Fall, 2017 Marriage Mission

Plans to embark on another marriage mission trip are underway. We don’t know exactly where we’re going, but God does. We just know that we’ll leave from the front door of our Arizona home and serve spouses and churches in the west. If we can be of service to you, email us at reconcile@inverseministries.org.

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Westward Ho!

FullSizeRender.jpgOur decade in Florida has come to an end. God is moving us back to the west…Arizona to be exact. From the ocean to the desert. What adventures await! We would appreciate your prayers as we begin the 2,150 mile drive in a U-Haul this weekend and get settled into a new season of ministry.

“I’ve commanded you, haven’t I? Be strong and courageous. Don’t be fearful or discouraged, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

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At Sunset

The conclusion of our 14th marriage mission trip is upon us. 4,140 miles crossing through fifteen different states in twenty-eight days. As the sun sets, our praises rise. 

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Day 24 – Hiding Out

I (Penny) took the world’s longest hot shower this morning. (Actually, it was well past noon). Today is a day of hiding out. Sleeping in, longer time spent with God, reflective conversation between us, no schedule, no people, no ministry. Early on in our mission to reconcile broken marriages, we learned that we had to have a day of hiding along the way. A day to recharge, regroup, refill, and refuel. These things are necessary in order to make sure we are allowing God the time He needs to quiet us and speak to our own hearts. There are changes He wants to make there; empty places that need to be filled.

During His earthly ministry, Jesus modeled the beauty of hiding. The Word says He often retreated to lonely places to pray (Luke 5:16). Sometimes I wonder if He ever went back into the carpentry shop and processed His experiences through crafting something with His own hands. I have found that something sacred happens (even in a hotel room) when I take out my paintbrushes and spend time creativing something in the quiet space of being alone with God. 

Have you had a day of hiding lately? Our world is not condusive to this practice. It takes intention to carve out and set up some margin around your life, but the benefits will surpass your comprehension.

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Day 14 – Fueled by Prayer

Before we got back on the road to our next stop, we parking-lot-prayed with a dear woman who loves the Lord and loves on us whenever we intersect in her home state if Illinois. Although our “formal” engagements are always meaningful, divine appointments of prayer sandwiched in between those events fuels our spiritual tank.

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Day 5 – Reminders Along the Way

God has His way of grabbing our attention as we journey toward our first engagement in Jugville, Michigan. 

He reminds us that He is in control.

He reminds of us His grace.

He reminds us to pray for guidance and direction.

And He reminds us that we are His hands in the harvest of marriages.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

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10 Years and Running!

It all began with prayer. Our first marriage mission trip was the fall of 2006. The night before we left, our dear friends came to pray over us. And here we are praying together again as we begin our 10th year on the road. Albeit a different state and a different mission, the friendship remains and the prayers ascend. Only God. So good.

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