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Spoke at Round Mountain MissionaryBaptist & the people were receptive. An unexpected blessing was Mia who was adopted from Casa years ago. She is all grown up.

Hundreds have died in the Mexico City earthquake.

There were demonstrations around the country against corruption.

Sebastian & Oscar had a meeting with a judge about the neighbor’s fence.

 

Demonstrations against corruption

 

A man in a church disliked the pastor. So every time he met someone fro the church he would say “Things aren’t right in the church are they?” This is all he would say. Eventually the minister had to resign.

What is gossip? Idle talk, groundless rumors, mischievous tattling are some of the definitions. Gossip is giving information to someone who I not part of the problem nor are they part of the solution.

The Living Bible says in Proverbs 18:8 & in 26:22 “What dainty morsels rumors are. They are eaten with great relish” and “Gossip is a dainty morsel eaten with great relish”. So twice Solomon uses almost the same wording to tell us that people enjoy gossip. They eat it up!

Proverbs 16:28 tells us gossip hurts relationships.

Proverbs 20:19 tells us gossip under mines reliability.

Proverbs 25:23 tells us gossiping about people will make them angry.

Proverbs 26:20 tells us that gossiping causes arguments.

A good rule is that whatever strengthens relationships is what we share. If it hurts someone we keep our mouths closed.

Lowell says that no mud can soil us except the mud we throw.

Forgiveness

It happened again!!!  I forgot to celebrate the birthday of one of the boys.  I can only imagine how he felt as we celebrated other birthdays but not his.  Ugh! He didn’t say anything to me that it was his birthday.  I walked over to the school and apologized to him and told him that we will be celebrating TODAY.  He had a slight grin.  He will have a special meal consisting of hot dogs, chips and a drink, cupcakes and a bag of candy at night and he will give his sisters a cupcake at dinner to celebrate his birthday.  Afterward, I double checked the list to make sure I didn’t miss anyone else.

When you come and visit, you will notice a few new cement ramps around Casa.  Felipe and his workers are making it easier for those in wheelchairs to get around.  We are blessed with a godly worker like Felipe and his desire to serve.  Thank You, Lord.

My quote for the day is by Fred Luter, “Once you have been reconciled to God, you have no problem with being reconciled with others.”  Isn’t that the truth?  This morning was an example.  I found out that one of our boys wasn’t honest with us about an incident that took place, so I went over to the school to talk with him.  We had a good conversation, but I wanted him to understand how much it hurt us when he wasn’t truthful.  I told him, “God placed us here to love you, take care of you, teach you, protect you and to discipline you.  We are family and you have to remember, family isn’t just by birth, it is by how much quality time we spend with each other everyday.”  Before I left, he apologized and we hugged and I said, “I forgive you.”  Isn’t this the way God desires us to love and forgive each other?  We love because He first loved us and we forgive because we are forgiven.  He is worthy!

All His,

Lee and Candy

Eternity

Mexico City had a 7.1 earthquake but it was not felt by the folks at Casa.

The washer/ dryer for the university boys and the other older boys has broken down. We need you to pray that we can somehow replace them.

We had another inspection today & will get the report Friday. So discouraging! Just need to trust the Lord!

Pure joy

Thomas Watson said, “Eternity to the godly is a DAY without sunset. Eternity to the lost is a NIGHT without sunrise.

The older I get the more real eternity becomes. I want to look forward to that and not just simply look for satisfaction in this life. None of us deserves an eternity in heaven but it is a gift of God to those who believe in His Son Jesus.

Do not struggle for things on this earth. Those things will pass away. All of us want to live on and on. We do not fully understand that death is a release from sorrows, tears and pains. We do understand what eternity will be like in Christ.

Hannah Smith said, “Nothing can separate you from God’s love, absolutely nothing. God is enough for time. God is enough for eternity. God is enough”.

Humility

My devotional this morning is a quote from C.S. Lewis, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself but think of yourself less.”  Isn’t that the truth?  It is written, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

Pride says, “I am right!”  Humility says, “What is right?”  The problems we have in ministries, churches, families, jobs and life in general all come down to pride and humility.  I know I haven’t been the best example for humility, especially when I believe that I am right. It is not whether I am right or wrong, it is “what is right.”  Think of ourselves less.  As we get older, we get set in our ways and don’t desire to change our thinking.  But, what does God’s word say?  Romans 12:2, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

The world says, “I am right.”  A renewed mind says, “What is right?”  Think of ourselves less.  Romans 12:3, “For by grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”  Humility.

Do we want healing in our relationships?  In our church, ministries, families, jobs and life in general?  Then we need to humble ourselves.  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.”

If there is any encouragement, it is our Lord.  We need to humble ourselves and imitate the humility of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Philippians 2:1-4, “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  Am I there yet?  No. But He is still molding me into the man He desires me to be.  He’s the potter, and I’m the clay.

Candy arrived in the states safely and stayed with friends in Knoxville.  She said it was the smoothest flight she has been on.  Thank you for praying.  Now, she needs to get back on that plane and fly back home!  We miss her.  😉

Josue reported that there was an earthquake in Mexico.  Reading the news, over 200 people were reported killed and many are still trapped in collapsed buildings.  The US was devastated by hurricanes and now Mexico with a 7.1 earthquake.  Yet, during crises like these, we hear and witness the love and compassion for others.  Please pray for the families and all the volunteers in Mexico and the US.

All His,

Lee and Candy

 

5’7″

Dottie’s brother, John Wordy, drove down from Springdale to see her so we had a pleasant day with Jim & Linda.

One of the boys broke his nose playing soccer and needed surgery.

We should have a new dentist on staff by Wednesday.

Our nephew, Matt, came to see us so Dottie is seeing many of her family.

Onesey is walking with crutches so she is improving. Walt is working with her.

 

Traditional Mayan clothes

 

I am only about 5 foot seven inches yet I am made in the image of God. And so are you. The word “image” comes from the root word for carving. We were carved in the image of God in order to show forth His glory in this world.

No other creation of God has a spirit, soul and a body. We alone can reflect God’s character. We alone can have a personal relationship with God. This truth can change your life. By knowing this truth you can begin to find God’s will for your life.

Although we are each created in His image we are individually different and called for a different purpose. Not everyone is called to build an orphanage and I am not called to pastor a church. This is where we reflect God. When we seek to do His will we will reflect Him to a world that may never see Him any other way.

We begin by reading the Bible. The Bible has changed the world even for those who do not believe it. The basic laws of all mankind have their roots in His Word. By knowing His Word we will grasp why we are here on this earth. Those roots of knowledge will grow an image to reflect our heavenly Father.

God owns the Victory

My Good Words For Today was by Ray Pritchard, “God does not need vast numbers to do his work. We have heard it said that ‘God plus one is a majority.’ It is nothing with Him to win the victory by many or by a few. Often it seems that our Lord prefers to go into battle with a ragtag army of unqualified soldiers so that when the battle is over and the victory won, he alone gets the glory.”

It reminded me of Gideon.  Gideon had 32,000 men to fight the Midianites and God said, “You have too many men.  They might think they won the victory by themselves, and not give Me the credit.”  Pride.  The downfall for many churches, ministries, companies and sport teams.  It is not the numbers that gives victory but obedience and doing His will.

Casa is an example.  It is lacking in dorm parents and the numbers of children and teams have dropped.  Yet, we cannot doubt the Lord and His purpose and provision.  Like Pastor Pritchard said, “God does not need vast numbers to do His work.”  He will reduce the numbers and victory will still be His.  Mega churches, mega ministries don’t mean mega faith.  Did God say we can move mountains with mega faith?  Jesus said, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there’ and it will move; Nothing will be impossible for you”

We need to continue to fight the good fight.  The good fight of faith.  1 Timothy 6:12, “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

As I am typing this, I am listening to Casting Crowns, “You Are The Only One.”  They sang,

“Who can right every wrong
You are the only One
Who can calm every storm
You are the only One
You alone are Father, Savior, Spirit, Healer, Redeemer
Lord of all
You are the only One.”

He is the only One.  Storms in our life, spiritual battles, illness, loneliness, stress and uncertainty…  He is the only One.  Walking with Him and not walking away.  He is the only One.  We are overcomers because of our faith.  1 John 5:4-5, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”

Please keep all of us in your prayers.  We are thankful for all of you and we love you.

All His,

Lee and Candy

 

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