Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Monday, January 14, 2013


I’m stoked to see what God does in the life and hearts of our “little” church this year. I always laugh because when our Pastor says “little” church because by the standards of churches, we are not little. I don’t even know our numbers these days, I used to, it’s not about numbers, except for the fact that each number has a name, each name has a face, each face a story of the greatness of God.

We have 6!!! Mission trips this year! 6!! WOW!

One to Detroit, one to Bogota, Colombia (I secretly hope that God calls me here someday – I guess it’s not a secret – I have a dream to tell my testimony in Spanish!), 2 to the orphanage that I am on the board of in Haiti, 1 with Poured out, and 1 with Raincatchers (I also hope someday He calls me to do this too!). I will be going on two this year. One to the orphanage, and I help lead the one in Detroit. I’m so excited!!!

This is at my desk.  My verse
of the week.  These were made
for Alive last night.

I’ve always been a local gal, I love the Detroit Mission Trip. It’s hard and lots of planning but it’s amazing to see people come to know Jesus (we have had kids get saved on this trip), help others, serve each other. It’s amazing! I’m not a “goer” on this trip, I am a “server” an encourager, I am the “waterer” of souls, I actually don’t see much harvest, I don’t see projects completed, and I spend most of my time in the kitchen trying to keep it all together. Most people might even go on this trip and not know who I am (Ok, that probably wouldn’t happen).

A lot of people look at the overseas mission trips as something harder than the local trips or somehow it’s more important. I don’t believe that. Both are completely mission minded, and Jesus calls us to love the poor.

I was listening to the song “Savior King” by Hillsong, which is probably one of my very favorite songs, I remember hearing it the first time, and I can remember just sobbing, trying to see the words as I put them on the screen as the Alive Band played. “I give my life, to honor this, the Love of Christ, the Savior King.” But today a different verse hit me, “Let the poor, stand and confess, that my portion is this, and I’m more than blessed”.

Who are the poor?
Who needs something to drink or eat?
What is it that they are thirsting for?
And who are you called to serve?

God calls us to make disciples, to the ends of the earth (Matt 28:19-20), and sometimes that end is at the end of an alley in your own city. Or maybe it's someone in your family.

In Is 58:10 it says Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.

Now if you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know that John 1:5 is one of my favorite verses

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it

We are called to shine the light.  Go shine it whereever you are called.

I’ve learned that we really never go on a mission “trip” because we are out in the mission field. Your home, your family, your job, where you shop, even church is your place to extinguish darkness. I was never called until last year to go overseas, and some may never be called to Haiti or China or Russia, but they may be called to Detroit, just as some may be called to Haiti, and never to Detroit. God knows what He’s doing when He calls you to something.

I don’t know where you’re called.

But when He calls, don’t just pick up.



Megan said...

This is awesome Margie :) I love too that Metro has the monthly missions that can help get people started in serving, help them get prepared for what God would call them to later on. One thing God is really teaching me right now, is that it's all about preparation. We can jump, but if we jump without him guiding us, then we will somewhere along the line, fall. I am such an impatient person, and this lesson, whoa it's been tough. In early days, if I want to do it, it must be from God, so I will do it, WOW, I couldn't have been more WRONG!!! I mean I believe he gives us desires, but just because we see a video, and it looks cool, or like something we would LIKE to do, doesn't mean we should jump at that SECOND and do it. SO much of what I do now, is all in GOD's timing. I think he uses things like these 6 trips as seeds in our lives, seeds to start moving in our lives :) I always come back too... if we are faithful in the little things, he will be faithful with the bigger things. Bigger things not meaning $ or wealth, or trips to Haiti, but bigger meaning the bigger call in our life. Hope that makes sense. I think this post is just beautiful. It's so exciting to see all the wonderful things that God is doing with you in your serving. And to think, it all started right here in Detroit :) Love that!!!! Bless you, greater things are yet to come in your life for sure !!

Kristin said...

I am so excited to see your heart here Margie and can't wait to get to know you better....interesting that both women I am "paired" with have a heart for missions...and Haiti specifically. My dad has been to Haiti several times and has even taken my 16yr old son. I have always wanted to go...but there never was a "right" time...maybe my "dream" will be morphed as we all walk together in this journey!

Becky said...

i don't think i've been called out of our little church (ha) just yet, but when i am--oh boy, look out! i think i'd like to go with LDFA. i quess i will just stash some cash for when he says GO! until then, i will encourage you to GO.
love you my friend.