Saturday, June 25, 2016

How Can You Get Involved? Why Should You Get Involved? -- Sewing Project

I'm so excited about all the creating and giving going on in the name of the Lord! We just finished assembling 100 LuoPad bags (filled with 6 pads, 2 underpants, washcloth, qt.-size ziplock bag, & safety pins.) Whoop!

How Can You Get Involved:
I have been making little "kits" for those who would like to help out with our LuoPad project when we are not meeting at the church. I have a couple of different options:

1. Tracers/Cutters: I have a bag of flannel or towels with a wooden template so the material can be cut and returned to me.  
2. Sewers: I have a bag of pre-cut flannel & towels to give to someone who can sew 10 pads and return to me.

If you want to find me at church on Sunday, I will be in S.School room A208 at 8:45 am (we usually don't start til closer to 9 am) and will be in the Gathering Place near the steps going up to the balcony (theater side) between the 2 worship services at Shandon Baptist. My number is 803-315-6614. 
[Important Side Note: if you have already taken some to work on at home, please shoot me an email so I know where all the materials are.--I've lost several wooden templates made by the Dickinson boys so far, and Kynn and Lorie Harris have made me some more. I just want to create a list to keep up with everything.]

Here is what I look like (for those I haven't met, yet!):

Why Should You Get Involved?
Yesterday I spent time talking with Marvin Bozard--who works with coordinating missions activities all across the globe. Because of his travels, he explained how women are treated and looked upon in many countries of the world. It is so different from what we know here in America. 

There is a film that they use with women that is essentially The Jesus Film, but told through the eyes of Mary Magdalene. It has an emphasis on how much Jesus cared for WOMEN time and time again. For so many ladies, they have never been told how much they are valued, so this is a very powerful video. I found a YouTube link of the video Magdalena.
They are using this video to reach those who have never heard by taking in portable projectors to remote areas. (My husband Jim used one when he went to E. Africa this winter to teach about agriculture techniques.) 

All this to say that when we deliver these LuoPads--the washable, reusable sanitary pads for women, we are sending the message that we care about these women, enough to make and send a gift they greatly need. The women are in disbelief that people would care about THEM (not just the men!)  And that is the point, isn't it? That God cares so much for us that He desires a relationship with us . . . for eternity! 
If we can't go reach them, we can offer the gifts we do have! 

I am hoping to go to E. Africa on mission with my husband next winter and hope to get to meet some of the women on the receiving end of these gifts! 

Thank you for your efforts and enthusiastic hearts!  It is such a blessing to me! And thanks for the patience to take the time to read this whole darn thing! Whew! 

Now some technical stuff: 
1. Here is the link to the Step-By-Step instructions for making the pads:
2. EDEN (Educational Development in Emerging Nations) does have a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit ministry status for those who may be interested in donating materials for the project and receiving a receipt for tax purposes. {The flannel, underwear, and washcloths for the kits can add up!}

Kristin Mixson
Aspiring to say as Paul did, "And they glorified God in me." Gal. 1:24

Friday, June 24, 2016

Honoring the Lord with our Produce

This morning was the last day for picking corn! It has been a great harvest, and we have had a lot of help with people picking!

I scared up 3 bunnies this morning! These eggs are about 1 cm. long each:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Choices: To JOIN God Where He is At Work or NOT

Woo Hoo!  Last night was our first night of the ladies' Bible study Time of Your Life by Andy Stanley. After watching the video, we sat around discussing some questions related to the sermon, such as: Tell what comes to mind when you hear the phrase, "If I'm going to do something, I need to go ahead and do it." And "What is the point of life?"

I overheard Paige Fisher (I'm sure she doesn't mind me using her name in this instance!) talking about how God is at work in the world all the time to fulfill his plans and purposes. When we decide to join Him, it is like He is offering us the opportunity to participate in this great plan of His. And immediately what she said reminded me of the story of Queen Esther--which I've been reading about in my daily quiet time.
Esther 4:13 Mordecai told the messenger to reply to Esther, “Don’t think that you will escape the fate of all the Jews because you are in the king’s palace. 14 If you keep silent at this time, liberation and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father’s house will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.”15 Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go and assemble all the Jews who can be found in Susa and fast for me. Don’t eat or drink for three days, day or night. I and my female servants will also fasting the same way. After that, I will go to the king even if it is against the law. If I perish, I perish.” 17 So Mordecai went and did everything Esther had ordered him. (HCSB)
So the big question I need to consider in this TIME OF MY LIFE is WHERE is God at work around me? How can I join Him? What can I do to prepare for the ministry opportunities He is sending my way?
In answer to the above question--which I've been studying this past month (not just last night), I think being a part of this ladies Bible study, preparing the daily questions for it, and leading it are part of how God wants to use me to minister to ladies in Columbia South Carolina. I think the Sewing Project for the women of South Sudan is a part God's bigger work in the lives of not just ladies overseas, but here at home, who may not be able to GO on mission, but can help be a blessing!  I think getting to a healthy weight and fitness level so that I can be better prepared to travel while overseas  and live a long and healthy life is part of my personal goal, as well.

One of the things I want to explore more is how I can join Jim in his work toward being a blessing to the South Sudanese people. His heart is there.  I need to begin taking steps to seek how I can get involved in a supportive role to HIM--not just think about what I can do on my own.  


Sunday, June 12, 2016

God Listened

This morning, I came across a sweet little verse full of hope and power! I'm reading in Ezra 8. Ezra is leading a group from Babylon to reestablish the temple in Jerusalem. He was afraid to ask the king for an armed cavalry escort, so he fasted and prayed to God instead.  This is what he said:
Ezra 8:23 So we fasted and prayed about these concerns. And He listened. (The Msg)
I love it! What a great lesson to remember!!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Knowing + Not Doing = Sin

In my quiet time this morning, I read John 19--where Jesus was crucified. 
John 19: 19-22  
Pilate wrote a sign and had it placed on the cross. It read: jesus the nazarenethe king of the jews. 20-21 Many of the Jews read the sign because the place where Jesus was crucified was right next to the city. It was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. The Jewish high priests objected. “Don’t write,” they said to Pilate, “‘The King of the Jews.’ Make it, ‘This man said, “I am the King of the Jews.”’”22 Pilate said, “What I’ve written, I’ve written.” (The Message)
When I read what Pilate said, I knew he knew. Pilate knew Jesus was the Messiah. Yet, he allowed him to be crucified anyway. That internal voice, the conscience, the huge impression, the tick, tick, tick in the mind---he KNEW. And he did it anyway. 
James 4:17 "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin." (KJV)
In this ladies summer Bible study Time of Your Life that I'm working on, one thing I need to remember is that each lady is going through her own message that she is receiving from God. If I am writing questions for the daily Bible study, I need to write generic reflection questions and actions. Whatever the Lord is leading each to do, as she sees it, the struggle to comply, obey, release, or whatever will be huge. It will be hard. It may be painful. It will involve sacrifice. Yet, to not do so, once God has revealed His path, would be considered sin. 
James 4:13-17 
13 Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (KJV)
Lord, help me to be sensitive to Your guidance in choosing scriptures and writing reflective questions. Help me to obey as You lead me in my life. Help me listen to You as You speak. Help me to be disciplined enough to act in obedience as You direct. Forgive me of my sin, as my flesh is mighty powerful.  I've had a lot of years of practice in obeying it, instead of You. Help me in my weakness, Father. I want to please You.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Fear of God. Chosen Child. (Time 1.1)

Proverbs 1:7  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction

Lord, help me learn to fear You, to know You, to Love you.

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him, in love Having predestined us unto the adoption of sons by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, the the praise of the glory of his grace, through which he hath made us accepted in the Beloved.

Father, I do not understand how You could love me, choose me, adopt me, accept me.  But You did and You do. Help me to learn to know you more.