Coming Alongside Others

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How many people have poured into your life?  How many people have come alongside you so that you can be and do all that God created you to be and do?  Are there specific individuals who stand out among those who have walked with you? What would your life be like today if these special people were not able to come alongside you?

“You Are More Than You Think You Are!”

That sentence is the briefest way I know how to communicate our calling. These are words that I say again and again to others and to the mirror.  I have said them at home and abroad, to leaders and emerging leaders, to believers and not yet believers. They are very true words and I believe that they are heaven sent.

“You Can Only Give What You Have Been Given”

This is another sentence that has been profoundly influential in our lives and our ministry.  God has indeed given us much and continues to do so.  We are called to give what He has given for His glory and the furthering of His Kingdom.

We Are Called to Come Alongside

We are the Fletcher Family and we are going to Cuenca, Ecuador to come alongside emerging and existing pastors, missionaries, and leaders.  We are helpers, encouragers, mentors, teachers, equippers, and most of all friends! We are called to give what we have to others and learn and grow as we do so. Joshua will be teaching in a seminary that focuses on relationships and practical theology to equip emerging leaders in their place calling. We will also be the One Mission Society ministry liaison to churches and pastors in the city of Cuenca. Will you come alongside us so that we can come alongside others?

This Is How You Can Come Alongside The Fletchers: The Three P’s

1.) Pray:

You can follow the Fletchers on their website at http://fletchersteps.org and pray for them.

2.) Partner: 

You can help them get to Ecuador by becoming a monthly Faith Partner: Go to https://onemissionsociety.org/give/TheFletchers to partner with them in mission.

3.) Prophesy: Contact Them with Words of Encouragement 

Joshua’s email: jfletcher@onemissionsociety.org

Allison’s email: afletcher@onemissionsociety.org

 

Waiting and Wanting To Go

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It has been nine days since a massive earthquake hit the coast of Ecuador causing much devastation and loss of life. Our hearts broke as pictures and messages poured-in on television and across social media.

As you know, Ecuador and its people are very close to our heart.  Allison lived there from age nine to eighteen, graduating from High School in the capital city of Quito. We have been praying and asking people to partner with us in mission and send us to Ecuador for over a year now.  We are not quite funded and even if we were funded we would be in language school right now and not in country, but our hearts are in Ecuador with God’s people and our missionary family.  Not being there to help our fellow OMS missionaries respond to this tragedy with the love of Christ has been difficult. We want to be there with them to help and encourage and respond as Christ leads.  We want to work alongside Ecuadorean Pastors and churches and share the burden with them. We want to go but we have to wait.

But our waiting is not idle waiting.  We have been fervently praying for Ecuador and for the OMS team.  Thursday the 21st was a big day.  Our friends went into several areas to bring in aide and to assess the need to make plans for future ministry.  Allison awoke early in the morning to intercede.  She prayed Isaiah 26:3 over them: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.” God did not cause the earthquake in Ecuador, but He will use this tragedy to bring people to Him.  We keep our eyes on Christ, trusting in the author and the perfecter of our faith. We are praying that many people will make Jesus Lord and Savior and lives will be saved, miracles will take place, and that the very presence of God will hover over those who are broken and grieving. We want to be there, but we will keep our minds steadfast on Christ and wait on Him to bring us the partners who will come alongside us so that we can come alongside others.

We are finishing our newest newsletter and it should go out this week.  Keep an eye out for it.  Inside you will find ways in which you can help the people of Ecuador recover from the earthquake as well as a ministry update from us.  Thank you for your prayers and your partnership.

Christ’s Reward,

Joshua and Allison

40 Days of Focus: Day 26

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Day 26: The Privilege of Righteousness 

Reflect On: Psalm 17

“As for me, I shall behold you face in righteousness; when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness”

Psalm 17 is about deliverance from persecution.  many Christians face real persecution from enemies hostile to the Gospel of grace. But sometimes the greatest persecution is self-inflicted.  Satan wants to keep the believer bound to guilt and shame. Are you holding on to your past like an enemy of the Gospel of grace?

Those who are in Christ have a wonderful privilege.  The Christian is made righteous through the amazing sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Because of His blood we are able to have an experience of the Psalmist who beholds the face of God in righteousness each morning, satisfied in seeing God’s likeness.  Those who find their identity in the righteousness of Christ no longer have to see the guilt and shame of their past.  The grace of God covers our sinned God sees us as righteous children who have the great capacity to reflect His likeness.

When you look into the mirror today, see the righteousness of Christ won’t you? When you pray today, will you pray as a child who beholds the face of our heavenly Father each morning?  I hope you will.

What is a Faith Promise?  Glad you asked!

Just as a missionary is called to the mission field so also are those who partner with them through regular prayers and gifts.  A Faith Promise is the amount of money a ministry partner promises to give to a ministry out of obedience to the leading of Holy Spirit.  It is an amount of money missionaries can count on each month from a specific ministry partner.  Missionaries like us cannot step onto the mission field of their calling without the faith promises of God’s people  who partner to send them. Missionaries cannot go without being sent!

Go to www.onemissionsociet.org/give/thefletchers to partner with us!

40 Days of Focus: Day 25

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Day 25: Worship In The Temple

Reflect On: Psalm 84

“For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere…”

Psalm 84 is about the joy of worshipping in the temple of God.  The psalmist describes the temple as a lovely place of longing where the soul sings for joy.  The temple is a safe place of happiness.  He describes a journey to the temple.  Those who worship along the way are happy because their strength is found in God.  As they travel, they are strengthened.  The psalm ends with he arrival at the temple doors and a promise that one’s prayers will be answered.

Psalm 84 is a great illustration of what it means to journey into the presence of the Lord.  As such, it can be a tool to help us enter into the presence of the Lord.  As such, it can be a tool to help us enter into His presence in prayer.  Because of the sacrifice of Christ, we no longer have to journey to a building in Jerusalem in order to dwell with God.  The Holy Spirit comes and dwells in us.  We become the temple of God and His presence can be with us just as the psalmist describes.

Go on a journey of praise with the Lord today.  Invite the Holy Spirit to dwell in your heart with renewed joy.  Bring your prayers to God knowing that God is with you.

What is a Faith Promise?  Glad you asked!

Just as a missionary is called to the mission field so also are those who partner with them through regular prayers and gifts.  A Faith Promise is the amount of money a ministry partner promises to give to a ministry out of obedience to the leading of Holy Spirit.  It is an amount of money missionaries can count on each month from a specific ministry partner.  Missionaries like us cannot step onto the mission field of their calling without the faith promises of God’s people  who partner to send them. Missionaries cannot go without being sent!

Go to www.onemissionsociet.org/give/thefletchers to partner with us!

 

40 Days of Focus: Day 24

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Day 24: Longing For God

Reflect On: Psalm 42

“As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.”

Psalm 42 reminds us of what it means to truly long for God’s presence. When our thirst for God has lessened, fasting is a great way to re-establish our soul’s greatest need.

When we fast we long for the thing that we are surrendering. This longing for the thing we have given up is sometimes the only longing a person experiences.  But for those who understand the true nature of fasting, this fleshly longing is replaced with a spiritual longing for more of God. We can ask God to fill to empty place that our fasting has created with something much more valuable and beneficial… the Holy Spirit.  His presence can become more important than anything else.

Ask God for nothing less than to see His face today.  May your longing to see His face be satisfied!

What is a Faith Promise?  Glad you asked!

Just as a missionary is called to the mission field so also are those who partner with them through regular prayers and gifts.  A Faith Promise is the amount of money a ministry partner promises to give to a ministry out of obedience to the leading of Holy Spirit.  It is an amount of money missionaries can count on each month from a specific ministry partner.  Missionaries like us cannot step onto the mission field of their calling without the faith promises of God’s people  who partner to send them. Missionaries cannot go without being sent!

Go to www.onemissionsociet.org/give/thefletchers to partner with us!

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