Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Year End Blessings And More Than Blessings


We have a family in the States that used to support us with a large gift each month. Then, unfortunately, the husband lost his job. He wrote us a letter explaining his circumstances and expressing his sorrow at having to stop giving. We felt and understand his pain and sorrow, and grieved over the stress in his family and life due to this event. I too have been laid off and know not only the financial hardship, but the emotional pain this causes a husband and father.

Sadly, this story has been repeated hundreds of times across the mission field in the last year, and thousands of times throughout mission history. We fully understand and God provides for us through other means. But, my friend’s story does not end here. I honestly feel like Jesus must have when He saw the Centurion’s faith and declared, “I have not seen faith like this in all of Israel.” Our friend just sent us an email, last month. Here is what it said.

"I wanted to tell you that I was recently offered a part time position with a Christian Ministry. And we will begin supporting you again, asap. I am putting my financials together and will get on board with supporting you again right away."

Did you see that? He has been unemployed for some time, and now is working part time for a Christian ministry…but what is his priority? He will begin supporting us again asap. What a commendation of his priorities in life. Not giving us money, but making sure that supporting the work of God is a priority in his life. (Although the giving us part is cool too).

In a time of economic hardship, we almost always stop our giving before we stop our spending. I believe that compounds the hardship. God blesses us as we give, not as we spend. My friend understands not only the purpose of money, but the principle of giving. It humbles me to watch him obey God.

I called this article Year End Blessings And More Than Blessings. Here is why. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

We want you to be more blessed! That is not a tongue in cheek, sarcastic play. I truly believe the Bible and when it says that it is more blessed to give than to receive, that is a declaration of truth!

Here is how it works, according to God. Now, if you asked me—from my perspective—it would seem that God has it backwards…but isn’t so much of the Bible contrary to what we actually think? A leader is the servant of all and the greatest is the least. Humble yourself to be exalted. The first shall be last. The most important thing you can do in eternity is…nothing because Jesus did it all. So, here is what God says.

We receive money from you and are blessed.
You give money to us and are more blessed.


So...if you are thinking of a year end gift, a Christmas gift, or a project for your church or homeschool group, I know of a God Honoring, Christ Centered, Spirit Led, and Bible Believing ministry you can send money to! If you have not been thinking of giving, then let me challenge you to pray about it. Christmas is a time when giving is on our mind, so why not give to the Lord by giving to His mission work around the world? Let us bless you by receiving your gift this Christmas season!

To see how to give through SIM, check out this link.

http://holmanfamily.org/8.html

If you desire to give money to us personally, without a tax deduction, email us and we can give you the address of Denise's parents...they can deposit things in our account.

If you want to mail us something, please see Denise's blog on this:

http://theholmansinbolivia.blogspot.com/2007/07/about-getting-packages.html


So, in advance of being blessed by you....GOD BLESS YOU!!!


Joe

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Thanksgiving


Last January I visited my father. We had learned that he had terminal cancer, and I wanted to see him before he passed away. He had been giving about 18 months to live. I spent three days with him. In this time frame, he and I had an opportunity to open up our hearts to each other. We expressed our love for each other, forgave anything that needed forgiveness, hugged and cried. One of the most emotional events in my life was standing on his carport as I was saying goodbye to him. I told him, “Dad, you know that I will never see you again in this world. This is the real deal. This is goodbye in the absolute sense of the word.” I am crying again as I remember that moment. I drove off and about three miles down the road had to pull over and weep, I could not see to drive through the tears. I was so overcome with grief that I decided to not stop at Krispy Kreme on the way to the airport…that should put things in perspective for those of you that know me. :)

Dad surprised everyone and went home to be with the Lord just a few months later…he did not even live a year after the prognosis.

Why am I telling this story? In the United States, this week is thanksgiving. It is a time for us to give gratitude to the Lord and to others for how they have impacted our lives. As I was thinking of what I am grateful for, several things came to mind, but this event was the first and foremost. I am so grateful that God nudged my heart and the Holy Spirit spoke to my wife and told us that I should go visit my dad, no matter what the cost. I am grateful that our mission allowed me to go. But words cannot express how grateful I am for the most intimate time of my life with my dad and the chance to say things that most of us wish we had said but never did. I am thankful that my dad is with Jesus, but that before that I was with him.

I am also so thankful to the Lord for you. I echo the words of Paul, I thank my God every time I think of you.

We are able to faithfully serve our Lord Jesus Christ because YOU ARE FAITHFUL to Him. We have a large number of people that every month sends us money. I almost feel like I did at dad’s house as I try to express my thanks. Sometimes how we feel simply cannot be expressed. It is like trying to compress my heart into a word.

Thank you for your monthly gifts, your occasional gifts, your large gifts, and your small gifts.

Thank you for your cards, emails, and packages.

Thank you for your prayers, daily and as the Holy Spirit brings us to mind.

Thank you for your friendship.

Thank you for your love.

Thank you for the honor of being trusted by you.

Thank you for being such a role model to us.

Please know, this Thanksgiving, that not only are we thankful for you, we will be praying for you.

May the Lord allow you to see and experience some of the ways that He has already blessed you!

Grateful In The Lord,

Joe For The Holmans


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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Calling All Geeks I Need Help...


I am on the board of directors of a really GREAT ministry here in Bolivia. It is called Apoyo. That is the Spanish word for 'Help". The missio is to "Serve The Servers". Check it out:
Anyway, here is what we do. We basically do everything to help pastors. We provide no interest loans of up to $3,000 to build them houses, since many live in, well, squalor. We help them find jobs, provide resources, give training, family counseling, networking, etc., and right now are seeking to expand into microenterprise.
Now, why do I need help?
I want to raise money for them by connecting with Latino Churches in the United States (Or England). However, I cannot find any type of 'list' with addresses or emails or even names of Latino Churches.
Could someone, more than one, anyone, who knows how to find things on line better than I can, lead me here? I want to have a list of at least 100, but the more the better, Spanish Speaking churches that I can contact to share our vision with.

I have googled, lycos, and big mamma'ed. I have done all I know. Could you help me help this incredible ministry?
Thanks
Joe

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My First Spanish Dream!


It finally happened! I have had a gazillion I can't speak Spanish and mess up....I am in Spanish school...people think I am a terrorist because of my bad Spanish dreams.
However, last night I had a dream and I spoke Spanish...correct Spanish!
Here is what happened. There were these two guys that did something, so I turned to them and told them in great Spanish that they needed to do something else.
They looked at me and said, "Sprechen sie deutsches?"
Even when I speak Spanish in my dreams, I can't communicate!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Need A Sunday School Teacher...


Last week I had a great time teaching the Adult Sunday School class of Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville Virginia. We talked about what it is like to live in another culture outside of the Western Worldview, about specific Bolivian customs, looked at 1 Kings and the story of Elijah, then had about 15 minutes of question and answer.
It was a lot of fun.
And I did it all from over 4,000 miles away.
We set up a skype video call. I was at my dinner table in Bolivia, and they were in Virginia. The video was slightly behind the audio, but just enough to add authenticity to it. :)
Technology is cool. Technology is awesome when you use it for God's glory.
Anyone out there interested in doing this again? Sunday School, Small Groups, Mission Conferences....you name it.
Joe

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Candy Wars

Tim lives in England and thinks that the stuff they call 'sweets' is better than real American Candy. In order to try and prove this fruitless and hopeless thesis, he is sending packages of supplies to my children to test.

This is the first of the candy wars.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mom Is Home!

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