Good Morning! Today the OOTBWC Launch Team will be commissioned as missionaries to Hillsville. My family and I are a part of this team. Last year I went on my first international mission trip and it changed my life. It has given me a passion for missions everywhere. While on that trip I received a gift. Here is a picture of that gift. I have never met the artisan in person, but I have met her heart through her work, and have felt her faith through her story.
Her is what I know of her story….
Her name is Marta and as this was given to me I was told of a story about Pastor Ty and Marta.
Pastor Ty was on his first mission trip to Slovakia and he was asked to preach.
Pastor Ty was preaching and Marta accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior through that message. Hallelujah!
Today Marta makes these beautiful “fish” necklaces by sewing very fine wire onto a stone. When she is done she sells them. This one was given to me on the last evening we were in Slovakia. We each received one. To me this beautiful necklace represents Pastor Ty’s obedience in going on the trip and preaching the message, as well as Marta’s obedience in hearing the call of Jesus on her life. It is a beautiful representation of what we are called to do everyday, everywhere.
Matthew 4:19 NIV
19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
So, as the team is being commissioned today, I would like to take a moment and thank God for Marta and for Pastor Ty. The wire is carefully knit together over the rock, held in place by the love that God put into Marta’s heart through the message of His faithful servant. We are the wire- carefully sewn together as a team for God to go and share His beautiful message of Love to the world.
Please pray for us as we leave our comfortable surroundings, friends, and church family to begin a new journey downtown. Pray also for those who are already coming to fill our seats. Pray for OOTBWC to be filled with hungry converts! Pray for Hillsville to be turned upside down, one person at a time. God is at work. Let us embrace that work with a passion for Him.