MissionPoint


Mexico Mission Update

On Wednesday, Sept. 15th, a team of 12 LifePoint members will head to Vicente Guerrero, BC, Mexico to pass out My360 Shoes, and spread the good news of Jesus! They are excited to embark on this new journey. Several have never been on a mission trip before and several are excited to return to somewhere they have fallen in love with. We are asking that you join us each day in prayer. If you would be so kind as to copy and save this list to reference later, we would appreciate it. We cannot post the prayers independently while in the country, so we want to post them now. The dates next to the specific prayer we are asking for that day. There are 15 different prayers. We want to be covered before, during, and after traveling. Thank you, again, for joining us on this! 9/7/21, Praise God that all finances came in so quickly. We were already on a short time frame, but the Holy Spirit moved, and people gave abundantly. When we give him our Yes, he faithfully provides a way. Praise his name! Thank you for providing a way for us to serve. 9/8/21, Pray the rest of the team members, coming from Alaska, are wrapping up their final plans, finished getting their funds in order, and are preparing their hearts. 9/9/21, Pray for protection over everyone on the team, as well as all the families. Pray against any attacks that would hinder someone from attending the trip. 9/10/21, Pray for everyone’s health as we prepare to travel. We want only healthy bodies and minds to travel in just a few days’ time. 9/11/21, Pray for My360Project. We are thankful for the avenue to go and serve so we pray for blessings over this agency as they continue to...

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Kosovo

I still have no idea what to say, even now as I write this. The two months I spent in the forlorn-to-the-world country of Kosova were the longest 2 months of my life, but I say this in the highest regard. I knew, going into it, God was going to move in mighty ways. I knew I would see lives changed, and hearts softened. I knew I would see my own self touched by the love of God. I had been praying for The Lord to humble me and crucify my flesh for a long time. I just had never expected Him to do both of these things in such full force. Pertaining to the work God did in me, He started on week one, before our training week even came to an end. To be honest, my Church, my heart needed to be checked, and a now dear friend of mine came up to me in the middle of that week and gently rebuked me for it. I will forever remember and be grateful for that moment when The Lord spoke through one of my brothers in Christ, to gently rebuke me and show me where I was at fault. He told me how I was quick to turn the conversation back to me, and how I was often trying to take control of it, and he was right. I wasn’t upset with him though, I rejoiced because God had finally answered my prayer. God wasn’t done though. For the rest of the summer God used all 51 of my team members, the 6 to 10 leaders throughout the summer, and countless locals to teach me humility and what it means to love others. By no means was this easy. I recall many times I was simply angry and...

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The Art of Compassion Event

Have you ever found yourself feeling lost and vulnerable in your youth years? I’m sure at some point in our all our lives we have or know somebody who has felt this way. On July 17, 2021, I was able to visit an event held by Compassion Queen Creek conference targeting Human Trafficking at Redemption Gateway Church in Mesa, Az. The Art of Compassion event featured Rebecca Bender, author, speaker, a survivor of Human Trafficking, and now CEO of Elevate. She spends her time educating communities about Human Trafficking in our world today. I was completely unaware of the tactics and strategies the traffickers use on young victims. The event was a success. They were able to raise over $12,000 for the expansion and building of Adorned in Grace ministry. There will be more to come on this later. What is Human Trafficking? It is the process of trapping people through the use of violence, deception, or coercion and exploiting them for financial or personal gain. Some people also see it as modern-day slavery. Sex Trafficking victims are manipulated or forced to engage in sexual acts against their will. Where do they find their victims? Traffickers mostly prey on the ages between 12-16 years old. Common areas to find their victims are schools, malls, and even churches. Who is at risk for Human Trafficking? According to the Department of Justice, the average entry age of minors into the sex trade is 12-14 years old. The children that are at higher risk have these certain common factors; abuse or neglect, poverty, children of sex workers, immigrants and refugees, domestic violence, runaways, homelessness, and foster children. How can we prevent Human Trafficking? Human Trafficking begins by being unaware of our children’s personal lives, turning a blind eye to the ‘lost and vulnerable’...

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Jehovah Jireh – The Lord Provides

The Lord, our God, has many names, but none so fitting as this one to our current ministry. Since COVID began in 2020, we have been blessed by all the donors that continually live by God’s direction, giving of themselves. On Thursday, June 24th, we received a text message from Mike Lancaster at the Walmart, Neighborhood Market in Gilbert. He had 2 pallets worth of Antibacterial wipes, sanitizer, and soaps that needed to find a new home. What excitement this created in our home as we have at least 5 different missions partners that can benefit from such a donation! Here is what we received and where it went. Youth Haven, located in Eloy, helps underprivileged youth by providing church camp experiences throughout the year. They received 5 boxes of hand sanitizing wipes (36 ct. Per box), 7 boxes of the Antibacterial wipes (80 wipes per pack, 12 packs per box). Genesis Project, located in Apache Junction, helps provide meals and basic necessities to the homeless population in the Valley. They received 5 boxes of hand sanitizing wipes and 3 boxes of Antibacterial wipes. UMOM, located in Phoenix, helps homeless teens finish their education and go on to find gainful employment. They received 5 boxes of hand sanitizing wipes and 7 boxes of Antibacterial wipes. Hope Women’s Center, located in Coolidge, helps the local community by providing services to women in need of assistance. They provide various classes, education, and assistance. They received 5 boxes of hand sanitizing wipes and 7 boxes of Antibacterial wipes. Arizona Reservation Ministries, our partners on the San Carlos Indian Reservation, provides any and all assistance to our sisters and brothers-in-Christ. They received the largest donations as the Reservation is home to over 10,000 Native Americans. They received giant 2 boxes of mixed Antibacterial hand...

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Looking for a place to serve

Eleven years ago, I was looking for a place to serve so I could get out of the house every Friday while my almost two-year-old son spent time with his grandparents. I was told about Genesis Project by an old church friend. Anxious to try something new, and a little nervous at the same time, I walked into the building not quite sure what to expect. I have always loved to serve, but I honestly did not have much experience working with the needy and homeless. Would it be safe? Could I make a difference here? Was this worth my time? The answer to all of these questions was YES! The other volunteers were friendly and helpful. I soon knew what to do without being told and a routine was established. I would see the same familiar faces each week, some quiet, some chatty, all grateful, as I put food on their plate and asked how they were doing. As time went on, I was able to learn many of their names and hear some of their stories. There were several veterans, others who lost homes and families from unemployment, sickness, drugs, depression. While their lives had so much tragedy, many of them exhibited such thankfulness for the meal they’ve been given, for being alive another day, and for friendships they have made in the Genesis Project community. I recall the sentence, “Genesis Project saved my life” said to me countless times. Genesis Project has changed physical locations a few different times, and the current building we have been in the last eight years is our very own, with a professional kitchen, walk-in freezer, food pantry, and community resource room. God has been faithful to provide for every need. It has been a life-changing blessing for me to be a...

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What does it mean to fundraise to go on a mission trip?

It’s a hard pill to swallow. You want to go on a mission trip, but you are told it will cost you $2,500 to go. Imagine the couples that go together and must raise $5,000, or the families serving long term overseas that need $500,000! There are a lot of misconceptions floating around when it comes to fundraising. I’d like to address those and share a differing viewpoint for some of you. Misconception: Fundraising should be done by sending out letters. Truth: While this may have been true at one point in time, we live in a time where electronics, e-letters, social media, Texting capabilities, and creativity all come into play! Why only send out letters when I can email or post information about the country I am going to serve? I can show the need along with my personal story while saving some time. Why only send out letters when I can bake items to sell, or hold a garage sale? The opportunities and ideas are endless! Misconception: I am paying for your vacation. Truth: Mission work is hard and arduous work. I have never known a missionary to say they relaxed all day on the beach while receiving a massage checking their email. Missions are physically draining, emotionally taxing, and spiritual demanding. You go about your travels, often in Third-World countries praying and giving every ounce of your being. Does this mean you won’t get a moment to breath and relax? Not at all. But they are not what the world, and culture, has made them out to be either. “If they are so exhausting, then why go on one?’ You ask. Good question! There is nothing more fulfilling than being the hands and feet of Jesus. Have you ever done something small for someone and felt a...

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Prayers for our missions partners

We are asking for immediate prayers! Several of our partners are dealing with the fires Northeast of us. Our partners at Arizona Reservation Ministries (A.R.M. on San Carlos Indian Reservation) and 3B Ranch (in Top of the World) are dealing with evacuations in their local community.   Top of the World, The Johnston family at 3B Ranch has given their home up as a hub for all the emergency crews. We are asking that 3B Ranch be in your prayers for safety, direction, provisions, and rest for the weary. Since 3B Ranch is located right on the 60, they are being asked to stay put for now. We will be in touch with them often to see how we can partner with them if a need arises.   One of our partners and friend, Diana, from A.R.M. says:   We can see flames from our kitchen window. There are two huge fires burning; the Mescal is on the San Carlos Apache Reservation and is over 65,000 acres. The fire crews had done a great job of backburning, dozer lines, etc., but this community is once again in danger. Your guys (LifePoint Church) have worked on homes here. MAJOR prayer request for this fire is for no one to lose their home. Insurance is non-existent here. A wonderful thing unfolding is that people from the Reservation are willing to open their homes to others… and are praying for their neighbors in Miami and Globe.  However, the Telegraph fire, which originated south of Superior has headed east RAPIDLY. It’s currently over 71,000 acres. Parts of Miami have been evacuated. The fire is blowing primarily east-and a bit north. That means we were evacuated from our offices yesterday. We had already taken much of the critical files, computers, etc. in anticipation of this, but got more when the order came. Our offices are in a canyon that leads to the Pinal...

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LifePoint Family Work Day

As we drove through streets with red and blue bandanas thrown over fences to mark rivaling gang territories and drove by houses with broken windows and thirty people living inside, it was hard to believe that this nation with so many basic needs is less than an hour from our own home and church.  It’s practically in our backyard and yet it felt as if we had entered another continent altogether. We saw homes without electricity and saw sheds that families had chosen to live in because it was safer than being in the main house among drugs and gang activity. Where were we?  How had we only driven an hour?  We were on the San Carlos Reservation for our LifePoint Family Work Day. In the midst of the pain we saw and felt on the prayer journey, we were also a witness to hope.  We saw churches that had been started by native pastors thriving and heard testimonies of drug dealers and gang members being drawn and transformed by Jesus.  God has a hope and a future for this people!  He is moving mightily! “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”  -Matthew 25:37-40 I’ve always found that when I set out to serve and bless someone else, God blesses me.  Not with money, but as I give up my own to-do’s, God pours joy and...

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