My Mission:

Engaging, Equipping, and connecting children and their families to their most strategic role in completing the Great Commission.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I Am a Mobilizer

Working the registration table with other staff from Arkansas.
God is the God of first full week of work and I was off to Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend the Perspectives Leadership conference where I was given the opportunity to present on children's mobilization. There was roughly 80 people there from across the nation, all directors and coordinators for the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course (see ). It was exciting to see the buzz in the room as we talked about engaging more families and kids and creating new tools. There was a lot of positive response to the new ideas being formed. A great start to a new chapter in ministry.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Home Dedication!

God has been so faithful every step of the way...He provided me with an amazing place to live just 2 days after getting's perfect and so homey! Here's my new team, just after moving in, dedicating my home to the Lord!

Updates on their way!

Hey all!
    So much to tell and show! Just got internet service after over a week without it! Pictures, stories and videos coming within the next few days! Stay posted!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

5 states to home

From California to Arizona...

across New Mexico....

through Texas...

on to Oklahoma....

And right to my new home.....

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Carissa's Chronicles September 2011

If you would like to give a special gift towards ministry launch, you can do so by clicking here.
You can also send a check made payable to USCWM MA 164 to 
US Center for World Mission- Mobilization Division
PO BOX3586
Fayetteville AR 72702-3586

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Carissa Chronicles August 2011

My goal was to write you today and tell you I made it to 100% in 100 days...I came SOOO close!
At this writing, I am just $140 in monthly support shy of being able to finally move to ministry location.
Continue to pray for God's provision, and for the hearts of those God is calling to partner with me.
At this point, I anticipate that I will be able to move to Arkansas around the 1st week of October (Lord willing!). 
I am anxious to get to my ministry location and begin working with my team...the kingdom is waiting! 
In addition to my monthly support, I have been working to raise $3000 for my Ministry Launch Fund. This will enable me to get up and running in Arkansas. 
So far, I have raised half of it. Would you consider giving a special gift this month of $50 or so to help launch this exciting ministry?
You can do so by donating here....(be sure to select my name from the staff/ministry drop down menu).
You can also send a check made payable to USCWM MA-164 to PO Box 3586 Fayetteville, AR 72702
God is faithful...and that fact never changes. Let us rejoice

Here are some pictures from this summers happenings!
Packinghouse VBS, July 2011
I starred as Sally C. Shore, high seas capitan who was stranded with her crew (pictured right) on Promise Island. We got to spend the week teaching 700 kids about God's promises for all people!

US Center for World Mission staff retreat...we gathered from all over to seek the Lord as a community. It was also a great opportunity to get to know my new team in Arkansas so much better!

Body Builders Support Raising Bootcamp in Lima, NY. I spent over 32 hours in preparation, and 16 hours in training to best understand God's biblical principles of support raising and how to best raise up partners for the Kingdoms!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Join me in a day of prayer

Last week I watched the movie "A Faith like Potatoes," the story of an Irish farmer living in South Africa. He believed that when God promised in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that if his people, who are called by his name, humbled themselves and prayed and sough his face, that he would hear from heaven and heal their land, that God really meant it. And so, in the middle of a drought, he called all people, both black and white, to gather together and pray. 

I have seen the results of when God's people join together in a concert of prayer. His promises are true.
And so I am calling you to join me in a day of prayer and fasting.
I am in my 9th week of support raising with only $365 in monthly support left before I can move to ministry location. 
Although I am so close, this last $365 is not coming easily. 

Please join me in a day of prayer and fasting for this last bit of support. 
This support, that represents so much more than me and my move, but represents a ministry that will
    .....bring children into a full love relationship with Jesus
      .....that will train and equip parents to be the spiritual role models to their children,
         ....that will challenge churches to build children's programs that engage their faith and motivate kids for the Kingdom
            ...a ministry that will even bring healing and hope to nations as kids pray, give, and maybe even one day go with the Good News of the Savior of the  

When: Tuesday August 23, 2011
Time: All day
What: pray, fast...whatever you feel lead to do.

Let's ask the God of the harvest to bring in all the money needed by August 31, 2011.
Let's seek his face and asking him to bring healing
to kids,
to families,
to churches,
to nations.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Carissa's Chronicles July 2011

The storm was raging. The wind howled, leaving an icy chill in its wake. The waves rolled and crashed, sending the tiny, wooden boat back and forth with no direction. Inside the boat was a crew of experienced fishermen. They knew the waters better than anyone, yet they were afraid.

When all hope seemed lost, a man appeared, walking on the water. Peter called out to the man, “Lord, if that’s really you, call me to step out of the boat.”

A pastor recently pointed out to me that Peter could have made a handful of “safer” requests to prove that the man standing before them was really Jesus. He could have asked Him things that only Jesus would know, things that never would have required Peter to leave the safety of the boat. But he didn’t. The brave and foolish Peter said, “If that’s you, call me out to walk on the water, too”…in the middle of a raging storm!!

I can only imagine the excitement and sheer wonder that Peter felt when he took the first step onto the glassy sea of Galilee. Then, as quickly as it happened, reality set in. The waves became clear again. The sound of the howling wind became deafening. Peter began to sink.

I relate to Peter in so many ways. I have stepped out of the boat, away from safety and security, to walk on the waters with Jesus. I have felt the sheer wonder and excitement of a life of faith. But I also know all too well the fear. I know how it feels to begin to sink.

If you would have asked me how I was back in April, I would have told you that I was just like Peter….sinking. The excitement of water walking had faded and all I could see were the waves- waves of doubt and discouragement, waves of waiting too long, waves of decreasing financial support. The old cliché saying, “Where God guides, God provides,” was no longer ringing true.

Then came the hand. Just when I thought I was going under, Jesus reached His hand out to me in the most unusual of places….Fayetteville, Arkansas.

If you recall, I visited our regional office in Northwest Arkansas in April. Previous to my time there, the staff in Arkansas had no ministry to children, nor any real interest to begin one. I spoke at a staff meeting and shared my vision and ministry. No one anticipated what God had planned! A small wildfire was started and it has sense continued to grow. I have accepted an invitation to transfer to the Arkansas office. Leadership has seen the great value of mobilizing children and has decided they want to take it on full time and expand it to a national, and maybe one day, global level.

This move will bring our first ever full-time team of staff members. It will also establish the US Center for World Mission’s first ever recognized children’s department. Not only will we be able to expand Global Xpress with greater resources and skills, but we will also be more effective by beginning additional ministries to parents, teachers, and leaders. We have already begun brainstorming ideas for Moms On Mission, a ministry for moms seeking to disciple their children to love Jesus and involve them in His work.

A new chapter is unfolding. I can’t begin to express my excitement over what lies in store. The team in Arkansas is ready and waiting to begin. Here’s the game plan:

- In June, we suspended Global Xpress for a season.

- I am currently raising support full-time. I cannot move to my new ministry location until I reach 100%.

- Once I move to Fayetteville and get settled, my team and I will spend several days back at the drawing board…reevaluating, creating, and strategizing. Then the fun begins!

As I write this, I am just $550 of monthly support away from packing up my small room and heading south. I can see Jesus smiling at me, a chuckle on his lips, as he says to me, “Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

God has called me to alter eternity in the lives of children and families around the globe. I eagerly await all that God has in store for this ministry and all the opportunities to share in His glory with you. Thank you for journeying with me, making these kingdom opportunities reality.

May we all strive to step out of the boat and straight toward Jesus!

Just $480 dollars more to go til I reach 100% and am able to move to my ministry location!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Showered in Birthday love

This is what a great birthday looks like...

Being surrounded with all the amazing people who make up your life...

 Getting to go to Disneyland on your actually birthday with a group of friends who happily celebrate you...
 Coming home to a dozen roses sent from a best friend who lives far way...
 And waking up everyday to see the dozens of birthday cards that remind you of how blessed you to have so many people love and appreciate you.

These are just the photos I have. It doesn't included the "gift a day" package from my other overseas best friend, or the birthday dinners or desserts. It doesn't include the gifts and smiles and words of love from so many people.

Thank you for making this month so amazing.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Carissa's Chronicles May 2011

I was rushing out of the building. As I approached the double glass doors, two women stood on the other side. There was a pause as we all wondered who was going to open it first. Finally, the young woman did and I rushed through with a smile and quick “Thank you.” I saw the two women hesitate as I passed by. The sound of my name caught my attention and I turned around. The two women from the door followed behind me. I stopped and smiled, unsure of how they knew my name.

“Hi,” the younger woman said shyly, “We were both in your ‘Lies Children Believe’ workshop this morning. I just wanted to tell you that it was by far the best workshop I attended all weekend. It changed my life.”

No sooner did I leave that conversation and turn the corner than I ran into Ann, another workshop attendee. “Thank you for doing both your workshops,” she commented. “I learned so much. Before I came here, I was working on some materials for my class…now I’m rethinking them completely.”

My pace slowed as I walked away. My mind instantly went back to a shy and awkward 7th grade girl with sweating palms and knocking knees, barely able to muster enough courage to make her voice audible as she stood in front of her English class attempting to give an oral report on Louis Armstrong. And now here I was, teaching two workshops at CMTA (one of Southern California’s largest children’s ministry conferences) to a combined audience of 100 people.

Throughout the course of the weekend, I had many conversations like the ones with Ann and the shy girl standing at the glass door. God was stirring hearts. Many were challenged; others were affirmed or encouraged. My own heart was energized by the dozens of teachers and parents who said to me, “Yes! We need your ministry…we need help!”

During my second workshop, we talked a lot about balanced biblical truth. Teachers teach a lot about God’s individual love in children’s ministry. Curriculums are best known for themes such as “God loves me,” “God helps me,” or “God takes care of me.” These lessons are all true and needed. But there is a second side to scripture that we often fail to communicate- that God is a great God, the center of our universe, and that we exist for Him and His purposes among the nations. Without this balanced second half, our children are being discipled in a very egocentric faith…one that I firmly believe is the cause for so many falling away as they get older.

Here are the lies we discussed:

1. I’m such a little darling….it’s all about me!
-It’s true – God does bless His children, but He wants them to find their joy by focusing on His glory, not on themselves…learning to put God at the center of their lives and live for His purposes. (Psalm 67:1-2, Gen 12:1-3)

2. Haven’t you heard?….God loves me best!
-It’s true – God does show His love to each individual child, but He wants them to be sharing His love with others, not keeping it selfishly for themselves. The great story of God’s individual love for the Samaritan woman ended with an entire village proclaiming that Jesus is the Savior of the world! (John 4)

3. I’m too small to count in God’s kingdom…I’ll wait until I’m all grown up!
- It’s true– God doesn’t expect children to do grown-up work, but He does enable them to serve Him while still children (Lk 18: 16-17)….like Craig Kielburger, who started an organization at age 11 that to this day is run entirely by people under the age of 18 and now frees children from labor in 120 countries.

These are the lies children believe because we support these ideas. Although it may not be our intention to do so, the Enemy can easily distort the message of God’s love and blessings. As these teachers and parents from the conference take this information and begin to refocus their attention on teaching the whole message of scripture and moving their children to a more Christ-centered faith, statistics will change. Kids will begin to love Jesus for a life time, following after Him all the days of their life as they seek to live for His glory and renown…to the ends of the earth.

Friday, May 20, 2011

He makes rough places smooth

I serve a God who keeps His promises...

He tells me, "I will turn the darkness into light before you and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them!" (Isa 42:16)

The past 3 weeks have been a crazy whirlwind of God's amazing goodness and faithfulness. He has made all the rough places smooth. So many new things have happened; so many things have changed. I want to tell you about all of it....but I won't here. Not yet anyways. I want to be able to tell all of you who i love so much face to face!

I will tell you's BIG and GOOD and AMAZING. And I'm pressing forward with more confidence than I've ever had before. God is at work. He is doing more than I ever dreamed!

Here is the good news I will tell you...I am back up to 60% support. I am beginning a 100 day initiative to get to 100% by August 30. Join in me in praying that God would begin to prepare the hearts of His people and invite them into investing in this piece of His Kingdom!

I am so excited.

Want to hear more? Let's talk. Coffee or ice cream on me. :)

Loving you all!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Learning to Listen

I spent last week in the hilly land of Fayetteville, Arkansas. I had an amazing week out at the US Center's Regional office. I am still processing a lot from my trip....asking some big questions and seeing what God wants to do. Yet God seems silent...or isn't he?

I am learning to listen. I am beginning to hear him speak in ways I haven't before. Maybe I don't hear an audible voice, but I see his visible hand. I pray and he answers. Doors open. Hope and peace reign. I think I've become so focused on only making decisions based on hearing the audible voice of God but he speaks in so many other ways too. What do you think?

I'm headed today to Pasadena for 3 days. We will be exhibiting at the CMTA (Christian Ministries Teacher Association) conference tomorrow and Saturday. I will be teaching two workshops as well at 9am Fri and 8:30am Saturday. Nancy will be teaching on closing session Saturday. Please pray with us for this event. I am teaching on some big topics, skipping over preschool crafts and how to tell good Bible stories, and addressing the needs for our kids to be introduced to a God-centered life and guided into a life of purpose for the Kingdom. Pray that the right people will come to each workshop, their hearts ready to hear and be challenged. 

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

First Things First

I've been doing a lot of "soul searching" it seems. There are a  lot of big, important questions looming over my future to which I don't have all the answers for. It's easy to become paralyzed by the unknown. In the process of trying to figure it all you, it's easy to just give up too. I'm still waiting for God to speak, waiting for answers and direction. In the mean time, I'm doing only what I know to do- seeking His Kingdom first. For me, that's living each day serving faithfully as if nothing is going to change.

This devotional below came to me just a few days ago. It was perfect timing and encouraging to this sometimes weary heart. I want to share it with you:

Imagine you've moved into a new house or apartment. What would you unpack first? Probably not the Christmas tree ornaments or the show polish or the bridesmaid's dress you worse in your sisters wedding a decade ago.

In Matthew 6:31-33, Jesus urges us toward a first-things-first lifestyle. Then he identifies our "first things" for us: "Seek first [God's] kingdom and his righteousness," our Lord says.

What would it mean to seek God's kingdom first? We see the answer-in perfection- as we reflect on the life of our Lord Jesus: loving God by loving people.

There was no syrupy, soap-opera love. This love went way beyond expectations to care for those in need. This love told the truth, never mind the consequences. This love refused to be manipulated. This love took our Lord into uncomfortable situations, and it created unlikely relationships.

What's more, Jesus' love was by no means cheap. In the end, he paid the ultimate price, and unimaginable price. Jesus' love- his love for you and me- cost him his life!

Our Savior died for those times we focus on ourselves rather than on him. He died because we choose to chase after second and third and fourth things. He died for our cowardice in "being nice" when real love would "be honest." He died for the times we've done what was convenient rather than what was best for the other person.

And now, Jesus call us, his forgiven children, into his first-things-first lifestyle. We may feel timid about stepping out into that kind of risky, self-giving love. But we can do it, knowing we will never walk alone. He walks right beside us, filling us with peace and leading the way.

We can lay aside our worries about every detail, right down to what we'll eat or drink or wear. He promises, "All things will be given to you as well" (Matthew 6:33). It's an all-inclusive promise by our every-loving Lord. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The day to day stuff

So I'm not sure who all reads this (if anyone!) but I thought I'd drop a note on the little things that have been going on...

Last Sunday I spoke at a Perspectives class at Northpoint Corona. It was a good 45 minutes of challenging the class of roughly 50 adults with an unexpected global issue kids face...half truth. We talked about how half spiritual truths (like God loves me and takes care of me and protects) can easily produce self absorbed half followers of Jesus when not balanced with whole truths (like God loves me so I can extend his love to a lost and broken world. It was well received and many shared how it would now challenge them in their own work with children.

Yesterday I exhibited at the Asian American Ideas Exchange in Santa Ana. We had 5 new magazine sign-ups. Sold over a dozen back issues and got a possible lead to run a children's program for a church retreat labor day weekend.

Tomorrow we begin researching and putting together our May issue on Trinidad and Tobago. Ukraine will be released Thursday.

Living each day in trust, knowing my times are in God's hands...abiding and remaining in his love as I serve faithfully where I've been planted.

Prayer: Big conference in Pasadena is just a few short weeks away. There is much to prepare in terms of the items for our exhibit table and the two large workshops I'll be presenting. Also, I'll be traveling to Arkansas the 17th-21st to meet with our regional mobilization office. Look forward to what unexpected things God will bring from that.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Where Two or More are Gathered....

....He is there.

Last night I drove to Pasadena to visit a great friend who was visiting from out of time. Her and I and her host were blessed with an unexpected 3 hour prayer time. It is true. Where two or more are gathered, He is there.
We spent a vast majority of our time praying for Global Xpress...praying for growth, praying for other at the US Center and aboard to catch the vision, praying that the wall that we seem to keep running into with fiances would come crumbling down.

While we were praying, one of the ladies had a vision of me dressed in costume, playing a consistent character, who worked with teaching kids. And people knew about it and were requesting it. She knew nothing about the work I was already doing as Conductor Courage. :) What confirmation that the Lord is still on the move!

Our time reminded me of just how crucial prayer is, especially in light of this generation, paradigm shifting ministry. Please keep praying for us day after day! Here's some specifics you can pray for:

- that we would bear fruit that will last in the life of each child who uses our materials,
- that kids would understand God's glory and his heart for the nations and desire to live for him,
- for unbounded creativity as we work each month to put together new materials that are age appropriate and effective in teaching and engaging children,
- for financial provision, both for myself as I serve full time and for ministry growth and expenses, including a much needed office in the Inland Empire area,
- for opportunities to mobilize other adults and teachers and we speak and do workshops at upcoming events: Northpoint Corona (March 20), Idea Exchange (March 26), CMTA (April 29-30).

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Carissa's Chronicles- February 2011

I was standing outside watching the kids play. I caught Mia, a little girl I have nannied for several years, walking by out of the corner of my eye. Unexpectedly, to both her and myself, I swooped her up in my arms. After hugging her tightly, I whispered in her ear, “Do you want to know a secret?”

“What?” she prodded back, struggling to escape my grasp.

“I love you to pieces!” I replied.

“Well, duh!” She corrected me, “That’s no secret Miss Carissa!”

I laughed as I put her back down. I was caught in a lie and I was okay with that. There was something victorious in learning that this little girl whom I had cared for and discipled for so many years knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that I loved her.

As Global Xpress continues to blossom and grow, I find myself continually pushed outside my comfort zone. Every week I get another call or another email asking me to attend some important strategic meeting or present at a school or conference. Magazine deadlines get harder and harder as my creativity is stretched to its limits. I can easily find myself in a state of fear or discouragement. But then I remember kids like Mia, and I am propelled forward by an unavoidable passion to love and serve them.

My life is the story of one girl who loved one Savior so much that she had to tell one child…and then another, and another, and another. And soon she was telling children in India, and Mexico, and Africa. And now, through Global Xpress, my team and I are telling children all across the United States in hopes that they might fall in love with the Savior, too.

As I sit at my computer, unseen by the world, daily plugging away to create the best tools possible for families and churches, I pray that each child who receives the Global Xpress is able to say that their lives reflect that same story. In all we do, I hope they see Jesus, the Savior of the World, who loves them even more than I do and whose love for them also extends to a great, big hurting world.

I am looking forward to watching the same love that consumes my life begin to consume the lives of children, too. I’ll be there, cheering each one of them on, as they go forth and share God’s love with others in their schools, their neighborhoods, and to the ends of the earth. I hope you will, too.

May your life be directed and driven by the same inescapable love of the Savior of the World.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Just Keeps Getting Better

Even the ugliest circumstances can look happy when looking at life through rose colored glasses. I'm sporting a pair now. Life is good- not the everything is perfect and dandy sort of good, but the I'm living and loving life because of God's handiwork kind of good.

My support is still low, but my bank account miraciously has stayed level for the past two months. I applied for support at Packinghouse. The meeting to discuss it amongst the board is the 1st Tuesday of March. I find myself nodding my head in agreement as Paul says "I know what it is to be in need and I know what is to have plenty - I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." (Philp 4:11-12). My heart is still floating in a fluffy, protective cloud of perfect peace.

Significant meetings and opportunities abound. Conversations regarding GX amongst the leadership of the US Center continue. I sense a great momentum building. 1200 advertisements for GX went out this month in all donor receipts (those who give financially to USCWM and it's missionaries). Greg Parsons put word to Rick Wood about featuring GX in Mission Frontiers; John Langer is working to build us our own custom database; Jon Pon has asked me to come into tomorrow to help plan the children's portion of our up coming FMF retreat; meet with Christy Graham tomorrow to discuss networking among Perspective churches, and I'm just waiting schedule alignment with the men from our Arkansas office to discuss children's mobilization on a boarder scale.

We had 5 new kids sign up this week. We just sent out our 41st issue on Mongolia (a country who just 20 years ago didn't even have a church). This month I celebrate the fact that I have survived the creation of 80 children's magazines- a feat that just never seems to get easier! haha

Today I had a very significant meeting with the children's pastor at Packinghouse. Mike Barrnet just stepped in 2 months ago...we are kindred spirits! We are both free thinking, unconventional, I'd-rather-ask-for-forgiveness-than-permission go-getters. And we both share a passion for family discipleship and ministry and giving our kids some real opportunities for growth. Conversations will continue in weeks ahead on how to incorporate GX or other mission focused ideas into our Sunday School. I'm also being put on the creative team for VBS to help add these components into what we do there. This kind of meeting would be the most exciting adrenal rush for me at any church...but to have it with the pastor of my own church!?! Somebody pinch me...I'm dreaming!

Wrapping up Mongolia stuff this week. Heading into our next issue on Ukraine. Still looking for more laborers- artists and administrative help in particular!

Up Ahead
March 20- Facilitating night of prayer for children around the world for a Perspectives course in Corona
March 26- Leading two live teaching demonstrations at Chinese American Idea Exchange

P.S. More pictures from Walnut Preschool and events at MVC still to come.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Walnut Methodist Preschool

A preschool class at Walnut Methodist Preschool as been traveling around the world with Conductor Courage through the Global Xpress. You can imagine their excitement when Conductor Courage showed up to their class!! Kids were able to ask questions about the places they were learning about and learn that God uses kids, no matter how big or how small!

Here is a few pictures from the day....more to come!

Monday, February 07, 2011

Carissa's Chronicles- Jan 2011

January 26, 2011

There is an old proverb that says the beginning of a new year paints the picture of what the rest of the year will look like. If this is true, than Global Xpress is heading into its busiest and greatest year yet.

This month we launched a revised and improved Sunday school program called Expeditions. It includes our magazines as well as teacher lesson guides, prayer cards, pictures, and more. Two new churches have already signed on. We completed our 40th issue of GX magazine featuring the country of Greece. Global Xpress was also awarded a $1,000 grant for operating expenses from a lady in San Francisco who we have never met!

In addition, we booked seven events before the first week of the New Year ended. On January 7, I helped teach kids about the nations at Chinese Church of San Diego. Sunday, I did a special kids program at Murrieta Valley Church. I also shared our vision with the adults in the sanctuary. Still ahead, my team and I have:

 A special appearance as “Conductor Courage” at Walnut Methodist Preschool (January 27)

 Presentation and exhibit table at the African American missions conference (January 29)

 Facilitating a focused night of prayer for children at a Perspectives class in Corona (March 20)

 Two live teaching demonstrations that other teachers will be able to observe at the Chinese American Idea Exchange (March 26)

 And teaching two workshops (Bill of Rights for Kingdom Kids and The Lies Children Believe In), as well as hosting an exhibit table, at the CMTA children’s convention (April 29-30)

My calendar may be busy but my heart is full. Each of these events, along with the daily production of the Global Xpress magazine, is an opportunity to transform the world by discipling a new generation. It’s an opportunity to bear fruit, fruit that will last. Beyond the recognition and growth are the irreplaceable stories of kids whose lives have been changed.

“[Hannah] really has a passion to see people saved. I really think that you and Global Xpress have played a big role in that,” wrote Carol Morris, mother of one of our longest subscribing Global Xpress kids.

I want to invite you to join with others in building this ministry. Every time you pray, every time you give financially, you are investing into the lives of children like Hannah. You are an irreplaceable and valuable part of the team. There is still so much more work to be done, so many more lives to impact. I’m calling for more troops so more victories can be won. We need financial supporters, people who give any amount on a monthly basis. We need people who can increase what they are already giving. We need committed prayer warriors fighting on behalf of kids all around the world as well as praying for needed laborers.

The task is great but God has already proved to be a powerful and faithful Commander. He is leading the way, opening up door after door, so that we can reach today’s kids and point them away from a life of selfish living and into a glorifying, Christ-centered existence.

Until the whole world hears,

Carissa Potter

Monday, January 31, 2011

Bringing the world to Chinese Church of San Diego

Friday night the 7th I and a team taught about 25 kids from 4 different Chinese American churches about God's heart for the world. They experienced life in Romania, Thailand, and Malawi.

Reaching Romania from a Warehouse

I had the great opportunity to help ROCK ministries this month by sorting through over a dozen large boxes of children's clothes and cataloging everything for them. These clothes will go to abandoned and poor children living in Romania. Plus, I was totally blessed getting to know Barbara and working alongside  long time friend Terry Lee.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Old Promises Made New

It's a new year...4 days in and it is already filled with new joy, new hope, and a new attitude.

The next four months are filling up fast with conferences and speaking opportunities. So far on the list: Chinese Church of San Diego Jan. 7th, Murrieta Valley Church Jan. 23rd, Ideas Exchanges March 26th, and CMTA children's conference April 23-24th. A possible preschool and Girls in Action group in the works.

GX received an unexpected gift for $1000 from a complete strange in San Francisco. The lady heard about our ministry, valued our purpose, and send us a grant for operating expenses.

We enter into the new year with all our current GX staff and volunteer recommitted and on board. We only sadly are saying good-bye to Kelly, our beloved artist who is stepping down to care for her family as her husband prepares to leave for the Army. Her work has been so valuable and irreplaceable. We cherish her greatly. Pray for her and her family as they enter this new transition.

We enter into this new year clinging afresh to two old promises:
   Ps 130: Put your hope in the Lord, for with him is unfailing love and FULL redemption.
   Jer. 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.