Monday, June 25, 2012

Missions Monday | Favorite Missions Movies

As a visual person, I actually prefer watching a movie over reading a book. I love being able to SEE a picture. Not to discredit book reading, as I should do more of it.

I've collected a few favorite "Missions" related movies over the years, and today I thought I'd share them with you.

Hudson Taylor  by Ken Anderson Films

"Hudson Taylor" has been a favorite movie of mine for years. The film quality is not the greatest, but I've always been able to look past that. It's very accurate to Hudson Taylor's biography and the movie is filled with many of his wonderful quotes. My personal favorite is, "God gives His very best to those who leave the choice with Him." The movie is focused on Hudson Taylor's younger years of ministry in China, and ends at the death of his own, dear wife, Maria.

Last Flight Out  by Billy Graham Presets

My Grandma (former missionary herself to Quito, Ecuador alongside my deceased Grandpa who was a Pastor for many years) had me watch "Last Flight Out" when I graduated from high school. I remember watching the movie the first time & being totally glued & mesmerized by the story.

"Last Flight Out" is a modern-day missionary story about a single, female missionary doctor in Columbia, South America who is suddenly warned that the local villagers she ministers to, will be forced to work on a coca farm run by local, Colombian terrorists... or else. Because of the danger, her father sends her former boyfriend, a Pilot, down to the jungle to convince her to return home. One of my favorite quotes from the movie, "There is no better place to be than in the center of God's will."

End of the Spear

My Grandma had me watch "End of the Spear" when I lived with her in Michigan for a while after high school. The story of the 5 martyred missionaries has always been especially meaningful to that particular side of my family, as my Grandma personally knew Barbara Youderian (one of the martyred missionary's wives). My Grandmother stood up as a bridesmaid in Roger & Barbara Youderian's wedding  kind of cool, really!

This movie, as you guessed, is about the true story of the 5 missionaries that were martyred in Ecuador, but especially based on missionary pilot, Nate Saint. There are some violent & graphic scenes in this movie, so I caution you to be aware of that. But there are also some touching, gripping, tear jerking scenes in the movie as well! 

As a side note, a missionary friend of mine bought me my copy of the DVD while I was on a missions trip in Thailand. I was very sick with food poisoning & was nearly admitted into the hospital for dehydration. My missionary friend walked down to the local market & bought me the movie for a $1. ;-) So there I layed... in Chiang Rai, Thailand with grape Gatorade, wondering if I was going to make it back to the USA alive and I watched "End of the Spear" ... while my team mates were at a rural Thai village eating dog. LOL!

What are some of YOUR favorite missions movies? Do tell!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Internship Postponed

It's been a hard decision to make, but the Leah Christine Imagery photography Internship is being POSTPONED for another time.

This summer the Lord has provided 2 other jobs (additional to photography) to help me financially, so as you can imagine, my schedule is insanely full.

One of the MAIN REASONS for postponing the Internship is because I need to be out of my basement apartment by August 8th and I MUST start looking for new housing. If you feel so led, please pray the Lord directs me to the right place!

Thank you all so much & I apologize for any inconveniences. Stay tuned for the new Internship dates!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Missions Monday | Be a Missionary. Right Here.

What do YOU think about when you think of the word, 'Missions'?

Automatically, having been to four different foreign countries, I think of people living in card board huts, taking showers in water that smells like sewer (seriously, the showers smelled like sewer in the Philippines...), taking bucket baths in Thailand, having giant beetles land on my shoulder, sweat dripping down my back in the extremes of humidity, eating sticky rice & mangoes at every meal and such things.

Though roughing it at times, I loved the thrill of adventure & surviving in the remote areas of Fiji or Thailand.

In a recent opportunity I had to go to Cambodia as a long term missionary, the Lord let me know that going to Cambodia was not what He has planned for me. I struggled with guilt. "Lord, you need laborers in the harvest! The missionaries in Cambodia are begging for more laborers. I LOVE to help people. But, I'm having to tell them, 'NO, I can't come'? So... am I being selfish by staying here?" I can just see Him looking at me with cocked smile on his face, "So you're willing to follow me anywhere, my daughter? Really? That is wonderful. I want you to stay here."

It seems so much more "spiritual" and glamorous to fly half way around the world to a foreign land with the name tag, "foreign missionary" ... but right now, the Lord wants me to be a missionary in my two part time jobs (Nannying & Chick-fil-A) and in my photography business. Taking a little girl to swimming lessons or her piano lessons, ringing up Chicken sandwiches for customers at Chick-fil-A or photographing a wedding don't seem like glamorous things to do, but it IS missions work. I AM a missionary. I AM a missionary right HERE.

As a Christ follower, I AM the temple of the Holy Ghost. He lives IN me... wherever I am.  I am representing Christ at the gas station, at the grocery store, at the restaurant, at the coffee shop.

Be a "little Christ" today!
[wherever you are.]

Monday, June 11, 2012

Missions Monday | Seeing People As He See's Them

"She's   you know  one of those person's who keeps to herself."

These words echoed in my head & tears stung as I pillowed my head.

The Accuser whispered, "That's why people don't like you. That's why you only had a couple close friends growing up. That's why your relationship ended 3 years ago   he didn't like you because you were too quiet & that's why he married someone else. That's why you're never included in other people's plans. You're a silent, good-for-nothing introvert." 

Our society places such a big emphasis on personality & personality type. Admittedly, I myself am one of those persons who likes to perceive what people are like & stereotype them. Quite honestly, within a short while of meeting someone, I can pretty well tell you what a person's personality type is. "She's definitely an INFJ" or "He's totally a Mr. Steady." (I personally am an INFP.) While it can be beneficial to knowing how that other person is going to relate or how they are going to take information in, stereotyping others can be a dangerous thing because it doesn't give room for God to work in that relationship or situation.

So today's 'Missions Monday' is a reminder to myself and for all of us  to see other's and our own selves as God see's people. Not how we perceive them.

Don't shut people out of your life just because they're different then you are.

"Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good." Genesis 1:31

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sweet Summertime + Day in the Office

Today is a rainy, overcast day and I am having a day in the photography office   photo editing and catching up on e-mails. Though not officially on the calender, summertime weather has arrived in Northern Colorado and already I have been enjoying days at the pool & cloud watching with the little girl I nanny.

Summertime will be busy & full, and yet, my soul waits on. I am learning more of what it means to trust the heart of my Father, wherever He leads me. The other night, I pillowed my head and the tears just spilled. My life has turned out nothing like I always imagined it would as a little girl, but I can be okay with that as I place my full confidence in my Savior who's ways are much greater than my ways. Just yesterday I thought of a song that I know, "I will follow Thee my Savior, where'er the pathway may go... I rest in Thee, trust in Thee, I place my life in Thy hands... I surrender all, my Savior, I hold no thing back from Thee; Every part is Thine to use, Lord, Thy living sacrifice be." It doesn't matter where I'm at geographically. I can glorify my Father wherever He puts me  whether I'm in the depths of the African jungle or I'm wiping the nose of a toddler in church nursery. But so many times, I want to dictate to God HOW I want to serve Him, but then I plunge into the depths of discouragement when life doesn't go my way. Oh Lord, heal me from my own selfishness, and let my life glorify you   even in the most dull & mundane happenings of life.

"When deep water curls around you and fear replaces faith,
When the floods would seem to overwhelm God's promises of grace,
When the fires seem overtaking, and all seems torn and tossed,
Trust His Word. Oh, truly listen; hear Him say: All is not lost.

Don't be afraid. Don't be afraid.
I have redeemed you; You are Mine. Don't be afraid.
Don't be afraid. Don't be afraid.
You are a precious child to Me. Don't be afraid."