Friday, October 29, 2010

In the school "Milagros"

Things have been progressing well.

This morning we went to the morning assembly at the school where we tutor, and where many of our youth go to school. We had permission from the principal to talk about purpose and value, and the freedom to speak the name of Jesus. We also educated them a little on Halloween, and to be careful this weekend as they celebrate - to only do things that give glory to Jesus. Here is Bryan (in the yellow shirt) sharing with the morning assembly.

We will go again tonight to talk to the high schoolers. Please pray for this weekend. Halloween can be a little more demonic here because of their already heightened awareness to the spiritual world. We are praying for wisdom in how to help kids glorify God with their lives every day.

On a more personal homey note, we bought a gardenia plant. Bryan surprised me by picking it out and potting it. These are some of the flowers I cut off for an arrangement, and behind you can see the plant. It's our version of a pet. haha

We love you! Thanks for your prayers and support. God has been wowing us lately with His provision at just the right time. As always if you have any questions for us, look us up on facebook or write us a comment. We love to hear from you.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

This week we saw a miracle.

A lady in one of our cell groups asked us to come and talk to her and her husband. They are having marriage problems, and we agreed to meet with them as long as the husband was willing. We know him as well, but he is often up river working and then comes home for a couple days.

Without violating their privacy and giving too many details, I'll tell you a couple things. We were so encouraged after talking to them for about an hour when the husband started asking questions.. We talked about covenants and in order to break off those strongholds the enemy has because of our past, we start by making a covenant with God.

When we asked, do you have a covenant with God, the wife said yes and he said no. "I've been waiting to get to be a better person"

After saying, "If we wait, we will never be ready" He was so earnest in His desire to make a covenant with God and ask for forgiveness. Bryan prayed with him, and the wife and I prayed for him as he accepted Jesus as his Lord.

When we finished the prayer, this strong tough guy looked up and couldn't barely talk. All he said was, "please excuse me" and went into the next room. The walls are wooden and thin, so we could hear him crying from the next room. Then we prayed with the wife that her bitterness would melt away and communication would be possible again in their marriage.

As we all know, these things don't get fixed in a day. But it was wonderful to see God touching and changing a heart right in front of our eyes. Please pray for this sweet couple.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Obedience

I wanted to share a testimony.

Tuesday afternoons are usually my only day at home alone to get a lot of things done. I usually do deep cleaning, or write lesson plans, or spend time worshiping, or just do the things that have been needing to get done all week. And once a month I with Bryan to the village of Tres Islas on Tuesdays. So Tuesdays are a very treasured day for me personally.

As you know, we've been volunteering in the high school right near the youth center, but on other days of the week. Not Tuesdays.

Well this Tuesday morning, while I was spending some time with the Lord, I felt a strong urge to go volunteer. I like volunteering, but I did not want to go that day. For some reason, even cleaning the house sounded better than going out there to help. I even asked Bryan to try to get out of God's nudging. "You'd rather have a clean house than me go up to the school today, right babe?" But despite all my trying to get out of it, I knew I wouldn't be okay until I went.

So I went and helped out in the class with a new group of kids. At the end, I announced that we help with English on Wednesday nights and all of them were invited.

Almost half of our group last night was made up from kids that I met in that class.

Crazy how God knows things we don't. I don't know why I even question anymore because He has proven His power over and over. But I still fight to obey. I just wanted to encourage someone who is battling through an obedience. I wanted to tell you that He knows better than us. And He will give us the strength to do what He calls us to.

The great thing is that I had plenty of energy when I came home Tuesday that I cleaned the house anyway, and it seemed to go by faster than usual. He is good.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Elections

We had an irregular week this week because of elections. Most of the campaigning here is done in person, so for the last several months, we've heard rallies with yelling and loud music. It's a very different environment. It's like there's been a buzz all over the city.

Also, the night before elections people are not allowed to have parties or get together with more than 7 people. The also prohibit any alcohol to be sold or consumed on that weekend. I guess so that they have a clear head and a good night's rest.

Another interesting thing is that voting is required. If you are over 18 and you don't vote, you have to pay the equivalent of $65 as a fine.

Because of elections, Bryan and I had our first two day weekend in a really long time. We didn't go to Laberinto or have youth night because of the situation. We enjoyed spending some time at home and I enjoyed doing some more involved cooking that I usually don't have time to try.

I can't believe it's October and that we will be back to visit in a little over 2 months. The time has been flying! We would love to hear from ya'll and let us know how we can be praying for ya'll.

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