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God’s Good Gifts

Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Sharing my Thoughts

You know, God doesn’t have to give us anything, good or bad. And I know a few people who think that God has never done a good thing for them, that He, in fact, does things to make them miserable. How I wish that I could make them see that is so completely untrue.

God gives good gifts. He gave the Greatest Gift freely and to all people. Salvation. He gave His son to die on a cross, to be raised from the dead — not for a bunch of well-doers who were eager to obey, but for a bunch of sinners determined to keep on sinning. For a bunch of ungrateful people. For me. For you.

I’ve been asking God to make me more thankful. To help me trust Him and have faith in Him no matter the situation. Some days it is easy. Some days, not so much.

But He works, He is working. He is providing. I love all the names of God, but as I have said before, Jehovah Jireh is my favorite — God sees our needs, and makes a way to provide for them even before we know we have the need. We may think there is no plan, but my inability to see what God is doing doesn’t mean He isn’t doing.

Today I was sitting here thinking how exciting it is that He has provided so much in the past year. It has been so neat to see God use people to get me to this point in deputation. Eighty-eight percent. That’s really great.

But you know, I sat here thinking, “I can’t wait until I hit 90%; then it will be really exciting.”

So I sat on the couch and wrote down some numbers, working out some figures so I would know how much more I would need to be at 90%. But before I was done I checked my email ~ silly email addiction that I have.

So, 88%, right? But that email — the one that came when I was wishing for 90%. Yes, that one.

It was a new supporter, just letting me know how much they wanted to give me each month. Did I mention that God gives good gifts? That God is Jehovah Jireh?

Because now I have 94%. And in case you were wondering, that is more than 90%. So I guess it’s getting more than exciting. Six percent — that’s all I need. I’m looking forward to how God will choose to provide the last $143/month that will get me to Spain.

Visa Update

Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

Visa Update

Yesterday I headed into Chicago to the Spanish Consulate to apply for my Visa. I arrived about 30 minutes early for my scheduled 1:00 appointment. Needless to say, I had to wait – and wait a bit longer. I watched as an American couple applied for their visas, and had to keep searching for documents, and make phone calls; I let three people go in front of me who had “quick questions”; I watched as two people were told that they would have to come back with more paperwork; and I watched one person walk in to his appointment and out with a visa.

I had mixed feeling about how my appointment was going to go, but I knew that I had prayed much, and was grateful to know that so many were praying for me.

As I sat waiting, the Lord gave me an opportunity to talk with a young man going on a school trip to Spain. I was able to share with him my reason for heading to Spain, and about the ministry the Lord has given me. Even though it wasn’t a long conversation, it was neat to see how the Lord used time in a waiting room to plant a seed.

Finally, at 1:40, my name was called. My paperwork was taken. I signed a form. And was told that my Visa should be arriving in 4 to 6 weeks. After watching so many people deal with an assortment of problems while submitting their paperwork I was somewhat surprised that my submission took less than ten minutes. But not too surprised – I did, after all, have many people praying, and a God who can make all things possible.

Thank you again for remembering me in your prayers. Though it was a cold and blustery day in Chicago, everything went very smoothly.

Keep Praying!!

Please remember to pray for the remaining financial support to get me to Spain. I am currently at 88%, and need only $284 more dollars per month to reach 100%. I am trusting the Lord to provide, and am looking forward to watching Him use His people to do so.

My intended departure date is mid-May. Please pray with me for that to be a reality!!

Thank you again for your faithfulness in both prayer and financial support. I am privileged to count you as partners in the ministry in Salamanca

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

“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

February Ministry Update

Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

I’ll be honest — I can get a bit grumpy with all this snow and cold weather. But as I was sitting here watching yet another layer of white blanket the ground, I was reminded again of these verses from Isaiah 55. Just as the earth needs the snow and the rain to produce fruit, so do souls need the Gospel to live — and God promises that His Word won’t return void. It isn’t a waste of time to share the gospel, even when it doesn’t seem well received, even when it takes years to see converts, even when it seems like the labor we put forth may be in vain. God is working, and I am so grateful that He chooses to use us to be part of that.

I am grateful that He has chosen so many to be part of that work along side me as I head to Spain. I could not accomplish this ministry without your prayers and financial support — so as always, thank you for giving of your time and money to help take the gospel to the least-evangelized Spanish-speaking country.

What’s Next?

It’s funny how waiting can make time feel as though it stands still — but then, in no time at all, all that time speeds past so quickly that you feel like begging it to slow down.

That’s where I am at right now. Next Friday, February 27th, I have an appointment at the Spanish Consulate in Chicago to submit my visa application. But there is much left to get finished before that time.

Please pray with me as I get the last of my paperwork in order, and translated into Spanish. Pray that the appointment goes smoothly, and that I will have all the paperwork required of me. Though there is a list of what I need on the Consulate website it does say, “Please, be advised that additional requirements may be requested.”

But I am trusting the Lord to work out those details, and allow only His perfect plan.

Ministry Opportunities

The weekend of March 6-8, I will be attending the missions conference for one of my supporting churches, and will be teaching the children during five different sessions. Please pray that the Lord would use me to clearly teach from His Word, and to plant seeds of not only the gospel, but a desire to share Christ with others. The Lord used missionaries in my young life to give me a burden for missions, and I pray the Lord will use me to do the same.

Getting Closer

Praise the Lord for all He has done. It is so amazing to look back over the last few years and see how God has worked — it hasn’t been my doing, but clearly the Lord directing and opening doors when needed.

Since my last prayer letter the Lord has provided two new individual supporters, and has brought my support level up to 88%.

Please continue to pray for the remainder of my financial support. I need $284 more per month to bring me to 100% of my needed support.

I am praying that the Lord will provide my visa, and the remainder of my support so that I can leave for Spain by mid-March.

Building Relationships

One of my desires once on the field is to build intentional relationships with those that the Lord allows to cross my path. My burden is to share the gospel, and have opportunities to disciple new believers.

As important as relationships are on the field, they are also important here at home. I have had several opportunities to hold Spanish Dinner Parties over the last several months, and I am grateful for those opportunities to share what God is doing, share prayer requests, and get to know people who will be invaluable in my ministry as they take requests to God on my behalf, and even some who have become financial partners in my ministry.

Two weeks ago the Lord gave another opportunity for me to share Spanish food and culture, as well as what ministry the Lord has given, to a group of new and old friends. It was a blessing to spend time with them, and to be encouraged by them as well.


Enjoying Spanish food and conversation.


Flan for dessert!


Sharing about my ministry in Spain.

Look What God is Doing

Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

Look What God is Doing!

There are several very exciting things that the Lord is doing on my way to Spain. Take some time to read and rejoice with me, as well as pray for the specific needs that I have.

Support Report

Praise the Lord for His provision!! I currently have 86% of the needed support for my first two-year term. I cannot begin to put into words how amazing it has been to see the Lord use churches and individuals to provide for the financial needs of my ministry in Spain. Please pray for the remaining $325 of monthly support that I need to make ministry and life in Spain possible.

**Visa Process**

The visa process is progressing, and for that I praise the Lord. I am expecting that my visa will be available as soon as late March, then I will have only 90 days before I must be in Spain. However, I must be at 100% of my needed support before I can leave for Spain.

Would you please pray for new supporters to help me reach that goal? Perhaps the Lord is prompting you to be part of my ministry by giving financially – you can click on the link to the right, visit bmm.org for more information on ways to give, or contact me directly.

Launch Seminar

This week has been such an encouragement. I have spent the last few days at the Home Office of BMM along with 11 other appointees to various fields of ministry around the globe who have reached at least 60% of their needed support. It has been such a neat time of encouragement and learning as we have all reached this step that brings us closer to our intended fields of service. Please pray for traveling safety, strengthening of health (most of us took our turn at being under the weather this week), and the remaining support needs that we each have.

Lessons Learned

There are many things that we can learn from Genesis – but one thing that I come away with often when I am reading an account from this book of beginnings is how often God works in amazing ways to build and reinforce the faith that His people have in Him. One such verse is Genesis 48:11–

“ And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.”

What an awesome picture of God doing far above what Jacob had ever imagined possible. I am sure we can each look back to at least one specific instance of God working like that in our own lives. I know that for me it has been proven over and over during these last few years, and especially past few months of deputation. I praise the Lord for all that He has done – whether part of my original plan, or something far greater – as He has continued to provide for me not only through prayer and financial support, but spiritually through His Word.

Thank you also for your faithfulness in prayer and financial support. It is truly awesome to see God’s people come together to be part of the Great Commission, and become part of my ministry team as I seek to serve the Lord in Spain.

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

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