Our Family Blog

Thanks for checking out our blog! The purpose of our blog is to keep family and friends up to date with what we are doing. Feel free to look around and contact us with any questions you have. We would love to hear from you. Brian, Jill, Carson, and Micaiah

Our Family Bible Verse

Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised! The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Psalm 113:3,4

Our Testimony

How did we get here?

Have you ever had one of those moments where you totally take a step back and wonder “how on earth did we get to this point in our lives?”  Yes, I have been having that often lately.  As we look back over the past 6 years, we realize that first and foremost, God is merciful.  He has been so incredibly patient with us.  And if He has been merciful with these earthen vessels, there is hope for any and everyone!  Who will save me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

mexico-030Small village in the desert of Mexico.

I remember that the Lord was speaking to me and directing me to be a missionary long ago.  In January of 1997, I attended the very first Passion conference, and at the conclusion, Louie Giglio asked that if anyone there felt that God was calling them to go to foreign missions to please stand.  Nothing  within me wanted to stand, but God apparently had other plans and I rose to my feet.  Truly, I was embarrassed because I did not want anyone to see me standing.  Then Mr. Giglio suggested that those who were near to pray for the ones standing.  Oh no!  Now I was really in trouble…accountability.  My friends were shocked, “We did not know you wanted to do missions.”  I didn’t either.
Many years passed, and I put that little incident in the very back of my heart and mind hoping it would never resurface, but the Lord is relentless in His pursuit of the nations and us.  Brian learned of a missionary conference in Guadalajara.  Our dear friend, Aurora, was a part of the agency organizing the conference, and Brian felt that the Lord wanted us to attend.  I did not want to go.  I knew what was happening…I had been in Tar-shish with Jonah long enough, and the Lord was mercifully pulling me out.

guad-nm-010Our wonderful friends Artemio and his wife Aurora.

Needless to say, we went.  It really was wonderful, but one Indian missionary was extremely passionate exhorting everyone, “You must go!  You must go!”  Oh no!  I wanted to crawl under the seats and out the back door.  I was so uncomfortable!  As I look back now, I remember countless bible studies I attended or sermons I listened to that made me either angry or uncomfortable. Why was I so mad?  Why did I spiritually “check out?”  Whenever the Lord is trying to show us something about ourselves that we don’t like or want to receive, we start “whistling” or “twiddling our thumbs.”  (This is what Brian and I like to call it anyways.)  Then we “move on.”  I believe it is those very areas of our lives that God wants to bring freedom or healing, but we resist with all that we are.  We don’t realize that very area is holding us captive.  If we would just submit and let go, we would be free, indeed.  We would experience peace and joy that we never thought possible.  Anyways,  I did not like this lady telling me that I must go.  Who was she to tell me?…But it was not the precious woman that was commanding me, it was the King of Kings and Lord of Lords speaking what He has so often to so many, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  What a glorious promise!  What an amazing privilege!  But sadly, at that time, I did not see it this way.
Brian had been traveling to Mexico often by that point.  I remember the first time he went.  A good friend of ours named Joe asked Brian if he wanted to travel to some desert remote areas of Mexico.

mexico-050A nice little climb outside the local village.

Brian had never really wanted to go to Mexico, but he went anyways.  He came back a changed man.  He said that God truly spoke to him out there in the middle of no where.  The people who in terms of worldly possessions, had nothing, yet they possessed all things.  They were the most joy-filled and content  believers Brian had ever seen.

mexico-031One of the many people we were able to meet in the village

Brian wanted that and knew we God was calling us into freedom from materialism.  He started to say some really strange things like…Jill, we need to sell our house.  I am going to build us a small metal building for us.  Oh no!  I really liked my house.  This was the house of my dreams.  No, Lord.  You would not really be telling us to do this…Oh, but He was.  I started “whistling” hoping it was all go away.  Don’t talk about it.  Don’t think about it.  It will all go away.  We can serve God here, right?  There are plenty of ministries here, God.  We can use our house to bless people God.  I had it all turned around, and God started to really work on my heart.  It is a true miracle when He makes His passion our passion and His purpose our purpose.
Okay, so we sold our house, and Brian did build us a fine metal building to live in… but that was just the beginning of what God was doing.  Brian then said we needed to sell our cars.  Oh no!  I really liked my car.  Again, don’t say anything and maybe it will go away…not a chance!  Sure enough, we sold both of our vehicles and bought one car.  Okay, so that’s good enough right?  We had made some really big changes.  Surely that was good enough.  I really had a distorted view of Christianity.  God will not stop until we look like His son.  Jesus is our example.  Paul had such an amazing understanding of this.  “that I may know Him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.  Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.  But one thing I do:  forgetting what lies behind and straining forward for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”   We cannot stop until we look like Jesus, talk like Jesus, teach like Jesus, pray like Jesus, serve like Jesus.  No, I am no where near that brothers and sisters, but by His grace and Spirit, I am becoming more like Him.  We must not settle for anything less.  We keep loving. We keep believing. We keep praying. We keep asking. We keep learning. We keep striving.  We keep submitting.  And most importantly, we continue to seek the only one who is able to save us, Jesus the Nazarene.
The next step along our journey was Brian saying that we needed to learn Spanish and live in Mexico.  Again, you know the routine…ignore, whistle, hum…you didn’t see anything…thank God that never worked!  We had been developing a relationship with Dr. Reuben and his family in Piedras Negras over these years, and he asked us to live in his hometown, Veracruz for a few months.  We prepared for this adventure exactly one year ago.  That experience grew our family and truly blessed us but came with tribulation.  We took a trip with a local church in Veracruz to Oaxaca.  We stayed in very remote villages with Indians. They were wonderful, sweet, loving followers of Jesus.  They had minimal electricity and no running water but had the joy of the Lord.  Brian and I contracted a tropical amoeba plus Brian almost died due to internal bleeding.  Dazed and wounded, we wondered if we had made a huge mistake.
In the following months, God brought healing, confirmation, and revelation of Himself.  He healed our weak bodies and spirits.  But I pray that I can forever understand what He revealed to me.
It is simple really.  We all know it in word, but I did not know it by heart.  The Lord is glorified in our weaknesses and our sufferings.  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.  Fo when I am weak, then I am strong.”  The words of our brother, Paul,  scream against the flesh, and in return our flesh rages against them.  The flesh says, “never show your weakness.  Make it a strength.  Boast in what you have done.  Boast in your strength.  Paul says, “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”  We are weak!  Our lives are a mere vapor.  We can do nothing apart from Him.  He wants us to be wholly dependent and devoted to Him.  The Lord was ultimately glorified in His son on a cross.   And this same God invites us to follow Him and join Him in every aspect!  Oh the height and depth of His love and mercy!
Now, as we are a little over a month away from leaving for Costa Rica and language school, I feel like we are not the same people who started this journey several years ago.  What a miracle!  God is conforming us to His image.  Make no mistake, we are just out of the gates and have a far stretch to go, but He is at work.  And we are not what we were. It is the greatest privilege and honor to know and follow Jesus.  There is no higher calling.  There is no greater prize.  May it be an encouragement to all that He is a God of mercy who longs to take undesirable, messed-up people and make them beautiful like His beloved Son!

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Minnix Family Future Plans

This April we will move to Costa Rica to attend language school. The kids will be enrolled in school there also. Please pray for our transition to Costa Rica and the ability to learn Spanish quickly. We will keep everyone updated via this blog. The Minnix Family

March Quote

"Do not think me mad. It is not to make money that I believe a Christian should live. The noblest thing a man can do is, just humbly to receive, and then go amongst others and give." - David Livingstone