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SMG: Day 39 April 4, 2008

Filed under: Surprise Me God,testimony — charredsmore @ 7:59 pm

Power is released in reflection.  Today I gave a good friend advice to look back at the last three months in reflection, noting the goodness of the LORD.  Really, this is our testimony.  In fact, we overcome the evil one through our testimony.  Check out Revelation 12:11,

“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”

I thought I would go ahead and do this little exercise myself.  Usually my head is in the clouds day dreaming about the future…today the journey will lead me back to the end of December.

December:  God began placing a new type of ministry on my heart.  He gave me the opportunity to pray for musicians (Check out my old blog: Divine Appointments).  New connections, new friends at One Thing Conference in Kansas City, MO.  A new stirring in my heart to pray for people in Hollywood, famous people.  Wasn’t too much on the radar before December. 


January:  The Lord takes me on a journey, unfolding a vision of a ministry that beautifully weaves pieces of my heart together.  Desires that He had placed on my heart begin to be written in this proposal.  He brings connections that will probably be utilized when this becomes a reality.  Sorry for being vague, I’m still protecting this vision a bit – people know, but not many.  I’m still praying about it and asking for the Lord’s timing in releasing it.  I went to CA – traveling the coast of the state.  Visiting other prayer type ministries, even one in Hollywood.  I was pleasantly surprised to find like-minded believers so quickly in this state.  My dream (literally, I had two night dreams about going to San Jose – otherwise not on my to-do list) of traveling to San Jose, CA became a reality as I was able to visit the House of Prayer.  Went to the OC to visit some old friends through YouthWorks – that was also amazing.  God uses the vision (noted above) to refine me – waiting, trusting, timing, submitting under authority.  Gary and Sharon had some challenging, yet fruitful conversations with me about these things.  Two of my best friends from WI come to visit on a weekend we had a bunch of hoo-ha going on here in Cairo.  These sisters have been wanting to visit for a while, and the Lord had strategic timing for them to come – during a big prayer gathering.  I was so blessed to have them here.


February:  Learning how to wait.  I’m not really good at it.  Patience is a fruit of the Spirit – and it IS available to me.  So, yes, I am learning how to wait.  My sweet friend from college/YW/Two Rivers – Amanda came back to Cairo after her year long hoopla around the world with AIM (check out her blog on the right side if you are interested in reading about her adventures).  God unfolds a vision for her about Hashem House (see her other blog for more information).  God brings favor with new friendships.  I begin tutoring a teen girl in math.  I start the SMG experiment. 


March:  Support begins to filter through my little PO Box.  Our friend from Colfax miraculously supports Sara (for the whole year!) and each of us $100/month.  Two other friends from Colfax come to visit, sweet time of fellowship over a Mexican dinner.  This little church in Colfax is getting rocked by the Lord (P.S. We are going there this coming weekend to build deeper relationships, lead worship, and experience their world).  Laurie joins our staff team!  Praying more with community members who are experiencing victory in their lives.  Women’s ministry begins to explode for me – without even striving, it just sort of happens.  Easter celebration!  The grand finale of the month is the turning of a new year for me – I turned 28! 


So, there you go.  I think this little exercise was more for me than anything. 

Looking back I am amazed by my God, at what He has done in 2008. 

It is only April, I wonder what other surprises He has for me? 


Brian Welch- “Save me From Myself” March 23, 2008

Filed under: testimony — charredsmore @ 2:38 am

A friend recently told me about Brian Welch’s conversion.  This man was in the band Korn, and is now serving the Lord.

 Talk about amazing!  I wasn’t even into Korn, but I am thankful for the Spirit moving in Brian’s life. 

 Check it out…Brian Welch’s story


Walk with me… March 5, 2008

Filed under: Power of Prayer,prayer requests,testimony — charredsmore @ 8:22 am

God is always full of surprises.  The month that I was exiting AmeriCorps (a government funded program that I served with for the past two years while working with Two Rivers) I prayed about many different options.  The least desirable option was to continue serving as a missionary, but really taking the plunge of faith in raising support.  My flesh fought it, I much prefer being on the other end of giving, but I felt the Lord speak to me that this would be the “best” option.


As I go into this new season of “living on faith” I have mixed emotions.  I keep hearing the Lord say to my heart, “You have no idea what I have in store for you.”  Amen.

Let me rest in His promises.  They are always faithful and true.  He cares for the sparrow; surely He cares even more for His children (Matthew 6).  In stepping out into this new place of faith, I believe the Lord has blessings that will unfold before me.  These blessings are not always what I expect or even want, but ultimately lead to me being rocked and transformed into the likeness of Jesus.  I’ll take that!


Not long after this decision was made I received a call from one of the sisters I volunteer with at the Kitchen Table.  She asked me a few questions regarding the monthly needed support in order to survive in Cairo.  She was writing a proposal to submit to her community asking if they would consider supporting two of us at Two Rivers.  I was blown away by their desire to support us.  We aren’t even Catholic!  She phoned back with the good news right before Thanksgiving, letting us know their community decided to support two of us for the full year.  WOW!  Praise GOD! 


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I do have my monthly minimum support – which is $800 (before taxes).  The cost of living is pretty low in Cairo, but I am still looking to raise a bit more to cover basic expenses.  I find myself struggling each month to make ends meet, making payments on my student loan, and have money for traveling home a couple times each year.  While working with AmeriCorps I was making $800/month along with health insurance and an education award to place towards my student loans of $4,725.  My monthly goal is roughly $1,400. 


Would you consider supporting me through prayer and/or financial giving?  My partnership with others is crucial as I am not a lone ranger out here on the mission field.  Your support has already been a tremendous blessing in my life. 


If you are interested in supporting me with a one time gift or a monthly donation, please email me: or send a check written out to Two Rivers Ministry with Heather Carney in the memo to:


Heather Carney

Two Rivers Ministry

PO Box 503

Cairo, IL


If you have any questions, please call me at 618-306-1532, I would love to chat with you!