Friday, April 17, 2015

Mountaintops and Valleys

Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
Come; join us as the Missionary Journey  continues.
Life dishes out all kinds of issues, whether your State side or in the middle of Nicaragua. If there is one thing I have learned since being here, it is that Satan is just as deceitful amongst believers as non-believers, no matter where you live.     

GOD's Amazing Grace
Twenty-six sets of hormones raging on a daily basis at Emanuel Home of Protection. New girls arriving with yet another set of problems, stirring up old issues laid to rest for the girls already settled into their new lives.

Little Women
This is reality for these young girls, a life not chosen by these children. Their lives, their childhood ripped away, stolen, cut short. For some, their young life had just begun.

12 year old Mom & 2 month old Son
Now, here we are, outsiders, trying to make sense of it all.  Like all the Kings men in the Humpty Dumpty rhyme, we try to put them all back together again. All of your prayers, my dear friends, has truly made a difference for us here.
To my Ministry Partners, Prayer Warriors and blog followers, I am here to tell you, Jesus Christ is King, and I am a soldier in his army, I will not go down without a fight.  Jesus said to his disciples, I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, "Move from here to there" and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. 
So look out Satan, there is POWER in the Name of JESUS, so keep those prayers
before the Lord God Almighty for Emanuel Home. 
Our work here has just begun.
Praise the Lord, we found a church where we will be able to take the girls for Sunday worship, youth and children's programs.  A church where they can grow in their faith, share their testimony and develop social skills. This is just another answered prayer.
Our small group meeting has been so good.  We are studying forgiveness, hope, and learning to say NO!, when confronted with evil.  My Spanish must be improving, because this week the girls actually understood what I said.  Of course the Chocolate Smores helped.
I Love Smores 
I have learned to be very flexible here in Nica, my job duties are changing as the Lord is opening new doors of opportunity. I began doing physical therapy this week for our special needs children.  I did not realize how rewarding this job would be until I saw the scares and twisted bodies of these girls.  Their needs are 24/7, like a new born infant, and I get to smoother them with lots of hugs and love and I pray some beneficial therapy.
Physical Therapy Fun
Starting the 19th of April, I will be working 8 to 5 in the home. My day still starts at 5:30am with prayer and Bible reading, a quick dress, then off I go to take the girls to school at 7am. This is a  new challenge, but I am up for it.
The weather is getting hotter, at times it is hard to breathe.  Your skin is wet and sticky, along with your clothes. A breeze will stir briefly, just enough to stir the dust that sticks to you like glue. The month of May cannot arrive quick enough for me, I pray the rainy season comes soon.  I might need to be reminded I said that when the rain does start.
I made homemade tortillas...the staff suggested I keep my day job. Back to the drawing board, try,try again. But, I can sure make some awesome rice and bean dishes, mostly my diet here, that an chicken. 
 Mission Teams will begin to arrive late May, so things here really should start to pick up with not much time to spare.  One church team from Bowleggs, Oklahoma is doing a fund raiser using a suitcase display to be filled with donations for Emanuel Home. What a great idea...Thank you Bowleggs for having a heart for Missions.

Dear friends and readers, I pray God open your eyes and hearts to the work he has called you to do.
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The Mission Journey will continue... 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Jesus es "El Rey"

                             "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" 
                                     "Blessed is the King of Israel!"

                  COME;    Our Missionary Journey continues during
                           Holy Week (Easter) in Nicaragua.
                  Jesus es El Rey (Jesus is The King)                 

Around the world Christ's birth is celebrated in many different ways.  In the United States, we learn early in life to celebrate Christmas.  How Jesus was born of  the virgin Mary, how he was God's greatest gift to mankind, and his only Son.  However, there are some who have lost sight of the reason Christ was born.

Then, we have Easter, where we celebrate Christ's crucifixion and a Risen Savior.  How thankful I am for the resurrection of Jesus, His salvation plan and the promise of eternal life with our King.

We were so blessed with the latest Mission Team that went to a very remote village some six hours into the mountains.  This team lead 12 people to accept Christ as their personal Savior, they also treated over 2,500 people in the medical clinic.  HALLELUJAH!!

Recently, I attended a Spanish Worship service on a Sunday evening.  No matter the language spoken in this house of God, the Holy Spirit was present and understood every word. The risen Lord, was worshipped in song, praise, and the Holy Word of God.  Talk about other tongues. WOW!!

Nicaraguan culture, loves to have a reason to celebrate.  This is Holy Week, and the celebration is very elaborate and colorful in it's decoration of flags, and floral tributes.  The city of Leon is no exception and is the place of our travel this week.

But first, the girls of Emanuel Home are out of school this week, so we treat them to a day at  Granada's park and lake. Of course, what would this trip be without a boat ride to Monkey Island.  For some of the girls, this was their first time on a boat.  Welcome muchachas to childhood, a play day at the park with people who love you.
Look out Granada here we come

Granada Park group photo

Monkey Island ready or not
The wind continues to blow for awhile longer, thank the Lord.  This is suppose to be the rainy season, but I have seen only three days of a short amount of rain.  Soon and very soon, the weather will become dryer with each passing day, no wind, just HOT HEAT.  This should add to the pleasure of being outside during the festival of Holy Week.

Semana Santo here in Nica, was a wondrous experience. I was a BIG hit in Leon, (literally speaking), I fell face first into the pavement after stepping into a hole I did not see.  This is one time I can say with all honesty, I stopped traffic. 

Seriously though, I was not hurt just some small cuts and abrasions.  The people of Nicaragua have always impressed me and because of their caring ways it was no surprise to see so many people come running to my aid.  Even the young men jumped off their motorcycles to see if I was okay, then picked me up off the street to make sure. I can't help but love the people of Nicaragua, they have embraced me as one of their own.  In such a short amount of time, I have learned so much from them.

A day tour in Leon yielded much  information about the indigenous people here in Nica, the slavery of the people that lasted some 300 years and the mas loss of life and culture. Many political people profited from the slaves and the poor.  The poverty continues today.  Their revolution for independence was hard fought and did gain much for the people.

Holy Week, truly brought out the best in so many people. I spoke with two Christian Jewish brothers, who helped me to understand the sawdust carpet pictures that were being created on a street in Leon in front of their home. After completion of the sawdust art, the Semana Santo funeral procession of Jesus death, leaves the church and they will walk over the sawdust art carpet as the bearers carry their beloved statues upon their shoulders.  I also spoke with a cab driver, who told me he was a born again Christian.  He played his gospel music in the cab, and had the Israel flag the star of David, flying on his dash.  These were proud men of their faith.  I also spoke with a man, who told me the alters in the churches face the West, so when you kneel to pray, your facing Israel in the East. 

The Leon people gather in the square in the evening, where they socialize and discuss their events of the day, while children run around and play.  There was a older man tried to push his wife in a wheelchair up the steep road to the square, but just couldn't make it, I went over and began helping him push the chair and then another came to help, my heart was so rewarded to see the smiles on both their faces.
You never know how God will reveal himself, these things I treasure in my heart.
Cathedral De Leon

Sawdust Carpet Pictures

The making of the sawdust carpet pictures

Tuesday and Thursday each week we have a small group of four young ladies.  Our first meeting was a memorable one.  The girls were introduced to a chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Unique and special ingredients were used to create these wonderfully made cookies, just like the unique and special ingredients God used to create these young ladies and you, in his image.

The girls were afraid to use the electric mixer, and since the houses they have lived in did not have ovens, they were amazed to see cookies baked in a stove and even more amazed to eat cookies hot from the oven.  What an experience they had at licking the beater blades.  "PRICELESS"

Tonight's small group will be introduced to the "Banana Split".  It is sweet and yummy good, but if you fail to care for the ingredients properly, the Banana Split will spoil and ruin.  Christ too is good and loving, but you need to care and nurture your relationship with Jesus (read his word and pray daily).  Who was it said?, " The way to a man's heart is through the stomach".  God can use the stomach to reach the lost, he fed the 5,000, he can feed the four.

Special prayer request;
Time passes so swiftly, for some time now we have had a young lady here in the home, she is now 18 years old, ready to leave Emanuel Home and try her wings on her own.  Our hearts are heavy with concern for her well being and safety, as well as her continued spiritual growth.  Ministry Partners, prayer warriors of all denominations, please keep Maria Jose before the throne of God, pray her choices be wise and Christ centered, pray for safety and provision. 
I ask also, for you to pray for a young pregnant mother, she was told at the village medical clinic the unborn baby she carried had died some weeks ago, and her body had not yet begun to miscarry.  The team was able to take her to a hospital, I do not know the results, but God does. I pray He speaks to her heart and brings her comfort.
Lastly, prayer is needed for Godly wisdom in the future growth of Emanuel Home. His plan, His design, His Will.  The need is great, the workers are few, but God is MIGHTY.

Our deepest appreciation to all the Mission Teams for your time spent with the girls, your devotion time and prayer, your gifts and crafts have truly been a blessing.  We look forward to your return.

Mission Team at work

Craft Time
                                      We serve a Risen Savior, this journey will continue...