The Adventure of Grace – Our Crowdfunding Journey

Monday, Sept. 17, 2012

Good morning, Lord.  Thank you for another day.  Vero and I have decided to move forward with the Crowdfunding project.  In our hearts, we believe that it is your will.  If you want us to revise that decision, please let us know.  Also, we have decided to take the risk of spending some money in dollars on the credit card.  There are a number of small costs in order to get ready.  We have two weeks to prepare for the launch and all of these small costs start to add up very quickly.  That´s scary for us, Lord, because of our present financial situation but we are learning to pray boldly and act in faith.  In our financial weakness, you can show your strength.  We believe that this is the direction you want us to go and even though we don´t always know each step to take, we believe that you will guide us, and that there is room for mistakes (even failure), and that you expect us to act boldly in faith to do things that we believe are your will and will build up your kingdom.  Thank you for this adventure of grace.  In Jesus´name I pray.  Amen.

The Desert Warrior

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012

Good morning, Lord.  Thank you for another day.  It´s day two of the pre-launch for the crowdfunding campaign which we hope to start on Oct. 1, 2012.  Thank you, Lord, for making this possible.  I want to pray bold prayers for our DWM ministry and ask you to bless us with support, prayers, promotion and finances beyond what we can think or imagine.  Lord, I will certainly also get a benefit (and my family) but this ministry is about following your lead and doing your will.  We know that you will give us what is good for us in terms of our walk with you.  I pray specifically that you would use this process to bring the necessary funds to deal with our financial challenges as well as the money to work on the books full time.  I know that our goal is 10K USD but I pray for 150K USD which would decisively launch DWM as well.  DWM would become an online resource for relational evangelism, distinctive apologetics and radical discipleship.  Thank you, Lord, for these great ideas.  I pray that Vero and I would be found worthy of revealing your glory.

Lord, for some reason, today we had the most views of the website ever for one day.  I´m not sure why.  We haven´t really launched it yet and I am still working out the kinks.  I´ve tried to post a few things to facebook and twitter but I still don´t know what I´m doing.  We haven´t even tried to do any SEO work or optimize the website.  And still, we get views from all over the world…..

I don´t know if this is normal or not, Lord, but I believe that you sent each and every one of them to our blog/website and I pray that the material and truth that they encounter there would change their lives forever.  Lord, you know that the human heart is the most difficult thing to penetrate and change.  Only you can do it but you have chosen to use our lives and our words as the means (rooted in your word) to get the truth out.  But it is still your Holy Spirit that takes that truth and convicts the heart of sin and brings people to the foot of the cross.  Lord, use these words on this site to transform hearts all around the world.  That is our prayer.  In Jesus´name I pray.  Amen

The Desert Warrior

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012

Good morning, Lord.  Thank you for another day.  The water has risen again and the streets are flooded.  It´s like we are in our own isolated world here even though we can still get out.  Hard to sleep last night what with the wind rattling the windows and the rain drumming on the roof.  But thank you, Lord, for a week of vacation for Vero and Melu and an interesting week (Spirit Week) for Michu at BAICA.

Lord, I´ve been trying to sharpen the vision for DWM.  Right now it seems to be only an expression of our gifts – writing/speaking and painting/drawing but I have been thinking more about how we can serve the online community of believers.  You have given me a pretty clear message and if I had to sum it up, it would be “relational evangelism” and “distinctive apologetics” and “radical discipleship.”  I believe that you want me to write and teach your people, using modern technology, about this perspective on the Christian life and mission.  Not that it is really anything new (and it shouldn´t be) but it is a message that is expressed in the context of my life and creative gifts.  Perhaps it will encourage someone to give thier life to you or surrender fully to your will.  That is my prayer, Lord.

You know how much I like to create (and learn to create) effective power points, tutorials, webinars, classes etc and provide various resources from others as well (that fit into this message) and teach people how to harness the power of social networking and relationship/internet marketing to get your truth out into the mainstream of our international English and Spanish culture.  Lord, I envision making video presentations, book reviews, movie analysis with snippets of the movie embeded in it in order to use real world examples of how our relationship with you is distinctive from anybody else, any other religion and certainly distinctive from secular humanism.

Lord, I really want to write and create content and package it in interesting ways but I need the resources and time and talent to do so.  If this vision is from you, Lord, confirm it in my heart and show me in terms of support, prayers and financial encouragement from your people.  If I am running out ahead of you, rein me in.  If I am falling behind, please spur me on.  I want to follow you, Lord, and when I stumble and my flesh gets in the way, Lord, bring me to my knees before your cross and raise me again to a new life full of your power, promises and presence.  I only want to please you, Lord, and become useful to your great rescue operation.

Thank you for Fernando and for his interest in this project.  He is also on an adventure of grace and it will be exciting to see where you lead us.  Lord, without your blessing, all of our efforts are in vain.  We give up our efforts at ministry and success and leave all our ambitions (even our holy ones) in your hands.  It is your pleasure that we seek, Lord.  Thank you for that opportunity and possibility of pleasing you with our attitude and actions today.   In your name, I pray.  Amen.

The Desert Warrior

The Adventure of Grace by Bert A. Amsing
Copyright © 2012 by vanKregten Publishers.  All rights reserved.

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