Friday, August 30, 2019

what a love story

adoniram and ann judson
adoniram judson was a missionary to burma in the early 1800's.  before he left for the mission field, he fell in love with a sweet girl named ann.

he had a dilemma.  he knew that the calling on his life was one of full surrender and sacrifice.  and he knew the dangers of taking the message of jesus to the unreached burmese.  he was willing to die for the mission...  but take a beautiful young woman with him?

but ann was a passionate follower of jesus as well, and fully committed to the cause. they believed God had placed them together for this very purpose!

here's the fascinating letter that judson wrote to ann's father, asking her hand in marriage:

“I have now to ask whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world ? Whether you can consent to her departure to a heathen land, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of a missionary life? Whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean; to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death? Can you consent to all this, for the sake of Him who left His heavenly home and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with a crown of righteousness brightened by the acclamations of praise which shall resound to her Saviour from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?”

ann's father ultimately approved, and many of the risks judson spoke of in his letter would be fulfilled.  ann lost 3 children while living in burma, from sickness and complications during childbirth, and she eventually died from smallpox.  judson would write in her eulogy, "she left her home and died for the sake of He who left his home to die for us."

was it worth it?  is foreign missions worth it, no matter the cost?  

judson was beaten, tortured, and imprisoned throughout his life, and died (61) on a sea voyage from lung disease. but when he died, he left 100 churches and 8,000 new believers in burma!  (there were none when they arrived.)  today, burma has 2.5 million evangelical christians (modern day myanmar).  judson also translated the first burmese bible, which took him 24 years to complete.  

judson and ann's love story is breathtaking!  but not because of dreamy dates and fairy-tale romance.  it's an amazing love story because together, they were willing to sacrifice everything for the One who first loved them.

God is love.  he is the creator and author of the greatest love story of all time.  and Jesus - the savior and sacrificial lamb - is that story.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

the rolfe family

ok, so this one is especially personal for me.  i'm talking about my baby girl here... my bubba brooke... my squeezy beezy...

but i don't want to make her feel like she's getting "special treatment" or "unnecessary attention"... so i'll make the rest of this announcement sound really formal. 😂

We're excited to welcome the Rolfe's to BVSA! Matt and Brooke were married in December of 2018, and are already answering God's call to the mission field! They will be joining the team in Guatemala, with the aim to eventually help BVSA plant a new academy in Central or South America.

Matt and Brooke bring lots of gifts and experience to the mission field. Growing up in a close-knit Christian family, Matt has had a genuine love for Jesus from a young age. He loves sports, producing music, and is a gifted musician- skilled in drums, piano, and guitar.

Brooke grew up in the mission field in Guatemala. She too began walking with Jesus at a very young age, and growing up as an MK helped her develop a deep desire for the nations. She also loves making music, is fluent in Spanish, and will graduate in December 2019 from the University of North Florida with a degree in Business Management.

The Rolfe's are set to land in the field in January, 2020.

but enough of the formal!  i'm so proud of my beezy!  and thankful to the Lord for pairing her up with an awesome husband who is committed to leading their family towards Jesus with all he has.  

its uncommon that a young couple choose the mission field before getting "settled".  but what better way to start?  i mean, do we really believe the lies?  "lets wait until...
  • we get a little more settled..." 
  • we make a little more money so that we're more stable..."  
  • we have kids so that its easier..."
  • all of our medical needs are cleared up since we have good health insurance..."  
  • the the kids are out of the house so that they don't resent us..." 
etc, etc.  the problem is... none of those things actually happen!  at least, not to the extent that we all of sudden feel "ready" for the mission field.  simply put, those who feel called to the mission field and wait for the "right time"...rarely ever go. 

brooke and matt have simplified things, and there's a lot to be learned from it:  
"lets just obey jesus today, and let Him worry about all of that."

go here to support the rolfe's.  


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

new moves, new missionaries... current needs

with all of the exciting developments going on, several have asked what our current needs are.  thank you for asking the question!  i believe this is what john was talking about in 3 john 1:6-8:

"...Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God.  For they are traveling for the Lord, and they accept nothing from people who are not believers. So we ourselves should support them so that we can be their partners as they teach the truth."

PERSONAL NEEDS:
the johnson family's monthly needs are fully supported - thanks to our amazing support team!!!

our one-time needs going into our transition to west africa are:

1. VEHICLE:  a reliable vehicle is more critical now than in any situation we've ever been in.  the drive from the village (we'll be living in), to the closest city (hospital, groceries, etc, is 13 hours).  this drive is through the desert, with virtually nothing in between point A and point B.  according to the arnold's (who have been there for nearly 30 years), a low-maintenance, low-risk, reliable 4x4 vehicle is a must. in addition to emergencies, the 13 hour trip is made every 2-3 months to stock up on groceries and supplies.  therefore, a large truck or SUV is ideal.  the approximate cost for a suitable vehicle is approx 15-20k.  this vehicle will also be shared with the abushaib family.

2. SHIPPING:  we will be shipping the vehicle, as well as some personal belongings from jacksonville.  approximate cost for shipping will be $6,000.  (consulting with arnold's on this; they are doing the same thing after being stateside on furlough for a year.)

you can click here to contact us or to help towards any of the above.

ADDITIONAL BVSA NEEDS:
1. MISSIONARY FAMILY SUPPORT:  we have 3 additional families joining BVSA and moving to the mission field at this time!  all 3 are currently raising support... needing monthly supporters as well as one-time donations for flights, car, language school, and transition expenses.  so if you love supporting missionaries... we got you covered! 😉  click on the family names to learn more:


2. ONE MORE FAMILY:  we are praying for one more family to join our BVSA-West Africa academy!  please let us know if you or someone you know feels called to the mission field.

3. JAX LIVING ARRANGEMENTS OCT-JAN (WILSON FAMILY):  the wilson's will be moving from savannah to jacksonville for 3 months of missionary training before heading to the field. we're looking for somewhere for their family of 7 to stay during that time.  if you have space, a 2nd property, rental property, or know someone who can help, please let us know!  as a last resort, we should be able to rent something furnished for a few months in the $1200 per month range.

4. LOTS OF RANDOM TRANSITIONAL STUFF: during the training from oct-jan, and all of the moves, flights, visa/residency applications, temporary living situations, etc, etc...  the small costs add up fast.  click here to donate towards "mission field transitional needs", and it will be put to the greatest need. thank you!

GOERS CAN'T GO WITHOUT SENDERS.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SENDERS! 


Sunday, August 11, 2019

BVSA West Africa looking for missionaries!

We are currently praying for a family to join us for our West Africa academy plant.  If you feel called toward the mission field, or know someone who is, please let us know!

Some qualifications include:

  • Mature in the faith
  • Active in ministry 
  • Heart for the unreached
  • Willingness to sacrifice comforts of home

No missions experience necessary!
No soccer skills necessary!  

**Training will take place in Jacksonville, FL from October to December.

**Relocation to West Africa scheduled for January 2020.

To learn more about the ministry of BVSA, check out bvsarhinos.com.

Contact us at bvsarhinos@gmail.com for more information.