A Tale of Two Daughters (Michelle Chapman, Missionary Associate)
Video remembrance of Michelle's 27 years here @ F@F.
Mission field, The Netherlands. 16.85 million people, only 4.3% Evangelical Christians in 2002. Most proclaim atheism as their "religious belief."
Assist Mike & Anita Hames in Hooffdorp is city of ministry. MK kids, assist with Fire Choir, assist Tmi & Marquita Sutherland, as well.
Anecdote of the Mike James' neighbor, 76 years old, who had never heard the Gospel.
Theme for Mission in Northern Europe, where less than 3% claim to be Evangelical Christians - "Break Through, Break 3, and Break Free."
Ruth 1:1-17 "In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah left his home and went to live in the country of Moab, taking his wife and two sons with him. The man’s name was Elimelech, and his wife was Naomi. Their two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in the land of Judah. And when they reached Moab, they settled there. Then Elimelech died, and Naomi was left with her two sons. The two sons married Moabite women. One married a woman named Orpah, and the other a woman named Ruth. But about ten years later, both Mahlon and Kilion died. This left Naomi alone, without her two sons or her husband. Then Naomi heard in Moab that the L ord had blessed his people in Judah by giving them good crops again. So Naomi and her daughters-in-law got ready to leave Moab to return to her homeland. With her two daughters-in-law she set out from the place where she had been living, and they took the road that would lead them back to Judah. But on the way, Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, 'Go back to your mothers’ homes. And may the L ord reward you for your kindness to your husbands and to me. May the L ord bless you with the security of another marriage.' Then she kissed them good-bye, and they all broke down and wept. “No,” they said. 'We want to go with you to your people.' But Naomi replied, 'Why should you go on with me? Can I still give birth to other sons who could grow up to be your husbands? No, my daughters, return to your parents’ homes, for I am too old to marry again. And even if it were possible, and I were to get married tonight and bear sons, then what? Would you wait for them to grow up and refuse to marry someone else? No, of course not, my daughters! Things are far more bitter for me than for you, because the L ord himself has raised his fist against me.' And again they wept together, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye. But Ruth clung tightly to Naomi. “Look,” Naomi said to her, 'your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods. You should do the same.' But Ruth replied, 'Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the L ord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!'" (Ruth 1:1-17 NLT)
rehearsal in brief form of story of Naomi & Ruth. Orpa, one of her daughter-laws, turned back to the home of her youth. Ruth, however, continued on with Naomi. Moab was not a fit place for an Israelite to live.
3 Type of Women -
1) Naomi - The Influencer (Ruth 1:10, her influence caused the girls to want to stay with her.)
2) Orpha - The Defector (Ruth 1: , went back to what she knew, abandoning her following of Jehovah God.)
3) Ruth - The Follower (Ruth 1: , totally devoted and committed.)
Committed to a new
Which if these is your life?
People who have influenced Michelle:
Mrs Goff (sp?)
Mr. George Chapman (her Dad)
Joe Connor, whom she never met.
Donna Nance Wisdom.
Jackson Schwarty (sp?)- 6-year old, "See what God can do?"
What kind of person will you be? There are people sitting here today on whom you have influence, about which you may never know. Be an Influencer.
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