Exploring England and the Holy Island!

Hello everyone! The family and I were able to visit the Holy Island of England. This location is where Christianity was brought to Britain. It was such a great visit and we all had a blast and learned a lot. I just wanted to share with you all some of our pictures from this home school field trip!

If you have any questions about traveling this area please contact us. We would love to share our experiences (both good and bad) with you all.

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New Website for WBFM!

Hello everyone! We have been redesigning our ministry website and it is finally up and running. The website address is http://www.WBFM.church. The reason why I am notifying all of you is that I will be using the church’s website to post my regular devotionals and my messages. So, from now on this blog will be solely dedicated to my family updates as we travel throughout Europe and wherever else the Lord calls us to be.

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Thank you for your time and please have a blessed day!

Lessons from an English Butler

These 3 are excited they had the opportunity to attend Butler School with some of the locals. As we travel everyone keeps telling us all of the popular tourist places to visit. Though those ideas are a kind gesture (and we do visit some), I really haven’t felt drawn to being a tourist. The Lord has us on a journey I can’t describe, one I’m not truthfully positive that I know what the plan is. What I do know is we feel called to connect. Connect with the culture and the locals, trying to learn from them and see life not as an American on a grand journey but as a family trying to see life through another cultures eyes. When we started this journey I had an idea what the Lord was doing, however, let me tell you that we have been so beautifully humbled.

Yes, nothing I thought would fall into place (before we jumped on a plane with all that we will own in backpacks on our backs) happened. Things we thought would happen or be open doors shut while others flew wide open. This was a great reminder that we are not in control and this experience will be a beautiful one. We are not called to be like tourist and fit in with those around us yet embrace the path laid before us always looking for places to connect and grow. These sweet kids of mine were the only non locals attending Butler School. It’s funny how much the locals knew about being a Butler and my kids only know about Alfred (Batman’s Butler). Experiences like these is what we feel drawn to. It is also beautiful to see these guys not phased by these cultures but get so excited to dive in and learn from them. In a world with so much segregation it’s beautiful to connect like this. Not just as a culture but so many opportunities to connect spiritually with locals really brings us with a world wide view on society.

Below are some of the pictures from our family adventure at the Butler School.

Being Transparent

It is written, “since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God, and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved] grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus, whom God displayed publicly [before the eyes of the world] as a [life-giving] sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation (propitiation) by His blood [to be received] through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness [which demands punishment for sin], because in His forbearance [His deliberate restraint] He passed over the sins previously committed [before Jesus’ crucifixion],” (Romans 3:23-25).

As I read this Scripture, I am reminded about a big problem in the church that needs to be corrected. This problem is transparency. What I mean about transparency is the underlining message of this piece of Scripture, and that message is that we have all sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God. We are all sinners, and the only difference between a sinner that has not known God yet and a Christian that commits a sin, is that a Christian should know better. Often times Christians can act worse than sinners and they forget that the person they are speaking to does not know about the transforming power of Jesus Christ or that they used to be just like them. Their struggles, their pain, their sorrow are all things that we dealt with before in the past and we left it at the foot of the cross where it belonged. It was Jesus Christ that released us from the slavery of our old sins, and to be honest, we will always be fighting against our old sinful nature. We are all equal and we all fall short, period. This message of transparency and equality needs to be spoken about as a reminder to us all.

It is upon the lack of transparency with one another that leads us to be ashamed of our past and who we used to be. If we are ashamed of where we once were how could we share our testimony with another? How can we share the transforming power of Jesus Christ in our lives? The simple answer is that we cannot. If we try to position ourselves in a manner that we are better than someone else because we are saved and they are not, or if we gossip about someone’s past, how are we living a life of victory and humility? When we can come to terms with this simple truth the overall body of Christ would be in a better position then what it is currently in now. We have not only become a stumbling block for our fellow believers (Romans 14:13-23) but we are robbing the salvation of others because of our lack of transparency with them.

When we don’t let unbelievers know that we were once like them, they will not have the essential thing to bring them to Christ. This essential thing is “hope.” Our testimony brings hope in the lives of those who believe and are struggling with a problem or an addiction, or it brings hope for an unbeliever that thinks that they are too far gone to receive the love of Christ in their lives. So please, take Paul’s message to heart and understand the simple truth that we as believers we are not better than anyone else because even we all fall short. But remember that the foot of the cross is what unites us all. It allows us to see where we were and where Jesus has taken us. This is something to be joyful about and shared with everyone, regardless of how they may see you. This is what it means to be transparent with people and that is how the Gospel of Christ is shared.

Father, I pray for a movement of equality to come into the church and our lives. I pray that we can all understand that we are all equal and this message is clear in your word. Father, I know that we all fall short but I thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ in our lives and that you love us so much that you keep forgiving us of our trespasses against you. I pray for the discernment of the Holy Spirit within the church, I pray that this discernment can help bring the dry bones alive again and that a fire can be rekindled in our hearts. I pray that this fire can help us understand that without the foot of the cross we are all doomed and deserve condemnation, and upon this understanding that we should want to help and guide those around us that do not know Jesus yet. Let us break down any boundaries that we have placed in our hearts and minds and fully submit to your glory. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen!

Hinxton Village England

Our family has finally made it safe to England. There is a lot of learning that is occurring ranging from driving on a different side of the road to relearning how to drive manual (without my family being terrified, even though I have enjoyed the quite drives lol). There is so much history in this location and we are about to start exploring and venturing out tomorrow.

It had been a blessing to live this life with my children and teaching them the true meaning of walking by faith. Often times I get asked how we minister as we travel and to be honest, it is easy. Our family is our ministry. The way we love, care, and build one another up is what brings people to us to know why we are the way we are. Then, we simply tell them about how Jesus Christ changed our lives. We teach our children that people should know they are Christians by their actions, not their words. We teach them that God is all around us want us to live a victorious life and to share His love with others.

I pray that you all enjoy our first batch of pictures!

A Kingdom Divided

It is written, “Knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom that is divided against itself is being laid waste; and no city or house divided against itself will [continue to] stand. If Satan casts out Satan [that is, his demons], he has become divided against himself and disunited; how then will his kingdom stand? If I cast out the demons by [the help of] Beelzebul (Satan), by whom do your sons drive them out? For this reason, they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you [before you expected it]. Or how can anyone go into a strong man’s house and steal his property unless he first overpowers and ties up the strong man? Then he will ransack and rob his house,” (Matthew 12:25-29, AMP).

In the twelfth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus rebuked the Pharisees because they were thinking that Jesus was casting out demons in the name of Beelzebul (a Philistine god/ major demon in the Abrahamic faith) instead of God. This caused Jesus to rebuke the Pharisees and he explained how can a house divided succeed if they are fighting against themselves. This rebuke is just as important today as it was for them at this time. The reason why I am stating this truth is that too many of us have become religious just like the Pharisees were. They were prideful, jealous of others accomplishments, and they separated anyone that did not do and believe exactly as they did. Doesn’t this sound familiar?

We have established so many denominations and have separated the Body of Christ from each other. When a fellow Christian is being successful, we point-out their shortcomings or how their doctrines are not as good as ours. We are missing out on the miracle that God is moving in our world today because we have been too caught up in widening the gap between each other. We have our salvation through Christ and Christ alone, not because we are in a particular denomination. We need to stop dividing our house and start bringing it back together. I strongly believe that Satan has infiltrated our churches to separate the body by allowing false doctrines to be taught, and we have fallen into his plan and now our house is barely standing today.

The Holy Spirit placed this message in my heart because He is mourning. We need to remember what Jesus was teaching in this Scripture and apply it! So, if you are having issues with another brother or sister in Christ, fix it and place those issues at the foot of the cross where they belong instead of separating yourself from them. When we all can start to remember that we are stronger together than alone can we start to correct this issue within the Body of Christ today. I challenge my readers to not only get involved within their church but to reach out to another church or denomination and start to build relationships with them. Get involved in your community and remember that what brings us together is bigger and stronger than what separates us. Christ did not hang on the cross for us to not do everything in our power to spread the gospel and expand His kingdom. This cannot happen if we try to do everything alone or if we are divided. Christ up and move the church forward my brothers and sisters!

Father, I pray that the church of today can realize that we all have a common mission and this mission is to love each other and to spread the gospel of your son Jesus Christ. I pray that we can all apply the lesson that a house divided will not continue to stand. Father, we come to you and leave our pride, our jealousy, and our biases at the foot of the cross so we can move forward and fix what has been broken for too long. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen!

Leaving Athens!

My family and I have truly enjoyed the scenery and fellowship that we have found in Athens, Greece. Tomorrow is our last day of exploring and then we are headed to the UK for four to five months. As we travel around the UK, we will be sharing pictures and our stories with you all. Please continue to pray for our outreach and our safety while traveling abroad for this next couple of years.

Here are a couple of pictures from our last week here in Athens. Please enjoy!