All of the 20 turn-arounds on our highway have been blocked so we drive 5 miles in the opposite direction to turn. The government wants to put a u-turn directly in front of Casa. We meet with them tomorrow to see how much property it will cost us. I need wisdom! Pray!
A team from New York arrived today & immediately had a program for the girls tonight.
Do you ever feel like Charlie Brown? You know what I’m talking about,‑when nothing ever goes right. In fact, everything is out of control!
Even your dog tells you what to do!
Charlie Brown goes to kick the football while Lucy is holding it for him. Charlie Brown is down on his back and says, “Why do I always fall for the same‑old trick?” Lucy answers, “because you’re a loser Charlie Brown!”
Psalm 42 says that God will lift us up when we are down. Moses, David, Jeremiah, Elijah and many other powerful men of God experienced depression. That is not the sin. The sin is in staying down when you are low.
You and I do not need to keep falling for the same trick like Charlie Crown did. Once we learn what Satan is trying to do to us we need to take the bull by the horns and kick him in his teeth. How do we do that? We praise Christ! We offer a sacrifice of praise!
God calls it a sacrifice because that is the last thing your natural mind and body want to do. We would rather wallow in self-pity. Psalm 42:3-4 “My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say‑unto me, Where is thy God? When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had‑gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice‑of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.”
Just do it!
A child with cancer who lived here a few years & went to spend his last days with his family is in the hospital. I brought his two younger brothers to visit him in ICU. He did not open his eyes. I talked to the boys about the hope we have in Jesus and that their brotherwill have a new body.
Anthony’s surgery on his arm went well but he is having trouble with his liver. Please continue to pray.
The inspection went well. Nothing that we cannot fix! They spoke with staff, children and went through our files of the children.
A group from South Carolina dropped by to see Casa. They know Walt & Randi.
Faith acts when God speaks to us personally. He prompts us! Hebrews 11:7 “By faith Noah, when warned……..built an ark”. Can you imagine the ridicule Noah went through? He builds an ark for decades on DRY land. Yet he remained steadfast and when push came to shove he and his family were saved. Noah heard and Noah acted. You and I have to listen for His voice.
Faith must be willing to go into the unknown. Hebrews 11:8 “By faith Abraham when called to go to a place for his inheritance he obeyed and went not knowing where he was going”. The past is exactly that—the past. Faith is not needed there. Faith is now.
Faith involves persistence. Hebrews 11:30. “By faith the walls of Jericho fell AFTER the people walked around it for 7 days”. You must KEEP on believing. Nothing seemed to change at all from day 1 through day 6. But the persistence of Joshua and the people paid off. You will inherit if you stay focused and obedient.
Sebastian is working to get social workers & psychologist to donate a day a month. Pray that will happen.
Walt & Randi’s son, Jordan, had tests done in the USA & he is improving dramatically.
We had another (visit) inspection. We are undergoing a 2 day inspection but I am positive all is in order.
Raquel had an emergency appendectomy.
That advocado and Tony’s head
In Luke 17:5 the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith. In Luke 18:8 it says ‘When the Son of Man comes will He find faith on the earth?” The disciples realized they needed more faith.
Romans 10 tells us that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Faith comes from the presence and knowledge of God in your life. Faith leads to understanding. In Hebrews 11:3 it says that BY FAITH we understand the world was framed by God”.
- Faith leads to salvation in Ephesians 2:8
- Faith brings about healing in Matthew 15:28
- Faith opens the door to understanding in Hebrews 11:3.
Early in his ministry Billy Graham said that he struggled with doubt but after digging deeper into the scriptures he experienced what he called faith over doubt. I believe that most Christians struggle at times with faith.
The only answer to increasing your faith is by increasing your Bible study time. If faith comes by hearing then it is time we opened our ears. Hebrews 11:6 says that we must earnestly seek Him. This is not passive reading of the word. It is as blind Bartimaeus insistently cried out for Jesus to heal him. Have you cried for knowledge?
Antony’s surgery went well so we thank you for praying.
The dollar continues to drop. Guatemalans in the USA think President Trump will throw them all out so they are moving their dollars to Guatemalan banks causing the value to fall.
Dottie & Adam praying for Edwin
King David found out with Bathsheba how easy it is to sin. On truth that is magnificent is that God does not pull punches. He tells it like it easy. Think of how God exposed David’s heart for us to see.
- It is so easy to be lazy. II Samuel 11:1. David should have been on the battlefield with his army but he chose to stay home. An idle mind will soon find something else to do. Christians need to be about the Father’s business.
- It is so easy to lust after the flesh. V2. It is easy to go from a natural desire and take it to the ultimate disaster. Too much food, play, etc. goes beyond what God desires for you. Satan loves to work through our flesh. David had wives & concubines but lusted for more then he needed.
- It is so easy to lose self-control. Vv 3-5. What begins in our mind goes swiftly to the actual act of sinfulness.
- It is so easy to try and cover our sin. Vv 6-13. David went to incredible depths to attempt to cover his sin.
- It is so easy for sin to multiply. Vv 14-18 David went from lust, to sex, to duplicity, to murder to mass murder(other soldiers died also not just Uriah). Like a plant sin grows.
- It is so easy to live a lie. Vv 19-26. David pretended nothing happened.
- It is so easy to lack a conscience. V27. Although God was displeased David continued the farce.
Easy is not always best! (Mallari)
Another of our very best boys left Casa today after living here most of his life. Edwin is a great young man and will do well.
We are adding an addition to our little clinic to house an optometry program. It is nearly finished.
Dottie cut pears for the children without sponsorships. They love pears.
Pray for Antony’s surgery Monday morning.
Andrew & family
Scammon writes what a monthly bill from God would like
- 30 days of care and supervision for light, rain, air, etc.
- 240 hours of sleep
- 720 hours of upkeep on heart, lungs, digestive system, etc.
- 90 meals
- A competent mind to analyze, judge and a memory to retain.
- A host of friends who love you and overlook your shortcomings.
- Skies and seasons that bring beauty
- A church that feeds and guides you
- Love from a God of compassion and forgiveness.
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY? That is what shows what is in your heart. Appreciation for all that God provides is a rare thing in 2017. We are always complaining that we lack. Your use of money tells others what your desires, values and standards are.
Ben Franklin wrote “He that is of the opinion that money can do anything may well be suspected of doing anything for money”.
What’s in your wallet?
Andrew, his wife & 8 children arrived from Canada last night. They drove 9 days. Now that is a desire to get to Casa.
Dr. Herman Alb, a great friend & minister, is ill & in the hospital. Please remember him in your prayers.
Look at that avocado next to an NFL football
If I could live my life again there are things I would do differently in the fatherhood area. Living in Guatemala has meant that my children in the states see Dottie & me only twice a year unless they save money & come visit us here in Guatemala.
I would spend more time with them as my first thing I would do differently. Life flies by so quickly. I have been so busy all of my life.
Second, I would let them see me love Dottie more. I would open doors for her & pull out her chair. I would say “love” words to her in front of the children. Respecting, honoring and loving her would be a major area that I would have done differently when the children were young.
Third, I would try harder to give the children a sense of belonging. Making them feel accepted, loved and worth something is a major gift for children. Nothing apart from Jesus is more important to a child than to know he belongs.
Fourth, I would express my appreciation more. So few children hear words of encouragement. I believe of all the needs of the children in Guatemala this is the greatest need they strive to get met. Life is made up of little things. If you have young children you can begin with these suggestions and have no regrets.