Thus far has the Lord helped us…

October 19th, 2009 marked our one year aniversary as missionaries with El Faro de Esperanza in Arriaga, Chiapas MEXICO. On Sunday my wife testified in the service of God´s faithfulness to take care of us thus far. Listening to her recount the miracles of our Father´s financial provision, divine health and protection reminded me of a passage in 1 Samuel 7:12. After a miraculous victory in battle, the prophet took a large stone and erected it in that place to serve as a reminder of the event saying,

“Thus far has the Lord helped us.”

While circumstances, emotions and our economy may seem to be under constant fluctuation God´s character and faithfulness are unchanging. We do well to remind our minds and hearts on a continual basis of the past victories and miraculous interventions of the Lord on our behalf.

And to that end I began a photo-blogsite —

The Life Missions Photo Gallery @ http://lifemissions.shutterfly.com/

as a visual reminder of how far the Lord has taken my family and this ministry. From a small bible study to a thriving church, from desires to care for children to a functioning orphanage and the beginning stages of an orphan village.

We will be adding content on a regular basis so check back often.

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Answered Prayers

We recently had a need for two of our Junior High girls to switch schools due to concerns about the quality of their education and peer pressure. This led us to inquire about a private Junior High here in town. Upon discovering the cost of tuition each month the team realized we could not afford to send them to that school so we began to pray about the situation and encouraged the girls to pray as well. A few days later we felt led to try a new approach and asked the school to partner with us in the girls education. They agreed to give us a 50% discount for each. We were so happy with the news but God surprised us with something even better. A woman from our church spoke to her husband about the situation and although he is not a believer, he offered to pay another fourth of the tuition. It was an amazing miracle of God’s provision.

Marina and Tania- beautiful sisters

Marina and Tania- beautiful sisters

The girls are thriving at the new school, and they know it was their father God who loves them and provided for them to be there.

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Who He Calls

kids on the street are too common...

A few weeks ago, I was walking around town. It is not unusual to see drunks passed out on the sidewalk here. As I made my way to a store I could see that a drunk was right on my way and there was no way to get around him. I was scared but knew I had to step over him or forget the errand and head home. I decided to ignore my fear. As I walked back home, I reflected about the incident. Half laughing at myself, I thought , “I’m so silly, why was I so scared” just as that thought left another one came “God you have such a sense of humor to call someone like me to a foreign country”. I mean I’m the girl that screams at the sight of a cockroach. I’m sure my neighbors think I’m crazy.

New Believers being baptized

New Believers being baptized

   I believe that God simply sent me because I was willing to come, with all my heart I said “send me Lord, send me!” I’m willing to let go of the predictable. Is it difficult? like you would not believe but there is so much grace in the calling. There are times that I get discouraged, change does not happen fast enough, I get tired, I miss home and so on. I can honestly say that none of my discomforts can compare to the joy of people finding the truth and being set free. I thank God for those times when the “poor me” attitude has no room because it’s squeezed out by the joy of giving. I love that we are not just handing out temporary happiness and band-aids but it’s a gospel that transforms and changes lives. It is a gospel that I pray that my children will carry on throughout Latin America and the World. My greatest desire is for my children to see Christianity lived out. To love not just in words but in actions and in truth. To encounter Jesus love and out of that love to flow a life of abundance. A love that they can not keep quite about.

Children singing at Church

Children singing at Church

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I’m a big kid now

I visited a mango processing plant with the El Faro kids & mommy

I visited a mango processing plant with the El Faro kids & mommy

Going to school

Going to school

I’ve been living in Mexico for about a year. There were several BIG changes in my life this year. I stopped using diapers, started school and learned lots of Spanish.

My first graduation

My first graduation & my new uniform

With mommy & little Tammy at the missions conference in Tuxtla

With mommy & little Tammy at the missions conference in Tuxtla

Eating ice cream with the kids from El Faro during Spring Break

Eating ice cream with the kids from El Faro during Spring Break

I got to dress up as a bunny rabbit!

I got to dress up as a bunny rabbit!

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A Knock at the Door

Our precious little visitors

Our precious little visitors

First knock: little children who come every day to eat a meal here. Their torn clothes, matted hair and calloused feet do not take away from their cuteness. We stopped asking what they need and just wash their hands, pray with them and feed them.

Second knock: a single mom with four children. She looks desperate and says she can not feed her kids today, and wants to know if we can help. We sent her home with two bags of food.

Third knock: An illegal immigrant in search of a better future. Rainy season is upon us and he asks for a plastic bag to keep dry.

As I thought about those who came to my door today I remembered this scripture:

Mat 25:34-40 Then the King shall say to those on His right hand, Come, blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. (35) For I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in; (36) I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. (37) Then the righteous shall answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry, and fed You? Or thirsty, and gave You drink? (38) When did we see You a stranger, and took You in? Or naked, and clothed You? (39) Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and came to You? (40) And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you have done it to Me.

WHO IS KNOCKING AT YOUR DOOR?
Precious little ones

Precious little ones

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3 Observaciones acerca de la Oracion

I. Debemos Orar sin cesar.

La Viuda persistente

Lucas 18:1-8 Y les refería Jesús una parábola para enseñarles que ellos debían orar en todo tiempo, y no desfallecer, (2) diciendo: Había en cierta ciudad un juez que ni temía a Dios ni respetaba a hombre alguno. (3) Y había en aquella ciudad una viuda, la cual venía a él constantemente, diciendo: “Hazme justicia de mi adversario.” (4) Por algún tiempo él no quiso, pero después dijo para sí: “Aunque ni temo a Dios, ni respeto a hombre alguno, (5) sin embargo, porque esta viuda me molesta, le haré justicia; no sea que por venir continuamente me agote la paciencia.” (6) Y el Señor dijo: Escuchad lo que dijo* el juez injusto. (7) ¿Y no hará Dios justicia a sus escogidos, que claman a El día y noche? ¿Se tardará mucho en responderles? (8) Os digo que pronto les hará justicia. No obstante, cuando el Hijo del Hombre venga, ¿hallará fe en la tierra?

II. Debemos Orar con la actitud y motivo correcto

La Autojusticia no es agradable a Dios

Luk 18:9-14 Refirió también esta parábola a unos que confiaban en sí mismos como justos, y despreciaban a los demás: (10) Dos hombres subieron al templo a orar; uno era fariseo y el otro recaudador de impuestos. (11) El fariseo puesto en pie, oraba para sí de esta manera: “Dios, te doy gracias porque no soy como los demás hombres: estafadores, injustos, adúlteros; ni aun como este recaudador de impuestos. (12) “Yo ayuno dos veces por semana; doy el diezmo de todo lo que gano.” (13) Pero el recaudador de impuestos, de pie y a cierta distancia, no quería ni siquiera alzar los ojos al cielo, sino que se golpeaba el pecho, diciendo: “Dios, ten piedad de mí, pecador.” (14) Os digo que éste descendió a su casa justificado pero aquél no; porque todo el que se ensalza será humillado, pero el que se humilla será ensalzado.

Hay oraciones que Dios no contesta

Mat 6:6 (6) Pero tú, cuando ores, entra en tu aposento, y cuando hayas cerrado la puerta, ora a tu Padre que está en secreto, y tu Padre, que ve en lo secreto, te recompensará. (7) Y al orar, no uséis repeticiones sin sentido, como los gentiles, porque ellos se imaginan que serán oídos por su palabrería. (8) Por tanto, no os hagáis semejantes a ellos; porque vuestro Padre sabe lo que necesitáis antes que vosotros le pidáis.

Si pedimos cualquier cosa conforme a su voluntad, El nos oye.

1Jn 5:13-15 Estas cosas os he escrito a vosotros que creéis en el nombre del Hijo de Dios, para que sepáis que tenéis vida eterna. (14) Y esta es la confianza que tenemos delante de El, que si pedimos cualquier cosa conforme a su voluntad, El nos oye. (15) Y si sabemos que El nos oye en cualquier cosa que pidamos, sabemos que tenemos las peticiones que le hemos hecho.

III. Debemos Orar con FE

El Ciego persistente

Lucas 18:35-43 Y aconteció que al acercarse a Jericó, un ciego estaba sentado junto al camino mendigando. (36) Al oír que pasaba una multitud, preguntaba qué era aquello. (37) Y le informaron que pasaba Jesús de Nazaret. (38) Entonces gritó, diciendo: ¡Jesús, Hijo de David, ten misericordia de mí! (39) Y los que iban delante lo reprendían para que se callara; pero él gritaba mucho más: ¡Hijo de David, ten misericordia de mí! (40) Jesús se detuvo y ordenó que se lo trajeran; y cuando estuvo cerca, le preguntó: (41) ¿Qué deseas que haga por ti? Y él dijo: Señor, que recobre la vista. (42) Jesús entonces le dijo: Recibe la vista, tu fe te ha sanado. (43) Y al instante recobró la vista, y le seguía glorificando a Dios; cuando toda la gente vio aquello, dieron gloria a Dios.

Heb 11:6 NBLH Y sin fe es imposible agradar a Dios. Porque es necesario que el que se acerca a Dios crea que El existe, y que recompensa a los que Lo buscan.

La mano de Dios no se mueve por necesidad sino por FE.

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Avoiding Swine Flu in Mexico

New insight on the cause of swine flu revealed by this recent photo

New insight on the cause of swine flu revealed by this recent photo

Many of you have called and written concerned for us due to all the news about the swine flu here in Mexico. I want to thank each one of you for caring about our family and checking on us.
Monday the entire state of Chiapas decided to close all the schools for a week as a preventive measure. I do not know of any reported cases in our state so far. Our family including everyone at the orphanage is healthy. Three of us were sick last week due to some bad chicken in the state capital… nothing to do with pigs in Mexico city (sorry for the confusion) 🙂

Luk 10:17-20 And the seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject unto us in thy name. (18) And he said unto them, “I beheld Satan fallen as lightning from heaven. (19) Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall in any wise hurt you. (20) Nevertheless in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Ron and I do ask that you would continue to pray for our safety. We have faith God will continue to take care of us no matter what problems arise.

However, for the less spiritual who are still worried about the “pandemic” please consider this article…

Regular flu has killed thousands since January – CNN.com

Thanks again for your support of Life Missions.

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Do NOT fear what the world fears

As believers we must make a distinction between God and everything else. We must learn to be concerned about what our Savior says and not what the world around us is panicking about. Force your biblically unfounded fears to submit to faith in our Father´s promises… and you will find rest.

Isaiah 8:11-20 For so Jehovah spoke to me with a strong hand, and warned me against walking in the way of this people, saying, (12) Do not say, A conspiracy! to everything of which this people says, A conspiracy! And do not fear their fear, nor be afraid. (13) Sanctify Jehovah of Hosts Himself, and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. (14) And He shall be a sanctuary for you, but for a stone of stumbling, and for a rock of falling to both the houses of Israel, for a trap and for a snare to the people of Jerusalem. (15) And many among them shall stumble and fall and be broken, and be snared, and be taken. (16) Bind up the testimony, seal the Law among My disciples. (17) And I will wait on Jehovah, who hides His face from the house of Jacob; and I will look for Him. (18) Behold, I and the children whom Jehovah has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from Jehovah of Hosts, who dwells in Mount Zion. (19) And when they shall say to you, Seek to the mediums and to wizards who peep and mutter; should not a people seek to their God, than for the living to the dead? (20) To the Law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because no light is in them.

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Better to Give…

The children were very focused during the entire program.

Lots of excited kids

The ministry here in Mexico annually hosts a Samaritan’s Purse Christmas event. In case you don’t know… Samaritan’s Purse rallies caring souls to fill shoe boxes with toys and goodies so they can be distributed to needy children around the world. This year the church decided to step it up a notch and we hosted two events, one in the small mountain village of San Marcos and another in a poor subdivision outside the city dump.

A grateful little girl

A grateful little girl

The entire church was represented at the event. The kids, teenagers and many of the adults wore costumes, performed skits, sang songs and choreographed dances. My three year old Caleb even danced with the crowd. There was a ventriloquist, a puppet show and most importantly a mountain of presents and candy to give away. Many poor children in areas like these never receive Christmas gifts. What a delight it was to see their faces light up as they were handed the tenderly wrapped boxes full of surprises!

The Best Gift

The Best Gift

The salvation message was presented to everyone at each event and along with all of the other gifts the children were given a small book called “The Best Gift” which explained God’s love and purpose for them.

Prior to the Samaritan’s Purse events El Faro de Esperanza sponsored a medical outreach in San Marcos. A follow-up medical/dental outreach was held after the Christmas event.

A group of medical professionals volunteered for the San Marcos outreach

A group of medical professionals volunteered for the San Marcos outreach

Waiting for a check-up

Waiting for a check-up

Proof that Ron is taller in Mexico

Proof that Ron is taller in Mexico

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