Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I have a confession....

I have a confession.  This morning I am having some serious struggles.  Questioning. Doubting.  Seeking.  Praying. Trusting. A few days ago, I checked FaceBook, saw a post from a good missionary friend serving in Togo, and this is what I read:
"Tuesday evening 11:30 p.m while we were sleeping, I got stung by a scorpion 3 times. It woke me up with a sting to the inside of my left hand, but before I knew what was happening it got me again. I threw it and it landed on my bellie and stung me again, then I got it off, but I could not find it, and did not want to be in bed or step on it, and finally found it by the wall. John was asking me what was wrong, and before I even seen it I told him it was a scorpion. He told me to kill it with my shoe, which I did. John got on the internet to see what to do. Isn't much you can do. I was in intense pain for 24 hours, IBP and Tyn. every 2 hours and ice on it, just helped enough so I could stand it. At 2:00 a.m. this morning the pain finally left. Thank you Lord. I have been drinking lots of water to get the poison out."
I have to be honest, this terrifies me...not for myself, but for my children, my babies.  My biggest hesistancy in returning to Togo has been the kids.  I know they are not really my own...the Lord has simply entrusted them to me for a short while.  They are His.  However, the Devil knows my weakness (my children) and has sought to plague me with fear and doubt since I read this.  BUT I will not give him the victory.  The Lord has called us to Togo and we will NOT be distracted from doing the will of God for our family.   The perfect place for my children....the safest place for my children...the best place for my children is in the very center of God's will.  That is easy to say, but the Lord is putting me to the test.  Can I live what I claim?  I claim to trust Him in all things.  Can I live what I say?  I say I will go where ever He calls us.  Can I give what I say I will give?  I say I will give everything for Him.  No, I can not.  But He can accomplish it in me.
Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5

Monday, April 2, 2012

What a Way to Spend a Saturday Afternoon!!!

I LOVE our church.  It is a vibrant, growing church that has not compromised on Scripture or standards.  There are alot of great churches out there, but I think our's is the best!  Last weekend at  church was our annual "Big Day" where a big push is made to get visitors and new people to church.  On Saturday, we had a special day just for the Bus Ministry.  These are kids that only come to church because someone comes to pick them up and bring them.  My girls see the buses and ask, "why don't their mommies & daddies bring them?".  Even they realize that it should be the parents bringing them to hear about Jesus.  I worked on the buses as a teenager and I am so thankful for this ministry that seeks out these children to let them know that Jesus does love them....even when no one else seems to.

Brother Myron preaching to the kids about the ABCs of salvation.

Passing out candy.....always a hit!

If we don't tell this little girl about Jesus, who will??

All these little faces just amazed me.  So many of them from broken homes, homes where no one even notices if they are gone for the afternoon, home where no one shows them love, homes that never tell them about Jesus.

The pinata was fun!!

Eliza and Meredith, one of the bus workers.  Eliza had fun helping with the kids and showing them were to sit!

Tim & Mary Ann Wiggins, just 2 of many of Faith's wonderful bus workers.

Larry Hudson, a Child Evangelism Fellowship missionary...the kids all love him!

Some of the buses lined up to bring the kids back home.

This sweet little boy prayed to accept Jesus as his Saviour!  I think they were around 50 people saved last weekend!

I was one of the workers in the auditorium and so I didn't make it over to the gym where they had huge inflatables and pizza for the kids.  John and I left and he commented on how much he enjoyed the afternoon.... it reminded us of the  Kid's Club we helped with in Togo. So thankful for Faith Church and how it reaches out to others!

My family

My family