Not good friends

Do not think I am rude if I do not answer face book messages. I am not on face book. I have someone else post so I do not read replies to my update. Please email me instead.

The NC team has worked so hard this week & are nearly finished. Our staff will try and do the rest. We do appreciate the work of the NC team. Now we have ideas about the other bathrooms that we will have to do. NC was a great team.

 

School is out

Elipahaz, Bildad and Zopher. Job 2:11”They set out from their homes to go and sympathize with Job.

Historically you probably cannot recall a man who suffered more than Jon. He lost everything. He lost all his children and ll his wealth in one day. His wife turned on him and even expected that he should take his own life.

So his three friends come to comfort him. He looked so terrible they could only sit and cry with him for 7 days. They were too stunned to speak..

The real problem came when they opened their mouths. The more they spoke the worse they made Job feel. The more they tried to explain his suffering the dumber the conversation deepened. They were well-meaning but totally misguided.

If you have a friend who is suffering resist the temptation to try and explain “why” they are hurting. Your friend needs comforting, not explanations

No use complaining

God alone can bring good out of bad. I will have the surgery after we take the 15 year old girls (quienceaneras) to the hotel. So it will be mid-November hopefully.

Walt & Randi took their boys to the zoo. It is a holiday here in Guatemala.

Tiling the bathroom: Getting closeOut West, a cowboy was driving down a dirt road, his dog riding in back of the pickup truck, his faithful horse in the trailer behind. He failed to negotiate a curve and had a terrible accident.

Sometime later, a highway patrol officer came on the scene. An animal lover, he saw the horse first. Realizing the serious nature of its injuries, he drew his service revolver and put the animal out of his misery. He walked around the accident and found the dog, also hurt critically. He couldn’t bear to hear it whine in pain, so he ended the dog’s suffering as well.

Finally he located the cowboy –who suffered multiple fractures–off in the weeds. “Hey, are you okay?” the cop asked. The cowboy took one look at the smoking revolver in the trooper’s hand and quickly replied, “Never felt better!”

It will not change anything by my complaining about have surgery again. God has a reason for everything.

Billy Graham

I have had severe pain for a fw months so today I went to my doctor who informed me that one of the titanium rods placed in my back 3 years ago has broken. I need the same surgery again.

The team is working hard and will have most of the bathroom done.

 

Billy Graham wrote this in 1965. “This is the generation that will pass through the fire. It is the generation under the gun. This is the tormented generation. This is the generation destined to live in the midst of crisis, danger, fear, and death.

We are the people under the sentence of death waiting for the date to be set. We sense that something is about to happen. We know that things cannot go as they are. History has reached an impasse. We are now on a collision course. Something is about to give”.

If you were a young adult in 1965 did you thing that things could get worst? Violence has risen as high as the days of Babylon. Natural disasters have come in triplicate. The economy has been on a roller coaster. Divorce, child abuse and abandonment have sky rocketed.

Wars are fought not on battlefields but in the streets of the cities.

But as Billy always said “It is not hopeless”. Hope is the medicine we need to be using. God’s children are a mighty force when we pray.

 

 

Michal

Cindy, dialysis, is back in the hospital. Sadly, it appears she is giving up as they continue to explore ways to insert a catheter. She is in heavy depression.

Andrew & family leave for Canada tomorrow. They feel the Lord has called them to return to Casa and assist in driving as well as maintenance. They will raise their funds as soon as possible & then return here.

The team gave ice cream to all of the children.

 

Michal was King David’s wife. She had seen how her father, Saul, had been a suspicious, paranoid man. Sadly she would become just like her father. Petty & bitter!

Her love was selfish and immature. When David danced before the Lord it set her into a rage. She ridiculed David! She was jealous that he would dance before all the people of Israel when the Ark entered the city. She accused him of making a show before the women.

David explained to her that he did not care how foolish it looked he was going to praise the Lord. She wanted to be first in David’s life. This is not unusual in many families as Jesus is second or even third behind spouses or children.

Jealousy had led to bitterness. She was punished by never being able to bear children. This was the worst punishment a woman in the Bible could experience. Never resent the love of someone for God. We were never intended to be first.

Patience

 

The NC team began demolition of the bathrooms. They will have to work long hours to get them rebuilt. There 18 people and they brought 39 suitcases. It was a sight to behold. The women on the team began sorting used shoes with Dottie. Then they went to the feeding center.

Continue to pray for our daughter, Tanya, as her chemo is making her sick and weak.

Demolishing the bathroom.

DeHaan says that patience has its rewards. 1. Patience leads to earthly rewards. Remember how God restored every double that had been taken from Job. H refused to curse God and give up and no one exhibits more patience than Job.

  1. Patience provides us a better end than the present. Ecclesiastes 7:8 says that the end of a thing is better than its beginning.” Plautus said that “Patience is the best remedy for every trouble”. Keep doing good and allow God to reward you.
  2. Patience allows us to bear fruit from seeds of faith. “The seeds that fell on the good ground on those who heard the word and with a good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.” You do not plant a seed and eat fruit the next day. It takes time. You have to wait to enjoy the fruit of your labors.
  3. Patience wins the approval of God. Psalm 40:1 “I waited patiently for the Lord, He inclined to me and heard my cry”. I Peter 2:20 “What credit is it if when you are beaten for your faults you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God”

5.Patience makes us a good example before others. “We ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure”. (2 Thessalonians 1:4) We are a witness to others when we endure though our trials with patience. Impatience is a poor witness.

Today

Walt & Randy are going to the states February 3rd until the 13th and we desperately need someone to watch their dorm. They have good assistants. Please contact us if you are willing to do this for them.

The Bible Society returned and had two hour of activities for the children.

Adela, university student, lives with us and helps with our special needs child

It is said that a well- known evangelist was once preaching in Chicago on the first day of a series of Gospel meetings. At the end of the sermon, he felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to give people an opportunity to invite Jesus into their hearts. However, since the meetings were scheduled to go on for many days, he apparently decided to make that invitation the following day. That night, the great fire of Chicago swept through the town, causing much havoc, destruction and loss of lives. As a result, the evangelist decided that he would never again close a Gospel message without giving people an opportunity to invite Christ into their hearts and to receive His salvation and eternal life.

Jesus tells us that we are not promised tomorrow. Yet so many of us, including me, live in thinking about tomorrow. Not only can I not control tomorrow but there is plenty of trouble to deal with today.

I have to believe that God will meet tomorrow’s needs!

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