When God Moves

I am excited! I am humbled.  I am grateful.

God is definitely revealing pieces of His plan as it unfolds before me. What started as a calling to be a missionary pilot has developed into forming a ministry that will organize pilots’ efforts to transport victims of sex trafficking to safety where they will be introduced with the Hope and complete healing that can only come from knowing Jesus Christ.  Yes, I will be a missionary pilot but God had a much bigger plan.  I am filled with an inexpressible peace and joy.

I was just looking through some old emails trying to narrow down when exactly God began stirring my heart regarding the ministry of fighting sex trafficking.  I found my first reference to it on July 12, 2012.  4 months later I would fly solo in an airplane for the first time.

This past Tuesday, July 24th would become another special day.  Up until this time, I had not heard of any organization or even another pilot who had the desire to donate their time flying for the cause of rescuing sex trafficking victims.  God is AMAZING.

Josue (Josh) Diaz.  I met him in 2013 while we were both studying at Mercer County Community College, about 20 minutes from where I live now.  We both attended InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.  He was in the aviation program and I had shared that I was training to be a missionary pilot.  Soon after our meeting I had left school to live with my sister in Kentucky and we lost touch.

July 10, 2017 Josh miraculously begins working in the tiny hangar at the flight school with me.  If you don’t think God is up to something BIG, you are in denial.  Two weeks later, Josh tells me that his heart is to volunteer his time, apart from his aspiration to become a professional pilot, to help transport victims of sex trafficking to safety!!! I was overcome with a quiet peace and joy.  As I sit here, tears well up within me.  A sacred vision is coming together before my eyes.  I have been told that I should have been writing a book all these years and I agree.  I may even start now.  The formation of this ministry is going to be so exciting.  I can just sense it! I would like to bring glory to God in every step of the way.  It will be a tribute to His faithfulness and loving care for each of His children.  He cares deeply and will use all of us if we will be open to His leading in our life.

Please keep me in your prayers as I strive with all that I am to form a ministry that is pleasing to the Lord.  It is more than I can do on my own and I will rely on the Holy Spirit and the prayers and counsel of His disciples to guide me.  Come along for the ride!!! Stay in touch and send some encouragement along the way. The Fight of Faith is not for the faint of heart–that I know, and so do you, I am sure.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  If you are reading this, you have likely prayed and are just as vital to this groundbreaking as I am.  Thank you.

In His great love,

Liz 🙂

 

 

VOM Conference

What a blessing beyond words.

In my freshman year of Bible College, I sat in a chapel meeting and heard an update from a gentleman representing New Tribes Mission. He told us about two missionaries to the Philippines, Martin and Gracia Burnham.  They had been captured by Muslim extremists and after over a year of being taken captive, Martin was killed in a firefight.  He was a missionary pilot.  I sat in the pew that day and thought to myself, unaware fully what a missionary pilot was, that I wanted to be the one to take his place.  The phrase “stand in the gap” had been frequently used in Christian circles at the time, I think it was made popular by the Promise Keepers movement.  That is what I wanted to do, “stand in the gap” for one of God’s own who had ‘arisen’  in the line of duty.  That was 15 years ago.

About three weeks ago, I received an envelope in the mail from the Voices of the Martyrs.  To be honest, I thought it was another plea for funds.  I was going to throw it away without opening it, but thankfully I did not.  I opened it and saw that it was an advertisement for a conference that would be in the area.  I saw Gracia Burnham’s name on the flyer and joy instantly came over me.  I knew the name but could not honestly remember all the details of her story.  I read her short bio and it said “For 17 years, Gracia Burnham and her husband, Martin, served with New Tribes Mission in the Phillipines, where Martin was a jungle pilot.”  I was in awe!  It was all coming back to me! A missionary pilot!?! Wow! Even back then, the Lord was using their story to prepare me for what He had in my future.  I could hardly believe it.

Well, today came.  I knew God was at work and that God was going to do something special.  I only knew that I wanted to meet Gracia and tell her how her and Martins story inspired me as a freshman in college preparing to be a missionary.  What I didn’t expect was to be so gripped by tears most of the time she spoke.  I felt such a connection, like I have known her and her husband yet, we had never met.  I sense often that the Lord has something large in store for me.  Will I face persecution?  Will this ministry impact hundreds or even more?  I don’t know.  What I do know is that we serve an awesome God who is bigger than life itself and He can use whatever means he desires to make His fame known throughout this world.  He desires that all come to Him and that no one perish.

Four notable things happened today.  1) I was able to speak with Gracia for about 10 minutes.  I was also truly moved by her time of sharing.  2) I met Congressman, Chris Smith.  I had been told two times over the summer that I needed to reach out and meet Congressman Smith because he has been combating trafficking in NJ.  In God’s providence, he was at the conference today.  I stood in line for quite some time and was able to share with he and his secretary of my burden and calling.  He said twice that they could “really use my services.”  I can almost cry writing this.  I can sense that God is about to open the floodgates but after such a long journey, I can only take one step at a time and be held by Him.  He has to carry me the rest of the way.  I certainly cannot do it on my own.  This calling is too big for me. BUT,  with GOD ALL things are POSSIBLE.  3) I saw a new friend of mine at the conference and at the end of the day he told me that he wanted to sponsor one hour of flight training for me.  I was humbly blessed.  At this time, I am not receiving donations directly but he is going to hold the funds until I can receive them.  4) I was blessed to see and share my lunch break with a friend who has a real heart for the Lord and has served in women’s prison ministry for many years.  We have had similar spiritual battles so it was nice to be encouraged by her testimony today.

As I sign off, let me encourage each of you today that God is at work.  He is at work all across the globe and in the hearts of everyone.  Never give up hope for those you love.  He will never leave us or forsake us.  Rather, He pursues us and His Word never returns empty.  It has a purpose in our lives.  It is active and alive.  Stay strong in the strength that He alone provides.

In His love,

Liz

Womens Retreat and Flight Life

I was blessed during my time at the womens retreat last weekend.  It was nice to spend some time with a friend from my church in Trenton as well as one of her friends from the retreat last year.  As a group, we studied the book of Jonah…God’s relentless pursuit, not just of Jonah’s heart but His people in general.  It was an encouragement.

It was nice to be at Keswick again. I was reminded of the blessed times there this summer and saw some friends as well.  I wish there was a way to re-live that summer but God would definitely have to have His hand in that for it to work it out.  Honestly, something tells me…God is up to something.  We will have to see what He has planned. 🙂

Currently, I am trying to balance working full-time and studying for my written test a few hours after work each day.  I am hoping to take my written test by April 21st.

I am trying to take just one step at a time.  I know God has a plan in how He is going to work out my flight training but He hasn’t revealed that to me yet.  He will when He wants me to move forward.  Over the last 2 weeks, God has provided $390 toward my flight training to add to the $650 in the flight account already so that is a true blessing. Besides that, God has provided $719 in miscellaneous gifts, such as the tires I mentioned last post, gas money and funds toward updating my website! What a blessing!!!

Thank you as always for your prayers,

Love,

Liz 🙂

 

 

Just a Little Update

I would like to highlight just a couple of blessings and a continued prayer request.

I wanted to mention a couple of weeks back that I had been having some issues with my truck.  She is getting elderly but keeps kicking! Two paychecks in a row I have had to spend $200 to keep her running.  As frustrating as it can be to have a downed vehicle, I have to be honest and say that I enjoy learning more and more about my truck and how to repair it.  The last event, my truck was “smoking” as if it was overheating but it ended up just being a small leak in my coolant hose and a free fix.  I am so thankful for my co-worker Ryan who has really gone out of his way to help me and answer any questions I have.

This past weekend I was asked to speak at a prayer breakfast of sorts and share my passion for the ministry God has called me to. Of course, I was honored to be asked and deeply encouraged by the opportunity.  The event is called Faith Forum and is hosted by Dick Haines, a friend from my home church, New Monmouth Baptist Church. Dick is an older gentleman and his heart and passion for making Christ known to the community is inspirational.

The small group of 12 seemed very attentive and even participated with questions.  At the close of the meeting, several people donated funds equaling $120.  As I was getting into my truck to leave, a friend saw that I was in need of replacing a bad tire and decided to bless me with 4 new tires and an alignment! What a true blessing!!!  Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart! You know who you are.

It was so good to be home and spend time with some very dear friends while I was there.  I hope to visit again soon.

This weekend, I have made plans to attend a women’s retreat at America’s Keswick with some ladies from my church.  I am looking forward to it.  America’s Keswick is where I worked this past summer so I trust I will see many friends and have a blessed time getting to know others.  I pray that I will have the opportunity for some extended quiet time with the Lord. That would be nice.

My prayer request is that I would have divine wisdom and guidance regarding the completion of my private pilots license.  I know the Lord will make it clear in His time. I just want to be wise with the funds people have graciously donated and make the right decision.

Thank you all for your prayers and concern,

Love,

Liz 🙂

 

 

 

What a Crazy Day!

Today was so productive and overall, really great.  I got a lot accomplished. After everything was done, I had my heart set on using a couple gift cards to buy some things I needed.  It was about 7pm.  I got about 12 minutes from my house and my truck started overheating. I ventured back home. Within moments, I realized that I am coming down with a cold.  I went on my computer and lo and behold, I got a virus! Very thankfully, it was as easy as switching the date and time back to their correct places.  Boy, oh boy! What a ride!

My truck doesn’t have long to live, I am quite sure.  So, I look..and try to keep trusting.

My cold…well, I take some raw garlic and honey tea and hope for the best.  Going to bed early never hurt anything either.

Thankfully, the house is nice and clean 🙂  And, I got things done today before I got sick.

Going to bed thankful 🙂

God is good and He has a plan,

Liz 🙂

Dark Moments

Sometimes the road gets so hard.  Sometimes I want to quit.  Last night was one of those nights.  I considered packing it all in.  I can’t though.  His love compels me.

I was plagued by fear last night.  All weekend really.  It was a dark oppression. It seems that even if you know an attack is from The Enemy, it doesn’t help much.  He knows just the right things to say that shake you to the core.  I thought to myself, if I just give up then He will leave me alone.  The thoughts were so real.  The road has been so long.  But then, I immediately thought about the girls being abused.  I just know ONE DAY it WILL be worth it!!! I am sitting here with tears filling my eyes because the fight is so real and I so badly long for that day to come where I can rescue just one girl.  God has placed this desire so strongly on my heart.  He is the only reason I have not walked away.

I heard a lady on K-Love tonight who gave testimony about her young son who struggled with anxiety.  He prayed to God before He went to bed that night, that God would take away all his fears.  The next morning, he woke up and felt so much better.  His teachers even noticed and said he was like a different person. I was so blessed by that.  If God can do it for that little boy, He will do it for me.  This boy had so much faith.  He held nothing back, even in His prayer.  He asked God to take away ALL His fears.  God is Faithful.

To all of you who have ever prayed for me.  Thank you.  It means so much.

Love,

Liz 🙂