LUP019 – God’s Persistent Calling: Miqueas Perez, Part 2

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Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll hear in Episode 19:

  • Update: Find out who contacted Edify Hub to offer missionaries over $65 worth of electronic Bible study resources – for free.
  • Encouragement: You’ll hear the rest of Miqueas Perez’s story of surrendering to preach and becoming a Spanish-speaking missionary to the United States.
  • Tech. Tip: Meet an app that keeps a task list accessible wherever you are. Keep it organized the way you organize your life, and add new notes maybe even faster than you can with pencil and paper!

Resources mentioned in this episode

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Update

I had an interesting email regarding Lana’s recent article on Why Dwires Do Digital Devotions. Somehow the folks at Olive Tree Software discovered that article and asked if they could feature it on their blog and newsletter. Of course, I have no problem with people sharing the articles from Edify Hub – as long as they don’t claim they wrote them. I mean – that would just be wrong. But if anyone wants to say, “Hey, I read this great article over at Edify Hub. Check it out!” I’m honored!

So, it was fun to see Lana’s article showing up on my twitter feed and my Facebook timeline, shared not by Edify Hub, but by Olive Tree.

More importantly, though, they noticed the focus that Edify Hub now has on serving missionaries.

And they made me an interesting offer. An offer to pass on to you. An offer to create a package of Bible Study resources that I could make available to missionaries absolutely free. We worked together to choose products from their library that their contracts with the producers would allow them to offer. This isn’t just a re-packaging of things they’re already offering for free. I mean, some of them are, but some of these are packages they normally charge for.

Here’s a quick list of what’s in the package:

  • English Standard Version (ESV)
  • King James Version (KJV)
  • Olive Tree KJV Concordance ($19.99 value)
  • Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible ($19.99 value)
  • Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary
  • Easton’s Bible Dictionary
  • Olive Tree One Year Daily Devotional ($9.99 value)
  • Olive Tree Bible Maps ($13.99 value)
  • Nave’s Topical Bible Index ($2.99 value)

Overall, you’d pay more than $65 to purchase these titles individually. Many of these are tools that Lana and I use regularly.  We paid real money to get some of these resources because we found them to be helpful in our personal Bible Study. And Olive Tree is offering this package for free to missionaries through an exclusive arrangement with Edify Hub.

So if you want a package of electronic Bible study resources worth over $65, claim your copy from Edify Hub’s Resources For Missionaries page.

And please don’t share the direct link to this bundle with anyone else. Olive Tree made it clear they only want this package available for people who come from Edify Hub’s Resources For Missionaries page. If they find the link circulating the internet through some other channel, they’ll have to disable the link and create a new one, and I’ll have to update the Resources For Missionaries page so it will work again.

Encouragement

Miqueas & Deborah Perez
Miqueas & Deborah Perez

Today’s encouraging story is the conclusion of last week’s conversation with Miqueas Perez.

He and his wife Deborah recently moved from Mexico to serve as missionaries to those in the United States who speak Spanish. Last week we heard of his struggles – both in his family life growing up, and in his walk with the Lord during his early adulthood. We heard how God used a gradual but growing involvement in his church to prepare him for God’s calling that just wouldn’t stop.

What a change. Slowly, he turned back to God and offered to serve, but within self-imposed limits. But what freedom when he finally yielded himself to follow God and walk with Him!

“The calling of God is a process,” he said. It certainly was in his life. Are you watching someone struggle to find God’s direction for their life? Or maybe struggle to follow after they know God’s direction? Or maybe you’re the one struggling. Can I encourage you to follow what you know? God doesn’t give up on His children.

I learned so much from Miqueas and Deborah during our conversation over lunch before we started recording. I learned a lot about the Hispanic culture, and of the different kinds of challenges Hispanics face in the U.S. How the culture often ties them down and creates weights or hindrances to spiritual growth that I wouldn’t even think to ask about. Because Miqueas grew up in Mexico, he understands the challenges that are unique to that culture, and he’s able to address them, and to help people get past them so they can move on to spiritual growth. If you’d like to get involved in their ministry to the Hispanics here in the United States, why not reach out and contact them. Deborah gave the contact information earlier, and of course I’ll have a copy of it in the show notes. Charis, remind us where we can find those?

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
Philippians 2:13

“The calling of God is a process.” How is He working that process in your life?

Tech. Tip

Oh! That’s right! I’m supposed to have a tech. tip here… I better jot a note so I don’t forget. Where’s my notebook? Or maybe I can put it on this sticky note…  Yeah, but where am I going to put that note so that I’ll see it when I can do something about it? And where are all the related things on my to-do list?

What I really need is a notebook I can pull out when I need it, jot down my reminder, and put it away when I’m done with it. One that I’ll always have with me. And it would be nice if all of those to-do items were easily visible from my computer – from any of them. That way I wouldn’t even have to pull out my notebook to see my list. And I’d like to be able to group related things together, so I can see my reminders for my day-job when I’m at work, my reminders for Edify Hub when I’m working on Edify Hub, and my church reminders when I want to see church reminders and my family reminders, well, you get the idea.

But, when I remember something I need to do, I really don’t want to have to go tappy-tappy-tappy-tappy just to find the right folder or category or project to put my reminder in. I just want to write it down so I don’t forget. Let me sort them out later. In fact, I want to be able to capture that reminder in the couple of seconds when I’m stopped at a red light. I have a commute of more than an hour, so if I think of something while I’m driving, I’ll forget it by the time I get home!

Well I’m sure you can guess, I wouldn’t be babbling on about this tool if it didn’t actually exist. I discovered it a little over a year ago, and it’s actually quite amazing.

It’s called Todoist. And the version I use is completely free.

Yes, I can create an extensive hierarchy of projects and sub-projects if I want to. I can give due dates to my reminders. I can even set up a reminder once and have it show up on my list again automatically according to a set schedule. That’s really good for those periodic maintenance things I often forget about.

But with all of that organization and structure, how long does it take from the time I have something I remember to the time I get it captured so I won’t forget? Would you believe I can actually capture it faster than I could with a regular notebook and pen?

That’s right. See, in addition to that super-organized hierarchy of projects I can use to organize and prioritize my tasks, Todoist gives me a very simple “Inbox” as well. So when I’m at the stop light, I launch Todoist on my phone, tap the “plus” button to add a new item, tap the microphone icon, and say whatever I want to remember. It automatically converts speech to text and writes down what I want to remember. Or at least something close enough that I can figure out what I meant by the time I get to the office or to my home. And after I arrive, the Todoist app on my laptop will already have my new reminder, and from there I can drag it into the appropriate project and priority whenever I have the time to organize things.

There’s a paid upgrade for just under $30 a year that lets you set reminder notifications in addition to the due dates that the free version provides, and it lets you assign labels or tags in addition to the project hierarchy and subtask hierarchy that the free version gives. It’ll also capture voice messages if that automatic transcription isn’t good enough for you.

I haven’t upgraded to the paid plan. I haven’t needed it, and if you choose to upgrade, Edify Hub doesn’t get any commission or anything. I’m just sharing this with you because it’s been quite helpful for me.

So if you’re looking for a way to capture those fleeting thoughts of things you need to do, while also having the power to organize your tasks just about any way you want to, try out Todoist.

Closing

Today, you’ve learned about a tool to help you organize your to-do list.

You’ve also heard about the process of calling that God took Miqueas and Deborah Perez through to bring them to their current work with Hispanics in the United States.

And you heard about OIive Tree’s offer exclusively for those who visit Edify Hub’s Resources For Missionaries page.

And before I go, I want to give a shout out to Bronnie08, who left a very kind rating and review for the Lift Up podcast on iTunes. It said, “Interesting, informative and useful: Each episode has interesting interviews and good tech tips. Highly recommended!” And there were a generous five stars on the review. Thank you, Bronnie08. I appreciate your encouraging words. Funny thing about iTunes. Whatever they think about a podcast affects search results for anyone looking for encouraging podcasts for Christians in gospel ministry. I listen to podcasts on an Android phone, but the app I use taps into the iTunes search engine when I look for podcasts. So when you subscribe using iTunes or download episodes using your iPhone or iPad, or you take the time to leave a review in iTunes even when you don’t listen there, you’ll help others find the Lift Up podcast.

But regardless, the most effective way you can encourage someone with the Lift Up podcast is to share it directly.

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