My classroom called life…Kingdom lessons

My desire is to abide

Jennifer Bittinger November 12, 2008

Filed under: Hollywood,Ministry Spotlight,The Arts — charredsmore @ 5:07 am

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I am a part of the Hollywood Prayer Network, which connects Christians to intercede for people in the industry. They matched me up with a beautiful young woman named Jennifer Bittinger. She loves the Lord and has a vision to see Him glorified through the entertainment industry. Join me in praying for Jennifer.

Jennifer Bittinger

a voice of truth

Jennifer Bittinger works in entertainment with music and television broadcasting. She is currently finishing her master’s degree in Journalism at Regent University’s School of Communication & the Arts. She is greatly involved with several student-led television shows, student film productions, directed music for the Regent Summer Theatre Camps, and is the national coordinator for Regent University’s Reel Dreams Film Competition.

Jennifer grew up as a minister’s daughter in Ohio. She has competed in national talent competitions, the Miss America Pageant System, and is building her music and entertainment career to be a light of hope to many.

Several of the ways that Jennifer is sharing God’s truth with people is through speaking, singing, and writing. She enjoys to speaking to Christian and non-Christian audiences of all genres enlightening on topics of Self-Worth; Singleness; Leadership; Mentoring; Ministering to Ministers; Selecting Wholesome Media; Being Bold, Beautiful & Brilliant; True Worship; and God Visions.

Since she was 4-years-old, Jennifer has been playing the piano and singing. One of her greatest passions is songwriting and performing music that God gives her to share with others. She is currently recording her first solo album that shares songs of truth like “She’s Me,” “Dream,” and “Unseen.” She desires to encourage and share about the realities of life that can only find their solutions in Christ.

One of the most spontaneous areas of her life encompasses writing! Jennifer has always enjoyed writing articles published in OnCourse Magazine, Brio Magazine, and various online web publications and devotional websites. But, her favorite book series that she is currently working on dives into the sea of singleness, marriage, and how faith affects our relationships. “Single, Sexy & Satisfied: Finding Fulfillment in the Season of Single” is a book that came from the good and bad lessons Jennifer learned from relationships, but also praying about the true purpose God has for people during their times of singleness. The 2nd book in the relationship series is titled “Married, Majestic & Mindful: Changing the World through Your Season of Marriage.” This book opens the numerous doors of opportunities that married couples have to encourage singles around them and also change the world through their season of marriage. Jennifer has also written other books on eating disorders and self-worth. For more information you can go to: http://www.jenniferbittinger.com.

As a humble servant of her Lord Jesus Jennifer says, “I ask the Lord to use me as His voice of truth to the nations that they may see God and know His saving grace.”

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The man behind Madea November 3, 2008

Filed under: Hollywood,Ministry Spotlight,Movies — charredsmore @ 3:49 am

I have been hearing about Medea movies over the last three years since living in Cairo.  Really, I thought the movies would be offensive, so I put off actually watching one of the movies until just this past weekend.  I was pleasantly surprised.  “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” is an inspiring movie.  Yes, some of the humor is less than righteous, but Tyler Perry is reaching out to a different audience than regular “church folk”. He wants to share the gospel with people who would rather step inside a movie theater than a church.

After seeing this interview with Tyler Perry I have a better perspective of his heart, motivations, and inspiration in making films and now his television show, “House of Payne”. 

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Pray for Tyler Perry.
Pray for righteous men and women to raise up in Hollywood!

Amen. 

There WILL be a revival in HOLLYWOOD that touches the nations…expect and observe.

 

The Siege Cairo April 10, 2008

Filed under: Ministry Spotlight,Ministry Stuff,Power of Prayer — charredsmore @ 3:21 am

 

This summer we are embarking on a new journey, 24/7 prayer for 50 days. 

 Over the past three years, Two Rivers has developed from a community center to a house of prayer-seeking to transform the tiny, poverty stricken town they call home through praise, worship, warfare and intercession in the heavenlies. This is all done in the midst of true Acts 2 community living and growth together as the body of Christ. Click here for more information about Cairo and how you can get involved with what God is doing there.

JOIN US:

www.thesiegecairo.com

 

Human Trafficking March 24, 2008

Filed under: Ministry Spotlight,Ministry Stuff,Power of Prayer — charredsmore @ 2:18 am

I wanted to share this opportunity for awareness with you – this is taken from my friend/roommate/sister Amanda Dums’ blog… 

A few of my teammates from the World Race are about to begin an awesome biking venture called Team Up, Gear Up: Biking Against Human Trafficking.  They are biking their little booties all the way from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon, then hiking to the river basin of the canyon and back out all in eight days in the midst of speaking engagements along the way and a nightly nationwide conference call.  Talk about intense!

The idea behind this journey is to raise awareness and to raise up prayer for the tragic cycle of the modern day slavery cycle called Human Trafficking.  There’s a great lineup of speakers to educate and enlighten listeners on what this really looks like in our world and how we can become involved in the fight against it.   AND … yours truly will even be hosting and speaking on Tues. night–so don’t miss it!   Here’s the day by day schedule of speakers and how you can join the call each night.  I hope you can make some of them!

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The basic agenda for each call is as follows: opening prayer and welcome; a speaker will share stories/testimonies of his/her personal relationship with modern-day slavery followed by a call to action; Q&A; and prayer. The call starts at 8pm CST and may last around 45 minutes. You are encouraged to join us for the entire call, but feel free to join if even  for a few minutes. You may participate or just listen, but please come and get informed! To call in, dial 1-218-486-1600 followed by the access code 472085#.

Sunday, March 23rd

The bikers/visionaries behind Biking Against Human Trafficking – Eric Hanson, Stephanie Fisk, Eric Retterbush and Clay Massey – will be sharing about how this bike ride came together, why it’s important to them and why it should be important to you! Check out their bios in “member bios” at www.freewebs.com/baht.

Monday, March 24th

Breaking Free: Sisters helping Sisters break free (St. Paul, MN). Breaking Free serves women and girls involved in systems of prostitution/sex trafficking and other battered women who have been involved in the criminal justice system. Beth, who both works for Breaking free and is a survivor of prostitution herself, will be sharing her personal story and raising awareness about the vicious cycle of trying to break free from sexual exploitation. http://www.breakingfree.net/

Tuesday, March 25th

NightLight, The Well and SHE. These are three organizations in Thailand that are reaching out to prostituted girls in the red light district of Bangkok and Phuket. They provide housing and discipleship and basic life skill classes while providing job training in jewelry-making, purse-making, etc. Past world racers – Amanda Dums, Morgan McKeown and Lynette Lee – will be sharing stories of when they worked alongside these orgs while serving in SE Asia. http://www.nightlightbangkok.com/    http://www.servantworks.org/well

Wednesday, March 26th

Make Way Partners (Alabama). Through the hope of the Gospel, they go to the most vulnerable and least protected to end human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Kimberly Smith, the president, will be sharing about their involvement with human trafficking in Sudan, Eastern Europe and the US of A. http://www.makewaypartners.org

Thursday, March 27th

Center to Restore Trafficked and Exploited Children(Iowa). They are committed to the protection and restoration of trafficked children, focusing on their physical, mental, psychological and spiritual healing. They are dedicated to re-humanizing and reintroducing the children back into societywith a sense of dignity and a right to be free. D.J. Steen, a speaker and visionary of CRTEC, will be sharing about how human trafficking affects our kids right here in America. http://www.crtec.org/

Friday, March 28th

Not For Sale Campaign. Not for Sale is a campaign of students, entrepreneurs, artists, people of faith, athletes, law enforcement officers, politicians, social workers, skilled professionals, and all justice seekers, united to fight the global slave trade. Not for Sale aims to educate and mobilize an international abolitionist movement through the innovation and implementation of open-source activism. Inside the United States, the campaign identifies trafficking rings and collaborates with local law enforcement and community groups to shut them down and provide support for the victims. Internationally, the campaign partners with poorly resourced abolitionist groupsto enhance their capacity. They believe that every single person has a skill that they can give to free an individual living in bondage. Keisha L. Hoerrner, Ph.D, – the state director of Not for Sale in Georgia – will be sharing about what they are currently doing to end modern-day slavery and how you can become a modern-day abolitionist. http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/

Saturday, March 29th

David Gutnick has been working with CBC Radio (same as NPR) as a writer-broadcaster since the mid-1980’s. One of David’s passions is finding alternative ways of telling stories on the radio. This past December he traveled to Mauritania, Togo and Ghana to report on modern-day slavery and human trafficking. He will be sharing a first hand account of what he witnessed while traveling throughout these three African countries. http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/slavery/

Sunday, March 30th

E. Benjamin Skinner, the author of A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-day Slavery will be sharing about his first book that was just released Mar. 11, 2008. Going undercover when necessary, Skinner infiltrated trafficking networks and slave quarries, urban child markets and illegal brothels. In the process, he became the first person in history to observe the sales of human beings on four continents. Born in Wisconsin, Ben Skinner graduated from Wesleyan University. He has reported on diverse topics from five continents for Newsweek International, Travel + Leisure, and others. He now lives in Brooklyn. Click here to read the first chapter of his book. http://acrimesomonstrous.com/

Monday, March 31st

Chad Mast – who currently works for The World Race – will be calling out a generation of radicals to pursue Jesus and justice at all cost. As the body of Christ, we have a responsibility to love and serve our neighbor. He is passionate about waking up a generation to their identity and role in the Kingdom. Chad has traveled to over 30 countries and five continents to serve and learn from the poorest of the poor. And, hopefully, the bikers will be able to check in and share a quick report about their bike ride! http://www.chadmast.theworldrace.org/

More info about the bike ride can be found at www.freewebs.com/baht.

 

SMG: Day 11 February 29, 2008

Filed under: Ministry Spotlight,Surprise Me God — charredsmore @ 10:16 am

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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…

www.hashemhouse.wordpress.com

 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:

~Timing

~Resources to purchase the house and fill it with wonderful furnishings

~People to live in the house

~Partnership between AIM and Two Rivers

~Preparation stages

~DIVINE WISDOM

 

Ministry on the red carpet February 23, 2008

Filed under: Ministry Spotlight,Music — charredsmore @ 11:51 am

 

Saylah January 28, 2008

Filed under: Ministry Spotlight,Music,Travel — charredsmore @ 1:43 am

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San Jose if full of creative artists for the Kingdom.

Last night I went to a pro life concert and heard some amazing musicians.

This brother performed with his wife…pretty much my new favorites.

I love righteous lyrics.

More Lord!

Release it in Cairo.

SAYLAH