Desert Warrior Ministries

A project by Bert



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SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK

Jesus was an Alien and Other Stories of Faith is a collection of short stories written to inspire your own story of faith. Here you might talk to Jesus about your neighbors. Here you may encounter God in a boardroom in flip flops or discover that Jesus was really an alien (or not). Here a funeral can be a wedding and an eight year old can teach you the heart of God. Watch as El Shaddai, the Almighty God, intervenes at the Tower of Babel. Discover the Way of the Desert Warrior with Joshua at the foot of Mt. Sinai and rejoice in the shock of Lucifer at the cross as Jesus raises his spiritual head and looks upon his enemy in triumph.

All this, and more, awaits to inspire you as you read, share and live out the divine story in you.

HOW YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS WILL HELP

Our goal is to raise the money to edit, translate, design, print and, especially, market our first book, Jesus was an Alien and Other Stories of Faith. Living in a peso society with the second highest inflation in the world and trying to publish a book in dollars is a daunting task.

A little bit of help from a lot of people would go a long way. Think of it as pre-ordering the book. Please make a donation today.

Anything raised above our goal will go towards the launch of Desert Warrior Ministries as a full time ministry. We have other books and short stories that we would love to publish

WHAT YOU GET

Our gratitude for helping us to start our journey in this ministry. We also have a number of exciting rewards for you, including a copy of the book to be delivered in three to six months. Please see the reward tiers to the right for all the details.

Here are some images for you to enjoy, including the wallpaper of Desert Warrior Ministries and the front cover of the book, Jesus was an Alien and Other Stories of Faith. You have an opportunity to claim this reward plus much, much more.

Desert Warriors Wallpaper

Front Book Cover

HOW YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT US

Our Site/Blog Our Facebook Page Our Twitter Page

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

Read. Pray. Share.

We encourage you to READ our stories and posts at www.desertwarrior.net. You can FOLLOW our blog posts by signing up your email in the side bar under “follow blog via email.” In addition, you can follow our twitter feed and “like” our facebook page. Your “likes” give us a higher ranking in the search engines which is especially helpful for those who are seeking answers to their spiritual questions through the internet.

We encourage you to PRAY for our project. Every time you read one of our posts in your email, please say a prayer for us. Prayer is a conversation with God. He is our Provider and Protector. Click on the “Pray It” box below to lift up a prayer for us right now and we will share it with all our supporters!

We encourage you to SHARE this project with all your friends and family. One person can be the gateway to a thousand and who knows what God can do through you. Share, Tweet, Like, Re-Tweet and Share some more!! Thank you for all your support.

MEMBERS OF THE PROJECT TEAM

Bert and Verónica Amsing. Melanie and Michelle.
Bert and Vero

Bert A. Amsing (M.Div., Calvin Theological Seminary) is the co-founder of Desert Warrior Ministries together with his wife, Verónica. They started this ministry to support, encourage and serve leaders in the Kingdom of God. They share a life ministry of encouragement, prayer and service in Spanish and English through writing/speaking and drawing/painting.

He has written a book called Jesus was an Alien and Other Stories of Faith. He has also written The Temptations of the Cross (A Novel) and has begun a series on distinctive apologetics called The Desert Warrior.

Desert Warrior Ministries teaches and encourages relational evangelism, distinctive apologetics and radical discipleship in the context of a lifestyle of repentance, grace and spiritual unity.

Their goal is to promote evangelical Christianity through narrative theology, relationship marketing and social networking by creating and training an online community of desert warriors dedicated to pleasing God above all, in holiness and ministry to others in the name of Christ.

Desert Warrior Ministries

The Favour of God and Man

Lord, we pray that you would give favour to Desert Warrior Ministries in the eyes of family and friends and new supporters. We pray that you would use this ministry and book to change people´s hearts and draw them closer to you….in your name we pray. Amen.




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  • Weekly Update No. 7 (Crowdfunding Campaign)

    about 5 years ago

    The Anointing

    This is probably my favorite story. Perhaps because it touches close to home and reflects some aspects of my own life. It is also the most clear exposition of what I believe the church to be all about and how to live in the anointing of God.

    This is a story of a Pastor who was walking downtown near the soup kitchen with a fellow parishoner from his church and they were held up by a drugged up young person with a gun. His friend is killed and the story starts with the Pastor trying to get his act together on the morning of the funeral. Peter, his friend, was a businessman who lost a lot of money for himself and his partner, Frank, who killed himself when the bottom fell out of the market. A lot of people in the church had invested their life savings with Peter and Frank and so the entire community was upset and hurting. What would the Pastor say about Peter and this situtation now that Peter and Frank were both dead?

    Six years. Six months. Six minutes. That´s what it all came down to. Six years of work in the church. Six months of putting up with Peter who claims to have found the key to the abundant life even though he lost the life savings of most of the congregation. No one wanted to listen to him and he was creating problems and division in the church. And then, six minutes. From the moment they were confronted in the street by the druggie until Peter was dead. Six lousy minutes. And it changed everything. The seventh minute. The seventh month. The seventh year. The time of anointing.

    This is a story about the importance of the anointing of God in the life of the church. It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to read out loud so it´s a bit long – the longest story in the book. But it probably most accurately tells the story of what I believe about the Chrisitan life and the fellowship of the saints in the life of the church. There is some music involved near the end so the audio version should be great and I am looking forward to putting an audio book together for Jesus was an Alien.

    This story about the Anointing is not on the website. It is only available for those who buy the book. I hope you enjoy it and that you learn how to live in the anointing of God as a community of faith.

    The Desert Warrior

    An Adventure of Grace – Our Crowdfunding Journey by Bert A. Amsing
    Copyright © 2012 vanKregten Publishers. All rights reserved.
    www.desertwarrior.net [email protected]

  • Weekly Update No. 6 (Crowdfunding Campaign)

    about 5 years ago

    Lucifer at the Cross

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    These two stories come from the novel The Temptations of the Cross. Admittedly, they are short and to the point but the idea was to give people a taste of what they could find in the book.

    Lucifer at the Cross is a short snapshot of the moment when Lucifer realizes that all is not what it seems and that there is something more going on than meets the eye. Of course, all of the build up to that point in the book is essential for really “feeling” that moment even though we know the story well. Essentially, I wrote the story of Jesus from the point of view of the angels (and demons) in order to interpret the story from the point of view of the two temptations of the cross. The temptation of Jesus to avoid the cross and the temptation of Satan to use the cross as his instrument of revenge. It all culminates at this point when the divine sting is fulfilled and Lucifer is destroyed.

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a snapshot of heaven at the time of the fall of mankind. This is after the temptation of Gabriel by Lucifer and after the temptation and fall of mankind. Now Gabriel (and the other angels) have some questions for God about what to do next. In this section, a general concept of evil and how God will ultimately use evil´s own nature to defeat itself (poetic justice) is given. Also, there is a picture of God dancing and working out the details of the Story of Redemption in the sands of time. This is a combination of the main character of Fiddler on the Roof together with the passage in the OT that tells us that God dances over us in joy.

    Hopefully these two quick pictures of the spiritual dimension of the History of Redemption will motivate many of you to check out my novel The Temptations of the Cross. Enjoy.

    The Desert Warrior

    An Adventure of Grace – Our Crowdfunding Journey by Bert A. Amsing
    Copyright © 2012 by vanKregten Publishers. All rights reserved.
    www.desertwarrior.net [email protected]

  • Weekly Update No. 5 (Crowdfunding Campaign)

    about 5 years ago

    The Old Lady and the Giant

    This story was dedicated to a wonderful old lady in our church on the ocassion of her 80th birthday. She was born on a leap year so she was really only twenty years old. Her granddaughter, Sonia, asked me to write something special for her to be included in a special book that the family was putting together for her. Great fun.

    I wanted to write something about the poor and homeless people who were visiting our church and give another perspective on who they were. I thought of the passage that says that we ought to be hospitable in case we are visited by angels. When I first met Scotty, one of the street evangelists and homeless men that came to our church, he was so different, so strange, that the thought crossed my mind that he might be a visitation of Jesus trying to challenge our approach to the poor and needy.

    From there, the whole story simply wrote itself. I took the basic concept of a large, Santa like character from one of my other stories and compared him with the smallness of the old lady and the story was born. Yes, it was also a challenge to our church but it had a positive spin to it. In the end, God wants to give each one of us and the church a miracle, the miracle of seeing each other through his eyes.

    I hope that you also receive that miracle in your lives.

    The Desert Warrior

    The Adventure of Grace – Our Crowdfunding Journey by Bert A. Amsing
    Copyright © 2012 vanKregten Publishers. All rights reserved.
    www.desertwarrior.net [email protected]

  • Weekly Update No. 4 (Crowdfunding Campaign)

    about 5 years ago

    The Eight Year Old Evangelist

    I remember the day when I decided to write the story, The Eight Year Old Evangelist. Obviously, the story is about my daughter, Michelle, who was eight years old and had more evangelistic zeal than our entire church put together.

    We were living at Villa Los Pinos in Tigre, Buenos Aires. Now, that sounds better than it was. It was a beautiful property for sure. Two thousand five hundred square meters of back yard, fifty four pine trees and fruit trees (yes, the girls counted them, every one), and grass everywhere. A bear to take care of but a real pleasure nonetheless. The swimming pool was falling apart but useable, but the house (and apartment) were almost unliveable when we first arrived. Still, it was a real pleasure to live there. It was a gift of God in a difficult time. Low rent, no downpayment, but, boy, did it need a lot of TLC. We painted, cleaned, fixed, scrubbed, and looked the other way until it was liveable and we were grateful.

    We had visions of Villa Los Pinos becoming a spiritual retreat centre and headquaters (as well as a home) for our ministry. So far, that hasn´t come to pass and we no longer live there. But that´s another story.

    Part of the deal for moving into the house was that we had to move out again in December of that same year since they had already rented it out for one month. There was a small apartment (also a disaster) that we fixed up. We stored our furniture and lived on the basics for a month in the summer while the other family enjoyed the back yard, the pool and the house. Still, it was a blessing.

    Michelle had gotten to know the kids and she was invited to play with them and use the pool when they were home and generally have a good time. I wasn´t there when she stormed into our small apartment and said to my wife that the kids she was playing with were not Christians and that she would take her Bible and go over there and tell them about Jesus. Precious. Of course, we were curious about what would happen…..
    But it got me to thinking about our church. We were going to an English speaking expatriate church in Buenos Aires. Everyone who knows us and lives in Buenos Aires knows who we are talking about. That´s an issue. They say that you aren´t supposed to write about real people and events. That you can get sued. But our God is a God of reality and ministry is about dealing with reality. So I wrote the story, told the truth, but changed the names (and sometimes the gender) of the people involved so that it would be a general rather than a specific thing.
    Still, I don´t think anyone over there even cares. We don´t go to church there any more. We go to the OTHER English-speaking expatriate church in the North Zone of Buenos Aires. Everyone knows who they are too. What do I mean, they don´t even care? That is the sad thing. They would probably agree with everything the story says, maybe add a few details for clarification, but not be ashamed of any of it. The capacity of the human heart (including mine) to decieve itself is so great, it scares me.

    The church building and grounds are beautiful. The gardens and trees are a real treat. The people are nice and friendly, but the church is as dead as a doornail. No, that is not a judgment on individual people. Many of them continue to be our friends. It is discernment. I believe that the difference between judgment and discernment is involvement and we were very involved. I supported the pastor, my wife worked in the church as the Director of the preschool. I preached. We sang, cleaned, fixed, helped. We came early and stayed late. We did whatever was necessary.

    We were identified with the poor and homeless that came to the church because we ministered to them, gave them money, clothes, shoes and lots of acceptance and love, and we got into trouble for it. And they were a pain. Some of them were real characters. Scotty, Charles, Julio. They ate more than their share of facturas and tea (with lots of sugar). They smelled and they interrupted the service. They asked for money. They cried. They laughed. They sang (mostly out of tune). They invited more of their friends off the street, because they knew that there was a friendly word, a helping hand, sometimes a few pesos or at least a bit of food that could be had on a Sunday morning.
    We were a thorn in the flesh to the flesh of the church. It´s not a role we wanted or looked for, but it seemed to happen by itself. We were gentle (we thought), but we wouldn´t back up on the basics of the faith, like the cross, like feeding the poor and standing up for the powerless (even if they smell). But nobody promised that we wouldn´t get into trouble for it. Sometimes we have this idea that everything will have a Hollywood ending in this life (it certainly will in the life to come). But, often, you get into trouble (even with the church) when you try to follow God (however imperfectly).

    So, there you have it. The Eight Year Old Evangelist is a true story, a sad story, a story of the shame of the gospel (or not).

    Frankly, we have found that many of the poor and homeless (like Scotty and Charles) do more evangelism on a weekly basis than the entire church on a yearly basis.

    What does that say about us? Yes, we are ashamed of the gospel. We don´t need it desperately enough. We still rely on our own resources and power and we have not yet been destroyed. Our true flesh and arrogance and pride has not yet been revealed to us. We haven´t yet understood that we are all homeless, we are all losers, we are all addicted to sin, pride and ego. We are all in desperate need of the good news. It is that humility, that awareness of our own need for grace, and the thankfulness that God has given us that grace in Jesus Christ, that is the foundation of the ministry of the church and our spiritual walk with God.

    Jesus made the standard of obedience to him how we deal with the poor, the needy, the least, the last, the lost (yes, the LOSER). There is no question about it. The Bible is abundantly clear about this issue.

    Perhaps he did so because only in that context would our humility or our pride be shown for what it is. The things we learn about ourselves and our faith in God are revealed in how we deal with those around us who smell and are inconveniences and different and a bother. Forget about our enemies (yes, that too), it is how we deal with our brothers and sisters in Christ (especially the lowly ones) that is the litmus test of our faith.

    Yes, the sad thing is that they don´t care. If they would be upset about the story, if they would protest their innocence, if they would claim it wasn´t so, that would be good news. It would indicate that there is some awareness of God´s standard of obedience and that they don´t want to fall short of it. Then you can talk, you can discuss, you can even argue, about how, and when and where and what happened, and “you don´t understand, and what I was trying to say or trying to do was”…..that conversation would be wonderful. I have no problem disagreeing with someone who is zealous for the things of God. That would be a welcome discussion, a necessary process, iron sharpening iron. What I have a problem with, is people who simply don´t care.
    So they got rid of us. Had an official meeting. Came up with some bogus reasons, some half-baked accusations, some misunderstandings. No conversation, no heart-to-heart. Just……go away. So we went. Who are we to defy the leadership of the church? We never intended to do anything wrong. So, we left.

    After two years in the new church, we are leaving again. Lord, how heavy my heart is. It must be me. It must be my flesh, my zeal, my lack of gentleness, my pride, my ego, my sin. Forgive me for my blindness. Restore to us the joy of our salvation and the favor of a fellowship dedicated to you.

    Yes, we have left. We were kicked out, again. Basically, for the same reasons. The poor seem to follow us around. We have been identified with them. The leadership come to us to complain about them or to ask us to deal with them for some imagined or real slight or embarrasment. Thank you, Lord, for that priviledge.

    But when they publicly kick someone out because he asks for money (wouldn´t you if you were broke?) and they threaten to call the police if he comes back and he only wants to meet with me on the street because he is afraid to come into the house of God…..we are talking here about a Christian brother who is a street evangelist…..and he cries on my shoulder …..a grown man….not able to handle, on top of everything else life has thrown at him, the rejection of the church, his own brothers and sisters in the Lord…..where else can he go? He is alone, rejected, worthless…..noone sees his true self, in Christ……my family surronding us and laying hands on him as he weeps…..yes, even my children and my eight year old (now ten year old) evangelist……and praying on a street corner near the church because there was no room, no place, no acceptance for him in the fellowship of believers……..then there comes a time when a public rebuke is necessary and the church as a whole needs to know what is going on and decide what kind of church it is going to be. Well, that kind of thinking will get anyone in trouble.

    Perhaps the point is, that following God is not an easy task. There is no guarantee that even the church will not reject you, or throw you out. The status quo is precious to people even though God has condemned the status quo as a deception of the Devil. God wants us to grow in obedience and spiritual maturity. Spiritual growth and the status quo are not compatible. At least, not in this world, with the power of the flesh, the world and the Devil against us…..not when sin is automatic and the spirit takes dedicated effort…..not if you want to be useful to God and get your hands dirty and make a difference in the lives of real people in the power of the Holy Spirit as you share the good news of the power of God in the hearts of man through the cross of Christ. Of course, that assumes that you actually want all this……why bother? It´s not very comfortable. It´s rather inconvenient. Takes up a lot of time. It´s a lot of work and requires a lot of sacrifice…….

    This time new accusations are made. I am spiritually immature (of course, aren´t you?). I lack self-control (I keep asking for forgiveness for my sins, so obviously I don´t have any victory over sin in my life…..or is the victory in the confession and repentance of the sin in the first place?). But, even worse……I am machavillean (with evil intentions) and “the Bible warned us that people like you would arise in the church.” (I am now either a wolf in sheeps clothing or the anti-christ). Lord, please forgive them. And show me where I am out of your will and how to conduct myself so that you are pleased with me. Do I really give them that impression? I always say that their list of accusations is shorter than my own list against myself and both of ours are nothing to the list of accusations that the Devil brings against us. Thank God that all of the accusations are covered by the blood of Christ. We do not deal in justice but in grace and grace was bought with the justice of God.

    The problem is that kicking Scotty out of church was a line that I could not cross. Sure, there are lots of things that I might disagree with the elders on. Of course. I have opinions but I can write about them here, in my blog, and get them off my chest. But in the church, how do I condone kicking the poor out of the church? How can I be in agreement with the corporate sin of the fellowship? How can we have the anointing of God on our ministry, if we don´t minister to the poor (and everyone else)? I just couldn´t find a way to continue working on Desert Warrior Ministries, much less be a part of the fellowship in the church, if I just let this go.

    Sure, I could have handled it better. I apologized for that later (again with the confessions of sins, how weak I must be). I find that there is some flesh in everything that I do, so I end up confessing whatever the Lord makes me aware of…..but, the truth is, I could not let this pass. I brought Scotty into the church after the service (he was waiting outside and scared to come in) and found the elder talking to a bunch of people, gentle and friendly, shaking everyone´s hand, a great preacher of the Word actually, a genuinely good man. Someone that I like and respect as a community and even a church leader. I harbored the hope that it was all a big misunderstanding.

    I brought Scotty to him and told him that Scotty was under the impression that he was not welcome in the church and that he, the elder, had threatened to call the police if Scotty showed up again. He said that it was true and glared at Scotty as if to say “what are you doing here”….perhaps that is where my flesh got the upper hand in my own heart. It was the arrogance of the leader, the bold faced assertion that he had the right to kick someone out of the church on his own authority if he wanted (without even consulting the rest of the elders, who ended up agreeing with him anyway). He claimed that Scotty had lied to him about coming from Canada (Scotty´s english wasn´t that good), but who cares? I don´t know if it´s true or not. The elder didn´t know really if it was true or not. He suspected that Scotty lied to him. So what? Are we kicking all liars out of church now? Then I have to go and the leader has to go, in fact, all of us had to go…..what was this? And it got worse from there. People had gathered around and I raised my voice and made it clear that this was not of God. He wasn´t so much embarassed as angry that I was challenging his authority.
    Of course, we already had a history of discussions in private and with the elder board about my involvement in the church. This wasn´t the first time that they have accused me of doing something wrong. He didn´t like how I prayed in a prayer meeting. How I cried and was upset in a Men´s Bible Study because we pretended that everything was all right in the church when no one is ever saved and lives are not transformed. How I rebuked this same leader in a more private setting for suggesting that Charles was a danger to the church and could not come to a congregational meeting when we talked about money (I had just prayed with him for safety on the streets because he had been threatened in the group home he was living in at nights)……now I am an evil man. I have no respect for the church elders and their spiritual authority, my goal is to destroy the church and I have evil, machavillean intentions towards the leadership……Lord, how did this all go so wrong? Yes, my flesh got the better of me. Yes, there was probably a better way to handle it…..but since when do we throw people out of the church and then throw other people out of church for standing up to defend them?

    Now, there is a new pastor a few months later. My wife refuses to give up on the church even though she is in full agreement with what I did (minus the flesh parts). She is a true spiritual warrior. She believes, as I do, that God can use this situation to teach the church (and us) the value of spiritual unity on the basis of confession, repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation. Not just sweep it under the rug. Not just let time heal the wounds. Not just let sleeping dogs lie. No. God confronts sin and pride and ego and demands confession and repentance. God confronts pride, we negotiate.

    For us, it is impossible to imagine that these leaders would ever confess their sin in this matter. But what is impossible with man is possible with God. Now there is a new elder and a new pastor and they want to talk. My wife will meet with them first (at their request). Will the miracle of the grace of God prevail? or will this just be more political maneuvering…..Psalm 133 tells us that the blessing of God rests upon those who are in unity with each other. We know that spiritual unity is based on confession, repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation. It is not the unity of compromise but the unity of obedience and loyalty to one and the same Master.
    I don´t know the end of the story yet. The Eight Year Old Evangelist continues to inspire me. It has led me to the story of Scotty (which I have yet to write) and perhaps the story of the triumph of God´s grace in our church fellowship and a renewed commitment to the priorities of God and the centrality, necessity and value of the cross. It may lead us to a growing, changing, developing ministry rather than the status quo. And that would please you immensely, Lord, I know. We want to be useful to you, Lord, in building your Kingdom and revealing your glory.
    One of those same elders, an older man, who has been a Pastor for the spanish service for many years, asked me once, why the church doesn´t grow. I told him what I honestly thought. We, as a church and especially the leaders, do not seek the anointing of God with all of our hearts. If we did, we would crucify our pride and confess our sins one to another, help each other to repent, forgive one another in Christ and treat each other as we are in Christ not as we are in the flesh, which brings true reconciliation and spiritual unity. On that basis, in humility and spiritual power, we can minister in the anointing power of God to everyone who comes to us without shame or discrimination. We lack the power of transforming lives because our life is not transformed. Frankly, that is always the answer and the solution. (I found out later that he was offended by my answer and that, too, became another reason why I was asked to leave.)

    Lord, will they even care that I write these “truths” about them. They can hardly deny that this is what happened but, hopefully, your Holy Spirit will stir up some anger, some concern, some sort of explanation or justification why this interpretation of the facts is not so. Hopefully, they will care enough to fight back and then, perhaps, your new servant, the new pastor, can say something, do something (bathed in prayer and dependence on you) that will help the scales to fall from their eyes, so that they can see and repent and be restored. And then there can be reconciliation in the church. That is always the way that division in the church must be handled. Anything else is fake and powerless.

    Lord, I pray for them with all my heart. It doesn´t matter whether or not we go back to church there (although we would like to if it is in the context of true spiritual unity). Lord, I pray for them because they are your children, they truly have good intentions, they are good people. They simply haven´t learned the power of the flesh to keep you in ignorance, blindness and willfulness. Lord, help them to learn that they can be good people, love you and have good intentions and still mess up big time and be blind to it, even (especially) as elders.

    Help them to see that there is spiritual warfare going on all the time and that the heart and soul of our church fellowship is at stake. Lord, help them to understand that our own hearts are our biggest enemy and that we need the fellowship of believers to help us uncover our blind spots as we are empowered by the Holy Spirit.
    Being an elder isn´t about getting it right all the time. It´s about having the humility to go to the cross immediately when you become aware of your flesh and sin. That humility before the cross of Christ in the hearts of men and women, so rare and difficult to obtain, is the glory of God and the reason why nothing of importance can happen without prayer.

    And you will reveal that glory in us, both as individuals and a church, both now and before your throne. That glory, the power of the cross in the hearts of men, is why the world continues on. It is the great adventure. It is the goal and purpose of creation. That ministry of reconciliation is the power of God for salvation and sanctification and it will empower our church to minister to the Spanish and English communities throughout the region. I know that is your will, Lord. Make us useful to you in your great rescue effort for the hearts of our families and friends.
    Lord, we so desperately need your power and presence in our lives. Fill us with the certainty that we have your anointing because we dedicate ourselves to spiritual unity rooted in the cross. This ministry of reconcililation is the heart of what the church is and does. It is difficult to see our pride much less crucify it (me too). We need each other to help search out and destroy our blind spots and to keep each other accountable in humility and thankfulness, to help each other to stay at the foot of the cross in that sweet spot of grace. We need to keep our discipleship rooted in the humility of our own need for grace. Thank you Lord. Amen.

    The Desert Warrior

    An Adventure of Grace – Our Crowdfunding Journey by Bert A. Amsing
    Copyright © 2012 by van Kregten Publishers. All rights reserved.
    www.desertwarrior.net [email protected]

  • Weekly Update No. 3 (Crowdfunding Campaign)

    about 5 years ago

    Good evening, Lord. Thank you for another day in the desert with you. This is now the third week of the Crowdfunding Campaign. It hasn´t worked out the way that I thought it would. I know that you are my provider and that without your anointing, nothing will happen anyway. Do I have your anointing? Am I in your will? I believe with all my heart that you want me to write and that you have given me a message. I wait for your deliverance, O Lord.

    Perhaps, this is your way of saying that I need to go back to the original idea of making all of my stories available for free. Not to involve myself in the commercial side of things at all. To be transparent and bold and not ask for donations or sales, not ask for anything. Just proclaim the message. That way, no-one can say that I have an ulterior motive for what I write. I like that approach, Lord. In fact, I prefer it but you know that there are practical issues such as having the time to write and the costs of publishing. Some financial resources are necessary. Should I assume that you will provide for those resources in a different way and not through crowdfunding? I wait for your resources, O Lord.

    It is true that I feel rejected, Lord, but that is nothing new. How many churches have I been in trouble with? Not when I was far from you, but rather, each time when I was following you with all my heart. It seems that each time I try to follow you, I get into trouble. There seems to be so few people around who want to take discipleship seriously. Is that fair? Probably not. But I can´t seem to find them. Maybe I am spoiled by my experiences in Bible School. They were good times. We prayed together, sang together, studied the Word together. There was a seriousness and a joy that I miss. I can´t seem to find the fellowship. I feel like I am in the desert alone. I know, I know…..I am sounding like Elijah…..you always have your remnant, your people.

    It´s just that doing anything in the church with the leaders more interested in politics than spirituality, with the people too busy to pay much attention outside of an hour or so on Sunday morning, with most people blissfully unaware of the spiritual power and blessings that are theirs for the asking….Lord, I find it difficult to understand. Things that I took for granted as basic truths of any fellowship, I get into trouble for in the churches here. I preach Jesus Christ, and get kicked out because the leaders are not exclusive about salvation. I defend the right of the poor to come to church, even if they ask for money, and not only do they get kicked out, but I get kicked out too. Beyond understanding. Where are your people, Lord? I need a fellowship of true believers that will stand with me, otherwise, who can stand?

    It just seems that people are busy with a lot of good things but are willing to sacrifice the things that really matter. Me too. I have to watch myself. Now, more than ever. No more time to write. Life is about making money and paying the bills. Save me, O Lord, from my own despair and give me the faith to keep moving in the direction of your will. I wait for your anointing, O Lord. I belong to you. Amen.

    The Desert Warrior

    An Adventure of Grace – Our Crowdfunding Journey by Bert A. Amsing
    Copyright © 2012 vanKregten Publishers. All rights reserved.
    www.desertwarrior.net [email protected]

  • Weekly Update No. 2 (Crowdfunding Campaign)

    about 5 years ago

    Charles Benton. Neighbor.

    I remember when the inspiration for this short story came to me. Like usual, I was talking to Vero about something that Paul said in the book of Romans. He said that he was willing to go to hell for the sake of the Jews. Of course, God would never ask him to do that since Jesus already did it and he is the only stumbling block that will be allowed. Still, Paul says in another place, we participate in the sufferings of Christ, even if it has no redemptive value for mankind. So why suffer? In what ways do we suffer with Christ? He suffered the sins of mankind, became weak in order to give us strength. He was willing to suffer pain, mockery, and death for the sake of saving us. Am I willing to do the same?

    That´s when I started thinking about a purgatory type experience in which you would have an opportunity to talk with Jesus about your neighbor with your neighbor present. From there…..

    The interesting thing about this story is that, at the time, I didn´t really have any neighbors like that. But I did soon after. We moved into a duplex near the Christian school a few months later and the neighbor there was rude, obnoxios, invasive and difficult. He thought that he had rights to enter our house and make decisions regarding how we took care of the outside of the building because he was the original builder. Apparently, he had drafted up a special agreement when he sold the place to the current owner. We were the renters. She was a shy, timid sort, scared of everything and quite intimidated by him. But she had some backbone and took him to court and won. But that didn´t change the fact that he made life hell for us. His wife and two girls would have made great friends for my wife and two girls but there was no way. He was an ex-policeman, used to power and absolutely convinced that he was right about everything. There was a yelling match, cutting flowers that weren´t his, swearing and overall bad blood.

    Obviously, the Lord convicted me to treat him as I would treat Charles Benton in my story…..but after the vision. I need to be willing to suffer his difficult nature in order to be a witness to him. In the flesh, there was no way. I needed to pray. I needed the divine help of Almighty God.

    I wish that I could say that there was some sort of breakthrough, that he became a Christian or that, at least, we became friends. No way. Not even close. Not in this story or, at least, not yet. That´s not the point, anyway. We don´t do these things because of the guarantee of results but rather because God asks us to do it. It pleases Him. It´s a question of obedience.

    I will let you know how it goes, but the miracle is already happening. God has me on the edge of faith, the very place where I need to pray and depend on his help and move forward in obedient faith. That is the message of Charles Benton. Neighbor.

    The Desert Warrior

    An Adventure of Grace – Our Crowdfunding Journey by Bert A. Amsing
    Copyright © 2012 vanKregten Publishers. All rights reserved.
    www.desertwarrior.net [email protected]

  • Continued.....

    about 5 years ago

    A godly man telling the truth about Biblical Marketing. We cannot let anything get in the way of people´s connection with you. Biblical Marketing helps ministries to help people make that connection. The marketing is the ministry and the ministry is expressed through the marketing. They are one. I believe that to be true, Lord. Thank you for the reminder.

    That first chapter has been on my mind all week. We need to be clear about who we are and what you have called us to do. We need to have one message that is easy to grasp, digest, and participate in. Lord, I see three parts to the ministry that you have given us. As an author, I write and my wife draws and paints to provide illustrations. As a small press, we publish books and other materials and as a Ministry, we teach in various ways. Write. Publish. Teach. That´s what we do.

    But what is the message. In essence, we show people how to become desert warriors. That´s why we are called Desert Warrior Ministries. People can ask what we mean by that and I would say, “We show people how to become desert warriors who reveal the glory and character of God in Christ to a lost world through their life ministry.” I think that about sums it up. Hopefully, people will want to become desert warriors. It´s simply another way of talking about radical discipleship.

    There are a number of key concepts in that statement. The whole idea of the desert warrior will need to be explained in more detail. Also, what it means to “reveal” the glory and character of God in Christ and why the glory and character of God is “in Christ” and not just in Creation and then finally, what we mean by our “life ministry.” Still, the statement is concise and easily remembered. We show (Write. Publish. Teach) people how to become desert warriors who reveal the glory and character of God in Christ through their life ministry.”

    Lord, I also want to clarify in more detail what we mean by Life Ministry. It not only includes relational evangelism, distinctive apologetics and radical discipleship but also responsible stewardship. Help me to integrate that last concept into the overall idea. Lord, thank you for you inspiration. Even if we only write for ourselves, our children and a few friends, we are blessed to work for you and with you. We need your anointing to do anything worthwhile in this life. I will continue to study and learn and make every effort but I know that prayer is necessary and your anointing essential. I belong to you. In your name, I pray. Amen.

    The Desert Warrior

    An Adventure of Grace – Our Crowdfunding Journey by Bert A. Amsing
    Copyright © 2012 by vanKregten Publishers.
    All rights reserved.
    www.desertwarrior.net [email protected]

  • Weekly Update No. 1 (Crowdfunding Campaign)

    about 5 years ago

    Good evening, Lord. Thank you for another day in the desert with you. This is my weekly update for the Crowdfunding Campaign. A lot has happened this week, not all of it good. I guess I´m a bit disappointed. Nothing is happening. I forgot that you are my provider and protector. Everything that happens to me is either good or for my good. Even this.

    This was always an impossible dream and I think you are asking me whether I want to continue on with or without the resources that I need. Lord, I have to continue on. This isn´t just a ministry. This is my life. This is also Vero´s life. This is our life ministry to share your grace in our lives through our writing and speaking and painting and drawing and counseling and praying with people. There isn´t anything else. Yes, we would like to have more resources but you know that. Yes, we would like to have an larger impact beyond our circle of friends but even one person´s life transformed, just our children, Lord, and that would be enough for us.

    Thank you for the book on marketing for Christians that I found at Jay´s place. It is so hard to find good Christian books here in Argentina and we can´t always afford to buy them on Amazon. But this book was perfect. Exactly the one I needed to read. A godly man telling the truth about Biblical Marketing. We cannot let anything get in the way

    Click here to read more….http://wp.me/p2rM5f-ze

    • Coby

    • 2012-10-22 08:30:18 -0700



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  • Tom    about 5 years ago

    I just watched the video and i`m very excited for you and the project! We will be praying for everything,support,God`s guidance,dreams fulfilled.When we can we will send financial support,please pray that we will be blessed so that we can be generous…God bless you richly,Tom and Ricki and Gabrielle

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