My surprises are spilling over to Amanda! The whole Two Rivers family is welcomed into this experiment. When one rejoices, we all rejoice. She just got hired with two amazing companies in the last two days. Quizno’s – which happens to be one of my fav. sub shops and a missionary position with AIM (Adventures in Missions). “Yay God!”
Let me introduce you to my dear friend Amanda. We met while in college at UW – La Crosse. WE’ve shared many wonderful memories together including mission trips to Detroit, Mexico, and a summer with YouthWorks out west. It’s great having her back in Cairo after a year of traveling the globe. That’s right, world tour – 11 countries in 11 months. She served as a missionary with AIM bringing the love and compassion of Christ to many. To read about her journey: www.amandadums.theworldrace.org.
She’s been back in the country since November and has been sent on a new mission. God has been downloading this strategic Kingdom plan for community, prayer, and equipping people for the mission field. It’s pretty sweet – the blending of her two loves. While at Two Rivers she enountered the blessing of strong family/community relationships – not always a blast, but refining none the less. And of course a strong dose of prayer was thrown in the mix. AIM through the World Race provided great training and experience on the mission field. TR + AIM = Hashem House. Hashem is pronounced – heh-shem. Not just a house, a place for launching people into their unique destiny on the mission field.
Here’s a little ditty from her blog…
Hashem House, at its core, is a bridge between Missions and Prayer. It’s a Luke 10 meets Luke 18 lifestyle; a team of missionaries being sent out two by two like the disciples with a heart to cry out day and night to God in prayer.
It’s a place of apostolic kingdom family and intentional community. It’s a place to dream and scheme with other likeminded people and hear from God about His heavenly strategies for the redemptive work in the nations. It’s a network of people with resources to help accomplish these dreams. It’s learning how to ‘BE’ a missionary, ‘BE’ a servant, ‘BE’ a child of God and not just another program of ‘doing good things.’ This is life. And this is a household that seeks to bring life, both to the people that live within the walls and to those that live without. This is community life as God designed it. (read: Acts 2)
Okay, so that explains the house a bit, but why the name Hashem you ask? Well, after a day of praying over the property God highlighted the address sign of ‘2044’.
The corresponding number in the concordance told me that ‘hashem’ is a Hebrew word meaning wealthy, fertile, abundant, and enriched. To me these words describe the fertile land of growth and the wealth of inheritance that can be had for those going after the abundant life of Jesus Christ on this earth. So naturally, the name Hashem House followed quite easily.
It seems as though God is renaming this plot of land that once held a spiritually rich heritage as well. While talking with the homeowner I discovered that the house used to be a minister’s training school more than 50 years prior. I believe God desires to continue the lineage of this place by sending out more ministers of His Kingdom by raising up the young people of this generation to love a dying world.
Prayers for Amanda:
~Resources to purchase the house and fill it with wonderful furnishings
~People to live in the house
~Partnership between AIM and Two Rivers