Monday, September 28, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Many 9-14 year old are having to be responsible for the younger siblings (1-4yo). A 10 year old packing around a 2 year old on their back every where they go. Not being able to enjoy their own childhood because their responsibility demands are high. Many times not knowing the right thing to do also. This happens to be a picture of a young girl who is very good at taking care of her two little sisters and her brother. Her mother is a great mom but things like washing clothes by hand take a full day and some times two. Not to mention that many times you need to go to the market every day. Most of the children that are raising their siblings feel, stuck or trapped and many times will just let them go or do what ever they want. We get a lot of those kids because they need love and direction, and we love to love and give direction.
Friday, September 25, 2015
A lot of times, as you find in the Gospels, ministry doesn't always take place in church, or according a planned schedule. Many of the teachings and miracles of Jesus took place when he was going from one place to another. As I have been learning and working on this I have found it to be very true. Today I went to the hospital to help a Nehemiah girl be treated, but while I was there I saw a patient I met a week ago being readmitted. She was swollen all over, revealing she is in renal failure. She is young, probably in her 30s, and a lesbien. A friend and I prayed together for her when we met last week. So here she is today, and the way she look, I thought, "She doesn't have long for this world." So with Annamae translating we shared with her the love of Jesus, and how He offers us forgiveness and the gift of Himself if we will receive Him. We asked her if she wanted Jesus, and wanted to follow Him the rest of her days. She was hungry to say "Yes". Right there, in front the busy ER, while she was sitting in the triage seat, we prayed together and lead her into the His Kingdom, and prayed for her healing. I felt the presence of God all around. He is so over joyed to welcome her into the family. With our eyes open, our hearts soft, and our faith in hand ready to seize the moment, it is great to see what the Lord can do. Please continue to pray for her! Thanks!
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015
Basket ball to the young boys is like breathing. They love it and want to be like NBA players. I tried coaching a team and teaching them the right way to play, but all they wanted to do is be superstars. They don't even care if they miss as long as they look good. After three years every day of coaching them they refused to give up trying to be superstars. So I did some thinking and came with Sand Dunk, Sand basketball. It uses a volleyball and the rim is a 7 foot dunk rim that most everyone can dunk on. They finally get to be NBA players. This draws in the boys and gives us a chance to get to know them. They only have to dribble the ball once then they can run with it. They seem to love it and it allows a way for us to be in to their lives.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
There is another ministry here, it is inside the ministry, that is having a short-term team come and live with us for a short time. 7 days to 11months have been the groups we have hosted. We take a different approach to this, in what we call it "freedom ministry," meaning what ever they want to do or learn or teach we let them pray about it and we go form there. What ever the Lord leads. Many want to help on what we are already doing while others try new things or have new ideas. The other way is fine where people come to help do what your doing. This way of freedom has brought ideas and people into our life that would have never happened any other way. And the people that come become a new mission field, meaning, they may have things that you can help them with or they may have things that they can teach you. Our last group built and introduced a new game taught at Church and taught a self-defence class. It was great but nothing I would have picked, and the kids loved it.