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I enjoyed PhoenixONE tonight. I got to worship with all my friends under the stars. I also got to catch up with some dear friends that I have made over the years while on mission in other countries. I met Pastor Joseph “Jojo” while in Kenya at an orphanage. He was brought to the orphanage at a young age and is now the Pastor there. I got to hang with him a couple of times this week and we had some great talks. I also chatted with Suresh Kumar from Harvest India for a little while. He gave a special prayer over us and I’ve always appreciated the role he has played in my life. I have had many great God moments with Suresh over the years. Jeff Gokee interviewed some friends of mine that recently got married – Johnny and Criselda Sweet. They have a great testimony and it’s awesome to see a couple that is sticking it out and doing marriage right. My good friend Ryan Axtell led worship and Jeff gave a pretty awesome message on relationships. After years of working under him in 5th/6th grade student ministries, I have never heard him speak on dating and was pretty impressed with his talk. He was pretty hard on both the guys and the girls, but I felt he did it in love and it was a sermon many of us here needed to hear. Ryan and Sara Senters gave their testimony of having foster kids afterwards and I enjoyed them sharing their heart. It was a beautiful night and a blessing to spend with good friends!

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Pastor Jojo

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Suresh praying for us

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Ryan Axtell leads worship

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Jeff Gokee interviews the Sweets

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Ryan and Sara Senters

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Advent – Day 18

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I spent the day at Starbucks today reading a book and a letter that I got from my Compassion child that I sponsor. I have been supporting him since my birthday of 2006 – it was my gift to myself. As I was writing Ladouceur (who is now 11), I was trying to put myself in his shoes in the country of Haiti and what his everyday life is like. This is when I appreciate all the countries I’ve been to and how I’ve seen with my own eyes what poverty-stricken countries go through. Not too long after that, my buddy Kory Kredit posted this video of an India trip I took with him and Cornerstone two years ago. Even though I love the ministry of Harvest India, that was a one time trip for me (unless He calls me back). But it was a trip that came at the perfect time of my life. I saw the power of God and the power of prayer in a country dominated by Hinduism. I was able to share my testimony to hundreds of lepers, dedicate a water well and saw scores of people come to Christ. Harvest India has made a difference in the Kingdom because of prayer. I needed a boost to my faith during that difficult time and I can now look back at that spiritual marker as a source of hope. God has always used my life for extraordinary things and I time and time again forget His faithfulness. I needed to see this video. Later today I got an amazing out-of-the-blue email that just blew me away, but yet not surprising because it is how God works. Watch where God is working and join Him thereExperiencing God. Try not to figure what He is doing and just take a step in faith. As I join in this new partnership, I look forward to sharing this awesome God story as it unfolds. God is working and He loves us enough to ask us to join Him.

2011 Team to India

2011 Team to India

Hundreds of Indians coming to Christ at a crusade

Hundreds of Indians coming to Christ at a crusade

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The leper colony I shared my testimony with

Lots of people wanted to be prayed over

Praying for the people of India

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Tonight I returned to my church of 15 years for a worship and praise night. I was blessed by the many friends and family that gave me hugs and loved on me. There was a lot of healing and many tears shed tonight. I was also moved by Suresh Kumar of Harvest India’s message. God is such an amazing God of redemption and restoration.

“In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’” Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed to the Lord, saying, “Remember now, O Lord, I beseech Thee, how I have walked before Thee in truth and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in Thy sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. And it came about before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord. “And I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake,”’” 

   2 Kings 20:1-6

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Tonight was a special night for me. My friend Sarah had never been to Phoenix One and asked me if I’d go with her. While having dinner with her, we caught up with what was going in our lives. It was cool because she needed a friend she could trust and we have always been that for each other. I was able to just love on her as a Christian brother. I told her I get how judgemental and self-righteous the Christian community can get and how we just need people to love more and I was happy to do that for her. God’s a God of love and of second chances and showing that to each other is the start of healing.

She ran into a friend while waiting outside Historic First and I was able to catch up with several people myself. My friend CJ has been a rock in my life and someone who has shown me that unconditional love that I got to show Sarah tonight. As we walked in I saw Alina. I love that girl and I was glad to get a little time to give her a big hug. Then Jaimie and Allison found me and we were able to put a large group of us together up in the front to enjoy the worship. It was a powerful moment to be in corporate worship with several of my amazing friends. God’s done so much for me and I just wanted to give back to him and thank him for being so awesome.

Jeff Gokee brought up Suresh from Harvest India to speak about the lepers. It brought tears to me to see their faces on the screen. I remember every face from when I was in India giving my testimony in front of over a hundred of them. Then my friend and Pastor of New City Church Brian Kruckenberg gave this amazing message from James 1:13-17 on how God is good.

Alina!!

Suresh and Jeff Gokee

Brian Whitman

God is good, all the time.

Satan tempts us because we don’t believe this. If we did, we wouldn’t struggle with our temptation that eventually leads to sin and then to death. He lures us in by our own desires (our desires from within). The word own comes from the from the greek word IDIOS which is where we get the word idiot. So the tempter shows how good the pleasure looks, but not the consequences. (great example from Brian – a sneeze feels good, but like sin, it gets everywhere). So like any idol, when we glorify something more than God (like people), it can’t possibility stand the test. Our heart idols will let us down everytime. We have to believe God is good and live that. That’s why he’s not only good, but he also came down to show us (James 1:12).

“If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world” C.S. Lewis

Brian Kruckenberg

I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me John 17:23

It was such a powerful message and I was happy to hear that it spoke into my friend Sarah. I was able to hang out and catch up with friends afterwards. Johnny and Criselda (who just got engaged) came up to me and told me how they ran into my friend Candace in San Francisco last weekend and didn’t even know her. Somehow my name came up and they ended up putting two and two together and got into a long conversation. I thought that was really cool. Then CJ, Karla, Jaimie and a bunch of us walked to the The Stand for some late night dinner and fellowship. Karla is an artist and a photographer and we talked about doing a fun adventurous photo shoot. We want to make it Indy and Lara Croft – but with cameras. I enjoyed hearing her testimony. I made a bunch of new friends tonight and just had an all around blessed night. Thank you Jesus.

Hanging at the The Strand

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Resting at Suresh's house

Mary with Gokee's daughter

We took a break in the day and had lunch at Suresh’s house. We had a little time to rest and Suresh took some time to tell us some more stuff about Harvest India. While he was talking, a woman came up to him with papers. She was one of his teachers. She got news that one of her glands could be cancerous and that she needed surgery right away to remove it. Harvest India does a great job in taking care of their workers and Suresh was on it right away. We also took time as a team to pray for her.

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Harvest India staff greeting us at the station

John and Sue Turner

Harvest India van

We arrived in Tenali late that evening. We were greeted with flowers and hugs from the Harvest India staff. They made us feel very welcome. They then loaded us into the vans and took us to the house where we would be staying. We felt like we were in a Presidential motorcade the way they zipped us through the streets of Tenali.

Hanging with Brian W

Suresh shared God stories with us

Suresh greeted us at the door and dinner was waiting for us. Suresh shared some amazing stories of how God had been working in Harvest India. He was pretty fired up to have us here and that got us fired up (even though we were pretty beat from the two days of travel.

A little taste of India

Late night dinner

We had a little time of worship and praise on the roof. For me it was perfect timing. I think at times we get caught up with being busy with the travel. But despite being groggy and tired, we were able to calm our hearts and give thanks to God for bringing us to India to be a part of what He is doing here.

Brian and Gary lead us in worship

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Dear Family and Friends,

I just wanted to share an opportunity that God has presented to me. As some of you know, God has really instilled in me this heart for missions. I have been blessed with some chances to serve with some teams overseas these past few years and God has opened up some doors for this to be a permanent part of my life. I love meeting people and being able to visit other countries and serve the people there. It is such a blessing to me. Jeremiah 29:11

A few years ago while serving on the mission board at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, I had the opportunity to witness the initial partnership that was started with them and Harvest India. I was blown away by the testimony of the director of Harvest India, Dr Suresh Kumar. He has such a passion for the lost and for seeing people come to Christ. Then after seeing a couple teams from Cornerstone go over to India and hearing their testimonies, I really felt the call to go see India myself. This past summer, I had a chance to have dinner with Suresh and I really spent some time listening to his heart about the differences between American and Indian culture. He challenged me to come see what God is doing India and learn how I can apply it to my own culture. I really felt that during our conversation was God speaking to me and that I needed to go.

Cornerstone Mission Board with Suresh

India consists of 28 states and is the seventh largest country in geographical area. With the second largest population in the world, India has a coastline of 4,671 miles. Four major world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated here, while Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam arrived in the first millennium CE and shaped the region’s diverse culture. India has the world’s twelfth largest economy at market exchange rates and the fourth largest in purchasing power. Economic reforms have transformed it into the second fastest growing large economy; however, it still suffers from high levels of poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition.

What does Harvest India do? Harvest India is a humanitarian organization based in southern India (Tenali, Andrah Pradesh) that operates as a non-governmental organization in India and a non-profit ministry in the United States. They oversee over 1,000 village churches, 10 orphanages, 6 Bible schools, a nursing training center, and numerous ministries. They train up and provide pastors for each of the churches. Harvest India also provides shelter, food, and education to the neglected children and orphans and safe drinking water in every village where it is not available. http://harvestindia.org/

I signed up with a team from Cornerstone that is going to India January 24 to February 3, 2011. I am so excited and blessed for this opportunity. It comes at a transitional time of my life where God is opening up so many new doors of opportunities for me. I want to ask you if you will be a part of this journey with me? I want to ask if you will pray for me and the team heading over in January (Colossians 4:3)? Pray that we will meet God where He is already working in India and that we accomplish the task He has in store for us. You can follow our team blog at http://csmissions.wordpress.com/ and read how God is working in all of us while we are in India.

I also need to raise $2600 before we leave. Will you pray about giving financially so I may go and be a light to these people and to this country (Romans 10:15)? There are two ways you can give. First is to write a check made out toCornerstone Christian Fellowship with my name and India trip in the memo. You can give the check to myself, the Cornerstone mission booth on the patio or mail it to my post office box at P.O. Box 10697 Tempe, AZ 85284. You can also give online at http://cschandler.com/missions . Scoll down the right side until you see “Support 2011 India team member” and click on that link. You will need to log on if you have an account with Cornerstone, select your name and then click on my name on the drop down list and select how much you want to give. If you are not set up to give online to CS, you will need to set up an account (takes about 2 minutes).

I am so thankful for all the opportunities God has blessed me with over the past five years. Going to India and being a part of what Harvest India is doing is no different. I just want to be His humble servant and serve the people of that country. I appreciate so much the friends and family God has brought into my life that have been a part of this incredible journey I have been on. Thank you for your continued support and prayers over the years.

God Bless, Travis Timmons

tdtimmons@gmail.com

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