Happy Belated Birthday, Jim!

With children, we know there will be problems.  When children from different backgrounds and families are together, there will be more problems.  Living together and being accustomed to each other will bring about hurt feelings.  This morning was no different.  Like Barney Fife said, “You have to nip it in the bud.”  The boys brushed their teeth, I gave out medicine, and we met in the sala.  I said, “There is a phase, ‘Treat others the way you like to be treated.'”  This is called the Golden Rule.  Yet, this rule is biblical.  Jesus said, ‘So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.’ Matthew 7:12.

“How do you want to be treated?  What do you want others to do to you?  Call you names?  Pick on you?  How about the younger boys?  Are you a good example to them?  How about the teachers?  Do you respect them and are obedient?  We need to think differently.  We need to act differently.  We need to love others the way our Lord loves us.  We need to be patient with others, the way our Lord is patient with us.  We need to forgive others, the way our Lord has forgiven us.”

I read a quote, “Changing your behavior doesn’t change your heart.  Let Jesus transform your heart and your behavior will change.”  Change is good.

When teams come to Casa, they are a blessing to the children.  Yet, throughout the years, friendships are made between teams and dorm parents, too.  Many teams have come and prayed over Candy and me and have lifted us up.  We are blessed.  God’s word says, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”  God provides.  Thank you, Lord.

Monday was Jim’s birthday, and I totally forgot.  Sometimes I’m so dependent on the calendar to let me know whose birthday it is, but I didn’t write down Jim’s.  The women do a better job keeping up and celebrating each other’s.  Guys… well, enough said.  Anyway, the boys sang Happy Birthday and then smothered him with hugs.  Candy suggested travel mugs for both him and Kate.  Yeah, I missed hers also.  These two have been a blessing to the boys and us.  Happy Belated Birthday, Jim!

One of the visiting teams blessed the older boys with a bible study tonight.  Afterwards they played bingo and enjoyed donuts and hot chocolate.

All His,

Lee and Candy

The race

Sebastian & Dorcas took the 2016 tax return papers to SAT (Guatemala’s IRS) so pray that we will have favor with that agency.

Gretchen, Brandi & Gladys took me to lunch. I like being coddled. Lee,Walt & Randi both brought me sweets.

Doncellas (older girls) gave me 3000 quetzales($400) to be used on a church or for the poor. This dorm is the most giving dorm we have ever had at Casa.

Kirk, Illinois, made the beautiful pulpit for our church.

 

The boys in my house blessed me for my birthday.

 

Now that I am 74 I am truly on the final laps of my life. It my be short or long from this point and only God knows. But I can look and say with certainty that all of us are given our races to run. No two races are exactly the same.

The most important thing for me to do is not take my eye off of the goal. As the last year before handing the baton to Josue’ now begins I must not lose sight of the steps to get him prepared.

Woodhouse tells us not to compare ourselves to others. What God called me to do was my race. It is not for everyone. Your participation in sponsoring, giving financial support or literally coming down to Casa and working is the race God laid before you.

Next I have to keep my eyes on the finish line. I still have 364 days of hard running left before the transition and I have to see the goal clearly. I must stay focused on the job at hand. Everyone is getting older. Our supporters are all older and many have gone to meet the Lord. But the job remains the same. I must give the children Jesus, help them make good choices about their careers and help them to pray for the spouse that Jesus has for them.

I must allow Jesus to carry my burdens as I do my best. I cannot do it without Christ!

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