Friday, December 31, 2010

God's Clock

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Time seems to be moving so quickly these days. It seems as if God has sped up our clock. This is very exciting, but at the same time can be stressful if we allow it. I find myself pulling closer to God during these moments. I know He has a plan and if we listen to Him and obey Him it will work out for His glory.

We are almost through packing. All of our things we are taking will need to be in Mississippi before January 17th. They will then make their way in a large shipping container to our new home in Honduras. To me this kinda says, okay, this is permanent, we are moving! Exciting and frightening all at the same time.

We need prayers for the rest of the things we must finish here in the States. We are having to get a lot of documents "authenticated" for the Honduran government. This is a time consuming and confusing process. We also are working with the Honduras Consulate in Chicago to obtain our residency papers. Please pray that all of this will be taken care of in a very timely manner and that there will be few obstacles in the way.

Thank you for your prayers and partnership in our journey.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas to All

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Well, time for a little updating. We were out of town last week spending an early Christmas with family. Amazing times were had and God was at the center of it all. We had several chances to share our love of God and our call to the mission field. We are all rejuvenated and ready to enjoy the CHRISTmas season. We were blessed to see our children’s ministry tell the Christmas story, brought tears to my eyes!

We have been collecting many items we will need for the move. Some were gifts to us and some we have had to bargain hunt for. God is so good at meeting all of our needs. We went looking for several items and were able to find many of them on clearance! What a joy to be saving money on basic items. We have a few items still on a watch list; I am convinced I can always find them cheaper.


Thank you to all of our partners. The blessings continue to humble me and amaze me. We are now at 25% of our goal! Praise God. 25% is such a huge number to me, but God knows no limits. Thank you for being a part of God’s plan and joining us on this journey. Thank you to our prayer partners, we could not be doing this without your continued prayers.

Philippians 4: 4-7 (The Message) Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you're on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!
Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life


MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

THE MCGEHEE FAMILY

Thursday, December 2, 2010

13%

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We are so amazed! God is so awesome! Words can not describe how amazing it is to see God work when you are obedient. Our Sunday school teacher ask us each week where we have seen God working. I have seen Him like never before. We have put all our faith in God and God alone. We have about 12 weeks before our moving date and need to be fully funded an amount of $1,435 a month. We know that by praying and listening to God this can be done! So, far he is blessing us beyond belief.

13% may not seem like alot to some, but for us that is the moon. God knew our fears, we were honest with Him about it. He knew we needed help and He graciously sent us our first "partner" in missions without us doing a thing other than sharing our hearts desire and God's will for our lives. That was such an amazing blessing and conformation of what we are doing.

Our prayer is that we continue to glorify God and spread His word. It is so amazing to see the Holy Spirit moving in ways we could never imagine.

Please continue to pray with us. Yes, we need financial support, but prayer support is of the upmost importance to us. If you have a prayer request please feel free to share it with us! We want to hear from you also!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ways to Support Us

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Some people have been asking about ways to support us, so we are going to put the information on our blog.

We will be going to Honduras as independent missionaries. That means that we will need to raise our own support in order to move and live there. We need monthly support as well as one-time support for our initial moving expenses. We will need to be 100% funded before we move.

We also have several items that we need to get to take with us to Honduras.

If you would like more information on specific needs or how to support us please send us an email: cincogringos@gmail.com

Monday, November 29, 2010

It has been way too long!

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Wow, it has been a long time since we have updated out blog! So much has been going on that some things have gotten away from us.

First things first: We are moving to Honduras! Yes, you read that right. For the last 4 years we have followed God on our journey and were finding ourselves called to Peru, but God has given us an awesome opportunity in the jungles of Honduras. Ryan will be working with another missionary and his "Living" Water ministry. Ryan will be training local pastors and also, helping to install water wells.

We have partnered with Global Church Planting Partners and they will be our sending agency. They are based out of Mississippi, good for us since we have family there!

Ryan and I have been on the road for the past month as God has led us to the decision to go to Honduras. We set a moving date of February 2011. Not only is that date coming quickly, but we have the opportunity to send everything we will need on a crate. The only catch to it is the crate will leave in January and we will need to have it all packed by the end of December! Yikes, things are moving very quickly. We have some great friends who have already begun the process of securing items we will need for the next year! God is so great.

We are recovering from the Thanksgiving holidays and doing some home-work. We are catching up on paper work, making phone calls, and beginning our support raising.

Please pray for us as we continue on our journey. We are so excited about the opportunity to work with the people in Honduras.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

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Hopefully in the next few days we will have some pictures of Ryan's Honduras trip. Ryan was truly blessed and learned so much this trip. God truly worked in his life and those around him. Ryan got very ill upon his return to the States and that is why we are so delayed in any updates. He is doing well now and we will get some information on here soon. Thank you for all your prayers and support.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

School Clothing Ministry

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What a blessing this week has been. This is our third year to give school clothes to the children of Maury County, however it was our first annual "give-away." Now, if I told you things went great from the beginning of planning until the last family was served I would not be honest, so bear with me as I share how BIG our God is!

When we began planning for this year we had a few items left over from last year in our possession. We began asking for donations of clothes to be brought to the church, but every time I took stock things were the same. I began to panic and ask God "Okay Lord, what next?" I began talking to other churches about asking their congregations to help collect clothes and all said they would. Wow, one more hurdle down, but still there were no clothes. Ryan and I went to camp with the kids just 2 weeks before the Big Day and I prayed even more. "God, what are we doing, did I miss something?" When we returned from camp-NOTHING had changed! I thought okay, we will help the first 20 people, but that is all we can do.

Four days before the Youth Mission week was to begin a few items began to drift in, but still not enough. I just thought God is going to have to make this one happen. I kept praying, reading scripture and relying on God to handle it. On Sunday, I gathered my first team of youth and we headed to the mission closet where the clothes are stored, I was scared! I open the door and almost fell over all the clothes! Our God is BIG! It took about an hour to gather all the clothes, I was speechless. God is so great! As the day went on I realized that even though we had a lot of clothes it was still not enough. Again, I went to God with it. The next morning my phone rings and it was a local church, they had a "ton" of clothes for us to come pick up. As I went to get the clothes I could not imagine what was waiting for me. When they showed me to the office that held the clothes I broke into tears. Again, our God was faithful! I now felt that we could actually do this, because they really had a "ton" of clothes. As Walker and I loaded up my van I sang praises to our mighty God and cried tears of joy. We still had two days before the big day and God never stopped working. It seemed like evertime the phone rang or a door opened it was more clothes! I mean what man could do this? NONE, only God!

The BIG DAY arrives and I will admit I was scared to death. I mean this was a huge deal. Again, our God is full of grace and mercy and he showered this ministry in both. The staff at church, the youth, senior adults, parents and others came out to help and help they did. People began lining up at 9 am, the give-away did not start until 4 pm, again, I panic. I stopped, went to God and said "God, you know what we have, you know the needs, you know who is here, You are going to have to make it happen." Clothes continue to come in up until moments before we open the doors. About one hour before we opened the door everything was done! We were completely ready for what was out the door. I again hit the floor, face to the ground and asked my Father to handle it all. At 4 pm we opened the door and the first group came in, the gospel was shares, they were registered and they got their clothes. This was a process repeat so many times over the next 4 hours. After the first several goups, I began to check on how our supplies were holding out and I could not believe my eyes, they were multiplying on the racks! I could only think of the loaves and fishes and how Jesus fed everyone with leftovers to boot. Our God is Big! Every time I looked at the clothes it seemed like nothing was changing, we still had clothes! Now, if you were in Columbia you would know how hot it was. People were hot, so we gathered bottles of water, but again it was not enough. A man helping gathered some money and sent some one to the store for more, they returned with 15 cases of water. God, was again meeting every need we had.

About 7 pm things began to slow down and people were only coming in every so often, but we still had clothes. Just before 8 pm as we were cleaning up and putting things away, our last family arrived. The family had 2 very small children entering kindergarten and I felt over whelmed. I did not see a lot of small items left. As I began looking, one of the people helping came out with 2 bags of brand new clothes! Someone had brought clothes while the give-away was going on we never saw them. What was there was a shirt for the girl and boy! Our God is GREAT! When they left I realized not only were the people blessed, but so was I. I saw a miracle from God that day and I will never forget it. Guess, what remember the bible story? We have left overs! Yes, we can continue to help others with school clothes as the new year gets under way. God, isn't he Amazing!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Youth Mission

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This week at church our entire family is involved with our church youth group summer mission week. Ryan is heading up the crew painting at the church and I am heading up the school clothing ministry. The little ones are there too, they are adding to the week in their own sweet way. It is so amazing to see God work! God is so big and I have been reminded of that several times this week already.
Please pray for the youth and all the other adult workers as we finish out this week.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Update

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Well, it has been a while and lots of things have been happening very slowly behind the scenes. On July 10 we will be meeting with Global Church Planting Partners about our mission. This is very exciting, we will start fundraising after this meeting. Ryan and I are so excited to see how God is working each and every day in our lives. Just the other day we traveling and Lorelai asked if we could just go to South America! Mari-Madeline has asked several times if we can just go on to Peru and all three kids are working on their Spanish all the time. Lorelai and Mari-Madeline even use Spanish instead of English for some things-so cute.

Please continue to pray for us as we need your prayer support. This next leg of the race will be very new to us as we begin to raise funds.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Ryan's arrival in Lima

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Well, Ryan made it to Lima on Thursday evening. His next flight does not depart until Saturday at 10 am. So he moved into the Starbucks in the airport. He reports that it is really a great place to be and that God really had great plans for him. God placed 2 missionaries in his path one of which worked with IMB personnel in Arequipa, Peru in 2006. One of the missionaries was an independent so he had a lot of information for Ryan and I. God used Ryan's time in the airport like a day of meetings. Ryan never lacked for a friendly face to talk to. The rest of the team joined Ryan Friday night and they all went to a hostel for a good night sleep. They were back at the airport early this morning to finish their travels to Cusco.

Please continue to pray for the team and all of the people that will work with them this week. Also, we have been very sick at our house. Just when I thought everyone was better Mari-Madeline fell ill. She is on medicine and should get better soon.
Natalie

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Orapesa Peru

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Ryan and the team from church are preparing to leave in about 2 weeks. Ryan will be gone for about two weeks. This is an information gathering trip for the district that PHBC has adopted. Ryan will also be doing relief work for the flood damaged areas as well as researching a list of things for me as we prepare to move. I ask that you please pray for the team and all the people that they encounter on this trip. I will have pictures to update when he returns.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Family Verse

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Ryan and I have been praying for God to give us verse for our family to hold onto and turn to when we need encouragement. The other night while we were at a prayer meeting I felt God calling me to a certain passage in the Old Testament, I was really suprised here Ryan and I thought we just new it was a particular place in Matthew. So I turned to the place and there it was. I quickly showed Ryan and he agreed. I am so excited to share it with y'all as well.

How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who bring good news, who announces peace, and brings good news of happines, who anounces salvation and says to Zion, "Your God Reigns!" Isaiah 52:7 NASB

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Praying

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We are yet again preparing to go back to Peru in March. We are so excited about this opportunity God has given us to go to Oropesa, Cusco, Peru. The area has recently been in the middle of rainy season and they have had flooding and many people are with out homes. We are praying for these people and how God can use us when we are there. We will be going with another couple from our church and they have children they will be leaving home as well. Please pray for all of our families, for the people we encounter, Ellen-the Journey girl in Peru, and all of the people behind the scenes that will make this happen.
 
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