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*I have edited and added a few more pictures and descriptions to this summary post of our trip travelling with GDMMissions to Chuuk.

The trip was a marvelous experience and God blessed greatly. Many heard the gospel and many important church leaders were challenged in their knowledge and understanding of the true gospel against the man-made false teaching which is so prevalent in Micronesia.

Chuuk is just one of the federated states of Micronesia.

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We ministered on three different islands 1. Weno 2. Nama 3. Fefen

Weno is the most populated island and the only one with an airstrip and hotels.We worked with Grace International Baptist Church there not far from the airport and our hotel. See the bottom left orange marker for the location of our hotel.

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We then prepared for our 60 mile journey on the Pacific to the outer island of Nama. This was the most extreme part of the trip and hopefully the pictures below will help you understand the vast remoteness of it all. The Red Marker is Weno and the purple pin marker is Nama. This map still gives me the chills. The utter expanse of the ocean is terrifying as you are literally a little fish in a very very big pond.

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Here are some pictures from clinics and the work done on the islands. GDMMissions does everything from evangelism and discipleship to medicine and dentistry. Jamie was the dental assistant and did a great job! Disclaimer: Don’t sign up for this job if you are squeemish around blood. I was able to run the sterilizer and assist the dentist in distributing medicine to the patients.

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Bible stories and gospel teaching. The children and many of the adults would sit and listen for hours.

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Telling the story of Adam and Eve and the Story of the Bible.

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We were also able to have some fun doing some snorkeling and skewering some octopi! This is one of the local Pastors we were able to work side by side here in Chuuk. He was a lot of fun but also a great example of a man giving his life for the sake of the gospel.

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The trip to Nama (see map picture with the purple pin for the location of Nama) was intense, awe inspiring, fearful, and peaceful. I have never felt so helpless, afraid, and secure all at the same time like I did when we were out in the Pacific ocean. God does provide peace in stormy waters. The trip to the island was 5 hours in a 20 foot fishing boat traversing 60 miles of open ocean. The power of the ocean is immense but we have a God who controls and silences the sea at the sound of his voice. Thankfully, that God led us the whole way and we made it to Nama’s shores safely.20130810-222707.jpg

On the island of Nama we were able to show the Jesus Film in their native tounge. We brought with us the video and a small visual projector but we did not have any sound. Thankfully there was a boom-box on the island that we rigged up to our projector for all to hear the Jesus Film and the gospel translated into Chuukese. Dozens of people were watching from this view but many people were unable to fit inside the building so they went outside to watch the film on the back of the sheet/screen.

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Here is our group of doctors, pastors, dentists, nurses, and national translators. This was right before we left Nama to go back to our hotel. We are all dreading the long trip back which turned out to only be 3 1/2 hours.

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We also were able to minister on a closer island called Fefen. One of our local contacts grew up on this island and is now the pastor of a small church on his home island. He is young and a recent graduate from a Harvest Christian School in Guam where they train locals to go back and start or continue ministries on islands all throughout Micronesia.

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This picture is a quick pic of some announcements being given regarding the Clinic Registration process. We would arrive for the Fefen clinic by boat from our hotel around 8 and start the clinic at 9 am. The registration process documents the peoples needs and numbers them for a certain set amount for the dentist and the doctor each day. The problem on this island was that people were showing up at 5:00 am the morning for the clinic and would have to wait around until we got started at 9 am. Sometimes the order of arrival verses the order of service would vary because people would cut in line and such so therefore it can be difficult to be fair and efficient. But thankfully, all problems were resolved and for three days many people were given free medical and dental aid as well as more importantly heard the gospel message.

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This was our means of travel from our hotel and around the lagoon. The island ahead is the island of Weno which is the location of our hotel, The Truk Stop Hotel.

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The children were adorable and I am thankful for the gospel teaching they heard. Many of the children were simply starving for attention. They ultimately need the love of Jesus to come into their lives and give them a love that no medicine or family could ever give. It is a reminder of how much I complain when I have the truth of the gospel and I have so much more simply living here in America than these children will ever have. We as Americans must learn not to squander the truth God has given us as well as the success our nature has enjoyed.

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Isaiah 50:10 – Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.

Africa used to be the Dark Continent in light of the absence of a gospel presence and any knowledge of the continents interior. Now, we see places around the corner in our very own neighborhoods that are dark and without light of the truth. I pray the Lord will use us to reach the dark places of Micronesia.

Isaiah 51:!5 – I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the Lord of hosts is his name.

On this trip we will be travelling to a few Islands via boat. I do not know if Jamie and I will get seasick or not but the power to calm the ocean waves is the God we serve.

Isaiah 52:7-10 – How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

8 The voice of your watchmen–they lift up their voice together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the Lord to Zion;

9 Break forth together into singing you waste places of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people; he has redeemed Jerusalem.

10 The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Follow the colors and bold type font to link the challenges from God’s Word.

Romans 10:14,15- How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 

15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Are my feet beautiful in the sense that they are worthy of beautifying my Savior? Certainly not in my eyes. However, because of Jesus’ precious blood shed for me, my feet are made beautiful in God’s sight. I am now worthy to walk down the way of Salvation and told to lead others down the way of life by following the footsteps of Jesus.

 10 The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations

This is the only verse in the Bible that mentions this concept of God making his holy arm bare. This phrase means freeing the arm of any constraint or constricting movement caused by clothing. This was done by warriors when entering battle or someone who was ready to get to work and be free to move. God has a battle plan and is ready to enact his plan throughout all the nations and even to the ends of the earth. 

Isaiah 49:6 – …I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”  

How, limited is our view. We support our tunnel vision when we ignore the God’s global vision. We forget his work around the world. God is working in your neighborhood, in your town, in your city, in your state, in your country, in your continent, and in your world. We limit God when we forget to consider His power to reach “all nations” with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I hope to be a small part of that work that no false religion, worldview, person, or thing can stop.  

Isaiah 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.

The Creator of the ends of the earth – The phrase, ‘the ends of the earth,’ means the same as the earth itself. The earth is sometimes spoken of as a vast plain having limits or boundaries (see Isa 40:22). It is probable that this was the prevailing idea among the ancients (compare Deu 33:17; 1Sa 2:10; Psa 19:6; Psa 22:27; Psa 48:10; Psa 65:5; Psa 67:7; Psa 98:3; Isa 43:6; Isa 45:22; Isa52:10). The argument here is, that he who has formed the earth could not be exhausted or weary in so small a work as that of protecting his people.

April 2013

Dear Family and Friends:

For several months now, Jamie and I have been exploring a new direction that God may be leading us in our future life together. Currently we are living in Dublin, NH, where I work as a teacher, coach, and dormitory supervisor for DCA.  Jamie has stayed very busy with several part-time jobs this year. However, this summer we have an opportunity to go on a mission trip to the island of Chuuk, Micronesia, with Grace Dental and Medical Mission. God’s will does not always lead you where you might expect, but we both feel this is an important step to help us determine if this ministry is where the Lord would have us.

The trip is planned for July 2- 18 and will specifically target three islands, with efforts concentrated on opening doors to share the gospel through dental and medical aid. We will be staying for most of the time on the main Chuukese island of Weno, but we were also told to bring a tent, because for several days we will be “camping” Micronesian style in order to set up a clinic on a remote island of Nomwin. Thankfully, Jamie and I will not be asked to pull teeth or diagnose illnesses. We will be assisting the medical teams, but also learning specifically how GDMMissions operates and what our future roles may be with the mission.  Each team member needs to raise $3,000, 80% of which goes toward airfare. We are trusting God to provide the funds, but we do understand that raising $6,000 in a short amount of time is a daunting task. We are confident of God’s leading and that no matter the difficulty, He is always faithful.

We are excited (and admittedly a little nervous) about this next step, but recently I was encouraged by a quote from a book I have been reading called Finish the Mission:

“Hebrews talks of those who were made strong out of weakness. The implication is not that they made themselves strong, just that they made themselves available. As a result, they were made mighty. God is able to do more than we can imagine.” Please pray with us for wisdom about our future, that the Lord will provide the necessary funds for this trip, and that we would be useful tools in the hand of the Almighty.

In Christ,

Jordan and Jamie Moody

English: Map of Chuuk State, Micronesia. Polsk...

English: Map of Chuuk State, Micronesia. Polski: Mapa stanu Chuuk w Mikronezji. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Jamie and me are honored to go on a mission trip to Chuuk, Micronesia this summer from July 2-July 18. I will be posting our support letter soon but until then please read this support from my former pastor and friend Bob Emberley via Facebook.
I see that Jordan has 1,154 FB friends. Now I know that there is a measure of difference between “FB friends” and “friend friends;” notwithstanding that chasm here’s is my proposal and the simple arithmetic that can make my proposal a reality. My friends, Jordan and Jamie, are traveling with Grace Dental and Medical Mission (full disclosure – I am on the board of GDMM) to Chuuk, Micronesia (more disclosure and probably more info. than you need – my daughter Rachel’s fiance lives on Chuuk, currently a student at NIU). Cut to the chase, J & J need to raise $6,000.00 for this mission trip. So I am contributing 1% of their support (that’s $60 for those who are mathematically challenged) . . . here’s where the “FB friend” thing comes into play. We need 100 people to give 1% ($60) and J&J are good to go. So how ’bout it?
Send your check to GDMMission 150 Cross Street, Methuen, MA 01844, put Moody 1% on the memo line. Big things can be done when everyone chips in.
Thanks,
Bob Emberley (that’s Bob, the regular dad . . not the cool son.)