New York Marrieds Mission Trip 2015

Benjamin and I will be going on our first missions trip in June.

We are answering the call to Go and share Gods love and word to the people of New York City!

"We are partnering along side The Legacy Center and Christ Tabernacle to do outreaches associated with their "Street Project" (Homeless Ministry)"

How can you be apart?

-Prayer! -We need Gods wisdom for every step of this journey, provision, and protection.

-Support- Feel free to ask questions, leave comments, or a word of encouragement.

-Give- We believe God is going to provide everything we need for this trip. If you feel God is leading you to give you can do so through this website.

-Share our story

Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard a voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

{Our Story} So with everyone's response to my facebook post about the news Ben and I are about to share I wasn't surprised that people thought it was a pregnancy announcement!! Children are blessings and I love new babies ❤️ but this news truly is equally wonderful. In a way you can say we are pregnant. Pregnant with vision.

Ya'll ready for it??

Benjamin and I will be going with a team from Healing Place Church on a marrieds mission trip to New York City in June!!!We are so excited as it is both our first missions trip ever!

{Our Story}In December of 2014 on Christmas Day Benjamin asked if it was okay for him to go on a personal journey to New York. Jet Blue airlines were paying for law enforcement officers to go support the two fallen Officers who were tragically shot and killed in the line of Duty. (Officer Rafael Ramos and Officer Wenjian Liu) I smiled. I said sure. To be honest I was hurt and I really didn't want feel that way because He deserved to go. He had sacrificed so much already by having to work on Christmas. I couldn't understand why he wanted to spend Christmas with other families he didn't even know. I remember praying that God that would meet Benjamin there and cleanse my own heart. God began giving me compassion for the fallen police officers wife,children,family,friends,church, and department.

God is faithful. (He always is)When Benjamin got home from his trip he began to get ready to go in for the nightshift. He started sharing his experience and telling me that thousands of officers, families, and people on the streets of New York got to hear Gods word and possibly receive Christ for the first time!! How amazing?! The funeral was held at Brooklyn Tabernacle. The fallen officer, Rafael Ramos was and active member of the churchThe church was packed with lines wrapped around the building. A screen was placed outside for everyone to witness the memorial. Benjamin then handed me the program of the service. I opened it and knew right then that God had purposed this trip in Bens heart. I saw the name of the pastor who spoke over the service. Pastor Michael Durso. You see Michael and his wife Maria were speakers at a marriage conference that Ben and I attended at HPC a year before. Gods plans were coming full circle. I was so proud of Benjamin for taking the initiative to go in support of the Sheriffs Office and have so much passion for law enforcement and country.

Why is all that RELEVANT?

Days after the funeral I saw on Instagram that the Durso's were in Louisiana at Angola Prison! I am in constant prayer over the prisons especially in our state because that where Ben works. I see first hand the darkness and the need for light of Jesus Christ. {January 7, 2015} Healing Place Church held a vision night and to my surprise Pastor Michael and Maria were guest of honor and shared all that God was doing in their lives. (Including partnering with HPC for an online campus at Angola and holding the ceremony and funeral in New York) At the end of the service I went up to Pastor Maria with Tears in my eyes and I began to thank them and Brooklyn Tabernacle for all their efforts and told her the story about Ben going to New York. I couldn't hold back the tears. She gave me a word over my marriage. She could see the pain and struggle we had endured. "Stop laying down the law and Increase love". She said.

You see it was a hard 2014 in the marriage world. Ben and I struggled to communicate, in almost every aspect of marriage; most importantly to love and accept each other the way God intended. By Gods GRACE ,mercy, and pastoral counsel we are not in that place anymore! Praise Jesus. We have a future and a hope!! I stopped laying down the law and giving him scriptures for every disagreement, we stopped judging each other for our differences, and we both began increasing in love.

So here we are now..... 2015 We have an awesome opportunity to share the same love of Christ with the people of New York City. "We are partnering along side the Legacy Center and Christ Tabernacle to do outreaches associated with their "Street Project" (Homeless Ministry) We will also get to spend quality time with other married couples serving and have time for ourself (What a treat for us) God has been so faithful to our family. If you liked our story please share and I hope it encourages you to press on and increase in love!

We love you,Benjamin and Autumn

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