Monday, May 30, 2011
The kids at in the nursery (or cuna) have stolen my heart. The first day I walked in to pick up a baby to bring to morning devotions (Sala), I was disappointed. All of the other visitors had taken all of the calm kids. The only two left were a crying girl named Lea and a wild child named Sebastian. My friend Hannah Thomas decided to try Lea, so I was left with the crazy kid. Wonderful! Sebastian wriggled all the way to the Sala. Oh, great, I thought. Why did I get a bouncy kid on my fist day at the mission? When we arrived at the Sala, they began worship. Sebastian immediately calmed down and laid his head on my shoulder as I struggled to sing in Spanish. I thought he had fallen asleep, but when I sat down his head popped up and he gave me the most adorable smile... ever! He sat quietly in Sala and played with his toy car while I listened. Every morning I've rushed to the Cuna to pick up Sebastian. He's always had a hug and a kiss waiting for me, too. One day as I came out of lunch, I saw the Cuna's doors open to get fresh air inside. It was REALLY hot! I popped my head in and all of a sudden two sticky hands were around my neck! I hugged Sebastian back and then left. I've asked the office about sponsoring Sebastian, but they don't know if he'll be staying or not at the orphanage. This little thee year old has made Mexico a blast! Soon I'll post on another little kiddo here!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Hola from MX!! We got in Sunday night and have had a blast serving and helping out. Monday we pulled weeds... :) Tuesday we helped out in the kitchen and cleaning and Adult Outreach... Wednesday we did Child Evangelism, which is where we go into the community and evangelize to kids (adult outreach is basically the same thing, just we minister to adults). And today we shoveled dirt and grass to clear an area for a playground. We also did child evangelism again... this time we went to a different place. The poverty made me want to cry. It was very sad, but the kids were so excited to see us!! We have some GREAT stories to tell you all! Sorry this is not a lot of news... I will post more when I have time. I do have amazing pictures, though!!!
Love from Mexico,
Love from Mexico,
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
"O brother, pray; in spite of Satan, pray; spend hours in prayer; rather neglect friends than not pray; rather fast - and lose breakfaset, dinner, tea, and supper - and sleep, too - than not pray. And we must not talk about prayer, we must pray in right earnest. The Lord is near. He comes softly while the virgins slumber."
Thursday, May 19, 2011
So, we're on the road to Mexico!! Yesterday we were in Arizona, and we stopped by the Grand Canyon. It was raining and snowing, and the canyon was filled with fog. So, we didn't see much. :) Later yesterday evening we arrived in LA and had dinner with some friends of mom and dad. Then we spent the night at my mom's best friend's home. Today we'll be going down to Venice Beach to see my uncle. He's doing some thing for this American Ninja Warrior obstacle course thing. We miss everyone back in Minnesota and in Colorado SO much! I think of all of you all the time. Later I'll post some pictures of our trip so far. I still have to upload them. :) Please keep us in your prayers!! We are praying for all of you back home. I love you all!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
"...but I [give myself unto] prayer." -Ps. 109: 4
One thing I have been learning about lately is prayer. Do we pray? I have tried praying in my own strength before - it hasn't worked. God has been asking me to pray HIS prayers. Not wimpy prayers we mumble as we roll into bed at night. Not those prayers we make up to impress other believers. HIS prayers.
"Let my prayer be set forth before thee [as] incense; [and] the lifting up of my hands [as] the evening sacrifice." -Ps. 141: 2
Are our prayers like incense? They should be. We shouldn't take praying lightly. Prayer is serious business. We should come humbled, instead of proud and selfish. It is prayer that solves problems. It is prayer and faith that moves mountains. Let's see... if I had all the equipment in the world, could I change my sin? If I wished really, really hard, could I remove all of my fear? Think about this: if I asked Jesus to help me pray HIS prayers, and than I prayed, do you think I could do all of those things?
"Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" - Corrie Ten Boom
Whoa! But I thought prayer was only for the bad times! (That was a joke) I was wrong! We must always be praying - in the good times and bad. "Pray without ceasing", is what the Bible says.
"Prayer in its highest form is agonizing soul sweat." -Leonard Ravenhill
Are we praying with everything we've got? Or are we rolling into bed mumbling that God will help us on our English test? As I quoted in an earlier post: "Are you studying [or praying] with all of your heart, soul, and mind?" Fredrik Wisloff said, "You may pray for an hour and still not pray. You may meet God for a moment and then be in touch with Him all day." Isn't that true! We need to ask God to pray HIS prayers.
"There is a mighty lot of difference between saying prayers and praying."
-John G. Lake
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Lord willing, on Tuesday my family and I will begin our trip to Mexico! We'll be helping out at an orphanage on the Baja Peninsula. I am SO excited! My friend Hannah went there last year and she said the little kids were adorable! Below are some pictures of the mission and the people there.
The mission earns money by
selling macadamia nuts.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Lately I have been catching up on my science reading, and I've discovered many amazing things! Things that glorify God - through science! I have never been a big on studying science (so sorry, Mr. Vogel), but a few days ago my friend Philip asked me, "Are you studying with all your heart, soul, and mind?" Well, I've started! And I've seen so many cool things that glorify our Father in Heaven! Here are a few...
- Humans are the only creatures that can cry as a result of emotion. (This is a real problem for evolutionists, as they believe we come from apes) Tears are a gift from the Designer, because they release toxins that need to be released!
- Even though scientists don't fully understand the kidney, they're able to produce an artificial one. The abilities of the fake kidney pale in comparison to a living one. The fake does a lousy job compared to a real kidney. And even the best scientists alive today cannot create anything that comes close to the efficiency, compactness, ability of the marvelous things that God has designed for us!
- The "circuit board" (or your brain) of the human body is so much more advanced than any computer's! All of the neural pathways (or the electronic pathways on a circuit board) in your body are more than all of the electronic pathways in all of the computer systems in the world!
Isn't God amazing? Men can create their own version of God's creation, but it will never come close to God's perfect creation! Of course, we must do our best to take care of what God has given us. Even so, God is an awesome God - HE REIGNS!!
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
I am having a fun time at my friend's home right now!! It is the first of May, and it is snowing!! That's Colorado for you. We (Hannah, 15; Laura, 13; Rachel, 19; Anna, 11; Talia, 9; and Philip, 17) all had chai tea with milk. honey and vanilla. Not as great as Loodles ... ;). We've been having a wonderful time! We played kickball and helped rake leaves! And then tomorrow I have co-op, where I have to do PE, which Philip is teaching. I have to do core workouts... :(. Well, that sort of explains today!