Frontline Missions International (FMI), where I have the privilege to work and serve, has just released their sixth episode of the Dispatches from the Front DVD series. The whole series has a powerful message of God calling and equipping servants for Kingdom work; this particular episode shows how God uses professionals, those with skills and talents, for His Glory in hard to reach places. Each episode also has some special features, including an image gallery and study guide! Some episodes include special bonus clip interviews, and this one includes a recording and song sheets for “The Power of His Rising” song.
It’s available for a limited time for only $5 from WTSBooks.com until April 26th! The ad above and endorsements below are from WTS’s website regarding this incredible sale! The normal price is $15, and we’ll be offering them on the Dispatches website for $10 until June 1st, but you can’t beat $5! If you’ve never seen these documentary-style glimpses into real-life missions, now is the time to buy!
Back Cover: “Over two billion people in the world have no access to the Gospel—no Bible, no church, no Christians, no hope. Since many of them live in countries closed to traditional missionaries, how will they hear the Good News? One way is that Christ is calling and equipping men and women with skills—professionals—to use their talents to reach people who are hard to get to. The Power of His Rising is an inside look at how this is unfolding in South Asia, where baristas and bakers, pilots and farmers are a force for the Gospel! It’s an amazing journey by land, sea and air—down crowded streets and remote rivers—to find light shining in darkness and persecuted believers singing because of Jesus! Dispatches from the Front opens yet another window to see Christ at work in the world through His endless life and relentless grace!” Running Time: 65 minutes
Watch the trailer here:
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Day 103: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Slept in. Eggs for a late breakfast with a fresh fruit salad and a fine French Press of coffee! Then we filled our water bottles and headed to Paris Mountain for a five mile hike! It was a gorgeous day! Bryan had a few hours of work later on, and I caught up on some chores. Then our friends Dave and Rachel came over for an evening of fun and fellowship. I experimented and made some candied grapefruit peels…which I’m kind of addicted to right now. I definitely want to try candying some orange and tangerine peels next!
Day 104: Sunday, April 14, 2013
After a fabulous morning at church, Bryan and I decided to take a Sunday afternoon drive–a fun tradition we started while we were dating that we haven’t done in a while. We ended up at Doc Chey’s Noodle House…in Asheville.
Then we walked around for a couple of hours and stopped by Posana Cafe before heading home for the day. I got a Cortado (espresso cut with steamed milk–an indulgence for sure) and a mini biscotti. The setting was beautiful, the barista was friendly, and I only wish we could have stayed for the dinner menu (it looked fabulous). We will have to return!
Day 105: Monday, April 15, 2013
Another long, yet productive day at work! Had leftover Thai black bean noodles from Doc Chey’s for lunch, then came home to chicken rice curry pot! Bryan has nearly perfected this dish! I cleaned up, since he cooked all afternoon! Had our friend Collins over and it was a good time of Gospel conversations! Thankful for God’s visible work in our local assembly!
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Day 98-102: Monday through Friday, April 8-12, 2013
This week was a very productive week with multiple projects at work. We’re getting ready to release Dispatches from the Front episode 6 this coming week!
And we’re working on prepping for some exciting new conferences hosted by Frontline Missions. We’re doing a Pastors’ Conference series:
And we’re doing an FX for those interested in “advancing the Gospel in the world’s difficult places.”
Find out more about both conference series here. Plus, of course, there was the general office responsibilities. Have I mentioned recently how much I LOVE my job?!
Needless to say, we had a lot of work going on this week, so there wasn’t a ton of time for exercise. I still ate right (mostly) and took a couple short walks and made it to Goga a couple of days this week.
One blessing of this busy week was that my calla lilies at work finally bloomed!
Tuesday night was probably my favorite dinner of the week. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture. Oops. Dinner was an amazing sandwich with the following: grilled chicken breast, seasoned with curry powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and cilantro; fresh spinach; mayo; a fried egg with fresh basil leaves; a sprinkle of fresh parmesan; on a griddled onion bun. Slightly messy, but oh so delicious! Yum!
Another blessing was lunch on Thursday with one of my best friends Rachel at Grill Marks (a new-ish restaurant in downtown Greenville). I love the little basket of skinny fries! It was a really good burger with lettuce, onion, and tomato, and the small fry was the perfect size! And it came with unsweet tea!
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Desiring God Ministries has a free download available of a new devotional by John Piper. “Love to the Uttermost” provides a devotional reading for each day beginning with Palm Sunday and going through Easter Sunday. I’m looking forward to reading this, and thought you might find it to be a helpful resource as well.
Click on the image above to link to Desiring God’s page, where you can download a free PDF, EPUB (for Nook and iBooks), or MOBI (for Kindle) file.
Note: As I have not read this resource yet, I should qualify that opinions and doctrine expressed in the materials do not necessarily reflect my own.
French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano is a fabulously simple concept of enjoying quality over quantity in whatever you eat…or do. With over 265 pages of tips, tricks, recipes and hilariously helpful stories, Guiliano shares the secrets of her healthy heritage, while convincing you to drop whatever fad diet you might be most recently deceived by.
Guiliano is a high-power, working woman and best-selling international author, who grew up in France and is at the top of her game as the CEO of an American branch of a French company. She talks about being an exchange student in high school and coming to America, where she picked up much of the typical American high school food fare, along with the pounds to go with it. After returning to France, she worked with a Dr. Meyer (whom she refers to as “Dr. Miracle” throughout the book) to regain her ideal body weight and lead a healthfully satisfying life of enjoying food, fitness, friends and family.
She talks about basic concepts like eating smaller portions of higher quality ingredients, making sure you have a good variety (recommending at least 20-30 different types of food each day, so you get a full gamut of nutrients), not depriving yourself, eating slowly and mindfully, and shopping daily and at local markets as much as possible, so you get the freshest, in season, local ingredients.
She also recommends drinking plenty of water, keeping moving (even if it’s just walking, stairs, and a few light weights), getting proper sleep (not too much, not too little), and adding yogurt to your daily menu. And over and over again she says, “Faites simple,” meaning, “Keep it simple.”
Here are some of my favorite moments from the book:
- “Consider all the things you consume regularly. Which of them is giving you real pleasure and which are you having to pointless excess? One thing French women know is that the pleasure of most foods is in the first few bites; we rarely have seconds” (p. 31).
- “Part of living like a French woman, then, will mean searching out and paying a bit more for quality, whether at the open-air market or at least a good grocery shop with market suppliers. …French women live on budgets, too, but they also understand the value of quality over quantity” (p. 77).
- “Visual variety, color, and presentation are underestimated factors in food pleasure” (p. 119).
- “French women know any regimen you can’t maintain for long stretches of life is bound to fail you, just as they know that boredom, not food, is the enemy” (p. 206). “For me, walking remains the ultimate time for freedom of thought” (p. 210). “The body spends about 60 calories an hour sleeping; if you swim, you’ll do better at 430 calories; but climbing stairs consumes a stunning 1,100 calories per hour. Vive l’escalier!” (p. 211).
- “The only purpose of withholding some pleasure is so we can more fully enjoy everything else for having it in proper balance” (p. 224). “Our troubles with weight have as much to do with our attitudes toward eating as they do with what we are ingesting. We are seeing a growing psychosis that I believe actually adds stress to our already stressful way of life. It is fast erasing the simple values of pleasure” (p. 225).
- Speaking of laughter: “It’s both a physical and psychic pleasure: it is relaxing, stimulating, liberating, and sensual. It’s a pleasant response to emotion that heightens the emotion itself” (p. 228). “Marcel Pagnol believed that God gave laughter to human beings as consolation for being intelligent. I prefer to believe he made us intelligent so we could appreciate a good laugh” (p. 229).
- “The answer is never ‘dieting’ in the American sense, but rather little alterations made steadily over time. So when we do lose the excess weight, not only does the effort seem painless, the results are much more likely to last. If my fellow Americans could adopt even a fraction of the French attitude about food and life (don’t worry, you don’t have to sign on to the politics, too), managing weight would cease to be a terror, an obsession, and reveal its true nature as part of the art of living” (p. 252).
I highly recommend this book if you are trying to lose weight for the first time…or if you have given up and need this to be the last time you lose weight…or if you just want a few good tips and recipes to spice up your weekly menu repertoire. Fortunately, I took French in high school and still remember un petit peu (since she likes to throw in some of her native phrases), but even if you don’t know French, she translates most of her phrases for you…and then, there’s always Google translate for the ones she doesn’t. A quick read, and a relief to the typical American trying to become healthier. So, pick up this book, adjust your attitude about food, and then adjust your lifestyle and start enjoying the good gifts of fabulous cuisine. Bon Appetit!
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I recently started working for Frontline Missions International, and I wanted to let you know of an incredible resource that Frontline has available. Over the past several years, they’ve been producing the “Dispatches from the Front” DVD series, providing glimpses into international missions in the world’s hard to reach places. They are inspiring, convicting, Christ-focused and professionally produced!
The first five episodes of the “Dispatches from the Front” series are now available in a boxed set at Amazon for only $50! These boxed sets would make great gifts! It’s not too early to start planning for Christmas!
Boxed Set Includes the following DVDs (normally $15 per DVD):
- Episode 1: Islands on the Edge (Southeast Asia)
- Episode 2: A Bold Advance (Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro)
- Episode 3: I Once Was Blind (West Africa)
- Episode 4: Souls of the Brave (India)
- Episode 5: Father, Give Me Bread (Ethiopia and South Sudan)
These videos are worth watching and sharing! And if you don’t want to take my word for it, here’s what others are saying:
- “Beware of watching these Dispatches if you don’t like being moved and inspired and shaken out of the ruts of your life. My wife and I were riveted in watching the frontline reports of God’s work recorded in the Dispatches from the Front. This is the sort of information that builds faith in the present providence of God over his mission, and stirs up action for the sake of lost and hurting people near and far. I would love to see thousands of people mobilized as senders and goers for the sake of the glory of Christ and the relief of suffering on the frontiers, especially eternal suffering. ” - John Piper, author of Desiring God; pastor for preaching and vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis
- “I want, and I want my kids to have, a heart for world missions. These videos stir that passion. . . . I would highly recommend this series.” - Joshua Harris, senior pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, MD
- “Dispatches offers a potent reminder that in the darkest places, the gospel shines brightest. It should come with a warning label. Danger: Graphic scenes of mission reality that will disrupt your comfort and ignite your heart for God’s work on the frontlines. Pray, watch and act!” - Dave Harvey, Sovereign Grace Ministries, Church Planting & Missiology
- “Dispatches is like watching a reality television show. You feel like you are there, and you sense the emotions and crises of the people you meet on the screen; but it is not entertainment. It opens the vistas of spiritual reality, and after it is over you can’t just turn it off and walk away. You have to pray and say, ‘Lord, what would you have me do?’” - Mark Vowels, director of missions, Bob Jones University, and long-time friend of the family
- “In Dispatches from the Front: Islands on the Edge the stories are powerful because the Gospel is powerful. We made this DVD presentation the focal point of a Sunday evening service recently, and the Lord used it to cause our people to “lift up their eyes and look on the fields” in new and fresh ways–seeing the faces, hearing the voices, and sharing in the sorrows and joys of our brothers and sisters in southeast Asia.” - Dan Brooks, senior pastor, Heritage Bible Church, Greer, SC, and my pastor
Order Here! You will not regret it!
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1-3. Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy, including The Hunger Games (384 pages, 2008), Catching Fire (391 pages, 2009), and Mockingjay (400 pages, 2009). Published by Scholastic Books.
I really enjoyed this trilogy. It took me all of one weekend to read all three books! I loved the blatant social commentary on the global dystopia. (The first movie was actually really good too, in my opinion.)
4. Julia Rothman’s Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of Country Life (219 pages. Storey Publishing, 2011).
This book is more of an illustrated guide to life on a farm, with detailed descriptions of parts of a cow, to tractor makes and models, all with beautifully hand drawn artwork. I liked this book so much I bought a copy for my folks to keep on their farm in Tennessee. It’s an excellent resource, especially for hands-on children.
5. Lysa TerKeurst’s Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food (160 pages, published by Zondervan, 2010).
This book is written by the President of the Proverbs 31 Ministries, who publishes the free P31 e-devotionals I get daily. So many people (especially women, it seems) have a hard time finding their comfort in God instead of food. This book is available to help those people change their thinking, and thereby their actions, about what (or Who) to crave first! Easy to read and apply, written by someone who’s “been there, done that.”
Molly Wizenberg has as definite a way with words as she does a way with food! As author and creator of the popular Orangette food blog. This book is captivating, free, and written with an excellent style (though a few of her stories contain a little adult content that may be TMI for younger audiences). Regardless, the recipes are fabulous and the auto-biographical content leading up to each recipe is entertaining and heartfelt.
Molly shares the recipes that stood like snapshots in her memories of key events throughout her life, from trips to Paris to her first apartment, from her first boyfriend to meeting her husband, from cooking with her dad to cooking for her dad on his deathbed. She shares recipes that range from sweet cakes to tangy salads, from soups to custard-filled cornbread, and everything in between.
Probably my favorite part was her chapter called “The Change Thing,” in which she shares her fear of change and her intense struggle with it, from each semester at college to bigger life changes. She writes, “I love the concept of routines. For some people, like skydivers and storm chasers, it may sound like torture, but for me, it’s reassuring” (p. 253). I can totally relate to this. And then I laughed as I read her follow up comment on the next page, “I am happy to report, though, that in recent years, I’ve been working on getting friendlier with change, and with its cousin flexibility. Growing up has helped a lot” (p. 254). So true.
This was another one of my “Summer Reading List” books. Personally, I can’t wait to try her “Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Cake with Glazed Oranges and Crème Fraîche” on pages 88-89 and her “Red Cabbage Salad with Lemon and Black Pepper” on page 222. And the one I’m really looking forward to trying is the “Little Corn Cakes with Bacon, Tomato and Avocado” on page 304.
Published by Simon & Shuster, 2009. 320 pages (plus a “Reading Group Guide” at the end).
Another book I was able to read this summer was Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan (121 pages. Published by DCJacobson, 2008).
If you read the first chapter or two and want to stop, keep reading. It might start a little slowly, but its worth finishing. This book really helped me understand how BIG God is and how great He is! Here’s a little companion video concerning “The Awe Factor of God”:
And here’s one more, featuring the author Francis Chan. It’s about 15 minutes long, but it’s worth watching. This great and awe-filled God loves us so much and we need to stop and think about it more than we do.
This was one of the first books I read off of my summer reading list, and it was a fast favorite! Kristin Kimball, Harvard grad and journalist from Manhattan, NYC, falls in love with farming (and farmer Mark) and shares her love story in this charming, autobiographical novel. (The e-book subtitle is “On Farming, Food and Love.”)
Kristin describes her journey from a high-speed city with its high-stress jobs, high heels and high-priced designer clothes to an Upstate New York, ground roots, self-sustaining, organic farm; from being a vegetarian to learning to eat every last piece of the cow they slaughtered themselves. Humorous, romantic, and inspirational.
She goes season by season, sharing the hilarious moments of starting Essex Farm from scratch, the agonizing memories of the morning cow-milking ritual, cold nights, delicious home-grown meals, and planning a wedding and feeding everyone from the animals and produce you’ve raised with your own sweat and tears.
In fact, I loved this book so much, I gave it to my mother to leave on their farm in Tennessee.
Published by Scribner in 2011. 304 pages.
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