Monday, December 19, 2011

Looking back & looking ahead...quick year in review...

2011 has been such an awesome year!  Over 500 students and participants have been trained and disciple here at YWAM Orlando and have gone out to over 6 countries on 4 continents to share the news of Jesus!
Our family was able to lead a team to London this summer where we were able to pour into the lives of 15 youth specifically and see God break their hearts for Him and create a fresh hunger and desire for the things of God.  We saw their broken image of God be put together again be healed and God’s true character and nature was once again revealed to them.
And most amazingly, on Tuesday we finally go a picture of our 8 month old son Paxton given to us!!  He is still in South Korea waiting for us to finalize the adoption; but we soon anticipate his arrival in 2012 to become a permanent part of our Family!!

We are so excited about all God is going to do in 2012!  We anticipate being able to train and disciple and send out over 1,000 young people all over the world.  We look forward to the completion of our adoption.  We anticipate the lives that will be reached with the Gospel to share eternity with Jesus!
We would love to enter this new year with all our ministry needs in place.  With airline tickets and training and some adoption expenses all expected this coming year, we need to have $1,000 raised by the end of 2011 to start 2012 off running!

Would you please consider a year end gift of $25 (or any amount) to help us meet our need?   

Should you choose to give, just click on the "Donate" link to the right and follow the instructions OR you can mail a check made payable to "YWAM" to the following: Andy & Rachel Miller; PO BOX 620487; Orlando, FL 32862

The Millers

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

the neXt wave...

Christmas.  Stockings.  Egg Nogg.  Baby Jesus.  Wise men.  Santa.  The Grinch.  Immanuel.  "Red Rider BB Guns." Cheap cinnamon donuts that taste like curry...  Probably all things I should be talking about @ this time of year, and yet I am distracted....Christmas is my favorite time of year, don’t get me wrong.  But something in me is burning and hungry for something greater than another Christmas carol. 
Last month, Rachel, Ty, and I and about 350 other YWAM missionaries gathered in Alabama for 5 days to seek and chase after God.  Crazy right?  We had a plan.  We had an agenda.  YWAM has had a sense that God is raising up a “wave” of 200,000 new missionaries to GO to the cities, countries, & nations of our planet to share the news of Jesus to those who have not heard.  Yet during this time, our agenda’s and plan’s went out the window, but God met us !  There were times when everyone in the room was dancing because we were encountering God.  There were other times when all of us found ourselves on our faces because we were so in awe of God and his character and nature.  Many, if not all of us, left with a renewed sense of passion and vision as to “why it is we do what we do…”  We came in with our plans and left with God’s plans.  Others came in with their vision and left with God’s vision for their life.  Us included.  I am hungry for God.  I have to have Him.  I have to be changed.  I am grateful for all he has done in me, but I am desperate to know Him and become more like Him.  I am desperate to get rid of my agenda to be known and to make my agenda be that Jesus is known.  Thank you so much for your part in this next wave!  Thank you for sending our family to help coordinate, plan and serve in different capacities of this 5 day conference.  We felt as though we had a part in shaping over 350 lives to closer hear God and obey his calling for their lives.  YOU therefore played a role in that!  Not only does your partnership affect us; but in 5 short days, YOU helped transform 350 people you’ve never met!  Thank you… & oh - Merry Christmas!!!