Thursday, November 17, 2011

Africa 2011

Mid October Naty had an amazing trip to Tanzania and Kenya:

Saturday, October 1, 2011

prayer nights

I've been hearing, reading, thinking and even praying about the importance of prayer for disciple making to be effective. We long to see more house churches in Columbus, but what are we doing about it? We've talked a lot about how important it is to pray. But what have we done about it? Starting last Friday we had a Praise and Prayer night at our house and we are planning to keep doing it every Friday for the next several months.

We want to see the Kingdom come, but what are we doing to bring it? We have decided prayer is where we need to start so if you want to join us we will be praying every Friday evening at our house starting at 7 PM.

Yesterday we read Acts 16 and how Paul and Silas' praise and prayer got them out of a jail in Philippi. Then we did some graffiti prayers. Everyone drew a sketch of what they wanted to pray for then we went around the table and each of us shared and the next person prayed for our requests. It was truly a beautiful and memorable time because even the children where highly engaged and offered up prayers for all that was on our hearts. I know God is going to start doing some more interesting things through us and our church.



Saturday, August 27, 2011

La Cosecha Está Lista

Casi siempre escribo en inglés, pero pensé escribir este mes en Español para mis amigos que acabo de conocer la semana pasada en Nicaragua durante el congreso de AMCLA.

Desde el inicio del proceso de preparación para dicha conferencia he estado contemplando la cosecha como la presenta Jesús en el Evangelio de Lucas capítulo 10. Él dijo que la cosecha es abundante pero son pocos los obreros, por eso tenemos que implorarle a Dios que mande mas obreros. Esto fue la razón que fuimos a Nicaragua a pedirle a Dios y a pedirles a la gente allá, que manden más obreros.

Llegamos de regreso de Nicaragua el martes por la noche a las 10:00 y a las 7:30 de la mañana el miércoles fui a trabajar mi primer día en la escuela por este año. Por la tarde, cuando llegué de la escuela, me puse a trabajar en el jardín después de una semana sin trabajar allí. Le invité a mi hijo para que me acompañara a trabajar en la cosecha, porque había mucho que recoger, pero por alguna razón, él no quiso ayudarme. Me pareció extraño porque casi siempre, él es el primero en cosechar lo que hay en el jardín. Pero, por otro lado la experiencia de cosechar solo me dio mas tiempo para contemplar porque Jesús había dicho que tenemos que llamarle la atención a Dios para que mande más obreros. Esa tarde aprendí que COSECHAR TOMA TIEMPO. Cosechando con dos o tres es mucho más rápido y eficiente que con uno solo. Yo tenía en mente también podar la grama o hacer otra cosa antes que anochciera, pero no pude porque pasé todo el tiempo cosechando.

Me puse a contemplar: Si yo tenía ganas de terminar la cosecha y ponerme a hacer otra cosa, ¿Cuánto más anhelaría el Hijo de Dios estar ya con su novia disfrutando la celebración de su boda y el comienzo de los nuevos cielos y la nueva tierra? Pero, la cosecha no se ha terminado todavía. No se ha recogido por completo, porque no hay suficientes obreros! Hay pocos, pero les está costando mucho tiempo. Sería mucho mas rápido con más obreros.

También aprendí COSECHAR NO ES DIFÍCIL. Mi hijo Marcos, de la edad de 7 años, es muy buen cosechador. Es jóven, no tiene mucha experiencia, pero sabe cosechar y lo puede hacer muy bien (cuando obedece y lo hace). Si la fruta está madura, es fácil de reconocerla y no toma nada de fuerza recogerla. Con razón se dice, "Cae de la mata." Miren las fotos que están a continuación y verán como es de facíl reconocer la fruta que está lista.

¿Se dan cuenta de como es de fácil encontrar la fruta que está lista? Allí está, solo tienes que agarrarla y cosecharla.

Una cosecha espiritual no es muy diferente. Claro, primero hay que recoger las piedras, arar la tierra, sembrar, esperar que nazca la planta, cultivarla y esperar que la fruta madure. Seis pasos MUY importantes antes del cosechar. Pero, cuando es tiempo de cosechar ¡hasta los niños pueden hacerlo! No sólo eso, pero van a disfrutarlo y tener éxito. Jesús dijo, "La cosecha está lista." Quiere decir que tenemos que buscar la fruta madura y ponernos a cosechar, YA! Hasta niños espirituales lo podrán hacer. ¡No hay porque esperar! No me van a engañar con la excusa que los discípulos de Jesús y los 72 seguidores de Él eran expertos en cosecha. Nunca lo habían hecho antes y ¡BUM! Jesús los manda a cosechar, y lo hicieron muy bien. ¡Tanto que se asombraron de los resultados! ¿No sería igual para nosotros? Pero tenemos que obedecer y hacerlo.

Otra lección: SI NO COSECHAMOS A TIEMPO, LA FRUTA NO ES TAN BUENA. Fíjense como está de grande el calabazín de atrás en comparación con el de enfrente...



El pequeño enfrente es un calabazín normal y el otro creció así de grande porque estábamos en Nicaragua y no hubo nadie que lo cosechara. No es que se ha podrido, pero ahora va a tener semillas muy grandes adentro y no va a ser tan saboroso al cocinarlo. Su tiempo perfecto para la cosecha ya había pasado. Eso pasa en la vida también. Hay personas que pierden su momento mas oportuno para ser cosechados para Dios y luego se engordan de otras ideas, religiones y filosofías. Después, cuando son cosechados, no son tan efectivos para El Reino gracias a todos los requisitos adicionales que añaden a la vida en Cristo. Tienen su utilidad, pero no tanto como si se hubiesen cosechado en otra época de su crecimiento espiritual.

No obstante, no podemos olvidar LA COSECHA ES LO MAS RICO QUE HAY EN LA VIDA!!!! Miren estos tomates y vainitas. ¿No se ven deliciosos? Me tomó tiempo, pero ahora, tendremos algo rico para comer. Apenas en esta semana, mi esposa tuvo la experiencia de explicarle a dos mujeres en su unidad de Mary Kay el plan de Dios para la salvación. ¡Pregúntame si ella no estaba feliz! Tanto ella como sus amigas estaban celebrando la buenas nuevas de lo que significa vivir en relación restaurada con el Creador! ¿Habrá algo más rico que eso?


OBEDECE Y DISFRUTARÁS...
Sabemos que Dios nos ha llamado a tabajar con AMCLA y ayudar a los pueblos Latinos no sólo llegar a conocer a Dios, sino también llevar las buenas nuevas a las naciones. El viaje a Nicaragua tomó su tiempo, tuvo sus sacrificios, (como dejar a nuestos hijos por una semana) pero también fue un gozo! Disfrutamos y reímos mucho con amigos conocidos y amigos nuevos que estamos conociendo. Pinoleros, Ticos, Ecuatorianos y hasta un Catracho! Aún en el viaje al aeropuerto esperando en un semáforo, conseguimos un vendedor ambulante ofreciendo mamones. ¡Creo que no había visto a Naty tan contenta con una fruta en mucho tiempo! Junto con nuestro amigo Joe, comimos todos los mamones antes de llegar al punto de seguridad en el aeropuerto.

¡La cosecha mis panas, es RICA y VALE LE PENA!



Thursday, July 7, 2011

1,000 miles!

Tuesday I passed 1,000 miles on my bike for the year so far!

This summer one of my goals is to participate in the Ride For Missions in support of Rosedale Mennonite Missions. The ride now includes 58 riders and 10 support people. We will be riding from Columbus, OH to Frostburg, MD the site of the 2011 Annual Conference for Conservative Mennonite Conference. I have been training a lot for the ride because I hope to enjoy it and not be in pain for the five days that will take us 400 miles to our destination. When I did the ride in 2007 I didn't train much. We only rode 220 miles in three days and pain is what I remember from the experience. I'm not letting that happen again!

I've learned a lot about discipline, exercise and biking over the past 5 months since I began training. There is an African proverb that says, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." I've experienced the truth of that proverb because if it wasn't for the group of 4 or 5 other guys that I ride with regularly, I know I wouldn't have gotten this far. We encourage and inspire each other to press on and go a little farther and faster even when we feel like we are already dead! Distance takes team.

Here is a picture that my friend Ulises took on Monday when we were doing a 60 mile ride. We went from Shiloh Mennonite Church near Plain City to Urbana and back, taking on some nice hills southwest of Mechanicsburg. I had the chore of reading the map and am in front and our friend Robert is behind me.



Wednesday morning I rode with my friends Quimi and Ulises on a loop just west of Hilliard. The beauty of the fog over low places was inspiring.

Then Wednesday night I went with my friend Leno and we took Bryan, Marcus, Dalia and Gaby on the Olentangy Bike Trail that winds through Columbus following the river. I'm excited to see that Gaby and Marcus like biking too and want to keep doing it. They rode almost 9 miles and loved it!



Wednesday, June 29, 2011

tonight

It has been forever since I've written anything, so tonight it is time...

Tonight was a Wednesday night that means it was a Mary Kay night. Naty has been working a lot with her Mary Kay business and is about to enter in D.I.Q. Director In Qualification. She has been having a lot of parties and recruiting more team members which has been great! Every Wednesday she has a class and facials at our house, so I usually try to do something with Gaby and Marcus somewhere else so she can have the house to herself and her ladies...

Tonight we went to Darby Creek Park to ride bike. We rode about 8 1/2 miles! Gaby and Marcus did a good job! They also enjoyed visiting an old horse barn and seeing some bison that are a part of the park now.

Monday, April 18, 2011

the latest... finally!

If I haven't blogged for a month and a half should I even bother to start again? One of my goals for the year is to blog at least twice a month, but I haven't set it as one of my highest priorities. I could give many excuses for why it's taken so long to post again, but that is just wasted time.
Reality is that I've realized there are many other priorities in my life so I'll just be blogging when I feel like it's not getting in the way of something else. Hopefully at least twice a month, but we'll see.
Nicer weather has meant time to get outside again and this makes all of us happier! We have started having a monthly party with our church called Fiesta de Luz (Party of Light). We named our church Luz Viviente and we really want to be light to everyone around us. One way of doing this is inviting our church and other friends believers or not to a party where we have food and drinks and games or dancing in a healthy family atmosphere. So far it has been a lot of fun. This picture is from our party for March and last night we had our April party.


Spring break was from April 4 - 11 and Gaby and Marcus had all kinds of fun being at home. Naty and I did too, for her it meant several Mary Kay parties and for me, painting the ceilings in the whole house and also painting the living room and hallway.

Naty has been doing weekly trainings with her team of MK consultants and their group is growing. Naty really likes this new business and is planning to start doing it "full time" when summer vacation gets here. She is also planning to keep going with Mary Kay and not go back to her Kindergarten assistant job in the fall. Please pray with us that the business will grow.


The second weekend of spring break, Grandma Peachey came out to stay with Gaby and Marcus so that Naty and I could go with our friends Ismael and Victalina to a Vineyard church planting training for Latinos in Mundelein, IL just north of Chicago. We learned a lot and came back with fresh energy to keep seeking God in our church planting among Latinos in Columbus.

Ismael and Victalina also had a great time and came back with a vision of planting a house church in their new neighborhood and also with their family. It was so exciting to see God speaking to them showing them their giftings and calling and hearing them share about what they want to do in the future.

There have been some other exciting things happening that can't really be shown in pictures. Naty and I have decided to participate with a few others in our church network in a group called T4T which means Training 4 Trainers. We have been learning and practicing some new things with our house church and are looking forward to seeing God begin a church planting movement through us. We are excited about casting vision for a movement, not just a few house churches and resources from the Church Planting Movements web site have been very valuable. I have also had some Skype trainings hosted by Paul Watson and have found their trainings about access, and Discovery Bible Studies to be great tools to sharing good news with people that are wanting to connect more with God.

The last big thing for us right now is that we were approached by RMM two weeks ago and asked to consider joining their LAMP team as Ecuador representatives and committee coordinators. We have said "yes" and are excited about connecting more with Latin America in this way. Our role will be to help local churches develop vision for international missions and send out missionaries. Currently this means selecting and sending people to Thailand to serve with the RMM team there. But there is also the possibility of sending missionaries to other locations as well. This will be a part time position shared by Naty and me and we will be connecting with churches in Ecuador, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Pray that God would move through us and LAMP as a whole to see His Kingdom come more in Latin America and around the world, as it is in heaven.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

first ever podcast

The podcast that Brian Jones and I shared talking about some of what God is doing here in Columbus is now ready on iTunes if you would like to download it.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Missional Church - Subtitulado

I hope that our church can look like this. We aren't there yet, but we need to get there.
Espero que nuestra iglesia puede llegar a ser así. No hemos llegado todavía, pero espero que estamos en el camino.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

podcast with Brian Jones and Missional Monks

Last night my friend Brian and I had the chance to talk with Bret and Chris AKA the missional monks about missional and monastic Kingdom life. You can listen to it here. I'd also recommend that you visit the Missional Monks web site and join the conversations about what it means to join God's mission wherever you are.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

a new puppy!

It is hard to believe, but we are once again doing something we never thought we'd do... we now have a dog in the house! Don't be alarmed, our beloved Coffee is still with us, but now we have a new puppy too. His name is Buddy and it has been quite a journey to get him.
Gaby has been asking for a puppy for a long time and we had told her to stop asking because we already have one dog and that was enough. She quit asking us, but she started praying more about it and telling friends to pray with her too! Then, last Thursday when she was going to another school for her enrichment class she got to talk with a bus driver there who knew that she was working on a research project about golden retrievers. He told her that he had just rescued a lab/retriever puppy they found out in the country and had taken it to his vet. Gaby gave him Naty's number to call and ask if we could get the dog. Miracle of miracles, Naty said we could go and see the pup! The vet then told us that they needed to keep it one more day to see if the owners could be found and if not, we could take him home for the weekend to see how it went and if we really wanted to keep him or not. A test drive for a puppy!
We got Buddy Friday after school and he has been with us ever since. We spent the weekend praying and processing and came to the conclusion that having Buddy would be an answer of prayer for Gaby and also a good way to keep us focused on what God has called us to in Columbus. We keep reverting to thoughts of moving somewhere else, even though we know God has called us to be right here right now. Thirdly, having Buddy will connect us more to our neighbors here in suburbia. Since Coffee is usually outside with room to run around, I don't walk her very much. We decided to keep Buddy inside because his hair is too thin to spend much time outside or in the garage. So, he needs walked every day and Coffee loves the walks too! We've already had more interaction with our neighbors thanks to the walks and I'm sure it will only increase when the weather gets above freezing again!
For now, we're learning about how to train a puppy, and it is bringing our family together and we hope leading toward God's Kingdom coming more in Columbus.

Coffee and Buddy playing in the snow Saturday, after they decided to be friends.


Buddy's new den.

Nap time...

Let's go for a walk!


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

snow day

We had our second snow day of the year today and all enjoyed it immensely. With extra time on my hands I "tweeted" more than usual today. So instead of writing more here just give http://twitter.com/dionpeachey a click and you can see a bit more about our day.

The biggest news for now is that we have a new member in our family, a yellow lab named Buddy! We never thought we'd ever have a dog in the house with us, but thanks to our daughter's persistence in prayer and proving she can be responsible, we now have Buddy. He was rescued by a bus driver that Gaby knows and he knew that she was crazy about getting a puppy so now he's ours! So far he's been a real blessing, we hope that continues...

Friday, January 21, 2011

"This much change us"

sweet spot

Last week I had a conversation with a good friend about living in your sweet spot. Knowing what it is that you were created for and passionate about and then living there, growing in what you were made for.
I feel like I'm discovering more of where my sweet spot is: Enjoying and sharing the Kingdom of God with others.
Last Sunday was a great example of living in the sweet spot. I started by going to a 5:30 am prayer meeting with some Latino Kingdom people and spent more time on my knees than I have in a while. We prayed and then looked at the story of Rachel and Leah's wanting to have more kids than each other in Genesis 30. The leader ended by sharing that he felt like God was showing him that Joseph, the 11th child was a sign of God's provision of fertility and that this year, 2011, is going to be a year of fertility for the Kingdom. Interesting thought, I never would have looked at it that way, but I can pray that it happens.
We have a lot of goals for this year and among them is that of training the people that we are discipling how they can better share Jesus with those around them.
Last Friday and Saturday I was able to participate in a Skype training that presented Discovery Bible Studies and we had a chance to practice it with some other disciple makers. We then talked and prayed about it with some others from our house church network on Sunday morning.
Sunday afternoon I took what I learned and translated it into Spanish to share with our house church later that night. We had one of the most memorable gatherings of our church's short existence. Everyone shared, everyone was challenged and everyone prayed for each other. This was where I saw the joy of the Kingdom most visibly. Our friends are very disturbed by the recent raids that ICE has been doing in the area and we spent a lot of time praying for each other and sharing how we could help each other out if something were to actually happen in our families. We ended the night with lots of laughs as we watched the kids present a song they are sharing at our church network's retreat this weekend. Then we picked a song to teach all of the Americanos how to dance merengue! God was visiting with us and we were sharing deeply with each other. The Kingdom come. That's sweet!
Where is your sweet spot? What do you do to live there more?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

December 2010

Okay friends, let's just pretend that this post is only half as long as it is! My goal for the year is to blog at least twice a month, so I'm on track for January, but didn't do too great for December. If you want to follow more of what we are up to then check out Facebook or Twitter, for now, I'm going back to just 2 blog posts a month unless there is a tremendous outcry for more updates...

December:
Somewhere in about the middle of the month I helped out at school as the narrator for the 4th grade play, lots of fun and Marcus loved it too! The music teacher gave him the CD for the play and he almost memorized it!


Sunday the 19th we took our church to the streets. We joined up with another friend's house church to sing carols and share hot chocolate, ponche and cookies in the trailer court where one of our church members lives. We met lots of Mexican and American families and it looks like a few of them are interested in starting to study the Bible together. Here we are gathered around a fire we made and Alejandro is sharing his story of coming to Jesus in the past year.


December 21 is a super special day, GABY WAS BORN!!!! We woke her up singing Happy Birthday, Cumpleaños Feliz, Las Mañanitas and Ay Que Noche Tan Preciosa... do you think that was enough birthday songs? Then we had yummy arepas for breakfast.


Gaby's birthday party was the next day so the kids could stay up later since there was no school the next day. Not quite all of her friends could make it to the party, but she did have a great time with everyone who came.


The Next day we had a Christmas party with our church before we left for Pennsylvania. We spent all day getting ready. Gaby and Marcus were a big help. They helped clean the house and also did a lot of cutting to help me make Pan de Jamón "Ham bread" a typical Christmas specialty from Venezuela.


Here is a look at the final product. It turned out very delicious and disappeared as a appetizer for our guests later that evening.


Naty was in her glory wrapping presents almost all day. We have a very generous friend who gave us all of these gifts to give out to the people in our church and community. Naty absolutely loves wrapping gifts so she couldn't have been happier!


At about 8:00 the party got started. We took time to toast to the many things that we are thankful for from the past year and hoping for in the year to come.


Here is Naty's glorious turkey! (or maybe it's Naty's 2 turkeys)


After yummy food made by all and shared by all we had time for some carols


And opening presents.

Then it was off to Belleville, PA where the partying continued. We had Chrismas with the Yoders, Naty's host family, on Christmas Eve. More delicious food...


And more presents! Can you tell these guys like John Deere?


Then Christmas Day it was Christmas with the Peacheys and we finally got to meet our new niece Madison.


After more yummy food we heard the Christmas story shared by Marcus and Sidney.


Then again, more presents! For little kids and...


for big kids too!


Sunday meant yet another Christmas party, this time with the Hostetler family. (My mom's family)

There were about 50 or 60 of us as we gathered in the church gymnasium. All this fun thanks to the lovely couple at the end of this table, Grandpa and Grandma Hostetler.


If you were counting, that was a total of five parties in five days for our family! That wasn't enough for Naty she even had two Mary Kay facial parties while we were in Belleville too. This was with my mom and Aunt Rhoda.


Since our kids already get enough stuff for Christmas from everyone else, Naty and I choose to give them an experience instead. This year we went to Sight and Sound in Lancaster, PA.


We saw the "Miracle of Christmas" show, which was truly amazing.


Even Gaby's new baby Molly got to see the show!


Here is one of the actors outside afterward with some of the donkeys. They had lots of animals in the show, which was Gaby's favorite part.


After Sight and Sound we went to my brother David's house to be with his family but I guess Naty either ran out of battery power or forget to get out the camera because we don't have any pictures?!?

Now we are back in Columbus and planning to really get back to normal tomorrow when school starts again...