Living Out Loud

Living Out Loud

I’m sure you know some amazing believers, right? Those people who just live Jesus in their every day lives. I have quite a few of those people in my life. And today, I wanted to highlight a few who are giving up their lives of comfort here in America. Because let’s face it, we do live comfortable lives here, don’t we? I know I do. Even though my husband and I sold our home and moved into a smaller one. I still live a life of comfort. I have friends and family near me. I am used to my city and surrounding cities. I’m comfortable. Here are some people who are raising support so they will not be comfortable:

josh-and-christy-wohlgemutThis is an amazing family (they added one more son to their family. Now they have three boys!)

God has been preparing Josh and Christy for this ministry since they were kids. Having both grown up overseas, they saw, firsthand, the physical and spiritual needs of the unreached and under-served people who live far from the amenities and infrastructure of the western world that most of us enjoy.

With a background in accounting and a love for working with his hands, Josh will be busy providing financial and technical assistance to the hospital and nearby missionaries. With Christy’s compassion for the hurting and experience in the medical field, she will be working alongside the staff as a nurse, as well as providing training for future nurses.

 

And then there are these amazing couples:

patrick-and-megan-lapoint

They are going to Japan and have a few challenges:

Due to the masculinity of the Japanese culture, specifically within the sports and martial arts communities, there is a perception that Jesus is weak and does not fit into the life of a strong man.
Japanese culture places extreme pressures on women to have children and to raise them perfectly, thus establishing their identity in motherhood. Only an identity in Christ can bring true freedom and hope to women.

 

And one more couple my heart adores:

jesse-and-rachel-geiger

These are the people they are working with in Uganda:

The people of Northern Uganda have recently entered a time of peace after decades of tribal discrimination, rebel fighting (including from the Lord’s Resistance Army and Joseph Kony), and political and economic instability. We will be serving the families of this area, who do not have access to electricity and clean water as well as training and discipling Lumi staff

 

I once heard a pastor say to his congregation that they don’t understand what missionaries go through. People serving the Lord overseas give up a lot, whether it be in Uganda, Ivory Coast, Japan, Ireland, France, etc. That pastor, Rick Schoon, said missionaries give up family, friends, comfort of home, city, and country. Missionaries give up the life they knew in the States to serve the Lord in a country not their own. Sometimes, they go with excitement. Other times, they never thought they’d be missionaries. So, when you see or hear about people who were called overseas, please lift them up in prayer. Write them a letter, encourage them through financial support, prayer support, etc. Get involved! Share with others what these people are doing. They raise their own support. They rely on God and others to make ends meat. Will you help a missionary today? If you don’t know if any, I do! Contact me!

Dear friends who have served overseas and continue to do so, and for those who are working their way overseas, ┬áthank you for heading God’s call on your life! I know through our Lord, you will change many lives! Thank you for living out loud!

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Joi Copeland About Joi Copeland

Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris, and has three amazing boys, Garrison, Gage, and Gavin. She lives in Denver, Colorado, but within the year, hopes to be living in Galway, Ireland. Find her on her blog or her Facebook page.

Comments

  1. Wonderful examples of the Great Commission and reminders that those of us still in our “comfortable” lives are supposed to be carrying it out wherever we are. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thanks, Barbara! I know sometimes we get caught up in our own lives we forget those who are serving overseas. And we forget we can serve with them by supporting them. Not to mention do what God has called us to do in our own homes! Continue serving Him, no matter where you are!

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  3. Having several missionary friends all over the world, I agree we should keep them ever close in our minds and hearts, praying for them. I teach a first grade missions group on Wed. nights at my church, and I strive to show what those missionaries are doing in taking the gospel to a dark world. Then I try to impress upon those little hearts the importance of shining the gospel right where they are, in their schools and homes.

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  4. I keep a list of several missionaries in my prayer journal. I only get to a few each day, but if every praying person prayed for a missionary each day, think how many missionaries would be covered daily in prayer by somebody.

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  5. Joi Copeland says:

    That is fantastic, Paula! Those kids, as they get older, will have a heart for missions because of the seed you are planning!

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  6. Joi Copeland says:

    On behalf of all missionaries, Linda, thank you! So many missionaries depend on God through other people to be financially supported. It is vital we keep them in prayer and do what we can as God has called us!

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  7. Great devotion of God’s touch in your life, Joi. I loved it.

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