Joy all around…

When a child is sponsored through Child Care plus one of the benefits of their sponsorship is receiving all the needed school supplies and uniform, including their shoes.

Typically once we recieve the list for each class, we order all the supplies from a store in the city and have everything delivered to the office/team house. Literally hundreds of books, pens, pencils, and other odds and ends like markers, compasses, coloured pencils ect.  As I am sure you can imagine the entire office is taken over by school supplies as we bag everything according to specific grade lists and whether it is for a boy bag or girl.  It is very time consuming.  Altough I love to organize and enjoy that kind of thing. Inadvertendly though there were times when a boy night have received a princess notebook and a girl might have been given a masculine book. How disappointing that would have been, not to mention embarassing and maybe even shame in the classroom.

However this year, we decided to try something different. God placed an idea in our director Kathy’s heart to try something different. The idea to set up a store where each child could shop for their own school supplies. Some of us on the team were not sure of the idea working.  We pictured mass chaos.

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But our Honduran staff set up a very well organized store at Pastor Victor’s church. It was organized on tables by type of supplies. Children came at set times by grade and signed in as they came into the store and went table by table to make their selections. On the way out there was a check out where each child’s bag was inspected and the list checked to make sure nothing was missing or anything extra added.

It was wonderful day and a huge success!  There were smiles all around..the staff, parents and children.  There was pure joy on child’s each face as they got to choose and shop themselves for what they needed.  What we were doing before worked. There was nothing wrong with it, but sometimes change is good.  Sometimes God has us think outside the box and gives us His sized dreams.  This way, I believe gave them a choice, gave  them a sense of value, a sense of worth and importance and empowered them.

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As for our director Kathy…She described it as the best day ever in her entire ministry career.

Expectations part 2

Around Christmas time I was speaking with a friend on the topic of healing. We had not seen each other in a while and she asked me if I had lost weight and I said I had. I told her it’s because of the “sick days” that I get so often, BUT that I believed I was being healed from them. I went on to say that I didn’t know how scriptural that was…about healing being a gradual thing, but I had heard it preached on during the summer.

She said something to me that has stuck with me ever since and I will try and paraphrase it somewhat. She said “if you are in the hospital, you spend time in the recovery room before you go home. Surgery is not an instant fix…you have to recover. The instant healings in the Bible were miracles.” I can’t tell you how encouraging that was to think about. Another thing that I thought of was that after any major surgery, you typically have to take it very easy for a several weeks. You don’t just go home and continue on as normal.

A few Sundays ago Sunday when the Pastor called people forward for healing, he was specific about it being those who were chronically ill; those with ongoing sickness. I didn’t go forward. I wanted to, but sometimes I just get weary of asking for prayer for the same thing over and over again. I am sure some of you can relate. Yet doesn’t the Bible tell us in Colossians 4:2 to keep praying? The other reason, I explained to my husband afterwards was that I was choosing to believe that I am already being healed.

Anyway, not long after, his wife came to my seat and asked me if I would go forward with her for prayer. She wanted to pray for me, so of course I went up to the front of the church with her. She is well aware of the struggle I’ve had for so long. And she knows the truth God planted in my heart a while back regarding my healing.

She prayed this verse…That He who began a good work in me, would be faithful to complete it. (Phil 1:6) It’s a verse that most of us know by heart, but I never really thought about it applying to healing, and yet it is so true. God is faithful. He is true to His word. He doesn’t start something and then not finish it.

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The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; your mercy oh Lord endures forever. You do not forsake the works of your hands.

There is a Jesus Culture song that we sing in our “Spanglish” church that I love. We sing it in Spanish, but it translates to “Miracles.” Maybe you have heard it before. Here are a few lines..

The one who made the blind to see

Is moving here in front of me

The One who made the deaf to hear

Is silencing my every fear.

I believe in you

I believe in you

You’re the God of miracles

The one who does impossible

Is reaching out to make me whole

The one who put death in its place

His life is flowing throw my veins.

The God who is and is to come

The power of the risen one

The God who brings the dead to life

You’re the God of miracles

So that is where I am right now. This situation with my health may seem hopeless when I look at it with my “human” eyes. Yet, I am choosing to believe that I am being made whole. It may not be this week or even this month. But perhaps a year from now, I will be able to look back and say “Look what the Lord has done! “

How about you? Do you believe in the God of miracles? Do you believe in the God who was and is to come? Can I encourage you that whatever season you are in, to put your trust in Him? Perhaps you are not believing for physical healing, but something else. Remember He is faithful and always keeps His promises.