I am completely amazed that another year has gone by and it has been over a year since we posted any updates. As many of you know Kenny did the Hokahey Challenge in June of 2010 and was not allowed to complete the race due to Canada not allowing him in the country. Yes, Kenny does have a past and in 1993 he was convicted of a DUI, this a felony in Canada and even though we have been to this country at least 3 times since then, it is at the discretion of the border guard to decide if one can come into the country or not. The grad exercised his discretion and Kenny was refused entry. This saddened us greatly but was not to be. Kenny came home shortly thereafter and continued his work for the ministry and being a test rider for Victory motorcycles. While disappointing not to finish the race the trip was rewarding and we met many people along the way where each and every place we went we spread the gospel and our love for Jesus and were able to tell many about our plight against Human Trafficking.
In March of 2011, Kenny was in motorcycle wreck (work related) that has put our lives in limbo like never before. Our faith since then has been stretched in limits we never thought it would and writing for me was put on hold. Kenny broke his collar bone in 3 places, lost partial vision of his right eye, (even though he had on a helmet) had to have surgery on his shoulder, and about the time we thought he was on the mend found out he had a serious torn rotator cup and had to have another surgery. Today he is still going through rehab and is recovering. While to Kenny the recovery seems long God has not left us for forsaken us.
Right about the time of the accident our ongoing published article that was written
every month, Stopping Traffic, was canceled when Christian Motor Sports Magazine lost their funding and soon thereafter we at RMM started struggling in ways we never imagined. We struggled mostly to figure out what it is God wants from us. While during this time often we have wanted to give up and quit God would not allow us to. When I look back on how God has provided for us I am totally amazed and realize that being in ministry, depending everyday for Gods provision and no other, is a stretch of faith we have never had to encounter. Never in my life have I been faced with not finding employment and Kenny has never been faced with not being able to work. Our ministry has always prospered and so had our businesses. Today we have literally been dependent on God’s grace and mercy and with the little work that God has given me to see us through.
It was during these times of questioning we grew the most and realized that while God did not cause these things to happen in our lives HE could certainly use them to better His glory. We could lie down and let the devil walk all over us or we could do what we could and let God do the rest. Once Kenny and I settled down and made God our partner in all our endeavors things started to change. Jesus showed us first of all that Jesus can turn water into wine, but HE can’t turn our whining into anything. So we had to stop murmuring and complaining (Phil. 4:13) and decide to change our focus from whining about what we had lost to start being
grateful for what we have.
There’s saving grace which is described for us in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” During all that God had blessed us with I could boast of nothing. It is God that gives us the power to do all that we do and it is His grace that we have been able to not just get it done but sees it through to His completion.
Then there’s sustaining grace which we find in 2 Corinthians 12:9 where Paul is asking God to remove some hindrance. God responds by saying, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” And that caused Paul to say, “Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”So God’s grace doesn’t just save us, it also strengthens us, encourages us, and enables us to have joy in all circumstances. Now that was a new one for me, joy in all my circumstances?. IT is easy to praise and thank God in the good times but when hard times come one has to start looking for things to be grateful for. Things like, still being able to keep my home, pay most of my bills, and start looking at things from a different prospective of what I have instead of what I don’t have. While our lives are not what it used to be in many ways (at least not financially) I have grown and matured in God in ways I never knew I could. I have learned what many have had to learn who labor for the gospel and that is believe that God provides for all my needs and many of my wants. In fact I really need for very little but my want list is still a work in progress.
What I have learned over the years of God’s mercy is that God carries me through the hard times. It is easy to say, “Cast all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.”-1 Peter 5:7, but quite different when you have to practice what you preach. When I started confessing the word of God like a prayer I found it a happy way of soothing sorrow where I actually started to feel that –”He cares for me!” This has been a great burden for me that has been lifted. I have always suffered from many things I had done in my past or what other had done to me but through learning this valuable tool I know now I do not have to carry this burden any longer. My responsibility is to claim the scriptures and promises God says HE will do and not dishonor Him by always wearing a frown on my face or a scrunched up brow that causes me wrinkles; Both Kenny and I have learned that we do not need to stagger beneath a weight which our Father does not feel nor understand but that instead have learned what seems to be a crushing burden, would be to Him but as the small dust of the balance. As a result I know one can “Lie passive in God’s hands and trust Him to do what He says He will do. Remember in Jerimiah 29:11 what God says HE will do. (Go read it and claim it)
Today Kenny and I are narrowing our Goals. WE have learned not to expect good in our lives all at once. Our focus is toward a specific reachable goal and our energy is focusing on reaching that goal through Christ that gives us the strength to get it done.
Human Trafficking is still my passion. That is not going to change. But how RMM changes it is up to God. I have decided to continue educating many on what Human Trafficking is and what it is not. This year RMM focus is on teaming with other ministries both financially and through educational writing and seminars to get the word out. God has allowed me to substitute teach here in Lake Havasu City and I am amazed on how little people still know about the suffering of Human Trafficking and has used me to get the word out to many of our young people We have and enemy who preys upon our youth.
If your children are not educated in this, they can easily fall victim to this even if they have a great home life with parents who love them. About the time a parent thinks this will not happen to their child, it does.
For Kenny he is still a work in progress physically but we are believing for complete healing. While Kenny may never go back to riding for a living we know God can take any bad
situation and use it for our good. We are praying our building to be built this summer in Sturgis, SD for Revelation Motorcycle Ministries and Kenny can not only resume his passion for building bikes but can continue wrenching on them as well all the while ministering to those who need to hear about the love of Jesus Christ. We know now we can be of even greater help to those in need because we too have felt the pressure of this year and years past.
For Revelation Motorcycle Ministries this 2012 is a year of restoration, doors opening like never before, breakthrough and breakout will come about and the confession of Gods promises will be ongoing. God is opening doors for us that the devil tried to steal from us but God will take back for us what the devil stole. It is year to judge sin righteously that is going on with our country and take back what is righteously ours. It is not a year to sit tight and do nothing. I once heard that Mt. Everest cannot be taller or greater than it already is but with Gods help we can grow in ways that Mt. Everest can’t touch. There is nothing to hard for God because he is limitless. For 2012 RMM will let God use us in whatever capacity He so chooses and be overcomers, through not my expectations, but His. God is not a respecter of persons if He will do this for us, HE will do this for you. Both Kenny and I pray if you have been touched by God through our words or works please let us know by emailing or writing us, we would love to hear from you. If God lays it on your heart to help support RMM through our teachings of stopping Human Suffering and heartache your donations would be greatly appreciated or we would love to come to your church or place of worship and tell you more about us and how you can be a part of saving the lives of those right here in the good old USA. Our address is on our website. We hope in the future to set up credit card info that will allow you to donate right away but until that happens we have to do this the old fashioned way.
For today we ask all our followers to follow these basic rules and we promise you will be blessed.
- Give something away. When you give something away you demonstrate you are lacking nothing and have an abundance to share.
- Narrow your goals. Reach for goals you are more apt to direct your time and energy toward. It prevents burn out and keeps you focused.
- Choose to be thankful for what you already have. It is a choice we make. While we may not have what we used to have focusing on the past changes nothing. All of us can begin to recount something we are thankful each and everyday.
Our prayer for all of you reading this today is:
Lord, thank you for reminding us that both the battle and victory are Yours. Forgive us for the time we have doubted You and what Your word says. You say Your mercies are renewed every day and You turn fear out its door by the constant standing on your promises of giving us a sound mind. Make us men and women after your own heart, trusting, calm, confident, wise as we wait for your arms of Victory. Show us how to use our spiritual sling shots to defeat our enemy the way David did so we can be the winner of all our battles no matter how big our giants. In Jesus sweet precious name. Amen.
God Bless you all this new year, I know it will be a great one.
Kenneth and Dawn McElwain
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