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Psalm 14

Psalm 14

The fool says in his heart,
    “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
    there is no one who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven
    on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
    any who seek God.
All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
    there is no one who does good,
    not even one.

Do all these evildoers know nothing?

They devour my people as though eating bread;
    they never call on the Lord.
But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
    for God is present in the company of the righteous.
You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
    but the Lord is their refuge.

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When the Lord restores his people,
    let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

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Psalm 13

Psalm 13

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.

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Chinese Missionary Part 3

Please pray for the local Chinese in these areas

1. God to raise up seminary trained people to go and teach the Chinese pastors so they will be able to teach sound doctrine.

2. Protect the church there from false teachers and false doctrine

3. Comfort those imprisoned for their faith and provide for their families

4. Strengthen Chinese believers to study and start Bible studies of their own

5.  Bless those who stand for Jesus to see much fruit that lasts for eternity

Psalm 12

Psalm 12

Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
    those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
Everyone lies to their neighbor;
    they flatter with their lips
    but harbor deception in their hearts.

May the Lord silence all flattering lips
    and every boastful tongue—
those who say,
    “By our tongues we will prevail;
    our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,
    I will now arise,” says the Lord.
    “I will protect them from those who malign them.”
And the words of the Lord are flawless,
    like silver purified in a crucible,
    like gold refined seven times.

You, Lord, will keep the needy safe
    and will protect us forever from the wicked,
who freely strut about
    when what is vile is honored by the human race.

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Chinese Missionary Part 2

In 2002, I went to Nanjing,China as a member of a 5 person team assigned to a college campus. I taught English and the others enrolled as students of Chinese. I taught about 500 students and gave lectures to about 2500 students in the course of the 3 years I was on that campus. I set up meetings between the Campus crusade kids and the Chinese students for lunch or outings. We did relationship evangelism with parties through out the seasons and playing the Jesus Film . The lectures I gave were on “American” culture and through those opportunities I shared the gospel using Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter.  The Lord give me many ideas for evangelism such as teaching Psalms as part of the most widely sold book in the world…the Bible. We held “english corners” or study groups in apartments or our dorm rooms where we helped the students practice their English and expand their vocabularies  by reading the Bible. Those students whom Jesus called became part of Bible studies to learn and grow in their faith. We gave them Bibles written in Chinese and English. These students were fervent and faithful in study and prayer. It was not easy for them because there could be serious consequences for professing their faith to family and friends. I am not sure how many accepted Jesus call to come to him in the three years but there are many I know and still have contact with and at least 3500 who heard the gospel. What an amazing God we serve!

 In 2005, God moved me to Shanghai where I was no longer affiliated with CCC but just on my own with Jesus. I was the head of an ESL department at a private company school founded by a Taiwanese-American Christian man. God had given him a vision to start a computer company in China; staffing it as much as possible with Taiwanese Christian supervisors to evangelize employees. The school was founded to educate the children of the english speaking staff and curriculum was available in Chinese and English.  Most of the teachers for grades K-12 were Christians in the beginning. As it grew, more local Chinese sent their children and we hired unbelievers when there were no applicants that could fill the job for teaching. So, my mission field grew from the employees at the company to students and then teachers and teaching assistants. These were in addition to neighbors, shop owners and local restaurant employees.

China was wide open and hungry for the Good News. Many had never even heard the name of Jesus. There were always safety and security concerns for the Chinese when we met or handed out bibles. Police did show up from time to time saying they were checking on “our safety”. Once they made us disband our 40 member “English corner” meeting because there is a law that states no more than 15 people may congregate in any place at a time. Yet, God has enabled churches to be open for foreigners and there are huge crowds in the state sponsored Three Self Churches. They frequently have 5 to 10 meetings in a weekend because of all the locals wanting to attend.

Now I am back in Texas and missing my friends and life in China. It was an amazing time of growth and joy and love. I did not even know any Chinese people before I went. Now my heart is full of God’s love for these people . One thing that became very clear to me . One thing of which I am absolutely certain… God is in control…He is in control of everything or nothing. Since it is everything; we never need to fear or doubt His love. No matter who you are, how insignificant and unequipped you feel….God can use you and give you true purpose for your life.

Psalm 11

Psalm 11

In the Lord I take refuge.
    How then can you say to me:
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain.
For look, the wicked bend their bows;
    they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
    at the upright in heart.
When the foundations are being destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”

The Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
    his eyes examine them.
The Lord examines the righteous,
    but the wicked, those who love violence,
    he hates with a passion.
On the wicked he will rain
    fiery coals and burning sulfur;
    a scorching wind will be their lot.

For the Lord is righteous,
    he loves justice;
    the upright will see his face.

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Because He Lives

lacey higginsHello friends!😊 My name is Lacey Higgins. I am from Pontotoc, MS; however, I currently live in Clinton, MS where I go to school at Mississippi College. I am a Sophomore Public Relations marketing major with a Christian Studies minor. I am in Kissimee Social Tribe. This spring break I went with this tribe to Haiti on a missions trip! If you want to know more, you can check out my blog.



lacey 1Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.  Because He lives, all fear is gone.  Because I know He hold the future, life is worth the living just because He lives.”  Sunday morning, I (and a group of my Kissimee Social Tribe sisters from Mississippi College) walked into Bertin Church.   The music to this song started to play, and we sang along.  However, it was very different from any other time we sang this song.  When the music started to play, the people around us all started to sing unfamiliar words.  It was like God was giving me a glimpse of what Heaven is going to be like one day.

Revelation 7:9-10
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes, and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the lamb clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Let me explain: we were in Haiti on a mission trip through Praying Pelican Missions (PPM).  Everyone in the church looked different than us.  Everyone in the church spoke a different language than us.  BUT we all sang ONE song to the ONE true God.  It was beautiful.
We did a number of different ministries during our time in Haiti that included:

  • School Ministries: We went to Bertin School and did VBS (Vacation Bible School).  We told a story and acted it out.  We also did some form of craft with the kids and sang some songs.

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  • Mercy Ministries: This was my favorite thing we did. We went into the community to people’s houses that were shut in for any reason (sick, broke leg, really old, etc.).  We would ask them questions about their life, tell them our story, and pray with them.

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  • ASCHA Ministries: ASCHA is a handicap orphanage. There were children with mental disabilities, children in wheel chairs, and healthy children.  Here, we told the same story we did at the school ministry and acted it out.  We also did crafts with them.

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  • Feeding Program Ministries: Here we served food to the children in the community who otherwise could not afford to eat.

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  • Women’s ministry: For this ministry, we went back to Bertin church. We invited women to come and hear us tell the same stories we did at the school ministry and ASCHA.  After reading the stories, we would go into some deep conversations.  It was a blessing.

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We did three days of ministries.  The first day we told the story of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10).  The second day we did the story of The Lost Coin and The Lost Sheep (Luke 15).  We ended the week with the story of The Prodigal Son (Luke 15).  The kids at the school ministry loved watching us act out all the stories, but I think my team had even more fun watching the kids.  They have so little in Haiti, yet they have so much Joy.  They were proof that Joy does not have to be circumstantial if your Joy comes from the LORD.  The Joy of the LORD is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).  I once heard it said, “I left to go on an oversees mission trip with the mindset that I was going to change their lives, but in reality, they are the ones who changed my life forever.”  This was my favorite part of the school ministries and ASCHA ministries: The kids gave me a new perspective on life.
There are two different women who we visited during our Mercy Ministries that I want to share with you.  The first one could barely walk.  She was a believer, but she was sad that she could not go to church anymore, so our trip leader (shout out to Melanie McCoy) asked her if we could have church right there in her home.  She agreed, so we sang a song that our team had learned in Creole.  It goes like this:

M Konnen’w se Pitit la
Ou se anyo a
E ou se Kris la
M Konnen’w se Senye a
Dye Tou pisan
E Wa de Wa
E mewen adore’w
Mwen adore’w
Mwen adore’w Jezi
Ou se Premye e Denye
Alfa e Omega
Lyon Jida a
Pa gen lot

In English, this song says:

I know you are the son
You are the Lamb
And You are the Christ
I know you are the LORD
God almighty
And king of kings
And I worship (or adore) you
I worship you
I worship you, Jesus
You are the first and the last
Alpha and Omega
Lion of Judah
No other

This reminded me of the church in Acts and early Christianity.  Churches then were small, and they met in homes.  Today, a lot of people think you have to have a huge nice church building to have church (there is nothing wrong with a big nice church building); however, you can have church no matter where you are.  The Bible says that where two or more are gathered, God will be there (Matthew 18:20).
The second woman taught me the most important thing I learned all week.  It is something I want to bring home with me and never forget.  When we walked in her home, she said, “I am ready to receive the gift that God has sent you to give to me.”  Now obviously she said it in creole, but our translator said that she was talking about prayer.  This old woman, who wasn’t even healthy enough to go to church and who lived in a small concrete house with no air condition (and Haiti is HOT) and a lot of other people, referred to prayer as a gift. A GIFT.  I think every Christian in America can learn from this sweet old lady.  The church as a whole in America tends to take prayer for granted.  We pray before our meals, we pray when we wake up and before we go to bed, and we pray when someone asks us to pray for them…IF THAT.  This woman talked about how she always had to pray by herself.  She was so excited that she got to have a group of people to pray with her now.  Prayer is a gift.  Before Jesus, you had to have a mediator to talk to God.  You had to go to a priest, but Jesus came as our mediator, lived a perfect life, died, and rose again.  Now, we have direct access to the creator of the world.  We have direct access to the most powerful being.  This is not something to take lightly or for granted.  We can talk to God.  HOW AWESOME IS THAT. Prayer is a gift, and that is something I hope never to forget.

The feeding program opened my eyes.  The kids would all line up super early. The food and water was free; all they had to do was bring a spoon with them to eat.  Our job was to pass out the bowls of food and cups of water. (By the way…all the cups were Mississippi State cups, so you know…. HAIL STATE…even in Haiti).  It was such a humbling experience.  The older kids would not take the food until all the younger kids had food.  When the younger kids got done eating, the older kids would pour the rest of their food into the younger kids bowl because they knew they were still hungry.  The kids were so selfless and always looked out for each other.  One day, a little girl lost her spoon and was bawling.  She did not want to go home without her spoon because she knew she would get a spanking.  Spoons.  Spoons are something we take for granted in America, but sometimes, there are families across the world that only have one spoon for their whole household.  That spoon is special to them, and they cannot take it for granted or lose it (“live simply so others can simply live”).  We have wayyyy too much while others have wayyyy to little.  What are you going to do about it?  I challenge you to answer this question without the answer being “nothing.”

The women’s ministry was special because we had discussion questions after each story.  This allowed us to hear and learn from them just as much as they were hearing and learning from us.  It is crazy to think that at the same time: we are so different, but we are so much alike.  The Good Samaritan: It is hard to stop for the helpless on the side of the road because we are busy.  We don’t have time.  They don’t look like us.  We think someone else will do it.  Sometimes we don’t pursue the lost like we should or celebrate as much as we should when someone is found.  This is what the Haitians said, and it is what we in America think as well.  People in Haiti struggle with the same things as we do in America (1 Corinthians 10:13).  You are not the only one going through whatever you are going through.  You are not alone, and God’s church is full of people ALL OVER THE WORLD praying for each other to stay strong.  We might have the same struggles as other believers all over the world, but we also have the same God who will give us a way out.

I had a blast and Haiti, and I cannot wait to go back.  Thank you for listening to my story. Love, Lacey Higgins


God handpicked all of us that went on this trip together, and it would not have been possible with the rest of my team.  I asked them all to summarize their experience in one sentence and this is what they wanted to share with you: lacey 7

Muriel Collins:  Haiti is the ultimate example of how God’s grace is sufficient to all.

Kayla Shelby: When we follow His call to go, He shows us how unconditional His love is and how much He cares for His people.

Melanie McCoy (my awesome friend who got the trip together): Being the body of Christ and serving and worshiping with fellow believers give a tiny glimpse at what Heaven will be like.

Katie Callaway: While in Haiti, I experienced the ultimate richness of God’s love.

Katie Anne Collins: God loves and cares for His people, and the people of Haiti demonstrate God’s love and sufficiency everyday of their lives.

Leah Bowlin: “Look around you; see already your presence alone is dispelling the darkness.” –Sister Mona

Madison Burgess:  Haiti filled my heart with abounding love and peace as I learned that God is sufficient enough to supply everything I need and more.

Mary Heath: God is sufficient, whether in times of celebration or storm.

Bailey Herbert:  The love of god is so alive and moving, and Haiti is no exception; Worshiping and serving with the church there blessed my soul in more ways than I could count.

Jessica Bacon: God is good all the time.

Brittney Burgess:  Haiti is a place that showed me what it means to say that our joy and worship are not based on our circumstances.

Brenda McCoy (one of our wonderful chaperones): Our great God calls each of us to go and when we are obedient to Him, He will use us and stretch us and grow us more than we could ever imagine for His glory.

Katie Breland: Visiting Haiti was life changing, and I realized we are all one by Christ no matter the differences.

Mrs. Donna (our other amazing chaperone)We are truly one in the Spirit.




Inexpensive Chocolate


I knew a German
She brought me Tolberone
It tasted pretty darn good
I knew a woman
She gave me Godiva
It went down pretty smooth
I knew a lady
She bought me Dove
It melted like it should
But the best chocolate I have ever tasted
Cost a dollar on an impulse
A Hershey’s kiss
A Reese’s cup
A Three Musketeers
Inexpensive chocolate is misunderstood

Psalm 10

Psalm 10

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
    who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
    he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
    in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
His ways are always prosperous;
    your laws are rejected by him;
    he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
    He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”

His mouth is full of lies and threats;
    trouble and evil are under his tongue.
He lies in wait near the villages;
    from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
    like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
    he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse;
    they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;
    he covers his face and never sees.”

12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
    Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
    Why does he say to himself,
    “He won’t call me to account”?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
    you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
    you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
    call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
    that would not otherwise be found out.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
    the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that mere earthly mortals
    will never again strike terror.

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