He Crowns the Year with His Goodness! – LUV End of Year Review

Dear friend and partner in His unveiling His love,

While enjoying time with my family in the UK this Christmas this verse in Psalm 65:11 has been ringing in my heart!

You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance 2013 was a full year – spiritually, emotionally and physically. We experienced mountain tops and spiritual highs, and valleys filled with deep sorrow.  Yet the Lord has crowned our year with His goodness and shown us His paths dripping with abundance.

A Man & Tribe Transformed; Women Boldly Standing for God

How lovely on the mountains are the feet of those who bring Good News, who say, ‘Our God reigns!’…” (Isaiah 52:7)

Sam (name changed) and his village were desperate to know Jesus. They heard about Him but did not receive any written Word of God for 15 years until our leader, Hope, took the LUV discipleship training to Sam who took it to his church last May. Sam made the 12-hour trip from the mountains last week to tell us of the transformation God has done in his church in the last 5 months. His testimony is the story of his tribe searching for Jesus, their persecution and their transformation through His word:

Story of Hope

Hope (name changed) is one of our leaders who completed the three year training this week. Hope is a pastor’s wife in the city, but she and her husband have been travelling to the mountains to reach the ethnic people groups for years.  Hope had a vision to reach the women in the unreached people groups. In the last three years of our training, she started with a group of 38 leaders in her home for 10 days every six months, coming from all over the mountains. Those leaders are now training many groups of 50 women and many groups have men too. This was her commissioning testimony.

SE Asia Butterfly Transformed

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 “Before I received the LUV training, I was a Christian but I didn’t know how to fly for Jesus. When I completed Workshop One, then I knew who I was and who God is. I knew that I was the friend of Jesus and His bride. I found out God had given me a purpose to teach His Word and to go out and set free those under the bondage of Satan. As in 2 Corinthians 5:17, I found  I was a new creation.

Band Aids for Broken Hearts

Christy Price, missionary and Butterfly leader in Nairobi, Kenya sent this powerful testimony following her first LUV Discipleship training in Orlando. Christy and her sister Jody minister to women and teens in the slums of Nairobi. Her report paints a vivid picture of ministry in Africa and how Jesus alone is their answer for broken hearts...

I have often been asked why we are not with a larger organization in Africa. Wouldn’t it be safer for us?  Wouldn’t we have better support?  While the answer to both these questions are “yes,” the fact remains, while most of the world’s largest humanitarian aid projects focus on Africa, there is little to no change in the problems facing Africans today.

More Butterflies open their voices to bring hope to the poor and needy

God is opening the voices of women believers all over the world whose hearts have been broken and are now being healed and restored to speak out on His behalf.

Proverbs 31:8-9 urges us to “Open your voice on behalf of those who have no voice, on behalf of the poor and the needy.”

Yet how can we open our voices to help the poor and needy  if our own hearts are broken or distracted.  Jesus taught that it’s “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34).  If our hearts are broken or filled with the desires of this world, women speak from a heart of bitterness, sorrow, unbelief, anger, shame, fear, pride, discontent.  But once Jesus heals our hearts and fills our hearts with His love and truth, our mouths speak out His praise with joy and gladness bringing hope and comfort to others.