He Testifies to His Own Greatness!!

When hearing a preacher who communicates the truth clearly, we must give honor where it is due. Often we praise their oratory gifts, but truthfully we should marvel at God’s presence in them as He bears testimony of His grace. You see, He is The One who gives “utterance”! He gives them the words. He Speaks Through Them. He grants them the boldness and the power. And if we see miracles — truthfully, we must acknowledge that God, Himself, has manifested by granting the miracles as a testimony to His grace! There is little to do with us, apart from obedience.

A true man of God speaks and ministers with reliance upon the Lord, who testifies to the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands. (Acts 14:3) In other words, speaking with clarity and boldness; and signs and wonders that follow, are evidence of God’s own testimony and His enablement — not the skill or faith of men.

Father, Help us not to be carried away by our impressions of men. Place in our hearts an acute awareness of Your desire to testify in and through us – concerning Your grace. Purify our hearts that we may be worthy of use by You! Grant that the world will see You and not us — and know that You, Our God, are The One! Humble us Lord — and teach us to humble ourselves. Gie us hearts that will give ALL glory to The One to whom it is due!

Brenda Waters – “First giving honor to God, who is the head of my life. In whom we live and move and have our being, to whom all honor is due. Now to the pastor, elders, saints and friends and, to the sinners if there be any. We’ve come to lift up the name of the Christ who died. To whom all honor is due. The Word says render unto Ceasar what is His, Withhold not good from them that deserve it. We’ve come to lift up the name of the Christ who died and to whom all honor is due. Why don’t we praise Him, to whom all honor is due!

Walk With Me, Lord!

The last 12 months have been quite …. AHHHHHH!!

COVID was already in motion and then my mother begins her eternal life. Many of our countries across Africa were blocking the return VISAs for our global workers because of the VIRUS. Cancer took away a dear, close friend from high school and two of our global workers. Racial hate continually raised its head across the USA in many ways. Some, who call themselves believers in Christ, somehow mixed political beliefs with their belief in Jesus Christ. It has not been a year without much difficulty.

The racial issue alone just gives my heart much concern. As a mom of young black men, my heart kinda quakes almost every day. I just don’t want them mistaken for a terrible person because they are chocolate and caramel as God has made them. As a full-time missionary who has to have financial support to cover all costs, both work and personal, I have taken hits from people who think it makes me less than them.

Dealing with all of the issues, there have been days where I was just not … happy! I had no fear – not even for a moment – but I didn’t like what was all around me. There are always situations in life that make you want to quit.

A beautiful truth for a believer in Christ, a child of God, is that nothing that goes on around us can prevent or block our victory. For me, God has been evident…. my calling, the part of the Body of Christ that I am, is to ensure that the truth of the Gospel is spread across Africa. According to my Father, my role is to lead like Christ led – by serving people and demonstrating to them the life that should be lived. So … take the step back into the difficulties and remember that all of that is happening, but He hasn’t told me to take a break! He just keeps telling me to hold His hand and keep-a-stepping! I mean, think about it … I actually have the best boss man EVER – The Almighty God!! All-powerful, grace-giving, truly loves me, strengthens me, protects me, heals me, directs me, instructs me and I have the best benefit package of any employee – eternal life!

One of the most beautiful things that I am learning more and more and more is what it means to trust Him. You see, I don’t have anything in me that wants hurt to come to anyone that causes harm to me. I don’t fear to face any person who doesn’t like what He is speaking through me. I don’t doubt that He will finish what He has started. I have the good sense to humble myself under His mighty hand, knowing that he will exalt in due time! Praise God. He loves me so much that He started His work in me, and, as I keep saying every single day, He can’t fail!

So Lord, walk with me! I can take a hit, a slap, a knock out – because I know You’ve got me! I’ll make it through it all. For the sake of Your glory … I will make it!!

Courage! Even Victory Requires It

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Often, when I hear people speak of the favor of the Lord; they speak in tones that say, “If I do this His way and am in His will – this will be easy street!”  I’ve even had people to say to me that when they are trying to accomplish something for God and it seems that they are facing too much difficulty and feeling like they are putting up a fight, they take that as a sign that they are not going God’s way. This, however, is not a biblical truth.

The Lord can speak to you assuring you victory in a certain situation but that does not ever mean that you won’t have to work for it.  It does not mean that you won’t have to even fight for it.  As I look back over my own life, I can testify that where I am today as the maidservant of the Lord did not come without lots of opposition and some pretty intense fighting!!

I am not aware of what the Lord has promised you or what word He has sent someone to speak over or into your life. But whatever it is – you have to believe that it is worth a fight and you have to resolve to be strong and courageous; standing firm until your victory is won! His promises are yes and Amen! – but He never promised any of us an easy road. If the Lord said it – it is a sure thing! Believe it is so! The enemy and those who are being used by the enemy would love to thwart God’s plans for your life! Never forget that the God who has made the promise never ever fails — never give up without a fight!

Is there ANYTHING??

I was recently with my two sisters. We like being together! Grateful that we are all women of God in ministry. Married to men in ministry. Anyway …. We stayed together, the three of us, in a hotel room. I was getting dressed and started putting the bathroom back together and noticed something that I am just used to and never think about as something special. The three of us serve one another completely. We were in a hotel room together. If any one of us entered the restroom at any moment it never looked like (or smelled like!) anyone had been in the rest room. I mean the hand soap looked unused, there was no splashed water, no stained towel, no disorder on the bathroom counter, no empty toilet paper holder, no absent hand towel … the three of us just love to serve one another.

Made me think about God in a whole new way. When we think about God being more than able – do we take the time to understand that there is nothing too hard for God includes small things?? Do we take that time to remember that we, His people, are supposed to be living lives that reflect Him … which means there should be nothing too hard for us??

When I thought about His love for us, and all that He does to make sure we feel His love for us; I wondered if we do the same thing for one another. Oh, the recent weather issues in Houston have opened my eyes once again to so much about our service and our disservice to one another. Making sure that people have what they need – especially things that we can tell everyone about – moves us to do things … but what about simple things? Are we willing to just sit and talk to someone? Are we willing to open the door for someone behind or in front of you? Cook some cookies for a neighbor? Take garbage bins out/in for people? Sweep driveways? Give your talents away for the service of another? Harvest someone’s garden? Advertise a friend’s work/business so that they have more customers? AND … are you willing to do any of this and leave it just between you and the person you have served?

Nothing at all is too hard for God! Not small things … not huge things … nothing is too hard!!! Let’s pray that it will be the same for all of us as His children. Serve your brothers/sisters in Christ in any way that is needed. Serve all people around you in any way that is needed. Nothing is too low for you to do AND nothing is too high for you to do because you are His! He is the God of every person on the earth and we, His children, are to be finding ways to serve them in every single way! Is there anything too hard?!?!

Is There Anything too Hard for God? No!! No Matter What … That Ain’t Nothin’

Lloyd and Jan Chinn; Ghana and more: Serving Now!

Lloyd and Jan, Nkwanta Ghana (Oti Region)

Black Missionary History. 

Thank you for reading my blog during Black History Month as I highlighted some of my heroes. I hope that you have learned a lot and that your heart has been turned toward missions. 

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Here’s our story ….

Lloyd and Jan Chinn are native to Texas. Lloyd from Edna, TX and Jan from Houston, TX.

In 1999, Lloyd was invited to Ghana, West Africa on a short term mission. Lloyd and Jan had never even met a missionary and had no desire to enter into missionary service; they scarcely knew where Africa was – and had never heard of Ghana. God provided the funds for the journey and they took that as confirmation that Lloyd was to go. God spoke to Lloyd clearly on that trip that Africa would be his context of ministry.  In 2000 they took all of their children and 22 other people to the same little town in Ghana – and on that trip, Jan’s experience opened her eyes to the need for discipleship in Ghana.

In 2002, Lloyd received his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and that same year they were appointed as long term missionaries with WorldVenture. They moved to Ghana in 2004 with their two sons and opened WorldVenture’s new field of ministry in Ghana. The Chinn’s served in the town of Nkwanta in Ghana’s Volta Region. Their ministry focus was Pastoral Leadership Development. As they became for familiar with the community, they added Orphan Care, Educational Development, Women’s Empowerment and Community Economic Development. They were blessed by The Lord to design and begin the construction of a Leadership Development Center; a Short Term Missions home; and, a Poultry Farm.

In 2013, they returned to the USA on a home assignment which was supposed to last 10 months and during this time, they were asked by the leadership of WorldVenture to take on the role – Global Director for Africa. In March 2014, they stepped in to this new role.

Lloyd and Jan are the first African Americans to serve as Global Directors for WorldVenture. The new role has added 12 additional countries to their Africa ministry life.

Lloyd and Jan are also serving MANI (the Movement for African National Initiatives) as the North America Diaspora Coordinator. They also serve at Crossover Bible Fellowship as leads of the Missions Ministry (Front Door to Frontier).

Lloyd’s firm message to the African American church has been the same from the beginning of their journey: “Pray! Pay! or Pack!”

If you want to serve long term in Africa — WorldVenture is, in our opinion, the best organization to join. Get in contact with us, we will gladly show you the way! Email us at J.Chinn@WorldVenture.com or at missions@crossoverbf.com

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