Since then I have made 7 more trips to India.  In 2000 I made my first trip to Guatemala, Central America.  Two more trips followed in 2002 and 2003.  God was establishing my love for Hispanic people.  In 2007 I made 2 trips to Honduras.  2007 was the year God set on fire the burden specifically for the nation of Honduras.

Harvest Celebration Ministries is an organization that was formed back in 1998 to reach the nations with the Gospel of Jesus.  It was a vision God gave to Connie and me to fulfill the call upon our lives to reach the nations.  For the most part HCM has taken the back seat to the churches we have pastored.  But late last year I resigned the pastoral ministry after serving some incredible churches during a wonderful season of pastoring.  Now our desire is to focus on our calling - India and Honduras.  We don't desire to live on the mission field.  We do desire however, to make a difference.  Our vision is to offer prayer, financial assistance, and any training we can provide through serving the church leaders of these nations.  

Please pray for Harvest Celebration Ministries.  We need your prayers and whatever you can offer in an effort to team up with us to reach these nations.  Please follow the link below to visit our website (still under construction).  Thank you so much and God bless!


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