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p.s. to previous picture blog… March 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — kgarrard @ 1:55 am

here is an excerpt from http://www.thetrackingblog.com that i wrote at the end of the trip to south africa…. i paste it here so you can read the heart behind the journey…

 

WHY WE GO TO SOUTH AFRICA…

… to build new relationships and strengthen old ones.

…to encourage local missionaries like Tim and Maz, Daz and Leesa at the Village of Hope.

… to work along side a man named Saul who is laying his life down right now– moved his family from England to SA on his own dime to serve THEMBALITSHA full time.  His amazing passion was contagious.  Inspiring guy!

… to serve South Africa because God has given us a passion for this nation.

… because we were each obedient to the call of God on our lives for such a time as this.

…because the Bible says “that what you do unto the least of these, you have done unto Me.”

… because the book of James says that “…true religion is to look after the widows and the orphans.”

… because it’s what Jesus would do.

  

This trip has been amazing.  This team was incredible in their attitudes and service to one another and others. 

 We have learned so much by being here in SA these past few days.  We are forever changed.

 All of us are leaving a part of our heart here…

 

South Africa… my heart.

Filed under: God is GREAT!! — kgarrard @ 1:51 am

We lead a mission team from our church to South Africa from March 5th to the 17th.  It was a life changing time.  I put a few photos here but had to pick these from over 600 pics!!!  Go to http://www.thetrackingblog.com to see more!

 

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LOVE GOD. LOVE PEOPLE. REACH THE WORLD!

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OUR “DUTIES” IN S.A….

 

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PAINTING.  PAINTING.  AND MORE PAINTING.

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 SCHOOL OF HOPE STUDENTS HEADED HOME…GRACELAND PRESCHOOL PRECIOUS ONES!

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FACES OF SOUTH AFRICA…WHY WE GO!

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GORGEOUS LAND…

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ridiculous…. March 26, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — kgarrard @ 12:54 pm

over a month since i blogged last…. that’s sad.

south africa blog and easter blog on the docket…

xxoo.

kg

 

PORN sunday… 2.22.09… March 1, 2009

Filed under: God is GREAT!! — kgarrard @ 4:07 am

porn-sunday

had to be one of the most powerful days of my life.

i was so proud of my church taking this bold step.  we did a series the entire month of feb. called SEX TALK (www.sextalkseries.com)  where we focused on the lies the enemy tries to sell us in regards to how we should live our lives.  those lies were EXPOSED in the light of the truth of what jesus sees and has planned for us.

 

it was awesome for me.  i learned new things.  my heart was challenged.  i became fiercely passionate once again about god’s standard of purity for every believer.  i am  on the soap box, unashamedly i might add, that purity goes beyond just being a virgin for the young and single people…purity is more than actions, but deeper into our thoughts and motives…and that purity is available to all b/c jesus can wash us clean!!  

 

we buttoned the series on the 22nd with a focus on the tangled web of porn in our culture and world.  the sermon is worth listening to.  porn has touched the lives of many, many people around me.  i have seen the damage it can do to a life.  it is foul and must be exposed for what it is – a big fat lie.  nasty…disgusting…and degrading.  addiction to it breeds shame and hopelessness.  and infocus church decided to share that there’s HOPE for all who would hear.  

 

and there were some courageous takers!  🙂  (check out their stories on the sextalkseries site under ‘stories’)  i know that for each testimony that was bravely written, there are hundreds more!

 

the mercy and love i felt for this series was tangible…no one was condemned but arms were extended in kindness and repentance was experienced week after week.

souls were won for jesus.  lives are forever changed because a brave pastor backed by a brave church took a stand.  infocus church will look back on feb. ’09 and say that we are marked b/c of this series.  we are a people forever changed.

 

bravo brent garrard!  i am proud of you!  

 

“…christ’s name and renown is the desire of our heart!”  – Isaiah