My Mission:

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

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