The Best Ministry Moment Yet

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Last night was one of the most rewarding ministry moments of my entire life.
This past weekend we took a group of over 30 people (mostly youth ages 14-27) to a retreat/conference with the new church we are helping to plant and minister in.
To be completely honest, the weekend started off slightly uncomfortable, with much of the ministry being something I’m not used to.
I think what changed it for me was seeing the youth we brought having encounters with the Lord that were ROCKING their world.
Youth that were either new Christians or not Christians at all.
Youth that were using drugs every day,
youth who worked with a gang,
youth who had been abused by their family,
youth who had so much hate and resentment in their hearts,
youth who are desperately searching for love in all the wrong places.
They came back changed in a way I have never seen before in my entire life, and I’ve been going to church since I was a baby.

Everyone says, and the truth is that it usually happens: That people, and especially youth, will come back from a retreat on a spiritual high, and it won’t last. They’ll just go back to the same habits and life they were living before.

I chose and am choosing every day to believe and pray that this will not happen with our new warriors.

Last night we had our first church service since coming back from the retreat.
Our usual attendance is never more than 20 people on a good night, and Mario’s family makes up the majority.
Last night we had over 50 people attend.
And they weren’t people that had just heard about our church…they were family, friends, acquaintances, and neighbors of all the youth that went on the retreat.
They brought their mothers who at one time had said they don’t love them, their siblings that they had denied for years, their children who had never seen the inside of a church building, and their neighbors that they had gossiped about and laughed at.

Their faces are changed. There’s an actual physical change in their appearances and the way they carry themselves.
They couldn’t stop smiling, the mouths were full of AMENs and GOD BLESS YOUs.
They had been watching the whole retreat how the leaders would be the first to lay hands on those who need prayers, the first ones to start singing and lifting their hands up to heaven, the first to help and support the pastor with whatever the Lord put on his heart.
As the message ended and we entered into a time of worship and prayer, and an invitation to be a part of this revolution, our warriors took on their new roles without anyone telling them what to do. They worshiped the Lord with all their hearts but kept an eye on the others, scurrying over to someone who was crying to lift their hands up and pray blessings over their soul.

I was humbled beyond words. Youth that I, before, would have never even dreamed about even inviting to church stood in front of the congregation and told their testimonies of how God changed their hearts. In front of everyone they asked their families to forgive them, they asked to be held accountable to not return to their past, and they declared their commitments to the Lord.
They cried as their siblings that they had invited stepped forward and accepted the challenge of living for Christ.

It was incredible.

Afterward, the pastor got the youth together and we went to three houses to pray for families that the Lord had put on the pastor’s heart. That was a whole OTHER experience.
These youth were not all friends before the retreat. Some of them were even enemies. They had some serious beef with each other.
But the last day of the retreat, and from then on, that hate and resentment was banished from our group.
Walking down the roads of Porvenir, everyone was holding hands, and telling each other I LOVE YOU and I CARE ABOUT YOU and WHAT’S WRONG and WE’LL PRAY ABOUT THAT!
After prayer, we had a meeting and the pastor explained what the next few weeks would look like.
We are so passionate that this fire will not be put out.
These warriors have their schedule, their jobs, and their responsibilities. I truly think structure and taking ownership will be the keys to not losing the “spiritual high”.

I NEED YOUR PRAYERS!

More than ever these guys need prayers. God took them out of some HEAVY stuff, and it could be so easy to return.
If you’ve been a Christian for any amount of time, you know that although many things become more easier after letting God take control of your life, the devil comes in SO strong to tempt and destroy and take back what he thinks is his.

Help me in proclaiming DELIVERANCE and REDEMPTION over these new lives and for the Holy Spirit to transform their minds and old ways of thinking.
Pray for their unity, and for the direction the group should go in.

Pray for our church building! The one we don’t have yet!
Right now we’re meeting at Mario’s house, and we don’t fit anymore. There aren’t enough chairs or space.
We’re looking at a couple of properties, but we also need the Lord to provide the funds.

You guys.
I am SO EXCITED.
I am SO HONORED to be part of something so extraordinary.

Thank you thank you thank you for helping me with your prayers and financial support to be able to live here and experience the Kingdom of God in new ways every single day!

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Thank you for your continued support of the journey God’s put me on! If you would like to see pictures, feel free to add me on FaceBook. They upload faster on there. If you feel led to make a donation, there are a few ways you can go about that:

1. Write a check and send to Life Church. Make check out to Life Church, put Haille Krieg in the memo line, and send to 7001 Haggerty Rd, Canton MI 48187

2. Send money electronically through Life Church’s PayPal account. You can find that here: http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions. Make sure you specify that it’s for Haille Krieg.

3. Set up an Elexio account to have an amount taken out of your bank account each month. Log into Elexio Pulse https://lifechurch.elexiopulse.com and click on the “My Giving” link to the far right, you’ll see not only your history in giving, you’ll see a large link in the upper left that says “click here to Give Online”.  If you don’t have an Elexio account you will go to the above link and click on “need an account?” and follow the prompts.

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Falling into the Depths, into Infinity

The thing about love, or any other feeling really…

If you’ve never experienced it, you don’t understand it.

There are complexities that you can’t even begin to know to include in your expectations.

There are depths,
OH THE DEPTHS.

There are layers….so many layers.

The changes of the heart,
The countless emotions.

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My understanding of God started so simply, as all great loves do.

He was righteous, powerful, mighty, just, loving…

There were ways to include Him in my life, to let Him be a part of my human experience.

There was my everyday God, the knowledge of something greater above me, around me, inside me. Something looking out for my good and holding my life in His hands.
I was aware of His presence.

I also had a God who touched me at times, squeezed my heart a little tighter than I was used to. This brought tears sometimes, an emotional tearing down of self-built walls.
Spiritual highs…as they like to say at Bible camp.

There were the two experiences.
The two sides of God.
The two levels I could feel.

But there had to be more to be felt.

As I spent time intentionally inviting the Spirit to come and show me the Father’s heart, the undoing began.

I thought He was a finite God…I thought He could be contained in the walls of my understanding.

I never knew I could be loved in so many ways, forms, and fashions.
I never knew I could be so excited to see what new way the Lord was going to show me His heart.

The experiences that I have been opening myself up to lately have been absolutely rocking my world. Shaking the very earth beneath my feet.

I’m almost a little ashamed to say I’m just now realizing how much I don’t understand the infiniteness of God’s love.
How very simple.
How very quaint.

The deepness of ABBA is immense.
I feel like I could drown in it.
And I think that wouldn’t be a bad thing.

I’m working on taking down the barriers of my expectations of God, the things holding me back from letting Him be infinite, and letting Him in His timing show me each layer.

He is vast, and large, and impossible to contain.

My union with Him is the greatest, most marvelous treasure I’ve ever wanted and had as my own.

***

The dream of my heart that I’ve been praying over these past few months is to become a person Pure of Heart.
I want to naturally want things of the Lord.
I want it to be easy to want to be a genuinely good person.

And I think,
the way that God is transforming me, little piece by little piece,
is by covering me in His bigness.
Overcoming me with His presence.
Opening my mind to the infinite.
Guiding me into a place of losing myself for all that He is.

Oh, the Wonder of it all.

hallelujah.

I’ve been warned against the “Health and Wealth” gospel so many times.

Basically, that just because I live a holy life and do the right things,  it doesn’t mean that everything will work out for me and be great.

I’ve tried to be really cautious against unconsciously living with this mindset – expecting things to be perfect once I change my life and stop sinning in the areas where I’m weak.

So I have this in my mind, and sometimes I want to test myself with it. Like, I want to do the right thing, and have none of my problems change, and see if I can stand it…see if my faith falters or stands strong.

Sometimes, I find myself far from the Lord, or giving into some weakness, or I haven’t spent intentional time seeking His guidance and being in His presence. Once I get it back together and find myself on the right path again, I almost always end up with some real, material, visible blessings.

It’s actually kind of crazy. I haven’t really understood it until now.

It made me think that maybe the Health and Wealth thing wasn’t so far off.

BUT.
This morning.
Jesus really spoke to my heart about my awareness of His favor.

I think…
What my individual, personal issue is…
Is that during these times that I’m not intentionally spending time to soak, soar, and seek in and with the Holy Spirit…when I’m not consciously in communion with my Abba…
I am not aware of His CONTINUAL favor and blessings in my life.

Once I get straight with Him, I see so much clearer the areas where He is touching my life.

It’s not that the blessings come only when I’m seeking Him,
They are always there, I’m just not looking for them or seeing them.

Does that kind of make sense?

In short, I am an oblivious human being. I need to constantly be in communication and relationship with Jesus to have His eyes.
His eyes that are going to show me His new mercies, grace, love gifts, presence, beauty, and power that are all present in every day of my life.

Lesson learned?
I need more Jesus.
Always.
Forever.

Wishing peace, love, and adventures in your lives, Friends.
HAILLE OUT

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This revelation came while I was spending time listening to the entirety of Steffany Gretzinger’s new album The Undoing. She is my musical soulmate, saying every unspoken word that’s in my heart with musicality that is straight from the heavens. She writes music and worships in every single way that I would want to. 
Take an hour out of your day to just revel in the beauty of the Lord with this album as your soundtrack. Watch as the Lord’s favor surrounds you and breathes new life into your day. It is vulnerable, intimate, and breathtaking. Consider buying it and supporting this amazing artist!
And listen to it HERE.

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1. Write a check and send to Life Church. Make check out to Life Church, put Haille Krieg in the memo line, and send to 7001 Haggerty Rd, Canton MI 48187

2. Send money electronically through Life Church’s PayPal account. You can find that here: http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions. Make sure you specify that it’s for Haille Krieg.

3. Set up an Elexio account to have an amount taken out of your bank account each month. Log into Elexio Pulse https://lifechurch.elexiopulse.com and click on the “My Giving” link to the far right, you’ll see not only your history in giving, you’ll see a large link in the upper left that says “click here to Give Online”.  If you don’t have an Elexio account you will go to the above link and click on “need an account?” and follow the prompts.

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We Will Meet – Haille Krieg

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared my worship music!

Here’s a song I wrote as a response to an art piece someone created for an application I’m working on.
I’m really excited about the creativeness that’s been happening with me lately so I figured why not share this with y’all as well!

Still learning ukelele, but I love it more and more everyday. So you can bet it’s not perfect 🙂
Also, you’re welcome for the guest appearances by my pillow pets. I have 2 and they are seriously some of my most useful possessions. They fit perfectly in a hammock, I have a seat for staff meetings, and they are fantastic for the flights I take every 6 months.

Anyway, hope you enjoy, and if you would like to hear more of my worship music, check it out and download for FREE on NoiseTrade: noisetrade.com/haillekrieg

 

Praying for Babylon

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“Pursue the peace and welfare of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to me, the Eternal, for Babylon because if it has peace, you will live in peace.” Jeremiah 29:7 

I loved finding this little gold nugget as I was reading Jeremiah today. Here are God’s chosen people, and they have fallen into lives of corrupt sinfulness. Their hope and faith are not in God, and they’ve abandoned Him. Since they will not listen, God has decided to let Babylon, their enemies, take over for 70 years. He says that if they give into Babylon they will see hardship, but it will be the start of them obeying Him and He will bless them for that. He says, you will be an outsider in Babylon, but I don’t want you to live out your time as a victim. You are to accept that this is where you’re supposed to be for now, and live as you would normally. Get married, have kids, and live life! God tells His people to pray for Babylon, because if the city has peace, so will they. This speaks a lot about us, and the effect we can have on our environment. It speaks about the power of prayer and how, if we believe in God’s goodness and how He says He will work everything to our good, the peace we will get from that will transcend all understanding. When God puts us through trials and tests somewhere uncomfortable, we are to be His ambassadors in these places, pursuing peace and welfare, praying for the environment, trusting in His goodness. Because ultimately, we have trust that God will see us through, as Jeremiah continues in verse 11-13:

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Eternal, ‘plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope – never forget that. At that time, you will call out for Me, and I will hear. You will pray, and I will listen. You will look for Me intently, and you will find Me.’” 

I’m still waiting to find out how everything went down once they were captured by Babylon and how much they actually listened to these commands once they found themselves living in captivity. The general feeling I get is probably not. So far in my reading of Jeremiah, the people have been more likely to listen to the false prophets saying that God will release them in just a few years. Funny, how only hearing what you want to believe has not changed over thousands of years. That’s some dangerous thinking there.

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Please pray for me that I will always remember to be fighting in prayer for my village, Candelaria. I ask that you would do the same! We need HOPE, freedom, peace, faith, love, and goodness to reign in a place that is heavily oppressed by poverty, abuse, alcoholism, discouragement, and depression.
I’m obviously happy to be here and don’t feel like I’m being held captive, but the main message I’m trying to live out is to bloom where you’re planted. In every situation, we can be praying for our surroundings and having a peaceful impact where we live.

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Thank you for your continued support of the journey God’s put me on! If you would like to see pictures, feel free to add me on FaceBook. They upload faster on there. If you feel led to make a donation, there are a few ways you can go about that:

1. Write a check and send to Life Church. Make check out to Life Church, put Haille Krieg in the memo line, and send to 7001 Haggerty Rd, Canton MI 48187

2. Send money electronically through Life Church’s PayPal account. You can find that here: http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions. Make sure you specify that it’s for Haille Krieg.

3. Set up an Elexio account to have an amount taken out of your bank account each month. Log into Elexio Pulse https://lifechurch.elexiopulse.com and click on the “My Giving” link to the far right, you’ll see not only your history in giving, you’ll see a large link in the upper left that says “click here to Give Online”.  If you don’t have an Elexio account you will go to the above link and click on “need an account?” and follow the prompts.

All donations are tax deductible, which is one of the reasons for me going through my church. Life Church does send out donation statements for your tax purposes.

Heart Vomit

OH MAN.

These past couple months.

I don’t even know where to start.

Actually, I’d really like to start by saying I am OVER-JOYED to announce that we have come up with COMPLETE funding for my precious Alan David to get his MRI taken to find out if a tumor in his leg is cancerous or not. A HUGE thank you to Jessalyn Bradfield for raising the money! Read about what happened to him at the end of this blog.

1078933_10200944325083613_1273533181_oJesus knew I needed a miracle with this one. I spent some time today interceding in prayer for various situations that have been/are still going on in my life and lives of those that I love. One of which was Alan, and the fact that we didn’t have the money to take him to get an MRI for his leg. I have seen the X-rays, I know how bad it looks. I just need to know how bad it really is. I am confident that God can and will heal Alan, but we NEEDED to get a move on with the medical procedures.
So after I had prayed for awhile, I tried to take a nap as I wasn’t feeling so great. I couldn’t sleep so I decided to check my e-mails. The first thing that popped up was an e-mail from Jessalyn saying that 45 minutes after she posted a fund-raiser on Facebook, the entire amount had been raised. I sat there crying, marveling at the goodness of God and this huge answer to prayer.
Please continue in your prayers for Alan and his family as we begin to move forward and start going to appointments and getting good or bad news. There is a purpose and a plan in all this, I truly believe, and God is at work.

Another thing y’all could be praying for is I am getting hit over and over again with different sicknesses and illnesses and infections and such. Migraines, stomach pain, skin infection, cold, cough…all in the past week and a half. It just adds to all the emotional struggles I’ve been having and makes me a real miserable person to be around. Not to mention I have had more things stolen this week than I have in my entire time I’ve been living in Nicaragua.

August started with Brandon leaving and me taking over Worship completely. It’s gone well so far, and although I had been looking to this time with hesitancy and fear of failure, I am starting to feel a lot more comfortable with it all. Me taking over 100% means I am responsible for all practices, picking out songs, setting up the stage, playing the music by myself, and dealing with any issues that might come up. The thing that was the most met with trepidation by me was playing piano all by myself and that being the only music. But this is a great opportunity for me to grow more in the music aspect of worship since I have been absent from it for awhile. Once I found out my true love is singing, piano got pushed to the side for so long, especially since I was extremely spoiled with AMAZING musician friends. I am excited for this new season and the way God is already working in unity and vulnerability within our team.

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And now the real messy stuff. This is titled Heart Vomit for a reason.
I have been struggling emotionally lately. To be completely honest, I have been feeling really useless and replaceable.
These are feelings that have plagued me my entire life and have been the cause of much strife and depression.
I really thought I had worked it all through with God, but He is trying to take me into a deeper place of healing.
I feel stuck in some ways. I want to move forward but I don’t know where the Lord wants me. I don’t want to move backwards though and mess anything up. I am really actually a control freak if you haven’t figured that out by now. Hi, welcome to my life.
I have been fighting against community, against making an effort to be involved and not wanting to be the first one to make a move.
My heart aches for someone to live here and want to be with me and understand me.
I love and cherish my time with the people I live with and work with but I just don’t have that relationship with anyone here.
I want to be needed and wanted and desired.
I get upset too easily when people aren’t perfect.
This is who I am and what I’m going through now and it seems impossibly hopeless.
I feel like I’m wandering a lot right now emotionally and just NEEDING and CRAVING a place to rest and take a break from all the mental tension I’m unnecessarily putting on myself.

Thankfully, my Jesus cares for me in unfathomably perfect ways and is just preparing me for times that I will need to be stronger than what I think I’m capable of right now. So He puts things like today’s Jesus Calling right in front of my face for me to find hope and life.

“Understanding with never bring you peace. That’s why I have instructed you to trust in Me, not in your understanding. Human beings have a voracious appetite for trying to figure things out, in order to gain a sense of mastery over their lives. But the world presents you with an endless series of problems….My Peace is into an elusive goal, hidden at the center of some complicated maze. Actually you are always enveloped in my Peace…”

It’s as simple as this: The Lord is preparing me for something greater than I can imagine. You can be sure the enemy would love nothing more than to stop this grand purpose and have his way with my life. But God promises this will not come to pass if I rely on my faith and trust in Him,

“…the Lord is true to His promises; He will hold you up and guard you against the evil one….May the Lord guide your hearts into God’s pure love and keep you headed straight into the strong and sure grip of the Anointed One.”
– 2 Thessalonians 3:3 & 5

Pray for my heart please.
Jesus is renewing it and re-starting the fire he placed in it from the day I was created.
I love my life with everything inside me but nobody ever promised me it would be easy.
Life as a missionary in a village in a third world country was never going to be an easy thing.
But it’s worth it. It’s SO worth it.
Every victory over-shadows any discouragement that’s come along.
I believe with all my soul that GOOD WILL WIN.
The victory is ours.

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Thank you for your continued support of the journey God’s put me on! If you would like to see pictures, feel free to add me on FaceBook. They upload faster on there. If you feel led to make a donation, there are a few ways you can go about that:

1. Write a check and send to Life Church. Make check out to Life Church, put Haille Krieg in the memo line, and send to 7001 Haggerty Rd, Canton MI 48187

2. Send money electronically through Life Church’s PayPal account. You can find that here: http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions. Make sure you specify that it’s for Haille Krieg.

3. Set up an Elexio account to have an amount taken out of your bank account each month. Log into Elexio Pulse https://lifechurch.elexiopulse.com and click on the “My Giving” link to the far right, you’ll see not only your history in giving, you’ll see a large link in the upper left that says “click here to Give Online”.  If you don’t have an Elexio account you will go to the above link and click on “need an account?” and follow the prompts.

All donations are tax deductible, which is one of the reasons for me going through my church. Life Church does send out donation statements for your tax purposes.

A Heart Full of Potential

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This is my friend Ariel.

His family and closest friends call him Chapo.

I wish I could explain it….but sometimes down here, people are just called a certain name, and it doesn’t mean anything, and that’s just how it is.

Ariel has been so dear to my heart ever since I’ve been down here. We’re the same age, he loves to sing, and he is just a hilarious person in general and I am super close to his family. That shirt he’s wearing in the picture? I bought it. We’re great friends.

Ariel is a driven person. He’s only the 2nd person in his large family to graduate high-school. He is going to University right now to study Law. It wasn’t his favorite at first, and he even thought about changing his major, but he stuck it out and is now starting to put what he’s learning into practice and it’s interesting and fun.

Ever since I came here and started working with the worship program, Ariel was always on my heart and mind about it, and was one of the few youth who stuck it out with me all these 9 months that changes have come and gone and growing has happened.

It’s a beautiful thing to see him worship. He sings with all his heart and soul. At the top of his lungs, Ariel praises His Savior.

The problem was, there is no way to serve two masters. No one can serve God and praise him with all their heart if their mind is thinking about how people will view them. If your heart is in a place where you don’t want to give absolutely everything over to God – your relationships with others, judgement, grudges….your mind will not be completely concentrating on where your praise is going. I always knew Ariel had it in him to worship with everything inside, a limitless potential to be a devoted man of God, but the enemy was fighting against it. The enemy was trying to convince him that he could do both things, lead his congregation in worship and still act like all the other youth of his village – holding grudges and caring about peoples’ opinions of him.

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Last Wednesday for youth group, we had a bonfire under the stars with some extended iPod worship time. Cadence taught about forgiveness. About how being the bigger person pays off and love always wins. No matter how you are received, being right with God and forgiving will always be the best thing for you personally.

After the message and some more worship, Saul opened the night up for the youth to share what was on their hearts and what they thought about everything that had been said.

Ariel stood up right away, hands shaking, but with a determination clearly visible, and said that he had something to say.
He started talking about how for years, he would get angry about small, stupid things and then just not talk to the person he was mad at. He had ruined friendships for his pride and didn’t like that that’s who the person he had become. He said sorry and asked forgiveness from the entire group of youth for any way he had hurt them in the past and told everyone he really wanted to change. He even singled 3 people out and personally apologized for things he had said and done in the past. One of these people used to be his best friend. For more than 3 months, they hadn’t talked and had just avoided each other like the plague.
This person didn’t want any of Ariel’s apology.
But Ariel pursued him. He didn’t give up after the first time he asked forgiveness and tried to talk with him. He didn’t give up after he got shot down the second time. He tried a third time and this friend finally broke down to talk, just the two of them.
They’re back to being best friends now, talking, laughing, joking, hanging out, and whatever else it is that 20-year old guys do here…I’m still not completely sure what that is.

As Ariel walked back with me to my house under the moon and stars, I got to hear more of his heart and what God was changing in him. He was a different man, walking with bravery and FREEDOM. I know that worship will now be a new and more wonderful experience for him as the Lord shows him how much he delights in his vulnerable heart.

I am so incredibly proud of his courage to do something as big as what he did in front of so many of his peers.
I wish I could just explain how huge this was and how RARE that one of our youth would confess like Ariel did.
It was a great encouragement to me that this could be the future of the men in Candelaria and Nicaragua.
My prayers have only gotten stronger for a new generation of men that are full of the Holy Spirit and willing to be VULERABLE and ENCOURAGING to those around them.

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Thank you for your continued support of the journey God’s put me on! If you would like to see pictures, feel free to add me on FaceBook. They upload faster on there. If you feel led to make a donation, there are a few ways you can go about that:

1. Write a check and send to Life Church. Make check out to Life Church, put Haille Krieg in the memo line, and send to 7001 Haggerty Rd, Canton MI 48187

2. Send money electronically through Life Church’s PayPal account. You can find that here: http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions. Make sure you specify that it’s for Haille Krieg.

3. Set up an Elexio account to have an amount taken out of your bank account each month. Log into Elexio Pulse https://lifechurch.elexiopulse.com and click on the “My Giving” link to the far right, you’ll see not only your history in giving, you’ll see a large link in the upper left that says “click here to Give Online”.  If you don’t have an Elexio account you will go to the above link and click on “need an account?” and follow the prompts.

All donations are tax deductible, which is one of the reasons for me going through my church. Life Church does send out donation statements for your tax purposes.

Praying for a RELEASE of the Spirit

I’m so frustrated.

No one likes being misunderstood.

Everyone would like for people to think the same as them.

If you believe in something so very much, isn’t it hard when no one GETS it like you do?

I feel like that of my relationship with Jesus pretty often.

I have been CAPTURED, CAPTIVATED.
All I can seem to do is praise my Savior and rejoice in the glory of who He is.

I trust in no one as much as I do in Him.

I love no one as much as I do Him.

I fear in nothing for I have Him.

My life is a constant joy because of His grace.

I am bonded to Him, attached, inseparable.

I want SO MUCH to impart this great love to the youth we’re working with in worship.

But if their hearts aren’t open, I am just speaking empty words.

I KNOW my words aren’t enough, I KNOW nothing I can do will make a difference if I’m not giving it to the Lord to take care of.

It’s hard to believe that there’s nothing else I can do, but I really need to relinquish control on this one.

I’ve been frustrated lately with our teachings and practices and discipleship times with the youth.

We are spending so much time – and I don’t believe it’s wasted, it’s just discouraging when nothing happens – and not seeing a change in spiritual lives.

For Sunday night when we’re singing in service, I see a glimmer of something more wanting to come out. There’s a vulnerability that’s almost shown and a pouring out of the Spirit that’s being held back for fear of embarrassment.

I’m over it. I’m so tired of the enemy having a hold on the powerful worship warriors I know I have in my care.

I’m just searching my mind now, wracking my brains to figure out what Jesus wants me to do to light this fire underneath them.

I need your prayers for a release of the Holy Spirit into the hearts of 3 youth in particular that I have so much hope in.

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And all this being said, I can still see an incredible change and improvement in the worship program since the beginning of Brandon and I working intensively with it. God has been working, slowly but surely, and He’s challenging us to challenge the youth now.

I am proud of how their voices have been strengthened, their prayers have had more passion, and they’ve sung from their souls more and more each week. But we’ve hit a plateau and we’re needing the Lord’s freedom from it.

I pray my life can be example of the Lord’s power and love.

That’s all I want.

That’s all I’ll ever want.

He lives in me and that’s the reason I’m alive!

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST:

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Allan David, a 4 year old who is in my Sunday School class, I take to Preschool 2 days a week, and whose family is very dear to my heart has been having some medical issues.
He fell about 3 months ago, hurt his leg, and never got it professionally checked out.
I went with him and his aunt on Thursday to go get X-rays and see what we could do because he is running/walking awkwardly and still has pain.
After a long, confusing day in and out of doctor’s offices and hospitals, we finally got the X-ray we were expecting and dreading….his upper leg has something very strange in the bone marrow area.
The clinic doctor thought it looked like he had fractured his leg when he fell and it healed wrong. She made us an appointment with an Orthopedic doctor to see what his thoughts were for next steps.

This morning/afternoon (July 1st) I went to the Hospital in Ingenio with Allan David to see the Orthopedic Doctor and ask what he thought about the X-ray we had gotten taken of his leg.
As soon as the doctor saw the X-ray, he let us know it isn’t a fracture that had healed wrong…it’s a tumor.
We’re hoping to see a specialist as soon as possible as see how soon we can have it operated on. At this point we don’t know if it’s cancerous or not, but the doctor did tell me he thought it had been there for over a year. It doesn’t look too great. I’m just so glad he fell so that we could find this. If he hadn’t had an accident, this never would’ve been found.

Until we can check into this further, we are going to be praying ceaselessly.
Please pray for Allan and his family. They are distraught and worried for him since he is so small as it is. He is their love and joy.
I’m still just trying to process everything. I am trusting in the Lord but this is hard on my heart. Allan is so dear to me and I love him more than I can say.

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Thank you for your continued support of the journey God’s put me on! If you would like to see pictures, feel free to add me on FaceBook. They upload faster on there. If you feel led to make a donation, there are a few ways you can go about that:

1. Write a check and send to Life Church. Make check out to Life Church, put Haille Krieg in the memo line, and send to 7001 Haggerty Rd, Canton MI 48187

2. Send money electronically through Life Church’s PayPal account. You can find that here: http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions. Make sure you specify that it’s for Haille Krieg.

3. Set up an Elexio account to have an amount taken out of your bank account each month. Log into Elexio Pulse https://lifechurch.elexiopulse.com and click on the “My Giving” link to the far right, you’ll see not only your history in giving, you’ll see a large link in the upper left that says “click here to Give Online”.  If you don’t have an Elexio account you will go to the above link and click on “need an account?” and follow the prompts.

All donations are tax deductible, which is one of the reasons for me going through my church. Life Church does send out donation statements for your tax purposes.

Just had to get a little wandering out of the way first…

Hey friends and you dear supporters, 

Just want to say…

THANK YOU.

Thank you for putting  up with me as I’ve been jumping around different ministries, trying to find the right fit.

I’ve tried English Classes, Piano Lessons, Prayer Ministry, and a million other things in between.

I was searching so desperately to find where I was supposed to be, where God could be using me the best.
It was exhausting.

But it’s over for the moment.

I really feel at peace with where I’m at and what my schedule’s like right now.
Want to know where I’m at ministry-wise? I’m pretty excited about it all!

Santa Matilde

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Hanging out with some of my Santa Matilde loves – Griselda and her darling baby Glaysi
Photo Credit: Lisa Smith

I’ve posted about it before…Santa Matilde’s one of our outreach villages. I had been going once a week for English classes but had to stop those for awhile with scheduling conflicts. Cadence has come to take over that, which is awesome because she’s an incredibly gifted and exciting teacher, but my heart is still there. I haven’t wanted to leave because I feel such a pull. I’m hoping to write a blog in the near future more about my heart for this place because I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about it.
Basically, it is a village that is being pulled down by darkness, discouragement, secrets, abuse, drugs, violence, and unimaginable sadness. But the beauty of it all is that Santa Matilde is OPEN. They are ready for a change and there are small signs that it could really happen.
I see so much hope.
I will be going once a week with my dear friend Rosita to visit and pray for families. Our original focus was going to be women, and it still is, but we’re also feeling called to a few specific families that just are in desperate need of encouragement.
So that’s my Friday! It takes up a good chunk of time since we bike there…which I love!

Sunday School

Photo Credit: Lisa Smith

My sweet Sunday School class
Photo Credit: Lisa Smith

I cannot get enough of the precious Pre-school loves here. They are my favorite age group to work with, in the way that I can work with them what I do best…nurturing. I am NOT gifted in classroom teaching…leading…that kind of thing. But small children? They’re perfect. They just want and need to be loved. They need to know they have a big Daddy who is looking out for them and loves them no matter what, and wants to take care of them and is always with them, no matter the scary situations that are happening in their houses. They are my heart.
I have joined Sunday School as a full-fledged teacher of the Pre-school class. It’s a good time. A crazy time, but so much fun!

Worship

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Leading worship with Brandon and Kenia

This has always been my main reason for coming down here to Nicaragua. It’s my heart of hearts, my most intense passion, the greatest love of mine. I really had no idea what I was going to do with it though! As I’ve settled  in and found more of my place, my gifts and talents have figured themselves out and just kind of settled into a routine. Saturdays, we have staff worship, and Brandon and I lead that every week. Here’s an example of it! We’ve also been leading worship at our Sunday night church services with a couple youth, mainly Kenia and Christian. It’s been a great opportunity to get to know them better and to help them grow where they’re gifted. I’m excited for one day to be able to sit and enjoy worship as the youth lead it all by themselves. That’s the goal! At the moment, they still want me to sing with them, which I’m absolutely glad to do. Our favorite song is “El Nos Ama”, which is the Spanish version of “How He Loves” by John Mark McMillan. 

Those are the 3 main things I am concentrating on, praying for, and believing in. I still have my relationships with youth that I love to spend time on and I am always up for visiting for new people. Also, I do the grocery-shopping for our New Song family, which completely satisfies the domestic house-wife part of me. It’s great, I feel like a mom. I love it. In addition, I have started accompanying a couple kids to the village Pre-school two days a week to pick up on some methods of teaching that age range and also to get to know the families with children of that age. All this is for future plans that I will try to update you all on soon, but I’d rather not say anything until some things are more final.

A little reminder, I am in the States until May 20th and I would love to meet up and discuss all of this more in depth and get connected in any new ways that are available. Read how you can help me out in more ways than just donating HERE.

Thank you for your continued support of the journey God’s put me on! If you would like to see pictures, feel free to add me on FaceBook. They upload faster on there. If you feel led to make a donation, there are a few ways you can go about that:

1. Write a check and send to Life Church. Make check out to Life Church, put Haille Krieg in the memo line, and send to 7001 Haggerty Rd, Canton MI 48187

2. Send money electronically through Life Church’s PayPal account. You can find that here: http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions. Make sure you specify that it’s for Haille Krieg.

3. Set up an Elexio account to have an amount taken out of your bank account each month. Log into Elexio Pulse https://lifechurch.elexiopulse.com and click on the “My Giving” link to the far right, you’ll see not only your history in giving, you’ll see a large link in the upper left that says “click here to Give Online”.  If you don’t have an Elexio account you will go to the above link and click on “need an account?” and follow the prompts.

All donations are tax deductible, which is one of the reasons for me going through my church. Life Church does send out donation statements for your tax purposes.