Barnabas X-Tra: 1st Quarter 2014
February 28, 2014
The Barnabas X-Tra quarterly newsletter is hot off the presses for first quarter 2014! See what’s coming up in 2014, a look back at 2013, and a sendoff of the Solid Grounds Coffee Shop. Just click here or on the sidebar to get your copy. Also, sign up for our email list on the sidebar to receive these newsletters directly!
February 24, 2014
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 ESV
Just as a nation must have a monetary unit of currency to obtain goods and services, faith is the currency of Heaven, by which we acquire the blessings and peace that God wishes to bless us with. Faith is the currency and prayer is the transaction, the point of sale. The Lord wants us to have peace in our salvation, peace in our lives, and peace when we ask Him for things—faithful prayer is the means by which we appropriate these blessings.
“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith” Matthew 21:22 ESV
However, we as Christians have a tendency to pray for things while simultaneously fearing the answer. We can actually “pray ourselves out of faith” if we’re not careful. Instead of fearing that He will not answer or will not grant our request, we should pray with such faith, trust, and belief that we can thank God before He even answers–we know that by faith we can have peace because even if we aren’t granted our request, everything will work out for our good and for His glory.
Pridefully, we feel the need to impress the urgency of our requests on an omniscient God, or to earn the blessing we are asking for. Instead, we should bring our needs before Him and then walk away with peace knowing that we can rely on Him to keep His promises. Remember, He wants to give us gifts, wants us to have peace in Him, and wants us to ask Him for things. This doesn’t mean that we can just ask for a million dollars or that God wants us to have a shiny new car—He promises us spiritual gifts. When we receive material gifts it’s just icing on the cake! We have only to ask for these gifts in prayer, having faith that He will keep his promises, and they will be ours to use for His glory.
There was a man who went to Heaven and talked with Jesus. Jesus led the man around Heaven, showing him around. Coming to a huge pile of wrapped gifts, the man asked Jesus what the gifts were for. Jesus told him, “Those are gifts that I wanted to give you that you never asked for.”
Intro to Rwanda III, part 2: Rwanda 2014
February 4, 2014
Last time, I ended by promising an intro into what we’d like to do, if the Lord wills, when we return this summer.
Home visits are an important part of the trips there. We visit the homes of children that RCRI support and pray with the families, encourage them, show them the love of Christ through our love, and assess their needs. The families are always overwhelmed that strangers from across the world would care enough about them to stand in their living room, hold their hands, cry with them, and pray with them. It’s an incredible experience that we are so blessed the Lord has called us to take part in.
Part of the home visits is the clothing drive. Last year we took five suitcases full of clothes to give out that Fair Play Presbyterian Church blessed us with. It was awesome to see the gratitude that the people received the clothes with and it’s something that I pray that the Lord provides for us to do again this year.
Last year spent a day in Kicukiro, a small potters’ village just outside Kigali. The poverty in Kicukiro is severe, as the people there having nothing more to support them than the sales of their pottery or handmade clay bricks, neither of which generate much income. The homes are all rented and the landlords aren’t very helpful when it comes to maintenance or safety of the homes. This year we want to return to work on some sustainability projects that can help them generate income as well as produce some of their own goods so they don’t have to purchase as much.
Finally, we will return to Nyabihu to continue working on the school, church, and grounds, as well as spend time in song and prayer with the children. Since we left, the roof has been built on the school, sanitary restrooms have been constructed for the children, and the cow shelter that we began planning on our trip has been completed–GOD IS GOOD! We continue to thank the Lord that He allows us to be part of these projects, and part of these children’s futures.
Click here to contact us for more information or to find out how to help. We can use all the help we can get as we start raising funds to make this trip happen. And as always, please pray for Barnabas X, pray for RCRI, and pray for the people of Rwanda. Our God is a God of answered prayers.
February 2, 2014
As we begin raising money for the upcoming trips , we thought it’d be a cool idea to start a GoFundMe account for online donations. If you’re unfamiliar with GoFundMe, it’s a fundraising and donation site very similar to Kickstarter, but with GoFundMe we keep any money that’s raised towards our goal (minus a small percentage) rather than Kickstarter’s “all-or-nothing” approach. The minimum donation is $5 and it can all be done securely online. Check it out by clicking the green button above and help us reach our goal!
Intro to Rwanda III, part 1: Rwanda 2013
January 31, 2014
I noticed there was never a recap posted of Rwanda 2013 so I thought it would be good to let you guys see what God allowed us to be a part of as a way of introducing what’s coming up this year.
Last summer, we took a group of five (from left: Cory, Traverse, Janie, Justin, and Nick) for a two-week trip to assist Benjamin Mushuhukye with Reach the Children of Rwanda International. RCRI is a ministry with offices in Kigali, Rwanda and Abbeville, SC that serves nearly 430 disadvantaged children, many of whom are orphans or from single-parent homes. RCRI provides basic healthcare, school fees, clothing, and whatever other basic needs the child is missing. In addition, RCRI provides spiritual guidance and a program every Saturday in which the children speak, lead a worship service, and build a sense of fellowship and community. Two hours away, in a little village called Nyabihu, RCRI is supporting the construction of a school. Construction is slow, with progress only being made when funds and labor are available, so the school currently uses the church in the village as their school building. In return for the use of the building, RCRI provides financial support and labor for the unfinished construction of the church.
January 29, 2014
Welcome to the new BarnabasX.org! With a new year and a new trip on the horizon, it was time for a new look and new features. Our God is a God of renewal, and He isn’t finished with Barnabas X yet.
The last post on this blog was a eulogy of sorts as we changed to a volunteer-only ministry, said goodbye to the Solid Grounds Coffee Shop, and entered a new part of the journey with Barnabas X as a “shell” organization. Our God is a God of renewal, and He isn’t finished with Barnabas X yet.
This summer there will be another Barnabas X trip to Rwanda to assist Benjamin Mushuhukye with RCRI, working with the poverty-stricken neighborhoods around Kigali to develop sustainability and quality of life and with the construction of the school and church in Nyabihu. After that, as the Lord leads, there will be more trips to wherever He takes us. There will be work done domestically and locally as well as internationally–the mission field does not have borders, and missionaries are all around us. We ask for your continued prayer, support, and involvement as we follow Jesus wherever He takes us; as we take over the world for Jesus.
Be on the lookout for upcoming fundraisers–we will need volunteers and your financial support to make these trips a reality. Also keep your eyes open for the Barnabas X-Tra Newsletter, which should be out by the end of January. If you’d like to stay up-to-date on what’s going on and how you can help, check back here often and join the email list, which you can sign up for on the sidebar. To stay even more in touch with us, like us on Facebook and check out the new Barnabas X Twitter and Instagram accounts by clicking the buttons at the top right of the page!
Thank you so much for the continued prayers and support you’ve given us over the past four years and for the prayers and support as we seek to follow God and serve Him and His workers all over the globe.
Christ is the hero, the world is the stage.
August 15, 2013
Allow me to begin by thanking you for your support of Barnabas X over the past 4 years. It is an organization that would not exist without the contributions, prayers and support of many people all over the world.
It is time, however, to celebrate a change in Barnabas X. The change will come in September of 2013 and will involve many aspects of the ministry. First of all, there will no longer be employees of the ministry. All work will be done on a volunteer basis. Secondly, Barnabas X will become a “shell” organization in that it will maintain its non-profit status for future, potential trips. Thirdly, and sadly, the coffee shop, Solid Grounds, will be closing. Solid Grounds has served its purpose of supporting the ministry and being a ministry in and of itself. It is time to close this chapter of Barnabas X.
As for our supporters, we ask that you keep us in your prayers. Any future contributions will, as always, go toward furthering the mission of Barnabas X which has been and will continue to be “to minister to missionaries and other ministries throughout the world.”
We hope that we have been able to fulfill this mission through the work and trips since Fall of 2009. Barnabas X has made many friends all over the world that we hope to continue relationships with in the future.
If you have any questions about the new direction of Barnabas X, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com. Again, on behalf of the Board of Directors, we want to express our appreciation of your generosity so far in this ministry.
Donations for the Homeless Project
June 27, 2013
Click the “DONATE” button to the right to donate for the “Homeless for Rwanda” fundraiser. Thanks!
Barnabas X Goes "Homeless" for Rwanda
June 25, 2013
Members of a team from the ministry, Barnabas X, are going “homeless” this year
to raise awareness and funds of their upcoming trip to Rwanda. Living on the
streets this weekend, they are raising a total of $3,000 in order to go as a
team to Africa in July.
throughout the world and again they will be helping RCRI, Reach the Children of
Rwanda International. RCRI helps street children to learn about Christ, go to
school and helps with their basic, everyday needs.
weekend in the old “jail” at the Oconee Heritage Center in Walhalla to raise
money for last year’s trip. This year, the prospective team will be living in
boxes in front of the Barnabas X Coffee Shop, Solid Grounds, until they raise
enough money for their trip. “We hope to make people here at home aware of the
needs of those in Rwanda while at the same time, going to bless the
missionaries and children in Rwanda,” says Nick Gambrell, director of Barnabas
June 27th, at 5pm until the funds are raised at 216 E Main Street, Westminster,
SC 29693. Donations may be made in person or online at www.barnabasx.org.
Back to Rwanda
April 17, 2013
Barnabas X will be traveling back to Rwanda this summer! And this time we’ll be taking a team. This is a new venture for Barnabas X and we are excited. The team will be traveling to Kigali and the community of Nyabihu working in the same areas that Nick worked last summer. The trip will be in July’August for two weeks. Stay tuned for our fundraisers and updates to follow the progress of our trip!