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Trapped in Paradise!!!

Posted by avaughan on Mar 24, 2020

Hello Loved Ones! Blessings and love to you. First and foremost, thank you so much for your love and support.  We are so grateful for each of you.  We feel humbled by your kindness. Our beaches are officially closed.  Three people were arrested yesterday for being at the beach. Everything is being very closely monitored and drastic measures are being taken.  Even from our small little world, we are feeling the large impact of this virus. Well, a quick update… we are definitely trapped in paradise.  As you are aware, President Trump issued an alert urging people like us to return to the United States immediately unless we plan on staying here indefinitely.  Unfortunately, if we leave the country (Costa Rica), we will not be able to return to our people here.  We have continued to have problems with our residency.  We are semi-residents.  However, if residents leave the country, they lose their residency.  If tourists leave, they can’t return until this is all over. Because this causes a sudden and complete end to tourism, our town is really struggling.  Most already live hand to mouth.  We are very fortunate to be able to serve in a time like this.  This could be the season of a lifetime for ministry.  Please pray for us!  We are organizing and partnering to serve the local communities.  We are excited about this opportunity.  Our prayer is to see revival and to create a culture of serving each other well. At the same time, if I am honest, I am concerned with the anticipated rise in crime.  Even in the last 24 hours,...

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Posted by avaughan on Sep 3, 2019

Hi! Remember us? Yes, we are very aware we stink at updates!To be brutally honest…We haven’t really known what to say. In a world inundated with words, posts and publications… We don’t want to be just another noise… another notification. I don’t want to offer a single word that doesn’t bring Him glory.If what comes from us doesn’t inspire hope…I don’t want to share it.Most of our daily work continues to be so hidden…Tiny touches going unnoticed mostly insignificant to the world.Victories of the secret kind…Love displayed in a form that most would step over…Discount and disregard… But they are bread to us.They are the bread of THE TESTIMONY…They remind…Our God sees…Our God values each story…Our God is a God of deep knowing. Adam and I continue to position ourselves as learners.  He has gone back to school pursuing his doctorate all the while…Balancing our missionary work, serving as volunteer pastor and stud of my heart and our home.  Our Smalls are growing daily both in spirit and stature.Week in and week out… I see…They serve, they lead… they become.And as I look at them…I remember…This is what I was born to do…Equip families to BELIEVE.To actívate and awaken the saint-warriors.I continue to seek much grace and wisdom as I love, guide and direct.Surely, my effectiveness will be directly linked to the level of intimacy in which I personally reside…Nothing more…Nothing less.I wonder what would happen if we all believed that everything hinged on this ONE TRUTH?What if we laid down EVERYTHING ELSE and believed…ALL HE WANTS…Is ALL OF US?Sons and daughters willing to wait…A new generation…Willing to dig into...

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Advent love from The Backwards Missionaries!

Posted by avaughan on Dec 24, 2018

Christmas Blessings from our family in Costa Rica! As we approach the celebration of Jesus’ birth and the end of this year, my heart always processes the struggle of really taking it all in.  Even in a slower paced 3rd world country, one can so easily get swept up in the activity of life and its urgencies.  My heart’s cry is always the same, “I don’t want to miss You!” As Christmas draws nearer and nearer…I hear The Lord releasing a call to let love invade…To give love permission to invade in every area. To quite simply…Make space to embrace love. Wasn’t this the main problem during the first Christmas???  There just simply wasn’t room in the midst of all the chaos for Love to be birthed? Our family continues to learn each day.  We continue to be stretched as we constantly recognize in this life we control very little. But of this I am certain…We are empowered to control the degree in which we love.   The questions I hear Him whispering over and over again as we journey… How profoundly am I willing to be loved… How vulnerable am I willing to be in order to be fiercely loved? Love is risky business…But it should be our first focus and greatest occupation, if we are to minister as Jesus did. In saying this…We cannot begin to express how thankful we are for the love and support you continue to show us.  It is because of you, we can rest and remember that God sees us.  When we feel alone and even lost at times…God so often uses one of you...

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Posted by avaughan on Jul 10, 2018

Last week we were blessed to have an amazing group from Two Rivers Church Chattanooga. They excel in love, and we among many were lavished beyond measure. I was reminded once again of the incredible power of vulnerability, humility, love, friendship and kindness.  I literally watched hearts receive deep encouragement and freedom as one person simply offered the genuine, authentic, humble gift of their heart… over and over again. This team advanced the Kingdom in powerful ways… We were blessed to be able to support local pastors (from 4 different churches) and local schools. Personally, I’m not a fan of painting, but somehow when we’re doing it together with people that we love… Well, it becomes fun! My friends from Chattanooga, literally, used their vacation time from work (or time without pay) to come here. They saved… they sacrificed… they shared… So that they could offer hope and joy… So that they could serve. With the hope of simply offering acts of kindness… The truth about the faithfulness of Jesus. Friendship. Encouragement. Smiles and laughter. Reminding us not to take ourselves too seriously. Instead, choose to focus on what matters most. My heart was blessed by the privilege to be able to serve “together.” There’s power in “together,” but there’s also the gift of hearts being knit together. I remain in awe of how beautiful and impacting it was to see a diverse group of people unite for a common cause… But also… it’s just incredibly fun!!! Our continued thanks to all who continue to support us… You may not be able to come with a team… but you...

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Three Images

Posted by avaughan on May 10, 2018

Three Images… Leading, destruction and science. Look closely… This first picture is of a man pulling his horses while driving his scooter. I’ve wondered do these horses follow with such velocity that the man needs the scooter so he can lead them at the appropriate pace? The next is a man pulling his crew… There are about 7 of them. However, he only puts a rope harness on two of them.  He then pulls these two while riding his bicycle. I have wondered… does he gently guide the leaders because he knows that the others will follow those two leaders on their own initiative and volition?  Or, does he tie up the two naughtiest ones because he knows that the good ones will will follow out of obedience and training? I know that they’re not great, but it’s hard to take pictures while driving… even if I rarely go over 20mph in my town. I share these pics and ask these questions because they’re about me.  I’ve been examining my motives and heart.  Which one of these horses best represents me?  I think I can identify with each one of them… having to be pulled, following happily and freely. As I’ve examined my motives, sometimes I’ve seen some pretty ugly things. Always grateful that I’m still included and invited by the Good Shepherd.   This picture was taken of a house that is on my street. It’s probably 75 yards away. It has been said that it is one of the most secure homes around.  It has a huge concrete wall surrounding the perimeter, as well as video surveillance....

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Posted by avaughan on Mar 6, 2018

Living open-handed… This is what The Lord has been speaking to me lately. Daily I find myself living the lifelong process of growing out of flesh… And pressing in towards the spirit. The selfish tendencies in me appear to run deep. A counselor by mind… I’m found processing the roots of my many issues… Most of which can be linked back to a lie I have embraced somewhere along the way. Two simple questions reveal almost everything about the faith I claim to stand upon… Do I really believe He loves me perfectly? Do I trust Him wildly with each step of the journey? Anyone could look back over my story and see His hand of faithfulness. But for me… deep ache always accompanies such recounting. The last few weeks I have been weepily looking back through old photos… Photos that feel like they are of a different woman in a different lifetime. I deeply cherish ALL that has been given and all that I have been blessed with. But truth be told… the earnest reflection makes my soul ache. It feels as if life is slipping through my hands like grains of sand. I hear the taunting lies of the enemy… “The best has already passed you by… one only gets so many blessings. “Seeing with Kingdom eyes affords a different view… Each and every sacred memory can also serve as a testimony of the greater things that await… Of the beauty that lies ahead. “When I think upon my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies.” Ps 119:59 My experiences and memories are testimonies revealing His...

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