Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Moldova 2018 - Kathy, Shannon, and Emmanuel


In the year 2000, Rob had the opportunity to go on a short-term mission trip through our church, to India.  That trip birthed a love in him for taking the gospel to the nations that eventually spread to the rest of the family when we had the awesome gift of going on a trip to Africa a few years later.  Through our love for missions and sharing God’s Word, we have been fortunate enough as a family to visit several more countries for Christ.

Our daughters have fallen in love with sharing Christ overseas, and Jessica even lived in Peru for three months after her high school graduation as a result of earlier trips.  We now have the opportunity for Emmanuel to see first-hand how wonderful it is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ before we head back to Africa.

June 28-July 7, 2018, our church will lead it’s 13th trip to Moldova to teach VBS and run a medical clinic in a village in Moldova.  With each trip, we reach a different village.  Shannon, Emmanuel and I will work with children in VBS.  We are asking friends and family to support us in a few different ways.

  1. We need prayer support.  We need our brothers and sisters in Christ to commit to pray for us in the area of finances for the trip, safety in travel, and that we would not miss a single moment God has planned for us to reach the people of Moldova. 
  2. We are asking for financial support.  This trip for the three of us will cost $7,500.  We will be selling t-shirts and trying to find another way to raise the money to go.  But, we are also trusting God to move the hearts of those that want to spread God’s Word, but may not be able to personally travel overseas to do so.  We know that this amount is not an obstacle for God, so we are praying He leads us to send this letter to those who have a heart for the nations.  Please prayerfully consider financially supporting us on this trip.
  3. Ask God to prepare our hearts for what He has in store.  We are trusting as we pray that our God who can supply all we ask and need will do a mighty work in us as a family – drawing us closer to Him as we seek to serve.


If you feel led to support our family financially for this trip, please make your contributions through Valleydale Church 2324 Valleydale Road Birmingham, AL  35244.  You will need to make the check payable to Valleydale Church and put a sticky note on the check stating that it is to support the Compton family for Moldova.

We are selling these awesome Next Level shirts to raise money for me, Shannon, and Emmanuel to go to Moldova this summer. We will be helping conduct VBS in a village. The shirts are $20 for XS-XL, $22 for2XL-3XL. There’s also a shipping fee if we need to mail them. If you’d like to help us with our fundraising efforts, please direct message me! Thank you in advance!





Thank you in advance for your support and prayers.  We are so very thankful to have fellow believers who have a heart for the lost.  We are praying that God blesses you immensely as you pray and give.

May God use us all for His glory among the nations until He returns,
  


Kathy, Shannon, and Emmanuel Compto

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Reflective Testimony

There are certain moments in time which have shaped who am I in Christ and developed my core beliefs which drive my actions.  I’ve been so blessed with parents and a sister who show so much grace and love My journey is still ongoing and I can’t wait to see what happens next.  The journey is about moments which helped to define my belief systems.


At around 16 or 17 standing under a Krystal sign in Chattanooga, Tn. I felt God in a new and refreshing way.  At that moment, I knew my life changed. It was no longer enough to just be a bystander! God was calling me to serve and that began a race which would take me in many different directions to help mold me into who am I today.  I spent many years running from the calling out of fear, now I long to run towards the calling out of love.


In Chattanooga, I also met my wife Kathy who came into my life at a critical time  She knew of my past and didn’t judge but chose to show Jesus’s love by loving me for who I am. We now have 3 amazing children who push me to be a better person every day.  


Another critical moment came when asked to do a bible study at fellow church member’s house.  The Holy Spirit led me to John 22 which is the story of Jesus’s restoration of Peter with three thought-provoking questions. As I studied, the Holy Spirit began to challenge me by asking the same questions with my name. Rob, do you love me? I can still hear Spirit asking me those questions to this day. I have felt a calling on my wife since I was 13.  In the summer of 2000, God began to push me to the nations to proclaim his glory and shift my dreams to his vision.


Since to 2000 God has called to unreached places which have little to no access to the gospel. From India, Peru, Africa, and Nepal, God is revealing his himself. I don’t know what to tomorrow holds, yet I know there is no place safer than the center of his well.


Psalm 96: 10-13
Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!
   Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
   he will judge the peoples with equity.”
11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
   let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
12     let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
13     before the Lord, for he comes,
   for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,


   and the peoples in his faithfulness.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The End of the Road...





We are thankful for everyone who prayed for us during our recent trip to Nepal. This was an incredible trip, but it's extremely hard to write or explain how the Holy Spirit moved in such miraculous ways. We saw miracle after miracle with God's breathtaking beauty around us the entire time.  The unreached are difficult to reach, but it's our responsibility to be the hands and feet in the hard to reach places.  Thanks for your patience we are still processing.  I would love to share more one on one or in small 
groups.

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Google Earth pictures of the village

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Next stop...Nepal!


One of the greatest things about being a Christ-Follower is the humbling opportunity to serve him in a foreign context.  This year, we will have a chance to participate in vision trip to Nepal. The focus of the trip is prayer-walking and evangelism to unreached people groups in the foothills of the Himalaya's.  Our team value each and every prayer.  We will try to provide updates along the way.




I am so humbled by this experience and for every person who has poured into me through the years!  God has used you to shape and mold me!  One of greatest gifts is the core fundamental beliefs about the Bible.   I don't take the question lightly nor attempt to minimize it's importance.  For me, the question comes down to what I believe about the Bible.  If I believe the Bible to be true then what does that mean?  

Risk it all for the sake of the gospel!






Monday, October 17, 2016

To My Mom and Dad




A lifetime of memories
A heart filled with endless love
A forever thankful little boy
A heart full of thankfulness

Our family story is unique
However, it’s our story

I’m forever thankful
To my Mom Dad

A lifetime of memories
filled with endless love
A forever thankful young man
A heart full of thankfulness

Memories of a home on Cottage Street
In a special little town
filled with love and amazing people
A single light in a church
Pointing the way
Grandparents love never ceasing

I’m forever thankful
To my Mom Dad

Memories of a Kentucky Farm
Hills filled with adventure
Surrounded by family
Forever laughter with forever love
Grandparents love never ending

A lifetime of memories
A heart filled with endless love
A forever thankful father
A heart full of thankfulness
For modeling love
For me to pass on to my family

I’m forever thankful

Love,
Rob 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

When life get's hard...


The life of a true Christ follower can be challenging and difficult.  Sometimes, the struggles of the battle can pull us into difficult places.  This is an excellent six-part series by Andy Stanley, who is the past of Northpoint Church outside of Atlanta.
What do we do when our circumstances are so challenging there’s no way forward and no way out? We have problems for which there seem to be no solutions. We have questions without answers. During times like these, we’re tempted to run or give up. We’re tempted to give in to jealousy, resentment, and anger . . . especially anger toward God. That’s because when life gets hard, it feels like God is absent, apathetic, or angry. But what if he isn’t? Is it possible to hang on to joy, hope, and patience in the meantime?
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Great article and worth the read...

22 THINGS CHRISTIANS NEED TO STOP DOING...NOW!
Christian preachers are often talking about the "mission" of God's people, and this is absolutely right. Christians have a lot to do in this world, and our task to make disciples and take the gospel to the nations is immediate and apparent. But there are also other things that we should seek to cease in our lives. Here, Chuck Tate at gives us 22 key things and attitudes that we need to cut out of our lives.
1. Quit expecting the world to like you. Jesus said it would hate you (John 15:18-27, Matthew 10:22).
2. Quit throwing your own teammates under the bus.
"We're called to build each other up, not tear each other down. In fact, Jesus said that our love for each other proves to the world that we are really His true disciples (John 13:35, 1 Thessalonians 5:11)."
3. Quit gossiping. This includes sharing "juicy prayer requests" with no intention of actually praying (Psalms 34:13, Psalms 101:5, Ephesians 4:29). 
4. Quit replacing prayer with "good vibes" and "positive thoughts." No. Just no. Prayer moves the hand of God and the hand of God moves the world. "Prayer is much more effective than making someone feel warm and fuzzy inside. By the way, I'm not saying positive thoughts and good vibes are wrong (and they do make you feel good), I'm just saying prayer trumps them both (2 Corinthians 1:11, Philippians 1:19, Ephesians 6:18, James 5:16)."
5. Quit saying repentance isn't necessary. It is. Jesus said so.
"And just so you know, there are 53 references to repentance in the New Testament. Now go repent (Matthew 5:17, Acts 3:19, Romans 2:5, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 John 1:9)." 
6. Quit saying that the "portions of the Bible that make you feel uncomfortable" are irrelevant and nothing more than dated writings.
"All 66 books, 1,189 chapters, and 31,102 verse are the inspired Word of God. So the next time you think about throwing out the Old Testament, just remember that Jesus quoted it numerous times in all four gospels (John 1:1-4, John 1:14, 2 Timothy 3:16)."
7. Quit expecting unbelievers/non-Christians to understand the Bible and/or to live like Christ.
"It's hard enough for Christians to live like Christ and it's impossible to do so without Him (until the blinders are removed) (2 Corinthians 4:4, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 5:24-25)."
8. Quit acting like the Great Commission (Go into all the world to preach the gospel) is the Great Suggestion.
"It's a command. Go already (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15)."
9. Quit thinking that it's OK to be silent about your faith.
"Yes, it's just as important to represent Jesus by how we live, but someone can't respond to the Good News without hearing it ... and they can't hear it if no one opens their mouth (Matthew 10:27, Romans 10:14-15)."
10. Quit being more passionate about your political affiliation than your relationship with Jesus.
"If 99 percent of what you post on social media consists of bashing government officials and presidential candidates—you're doing more damage than good (Romans 13:1-7, 2 Chronicles 7:14)."
11. Quit using the Bible to beat the "hell" out of people.
"That doesn't work. Ever. I don't care if you're right—if you're a jerk, nobody is listening. Love wins! (No, I don't mean the book by Rob Bell.) (1 Corinthians 13)."
12. Quit your legalistic rants, knee-jerk reactions, and judgmentalism.
"You're turning people off. You're making good news bad news. Jesus befriended sinners. Try it and great things will happen (Mark 2:17, Luke 5:27-32, 1 Timothy 1:15-16)."
13. Quit calling yourself a Christian if you believe there are multiple paths that lead to salvation.
"Jesus said that He's the only way to heaven. If you don't believe Him, you're not a Christ-follower (John 14:6, 1 John 2:4)."
14. Quit living like everybody's going to heaven and nobody's going to hell. "Jesus died so the whole world could be saved, but He said the path to heaven is narrow and few find it. And for the record, He preached more about hell than heaven ... but He did it without using a bullhorn and manipulative scare tactics. #LeadLikeJesus (Matthew 7:13-14)."
15. Quit acting like you're better than those who don't know Jesus. You're not (Luke 18:19, Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11-13). 
16. Quit criticizing loving believers who take a biblical stand for godly morals.
"Jesus didn't call us to be politically correct. Develop some backbone. And yes, I said wimp. And yes, I will repent for calling you a wimp (Acts 4-6)."
17. Quit pointing out the speck in your neighbor's eye while ignoring the plank in your own eye.
"By the way, I can hardly see my computer as I type this because of the log in my own eye (Matthew 7:3-5)."
18. Quit being a jerk, period.
"Whatever your position is (on anything), if you can't communicate it in love, you're a clanging cymbal and your message is worthless. So yeah, I probably shouldn't have called you a wimp in No. 16 (1 Corinthians 13)."
19. Quit defending sin. Quit hating sinners.
"These are equally important. Oh yeah, and lose your critical lens (Psalm 97:10, Matthew 22:37-39)."
20. Quit using the phrase "he who's without sin cast the first stone" out of context.
"The next thing Jesus said was, "Go and sin no more" (John 8:1-11)."
21. Quit using grace as a license to live however you want.
"Jesus is grace, so don't trample Him under your feet (Romans 6:1-2, 1 John 2:4, Hebrews 10:26-31)."
22. Quit using the phrase (when inviting people to church) "come as you are" if you're going to complain when they start showing up (Mark 2:17, Luke 5:27-32).

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Moldova 2018 - Kathy, Shannon, and Emmanuel

In the year 2000, Rob had the opportunity to go on a short-term mission trip through our church, to India.  That trip birthed a love in ...