I was born in Denver, Colorado. I moved to OKC after quitting my jobs as a teacher and YouthIntern to pursue the call into ministry. I started as a non traditional student at Oklahoma where I met my husband. He was a non traditional student working on a 2nd degree after moving from Poland to pursue a degree in Ministry. We dreamed together of serving the Lord in Europe. Now we are blessed to be witness to the awesome way that God works all over the world. We live in Vienna, Austria with our3 kids. We work with Eastern European Mission. We provide Bibles and ethics materials in native languages of Eastern Europe. That means we get to seeGod's hand and providence all over Europe. I am Publishing Assistant at EEM and a fitness trainer. I fill my days caring for my family, teaching gym classes and designing book covers and working on details to provide quality materials to those who need God's word. In my free time I paint, cook, make jewelry and run 2 blogs.
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“For just as rain and snow fall from heaven
and do not return there
without saturating the earth
and making it germinate and sprout,
and providing seed to sow
and food to eat,
so My word that comes from My mouth
will not return to Me empty,
but it will accomplish what I please
and will prosper in what I send it to do.”
Have you ever thought about all of the things that had to fall perfectly into place for you to have come into a relationship with the Father?
That is not chance that is destiny. Even if it is something so seemingly simple as your exact parents coming together so you could be born. It is a miracle. A declaration of love. The Father saying I want you. He has chased each one of us down. That is the central story of the Bible.
A God that loves each one of us that he is willing to do whatever it takes to be in relationship with us. What a gift. What an honor to be called his.
The most amazing thing about this gift, is that he desires all mankind to receive it. There are many people around the world who have to overcome huge obstacles just for the right to hear the message of God.
Since August, many of those people have made their way to Europe. What an opportunity. The chance to discover His word. The ability to suddenly hear Him singing over you and see the way His hand has prepared your way.
Those of us in Europe now have the chance to share Jesus with people who were in places not easily accessible to missionaries.
I am so thankful to be able to play a role no matter how small in people getting a chance to have their own Bible. We have been doing this for 60 years in many war torn countries. All over Eastern Europe, we have witnessed the mighty hand of God and his work to save those in need of him.
Now, we are able to empower the Ministries and Missionaries on the front lines of working with refugees. Through gifts from the Lord’s church we have been able to start giving out Bibles in Farsi. It is so exciting. We are working on Arabic Bibles as well. It thrills my heart when people come by to get them. I know what a special gift, and unique opportunity it is.
I will never forget the first time I gave a Bible to a child who had never had one. We both cried and it was moving. I cry pretty much every time. I can’t even imagine what a special moment it is for those sharing with and blessing the disheartened and displaced.
I am thankful we have a God who desires a relationship with us. I am impacted by the love and kindness of those who donate the time and resources needed to provide these gifts to those in need.
If you would like to know how you can get more involved in helping people take the first steps in learning to be in relationship with the Lord, click here. Please take some time to think about and pray for the many people around the world who need Jesus. Ask the LORD to open your eyes to any paths you are standing near. Ask him to give you discernment and strength to help someone along their road to him.
Here are a couple pictures of me and the little part I have played in this project.
Eastern European Missions has helped many receive Bibles in Farsi so they can read God’s word!
I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.
I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.
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Creating a Great Day is excited to have the opportunity to highlight different ministries that individuals, families, and congregations may choose to support through prayers, financial giving, and/or their time. As in everything, we encourage you to pray about your involvement and listen to how God is calling you to take action.
Ministry Spotlight: Oklahomans United for Life
John Michener is the Director of Oklahomans United for Life. Active in the pro-life movement since 2006, John has taught at scores of schools, churches, and community organizations on the topic of abortion. Before becoming a pro-life missionary, he served in the administration of Oklahoma Christian University, and he previously taught speech and debate. John and Jayne have been married for nineteen years, and they homeschool their two daughters.
Their approach is unique and one that draws people from both sides of the issue into engaging, grace-filled conversation.
- Am I silent when abortion is the topic of discussion?
- Can my children defend their pro-life views?
- Can we speak up without offending others or being weird?
Oklahomans United for Life will teach your family how to:
* Create gracious and persuasive conversation about abortion.
* Make a biological and philosophical case for life.
* Respond to the difficult question, “What about abortion in the case of rape?”
* Embrace the opportunity to share their faith in every pro-life conversation.
Who Can Get Involved
Oklahomans United for Life is a perfect partner for homeschool co-ops, families seeking to disciple their children to make a difference in our world, and congregations to engage the world around them.
We also offer chapel presentations, special event presentations, pulpit sermons, interactive workshops and classes, Sunday school classes, and outreach experiences at public venues and college campuses. Our high school unit includes handouts, homework, a writing assignment, and a test. Students who get involved with our ministry and want to do more will have the opportunity to become teachers themselves and help us to train other students.
Our workshop is appropriate for ages twelve and up, and families are encouraged to participate together.
To schedule a free workshop for your family and friends, contact [email protected]. See us in action at facebook.com/oku4life.
A cemetery outside of Boulder, CO that memorializes the loss of children due to miscarriage or abortion.
A True Story from a Volunteer
A volunteer who has been involved in this ministry for many years asked if she could take the outreach group to a cemetery outside of Boulder, CO where she had memorialized three children that she had killed through abortion. The group went and was overcome by the thousands of crosses covering several acres. These crosses represent the lives that are taken daily in the U.S. due to abortion. Within this area, a memorial is set up to remember the children who were lost to abortion or miscarriage. Each of the hundreds of plaques represents a child that was lost or killed. After sharing about her three children she killed and what she was going through, she showed them her children’s plaques. As she ended, she said,
“Thank you so much for what you are doing here and allowing me to be a part of it.”
Learn more about her story as well as others and this great ministry by watching this video. If you only have a few minutes, forward to the 18 minute mark to hear an amazing testimony.
There are many people hurting because of choices they have made. These people will likely not meet you in a church building, but will engage you in conversation in other locations. All they need is an opportunity to be engaged gracefully and that is where the training of Oklahomans United for life comes into play. Check out their information today and learn how you can get involved.
A “thank you” note that John received from a young college student months after striking up a conversation with her when she was 8 weeks pregnant.