Team Honduras

Friday, May 9, 2014

Prayers of little children

It is so sweet to hear the prayers of little children. Here is what was heard today. Love prayer time. This was Josiah's prayer. Thank you Jesus for this day. Please be with Taylor Coats and Mrs. Myra Jones. Thank you Jesus that today is Friday cause we can eat popcorn tonight and that means we get pancakes tomorrow. In Jesus name amen. He hears the simplest of our prayers and praises. Have you thanked HIM for something today?

There is an Escape........

Today I took Valeria and Elvin to the dentist. As we were leaving heading to the car we passed a man maybe in his 30's sitting on a small wooden box. Tucked between his hands was a plastic bag with glue in it. He is a huffer. How sad to liv...e such a life as this. In 1 Corinthians 10:13 the Bible says .....there hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are Able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. I think about his life and how he is only going to escape this trap one of only 2 ways ......(1) he will kill himself from the usage or (2) he will run to The Lord, the one that can give him the salvation he needs to overcome this addiction. there are many just like him. It might be you today. It might not be glue it might be drugs it might be alcohol it may even be something else that is holding you in bondage Well my friend I am here to tell you that God can change that He can set you free. You just need to call out to him and ask him to forgive you and ask him to help you overcome what has you trapped. He can change your future He can help you escape.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Have you ever longed for something?

As a parent we desire for our children to grow up and be better than we are. When Taylor and Hunter were little there was never a doubt in our minds about their education and the things that they would learn and the things they would grow to love. Having children in the home that we have not raised from birth has given us a different desire for each of them.

I remember when our kids were very small and even with Josiah and Micah....we would read to them especially at night before they went to bed. Something that I am sure that most of you may do. We would hold things up or point things out and get them to tell us the color. We couldn't wait until they could hold a pencil in their hand so we could teach them to write their own name.

Well, here things are a lot different. Culture is different. I am not saying that is doesn't happen but a I can tell you out of the 15 kids we have in the home....they didn't get bedtime stories read to them each night. Most of them didn't have parents who had time to teach them to write their names or even tell them their birthdates. This rings especially true for Kathya. She came into the home in October of 2012. She has been with us almost 18 months. When she came in she was getting ready to turn 10. She had never been to school, didn't know her letters or numbers. She did not know her birthday or even how to write her on name. We started from the ground up. It is a lot more challenging when kids are older. She has been taught that she didn't need to know those things she could survive like her mother collecting bottles and cans. However, she really wanted to learn. It takes patience that is for sure.........however, after many trials and errors....tears and much laughter.....she finally gets it. This week on Monday we were able to Kathya her very own Bible(full). She had a little new testament but we thought it fitting that she get her own bible because she can now read it by herself. What an honor it was to give it to her. We even wrote in the description that it was because today .....she could read it by herself.  Please continue to pray for her as it is still a little challenging but she is getting there.

What..........3 years already....................

It is so hard to believe that we have been here three years already. This post is actually a little late but we have been super busy and our computer is on the brink. (but that's another story)
When we arrived in April of 2011 we were expecting our fourth baby, jumped into a new culture, a new church, and a building project. It is amazing to see just what the Lord has done in that three years.  We thank you all who have supported us from the very beginning and those that have joined us on the journey along the way. We could not do what we do if it were not for givers, friends and supporters like you.









Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Whisper a prayer in the morning..................

Those are sweet words from a little song I taught my kids when we were in North Carolina. It goes like this:
Whisper a prayer in the morning,
Whisper a prayer at noon.
Whisper a prayer in the evening,
He will keep your heart in tune.
God answers prayer in the morning,
God answers prayer at noon.
God answers prayer in the evening.
He will keep your heart in tune.


How true is that. Also, how HE hears even a whisper from your heart and head.
Yesterday, Mark and I were sitting on our bed talking before school about how nice it would be to take the kids to the barber shop to get their hair cut. However, with 18 children it takes a lot of time to sit and wait and even money to get all of those heads cut. We left it at that and parted to our separate classes for the day.
Each day at 10 am we have morning snack and a break. Since Karla was off yesterday I decided that I would take all the kids in my class and Micah out for a walk around the soccer field while they ate their snack. We started on our way when a car drove up. It is not uncommon for people to stop by the church and visit with Pastor Matt or have discipleship classes. However, this couple was a new couple. In fact so new that Sunday was their first day at our church. He stepped out of his car and we began to talk and then he said that he wanted to know if our children could use haircuts. I am sure my jaw dropped as I looked at him. I said "yes actually they could use haircuts." In fact my husband and I were talking just this morning of how we wish we could take the kids to the barbershop. He said, " I am a barber and I even brought my own chair and my wife also cuts hair."
 WOW! We wanted to go to the barbershop but God brought the barbershop to us. What a huge blessing Anthony and his wife Yolane were to us yesterday. They got almost everyone's haircut before they had to leave. (keeping in mind they were here for over two hours cutting hair). When they left we had just had 9 kids with new haircuts. The kids even talked about how special it was that they came and they were new and came and wanted to be a blessing to us. Thank you Lord for how you always supply and hear even a whisper.





Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Life.......Love.....and Letting Go...........

 

This has been one of the hardest weeks ever in our lives.  On Friday, I flew our only daughter to Florida to start a new journey. It doesn't seem possible that she should be ready for this. It seems like only yesterday we were holding her hand as she took her first steps and then took off her training wheels so she could ride all by herself. Now yet again, we have to let her go. Our hearts ache we have cried to the point of loss of appetite and headaches. We know that she is a special girl.....we know that we have tried to raise her the way the Lord says that you should raise your children. She is so much better than us. Her knowledge in the Bible, her heart for the Lord, her service to others. All these are reflected in her words and her life. She truly lives the same way on Monday as she does on Sunday. She is only 18 and she has been tithing as long as I can remember to her local church and to missions......and she doesn't even have a job!!!!!! She is a gem. We are so grateful that God allowed us to be her parents.

This again has been so draining, so emotional it made me start to think about God the Father as He prepared HIS Son Jesus to come to earth. The pain HE must have felt letting HIM go. The sadness He must have felt when He couldn't even look at Him as He was on the cross.

Then, I start to think about Jesus and how much He loves each of us. How sad He must feel when we go astray or maybe those who have never even acknowledged Him. How His heart must ache. How He must feel drained knowing that there is separation between His children and Himself.

Elisabeth Elliot said this: " This hard place in which you perhaps find yourself is the very place in which God is giving you the opportunity to look only to Him, to spend time in prayer, and to learn long-suffering, gentleness, meekness- in short, to learn the depths of love that Christ Himself has poured out on all of us.

John 15:9 says " As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

It is still hard to begin to let go and live life like normal when we love her so much. However, I know that my heavenly Father loves us even more than we love our daughter. He will help us through this.

For all those who are parents and your children are still at home.....don't let things get in the way and take over the time that you could be spending with your family. They will be gone one day and you can never get that time back. Make as many lasting memories as possible. You will never look back and say I regret making to many memories or spending to much time with your family....you might look back and say well.....if only I had not have worked all that over time or taken all those business trips....or spend all that time on facebook or emails. Make your choice before its to late.

On another note if you don't have that relationship like I have with my heavenly Father today is the day......He loves you....He is waiting...He is ready.....you just have to make the first step......then He will reach down and grab your hand....and guide you along.....you have to come to a point wanting salvation, wanting peace.....and wanting a new life.

Just like her daddy loves her so does the Heavenly Father love us ALL


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Looking for something........

Well, the heat is full force in the dry season. Here in Honduras we have only two seasons; wet and dry. We have not had any rain since the beginning of March. The grass and fields are all hard and brown and even the corn has dried up. The ground is so dry that the ants have forced their way in doors looking for the slightest drop of water on anything. We have found them in the laundry baskets, closets, cabinets, in the sinks, really EVERYWHERE. They are looking for water. I even found about 20 in a glass of water that I had beside my bed last night.  All these ants remind me of something I heard our Pastor Jeff Jones say.

He has said on many occasions that that everyone is looking for something. Everyone has a God shaped void in their life they are trying to fill. In the Bible in John 4:14 it says, "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.  Jesus is the only living water that can satisfy our souls.  We are always going to be searching for something to satisfy us; whether it is fame, fortune, family, friends, even food. But the God's word is clear.....only Jesus can truly satisfy.

God has given us the opportunity to freely take of this gift of "living water". We only need to take of it. In John 7:37-38 the Bible says just that.  (37)- In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. (38)-He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said , out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

We can be satisfied.....just  like the ants who are always searching for that water to give them life....we are searching for something to give us freedom and life and satisfaction. My friend that answer today is Jesus. Maybe you have asked Jesus into your heart and life....but you never really grabbed the meat of his word.....and never really gave up worldly things....you can give those over to HIM and He alone can satisfy.

You may be reading this today and you never put your faith and trust in Jesus ......today is your day my friend. You to can have a new life you can partake in LIVING WATER. In Revelation 22:17 says " And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. and let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

You can have it....its free....it's yours for the taking...you just have to recognize that you are a sinner, that Jesus died and rose again, He paid the payment for our sins, and repent and confess with your mouth....and you shall be saved. Turn from your old ways and let HIM start anew in YOU.