Well today was the first full day of school. Yesterday we registered all the kids and gave them their school supplies and today we had class. It was a really nice day. It is sweet to see the look on the new kids faces when they aren’t sure what to do (English and Spanglish only in class). They either ask a friend or follow along. We have a few “regular” kids that haven’t showed up yet but we will see if they come next week. It was also nice today to see tons of boys on the court. New faces and “old” faces. The weather was nice today to play on the court (no rain). One of our friends, Esteban, has been building relationships with some of the court kids and taking a truckload of them to play on the grass field in Coxen Hole. It is quite a treat when they get to go. Our verse for the next two weeks is: Esten siempre alegres, oren sin cesar . 1 Thess 5:15-16 Rejoice always, pray continually. Have a good weekend.
There are so many tales I could tell about our adventure being Missionaries here. How five years ago, come February 25th, Jamie and I started another adventure in our life together.
We could tell tales of how we’ve struggled together through trials and tribulations; or how we’ve missed so many of the people we left in the States.
We could tell tales of strained relationships with other brothers and sisters in Christ; or failed projects that we’ve had to let go off.
We could tell tales of financial difficulties; or enlighten you on what it’s like to lay in a pool of your own sweat late at night when the electric has gone out; again.
Praise God that none of the above holds any weight compared to the blessings God has so generously, graciously, mercifully and so wonderfully laid upon us.
Over the last five years we have been literally saved from ourselves. Saved from dwelling in hardships, failures and lost focus.
Jamie and I can truly testify how God has, not only sustained us, but has revealed to us the joy of our salvation.
How can we describe what it is like when God gives us glimpses of how the work He does through us changes not just the lives of those we serve but our lives as well.
We tell you the truth, serving others; particularly those who have what the world calls very little, has such amazing results. Results that we get to witness, first hand!
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the Glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you Good News that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:8-11
Good Afternoon All – One of our special “boys” left on the ferry a few days ago to head to San Pedro Sula for his interview with Princess Cruises. This has been three years in the making. First he needed to finish school, so he went to a program that would be equivalent to a GED, then learn English!!, then test for all his cruise ship certificates then wait until he was 21. Well he completed all of that and tested/interviewed here and passed with flying colors. Two days ago he had his last interview and passed!!! PRAISE GOD! Next he will go to immigration and get his paperwork. He turns 21 in January. We have shared the Lord with him in word and action for 4.5 yrs. God’s word never returns void…He came over a few days ago to chat and get his final stuff from us and as we were talking about the last years and how proud we are of him he was mentioning helping others etc. so I told him that when the time comes for him he needs to realize it and help someone else and acknowledge it is all from the LORD and PRAISE HIM for the ability. Keep him in your prayers. Thanks for reading
“When I am consumed by my problems-stressed out about my life, my family, and my job-I actually convey the belief that I think the circumstances are more important than God’s command to always rejoice.” – Francis Chan
I turned sixty-two this year. Wow, hearing that sounds old but seeing it in writing seems even older. Strange thing though, and I am sure others my age say the same thing, in my mind I am still in my early forties.
In my mind I can still do all the things I did in my forties. I even have times, in my mind, when I can do things I did in my twenties.
While I can still do a few things, I know they are not as well as I use to.
I am not just talking about physical things. Not just all those physical things I could do when I was young that I thought I would always be able to do; but also the mental. I use to be able to remember so much more. Now I forget why I walked from the bedroom to the living room. LOL
For me, the addiction to sports that I developed in my twenties kept me in rather good shape well into my forties. My addiction to sports, like many addictions, came at a high cost.
Praise God I found Christ at thirty-five. Turned out that what I strove for in the evermore riskier sports I was getting into was, in truth, a search for contentment in my soul.
So when my addiction to sports resulted in bringing my life into a total mess, God put someone in my life that He used to bring me to His truth. Not just saving my soul but giving me His Word that I can study and learn the true meaning of contentment.
The truth is that only through Christ can I find what my true longing. I believe every human has this same longing; which is to have a contented soul.
Now I understand what God means when He gave us Philippians Chapter 4.
Reading God’s Word always lifts me. It refocuses me when I am tempted to stray and/or when I stumble.
Do I sometimes miss the physical shape I was once in? Truth is, yes.
But then God reminds me of Philippians Chapter 3.
I give the chapters to avoid taking His Word out of context.
In closing, I simply say “Praise God, the savior of my soul and the author of my contentment”.
Fulfillment doesn’t always looks like what we expect, but it always comes. Our anchor of hope is in the Lord, and o how faithful of a Father we serve.