The Marketplace Ministry

WHAT IS A MARKETPLACE MINISTER?

  • In ancient times, the market was where large crowds would usually be.
  • Early Christians would preach the Gospel openly in the markets.
  • Unofficial term to refer to someone who shares the Gospel at the workplace.

WHO IS DANIEL?

  • Daniel 1:3-7 ESV – Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful beyond all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.
  • A prophet during Israel’s exile to Babylon in about 605 B.C.
  • Chosen among the young men of Israel to be a Chaldean, a sort of mystical advisor to King Nebuchadnezzar.
  • Served over 60 years under different rulers who died or went mad.
  • Received dreams and visions that would later be echoed by John in the Book of Revelations.

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Youth Camp At Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai is both a city and a province in northern Thailand.

For ten days, beginning form the 30th of September through October 10th, two of our lovely Youth Pastor’s Circle will be travelling to a city in northern Thailand called Chiang Rai. Gela and Arlene will be visiting the city, to help with the first youth camp (Breakthrough) of River of Life Foundation, an orphanage in Chiang Rai.

This will be the second time the two of them will visit Chiang Rai for an evangelical mission trip, their first being back in June 2010 where they were a part of a team of four which had also included Joel and Andy (Gela’s twin sister).

For about five years now, Jo, or “Tejo” as she is affectionately called by the youth leaders who are her disciples, has been working as Lighthouse Christian Community‘s Foreign Missions delegate to Thailand. Recently, she has invited the Team to return and help her organize the youth camp. This will mark the first ever youth camp that Jo has organized during her ministry in Thailand.

This of course does not come without costs, if you or anyone you know may be interested in extending financial assistance and prayers to our YPC missionaries, Jo, River of Life Foundation, or the youth camp, or simply want to know more about what we do, please leave a comment below and we will contact you.

Tejo at Chiang Rai, Thailand.

“16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV)

We’re all called to share the Gospel, and although not everyone of us have the capacity to go out to the nations, there is always someway we can help.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Daddy, do it again!

Habakkuk 3:2 | Lord, I have heard of your fame;  I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.  Repeat them in our day,  in our time make them known…

Watching my baby girl who is 1 & 10 months has placed such wisdom in my life. I learn more from her than she actually learns from me. So far it has been an exciting journey seeing her grow up. In the car she would just blurt out words like, “mountains!”, or “cow!”, or “airplane!” as her eyes would see and identify those things around her. On her own she would get excited and start calling our attention so we could also glance her way and identify the same things she sees. One time yesterday while I was driving, we had crossed a bridge that was above us from the freeway and men were working on repairing the bridge, she got so excited because it seemed like those men were flying as they stood on the edges of the bridge to fix it. Right after we passed them she immediately exclaimed, “again!” as if I could make the same scenario happen again on the next bridge. I immediately pointed to something else  in the hope of getting her mind off the bridge work and she said the word again. She saw the mountains and the airplane and with her hopeful voice saying “daddy, again!” Somehow in her little brilliant mind she saw me as someone who can re-create all the things she just saw and make it happen again and again. The men on the bridge, the mountains, the airplane in the sky or the moon and stars, it didn’t matter to her if it was something tiny that I could hold in my hands or something so far away in the sky – “My daddy can make it all happen again and point them out to me.”

Hope that comes from the Lord is a hope that is anchored in faith and guaranteed by relationship. Hope causes us to keep waiting, it causes us to stay strong and believe for something better, it brings us to a place of peace knowing that something better is just around the corner. Hope does not filter out the negativity around, in fact it sees it and acknowledges its presence;  hope takes all that negativity and pushes forward in strength. The prophet Habakkuk saw a coming storm on the horizon (they were in imminent danger of an invasion), he wrote words of hope in a season of turbulence. He cried to the Lord saying, “Repeat them in our day and renew your great and mighty works in our time!” What a prayer of faith. Though everything I am seeing around me is opposite of the hope I have inside I will continue to cry out to you asking you to repeat and renew the great things you’ve done in the past. Like Abraham, against all hope He hoped and believed… (Romans 4:18). He cried out to the Lord this way because as the verse says, he has heard of the Lord’s fame and he stands in awe of the Lord’s marvelous deeds – he believes that the Lord can make it happen again and again and again. He can do what He did in the past because He never changes, his power does not diminish! The bible says “I am the Lord and I change not!” (Malachi 3:6); He is the same, yesterday, today and forever! (Hebrews 13:8). Like my little girl, we should see our Father as a big father who holds all things together (Colossians 1:17); He does have the power to do it again for us, for His glory.

What situation are you in right now? Have you ever felt that feeling that you’ve gone too far and crossed a line that you can never ever come back? Have you been passionate for the Lord before and someway somehow you’ve lost all that fire for the Lord? What is weighing you down? God can do it again in your life! He can cause that fire to burn again! He can grant you the strength to overcome that sin and that failure! He can do it again and again and again! Oh God do it again in my life, do it again in our lives!

Are you waiting for something? Perhaps a lifetime partner, wait in hope. Because those who wait upon the Lord will find new strength. (Isaiah 40:31)

-Pastor Brian Kairuz, Youth Pastor | Lighthouse Christian Community