Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Every other Friday night we have been holding youth meetings outside the Juniper Tree Chapel in Casa Hogar Douglas. We want this time to be for the youth. We have 22 junior high age kids at the home this year. The meetings are informal and fun. Some of the kids have even invited their friends from school to come. Last week, we had a teacher come and bring her little brother! There is singing and food and we encourage the young people to open up about their feelings and thoughts. Eventually we want the young people to pretty much run the meetings as we adults just observe. Stay tuned on this because I sense that God is up to something.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Preparing to start a prayer walk outside Juniper Tree Chapel one evening
This past week, all of the kids and staff from Casa Hogar Douglas did a prayer walk around their campus each night after dinner. They started on the hill outside the chapel and prayed over all of the buildings in the children's home. They offered up prayers of thanksgiving as well as petitions for God's guidance in the future. Each night has been uniquely different as the week has progressed. They even made flags that they carried on the walk that said "Jesus is Love," "Christ is Just" and "God is King." We began to break out in choruses each night as we worshipped God together under the setting sun. Most of the evenings have been beautiful to watch the sunset and the full moon rising up over the mountains on the horizon.
The kids will conclude this week by walking 7 times around their campus on Sunday the 7th day.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
I just recently celebrated my 4 year anniversary of serving with Back2Back Ministries here in Mexico. Looking back, I know I've changed a lot and so has the world. In that time, my mom passed away, my son and daughter-in-law have given me 2 grandchildren, I've gotten married and met a lot of great people. I've experienced some very sad moments and some very exciting times. But, I imagine that most of you that are reading this can say the same.
Through every experience I can say that God has richly blessed my life. Each year that passes, our hope is less and less in the things of this world. It seams like every day I long more for the things of heaven. I remember when I got married, I thought there is a big possibility that Betty will be the last person I talk to on this side of eternity. I rest in knowing that she will help prepare me.
Most of all, I take great comfort in knowing that I am loved by the Maker of the Universe! I know that He loves me relentlessly and only wants to have a relationship with me. I pray that I will only seek what He would want for my life. I pray that my joy may be found in Him alone. I miss family and friends that I don't get to see that much, but I pray that they know how much I love and appreciate them. I give thanks to you for taking the time to read our blog and for following along on this journey with us! We pray that God blesses each and everyone of you for the ways that you lift us up and support us!