March 23, 2009 at 12:03 pm (Uncategorized)

Dear Friends and Family –

I love this time of year! It is so refreshing to watch the flowers and trees begin to bloom (and deal with the inevitable allergies that come along with it!). I find such encouragement in the promise of new growth.

It has been several months since my last update. Since that time, I have been to Egypt twice. Each time I have gone, my heart has grown more and more for the people in the Middle East. I am struck by the darkness that surrounds the people, and their need to know the Light. Isaiah 60:1 says, “Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the L-rd shines upon you.” I cannot deny such a call to action. I truly believe that the L-rd is coming for His people, and His heart beats for those who are lost. I have had many opportunities to travel and see what G-d is doing around the world, and I ache to be a part of it.

The L-rd has opened up an incredible opportunity for me. This summer, I will be spending 3 months in Cairo working with young children. They will have the opportunity to learn English, develop relationships with people who love them unconditionally, and (most importantly) hear the Truth. I cannot tell you what a roller coaster this process has been. From the moment the opportunity was presented, I knew I had to go. Since that time (about 10 days ago!), many doors have been opened and the way is being paved. I can confidently say that the L-rd is calling me to Cairo this summer and I will go.

This opportunity came about very quickly and the arrangements are falling into place. I leave the states in less than ten weeks. In light of the short time frame, I am making several lists! I need your help in a few areas:

1) I covet your prayers. I believe that the Coptic people hold the key to reaching the Middle East for Chr-st. I want to take full advantage of every opportunity and divine appointment. Please pray for my safety, health, and energy as I travel and work.

2) Money is necessary to further His Kingdom. The cost of this opportunity is $4500. I need to buy the plane ticket (roughly $1300) as quickly as possible. My heart is heavy as I ask you to consider how the Lord wants to use you. The economy is tough and getting tougher…but I cannot deny you the opportunity to be a part of this blessing.

3) Pray for the Coptic people in the Middle East. They are nominal Chr-st–ns, at best, and need to hear the Truth of a personal relationship with Chr-st. They can then share Him with their Majority brothers and sisters.

You are each such an incredible part of my life. Many of you have watched as the L-rd has taken me to several different countries. I have learned so much about His heart for the nations and I long to learn to love people more. I am asking the L-rd to incline my heart to His, and I am also asking the same for you. I believe that He has a plan for each of us and a purpose to fulfill. I want to be a part of His story, not my own. I look forward to all that G-d will teach me during this experience and I truly believe He has something to teach each of you. I love you all deeply and am so thankful you are in my life!

Only by His grace,

Kristi Osborn

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March 4, 2009 at 10:32 am (Uncategorized)

Its not very often that I feel like I have nothing to say. My head is so full, I have a hard time coming up with words. The best I can do is sit quietly and just think.
I miss Jesus. It so odd to me that at the first sign of trouble, I run from the only true refuge. I feel as though we have been conditioned to label ourselves and others as hypocrites. Certainly the label fits. But instead of cleansing my life of the sin, I remove myself from the presence and the pursuit of the Lord. When sin is entangling so deeply, the first place I should go is to Jesus. I should dive into His word and His presence. Instead, beacuse of my depravity, pursuing the light of His holiness feels so unnatural. I am darkness and He is light. The Light reveals what the darkness tries to hide. It seems so hypocritical to continue pursuing the Lord, knowing of the sin in my life. On the same note, it is so easy to judge others based on their sins and scars instead of looking to their pursuit of Christ. the harder I pursue, the easier it is to leave those things behind. But the deeper I am in my sin, the hard it is to pursue. I have such a strong tendency to rely on myself. But I often forget that I cannot pardon my own sin. Redemption is not found in my good intentions or in my desire to be a better person than I am. When I think of grace, I think of the stark contrast between red and white. Blood was required to achieve purity. Change can only happen when I pursue the Author of grace. Only He can rewrite my story. Only He can erase the chicken scratches of the life I’ve attempted to make and turn it into something readable and meaningful. Nothing I’ll ever accomplish will be enough to put me on the map of history.

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