Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hidden Treasure

                         
                        COME, let us continue our missionary journey.

                                                                      
He created the rain
                
               


                I stand in the front doorway of my house, the electricity has just gone off, I look out across the landscape noticing lighting in the far distance. I begin to wonder of His mystery, Lord, could this be part of the meaning of your hidden treasure.  Am I hearing your voice in the gentleness of this misty rain as you impact the dry thirsty soil.

I love a good mystery and when there is hidden treasure so much the better, it causes me to want to dig deeper to find it.  There are many opportunities to find treasure, if we know where to look.

God reveals himself in everything around us, from the rain, sun, growth of the trees, relationships.  If we would but stop and search for the hidden treasure in each of us, observe what God is doing around us and through us.  This awareness is vital to our spiritual growth and the sharing of his message.

Our week here in Diriamba begins with more new arrivals.  The Nicaraguan Ministry of Families, has brought to Emanuel Home five more young girls and a sixteen month old baby girl.  These young girls have been rescued from situations you don't like to read about let alone write about.  For one young girl, her grandmother tells her, you were born to be sold into sex slavery as your mother before you, and me before your mother.  Now, stop your crying, go and do what the man tells you to do.  These and stories like this is the life from which the girls are being rescued.

The children are here with us now, where we can protect them, give them hope for something better.  We talk and share with these new arrivals, show them how much we care, love on them, laugh and cry with them.  Some will allow us to take their picture, others are withdrawn and want no part of what you are offering, believing it to be a trick, a lie.  We wait, give it some time, then go back and try again.



These children's lives are so twisted from what we as North Americans call the normal.  The new arrivals try to horde food, clothing, even a ragged small stuffed toy, anything to help them feel like they will survive this new trial in their life.

We do our best to touch the hearts of these little hidden treasures God
has placed in our care.  We encourage them, pray with them, but they have traveled such a rough road they do not trust easily. 

Now they face life altering choices that must be made, tough choices that should be made by adult minds not the young undeveloped minds of children. 

Choices of  why do I keep a baby I never wanted, because my body has carried it all these months, or do I give up this baby for adoption in hope of a better life for us both.  Choices of how do I stop trying to injure myself and end this horrible life, cutting myself will have to make it stop.  Choices of why do I need an education, I can sell my body or be sold, that is what we do here to survive.

                                                                                                                          

The evil darkness has these children convinced they must live like this.  There are far too many young Nicaraguan girls being told this lie from the pits of hell.  We as believer's, in our Lord Jesus Christ, have a calling to help change the lives for these children. 

You are a follower of this blog, you are a ministry partner a prayer partner, all have been called by God to support His ministry He uses to reach the souls of the lost.

In Jesus Christ's name we have come to Nicaragua to make a difference in the lives of these children.  Join our ministry team, become a partner, a supporter to further God's message and add to his kingdom.

At the bottom of this page you can make your donation. 100% of you donation goes into God's ministry.  Seek His hidden treasure, it's all around you, embrace it, commune with Him reside in His presence.  If God has blessed you with much, share a portion to save these children. If God has blessed you with little , share a portion and see God do great and wondrous things with something as small as a mustard seed.

Your faithful giving is what keeps us on the path God has set before us.  We sing praises to God Almighty for answered prayer.  We are able to purchase clothing bales for the home with your sacrificial giving, we were able to pay the electric bill and purchase food, medicine as well as school material.  

Professions of faith, baptism, adoptions...all Hidden Treasure's!


                                        Our missionary journey is unending...to continued     

Saturday, May 16, 2015

REJOICE!!!


COME, join me as we continue our Missionary journey in Nicaragua.

8 years old M.T.
 

This smiling little face, having been rescued from the streets, arrived here at Emanuel Home of Protection a few days ago.  She is but one of the thousands of Nicaraguan street children, abandoned, alone, fighting to stay alive. I would like to tell you when she arrived she was welcomed with open arms by the children who live here, but that was not the case.

M.T., we will call her for her protection, was looked at by the other children as different.  The children would hit, fight and push her.  They wanted here gone from this place, the children said, she will never be accepted here. 

You can wash away the dirt, put on clean clothes, even brush the blackened grey decayed teeth and de-lice what hair she has, but that will not change what is in this little ones heart and mind as a way to survive.
prayer heals many wounds
 
It took several days, but after many conversations with the girls, a lot of prayer, the children began to warm up to M.T. as they remembered how it was for them when they first arrived at Emanuel.  Each girl has a different story of gross negligence on a child, stories that would cause the strongest of men to go weak in the knees. M.T. has an adult lifetime of this negligence in just eight short years.
 
M.T. does not like being indoors nor does she like sleeping in a bed.  These and other social skills are things she will come to appreciate as she is educated here at Emanuel.  With the help of Ministry Partners like you, M.T. has a chance to be the young woman God created her to be.
 
I rise with the sun each morning as well as the rooster outside my window. I find my joy in glorifying God in all things.  I ask for prayer, as this faith based ministry is seeking financial partners.  If you could but see the opportunity here to reach the souls of the lost, you would not hesitate a moment with your giving. 
 
 Jesus said, the poor will always be with you. James 1:27 says, to look after the widows and orphans.  Well, this widow is doing all she can, but needs your help.  Seek the Holy Father, ask him how he would have you to serve in this ministry.   There is no gift to small when it is given from the heart.  The widow gave her last two coins...she gave her all for the Lord.
 
Rejoice...95% I passed



This is one happy lady thanks to Holy Spirit bringing to my remembrance all the Spanish I have been studying.
I passed my test with a whopping 95%.
Now I get to go to classes only three days a week.  YEHAAAAA


This Missionary Journey will continue...
 
 
 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hope...a Firm Assurance

Faith, Love and Hope, all Christian virtues...but Hope is our firm assurance.

COME, continue the Missionary Journey with me.

Life has a way of pulling the rug right out from under you, as you well know it is not all roses and sunshine, oh no, as Missionaries we come up against the darkness of evil on a daily basis. 

Could it be that is why the Holy Word of God says it so plainly; seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. Could it be made any clearer the importance to stay stead fast in prayer, seeking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will, asking for spiritual wisdom and understanding.  He is our strength and power that gives us the endurance and patience to carry on His great work.


Security
The children here at Emanuel Home of protection have been rescued from one form of darkness, just as believers, we too were rescued from the darkness.  But for these young girls, thy have gone from the only life they have ever known into something very foreign to them. A new way to live; structure for their life, rules, and plenty of food. Then there is education, compassion, love from people they have never met and an introduction to Jesus Christ who can save them.  This new life would overwhelm the mentally strongest adult, so it only makes sense that it would frighten a child.


As the lights dim in the home for the night, heads are counted. But wait, you find the count to be short.  Where are the missing girls?  The search begins, they are not in the compound, they have run away. Then the phone rings, a nearby resident has spotted the runaway girls.  You go to collect them, bring them back into the arms of safety.  Now you have safely tucked them into bed and all is well, or is it?

A child will take abuse from it's parent never telling anyone about it. They will go hungry, even be sold into sex slavery, but that child will still yearn for the parent, or the family if removed from them. 

You try to explain to the child, all about the things we do here at Emanuel Home is for their protection, their health, to give them a brighter future, a chance at a better life.  Tears stream down their little faces, begging to go home to the abuser. Your heart breaks into a million pieces as you hug and hold them trying to give them the assurance of hope. 
Doing Laundry age 7 

14 year old Mom

How do you tell the child their parent is a criminal, or what do you say to the abandoned child, that their parents and family does not want them?  These children are tormented with the lack of understanding, so they react in the only way they know how, they lash out, some will use a razor blade from the smallest of plastic pencil sharpeners to cut themselves, others will refuse to eat, and some will physically try to fight you or the other children in the home.



extreme measures
Jesus, we know we need you, but these children need you now. The power of prayer and pray warriors such as you, has once again been called upon and our Lord has seen us through the evil attacks.  On going, the Lord reveals himself and his answers. We must adjust our lives, and our work, as we continue to serve in the call to Nicaragua.

The Lord has been so good to open a door for us to take the children to a Spanish church in Diriamba, what a blessing this has been.   Ministry Partners and blog followers, please remember these children in prayer, pray the Holy Spirit will reveal to them a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ and the true meaning of worship as believers with others in this new church.
Baptist Church Diriamba

We pack the house of the Lord

Great Worship Service

This week we had Glenn Howell's construction team from the Magee area of Mississippi. They came on one of the Hottest days on record, as well as no electricity, so forget the use of fans.  The team did a great job working on the transitional housing and the girls truly enjoyed the story time and the Hokie Pokie dance.
How many does it take to lay tile?
One doing the work, two supervising.

Hokie Pokie Dance








The rainy season showed up yesterday (thank the Lord) dropping the temperature gauge a few degrees.  We will have this weather until about November, then it's back to the dry season.

Teams will start arriving in mid May, so we will really be busy.  This is an exciting time, to see what all God is doing and has in store for us to do in the up coming months.  The planting of souls is being done, we look forward to the harvest.

This journey has just begun and will continue until His return, come be a part of his ministry...