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Happy New Year

Posted on Thursday, January 1, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

Happy New Year!

If you come to my sending church for a service, or maybe even just chat with one of the members there is a good chance that you will hear this commonly spoken truth — “God is good. All the time.” And if you are around long enough to hear Pastor talk about a friend of his, you’ll hear another favorite — “Look what God did!”

I smile every time I hear either of these, especially in light of the adventure that the Lord has taken me on over the past two years. God has proven two things — He IS good, all the time; and what He does and allows has a purpose, even when I don’t see it in the circumstances around me.

Looking Back
It’s kind of hard to believe that at this very time last year I was at the beach on Guam, enjoying the tropical sunshine and beauty of the ocean.

Not long after that everything was put into motion to restart deputation on my way to Spain. I set goals and prayed that the Lord would provide and open the doors that would take me on my way to Salamanca.

It has been a crazy year. But it has been so amazing to see God work. He has provided in ways that I would have never imagined. It has been awesome to see what God has done.

Many of you know that I had been praying to leave for Spain by the end of October — a goal that I prayed for, but God knew wouldn’t be realized. One huge blessing included in my waiting was being here for my new little niece to be born. I have been able to help my sister and brother-in-law out and spend some time with the cutest little girl in the hospital (okay, so I may be a bit biased — but she is beautiful!) God knew there would be a need, and I was able to be here when an extra hand was needed.

Looking forward
In just about two weeks, from January 13-16th, I will be headed to BMM’s Home Office to attend Launch Seminar. This is a huge blessing — as it takes me one step closer to leaving for Spain. I am excited to learn more, and be able to spend time with some future coworkers.

I am also in the middle of the visa process. I should be headed to Chicago the end of February for an appointment at the Spanish Consulate. Please pray that all of my paperwork gets to me in a timely manner, and that all will go smoothly with my appointment and visa approval.

Continue to pray for the remainder of my support. For this first two-year term I have around 87%. The Lord has been so faithful in providing, and I am looking forward to Him using others to provide the remainder of what I will need to serve Him in Salamanca.

Thank you so much for all of the prayer and financial support that you have given on my behalf. It has been such a blessing to watch God use so many to be part of my future ministry in Spain. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for this new year of ministry for Him.

May your New Year be filled with opportunities to serve God and be a light in this sin-darkened world.

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

November Ministry Update

Posted on Thursday, January 1, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

“. . . To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.” ~ Psalm 30:12

I have read many verses this month that have to do with thanksgiving and being thankful. Sometimes we take for granted what we truly are thankful for – I know I sure do.

Psalm 30 has some of my favorite verses:

v. 5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning

v. 11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness

David knew what it was to fear for his life, and to see God save him. As Christians, we know what it is to receive God’s grace, freely and abundantly — to be saved to an eternal life with Christ. We may not face the same obstacles and situations that David did – but we have the same God who gives far above what we could ask or think. And for that I am grateful.

I am also thankful that the Lord knows what is best, and has a plan that is far better than mine. You may know that I was praying for a departure date this Fall, which was pushed back to January – and is now more likely to be late-Spring.

Keep praying –

  • as I continue to contact churches – I would love to have several meetings from January through mid-March.

  • as I work through paperwork (and lots of waiting) for my visa

  • as I wait on the Lord to provide the remainder of my needed financial support

The Lord is good, always. His plan is best, always. And I know that He will provide in His perfect time.

Thank you so much for your continued prayer and financial support. The Lord has used you to be an encouragement to me, and I am thankful for each one of you who are a part of my ministry to the people of Spain.

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

October Ministry Update

Posted on Sunday, November 2, 2014 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him”
Psalm 37:7a

I’ll admit it – I’m not so good at waiting. But I am getting lots of practice. I am waiting for support to come in. I am waiting for my visa process to progress. I am waiting to hear back from voting churches. I am waiting to hear from pastors for more meetings. I am waiting . . . well, you get the idea.

I am reminded of Proverbs 16:9 – “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.”

My plans are not always the same as the Lords. I have been praying that the Lord would get me to Spain by the end of October. But it doesn’t appear that my goal was His goal. Though I would love to be headed to Salamanca in the next couple of weeks, I am glad that the Lord knows the steps I will take, and why I am not there yet.

In the meantime, I am looking forward to opportunities of ministry, and spending time with friends and family.

The last several months have been full of traveling, visiting friends, meeting new people, spending time in different churches, and being challenged and encouraged by fellow missionaries. Deputation can be many things – but I am thankful for the time of encouragement it has been for me.

Praise the Lord for good meetings over the last several weeks. He provided an unexpected missions conference, and gave many opportunities to get to know some sweet new friends in different churches. It is such an encouragement to spend time with people who have become prayer partners.

Please continue to pray for:

100% support to come in
Churches and individuals who are burdened to be part of the ministry in Spain
The visa process
Open doors in churches to present my burden for Spain

Praise the Lord for:

More financial support that has come in
New prayer supporters
Great meetings in September and October
New friends that have been a great encouragement while on the road
Safety in traveling

Thank you so much for your prayers, giving financially, and words of encouragement. I am thankful to have you as part of the ministry in Spain!

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

September Ministry Update

Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2014 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

“Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account . . . But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:17, 19

I have grown rather accustomed to traveling, something I realized once more while I was talking to a friend about the short (8 hour) flight to Europe that I will (Lord willing) soon be on. Of course anything seems short after flying half-way around the globe to Guam — a trip that takes an average of 22-24 hours including airports.

As I sat down to start this update though, I realized that in the past month I have been to Texas, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. There’s nothing like deputation to keep you on the road (or in the air). I am praising the Lord for all the safety that He gives while I travel alone.

I am also grateful for great friends that God has given, and the multiple visits with many of them since the end of June. I am also thankful for the way He has orchestrated travel and provided places to stay with friends as I am visiting churches.

He also allowed me to visit with some of my former students from both Guam and New Hampshire as I helped a friend drop her daughter off at Bible college. It’s hard to leave people you love when God redirects, but He gives good gifts and sometimes those come in the form of visits with friends who are truly more like family.

I have had some great meetings in churches over the last month, as well as a few great opportunities to share my ministry in Spain through Spanish dinners hosted by some friends.

I am looking forward to how the Lord will continue to provide through churches and individuals as I trust Him to provide the financial needs that I have. He has done so much to take care of me while traveling, as well as bring in the finances that are necessary for ministry in Spain.

I often tell people that I know Jehovah Jireh will provide — the fun part is watching how He chooses to do so. He proved that again a few weeks ago as I was meeting with a mission committee at a church I had presented in. They asked several questions, some about financial needs. After the meeting, a sweet woman told me that she wanted to take care of my outfit and passage — I thought to myself, “surely she misunderstood when I said that I needed $800 more.” She took out her checkbook and said “$800, right?”. Really, Lord? Why do we ever doubt that you are sufficient for our needs — any of them?

I am looking forward to all the Lord has in store in the next couple of months as I have several churches lined up. It will be exciting to see God provide and answer prayers for my arrival in Spain. I am still asking Him to provide 100% by the end of October — something He is very able to do.

Please also continue to pray for the visa process and that it goes smoothly and quickly. The Romains, who are also headed to Spain, got their visa approved in just over a month — not something that happens often. I’m trusting that the Lord can do the same for me.

Thank you so much for your prayers and financial gifts. I know I say it often, but thank you also for the words of encouragement — they mean more than you know!

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

Philippians 4:17,19


Visiting with friends in Texas!


With some of my Guam “kids” and friends!


Paella that I got to share with friends!

Praises!

  • Many visits with good friends

  • Outfit and Passage funds that came in

  • Safety in Travel

  • Awesome church meetings and Spanish Dinners

Prayer Requests

  • Opportunities to minister and share Christ while on deputation

  • Continued financial support to come in

  • Continued safety while traveling

  • A quick visa process

  • Full support by the end of October

August Ministry Update

Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

“Trust in the Lord . . . Delight yourself in the Lord . . . Commit your way to the Lord . . . Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.”
~ Psalm 37 ~

I am not sure about you, but often I find it hard to be patient. I tend to be more of a schedule-oriented person, and if things aren’t being accomplished in the time frame that they “should” be, I tend to get a little frustrated. This is definitely an area where the Lord has done some stretching in my life in the last few years.

As He has used circumstances in my life to remind me of His sovereignty, care, and ability to provide, it has been awesome to watch Him take care of needs – and not only mine. Over the past few weeks it has been such an encouragement to hear of how God has been working and providing on behalf of several friends. Whether it is something big or small, it is an awesome reminder of who God is – Jehovah Jireh. He knows the needs of His children, and has a plan to provide for those needs. I am so grateful to serve a Heavenly Father that not only can care for out needs, but delights in doing so.

Since the end of February the Lord has provided over 50% of my support and given me a mostly-full schedule through October. Would you continue to pray that 100% of my support comes in by the end of the fall so that I can be in Salamanca soon? Would you pray also that the Lord opens doors in more churches so that I can share the burden for Spain that the Lord has given me, and the great need there is to take the gospel to the Spanish people?

Pray also that I would continue to trust, delight, commit, and rest in the Lord as I wait on His timing for my arrival in Spain!

Meetings:

My schedule from now through mid-October is quite busy with traveling and meetings in churches. I am so excited about the doors the Lord has opened to present my ministry in several churches, and even share the ministry in Spain with some individuals through small meetings that will be hosted in homes of friends.

Prayer and financial support are both vital to ministry, and I look forward to meeting individuals and churches that will commit to pray and or give financially so that I can share the gospel with the people of Spain.

Praises:

  • A new supporting church

  • $800 more towards outfit and passage (only $600 needed!!)

  • One-time financial gifts from individuals

  • More meetings scheduled

Prayer Requests:

  • Continue praying that the visa process will go smoothly, and that all paperwork will be acquired in a timely manner

  • For 100% support by the end of October – and patience while I wait on the Lord to provide.

  • Safety while traveling (both driving and flying) over the next three months

  • Ministry opportunities while traveling and visiting churches

Thank you again for your faithfulness in prayer and giving financially. I am grateful for those who partner with me for the sake of the gospel in Spain.

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

July Ministry Update

Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

Learning Daily

I’m thankful for a God that knows what lessons we need to learn. Something the Lord has really been impressing on me lately is the depth of commitment that He expects of us, but the mediocre response with which we, as Christians, often respond.

“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

This past Sunday the Lord allowed me visit with friends, and attend their church. We looked in Matthew 4, where we see Peter and Andrew leave their livelihood, while James and John left “the boat and their father.” We even read that they did so straightway, or immediately. They didn’t hesitate. They didn’t question whether following Christ wholeheartedly with their lives would be the right choice; Christ called, and they obeyed. There are many examples of immediate obedience in Scripture — and I believe that is what Christ wants of us.

They didn’t follow when it was convenient, or only if they could keep what was important to them. Christ was important, and they left behind what would hinder them.

As I have been reflecting on what is really important in my life, it certainly isn’t stuff. It is saying yes to Christ, and leaving behind livelihood, things, and even family if that is what is needed — it is obedience to Him, in an effort to take the gospel to those who have never heard — to be a fisher of men.

It is easy, though, to get caught up in busyness that isn’t necessary. Would you pray for me that I would keep my focus on Christ, on His Word, and that I would see the ministry opportunities that He gives so often?

God’s Provision

God is awesome. He is good. And not only when we see something so evident that we can’t help but praise Him. He is good all the time — every day.

He daily provides for the needs that I have, and I am so grateful for His protection. Twice, since I have been home from Guam, I have had to get major car repairs done. They were completely unexpected expenses, but more important than that, God’s timing was perfect. Both incidents happened just prior to spending long periods of time on the road. The Lord knew my schedule, and he kept me safe.

I am also overwhelmed at how He has so quickly provided support. I currently have 53% of my support — that has all come in since February.

My schedule from mid-August to mid-October is almost completely full, praise the Lord!

Please Pray!

Continue to pray for traveling, more meetings (churches, as well as Spanish-dinner parties), and for my needed support to come in quickly.

Would you also pray for my visa process to proceed quickly and without complication? I was just informed that the process is now taking a bit longer with the addition of new paperwork. As I have mentioned, it is a bit of an overwhelming process, but I am so thankful for the Albrights, Templetons, and Romaines who have all been so willing to help me through all the steps. Pray for wisdom, patience, and the Lord’s perfect timing.

I could never express how thankful I am for all the prayers, words of encouragement, and financial support that you give. Without each of you, the ministry in Spain would not be possible. Thank you for all you do!

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”   Ephesians 3:20-21

I know that many of you have been faithful in praying for me, and I am grateful for that. In the past two weeks since I have been back in MI the Lord has done some awesome things.

  • He has opened doors for more meetings to be scheduled – keep praying that my schedule for this summer and early fall will be filled!

  • He has provided more individual supporters!

  • He has burdened hearts to give towards my airfare and housing needs in Spain.

  • He has allowed many people to be encouraging in their words to me, and gifts toward His ministry in Spain.

Continue to pray . . .

  • for prayer and financial support to come in.

  • for traveling safety.

  • for ministry opportunities while on deputation.

  • for the ministry in Spain.

Would you be able to. . .

  • Host a Spanish Dinner in your home with friends who would be willing to learn more about my ministry and consider partnering with me for the sake of the gospel in Spain?

  • Help me connect with pastors and churches who have a heart and burden for reaching the lost?

  • Tell others about the ministry in Spain – the least-evangelized Spanish-speaking country – and the need to send more laborers into God’s harvest?

Contact me if you are interested in ways that you can help to take the Gospel to Spain!

Thank you again for your continued encouragement, prayers, and financial support. God truly is using you to advance His kingdom around the world!

June Ministry Update

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

Goodbye, Again!

I don’t know about you, but saying goodbye is one of my least favorite things. You would think I would be better at it, but I am pretty convinced that it gets harder each time, not easier.

My year in Guam is quickly coming to an end. I leave here on Thursday morning (Guam-time) and arrive in Detroit Thursday afternoon (Michigan-time) with an extra Wednesday in Honolulu thrown in the mix.

Would you pray for my trip? Pray for my emotions . . . I know those waiting for me at home are excited, and I will be too — but for now, the goodbyes are difficult.

What’s Next?

I am so excited for what the Lord has in store — I am so thrilled to be going to Spain! My heart has been burdened for the Spanish people since I first visited there 14 years ago. I can honestly say that I am thankful for the Lord’s timing, and His work in our lives in the midst of “waiting”. If nothing else the Lord grew my trust in His sovereignty throughout this year. He also gave me students to love, time with old and new friends, and opportunities to invest in, minister to and connect with people. Our lives ought to be about giving the gospel to the lost, and strengthening and encouraging one another in Christ — I trust those are things you ask the Lord to give opportunity for in your life.

Now, on to deputation! Would you continue to pray for the remainder of my support to come in? I asked in my last letter to pray for 50% of my support by the time I leave Guam. I am close, and though I don’t have an exact number because I am waiting on paperwork to be sent in, the Lord continues to provide. Every month since January the Lord has provided at least one new supporter. What an awesome God we serve!

Support-raising use to be something I dreaded. But as a missionary it is necessary. It is also faith-stretching. I have seen God answer prayers in some unconventional ways, and use people I would have never thought of to give to and pray for the ministry the Lord has given me. I echo Paul’s words from Philippians 4:

“Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account… But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Though the Philippians cared for his physical needs, Paul reminded them of the spiritual blessing they would receive, and that in their giving God would care for their own needs. He is so faithful to us!

I am grateful for a God who wants to use us; He wants us involved in His work around the globe. He wants us to live by faith — for me, that is waiting on Him and trusting Him to provide the financial needs I have to get to Spain. But for others, it is promising to give towards the advance of the gospel, and trusting the Lord to provide for other financial needs. And He does. Maybe He doesn’t work in the way we think, but in ways that are so much better. What a privilege it is to serve Him, no matter where we are.

How can you help?

Pray! Please pray for my summer/fall schedule to be filled, for the needed support to come in by October, and for safety while traveling.

Give! One-time or monthly gifts can help put me closer to 100% of my financial goal.

Encourage! Tell others about my ministry, and encourage them to pray. Help me connect with churches that are looking to advance the Kingdom of Christ globally.

Thank you so much for all you do. I am grateful for the prayers, words of encouragement, and financial help that I receive so frequently. I am thankful to be a partner in ministry with you.

For His Harvest!

Jodi Harrison

May Ministry Update

Posted on Sunday, May 18, 2014 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
~ John 8:12~

As I was reading my Bible this morning I read this verse in Proverbs 3 — “The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.” I was reminded of 2 Corinthians 4, that the “god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

What a sobering truth. Satan blinds. But God (which are two of my favorite words to read in Scripture) saves, and He has risen victorious over sin and death.

The responsibility to share that truth, of the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, is for each of us as believers — every day, everywhere. This past school year, for me, it has been on Guam with my students. This summer/fall it will be wherever the Lord allows my travels to take me, with whomever I cross paths. And, Lord willing, this fall it will be in Spain with university students and others the Lord allows me to meet.

What about you? Where are you supposed to be a light? To whom should you be preaching Christ Jesus? We don’t always end up where we plan, but God can use our life, and His light to work in the lives of others — He has been teaching me this over and over, and I am thankful for the lessons he constantly gives.

Keep Praying
The Lord has provided several new supporters over the last couple of months, and I am looking forward to watching Him provide for the rest of my financial needs.

Would you pray that God would provide the needed contacts with pastors, meetings in churches, and that He would move hearts to be part of the ministry in Spain.

My goal is to be at 50% when I leave Guam on June 5th — I have just over 40% right now. I am also praying that the Lord would provide more prayer support and the remainder of my financial support, as well as my visa by October.

We have just three weeks of school to finish up — some of you know how crazy and busy the next few weeks will be. Please pray that I, and my students, finish the year out well. Also pray as I sort and pack, and move half way around the world once again. (I’m becoming a pro at this part of missionary life!) :-)

Thank you so much to those of you who faithfully pray, and so often send words of encouragement. It is a blessing to know that so many are lifting me up in prayer. And for those of you who are supporting me so faithfully financially in this ministry that the Lord has given, thank you as well for the blessing and help that you are!

March 2014 Ministry Update

Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

“These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.” Acts 17:6

I was reminded of this verse the other day when I read an article about Olympic Gold-medalist, David Wise. He was labeled as living an “alternative lifestyle” by the media because he is a 23 year-old husband and father who one day would like to be a pastor. Really? An alternative lifestyle? Even in my short 33 years of life, I can remember being a good, moral person as “normal”. The world is changing so rapidly and now has such a skewed view of what is right and what is wrong.

Just as Paul and Silas were blamed for turning the world upside down, it is my prayer that as BMM’s Spain Team ministers to the people of Spain, and strives to make our Lord famous among lost souls, that we too, would turn the world upside down.

As our team continues to grow, I am certain that the Lord is preparing hearts for His Gospel to be sown. He promises that His Word will not return void, but will accomplish that which He pleases, and make it to prosper. (Isaiah 55)

As most of you know, the Lord took me on a bit of a detour from my plan. But again, in Isaiah 55 I read that His ways and thoughts are higher than mine. I am thankful for that. I rest in the thought that His plan, though different than mine, is better. Over and over God has reminded me that I need to obey. I would like to understand, but He asks for obedience, not always understanding.

It is with great excitement, though, that the Lord has allowed me to start again with my deputation ministry. My heart and burden are still for full-time ministry in Spain. However, because the need for more workers is great, and immediate, the Lord has opened the door for a two-year short-term ministry in Spain. This will allow me to be in Spain sooner, giving a much-needed hand to the already overwhelmed missionaries with whom I will be working.

There is still a need to raise support, and I am praying earnestly that the Lord will supply my financial need by the end of this summer. One difference with short-term ministry is that there is one lump sum that is needed, instead of monthly support for an indefinite timeframe (which, Lord willing for me will be a lifetime commitment.) This means that churches and/or individuals can give a one-time gift, or commit to monthly support for the next two years.

Would you pray with me, as I trust the Lord to provide the financial need of ministry in Spain? Would you pray also for all of the details to come together for this time of ministry? There is much to do in preparation for ministry in Spain, as well as transition from my current ministry. I am excited to see the Lord work, and supply for His ministry in Spain.

Would you consider giving towards the ministry the Lord has given me in Spain? Would you allow me to come to your church and share my burden for the Spanish people?

I am so thankful that the Lord chooses to use us to further His Gospel. He doesn’t need to, but He chooses to. What a privilege and responsibility each of us have to share His Word with those around us, no matter where we are!