Thursday, September 25, 2008

One Advantage Of Living On The Mission Field

Our church has an orphanage, called House Of Dreams. Recently they took a field trip, so my teens went along to help. How many teenagers get to serve orphans and have fun doing it?

Notice the verse from James. Have you ever seen that true religion is to VISIT orphans? Just VISITING them makes God happy!

Leia Mais…

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Glimpses Of God's Goodness





Looking at these photos makes you doubt my title. If you have been keeping up with the news lately, then you konw that here in Bolivia we are experiencing 'unrest'. Some of the events have made international headlines (like the Ambassador being kicked out), while most of what is going on is local. Yet in the midst of this turmoil, we have been surrounded by the goodness of God. Let me share what I mean, in asending order with the last being the greatest.

1. The Leadership Of Our Mission. One of the reasons that SIM appealed to us was the strength, commitment, maturity and wisdom of the leadership. Throughout this 'crisis', our leadership has proven to be focused on Jesus and the Mission. They have been a calming influence due to the trust we have in them. God works in and through leadership, and seeing Him working through SIM has been GOOD.

2. The Commitment Of Missionaries. I have truly seen the GOODNESS of God in watching the hearts of loyalty and commitment of my fellow missionaries, both SIM and other mission agencies. It is a joy to see people fully surrendered to the call of God and walking by faith in Him...even when sight seems dim. (This is not a self-brag...I am a wimp...I am talking about watching the courageous hearts of those I know here.).

3. Relationships. Having friends and family with us. Darlene (Denise's mom) and oru friend Shelly have been here for a couple of weeks. Just their being here reminds us of what really matters--people. They, along with our other friends here, have let us see the GOODNESS of God in His love manifested through others. We have celebrated Patience's birthday, and my birthday during the last week. Both events overshadowed any negative things that have happened. Love always defeats hate!


4. The Most Important Way That We Have Seen God's Goodness...



The gift of life. The gift of personhood. The gift of family. The gift of love. God's goodness in the birth of Mercy so overwhelmed anything else in the world...Life...what a gift of God. Children truly are the blessing of God.

Living In His Goodness...All The Time,
Joe

Leia Mais…

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A Quck Show Of Mercy

Mercy finally arrived! Denise will write the story when she is better, but she was able to deliver naturally...and deliver big time. Mercy weighed in at 10 lbs 3 oz!

Here is a slideshow of the event.

Leia Mais…

Sunday, September 14, 2008

We Are Safe In The Arms Of Jesus!


This video from CNN shows a little of what is going on here in Bolivia. Things are pretty tense.

But...we are just as safe and secure in the arms of Jesus as when we are on a beach vacation. God is in control, even when circumstances don't seem to point to it. Isn't it funny how we think we see God when life is good, but think He is confused when life isn't? (just a thought).

We are safe. We are staying in our home, behind our walls (by the way, watch the video at the end of this blog and pray a huge concrete wall of protection with razor wire on top of it). There is no immenient danger poised to us. We do appreciate your prayers, especially since IF EVACUATION WAS ORDERED, we could not go because we are still waiting for little Mercy to show up (five days late and holding).

So, don't worry about us, but pray for us. Pray for Darlene and Shelly as they visit and experience missions first hand (I told them, "Welcome to the mission field"). Pray for us to wait in faith and trust Jesus. Pray for Bolivia. Pray that people would come to know Christ through this. Pray for open doors because of the circumstances that Bolivians are facing...and our wisdom to see those doors and run right through them.

Pray for the leadership of the country, and our mission.

Just pray. :)

For those of you who are praying a 'hedge of protection', please upgrade....see below.

Leia Mais…

Friday, September 12, 2008

Copy Of An Email Just Sent

If you did not receive this, that means that we do not have your email address. If you would like for us to put you on our email and/or friends database for our ministry, please let us know.

Here is a copy of an email prayer request just sent out.

Hello!

If you have been watching the news then you know that things are pretty serious here in Bolivia. We just wanted to drop you a note and ask you to pray for the country, and for our safety, and to let you know that we are okay. Denise’s mom and our friend Shelly are here as well. They made it the night that American Airlines canceled all flights to Bolivia.

Our mission leadership is informed and has put in place policies and procedures that offer us the most protection possible in events like this. They know what they are doing and we are grateful for that.

I do not want to put information in this email that could be misconstrued, so please do a news search (google, yahoo, etc.) to interpret events for yourself. The main thing we ask for is prayer.

Please pray for us as we hunker down and hope the fighting stops soon.

Pray for the country of Bolivia.

Pray for God to use this to point people to His love in Christ.

En Jesucristo,

Joe

Que la gracia del Señor Jesucristo, el amor de Dios y la comunión del Espíritu Santo sean con todos ustedes. (2 Cor13;14)

Leia Mais…

Monday, September 1, 2008

Almost Bolivian....


I am becoming more and more adapted to the culture here. One of the things that took getting used to was the traffic. It is not bad as compared to major cities in the States, but it is not efficient and the lights are NEVER sequenced. One thing that is cool here is that motorcycles are pretty much exempt from any laws pertaining to lanes, turns, or speed. You can drive on the right of traffic, on the left of traffic, or in between the cars.

Now I am not super gutsy, but I have to be honest and say that I can get places faster on a bike than in a car. So, I have now do all the little errands on my moto. If it involves only one passenger, or none, then I take the bike.

If you look at the photo, you will see that Josh and David are on the moto with me as we run this errand. I titled this almost Bolivian, because if I were truly adapted to the culture, I would have three more people!

Leia Mais…

Playgrounds of Yesterday--Today

This is great. Look at the photos of my kids playing below, and then watch the video. It was making us laugh out loud.









Leia Mais…