Saturday, July 4, 2015

TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD


 
     
      Steep is our Journey
We have journeyed a rugged, steep path recently, but our focus, trust remains on  the will of Jesus. Taste and see that the Lord is good.










          COME, let us see what awaits us on this journey.




Many of you, as ministry partners and prayer partners, know it was three years in the making for God to prepare me, groom me, equip me, convince me He had called me to go to Nicaragua.  At  sixty plus years of age, the doors of opportunity are not always readily available.  Which leads us to our journey this week.


My daily prayer, the burden on my heart these past three years, has been God make a way that I can teach the children at Emanuel Home of Protection the True love of Jesus Christ, His Love of service to others.  Jesus said, in Luke 12:35 "Be dressed and ready for service and keep your lamps burning."

In just two days time, God revealed himself in a spectacular way.

His perfect timing led Alex, a summer missions intern, and I to Diriamba. There we met a woman, by the name of Marcia, she manages a building used to treat the older generation for medical illnesses and feeding the hungry elderly. Two older Christian ladies volunteer, they help Marcia in her efforts to meet the needs of this forgotten generation.  These two ladies do it all, cleaning, cooking and serving.
Volunteers to serve
 We were given a tour of the building, the main room was welcoming, the sick room had three beds, no mattresses. I was shown an empty food pantry, as well as an empty pharmacy shelf.  Marcia said, there has not been much interest in care for the 3a edad (third generation) people.  Marcia, carries a list of names, many names, not counting the daily walk-ins needing food and medicine.


Volunteer Doctor
There is a medical doctor volunteering once a week to treat the sick, but she needs medicine.  Also, I met with the Emanuel Home staff regarding the girls of the home for this ministry, we were given clearance to go to Diriamba to feed and serve the hungry in body and spirit once a month. (Thank you Lord).


I would like to take this opportunity to Thank You ministry partners, your sacrificial giving to this ministry enabled me to purchase rice, beans, sugar and two sick bed mattresses for the Commodore House.  God, then led me to a person who can put me in touch with a pharmacy.  I am reaching out to those who have contact or access to medicines that could help these elderly people without any means for medicine. Please pray for God's favor that this door too will be opened.

In two days time God did all this, but there is more.

Committed To Christ Service


Alex and I met with nine girls at Emanuel Home, we offered them a way to serve
Christ, as well as give back to their community. We then asked, are you willing to sign a commitment contract.  All nine girls, signed the commitment contract to serve God in this ministry (Praise the Lord). 
WAIT, there's more.  A medical team returning to Managua, after serving for a week in a village, had treated and fed 1700 people, the team usually sees twice that many.  They heard about what God is doing with our ministry here and donated their extra rice and beans.


Was this HIS plan all along??


Ecclesiastes 3:1 says; "There is a time for everything , and a season for every activity under heaven." 


Preparing to Serve
Today we served...and the food was good too,        
 Arroz a la Valenciana.
The people could not get enough, they had helpings three and four times, but who's counting when your that hungry.  I could not hold back the tears when these little old men and women brought their tiny plastic bags and asked me to give them more rice.  We filled every bag we could find.

God richly blessed us all today, as we shared Christ in love and compassion.  The people shared their stories of survival and begging on the streets of Diriamba for food.  I wish you could have seen the big smiles on these old and tired faces, and felt their hugs as they left to go back out on the streets with FULL belly's.

Lord create in us  servants heart.

Fellowship in serving Jesus

Serving Jesus

Captivated audience, a street beggar's story


feeding
the hungry

 Trust that He will fully equip you for whatever awaits you on this journey.  Our journey continues...

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