Sunday, June 26, 2016

My Grace is Sufficient



My name is Teresa Robertson and I have had the honor of being asked to serve on the Board for New Beginnings.  I have known Julie since college and Ben since their marriage and have witnessed God’s leading throughout their marriage.  I have watched their hearts grow for the orphans around the world, which has brought them to this full time mission in Honduras.  When asked to come on the Board, my husband and I prayed about it for several days.  We felt that God was leading us to partner with the Agee family, and when God leads you simply cannot refuse.

I have always had a heart for children and youth.  I went into education because of a deep love for children.  I taught in a public school setting in a rural area for several years which allowed me to teach and love and serve children who needed grace and mercy in their lives.  I was blessed to have my own children and was called to stay at home with them and given the opportunity to homeschool them.  In their high school years, we were called to a home school co-op where I taught and am now the headmaster over classes.  I work with the youth group at Trinity Presbyterian Church just east of Atlanta.  Recently, I have become part of a volunteer group starting up a Crisis Pregnancy Resource Center in Newton County.  God has provided a desire to serve children, youth, and young women in all areas of my life so when asked to be a part of New Beginnings it just fit right in with what I believe God calls us to do.  We are called to serve the widows and orphans and to show them Christ. 

I believe that the Lord has called Ben & Julie and Austin & Taylor to this ministry and that He will complete this needed work for His children.  There is already response coming from the people in Honduras showing the need for the foster children there.  This work will provide Christian homes, both from the Agee’s and from locals.  One way or another, these children will be placed in homes---how exciting to know that Christian homes will be available and that these children will know the love of Christ!!

Knowing the Agee’s as I do, I know that they know that this is a work done completely through the Grace of Christ and not through anything from them.  They rely solely on Him and give Him all the glory for all the phases of this ministry.  I am partnering with them because I know that they believe they are not equipped to do this work without the Grace of God---the work is done by God alone---they are the vessels willing to obey.  They will not be able to serve on their own—they need prayer partners, financial partners, and God’s all sufficient Grace.

“The Greek word order of 2 Corinthians 12:9 provides us with meaning we don’t want to miss: ‘Sufficient for you is the grace of me.’ That is an incredible promise! Essentially the Lord told the apostle Paul, I am the grace. I’m all the grace you need.” James MacDonald

Please share their ministry with others, commit to pray for them regularly, and if led give financially so that Austin and Taylor (and baby) can go in August to begin language studies followed by Ben and Julie (and girls) in January.  The Lord has begun a mighty work; we invite you to be a vital part of it.

Blessings,
Teresa Robertson

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Help Wanted!


You have a critical role to play in the ministry to at-risk children in Honduras!

Yes, you may be more important to this ministry than you realize.  The most important thing that we need is a strong prayer support team.  We know that there will be difficult times on this journey and we are strong believers in the power of prayer.  We also want our prayer support team to be prayer partners, meaning that we are also praying for you.  If you want to be on our prayer team, please click on the "Subscribe to Our Newsletter" link and select the prayer team box.

The other thing that we need is good network of financial partners in ministry that commit to giving to this work on a regular basis.  Austin and Taylor plan to move to Honduras in August.  In order to get them there, they need to raise $16,000 to pay for airline tickets, visas, 3 months of language school, and a vehicle.  In addition to the one-time startup costs, they need $2,500 per month of support that they can count on.  Ben and Julie plan to move to Honduras in January.  In order to get us there, we need to raise $34,000 to pay for airline tickets, visas, 3 months language school, and a 4 wheel drive vehicle that is capable of going into the mountains for ministry.  In addition to our one-time startup costs, we need $3,000 per month of support that we can count on.  You might think that is a lot of money and your gift wouldn't be significant, but that is not the truth.  Most of our financial support will come from individuals who give $10, $25, $50, or $100 per month.  Would you pray about becoming a financial partner with us in ministry?  No gift is too small!  Our website has a "Give Now" section that provides information on how to give.  Please drop us a note at ben.agee@newbeginningshonduras.org and let us know if you will be sending monthly support so we can include your gifts in our fundraising progress.

God is already moving!  Ben sold his car in less than 15 minutes on Facebook last week, so there is one less vehicle to sell when we move.  We also accepted an offer on the house this week, which means money is the only thing really keeping all of us from going to Honduras and getting started in ministry.  Just last week we received a message from one of the missionaries that is working closely with the child placement department in Honduras that wanted to know if we were in Honduras and paper ready to receive children because they had a sibling group with a 2 year old and a 4 year old that needed a home.  We already have $5,400 in the bank and monthly commitments totaling $1,000/month coming in and accumulating to prepare for the move.  Will you pray about joining others that are already partnering with us in ministry.

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Blessings to you.....

Ben Agee

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Port In a Storm



We all have been through storms in our lives.  I'm not talking about the weather. I'm talking about the spiritual storms; the ones that shake your faith, question your salvation, and cause you to rely fully on God, but when the storm has passed you come out the other side with a deeper understanding of God, yourself, and a stronger faith.

Why do we face these storms? Well many reasons...
  • To be humbled: In the world we live in it is very easy to become selfish. God sends these trials to guide us to repent and live a life that is pleasing to him. (Philippians 2:3)
  • As a testimony: Sometimes we experience storms not intended for us, but for others around us. God uses our storms to equip us for serving others. By experiencing the storm we can better relate to those we are helping.  
  • To show God's Promises: God promises us that he is always with us (Joshua 1:9). We may not be able to sense God's presence during the storm, but he has made a promise to always be with us. This gives us comfort, courage, and confidence to endure.
  • To show God's Power: God is bigger than any storm or trial we face. Most times when we are experiencing a storm we see God's power revealed in our life. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
I think of the song I Will Praise You in This Storm by Casting Crowns, and immediately Job comes to mind. He lost most everything he had, and as he sat in ashes and scrapped the sores on his body with a broken clay pot, his wife made the comment of why don't you just curse God and die. (Job 2:9) Job, being the Godly Man that he was, replied "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?" Job didn't sin in what he said. ( Job 2:10). We can all take from Job's example. Even when we are at our lowest, and we have nothing left, we must Praise God! "The lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, Blessed be the Name of the Lord" (Job 1: 21)

God is our "Port in the Storm" our "Safe Haven" our "Refuge" our "Sanctuary" our "Lighthouse". When we are at our weakest point he is at his strongest. So when you feel the storm raging and can't see an end, know that God is there. Take comfort my friend because God is who he says he is and he will never leave us. After a time of darkness the light will start to pierce through. The storm may not stop abruptly, but it will gradually loose it's power and vanish and you will sail into clear skies. Other times that ray of light you see might just be from the light house that is guiding you to shore. It shows you that are not yet done, but that there is a solid place for you to stand  to wait out the storm.

In Him, 
Taylor 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Gifts From God

    Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a real blessing.  The sons a man has when he is young are like arrows in a soldier's hand.  Happy is the man who has many such arrows.  He will never be defeated when he meets his enemies in the place of judgment.  (Psalms 127:3-5)


    A little over a week ago Taylor and I went to our first ultrasound appointment and I got to see our child and hear its heartbeat.  Man this was such a surreal moment, and pointed out how detailed God designed us. It also got me thinking, about how many children there are in Honduras and the rest of the world that do not have a mother and/or father, and how God has called ALL of us as Christians to love and take care of the orphans and widows.   
   
    Isaiah 58:7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
   
    James 1:27  Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
   
     I am so excited to be on this journey, and to be the light to these hurting people.  And to be an earthly father to these children and point them to the forever father.


In Him,
-Austin