The Rock

Officially the earthquake was registered at 6.9 with 5 people killed.

With dorms being sponsored two dorms and the discipleship team were able to take excursions today.

Josue’ & Vanessa went to Poaquil because his family & members of the church wanted to pray over them for their marriage as well as for his ministry.

A team from Philadelphia arrived the other day.

 

What does I Corinthians 10:4 mean? They drank of the spiritual Rock and that Rock was Christ”. We do know the Rock, Jesus, is the Rock of Ages. Hebrews 13:8, “The same yesterday and today and for ever.”

Jesus is the Rock of Redemption. Psalm 89:26, “The Rock of my salvation”. People try drugs, sex, money, fame and possessions to find peace and they fall short. We are only redeemed when we accept Christ and find our peace in Him.

Second, Jesus is the Rock of Restoration. Psalm 40:2 “He brought me out of the horrible pit and set my feet upon a rock. Silver & gold cannot buy forgiveness. He has restored us from troubles, burdens, loneliness, worry and troubles. He is our hiding place. He restores us if we trust I Him.

Finally, Jesus is the Rock of Revelation. Psalm 61:2 “Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.” He is with us at home, school, work and play. We need not fear death. He will never leave us or forsake us. Revelation means that He will make things clear for us. He will enlighten tomorrow for us. We will live a purposeful life on earth.

Old folks

We have had a great summer as teams have been so generous and willing to work. The children have been loved on & so much maintenance & construction has taken place.

Dottie’s eyes are better & I am recovering well from the chronic intestinal infection. Today is the best I have felt in four weeks.

Even the heavy rain has not deterred the joy from the children as they have enjoyed the visitors.

 

 

A favorite scripture of mine is Psalm 71:9 “Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent”. This scripture becomes more real to me as each month passes.

We live in a youth oriented society. There does not seem to be much place for the folks who are in their golden age. We look so much to the outside. The young are physically more beautiful than us older folks.

What about the old man with a cane who spent his life providing for his children? And what about the elderly mother who worked like a slave to give and provide a home where the children felt love and had opportunities to make a life for them selves.

The older generation has worked, worried, slaved and sacrificed that the world would be a better place. Sadly now they are forgotten and unwanted. We older folks want our generation to be appreciated and not ignored.

Recently a team of men and women came to Casa and some of them were retired and a little feeble like I am. But they were here to minister and love on our children. I shudder to think what will happen to this world when the older generation is no longer with us.

Pray for, appreciate and honor the elderly please.

Saul’s Conversion

As our little one, the older boys and I were leaving the dorm to prepare the blue building for breakfast, there was an earthquake and the boys stopped in their tracks.  It felt like I was standing in the middle of a teeter-totter moving up and down, side to side.  The rest of our boys were in the sala, waiting for breakfast, and the leaders brought them outside.  After it was over, we walked to the other side, the kitchen workers and the other dorms were also outside, waiting for everything to subside.  Afterward, Jim texted and said that the clock in Antigua sustained damage.

Please pray for Candy.  She begins her therapy today.  It has been a difficult journey through this process yet God has carried us all the way.  He is faithful!

We read Acts 9:1-19 and talked about Saul’s conversion.  “Saul continued his persecution of the believers.  Saul is someone that we can think is unworthy of grace or mercy for what he has done toward Jesus and believers.  Imagine if someone in your family was killed or put in jail by Saul.  Would you be able to forgive or think that he is worthy of mercy?

“Now imagine if that same person who did bad things, gave his life to the Lord, would you believe that it is true?  That he has changed?  Like Ananias, we might even question the Lord.  We have to remember that salvation is of the Lord, it is not by human standards.  God is able to change any sinner and use them for His purpose.  With God, nothing is impossible.  Matthew 19:26, ‘Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’

“So knowing this, how do we know that someone is saved?  One sign is that there is conviction of sin.  Like Saul, there could be a lack of appetite; there could be sadness for sinning against God and a desire to be alone with God for comfort.  Psalm 34:18, ‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’

“Pride is changed to humility.  Pride says, ‘I am a good person.’  Humility says, ‘I am not worthy.’  2 Chronicles 7:14, “…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’

“Obedience to the Lord.  Matthew 7:21, ‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.’

“Blind… now we can see.  2 Corinthians 4:4, ‘In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.’

“Our prayers are real.  Matthew 6:5 and 7, ‘And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men.’  ‘And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.’

“We forgive.  Matthew 6:14-15, ‘For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.’

“We have fellowship with other Christians.  1 John 1:3, ‘We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us.  And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.’

“Live by the Spirit.  Galatians 5:16-17, ‘So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.’

“Teach others.  Matthew 28:18, Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”

One of the older boys came over to borrow the hair clippers and he saw a painting/woodwork of a cross he had made hanging on our wall.  He asked me if I bought it from Mr. Bob, and I told him “Yes.”  He said he has been looking for it, but his smile said it all.  Bob taught the boys in his carpentry class how to make these crosses. Then, they sold them to help raise money to buy more materials. We are grateful for Bob and his class.  The boys are enjoying it, and so are we.  Praise the Lord!

Today is the last day of VBS.  We are very grateful to the Lord for preparing and sending this team here to minister to all the children, from the baby dorm to university.  They planted and watered daily and the fruits of their labor will be seen… in God’s timing because He causes the growth.  He is God!

After lunch, our leaders asked if they could watch the Germany versus Chile soccer game.  So, many of them came inside our living room to watch.  Needless to say, the room was packed.  I give them a hard time because they don’t cheer for Guatemala when they play.  Where is the pride?  Their reason?  They say, “The Guatemalan team is not very good.”

All His,

Lee and Candy

 

His personality

There was another earthquake registering 6.7 and only having an epicenter at kilometer 115 whereas we are at kilometer 36. This means 50 miles as the crow flies. There was major damage in Antigua & Esquintla but again we were blessed to having a few broken items but no children harmed & no major damage.

The weather for 4 days has been heavy rains so it has affected the visitors playing with the children.

 

Jesus had a personality and His personality should be shown forth in His followers. That is why we are called Christians. If we are Christians then we should live like Christ. II Corinthians 5:17, “When in Christ we are new people”. That means we have a new personality.

What are some characteristics of a Christian? First, we belong to Christ. We have a new head. We are no longer free to just happily go through life without caring for others.

Second, Christian love is shown in our lives. You and I should love EVERYONE. We should feed the hungry, care for widows and orphans, visit the sick and imprisoned and help those who need a boost.

Third, we feel Christian joy in serving the Lord. It is easy to go through the motions of “doing” and yet never really have joy in serving. We should never regret giving time or money to help others. It should give us great joy.

Fourth, we share in the Holy Spirit. All Christians have a relationship with the Holy Spirit. Jesus went to heaven and said that He would send us the Holy Spirit to guide, lead and teach us all things. If we pay attention He will show us the way we are to walk.

Fifth, we show loving kindness to everyone. Jesus showed His love and gave opportunity to the least of humanity. You and I cannot decide whom we will love and who we will ignore. We cannot ignore anyone. Jesus said that the least shall be first so we should pay attention to all of God’s creation.

Philip and the Eunuch

We read Acts 8:26-40 and talked about Philip and the Ethiopian.  I said, “Philip met an Ethiopian eunuch on a desert road.  What is a eunuch?  One of the leaders said, ‘Someone who does not have a spouse.’ Yes, but it also means someone who has no desire to be married or have intimate relations.  Jesus described eunuchs in Matthew 19:12, ‘For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven.’

“Philip was led to this man by an angel of the Lord.  The eunuch was reading the book of Isaiah and wanted to know whom the prophet was talking about.  Philip told him the good news about Jesus.  God led Philip and He leads us, too.  Sometimes we can think we need to be saved at church or during a revival, but that is not true.  We can be saved at work, at school or on a desert road like the Eunuch. What we do need is the word of God, the Holy Spirit and those God uses.

“Romans 1:16, ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentiles.’

“John 16:8, ‘When He comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.’

“Romans 10:13-15, ‘…for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in:  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can they preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”’

“Philip was sent, he preached the word, the eunuch listened, believed and was saved.  We need to be bold in our faith.  Today, many prefer to give someone a card or tract, watch a video or do dramas and never talk or preach the word of God.  There is no relationship, no compassion, no love.  We cannot be ashamed to tell others about the Lord.  Jesus said if we are ashamed of Him, He will be ashamed of us.  Luke 9:26, ‘If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.’”

I took our little one to VBS this morning.  Another wonderful time of music, drama, crafts and coloring.  She had fun and didn’t want to leave.

The younger boys had their class in the afternoon.  Yesterday I didn’t go with them and their behavior, from what I was told, wasn’t good.  Needless to say, they got an earful later, and I will be monitoring today.  When the cat’s away, the mice will play.  When the cat’s in town, the mice will frown.

The older boys went to VBS at night.  We pray for the Holy Spirit to give the team the words to say as they minister to the children…to be bold in their faith and to be strong witnesses of the love, forgiveness, grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

All His,

Lee and Candy

Hard or Soft?

The day was spent by Mike F and our staff looking at each individual’s responsibility with the internet/website. Then he finished by spending time with Dorcus, Sebastian, Josue’ & me looking at the finances. It was well worth the time for him to come visit us.

The VBS teams are having programs throughout the day nd into the night.

 

 

The Word of God hardens those who, through pride of love for sin, refuse to listen. It softens those who listen, believe and submit to it.

The Word hardens those like Pharaoh when he heard Moses and the Jewish leaders who were blinded and hardened by the ministry of Jesus. II Corinthians 2:14-17 says that the Gospel Paul preached was a stench of death to those who rejected it.

But the Word softens such as in the instance of David following his many sins and yet listened and repented at the words of Nathan. The word spoken to Job caused him to repent of his sinfulness and weakness. Likewise we see the multitudes led to Jesus by the Word spoken by the Apostles. The Word spoken by Paul was a fragrance of life to those who listened.

With Pharaoh, the Israelites and Jewish leaders the hardening began when they deliberately and defiantly rejected it. But it is an aroma of life to those who hear the Word listen, allow it to penetrate and then act on it.

The response of the hearer determines whether the Word becomes a hardening or softening agent in the life of the hearer.

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