Fishing in the Right Place

Fishing in the Right Place

 

In the years of my youth, I was shown the magic of catching a fish. There was such complexity in how it was done, though it seemed to be made up of a simple sequence of events.

What pole to use, what bait, the type of line, what kind of hook, if you needed a float, or a sinker? You had to consider the time of day or night. Oh and of course, the location, from the shore, a pier, in a boat, standing in the weeds. You needed to learn patience and be flexible.

For the true angler, there is no bad day fishing. Sure, you could lose your bait, never get a bite, get a sunburn, run out of snacks, your boat might sink or the weather get bad to the point you want to just close up and go home.

In the gospels when Jesus begins to collect those that would be taught the truth of GOD, It is interesting that Jesus chose Peter, a fisherman. In fact Jesus chose mostly fishermen of those that walked with him in the 3 years of his ministry.

Jesus picked a common skill that provided for the needs of those that did the work and also provided for those that needed the goods of the fisherman’s labor. Fishing was understood by most people.

Jesus also knew where to fish, he knew how to fish in the right places. Of course when he asked Peter to put out in the boat and cast a net, Peter was not anxious to do so. He stated they had fished all night and have caught nothing. However, when Jesus asked, Peter and some of the “angler” disciples were called to go out and cast the nets. The nets were filled to overflowing in a moment. There is plenty and Jesus mentions this in another statement when he stated the Harvest is great the laborers are few. Pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send Laborers.

Peter, then knowing that Jesus was a special teacher and fearing that Peter’s own sins were not going to be something that Jesus would be able to accept as a man to go with him, he told Jesus his concern and Jesus, in His loving way, told Peter, “follow me and I will make you a fisher of men.”

When Saul of Tarsus, later to be known as Paul the Apostle, met Jesus on the road to Damascus, he did not know that Jesus would continue selecting those that would fish for men. In the book of ACTS, chapter 16, versus 6-10  “Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in [a]Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them. The Holy Spirit told them not to go, because Jesus knew that it would not be a right place for Fishing at that time and Macedonia would be a better place to share the Gospel message at that time. There were plenty of fish, hungry for the Salvation bait.

Today, thanks to Jesus Christ death, resurrection and ascension to the right hand of GOD, all of the world is the right place to go fishing today. In the command of Jesus Christ; Matthew 28: 18-20;  18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go [a]therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Today, you don’t need any special bait and tackle, but your personal testimony plus the Gospel message in your heart. When you are a true believer in faith, you can spread the Gospel message. It becomes the bait that once taken in the heart, the Holy Spirit will reel in the catch of the day, saving a sinner from the eternal fire of torment and all heaven will rejoice.

It is not a believer’s responsibility to bring a person to accept Jesus Christ, but to inform them, give them the truth so they will consider accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit will do what is needed to bring them through to Salvation. For we are saved by Grace and not by works so that no one can boast.

We at Give Hope Ministries share the Gospel message with all the children, caregivers, teachers and the community through the Busia Community Church. It is shared in the word of GOD, the testimony of other believers, the factual truth that GOD is changing lives and giving a hope that a few years ago seemed only a fading dream of a path out of Poverty and no Hope for a future.

We share with others on this website, on the Facebook posts, and wherever we can the Glory of our GOD in what he is doing daily as we keep the command that Jesus Christ give in Matthew 28.

You don’t have to be so bold to go out into the world and spread the Gospel message if that is not your calling by GOD, but you can help those that do. Here at Give Hope Ministries we are called to make sure that what GOD has put in us is set forth and we are on the move to move the word of GOD in every area we are responsible to, responding in Busia at Give Hope Ministries facility.

We desire to know if you and others you know will be part of this Jesus Christ lead fishing trip, it is not a half day excursion, but a lifetime event of Love to share and to show what GOD is doing and has done for you. We always need others to help; GOD can multiply even the smallest help. If we had faith the size of a mustard seed we could say to this mountain move and it would do as commanded. It is not the size of our faith that moves it, but the fact the we have faith in what GOD can do that takes the small faith in us and in GOD all things become possible.

Contact us if you are interested in seeing how GOD can use us in helping to provide for the 300 Orphans and children now at the Busia Uganda Facility. We very much need project funding so that we can add more value to the lives of the children and the community of Busia Uganda and spread that Love and work of GOD‘s grace outward for the place that GOD started a good work in the CEO/Founder Willy Ouma. Jesus is calling you his anglers. There is plenty of fish, will you help us Fish in the right places that Jesus Christ has given our ministry to cast His Love and grow others in Chris Jesus.

As we are blessed, let Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think, bless you also. We hope that the Holy Spirit will stir your heart today and help us, do what we and you have been called to do, Love one another.

Ray E. Smith

Give Hope Ministries.org

Praise GOD !

Athena H. is our Guest Blogger this post. We give thanks here at Give Hope Ministries.org for her Blog submission.

Praise GOD !
My name is Athena Huss, but in Uganda I am known as Jjaja Mulungi. I have enjoyed so much the Pearl of Africa known as Uganda many many times being obedient to serving God there. I can testify first hand the POWER of PRAYER. Prayers being answered in Uganda. I’m excited to be returning in a few weeks to teach Swimming Lessons and Water Safety on Bugala Island Lake Victoria.
I am also a grateful believer in Jesus Christ and I believe the power of PRAYER should be taught and shared. PRAYER gives hope and comfort. I am a friend that loves to pray for GIVE HOPE MINISTRIES in Busia Uganda. Truthfully, it’s not easy to see the poverty and conditions most of the people we serve live in. I praise God for Give Hope Ministries and have placed a scripture in my heart that resonates with one of my view of God’s love for His children in their ministry:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Since I started following GIVE HOPE MINISTRIES in 2014, I have seen God answer their prayer requests one after the other with His Love, Grace, and Mercy. Being humble, yet asking in faith GHM asks for others to pray for them because of its power. This touches not only one child, but many. And many in their community. This is a life changing community where the children will grow to be life changers. The families are encouraged and their lives are changing for the best and near future. Hope is easy to give and receive when you pray with someone.
In less than 5 years I have seen answered prayer in the children having a safe school with two levels and many classrooms, a school bus for transportation, working indoor kitchen (yay), a Poultry Project, Bibles for the children, and CLEAN WATER for the children and community. God has answered those prayers and has done exceedingly more that has yet to be seen. It’s my great JOY to share how good God is to His children. Mukama Mulungi. Thank you for letting me share the love of Jesus with you and the power of prayer. I will close with the following passage taken from FB Give Hope Ministries Page November 21, 2014) The purpose of life is not only to be happy about what we have achieved. It's to be useful along the way and discovering that our legacy is not found in all that we dream and realize. It can be written in the memories of those whose lives we have touched, cared for and changed. Thank you all for your prayers, generous giving, love for these little ones we serve at GHM, Busia Uganda. For more info, www.givehopeministries.org.

A Banner of Love, Faith and Hope

A Banner of Love, Faith and Hope

Guest Blogger Leah Lincoln, Abide and Seek

https://abideandseek.com/

 

What is hope? If you were asked what the word hope means to you what you say?

 

If you had asked me this very question just a few short years ago, my answer would have been to have confidence in my future and to know I would live out the dreams that I so desperately desired. But then I would have agreed that this wasn't all possible. So immediately following my previous notion about hope would be great doubt and hopelessness. Knowing this would have been my answer now greatly saddens my heart.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 reads. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.This is the very first verse I came to love. I instantly became so drawn to this verse because it gave me hope when I felt hopeless. When I read that the Lord declared these words, I knew where I could find hope and as I continued to read and learn from the very words of God, I found it. My hope was found in Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior!

 

After coming to know and love Jesus, many other words come to mind that before were defined differently to me. Faith had new meaning as well as love.

 

I soon came to find that without knowing Jesus you cannot know love. “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

So without love, you cannot have faith. And without faith, you cannot have hope. I picture these attributes of Jesus all strung together like a banner, with the string representing Jesus. Love, faith, and hope all representing their own flag. I picture it being hung directly over me now at all times because these virtues stand firmly in my heart and make me who I am in Christ.

 

As my husband and I both continue to grow together in Jesus, we have seen our mighty God move through us in so many ways! Connecting our lives with other believers and always standing true to His promises and continually giving us hope for the future.

 

My husband and I have prayed together about how we can contribute to the expansion of the Gospel. We have asked God to give us direction and call us to areas where we are needed in order to serve Him and to bring Him all the glory. We began by being called to create our first ministry, Abide and Seek.

 

Abide and Seek was placed on my heart after I befriended a Christian and started volunteering on a local farm, which was uniquely located on a private, Christian school campus. This school works with many displaced boys from middle school up to high school. Due to the impact of this experience, we have planned to develop a small farm where children can come, feel safe and get into God’s creation. We want to create a place that calls out to others, that submerges you in God’s creation where everyone can feel welcomed! Before obtaining the property to farm and living out this big dream, we began writing articles to tell our story and to be able to connect and bring together a community of followers from all over the world!

 

Since beginning Abide and Seek we have reached thousands of others worldwide! By continued prayer and obedience, God has not only blessed this ministry, but He has also just recently directed my husband and I to start a church right out of our own home! I again think back to the banner that is made up of love, faith, and hope that Jesus brings to our lives and how he has brought us to where we are now.

 

Throughout this journey, we have been touched by many other believers and ministries who have reached out to us. One ministry, in particular, has stood out to us because of its timing in response to specific prayers. We have been praying to work with a ministry that has an impact globally. Immediately after bringing these requests to the Lord, we received an email from Give Hope Ministries asking us if we would be interested in writing an article for their blog located on their website. We didn’t waste any time and looked into the ministry’s mission. My husband’s immediate response was, “ This is the answer to my prayers!”

 

Give Hope Ministries mission is written in their name, to give hope. This ministry is located in Uganda where HIV/AIDS is prevalent. Due to the high rate of this disease, there is a high number of orphans. Give Hope Ministries not only educates children for families that cannot afford to send their children to school which typically requires tuition, but they also take in and feed, house, clothe, and educate orphans.

 

As my husband and I read more about the ministry, we were blown away! They are not only physically providing for those who are in need but they are spiritually equipping them, raising these children to know our loving God. This is the very essence of giving hope!

 

Give Hope Ministries is showing these children the very words I read when I was hopeless. They have been unveiling the truth, to allow them to be free of doubt, to be able to put all their trust in God so they too can sense the banner of faith, love, and hope that only Jesus can provide! So each one can come to understand that God has a plan for them, to give each one of them hope and a future!

 

Give Hope Ministries has developed and accomplished so much in a very short period of time, showing how great and amazing our God truly is! They are looking to expand their orphan housing, provide more learning tools such as a computer lab and Bibles as well as constructing a multi-use building.

 

If you want to help spread the love of God, reach those in need, and bring hope to many, I strongly encourage you to help fund the current and future needs of Give Hope Ministries! Through your donations, you can bring hope and a future to all that come through Give Hope Ministries doors!