2016 has been an incredible year so far! January and February were in preparation for March and April! Along with all of our weekly services at the church here in Fort Yukon, Our team spent time fundraising and getting geared up to take a group of kids to Winter X-Treme in Fairbanks, Alaska. God moved! Our youth learned more about Jesus! They experienced His love, and His forgiveness! (Nothing is better than that!) I am so blessed by God and all that He continues to do in the Yukon Flats.
Instead of returning back to the village, I traveled to central Alaska and began a month and a half Itineration trip to raise my budget and build my support team. He has been so faithful to provide for my every need! I’ve been so overwhelmed by the love and support of the church! God is paving a way for His children to know Him, and to come into relationship with Him and to know His purpose for their lives!
Ephesians 6:13-17 says; “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
God has been speaking to me about The Armor of God. When He first brought it to my attention, I was like yeah, all the armor to keep me from the enemy! I have heard it over and over and anyone who has been to a Sunday school class probably has too. But it wasn't until very recent when He brought something new to my attention. The belt of Truth! The bible is not talking about a measly $15.00 belt from Walmart. The kinds of belts that were used in this time period were about six inches in height and really thick. The belt not only held the tunic in place, but protected the soldiers mid section and kept the breastplate in its place, other pieces of armor were secured to the belt. If the belt was loose, then the rest of the armor was too. If the enemy was able to attack the belt and break it loose then the rest of the armor would be compromised. Parts of the soldier would be exposed and more then likely the enemy would have a shot at the heart! This takes us back to what the bible says about “Putting on the Belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.” If we don’t tighten that belt and secure it tightly then the enemy has a chance at disarming us and having the upper hand in this battle we are in!
Being followers of Christ, it is so gravely important that our armor is put on properly. These last few months I’ve been reminded how necessary it is to make that time to pray, and to seek God for wisdom and direction. To take a minute and look at all He has done, and to thank Him for it. To God be the glory.
The sun is shining, the snow is melting and summer is on its way! I’m so pumped for what God has in store and can hardly wait!
I still have a long way to go to raise my missionary budget. Currently, I am only at 16% of my total operating budget. Please consider joining my team and helping me GO so that ALL can know the love of our God!