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On a Dark Night Look Up at the Vast Number of Stars

July 3rd, 2010 No comments

Abraham was shown the stars (Ge. 22:17, 26:4) as a representative of the multiplied effect of his life … his waiting, our waiting, his wanting, our wanting, his continual pursuit of God and His purposes, our continual pursuit of God and His purposes. Believing that we can effect as many as the stars in the sky we can see on a dark night tests our soul, tests our faith, tests our patient waiting.  But there is a test that exceedingly passes them all – the test of God’s resources to accomplish His will and passionate desire for humankind and our commission to partner with Him in it all.

I love this line below because it reminds us to remember Ephesians 6 – having done all to stand, stand therefore, as we intentionally remain faithful for the promise of God to be fulfilled of numerous seeds – multiplied seed – offspring, descendants  to be as many as the stars of the sky or even the sands of the sea!  Until the upcoming time Michael declared in Daniel 12:1-3, may we each be the wise ones that shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and forever!

You do not test the resources of God until you attempt the impossible.

F.B. Meyer


There are three stages in any work of God, impossible, difficult, done.

Hudson Taylor

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FINAL REPORT: AGLOW TRANSFORMATION TEAM UGANDA 2010 from Fran Hallgren

July 2nd, 2010 No comments

When I was laying in bed praying last night, I kept thinking….did we do all we were supposed to do?  Did we do it as good as we could?  Was Jesus glorified in what we did and how we did it?  Were people’s lives really touched and changed because of the love extended to them in His name?  Was it worth it to come?

My answers have to be yes.  Oh, we learned much and can improve…but overall, you couldn’t place your pride in a more humble, willing and able group of Aglow women.  They truly rose to every challenge, taking everything in stride, loving people in such an open way. Pastor Godfrey said he is continually amazed at this team…their persistence in ministry…their stamina, etc.  and he would have us all back again.

But here is something interesting I heard this morning:  apparently one of the kings from a local village where we were working sent a spy in to see who we were and what we were doing…to see if we were for real.  The report went back to him that indeed we were real…and were not giving fake medications to people…that we were loving the people in Jesus name.  WOW!  And he allowed his people to come to the clinic, and thereby hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Thank you so much for praying for all of us, for supporting us…and loving the people of Uganda enough to let us come here to minister in His mighty name!  You will reap the same reward, the Word says!  WOOHOO!

And one day – you will all get to meet some of the most wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ that we on this team have already met here on earth.  They love you already.

Fran Hallgren
AGLOW Transformation Team – Uganda 2010

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TRANSFORMATION MY PERSONAL WORD PART 1

July 2nd, 2010 2 comments

The word TRANSFORMATION has felt like it was “my” personal word for many years.  Its nature is organic….flowing and going….moving…. and life-giving.  When it’s initiated by the Holy Spirit, it sheds unneeded or unhealthy ways as it takes on unique forming aspects.  It’s a word that has movement.  When it first seemed to drop into my thinking, I began to realize it would be a word that would have significant impact.

PREGNANT TRANSFORMATION

I was reminded of pregnancy and birthing children.  I have 3 children.  As these little lives formed in me, it changed my form every day.  It wasn’t a one time formation change either.  Daily life formation inside was my formation too.  The growing child not only was transforming my body shape, but my reasons for living, my daily activities, my relationships, my thinking processes…everything was in transitional formation.  Oh, but after the child was born, didn’t you go back to the way you were, someone might ask?  As any mother knows, the answer is no.  Physically you might be able to look on the outside like it didn’t make a big change, but internally you are different forever.  Emotionally?  Oh my goodness, let us mothers count the ways our emotions change because a child is now in our life!  But when they are adults doesn’t that go away?  That’s what I thought too until I had adult children. You are changed forever by the experience and its ongoing effects in your life.

DON’T YOU JUST GET TIRED OF BEING IN TRANSITION SOMETIMES?!

Transformation is continual transition for me.  I have tasted its delicacies enough to cause me to welcome its ways and deliberately strengthen my intentionality in embracing its outcome which has become my missional outlook.

WHAT KIND OF OUTLOOK?

Don’t let the word missional throw you into a typical definition of someone who lives overseas doing evangelism activity. Yes, I am a short term missionary, mobilizing short term mission teams, but a missional outlook has to do with all the areas of life, not just when you go on a team or do a particular task labeled as spiritual or ministry service somewhere “over there.”  It’s the way we see who we are alongside the active awareness that we live in relation to those we encounter.

FROM HERE TO THERE AND EVERYWHERE

The teams are formed and mobilized to come alongside areas and ministries for the purpose of individual and community transformation. They are one to one, small group, and area-wide endeavors.When I work with team leaders or lead a team with Aglow, I experience a treasured gift from our heavenly Father.  Its the gift of getting to know these precious ones who have a heart to be a catalyst for  transformation wherever they are and are willing to take risks to see that happen. Most of them have never stepped out in experimental obedience in this type of setting or this way.  Their discovery?  Its dramatically transformative both in those they meet and in their own personal lives.

WITHOUT TRYING YET INTENTIONAL

The Aglow Transformation Teams help activate people in a fresh reality of God’s personal intervention and willingness to empower them.  They find themselves developing spiritually without trying.  As they get involved, they are both inspired and challenged and again – changed inside and out. It’s Divine activation!  Its God’s demonstration!  It’s illumination!  And its our Transformation!  Yahoo and that’s all good.

I WANT I WANT I WANT AND I BET YOU DO TOO

As sincere Christians, we read, study, hope and pray for an experiential expression of God’s Word to implode and explode in our lives.  We want to be exhibiters of His glory!  Oh how deeply we have desired to partner with His Word and ways and be a demonstration of His love and power! This is what we are experiencing on the Aglow Transformation teams! We don’t just have front row seats!  We are in middle of dramatic face-to-face encounters with people as they discover God’s personal love!

I believe in spiritual growth classes and Biblical educational development opportunities.  It’s learning and growing, knowing and experiencing truth.  We all realize that lecture learning was never designed to exclude  our experimental obedience. In these transformation team outreaches, we have found that sometimes before the person is even aware of the Biblical truths they are experiencing,  as they intentionally step out, they put into practice Biblical principles and Scriptures. Let’s get face to face with God’s Word and as we do get face to face with some people on behalf of His love for them and discover His Word lives and breathes in us!

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Transformation – My Personal Word Part 2

July 1st, 2010 1 comment

SNEAKY FEELINGS SOMETIMES COME FROM GOD

God is about our development.  I thought at first he was only about my development in prayer, or Bible knowledge, but in time I realized the Bible, and therefore God Himself, was interested in my personal healthy, happy, effective living from now to eternity. And He planned for me to become a multiplier.  I always had a sneaky feeling that when the bible says God told Adam and Eve to go and multiply, He wasn’t just talking about having more children, but that He was commissioning them to go and multiply His image in the earth.

Ask any Transformation Team member if their experience only effected their lives when it comes to evangelism or prayer or if it effected their lives in general, their families or friends,  and how it changed their outlook on life as a whole.   I began to realize God wasn’t just interested in the “eternity” part when we leave this body and join him.  It is about here and now until there and then!  He’s forming something and that something is you and I and our effect on others.

WHOEVER GOT ENGAGED BY ACCIDENT?  ITS INTENTIONAL COMMITMENT TO ANOTHER PERSON.

Engaging in intentional activity even when its not the prelim to marriage. It produces a fulfilling life and is a continual quest, not just a short term mission trip.  Not moving forward is just not an option.  I had a pastor many years ago who would often use the word “intentionality.” I didn’t remember hearing it used when it came to spiritual development before that time.  Yes, knew being a good mother should be an intentional effort, being a good wife, learning in any arena took intentional effort.

I had this odd impression that if it was something God cared about, and wanted to do, that I didn’t have an “intentional active” part in.  I must have thought that God was going to cause it to land in my life in some way without my personal pursuit or activity.  I also had a false impression that if it came to me without any of my own effort it was somehow more spiritual and God-formed than if I had stepped into it intentionally.  Anything that I did that expressed my personal desire or action was defined as either “running ahead of God” or some sort of soul power absent from any God-initiative or commission.  As you can tell by this writing, I have changed my mind.

NOT AFRAID OF MYSELF! THAT’S A GOOD THING

Yes, I want God’s heart, will and ways.  I want to be in agreement and flowing with His timing as well as His wisdom.  But I am no longer afraid that my own desires will be so contrary to His plans that I cannot intentionally step out and taste His personal pleasure and power in the activity.

Remember the movie, Chariots of Fire?  The famous line the distance runner exclaimed was that he felt God’s pleasure when he ran.  In the picture that was an incredulous thought to the religious people of the day.  Running in a race to win seemed unspiritual and they severely doubted he could experience the pleasure of God in such an endeavor?  But also in the picture, based on a true story, the missionary runner was convinced that God wanted him not only to run but to win.  His life made a profound statement to the world and it was repeated every time the movie of his life was shown.  Yours does too every time someone looks at you.  Run to win, intentionally step out in Him!

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