Thursday, March 19, 2015

To Be Content

In Philippians, Paul writes; I have learned to be content whatever the circumstance, whether well fed or hungry. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

                          COME...let's continue our missionary journey.

Today, as in every weekday morning, I take the girls of Emmanuel Home of Protection to school.  During the lengthy ride I try to be aware of what is going on around me.  For instance, the man in his late 40's pushing his bicycle laden down with empty jugs to be filled with water, and the straps attached to his back to carry bundles of fire wood up the steep grade of road to meet his families needs.  Then there is the old man, in his late 70's or early 80's, very feeble, yet still moving his herd everyday to find them grass to eat on that very same steep grade of road.
Almost to at the top of the hill.

We must not forget the women, who by 5:30 a.m. every morning has washed the family clothes on a rough rock to get them clean and hung them on a line to dry.  Cleaned the casa, watered the dirt floor inside the casa and the dirt outside the casa to hold down the dust.  She has cooked the rice or beans and made the tortillas for the family breakfast.  Now she wakes her family in time to eat and walk the children to school by 7:20 a.m.
laundry done, now to breakfast
This is the life of so many Nicaraguans.  You do not here them complain about what they do not have, instead you hear them pray, giving thanks for what they do have.  O Lord, to be content in all circumstances.

This week the Ministry of Families (DHS), rescued another young twelve year old girl with a two month old baby boy.  We welcomed this child and her baby, bringing them into Emmanuel Home in time for the Woman's Day Celebration.  March 6th is the day set aside to celebrate how special each young lady is.  I was honored and blessed to be a part in this celebration and of the girls learning to embrace their unique and special qualities as gifts from God.  For them to know they were not placed on this earth to be abused, but to be a soul mate to the man God has divinely created just for them.
To be loved, cared for and honored as the woman in Proverbs 31. A great day!
Arizona Dental Team at work

Now we journey with the Arizona Dental Mission team as we treat 82 patients, 21 of these patients are the girls from Emmanuel Home of Protection.  This team showered the Nicaraguan people with compassion, love and gentleness.  Their soft spoken words and prayers as this team worked long hours bent over a patient doing all they could to save what teeth the patient had left. I was brought to tears many times to see them honoring Christ with a heart called to serve as they would go the extra mile.
13 year old severely handicapped

12 year old new mother

The dental team cleaned, filled and extracted teeth, changing the lives of these 82 patients for the better.  A man named Juan. brought his two daughters to the clinic ages five and thirteen.  Both these girls were severely handicapped and could not follow the simplest commands.  The team was heartbroken because with our primitive equipment setup, we were unable to help them.  But the Holy Spirit lead Ms. Mike to take up a collection that will more than pay for the girls to be seen by a qualified dentist in a hospital setting with the right equipment. Praise God!

It was sad to see the team leave, adios, Dr. Martin, Dr. Chris, Ms. Judy, Ms. Mike, Mr. Arnold, and our interpreter's Sophee and Luiz.  I look forward to next year and what God has in store for us.

The journey goes on my friends with many stories such as these as God leads us to touch the lives he has set before us.

The last praise I will share with you today is the prayer request I sent out for a used car to continue my service here in Nicaragua.  A car became available in good condition with low mileage.  A very rare find in Nicaragua since the cars are driven into the ground and then are attached to a team of oxen (smile, that's funny stuff).  The $8000 needed to purchase the car was advanced to me and I have to the end of the year to repay the debt. 
Covered by a Mighty God

As your pledges for the car fund are received by BMDMI they will be applied to the advancement.
The same will happen with donations from Church Organizations, Sunday school classes, Women's Ministry groups and individual gifts.  To each and everyone of you I send my deepest heartfelt gratitude, and continue to pray for you and my dear Ministry Partners.  Remember always, the work being done here is because you sent me to do what called us to do.  God has lead us to this place to worship Him through our labor with a servants heart. To God be all the Glory forever, amen.

P.S.  I have HOT water and a flushing toilet...I am really celebrating.

                                               The journey continues...


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Santo, Santo, Santo

                Holy, Holy, Holy
                                            Lord God Almighty...
Come...bring a towel or better yet, put on a seat belt for this portion of the journey.
                                Saturday, was driving lesson day in the Emmanuel Home Van.  Didn't do bad at all using the five speed, once I realized it was a five speed.  Did you know you can drive for miles without ever putting it into fifth gear.  Of course the motor doesn't roar as loud when you use all five gears.  (Neal Blue, I heard that comment all the way in Nicaragua).
His Beauty to Behold
It was great getting to get out on the road and spread my wings a bit, ended up at the la playa, the beach.  Took my breathe away, God is so majestic in a scene like this one.
Sunday, the Lord's Day, what better way to end a worship service than to have a baptism.  Nine young ladies accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and followed in their faith with baptism.  We were also witness to a Missionary Dad, Joshua Moudy, baptize his son, Noah.  Such a privilege to be part of the family of God, sharing in this very special occasion.
Karl Brassfield, Missionary Director of Emmanuel Home.
Missionary Joshua Moudy and son, Noah and
Nine of the sweetest newly baptized young ladies you
would ever want to meet.

I don't know what I feel " Cold or Holy Spirit"

By your profession of faith in Jesus Christ you are baptized
"In the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit"
The week is going to be very busy in Diriamba, here it is Monday, March 2nd.  For me, today was a tender time, as I reflect on five years ago, my soul mate's passing,  "Edward's, Going Home to be with Jesus Day".
I rejoice, for I will see him again and my God has filled the emptiness with the love for the Nicaraguan people and the children here at Emmanuel Home of Protection.
Back to business; cabinets are going in, closets are being built, water lines are to be fixed. OOPS!
Nicaragua is known for it's oops.  No electricity today, and no water.  Well, will see what we can do tomorrow.
Tuesday, was a very good day.  All the cabinets are in, the closets are coming along, electric is on, water, not so good, but their working on it.  I have grown accustomed to a spit bath, saves a lot of time.
Wednesday, WOW!!!  Seven A.M., I ride along taking the girls to school in San Gorgorria.  I love to give the girls hugs and wish them a good day as they pile out of the van.  Now, it's time to go pick them up from school, and guess who's driving?  Yours truly.  To get to the school, you have to travel a very steep grade, like a first gear, steep grade.  After picking up the girls, I notice the brake is really difficult to push.  I thank God, for giving me good sense in knowing we had just lost our brake system before we reached the steep grade on the hill. 
" I Think I Can"

Just the beginning

OH YUCK, I am in trouble now.
We had two belts break at the same time, not fun, what do we do with sixteen girls.  Moto taxi is to small, here comes the mini van.  A fifteen passenger van, now has, as best I could count, 26 to 30 persons on board.  Remember the public transportation I am not suppose to use?  The things you have to do in an emergency.  Let's just say, I did a lot of praying when this van hit the steep grade.

Some how we all fit
We are preparing for the arrival of the Arizona Dental team, late Friday evening.  I ask for prayer, Ministry Partners, during their stay, for all equipment to clear customs, a good turn out of patients, and of course an out pouring of the Holy Spirit on all the workers as we love on the lost.
Special prayer request;  I am looking for a Church, Sunday School Class, Bible Study Group or individuals that feel lead of God to help Emmanuel Home with their clothing needs.  For $100 we can purchase a bale of clothing coming in from the United States.  Each bale will have 100 pieces or more of pants, or shirts, etc.  Anything you can do is greatly appreciated.  You can donate online at the BMDMI web site to Emmanuel Home of Protection.
I covet your prayers, the Lord is keeping me healthy, strengthening my mind for Spanish class, and giving me courage to step out in faith.  So many opportunities, I pray for knowledge and wisdom.
Ministry Partners, as I journal each evening I keep you in my circle of prayer for our service together.  Here I am Lord, send me.
This journey will continue...see you next time.