If you can't say it's true for me, just because it's true for you, then...
Where Are Your Words Leading You?
Have you ever been misunderstood and thought, “how did they get THAT out of what I said?!” Did you ever have a chance to clear the waters, fix the relationship, or did they stay muddy between you and the other person? I pray you’ve never had this experience. But if you have, you’re not alone. As we await the election results in the next day or two, the idea of our words, of what comes out of us, has come back to me in many ways. We are praying for all of us to represent well the Christ we serve, no matter what happens.
Have you decided ahead of time what kind of fruit you’ll produce? You should, because we’re all about to have a chance to give ’em hell, or give ’em heaven!
Director Dallas Jenkins says The Chosen "is the first ever multi-season drama about the life of Christ. There have been movies and mini-series about Christ's life, but never a binge-watchable show where you can really invest in the characters." These episodes do not mean to take the place of the Word, but to supplement the Word and serve as another tool for the vehicle of the Word. But maybe you've been disappointed by Christian media in the past. Why would you choose to give The Chosen a try? First off, they're making it as easy as they can for you to enjoy them, and for FREE! What, do you need a personalized invitation and moistened towelette?!
Whether you are thankful for this time of year (and if so, what's WRONG with you?! – KIDDING!!) or a little more testy than normal, we want you to be prepared for what's ahead. If you've given through Youth for Christ USA OR Youth for Christ International, I don't want you to be uninformed. And if you've given through BOTH of our giving links/accounts especially, be ready to get two giving statements for both – they may be in the same building in Colorado, but they're technically different organizations with different filing systems! This is what I received:
In the January 2020 E-Newsletter, we wanted to give you all a snapshot of the ministry right now. In this post, we're going to build on the basics for those who'd like to pray for us along the way, both in praise and for God's provision. Here's the basci rundown from the email:
For those who would like to hear more, read on!
As we traveled from Texas to Iowa to Kentucky to Pennsylvania to Tennessee to North Carolina to Georgia and back to Texas (fwew!), we were so thankful to connect with many of you! Many asked about the mission we were involved in back in Slatina – that's for another post. Many asked what we thought about living in another country – that's coming later too! What I want to address today is how many people asked...
Of course, we told people that we need people to partner with us and those serving with us in Romania in prayer – for the youth, their families, and all of us! We will regularly guide you on the prayer needs so you can stand in the gap with us. But this post is about giving you everything you need to partner with us financially!
The short story is: We are missionaries with Youth for Christ International, and this is our new team and fellow workers with Youth for Christ Romania! We're in the USA right now talking to people about what's the same, what's different, and why things changed at all. The longer story, which we're all too happy to tell, is below! In brief, go here to find out about the work being done in Romania, who we'll be working with (currently formating a new website including us*), the brief rundown from Youth for Christ International about Romania, and check back here regularly for the latest updates.
But wait, the Clinkscales are in the States? Since when? What?! Why??
Rebeca and I got married on July 28, 2007. That was the first of our transitions together. We moved from two people who were separate in every way to the "two become one" relationship that began an entire lifetime of transitions. We've served together in Tennessee, California, Iowa, Texas, and now Romania. We came here on our own money, and have lived here on our own money for the past year, in preparation for our position with Youth For Christ Military. Of course, we've had the support of family and friends along the way, but we had another transition we weren't expecting.
We've had an eventful year in Romania! We are so thankful to be here in Romania and know God enabled us to be present to serve as a support through some very difficult family life events. They're not our tales to tell, but they only confirm that we are where God wanted us to be for such a time as this. So many have been giving so faithfully for months, if not years, and we can't tell you all the ways God has used you to get us to this place – THANK YOU! But I wanted to let you all know you haven't been giving to get us to Romania or keep us here, and that your funds haven't been used to do either. If you read below, you'll find out exactly where our giving level is at and what is up ahead!
It's been a long journey getting here, but on April 1st – and that's no joke! – we received word that we have news about THREE potential stations for our very first Youth For Christ Military Missions post. This year YFC celebrates 75 Years of student ministry, and YFC Campus Life Military seeks to reach out to military brats that are living as Third-Culture Kids (TCKs). I encourage you to watch at least that second video above to get an idea of the work we'll be doing, but don't stop there. We'd love to tell you the details below and invite you to be a part of this wonderful news!
Can there... BE any more upsetting way to start a conversation? Talk about setting people up for tension! When you approach people and ask, "Can we talk?" I expect to get balled out for something. It's uncomfortable, but that's not what I'm asking here. I just want to talk with all of you and this is the best way I know of to do it!
The Clinkscales family just had a very encouraging revelation this past week, and we wanted to share it with you: we only need $3,500 more a month in giving to be on mission!!
Rather than reinvent the wheel, here are the video (also on our videos link above) AND the written break-down Rebeca wrote of what all this means!
Hey all, Rebeca here!!
Well, it's been a little over 2 months since we moved to Romania. So much has happened in that short amount of time! Which is why we haven't had a chance to update everyone on what's been going on. Most days, I feel like I can hardly catch my breath.
Integrity is integral to life, ministry, trusting relationships, and partnership in work like with YFC. Unfortunately, the daily news is full of people inside and outside ministry who are accused of compromising the truth. Abuse changes lives forever. But even the accusations of impropriety can be devastating to lives and reputations.
This is not an American problem. This is a human problem.
So it's time to share what the Clinkscales family is doing in Europe, what is coming in the future, and what you can do to help... lest a rumor weed begin to grow and take on a life of its own.
Has someone ever told you the Christian life makes your life better? Maybe they said it as a draw to Jesus, to explain why coming to Christ is a good idea. Perhaps you told someone of Jesus' benefits yourself, in an effort to remove stumbling blocks to faith. It's the common idea that you have a better chance of reaching someone with the gospel if they're in a time of transition, trouble, or tension (for instance, when people are stressed out, the thought goes, they are more open to hearing about a peace that surpasses understanding). That's true in part. It's also true that those in such positions can be even more hardened to the gospel because they can't 'square' the picture of God they have in their mind with what they're going through. So how do you share the gospel without pushing people away?
We've been in Romania over a full week, and it's been great to be with family. Rebeca has been continuing to get paperwork done in an effort to get us residency. Here's a little summary: She has to set herself up for citizenship with her maiden name before updating the government on our marriage certificate, her new last name, and getting the Romanian marriage certificate equivalent; we've got to get that done before we can get a car, a bank account, or start working on the paperwork me and the kids need (which will ease our travel in Europe once we are fully funded); turns out we needed some documents we didn't know we'd need, and they're somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
On a ship. In a container. Which means we're...
When preparing for a major life move, many thoughts come to mind. Thinking about your kids is a given! When we signed on for this adventure with Youth For Christ Military in Europe, a division of Campus Life, we did so with our commitment to the Lord, and our love for students and families, guiding us. Our kids were definitely part of that dream, but every day we see many obstacles they are forced to deal with as well.
Detective Sergeant Joseph "Joe" Friday was a fictional character portrayed by actor Jack Webb on the TV show "Dragnet." The catchphrase, "Just the facts, ma'am," has been attributed to him, though he never actually said it on the show. However, it occurs to us that some value may be found in giving our readers just those facts about our mission in Europe to military families, and little else (details will follow).
Clinkscales family updates: YFCI Work–Youth For Christ International
* Please note: Links from older posts may not have been updated to coincide with domain changes.