February 19, 2018 § Leave a comment
On the ministry side of things I’ve been keeping an eye on and helping coordinate the medical clinic this year (on top off too many other things!). It is a huge blessing to see the help that can be given in a few short weeks. We’ve a had a doctor here working in our Vida Nueva School for the last two weeks doing dental care. They saw all 80 of our most urgent cases! Which is almost all of the students in that school. Sad but true, most of those students will never have seen a dentist before in their lives. They were little troopers though and happily returned for their second appointments when they noticed how much the first time helped.
One of the parents commented to the school staff that they thought it wouldn’t be worth it to send their child to a private school, but how wrong they’d been because of all the care they are receiving in school on top of “schooling”.
It’s so great to see the way that God is working and providing through the hands of so many faithful people!
February 13, 2018 § 1 Comment
I think a lot of the time we have the wrong idea, at least I know that I do. Sometimes I think that the best way to please God, to have a meaningful life that will leave a mark for eternity, to be the best kind of Christian there is, is to work in the ministry, or a non-profit, volunteer time, work in a church, be a person who does good for others in Jesus name.
But we come to the verse that says 21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7 NIV Italics mine)
We spend too much of our focus on doing and not enough on knowing.
It’s interesting that God didn’t know these people who were doing so much for him and in his name. How is it that we are known by someone? People can know all about me, and I about them, but we don’t know each other, truly, unless we spend time together, having a two-way conversation.
lf one loves God, one is known by him.’ (l Cor 8:3; RSV)
How do we love someone unless we spend time with them, getting to know them?
That our lives would have meaning for God and his kingdom have very little to do with our vocation, the amount of good works we do, or the causes we stand up for. If we really want to live for God and please Him, we need to spend more time knowing and being known then we do “doing”.
January 19, 2018 § 2 Comments
I’ve been asking myself lately….
When we get to heaven will God be like, I don’t know why you were doing all that stuff, tiring yourself out… I never asked any of that of you.
His burden is not heavy.
I think sometimes I have it all backwards…
I start thinking that to please God, to have my life right with Him, I must have certain people pleased with me, do everything that is ever asked of me as a service to God, never grow tired of doing all the good I can possibly do.
God didn’t create us to live to please people, we live to please God, other people, if they are pleased or not is their decision.
The service we do for God should come spontaneously from our love for Him not an obligation to perform, because then, we won’t grow tired of doing it.
Whenever our service to God is a heavy burden we can know that we are not doing it out of love for Him.
God does not call people to a life of absolute obedience or service to anyone but himself. We get loaded down when we confuse serving God with our service to others, the church or even ministry. We are at risk of being in a cult or religious spirit if we equate obedience to any man as the equivolence of obedience to God.
God sent his one and only Son down to earth to make a way for us to have a personal relationship with Him. The veil in the temple was torn to open the way symbolically into God’s very presence for each of us.
We may blame our service to the church, obedience to someone, or busyness doing “his work” as excuses for neglecting our children, our spouse or all the other non-glamorous things that we could be doing, but what did He ask of us?
John 6:28 They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” 29 Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”
We need to do the work of “believing”.
Believing that He is good,in every circumstance, He loves us, truly, He will keep His promises, forever, He is taking care of us, always, He’s coming back for us, for sure.
When we truly believe we will do the “good works” that He wants us to do with joy. We won’t be so busy trying to work our way to heaven or earn God’s or man’s favor that we miss out on the point, He has already given us the gift of salvation. All we must do is believe and receive it. Everything else stems from that.
January 13, 2018 § Leave a comment
My dear grandma passed on to be with the Lord today. I’m sad for me, that I won’t see her again on this earth, but I’m so happy for her. I know she is with our Lord and reunited with so much family and friends .
It’s funny how much genetics influences us. Although I never lived close to my grandma I so often understood her and felt understood by her.In her last year’s before her stroke she often she wrote me and encouraged me. I am so blessed to have had her in my life.
Love you grandma!
January 8, 2018 § 1 Comment
It’s hard to believe that we are at the start of another year!
And so, I reflect….
Through every hard thing that we have faced, every difficult situation, we have felt God’s loving care. We know that life can’t always be easy, but God has been good through it all. We are so grateful to Him for protecting us in the moments where we have been in danger, those we know about and those we didn’t even realize. There have been times where we have felt like things will never change but He speaks into them and brings us peace. Life is not perfect. We live this messy life in a messy world. We have asked for forgiveness and forgiven, even when it’s not reciprocated. We never want to stop growing, even if it hurts. Our lives are so much more than a physical body and all the things we walk through in this path we call life. As Walter said so eloquently yesterday, nothing happens to us that God doesn’t know all about and have a plan to turn into some type of blessing for us. So, nothing that happens to us is bad, as God’s children, because we are completely in His hands. It’s not always easy to see that when we are in the middle of circumstances that we don’t like! So, as I start this year 2018 I count my blessings and not my troubles and encourage you to do the same!
October 24, 2017 § Leave a comment
It’s been a rainy year so far!
Several of the construction workers, who Walter works with, have had their homes washed away in mud. We’ve been helping these guys the best we can! The roads and highways are continually being covered, cleaned off and semi-fixed. But the rain has continued which means the earth is saturated which means more mud slides.
It’s a crazy world, dry spells and forest fires in some places, torrential rains in others. Please keep Guatemala in your prayers!
October 3, 2017 § Leave a comment
One of my nieces turned 15 this last week. A girls quinceañera party is a lot like a wedding here in Guatemala! The parents walk the girl in, she has flower girls, and there’s a cake cutting and a big dress or a very fancy corte and guipil! I think it’s sort of like a “coming out” party!
This is a formal culture, greeting people individually is important, saying the right words and giving speeches are normal. I don’t know if I’ll ever fit in! haha I’m not very good at making flowery speeches without actually saying anything!
So yeah, when you think of a birthday party throw out all those ideas and think of a formal wedding and you will have an idea what a girl’s 15th birthday party looks like in Guatemala… a sermon, prayer, worship, speeches, the birthday girl gets up and gives special thanks to different people.
Anyway, that was part of our last week! That’s the other thing, in Guatemala everyone in the family pitches in to help. I’m part of a Guatemalan family.