Hello from The Beyer Family,
Hope this blog finds all our readers well. I am really struggling with this blog post, because I have so much spinning around in my head and still not sure how to share everything. What I can share is, I am at peace and humbled for what God is going to do next.
A little over a week ago I found myself stressed, angry, disappointed and unsettled. I was so tired of waiting on God to tell us the next step in our lives. But as we sit and pray and listen to Gods voice He tells us what's next. It doesn't matter if we agree or not. When God tell us to move, we have to move. When God tells us to go over seas, we have to go. When God tells us to sit still and wait, we have to wait. Of course our hearts desire worldly things and we don't want to wait, even when we are Christians. We all want nice stuff, nice house and car etc...and we're not happy until we get what we want. So when God told me it was time to move, I refused. I wanted to stomp my feet and throw a temper tantrum. I shook my finger up at the ceiling saying no no no. I became bitter and angry. Confused and hurt because I was worried about where we were going to go. I wanted the control. And I was not going to allow God to take control.
Needless to say God didn't give up on me. Even during my temper tantrum! Instead he sold the rental house in 5 days and is moving us quicker than I ever thought. Friends, God has a sense of humor and just because we think we know what's best, we don't. God does and He even knows our future. He even knows how many hairs are on our heads (Matthew 10:30).
My point is, we are all called into Ministry when we accept Christ our Lord and Savior. For Jonah and I, our ministry is Mission U-Too. And no matter how hard things get or how tight our finances are the only One that can get us through the tough times is our God! He will take us down with a tantrum. He may even eliminate things to get our attention, and the only attention we give back is for our Savior. We believe that God is going to do great things for our family. Will you believe that with us? Will you be in prayer for our family?
As we continue to do Gods work we need your support and prayers. Our income is faith based. Which means we rely on our supporters and we rely on Christ Jesus to help us get through tough times. Allow God to be your breaking news this week and be on mission for Christ. Listen to what news He is telling you. One way you can be on mission is to support those you believe in, and give.
Christy and family
Wait for The Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for The Lord.
Happy Easter to all of our friends and family. Hope everyone's celebration of Jesus' resurrection was beautiful.We went to church Sunday morning and invited friends over for a bite to eat in the afternoon. We won't be doing to much of that anymore in this rental house. As some of you know the owner put the house on the market and in 9 days it was sold. Praise God we still have 30 days to pack and move on. Moving on for us is not going to be to far, however it will be different in most "normal" peoples mind. We are going to be camping out, at a friends house, for the next 4 months. This friend is Jonah's "partner in crime," or in better terms the man who helped start Mission Utoo Bastrop. He is also a drummer in a local church band. We will be using a travel trailer of a friend of the church we attend. They had lost their house in Bastrop's fire and lived in the travel trailer for a year and a few months. Ashley and I are still not comprehending why this is happening. Being girls were not to excited about this living arrangements. Mine is mainly because honestly, I will be leaving my "stuff" behind. Luke 18:22 tells us When Jesus heard his answer, he said, "There is still one thing you haven't done. Sell your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." As I type that passage the light bulb in my head keeps getting brighter and brighter. I am obviously missing something God has been telling me. Please don't think were going to sell everything and run along. We will be getting rid of a lot of things and storing the rest. God is going to teach me obedience even if that means we have to move and live out of a travel trailer.
As most of you know being a Christian is harder than being not. However, the Glory is; we will have eternal life in Heaven forever. We are to follow Christ's calling in our lives. God reveals to us through the story of Elijah that He is found in the still small voice (1 Kings 19:12). When we listen in prayer, we hear HIM.
God has called our family to be missionaries. He's called all of his children to be on mission for Christ. Our mission is Mission U-Too, feeding people physically and spiritually. We can take this mission where ever God calls us to be. Even if that means we have to live in a back yard for a few months. What has Jesus put on your heart? Are you fulfilling His command? Here is what God tells us (article from Jesus Calling):
I am calling you to a life of constant communion with Me. Basic training includes learning to live above your circumstances, even while interacting on that cluttered plane of life. You yearn for a simplified lifestyle, so that your communication with Me can be uninterrupted. But I challenge you to relinquish the fantasy of an uncluttered world. Accept each day just as it comes, and find Me in the midst of it all.
Talk with Me about every aspect of your day, including your feelings. Remember that your ultimate goal is not to control or fix everything around you; it is to keep communing with Me. A successful day is one in which you have stayed in touch with Me, even if many things remain undone at the end of the day. Do not let your to-do list (written or mental) become an idol directing your life. Instead, ask My Spirit to guide you moment by moment. He will keep you close to Me.
—1 Thessalonians 5:17
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Remain faithful to Christ. Open your hearts to whatever He is telling you and then move. It may even be a little uncomfortable for you for a brief time, but God will meet you in the end and say "Well done, my good and faithful servant" -Mathew 25:23
May this blog post have an impact on your life.
The Beyer Family
Hello Supporters and followers! As I type this blog my mind keeps wandering to so many different things that I have done over the past few weeks and things that I have accomplished. I think the thoughts keep stirring in my mind because I am so happy to be able to continue to do God's work even with little mobility, pain and discomfort. I strive for what Jesus commands us to do and that's GO!
Our family had the opportunity to serve and accommodate for three children over Spring Break. They stayed with us for five days and during those five days we were able to teach the children how to serve Gods people. Our family served them and met every need. We took them horseback riding, and to Round Rock to serve at Mission U-Too. We ate frozen yogurt together and made lots of great memories. We even baked cookies and hunted for chicken and duck eggs.
The reason for this blog is not to boast about what I have done or what my family has done, but its to share with you, that serving can be done in any type of way. We had the opportunity to show Christ's love with children in our home. We took them to show them how to love our community and to be a part of Gods purpose; His people. Their eyes were opened to things they haven't seen before. Just like our hearts when we accept Jesus. We feel something we've never felt before. The Holy Spirit is powerful. I went from a life that made no sense and relationship struggles that should not have been. I look back on my old life and now my new life and I'm excited to see my family being disciples and training up our children to be on mission. Just like what we were doing with our extra guests.
Friends I encourage you to serve Gods people and those who are unchurched. If you don't, then how can we as Christians say we did the best we could to reach others? It starts by relationships, love, serving, listening, prayer and trust and then we can teach them the gospel and train them up to be on mission. My prayer is for those youngsters we had over, will take what they had learned and one day GO and not allow the enemy to stray them from Jesus' last words.
Christian's be on mission and serve. Don't just serve inside the church. Serve outside the building and be the church. Don't let excuses come between you and God. He doesn't give us any excuses.
Christy and Family
As most of you know today was my assessment day with the physical therapist. I don't have to much to say because we still don't have to many answers. Other than I do have an underlined issue with my back. I will continue to do aquatics and bike. I'm also going to use a few other machines to slowly help with more strengthening. I have improved more with my strengthening and my ability to do certain things. Next Wednesday I will have another consultation with the Neurosurgeon. He will look over my PT information and what my therapist has to offer. I am thankful for my progression and also that certain muscles are healed. However a bit bummed because I am still sore and in pain. And we believe the issue is my sacrum/pelvis area and my disc is being irritated either because of my scoliosis or cysts. Same with my sciatica nerve. I have also started getting involved again with our Youth. I'm very excited to be able to push through the pain and discomfort and to disciple some young ladies. I am also involved in discipling single and married ladies. I have been consistent with serving the past few weeks. Which is a big step for me. Again I endure the discomfort and find peace in the Lord to help me through the difficult times. I have been dealing with a spiritual warfare myself on some personal things that I'm working through. I am amazed everyday when I press into God he reveals things that I need to work through. And it's a process. It doesn't happen overnight. I am so thankful I am able to be able to go to my heavenly Father and let my burdens out and leave them at the cross. I have taken a few steps forward and I continue to keep on going no matter how hard/rough things can get.
Ashley has been dealing with a few complications herself. Her and I are trying to work through them together with her doctor and a specialist. Because of them being female issues I won't go into detail. Now that basketball is over she can take the time on getting her better. She's still doing great in school. She's involved at the HS in FCA and she also mentors a female Pre-Teen. It's amazing watching her be a leader and watching her grow.
Jordan has been doing good. Other than the paint ball incident. He was shot in his pink last Sunday and it's still bothering him and looks yucky. He's been doing good with his seizures. He will be going in for his 12 year check up in the next two weeks. We also follow up with his Neurologist as well.
Jonah is doing wonderful. He's having to prioritize some things. Because Mission Utoo is growing Jonah has a lot on his plate. We are adding two new locations with the next 2 weeks to a month. He's also putting together a business plan for Texas Smokers. Jonah has been wonderful. Even with his busy schedule he still takes me to the doctors, specialty appointments and to PT. He's been a big help!
We have a few unknown things that has popped in the last week or two. Were still working on details and what the outcome is of those things. Once the details are worked out I will post more.
If you feel led to donate to our family please do. Working as Missionaries we raise our own support in order to continue to do God's work.
Hope all is well family and friends.
Hello family and friends,
Today's blog is simple! I am recapturing our Spring and Summer fun to share with you. We had a very busy Spring and Summer. During the Spring our kids gave up their Spring break to help volunteer with Mission U-Too rebuilding Bastrop. During that time a few of our Houston friends came out and served with us. We helped out with the Extreme Home Makeover event as well. We also enjoyed a day in San Antonio and visited the San Antonio zoo and the River Walk. During the early part of Spring we served at our Mission U-Too Kingsland's location. On one of our drives back home from Kingland we decided to stop at a winery and enjoy the scenery. That was our first time going to a winery. It was beautiful and so peaceful. During this trip we also stopped on the side of the road and took some wild flower pictures and enjoyed a walk around the outside of a cave. Later in the Spring we got to enjoy Jordan's Epilepsy walk in Houston at the Houston Zoo. Ashley then celebrated her 14th birthday with some friends at our house in May. She had a sleep over party and shopping with her girlfriends at the mall, the next day. Summer break came faster than we knew it. Because of funds we were limited on what we could do during the summer. Ashley and Jordan both received full paid scholarships to attend camp through Second Baptist. Jonah was a leader for both camps. Ashley ended up getting sick before the bus left the church parking lot, and was not able to attend. When Jonah came back from Camp he left for Mexico for his very first Mission trip. He enjoyed helping build a church and cooking burgers in Acuna Mexico.
We had celebrated a few birthday parties at our house this summer, One being Austin. It was a great time to celebrate with family.
During our busy schedule we kept serving through the summer in Bastrop and Smithville feeding our communities. We also enjoyed a few trips into Austin. Our friend Scott treated us to a few fun places, one being Austin Parks and Pizza and another at a restaurant on the lake.
We were invited to a few swimming pool parties with great friends and two baby showers! We also spent some time in Round Rock with some friends and celebrated their son's welcome back party with them. On one of our events to Austin we stopped at a beautiful shopping center and it had a splash pad for kids, a play ground area, Anne's Ice cream and beautiful flowers. We enjoyed each others company at Anne's Ice Cream. Apparently that's one of Jordan's favorite ice cream places.
Later in the summer Bastrop opened up a frozen yogurt place. Our family loves self served frozen yogurt with all the extra calories on top! Summer soon came to an end with many treasure moments. A few other things we did was a game night and played monopoly for TO MANY hours and scrabble. We also celebrated Father's Day with a great meal in honor of Jonah and playing video games! I played my first gun game. Needless to say, I'm not very good at it.
School is now in session and it's time to capture more memories.Hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we did creating them. Not all pictures are displayed because there's to many. I went through and picked a few to share with everyone!
Blessings and love,
As I was scrolling through pictures trying to decide what I wanted to blog about today, I came across this picture that was taken a few short weeks ago. Ashley and I were on our way for some girl time.
It's amazing how your attitude reflex how you treat others. Day after day with the kids home for summer break and doing the same thing routinely can get old. I know you all know what I'm talking about. We decided that it was our time to have some quality time, do a little shopping (Ashley earned money from babysitting) and having a much needed freshman talk.
It's very important to spend this time with your children. They grow up fast and sooner than you know it, they are out of the house. That's how it was for me growing up. My mom being a single mom and working several jobs, my sister and I did the chores, and cooked for ourselves. We didn't have that quality time that I desired in my heart. Just like Ashley, God wants our quality time too. He wants our attention and a relationship with Him. He want's to give us His desires to love, accept and respect the people in our life. This is the same thing that I want for Ashley. She is growing so quickly and entering High School and my heart aches but I'm also joyful. The next two years is going to mold the person that Ashley is going to grow up to be, and the time her and I spend together is going to be the most important time in her life. Jonah also takes Ashley on dates or a coffee in the morning for a surprise treat.
The time I spend with Ashley is priceless. I am pouring my heart into her and teaching her and showing her Christ love. Of course we get silly sometimes and do silly things. We can't be serious all the time. After all God has a sense of humor too, right? :) Everyone desires a level of fulfillment in their relationship, whether it's in a friendship, a dating relationship, in parenting or in marriage. Keep in mind that Jesus always wants what is best for you. That means Christ wants to give you His desires to love, accept and respect the people in your life. Jesus is challenging you to surrender your agenda and accept the plans He has for you. The quality of our relationships is contingent on your acceptance and understanding of God's love for you. Rob Eager said, "Before you can truly love another person, however, you must first understand how much you are already loved."
Just as I am taking the time to spend with Ashley we all need to take the time to reflect on God's faithful love so you can share his love with those around you. Genuine love and affection comes from knowing and experiencing God's love through Jesus Christ.
I am blessed to have a wonderful and beautiful daughter. It's not to late to make a difference in those lives around you. Whether they are your children, or your neighbor or maybe someone at the grocery store, reflect Jesus' love. Remember Ephesians 5:1-2: Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Share HIS love today with the one's you LOVE and to those you encounter!
This is how the story goes:
Thursday morning I had a few errands I had to do. One was grocery shopping. Not only did it take me 3 hours to shop, I was exhausted from pushing the 70 lb cart around. I pulled up to the house and heard a few screeching noises as I got out of the van. Walked up to the house and it was even louder. I thought to myself, I know Jonah's not playing video games on a work day! I opened the front door and the noise was so loud I promise the pictures on the walls were shaking. And then I hear "hahaha they are chasing after you, you better get them." That was the voice from Alan.
Alan, (as most of you know) is a homeless guy who lives anywhere he can find a place to lay his head. Sometimes he's even found sleeping standing up. Mission U-Too has been serving people like Alan for 5 years. He is just one of "them" that we secretly talk about, mock, slander, and walk away from. Alan has been homeless for 4 years. It's not because of alcohol or drugs, it's because he was put on the streets for not taking care of his house and allowing other homeless people to live with him. He lost his parents and wasn't able to take care of himself or the house he was in. Instead he did the best he could do, while helping others.
Just as the bible tells us Jesus did LIFE with his disciples. He "hung out" with the tax collectors and prostitutes. Yes, Jesus Chist did hang out with sinners. Yes, He did hang out with those who were doing wrong in their life. However, we must understand why. Jesus Christ was NOT hanging out with these people because He preferred them to the righteous. He was NOT hanging out with them because He enjoyed sinful behaviors. He was NOT hanging out with them because He wanted to be exposed to wickedness.
Mark 2:15-17 reads: "And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they are sick: I came NOT to call the righteous, but the sinners in repentance." Jesus proclaims His purpose is to call sinners to repentance.
Back to my story:
I didn't know at the time if I should have been happy, excited, scared, angry, upset. I had been sick all week leading up to Thursday and my house was not kept up the way it should have been and Jonah was bringing people into the house, knowing how I felt about an unkept house. I continued to put the groceries away while listening to Alan and Jonah finish their video game. Alan was laughing and commenting on every move that Jonah made. He was enjoying himself and Jonah would gather in on the laughter and comments.
I began to change my mindset. What does an unkept house have to do with "hanging out" with those we are loving on, with those who battle illness, with a sinner, with a homeless man, with an unrighteous person. Alan didn't care my house wasn't organized and the floors weren't mopped, he was enjoying the air conditioned house, with a comfy couch, and most importantly someone who would listen and join in on the conversation. All Jonah and Alan were doing was just simply "hanging out."
I believe that we are ALL called to do ministry if your a believer in Christ. We are to make a difference in someone's life and witness to them just like Jesus did to the sinners. It doesn't have to be a homeless man, or a prostitute. The person can be someone in your life right now that you know are not a believer or maybe they are and they have turned away from Christ. All it takes is a little bit of your love, Jesus' light, and a simple conversation and smile to start changing someone's life. I ask you today is there someone like that in your life today, that you need to go and hang out with? To apologize and make things right? Or maybe it's someone you don't even know just simply give a hug and let someone know that you care. Max Lucado tells us "God wants us to know we are saved, for saved people are dangerous people, willing to face off with the world, unafraid of the consenquences since they know that, whatever happens, they will have eternal life."
John 15:9 I love you just as the Father loves me; remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands in his love.
~Go hang out with someone and make a difference in their life.
Peace and love to all
How many times have you passed a homeless person on the side of the street and kept going or thinking they've done it to themselves? I WAS one of them. Everyone of their stories are unique in there own way but we don't want to take the time to even acknowledge them. God tell us to make His word known. He also tells us to serve the homeless.
In the early stages of serving with Mission U-Too I had a hard time even engaging in a conversation with a homeless person let alone telling them about Jesus. As time went on and I began to listen and serve, I am now trusted by our homeless community. They just want a little tender loving care and an ear to listen.
The stories of these two men pictured are different in there own way. You see, they both had families and one of them is a recovering alcoholic who thought alcohol was more important. The other his house was taken from him and had no place to go. Neither of them drink or do drugs currently, however we are first to judge if we saw them standing on the street corner.
These men were brought up in loving homes and then released to society. One made a wrong choice and the other mentally ill. Because of poor choices they became homeless. That's all it takes is for you and for me to become homeless. Our community is against pan handling so its forbidden here. These men are not getting money from city people. They are just simply living a life without a home and because of a few people getting together and wanting to serve the poor in their community we now have several homeless men and women that serve with us daily. Their hearts are being changed from filth to peace and love. From betrayal to joy. From death to salvation.
The bible tells us to Love our neighbors and that's exactly what we do. It doesn't specify the color of your skin or what you look like, it's all neighbors. I am still guilty of this sin because I am one to judge quickly and I have to remind myself that I was one of those people before my life was changed by Christ. No one is perfect and without Christ's love flowing through us, our homeless men and women wouldn't even step a foot into church. Now a few are attending. Their hearts are being changed, their wrongdoings have been forgotten and we to continue to love them and guide them.
Lives are being changed by just a simple hug, prayer, and smile. Because of Mission U-Too we are making a difference in other peoples lives and we are showing and sharing the love of Christ. Never in a million years I thought I would be feeding homeless people and now we are inviting homeless people into our home and feeding them yet another hot meal. They are so thankful for so little and in return they give back by allowing others to eat before them, and by sharing joy and love. All it takes is faith of a mustard seed to be planted in ones heart and watch God do the rest!