The earthquake hit just before 5:00 PM on January 12th 2010, and while tremors in Haiti lasted only 38 seconds, the effects are still being felt. The story of how we got to Haiti and what happened is a long one, but the fact remains that when the earth moved, God changed my life. I’m still feeling the tremors.
Jena and one of her kids.
The above is something I wrote for a grand proclamation I’ve been drafting. It’s now it it’s 6th edition – I just couldn’t write what I wanted to say. I think it’s because it was too full of me and not enough of Him.
I’m writing to tell everyone that God’s called me into full time ministry. I’ve fully surrendered to the seductive grace that Jesus offers and trust Him to provide for us while I strive to do the things He asks.
I desperately tried to craft something to properly convey how grateful I am for your generous giving. Money seemed important – probably the bills and years addicted to “stuff” we’re making amends for.
But it’s NOT the point – serving others is.
Convincing you to send me a few bucks would just cheapen the point. When manipulating you to provide becomes the point of my writing, then it’s time for me to quit saying that I serve God.
I want to tell everyone that I seek God’s face and managing to catch whispers of His still small voice. Please pray that I listen well and humbly live a life in service to Him and those He calls me to love.
As do we all, I occasionally get lost along the way and let life trump perfection. Pray with me that those moments are short lived and full of God’s good grace on fools. Forgiveness is what this is about isn’t it?
I don't think they'd ever seen a Mohawk before.
People investing hard earned capital into a venture want facts and figures, blueprints and specs. All I have is a model for what it could look like if I get it right, but at least it’s a good one.
My model for ministry is Jesus.
I desperately want to be Jesus with skin on for a world that needs to see Him. More than programs and plans and preaching, people crave love. My desire is to love God and love the people He puts in my path.
My goal is to “do small things with great love” (Mother Teresa) by following Francis of Assisi’s formula: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
I’ll work to feed and clothe the hungry. I’ll study and learn and grow as He leads me so I’m able to do His work better. I’ll host a small group and teach others to give their gifts to Him. I’ll go wherever God leads.
I’ll start right here in Chattanooga. I live here, so I can save on expenses and get started now – today – and not worry about funding it. Missions require money, but people should always be the bottom line.
Homemade toys rock.
When asked what the greatest commandment was Jesus answered that it is to love God, followed only by loving others as yourself (Mark 12:30-31). He even said that we should love others the way He loves us, and that our love for others would mark us as His (John 13:34-35).
I’m calling this ministry L1A Missions for Love One Another. God seems to think that’s a swell way to live, and I do too.
I commit to you that people are my focus – secondary only to God – not money, not my time, and certainly not my entertainment. I chose to be available to God and to people in need everywhere.
What Do I Want?
My house cost about $65,000 - and I'm poor?
Do ministry and pray with me – and for me. Pitch in with your effort and prayer. I’d rather have your prayers, but do need money in order to pursue my call. I even have a PayPal account to make it easy!
Your generosity will make it possible to feed the hungry, quench the thirsty, and provide for strangers. Together we’ll take steps to cloth the naked, care for the sick, and visit the prisoner (Matthew 25:34-36).
We have an upcoming project with Habitat for Humanity and another with feeding the hungry of Chattanooga, a project Jenifer and I have been involved with for over a year and are praying to expand.
We also have an opportunity to go back to Haiti very soon – something we’ve been praying about since we got back from there. We’d need $2,500 for us both to serve in an area hit by the cholera epidemic.
There are also visits to Kenya, Nicaragua and an inner-city Chattanooga VBS being planned – Lord willing.
Call me at 423.503.129, e-mail me at L1AMissions@gmail.com or see L1A Missions on Facebook for details.
What makes you truly valuable to me isn’t your money. What will allow me to hear His voice and fulfill His calling is your faithful prayer and a little bit of your help. We can touch lives and be used to spread the Gospel. God very much wants to use us to save lives. Let’s love God and others – together.
For now we start with what’s before us, trusting Him to lead. Please pray with us, and support as He leads.
His servant and yours,
Keith Riddle for Clan Riddle
Keith, Jenifer and Abby in back, Emily and Katie in front
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