Hello to the Missionhog family. We are sorry for the delay in posting. I was finally able to figure out what kept causing the site to crash whenever I tried to upload new photos and it turned out to be a bad plugin. Aside from this, all of us are well aware of the limitations we have faced in the current situation. Travel, visitation, and general contact has been hindered but thank God for creative opportunities in the midst. Even though the jails have been closed for visitation we have been blessed to be able to write and receive letters to some inmates that we have been pouring into the past months. As for others the phone or other communication apps have done a good job of keeping us in touch with those that we have been in discipleship meetings together around the world.
“Limitations just mean that God is trying to give you time to focus on opportunities in other places.” (Missionhog, 2020)
We have been happy to partner with a local church to help a little with food delivery outreach to those in need, we have had some opportunities to witness to and help some homeless in Virginia, and also we have been blessed with enough support to start running some trials with the chicken coop ministry. We have been running trials to try to maximize the cost/ease of maintenance, and hope if we can raise enough support and interest that is can be used to target a wider body of those low income families who need options for food security. Think about Lazarus, think about the rich man. Should we who are blessed materially in this world be throwing crumbs and scraps to the lowly? What is the greatest purpose in life? To live a life of comfort and ease? We will soon leave it all behind and face God’s judgement for our lives as believers. As for the chicken coops, these can easily turn into neighborhood projects and can be used as a platform for a gospel witness. Have you seen the price of eggs lately? Yes, this is a timely idea. These same domes can also be covered in plastic and used for greenhouses to grow fresh organic fruits and vegetables as well.
We are working on hatching black australorp chicks at the moment and while these things do take time, better some time than never at all. We like to talk about being independent and self sufficient but what ends up happening at times is that we become so independent that we also become independent from God. This is a problem. We need to have the mindset to drive ourselves towards independence as individuals but also to operate in the strengths, skills, and gifts that God has given to us to be a witness and blessing to others. This independence is sourced from a drive towards a dependence on God. Coming next month is July 4th independence day but we say is let’s make this July 4th DEPENDENCE on God day!
Why is there so much chaos in the streets today? It is easy to play the blame game, but to tell you the truth the Church has a lot of the blame for the lack of community witness, being apathetic, and allowing idols to take God’s place in the Church and lives of believers. What is our true priorities? To truly be disciples of Christ, we must forsaking the idols of this world and using our all to draw close and serve HIM with our lives. We are all guilty in some form or fashion, but surely some more than others. Regardless, what do we do today? Can we change? Can we still make a difference starting now? Choose who you will serve today! Will you serve the gods of this world, idols of money, comfort and power? As for me and my house we will serve the Lord! Are you with us?
In these tough times everyone in the world is asking for money for one reason or another. As a very small, new non-profit ministry you can be sure that when you support us that every bit goes towards building a platform to witness and make disciples in this world. You would be appalled at some of the waste we have seen and experienced at other big mission agencies. When executive leadership of “non-profits” are living in million dollar mansions and are bringing in huge salaries of over hundreds of thousands to millions a year you know something is wrong. When missionaries at these organizations are living in luxury apartments with personal maids and eating out at fancy restaurants multiple times a week with doing little real gospel work this shows that they have lost their way. I propose we let the big organizations fast for a while and throw some crumbs to the small organizations and those that are hungry to serve Christ.
Tax deductible checks made payable to: MISSIONHOG INC., P.O. Box 564, Hubert NC, 28539