Nov 26th 2015

Few things abort a heart of gratitude like the sin of pride. In our pride we grumble when we don’t receive because we didn’t get what we deserved; and when we do get it, we still aren’t grateful because after all we deserved it anyway. But then we start focusing on the goodness and the greatness of God…and something starts changing inside. The more we focus, the more aware we become.

In fact there is a science behind this principle…it’s all about the reticular activating system. This is the part of the brain that acts as a filter for information. It’s the part of the brain that allows you to sleep at night through all the normal sounds of your house, but then to wake up at the sound of the ruffling pajamas of your child as they walk into your bedroom.

Seven years ago, Lynn gave me permission to get a motorcycle. After almost 25 years of marriage she gave me permission to buy a motorcycle. So I started looking, thinking, dreaming, checked into getting a license, etc. But then I started thinking about how I drive my car…  I’m an easily distracted driver. I love looking around and sometimes I need to pull myself back to the road.. So I started thinking that it might not be such a good thing on a motorcycle.  So I decided, the best compromise between a car and a motorcycle is a jeep. When we were in Hawaii on my sabbatical, we rented a jeep. Oh man I loved it! But here’s what my reticular activating system did…once I decided to buy a jeep…everywhere I went I saw jeeps. I didn’t think Jeeps even existed in State College and all of a sudden that’s all I could see.

Gratitude refocuses our reticular activating system to God. We become aware of his goodness and greatness. We begin to recognize his whisper. We start seeing God’s jeeps. How? It starts with a conviction and a decision. The conviction is that God is great and good…so I will decide to look for and focus on his greatness and his goodness. Brennan Manning once said…

I believe that the real difference in the American church is not between conservatives and liberals, fundamentalists and charismatics, nor between Republicans & Democrats. The real difference is between the aware & the unaware.

So how do I refocus my reticular activating system to God? Make a gratitude list. Take a moment or three today and make a list of the things, the people, the events, the moments in life for which you are grateful. That after all is the heart of Thanksgiving!

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What God Can Do

Nov 17th 2015

osamaAs we pray for the people of Paris, as we discuss the nature of the terrorists who committed these crimes; as I think about the Christian students of Garissa University in Kenya who were killed for their faith; as I do my google search to discover the background of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the appointed Caliph of ISIS; as I remember a terrorist the U.S. loved to hate, Osama Bin Ladin, I’ve been pondering the question, “What happens when a terrorist meets God?”

Think about this man that so many hated.  He was born in a small middle-eastern country bordering Syria. Born to wealthy parents; educated in the finest university in the country; some suggest that he was next in line to take over the family housing construction business. Yet at some point in his life there was a significant embracing of his heritage, especially his religious heritage. There is good indication that this was passed down from his parents, but we are not entirely sure.

What we do know is that in time he was radicalized. He became a zealous follower of his religious heritage, and he began to view the followers of Jesus as dire enemies to that same heritage. He gained the support of religious and national leaders; he began to gather people whom he could influence; and he began to terrorize those who did not have the proper fear of his God.

Christians especially were targeted, tortured, killed.  But not just in his own land, he extended his reach to foreign cities.  Less through his religious convictions and more through his terrorist strikes, he became a household name.  Now we know that he was directly involved in the killing of many innocent people.

But then one day…  as he traveled… to Damascus… intent on the development of a plan to instill fear in the hearts of those who didn’t follow his true way. He had an encounter with God, the one true God.  A terrorist met God.  In his writings he describes it this way,

At noon, along the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who traveled with me. Everyone fell to the ground and I heard a voice speaking to me in Hebrew, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you?” I asked.  And the Lord replied, “I am Jesus, who you are persecuting. Now stand up!  For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant. Tell the world about this experience and about other times that I will appear to you. I am going to send you to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to the power of God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people…”

Perhaps you realize the stinger in the story.  His name was not Osama Bin Laden, or Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, his name was Saul. Later his life was so radically re-created that he took on a new name — Paul.  The person who wrote more of our New Testament was a terrorist who met God.  One of the greatest missionaries to ever walk the earth was a terrorist who met God.

I’m not making a statement on whether we should or should not accept refugees. I’m not making a statement on whether or not we should use the word Islam to describe ISIS. I’m simply saying that whatever statements we make should be made with the somber wonder that no one knows what might happen when a terrorist meets God.

That should make us pray more for the world.

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How Do I Pray for the World?

Nov 15th 2015

It’s not enough to pray for those I know. It’s not enough to pray for Paris. We have a global God and Christ’s Kingdom is worldwide. We should pray for the world. But how do we pray for the world? It’s massive. It’s unknown. It’s beyond me. It’s removed from me. How do we pray for the world? Here are a few thoughts that could direct our worldwide prayers.

prayworldDo for one what you wish you could do for everyone. In other words make the world small. There are better uses of google than googling your name to discover your online profile! Google “evangelical churches in Paris.” Choose one and begin to pray for them. I bet a pastor there would be thrilled to answer your email for specific requests. Sponsor and pray for one orphaned child in one country ( has some great kids ready to be sponsored). Choose one victim of terrorism and pray for their family. Pray for one country, like Nigeria. Pray for one group of people who have little knowledge of Christ. Go to for more info.

Use Scripture to form your prayers. I don’t know about you but when I pray for those I don’t know, my prayers become general, short, and weak. Praying scripture gives us specific requests for those we don’t know. For example try praying through Psalm 34 for Paris. It gets very specific, very quickly. Try praying the appropriate portions of Romans 8:18-39 for the families of the 5+ million children under the age of 5 who have died thus far, this year, from preventable poverty conditions. Find your favorite scriptural prayer (mine is Ephesians 3:14-21) and pray that it would be fulfilled throughout the world.

Pray that terrorists would be transformed by the gospel. You do realize that the writer of much of our New Testament scripture was a former terrorist, right? We are in danger of losing our awe of the gospel if we do not fully believe that God is still in the business of redeeming “Pauls.” That former terrorist wrote in Romans 2:4 that it is the kindness of God that leads us to repentance. Pray for terrorists to experience the kindness of God. That same former terrorist tells us in Ephesians 6 that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces of darkness. Pray for terrorists to be delivered from darkness into Christ’s light. Read through one of Paul’s letters with the filter that he was a former terrorist and pray for current terrorists around the world.

Finally — Pray for Jesus to be lifted up and glorified all over the world. You don’t know them, but you do know Him. Pray that He would be known throughout the world. Pray that his kindness and his love and his truth and his grace and his strength and his glory would be revealed through creation, through the Spirit, through Scripture, through personal witness, through dreams and visions to all people all over the world.

Pray for the world. It matters.


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  1. Matt Wrote:

    This is so helpful, Dan. It can be so overwhelming to think we should pray for the world – all 7 Billion people. Yet, if I hone in on one country, one people group, one struggle – I can pray with all my heart and know that God is listening – working for His glory to spread over the earth as the waters cover the seas. Thank you!

    As I’ve struggled with praying for the world, one resource I found helpful is It has videos and prayers for each country of the world. It helps me think what to pray for a given country.

  2. dan Wrote:

    I’ve used prayercast as well…good stuff Matt!

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Pray for the World

Nov 14th 2015

pray-for-paris-2#PrayforParis has been trending on Twitter and Facebook. Lynn and I spent time Friday night watching the unfolding events in Paris. Such a tragedy. But perhaps it should be #PrayfortheWorld. This isn’t the first or even the worst terrorist attack in 2015. Ten other times in 2015 at least 100 people have died in a terrorist attack. Boko Haram and ISIL account for all those attacks but one. In April Al-Shabaab (Al-Queda offshoot) attacked mostly Christians at the Garissa University in Kenya killing 147. #PrayfortheWorld

Of course all of that pales when compared to the almost 5.5 million children under the age of 5 who have died in 2015 from preventable poverty conditions. About 1/2 of those deaths are from malnutrition and lack of clean water. #PrayfortheWorld

And it’s not just about deaths, it’s also about life. We could talk about 17.9 million children who are true orphans (lost both parents). We could talk about racism. We could talk about drug addictions. #PrayfortheWorld

But do we…pray for the world? We should.

  • We should pray for the world because we have a global God. The prophet Habakkuk said that one day the whole earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God just as the waters fill the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)
  • We should pray for the world because even though we may not know anyone in the part of the world where a tragedy has taken place, we know Jesus. He is there. When we care about them, we care about Him. (Matthew 25)
  • We should pray for the world because we have a world-wide mission. The God who loves the whole world (John 3:16) has called us to go to the whole world to tell them about Jesus. (Matthew 24:14)
  • We should pray for the world because it matters. I don’t understand how or why but I know that God has chosen to respond to our prayers. (James 5:16-18)
  • We should pray because our battle is a spiritual battle and it ultimately requires a spiritual solution. (Ephesians 6).

So don’t make the statement “I’ll pray for you” the equivalent of “In this moment I care at least a little about you.” Turn your care into prayer and pray for the world.

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Don’t Give Up

Aug 12th 2015

In Matthew 7:7-8, Jesus wrote these words on prayer:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Sometimes God seems so close that all you have to do is ask and you hear his voice. Sometimes he seems distant and you have to seek him before he can be found. But sometimes the distance is more than empty space, sometimes the door is closed, locked and all you can do is knock.

I learned in seminary that the verbs, ask, seek, and knock because of the Greek tense, could likely be translated with the words, “keep on.” Keep on asking. Keep on seeking. Keep on knocking. For everyone who keeps on asking will receive; the one who keeps on seeking will find; and to the one who keeps on knocking, the door will be opened.

So in those times when he is silent, keep asking. In those times when he seems distant, keep seeking. In those times when it feels like you are on the outside of home and the door is locked, keep knocking.

I’m not sure what you are asking for, what you are seeking, or what door you find yourself beating down, but what if, Jesus is really saying, “If you keep asking you will hear my voice. If you keep seeking you will find my presence. If you keep knocking, you will find a home.”

If that’s the case, the point is… don’t give up. Don’t you dare give up. You might be just a moment away from the everything your heart truly desires or  you might be years away. Either way. Don’t give up.

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Tech Shaped Spirituality: Phones

Apr 13th 2015

About 10 days ago, as I was unlocking the door, my LG-G2 slipped out of my hand, falling mercilessly to the concrete. I used to have a cover/drop-protector thing on it, but when I was in Myanmar I left it with a phone I was giving them. So my coverless phone fell mercilessly to the concrete. It completely shattered.

If you have been trying to get ahold of me, I haven’t been ignoring you anymore than I usually do. My phone is at rest. Bit the big one. For 10 days, my left hand has been unusually empty. Bizarro-in-heaven-without-cell-phones

I know some of you are shaking your head in wonder, as  you cradle your phone in your hand. You feel bad for me. You are ready to scrounge in your sock drawer for an unused iphone 3. Please don’t. I’ve decided to go phoneless for the next few months. I am not one of those anti-tech guys. I love almost all (non-apple) tech. My LG-G2 was a sweet ride.

But here’s the thing, once upon a time, long car rides (alone) were some of my best times with God. Singing loud, praying outloud, talking to Jesus like he was sitting next to me, pondering stuff, dreaming Kingdom dreams, listening to sermons or even a digital Bible. But lately I’ve realized my long rides have become a distracted battle with my phone. No I don’t txt and drive, but I have been known to check and drive. And even when I’m not, I’m still distracted waiting for the next time I’ll stop so I can check and respond.

And when I’m not in the car, it’s even worse. I know I’m not the only one because I’ve seen you at the restaurant sitting with you friends, looking at your phone. I’ve walked down the street and noticed that 90% of the people I pass have one attached to their hands. I’ve almost run into you as you were walking and texting.

So here is my question, how is tech shaping our spirituality?

I’m not sure that I can develop a vibrant relationship with God if I am consistently distracted by my phone. In Jesus’ sermon on the mount, (Matthew 5-7) he said that if our hands offend us we should cut them off. So I’m going to amputate my phone…at least for awhile. I need some undistracted time with God. I know. You don’t need to smash your phone to have undistracted time with God. Maybe I’m the only one. Maybe not.


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  1. Joe Sullivan Wrote:

    I Appreciate you having this new ‘3rd chapter’ emphasis at Calvary on faith. Here are some thots I have on stirring up faith in your congregation. You mentioned in the blog that Jesus taught, “if your hand offends you, cut it off”. Also He told the rich young ruler to give his money away to be saved. and He said if your eye offends, well, you get it, right?
    Of course we’re not literally supposed to gouge out our eyes and amputate, so why did He say that? Besides the obvious reasons, He kept running into people who thought they were doing pretty well at keeping the law, right? were they really? scripture is clear, humans don’t keep God’s law flawlessly. Ever. And Deut.28 makes it abundantly clear that under that old economy, flawless perfection was required to get blessed, and without it, very bad curses would come your way. Lots of them. Also, some of the people Jesus addressed in His ‘mount’ teachings lacked either the honesty or or the revelation to recognize that in Gods economy, they were bankrupt. That’s where you will accurately see yourself if you want to approach God as a law keeper like the rich guy. (“All these things I’ve done all my life”,) ? really? Jesus put the law on steroids for them to get it. and the ‘it’ they didn’t get was, YOU FAIL! The Bible makes clear that Gods law stirs up rebellion in fallen humans and sin increases under it.(Rom.7:5) And thats no failure of the law, it’s flesh’s failure. So why could Paul say that with his mind he agreed w/ Gods law, but in his body – sin. He claimed he was the worst of the worst and also said, “I no longer live, but Christ in me does”. (Gal 2:20),and, “you were also put to death in relation to the law through the death of Jesus…in order to bear fruit of the Spirit”.
    Here is the meaty stuff. What looks like contradiction to us (with eyes of flesh) is not untrue. As we look to do this life according to outer requirements, (WWJD – law based thinking), we get a FAIL. But as we live by Him in us, we DO impart Life. His Life. Does that mean sinless perfection? No! but the point is to, BY FAITH, see HIM in and through us. That takes spiritual eyes which believe Gods word over my assessment of how I’m doing (fleshly), Fleshly eyes behold failure and sins, or, (in denial or pride) see successes we don’t really have.

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When One Hurts We All Hurt

Apr 10th 2015

As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. I Corinthians 12:20-26

Have you ever had a pain in your body, that was so bad, you couldn’t think about anything else? I had an abscessed tooth once. Before I could get to a dentist to drill a hole to relieve the pressure, that tooth hurt so bad, it was like my whole body was a tooth. All I could think about was that tooth. When one part of the body suffers, the whole body suffers together. I hurt my back last week, just one small little place in my lower back and yet there have been moments this week, where all I could think about was my back. making_pastries_for_Easter

On April 12, Orthodox Christians around the world will be celebrating Easter. Some will gather together to make kelecha, small pastries prepared for Easter. They will knead the pastry into smooth balls, then roll it out, and cut circles with an upside down glass. Add walnuts, sugar, family and friends, for a wonderful Easter tradition. That is what you might be doing if you were an Assyrian Christian. Except there is a good chance this year that you would not be at home. The Assyrian Christian community in Iraq has been heavily impacted by violence against Christians. Rarely since the first century has the church in the East faced persecution on this scale. Christian communities that took 2,000 years to build, and that were started by the apostles themselves, lie in ruins.
When one part of the body suffers, the whole body is in pain.

?????????????And it’s not just Iraq. It’s 147 Christians at a university in Kenya. Nyabwengi, a student at the University heard his best friend beg for his life, pretending to be a Muslim. When the friend was unable to recite a Muslim prayer, he was fatally shot. When the gunmen arrived, their first target was an early morning Christian prayer meeting. Of 29 students there, just seven survived. “We were praying,” said Duncan Obwamu, 25. “We were in a circle in the room holding hands.” First, the barrel of a gun appeared at the door. Then it fired, striking a young woman leading prayers.

When one part of the body suffers, the whole body is in pain.

During the last eight years I have been to Myanmar a half dozen times. Last year they ranked in the top 25 countries where Christians face the most severe persecution. This year we visited with Shu Mong, a former Buddhist priest, now Burmese missionary. Calvary has helped provide funds to build a very small one room church, that about 50 children and adults worship in weekly. He lives in a 20×20 bamboo structure…with 21 other people. Why so many? Because in that community when someone becomes a Christ-follower, shu mongthey lose their family, their home, and their job.

When one part of the body suffers, the whole body is in pain.

Pain actually aids in the health of a body. If we did not feel pain, like a leper, our body would deteriorate. A healthy body not only feels pain, but can distinguish between little aches and life-endangering pain. I realize that so many of this pains are so far away, because the body of Christ is worldwide. But I wonder if we shouldn’t be feeling the pain more than we are feeling the pain.

Perhaps it might begin with prayer.

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Palm Sunday — Passion Week Devotion #1

Mar 29th 2015

When evangelical Christians hear the word devotion, we usually think of “quiet time.” But the word devotion is quite similar to the word passion, so during Passion Week this year, I’m going to share some devotional thoughts, to grab your heart and hopefully draw you in to the amazing story and life of Christ. Here is #1.

Lynn and I have had the opportunity to go to Israel two different times. The first time we were actually in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. My favorite moment of that day was walking down the winding road into the Kidron Valley on the way to Jerusalem. 09-Palm-Sunday-RoadThis was likely near the route that Jesus used to come into the city on Palm Sunday. You can see from the pictures, as you come down the road, all of Jerusalem lies in front of you. (The location of the temple was near the golden dome in the background.)

As I read Luke 19:28-41, I imagine Jesus on this road. It’s Palm Sunday. The crowd is filled with exuberant emotion, but Jesus comes into Jerusalem with tears. He cried for the city because they didn’t recognize their moment. I can’t get that picture out of my heart.

When Jesus comes into the city, he comes with tears.

Leonard Sweet writes, “Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears, you would do well to pay the closest attention.  They are not only telling you something about the secret of who you are, but more often than not, God is speaking to you through them of the mystery of where you have come from and is 428summoning you to where you should go next.

What brings unexpected tears to Jesus’ eyes?
He’s crying for a city that missed it’s moment.

So ask yourself the question, “Who/what gets my tears?”

I think — one reason why we have walls in our relationship with God, with each other, and with the world around us is because we cry too much for things that matter little and we cry too little for things that matter much.

150 years ago, Charles Finney wrote, “Sometimes Christians, talk about unbelievers so coldly, scolding rather than feeling the compassion of the Son of God for them.  But sometimes (brokenness) drives Christians to prayer, breaking them down, making them mourn with tender hearts.  They weep night and day. Instead of scolding and reproaching they pray. Then you can expect revival.”

  • This is what was taking place with Jesus.  When he wept.
  • He wept for every broken person in Jerusalem.
  • He wept for people broken by all sorts of sexual sin.
  • He wept for people sucked up into greed.
  • He wept for people who didn’t love their neighbors.
  • He wept for people with hearts filled with bitterness and anger.
  • He wept for people missing God’s dreams for their lives.

What do we cry about?
Who do we cry for?

I encourage you to join me this week in walking through your neighborhood and perhaps one other, praying for the people who are there. Perhaps one of your prayers might be, “O God give me tears. There is so much pain in the world. Would you tenderly break my heart with the compassion of Christ for my neighbors.” Then see what God does!

I am so looking forward to this week. It’s a week to remember that God has this habit of showing up in the most surprising of places. Thank you for you diving into the gospel!


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Can Money Buy Happiness?

Dec 20th 2014

Can Money Buy Happiness? You would expect me to say no. But lately a great deal of economic and sociological research suggests otherwise. It looks like those who have money tend to be happier. lendBut before you throw up your hands in generosity fatigue, let me point out a few remarkably biblical principles that they are finding as they dig deeper into this relationship between more and happiness. (This points are from this WSJ article .)

1. Those who accumulate experiences are happier than those who just accumulate stuff. In a blog post, Mark Batterson wrote,

I have a core conviction. Actually, it’s more than that. It was a word from the Lord. I’ll never forget the Holy Spirit whispering this to me in a pup tent in Awash National Park (Ethiopia) at the end of an unforgettable day that included a game drive. I heard the Still Small Voice loud and clear: “Don’t accumulate possessions. Accumulate experiences.”   That has become a guiding theme in my life.  So here’s my random thought. And I think this is for someone. Don’t just give possessions that will rust and break and end up in a toy box. Give the gift of experience. Not sure how that translates into your context. But it might be worth investing money in an experience versus another possession.

This is a good Christmas word.  If God has blessed you with the means, don’t waste your means on more stuff.  Invest in an experience, invest in a future memory with your family or a friend.  Make a bucket list. I think this is one of the reasons that I love taking my family on short-term missions trips.  Yes it is about serving.  But if you have ever gone on a mission trip, you have heard multiple times, I received so much more than I gave. Lynn 1I think one of the things we received is an experience the effects of which have the potential to last far longer than the soon to be obsolete Xbox.

Now you don’t have to go on a mission trip for an experience.  Go sledding at Slab Cabin with your son or daughter.  Take a road trip to visit the Holocaust Museum in DC.  Take a train ride to Chicago and back.  Do the local adopt-a-family deal and spend a few hours shopping, wrapping, and praying for a family in our community.  Take some cinnamon rolls to someone in a nursing home.  Ride the gliders at Julian.

2. Those who develop a gratitude attitude are happier than those who develop an entitlement attitude. Well that one is self-explanatory. If you are grateful for what you have, the more you have, the more gratitude you will experience. So take a moment and make a list.

3. Those who impact people through their generosity are happier than those who impact their comfort with their prosperity. From giving hope to a child in Myanmar to giving Christmas to a local family in need; from the launching of a journey to start 300 house churches in Myanmar to a new presence in Tyrone; from providing food to those with too much month at the end of the check to baking cookies with ladies at the county prison; from a week on the island of Hispaniola to sitting beside a friend ready to give up on life; from a college student hearing that God loves her to a recovering addict hearing that God loves him… you impact people through your generosity. It. Is. So. Cool. myanmar-xmas-gathering1

This Christmas the Nolds will be happy in Myanmar. At times tired, perhaps at points broken by a hurting child, or sideswiped by poverty or lostness, but happy. We are going to hit all three of these points; accumulating an experience, impacting others through our and your generosity, and while I’m making my gratitude list, I’ll be thinking of you. myanmar-christmas-sign

If you would like to make an impact on a one of these amazing kids, click the link MYANMAR CHRISTMAS. There’s still time to be happy. :)

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  1. Wendy Mead Wrote:

    Dan and I will be praying over your time in Myanmar- every time we eat a cinnamon roll:)
    Merry Christmas Nolds!!

  2. Bryan Duncan Wrote:

    Okay so I know the holiday get busy and you went to Myanmar again but come on write something please. !!!!

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Christmas in Myanmar

Dec 05th 2014

Myanmar-ChristmasSix years ago, our family celebrated Christmas in an orphanage in Myanmar. We didn’t do any family gifts (the trip was our gift to each other) which was a bit of a struggle for kids aged 12-17, but in the end it ranked as one of our top Christmas Days ever!  Not only did we give gifts to well over 100 children, but I also had the opportunity to preach a gospel, Christmas message to 1500 villagers. You may not remember this but you (people reading this blog and the Calvary family partnered in our Myanmar Christmas to provide a meal and the rice for two more meals to everyone who attended.  (In fact that was probably the main reason they came, since my preaching is not really a huge draw in Myanmar!)

That year one of the people who heard the gospel was a man named Mynt Shwe, a Buddhist monk whose sons were in training to become monks. That year Mynt Shwe accepted the gospel and now he is a full time missionary to the Buddhist people. This year our family is going back to Myanmar for Christmas and on December 27th we will be sharing the gospel with (and feeding) about 3000 of the villagers whom he has been serving. I love it when God brings things full circle, almost like He had a plan!

The needs in Myanmar are so great. Poverty is off the charts, children are abandoned with regularity, thousands of children as young as 10 have been forced to serve in the military, and very little is invested in the education of the next generation. To add to those realities, in recent years, Myanmar was the number one producer worldwide of meth-amphetamines, and number two in opium production. Making matters even worse is the fact that Myanmar ranks among the lowest countries in receiving international aid.

Then we come to the church, the hope of the world. The church in Myanmar is often marginalized and in some parts of the country persecuted and the Burmese Buddhists rank as one of the largest unreached people groups in the world. Yet in spite of all those obstacles, God is doing amazing stuff in Myanmar! Buddhists priests are leaving their robes behind for the cause of Christ. Children are being taken in, nurtured, educated and given new hope for their future. Christian schools are being built, unreached villages are discovering living proof of a loving God and we have a part in all of that.

Lynn MyanmarThis year 10 of us will be in Myanmar for Christmas. We are raising money to give a Christmas meal and the gospel to over 5000 people and give Christmas presents to about 160 children. If you would like to be part of what God does this Christmas. Just click the link below (or if you are at my blog, the link to the side).


I am praying you have an unrivaled Christmas!

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