Reflection Ministries Launch

Loving Jesus More: My Journey Into and Out Of Homosexuality

God transformed Marilyn's life and changed the direction of it dramatically! She never dreamed God would call her into this ministry.

She has written a book about her journey out of homosexuality, and is looking to get it published by the end of summer 2018. This is not the type of book one dreams of writing, but sometimes life takes the crooked road, and you gain experience and knowledge you were never looking for.

Life circumstances coupled with decisions she would change if she could, gave Marilyn a story about homosexuality coming face to face with God’s unconditional love and amazing grace. This book takes you on that journey and seeks to “Untwist Twisted Truth” while weaving in the gospel.

With a desire to share God’s truth through writing and speaking, Marilyn is seeking to publish her book and launch a ministry to:

  • Support parents and families of the LGBTQ community
  • Reach out to LGBTQ who might want answers about God’s love for them
  • Join together with churches to minister to the LGBTQ community

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The Gospel to Nigeria

Hi Friends,

Imagine if you could hear the Word of God, every Sunday, but you cannot go home and read it. How would you feel? To know you can HEAR the word of God, but you don’t have a Bible in your language to read it? You wouldn’t be able to meditate on His Word or revisit a chapter to experience the sheer joy of reading His Story. How can a person grow in God’s Holy Word or teach their children?

This is where Stories of Glory needs your help: Your gift of $35.00 will buy five Bibles (one for a person in each of the FIVE different languages); the Bibles will go to the congregations in two little churches out in the bush, where God has led me to worship every Sunday in Nigeria.

UPDATE FROM THE FIELD: Today (July 1, 2018) went amazingly well! Much prayer for wisdom and discernment is needed. On the way to the 2 churches that I teach in, a group of Muslims have asked me to teach them stories. I agreed, and we all met under a tree. It started out a small group, but before long there were tons of people surrounding me to hear the story. I told them the story of Joseph.

It went really well, and then they wanted to ask questions. It didn't take long before they wanted to know if I thought we believed in the same God. I started praying, God said "creation," so that's where I went.  God kept the peace and it was truly a beautiful thing!!!

They want me to come back again next week. I agreed. Not sure what God is doing, but I'm trusting in Him and praying that He will bless me with wisdom, grace and discernment.

300 Christians were killed in a distant town a couple of days ago. Nigeria has a Muslim president, and he wants all Christians gone. The Prime Minister of India wants all the Christians gone!! And, these 2 countries God has called me to. And now He has me ministering to Muslims. WOW!!

To God be the glory!!!!

Please pray that His daughter bring Him glory in deed and in actions!! Thank you so very much for your love and prayers!

Jackie Towns

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Nigeria's Flag: The centered white stripe is symbolic of peace and country unity, while the green stripes represent fertile land.

There is a theological famine all across Africa. Join Jackie Towns and Stories of Glory in their efforts to use stories to share the gospel. Jackie is going on a short-term missions trip to Nigeria making disciples and training leaders. Jackie currently needs $7,000.00 for supplies, printed materials and travel expenses. Your prayers and donations are much appreciated.

Jackie teaches the Bible through the art of biblical storytelling to pastors, church leaders and church planters so they can train others in their communities that are primary or secondary oral learners.

She traces God’s redemption story line from Genesis through Revelation. The Bible is 75% narrative. God designed it that way so that we could come to know Him and embrace a personal relationship with Him!

Jackie has a unique ministry telling stories as Jesus did through parables. And God has invited us into His grace-filled story to join Him in His work for His glory.

When men and women, brothers and sisters work together in Christ and through Christ, we will be able to saturate our communities with the Gospel and the impact for Christ will be unstoppable! Authentic lives that are built on the heart and mind of Christ Jesus are contagious; hence the discipleship cycle of developing leaders to carry on the work comes with great increase.

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To God be the glory forever. Amen”
- (Rom 11:36).

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June 25 - Jackie is now teaching in Nigeria. Recently, she spoke at two of the local churches and attended a youth program at a third. She had an opportunity to teach in the Pauline Epistle class – that was awesome!! They had a great time joining Paul on his faith journey. Classes for the Metanarrative of the Bible begin on June 25, 2018. There will be a great group of graduate students. We really looking forward to digging into the Scriptures.

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Stories of Glory-Ministry in SE Asia

My applied research will be in developing an effective curriculum to teach the metanarrative of Scripture through the art of biblical storytelling to increase a person’s understanding of God’s redemptive story, how they personally fit into His grand story, and how to apply biblical truth to life situations to nurture life transformation. The curriculum will be designed to help Pastors, church leaders, and church planters teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in primary and secondary oral communities or in communities without a translation of the Bible in their native language. I will be evaluating the metanarrative curriculum with pastoral students attending the DE&A Bible College in South Asia. According to the Joshua Project there is a 71% literacy rate in this section of South Asia. However, many Pastors, church leaders, and church planters that attend the Bible College minister in areas with people whose literacy rate ranges 25-30% or do not have a Bible translated in their native language. There are 575 primary languages and 1000 dialects in this region. The lack of access to the Scripture poses problems with the people, even believers, in their ability to understand that the Bible is God’s redemptive story and His story impacts their lives, which as believers, leads them through a transformational process with an ever-growing maturity in a biblical worldview. Therefore, the necessity and the focus of my work will be to teach an overview metanarrative which will include key stories from the Bible that will show God’s covenantal love, His faithful commitment to the redemption of His people, His longing for an authentic personal relationship with each one of us, and the development of a biblical worldview. This study seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of Stories of Glory: An Orality Journey Through the Bible Program, which is designed to teach the metanarrative of God’s redemptive story through the art of biblical storytelling and expository teaching. Quantitative and qualitative research will be done to evaluate if there is an increase in biblical knowledge, life transformation, and spiritual growth in the aspect of understanding one’s significance in the body of Christ after the course has been administered. The curriculum will be evaluated with pastoral students attending the DE&A Bible College in South Asia. This course is, however, designed in a way that will be easily adaptable to cultures all over the world.

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June 25 - The Youth Conference in South Asia was amazing!! There were a little over 400 youth (i.e. 18-35 years old and some were older than that). A lot of the students from DE&A Bible College came in for the Conference, so it was a great time of fellowship with them, the new students, and all the youth we got to meet. This was the second year Jackie attended this Conference, so she is beginning to build solid relationships with quite a few. It was a really blessed time.

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Teaching Pastors and Church Leaders Orality Methods to Fulfill the Great Commission
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Life-Altering Auto Accident

It was just a routine trip to the dance studio. Little did we know it would change our lives forever.

It was April 25, 2017 that our lives took a turn for the unexpected. Even though it was over a year ago, we are still broken and in need of assistance - financially, spiritually (prayers) and emotionally.

Nicole was taking our daughter Mercy to ballet. While she was waiting to turn left into the parking lot, a car (with the driver distracted, possibly texting on his phone) rammed into the back of the vehicle she was driving.

As the distracted car was driving in excess of 50 miles an hour, her car was tossed into oncoming traffic, where she was hit a second time, this time as part of a head-on collision. The wreck was so bad that the car had to be cut open from the top in order to get Nicole and Mercy out.

The lead officer on scene said it was the worst he had seen in 20 years and that it was a literal miracle that anyone survived.

Mercy is actually the better off of the two; she sustained injuries, but will ultimately be okay.

Nicole had 7 fractures to her spine, 8 broken ribs, her left arm and right leg are so severely shattered that they required immediate reconstructive surgery with a metal pin currently holding them in place.

She has now advanced to a wheelchair. Due to her injuries she needs help to do even the most basic of tasks.

We are tired, still hurting physically and trying to not to think about the hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills pilling up.

If you feel lead to donate money to the medical bills fund that is such a help (one of our biggest) ... with repeated Dr. visits and rehab on the horizon the bills just keep coming.

Again we humbly thank you!!!! You are helping us to survive this crazy season.

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June 25 (update from Hayden) - Since several of you have asked here's an UPDATE:

T I R E D ... That is how we feel right now. Tired and worn. A "year in" and we can't imagine it going further.

Nicole is still in pain daily and is "shot" after about an hour or two of activity. Her side hurts all day. Everyday. She smiles and tries not to burden us but we see it.  We FINALLY meet with a doctor who says they can help in mid June. We can't stay here.

Yeah we are needing to schedule a surgery ... but to be frank we have been putting it off as we know if will start us over at ground zero w Nicole being bed ridden once again for weeks if not months. She is scared and I’m at a loss.  I know God is here but at times it hard to see him in the midst of this.

And this not even going into the PTSD Nicole has suffered since the wreck. She is scared to drive and honestly rightfully so.

We are hurting in so many ways. Graphic design clients (I am a freelancer) have been lost (around $1200 per month) due to my focus being on family and money is bleeding out of our account ... but we are alive and that is a base level gift that we do not take for granted.

WAYS YOU CAN HELP ...
I know many of you have soooo kindly helped but while we know this is not true we now feel forgotten ... we are still here and it seems to be getting worse in some ways. We are sorry to be a burden and hate asking for help. That being said, PRAYER and financial donations are the most needed things as money is slim due to all of this and the practical strain ... not to mention an impending multi thousand septic tank repair that is still looming. By multi thousand I mean 18k.

Thank you for your prayers and for your help.  We need em. It's how we are staying afloat during this cruddy season.

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Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson is a 21-year old college student at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Earlier this year, a CT scan discovered a significantly large tumor in Brian's transverse colon. The biopsy determined it was signet cell carcinoma. Brian had surgery to remove the tumor. The surgery has been followed by chemotherapy and other treatment to eradicate the tumor completely.

Lynchburg, let's come together and support one of our own!

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June 25 - "Was feeling pretty worn out from this treatment, but I’m starting to feel better now!!"


Brian just finished the year at Liberty University - completed 2 classes this semester! Because of his colon cancer and resulting surgery and treatments, Brian had to drop his other classes.

Let's stand with Brian in this fight - donate today.  https://419fund.com/projects/brian-johnson/

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