Missions Trip to Texas, Part 1

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I let my family know that God was urgently putting on my heart to do a one-week missions trip to Texas, sharing Jesus with everyone the same way that the Holy Spirit had been guiding us throughout Spokane. If you missed how powerfully God had been ministering through us the month preceding the trip, here are some of our testimonies:

I sent out a quick email to those who have been following me for years, and some of them thought I was insane to be prompted by God to share the gospel on such short notice. Literally, they were alarming my husband by telling him I was mentally ill. I laughed out loud. It reminded me of Peter and John in the book of Acts, being commanded to stop speaking about Jesus (but Gamaliel telling them that they might end up finding themselves fighting against God), and Paul in front of powerful people who said he was out of his mind to proclaim Jesus to the lost.

“Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Acts 5:38-40

While Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus said in a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad.” Acts 26:24

I prepared my teens ahead of time so that my husband’s food was cooked and his laundry done during the week I was gone. I had assigned my third teen son to cook hot meals from scratch each night (because he likes to cook more than the others). My teen daughter did the laundry. They had their homeschool assignments and completed them while I was gone the one week. My 16-year-old son who works and goes to college has a car, and he took his siblings to Youth Group on Wednesday, where my third teen son runs the sound system for the Youth Group. I have raised competent and bold self-sufficient teens who love Jesus Christ. I did not neglect any duties. My husband went on a 3-week missions trip to the beautiful Czech Republic back when the children were young, with my full support.

A one-week road trip where we literally slept in the car several times, and each day we drove an average of 8-10 hours was NOT our idea of a good time. I don’t like driving. I don’t like car trips. This was not a fun trip to Italy to build a building and then go home (which is fully supported by churches). No—we were led by the Spirit from city to city, fasting and praying for revival for each city and church. We prayed over about 50 different churches on this missions trip—most of the churches were labeled Baptist.

Many people are commanding me to stop sharing Christ and stay at home all day to serve my husband. But he is at work. He is not at home. My teens are self-motivated and are doing a lot of independent study. To accuse me of mental illness or of sinfully neglecting my duties is ludicrous. The house is organized and runs smoothly.

As long as I am doing all of my duties, there is no reason for me to be prohibited from sharing the gospel with the lost, at least in the city of Spokane. And I did not sin by going on a short one-week trip across half of the United States, proclaiming Jesus Christ to everyone we met, encouraging believers and building up the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit was the One who prompted me.

I saw our car like a matchstick with the red part down, lighting a spark of revival wherever we went. We don’t pray wimpy prayers. In some cities we prayed for over an hour, begging God for revival because we felt the spiritual oppression over some of the cities. The trip was urgent because the time is short before Jesus comes, and now that we have returned, the snow is falling heavily in the passes, and we would have lost the window that God gave us to proclaim salvation to the lost before it’s too late for some people. What we accomplished in the Spirit for each city is something only God can say.

Instead of looking at logic or at the appearance of something, ask God to show you the truth. Often the enemy uses false accusations to silence those who are most effective for God’s kingdom.

I will address the monetary concerns of the trip in the next post (especially the ministry car, which ended up costing zero), but needless to say that we spent almost nothing–only gas and inexpensive places to stay–at very cheap motels, at friends’ houses, or sleeping in the car. We mostly ate the food we brought in the car, so the first half of the trip we spent 99 cents total on food. We honored God in everything we did, bringing Christ to everyone in our path.

Here is a quick synopsis of our first day on the road. My phone memory was full after this video, and since it took so long to upload (2 hours!) and we wanted to focus on the mission rather than on social media, we ended up waiting until we got home to share the rest of the trip, which I will share in future posts.

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8 Responses to “Missions Trip to Texas, Part 1”

  1. Maryann says:

    Love this. Sometimes there is no “logic” in our calling based on what society thinks. But the Lord encourages, guides, and propels us with His Spirit to accomplish His will despite what others think of what we should be doing. Can’t wait to see what else you’re called to.

    • Susan says:

      The enemy often uses logic to dissuade people from being truly effective. He will even use isolated Scriptures (like he did against Jesus) to try to cause us to not obey Christ. Satan will do everything he can to thwart God’s will and lessen our impact for the Kingdom of God.

  2. There is no rhyme or reason to the working of God’s spirit in a person’s life. You were prompted by God, what more do you need. You are a wonderful inspiration, Susan! Keep it up. – Amy

  3. Amazing! I love that you follow God regardless of what others think. It is bold and courageous and I am awed by it. God is good. I believe your efforts will be rewarded and I know the gospel will spread. You are truly Chickening IN!!

    • Susan says:

      The opinions of others are nothing compared to the opinion of God. “For man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

  4. Yaa Attobrah says:

    Susan, I admire your boldness for the Lord. Please disregard the opinions of others so you do no lose your way. I am reading some books by Muchelle McClain-Walter – the Esther, which I have completed, the Deborah which I am reading, and the Ruth and Anna Anointing, which talks about of the negative comments women get for stepping out to do ministry. Never you mind, just carry on with the leading of the Holy Spirit. Bless you. Religious spirits have to be silenced, amen!

    • Susan says:

      Stepping out in faith requires boldness, but when you know that the Holy Spirit is guiding you, you learn to disregard those who want to come up against the will of God. These people don’t even bother to pray to ask the Holy Spirit if He is the one who is behind the ministry. They just want things to be done their own way, with lots of red tape, preventing God’s work from being accomplished.

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