Inside Out and Upside Down Growth

When we were in Thailand I had a vision shortly after my DTS leader told me she saw me as a tree, a tree full of fruit, and she told me to ask God what He wanted me to do with that tree full of fruit.

“Dig it up,” God told me.

Huh? I began digging, though. I dug and dug and dug, beneath roots and all, until I lifted the entire tree from the depths of the earth. Nothing was left but a deep hole in the ground.

“Now what?” I asked.

“Jump in the hole,” God said.

I jumped, feet first, and found myself nestled deep within the ground, surrounded by moist, fertile soil. And it was there I was buried. God began throwing mounds of dirt on top of me, covering me, every last inch of me, until I could see nothing but darkness.

I should have been petrified, but I wasn’t. I felt cozy, loved, warm, nurtured. God left me there in the dark dirt for four days. He didn’t speak to me. He didn’t nag me. He didn’t whisper to me even. It was so quiet, so peaceful, so deliberate.

I relished the tranquility. I bathed in it. I soaked up the earth and all its goodness around me. And suddenly, on day four, I sprouted – a tiny inkling of growth, probably only noticeable to me and the One who cultivated it.

By day five, I was full of new blossoms, shooting like rockets from the depths of the ground, seeking the glorious sunlight. Oh, how good it felt to grow! It was during this time, I knew without a doubt God was calling us to Hopiland. The details about how I knew are too long to share this time, but I was positive we were to return to America and to Arizona.

New Growth on the Mountain

Now that we’re here, I see this same type of new growth on the mountaintop. Hopiland is blossoming!

I wrote last week about the fruits we gathered on the reservation, and we are seeing the same type of wonders all around the base. Behind the main house is a mountain, which is believed to be the remnants of an old volcano. The entire mountain is covered with black lava rock, and up until this year, it was quite bare. We climbed the mountain Friday to find it covered with purple and yellow and blue and orange wildflowers and the greenest trees you’ve ever seen! The aroma of Mexican cliffrose led our noses in all sorts of directions! We wanted more, more, more!

And that’s not all. The field in the back of the base is green with vegetation. Millie said in the six years she has lived here no grass has ever grown behind the base. This year it is so thick and so tall we cannot contain it. The growth is out of control!

Perhaps the most miraculous growth of all is right in Millie’s garden. She walked out last week to find four huge pink and white roses on her rose bush. She planted the bush two years ago and has not seen a peep. I wish now I would have taken a photo. They were beautiful – and so large! They smelled so sweet with a hint of lemon. We gathered around them ooooohing and awwwwing for several minutes.

Physical and Spiritual Growth

We celebrated all the growth Thursday and Friday with several friends from Hopi who came to the base to spend the night. We all sat around the dinner table Thursday night fellowshipping and getting to know one another a little better. The kitchen was full of new staff – one from Holland and two from Indiana, along with their parents, neighbors, and even a Hopi grandmother! We talked and laughed for more than two hours!

Friday morning we sat in the main room and prayed for Hopiland and sang worship songs to the beat of Native drums. It was so awesome to gather together for one purpose and sing praises to the same God.

I feel this new growth is preparing us and the base for the new students in the discipleship training school. We received another application last week from a young woman in England. I believe that makes our sixth applicant. We are praying for 12 students, which will fill every bed and room on base.

  • Please join us in prayer for God to speak clearly to those who have a heart for Native America and who have been called to go through DTS here.
  • Pray for a recent staff member who just left. She needs clear direction in her life.
  • Pray for two staff members who were supposed to have left almost a month ago. God is keeping them here for a reason.
  • Pray for one of our Hopi brothers who was violently attacked by dogs last week. He has many stitches and is supposed to dance during a Hopi celebration this weekend. He says he wants to dance for Jesus. Pray he is well enough to do so.
  • Pray for preparation of our hearts and minds as DTS nears. We need God to speak clearly to us about the message He wants to deliver to students and to us beginning in January. We all learn and grow during every DTS.

Thank you for your prayers and support. We love it here, but this lifestyle has its challenges. We are growing in this way, too, though. God is good in all things great and small.

Blessings to you all!

We love you! Korina, Jaynee, Justine

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