Josue attended an audience with a judge & after talking about the child the judge asked if his office could come & play soccer against our boys. He said that he read our update daily.
There was a surprise government inspection a week after 3 days of inspections. This particular group was very complimentary of Casa especially the food, the school and the medical ministry.
We had an excellent first day of the board meeting covering important areas. Jessica & Thom listened in by phone while Wes, Debbie, Dottie, Andy, Malcolm, Mark & I as well as Mike Ferguson was present. Mike gave an overview that sets us up for tomorrow.
Grandchildren Isabella & Javiar
Thou fool, this night your soul shall be required of you”. (Luke 12:20) Death can be sudden regardless of our age. It can be today, tomorrow or next year but the truth is that it will come suddenly as we pass through this life.
Everything this wicked man in Luke 12 had done was now lost. He took none of it with him. In Luke 12:22 there is another dead man who finds himself in hell. Did you ever read what some famous infidels said at death?
- Voltaire in 1778 said, “I am abandoned by God and man. I will give you half of what I own for 6 more months of life.
- Churchill in 1764 said “What a fool I have been”.
- Hobbs in 1679 said, “I am about to take a leap in the dark”.
- Gibbon in 1794 said, “I am lost, irrecoverably lost. All is dark & hopeless”.
- Gambetta in 1882 said, “I am lost and there is no use to deny it.”
- Thomas Paine in 1809 said, “O Lord help me for I cannot bear to be alone. Send even a child to play with me”.
Each of these men tell us of a facet of help and eternal separation from God. How sad when you realize how easy it is to come to Christ. You need not enter eternity with doubts or fears.”
October 1st is Day of the Child in Guatemala, but since it falls on Sunday, it is celebrated today, here at Casa. I hugged the boys before they went to school and praised them for their good behavior at school. Today a local school with 175 students, shared their time and love with the children and teachers here. Yesterday, a different school group came and shared their time with the upper grades in Aleluya. The former school director of Casa works at that school, and it was good to see him. We’re grateful God sent them.
Yesterday I read “Good Words For Today” by Ray Pritchard who quoted Edgar Guest, “I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way. The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear, Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear; And the best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds, For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.” One day, I would like for our children to go out and minister to others on “Day of the Child” instead of being ministered to. To see them put their faith, hope and love into action is what everybody needs.
Billy brought one of our boys to me. Seems there was a difference in the story in what happened at the school. Billy just wanted the truth. We have had problems with the truth lately, so it gets frustrating at times. I said, “We just want the truth. Remember the story I told all of you about the boy who cried wolf? The boy cried wolf and the people came to his rescue but found out it was just a lie. The boy laughed and thought it was funny. He kept on doing it with the same result until one day, there really was a wolf and when he cried for help, nobody came because they believed it was just another lie. Is that what you want? God’s word says ‘A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.’ When people hear your name, do you want them to think, ‘Liar?’ You can continue to tell us lies but one day you will stand before God and you will not be able to lie and you will be held accountable or you can confess, repent and tell the truth so our relationship with you can be restored, but most importantly, your relationship with the Lord. It is up to you?” As he sat there, he told Billy and me the truth. He was guilty. Thank You, Lord! Thank You, Holy Spirit! Thank You, Jesus!
Lee and Candy
Cindy’s surgery went well and the catheter is working. Thank you for praying.
Walt & Randi are designing shirt to ell in order to help the dialysis program. All proceeds will go to the children. Their goal is $1000.
Tomorrow we begin our two day board meeting.
Sunday morning we will be at Northside Assembly of God. This will conclude our trip. We love preaching and sharing and visiting churches and new friends but we are also excited to return to Casa. Thank you to all who hosted us, listened attentively and helped us in any way through the last 3 weeks.
Our band played for another school in San Luca
Our marching band performing in San LucasYou and I must confess our sin. Did you ever realize that you within yourself are no good? Did you ever say to God “I want to be good”? If we confess our sins He is faithful to forgive them. But our part must come first. The Bible shows us examples of what men and women of God confessed.
- Job confessed in his book 40:4 that he was vile. He was empty of being good. Now this was a very special man who realized that God alone can put goodness into us.
- Isaiah 6:5 shows him confessing that he was helpless and undone. As we have dealt with the current governmental situation in Guatemala’s homes for children I too cry out that I am helpless. Unless He intervenes I can do nothing.
- Solomon in the Song of Solomon 1:5 confesses that he is wicked. This was the son of David who was considered the most wise man to ever live yet he fell into the trap of bad marriages and relationships that would eventually bring down his kingdom.
- David wrote in Psalm 22:6 that he was weak and a worm before God. In such a vast world of 7 billion people we are so small and insignificant in the world’s eyes. Barely noticeable! Yet expected to make a difference.
- Paul says in Romans 7:14 that he was under the power of the flesh. Only a fool would not pray this prayer if he was honest with himself. I am so weak when it comes to resisting temptation and choosing correctly.
- Peter realized in Luke 5:8 that he was a sinful man. He said he did not deserve to be in the presence of Jesus. He tells Jesus to depart because Peter is such a failure.
- In Luke 15:21 the soldier says that he does not deserve mercy.
All of these prayers should be the confessions of our souls.
We took our son, Chad, out to breakfast for his 45th birthday.
Then we drove to Washington to share the ministry at Washington Baptist. They fixed a Cajun meal for us. They were so receptive to the story of Casa.
Luke 12:20 “Thou fool tonight thy soul shall be required of thee”. He was a fool because (1) while he was thinking of his gift of riches he forgot the Giver. Everything that you and I possess is on loan from God. This possess we claim as ours truly belongs to the heavenly Father. James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above”. I do not have anything to claim as mine and if it is not mine then I can give it freely.
(2) While thinking of himself he forgot his neighbor. It is amazing to me how many people have the resources to make a true difference where they live but what they possess actually possesses them. Hoarding is not a positive trait. It is not quantity that makes us happy. It is the giving cheerfully Jesus says.
(3) While thinking of his body he forgot his soul. The person like this man who only provides for his physical needs will be extremely disappointed at the appointed time. Possessions will not sustain your life. You can be totally satisfied by what you have in Christ. You will never be totally satisfied without Jesus.
(4) While thinking of his life he forgot his immortality. Death can come at any moment. So many men make no provision for eternity. They have little or nothing to lay down at the feet of Jesus. How is it that man insures his properties but never insures his soul?
The good man commits his soul to God. The bad man’s soul is required of him.
There is a possibility that little Alex in dialysis will be receiving a kidney transplant. Pray that both he and the donor will stay healthy.
The CNA report did not come in written form but rather they shared with Sebastian the goal is to close homes. Sebastian feels that if we continue to do a good job it will be difficult for us to be shut down. It is a spiritual battle as there are so many children who need places like Casa.
I Corinthians 13:7 says that love (not faith) believes all things. That chapter also says that love bears all things, hopes all things and endures all things.
If I want more faith I need to pray for more love. I discovered that when I feel loved, I feel like loving. Faith comes by hearing and I will listen to what I love.
Faith is mysterious. It can remove physical disease, heal a marriage and remove doubt. Faith can be used to fight evil and even death. Luke 22:42 says, “Not my will but thine be done.” It is in loving God that I will grow in faith. “Faith comes by hearing the Word of God” and that tells me that the more I love Him the more I will read His Word.
The story is told of the 2800 foot long Tacoma Natural bridge that collapsed in 1940 due to a tremendously strong wind. Photographs showed that the trees around the bridge bent and swayed but did not fall. That is what love is like. It may bend but it will never break because “God is love”.
I need to love God and watch my faith grow.