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Cry of my Heart

This is a poem/song lyric I wrote earlier this year but this burns in my heart, this is my prayer everyday.   Give me your Heart, so I will love like you do. Unconditional, so deep, so real. Give me your eyes, so I may see like you. Not where they are now but where you will lead them. Open up my ears, so I will hear, where you are sending me and what to say. Speak to me and through me. So I may reach your people Lord.   Give me your Heart, so I will love like you do. Uncondition

The Call to Missions in the World

While I was a teenager God called me to go out and share the gospel in many ways. I was on a drama ministry team, helped with kids church and I started a bible study with friends in a public high school. After High School I was called to go into Master's Commission, which is a nine month discipleship program where we did biblical studies and we helped the church with any ministry they had, helped lead youth ministries and did drama ministry. We also did an east coast tour sharing the gospel thro

Visions in an Empty Glass

On Sunday at church I had a vision. No I don’t think I am going off the deep end but I do believe that God touched me in a special way. As the rector lifted the empty cup, a handblown clear glass chalice, before filling it with wine for communion it caught the light and(...)

Give Us A Kick Start

Well it has happened. We have just launched our first kickstarter campaign.  We are starting a new venture into E-courses and ask you to help us launch this. We think that this is part of the exciting future of Mustard Seed Associates, and I mean E-Courses, rather than a single e-course.  We’re starting with Re-Imagining How We Pray this(...)

Two: A Dad Reflects on His Daughter’s Second Year of Life

Two Year Old
Two. Years. Old.

Seriously. My little Elliot Grace is two years old.

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When God Walks Out on You

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I was looking back on a blog I wrote over 7 years ago and I saw something I felt God speak to me during a time of powerful worship:

“When pride walks in, I walk out.”

I remember God speaking in His still, small voice like He has so many times over the years. I remember my on-going struggle with pride and that those words stung, but resonated. God help me to walk in humility. God help us to walk in humility.

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My Team

"Devon Kester!"  I heard chanted loudly from one of the group of leaders in front of me. All of the sudden I was in a dark tunnel and my walk from where I was standing to the person who had called my name seemed like miles long. It was hot and the sun was beating down on the pine-straw below me. The brown straws shifted as I walked. They existed like lifeless corpses just to provide an illusion and expectation of soft ground. "Don't have any expectations." I remember Adventur

Never Satisfied

         I have somewhat of a sickness. Yesterday I woke up at 2:50 A.M. to run 26.2 miles. No, I am not a paid athlete. My income is not based on my performance. The fact that I willingly run these distances and I pay good amounts of money to put my body through pain and suffering makes me some type of nut job. I wake up at ungodly hours to train and it is hard for me to explain why. I am a running addict. Many people think I am crazy and I confess it does tak

Your Heart is Sacred

    God is on a hunt. He’s not concerned with your ability to follow rules or regulations. He doesn’t care about the way that you dress or how many people think you’re great. He doesn’t want your money, your works, your fame or anything you build with your hands to prove yourself.   He wants your heart.   So many of us are hiding inside of ourselves. We have great boundaries. We have great friendships.. but when we sleep and receed into the depth

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Philippines, Swaziland, Nicaragua!   These are the countries I will get to travel to on the Race!!   God has raised over $11,000 for this trip.  That blows my mind.  It shows me a picture of how wonderfully faithful He is.  It is a great example of how He provides when you walk in His will.  But I feel like God said to me today that it's time for me to get honest with you guys.  So now I'm going to be open and be vulnerable to you... All that is left to fun

Training Camp (pt. 1)

K SQUAD How was training camp? The question I have gotten the most in the last 24 hours. I wish I had a word to sum it up but I can’t think of one that accurately describes every piece of what happened. The best I can think to say is that it was one of the best weeks of my life, but that statement doesn’t even begin to cover all the incredible things Our Lord did in and through my amazing squad. I could explain the sleeping on a bus and “surviving a plane accident” and

Training Camp a.k.a One Giant Roller Coaster

How was training camp? - The one question I am continually asked but lack the words to explain.  To sum up, training camp was a roller coaster. God broke me down so He could build me back up and teach me so much in the process.  I learned that over forty people can fall asleep on a school bus, that bucket showers can be lots of fun, and that sometimes peeing in a bush is better than using a porta potty. I learned that I will be serving with this amazing team in Guatemala, 

Reality Check

You hear about people being sold because a family needs money. You hear about kids whose families cannot feed them. These tales that you hear--they seem so distant from real life. Well, real life met up with the tales this month.  I didn't hear the stories of all the kids at the children's home where we lived for the month. But I heard enough for a reality check. These two kids were almost sold by their mother for $300 and $1000.    The buyers were lined up, she was ready. Pra

Support Raising Update!

Hello Friends, Family, and those I have yet to meet! As you may or may not know I am support raising in order to go on the World Race. Recently we received our first deadline. In order for me to continue with the race and launch in January 2015 I need to have $3500 by September 26. I am so grateful to those who have already begun supporting me and getting me half way there! What I need now is $1800 in order to meet this deadline. If you think this is an impossible challenge or that there is no

Top 10 Things I Learned at World Race Training Camp

10. I'm a better sleeper than I thought - Our sleeping arrangements on L squad (which consists of 40 people) included individual tenting, fitting everyone into 4 large 12x12 tents, a school bus, and a campout without tents.  Overall, I slept great!  9. Dancing is required - We danced during worship, had dance offs, and danced just for the sake of dancing.  8. Adventures in Missions cares about our marriage - We are the only married couple on L squad but it was emphasized throu

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