Thursday, September 8, 2016

Summer and Anonymous

SUMMER NEWSLETTER

Finally sent out a newsletter on our summer teams....and forgot to post it here. Imagine that!

Now that summer is over and kids are in school, let's see if I can remember to blog. Probably not, who am I kidding. But I'll try.

One thing that I didn't include in our newsletter was the ongoing anonymous emails that keep arriving. For three years they have come every 6 month; november and may.  Without fail, Abigail received and email the end of May. Unfortunately they kept coming.  In total she received four and I received one. I am finding it hard to pray for my enemies. But pray I will.  I pray for the soul of the person.  If this person is a Christian, I pray that God will have mercy.  I say IF because the emails are grotesquely pornographic. We are doing all we can to find who this person is. But they are quite clever.  We change emails, they discover them. In fact, I would venture to think that the person doing this horrible deed is reading this post.

Dear Mr or Ms Anonymous,
We love you. We forgive you. We pray for the LORD to have mercy upon your soul.  We pray that you would be able to bend your knee and ask forgiveness....not from us...for it is not against us that you sin...but against the LORD of lords and the KING of kings; God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.  Please repent before you are turned over to satan for the destruction of your flesh.  We do not want to see that happen to you, but to see you restored to fellowship with the Heavenly Father. 

Would you all continue to pray for our enemy with us. That he/she would be brought into submission by the LORD. Pray for our girls as they are the most targeted. Pray that the words they have seen would not have lasting scars on their emotions. Pray for us as parents that we would know how to use this situation to best teach our girls and point them to Christ in all things.

By the grace of God alone we press on to run this race that He has called us to.  We look not at what surrounds us, but turn our eyes to the ONE who stands at the finish line. To HIM be all glory and honor and praise forever and ever!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

June

Nice title, hey? I told you I struggle with titles...

I tried to get a newsletter out in June, but it didn't happen. I'll combine June and July and hopefully get it sent out before August ;)

But a few things from June:
1: we celebrated 19 years of marriage
2: Elias gave his life to the LORD
3: Josiah turned 15
4: John turned 48
5:Abigail left for the USA and Belgium
6:Hosted Rich Wolf, for a few days
7: Evan turned 13
8: We hosted two great teams
9: Celebrated other Team La Ceiba birthdays and anniversaries
10: Both sent off and received interns

Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we battle in the heavenlies. The anonymous emailer has sent his/her third email to Abi in the last 6 weeks. That as well as some other darts flying towards our team is leaving a few of us drained mentally. Your prayers are what helps us to press on! It is only in the strength of the LORD that we continue. For when we are weak, He is strong. Blessed be the Name of the LORD!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I Struggle...

...with Titles. Seriously I have sat here for several minutes trying to decided how to title this blog! Also I love to use "....", but I have been informed by the younger generation that using "..." gives the connotation of being mad. I assure you, in my writings, it is not the case. I use them as a pause when I just can't seem to finish the sentence. Mainly because my brain needs the pause! haha!

"What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my LORD, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage that I may gain Christ." Phil 3:8

I have been meditating on this verse for days. It took on a deeper meaning for me after Sunday when we listened to a Tim Keller sermon on John the Baptist. John thought of himself as the lowest of the low...really he didn't even think of himself because his mind and thoughts were so full of Christ.  I want to desire nothing more than to see Christ lifted high and glorified in all things. I waste time on facebook and instagram and blogs; seeing and reading what others are doing. I write and post what I am doing. Why? For the recognition? Which then leads me to meditate on Proverbs where it talks about not boasting about yourself. Or Matthew, not letting the right hand know what the left hand is doing. Or Corinthians in not commending ourselves, but letting the LORD.  But even then...I don't desire to keep quiet about myself with the intent that I will receive recognition from the LORD, or a reward in Heaven. Ok...maybe sometimes that it is my motivation. But I WANT to be like John, so lost of myself that my ONLY thoughts are of my LORD, of His amazing grace and love and compassion and mercy and justice and ALL THAT HE IS! That HE is my motivation for what I say and do.  He is who I strive to point others to...in my home, in Honduras and on social media. I fail, I know I do. So I praise HIM that HIS mercies are new every morning. That every day is a chance to point others to Christ.

Elias asked Jesus to be LORD of his life. He still struggles with disobedience and stubbornness. But his sweet questions of how the Holy Spirit helps us. His tender prayers that the LORD would forgive him and make his heart clean. This crazy amazing being that the LORD has given to us, a responsibility to point to Christ, is being used by the LORD to point myself to Christ. I see in him glimpses of myself, my stubbornness and disobedience...my need for the cross. So I run...trying to throw off all that hinders...I run to the ONE who holds me steadfast in His loving arms.




Monday, April 4, 2016

It was brought to our attention.....

....that many of you wanted more info on why the school closed.  We recently sent out March's newsletter with a detailed note about the school closing.

We do appreciate everyone that put prayer, sweat, love and money into not only the building itself, but also into the students.  We wholeheartedly believe that your work was not in vain. Only the LORD knows the full impact of the labors.

We hope in Him; knowing that He who began His good work WILL complete it. It might not be our plan - the way we thought it would look and function.  But if there is one thing we have learned (sometimes the hard way), HIS WAY IS ALWAYS THE BEST!

Thank you for your continued prayers as we seek the LORD for future direction.

Link To March Newsletter

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Votes Needed

We have been in desperate need of a new prayer card for well over a year now.  From John's new job description to growing kids....our current one is a little outdated. Thanks to Emily March Payne we have a few to choose from! So help us out! Vote your favorite :)


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I have also thought about asking MTW if we can make a collage photo of these pics for our prayer card???


































Thursday, March 10, 2016

19 years and counting

The second best 'yes' I ever said happened 19 years ago.  (The first was 37+ to Jesus).  My sweet man asked me to be his bride and there was no other answer but YES.  Actually, his question was "how do you get the screen off?"  He was on a ladder at my second story bedroom window.  I took the screen off and he put the ring on. Then I asked if I could look at it (after the amazing kiss of course) followed by my screams of joy.  I freaked my parents out who had NO IDEA what was going on.

He is a man of few to no words. That's ok cause I generally have enough words for the both of us. Spoken words aren't always needed. We generally can read each other and every year we get better at it. I have learned (ok ok I'm trying to learn) to speak less; He has learned to speak more.


It's our language that is 19 years in the making!
That's us! 19 years ago!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Be a Miracle

This morning I was asking...ok begging...God for a miracle. Honestly, more than one and they all had selfish gain. It was all good stuff, all God-honoring. When I opened my eyes, the miracles I asked for had not happened, still have not to my knowledge happened. 

I went on with my day. And then I heard this song (I was planning on linking song here, but now I can't remember the name or who sings it...shoot...I can't even remember the tune to TRY and come up with it).  A line in the song "be a miracle".  Basically what I got out of the song is instead of sitting waiting on a miracle for myself, go do something nice for someone. Be available for God to use me to impact someone else's life through a kind word or deed.  (If anyone knows what song I am talking about feel free to message me!)

Would the miracles I would love to see help me able to impact other's lives more? I would like to think so. But, would it be me loving in my own strength instead of God shining through my weakness?  When I am tired and just physically worn out, will my husband and kiddos still get kind acts of service, encouraging words, loving hugs, or just my time?  Will my teammates see Jesus in me and feel supported, encouraged and loved?  

Putting others first doesn't come easily for me. It's a battle I fight...laziness and selfishness. I like comfort. But who doesn't? 

I am still asking for a miracle. Believing that if God desires He can do it. And, if he chooses not to, then that's ok.  Because I know...that my God is for me and not against me! He created me to be me for a plan and a purpose. I choose to press on and let Our Father give a miracle to my family today through my kind words and service.

well...i'll try anyway...maybe I should be made to report back at 9pm!