9.26.2010

Odres Nuevos (New Wineskins)

Despite rain from tropical storm Mathew we had the Guardian of the Vision Camp for level 11. There are 7 levels in the Guardian of the Vision discipleship program and I am the level 11 supervisor. We always have camps the last weekend of the month but because my level is a higher level I don't always have a camp. The camps are good because they remove the children out of their normal environment and puts them in a safe and beautiful environment outside of the city. And we have the whole weekend to pour into their lives and get to know them better. We had 12 kids for this camp and the theme was becoming a new wineskin. The main verse was from Jeremiah 18:6 "...As the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand." It was truly a privilege to run this camp and to minister to their lives. This camp was not only so that level 11 could be refilled and renewed by the Holy Spirit but also to minister to others. They had the opportunity to pray for kids in lower levels to be filled with the baptism of the Holy Spirit and many children received the gift of speaking in other tongues. This weekend was also a Empowerment Retreat for our church, which consisted of a two day water fast. The kids in my level were given a choice if they wanted to fast or not. I was surprised that two boys decided to fast breakfast and lunch on Saturday which really made me proud. It was a great weekend of renewal and empowerment from the Holy Spirit for many people.

9.24.2010

Sound the Alarm

Amos 3:8 "The lion has roared-tremble in fear! The Sovereign Lord has spoken-I dare not refuse to proclaim his mesage!"

In a world broken by selfishness, violence and indifference, we admit feeling powerless to make a change. However, you have promised that all things are possible through your spirit. Fill us with hope, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable injustice. Amen.

9.23.2010

English Class

I had forgotten how much I enjoy teaching English. I have had varies friends approach me about teaching them English so we put together a class. I am teaching 4 of our pastors, from our church, English which is really exciting especially since all of them are called to be missionaries. English is vital if you are going to be a missionary in most other countries. I will be teaching one hour classes twice a week. Another reason I enjoy it is because they ask grammar questions that I haven't thought about in ages so it helps me keep up and learn new things about my own language.

9.15.2010

Independence Day 2010





Today is Independence Day for Mexico, Central and South America and we celebrated it with a family that I have celebrated this holiday with since I have been in El Salvador. We had a lot of fun because we drove out to Suchitoto which is where the grandfather lives. It is also Geremias's birthday tomorrow and that is why we are covered in icing. It is tradition here that the birthday person gets icing in the face but somehow it turned into a war. Geremias used to be a Guardian and now is in our adolescent program at church and now his little sister, Catherine, is in our Guardian's program. We ate breakfast and then went into town and saw the end of a parade and then we went to the lake and took a ferry ride across. For lunch we had Sopa de Gallina, hen soup, fresh coconut milk to drink, and of course cake for dessert. It was a very special and memorable time.

9.05.2010

Let Me Burn With Holy Love

I have been blessed with a burden. A burden for a Guardian named Enrique. I wrote about him a few weeks back. I had not seen him at church since the Big Day service. Today he came to church and I gave him a big hug and talked to him for a little bit asking him where he had been. He didn't really give me any kind of reason. I don't know what it is but my heart goes out to him. I hardly know him but I can see a strong call of the Lord on his life. This evening as I was praying the Lord brought Enrique to my mind. Again, like when I prayed for him at the Big Day service, I just broke. My heart hurts for him and I don't know why. All I can do is cry out to God for his protection and ask the Lord to cover him. My heart literally feels heavy and I feel as if I can feel his sadness even though I don't know what it is. However, I know the Lord has blessed me with a burden for Enrique and even though I don't know what is going on the Lord is working and orchestrating something great in his life.

9.01.2010

Excuses

Why do we make excuses when it comes to our money and our time? There always seems to be an excuse when it comes to a person begging for money. We don't know what they are really using the money for. They might not even need the money, who knows? We make excuses to justify why we shouldn't give someone our extra change or buy someone food. I don' t have time, I'm running late for work, I don't have any cash on me, ect. So do we just skip over ALL the verses in the Bible that refer to giving to the poor? It is simply stated in Mathew 5:42 "Give to those who ask..." Simple enough; just give. Don't worry about what they are going to buy or do with the money, you just give with a cheerful heart. When I get to heaven I don't want to stand before God, who is LOVE, and say, "Lord, when did I ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you? And God say to me, "I assure you, when you refused to help the least of these you were REFUSING to help me." (Paraphrased from Mathew 25:44,45) I'm just as guilty as anyone because as many times as I have given, I've certainly passed up people or made excuses for why I shouldn't stop, why I shouldn't help them out, why I shouldn't take some time and just talk. But it isn't right and isn't what the Bible instructs us to do. We are supposed to LOVE and LOVE and LOVE others. How will anyone know the difference from a Christian and someone who is not? And if you don't want to give money well just like Peter and John you have something better. Acts 3:6 "...I don't have any money for you. But I'll give you what I do have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk." Giving isn't just money and time it is giving what God has given you. But compassion goes hand in hand; compassion is love in action. Sometimes it is very hard to live in an impoverished country because you see so much poverty, hurt, and violence that you heart gets hard because you truly can't help everyone. However, you can help those who God puts in your path. Today that happened and I crossed paths with two little boys begging for money. All the missionaries come together once a month for a meeting and after the meeting we all go out to eat for fellowship because we don't see each other that oftn. Today we went to Chili's and we were sitting out on the patio area at a outdoor mall type area. It is an extremely nice mall with a movie theatre and tons of restaurants. Just across the street are squatters. So two little boys came up and started asking people for some coins. Everyone in the patio area just kind of ignored them which is what you have to do many times. Unfortunately, when you do give money in countries that are below the poverty level you will get mobbed by others asking you for something. But all I saw were these two little boys, the same age kids that I work with, and I went over to the fence and I asked them what there names were and where they lived. They pointed to the slum area and I asked why they wanted the money and they said they wanted to buy some soup. I told them that I had a half of sandwich and some fries left over and I asked if they would want it? They smiled and eagerly shook their heads. So I wrapped up my food and Richie, who works in the same department as I do, grabbed some leftover food to give them as well. As we were giving them the food, one of the little boys turned to a table of Salvadorans and was asking them for some money and the waiter quickly realized what was going on and fussed at the kids and told them to leave. But the waiter, and those other Salvadorans saw an act of compassion. Hopefully, that will mark them. How unfortunate it would have been, a whole table of missionaries, just turn their backs to some children who just wanted some food or a few cents to go buy something. I leave you with these concluding words from Hebrews 13:1,2 "Continue to love each other with TRUE Christian LOVE. Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it."