Wednesday, December 2, 2015

¡Feliz December!

It's the most beautiful time of the year. And some days I'm literally feeling like I'm running out of time. That's ok though, I know who holds everything in His hands. I'm clinging like no business,

Sincerely, so excited about the next chapter in life; about moving to Paraguay!
The big date is in mid December bought the ticket, and packing is under way.
God is good, I can literally feel His goodness!

Just wanted to remind you all that I will be in the United States next year for Home Assignment, from July-September 2016. During this time I share about the ministry, dreams and plans that God has placed on my for South America. You're more than welcome to contact me personally, so I can come and visit your church, youth group, etc. Let's be honest, I would love to see you!

Wanna book a date while I'm on Home Assignment?
Please email me at: Lreza@samnaz.org

Wanna learn more about the big move to Paraguay?
Check out the video in the links below! And feel free to share the video with your church!

Español: https://vimeo.com/138306428
English: https://vimeo.com/138301165

Thanks for your prayers for this time of transitions and adjustments. I'm enjoying and soaking all the in between moments and laughter. Cherishing each meal shared with friends and remember that the same God who brought these amazing people into my life, is the same awesome God that is preparing me and going before me for greater things.




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Friday, November 20, 2015

10 Random Thanks!

It’s November! It’s only appropriate that I share a total of 29 things I’m thankful for. Why 29? Well it’s my age; I know you thought I was younger, haha! But today I will only be sharing 10, in the hopes that you all can stay posted for the ones to remain.

They are sort of long, but sincere. Thanks for reading this post!

** NOTICE: The following list is not in order of priority but rather a list of random, but all equally important reasons/things/people I’m thankful for. **

  • Life, salvation and the constant love of God. Where would I be without you Abba? There is nothing that can compare or take your place. I love you!
  • Family, I can’t imagine my life without the complex but extremely beautiful and numerous family that I have. God continually demonstrates and teaches me grace, love and patience through y’all. ¡Los amo!
  • Friends, I can’t even keep count of the way that God has blessed me with friends all over the world. If I could list the ways that each of you blesses me with your friendship… seriously thanks for putting up with me! Thanks for choosing me back and calling me friend! I love you!
  • Church, You’ve molded and cared for me. You’re the one that has offered and entrusted me with service, leadership opportunities and in the midst of my learning and weakness and held me up and intervened literally but also in prayer for me. Thank you Church! You are deeply loved!
  • South America. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. It’s here that God confirmed what I had been feeling for years. Thank you for the privilege to serve your amazing people. I am sincerely blessed to call you home.
  • Latin America. Thank you for teaching me about my heritage, for teaching me how to appreciate and deeply love my roots. You have taught me to love my heart language and I am forever in debt for you opening your doors to accept me with my first generation weird mix of Mexican-Gringo customs and mold me into the passionate woman I am today.   
  • Sunday School + Youth Leaders, etc. Thanks for all the Bible lessons, you have no idea how much you have impacted my life. Some of my favorite Bible verses that I keep in my heart are the ones that I learned with you! Thanks having patience with my reading skills, and also for teaching me with such a humble heart on weekly basis. I’m forever thankful for you!
  • Professors from Undergrad + Grad school. Thank you for believing in me, for encouraging me and seeing things in me that I couldn’t see for myself. Thanks for all the unspoken life lessons, and for the times you prayed with me when I needed it. You were literally a Godsend those days. Sincerely, there are days when I’m on the mission field that I literally can hear you. It’s a good thing. Here’s to hoping I’m making you proud!
  • LINKS Churches. There is no way possible I could do anything without your constant love and support. Thank you for all the cards, encouraging notes, and prayers. The prayers, they are felt… in real ways they are felt. Thank you!
  • Missionary Colleagues + Missionary Campus Neighbors, etc. I’m thankful for my neighbors who always had an open door and table for me. Who cared for me in times of sickness and when I need a ride offered one to me. It’s really great to have you as neighbors! Thanks for putting up with my dog, when I had him.



Monday, November 16, 2015

Ecuador: Missions Mobilization Camp

I’m so excited about this post that I promise to make it short and sweet! Just got back from Ecuador and my heart can’t stop smiling. God is so good! God is moving and I get to personally see it in the lives of the young people in South America.

From Nov 13th- 15th, Global Missions Mobilization hosted a Cross-Cultural Orientation camp where we equip and encourage those with a missionary calling. It’s a great time for these young people with a missions calling. At the camp they share their testimony and also interact with others that are passionate about the same things they are. They also learn about missions in the Church of the Nazarene, and they ways they can be a part of Gods missions now!

It’s a beautiful thing to hear stories of how God is calling them to serve. Can’t wait to see the fruits that they will bare soon!





Would you continue to pray for the ministry of Global Mission Mobilization in South America? That God would continue to raise up a generation of world changers. If you or your church would like to be a part of this ministry, please feel free to contact me (Lreza@samnaz.org)! 

Grace + Peace, 
Lili Reza 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Mtgs., Weddings + Special Visits!

REMINDER: 
Facebook Group:  “Updates: Lili Reza in South America”
CLICK HERE for a direct link to the Facebook Group. 

¡Hola Octubre! Greetings from Argentina, and this time my younger sister had the opportunity to come and visit me. This month has been packed with meetings and also very special moments with friends, and my youngest sister here.


video

We have been working so hard on the South America region. We've been working on ways to better encourage and equip pastors and small churches on our region. So this month, we got together for a couple of days with the entire regional team (+40 people). We prayed for one another, and also presented ways to better equip pastors and developing-growing churches. It was a great time. Lots of learning and lots of work to do for the next year. We are excited for the things that God has prepared for his people here.  

Caminito - Buenos Aires, Argentina
This month has also been very special on the personal level. I've had the company of my youngest sister with me during the beginning of the month. We laughed a ton together, and she also got to meet all of my friends from Argentina. It’s very special to have family visit you on the mission field!

We went site seeing and even went to an Argentine-Brazilian wedding. My very special friends, who I met when I was a volunteer in Brasil almost 5 years ago, got married during this month. I had the chance to be part of the wedding band and play piano! I had so much fun. These are also the times I’m thankful for! To see how God sustains friendships through time, how God brings people in cultures together. And how God blesses me with a beautiful community of friends that I can call family here in Argentina.

Friends for 5 years, 3 countries represented in this picture.
This month I've learned that we have a God that takes care us. Really God does.

I've seen it especially this month, as God has so vividly reminded me and through the lives of my friends here in South America that God is sincerely and deeply concerned with our lives. Literally. 

It's been a year to a lot of weddings this year, but I'm always reminded one thing especially at these celebrations. I'm reminded of God's faithfulness. 

There is no need to doubt it, God is faithful. It doesn't matter wherever you're at in life.. 

The wedding band, is always a blast!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stateside (USA) Missions Training + Family Fun

¡Bienvenidos a Septiembre! Sincerely, I can’t believe September is already here. I’m literally feeling like the year is passing by so quickly. Wanted to remind you all, that you can find more updates on my Facebook Group, CLICK HERE or on FB your search bar type in:

Updates: Lili Reza in South America

And if we’re not yet friends on Facebook, it’s a great time for you to send me that friend request! So I will be looking for ya! 

September was awesome. Really it was. Not only did I get to receive some really great mission mobilization training, but I also had a chance to have a mini-vacation with my family in Florida.

The mobilization training focused on empowering young adults in mission service, as well as training on how to take better care of our volunteer missionaries. It was a good time of learning, and I got a chance to brainstorm with people from the Kansas City Mobilization team that was also at this conference.


The training was in Florida, so my family decided to meet up with me after my training so we could have some much-needed down time, just us. 

Florida has always been one of my favorite states to visit in the United States. Being a girl from the Midwest I’m not used to having the sun and the beach breeze so close. But I’m happy to have the opportunity to go by and see the ocean.

I love the ocean, even though I’m not the best swimmer. I love the ocean because it a great reminder of the amazing and powerful God that we have. We have a God that is beautifully huge, literally. I think sometimes we forget that and get caught up in our worlds. But can you believe, that the Almighty Creator of the universe tends to our every need with love?

I love the ocean because it’s massive, because it reminds me that even in the midst of some of the most amazing and splendid mysterious creations like the depth of the ocean, God in His great love choose us. He chooses us to be called His children. Is that so beautiful?


Wanted to share some pictures of our time at the beach with the family. We we’re hoping the sea turtles we found near the shore would hatch, but we missed it. But we got to see a lot of coconuts. 




Thank you so much for the continuously love and support. Thank you for your prayers for me and for the ministry.  I’m excited to share with you all that a I will be moving to Paraguay at the end of year.

Would you please help me pray for this time? That God may continue to prepare my heart, but especially that I may see and literally feel how God is directing this new chapter of my life.

Don’t forget, that my Home Assignment time is almost here. That means that I hope we get to see each other soon. I will be in the USA from July – September 2016. Let me know if you, your church or district is interest in me visiting.

Let’s stay in touch!

Sincerely,
Lili Reza

Monday, September 7, 2015

LOVE. SERVE. PRAY. GIVE.: Cone of Uncertainty

LOVE. SERVE. PRAY. GIVE.: Cone of Uncertainty: Up until a week ago, I had never heard of this phrase, well, until I moved to Florida. On Thursday, August 27, In less than 12 hours ago we ...

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Update: August 2015

¡Hola August! 

It's the most beautiful time of the year! Mostly cause it's my birthday month, woohoo! I'm very excited to share with all what God is doing in my life and in the ministry. Let's begin by saying that although I'm 29... definitely feeling like I'm 21, but with a lot of wisdom and experience.

The month started off perfect...Birthday celebration! A house full with all the people that I love and deeply appreciate their support and friendship during these last years here in Argentina.

I've made a little list of things I wanna do and experience before hitting the big 3-0. I still can't believe that most of the time the teens and adolescents I minister to.. keep thinking that I'm like 18 and 19! So, I'm not sure if I should take that as a compliment or as an ... well let's leave it as a compliment, haha! 

Sometimes I try to forget on purpose my age, not because I'm in denial; but because I really do want to live each day to the fullest. Some days its so easy to get overwhelmed by everything. 

When I look back at my 29 years of life, I'm amazed at how God has been so faithful. God's been faithful in physically protecting me from harm and danger. But God has also held my heart in His hands and close to his heart, taking care of each step that I take. Life as a single woman on the mission field isn't easy; but with God holding me up and keeping me centered.. well let's just wrap that up saying, Christ is my source of life, joy and strength!

And even though life has it's troubles.. I'm so blessed to look back and say, thank you Lord for your everlasting love.

Thank you for the pains, the aches.. physical, spiritual and emotional; cause they make me who I am today! 

I'm a work in progress... 
And I'm glad that God hasn't given up on me. 

August has been really great! It's included a lot of fun Skype conversations and a lot of dreaming for the ministry of Global Mission Mobilization. If you're wanting to know more about the upcoming projects and dreaming, feel free to email me! Lreza@samnaz.org 

There's a ton of exciting things to share, but I will share them very soon! Wanted to remind you all that next year I will be in the USA during July 1 - September 30, 2016 for Home Assignment. So maybe we can celebrate my birthday with delicious butter pecan ice cream? Let me know! 

Thank you to everyone that called, texted, and messaged me! 
I felt so loved by each and everyone of you; and don't for get to watch the birthday video! 

Again, let's say in touch!

Grace + Peace, 
Lili Reza


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Update: July, 2015

It's always really crazy for me to see posts with all these summer vacations during the months of (July, August + September) while I'm over here in winter in Argentina. I know it's crazy, but we all learned it how the earth tilts on its axis. How while there's summer in the USA, the southern part of the equator is in winter.

We all learn it, and then when someone we know lives there.. it blows our mind. My nieces and nephews, still sometimes don't get how their Tia Lili can be wearing scarfs while they are basking in the sun and going to the park pool. Side note, Tia = Aunt, in Spanish.

I'm always really happy to write. But when I begin to look back and see what God has done, and see how God is moving and doing great things... well let's just say that God leaves me speechless! Great things God has done, and will continue to do through in Argentina, in South America and also through me.

JULY || This month was filled with tons of administrative duties, but the best part of the month was to be able to be part of the South American Missionary Retreat. This is where all the missionaries that are serving in South America, come together for a time of relaxation, reflection and training. This was my first missionary retreat, it was beautiful!

And more than anything we laughed together! It's always really great to hear stories from them, and learn from them.  Some of the missionary have been on the South America field for more than 15 years!

We had fun, doing a little dress up and going back in Church History. Remembering the story of the Church of the Nazarene here in South America, and the wonderful leaders and missionary that we have had that have wholehearted given their lives for the sake of the Kingdom. Retelling the story is beautiful!

We were tourist at Iguazu Falls, Argentina. The magnitude of the falls, the sounds, the sights it was all so very breathtaking. It was evident that we have a God that is all powerful. This trip, also gave me the opportunity to mark off a dream of mine to see Iguazu Falls! If you're ever in South America, coming to the falls is a must!

Although it rained for most of the day, it made the adventure even more worthwhile. Plus, I love the rain! As I get to experience more and more of Argentina's natural beautiful, I fall in love with it more and more. Not only does this country have delicious empanadas and meat, they have some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes!

I will have to make sure to come back to this place in the future! I know I keep saying it, but its cause I want you to know how extraordinary it is!!


I'm really happy to be part of the South American missionary team. They are such great people. Lots of wisdom and lots of fun!

Will you join me today in praying for the missionaries in South America, that God will continue to be our source of strength and joy in everything that we do. That God would guide us, grant us wisdom and grace as we serve His people.

Grace and Peace,
Lili Reza

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Thy will be done.

There are not enough words to describe to you all that God is doing and teaching me. These past months have been full of challenges and opportunities, in all areas of my life. Still, my constant prayer continues to be, “God, your will be done..”. That’s a pretty intense prayer. That’s a prayer that means I have to trust. Completely. No matter what, it’s always a choice to trust. I can’t see what’s before me, but I do know who goes before me… and I know my God is good, constant, full of love and amazing grace.
The first half of the year has been very intense! Full of youth events, meetings, conferences and there was an interesting question that kept coming up. I was asked by many leaders, “what’s your vision for this new ministry you’re heading up? what’s your big dream?”  But who am I to dream without God? There is nothing that I desire to do without God leading the way. Yup, every single step and detail. There is nothing that I desire more that to God to be constantly present; in words, actions but especially my dreams. 
My vision is that God’s Kingdom may come, just as it is in heaven! You know what that means? I’m requesting A LOT of Jesus presence. Everywhere and all the time. The kind of Jesus presence that shakes up things. The really good kind of shaking. The kind where you speak truth into people lives.. without even speaking. The kind of Jesus presence that Jesus is literally pouring out from within…
‘Cause when Jesus is present the blind will see, and those who are captive will be completely set free!
For me, it’s all about lives being transformed, though the amazing powerful love of Jesus.
Come Lord Jesus, please come. Please, always be present in me.