The Propelling Power Of Hunger

 

In a third world country

an extremely thin man stands alongside

a cow at a garbage dump, both driven

by the need for something

to eat . A foreigner, professional

photographer, sees this as a photo op

and begins snapping pictures.  The scavenging man

is not influenced in the slightest by the flashing

camera, quest to fill his screaming stomach

completely dominates.

 

Four teenage boys were drunk again

on a  Sunday evening, seeking a temporary

oasis from their miserable lives. As rain began to

come down harder, they stumbled to the corner

where they heard music and robust singing.  They

were in front of the “weird church” as the crowd

they ran with had called it.  Seeking asylum from

the pelleting  droplets, they decided to go in.  Slipping

in the back row, they sat for a few minutes, simply

observing, until one of them began to snicker. These

people with their eyes closed, hands raised and some of

them speaking strange foreign languages just seemed so

funny. Soon they were all snickering and rib poking

though most members  seemed unaware of their antics.

A disgruntled looking usher made his way toward the platform

motioning to a man sitting behind the pulpit.  A brief discourse

took place between them. The man eyed the youth at the

back of the church and shook his head. As the usher returned

to his post, the man seated behind the pulpit came

forward and begin to read a text. One of the boys,

 the one with the plaid scarf

found that he was suddenly sober

while the disrespectful titters continued to

come from the others. As the man in the front spoke

the sober lad began to feel a multitude of emotions

regret

   guilt

       shame

          remorse

                    and a strange longing.

After only fifteen minutes an altar call was given.

The leader of the blitzed boys whispered

that it was time to go. As they exited the pew,

the lad with plaid turned the opposite direction,

Walking to the front of the church

peer pressure lost its grip as

a ravaging inner famine drove

him to fall on his knees

where he wept himself

into the presence of

the Almighty and loving God.

 

10/11/18

 

 

 

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Miranda POPs It To Us

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On Sunday, March 18, we heard a great POP given by our dear sister Miranda. In previous posts, I mentioned that POP stands for Power Of Proverbs. Twice a month on a Sunday morning, we have a youth from our church take 2-7 minutes to share something from the book of Proverbs that they have studied . These have really been a blessing to our church and they help the youth as well to study the Bible more and get practice speaking in front of people. Miranda talked about the benefit and importance of listening to godly(pastoral)counsel. This is something she has put into practice in her life, and she is reaping the benefits from it.

Sister Miranda has been in church for 5 years, and I am proud of the steady growth I have seen in her life. I remember before she made the commitment to really live for God, the times when she would come and visit the church. You could tell God was reaching for her, but she was also struggling with the pull of friends who were not living for God. Many were praying for her, and the happy day finally did come when she told pastor that she had repented and was ready to be baptized and commit her life to God. It has been a blessing to see her make new friends in the church, live for God while going to public high school, graduate and continue to live for God while entering the work force. She is faithful to the house of God and is involved in outreach, children’s church,youth choir and praise singing.

I am thankful for Miranda and other young people like her that are striving to serve God daily and be a blessing in His kingdom!

 

Standing Alone

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In my last two posts, I talked about 2 young people that are also students at our Christian school. Today, I wanted to mention our other student, Sasha. In the picture, she is wearing the leopard print top with a black skirt. I am proud and thankful for the growth that I have seen in the life of this young lady.

In our first year of school, she had a difficult time transitioning from a public school setting to doing the majority of her school work online under my supervision. However, she has stuck with it, and her academics have improved this year.  🙂

Without going into detail, she recently came to a place in her life of decision, which lead her to take a stand that I know was difficult for her to do. However, I know that God blessed her for it, and He continues to bless her as she serves Him. It’s never easy to take a stand, when you have to do it by yourself. In reality though, when you stand for what is right, God is standing with you, and that is what really matters. I believe God has great plans for Sasha’s future, and I look forward to seeing God “unfold the rose” of her life.

Piano Player In The Making

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Yesterday was Trinity’s first time ever to play the piano during worship service! In case you don’t know, Trin is the young lady to the left. Her good friend and schoolmate Sasha is on the right. I wasn’t able to get a picture of Trin playing, because I was on the platform at the same time praise singing.

I wanted to let everyone know that she did a great job! I know it can be intimidating and make one nervous doing something for the first time in front of a group of people, but I’m glad she took the plunge, and I am proud of her. It’s encouraging to see young people that will let God use them, whether it be playing an instrument, singing, witnessing to a friend, praying with someone in the altar, etc.,etc. I love the young people of our church. They are not perfect(but then again, who is?), but they are striving to live for God, and I’m very thankful and blessed to see growth in their lives. What a precious thing it is to be able to serve God in your youth!

Daniel’s First POP

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This past Sunday was Daniel’s first time to do a POP. In case you’re wondering what a POP is, it’s an acronym that stands for Power of Proverbs. The first and third Sunday of each month, we have a young person speak for 2-7 minutes on something they have gleaned from the book of Proverbs. This is a good exercise to help young people get practice in speaking in front of a group. It is also something that hopefully encourages and motivates them to study out a verse or verses. Many times these little sermonettes have been a great blessing, spot on and timely. I know there was a least one instance when after a POP, Pastor gave an altar call.

Daniel did a great job for his very first time. I know he was nervous, but God helped him. The Scripture he talked about was Proverbs 11:23.

“The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.”

It is amazing too how a lot of what he said tied right in with our visiting evangelist who preached after Daniel spoke. I just love when God does that!

I am proud of Daniel and all our young people. Our youth group is not very large, but it is so wonderful to see all of them making strides in living for Jesus. To God be the glory!

 

What An Amazing Trip!

On January 21, my husband and I were privileged to be able to take our third trip to the country of Peru. This excursion was going to be a little different for us, because our primary purpose in going was to get some much needed dental work done for a lot less money.

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This is hubby with our Peruvian dentist, Dr. Nelson Junes. I’m probably going to be dead meat for posting this picture, but this is the only one we had of the dentist. I had a dental exam, deep cleaning, 3 root canals and 3 crowns inserted. My husband had a lot more work done on his teeth than I did. I’m so thankful for the help from the Nix family in helping us communicate with the dentist. I know some Spanish, but I just haven’t reached that level……………….yet. Our dentist was very kind, and God opened a door of witness to him. He allowed his 12 year old son to come to the youth camp that was going on while we were there. His wife and sister-in-law(she also works in the dentist’s office)came and visited one of the evening services at the camp as well. If you think of it, please mention this dentist and family in your prayers. We would love to see God add them to His church!

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We were privileged to be in Peru during the time of their National Conference. Rev. Rick Treece and Revered Kelly Patrick were the speakers this year, and they did an outstanding job. There was a wonderful move of the Holy Ghost in every service. The two men in the photos above are pastors from a Trinitarian organization that received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Gloria a Dios!

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The evening before the conference started they had their Bible college graduation. I know I’m kind of biased, but the speaker that they had for the graduation was really tremendous. It was my husband! 🙂

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The week after the National Conference was the youth camp for ages 12-35. Brother Carl Brown and his son Preston were the preachers/teachers, and they were greatly used of God. The young people’s response to the Word of God was beautiful. There were altar services that went on for an hour or longer. What a blessing it was to see new dedications and consecrations made to the Lord!

 

I have to take a break for now, but I hope to post more about our trip soon. There is some updated info on La Aventura de la Gringa page also.

 

The Gift

When I was a young child, you were an old gray headed man that shuffled along slowly, aided by a cane. You never could move fast enough for me, and although I tried to hurry you, you would not be rushed. I looked forward to things like going to kindergarten, summer vacations and the holidays that never seemed like they would come soon enough. As I got older, I looked forward to graduating 8th grade, graduating high school, graduating college and finally getting married, but I was always waiting on you, for you were ever with me. Things just had to be done at your pace.

An amazing transformation happened to you after I got married. Suddenly you were much younger, and it seemed you and I were moving together at an almost equal speed. Now we were getting somewhere! We seemed to be in sync until I had my first child, at which point another alteration took place in you. You became even younger and seemed to have the energy of a teenager, while at the same time, I noticed that I was getting older.  I was enjoying being a mother.  There were days I just wanted to marinate in the experience, but you with your boundless energy kept pushing me forward. Before I even realized what was happening, my children were graduating from high school and growing up. Oh, you rambunctious youth! You just wouldn’t stop and rest even for a minute.

Then one day, I had an epiphany concerning you. In all honesty, you had been the same all along and had never changed. The only thing that had changed was my perception of who you are. You have been God’s faithful servant throughout the ages, and I am learning to cherish you more each day.  I will do my best not to try and hurry you or slow you down or squander you, but with God’s help, I will let you run your course. You are precious to me, Time!

1/3/18