Monday, October 23, 2017

Mission Puerto Rico



"If you have an opportunity to accomplish something that will make things better for someone coming behind you, and you don't do that, you are wasting your time on this earth." 
— Roberto Clemente

 The last time I visited Puerto Rico was when I was 12 years old. It was with my grandmother and my parents and we explored the radius of the island, circulating it two times during our vacation. I remember so many beautiful things about the island and sadly I have not returned; until now.

The two hurricanes that swept through the Caribbean this late summer left the island in devastation. Actually, hurricane Maria hit while we were doing 10 Days of Prayer here in Bridgeport and all I could do was interceded in prayer for the people and the island. I felt God tugging at me about visiting PR, so when I saw the missions coordinator from Cornerstone Christian Center post about a possibility in coordinating a PR mission relief trip, my husband and I knew the Lord wanted us to go.

Although this is under sad circumstances, we are excited for the opportunity to bring a bit of relief to our beloved island and specifically to our loved ones. We will be visiting two towns while we are there: Arecibo and Maunabo. A sister from my church's family is in Arecibo and my husband's family is Maunabo. 

We are asking that our friends and family please consider contributing to our trip. There are two ways you can contribute:

— THE FIRST WAY YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE —

Supplies. The basis of our trip is to provide a good amount of aid and relief to the two towns we are visiting. Many organizations are collecting different kinds of supplies, but we specifically are requesting certain kinds of supplies that include: collapsible bucks, water filters, solar powered items such as headlamps, fans, lightbulbs, phone chargers, etc., batteries, bug spray, suntan lotion, small/travel-size hygiene items.

****Please take a look at this PUERTO RICO SUPPLY LIST on Pinterest that we created.**** 

When browsing the Pinterest list, you can click on an item and it will take you to a landing page where you can purchase the item online. Should you decide to purchase the items online, please have the items shipped to: Cornerstone Christian Center, 192 Meadow Street Milford, CT. You may also hand deliver these items to this address as well.


— THE SECOND WAY YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE —

Directly support our trip. DJ and I need to raise funds to support our trip. These funds will cover the cost for food, lodging, airfare, missions supplies, etc. The cost of our trip is $1,600 for each of us. Please consider making a financial contribution toward the cost of our trip. 

You can do so right online: SUPPORT DJ AND VIKKI'S MISSION TRIP


— THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS! —

Please pray for us. We want to THANK YOU in advance for your contributions to our trip. We are lastly asking for the most IMPORTANT aspect of our trip, and that is YOUR PRAYERS. Due to the devastation of the island, the people of PR are feeling desperate and many desperate situations are taking place. Please pray for our safety, protection and for traveling mercies. It would really mean a lot to us if you partnered with us in prayer. 

If you have any questions about this trip, please feel free to email missions@cornerstonemilford.org. Someone will be in contact with you. 

Blessings! xoxo

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

10 Days of Prayer — Bridgeport


It's an exciting week here in Bridgeport as we anticipate the 10 Days of Prayer event that starts Wednesday, September 20 and runs through Saturday, September 30. During the 10 Days, it will be 24/7 nonstop worship and prayer; at any given time of the day, you can find a worship service at New Vision International Church at 130 Gregory Street, Bridgeport, CT.

My husband and I have put together a band to lead the 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. worship set. We will be ministering with musicians that we have ministered with since we were young, and this is a really unique and exciting experience.

If you would like to be a part of this event, definitely do not hesitate to attend the round-the-clock worship services. It is going to be something special!

Pastor Luis Burgos of City Wide Church, Bridgeport, has mobilized numerous worship leaders in the area to take time slots throughout the week. In an effort to do so, he opened up his home to us in the weeks leading up to this event. At the first brainstorming session, we ended up in his backyard sitting around a fire pit, worshiping God with spontaneous songs. This ignited something within us all! Pastor Burgos decided to hold a few more of these events in his backyard to bring all of the local worship leaders together for nights of worship and praise. It has been a life-changing experience.

Below are the live video streams of these bonfire worship sets. I pray they bless your life entirely. The amount of talent and anointing that is over the worship leaders in Bridgeport is incredible. My husband and I are blessed beyond measure to be a part of something so special that is happening in our hometown. We pray for revival in Bridgeport and hope that these 10 Days of Prayer will bring heaven down to earth. We know God has something special for our city and we are believing that God is using this generation to do a mighty work in the lives of the people of Bridgeport. It is an honor to be a part of it.

If you would like to listen to the worship songs we will be singing during the 10 Days of Prayer, feel free to follow our worship playlist here:




To listen to the live bonfire worship sets, check out the videos below:















Many blessings to you!

xoxo,
V

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Week Four: Becoming Esther June Prayer Challenge

Today is day one of week four of the Becoming Esther June Prayer Challenge. If you are joining us, feel free to join the accountability group discussion on Facebook >> HERE <<

Also, you can download your FREE personal prayer guide >> HERE <<

Here is our week four prompt:



Week 4: Risk Taker
On the road to becoming Esther, you must be willing to risk it all for “such a time as this.” What areas of your life is God calling you to take risks/leaps of faith?

Esther 4:12-14 shows us a dramatic climax in the story of Esther. Mordecai challenges Esther to take a huge step of faith. According to the story, no one could enter the King’s inner court without first being summoned. If the King did not hold out his golden scepter to the individual who came in his presence without being summoned, that person could be put to death. According to the accounts in Esther chapter four, we see that Esther had not been summoned for the past 30 days. She would have to go in uninvited with hope/faith that the King would pardon her presence and show her favor by raising his golden scepter toward her.

It is easy to obey God when we are protected and secure. It’s much more difficult to be obedient when:

-We could lose our job
-It could ruin our reputation
-We are risking our life
-We have to come out of our comfort zone
-We have to talk to someone we much rather cut off forever

You only need a little
Leaps of faith stir the heart of God. Matthew 17:20 tells us that faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. Jesus was responding to the disciples questions of “Why couldn’t we drive out a demon? --- from a boy who had been possessed and his father was seeking healing for him. Jesus’ answer was clear: Because you have little faith; but his answer was surprising. Your faith doesn’t need to look very big! That means the disciples’ faith was smaller than a mustard seed. I wonder if the disciples had faith at all in that moment, but I can relate. When mountains do not move in our lives it may be because of our little faith; but the truth is, we don’t need much faith to move the mountain, we just need a little: “As small as a mustard seed.”

Faith requires action
In order to move the mountains in your life or to accomplish your God-given assignment, it is going to take faith and faith many times includes action and those actions can be risky! This week, let’s ask the Holy Spirit to bring to our mind the areas where we need to be risk takers. You were born for this very task:

  • To write the book
  • To be the one who bring the message of salvation to your family
  • To go across the world to pray for broken women in a third-world country
  • To be the light at a job full of darkness
  • To raise up that child in the ways of the Lord
  • To take in that family member who has no one
  • To face the kings and rulers of this world and share God’s truth with them

Whatever it is that God is calling you to do, it’s going to take some risk. It’s going to take some faith, but my dear, greater is the God that lives in you than he who lives in the world.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

This is our last and final week. What areas of your life is God calling you to take risks/leaps of faith?

Pray your way through it
Then use the prayer on your personal guide to pray over each area.

xoxo, Let's Heal!

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