Tales From Taylor's Lane - Suzanne Glass

As I settle into life as a nanny in Wisconsin I know I don’t know all the reasons God has me here but I know He is still growing me and teaching me new lessons. With a newborn in the house I have had the privilege of sharing in the night time feedings. Often times in the quiet of the night Beckett lets out cries to be fed then latches on to the bottle as if his life depends on getting the contents into to his tummy. (Which I guess it does ;)  That milk is the only thing that will satisfy him. 1 Peter 2:2-3 has continued to come to mind. “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”  I know for experienced parents this is nothing new but I am still in awe of how God uses that word picture. I look down at Beckett and realize that most time I don’t even come close to desiring time with Jesus and His Word as much as he desires the milk in the bottle. How often do I try to satisfy the hunger and thirsting of my soul with something else? I might even know it is not what I truly want or need but it seems easier at the time. 

I know those who belong to the Riverview have for the most part grown up in families that put importance on knowing God’s Word. Often times I took it for granted that others knew what I was talking about when I referred to a Bible story or quoted a verse to make a point or as encouragement. Yet as I have visited other churches and interacted with so many believers outside of the circles I am use to I see a great need in the church today to know the Word. People who have gone to church for years are still “drinking” the milk someone else is giving them instead of learning to “chew on the meat” they learn from the source itself. Nothing in life can replace the nourishment of God’s Word in our lives. Our spiritual lives depend on it. 

As the twins (three year old boys) looked at a Bible storybook that I had just finished reading to their little sister before putting her in bed I heard them say “Look he is pooping”. Glancing at the book I saw that the artist had draw Samson face with an expression that to toddlers getting potty train only made sense that he was in need of a toilet. I had to laugh as I saw they had a point. Yet in the days following my mind returned to that image and again I had to laugh to think that God chooses to use us to accomplish His great works on earth. How can that ever be captured in a picture? Samson’s story is a warning and encouragement to all of us. 

Caring for three toddlers and a newborn my days are filled with wiping sticky hands and runny noses, giving time outs and holding crying children, yet it is so much fun to be purposefully planting seeds in the minds of those precious children of truth that God can bring back to mind later on as He draws them to Himself.  I have been blessed by those at Riverview who are taking the time to raise their children to love the Lord by modeling it to them in their own lives and using the every day to teach them about the great love that God has for us that He demonstrated with the cross. Because of the cross I live in hope each day knowing every task given me to do has worth when done for Him. 

Learning to walk closer to my Savior,

Suzanne

Deepening Friendships and Football Games - Trent's Team

This past week has felt crazy for me with everything that's been happening since the prayer tour and getting back on schedule, and with things back home. We had sat in on lectures the first two weeks of Leadership Intern Training with the YWAM staff, but last week we did our own team stuff in the mornings and then joined them for the rest of the day in our normal activities. We have enjoyed the team here and are sad to see them leave in 3 weeks for their outreach. They will be traveling to Southeast Asia and Pacific regions doing shows and ministering there, sleeping under the mango trees, etc. They have really taught me a lot about faith and just believing our Father will show up. I've appreciated them so much and enjoyed serving with them. They have been a huge blessing in my life.

The mornings before lectures would start, our team plus the YWAM team would have a time of affirming each other and going through each person and encouraging them and praying for them. It was such a blessing for me, to receive that and to give that encouragement!

This week we were also doing some prep work. We have a busy week coming up as we are hosting a tribal council appreciation meal, a Seder meal, and fundraising.

Our team also got to go exploring one morning at Kerr Dam. That was fun to explore the trails and climb some rock faces, take pictures - oh, and try to scare one of our team members by running up to the edge or even just standing a few feet away from the edge. Ahem, Kelly. ;) Ahhh good times.

Another thing this week was the guys’ second football game in their semi pro league, so we showed up to watch and cheer them on! Go monsters! (I’m not sure who picked the name.) I guess we need to work on our cheering, as we lost, but it was still a great experience to watch them play and see their hard work in action. This is a part of the sports ministry we do, besides the time we spend at the gym.

So yeah, just be praying for us and thanks for reading!

-Amy

Update from Autumn Stevens

     Well hello there! I'm finally getting around to another letter for all of you back at home. First of all, how have you been? What's God been teaching you lately? I'm really looking forward to coming home and having real conversation, because I hate writing a one way communication that is only about what's happening in my life. 

      Today has been such a good day, we all just got back from a short hike in Estes Park. Although it was pretty cold, and extremely windy (60-70 mph wind gusts), I loved it!! The wind was a little scary though, it made you feel as if you might either blow off the mountain, or get smashed up against the rocks! Aside from the Estes weather, we've had beautiful spring days with warm sunny weather. It's been beautiful! 

      Over the past nine weeks God has been so good! There have been things about this season that are hard, things that are stretching, things that are tiring, well all sorts of things I suppose! Our classes have been so good, and I feel some days as if there is just not any more room to stuff even another tidbit of information! I guess I have to trust that whatever things that I've heard the Lord will remind me of those things as I need them. 

      A major thing that the Lord has been teaching me is how to better discipline my mind-in a lot of ways! For example, instead of allowing myself to become obsessed with my appearance, I want to train myself to be totally obsessed with Jesus. It's ridiculous how much I am constantly "watching" myself in light of what others might be thinking. There's a lot of other ways as well, like teaching myself how to say "No", how to focus in worship, how to love the Lord with my mind, how to ditch all of my old motives and exchange them for new ones. I think the list could go on! By His grace, I pray that the growth and continued thought training also goes on until I am pleasing to Him in all of my thoughts. 

      Another great lesson that I would not have expected to learn is the power of confession, the freedom of walking totally in the light, and the amazing blessing of conviction in my life. When we confess our sins He truly is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness! I'm finding that if I confess something it does three things, 1. It leaves no room in my life for darkness, 2. It disables the work of the Enemy in that area, and 3. It can be used by God as an encouragement to the rest of the Body. It's amazing! 

      One of my favorite information kind of things that we've had in our classes is how to see Jesus throughout the whole Bible. Yes, I've heard before that Jesus is on every page, but when you actually begin seeing it, it's super exciting! When I come home, I'd love to tell you some of them :) 

      Well, I suppose that this update is plenty long! I'm really looking forward to coming home in three short weeks and catching up with all of you! 

Blessed beyond what I deserve, 
Autumn

Oh, and P.S. Thank you to each of you who have sent mail or packages, they make my day and I feel so blessed by the sweet thoughtfulness of everybody back at home :) 

The Means of Grace - Suzanne Glass

The Means of Grace

Below is one of my assigned session reviews that I wanted to share with you. I was encouraging and challenged by this message. Thinking of all of you I decided to write it in such a way to that it could possibly be a blessing to you as well. Thanks for being part of my wonderful Body of Christ that I have the blessing of knowing and loving. I am praying for you.

Love Suzanne

The Means of Grace

 Many times, we want God to do something big and grand without us having to do anything to meet the needs in our lives as we obey Him. Yet often He uses the humble things, the weak things, and always something that He has already prepared to meet our need. He knows what we have need of before we ask but we still need to ask. In our asking we should ask for wisdom to know what means He has provided. God methods are unpredictable but His nature is always the same, never changing. As different needs, trials, and hardships arrive in our lives we can be confident that God is the Provider, He will Provide and He has already Provided.

I am blown away as I consider the idea of God choosing to use means to accomplish His purposes. Just think of all the stories and the objects and people He uses, things like a manger, a rod, a bush, wind, spit and dirt, a stone, fish and loaves, a cross, etc. But most astonishing of all is He chooses to use humans. How humble is our God; He could accomplish anything by just speaking, yet throughout history that has not been how He has done things. Weak as we are He has commanded us to be a part of the greatest task in history, sharing Him with a dying world. If you know Jesus, believing that He died for your sin and rose again, then if you have also repented, turning away from sin, then the Spirit of God dwells in you. This Spirit gives each believer the power to live a life free from sin. 

This Spirit gives us the ability to know God and do what He is asking us each day to accomplish great things for Him no matter how small they seem to us each task done in obedience is part of His bigger plan. When He chooses to use small things, humble things who are we to question? I for one am thankful that I serve a humble yet all powerful God who uses all things for the good of those who He has called His Children, making us more like Christ. 

  “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? …Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, …Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 

(1 Corinthians 1:18-31)

 

From Reservation to Reservation - Trent's Team

This week was Tribal Waves annual prayer trip to all 7 of the Reservations in Montana and we had the privilege of going with them this year. Let’s just say it was probably the highlight of my outreach so far. God showed himself in new ways to all of us and we saw him moving through us. We left on Monday, March 27, and headed to the Crow reservation and stayed the night there before going on to the N. Cheyenne reservation where we stayed another night. From there we went to the Fort Peck reservation, then to the Fort Belknap reservation, and then on to the Rocky Boy reservation. Our next stop was Chester, which is not a reservation, but we did a Tribal Waves and Team Extreme show and stayed the night there. On Saturday, April 1, we headed to our last reservation – the Blackfeet reservation. We spent our last night there and then headed back to the base on the Flathead reservation on April 2. Because this was a prayer trip, prayer was a priority at every stop; at every reservation we either stayed at a church and prayed and worshiped with the people, or we just spent time praying over different places and people. And the cool thing is that every reservation had something different for us, they weren’t all the same. God showed up every time – even if it felt like he wouldn’t, like there wasn’t hope, he still showed up.

So that’s just a brief overview of the trip and I would write all the highlights for each one but that might be a bit much so I’ll pick 1 or so. 🙂 The place where I saw God probably move the most was in N. Cheyenne in a really small town called Busby located in the middle of nowhere. When we first got there on Tuesday (3/28) in the afternoon, I got this feeling of depression and felt really down and out of it. It was because of the spiritual warfare there, and we found out a little later that there had been a lot of deaths recently in the community; this was common on the other reservations too. So after we had gotten settled in and talked with the pastor, we had a time of worship and prayer.

Before worship and prayer, though, we were able to connect with the people there in a new, fun way. One of the young girls had a birthday, so we sang and did a dance for her, and then we somehow got into rapping. One of the staff, named Sam, from another team we were with was doing some funny freestyle rapping and somehow we decided to let him do a freestyle rap at the church – it was hilarious! Singing happy birthday and rapping before we started worship really opened the door to the people’s hearts there. It broke the ice; we had such a good time laughing with one another and that’s what softened their hearts.

After we sang a few songs, we asked some of the youth (which were all girls) if they had any prayer requests for the area. At first they didn’t seem very open to it, but then one girl asked for prayer for her family because they just lost their grandpa. After asking her more about it, she broke down and started crying and we were able to pray for her and just be there for the family. I think when the other kids and even adults saw her vulnerability, it opened up their hearts. After she shared, people kept coming and asking for prayer one by one and by the end we had prayed for everyone but maybe 1 or 2 people in the church.

During this time a young girl rededicated her life to Christ and forgave her mother, and later we prayed for a man named Dave (age 51) who we had asked if he wanted prayer. He came up and started crying and said he missed his twin brother who died a while back and we talked with him for a while and at the end he came to Christ!!! He said it was the first time that he had felt the presence of God and that we were different from others. At the end of the night, there was so much peace and comfort there. I felt so much better than when I had arrived. And I think one thing that opened the door for all this was when we sang “Happy Birthday” and rapped. J We did what we thought God was wanting us to do. Because of the heaviness of everything going on at the reservation, a normal worship service may not have allowed us to connect with people as well and been as impactful. I learned to be more open and if God puts something on my heart or in my mind, even if it seems weird sometimes, you got to have faith and trust him.

-Christian

A Learning Week - Trent's Team

Hello everyone! Here is a glimpse into what our week was like last week. Sunday, I got my toes stepped on. Pastor Lynn talked about Soul Food and how our souls need rest. Two things that need to be practiced are solitude/silence and renewing our hope. I went to church thinking I was doing pretty well, but when Pastor Lynn started speaking, I'm pretty sure my soul gave me a nudge and a slap to the face. It was definitely a message I needed to hear. Dr. Pastor Lynn (what he called himself) gave the whole congregation a    prescription - to rest. He challenged us to be aware of ourselves, "How is it with your soul?"

This week the YWAM group started their LIT (leaders in training) class. Our team will be sitting in for 2 weeks to see what our fellow friends are learning and experience it for ourselves (pictured below). Georgia was one of the speakers this week. She and two other ladies have prayer walked throughout Montana. She reminded me that I need to put the armor of God on every day. This session came at a good time because we are preparing to travel to all 7 reservations in Montana for a week-long prayer tour. You can think of us as we prepare ourselves and ask for safe travels as we go from place to place.

Thanks for reading!

-Kelly

Hello from Ellerslie - Suzanne Glass

Hello Everyone who is desiring to read this. I am currently at Ellerslie in Windsor, Colorado. God’s timing has been perfect for me to be here. I am enjoying the refreshing yet challenging time spent learning more about who Jesus is and how that applies to my life. The set-apart environment (one that is protected as much as possible from distractions) has been good for me to regain balance in my walk with the Lord. Last year was really stressful for me but this has given my time to process everything while encouraging my focus to remain on the Lord. As well as take me deeper in my relationship with the Lord then I have had before. 

Below is my session review from one of the sessions this week. We are to write one for each session to take ownership of what was taught and then how we see it applying to our lives. I hope that someone will find this encouraging, and be blessed for reading it.

Dependence

Unlocking the Mystery of Godliness

 In a culture, that at every turn pushes independence, a Christian is called to live a life of dependence on Christ. A Christian is a glove and He is the Hand. Without the Hand the glove can do nothing. Yet with the Hand inside the glove can lift, bend, do and carry all the Hand requires. The glove is not using its own resources but rather the resources, strength and ability of the Hand. When a Christian tries to live a life apart from Christ it won’t be a life that points to Christ but rather will only point to what the Christian can accomplish. Which depending on who it is may look impressive but will not fulfill the highest calling of abiding in Christ just He abided in the Father while on earth. A Christian life should be one that when the world looks on they are dumbfounded and can find no explanation except that the Spirit of God dwells in that person.  

Too often I find myself thinking of ways to self-source. Ways I can accomplish what needs to be done without depending on God. This session showed me how every sin is rooted in self-sourcing. On a day like today when I know I won’t even be able to get out of bed without Him I know what dependence is. Yet even in this there is a part of me that thinks that is wrong, that I should be able to live without the need of others and God but this way of thinking is sin. Yes, the pain that makes it at times hard to move doesn’t need to be there for me to be in a constant mode of depending on God, to be responding to all He has but today I choose to use it as a reminder and thank God for it. My job is not to figure out how everything will work but rather take the steps as God leads depending on Him with each step.

What about you are you finding rest in Him today by depending on Him and not trying to accomplish His work in your own strength? 

Thanks for taking the time to read this. May each one of you find hope as you look to the One who loves you with an everlasting love.

Love Your Sister in Christ,

Suzanne

The lake in town that we can walk around. A paved trail goes around the whole thing; it is about 2 mi. Beautiful place to walk or sit on the benches and do homework.

The lake in town that we can walk around. A paved trail goes around the whole thing; it is about 2 mi. Beautiful place to walk or sit on the benches and do homework.

Experiencing God In Loss - Trent Miller

This past week was a pretty busy one for myself. It started off with a really good time at church on Sunday when some ladies from Teen Challenge in Missoula came to speak. Teen Challenge is located in different areas in the States and they look to help teenagers, adults, and families with problems such as substance abuse and other life-controlling problems. They told some of their very powerful stories about how the Lord had rescued them. It’s really incredible how the Father moves and acts.

On Monday I had the opportunity to travel about three hours to Browning to attend a funeral with John and his wife Melissa. While there I was able to be shown around a good part of the Blackfeet Reservation. I also had the chance to see how life is on another reservation. The funeral itself was a pretty long one and was a mixture of native and Catholic practices. Attending the funeral and sitting there during the wake really made me think back on my good friend who passed away this past summer in a motorcycle accident. It has been difficult since then to say the least.

This past week was also difficult reliving those memories while attending a funeral of a man who I didn’t know, but I was able to at least feel the pain that the family and friends were experiencing. I spent most of the time during the service praying silently for those who were sitting next to me and for the family that God would give them peace and comfort during this time of loss.

The rest of the week was pretty normal in what we did. Christian’s dad and brother arrived on Friday and they were able to spend the weekend together. It was good to have them here and see what life is like for us here. I believe that Christian enjoyed his time with them.

Until next time…

-Trenton

Out of the Mouths of Babes - Trent's Team

Hello again readers!

These are some of the kids from the preschool that Kelly and I have been helping out at. We helped 2 days this past week. They are so energetic and joyful and the imaginations they have are astonishing! Featured in the pictures is a Star Wars ninja fight, where any water is death to their enemies & monsters(me,) and they have reviving powers and all sorts of crazy skills.

It’s crazy the things kids talk about sometimes. One of our topics at lunch, which can literally go anywhere, was sharing with others. But they were asking, can we share our eyes with so and so, or our ears, or heads, or hearts? And so on. Some of these things you don’t wanna share because then you would be dead, but we didn’t really explain that too deeply to them as they were just being silly. Then one of them asked if we can share our hearts with Jesus, and then instead of putting their friends names in where they could share things with, they started asking if they could share everything with Jesus. It was so cute but at the same time really made me think. These preschoolers have got it! Why not share our hands with Jesus, or have our eyes look through His tinting, or let Him in our hearts? These are just some questions that they prompted in me just because of their matter of fact way of asking, “why not?”

I know we all know this, but it was so refreshing to have it brought up by kids.

“…You have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to infants…” Luke 10:21

How much does our Father reveal to kids that we don’t wanna take, just because they’re kids?

This past weekend we also had family visit. It was a good time, just getting to know each other’s family and where we came from some more.

Anyway those are some thoughts from this week. Hope you enjoy!

-Amy

Hello Everyone!! - Autumn Stevens

Hello Everyone!!

     Believe it or not, I do miss all of you and I'm excited that I get the chance to post a little update about what's happening out here at Ellerslie :) I've already learned so much in these past five weeks, every minute here is purposefully used to study, read, pray, learn, or share sweet fellowship with other students. Our homework assignments are great for teaching us how to focus on priorities and manage our time wisely. This past week I've been trying to remember that regardless of my list of "to do's" for the day, pursuing the presence of Jesus first is more important. If I put Him first in my day He gives me the grace to accomplish whatever other assignments need finished. Making Jesus the focus of all my thoughts and activities is a faltering, new habit that I want to make my lifestyle. 

      I've been trying to think of how to describe our schedule without making it confusing, let's see.......Oh, I've got just the thing! I'll include a picture so if you're interested in seeing how our days are spent, you can read till all your curiosity is satisfied :) 

      I was also wanting to share a least piece of something interesting we're learning, if I could share the whole pie I would, but that would take more time than either you or I have. For each session we're assigned to write a brief recap, I'll share one of mine from a session titled "Overcoming Sin":

      This class was taught from II Kings 18-19 and the story of King Hezekiah defying Sennacherib, the great King of Assyria. Eric was our teacher for this session and shared with us the power of God to overcome the power of sin in our lives. As weak, helpless sinners we are kept in bondage to sin by our own fear and unbelief in the Saviour's power. Yet, when we cry out to Jesus, just as Hezekiah cried out to Jehovah, our enemies are slain by the Lord who works powerfully on our behalf. There was one verse from this story that was so awe inspiring, II Kings 19:35 "And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the LORD went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning there were the corpses-all dead." That same God, in all of His terrible power, has destroyed the power of sin in my life just as he wiped out the army of Sennacherib King of Assyria. Praise the Lord!

        This session was a great encouragement from the Old Testament displaying the awesome power of God. Hearing the story of Hezekiah is exciting! I love the way that Scripture says he took the letter from Sennacherib and spread it before the Lord. In total desperation and utter lack of resources, Hezekiah turned to the Lord, pouring out all of his troubles before Him, and God answered Hezekiah in a supernatural, miraculous way. God has done the same on my behalf, through His Son He has totally wiped out the power the Enemy once held over me. I have been declared free from the power of sin and death. I am a new creation in Christ, set free from bondages and fear. Praise God! -Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

           To wrap this up I'd like to give just a couple prayer requests:

1. Please pray that I would continue to walk in the victory through the grace given to me through Christ. Specifically that all of my thought habits, and daily activities would be totally centered on Christ and glorifying to Him. 

2. Join me in praying for Caleb, Harlee, and David, they've really been on my heart. I so want for them to find victory. 

Well, I think that's plenty for now. I hope everyone is doing well back at home. Thank you so much for your prayers! 

Blessings, Autumn

Jenna took this picture of the sunrise, they're beautiful out here! 

Jenna took this picture of the sunrise, they're beautiful out here! 

This is my room mate Patricia Mullet. 

This is my room mate Patricia Mullet.