Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Old Navy, New Army

Just received word today that I have been officially granted approval for separation from the Navy. What a huge burden that has been lifted! Until today, Janelle and I had been making plans for residency and signing up for the DMA (Deferred Missions Appointee) program in faith that God would get us out of the military. God is good.
For those that may think that I am anti-American, anti-freedom, or an anarchist that has a chip against President Bush or the US Military, hear me out. I believe that there are sincere and loving people in the military that are sacrificing much to serve our country. These people deserve our respect for their willingness to put themselves on the line. I appreciate the freedoms of this country, but I cannot condone the use of killing to achieve that goal. I don't have all the answers for what God allows and does not allow when it comes to the issue of killing, all I know is that as a Christian, Jesus is calling us to a higher standard. Here are some texts to support this point:

Matt. 5: 9 - Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Matt. 5:21-22 - Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Matt. 5:38-41 - Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth, But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

Matt. 26:52 - Then said Jesus unto him [Peter], Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

Rev. 13:10 - He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Well, now that I am free from the Navy, I will be enlisting into the ranks of the DMA program, serving in the Lord's Army. Janelle and I have had a burden to spend time in the mission field. Although it seems that the USA is becoming more and more a mission field, there are still some nooks and crannies untouched with the gospel outside of this country. We truly want to experience a life lived out on faith, totally supported by God.

Thanks for all the prayers! J&J

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

2006 wrap-up and 2007 update

Long time no post. Here's what's been happening the last few months:

1. Interviewed at 9 residencies - It was good to see what different programs had to offer. We have narrowed our list down to 3 programs, and are asking the Lord daily where He would have us go. Stay tuned to the March 15th match day post.

2. Attended General Youth Conference - The 5th annual GYC was held in baltimore. This was the 3rd time that Janelle and I got to go, and it was a tremendous blessing. We think that it was the best one so far. Jason's brothers, cousin Broc, and parents came along as well as some family friends: Raistlin, Laney, and Fanny. We had a great time and pray this army of young people shares the blessings of the conference with their homes. Here are some of the videos from GYC: http://gospelministry.org/blog/?page_id=5

3. Creator's Call - In between working in the ER or studying ECG's, Jason has been involved in a new ministry called Creators Call. For more info, check out: www.creatorscall.org

4. Finishing Research - Janelle is putting extra hours in work to get her research done. She is working on creating a lactic acid standard which she hopes to compare with her hermit crab corpses. It is a tedious process, but hopefully she sees a light at the end of the tunnel.

That's the highlights for now. God Bless, and keep us in your prayers as many major decisions will be made over the next month! ~Jason & Janelle