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...


   

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