*Buy 1 for you and gift someone you love with 1 as well!
*Pledge T-shirts for your whole family and then set out a jar for your kids and spouse to toss change into to pay yourself back . . . or donate that too, of course 😉
*Decide as a youth group, dorm, or SS class to all buy and wear your “Go LO Go” shirts the same day as one more way of spreading the word about my race and God’s mission!
I am thrilled to know that you will all be wearing your T-shirts, spreading awareness of my mission and remembering to pray for me for the 11 months I’ll spend in 11 different countries!!
My team ROCKS and are going to look super awesome in your T-shirts!!!
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“And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].” 2 Corinthians 9:10
As told to me by my blogger statistics (From my personal blog “my story, His story” . . . I apparently have a broad readership in Russia! This of course I find fascinating! Why Russia? I have no idea! But I figured that whatever the reason, these faithful readers deserve a post dedicated to them!
Therefore, as tribute to my faithful readers in Russia AND because Russia happens to be 1 of my 11 countries with the World Race, this week’s Moving Forward post is all about . . .
Russia is the country of vast landscapes, vibrant life, beautiful contrasts, and interesting people. Taking an immense space of 9000 kilometers from west to east and 5000 from north to south, being home to people of so many different nationalities and traditions, Russia is often called a “bridge” between Europe and Asia, both culturally and geographically.
Since the ancient times Russia has been transforming and re-shaping itself, its boundaries, its culture. In the ancient times, the Slavs, Finn tribes, Tatars, had made their way through Russia, and this mix of many different nations and their traditions has defined the unique Russian character and culture.
Now that you know a little bit about the country and its’ people, I want to share something personal about Russia with you . . .
In Spring of 2008, my roommate and I were supposed to travel to Russia and were not able to go in a sudden turn of events. We were both quite bitter over it, to be honest! We both really felt led to go on this trip and were unable to, bottom line. We were both blessed, not even 3 months later, to travel with a wonderful group to Peru! We spent 3 weeks in the mountains and cities of Peru, sharing Christ and overcoming some amazing obstacles along the way. God had/has a plan. 2 years ago, I was unable to find the peace I needed from the Lord to travel to Russia with another group of my friends who were traveling there on mission. I stayed home and picked them up from the airport when they returned. My time in Russia has been delayed over and over again. I PRAY that the Lord’s will is what I have been confident in and that is that I will indeed finally arrive in Russia for month 3 of my World Race . . .I am beyond thrilled!
My missionary friends have spoken of a darkness there, a need for joy. God has been filling me with joy for 5 months and I can’t WAIT to get there and spread a little around! Many of the countries I am set to travel to have a burden on my heart because of the ways in which I know God will use me to serve there . . . Russia is different in my spirit. Holds a different emotion/knowledge.
I will be changed in Russia. God wants to change my heart . . . something about me and He plans to use Russia . . . and Russians to do it.
The pics you have seen in this post are from a few of my friend’s journeys to this country that our GREAT God surely loves. Russians, friends, family, know that you are LOVED. and that you have a great purpose. Blessings!
PS Will you join me in my mission? Here are a few ways:
1. Click here to donate online (1 time or monthly gift!)
2. Send check to Adventures In Missions at:
Adventures In Missions
PO Box 534470
Atlanta, GA 30353-4470
*Be sure to indicate the purpose of your gift on your check: Lauren Clement (The World Race)
3. Buy a “Go LO Go” T-shirt for $20 (Post your desire to buy in a comment below)!
4. Inquire about my coming to speak about my trip to your favorite group of people by commenting below!
Tonight . . . I just feel like writing.
“To Be Mature” (I do not use this paraphrase often or ever but The Message speaks this passage so well)
1-3 “In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.”
My heart can only be expressed some nights in the written form. I believe this to be because I talk so darn much that the impact of my feelings are often lost on even me, much less my listener. Haha! So tonight I take a break from my World Race driven posts to open up a bit . . .to delve into my soul for just a moment.
I do not wish to say that the World Race is away from the center of my current universe but mostly to say that it is an extension of who I am meant to be at this moment in God’s time and can not define who I am outside of my current purpose on this earth. I am meant to go and yes, you are right in thinking that it is what I have exuded most the last little while while doing life here in this place. I have tried to live broadly but my verbal release is most often secluded within the realms of this grace driven journey around the world. I had to clarify about my continued love for the mission, while presently requesting to step outside of the confinement of its’ much needed expression to lean into what God has been doing in my soul otherwise.
He’s been doing a lot . . . and others have noticed. I must tell you.
To begin may I say that this weekend alone left me feeling enormously blessed to be still residing stateside for such a time as the EWomen’s conference. What a blessing . . . and a reminder of a burden. My favorite speaker/author/woman of bravery of all time is Angela Thomas (If you have to say, “Who is she?” you must immediately google her name or click the link to the right of this post following the close of reading this to find out for yourself! Not only did I hear her speak for the 3rd time in person (Will never grow dull to me, nor could she to anyone) but we also served at tables backing up to one another, preaching our own mission . . .which are so very much the same at the heart: a woman breaking free from the bondage of sin and/or heartache and living a life of joy in Jesus Christ’s glorious victory! She really is my unknown mentor as she serves to many women across the world. I pray for many, many blessings over her life, family, and ministry en-devours.
Angela gave me one word of advice when I spoke with her during one of our sessions breaks . . . finish your education. God has already spoken to my heart on this matter . . .really for years now so this was no shocking word and I completely intend to do just that when I return from my 11 months away. She gave hearty approval to the World Race and took my support card with her as she left Pensacola. I asked her to pray for me and I truly believe she will. Thankful am I for even a few minutes with her. She is a sinner saved by grace, just like you and I. I know this and I take joy in the fact that someone like us can accomplish so much with Christ at the helm . . .she is living her potential and that, to me, is most inspirational.
There were other speakers who spoke words that stood out to me at the EWomen’s Conference. One of which was Lysa Terkeurst! Lysa serves as the president of the Proverbs 31 Ministry and I have heard her voice-overs on K-Love for years! To see her in person and to hear stories from her “normal” life were really fun and extremely helpful for my souls’ requested answers.
Let me explain by telling you that I am known by those closest to me for some pretty radical “Freak Outs” as they have so sweetly been labeled! Haha! These outbursts are for real (I know, you’re all shocked! Haha!) and they come usually associated with fear. Fear of loss, lack of control . . . something along those lines. I know we all have our “thing” that God has to chisel out of us and these Freak Outs are the area He has hammered hard on for a while. A pretty deep issue to be honest. A product of the past and a current crutch that I had not been willing to let go of. I needed to let go though . . .while they often make me feel better (Kind of like going for a run after an argument), they mostly left someone in the wake of my outburst feeling degraded and used. NOT at ALL my intention, however true story.
The last few months, really since about mid January, God has been breaking me of this bad habit. He told me clearly to let it go and it has been a painful process. Learning to be quiet when I want to speak and learning to move forward when I want to stay and fight . . .these are the things that He has been challenging me with and it was time to hear a word of inspiration on it and to formulate a solid plan for escape from this chain in my life. Now that I have laid that out there for the world to see and know, Lysa’s words will make SO MUCH more sense to you and you will know immediately the relief I found in having a PLAN for the next time I come across the moment of decision before I decide to move forward in verbal assault!
Lysa told a story about her family’s recent underwater adventure. They decided to all be certified as divers so they could share in this activity as a family. Upon certification, they went on a family dive. Quickly after reaching the bottom, a sea creature began to repeatedly attack one of her daughters, slamming itself into her head over and over! Her daughter panicked and then chaos ensued as Lysa herself began to panic for the safety of her children. Mamas, from what I understand, will do just about anything to protect their children. After an overly quickly swim to the top of the water, the diving “Master” as he was called sat the entire family down side by side (Including the parents) and spoke directly to them with these words, “When faced with the decision to “Freak Out” . . . look to the Master and see if He is freaking out. If the Master is not freaking out, you have no reason to either.”
Yes, you see where this is going.
I ask you to pray for Lysa, each of you reading this post, she is suffering from internal damage to her ears and has a constant ringing in her left ear after surgery to both of them. Her hearing loss is significant at this time all because of her quick assent to the top of the water. Apparently you must ascend gradually for your ears to adjust to the pressure properly. She did not take the time to do this and she is now suffering for that panic quite specifically. As a public speaker, you can imagine why this news brought her to soft tears as she told us this weekend. Her surgeries were only last week and this news of possible permanent major hearing loss is new to her heart. I thank you for your prayers, God is her healer 🙂
Her Dive Master’s words wrung in my ears as if they were meant specifically for me. Not to be selfish but I needed to hear that if no one else in the room did!
. . . look to the Master and see if He is freaking out. If the Master is not freaking out, you have no reason to either.
My Master NEVER freaks out. So there ya go.
“Focused on the Goal”
12-14I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. 15-16So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.
Now, I am human and will make mistakes but now I have a plan. I’ve asked God to give me the forethought to pause and seek Him about His response to my circumstances or the words that have been spoken to me. To take the few seconds that could be the determining factor of whether or not someone gets hurt. I’ve committed to this. You know there’s not much in listening to great words if you leave and never apply what you’ve learned and had pressed upon your spirit. Mine was this.
Amen to that word, Lysa!
Beyond this weekend, I will say that my joy has been full. I’ve written about this earlier in the year but I have quite decided that we are what we read. Since my devo focus this year so far has greatly surrounded the word “Joy” and all its’ implications and applications, I have found that my personal outlook has greatly shifted into this joyful direction as well! Jesus, the reason I exist, the very Person that my soul should accommodate, has made this sinner glad. I myself can do nothing, He, in me, can make change for joy! Jesus is the source. My disposition has been happier in general and my step has been that much more springy! People have noticed . . . and commented, as people do 🙂
I appreciate the comments, it’s confirmation that the Lord is working and that I am allowing Him to mold my broken vessel into something beautiful and useful in His daily workings and what have you! The chiseled spirit is the contented spirit and the endurance brought from testing fires, is the brilliance in the end that brings forth life-change and great living in desert or oasis!
I’m ready to change. I have to continue to change to be more like Christ. Part of this change is preemptive to my coming race but partly, it is what will happen after I leave. Change is happening and I know when and where. As to the how . . .well, “Only God knows and He ain’t telling” (Only time I will ever use the word “aint” in my blogging, haha!). I used to be afraid of change but I’ve noticed recently that God brings beautiful things from natural change. Beautiful relationships, experiences . . .many things that would never have been noticed had change not occurred. Change is often difficult but what good thing isn’t!
I’m smiling as I type mainly because I have opened up just a little. It feels good to tell you about the inner workings of my soul. I plan to do this a bit more, now that I am in a rhythmic posting system for WR. my story, His story will host a few more posts about God’s current movements in my soul. He lives there and does a lot, as I’m sure He does in yours as well! He deserves to be talked about, really more than anything else for all eternity. May I walk what I talk and therefore talk about Jesus more and more.
Speaking of that, would you be willing to post a response below? Include your thoughts on this post, what has been addressed, and definitely anything God is doing in your life personally.
I am a little off this week on my 3 posts a week goal! And now I continue this wacky week of postings with this incredible update taken from my FB status . . .
Miracle Day #98! Hahah! Opened my mail tonight to find $2,050 given towards my World Race!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BLESS THE LORD, OH MY SOUL!
. . . I’m going.
As I sip my Iced Caramel Macchiato and look back on this day, I can only sigh with complete joy and satisfaction at the goodness of my God! He is awesome!
Started this morning with prayer over the incredible fulfillment of my dear friend and award winning recording artist, Priscilla Sapp’s, dream . . . we ministered this afternoon as a team to 700 kids at Warrington Middle school! What an opportunity to shine and bring about lifechange!
Priscilla spoke and sang after we presented a skit (I played a character in this) and then a little bit of dancing closed out the assembly. We addressed rampant topics like drugs, alcohol, teen pregnancy/abstinence, bullying, etc . . . they listened, they responded, and I walked away completely moved by God’s use of His people to speak into the lives of our youth, some down and out!
One little 12 year old girl walked up to us and said, “I’m pregnant . . . thank you for coming . . . I wish you came a couple of months ago but I still say thank you.” Mm. What do you say to that?
I ran back to the house (We all know that I don’t mean literally! ha!) where Iscarfed down a bowl of pasta with butter, salt, and garlic powder sprinkled on top! There was no time for even a little sauce! Haha!
Next I zoomed off to a dance choreography session with my 6 other Gull Point Center instructors (What an event it was to teach Ballet/Pointe instructors to “pop” isolation techniques . . . I was lovin‘ every minute, you know I was!!Haha!
Lastly, I received a call asking me to run to Pace, FL to speak on “Purity” for teens and their moms. Not knowing the group of females at all, I just prayed for God’s wisdom and for Biblical insight and WENT FOR IT! The blessing of my heart was that my mama was there to hear me speak for the very first time! AMEN to that! What a moment of victory 🙂
After such a long and yet glorious day, I am compelled to write not only about your opportunity to give to my World Race (78 days and counting!!) for which I am ever so grateful but also about the multiple opportunities to serve your purpose on this earth that open up when you allow yourself the freedom to serve WHEREVER God places you in this life. I did not ask for 1 thing I was a part of today . . . unless you count this prayer, “God, use me! Wherever, whenever, however. Amen”
I encourage you to GET OUT THERE . . . TOMORROW and serve a Holy and powerful God because He is alive and He wants to use YOU to change other’s lives! He will use YOUR strengths because they came from Him anyway 🙂 He knows you, He sees you, He loves you . . . To borrow a well known company’s slogan . . . JUST DO IT!
Many blessings “as you go.”
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(T-shirt option 2: $20)
5 ways to help my World Race:
1. Buy a T-shirt
2. Buy more than 1 T-shirt (Hah!)
3. Share with your friends on FB, Twitter, and by word of mouth about my 2 T-shirt designs for sale!
4. Wear your shirt EVERY DAY once it arrives (Just kidding! But seriously!)
5. Pray for the sales of my T-shirts and the up and coming financial deadline: May 5th – $3,500
“A man’s harvest in life will depend entirely on what he sows. If he sows for his own lower nature his harvest will be the decay and death of his own nature. But if he sows for the Spirit he will reap the harvest of everlasting life by the Spirit.”(Galatians 6:7-8, Phillips)
For LOVE’s sake I tell you about my dear friend, Amy, and her inspiring passion for the people of Kenya, Africa!
I LOVE that I have friends with passion for the places I am going. This makes me feel a bit more normal for taking off of US life for a year to hit the world hard core with God’s LOVE. It’s been done before! Haha! Actually, I come from a long line of peeps who gave up a lot more than I could imagine for the sake of bettering the world by bringing it hope . . . them hope. Jesus is the hope that I intend to offer the people of Kenya. My friend, Amy, feels the same way 🙂
She has visited its’ people several times now and I quote her when I say . . .
“My all time favorite pic – it’s the kids listening as I tell the story of the good Samaritan leading into the gospel. They are SO so so so so hungry for the TRUTH.”
I look at these faces and I think . . . each one has a story . . . one that points to God’s bigger story. I must go and tell them, in case no one has, that their life is not purposeless . . . they each have a mission to fulfill for the God that sacrificed everything to save their souls! In this, I pray that they will mirror God’s love as well and help anyone, at any time, and for all of the right reasons. Because they owe God everything, even though He asks for only one thing . . . your love in return.
I can completely relate to Amy’s words when she states quite honestly . . .
“I could talk for days. My heart is there, still.”
As she sent me the information I requested about her trips to Kenya (simply to share with you, my team), I could feel the aggression of her spirit in wanting to DO SOMETHING for them, her people that look nothing like her.
Amy told me details about her trips to Kenya that I wish I had space to share but I will leave you with 2 more photos that represent to me the culture to which I will be venturing and the heart my sister in Christ has to share her life with those who live in filth and yet brighten the soul of the traveler with their sponge like heart, soaking in all you have to offer . . . I want to offer them truth and LOVE as Amy has been doing for years:
Thank you, Amy, for “Going” when you are called. Many prayers and blessings in this for the future 🙂 AS one of my faithful World Race supporters, I take you with me.
NOW . . . on to the LOGISTICS!
Today was the day when my finances for my trip were depleted . . .sad day but not altogether! The lot I held onto (Instead of turning into AIM) was for immunizations and Insurance. Well my FIRST 4 shots of immunizations were $200 alone (I need to go back 2xsmore :/ ) and the insurance in total was $381.90. I had $500 set aside from the fundraisingup to this point.
AKA I’m in the hole a bit and I will need $100 just to cover what I’ve spent thus far (Immunizations & Insurance bought today) and I will need the rest of my immunizations to be covered as well in the VERY near future.
I speak boldly to you now for I feel the Lord tugging on my heart to do so . . . I need your help 🙂
So many of you have been giving what you can and I appreciated it more than I literally could ever express! Thank you! This is a specific need that means staying or going. I believe that I am going and I need your help to prep my body to go!
If you are able to donate towards my immunizations/insurance, can you contact me by messaging me on FB or texting my phone: . E-mailing me would be fine as well: firstname.lastname@example.org
I know this gift seems maybe to be not as glamorous as some of the others . . . Africa is disease infested, probably only second to India in being a safety hazard for my health. This gift is BIG towards my trip and I can’t wait to see WHO God uses to allow me to finish this step in “Going” up!
I stand in awe of my God and His giving people 🙂
Click this link to see lyrics to a song that celebrates God and His LOVE (Okay, I’m back to love . . . I can’t stay away too long! Haha!): SONG!
Good Monday evening everyone!!!
“One day without shoes” is a designated day out of each year where the world is asked to NOT wear shoes . . .to go BAREFOOTED!!!
Children in multiple countries around the world do not have the privileged of owning even ONE pair of shoes . . . and we want those who have even ONE pair . . . and those like me who have more than I’d like to admit . . . to be aware of the needs of others
. . . and then to DO SOMETHING NOW about it!
“1 for 1” is the slogan that TOMS shoes has used for years to represent their mission. A person (you!) buys 1 pair of TOMS shoes and 1 pair is given away to a child in need some place in the world. You have actually bought 2 pairs of shoes and you will wear 1 while the other goes to that child who has none.
Another reason to share our “shoe wealth” (lol) is because of the disease that is spread when a person goes without shoes and lives in filth.
I’m grateful this week to connect my World Race mission with that of TOMSshoes for the collective goal of helping improve the world we live in and show a little love to the others on our planet who go without.
Click here to read my TOMS.com WR story!
My “focus country” for THIS week is . . .
Kenya is one of the places that TOMS reaches with their shoes because of the great need to stop the spread of Chiggers in children’s feet across its’ land.
Kenya will be my 4th country I travel to!!
When I was a little girl, I was given a doll by my parents and her name was “Kenya” because she was from Kenya, Africa . . .there was a story on her box that was supposedly HER story and I believed it with all of my heart. As I sat and braided her hair, I often wondered what it would be like to travel to her land.
I prayed that God would allow me to travel to Kenya as a missionary.
God answers prayers 🙂
So . . . for every little girl or boy in Kenya, I ask you to do a few things:
1. DO NOT WEAR SHOES on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 (TOMORROW!) and encourage your friends and family to do the same!
2. Buy a pair of TOMS shoes at their website: http://TOMS.com
3. Support my mission (It has been said that I might have the opportunity to give TOMS away and I’d LOVE to do that inKenya while I’m there!): Click ME!
Many blessings this week as we celebrate the life that was given for us, JesusChrist and His resurrection from the dead! He is alive and well and we are here to bring Him glory by living to our potential. Let go and live 🙂
PS Comment below if you go barefooted tomorrow, buy TOMS shoes, and/or give to my WR!!
5 ways to DO SOMETHING for my WR:
1. Buy “Go LO Go” T-shirts: $20 and available here:
2. Buy “Go LO Go” bracelets! Click here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/AuntBeesStuff?ref=pr_shop_more
3. Donate straight to my race here:
4. Have me share about my race with YOUR group! Email me for more info:
5. Purchase something off my packing list! A few of the items I need still are listed below for your convenience:
- Rain Jacket
- Chacos (All terain shoes): $110
- TOMS (Comfy Shoes)
- Bathingsuit (1 piece or Tankini)
- Sarong (Used as towel)
- I-phone & Portable Keyboard (I will use this 1 communication device instead of a lap top, camera, I-pod, and phone)
Please pray for my World Race . . . some can only give in this way and I tell you the truth, I am just as grateful! Whatever you can do, you can do 🙂
My “Go LO Go” team is awesome!!!!