Broken But Restored

In many seasons of life, there are times to laugh and times to cry, time to heal and a time to rebuild. There is a time for everything. There is a time to plant and a time to harvest. There is a time to keep and a time to throw away. There is a time for war and a time for peace. This is best described in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 by King Solomon. He emphasises in verse 11 that God has made everything beautiful for its own time. When we have God’s Biblical, perfect perspective we not only agree with His Word, but we willfully and joyfully submit to His Word, in all seasons. It is never easy to surrender, but again, when your point of view is heavenly, it’s always an adventure.

“Through whatever betide, the Scripture assures us, troubles assail and dangers affright, though friends should all fail and foes all unite; Yet one thing secures us, the Lord will provide.”

John Newton

This adventure of moving my family by faith to northern Idaho started on my knees in a hotel in Oklahoma. We heard of a need about a brother and sister in Christ who had a family business that was looking for a new employee to take the place of another who was leaving for ministry. Little did I know that when I had prayed that prayer, I would be the one to fill this void. So away we drove planning just to visit, encourage and pray with them and upon arrival, unexpectedly I slid right in and started working within a week. Two weeks later God did what He does and gets us into an apartment in another impossible way. Things go pretty well with the job. I quickly learned the accoutrements of the trade installing garage doors. While working I’m still able to equip the saints, edify the body of Christ and evangelize everywhere I go, one garage door at a time. Yet everything changed unexpectedly, and painfully, Friday December 4th.

Every week the company I work for would get a shipment of garage doors from a semi-truck which would need to be unloaded and either delivered to other garage door companies or we would load them in our shop for installation at a customers property for another day. Wednesday December 2nd we had our regular delivery but this day was different because we had 16 doors to unload (due to being backed up from the Thanksgiving holiday) with an average of 10 panels per door with one door as long as 22 feet. In total the weight of the panels is equivalent to lifting around 3,200 lbs in just 90 minutes. Unknowingly I tore muscles, tendons and pinched nerves all on my left side (back, shoulder, neck and arm). During our travels across America, I saw a bumper sticker on an old Volkswagen Beetle that said: “NO AIRBAGS, we die like real men” and this was my thought process when I had fiery pinches all over my back and shoulder. I needed to suck up the pain and continue to work. And I did, from Wednesday and all of Thursday but it wasn’t until Friday morning that I blacked out and decided it would be best to go to the hospital. I had no idea how badly I had injured my body but I would soon find out.

X-rays were taken, I got to pray with one of the nurses and after about a hundred questions that I pretty much just said no to all, I was released with the statement that “only time will tell how badly you hurt yourself” and I must undergo many treatments to know the severity of my injury. When we set out on our journey to Idaho, this wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. The question that remained was, am I still in full obedience equipping, edifying and evangelizing everywhere even if this happened? I am here to tell you, YES! Just because you’re following the Lord and walking in obedience doesn’t mean that everything will be peachy-keen.

Need I remind you that in our obedience to sharing the truth in love in D.C. Everett fell out of a 4-story window, I was threatened by a family member to “stop living in this fantasy of faith and get a real job like a real man otherwise I’ll call C.P.S. and have your kids removed from you and I will take your wife from you,” lost all support from churches, many family and friends slandered, abandoned, shunned and ostracized us. We became poor, hungry, and a very few times were “rich” and full; all for the sake of preaching the Gospel to everyone we encountered across the world in Washington D.C.. Yet, besides those external things, there was (and still is) the daily and inescapable concern for all those that I have ever met. Our continued prayer is for them to grow in grace, holiness and godliness by sparing no effort studying God’s Word so that they may be continuously transformed into the image of Christ for the glory of God.

Now returning to my most current suffering, I conclude this post about being broken yet restored. I do not know yet how much I have damaged my body nor do I know if there is permanent injury. Time will tell how long this restoration will happen and through a whole lengthy process will I find out how God is using this for my good, my previous boss’ good (for I have lost my job as a result of my frail body) and to the glory of God. Just as God through Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 11:30 “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my infirmities.” I am made weak and contemptible in the eyes of the world for the sake of Christ in order that God makes it known that only He can do these impossible works. Furthermore, God through Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:27 “God has selected (selected meaning: He deliberately chose), what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame.” This describes the ministry of our family since December 2014. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9). In summary, the Lord gave and the Lord has taken it away so that I may do another work for His kingdom unbeknownst to me yet. Praise the name of the Lord! Until that new work of ministry begins, I will be seeking the Lord through prayer and fasting. Studying to show myself approved to God during this time while I await my Commanding Officer’s next set of orders!

“Be on guard; stand firm in your faith in God, by respecting His precepts and keeping sound doctrine. Act like mature men and be courageous; be strong in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 16:13

Obedience in Oklahoma

Author unknown 1963
Author unknown 1963

I took this picture at the MLK Jr. memorial in Washington D.C. while I was walking the streets, equipping and edifying the body of Christ and evangelizing everywhere I went. The people from around the world that God permitted me to minister to engulf my memory every time I think about this quote. Thus I am constantly compelled to pray for them all to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ. Here in Oklahoma, although our time here has been short, we are already back in the kiln. It is God’s Word and His work of the ministry through our family that greatly encourages me to keep pressing forward to the people I have yet to meet that God desires for us to minister to as they minister to us.

God working through the body of Christ, along with the invitation and hospitality of the Brethren, we have been given such privilege and honor serving Him and them. We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods in the ministry. We do not try to trick anyone nor distort the Word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this (2 Corinthians 4:2). Yet it is as a result of such obedience I can say that we are literally living Matthew 10:5-42 & 2 Corinthians 4:1-18. Praise be to God! Please take a few moments to read these selected Scriptures so as to know what I am talking about and referencing.

From the preparations we took in February 2015 to go to Equip, Edify, and Evangelize Everywhere in Washington, D.C., to driving across the nation that had led us into the month of September 2020 being here in Oklahoma, our path has never changed. Our pursuit has always remained the same. You see, the work of the ministry that God does through our family is this: we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake (2 Cor. 4:5). Our aim has been this: We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind (2 Cor. 6:3-4). Yet we are not defending ourselves, but we are and will always be defending the truth of the Gospel. We must make known that we serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors (2 Cor. 6:8). Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything (2 Cor. 6:10). The American people have become the harden and stiff-necked Jews (Pharisees, Sadducees & Scribes) that we read about in the Gospels. We have spoken honestly with you, and our hearts are open to you. There is no lack of love on our part, but some of you have withheld your love from us. I am asking you to respond as if you were my own children. Open your hearts to us (2 Cor. 6:11-2) that we might continue with you, walking by faith and continue working out our faith with you in great fear and trembling so the ministering working with you might be cultivated, carried out to the goal, and be fully complete in the unity of our faith unto salvation, that we all partake in and claim the title “Christian” with enormous reverence and awe, trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation), timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ (Phil.2:12). We are fools for Christ’s sake and will always remain so in order that the wisdom of this world will be destroyed as a result of the wisdom from God (1 Cor. 1:20-21).

I personally have had many people tell me in the work place and in the church place what, when, where and how I should serve God. I have hundreds, if not thousands of firsthand accounts where people who claim the name of Christ use the deceitful schemes and methods willing to do anything for their own personal profit. Hudson Taylor said in his book “A Ribband of Blue And Other Bible Stories” in reference to not seeking the Kingdom of God first and foremost, “Alas, the counsel of worldly-minded Christians does far more harm than that of the openly wicked. Whenever the supposed interests of self, or family, or country, or even of church or mission come first, we may be quite sure of the true source of that counsel; it is at least earthly or sensual, if not devilish.” Through the power of God, the zeal of Christ and the convictions from the Holy Spirit I have confronted and called out the myriads of tricksters that are continuously inventing errors to mislead the Bride of Christ. Woe to them! Destruction is imminent! Beware brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God (Hebrews 3:12) for I was once under these same delusions myself before February 2015.

“For we determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”

The American Gospel that is presented in all shapes, fashions and forms to the church of America is heresy and wages war against the truth of the Bible. Mission work does not constitute of a missions board, a 501-c3 or even a successful business model. As we traveled and ministered, we had very little and accomplished GREAT and WONDERFUL works for the building of God’s kingdom and advancing His agenda. And when we brethren came to you, we did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For we determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We were joined with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. Our speech and preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom or fancy social media campaigns, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of the power of God, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (2 Cor. 2:1-5). And yet as a result we still see many of the brethren falling away from and missing the mark as they are deceived living content in their unbiblical and demonic compromise of the life that God has given them over to.

I say this my brethren to the shame of the churches in America of whom I rebuke. For those who refuse to stand on/by and live out the Word of God, examine yourselves to see if you are even of the faith. In 1 John 4:20-21 we read, “If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.” Combine this with the words of our Savior in John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” To live with bitterness and unforgiveness and reject the one whom God has sent is to fight against God Himself. I am not convinced that there are many true believers in America anymore. The love of the brethren does not exist nation-wide but is in the few that God is still using where they are at. To those remnant, we will serve and to the hypocrites and deceivers, we’re coming your way!

Seventh Newsletter

Dear beloved family,

After many, many months without an update, we have been in great prayer about what to write you. Each newsletter we write to you comes through months of agonizing over how we may describe God’s work. The difficulty for this update is that we have rewritten this letter 9 times as a result of the unexpected and instantaneous changes since we last wrote you.

2020 began with us traveling and sharing the Whole Gospel (i.e. all of God’s Word, O.T. & N.T.) to any we met across the many cities of America. Of course this did not come without discouragement, persecution or “helpful advice” which could lead our family astray quickly from God’s will. It is often through rejection where a simple self-examination just isn’t enough and true Biblical exhortation is mandated. We each have chosen to take on the path of our Savior, knowing it is narrow with many enticements, sufferings and supposedly well intended worldly wisdom.

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” 
Matthew 7:13-15 NASB

In the verse above Jesus is warning, through a command, His disciples about the reality of how difficult the path can be. To better understand what He’s saying I want to share from the original Greek an expository translation of verse 14: “For the gate is compressed, contracted, distressing and even afflicting which leads to life and there are few who find it.” Why is it compressed or even afflicting? Just as we in our sinful state know that we don’t want counterfeit money, so God does not want counterfeit disciples. And thus our journey has been difficult since leaving Washington, D.C. to travel and share His Truth in love and because of this it has been most purifying, faith-growing and fruitful! The encouragement we have is from the Holy Spirit, to take God at His Word.

Throughout 2020 we traveled through 25 states of America living out of our car since February for the sake of Equipping & Edifying the saints and Evangelizing Everywhere we went. I would like to introduce you to a few of these people we have met along our journey:

In Oklahoma, I met a man named Archie at Scissortail Park in downtown Oklahoma City. He is a recovering addict and redeemed brother in Christ who needed help moving furniture. In the time spent helping him he was encouraged by our servitude and Biblical approach to strangers who in turn, became friends and a part of our family. He encouraged us to continue on as missionaries, no matter the cost.

In North Carolina, I met a man named Michael who is diagnosed with schizophrenia yet does not see it as a hindrance and was hearing from the Lord to carry out the great commission for weeks. It wasn’t until I knocked on his door and shared with him the truth of the Gospel, that within 12 minutes he said, “Hold on I’ll be right back. I need to go get my Bible to join you in evangelizing the streets.” He still continues to do this weekly.

In California, we met a young lady named Flor and a young man named Lijin who are attending university. They participated in our home church we had for 2 months during the summer of 2020. During the teaching they were shown the importance of studying God’s Word to show themselves approved genuine and not counterfeit in their faith unto God not man. This truly shaped the beginning of their faithful narrow path toward Christ.

Lastly in Idaho (April 2020), I met a lady named Dianna who grew up in Houston, TX. She is one of six children who was trained physically by her Marine father but spiritually by her mother. I was able to pray with her and encourage her in her time of difficulty and persecution for her faith. Just recently (December 10th 2020) did I meet her again. Her persecution has increased throughout 2020 and yet her prayer life multiplied beyond her persecutors. Her spiritual battle in her apartment directly reflects the prayer life of many missionaries who were greatly threatened just because of prayer. She looked into my eyes after updating me about her year and said, “I don’t want to sound creepy or weird but when I look into your eyes I see Jesus magnified in you, in your family and everything you do. You must continue living and doing what you’re doing.”

To share of each story and the impact God had would be pages upon pages. What we continue to learn and teach is that Christ must continually increase as we continually decrease. From this, we must share that at each stop we made this year God made many impossible situations possible and softened many hearts to His Word. To minister the unadulterated Word of God to Americans is not the same as in another country. In America we have an infinite supply of theological books, devotional study guides, online sermon archives and social media spirituality. What we don’t have is a Christianity that is free from the anxieties of this world pertaining to the cares, riches and pleasures of this life whereas faith is stifled leaving many Christians immature in their faith and in times of hardship, fall away from their faith (Luke 8:12-14 & Hebrews 3:12). The only answer is to continually know God and take Him at His Holy Word.

I leave you with this gentle exhortation. Turn in your Bibles to 2 Timothy 2:15 before reading any further. There are many translations you may have before you and it is my desire to share with you as I did in the beginning of this letter. I will again give an expository translation of this one verse from the original Greek. Keep in mind this is a command without regard to past, present or future time that is active in the life of the recipient: “Spare no effort and endeavor to give all diligence towards a full and complete lifestyle of personally approving yourself genuine, pleasing and acceptable unto Creator God through all trials, tribulations and hardships in life. Have no cause to be ashamed as a servant of Christ continuously cutting straight ways and paths in order to hold to a direct course of correctly analyzing, accurately dividing, rightly handling and skillfully teaching the Word of Truth as you handle all affairs of life.” Good Christian, we must respect, honor and fear God with His execution of His purposes through Christ living in us and participate in the stewardship of not only the great commission but in all things conducting ourselves in holiness. For too long I have personally witnessed church after church leaning more on the side of grace where sin is never dealt with versus holiness with not permitting sin to abound (Romans 6:1); Believers need BOTH. From the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God we have one message through both Paul and Peter from Ephesians 1:3 & 2 Peter 1:3 saying we are fully equipped and have access to all things pertaining to godliness and heavenly knowledge so that we may know God more. It is this simple. And this is where I leave you until the Lord permits us to update you further on living by faith and through faith as we equip, edify and evangelize everywhere we go!

In the love of Christ,

Medeiros Family

Hard Pressed on Every Corner

Being a disciple of Christ is not easy. In the Bible there are many, many times where someone hears Jesus speak on something and they leave. No longer calling themselves followers or disciples of Him. Many have said, being a Christian is not for the faint of heart. It’s a lifelong pursuit of His holiness, righteousness and obedience.

Today, like many days, I find myself pouring over God’s Word because like it’s described in the Bible… I must with every fiber of my being cling to, rely on and remain steadfast in Him. And I wouldn’t desire it any other way. But today is a day where I am hard pressed on each side and I can relate with Elijah when he fled in the wilderness to a cave after Jezebel’s threat to kill him. This was after he not only challenged the priests of Baal but then prayed, greatly, for rain after 3 1/2 years of drought and God sent it.

The reason I am relating to Elijah so much is because for the past 4 years our main focus has been on equipping, edifying and evangelizing, everywhere and we have come to a place where we have nowhere left to turn. We haven’t been threatened with death, yet, but we have come to El Elyon (The Most High God) in search of Him alone. In His will alone. Just because we serve Him doesn’t mean we understand everything He does or what His next desire is for us. Job is a great example of that. And that’s all the more reason to cling to, rely upon and remain steadfast in Him, even though I have no clue what He’s doing, why or how He’s going to work this out.

Being a missionary in America is not easy. We have a missionary friend who has been on the mission field for over 40 years. He’s been to many, many terrifying places and yet he said there is only one place he would NEVER be a missionary… You guessed it, America. Why? “Because they are so hard and everything is driven by money.” And I can say with him, yes we are. People desperately want to find the American culture, dream and mentality in the Bible but it’s not there. Yes you can find many of our cultural ideas come from there but, just as we always do as humans, we twist it to fit our ideas instead of conforming our minds to God’s Word and desire (Romans 12:2). We’ve been told we are bad Christians because we don’t have a home (neither did Jesus know where He would lay His head, Matthew 8:19-21), we pray for our daily bread and provisions (Matthew 6:32-34) and we serve God and others as our full time job (with “tent making” whenever possible). This is a heavenly mindset and it was something that God asked us to do, not everyone but the faith and obedience for the WHOLE Body should be the same. This is not something new, He asked only the Levites to do something similar. They were told they have no lot on this earth. Only a heavenly lot (and so do we all!), with Him providing through the Israelites. This is completely counter to our American culture but it is something God brought us to through much breaking by the reading of His Word and prayer.

In our time traveling we have seen the ground is hard, especially among Christians and other believers. There is no desire to change or grow in their faith. Needless to say, it has made us a bit weary. Thus our hard pressed state. We are standing at the cave waiting, not for the great wind, earthquake or fire but for His still, small voice to tell us what His desire is next. We love serving Him, wherever He leads. Though we are struggling, we know that He will use this to grow our faith in Him to trust Him more. We know that this is not the end of our ministering and preaching Christ to our people, Americans. Now, maybe more than ever, it’s so needed. We see where the church could be headed and we are prepared to come alongside our brothers and sisters to run this race because it is only going to get harder. More persecution will come. It was promised to us by Jesus Himself and He said it was an honor! And it is. Don’t fall away like the others when Jesus spoke. Depend upon Him, cling to Him, strive after Him with every fiber because truly, nothing came to you without going through His filter of love first. Truly, nothing.

Whatever comes our way, whatever our lot given to us by God, we MUST keep going dear brethren. Pray for us as we pray for you. We love you all.

God Intervenes

Just when you think that things are at a halt and you feel paralyzed, God intervenes on everyone’s behalf. While we were waiting, there were opportunities to minister to family and even have bible studies with a couple of business owners at an RV park. Yet we knew there was something more out there for us but we couldn’t see what God was doing for most of it and it didn’t make any sense (as usual). However, every time we would come to Oklahoma, whether we’re driving through or stopping for a little while we would stay at this one hotel just outside of Oklahoma City. What would happen next, no one could’ve predicted. You just can’t make these stories up…

It was Friday, September 11th and we were reflecting on the terrorist attack that happened 19 years ago. We had a couple of conversations with some people at the breakfast area in the morning and there was still this sense of silence that filled the air throughout the area. As the day went on, we still resumed our regular homeschooling classes and I was in deep prayer throughout the day. Having the missionary mindset that God has equipped me with, I began my online search for the worst places to live in America so as to travel there and preach Christ. As I continued in my research, I found many places that shocked me and also many places that didn’t. Believe it or not, Washington D.C. wasn’t on there! Not even Baltimore! I remember there wasn’t a day that I would walk the streets where I wasn’t “Jason Bourne-ing” the thing! Nevertheless, I was in fervent prayer while Rebecca took the kiddos to swim at the indoor pool after homeschool. When she got back, she told me to close the laptop and just listen.

She told me of how she met this family of 7 that were missionaries to America that lived EXACTLY how we do! I was speechless. After Rebecca told me of her conversations with the other missionary mother in the pool area, I knew why God had sent us to this hotel time after time for a whole year: to meet this family and wait to see what the Lord will do with all 11 of us. The wives had arranged dinner plans for us to have together that evening to hear each others story of stepping out of the building, box and boat in faith and how God has provided every step of the way in order that we all may continue walking in obedience.

Having met so many people along our journey of faith and obedience, this was the first family that we could 100% relate with and not much needed to be said in each others company. It was nothing but huge grins, open ears and open hearts. With only a few gatherings over a weekend, we prayed with each other and shared many, many testimonies where God intervened to advance His Kingdom using our whole families to do so. It is my honor to share their website information below with you that you too may pray for them along their journey of faith and obedience. Follow them as God takes them through the wildest of places just as He has done with ours!

We are a family of seven following the call of the Lord…

For now, I know it’s to constantly pray for them in their mission field for we are one in the same. I believe it’s only a matter of time that we will physically join up together to advance God’s kingdom but for now we are serving together but apart in deep prayer for their next steps of faith and obedience along with ours.

Preach The Word

“But none of these things move me; neither do I esteem my life dear to myself, if only I may finish my course with joy and the ministry which I have obtained from [which was entrusted to me by] the Lord Jesus, faithfully to attest to the good news (Gospel) of God’s grace (His unmerited favor, spiritual blessing, and mercy).” Acts 20:24 AMPC

I don’t need to remind anyone of the current events taking place. Yet, as servants of the Lord and slaves to righteousness, our transformed mind and heart must be evident in our life. The actions we engage with every day testifies whether or not we are building God’s kingdom or our own. God through Paul writes to Timothy in 2 Timothy ch. 3 about there being serious and challenging times ahead for the Brethren. But my dear brothers and sisters… none of these things should move you.

Just because we have earthquakes, rumors of wars and pestilent outbreaks, doesn’t mean that this is the end. We are in the end times because of what Jesus said in Matthew 24:3-14 (please read this to understand the context of my words). Situations and circumstances will always bring us new obstacles to hurdle so that none of these difficulties will change or persuade us with how we should, as believers, respond with the mind of Christ and to NOT react with carnal/human emotion. A degenerate mind looks at the current events with an unsettling perspective verses a regenerated mind that has a Biblical perspective and therefore, is able to choose to have the same disposition that Christ Jesus had (Philippians 2:4-5).

I have had multiple privileges to walk the streets (with the necessary precautions to keep everyone I talk to safe) in Sandpoint, Idaho during our nation’s lockdown and have found the fields to be white and ripe for the picking. Sharing the Gospel without fear begins with obedience. As a preacher of the Word, it is my duty to fulfill the ministry that has been entrusted to me regardless of the hindrances yet alongside the Biblical wisdom and discretion that God has given me. God will always make a way for us to obey and to keep obeying that we may walk the path of righteousness.

During one of these encounters, I was with my friend, Wade who lives up here in Idaho. We were ministering at a skate park watching two kids perform skateboard tricks, like a “5-0 grind” but this quickly turned into almost having to call the 5-0 (police). The dad of one of the kids felt threatened by us and both the kid and this dad, charged at us ready to fight. The more Wade and I talked about the Word of God with them, the hostility increased, yet it was also the Word of God that immediately diffused the situation. Having the courage to commit and continue sharing the Gospel comes only from the power of God. This father and son falsely accused my brother and I of horrible things that day, yet none of these “threats” moved us. They shook us up a little bit but we knew with that confrontation, what we were to pray for. This family is under demonic influence. Their harsh reaction to God’s Word was not an attack on us, but rather, they were ignorantly rejecting the salvation of their Creator. Their physical threat was quickly dismantled for we do not wrestle with flesh and blood and therefore, we fight not like them, thus the Lord got the victory; for His Word was preached among those who are perishing. This family now knows the demonic wisdom that they’re training their teenage boy in for they were compared to the pure Biblical wisdom and failed the test. This broke our hearts but we rejoiced for these false accusers were put to shame (1 Peter 3:14-17). I was fully expecting to be punched in the nose at this time, as I have had many other opportunities in D.C. for the same, yet it is through the power of Lord and your prayers that has protected me thus far. I have personal convictions from the Holy Spirit where I know there will be a day where verbal attacks actually turns into violent physical altercations, but this was not that day. Upon reflecting the whole day God reminded me of the words Jesus spoke in Matthew 5:11-12:

11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. “

In Proverbs 16:7-9 we find King Solomon sharing heavenly wisdom that is to be applied to a person’s life. He says in verse 7, “When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” If the Lord looks upon the life of the one that is consecrated, that is set apart for His purposes only, and sees obedience, He will make even his enemies at peace with him. Since this is true for a person’s enemies, how much more for his friends or family? This favor comes from God and will endure through a tested faith. Ones who stand the test will be genuine in His sight.

“I was honored today with having a few stones, dirt, rotten eggs, and pieces of dead cat thrown at me”

George Whitefield


To continue in faithfulness is a quality trait that can only be wrought in God. For those gripped by fear, it is only the power of God that can change the heart and mind from serving these evil desires to wholly serving the Lord. Remedying these errors in our lives comes from a consistency of ongoing submission, absolute surrender and acknowledgment of Jesus’ Lordship over everything that we are. We have to start somewhere. In the lives of believers, it always starts with obedience and adhering to the WHOLE COUNSEL of God’s Word (Old Testament & New Testament).

From walking the streets to talking with neighbors, too many people seek something pleasing and gratifying for only themselves, and sometimes, including believers. During these uncertain times, there are many strange and tempting myths that exist to deceive others as those who write such articles and letters are deceived themselves. We are to mount a garrison of Truth around our ears, mind, eyes and heart. There is a plethora of godless chatter and irreverent stories that leave us scared, confused, empty and worried. With the help of the Holy Spirit Who makes His home in the hearts of believers, we must stay focused on what has been entrusted to us. We have a responsibility, especially in these last days.

Understand that no one comes into power or rule and nothing happens without God allowing it first. With this in mind, we can take great comfort in knowing that Jesus placed kingdoms, rulers and authorities in their place so that His will might be accomplished and scripture fulfilled. God through Paul writes to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:1-5 and 2 Timothy 4:3-4 about such things pertaining to the last days, where the apostasy will be of great proportions. The apostates fall into three categories, the wayside, boulders and briers from the parable of the sower in Luke 8:4-15.

The evidence that should exist in genuine Biblical believers comes from the example that Jesus says in verse 15, “the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the Word with a good and noble heart, hold onto it tightly and bear fruit with patience.” The apostate examples, that is of how not to live in this world, are as follows:

Around the time a person hears the Gospel, the devil comes and carries away the message (because they allow him to) out of their hearts resulting in them refusing to acknowledge Jesus as their Savior & therefore cannot devote themselves to Jesus to be saved from their sins and have no hope.When a person hears the Gospel and welcomes it with joy but have no depth of the knowledge of God. Therefore, they believe in Jesus for a while but in time (days, months, years) of trials, difficulties and temptations, fall away from what they were taught, withdrawing from the truth about  what they heard of the Gospel and abandon their faith.When a person hears the Gospel, goes on their merry little way, (“well I’ve confessed Jesus is my Savior, so I’m good, my ticket’s punched into heaven”), again without knowledge of their God, what they were taught becomes choked out and suffocated with the anxieties, cares, riches and pleasures of life, resulting in and  producing no mature fruit but immature and undeveloped in their faith, or lack thereof.
Apostate Prophesy

These three examples describe the apostasy that we see in the church today. The American business models and man-made organizational structures that infiltrate the pulpit are used by God to fulfill this apostate prophesy. As difficult as this reality is, the sovereignty of God still rules and reigns. This is further evidence for not only our comfort but joy and excitement to see His day approaching that much sooner! Hallelujah!

So how does all this Equip us for His ministry? I turn our eyes to Malachi chapter 3, verses 13-18…

13 “Your words have been arrogant against Me,” says the Lord. “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against You?’ 14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the Lord of hosts? 15 So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.’” 16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who esteem His name. 17 “They will be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” 18 So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.

There is a great opportunity given by God and to be honest, prayed for by many saints, that families would come together. With pertaining to the COVID-19 virus, we are not saying we prayed for people to get sick and potentially lose their life but God is making it for good in other ways by families being forced to come together. But the choice is still there, you may be together but are you spending this time together wisely? I’ve seen many articles talking about the best Netflix shows/movies to watch during quarantine, the best time killers, etc. I challenge you to spare no effort studying the Word of Truth so as to be proven genuine unto God (not man), during this trial and temptation that is gripping the world in fear. Teach and instruct your children in God’s truth and as many are now homeschooling, you have THE history book to teach from… the Bible! Come out of this adversity, pure, undefiled and approved genuine. We are living in this world to be little lights pointing to the life-giving light that Jesus is. Therefore shine your light bright so that all may see your faith exercised and those who see it will glorify God in heaven for His work done in the lives of His servants.

Continue to equip, edify and evangelize everywhere you go (or may not go)!

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Hello Idaho!

Our last leg of our journey is over. We are in Idaho! From Kentucky to Tennessee to South Dakota we witnessed some pretty amazing things and watched as our whole world has been turned upside-down.

Now, more than ever, we know what we must do. God has placed on our hearts to minister to the Body of Christ greatly in this time. We respect the distance and orders the government has set but as Christians we must not live in fear of this. We must still commune with one another and care for each other. One thing we must remember, Christ prayed that we the Body would be unified and care for one another first. It’s been somewhat backwards in how we care for the Body. We think we need to give money, food and shelter to those on the streets who are homeless more than those who are in the church and are suffering just the same but without some of the addictions, vices and demonic holds those who are not believers have. I am in no way saying should we stop ministering to the lost but our priorities must be balanced.

Those who belong to the church should love one another in laying down our lives for each other. This is all throughout 1 John but specifically in 1 John 3:16, “By this we come to know (progressively to recognize, to perceive, to understand) the [essential] love: that He laid down His [own] life for us; and we ought to lay [our] lives down for [those who are our] brothers [in Him].” (AMPC) We’ve twisted the words in the Bible to make us believe that we need to care for the needs of the world before the brethren when this is not true! The same jealousy that God wanted the Jews to feel when the Gentiles were offered salvation is the same that should come to non-believers when they see our LOVE for one another, i.e. believers. This should make them curious and want to come into the Body of Christ because of the love of God overflowing through each of His children for Him and their fellow brothers and sisters.

Now by no means am I saying we should not love our neighbor. This is true but once again I say, our priorities at times have been more for the non-believers forgetting the brethren. This is not biblical. So while we are in Idaho we are caring for the brethren who would receive us to be edified, equipped for every good work in Him and to continue on making disciples. It seems that most of the brethren are weak for lack of personal knowledge of their God because they lack the knowledge of His Word. We need to make true disciples of Christ. No longer counterfeit Christians. It’s either all or nothing.

Jesus is very clear about lukewarm Christians in His letter to the angel of the church of Laodicea. They thought they were good in their walk with God. They were good at just simply saying the prayer of salvation and that be that. But Jesus tells them to repent! Because their care was a selfish one. “Get into heaven, check! Now I will go about my business. Thanks, God” Not so my brothers and sisters. Do not test the Lord your God. Either be hot or be cold. And this is the ministry set before us. To teach the Word of God to the Greeks (the non-believers) and the Pharisee’s and Sadducees (the lukewarm, religious Christians).

In this time of financial uncertainty in no way are we saying to go out and give it all away (unless of course that is what God is telling you to do as He did to many of His disciples and apostles) but we are saying, give because God has asked you to, to whom He has asked you to without regard to what it will cost you. God knows your needs and will take care of them. He knew of them before you even asked and He is cannot lie so He will take care of you if you are faithful to His leading and guiding. (Matthew 6:24-34, 10:29-31) Know who your God is from Genesis to Revelation, He is the same and is the true God who says to us, “Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]” Hebrews 13:5 AMPC

There is no need to fear. And nothing has come to us without going through His filter of love FIRST! So have meekness in this time, understanding that God’s dealing with us in this time is for our good. For our growth in faith and to lean, depend our whole being upon Him. And to love one another without a thought to what we get out of it or how it will make you “feel” good. Do it because you love your Father in heaven and want to please Him. That’s who you stand before in the end, not man. Serve your God this day. Always. And make true disciples of Christ as you continue on.

First Stop… My Old Kentucky Home!

I want to start this letter off with being quite open and honest. Doing God’s will is never easy. In fact, we have always been promised by Jesus Himself that the world will hate us because it hated Him first (Matthew 10:22). That we will face persecution and suffering, even to the point of death (Matthew 24:9). We’ve seen the way people treated the prophets who spoke of the promised Messiah and who judged all of Israel by leading them to the truth of God through His Word even when it caused them to be greatly persecuted (read Isaiah and Jeremiah to get an idea). And yet many were killed by their own.

Because we are in the last days there is vast apostasy and demonic/heretical teaching. We personally have had to confront this many, many times from pastors to fellow brethren. Needless to say, like the prophets, we are not so well liked because we take the Word of God literally and when there is instruction we know it is God telling us to do or not to do for our own good, for the purity of His Body and for His Holiness and Mighty Name. But nothing is new under the sun and many who call themselves in the faith refuse to submit to the Lordship of Christ. And because of this we were not only led to Washington, D.C. but we have now been lead to Kentucky for a shortstop.

We were invited to visit a house church which has been formed by the faithful few who chose to do as Believers ought to, to refuse mans teaching and adhere to God’s Word in all its entirety. These families were willing to risk friendships, positions in their previous church and their own comforts in order to obey God. They are not perfect and have wondered whether they are crazy at times but to be there and encourage one another; we felt as though we were seeing God showing us the unity Jesus prayed for for His Body in John 17. We knew God’s presence was there that Sunday. We knew they were doing God’s will and it needed to keep going.

We’ve all heard of house churches but this one was unique. It is similar to what you would expect in a foreign persecuted country or described in the Bible. These people truly are not in it for a building, titles or status. They love God, they want to serve God and they want to share their lives with each other and anyone whom He may lead them to that they may share His Gospel. For the first time in a long time, we felt the bond of brotherhood, the Spirit flowing freely, no longer being quenched and God was teaching His children.

The wheat and the chaff are being seperated. The true believers and those who are believers in theory are being sifted. Holy Spirit filled, Bible in its entirety teaching house churches will become the norm as we see the false teaching and doctrines continue to claim theoretic “Christians”. It is a warning to us all. Stand in the faith. Make sure you cling to Christ, not a man. Know your God deeply and intimately because He is worthy to be praised. He is Holy and Righteous and none can compare. Do not fear what man can do to you. Do His will alone. No matter the cost in order that you may hear, “Well done, you upright (honorable, admirable) and faithful servant! You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much. Enter into and share the joy (the delight, the blessedness) which your master enjoys.” Matthew 25:23 AMPC

From Kentucky we did continue onto Tennessee to help prepare a family to move out from California to Tennessee. And as this draws to a close today we will be making our long journey to Idaho sharing the whole Gospel of God’s Word as we go to whomever He may lead us to. Please pray for us as we pray for you our fellow brethren. We love you all!

Letter Across America (Sixth Newsletter)

February 18, 2020

Dear friends & family,

We bring you this letter to update you on the awesome and developing works of God. During the 2 1/2 years of service throughout the greater D.C. area, the Lord has given us such tremendous opportunities to share the Gospel of Christ. If you recall in our previous letters, we mentioned that we have personally witnessed and directly experienced His transforming power. This generated a perpetual maturity in the ministry or to better describe it, during our encounters with those in D.C. the Lord established a fortified foundation of believers, with ongoing results, everywhere we went.

Throughout anyone’s life there are many times we find ourselves knowing that in order to keep growing in our faith, we must not hold ourselves back (i.e. quench the Spirit) from allowing God to powerfully work as He sees fit. We must dig deeper into the Gospel to ensure a maturing faith which strengthens our trust in El Shaddai. Since the beginning of this specific commitment, we knew that demonic opposition awaited us and loss was possible with this type of ministry. Nevertheless, we did not loose heart, for the Lord always protects His own in order that His will may be accomplished through His saints. His faithfulness fought our battles. His provision kept us obedient. When any one of us makes a righteous stand for the Truth, it is promised in 2 Timothy 3:12 that we will suffer as a result. At the end of January, we were in a situation that demanded holy action that only God could perform. God led us away from an approaching demonic influence. As a result of our stand, it cost us our home. Abstaining from every form of evil, usually results in suffering in one way or another. Slaves of Christ must honorably, humbly and joyfully accept suffering for the sake of the Gospel. Therefore, home or no home, we knew the work of the Lord must continue.

Our family remained in prayer and were determined to make our every step by the leading, guiding and provision from God. In four days time, we went from having no home to living on an Army base. A Soldier friend of ours invited us into their home to help them as they help us. As Rebecca homeschool’s Annalise and Everett, she is bringing alongside their 17 month old daughter. Our families are living together, encouraging and helping one another out, not only literally but most importantly, spiritually. But our time with them is coming to a close at the end of February. And now we see God leading in another way… For at least the month of March, the Lord is calling us to take across America the work He began at our Nation’s capital. Our journey includes encouraging a house church in Kentucky and edifying a family in Idaho. As the Lord directs and establishes our destinations, we ask that you pray for us that God may open many more doors for us in each city we journey, proclaiming the Gospel in love. May we all join with the world-wide body of Christ, to make disciples of all the nations wherever the Lord may navigate.

And whether we hear from you by letter or visit you along the way, our prayer for you is to fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). May God greatly bless you as you equip, edify and evangelize everywhere you go!

Until our next encounter,

Medeiros Family

Fifth Newsletter

Beloved Friends & Family,

I am writing this letter to inform you on the events of this summer, the months leading up to it and where we are at now. Throughout our summer, there have been an abundance of opportunities that grew our faith and confidence in El Shaddai. We saw the power of God transform lives and change families, including our own. And as we all live among the people of this world, we observe different walks of life. We also experience things that shape what we perceive to be true, however, only genuine believers filter these experiences through God’s Holy Word and allow His Holy Word to define the methods of any ministry.

Earlier this year Rebecca and I were noticing parts of the ministry in D.C. coming to a completion. At first, we had no idea why. However, we knew that we still had to continue in our service to Washington D.C. One of the areas we noticed a significant change in was that many of the people we were ministering to on the streets were returning home to their families, relocating to different areas, or in one case, admitting themselves into a rehab program at the Salvation Army. In other areas of our ministry, including our service to the assisted living center and our church, we saw God putting our work on hold that we might learn from Him what we were to include next. For our family, the work that God was calling us to this summer started early, specifically speaking, Friday morning, March 15th.

It was a normal Friday morning, Rebecca was homeschooling Annalise and Everett, while I was preparing to go evangelize the streets in and around the National Mall in Washington D.C. as I did on most Fridays. While in prayer, I knew I was not permitted to leave by the Holy Spirit just yet, for by faith, I was waiting for something. Something that would challenge us to trust God more and grow our family deeper in our faith. With the kids schooling completed, Rebecca and I began to plan and prepare for the Spiritual battleground I was about to enter, once more. During our conversation, we noticed a black flash falling out of the corner of our eye from the outside of our sliding glass door in our living room. We greatly hoped it was only a teddy bear. But upon jumping up and rushing out to our patio, we found Everett curled up on the ground, motionless. Apparently he was leaning on a window screen inside the kids room, watching the squirrels run about all over the tree outside and fell four stories to the ground. I cannot explain the terror that came upon us both.

As Rebecca and I ran down flights of stairs, God spoke to me, saying, “Will you praise Me regardless of the outcome?” I took a deep breath and jumped down another flight of stairs and responded, “Yes, no matter the condition of my son, dead or alive, I will glorify Your Name.” Within seconds, Rebecca and I swung the front door open to our apartment building and arrived on the scene where Everett was frozen and terrified. Miraculously, he was awake, coherent and trying to get up (it has always been hard to slow Everett down). In order to not cause further damage by Everett trying to pick himself up, Rebecca very gently picked him up and carried him inside as I began to call 911. As I spoke with the dispatcher, she informed me that they were only 2 minutes away.

The paramedics that arrived asked a plethora of questions before Rebecca and Everett were immediately taken to Children’s National Hospital at the center of Washington D.C. via ambulance. Annalise and I followed shortly after in our car. Little did we know that the evangelizing wasn’t going to be done as per usual on the streets but, through the power and grace of God, our whole family preached Christ with everyone we encountered beginning with Everett.

From the doctors and the attending physicians to the different case workers assigned to us, and after all of the testing, Everett only had mild bruising and minor hairline hip fractures. Doctors kept asking him if he was scared but he continued to boldly declare; “God made me brave because I have Jesus in my heart.” Annalise kept correcting everyone when they said Everett was lucky, she said, “NO! There is no such thing as luck, only God’s power.”

We were in the hospital for only 20 hours with one rehab session and clearing every protocol before being released. For the next two months, we had to rearrange our schedule and adapt the ministry to the strengthening of our family. We were blessed to focus on our family and allow others to minister to us. With regular visits and delivered goods, we were now receiving our share of the hard work we had tilled since our first steps of faith in October 2017. This began the next phase of ministry for us. Just as Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:6, we constantly nourished each other through our studying of God’s Word. By digging deeper into the faith that God has given us through the power of His Word and through the ministering of a few of His genuine disciples, God was preparing our family for what was next.

We knew we couldn’t live in our apartment any longer, for it was obvious to us that we were restricted in our ministry living there, given our new situation. By faith we began our search for a new home that we might implement the fruition of our faith with others through a better avenue… or so we thought.

One afternoon, as I was studying for one of my sermons, I received a text that ended our search. It was from a missionary friend, who had no idea we were looking for a new home, offering for us to come and learn from them as well as help them out with a camp for Chinese believer’s for the summer. But what caught me off guard was that it was back in California. Within one week of fasting and praying, both, Rebecca and I knew this was the answer to our prayer.

By faith, and two months later, we packed up all of our belongings, and placed everything we owned in a storage unit. I put Rebecca and the kids, along with Rebecca’s mother, who came to help, on an airplane and with our dog Diego, I drove across the country, back to California in the beginning of June.

As stated earlier, the family we were going to be living with and serving alongside with is a missionary family who once served for eight years in the demonically oppressed, communist China. During their time in China, they were training, equipping and discipling numerous families and members of the underground church as well as facilitating a special needs & children’s hospital. One night, they received a short phone call to immediately vacate their home and leave the country within two hours, for their lives were in danger. This was three years ago.

Since then, God has relocated them and their missionary work to Southern California, for now. Through the grace and power of God, they continue to serve the persecuted Christian body abroad today.

The task set before us was at first overwhelming considering we felt so unprepared to serve our persecuted brethren but we knew this was the next step of faith. What we learned helped us to continue living as missionaries in America. Upon first arriving, we had to adjust to living with another family. The husband is British, his wife and daughter are Chinese and with us being American, this meant we had three different cultures and traditions we needed to put aside in order to maintain and grow a heavenly mindset and Biblical perspective throughout the summer. But it didn’t stop there, for after a few weeks time we were going to be receiving multiple groups of people from China. Some of them where people they had ministered to within those eight years in China. We had about 15-20 people living with us in the same house and it goes without saying, our summer was very lively indeed. But the fruit was beyond measure. There was fear, apprehension and brokenness all around us but we had to learn to trust each other with the mind of Christ. This transcended our traditional approaches and the influences of each culture. God was breaking the mold on what “normal” ministry looked like to us.

When you have a large group of people living together there can be a lot of needs, but for the first time, we participated in what we can only explain as the events that happened in Acts 2, specifically, verses 40-47. The same work that God did with His disciples in Acts 2 in the year 30 AD, we experienced and participated in during this summer of 2019. Radically, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we sold possessions and distributed goods as the ministry and people had need. Day after day we regularly assembled together, united in purpose, breaking bread with one another and constantly praising God for the transformation we were witnessing in one another. The times of discipleship seemed constant and because we all were in the mindset that this was indeed a community meant to cultivate every individuals gifts to serve God and edify each other. There was a desire for more… More holiness, more Godly characteristics to imitate, more of Him. This equality in the work of God bred and flourished fruits of righteousness and repentance that left us in awe of God’s power.

Needless to say, we rocked the boats and sank the ships of any unbelieving or rebellious thought that was in direct opposition to His work. We were not trying to seek and remove on our own any non-Biblical practices or influences. But it was through the convicting work and the power of the Holy Spirit that He crushed the obstacles that stood in the way of completing His ministry through us as a whole. God proved, yet again, there is nothing in ourselves we can do apart from Him.

As the summer was drawing to a close, it was time for some of our Chinese brethren to head back home (four of the Chinese teenage boys stayed behind to remain in California for the opportunity to go to school along with one going to school in Kentucky). It was now their turn to go back and share all that they had learned. To make more disciples of Christ in their hometown and families. And for us, it was time to decide. Do we go back to Washington D.C. or do we stay with our missionary friends to continue on the work they are doing for our Chinese brethren? Although we yearned to stay and continue helping our missionary friends because honestly, the fruit was so quickly seen and abundant, we knew that our place was to continue ministering to not only the people of our country, but at the heart of it. In one of the hardest places imaginable to be a missionary.

The body of Christ is worldwide, not just in one church to the next and thus we know that this is not the last opportunity we will have to work with our missionary friends. Please pray with us as there is a possibility that God might send groups from China to D.C., if the Lord wills (James 4:13-17).

In some previous letters and in this one, we have described our lives by living as missionaries in America. I would like to spend the remainder of this letter to better explain this in more detail, so you know the direction we are heading.

Normal “missionary” work usually consists of building orphanages, taking care of physical needs, whether it be food, water and clothing, or some other need that another non-profit organization says they must complete. Rarely is it simply to preach Christ and live among the sheep (1 Corinthians 9:19-23 AMPC). In the mission trips that I have been a part of, never did I get to live with and smell like the sheep that I was supposedly ministering to. In the world of missions, there are always some board of directors somewhere that are directing and dictating the ways that missions work should be accomplished. Most of the operations do not require faith but having everything planned beforehand instead, i.e. money first. The business mindset has no place in missionary work and doing good things only to create more wayside believers is not ultimately helping anyone’s faith to flourish.

We’ve been told that our faith and how we obey God in what His will is for us is ancient and outdated and, not to mention, extreme. Which it may seem true since Rebecca and I like to say that we best relate with really old, dead guys. Biographies of people like George Müller, Hudson Taylor and prophets like Jeremiah give us great encouragement. In the most recent missionary biography we have read, the author outlines what he learned while researching and listening to persecuted believers from over 45 countries. His main goal was to figure out what makes a good missionary and the missing ingredient in missions. In a country where there are many, many persecuted believers the question was asked, “What makes a good missionary?” and each of the believer’s responded the same… “We don’t know what makes a good missionary, but we can tell you the name of the man we love.” This drove the missionary author crazy because each time he asked, they didn’t give his name and again all the answers were the same. He even confesses his jealousy for this unnamed man, but states that for the life of him he couldn’t understand what would make this “man they loved” deserving of such a honorable statement. Then finally, in his own words he states: “One of the men leaned across the table toward me and said forcefully, ‘You want to know why we love him? We love him because he borrows money from us!’ I was stunned. I thought to myself, Well I can do that, if that’s what it takes to be loved by believers in persecution. His statement, however, hinted at something much deeper, and I pleaded with him to explain. What I heard felt like that horse-kick to the stomach. The words knocked the breath out of my body. The man said, ‘When this missionary’s father died, he came to us and asked for our help. We didn’t have much, but we gathered an offering of love. We bought him a plane ticket so that he could go home to America and bury his father. This man and his family give everything they have to the poor. They struggle to pay rent and school fees, and put meat on the table. And when he has a great need, what does he do? He doesn’t go to the other Westerners for money. He comes to us. He comes to the scattered and the poor, he comes to local believers, and he asks for, and gets, our help. Do you want to know why we love him? HE NEEDED US. The rest of you have never needed us.” The missionary author then confesses that he was tearfully overwhelmed. He continues on by saying, “So much of what we do is about us and about what we can provide. We travel around the world to ‘meet the needs’, not to be honest about our own, nor to become part of their body of Christ. We are the ‘haves’, and they are the ‘have-nots’.” In finishing his thoughts, the missionary author states: “If I were to start my missionary life over, I would bury my pride and unpack some humility. I would become a brother, a friend, and a peer. I would care more about the names of my brothers and sisters on the “mission field” and less about the numbers of baptisms, people discipled, churches planted and orphanages built.” He finishes his thought by saying, “I would take to heart the lesson of John the Baptist, saying about a local believer what John said about Jesus, “I must decrease so that He can increase” (John 3:30). I would invite local believers to lead in the light while I served in the shadows. I would have pressed into what it meant to really need them. The missing ingredient in missions is that we need the people we serve.”

Okay, now I know there may be many thoughts and emotions that are filling your heart and mind from this letter, but there is one clear thing we all must understand. I quote Andrew Murray in his book Absolute Surrender to give it the best possible explanation, “I desire by God’s grace to make this point unquestionably clear: God answers your prayers for spiritual blessing with this one requirement: the willingness to surrender yourself absolutely into His hands.”

Please do not misconstrue this letter as an arrogant or prideful admonishing, or even that miraculously we have achieved something great. We share this for the sake of holiness and directly participating in building God’s kingdom, not our legacy nor another organization. This world doesn’t need more church plants nor non-profit organizations. Rather what this world needs, is to see on display, genuine disciples of Christ, exercising their faith, by faith, as they smell like the sheep that they live with and let other sheep minister to them for we all desperately need each other. Live under the shadow of HIS wings as you equip, edify and evangelize everywhere you go! May God bless your journey!

Your slaves in Christ,
Mark, Rebecca, Annalise,
Everett & Diego Medeiros