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Short-term Mission Trip to Montana

In Motion Ministries and You Are Worthy Ministries partnered together in the summer of 2017 to bring a women’s retreat to the ladies of Morning Star Baptist Church in Lame Deer, Montana. The Native women of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe welcomed our team with open arms and open hearts. God moved with such impact on everyone’s hearts that week, no one was untouched! Our team returned with amazing stories of breakthrough, healing, and stepping into the true identity that Jesus has so graciously given. The enthusiasm and communication with these new sisters continued through the year, and there was a great desire to “do it again!!”

In June of this year, (2018) another excited group of ladies (half the team returnees from the previous year) loaded their luggage, their bedrolls, and gifts in the van, and headed down the road to Lame Deer with great anticipation. How heartwarming it was to get out of the vehicles in the pouring rain as the glowing evening sun showed through the trees, to the welcoming hugs of our dear friends.

For some it was as if no time had passed; for others, this was their first taste of a short-term mission trip. We sprinted into the church through huge raindrops, eager to meet our hosts and begin the week for which we had spent so much time in prayer and preparation.

Once again, Holy Spirit showed up in a mighty way.

The Comforter touched those who were grieving;

His tangible love touched those who felt unworthy;

He ministered peace to those who live in chaos.

This Indian Reservation is wracked with the effects of drug and alcohol addiction, bringing immense grief from untimely tragic death, touching each person closely. One dear sister told us, “There is so much grief here. We never get over the death of a close loved one before another tragedy happens. It feels as if we will never get out from under it.”

We felt the Lord bringing His message of community… journeying together, holding space for each other’s pain and progress. We were all encouraged that it is possible to thrive in the midst of loss. It is because He is the ‘Keeper of our hearts’ that we can trust Him to hold us together, even in the storms that bring chaos or uncertainty.

He promises peace

…when we first put aside the worry that creeps up all too often,

…when we instead commit everything into His capable hands through prayer

…and we receive incredible power when we thank Him for what He has already done.

(Philippians 4: 6-7)

The act of prayer walking in the neighborhoods of Lame Deer, asking God to bless and protect each home and family and thanking Him for what He is doing to bring each one to Himself, was so very powerful. Our team joined together with some who live in these neighborhoods and sought God’s grace and provision for each home – one by one. The Lord would speak to our hearts, inspiring us to pray specifically for the needs before us, often confirming it through the Scriptures. This was such a tangible, powerful way of bringing what is “on earth, as it is in heaven” to pass.

Too soon it was time to bid our goodbyes, load the vehicles and go back to our everyday lives… although we will never be the same. We were sent home after this mission trip with such gratitude, such love, and gave many promises to return again, as well as continue the journey together. There is such joy in walking together, lifting each other up to the Lover of our souls, and loving each other well.

Keep our dear brothers and sisters of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in your prayers as they face what can, at times, be overwhelming pain and darkness. Ask the Light of the World to shine on them, bringing hope for despair, joy for mourning, peace, and the ability to thrive in chaos. May they (and we) come to understand their value and worth given through the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Written by Vicki Brawner
Short-term Missions Director and Trip Leader
In Motion Ministries

Short Term Mission Trips

Alaska

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One of my favorite destinations!

As a short-term mission trip leader, I try not to pick favorite places to serve, but see the beauty and value in each location and each people group served. So, I will choose my words wisely here!

If you love serving needy people who are quiet, proud, and deeply relational surrounded by a mystical location brimming with cool breezes, wide rivers, vast mountains, and an untouched wilderness, you want to serve on a short mission trip to Alaska. This location is a juxtaposition of awesome and lonesome, freedom and imprisonment, love and disdain.

Truthfully, isolation changes a person. For some it’s freeing and powerful; for others its stifling and a dead end.

Jesus says “Go” to everyone, “and tell them the GOOD News about what I did for them.”

Alaskan’s need to hear some good news that is not fleeting like the sun when winter takes it from the sky for months at a time.

For many, this Good News is a new revelation of what they innately feel and believe but can’t grasp from the natural world. For others it is freedom from pain, self-loathing, and regret.

For me – it’s a chance to share delivery from isolation and loneliness. I understand feeling abandoned, lonely and rejected. I truly believed in the Good News Gospel only after I heard that Jesus pursues me and wants me today, just as I am. I didn’t know He wanted to be my brother, my friend and my lover. I just didn’t want to end up in hell, so I jumped in God’s wagon! Now I know that I am loved, pursued, valued…wanted! And not by a person who will eventually let me down and hurt me, but by the One who never goes back on His promises! The only One any of us can count on. This is the message Alaskan’s need to hear.

Have you felt unloved, worthless? Have you tried to drown your pain in ways that sent you down a destructive path? If you have “been there, done that,” you have a story to tell and a reason to share what the Lord has done for you. Are you the one Jesus is calling to go to Alaska and share this Good News?

I believe everyone needs to know there is hope and it is found in Jesus. I found Him through my pain. You may have found Him that way too. Many people around the world need to hear our stories of triumph over pain through Jesus. They need to see it’s possible to know and experience true love. We all want to belong and be loved. It’s a driving force in me to give people the opportunity to know this wonderful Jesus! People are worth whatever it takes for me to get there and tell them. Is it worth it to you?

Written by Cindy Lundy
Alaska Mission Trip