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Life In The Evergreen State

Life In The Evergreen State

Family, i made it to DTS!

After nearly a year of waiting and praying i am finally taking the first step towards my dream and calling of long term missions in Mongolia. Praise king Jesus!

It has been such a long time coming and it was a long trip to get here, like a literal physical long trip from Denver Colorado, to Port Townsend Washington. But praise king Jesus my family and i made it safe and sound to Washington, and the fam made it home.

School started on Monday and it has been awesome so far. God has once again blessed me and i feel like i have one more family now. Life seems nonstop during the week, and our day to day schedule is pretty full but we have a pretty decent amount of free time on the weekend. This week we learned about the character of God, and how those characteristics can and should change our faith and the way we live life, as well as the way we relate and connect with God. It has been such an incredible eye opening study.

One of the most amazing things about being here at school is the people, and there is so much i want to say about everyone that i am living with, but i think i will only say a little bit about the two guys who have made the biggest impact on me. Ozzy who is such an amazing guy and probably the person i hang out with the most here at school, and then Jiang who is from Indonesia. Both of these guys are amazing and have been such a huge influence to me in the short week i have known them. They have the biggest hearts ever and they care about everyone here so much.

Jiang kind of feels like the bigger brother, he is the most responsible one out of all us guys and he is always helping us out with anything we might be struggling with. He is an amazing artist and dancer, and he thinks so much and its cool because when he talks he can say some very profound things. Ozzy feels like a brother to me, we always make the worst jokes and laugh at everything anyone says to us. God has only just recently grabbed ahold of his heart, but his faith is like someone who has been walking with God for a lifetime. He has been helping me with language learning and has been helping me learn the song “Blessed Be The Name” in Mongolian. These are two amazing men of God and i wish i could fully express how much i am blessed by them, but its beyond words.

Its dorm living here, so i live in a building with 4 other guys, we sleep in one big room with a handful of bunk beds and we share a big bathroom with a few showers. there is a girls dorm on the other side of camp. we have a nice big dining hall with a big kitchen and a huge pantry filled with home canned fruit, fresh veggies, and all kinds of other awesome food. We have the classroom where we spend a good amount of time together worshipping, learning and participating in team building activities. There is a big garden and we have apple and plum trees strewn about. Finally, we have a student lounge thats called the Bayview, where we work on homework, watch movies (when time permits), play games (we have a pool table!), or just hang out on the couches.

Thats about all i have for now. Thanks for reading!

As far as prayer goes i am going to ask you all to pray for my family here.

  • Both my brothers Jiang and Ozzy still need support (money) for this school as well as a few of the ladies too.
  • Immune systems! Everyone has had little coughs or sore throats.
  • Patience with one another (Community living is tricky sometimes, but definitely worth it).
  • Soft hearts and minds to soak up all we are learning.
  • Pray that God will be Glorified through all we say and do.

Thank you, family.

Love life and live love.

 

 

 

Weirdy sentimentality

Weirdy sentimentality

Here we are. it’s a new day and the sun is shining bright and beautiful. The tree is rustling gently in the breeze and its bright green leaves absorb the ultraviolet rays so that my skin doesn’t have to. Summer time is the easiest time for me to see the intricate beauty that God blessed the earth with. i love the unique shapes and colors of the flowers that bloom, the hundreds of shades of oranges, pinks, and purples. Each blossom expressing itself with a one hundred percent unique pattern that might be similar but not exactly like its neighbor. Summertime is so great.

Anyways, Thanks for reading my words. Once again (as is usual now i think) i missed the update schedule that i thought i would try to stick to. O well.

I’m going to be leaving for Washington in a little over a month! That has been such a crazy realization, it’s a little intimidating, saddening, and exiting at the same time. Cleaning out my house has been a strange feeling and it really makes the realization that I’m moving sink in. I have been moved out and on my own (as “on my own” as i can be living across the street from my parents) for almost three years now, and it feels so odd getting ready to move on to whatever is next. My work contract just ended and i will be putting in my two weeks here in a little bit, that will be 4 years and one month with my current company. It’s strange to me thinking that i won’t have a “job” for at least 6 month since i have been steadily employed since i was 16.

i have been feeling oddly sentimental lately, especially while writing this. Its been such a crazy season of life lately, i have been dealing with different struggles and thinking about so many things, Often times it felt like my eyes were bulging out of my head since i had so many different thoughts jammed inside. But i think maybe it’s all leveling out now. Me and God have had some great breakthroughs, and Jesus has been so busy working on carving something beautiful out of this wooden heart of mine. Not to say that I’m not still struggling with things or that my head isnt full to bursting with thoughts, but it has been easier to deal with and i have clear vision of what is going on. God has blessed me with joy and peace.

There is a plan, its all happening the way it should.-Listener

My buddy Isaac has been extremely busy in Papua New Guinea. He works at a medical clinic, a builder, a teacher at a school, a teacher at a seminary, an extreme gardener, and a semi pro soccer player (actually i think there are 5 year olds better than him). Please if you ever think about it pray for him, he has expressed with me how extremely overwhelmed he is.

Please if you think of me please pray for a motivation to work (because i don’t like cleaning and organizing or yard work), i have a lot to do around my yard and my house before i leave. Pray for Finances as i will need to start looking to raise funds for actually living in Mongolia for the longterm. And finally please pray that God would continue to stir in my heart as its easy for my relationship to become stagnant and not grow.

Hopefully i will have another post soon about something more than myself. but for now that’s all ive got. Thanks again. Please feel free to contact me, for any reason, and also let me know how i can pray for you.

Thanks for reading this and investing into me.

Love life and live love!-Noah.

 

 

WHOA

WHOA

ITS JUNE! If any of you reading this know where the time went please let me know. Seriously i cant believe  how fast time has gone by.

i really have no good post topics for this week….. Lately i have been really getting lost in music and lyrics, so i’ll share some of my favorites with you.

  1. As Cities Burn: Our World Is Grey.

I’m sure if you wanted to stop love,
You could just untie your end and let it go.
But, my God, you don’t.
Yeah, I think I love you for it.

You’re still sending cells to their rightful places,
When forming more likely to escape.
Such a narrow way of life.
What’s it look like from your side?
From here I can’t see why it’s worth
One more coming out cursed?

Say it, say it!
Say what this is all for!
Say it’s redemption.

‘Cause our world is grey, world is grey.
We’re just swaying from side to side.
Our world is grey, world is grey.
We are thieves and saints alike.
But you don’t let go, don’t let go.
We keep swaying and swaying.
And you don’t let go, don’t.
Yeah, I think I love you for it.

He’s shooting god up in his arm through a needle.
And she’s putting cuts on her legs to bleed out the devil.
“Surely you will not die, eat and be like God.”
What have we done?

Say it, say it!
Say that this is all for redemption.

‘Cause our world is grey, world is grey.
We’re just swaying from side to side.
Our world is grey, world is grey.
We are thieves and saints alike.
But you don’t let go, don’t let go.
We keep swaying from side to side.
We all just sway, we all just sway.
But you don’t let go, you don’t.
You don’t.

2. August Burns Red: Provision

You give us dreams to wake us up
You say, “Take pride in the provision”
When all we see is the face of defeat
You say, “Take pride in the provision”

My future’s finally found me, figured me out
It’s painful. It’s tough. I never saw it coming
Come as it may, cause life is a lesson
I’d rather learn then end up in a cold covered up dark grave
These are the words of a man, who finally let go
These are the goals of a man, who’s laid it all down
Losing it all made me realize I am the victim
The culprit, the casualty, and the cause
Losing it all led me to you, ( to you )
Losing it all led me to you

I’m sick. I need sight. I need help
I need you, and I’m not getting any better

I am the deceiver. I’m not getting any better
I am the thief, the whore, the murderer

It’s times like these, it’s time like these
You forget to remember who you are. The way up is down
Truth is found when life throws you out and kicks you to the curb
I’m just as much the problem as the man behind bars
He did with his business what I do in my heart

You wronged me. You crossed me. I’ll never let it ruin me
Lessons are learned deep down within my heart (in my heart)

The worst men make the best stories come true
The past is a part of me, but not who I am
I realize my identity is not in what I’ve seen
But in what I believe to be true
I know what I need now, I know what I need
All that was lost is not lost
Even the worst of mankind can’t disrupt sovereignty

You’ve given me the nightmare to wake me up
You say, “Take pride in the provision”
You’ve given me more than enough
You say, “Take pride in the provision”

3. La Dispute: I See Everything

Like any morning of my junior year I stumble in the classroom late but this day I see
Faces, I feel an air like a funeral, like a wake, as I sit down
My teacher speaking, somewhat somberly, but still confident and calm
Part eulogy, her speech, and part poem, part celebration song
Her warmth and smile, she passes photocopies out to us of entries from a journal
Kept so long ago. She starts to read and suddenly it’s 1980March 5-The cancer is furious but our son is resilient
We have all the faith we’ll get through this no matter what the end
Treatments are violent but he keeps on smiling
It’s amazing finding joy in the little thingsApril 12-Andrew’s appetites improved and we thank God everyday
But still it’s hard sometimes to see him in that scarecrow frameJuly 9-There’s a suffering when I look in his eyes. He’s been through so much
We’ve all been through so much but what incredible resolve our little boy shows
Only 7, standing face to face with death
He said it’s easy to find people who have suffered worse than him
“Like Jesus, suffered worse than anyone,” he told me last night, “when God abandoned him”

September 20-We’ve been playing in the yard lately and spirits are high
Although his blood counts aren’t

October 14-He feels tired all the time

November 30-At the hospital again. It feels like home when we’re here

December 8-He’s getting worse

January 19-We buried our son today, our youngest child
And while his death was ugly we must not let it scare us from God
Abundant grace has restored him. A brand new body
And set him free from the torture, finally rid of the cancer
Before the moment he left he briefly wrested from death, suddenly opened his eyes said
“I SEE EVERYTHING. I SEE EVERYTHING”

And I will never forget it, the peace and the comfort you displayed through a pain
That I can only imagine. The loss of a child to the torture of cancer. Help me
Because I can only imagine how you recovered
Kept your faith and held the brightness of life inside the smile of a child you had to bury
And I will never forget him or your steadfast faith
No, I will never forget you. Now six or seven years later, I’m devoid of all faith
I am empty of comfort and I am weary of waiting
Though I’ve felt nowhere what you have, I see nothing at all
Though I’ve felt nowhere what he did, my eyes are closed

These songs are really incredible, and they have really made me think. i did link these songs to Youtube, so if you want to hear the way these bands share those words you can. i am so very thankful to God for blessing me with music that i enjoy and that has great meaning and is thought provoking. I love the honesty in these words, and the way that they don’t just share a story, they share a life with you.
Thank you all for reading this. i won’t apologize for not writing a “real post” because i think this is a real post, even though most all the words are not mine they all mean a lot to me and i think its good to share words that we love with people we love.
Thats about all i have for now, once again thanks for reading. Maybe next week i will have something more to say (or next month, depends on when the right words manifest in my mind).
Not what you might think

Not what you might think

It’s springtime family! All the snow is gone now, and it’s raining plenty. This is the time of year that was made for longboarding, late night pizza and anime nights with brothers, sleeping in your backyard, and early morning sunrise watchings. Enjoy this season that God blessed us with!

Real quick before i actually talk about what i want to talk about I’m going to try to make a clarification about this blog. i started this blog so that i could share with you the adventurous life of being a missionary, the new and strange interactions with new people and cultures, the unique life that God has blessed me with. This blog was not started to be a spiritual guidance blog or a christian living blog, because I’m not good at those things.

Even though i talk about different spiritual topics, and what i think is a proper response to certain things, thats not what this blog is for. Right now I’m still at home waiting to take the first step in missions. Its all planned out, and i am growing closer and closer to that first step every day. But for now while i am still at home living a really normal life, i will talk about some of the things i am struggling with, and how i believe God wants me to react to those things. Basically all the words on this blog so far have been me preaching to myself, But God in his goodness and grace allows those words to maybe speak to someone else.

This all kind of leads into what i really wanted to talk about in this post. i am a broken human.

i believe that all to often in the church and christian community there is a tendency to look at leaders and teachers and “good people” as more than a sinful human being. And on the flip side, people who are viewed as being “good” begin to hide sin and other messy things in their life so that it looks like they are living up to the standard of “good”. i have seen this standard of being a “good christian” ruin the lives of many people. i have seen churches fall apart because the pastor, who never sinned or struggled with sin all of the sudden fall into adultery, and the congregation is shocked! Thats crazy! All men are human, and all humans sin.

i am a human. i sin. i can never ever live up to the standard of being “good”.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? 

i am desperately sick.

Now, it’s not all doom and gloom because i have been saved from this sin, and i am not held captive by sin.

Romans 6:6-7 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.

However i am still a mess.

Romans 3:9-11 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God”.

But i am still loved in spite of all that sin and wickedness

Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, let us reason together, says the Lordthough your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

Despite all our sin we are still loved! We are loved so much that the God who created the world, decided that spending all eternity with us was worth killing his son over.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

So we are loved and saved in spite of all the sin, brokenness, and messes in our lives. 

Hahahaha i kinda got a little side tracked there, sorry. Basically all i am trying to say is please, when you look at me and the life i am living, look with the right perspective. i am not “good” and cannot be, so when i sin and mess up, dont be surprised. And don’t expect me to live a life free from sin and messes. I’ll be honest i struggle lots with sin. i am as much of a sinner as you are, and i am also loved and forgiven just like you are.

Thats all i have for this go around. Thanks all for reading. As always feel free to contact me, whether you have prayer requests, questions, complaints, or just want someone to talk to, hit me up!

Noah Brandt – killinggiants@gmail.com– 720-635-4235

Thank you all so much.
April Showers Bring May Snow?

April Showers Bring May Snow?

Dear Family.
You are amazing, and i love you. Seriously, look at you, you decided to take your very own 5-10 minutes to read the odd and infrequent blog postings of a missionary to be. Thank you.
I’m sitting here in the coffee shop  (the one i do most of my writing at) and it’s snowing. That is correct, it is snowing in Denver Colorado in (basically [probably by the time i post this]) May. It’s a cool change of pace from the standard sunny warm Denver spring. Its cool to have a day that just makes you feel like sitting inside and kicking back with family and watching a movie, instead of (for me) the typical running around restlessness. Part of the reason i can enjoy the chill nature of this weather (pun intended) in the midst of the amazing springtime weather is that i know it won’t last. i don’t have to worry about being stuck inside my house for the next few weeks while its slushy and cold outside, i can just lay back and soak it in knowing that in a few days the sun will be shining and the streets will be dry and i can be busy running around once again.
This cool weather pattern reminds me a lot of the ups and downs we face in our christians lives. It seems like just when we (me) have most of the “christian” things figured out, life is good and we (me) have a pretty good walk with the Lord, then something happens and we fall and trip and stumble. Now when this happens my typical response is to stare at the ground and think about how i need to get used to the ground because there is no way i can get back up from this fall. Its easy to become distanced from God, and its even easier to become comfortable with that distance, but thats not the right way to live.
 Zechariah 1:3 Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. 
The correct response should probably look like the response to this weird springtime snow. Just lay back and soak it in knowing that in a few days the sun will be shining and the streets will be dry and I can be busy running around once again. God doesn’t give us trials to leave us down on the ground.
1 Peter 1:6-9 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,  so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,  obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 
These trials and hardships won’t last long. Take it all in and be calmed with the understanding that this won’t last forever, take joy in that fact that your faith is being strengthened through this.  Lift your head up.
So theres my words. i hope it all makes sense. If it doesn’t make sense let me know.
Once again I’m sorry I’m late again, but i figure this wasn’t too bad compared to what its been lately. Thanks for reading this: you are amazing.
For those of you who don’t know who i am or what Dudebro missions is i will explain for you a little. My name is Noah Brandt and i am working towards becoming a long term missionary to the Country of Mongolia. i have been and will be working with YWAM, so the first step of missions for me will be a training school called DTS for about 6 months. After DTS i might attend a secondary training or i might just get ready to move to Mongolia, it all just depends on what happens while i am gone at DTS. If you want more information or if you want to help support me SPACE (financially or prayerfully or however else God wants people to support me) feel free to contact me, i will leave all my contact information for you guys below. Please let me know how i can pray for you guys, and if you ever need someone to talk to hit me up. Additionally if you have questions or comments you can leave them in the space below or you can just contact me directly if that’s what you’re into.
Noah Brandt. Email – killinggiants@gmail.com Phone – 720-635-4235
Thank you all so much.
Turn The Engines Up To Life Speed!

Turn The Engines Up To Life Speed!

Heyo! Welcome back family! This is a little bit late…… i guess it’s slightly more than a little but whatever.

i can’t believe that the time has passed so quickly. It seems like just a few weeks ago i was finalizing the my decision to get into missions work, and look at where we are now family. i have 5 1/2 months left before i leave to start training and i officially have all the money i need to pay for my schooling! THAT’S RIGHT! God has provided my with all the money i need to attend my DTS. All i can really say about that is God is good. Still though i am trying to raise support so that i can get to Mongolia as soon as possible after DTS.

i am sorry about my terrible update schedule, it has been pretty bad i know…. I’m working on it. i dont really have any excuses, just a fast life.

My best friend Isaac (he doesn’t update often but he does have an e-mail update he sends out, so hit me up if you want on the e-mail list) in Papua New Guinea is doing good, he was dealing with some sickness for a little bit but he is good to go now.

 

So last week i was in Seattle WA for a few days with a few Mongolian people. Actually a lot of Mongolian people. i was there for an American Mongolian churches conference! The conference was a pretty amazing experience for me. i flew into Sea-tac airport on Thursday and realized i had no idea what i was supposed to be doing or where i was supposed to be going. See when i heard about this conference it wasnt people saying you should go, or asking will you go? It was my Mongolian family saying “you are going, right?” Or “did you book your flight yet?” So (i’m probably going to use that word way too much in this post) maybe i went out of peer pressure, but regardless why i went i realized that my family had only made sure i was going and not how i was going or even what i would be doing when i got there. No details were given. So here i am at seatac airport, realizing i have no idea what I’m doing, and i called a few people that had contacted me a few times to get some information about me for the conference (i guess my church didn’t give them any details either) and they told me what to do and where to end up. After getting figuring out where to go and what shuttle to call and what hotel to get to (i wasn’t even sure i was staying in a hotel) i get to my room (That i am sharing with 2 other people i don’t know) and drop off all my stuff and head out to the church for the conference kick off!

We (“We” being all the people that arrived in the evening) get to the church and unload and more and more the realization that “i’m the only white bro here” sets in. I’m surrounded by Mongolian people, Mongolian food, and Mongolian language. It’s almost overwhelming, except for the fact that everyone is so nice to me. The people in the kitchen make sure i have plenty of food, the people i called to figure out what i was doing at the airport talk to me, multiple people ask me who i am and what church i am with (some of them can only ask in Mongolian, so when i shake my head we both just smile and laugh. No judgement) its cool. After dinner we head to the sanctuary and have the opening sermon, we start with some worship that i can sing along with for the most part since i can now read the Cyrillic alphabet (i just dont know what the words mean yet) then pastor Bug gets on stage to teach. Pastor Bug was a big, white, bearded, biker American pastor who is head pastor to a local church with a large integrated Mongolian congregation, this is good because he teaches in english and has a translator for all the Mongolians. The sermon was on faith and how powerful it is, and how much more we need real faith, but also about love and how powerful it is, and how much more we need real love. That was the first night.

Day 2 and 3, Friday and Saturday.

Wake up, shower, eat at the hotel, go to church. At the church the day was started with a sermon and worship, then we start the “seminaries”. The seminaries were basically in depth single topic work shops about cell groups (home groups), Godly finance, faith, real manliness, and loving God. Through these seminaries i learned sooooo much, but the reason i was able to learn as much as i did was because God in his infinite awesomeness provided me with a friend in each seminary who was able to translate from Mongolian (this was a conference for Mongolians so everything was all in Mongolian, seems fair) to English for me. Then we wrap up the night with a good sermon and worship and prayer, lots of prayer. Meals too, we had lunch and dinner their at the church, it was mostly all Mongolian food which is so so good, and lots of milk tea.

Last day, Sunday.

Wake up, shower, pack, check out, eat breakfast. After breakfast we head to the local church, the one that pastor Bug teaches at. We have more worship, but in english and Mongolian this time (since it’s a mixed congregation) then some fellowship afterwords. Quick clarification, in the context of being around Mongolians fellowship means eating food while waiting for a meal to be served and drinking milk tea together, thats Mongolian fellowship. Once everyone has had a chance to eat people start to trickle out, either to the airport or to explore the city with friends. 

That’s where i will stop. i know its not a lot of details (or maybe it is) but i want to try to keep this post short and simple, i will probably talk more in-depth about things that happened at the conference in future posts.

 

Once again thanks for reading this, i do really plan on being more diligent to update this blog so i can share more life with you guys. Please feel free to contact me if you want, and please let me know how i can pray for you. Noah Brandt, 720-635-4235, killinggiants@gmail.com

For those of you who pray for me; thank you. Please if you would, keep in prayer my language learning, pray that God would soften my brain so i can remember the things i learn better because right now it’s really hard to remember the new words and phrases i learn.

Thank you all so much.

Keep living life and loving God.-Noah

 

 

 

I’M BACK!

I’M BACK!

well here i am.

its been a while i know, I’m sorry. i don’t really have any excuses, at least not any legitimate ones.

i don’t really have any excuses, at least not any legitimate ones.

But whatever! I’m here now and hopefully, i won’t take another long break like that again….. At least not for a long time. Lots has been happening lately (lately as in between the last time i posted and now). Isaac is now in PNG (Papua New Guinea) and is working really hard! His blog hasn’t been updated in a little bit but i know he sends out update E-mails, so if you want to hear more about what all he is doing on the other side of the earth let me know and i can get you hooked up into his update loop.

As for myself, I have a trip to Seatle coming up in a little over a month. I know i talked about visiting my school in Washington last month but that kinda didn’t really work out too well so i never went. But in the end of march into the beginning of April, i will be in Seatle Wa for an American-Mongolian Churches conference! Honestly, I’m not totally sure what is going to happen at that conference. i know that there will be lots of good teaching and there will be plenty of English (these are the things my Mongolian family tells me) but other than that i was just told i really need to go with my Mongolian church (it almost wasn’t really a choice).

As far as school goes I’m still planning on heading to YWAM DB in September. i am still trying to raise support both for the school and the after school plans. The after school plans are still to do long term missions in Mongolia and hopefully work specifically with the young adults in Ulaan Baatar. So if you would like to help please feel free to hit me up or read through the ABOUT ME section or do both! Thanks for reading this

Thanks for reading this, it means so much to me (especially knowing you still read this even though i take really long breaks). i know this post is short but hopefully, i can have more for you next week but no promises on that. You might also notice that the writing on this post is not as good as the others. That’s because I’m not having this post edited by a third party, I’m just trying to write and get it to you as soon as possible.

Thanks once again…. It feels good to be back. Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Love God, and live love.

Noah Brandt. 720-635-4235, killinggiants@gmail.com.

 

I Don’t Even Know

I Don’t Even Know

Sorry for 1. Being late. 2. The weird title. i was not sure what to write so i felt like I Don’t Even Know was an honest title.

i really don’t have anything special to write this week. My schedule at work got flipped around, so i have been pretty busy trying to do new things i wasn’t able to do on my old schedule and also get enough sleep. As far as a missions update goes i was able to talk to my friends running the YWAM (Youth With A Mission, the missions organization i will be working with/through) school in Washington that i will be attending September 2017. We talked over the phone for a while and i was able to get more fine details of getting to the Mongolian mission field long term. i was also able to get more details for the finance side of being a YWAM missionary and was extremely blessed by the way YWAM handles money.

Basically, the way it is going to work is after i go to my DTS any financial support given to me will be getting to me through YWAM but the cool part is how YWAM gets the support to me. So here is the flow of things, someone sends financial support (money) to either my church where it will then be sent to YWAM, or it gets sent directly to YWAM. YWAM gets the money and puts it into a specific account for me, and whoever sent the money will get a tax deductible receipt for charitable giving. YWAM then works with me to figure up a budget for spending (so that i don’t do anything stupid) and they send me a check every month out of the money in my YWAM support account to cover the costs that YWAM and me decide are legitimate things to spend money on. This is a cool thing i think because firstly it keeps me accountable and transparent for money spent. Secondly, by doing finances through YWAM a lot of taxes are avoided because i am supported by you through a nonprofit. If i was supported straight through you, all the money would be taxed as if I were a self-employed religious worker.

So that’s some details, there are still some little things that i don’t know but I’m sure it will all get straightened out as i go. i am currently working on not just raising support but raising a support base. To me, the biggest difference is support is a one-way deal where i only receive from people once in a while, whereas i view a support base as my go-to group of people. People who i know are helping me spiritually, and financially and will be those who are going to help me in any problem i might face, but also people who i can support spiritually and pray for and share the work that God will be doing through me in Mongolia.

Philippians 4:16-18 (ESV) Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.

Thats all i have for this week. i do have some flyers with information about what i am doing and all of my contact information as well, if you want one of these flyers hit me up so i can send you one. Then once again let me know how i can pray for you and help you out this week. 

Thanks- Noah.

Hit me up! killinggiants@gmail.com, (720)-635-4235, 2356 Newark St Aurora Co 80010

Actually lots of good things are hard

Actually lots of good things are hard

Thank you all for coming back to get some more of my crazy writing. i can not even begin to tell you how happy i am when i look at the site stats and see how many people read the things i posted.

Good things are hard. This week (maybe last week now?) my best friend Isaac posted about trusting God (please click the embedded link to read the post, its a really cool story that makes me laugh and cry) and how it seems to never be our first response.

It is a bummer to me to think about that because it’s true, God is my plan B and not really ever my plan A. It’s the same thing with prayer too, like i know i should talk to God daily. Not only with prayer requests but also praises and really anything else that comes up. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. There is no way we could pray without ceasing if we only asked for things we think we need.

So why are we (at least me) so lame? Why is God always the backup plan? Romans 7:18 (ESV) For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. i believe that because we are inherently sinful and broken we can not trust God. It comes back to what i talked about in the last post about how we can not love but it is Gods love flowing through us. i believe that to trust God we need more God. Mark 9:21- 24 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” This passage comes from the story in Mark where Jesus Casts out a demon from a little boy because the disciples could not. I have struggled and struggled with the statement at the end of this verse from the possessed boy’s father, I BELIEVE; HELP MY UNBELIEF. That is such an intense statement and it is really hard for me to unravel, but i think basically it comes down to this: The father trusted Jesus as much as he could with his broken human heart but realized he could not fully trust Jesus, so he was asking Jesus to fill the unbelieving gaps in his heart because he knew Jesus is powerful enough to fix our problems. There is so much more to this verse but i am going to leave it like this so i don’t lose focus and get sidetracked. All in all just remember God is love and he loves you more than we can even begin to understand, so even though we are lame and messed up he loves us and always has the best plans for us,  so trust him all you can!

Updates! i am getting ready to take a trip to Port Townsend Washington to visit my DTS(discipleship training school). Hopefully, if everything goes as planned i will be staying at the school while they are hosting a Mongolian pastor and his family and talk about what i will be doing in Mongolia and some of the details about getting and living there. So i am in the process of getting travel stuff together for that and also trying to verify dates.

i am still trying to raise money, so if that is something you want to help out with you can contribute through my church where all funding for Dudebro missions is accounted for and you can also receive a tax-deductible receipt for your gift. If you want more details feel free to contact me, i will leave all my contact info at the end of this post.

Language study is going….sort of. It’s slow learning but it is still learning so that is good. There are a few men in Mongolian church that can’t speak much English, so we are trying to get together for a language exchange.

As far as Prayer goes please keep finance in mind but also like i talked about above i need to trust more so please pray that i would be ok with letting God do what he does. And please if i can pray for any of you let me know!

Thanks again for reading and have a great week in the Lord!

-Noah Brandt.

contact me! killinggiants@gmail.com, Facebook.com/dudebromissions, (720)-635-4235.

 

 

 

Empathy is hard

Empathy is hard

Look at this, I’m not late! Like the title says i want to try to talk about Empathy.  As i write this i will try to be transparent because i think it is good to be honest with people and i also think it is very unhealthy to try to hide real problems because we don’t like the way they make us look. With that said here we go.

We all live in a crazy world with lots of crazy problems, lots of evil, and lots of disasters. Sometimes this evil or these disasters affect us, our lives, or people we love. Sometimes we are just very blessed and are unaffected by most of these problems. i find that most often when unaffected by these problems i lack empathy for the people who are affected, which i think is not good or healthy…. but i still lack empathy as i  am sure most people do. For myself, i really was convicted by this when the last round of hurricanes when through and hit specifically Haiti and Florida.  See i have been following a group called Christian Skaters, and basically they work worldwide to spread the word and love of Jesus, and after i had heard about the hurricanes and had already forgot about it until i received and email from Christian Skaters talking about how they were going to be affected by the hurricane in Florida their home base and also Haiti where they have been working hard to share the Gospel. All of a sudden i felt terrible because i realized two things.

  1. Real people are affected by real problems whether i think its a problem or not or whether i agree or not.
  2. i am guilty of not loving people enough to care about the struggles they are going through even though i am unaffected by said struggle.

This hit me hard because for me the core of my faith is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 John 4:7-10 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 And here i found myself without love….. But i think it’s more than just us loving. i think that as a broken sinful person i am incapable of truly loving.

1 John 4:15-21 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

We do not have love unless we have God! This is the love that we need to fix the problems with our hearts and our world! i know i am probably just reiterating what john wrote but if God is love and we do not have God do we/can we really love?  But pursue not false Gods who will lie to you and give you cheap imitations of what we need. False gods will give you lust instead of love, conflicting “truths” that lead you to meaninglessness, and a hope in things that will never last.

This is mostly me speaking to myself because i realize that my lack of love is a lack of communion with God and with Jesus is a big part of my empathy problem, and that i need more of Gods love in me to be able to love people better.

Ok time to move on before i start talking on and on pointlessly.

News! On October 21 and 22 my Mongolian church will be having a concert. i can not remember who the band/artist is but it will be old pop/folk music that people who are in their 30’s listen to (the description i received at church). We will have food too so if you want to check that out hit me up!

As far as prayer i realized i have been on the receiving end this whole time but not the giving end enough so instead of giving prayer request updates i want to ask you, how can i pray for you guys?  Please feel free to contact me and let me know how i can pray for you, i will leave my contact information below. i want this to be a partnership(more on that in a future post soon to come) and a partnership is people helping each other out, key phrase helping each other.

This is all i have for now, once again my email is killinggiants@gmail.com or you can hit me up on facebook or by phone and text at 720-635-4235 (i don’t really like to leave this but seriously i want to be able to pray for you guys)

Once again thank you for reading this and if i say things that are not correct please let me know in the comments, if you have questions or suggestions please feel free to leave them in the comments section.

Live love and love God- Noah