Connect Locally – James Mission: Nowata

20170210_084649I know that this is slightly a different type of post for me, but I wanted to take a moment, before we move away from the area, to recognize a very worth while ministry outreach in the Nowata / Bartlesville, OK area.

Over the course of the last 2 years or so, I have been privileged to know and work with Allan facebook_1486737907207Cothran head of James Mission Nowata. They have just last week moved into their new facility in downtown Nowata. If you live in the Northeastern Oklahoma area, be sure to connect with Allan and come to the open house (date to be determined soon).


What exactly is James Mission?

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27 (ESV)

Below taken directly from their website: http://www.jamesmission.org

  • fb_img_1486736915104Our Mission is to restore Hope through God’s Love and Grace by providing resources, encouragement and support to those in need.
  •  Our Vision is to equip communities to serve and care for Orphans, Widows, Foster and Displaced Families by providing resources, connections and training for immediate and long term relief.
  • On average we provide for 60 children a week and continue to grow daily. It all started with just a few donations and a small table in our garage and now we have grown into our very own location that houses the Resource Center and the Visitation Center. Our visitation rooms are designed to give biological parents and their children a safe and family friendly environment for their visits together.
  • And our newest project is our Mission: Loads of Love.  Often when a child is removed from their home, it is with what they can quickly stuff in a trash bag.  Clothes, favorite toys, books, even treasured keepsakes are left behind…..Sometimes forever.  Loads of Love fills that mission. This is an ‘On-call’ delivery of filled suitcases/bags for kids who are newly placed into Emergency Foster Care.
  • We have opened another branch in Nowata that is ran by an amazing family, Allan & Jennifer Cothran. They help meet the needs of those in Nowata and surrounding communities. To learn more about James Mission Nowata just click the link below.

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Allan and his wife Jennifer have themselves adopted twin girls, are in the process of adopting a third, and hope to adopt a forth child whom they are caring for right now. They have a heart for children and families, not to mention, witness the love of Christ.

If you wish to learn more, connect with Allan today!

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James Mission Nowata: facebook

Allan Cothran: facebook

James Mission: main website / facebook

Lyndsey Reyes, Executive Director/Founder: facebooklyndsey@jamesmission.org

Joey Reyes, Associate Director/Founder: joey@jamesmission.org


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Joel and Krista – Longing for What Makes Us Happy

20160729_191139This summer we were privileged to have Joel and Krista , missionaries in Costa Rica at the Spanish Language Institute, come to our home and share with a small group of us (pictured). Joel and Krista are supported from donors that give to Grace Missions International out of Bartlesville, OK and are not paid by SLI. Read More

Powerful Interview From A Front-line Missionary

Brother Kevin Turner, Founder and Director of Strategic World Impact, http://www.swi.org, is a dear brother in Christ and a friend of mine. A couple years ago I was introduced to this 5 part interview from a few years back. I highly recommend listening to this. I am always greatly edified, challenged and brought to tears when I listen to this. Listen to all five (about 20 min each)or one a day for 5 days. Either way, I am sure that the Lord will speak.

Powerful 5 part interview with Kevin. This is sure to challenge your faith!

Also, read this excerpt from Kevin’s past – a testimony of God’s grace.

“A Daughter and A Picture of God’s Grace”

 

Blessings,

Jeremy

The Foothills of True Grace / Realities of a True Christian / As Christ: A Man and Marriage

Kill Racism – Not Me

And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each on of us.”

~ Acts 17:26-27 ~

20150326_154635On my way home from work today I stopped at a gas 20150326_154536station in north Tulsa. Looking over at the edge of the road I saw some men sitting with a table with T-shirts, so I went over to talk with them. Turned out, these men from KillRacismNotMe (facebook), are Christians set out to battle racism and hate of all sorts.

20150326_154619When I asked Orsbon Hawkins Jr. what was their scriptural basis for their vision, he said Acts 17:26. Both O. J. and Pastor Cleo Harris Jr., of A New Day Fellowship, desire to take the love and power of God to the hurting people of our world. Their ministry is more than simply combating racism of colors, but one that is combating the racism and anger in the home, in families, in the Tulsa area and beyond. They have been faith to God’s calling regarding this ministry for over a year.

20150326_154540When you have a chance, check them out and connect with them. The one thing O.J. asked for more than anything is prayer. I was overjoyed to hear this request, for O.J. understands where true power and walking with God is found. It was wonderful to see their commitment and even more wonderful to have such sweet fellowship in Christ and to talk deep of an applied Theology in action. These men are devoted to the Lord’s calling and passionate about helping people. Thank you for the C.D. my brothers!


Peace and blessings,

Jeremy Strang – www.time2stand.com / facebook

Most Influential Sermons In My Life

downloadThe below sermons have been used of God as the most influential sermons in my life. They have convicted me of sin, led me to desiring more of the power of God on and in my life, and caused me to desire my Lord even more. Although the Lord may not use these for you as He has for me, they are still of a good and edifying help to all who will listen and search the Scriptures.

Many blessings in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Shocking Youth Message – Paul Washer

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Glory of God in Marriage – Paul Washer (click here)

 

Trust God – God Always Provides – Paul Washer

 

The Judgment Seat of Christ

 

Run For Your Life – Carter Conlon

(message given just after 9-11)

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Ten Shekels and a Shirt – Paris Reidhead (click here)

 

A Call to Anguish – David Wilkerson

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More Messages that I recommend here.

 

NEWS – Christians being “systematically” slaughter by ISIS.

Christians are being slaughtered, beheaded and some women are being taken as wives for ISIS. Watch the video here…

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This should greatly affect us; affect us in our prayer life, our profession of faith, and to consider what we can do.

If you were not aware, there is a ministry based in out of Bartlesville called, Strategic World Impact, www.swi.org, founder Kevin Turner. They go to war torn and persecuted areas and areas of natural disasters. Check them out!

In peace and the love of Christ,

Jeremy Strang

Reality

Reality.

Welcome-To-RealityI have debated in my mind for some time about posting this video, but I feel I must. This is reality for millions of people, especially those who hold fast to a true Christian faith. We in the Western culture who profess to be Christians need to seriously wake up, for most I dare say, must be truly born again. I warn you now, this video is difficult to watch, BUT THIS IS REALITY FOR MILLIONS.

Pastors, teachers, preachers, listen to me, stop preaching superficial messages that are man-centered and void of the deep and true love, grace, repentance and convictions of Christ. Seek to educated, challenge and build up the body of Christ to know the truth of the Scriptures and what our brothers and sisters in Christ are suffering for the name of Christ. Let the word of God bring conviction unto godly sorrow and repentance and eternal life. Try preaching these few Scriptures for  the upcoming weekend services:

 “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride,excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it.” Ezekiel 16:49-50

“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” Hebrews 13:3

Romans 1:18-2:11

…and so on.

 

I agree with Leonard Ravenhill when he says, “Our pulpits today are occupied with puppets rather than with prophets, with organizers rather than with agonizers.”

 

Reports are now coming out about the 250 Christian girls who were abducted from Nigeria last month (Read more here). The horrendous suffering and torture is greatly on the rise. For more information on Christian persecution, please visit: http://www.time2stand.com/persecution

You can still get a copy of Realities of a True Christian on pdf for a free download here or purchase here.

What is really possible?

What is really possible?

(taken via Kevin Turner of Strategic World Impact)

questionsThe evangelical churches of the United States now have about 127,000 (2010) career foreign missionaries. About 12,500 of these individuals are engaged in full-time evangelism, some in church starting evangelism. (Less than 1% of all foreign missionaries are specifically engaged in actively reaching the Unreached by Evangelism and church planting, 1,300 missionaries rough total.

How many would be needed to penetrate the dark half of the world, plant a gospel witness among every people and share the glorious liberating word of redemption with all mankind?

Estimates range from five to ten times that number. (6,500 to 13,000)
Perhaps we do not have a sufficient support base to put an adequate force into the field?

Please listen to this.
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Before the days of William Carey, the father of the modern Protestant missionary movement, the Moravians from Herrnhut considered a support base of four adequate to keep one missionary at the front. !!!!
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In such an atmosphere of spiritual vitality, we would need less than 52,000 evangelicals and the single state of Connecticut (79,800 evangelicals) could take care of evangelizing the world!

But perhaps this is unrealistic. In World War II it was said that fifteen personnel were needed to keep one man at the front. If this proved true in spiritual warfare, two million support “troops” should be adequate and the evangelicals of California could finish the task.

In point of fact, we are told there are not two but sixty-five million evangelicals in the United States.

We know that this support base is fully adequate, even at present levels of providing workers and finance.

At least a million have responded to the call to some form of full-time Christian ministry. If only ten (100,000) or twenty percent (200,000) of these already involved in Christian ministry were dispatched by the churches, the task of Unreached and un-evangelized could be accomplished.

But the truth is, less than one percent of full-time Christian workers are engaged in evangelistic ministry among the unevangelized of the world. Current estimates are .07%

Is this the way the Commander-in-Chief would assign His troops? Or is someone not listening?

While the U.S. still does send the largest total number of missionaries,compared to the 34,000 sent by No. 2-ranked Brazil,” the prize for the largest percentage per million Christians in the population goes to a contender that many will find surprising.

Palestine.

This country’s vibrant population of Christians send 3,401 missionaries for every million Christians. Palestine’s “followed by Ireland, Malta, and Samoa. (Interestingly, South Korea ranks No. 5 at 1,014 missionaries sent per million church members, a sign of the continued strength of its missions movement compared to the No. 9-ranked United States at 614 missionaries sent).”

More on finances!

Annual Income of All Church Members: $30.5 trillion.

Annual income of Evangelical Christians is approximately $6.72 trillion.

Given to any Christian causes: $545 billion (1.8% of our income).

That’s also how much we spend in America on Christmas.

Given to Missions: $31 billion, (0.1%). That’s only 5.7% of the money given to Christian causes of any kind.

That’s also how much we spend in America on dieting programs.

Money that goes toward the Reached world: $26,970,000,000 (that means 87% of the money given to “Missions” goes to areas with “reached” status or access to the gospel already).

Money that goes toward Unreached Peoples: $310 million (that’s only 1% of what is given to “Missions.”).

That’s also how much Americans in 2011 spent on Halloween costumes (for their pets).

The $310 million (going toward UPG’s) is only .001% of the $30.5 trillion Income of Christians. (for every $100,000 that Christians make, they give $1 to the unreached.)

HYPOTHETICAL OBSERVATIONS:

Evangelical Christians could provide all of the funds needed to plant a church in each of the 6,900 unreached people groups with only 0.03% of their income.

The Church has roughly 3,000 times the financial resources and 9,000 times the manpower needed to finish the Great Commission.

If every evangelical gave 10% of their income to missions we could easily support 2 million new missionaries.

Find Gordon Conwell / World Christian Encyclopedia Resources here: