Monday, December 15, 2008
One Saturday i ran into maria at the house. We started talking and she asked if maybe we could go for a walk because there was something she wanted to talk to me about. Assuming it was just some crush on one of the other students or something i thought nothing of it. Once we started walking though i knew something was not right. She started to open up to me...about her past. Her life filled with abuse and rape. Hurts and pains that should leave someone hopeless and angry with God. Not Maria. Through the tears she told me she wanted to see where God was during these times. Repeatedly being misused and abused by men...instead of blaming God, she was seeking out His heart. How did He feel when these things were happening to her? I had to step back for a moment and process what what going on. This girl, only 18 years old had experienced things in her life that i could have never dreamed of. Strength is the first word that came to my mind. Over the course of the school Maria and i met on a regular basis, to pray through this. To ask God for healing, forgiveness, trust, and love...God is bigger and better then we could ever imagine and He shows up sometimes in the most bizarre ways.
As Maria was arriving in Australia she ran into him.I hope you know what i mean by him. THE GUY. The one who hurt her, abused her, treated her like no person should ever be treated...over and over and over again. She ran into him. He asked to see her. said they needed to talk. He had become a Christian and was living in Australia. He wanted reconciliation.
Fast forward 3 months. We are sitting at the beach and she tells me she wants to see Him. She tells me that God has taught her so much she wants to tell him that she forgives him. The she wishes only the best for him. At first i was hesitant. How could i send this girl to go see this guy who had treated this way so many years ago? Despite my fears i let her go. She was going to meet him at another base, with leaders and his mentors around. she was in a safe, controlled environment. I felt like a mother, wondering, staying up at night thinking about how it was going, was she ok? Praying for God to help me let her go...to trust Him with her..
She came back illuminate. You know like in the Bible when Moses comes back from being with God on the mountain and they have to make him a vail to cover his face...because he is glowing that much? Thats how i felt when i saw her. Glowing. I wont go into to much detail but the Lord saved him. He saved her. Re-living the past and giving everything of it to God transformed her. She talked with him about his journey, the abuse that he had faced when he was a kid and from that the out-pouring he put on her. He talked about the road God brought Him on. Of frogiveness and trust and love he himself had been struggling with. Thoughts of suicide. hate towards himself. He had found transformation only in God. I think often times when we pray for people we think "oh, they are too far gone" or "they had their chance"...do we really believe that God can heal and restore people? rapists? theives? murderes? I wish I could go into more detail about the restoration that took place during that meeting. Everyone told her not to go. Dont go see him. But she went. Said she HAD to. She NEEDED to. Do we listen to the word of the Lord and then follow it? Or do we let our reservations hold us back. That guy is now engaged to be married to a wonderful Godly woman who knows all about his skeletons but has first hand seen God change his life. He is living the life of forgiveness. of redemption.
And Maria? Well, she still glows. She still looks like she has just seen Jesus face to face. Who knows, maybe she has. She is off next week to Thailand to work with women who have been sold into the sex-trade. she is going to tell them that there is such thing as hope. such thing as forgiveness. That there is a light at the end of the darkness. Using her skeletons, her thorns to transform lives of thai girls. This is why i'm here, to be a part of this journey with Maria. We are the ones who are blessed to be staffing DTS's. I am forever a part of her story, simply because the Lord allowed me to come and pray and be an ear to hear her. This is why i'm here.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
We also had a time for Baptisms which was really cool to be a part of. Justin got to baptize 3 guys and pray over them as they made a public statement to proclaim their faith as a public act of Worship. We are seeing so much growth and maturity come out of these 30 students. Just a desire to know God, to dig deeper and experience Him in a personal, intimate way...this is why we are here.
We had a meeting a few weeks back to discuss our heart for this upcoming year...if you know Justin and I at all, you would know that this is very unlike us to make plans a year in advance. Over the past few weeks though, God had been teaching us about commitment..not just commiting to a place for 6 months or something but really committing...being RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. We have been challenged to give ourselves wholeheartedly to this base and the vision being cast here. We talked and prayed and felt a peace that truely does transcend all understanding...We have a lot of things still to pray about and God is continuing to challenge us with things to step up and do. If you would like to pray for us or know more about these plans feel free to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are so blessed to have your support and love. God is doing so much and i wish i had the time to write down all that He is blowing us away with. You. Me. Us. We are all a part of something so much bigger going on. Gods Kingdom is moving and expanding. THANK YOU!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
"test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it." - Mal 3:10
i once heard story about a man who made a few bad investments and before he knew it over $20,ooo of debt had piled up. this man later went to his pastor for some biblically sound financial advice and this what the pastor said, " you have dug yourself into quite a hole thats for sure, i guess your just gonna have to give your way out of it." funny thought.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
This next week is the Fatherheart of God. I am really excited about what God is going to do. A lot of people come through here without a real foundation of who God is and who He says we are in Him...His Beloved. This week is based on His heart. His character. His loving nature, and beginning to break down barriers that we put between ourselves and Him. 30 students sit in that lecture room every day pursuing the Lord. Crying out to Him. Asking for more than this world has to offer. Just imagine what it will be like for every single one of them to walk away with a new understanding of not only who He is...but who they are... And then going into the Nations proclaiming that. To offer hope to the hopeless. Love to the brokenhearted. To set people free from the slavary we put ourselves in. Amen.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Justin and i will be taking a team back to Vanuatu!! We will be leaving probably the week of Christmas and i couldnt be more excited about it! We will be presenting the outreach locations to the school this week. Justin and I are very excited about this opportunity! Our base is trying to set up a long term relationship with the Vanuatu base, meaning that we would hopefully have contacts long term there and also be sending teams there about twice a year. Vanuatu is such a beautiful place and the people are so willing to hear the gospel. If anyone knows me they will know how excited i am about this!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
I cant even begin to tell you how glad i am that this process is all over! I guess life would a little bit on the boring side if things like this didnt keep us on our toes a little bit! Alas, we have our visa and are set to leave on tuesday out of LA at 11pm. All of our bags are packed...lets just say we are ready to go!
Heres a little update on our finances:
Our goal is 1500/mo and we are currently at 1160. We have been extremly blessed by one-time support so that the gap between what we have and what we need is fairly small! We would love to share our heart with you and our need if you are thinking or praying about supporting a missionary, consider supporting us!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Snorkeling in the Dominican Republic...Beautiful DR sunset
Camping at Indian Beach...
So until next time..Thanks for reading!!