Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Wait!

We have some important news to share about the status of our ministry in Honduras.  Dean and Tamara Robinson are the missionaries that took over for us in Honduras as we left suddenly last year due to Julie’s medical condition.  We are celebrating that Julie is in remission.  Her body continues to heal from the damage done by the surgeries, procedures, and chemotherapy that was required to get her into remission.  She continues to have a variety of procedures or tests every 2 weeks.  We hope these will soon be extended to 4 weeks and then to 3 months.  She is hoping to have her colostomy reversal in July.

Josue and Maria (the foster children that were in our care) have now been permanently placed back with their biological family.  It is with mixed emotions that we share this news.  It is always our goal to reunite children back with their families when it is a good situation.  Please pray for Dean and Tamara as they walk through this personal loss and especially pray for Josue and Maria as they are back with their family.  With this transition, New Beginnings is no longer operating a Children’s Home.

We are also excited to share that the Pastor Training School is continuing to go well.  Through a partnership with FBC Kingsland, we have started an extension of the school in Mercedes, Lempira, Honduras.  Pastor Brian and FBC Kingsland have taken responsibility for working with the church in Mercedes so we are no longer involved financially with this ministry.  Perhaps the most exciting thing about this is that the pastors in Mercedes took the initiative to start this training and are doing most of the training themselves.  We love reproducibility because it means ministry will continue when something happens, and we are no longer there (like we find ourselves right now).

We also share that Dean and Tamara have partnered with another missionary in Honduras to start an in-country NGO with a focus on ministering to those who minister.  The need is great, and we are excited for them as they embark on this new endeavor.  We are also disappointed as this means we no longer have them as New Beginnings missionaries in country and therefore we now have nobody on the ground in Honduras full time.  Please pray for Dean and Tamara as they continue to serve the Lord in this new way and please pray for New Beginnings as we seek to find the right person to lead our ministry in Honduras.

It is with mixed emotions that we share all of this with you.  We are excited because it means that ministry is still occurring, but it means that New Beginnings currently has no active ministries that we are responsible for leading or funding.  We believe that God has still called us to minister to and in Honduras, but with so many unanswered questions about how and when, we do not feel it is good stewardship of your generous donations for us to continue to accept donations at this time.  We will reach back out to our supporters once God has begun to open doors for us again and a direction is better understandable.  We also decided to request that the donor for the matching grant for land withdraw the grant at this time and we have returned the funds to those who donated specifically for that purpose.  Although we will not accept new donations at this time, the funds that have already been donated will eventually be used for their intended purposes.

It is still our hopes and dreams to begin a new work with at risk children in Gracias, Honduras.  Recently, we were reminded that while God does not change our calling, he does often bring us new assignments.  We are believing that the next thing for New Beginnings in Gracias is to run a teenage pregnancy ministry.  Please join us in prayer as we patiently and prayerfully wait on God to send us the right missionaries to lead this new work in Honduras.

We want to thank all our supporters and prayer partners.  We are asking our supporters to stop giving financially to the ministry for now, but we are also asking our prayer partners to continue to lift our ministry up in prayer as we wait on God.  Please continue to like our Facebook Page and follow us here as we will provide updates once God begins to open doors for active ministry again.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Property Update

We want to thank those that have already given to help purchase property and we want to thank the anonymous donor that has offered up $20,000 matching funds for the first $20,000 we raise for the property.  As of tonight, we have received $200 which will become $400 after the match.

We do have an unfortunate update regarding the specific property we were in the process of purchasing.  As we were completing due diligence on the title, we learned that the person selling us the property does not actually own it, but was selling it for someone else.  In order to make sure we have no issues in the future, we have decided to not proceed with the purchase of this specific property.

Even though we no longer have specific land we are in the process of purchasing, we still would like to raise the $50,000 so we have funds on hand when we do locate suitable land that has a clear title.  The anonymous donor is still offering the $20,000 matching grant and we still have a goal of $50,000 to raise by 3/31/2018.

Thanks again to all that have already given and to those who will be giving for this purpose.

Ben

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Amazing Opportunity!




Introduction

We have been a little sporadic in keeping you informed since we came back to the USA to get Julie's cancer treated because we have frankly been a little overwhelmed at all of our life changes.  However, God has continued to be at work in Honduras through the work that He started and invited us to join.  There have been a couple of key changes in the legal processes surrounding foster care in Honduras.  Specifically, there is a heavy preference towards local foster parents (even though there are very few Hondurans willing to foster) due to cultural sensitivities.  These legal changes as well as our life changes have driven us to our knees to pray about exactly what God is doing with at-risk children and how we should continue to join Him in that work.  Out of that focused prayer time has come an understanding of a desperate need for a ministry to at-risk children throughout Honduras and God has provided the opportunity for us to begin it in Gracias.  The children's home will continue to operate with the two foster children that are still present.  Dean and Tamara have moved the children's home from Gracias to Tegucigalpa so she can be better positioned to recruit and train Hondurans to become foster parents.

Overview of Opportunity

Honduras has a population of 8 million. Of those, 1,905,610, or 24 per cent, are adolescents, according to official figures from the National Statistics Institute. Honduras has the second highest fertility rate among adolescents of all Latin American countries, and adolescents in Honduras face the same reality as elsewhere in Latin America. These teen mothers and their children just continue to be part of an existing cycle of neglect, abuse and/or abandonment, all of which are linked to the cycle of poverty. Sixty percent of the Honduran households are run by single mothers, many of which became mothers during their teenage years.

Teenage pregnancy must be viewed as a social problem, for when a teenager becomes pregnant, all society should mobilize. Indeed, teenage pregnancies affect the development of adolescent boys and girls, who are confronted with new situations that frustrate or modify their life plans, especially in terms of study, professional careers and achievement of personal goals. This also effects the development of the country because teenage pregnancy deters increased education and leads to significant amounts of lost earnings, which negatively affect the economy as a whole, specially in a poor country like Honduras.

We would like to start a "Teenage Pregnancy Program" to address some of the issues mentioned above.  The ministry would have three programs.  The first program is to begin a "New Beginnings Home", which will be a transition home for pregnant teenagers that have been abused, abandoned and/or neglected.  In this home, we will take in these teenagers while they are pregnant, provide a safe environment for them to live, provide for proper prenatal care of the baby, and teach the teens the skills they need to be a good mother.  After the baby is born we will care for the baby during the daytime so that the teen can complete her education.  We will also teach life skills necessary for her to be able to financially provide for her and her child in her own home after she completes her education.  The second program is to operate a "New Beginnings Center", which would be a center where pregnant teens or teenage mothers that haven’t suffered abuse or abandonment can come to receive the same training as the girls in the New Beginnings Home.  The third program will focus on prevention of teenage pregnancy, working with teens from local churches about sexual education and what the Bible says about the subject.

We have a Honduran believer that we believe may be a great candidate to run this ministry for us.  We are still in the process of vetting this individual, but she is assisting us with locating land and building partnerships with a large local congregation in Gracias.  She has located property that is ideal for both the New Beginnings Home as well as the New Beginnings Center.  This property is about 10 minutes outside of the city and is located in a very safe area.  The photo above is a picture of the property.  It is approximately 4.3 acres.  The seller is allowing us to pick which 4.3 acres we want out of all of his property located here.  We have put down earnest money to purchase the property and have 3 months to complete the purchase.

For those of you who have known us personally for a while, you are probably aware of a youth transition home we ran in Central Asia for 10 years for orphans that were leaving the orphanage.  That program was a tremendous success with some of the orphans that came through the program now serving as full time missionaries themselves.  This success came with us physically located here in the USA and leading and supporting a native of that country to run the home.  The new Teenage Pregnancy Program will operate similarly with us leading, supporting, and holding accountable a Honduran who will run the ministry on a day-to-day basis.

What We Need From You

We do not believe in borrowing money for ministry so we will need to raise the money to complete the purchase within the next 3 months.  The total that we need for the land purchase, legal fees, taxes, etc. is approximately $50,000.  We are setting a goal to raise the $50,000 for the land purchase by March 31, 2018.  We have an anonymous donor that has agreed to match the first $20,000 dollar for dollar, which means if we raise $20,000 without this match, we only need $10,000 more to have enough to complete the purchase.  No amount is too small.  Your $5 becomes $10, your $100 becomes $200, your $1,000 becomes $2,000..... get the idea?  In the event that we raise more for the property than is required to complete the purchase, we will save the remaining funds raised in an account designated for the building of the first building on the property.

Will you please share this message with everybody that you can?  Will you pray for us to meet the goal?  Will you pray about how much you can give towards this purchase?

You can give online by clicking on the link below.  Please send "Property Purchase/Building" as the fund/project to have your funds matched. 


You can also write a check, note in the memo that it is for "Property" and mail it to the following address:

New Beginnings Missions, Inc.
P.O. Box 5813
Saint Marys, GA  31558

Thank you for all you do!

Blessings,
Ben Agee

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Risk and the Robinsons

Tamara and Dean Robinson wrote an excellent blog on their personal blog yesterday and we thought it was worthy to share with you.


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Some stuff happened this week that prompted a few – or 40 - people who love us to ask us some very good questions about our lives in Honduras. We don’t always have the answers folks are looking for, but we love questions, and we love people who love us enough to ask the questions.  We ask ourselves questions all the time, and we hope you’ll keep asking us questions, too.

This week has been hard.  Life in general can be hard here, but the dynamics of this week have added to that.  Here’s the skinny on the situation. There was an election last Sunday.  It’s Saturday.  The results of the election have still not been released.  There are two presidential candidates who are both proclaiming victory.  There was tension before the election, and after six days of waiting for election results that tension has escalated to crisis.

Last Sunday, Election Day, was calm, and we were thankful.  Monday was calm, too - so calm that we made the decision to continue with plans to travel to Catacamas for a training that had been on the calendar for months.  A few folks weighed in on the decision, and we talked with our people in the know about the risk involved.  We sought the face of the Father, and in the end we made the trip. In the hours leading up to our leaving, we were confident in our decision, and despite all that happened, we are still confident we made the right decision when we stepped out in faith.

About 6 hours into our trip, we made a stop in Tegucigalpa at our friend Christy’s house to drop off Olivia and Wyatt for a couple of days, planning to pick them up on Wednesday on our way back through the city.  Everything in Tegucigalpa was status quo as we made our way out of town and headed east toward Catacamas.  The highway between Tegucigalpa and Catacamas is one of the better roads in Honduras, which makes for a nice road trip.  When Dean and I are alone in the car, we can actually have a conversation without a million interruptions.  So, I ask him if he thinks we made the right decision.  “Yes,” he says. He’s steady and sure.  He doesn’t second-guess. He sees beyond the risk to the opportunity to be light and salt and to be about God’s business.  His steadfastness encourages me and points me back to Christ when I get to second-guessing.

Our dear friends and hosts welcomed us in around 9, and their embrace and the opportunity to minister to one another was a gift from God.  The training scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday went well, and Dean and I were able to enjoy the tranquility of the retreat center, a rustic lodge with cabins in the woods.  It was the perfect place to share about trauma competent care and soak up a little self-care. We know this beautiful group of caregivers well and thank God for the way they give of themselves to love and care for children who otherwise would not have families. I am grateful for the opportunity to share the training with them and the risk was definitely worth it to encourage them and equip them to do the hard work they are doing, work that isn’t going to go away because of this crisis.

We woke up early on Wednesday morning and went out in search of internet to check on the children at home and try to resolve an issue with my computer holding hostage its documents.  It’s about 25 minutes from the retreat center back into Catacamas. When we arrived all was peaceful and calm, business as usual.  We did what needed to be done and turned around to head back to the peace and quiet of pine trees, cabins, and hammocks.  I was a little unnerved by the large group of military special forces being briefed in front of the police station, but Dean doesn’t worry and wouldn’t let me suck him into a worry-filled conversation about all that military special forces implies.

Rallies, marches, and demonstrations concern me.  Military and police officers in riot gear and special forces units stationed around town concern me.  These sights paired up with the stories I've heard about what happened here in 2009, and a little part of me wanted to be afraid.  At the first feeling of it, the Holy Spirit pressed me to do something, so I opened my bible.  The little blue slip marked “fear” took me to the place where help comes from.

I life up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. - Psalm 121:1

It’s true.  There has never been a time that help didn’t come. Another blue slip…

The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? - Psalm 27:1-3

We missed the mark on predicting exactly when the tension would escalate to crisis. There and back was the plan.  We’d be home before things got rowdy.  Things didn’t go as planned, though. The rowdy arrived earlier than expected.  As we arrived in Tegucigalpa we drove past parades forming and protestors gathering.  By the time we pulled in the drive at Christy’s house to pick up Olivia and Wyatt, I was preoccupied with worry about the kids at home without us.  Christy is a heart friend, and a heart friend does what heart friends do. She found me out back searching for peace on the internet.  That’s not where peace comes from, by the way.  God gave us the body of Christ to edify, encourage, and point us back to Him, and edify, encourage, and point is what Christy does well.

The decision to not continue on home was made within minutes as news stories and photos poured in about burning barricades of tires and barrels that cut off access to the highway just blocks from Christy’s house.  We checked in with Ellie and the children at home, and despite our concerns felt at peace about our situation.  This is not a peace that we can rationally muster. It is Holy Spirit, and he dwells in us.  We were safe and unafraid. Our children at home were safe and unafraid.

Can I just take a moment and talk about Ellie for a second?  This is someone who doesn’t bat an eye at the thought of staying with a gaggle of little people and keeping a handful of teens and young adults in line, sometimes for several days.   We are so thankful for our Ellie, who holds down the fort and keeps everything running smoothly when Dean and I have to travel, who runs toward Jesus even when it means unplanned adventures and even when she knows I’m driving.  We are also thankful for Ellie’s parents who did their best to raise children who are wise, knowing that being wise doesn’t always mean their children end up in the safest places.  Because Ellie said “yes” when Jesus said “go”, our children are ministered to and safe when we are not able to be with them.

Dinner time rolled around at Christy’s house, and she asked what kind of pizza we liked. The pizza man made it to the house with the supreme and the pepperoni, and we watched Wyatt and Christy play Connect Four and waited.  Even before our current situation, Christy has helped us tremendously as we’ve figured out life here.  She has visited us, prayed for us, helped us solve problems, advocated for us when we were in need, and listened to our hearts when they were hurting.  She has been a valuable source of wisdom for us as we continue to forge together our thoughts and make plans for Wyatt.  Wyatt is deaf, and Christy is the hearing expert on deafness in these here parts. So here we are, stuck in Tegucigalpa with riots all around us, sheltered safe and sound with Christy and her joyful daughter Lili, unsure about when we will be able to go home.  I’m not saying I took advantage of the situation, but I might’ve asked a question or two or twenty.  We ate pizza, laughed, talked, and waited for news of the election results.  The results didn’t come, and we went to bed with a backdrop of shouting, explosions, and a peace that passes understanding. Was it worth the risk?  Absolutely.  The opportunity to minister and be ministered to was a gift from the Lord in the midst of all that was going on.

Thursday brought no news of election results, and as the delay of news lingered, the situation continued to escalate. Dean and I were able to get out to the grocery store but the main roads were blocked, so we were not able leave Tegucigalpa. Christy is crafty, so she and Dean worked with wood while I cooked.  Ellie sent us texts of the kids making salt ornaments and Christmas cookies, and we had a peaceful day in spite of the growing political unrest.  Nighttime brought no news of election results, and the protests, both peaceful and violent, got a little closer.  We ran back to the grocery store to withdraw some cash and made it in just as they were closing early and locking the gates.  Being uncertain about what the coming days would bring, we decided that if it was calm in the morning and we could get through the barricades, we would try to make it home.

Around 4:30 am on Friday morning the explosions and shouting quieted, and the helicopter stopped making circles above us.  We got up, said our goodbyes, and got in the car.  We were safe and not afraid, and we made it out of the city. It was surreal to drive through quiet streets and see the damage from the night before. We drove by a young man dressed for work dragging rocks and debris from the street, and I was overcome with emotion.  The brokenness, trauma and pain are unimaginable to me.  I have never experienced anything like this in my life, and I have never had to grieve the kind of losses involved.

We made it to Siguatepeque without issue and stopped for groceries before turning west toward La Esperanza. We thought we might see some protests or come up on a barricade but we only saw the abandoned and smoking remains of the barricades from the night before as we made our way to Gracias.  We stopped on the side of the road and bought bananas and drove on wondering when the election news would be released.  We were home, hugged, and holding babies before noon and so thankful to be together under one roof again. Praise the Lord!

The situation here in Honduras is very serious. I know all of this might seem scary, but we are not scared. We feel sadness and concern but not fear. These are real people that we know and love that are walking through a nightmare in their country. Some were walking through nightmares even before the tension here turned to crisis. As several were asking us to get out and come home, at least one friend was searching for a plane ticket and a way in.  Turns out she was thinking about a future trip, but the very fact that Juli was even thinking about planning a trip during this crisis made my heart sing.  We are not going to try to get out. We are not haphazard.  We calculate risks. We pray for discernment. We strive to be wise. Sometimes wisdom means we have to find the safest way to do something that involves some risk. This is our home, and we are going to stay here as long as the Lord allows.

It’s almost midnight now.  The protests have quieted and the streets are quiet. There is a steady rain that just started falling that makes the most beautiful sound on the roof.  It is a gift from the Lord.  We are safe and unafraid.  We are going to bed tonight, in the words of my longtime friend and prayer warrior Laurel, “confident in God’s protection and provision.”

Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us,that we should be called children of God. – I John 3: 1

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support as we share the hope of Jesus with vulnerable children and families in Honduras.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Ruth




These last few months I have been doing a bible study through the book of Ruth (Ruth... Loss, Love, and Legacy by Kelly Minter) . I am falling in love with her story. I thought I knew the story about Ruth, but I have learned so much by digging deeper in this love story. 

Today I want to share with you a small portion of what I have been learning. we are going to jump in in the middle, so just hang in there with me. 

Ruth 3: 1-6 
Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? Now Boaz, whose young women you were with, is he not our relative? In fact, he is winnowing barely tonight at the threshing floor. Therefore wash yourself and anoint yourself, put on your best garments and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. Then it shall be, when he lies down, that you should notice the place where he lies; and you shall go in, uncover his feet, and lie down; and he will tell you what to do." And she said to her, "All that you say to me I will do." So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her. 



There is a lot here that can be dissected, but we are going to focus on one part, "put on your best garments". 

Wow! Ruth was very brave to follow as her mother-in-law told her, given all that she has been through. She has lost her husband and is putting herself out there now. How vulnerable! 

It is not very clear as to what "best garments" is referring to. There are many different opinions from many different scholars. We can draw from this is that Ruth is dressed for a new day.  

Scholar Daniel I. Block has some interesting insight about her garments: "It appears that Naomi is hereby advising Ruth to end her period of mourning over her widowhood and get on with a normal life.  ...It may well be that until this time Ruth had always wore the garments of widowhood, even when she was working out in the field. Perhaps this was the reason for Boaz's inertia. As an upright man, he would not violate a woman's right to grieve the loss of her husband nor impose himself upon her until she was ready. We know to little about how long widows would customarily wear their mourning clothes, but it may be that Naomi is now telling Ruth the time has come to doff her 'garments of widowhood." 

We cant be certain of what Ruth had on, but we know it signaled a change, a readiness, an availability to Boaz and to God for the possibility of something new. 

Although not all of us have experienced a time of widowhood, we have known a time when God asked us to remove our clothes of mourning, clinging, grasping, wishing, hoping, striving, even praying for something... and move forward. 

I feel like God is asking this of me.  I want to go back to the days before Julie had Cancer. Back to when we were living together in Honduras, when we were establishing our home, when we were preparing to take in children, when things were our crazy normal. I have been clinging to the past and wanting that for the future. That is not going to happen.  Things are never going to go back to the way they were before the cancer, and God is making me ok with that.  But first I need to remove my "mourning clothes" and look forward to what God is laying before me. 

Don't miss understand me, I know that all things are possible through God, but I am wanting God to turn back the clocks and take me back to live in those times. And to not only turn back time but to rewrite the future and make it to where Julie never gets cancer. That is not going to happen. I need to come to to terms with that. When we are wrapped in garments of mourning we are unavailable for whatever else God has for us.  

Times come and go. I am glad I enjoined them and I will always have those precious memories. It is time for me to move on from that and focus on what God is doing now. We will be going back to Honduras it just wont be with Ben and Julie and that will be alright. 

Isaiah 43: 18-19 says 
" Do not remember the former things nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." 

There is something about where are minds choose to dwell that can keep us in an old place even when God is doing a new thing. Isaiah 52:1 says "Awake, awake, O Zion, clothe yourself with strength. put on your garments of splendor, O Jerusalem, the holy city." Jesus is calling us to the same awaking he did for the Israelites. Do not dwell on the past. We all have our Moab stories, our past losses, aches, and strains; but let us not cling to our old clothes in a new life. 

Is God telling you you to throw off some weighty garments? Unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, discontentment, jealousy, mourning, or anything else that might keep you from moving forward with God? 

Take off the old, put on the new; take the risk of being available. 


In Him, 

Taylor







Sunday, October 22, 2017

A New Beginning in an Unlikely Place

Hey there! It's been a while since I (Austin) have written a blog, but I'm here today to share with you something really exciting, and how God has been working. So sit back and enjoy.

Let me start off with Acts 8:9-25
But there was a man named Simon, who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody great.10 They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the power of God that is called Great.”11 And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic.12 But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.13 Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles[b] performed, he was amazed.14 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,16 for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,19 saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!21 You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God.22 Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.23 For I see that you are in the gall[c] of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.”24 And Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”

Now without diving deep into this specific passage we can see that Simon was a hypocrite, and was not truly born again but merely going through the motions followed with "baptism" or more accurately in his case a bath or swim.  


Now let me pause right there and tell you about another man.  This man is 23 years old.  He was "saved" at a young age, and he even took a warm bath but called it baptism.  He played church for years and years, getting better and better at it fooling many people including himself.  He went on several mission trips, and was pretty involved in the church.  This man put his comforts and career to the side to become a full time missionary in Honduras.  This man WAS me.


Now let me tell you about a third man.  If you notice in the last sentence of the previous paragraph i have the word "WAS" in all caps.  Why? Let me tell ya!  These last couple of months at our church we have been going verse by verse through the book of Acts.  And specifically these last couple of weeks I have been having an internal struggle, a struggle for the truth.  You see I had lived such a long time as a hypocrite, I had convinced myself that I was a born again believer.  I started doing some real down to earth soul searching, and examined my heart.  I came to the realization that I had never actually accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.  Now for the exciting part...last week Oct 15, I started a real relationship with Jesus.  I couldn't be more excited, and can't keep this contained!


But wait..."you are a missionary in Honduras, how can you be a missionary and not be a christian?"
"you grew up in church all your life, isn't that good enough?" etc, etc.

John 14:6
“Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Jesus is the only way.
No "if", "and", or "but" about it.

Matthew 7:21-23
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

That was literally me and my life.  "But Lord, I went on all these mission trips in your name, but I was the sound guy at church, but I was a full time missionary in Honduras, etc"




Praise the Lord I now KNOW Jesus, rather than know about Him.  


I am really glad i got the opportunity to write this blog and share with you this awesome step in my life! Yall have a good one, until next time!

In Him,
Austin Agee



Sunday, October 15, 2017

From Sleepless Nights to Prayer Filled Mornings


As some of you may know Emma no longer sleeps through the night.  Since we have temporarily moved back to the states, Emma's sleep pattern has been out of sorts.  We have linked her lack of sleep to multiple things such as:
1. She is in a new environment and needs to adjust.
2. She needs to sleep in a different room.
3. We need to keep a constant bedtime routine.
4. She is having trouble breathing through her nose.
5. She is teething.
6. She is hungry.

For each one of the things listed above we have a solution for:
1. I think she has had time to adjust at this point.
2. We have placed her in a separate room to sleep.
3. We have tried to the best of our ability to keep her bedtime routine as constant as possible.
4. We were referred to a ENT Specialist and found out her adenoids are swollen, so we currently have her on medication to help shrink them. (she can breathe better).
5. We give her medicine to help with teething pain and/or Oragel.
6. I feed her.

And still she is awake throughout the night, so I walk her around and try to get her to go back to sleep and I pray "God why is she not sleeping?"  Here I am trying all these things to help her sleep and she continues to wake up.  God didn't answer me on that question, but he did help me to think maybe there is a reason  I am up at this hour.  Now whenever Emma wakes up and can't go back to sleep I will pray.  (I don't know about yall but that is not my first reaction when I am awoken from a good REM sleep.)  I will just pray for whoever God brings to mind, and I've got to say it helps me!  It is easier to get up with her and I have more energy during the day.  Only God can do that because anyone who knows me knows sleep is very important to me.

It also helps with my prayer walk. I feel during the day I am more mindful to pray.


I challenge yall to be more mindful and pray.  It doesn't mean you have to wake up at 3am and pray (unless you feel that is what God is wanting you to do) it could be as simple as praying when you brush your teeth, when you are unloading the dishwasher, when your waiting in line at the store, or whenever.  Make it a priority to  pray.  The results will be life changing.



In Him,

The Agee Family