Saturday, March 31, 2012

As I sit here holding little Abi, I can't help but think of how great my God is. He creates beauty from ashes, and breathes life. And everyday he performs miracles, Abi is one of them.


“The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” – Job 33:4

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


I'm sure all of you (and by that I mean all 3 of my blog followers) are familiar with the story of the fiery furnace right? In Daniel, when King Nebuchadnezzar builds a statue and tells everyone to bow to it, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendnego refuse, and the king tells them he is going to throw them in a fiery furnace. You know the rest of the story. But, one of the things I have over looked so many times starts in verse chapter 3 verse 16.  

"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, 'O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.  But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.'”

Their faith kind of amazes me. Not only are they confident that God will save them, but they tell Nebuchadnezzar that even if He doesn't they still will not worship anything but God. Wow. So many times we test God, thinking He has to do things the way we want it done. We don't often say that when things aren't done our way, we will still praise Him. 

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were fearless. 
They were reckless. 
They were contagious.
That's the kind of faith I want to have. A fearless, reckless, contagious faith.

Monday, March 19, 2012

I wonder...

I don't understand why people have excess amounts of stuff, but still want more. It doesn't make sense to me that some people seem to have everything, while others have nothing. Why do some people get a home and a family, food in their fridge, shoes on their feet, clothes, and education, while there are people without any of that. They don't know where their next meal where come from, their feet are blistered and cracked from shoes that are so small their toes are coming through them, their one pair of clothes are torn up and dirty, and they're all alone without a family to love them.

"Sometimes I would like to ask God why he allows poverty, famine and injustice in the world, when He could do something about it...but I'm afraid He may ask me the same question." -Anonymous.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I thought it might be fun to show how a Guatemalan lives...

This is Estella and her mother-in-law. Most Guatemalan families live near each other, and often times, a married couple will move into a house right next to the one they grew up in. They parents slowly build it as they have the money, while the child is growing up.

Estella cooks for her husband, Javier, and her four kids on this stove that a mission team built for her. You put wood in a hole underneath the flat surface that you cook on.

Estella's mother-in-law, however, prefers to cook over a fire on the floor of her house, as she has always done.

Estella, Javier, and their kids work out in the field collecting corn, beans, and other vegetables.

They wash their hands, clothes, dishes, and even their hair in a pila. The pila has three areas, and the middle one always has water in it. One side is usually for hands, while the other is for dishes and such. You don't put anything dirty in the middle, because that is kept clean so when there is no more water to run, you can use that.

Estella and her family hang their clothes out to dry after hand-washing them in the pila, and they share an outhouse with their neighbors.

Monday, March 12, 2012

When you serve someone, do you do it for them, or for you? Are you truly wanting to make their life better, or do you just want to receive a pat on the back?

Its so easy to do it for ourselves , to bring the poor orphans candy because we want to feel good, or build a house for the widow because everyone will think we are so great if we do.

"Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord..." Ephesians 6:7

But, we're not supposed to serve so that we get a warm fuzzy feeling inside, because we're not supposed to serve so that we get the glory. When we serve others, we are serving God, and He alone deserves all the glory.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The biggest hindrance to the missionary task is self. Self that refuses to die. Self that refuses to sacrifice. Self that refuses to give. Self that refuses to go.
- Thomas Hale – missionary to Nepal

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Trade off...

 Instead of this...

I have this...

 I've traded this...

 In for this...
 And I've swapped this...

 For this...
Sometimes, being a 16 year old on the missionary is hard, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I remember the day they came. It was earlier than expected, and we rushed to get things ready for them. When we first saw them, they were scared, and hungry. They clung to their oldest sister Juana.

At only 9 years old, Juana acted as the mother of her younger 4 siblings. They never left her side. Juana even chose to sleep in the little girls room so that her little sisters wouldn't be scared and confused at night.

Now that these guys are all happy and adjusted, and they love their life here at Eagle's Nest, Juana decided that she wanted to join the other older girls in 'the big girl room'. This is a huge step for her! She knows that they are safe, and she can be a kid again. We rejoiced as we switched her things to the other room, and her sisters watched on happily knowing they are loved and cared for, and will never go hungry again.