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Editor’s note: I met David and Esther at a worship night that David led at our community house. I loved their authentic worship and love for Jesus. I was able to get to know Esther more when I provided her with some tutorials on design software. I knew when she asked for help that it was fertile soil to invest in for the Kingdom of God. Her and her husband among other things are working with A21—an organization committed to abolish slavery in the 21st century. I hope you enjoy getting to know her and are inspired by her views on art and the kingdom of God! Find links at the bottom to her work. AMAG: How were you awakened to life in God? Was there a defining moment? Esther: I’ve known God is present in my life since I was child, but my relationship with Him has been changing as I have been growing up. As in…Continue Reading
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When I was in missions training, everyone wanted to go to the “hardest and darkest” nations—myself included. With a cocktail of zeal and naiveté coursing through our veins, we believed we could turn these countries around and bring them to freedom in Jesus. It only took a few months in Kosovo, a nation still in the aftershock of genocide and war, for me to realize how “hard and dark” it could get. Though I had plenty of modern comforts, I was often miserable. I believed Jesus was stronger, but the darkness I was combating still wriggled deep under my skin. Because I believed Jesus was stronger, I ignored depression and burnout far longer than I should have. Two years of hard lessons and adjustments later, I have a few suggestions for how to cope—and even thrive—in the darkness: 1. Fight Isolation Satan’s number one tactic is to get you alone…Continue Reading
Don't Destroy your Leader
Editor’s note: I saw this on Facebook and knew it had to become an article. This is wisdom from Aaron Walsh on Leadership and how to treat leaders published with permission. Enjoy and be encouraged and inspired! — Just spent sometime over the weekend processing with a friend of mine who was contemplating resigning from his leadership role with the church. He loves what he does, he feels called by God and from the outside it appears that he is happy. However as he opened his heart he revealed that the constant criticism from those he leads in the church is taking its toll. He feels like a failure and that what he does is never enough. He is weary and without divine intervention next week, he will quit. Sadly this story seems to be more and more common. It begs the question: What are we doing to our leaders…Continue Reading
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When my husband and I first felt called to move to Kosovo, we had no plans to become missionaries. We loved serving people, representing Jesus, and all the other hallmarks of missions except for one important detail: we didn’t want to live on support. Though we’d both raised funds for missions in the past, we couldn’t stomach the idea of doing it long term. We didn’t want to be a charity case for our friends, and the whole thing seemed unsustainable. Surely God would prefer us being able to support ourselves where he sent us, right? I want to set the record straight: my supporters do a great work in me, every day. They are heart-changers, pride-demolishers. They point me to Jesus, over and over.  Wrong. God soon gave us a clear vision of what he was calling us to do, which would definitively require us to live on support. We…Continue Reading
Jasen Chung
It’s been about 4 months since I’ve embraced the reality that I may be home for some time. Home is a place I rarely visited, and for good reason. In between my mission trips around the globe, I stayed just long enough to never fully reintegrate. I guess in all honesty, I didn’t want to become my old self. I wanted to protect the change God was doing every time I left home. Now I find myself contrasting against a world I feel so near yet distant from. Little did I know, I may have been hurting myself and fanning the flames of immaturity. Needless to say, my heart has been transformed through all I’ve seen and experienced with God. I’m a changed man who was given the undeserving grace to see through God’s eyes. And when a soul is given the honor to beautifully collide with Jesus’ grace, our…Continue Reading
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2012 has come to a close. And like a senior on the last day of school, my heart is warmly blanketed with nostalgia as I swim in the memories from the past four years of my journey. The thrill of new experiences, the mistakes, and the victories, all held together by God’s grace that has led us exactly where we need to be. I’m reminded of my freshman year being sent to Israel during my Discipleship Training School with YWAM. Walking through the old city of Jerusalem, I brushed my hands against the walls of the Old City that witnessed my savior thousands of years ago. Hours a day we prayed looking over Mt. Zion and the Mt. of Olives where God birthed a passion for intercession within me. Then came the supernatural chapter in the Ivy League universities. Cruising through the historic streets of Northeast, God reminded me He…
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In life, there are few decisions that will shape your entire future. Marriage is one of them and I never wanted to make that decision. I had a lot of false, preconceived ideas about marriage—so God had to get creative if He wanted me to have a wife. A few years ago I was living in Australia working for a Christian, volunteer organization. God was speaking to me about India. I told no one about it. One day, a friend suggested to re-read ‘Is That Really You God’ by Loren Cunningham. I read it before and had no desire to read it again. But, for some reason I felt a nudge from Holy Spirit. I listened and picked it up. I forgot that Loren traveled to India. He said it was a pivotal time in his life, eventually leading him to his destiny: birthing YWAM. India was chasing me down…
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