Sunday, March 24, 2013

close to home.

I lay before you a huge piece of my heart,, and an invitation.

there are those special instances in life,,
where God grants you the privilege to intimately be a part of and see someone that you love so dearly be translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.
where for years you joyously weep before God for salvation and for His love to break through,,
and you tangibly see the fruit.

where God gives you a promise,,
and you cling to it,,
and you see it fulfilled.

where you’re blessed by His timing and grace in allowing you to physically be there for those beginning steps of transformation and sacred moments like baptism.
where you are blown away by the movement of the Spirit,,
and see Him fill and pour out upon a man.
where you can testify of the power of God and that He still speaks from watching this person’s life.

where you witness someone literally become a new person.
where you see a true disciple made.
where you see someone gripped by the love of Jesus,,
and accept the call and command to go.
where you watch them lay down their life,,
and begin to set the world on fire.

there are those special instances in life,,
and this certain one just happened to be my little brother.

 an amazing man set apart by the Lord for His glory,,
who has set His face towards Christ and hasn’t looked back.
and who is now following Jesus to Zambia, Africa.
it was totally unexpected. and totally God.


this may,, my little brother will be going to Overland Missions Advanced Mission Training.

 this is how they describe this program,,
“AMT is a program that will propel you into the mission fields of the neglected tribes of the earth. Whether your calling is Africa, South America, Asia or beyond, we will train you to effectively and strategically reach different ethnic tribes with the gospel of Jesus Christ. AMT is a starting block that will forward your journey to fulfill God’s missionary dream for your life.

You will be trained in 17 subjects that are a mixture between classroom learning and practical field exercises. For three months you will live at our Rapid 14 mission base located at Victoria Falls, Zambia. You will spend time ministering in remote villages that have rarely been visited since the days that Dr. David Livingstone was exploring Africa to preach the gospel and abolish the slave trade.
You will be part of a team of 20 people who are of like mind and faith and who are all there to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You will experience a unique and challenging missionary training course that will prepare you to handle any road…any load…any time.
Graduates of AMT have the opportunity to apply for internships within one of Overland Missions’ departments. AMT is the gateway to enter into full time missionary service with Overland Missions. If selected for AMT, you will soon see what it takes to reach the neglected people of the earth with the gospel of Jesus Christ, in this generation."

                 4X4  Driving and Recovery
Missionary Theology
                   Bush Cooking
                 Come Back Alive Survival Course
Such a Great Salvation
                 Expedition and Mission Training
Sustainable Development
                 GPS Navigation
Vehicle Mechanics
                 Guest Minister
Wilderness First Responder
                  Introduction to Fundraising
Final Presentation: Sector Research Project
                 Ministry Ethics

he is in need of $7000 to cover this three month training, all his expenses and airfare.

so I share this amazing testimony of our Jesus.
and I extend the invitation to be blessed by being a blessing,,
to be a part of what God is doing across the nations in making His name known, His power unleashed, and His love tangible.

because it's more blessed to give than to receive,, and Jesus demonstrated this perfectly.

what better way to celebrate this season and time of the year,,
of the life, crucifixion, burial and resurrection of the One who gave it all for us,,
than by giving so that this Gospel may be made known to those who have yet to hear, yet to experience, and yet to know the One they were created for.

 if you would like to give and be a part of this journey and work of the Lord,,
you can go to this website,,

just be sure to put “Daniel Ortwerth, May AMT” in the donation memo box.
If you would like more information, you can go to

thank you.thank you.thank you.
for being obedient. for your prayers. and for being the Body.

may we follow His leading and give cheerfully.
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

[[Because if you're not going,, you're sending]].


  1. Kelsey! I'm so excited to hear the news about your brother! There is nothing sweeter or more joyous than seeing the Lord at work in a heart and life. He is so good!

    Rejoicing with you,
    ~ Leah

  2. thank you, Leah!:) Absolutely! The greatest supernatural event we could ever witness!
    Thank you for rejoicing with me, sister! Such a blessing to have the Body:)

    love you!