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American Missionary

September 27, 2011

My heart is full after spending another day at one of my most favorite places to be… The Los Angeles Dream Center.

It’s a place of hope to replace hopelessness.  

Shelter for those who had none. 

Healing from a painful past. 

Sobriety for the addicted. 

Clothes for those in need. 

Food for the hungry. 

Rescue from human trafficking.

Sometimes it is even a court ordered option instead of  jail time. 

One by one each need is met, bringing with it the hope of salvation through Christ Jesus. 

Every week I gladly travel eighty miles round trip to teach Bible studies, mentor and pastor women at the Dream Center.  I count it a privilege to be a part of this amazing ministry.  I just recently took some business friends of mine on a tour of the DC campus.  We walked the halls and heard the inspiring stories of so many who are finding a new identity in Christ there.  Even after volunteering there for ten years my heart still fills to overflowing listening to the testimonies of changed lives.  My eyes still well up with tears and the passion to help people grows in my heart. 

I thought about the hundreds of missionaries and volunteers I have met over the years.  American missionaries who come to help the great work of the Dream Center.  Many of them have come from other states but a lot of them have come from other countries. Missionaries from other countries sent to us, Americans.  They give a year, two years, sometimes even more to help reach hurting people in the inner city of Los Angeles.

Karine is one of those sweet missionaries.  She came from Norway with a desire to be a missionary.  With many options available to her – the place she decided to serve was Los Angeles, CA right here in America.  She faithfully served at the Dream Center for two years.  This past weekend we had a little going away party for her at our house.  It was time to say thank you for her heartfelt service and say good-bye as she prepares to return to her country this week.  

Karine worked and raised money, flew thousands of miles from home to serve one of the richest nations in the world…  to help us deal with one of our most neglected problems… our inner cities. 

I think it is wonderful to support international missionaries, and our family has sent support to other countries for many years.  I also think it’s important to remember that poverty, homelessness and yes even human trafficking is happening right here in America. 

I feel encouraged by God to continue to be an American Missionary… may God truly bless America.

What are your thoughts on being an American Missionary?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 27, 2011 10:33 am

    I have heard so many wonderful things about the Dream Center from Lysa Terkeurst. 🙂 It’s wonderful what God is doing with you guys there! America is in desperate need for Missionaries. Even though we forget, that is still true. Thanks for the reminder, Danise!

    • September 28, 2011 1:57 pm

      Lysa Terkeurst is such a blessing!! She was so gracious and kind when she came to visit the Dream Center…. And all of her blog readers have blessed the Dream Center so much since then!

  2. September 27, 2011 1:41 pm

    I am an American Missionary too. I volunteer in the inner city in a neighboring county. It is poverty sticken and many are jobless. I teach women life/job skills and who they are in Christ assuming the are believers. If not we love them to Him. Thanks for this post about the Dream Center. it sounds wonderful.

  3. October 3, 2011 8:37 am

    Our own neighborhoods and cities is what God calls us to first. (Acts 1:8) I have been forever changed by personal experiences in short-term overseas missions; but God has called me to the long-term day-to-day mission field of my neighborhood, kids schools, and inner city.

    We have an extension of the Dream Center here in Sacramento and I had the privilege of serving for a weekend with a group of junior high school students. I was just thinking, it is time to go back! Thanks for the nudge.

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