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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Creepie-Crawlies

Amy Carmichael once said: "If one is preparing to storm the bastions of heathendom, it will not do to blench at creepie-crawlies."

I'd say I have done pretty well dealing with the gigantic roaches and lizards. I think I am winning the battle with the misquitoes...I'd even give myself a pat on the back for checking all corners of my house only once every night after finding a snake in the backyard.

But I have new visitors now, and quite frankly I am not too fond of them.
RATS!

After doing my nightly checks for the boogieman, I found these little friends welcoming theirselves in. Ofcourse, I call my boyfriend because that creature has just caused my already high stress levels to elevate, and I just know Marckenzy loves to deal with my high maintance, no tolerance, Americanized I want them dead now attitude!
I also called  mama, both of whom said "do not worry about it, they will not bother you!"

After my friend with an 8inch long tail decided to climb on me while I was sleeping with one eye open, I broke down and cried. Yes I cried over something this small.

My children are sleeping with hungry bellies in makeshift shacks. They have dealt with death, and the devil and far worse things then a little sweet mouse. They have had their whole lives burnt down, and worse. But you won't see one of them giving up.

Not one cries because there has not been electricity in a week and I want to use my phone.
Not one complains that there is ALWAYS something wrong with the car or that rice and beans for the 5th meal in a row is getting quite boring....
But I do... and I repent for being so "worldly"

We spend far too much time looking at temporary things. That is exactly what Satan wants you to do: ignore reality. Ignore eternity. The devil bombards you with temporary issues.

"It is crazy how a flat tire can cause you to forget about your future inheritance, eternal security, and the grace that God is going to pour out on you for all eternity." - Lisa Chan


          Phillipians 2:14 "Do everything without complaining or grumbling.."

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         2 Corinthians 4:17 "this light and momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparision."

Let us look unto Him, the maker and creator of all. May we remember His promises and look forward to the reward after the race is finished.


Haiti makes me stronger. The people here have taught me more about life than any classroom ever could.

We must laugh at the little things.

I am still trying to figure out what God is teaching me with these new friends of mine....


Ya... still trying!




Thursday, October 23, 2014

It is real

I awaken to the wails of a dog being murdered...and the voodoo drums begin to get louder and louder. They raise the spirits, they sacrifice, and they dance. They dance forhim. They dance for the devil himself and at 2am I am awake and listening and there is no escaping.

I do not get to change the channel or look the other way. I can not ignore it or pretend like it is not real. But I try to and I repent.

But no,  I should not ignore it because I know it is real.
The murders are real
The hunger is real
The devil is real
The cries are real
The prostitution, and disease, and all my precious brown eyed babies over here are real. It is all real.

There is no escaping the reality. So what is the conclusion?
Deal with it by acting upon it.

We are going to have to deal with it when Jesus askes us if we are a sheep or goat. If we fed His people or not.

So let us start now... Me and you together.
Do not have contractors install better windows so you can tune out all the noise.

And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:18-20

" Though all of Jesus' commands should be taken seriously, the setting of this command adds some additional weight. Jesus rose from the dead, gathered His followers, and explained that ALL authority on heaven and earth has been given to Him!! Can you imagine a more dramatic setting?
Ignoring the one command that the newly resurrected King of the universe delivered to you certainly could qualify as the stupidest thing you could do in your lifetime. So what is the command? Make Disciples. " -Francis Chan

The voodoo priest/witchdoctor in my village drive a beautiful black H-3 Hummer.
Christ-followers, we HAVE to set up our game. He is looking WAY too appealing to the crowds.

I feel myself falling lukewarm. The devil fights hard. My God can and will fight harder but we must keep the door open. Keep our eyes open. We must pray, act, and deal with the issues. No more ignoring them.

Make disciples. Make disciples. Make disciples!


"No prayer is too hard for Him to answer, no need too great for Him to supply, no passion too strong for Him to subdue, no temptation too powerful for Him to deliver from, no misery too deep for Him to relieve."