Equipping the Nicaraguan Church to “Stand Firm”

group photo of Nicaraguan women's conference

Arise Ministries Collective’s mission is to equip women in the church in Bible study so they are prepared to take the Good News to others. Most often Arise does this locally in Vancouver, Washington but this May seven women had the chance to travel to Nicaragua to equip the global church to be his hands and feet.

Managua, Nicaragua

The first thing to hit us was the heat. The air conditioning at the fringes of the Managua, Nicaragua airport, where people stood waiting, couldn’t keep up. The people in the waiting area were packed together like chaotic sardines, some asking if we needed a taxi, others with written signs.

After a full day of traveling from Portland, Oregon, we wearily wandered into the crowd looking for a familiar face. William, our Villa ride found us first, guiding us outside to Susie Miller and the two Forward Edge/Villa Esperanza vehicles parked on the overcrowded curb. After loading our bags in, we piled into the vehicles, thankful for the weak air conditioning, and absorbed the sights and sounds of Nicaragua on the long-ish drive to the Villa Esperanza.

The Villa isn’t a mission trip you may envision – it is a mix of serenity and exhaustion.

Once you pass the gates of Villa Esperanza you enter a peaceful space of mango trees and flowering bushes. Birds sing. The team homes have bunk beds and bathrooms with cold showers and blowing fans.

May is hot. So those fans do very little. The cold showers are nice though. And this may be one of the only times to rejoice in cold showers. Sleep can be hard to find but the food is always served with a gracious smile.

Getting settled in the Villa we began the process of figuring out what we were doing over the next four days. We planned to pack a lot into our four days on the ground. The main focus of our trip was to equip women in Bible study.

Holding Our Plans Loosely

We went prepared to do a two-day conference for women in local churches. Our conference theme was “Stand Firm.” We had workbooks printed in Spanish and English. We had our teachings about God’s sovereignty, faithfulness, holiness, and mercy prepared. We were as ready as we could be.

We also went with our expectations held loosely.

We had prayed for months for this trip so we knew that God was in control of how things would go.

We had a plan but God was going to be in charge.

It is hard to know what will happen on mission trips. I have been traveling to Nicaragua since 2008 and each trip has its own challenges, its own lessons, its own beauty, and tears.

Sometimes the lessons learned don’t really hit you until you are back home and can reflect.

In the last few weeks home, I have been thinking back over our six days in Nicaragua, reflecting on what God was revealing to me.

I think much of what God was using our team to do is reflected in a little home situated down a small street in a Managuan neighborhood.

 

Kenia and Sarah

We had been told the story of Kenia and Sarah before we piled into the bus that would take us to their home. The tragic events that led us to Kenia’s door pulled at all of our hearts.

Two years ago, Kenia was a normal mom. She had a husband, a twelve-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter. Kenia’s daughter, Sarah, was a normal, active three-year-old when she needed some dental work done. Kenia and her husband were told they would need to have their daughter sedated and they saved money to afford the best dentist they could find.

At the dentist, things went horribly wrong. Sarah was very young and during the procedure, she was over sedated. The dentist and staff waited too long to call for help. Tragically, Sarah now suffers from permanent brain damage that has left her needing 24-hour care.

For Kenia, the loss of her healthy child was compounded by the loss of her husband who abandoned them, her job, and her home. In many ways, Kenia is no longer able to be a mom to her older son, who lost his family as it broke apart.

It has been two years and Sarah is now five. Kenia and Sarah now live together in a room in her mother-in-law’s home. The mother-in-law graciously took them into her small three-bedroom home – probably less than 1000 square feet – after Kenia’s husband abandoned them. The now fourteen-year-old son also has a room in the house along with two other family members.

 

The God of Comfort

Praying over Kenia and Sarah

While she lives in her mother-in-law’s home, Kenia still has to provide for Sarah and she has no time to work. Sarah now needs full-time care. She requires a complex array of medications along with other needs – diapers, syringes, formula, physical therapy and more. Sarah’s father provides a little support but the fourteen-year-old son must also work to bring in money.

Kenia is stuck in deep sadness. She has lost her family and a vibrant little girl and her daily life reminds her constantly of her loss. She struggles to forgive. And she struggles to find hope. But in the midst of all this, she became a Christian searching for answers in the God who provides and comforts.

Kenia’s story was brought to the attention of staff at the Villa who are working to find out what she needs and how they can responsibly help. Our team came to her little street and into her bedroom with prayers, encouragement, and food but long-term Kenia needs the local church to encourage her broken heart and walk with Kenia on her journey with little Sarah.

 

Citizens of Heaven

And that is what God allowed our team to be a part of – equipping the local Managuan churches to stand firm in the midst of trials.

When 30-ish women from 15 churches showed up to our conference we didn’t know exactly what God was using us for – we didn’t know these women’s stories, we just knew we had been called to equip them to read Scripture faithfully.

Every believer is now part of God’s holy nation matter where they live (I Peter 2:9). We are citizens of another country. And we are called to proclaim the light of the gospel to the places we live.

Lisa said it clearly at the end of the conference when she stated: 

“We stand firm because God and God alone in all of His sovereignty, all of His faithfulness, all of His holiness and all of His mercy has given us the prize of heaven. One day we will get the crown. We are no longer citizens of this world. We are citizens of heaven.”

When believers in the church know the Bible, study it deeply and let it change our lives it also brings practical hope. Soaking in God’s character changes how we live with others as friends, neighbors, fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters. We care about what God cares about.

 

God is the Center of Peace and Happiness

Nicaraguan woman studying her bible

And God cares about human flourishing. We are created in God’s image to care for creation and each other. Scripture commands us over and over to love each other and Jesus’ earthly ministry provided spiritual hope and physical healing to the broken.

In Matthew 9:1-7, a paralytic is brought to Jesus and the first thing Jesus does is to forgive him of sins. He takes care of his spiritual needs first before he takes care of his physical ones.

Poverty is a result of broken relationships between God and us. Our spiritual poverty leads us to darkness and eternal death.

When we truly love God we love our neighbor and we want them reconciled with God. We want to bring light. In the light of God’s love, new things grow. Peace. Joy. Grace. Forgiveness. Mercy. We often want to take care of their material needs, which isn’t a bad thing when done correctly, but as C.S. Lewis writes,

God cannot give us peace and happiness apart from himself because there is no such thing.”

 

Ambassadors for Christ

When the people in the church are equipped to have a proper view of Scripture we are able to properly fulfill our call to be “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor. 5:20). It becomes natural to live lives filled with compassion for our neighbors like Kenia.

This means we serve outside of our comfort zone. We serve because Christ served.

When the church is equipped to read Scripture rightly it reminds us that all that we have is His and given to us by His grace – so, therefore, we can share it. Spiritual joy in God helps us abandon our comfort to serve.

We don’t live in Nicaragua. It is not our home. But God used us and our little conference to build the local Nicaraguan church and empower Nicaraguan women to more deeply understand God’s character and His word so they can bring light to the darkness in their own country.

The women who attended our conference had a lot to say about what they had learned and we were blessed by their prayers, their joy, their tears, their stories and their faith in the midst of trials.

Here are some highlights of how the conference impacted them:

“We are so grateful because God has chosen us to be his servants. Everything we have learned here is to respond to our merciful God and he forgives and is a good God to us.”
“When we know how sovereign God is, it’s easier to obey.”
“We know that the reward will not be here on earth. We can go through the fire knowing our reward is in heaven.”
“What I have learned is to be courageous and I have learned that from the word of God.”
“I feel so joyful because I have learned a lot. The Lord wants us to stand in the gap and be courageous and strong.”

We are truly blessed to be God’s hands and feet to strengthen the church globally.

 

Would you like to join us in our mission?

Please prayerfully consider giving to Arise Ministries Collective to equip and encourage women in the local and global church.

About the Author

Valerie Hooks photoValerie Hooks:  I like to write, read, drink tea, and research stuff. I am a passionate follower of Jesus. I have teenagers (pray for me) and a fantastic husband. I call Summit View Church in Vancouver, Washington the place I am loved, honed and challenged in my walk with Christ. 

 

Earthly Loss and Eternal Hope

I clearly remember a time in my late twenties when I was driving with the windows rolled down and had the music blasting as I drove the back roads.  I felt immortal and pretty comfortable with life.  At that time we had a sweet family of four and really, the hardest thing for me that I had walked through at that point was the loss of our sweet baby at 14 weeks.  Now here I sit a decade later with a family of seven, the sting of miscarriage behind us, with the windows still down, music going, and still taking the back roads, but more aware than ever of our mortality.  I’ve never had a more sobering year than this one as I experienced my very own Good Friday full of loss and confusion as we cared for my Dad in hospice and saw him off to heaven. 

The thing is, loss is inevitable this side of heaven and it’s not so much “if” it will happen, but “when” it will happen.  Each and every one of us are faced with different kinds of loss as we live out life.  Loss of a friend, loss of a first love, loss of a job, loss of a life you imagined for yourself, loss of something you never even had, loss of a friends, spouse or a parent.  When something is taken from you before you are ready, there is this rub…a chafing of sorts. Your faith is challenged in such a way that bottom line, you are faced with the question, “Is God truly good in all of this?”  These experiences expose the doubting Thomas parts of our hearts that have never been faced with the real opportunity to fully rely on Christ in the emptiness. Life and breath is given from the Almighty and ultimately Romans 8 says, 

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Can that be true in my current situation even though THIS doesn’t feel good to me?  Absolutely!  God’s purpose and plan was established before the beginning of time and our whole story is no surprise to Him. 

This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. (Psalm 18:30)

Each type of loss effects us differently, but the truths are still the same.  It exposes the doubt and unbelief in our hearts. The pain and discomfort reveal the greatest need we have, which is truly God Himself.  We can’t move forward just by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps and conjuring up “enough” faith to do it, but we can move forward because of the object of our faith.  

“As believers God invades those hard things that we battle and though it’s still a battle by faith, it is in the object of our faith that we find our strength.” -Dave Leandre

We are never alone in our loss, though it can feel like some of the loneliest times.  Our God has first hand experience and knows exactly what the feeling of loss is like.  1 John 4:9 says,

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

God’s only son was given, and His earthly life was taken.  There was separation for a time between the Father and the Son as Jesus took on the sins of the whole world, but God came to redeem and He will come again to redeem the brokenness in this world.  He rose again the third day conquering death and the grave.  THAT is the power of the one true God, Praise Jesus!

We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. (Romans 6:9)

So as believers, we have an incredible hope!  This hope is found in the resurrected King!  This means, as believers, that though physical death and loss still happens here in this broken world, there is eternity to look forward to and a spiritual life beyond the grave.  

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)

He will swallow up death foreverand the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” (Isaiah 25:8-9)

As believers we do not have to grieve over our losses like those with no hope.  We have a loving Father who understands our grief and never leaves us or forsakes us, but meets us in our unbelief and comforts us just like a good Father would.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. (I Thes. 4:13)

It is human to wonder, question, and to not understand when loss and hardship come.  As believers, may we be faithful to take these doubts, fears, and tears right to our Heavenly Father.  We may need to do this over and over, yet He is gracious and quick to remind us of His truth that empowers us to move forward by faith. Though we experience earthly loss, there is great gain in eternity.  When you are faced with your good Friday, remember that the resurrection is coming and that because of Jesus and the gospel we have a hope that surpasses this life and reaches into the eternal life to come.

The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4)

 


About Janell Sorensen: 
Janell is a follower of Jesus, a wife to her best friend David, and a mother to five gifts. She has a heart for women, women’s ministry, and the study of God’s Word. You can find her most days sitting at her farm table schooling her kids, telling punny jokes, and resting in the beauty and grace of her race because of Jesus. She occasionally writes at janellsorensen.wordpress.com.

Trusting God

“Trust me. I promise.” How many times have I heard, or even uttered this phrase? Why is it we have to convince someone to trust us, or, why do we need to be convinced? Trust is easily broken and hard to win back. Why? I believe, trust is evidence based. We choose to trust based on what we have experienced. According to Character First, truthfulness, or being trustworthy is “the act of earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts.” We choose to trust someone based on what we know about them. What does their track record look like? Is it spotless, or does it look like a rap sheet? However, we’ve all been hurt by people that we’ve chosen to give our trust to again. I think we do this in part, because we know their heart.

How does God fit into this and how can we grow in our trust of him? You might feel like it’s really hard to trust God because you can’t see him. Or, like me, you’ve faced the unthinkable, you’ve survived the unimaginable, and you ask yourself, “How can I trust a God who would allow that level of evil to exist?” One of the beautiful things about God is that we can come to him with questions like that, with doubt. He wants you, he wants me, to come just as we are, asking him, “Why? Help me trust you. Help me see you.”

I believe when we come before God, truly seeking to know his heart, he is honored by our request and certainly will answer. But the answer doesn’t always come as we would like. Or as quickly. So, how does this work? Is there a magic formula, or a prayer to say? Jesus tells us to ask, seek, and knock, then the door will be opened (Matthew 7:7-8). For me, this is a matter of the posture of my heart. A humble recognition that I don’t know, that God does, and choosing to trust by coming to him with a heart that says, “This is hard; I don’t know, would you help me?” (ask). It is a humble search of his word to see his character, not scouring the pages to prove a point, but laying down our thought process to discover his heart (seek). And waiting for him to reveal to you who he is, what his plan is (knock). I often find myself saying during these types of prayers, “Help my unbelief!” God is never caught off guard or offended when we come to him asking to see. This process of spending time in the Word to see God builds trust. It is seeing the accurate portrayal of facts that builds future trust. God has given us an amazing, perfect piece of evidence of his love, his holiness, and his mercy and grace.

The Bible is an entire book of promises made and promises kept. Perfectly. No changed minds or fingers crossed behind his back. No “I didn’t mean it that way…” God’s Word is proof to us that he is worthy of our trust. But, we have to use it. We don’t grow in trust just from having Bibles in our home, or even by just attending church on Sunday, though this is very important. Think of it like going to the gym. If I go out and get a gym membership and never use it, I won’t get stronger. If I go meet with a trainer once a week, but don’t do anything they instruct me to do, I may feel like I am getting stronger, but I’m really not. It’s only when I start to actively participate and follow the wisdom of the trainer that I will build strength. Trust is like a muscle. It has to be tested, challenged to be strengthened and grow. Trust and faith are intertwined. We use our knowledge of God from his word as evidence that we can trust him. God doesn’t change, nor does he lie (Numbers 23:19, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17).

Trusting God feels hard because we live in a fallen world. Because we have been lied to by Satan that God is not good, that we cannot trust him (Genesis 3:1-5, John 8:44, 2 Corinthians 11:3). We have a choice. Every day. I have a choice to make, will I trust God, or will I choose to believe, against all the evidence God has given me in his perfect word, or that it is me who knows best? Infinite, all-knowing God vs. finite, limited Sarah? I’d like to think I always choose the former. But sometimes my arguments are really convincing. And I believe the lie, I choose based on feeling, or emotion, rather than rooting myself in the truth. But, God is always good. He doesn’t leave me, he doesn’t throw his hands up and walk away, frustrated that I did it again, even though I break his trust. He forgives. And I stand righteous, holy and pure, blameless before him through Jesus. He loves me. Praise God!

Join me, will you? Ask yourself, who am I trusting? Anything other than God will disappoint. Maybe not today, but eventually. Trusting God is not easy. We have an enemy whose purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy. He does that by wrecking our trust in God. We must choose to trust, even when we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1). God is the perfect father. He has given us everything we need to know. We have to trust him with the rest. We must fight the “need to know” with the contentment that comes from knowing the one who does. This is a journey. But God is gracious. He accepts you where you are. But he wants you to grow. Dive into the Word. Right where you are. You don’t have to figure anything out first. Talk with God about your trust, or lack of it. Spend time getting to know him by reading about his character. You will not be disappointed.

The Psalms are a wonderful place to begin, or the Gospels. Jesus is the exact imprint of the nature of God (Hebrews 1:3). If you want to know God, spend time studying Jesus. Remember, God is for you. He wants to be known by you. As you seek to grow in the knowledge of him, your trust grows naturally, you won’t have to force it. Yes, there are times when we are called to step out in faith, when we don’t see and it is terrifying. But, it is our trust in who God is that carries us. Press in. Trust allows us, in the moment of doubt, to make the decision to press in. To remember who God is. Knowing who he is allows us to take steps of faith, to go where we would never have gone on our own. He has gone before you, he made the way. He is worthy of your trust. All of it.

 

 

About Sarah Glassett: 

I am a wife. Mother of two beautiful girls, inside and out. I am passionate about loyalty and authenticity. I love quiet moments, gardening, good books, and the beach. Laughter is of the utmost importance. I am always learning.

I love to share how the love of Jesus has made me brave.

Podcast 014 – “Trust” with Sarah Glassett

 

“Do I trust God?  Is He worthy of my trust?  Is He really good?”

In this episode of the Arise Ministries Collective Podcast, Lisa asks guest Sarah Glassett for help and clarity answering some of these questions. We hope you’ll find this conversation both helpful and challenging as we talk about trusting God together.

Noteworthy Quotes

“Our trust in people can be broken, but our trust in God is never broken.  Even though we’ve broken that trust with God, He’s steadfast and never changes – which is why we can trust him.”

“Trust is a choice.”


“The Word comes before trusting our gut.”


“God hasn’t given us everything – every bit of knowledge.  He’s given us everything we need to trust Him.  We just have to choose.”


“The more time I spend in the Word, the easier it is to step out in faith and trust.  Ultimately we need to remember the Bible is a book or promises made and promises kept.”


“Not once have I regretted stepping out and trusting that God would lead me, maybe somewhere I didn’t want to go, but that He was going to do beautiful things, to glorify Himself in that circumstance.”


“Trust isn’t about ourselves or building a name for ourselves, or making ourselves strong.  It’s to glorify God.”


“When we spend time adoring God’s character I feel like we can grow in His trust.”


About Sarah Glassett: I am a wife. Mother of two beautiful girls, inside and out. I am passionate about loyalty and authenticity. I love quiet moments, gardening, good books, and the beach. Laughter is of the utmost importance. I am always learning. I love to share how the love of Jesus has made me brave.

Little by Little

She spoke quickly and in a language I couldn’t understand – Intensity growing with every word. My new friend repeated one line over and over again, louder and with a sense of urgency until I found a translator to help.

“She wants to share the gospel with you,” the interpreter said.  “To show you that she understands.”

I had just finished teaching a session to a group of native Bengali women and was headed to a fifteen minute break – Selfishly looking forward to samosa, tea, and conversation with the few other English speaking women I’d come to know and love over the previous days.

But God. He has an uncanny way of interrupting our plans with His own, and what followed in the next few minutes would leave an impact I won’t soon forget.  

When given the go-ahead by the interpreter, her face broke out into a relieved smile – Eyes alight with hope. She spoke with passion and authenticity – Pausing only to let the translator catch up and relay what she was saying.

I was in complete awe.

 

“Separated by sin…”

“God in His great mercy…”

“Jesus, conceived by the Holy Spirit…”

“Suffering, He did not struggle…”

“Our eternal life because of His great sacrifice…”

“Guided by the Spirit in wisdom and truth…”

“Until Christ returns…”

 

I took her tiny frame and enveloped it in my own.  “I’m so proud of you!” I declared, and meant every word.

For women to study, learn, and know the Word of God in Bangladesh takes more sacrifice than many of us in North America can fathom.

Christians make up a mere .5% of the country’s Muslim majority. Many women are rejected, ostercised, threatened, shunned, and sent away by their community and family when they claim Jesus as Lord. Husbands may divorce them – Leaving limited ways to care for themselves and their children. Some can’t read or write.

So how do they do it?

Little by little.

Precept upon precept.

With great urgency.

Under the guidance of a mentor.

And, often times, in secret.

 

Unsung Heroes

I wish I could show you pictures of the local teachers – of the Bangladesh locals and missionaries who tirelessly give themselves to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and disciple others in the Word.

I long for you to see the pastors and their beautiful wives – The ones who travel hour after hour by bus, on foot, by boat, rickshaw, or even horse-cart to love, disciple, and equip fellow followers in villages that were unreached only a year ago.  

I wish I could publically boast about the men and women who put their lives and reputation on the line every day as they step out in obedience and sacrifice. If I could, I would put their pictures up on church mission boards so we could all pray for them by face and name.

I so desperately want to share images of the rescuer who runs a program for women coming out of a violent and volatile sex trade industry – Who provides a training center and safe place where they learn their value, the Truth of a Father who absolutely adores them, and where they receive compassionate care, education, and work experience.  

I want you to see the faces of the women who have experienced true freedom because another woman said “yes” when God asked her to rise up.

The truth is, these pillars of strength and beacons of light may never receive earthly recognition for their effort and sacrifice. It would be too dangerous.

Nor do they need it.

Every one of the teachers and leaders we met are beautiful examples of Matthew 6:1  – Humble servants whose righteousness is practiced in secret – Their reward in heaven far greater than any they could gain here on earth.

They are content to simply walk out their knowledge of the Word and love for their Savior.

Every day.  

Step by step.

Mile by mile.

Chapter by chapter.

Verse by verse.

Little by little.

 

Revival

We recently finished a study series about spiritual disciplines in church. Our pastor spoke boldly about how many look for supernatural encounters and seek revival by the masses in an effort to relive an Acts 2 experience. He reminded us that the beautiful manifestations of God are not always in the extraordinary, but rather in the ordinary. The ordinary IS the extraordinary – Study and meditation of His Word, diligent prayer, fasting, confession, silence and solitude…  The sacrifice no one sees.

Be assured of this: There is a revival in Bangladesh – The slow, steady, authentic kind that happens when believers cram themselves into one-room homes and sit cross-legged on the floor – Eyes closed with hands lifted in praise.

When voices rise together in prayer – surrendering the needs of Christian brothers and sisters with genuine compassion and faith that God desires their freedom.

It’s the kind of revival that begins by understanding the power of the gospel and the necessity of discipleship. Studying the Word with heart, mind, and soul – Even if it costs them everything.

It’s a revival where fervency and knowledge of the Word will change a country and a culture for His glory – With great discipline.

One woman at a time.  

Little by little.

 

Also To Note

Freedom Challenge is a community of women who push their bodies to extremes in an effort to raise funds for women and children living enslaved or under oppression.  They summit mountains, trek for days, and do all kinds of other things to raise awareness together – Praying, praising, and reflecting on scripture the entire way. Their mantra, “Your Challenge, Their Freedom, resonates deeply with me. It’s why I jumped at the opportunity to represent Arise Ministries Collective and journey through Bangladesh with their small team. 

You can read more about these stories in a recent article published on the Freedom Challenge website: “Witnessing Transformation for Women in Bangladesh.”

Also, the Summit View “Rhythms” series speaks to the importance of developing spiritual discipline.  You can watch and listen to the sermon where Pastor Michael Hearn refers to the ordinary in the extraordinary by clicking here.

About the Author: Lisa DaSilva is a wife, mom of two teenagers, and advocate for women to love God with their heart, soul and mind as they engage in responsible study of His Word.  She writes, speaks, and teaches the Bible to anyone who will read or listen.

Lisa is a teacher by trade and passion, voice for the marginalized, recovering striver, and lover of simplicity, authenticity, and all things pretty. She enjoys thrift store shopping and often has to convince people she’s an introvert.  Just a loud one.

Lisa loves the local church and is proud to call Summit View Community Church in Vancouver, WA home.

Loving Jesus and making Him known really is her everything.  

 

Write It On Your Heart – Memorizing Scripture

Have you ever wondered how many scriptures you have memorized?  I have lots of pieces running through my head. I can be heard saying things like “There’s a verse that says something like…….. And I think it’s in the book of…….”  But If I’m honest I don’t have many complete verses and references memorized. I actually want to sit down and write them out and keep a log of them, but I haven’t done that yet.  

Towards the end of last year I had this renewed nudging to memorize more scripture.  Like many things in my life, scripture memorization has ebbed and flowed. In January I decided my family would learn one scripture a month and I would learn two.  I was trying to make reasonable goals that could be accomplished, but goals nonetheless. And here it is the beginning of February and we haven’t fully memorized one piece of scripture.  Oh we’re at the point where we can help each other out and together we can piecemeal it together, but it’s not fluid. And so, I write this for motivation for myself and I hope it will be for you too.

Why Should I Memorize Scripture?

We may think we don’t have any need to memorize.  Most of us have multiple Bibles sitting around our homes and in various translations.  We have Bible apps on our phones. We have Google for goodness sake! Scripture is always at our fingertips.  

“Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11

Having His word in our hearts and minds (not just buried in the Bible) will help us keep His statutes and commands at the forefront of our minds so that we do not sin.

“You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Deuteronomy 11:18-19

This one convicts me.  Are His words impressed on my heart and soul?  Can I teach them to my children when sitting around my house or when I’m walking (driving) down the road?  If His word is in my heart and mind I’m much more apt to be ready and able to share it in the midst of our everyday conversations.

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16-17

We gain so much when the word is within us!

What Should I Memorize?

Pretty much anything!  

2 Timothy 3:16 tells us all scripture is inspired by God.

During different seasons of our life, we may cling to different verses.

Are you going through a trial? James 1:2-5

Do you need Hope? Romans 8:18

We should always be praising Him and giving thanks.  Psalm 100

Do you want to be more prepared to share the gospel?  Memorize the “Roman Road” (Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 10:9-10, Romans 10:13)

There are over 23,000 verses in the Bible, so really, it’s almost endless.

How Do I Memorize Scripture?

I learned one of my favorite ways from my mom.  She taught “Children’s Church” when I was young and often used this method.  (Raise your hand if you went to “Children’s Church” while adults went to “Big Church”).  My mom would write the verse out on a chalkboard (I like to use a whiteboard). She would point to each word as we all read it aloud.  Then she would erase one or two words and we would read it again with the missing words. Repeat over and over until the board is completely erased and you can still say the scripture.  This is very quick and works so well with children.

Kay Arthur of Precepts International suggests writing scripture on a note card and reading it every time you eat a meal.  By the end of the week you should have it memorized!

Make your verses beautiful and hang them on your walls.  Looking at them, and reading them, every day will commit them to memory.

For a bigger portion of scripture, read it every day for 30 days.  By doing this you’ll also discover new truths you may have missed the first time.

Singing scripture is one of the most effective for me.  So many can be found online in song form. The only problem?  If you ask me to repeat it to you I may have to sing it back to you. This is also how I know the books of the Bible in order.

A Word of Caution

Scripture can easily be misquoted..  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a scripture on Pinterest or Instagram and thought to myself “hmmmm…..that doesn’t sound quite right.”  I look it up in my Bible and find out that words may have been eliminated or added. If you’re going to memorize scripture, make sure you’re learning the accurate words.

Scripture can be taken out of context.  I bet many of you know Philippians 4:13.  “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”  This one is often used to encourage people to take on something big or go for the gold because you can “do all things.”  However, when we look at it in context we see that Paul is speaking about being able to be CONTENT in every circumstance because Christ strengthens him.  Taken out of context it means something very different.

Use reputable translations.  This goes for all of your Bible studies.  Do your due diligence and research the translation you wish to memorize from.  Use one that is close to direct translation from the original Greek and Hebrew in order to be true to the Word of God.

One More Thing

I seem to be able to memorize, but have difficulty in retaining.  This is one reason I want to write down memorized scripture so that I can be diligent in reading them over and keeping them committed to my memory.  My daughter, Anna, made scripture cards to help with this process. Consider memorizing these, then printing them, cutting them out, and putting them anywhere and everywhere that will help you retain them! Click on the image below, or download the file here.

I would love to hear from you.  What scriptures have you committed to memory?  Which ones do you pull up in times of need or times of rejoicing?

 

Lee Anne HeadshotAbout the Author: Lee Ann DeRoos – Arise Ministries Collective Board Member and Treasurer

“I’m a simple girl. I love jeans and sweatshirts, decaf coffee and dark chocolate. I am a servant. Learner. Worshiper. Gluten-free baker. Hobby Farmer.

I am a wife, mom of two, and daughter of the King, always striving to get out from under my bushel to let His light shine.”

 

 

 

Chosen

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of of him who called you out of the darkness and into his marvelous light.”

I remember the first time I ever felt utterly rejected.

Ugh. It was the worst.

There were small little moments on the playground, in the neighborhood and at Sunday school – when kids were just being kids. Ideally, those small life moments are supposed to prepare you for the bigger ones, but I don’t know that life always works that way. Rejection never gets easier, as we get older the stakes seem to get higher.

I know we have all felt it. Whether it was a parent leaving, a best friend moving beyond you, your first break up… your last break up, your boss firing you, your spouse being unfaithful… We all have these wounds, hidden shame, and deep hurt that comes from exposing your heart and soul – the essence of who you are in a vulnerable way and being left feeling like you are unworthy, never enough. Forsaken.

You and I are familiar with the sting of rejection.

We also all truly desire two things – to be known and to be loved.

This morning when I woke up and began to lick my wounds, reciting the same story that has been haunting me for awhile – God interrupted my pity party and spoke to me.

You are CHOSEN.

When the enemy tries to remind you and I of all that we are not – we need to push back even harder with the truth of who we are.

We are chosen.

If you belong to Jesus, YOU ARE CHOSEN.

Not just as a favor, not out of pity, not because He has to choose you – but because He delights in choosing you.

He knows your innermost being – and he still chooses you…

He knows your darkest sin, your deepest festering wounds, and the ugliest part of your soul and every single morning His mercies are new for you – He claims you, chooses you, and hand picks you to call as His very own. At your best and at your worst you are His prize. When He looks at you and I He sees all that He put in us. He sees works of art. He sees us covered in the righteousness of Jesus.
He knows you have been forsaken – and He knows exactly what it feels like. He was rejected and forsaken too in the most unjust way known to man. If anyone knows the feeling it’s Him. If anyone has the authority in your life to speak the truth of who you are it is also HIM.

So today, fight back.

When the enemy screams what you are not – speak out loud the truth of who you are. Tune your ear to the still small voice that continually speaks over you, you are mine – you are chosen, you are made perfect in me… come out of the darkness and stand confidently in my marvelous light and shine.

Podcast 013 – “The Old Testament and Why We Need to Know It” – Part 2

Do we really need to read and understand the Old Testament?  Isn’t knowing Jesus in the New Testament enough?  How do I even begin to study books like Leviticus, and why is it necessary?

In this episode of the Arise Ministries Collective Podcast, Lisa continues her discussion with Ellen Newman in an effort to understand how historical context changes the way we observe and interpret text.  We suggest reading through the book of Esther before listening to Part 2 of “The Old Testament and Why We Need to Know it” to refresh your memory on this age old story.  We hope you’ll see how a listing digging and knowledge of history helps us uncover truth and see the Bible as one seamless narrative of God’s redemption.

 

Noteworthy Quotes

“The Bible starts to interconnect when you fill in the background.”

“Remember in God’s economy nothing ‘just happens’.”

“See how a little digging can really flesh out a story!”

“Don’t be afraid to use outside resources!  This kind of goes against common study methods but if you don’t understand history you need some help or you are just going to get bogged down.”

“Don’t be afraid to dive in deep into the Old Testament, within a short time you will begin to see how it all works together and it will lead to a great richness in your time with God.”

Ellen’s Recommended Resources

Click directly on the titles below to read about or purchase Ellen’s suggestions:

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible

The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible: ESV Edition

 

About Our Guest:  Ellen Newman was a registered nurse for 45 years and is living proof that you are never too old to go back to school. She returned to college at age 60 to get a degree in Biblical Foundations from Multinomah University, and has a passion for seeing people engaged in the Word of God. Ellen has worked as a Community Pastor for Women at Summit View Church in Vancouver, Washington, and is a seasoned Bible student/teacher.  This picture was taken in Israel – A place she has visited multiple times and is dear to her heart.

 

 

 

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary


I was born on a Thursday morning, bundled up into my mother’s arms and taken to church that very Sunday.  I was passed down the row to my grandmother, passed back to my aunt, and in every way I grew up in the hallowed halls and pews of our local church.  I sat next to my grandmother on the bench of the organ, I helped my mother in the church kitchen, and I even went so far as to eventually marry our pastor’s son.  But long before that, I was a little girl who (very often) sang along with her cassette tapes with a hairbrush into the mirror of her bedroom.

One summer, a choir group of university students came through our church to put on a musical.  I was enraptured by this group as I thought that the girls were so pretty, and the boys were so handsome.  I diligently studied their every dance move so as to recreate the scenes, and I can, in fact, still sing word-for-word a fair number of the songs they sang during their musical based on the story of Joseph. I know this because a quick Google search brought me to a YouTube post that includes every single song, and as I wrote this, l sang them all. And for the record, the singing is still best done with my hairbrush in my mirror despite the decades that have gone by.

It did not hurt at all that the young man playing Joseph was in every way divine to my nine year old heart, and from that day on, the story of Joseph has been a lifelong favorite.  As my own children and I have now circled our many different children’s Bibles innumerable times as we have read each night for years, I am always full of anticipation when we get to the story of Joseph, and I am definitely going to push play on this YouTube collection and sing along to their horror the next time we do.

If you were to read the story of Joseph that begins in Genesis 37, I am sure that you would agree that Joseph sounds absolutely obnoxious.  There he was, talking about in his famous multi-colored coat that his father had given him, going on and on about his lively dreams and the idea that his brothers would bow to him.  As the mother of boys, I can easily imagine how this played out, and I can also easily imagine the irritation that likely reverberated around this group of brothers. In Genesis 37:10, we even see that his father Jacob rebuked him, and given that Joseph was known as his very favorite son, can you just imagine how bad it must have been?  

As the plot moves on, it is not altogether surprising that his brothers opted to drop him into a cistern to leave for dead, though it does seem like a rather dramatic response.  But thanks to a well-timed caravan that passed by, they ended up selling him instead, leaving an angst ridden and devastated father as they returned from the fields with Joseph’s fancy coat, torn and ruined, as if an animal attacked him.

But God was at work as Joseph moves over the years from being sold by his brothers to being a slave, to being in jail, to being the governor of the land of Egypt. Thanks to the dreams that God gave him while he slept as a heads-up, Joseph eventually ends up playing a pivotal role in saving the people of the land, including those very brothers that sold him and his much-loved father.  

But as it often happens in our own lives, nothing about this transformation and resolution happened easily, nor quickly.  

We know from history books that Joseph was in Potiphar’s house as a slave for 11 years, likely in prison for at least two. Surely, he felt lost and forgotten every single day for over a decade, his circumstances changing little, his escape in every way impossible. But remember his dreams from earlier in the story? Joseph finds himself wrongly imprisoned, but there he eventually provides dream interpretations to other members of Pharaoh’s staff who had found themselves in jail for crossing their respective masters.  Can you imagine how this felt? The last time he interpreted dreams he landed in a cistern left for dead. But alas, this time his interpretations quickly came true, leading to a promotion for one jail mate, death for another.

But still, Joseph remained forgotten.  

Genesis 39:2, however, tells us that God was with Joseph, with verse 3 confirms that the Lord gave him success in everything he did.  While the narrative does not overtly tell us that God was at the center of Joseph’s inclinations, his actions and results well indicate that he sought to honor God, and God gave him favor. He wasn’t just a slave, he was the head of Potiphar’s house.  He wasn’t just a prisoner, he had found favor with the guard and was the second-in-command.

Despite his circumstances remaining immoveable, God was with him.

Years passed, and then Pharaoh began have troubling dreams, grasping at what they meant and asking his magicians and sages for an explanation, but not a one could interpret.  And then, at last, the cupbearer, for whom Joseph had interpreted his dream and had found himself promoted, remembered him.

Joseph was remembered!  

In Genesis 41:16, Joseph is summoned and asked to interpret Pharaoh’s complicated dreams, and he says that while he cannot, it is God who will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.  Despite his opportunity to take all of the credit and exalt himself, Joseph gives all glory to God for what he can do for Pharaoh.

Just verses later and in one crazy, unbelievable swoop of events, God makes it possible for Joseph to interpret the dreams of Pharaoh. In a whirlwind of events, Joseph finds himself with the royal signet ring on his hand, a new life as second-in-command to Pharaoh himself, and he is suited up in the best royal linens.  To top it off, Scripture tells us that he is given a gold chain around his neck as he flies through the streets at top speed in his brand new chariot. The story sounds unbelievable; the twist of events impossible to imagine. After decades apart from his family, years spent imprisoned and enslaved, the life of Joseph finishes remarkably, unbelievably well in Genesis 50 with the people of a nation saved, a family reunited and God glorified.

This, my friends, is our God.

Where, in your life, do you feel lost and forgotten?  Do you ever feel left behind, as if you’ve been tossed in a cistern and left for dead?  Have you stopped believing that the God of the universe sees you, remembers you and loves you?  Do you wonder if this is all there is, whatever “this” happens to be for you?

Of the many characters that we meet over the story of God’s people, I feel like the story of Joseph is given so much space in the book of Genesis as his experience rings true for all of us, in one way or another.  While we may not have been the obnoxious brother terrorizing his siblings with dream interpretations, we might have been the young woman that destroyed others with her words, leaving a wake of broken relationships and pain behind us.  While we might not have spent years trapped in prison, we may have suffered at the hands of others and endured consequences that were unbearable, with reverberations that continue to echo in our lives. While we might not have been the right-hand man and the head of a fancy house, we may be the center of our own home, racing kids to and fro, buried in piles of laundry and field trip permission slips and wondering if this is all there is?

While Joseph’s story reads a bit light and breezy, likely because we already know the end, the reality is that Joseph’s life was by no means that simple.  In every way, he lost everything, and it was a LONG time before the hand of God became obvious in a tangible way. So, what do we do when we feel like Joseph did?  How do we move forward in those times of feeling lost and alone?

We are not our beginnings

While Joseph began his life as a favored son, treasured above all others while wearing his fabulous coat, his relationships with his collection of brothers was obviously fraught with pain and strife.  As the mother of boys, I cannot imagine a situation being so dire that either of them would toss their brother and leave him for dead. While surely Joseph contributed significantly to these broken relationships, he paid dearly with years in prison and a decade as a slave.  There was no way for him to text Jacob and let him know that all was well; there was no group text where his brothers could apologize and make things right, so imagine the pain that this family history brought daily to Joseph’s mind and heart. It would have been easy for him to have grown into a man of bitterness, anger and disdain, but Joseph’s track record is that of looking to God, obeying His direction, and looking forward.  While it is impossible to completely separate ourselves from what has happened in our past, through Jesus, all things can be made new and can be used for His purposes. We are not what happened to us, and we are not where we began.

Our decision to obey is honored by God

All over God’s Bible there is ample evidence that our decision to obey the principles laid out for us in Scripture will bring His glory and our benefit.  We are not promised that anything will move on our own time frame, and as a person who absolutely loves controlling my own universe, I find this truth both troubling and freeing.  When I am challenged personally to let go of my own expectations and opt for my own obedience in any given situation, I plant God’s word in my heart to take root, because relying on truth in challenging times is the only way to get through.  Some favorites of mine of late include these, all of them in The Message paraphrase:

Psalm 16:11

Now you’ve got my feet on the life path, all radiant from the shining of your face.  Ever since you took my hand, I’m on the right way.

Lamentations 3:25-27

God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God.

Isaiah 26:3

People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit.  Depend on God and keep at it, because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.

Trouble will find us, but God is with us

I was recently at a conference with many of my Bible-teaching heroes on the platform.  While the words they were preaching were powerful and wise, I found myself studying what had brought them to this place of strength from which they were teaching, and that root was trouble.  Be it consequences from their own decisions, consequences from someone else’s, illness, broken relationships or whatever, trouble found them.

But in every instance, God did too.

Hebrews 11 brings us a list of those for whom this also rings true.  Consider the stories of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah as they all lived lives mired in turmoil, confusion, broken promises and challenges. But they also lived lives overflowing with provision, blessing, surprises and promises kept.  The text in Hebrews continues to point out Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets. All of these stories include sin, brokenness, redemption, and God’s glory. God is with us.  History gives us plenty of proof, and if it was true for this cast of characters, whose failures and triumphs were recorded for us to know, then it is ABSOLUTELY true for us.

God can take the ordinary, and shift it to the extraordinary

We might never know how every story line in our life is going to end.  I may not know if my children will grow up to live lives that glorify Him, I may never see the legacy of faithfulness paying off across generations.  I might not see the resolution of every challenge, or the solution to every problem. But the truth of God is there for us to see throughout history, in every story and in every way that our God keeps His promises, sees every detail through, and can be trusted to take the ordinary into the extraordinary.  When you feel like all is lost and nothing can change, remind yourself that Joseph went to sleep one night filthy, imprisoned, and with a bad haircut. But the next day, he went to sleep wrapped in rich linens, the owner of a fast moving chariot and with a gold chain and signet ring.

God has rich linens, a chariot, a signet ring and a gold chain for you too.  His Word tells us He does! Psalm 16:11 has David praising God: You reveal the path of life to me, in your presence is abundant joy; at your right hand are eternal pleasures.  

God is good, and He has good things for us!  

In the perils and pains in my own life, I have seen God redeem and renew, redirect and change.  While not every problem and challenge has been neatly solved, I have watched God bring unexpected solutions and surprising blessings.  Like the Biblical heroes in Hebrews, we might not see the end of every story, but we can count on our faithful God to stay true to His plan. So, as my nine year old self often did, take out your hairbrush, turn on the music, and sing loud to our God that does not leave us where we are, gives us favor when we obey Him, is with us in our times of trouble, and takes our ordinary lives and makes them extraordinary.  

 

About the Author: Marci-Beth Maple and her family recently moved to Fort Worth, Texas after 3 years spent living in England.  After the season of travel and adventure, no one in her family wants to leave the house and they can now be found enjoying American television, queso and BBQ, only leaving the house for football or soccer, but only after dying on Fortnite.  With one husband, two sons, two kittens and a new puppy, her floors are never clean, but the smiles and fun rarely end.

 

Healing the Church

Some students came forward. All youth group age. The church body is broken.

The church is a mix of all types of people. Young, old and in between. Single, married, divorced, widowed, it’s complicated and so on. It’s also full of people striving to follow Christ and live out the ways in which He has commanded us to live. And it contains people who sin. Sometimes even against those in their local congregation. Sin tears and rips into the fabric of the lives of those directly affected, those that know them, and their church. When sin is committed against others, especially vulnerable children, devastation, anger, vengeance, sorrow, and wrath are introduced into the community. It is something which we can imagine, but don’t want to. It is something that some of us have experienced. It is something some of us have witnessed in our own church.

The church which this occurred is a faithful, God-honoring church. Well respected by the community as well as most of its congregants. The perpetrator was not on staff but a regularly involved member who had many friends in the congregation. That man is now awaiting trial. So what do you do when someone violates the trust developed within a church community? What do you do as a member of the congregation? What can you do?

My husband, Tim, and I work together to offer consulting for people and organizations in turmoil or conflict. We worked with this church to help their leadership and congregation members heal and create support systems to the victims, their families and friends. When my husband brought this possibility to me, I knew that we absolutely should do this. We are equipped to help in certain ways to bring some healing to this brokenness. At the same time, I wanted to avoid this situation at all costs. We have 3 young children, 2 girls and a boy. All I could think about was sometime in the future, my children will be attending youth groups and interacting with fathers of other children, and the thought that something like this might happen to my children terrified me. I didn’t want to interact with this pain for fear of what could be. I know that parents who are reading this are thinking about their own children, maybe even who are youth group age and don’t want to consider that this could ever happen in your church. And I’m not trying to scare you or make you paranoid or afraid, but I want you to understand why I wanted to avoid this very difficult situation. I finally told my husband that we can do the work but only if he does the majority of it and that I didn’t want to know any details that he might hear.

The process of our work with the church surprised me. It turned out that while emotionally difficult at times, it became life-giving. Because what we were offering them was hope, a way forward. It also helped put things into perspective for me. While sin steals innocence, life, and relationships, hope redeems what has been taken.

This is the very heart of the gospel. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Our sin always leads to death but the hope we are offered is forgiveness and reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ, when he becomes Lord of our lives. Hope. Hope in the face of death. So here are three ways you can offer hope, when your church is facing sin and death.

  1. Be available. When someone goes through something traumatic what they need is support. It will look different for every person, but no one will be upset if you offer to be with them, listen to them, and help with meals or errands. You don’t need to have gone through the same thing to be available. The whole idea of support is to find out what you can do for them and what they need. When offering help it’s important not to seek what you need from the person you are supporting. You may need to make yourself feel better or alleviate any uneasiness that you may feel because of what happened. If you need help, then seek help, but don’t seek it from those directly affected by the traumatic event. If you are in a church and don’t know what to do, seek out your leadership and ask them if there is anything you can do or offer to setup something that seems appropriate, but of course be open to the leadership if they have other ideas. If you are a leader at a church, it is important that you seek help from professionals.

 

  1. Share your story. Everyone has had difficulties in their own life. Everyone has experienced harm, pain, and death. If you have not yet experienced healing for your pain, seek out those with the same story and ask them to help you begin your healing process. When you have experienced healing remember, God can redeem the pain and death in your own life when you share about your healing with others who are going through similar situations. Your story will be helpful to others when you have taken the necessary steps to heal for yourself.

 

While this is not an example of sin in the church it is an example of something painful happening to me, I suffered 2 miscarriages. I was devastated and angry this happened. The thing that encouraged me the most was other women sharing their stories of miscarriage and knowing that I would get through this just as they had. It works the same way with other types of pain. If you have gone through something and you are aware of someone else who has, here are some simple steps you can take:

  1. Be prayerful
  2. Approach them
  3. Let them know you know what they are going through.
  4. Let them know you are available to talk if they’d like to.
  5. Give them the option to opt in and use you as a resource.

Now when I hear of other women who have miscarried, I always contact them and give them the option to talk. Sometimes they want to and other times they tell me it is comforting to know they are not alone. Your story is never wasted in an effort to support and comfort another person.

 

  1. Maintain and Attitude of Hope. As mentioned previously, sin pervades our world, and unfortunately our churches. When sin or pain occurs, know that our hope is in Jesus. It is absolutely imperative to not downplay, minimize, or tell people to “let go and let God” but you can still maintain hope while caring for our hurting brothers and sisters. “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” (Psalm 9:9-10) “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10) God does not prevent people from sinning, God does not always stop death from occurring in our world, but he offers Himself to be present with us as we go through these things, and will encourage us, restore us, and use us to help others.

May you be an instrument of God’s hope to those around you.

 

 

Noelle Nightingale M.A., is the President of Nightingale Resolutions as well as a consultant, mediator, trainer, and facilitator. She has over 13 year’s experience in the field of Conflict Resolution and is located in Fresno, CA. To find out more check out NightingaleResolutions.com

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