Since I was young, God has graciously given me a passion for reaching the unreached. At the age of 16, I began to have a strong desire to not only pray and give, but also to go and personally tell people about Jesus who had never before heard of Him. I asked the Lord for direction. There were so many unanswered questions. Where? When? With what organization?
These questions were answered in a totally unexpected way. I was looking through CD-roms from different mission organizations that we’d received through the Mission Connexion Northwest Conference. I came across the interactive CD from Operation Mobilization (OM) regarding their ship ministry. My family was familiar with the ministry of OM but I researched the ship ministry in particular. In the end, I realized that the Logos Hope was the answer to my prayers.
It's been wonderful to see how God has worked things out. The ship will be in Phuket, Thailand in August of this year! My mom was born and raised in Thailand and I’ve studied Thai as my second language in high school so this is perfect. The rest of my time onboard the Logos Hope will be in Malaysia.
I don't know if you're familiar with the Logos Hope or not. OM has a video series of the Logos Hope online: http://www.omships.org/shipshots/. In a nutshell, its mission is to bring knowledge, help and hope to the nations of the world. The Gospel is central to this. It is the most important knowledge, the greatest help, and the only true source of hope. Yet practical service is a huge part of the Logos Hope ministry as well. One of its main attractions that draws crowds of people is its book fair which contains over 7,000 different book titles. The Logos Hope is a unique ministry and I eagerly look forward to partnering with you to serve the Lord and others in this way.
I must raise $985 for the trip costs (required by OM for room & board on the ship) before July 3rd. Otherwise, I will not be able to go. However, that is not all. I also need approx. $1700 for airfare there and back. Including misc. expenses, I have to raise a total of around $3000.
Please consider a tax-deductible gift of $25, $50, $100, $200, or some other amount. You can donate online by clicking the following link and completing the online donation form (indicating me "Alyssa Melody Liljequist" as the OM Missionary and including my account number): https://usa.om.org/GiveOnline/. My account number is 8-11025054. Note: If you don't mind, please let me know if you decide to give and if so, how much, in order that I can keep track of how much more money I need to raise.
I also ask that you pray for me. Please pray for protection and provision for me. And please pray that I would honor Christ in everything I do and that I would act with wisdom, boldness, and love.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
It's hard to believe. After 3 long months of waiting and waiting to hear, I was accepted by OM to serve onboard the Logos Hope!!! I had a lot of time before officially being accepted to consider what my first reaction might be. Dancing around the room? Screams of joy? Hopping up and down? Telling everyone as fast as I could?
No. My eyes watered with tears of joy and thankfulness. All I could think or say at first was Thank You, Lord!
After a couple minutes soaking it in by myself, I went to tell my mom. She was so excited for me. I was so excited, too :)...I still am.
It was unreal. This is what I had been praying and hoping and dreaming would happen for months. And now it had happened! I'd clung to a belief that it would (hopefully) happen. But now it was real. I couldn't focus on anything else for the entire day.
Since then, I've had to stay in touch with the real world. Wrapping up school. Exercising. Planning my graduation/18th birthday party. Writing. And much more.
Of course, there's a lot of stuff to prepare before I can leave in August. (Can you believe it's less than 2 months away?!? I know. It's crazy. Crazy-good, that is.) Today I am going to get my two required innoculations. I am continuing to raise support. I also need to brush up on my Thai (and learn more!).
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Approximately 400 people serving from over 40 different countries working to bring knowledge, help, and hope to the world. I can't put my enthusiasm and excitement into words right now :).
God Gave Us Two by Lisa Tawn Bergren is a cute picture book. It was a pleasant break from thicker books I'd been reading. It helps children understand the blessing of a new baby. Throughout the book, Little Cub is told, "God gave us you. Now He's given us two!" They let her know how much fun she can have with her new sibling...normal things like snowball fights...and unique things like iceberg hoppin' and puffin pouncin' :). The book shows how a mommy's tummy gets bigger and bigger. When the baby is about to be born, Little Cub goes to stay with her grandparents. There's a surprise at the end. *Spoiler* During the book, Little Cub wonders if she'll get a baby brother or a baby sister. In the end, she gets both! Two adorable tiny polar bear cubs.
While I am obviously not the target audience for this book, it was still fun to read. The illustrations by Laura J. Bryant are sweet and playful. I would recommend God Gave Us Two to anyone who is expecting a new baby and already has children...or as just another nice picture book for your kids to read!
~I was given this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for my honest review.