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Level 3 Thinking

A missionary friend recently described to me what he defines as three levels of Christian thinking. The first is what he explains as Level 1: Meet my needs. He stated that in the vast majority of churches in America the typical message is how the Gospel will meet your needs. Your need for salvation, food, clothing, comfort, healing, etc.

Level 2: Use my gifts. He explained that in the vast majority of minister’s conferences in America we will hear teaching around how to maximize ones gifts and calling. We will hear teaching on how to build a bigger budget, a bigger board, a bigger ministry and a bigger church. In essence an answer to the question, How can I be all that I was created to be?

Level 3: Build the Kingdom. Level 3 thinking, he described as Kingdom thinking. Basically answering this question: “What is it going to take to fully evangelize the ______________ people group?” In other words, there is no cost too great, no sacrifice beyond measure, no limit to what we may be willing to give or do to reach a particular people.

You see if our goal as ministers is to build our big ministry (even for the hope of reaching many) then we are unable to die for a few or even one. If I must grow a ministry then I must be here to grow it.

If, however, my purpose is to reach a people group with the Gospel of Jesus Christ then I am able to set aside theological differences, denominational boundaries, racial divides, economic barriers, and worship practices. I am able to reach across a country border, a church pew and a diner table to give to someone else. I am even able to lay down my life if that is what is required.

The Apostle Paul describe several individuals who were preaching the Gospel out of selfish motives. These folks were interested in making a name for themselves. Their intentions were to move Paul out of the way and take his place and credibility.

Paul’s response to this situation is amazing to me. Instead of finding ways to bolster his name or undercut his “opponents,” he simply rejoices in the Gospel being preached.

It’s true that some here preach Christ because with me out of the way, they think they’ll step right into the spotlight. But the others do it with the best heart in the world. One group is motivated by pure love, knowing that I am here defending the Message, wanting to help. The others, now that I’m out of the picture, are merely greedy, hoping to get something out of it for themselves. Their motives are bad. They see me as their competition, and so the worse it goes for me, the better-they think-for them. So how am I to respond? I’ve decided that I really don’t care about their motives, whether mixed, bad, or indifferent. Every time one of them opens his mouth, Christ is proclaimed, so I just cheer them on! (Philippians 1:15-18 MSG)

I pray that my heart be turned from my kingdom to the building of His so that not even those with whom I may disagree can keep from rejoicing in the Gospel.

My Dad, My Hero

I’ve heard it said before that PK’s (preacher’s kids) are the worst. I certainly hope I never live down to that standard.

That’s right, I’m a PK. My dad, Johnny Moffitt is a preacher extraordinaire. If you’ve never heard him deliver a message then you’re really missing out. He has a way of moving an audience from tears to cheers in seconds. He can have you laughing and crying at the same time. And once he’s done you’ll be ready to “take on hell with a water pistol.” (One of his quotes)

Not only can he preach, he can work; for the Lord. He’s traveled the world over, walking into some of the worst prisons known to man to reach a single soul. He’s been in prisons in the US, Canada, England, Mexico, Africa, Jamaica and Russia. Places no man should live and no missionary should neglect.

I’ve known my father to not only go to these places himself, but take others alongside. In an effort to make disciples wherever he goes, he will recruit the most stoic of saints, take them to prison, then deliver them back to their pews, never to be the same again.

This year he celebrated 40 years of marriage to the same woman, my mother. With 3 children who love him, dozens of people in ministry because of him, and countless souls heaven bound through him, his legacy is impressive.

Yup, I’m a PK and I’m darn proud of it.

Thanks dad. Happy Father’s Day.

First Dance

This past weekend, I had the privilege of spending 29 hours in the Stringfellow Prison south of Houston, TX.  The 15 inmates and their wives were such a treat to serve.  One special couple, Anthony & Aleatha, seemed to really connect with the message and volunteers. 
On Saturday we had a little free time so we offered a song for the couples to dance to.  Our pianist/vocalist sang out Unchained Melody with heart and passion.  All the couples had a great dance. 

Later in our small group time Anthony & Arleatha shared that this was their First Dance.  
They had been married for several years and this was the first time they had been able to dance together.  I was honored to have been a part. 

I’ve often shared in prison that while I don’t know what it’s like to be incarcerated, I do know what it’s like to be guilty.  Sin and legal violations can cause us to loose rights and privileges.  These losses can often times remind us of our failures.  Our “prison bars” keep our bad decisions and short comings ever in our face. 
In our society, and many others around the world, this is part of the punitive purpose of prison.  In the society of mankind however we are given opportunities to value others through grace.  The grace of a First Dance.  A simple dance to remind men and women that they are more than the sum of their sins. 

I thank God for the privilege to serve.  I thank God for all my First Dances. 
If you would like to be a part of a First Dance Marriage Seminar in a prison visit www.WVIW.com for more information. 

Travis Moffitt
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HOPE does not disappoint

and hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5 WEB)
I spent yesterday afternoon and evening in prison … literally.  Our WVIW team began the Marriage Seminar at the Stringfellow Unit just south of Houston, TX.  We have 15 inmate couples and about a dozen team members enjoying the HOPE that the Holy Spirit brings. 

Patti Suhre told her testimony as did Greg Alvis.  Betty (mom) lead worship and sang a power solo.  Even one of the inmates sang an outstanding song of “finding blessings in the thorns." 
Then Johnny (dad) preached; or rather shared a few stories of men who after being incarcerated, experienced the life-changing power of Jesus, and lead remarkable lives.  HOPE. 

HOPE.  That became the theme of the evening. 
Having
Only
Positive
Expectations

Travis Moffitt
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Honduras Update

As you may already know Javier Mendoza and Myself spent a week in Honduras at the end of last month.

We are very grateful for all of the support and well wishes we received before going and while we were there. It has been a real blessing to know that so many people gave financially to support our ongoing efforts there and so we wanted to update everyone on how are trip was and how you can get involved in the future.

Before I go any further let me tell you about a special ministry that you need to know about and be praying for. Casa de Cielo Home in Honduras casaderoc.org is a wonderful childrens ministry and school. They are on the frontlines of battling poverty, social issues, and disease in order to help preserve the lives of 25 children and making an indelible investment into the future of Honduras. Papa Jones is following God and is creating a haven of safety and security for his children now as well as creating a sustainable way of life for when they are grown. You can read more about Casa De Cielo in Honduras by clicking here

While we were in Honduras we spent several days traveling the countryside and praying for direction. Honduras as a whole has been on our hearts now for over 7 years and we have been heavily involved with supporting this rehgion financially, spiritually, and physically. We will continue to do so for many years into the future and this trip afforded us the opportunity to plan out the what and how of this support for the next few months and years.

As we gain more insight and clarity on some of the ideas and plans we recieved on this last trip we will be rolling out a specific and detailed set of goals for our efforts as well as a way for you to get involved.

We know that God is blessing us and he will continue to help us bless the nation of Honduras.

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A year of focus for WVIW

Good afternoon,

First of all, I want to thank you for you friendship. You have blessed us by your kindness and generosity. It truly is wonderful to be part of such a great family.

I am taking time to express how excited we are about all that God has in store in 2011. At WVIW we are anticipating a great increase in the depth and effectiveness of this ministry.

This year has been themed the year of FOCUS for WVIW. We are taking a fresh look at each three major areas of this organization to insure the greatest impact.

Those areas are
1) Ministry
2) Message
3) Money

1) Ministry. We have taken a new FOCUS on the ministry of WVIW. It is apparent that our area of greatest impact is in our In-Prison Marriage Seminars. This year we will conduct five of these plus one Marriage Seminar for the prison guards. This is a 50% increase from previous years. We will also travel on at least three international trips, expanding the ministry of WVIW around the world.

2) Message. This year we are focusing on new technologies and new methods of delivering the message of Jesus Christ and what He is doing through WVIW. You can receive information from us today by mail, e-mail, the web, Twitter & Facebook. Stay tuned to http://wviw.com for new and fresh ways to stay connected.

3) Money. We have taken a new focus on the finances of WVIW to ensure maximum stewardship and impact. This year we have taken new measures of efficiency and are exploring new methods of fund raising so that we can impact more lives. This ministry survives by the relationships developed over the last 32 years. This year we know that God is calling us to do more, to reach more lives, to save more marriages. Will you join us?

There are several ways you can partner with WVIW right now. Here’s a few ideas:

Consider having Myself or Johnny Moffitt as a guest speaker at your next event or church worship service. Both dad and I have a heart to serve and bless the local church and minister life at every opportunity. You can call the office at 972-234-6009 or e-mail us at info@wviw.com for booking information.

Consider traveling with us. With several Marriage Seminars and International Mission trips in 2011 there is a place for you. We believe in team ministry and would love to have you or a member(s) of your team join us. We will be ministering in: Leadership Conferences, Youth Events, Door-to-door Evangelism, Marriage Seminars, Construction Projects and local and international churches.

Consider adding WVIW to your regular missions giving. The money you sow into this ministry will make a difference in the life of someone needing to hear the Gospel and see Jesus’ example lived out before them.

Pray for us. We need your prayers. We travel to some of the darkest places imaginable. It is only by your prayers and the power of God that we will prevail.

Be encouraged in Christ. This is a wonderful time we live in. This is a wonderful generation to be a part of. God still reigns.

God bless you.

Travis Moffitt
Worldwide Voice In the Wilderness Associate Director
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