Missions

Our Commissioning Service

Pastor Brett Beasley Speaks
We were blessed as our Second Baptist church family commissioned us as full-time missionaries to serve with a mission in Mozambique. After the Iowa mission team shared about their work in Ankaney, our dear sister in Christ Raethel Housewirth came and spoke about how she had seen our hearts being drawn more and more each year we went to the work in Mozambique. This year will make her sixth trip to teach God’s word to the women in the village of Xicumbane. The scripture she gave as an encouragement to us was Joshua 1:9-“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Raethel Sharing from Joshua 1
Next came fellow missionary Bro. Joe Zbinden. He spoke to us from Acts 13:1-3 and reminded us that we not only represent Christ, but also our church family and the the body of Christ as a whole.
Our Pastor, Brett Beasley, then followed with encouraging words from Philippians 1:3-4. He expressed to those present, that through their support and prayers, they are participating in the work of the gospel being spread. He then asked if we wanted to say anything.
Sharing our words of encouragement
Here are the messages we shared:
Deb’s Encouragement:
I’ve had a hard time responding to people when they hear about us going to Africa and they say:
“Oh, I really admire you” or  “I could never give up everything here and do something like that” or  “It takes a special person to do that…”
You see, it’s not about us and our sacrifice. It is about Christ and His sacrifice.
 
1 Peter 2:4-5 says: “And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
One of the definitions of sacrifice from the Oxford Dictionary is  “an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy.”
Yes, we have made sacrifices, but you too are making a sacrifice. You are surrendering a daughter-a son, a sister-a brother, a co-laborer in the church or friend for the sake of the gospel to be shared and taught among a people whole need to hear and be discipled.
 
In Matthew 19:29 Jesus tells us:  “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.”
 
“Left” in the original language means not only  “to leave” but  “to send away” or  “let go”. We are leaving, but you also are sending us away and letting go.
 
As we sacrifice together for the sake of the kingdom of God, may we see the blessings of God and know that no matter what He alone is worthy of it all.
Doug’s Encouragement:
As Christians we are all blessed more than we deserve for the Lord of Glory came and spread His arms and showed the world what true love is. We have been truly blessed far more than we deserve. When I think of the special family God has placed us in, I am brought to the words of Jesus in John 13:3: “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
 
The love and encouragement that we have experienced can be summed up in just a few words-The love of Christ abides here! Deb and I are embarking on a wonderful journey but we are not going alone for you all will be with us as well. It may not be physically, but you are there in our hearts and prayers. When others see us they will also see all of you. We are to be a direct reflection of Christ and of the body of Second Baptist and the love that abides here.
 
Doug then prayed Ephesians 3:17-21over all who were present: “May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”
This was followed by prayer for us and then for our Africa mission team. We then joined with friends and family for a time of visiting and eating…
Our cute little cake with our picture on it!
Our beautiful decor thanks to Jason & Angela and Russell & Linda
 
So wonderful to have family & friends together
Great kitchen help!
Then the goodbyes started

It was a night full of goodbyes and tears. We were once again overwhelmed by the love of our friends and church family. We will miss you all. Yet we are eager and excited to join with God in His work in Mozambique. Can’t wait to share what all God is doing as our next post will be from Africa. Love you all and please keep us in your prayers.

4 thoughts on “Our Commissioning Service”

  1. We'll be praying for you and Doug on your journey. I must say that you both have certainly come a long way in your walk with the Lord over the years. I'm glad that I got to see you the couple of times I did! Love you both! You both will be such a blessing to everyone you come in contact with. God bless you both!

    Lisa 8)

  2. We are going to miss you guys, but yet excited for you! We KNOW this is exactly where you want to be & where GOD wants you to go! Just know you will be misses “ACROSS THE AISLE”— It won't be the same, that's for sure!
    Praying for you both!
    Jennifer

  3. Part of our hearts will go with you both. Know that we will be praying for you every day. God bless you. We are sad that you won't be with us but so excited for this new walk. Maybe Doug can even take up the offering over there!! Have him check on what hymn he needs to listen for. We love you both so much.

    In His Love…..Martha Speers

  4. I will be praying for you guys and may God bless you and keep you safe during your travel and as you are there doing God's business. Love you guys and will miss you. Blessings, in Christ love, Ruth Meadows

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