It takes courage

The man I have called my pastor for 25 years, Melvin Tisdale, passed away last night. I will miss him like a brother & mentor. He was a highly spiritual man and made a difference in his world and those around him. He was on my board from the inception. Every phone call to me ended with “Love you brother!”  Our love goes out to his wife Clo and his children and grandchildren.

Josue and I drove to locate the hospital were my surgery will be held next Saturday. It is off of San Juan de Dios highway.

Kindergarten

 

 

  1. It takes courage to admit when you are wrong. Fear makes us boldly continue to push our agenda even when it is not of God.
  2. It takes courage to do what is right even when no one else does. Peer pressure at all ages controls too many Christians. We compromise if we lack courage.
  3. It takes courage to say “NO” when someone is trying you to do something you know is not right. You must be strong and resist those temptations.
  4. It takes courage to stand up for what you believe even if it means ridicule or rejection. It is so easy to just follow the crowd. Know what you believe and then stand behind if regardless of what others think.
  5. It takes courage to stand up for someone who is being rejected. In high school two boys did a horrible thing to a female classmate that the majority thought was hilarious. It became my only fistfight in the high school years but I knew they had demeaned her so I did what I did. I was not a Christian.
  6. It takes courage to face a fear without running away. If I would have let fear control me I would not have lasted even one year in Guatemala. My instincts even today sometimes tell me just walk away, return to Louisiana because these battles are not worth it.
  7. It takes courage to share your heart honestly. Many have told me they can feel my emotions just from the daily updates. As Popeye said, “I am who I am”. I do not need to hide myself from the wonderful people who know our ministry. I am no giant of faith. I tremble and doubt often. But my sharing honestly with you gives you the knowledge of how to pray for my weaknesses.

What would you like to be

Graduation was so very cold but the children enjoyed to program and it is was all smiles when over. The graduates ate lunch with Angie which has been a tradition.

Graduates

What would you like to be?

  1. BE willing to share the sorrows of others. Everyone will go through tragedies in life. They should never have to walk the path of sorrow alone.
  2. BE a follower then you do not know what to do. I have had many godly men to whom I owe my ministry. People I trust and who love me and have advice I need to hear. Often I m uncertain so to lead from that position is disastrous.
  3. Be frugal with what you need for yourself. My little house and my old car get me everywhere I need to go. Love between husband & wives as well as love between parents and children should never be based on possessions. We say all we need is Jesus. Is that true?
  4. Be loving to those who do not love you. I have had many enemies over the years. People who do not like me and I agree that I am not very likable. But as I have aged I realize that to not love them is not only contrary to God’s Word it only damages me. If I do not pray for them who will?
  5. Be the last to criticize. When I point my finger at someone I have 3 pointing back at myself. I am not guiltless and so I cannot be the one who casts stones. When Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground in the parable of the woman taken in adultery had I been in that group He would still be writing.
  6. Be foolish enough to believe in miracles. I have lived a life where God has shown Himself to me over and over again. Maybe He will not part the Red Sea for me but He has given me hundreds of victories when it was He and He alone!
  7. Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything. At 74 years of age God still has me in His school of learning.

Making decision

Gladys, Dottie and I left early to go to the market in Antigua and purchase the flowers for the bouquets. The girls each made their own bouquet to carry tomorrow.

Oscar and the college boys marked off the parking lot with parking areas because we have so many cars now.

Dottie ironed the dresses for the quinceneras so everything is on schedule.

We were shocked today when Oneisy ws sent home. She still needed much physical therapy. Hard to understand!

Girls with their bouquets

 

June Hunt shares the truth of making decisions.

  1. Don’t focus on doing more tasks, but focus on doing fewer tasks well. Since we began the transition I have given more and more responsibilities to the team. I am trying to do the things necessary to place the ministry in the hands of Josue’, Sebastian, Etc. Therefore I am slowly backing off of day- to -day decisions.
  2. Don’t accept impossible deadlines but factor in “pad” time. The more pressure you have the worst your decisions will be. Give everything time to simmer and roll through your mind as you look at options.
  3. Don’t leave decisions hanging-decide on your course of action. Do not procrastinate.
  4. Don’t all the desires of others dictate to you how you spend your time. I have never been a “social” person. There is a time to play and a time to work so separate them.
  5. Don’t assume that emergencies to others are your emergencies. I am certain Sebastian is the man to continue as general director. I get easily flustered and want to do something now. He is calm and cool and willing to get all of the facts.
  6. Don’t say yes when you should be saying no. There is no doubt one the the major reasons I have experienced stress is because of my inability to say no. The judges call me “The Gringo who will not say “No”. Knowing you cannot solve every problem brings you closer to being a positive decision maker.

Elliot

My daughter, Tanya, has been undergoing cancer treatment and has gone from stage 3 to stage 1 ovarian cancer. Keep praying. She is so happy.

Orlando(Minor) is moving from our house to an apartment on the back property. He came here as a toddler and we adopted him. This is a big move for both of us.

People are arriving for graduation. We had practice this morning and it went well. We graduate kindergarten, 6th grade, 9th grade and 12th grade. Some of the children graduating from high school also graduated from kindergarten here also.

Pray for our finances please.The dollar dropped again.

 

Elizabeth Elliot was the wife of Jim Elliot the missionary martyr. She is so filled with forgiveness and one of the best teachers of the Word that I have listened to. She speaks on 7 ways to make yourself miserable and here they are:

  1. Count your troubles. Name them one by one. Christians as well as non-Christians have the ability to record their problems and missteps.
  2. Worry every day about something. Do not let yourself to get out of practice about whining and complaining.
  3. Pity yourself. If you do this enough no one else will have to do it for you. Have pity parties often and invite only yourself.
  4. Make it your business to find out what your neighbors own and where they are going for summer vacation. Try to outdo them.
  5. Stay away fro absolutes. The only thing that matters is what is right for

you. Do not worry about others think.

  1. Make sure you get your rights and your share of the pie. Other people have their own lives but your life is by far more important.
  2. Do not fall into the compassion trap. Never let people use you because you are soft and loving. Be stern & harsh & other people can pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.

Mrs. Elliot hits the nail on the head. If you allow just one of these negatives enter the door of your heart you will be most miserable.

Abe and Ben

The older girls went on an excursion to the zoo. You can only imagine how much fun it is for them to get to leave the property.

Dottie finished the bows.

We are not desperate but the clock is ticking. Please pray with us about dorm parents for Vencedores(the boys 10-12).

 

Abraham Lincoln had so much wisdom and his words of wisdom are as profound as Ben Franklin. For instance:

  1. You are only what you are when no one is looking. Even I can fool people some of the time. But when I am alone I know who I really am on the inside.
  2. I have tried to do the best I could as each day came. You and I certainly need to take one day at a time and live that day as though it is our last.
  3. To sit in silence, when we should protest, makes cowards of all men. Your faith should be strong enough to defend.
  4. It is more important to know that we are on God’s side. There is no middle ground. We are either for God or against Him.
  5. Nearly all men can stand adversity but if you want to test a man’s character give him power. I am being tested right now as we move to the transition. Soon I will have little power after nearly 30 years as Papi.
  6. Let minor differences and personal preferences, if there be such, go to the winds. We major on minors too often. We need to learn when to pick our fights. Little foxes spoil the vine. Wait for the big fox before reacting.
  7. A good laugh is good for both the mental and physical digestion. Laughter is truly like a medicine. If we cannot laugh I doubt that we will have a long and happy life.

Love your children

Chad & Abby left today but will only be a few miles from us. He will help us out should we need his expertise. We will miss them. They were wonderful house parents.

The Bible Society came and had a hot dog party to conclude their ministry to the children over the last month. The children have truly enjoyed this special Bible time.

Jeremy arrived on a fact-finding trip for his team that will come in December.

Dottie altered the dresses and began made the bows for the quinceaneras.Gladys helped her.

a new granddaughter

 

Billy Graham is probably the man I have most admired throughout my life. My father-in-law is a close second. Graham spoke on so many subjects in his 70 plus years of ministry but what he says about the family always blessed me.

Once he taught on how to love your children and it has been a blessing to me to think on over the years.

  1. Take time with your children. Parents can get so busy that they spend very little time with the ones God has entrusted to them. Eat tighter and have conversations.
  2. Set your children a good example. You are whom they should emulate. Present them with love and a listening ear. Do not tell them about church, take them there­­!
  3. Give your children ideals for living. Go through the lists of words that can literally change their lives such as honesty, politeness, charitable and the like.
  4. Plan activities. Every couple should do things with their children that are simply done for fun. Do not sit in front of a TV and call that family time.
  5. Discipline your children. If you do not discipline your child it means you do not love them. Set limits and give goals!
  6. Teach them about God. How foolish it is for parents to never tell their kids about Christ. You should be the one to lead them to Jesus. Do not rely on SS teachers or pastors to get the joy of seeing them come to Christ.
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