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Team Seasoned Heart, based in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, provides financial support as well as training teams to carry out missions in cooperation with Restoration Village Project, a Christian ministry to Kilgoris, Kenya. Team Seasoned Heart’s Kenyan mission trips include training youth leaders, ministering to widows, orphans and prisoners, and providing medical care.

We are privileged to carry HIS heart to East Africa from a base in Kilgoris, Kenya.  We invite you to, above all else, pray in agreement with the Holy Spirit for HIS purposes for this region and the people.  While we see God as our Source, there is the principle of the Sower and the one sent to the Harvest field and the blessing to both.  We invite you to come alongside of us and sow financially into the ongoing Harvest. 





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A Look at Fear

2/22/2019 10:37:00 PM BY Zach Hunter

Fear is something all of mankind understands because at one point or another we have all felt it.  Though something that is natural it has a very nasty reputation and one that is arguably well deserved.  On its own fear is not a bad thing; it warns us to danger and helps us exercise caution. That is supposed to be the primary job of fear, so why do we look at fear negatively?

    While fear can help us it can also hinder us; we can freeze and find ourselves unable to act.  I don't just mean this in the sense of life threatening situations I also mean that in context of our lives and simply making a decision or taking a next step in our life walk.  We don't know what the consequences of our actions will be so we do nothing because at least we are familiar with our current situation.

    Fear can prevent us from forming relations (what if he/she doesn't like me) or taking an opportunity (leaving your current job for something life changing) or a myriad of other things.  These reasons and more contribute to our negative perception of fear. I would posit that this is a corruption of fear, of it's original purpose, we were not given a spirit of fear after all.

    This week I've been thinking about it after my pastor said something, "You just preached a sermon with no preparation in front of eight people.  It should be nothing to talk to one person about Jesus." He's not wrong and yet that does not make it any easier for me; any impulse to try and talk about Jesus usually instantly gets drowned by a flood of fears and the words tend to stick in my throat.  Why is this, why can I not just speak it, say it, preach it and should I be ashamed of this?

    For me the jury is out on the shame thing; we are to preach the gospel far and wide and I want to fulfill God's plan.  Yet despite my growing walk with Christ I still cannot banish the fear and constantly shaming myself about it is very counterproductive; it doesn't motivate me to do better but instead tells me I can't do it and I might as well give up.  Clearly giving up is not an option; as I said I want to fulfill His plan and to be honest I doubt He would let me give up, he would come after me until I said "Ok God, I got it, I'll keep trying."

    Here is what I think; God is the only solution to my problem.  I am terrified of failing when He asks me to do something but once I start He puts the fear into the background and I can only concentrate on doing what He has asked me.  It doesn't keep the fear from raising it's head whenever I am asked to do something but it does allow me to press on despite the fear.

    One positive is that we are forced to rely on God and not on ourselves because if I had to rely on myself I'd turn into a puddle of jelly and nothing would happen.  I hope someday that I have enough confidence in both God and what he has given me that I am easily able to say "Yes, I will do that," instead of "But what if?" The only way I can see that happening is to keep spending time with Him and following His prompts.

 

The Beauty of the Cross

2/15/2019 11:45:00 PM BY Zach Hunter

      After a recent evening at church we discussed some of the different kinds of sacrifices the Israelites had to perform. There are a lot, many of them during celebrations or to remember specific events from their history where God delivered them. I found myself intrigued and so I went to Leviticus and tried to read some of them for myself.
When my head stopped spinning I found myself looking back over chapter 4 which defined different sins and what had to be done to be forgiven for those sins.


       Rather than try and put it in my own words I am going to quote one of them here (Leviticus 4:3-12):

“If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he must bring to the Lord a young bull without defect as a sin offering[a] for the sin he has committed. 4 He is to present the bull at the entrance to the tent of meeting before the Lord. He is to lay his hand on its head and slaughter it there before the Lord. 5 Then the anointed priest shall take some of the bull’s blood and carry it into the tent of meeting. 6 He is to dip his finger into the blood and sprinkle some of it seven times before the Lord, in front of the curtain of the sanctuary. 7 The priest shall then put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of fragrant incense that is before the Lord in the tent of meeting. The rest of the bull’s blood he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 8 He shall remove all the fat from the bull of the sin offering—all the fat that is connected to the internal organs, 9 both kidneys with the fat on them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver, which he will remove with the kidneys— 10 just as the fat is removed from the ox sacrificed as a fellowship offering. Then the priest shall burn them on the altar of burnt offering. 11 But the hide of the bull and all its flesh, as well as the head and legs, the internal organs and the intestines— 12 that is, all the rest of the bull—he must take outside the camp to a place ceremonially clean, where the ashes are thrown, and burn it there in a wood fire on the ash heap.” 

     All of that for one sin...one. The chapter describes a total of 5 and the steps required for sacrifice for each one, partially I imagine because there wouldn’t be enough room for more. I shudder to imagine what would happen if every sin and it’s required steps were to be written down, because I imagine it would make War and Peace look positively puny. Worse, if we still had to do those things to be forgiven our sins I at least would never him time for anything else. My day would probably be wake up, get dressed, go to work, sin on the ride over because somebody cut me off, sin at work because I am in customer service and anyone who works with customers will understand what I mean, sin on the way home because another person cuts me off then sin at home as I rant about my day. The next week would be spent preparing my sacrifices and going through them with my priest, with a few more possible added in for impatience during the buying the of the sacrifices.

This highlights one of the beauties of the Cross, the forgiveness of all our sins. We just saw the tortuous procedures for forgiveness of sin prior to the Cross and now our sins have already been forgiven. When we sin now, and lets be honest we do...we really do all we need to do is confess it with our mouth and ask God for forgiveness. Boom. Done.