Thank you again for your faithful prayers!!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Thank you for your prayers! ~Sarah :)
- Please continue to lift me up, along with both my teams (Refuge Team & VIC Team) We truly want to see Colombia changed by the love of Christ.
- Pray that the Lord would strengthen us to keep going in those moments when we are exhausted or overwhelmed with the work load.
- Pray that we would receive an extra dose of encouragement and resolve to be intentional about building relationships, especially with the people who aren't always easy to love.
- Pray for the maturity of our church leaders, that they would learn how to love unconditionally and walk in obedience to God's Word.
- Pray for me personally to continue to seek the Lord with a hunger and thirst for knowledge and understanding of His Word.
Thank you for your continued encouragement and prayers! :) ~Sarah
This is a video of the kids from our "mother church". They came to my little house church to encourage our congregation and to lead a special service for the children. The song they are singing says this.....
I will praise Him from my Heart, I will praise Him with my Voice (2x) And if I am missing my Voice, I will praise Him with my Hands, And if I am missing my hands, I will praise Him with my Feet, And if I am missing my feet, I will praise Him with my Soul, And if I am missing my Soul...it's because I am with Him!
Monday, September 22, 2008
"For people with TRUE CONVICTIONS certain decisions have already been made. There's no need for discussion." When trials or temptations come that would threaten to "rock our world," what a difference it would make to already know where we stand.
Beth was also focusing on Loyalty. She said, "'Loyal' is not something we suddenly are at the flash-moment of testing. It's something we already were that surfaces in the test." She then went on to ask if we had personally made the decision to be loyal to Christ?
Both of these examples reminded me of a precious person in my life...my sweet cousin Amber. Amber has always had a strong faith and was never ashamed to declare that she believed her God is Good. When her husband Chad's accident happened and they began the long journey to recovery...she already knew her response: God is good, all the time. Even when the life she knew had been turned upside down, she was convinced that HE is still a good God.
Even when we don't understand Lord, you remind us of your Goodness and your Faithfulness! Of this I am certain...you are receiving Glory through these situations in our lives that we don't always understand. Build our faith and Refine it through the fire.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Where it all began...
Today I went out to C.C. to teach a Bible Study to a new friend of mine, Yolima, and stayed after to attend Wed. night prayer meeting near my house church. After our prayer meeting I went back to the home where our house church is located. This particular family of 3 have become some of my favorite friends. I usually hang out at their house before and after church events and feel "at home" with them. So tonight, as usual, Nyibis (the mom) and I were talking about what she was going to prepare for supper and "arguing" over who was going to pay for it. haha. Then she started to talk about this "Bufet" that she was going to cook...."Hm..." I thought, "that sounds a lot like a "buffet" at a restaurant. I wonder what kind of spread she's going to fix!" (but deep down I know this is too good to be true!)
So I went on to ask her what exactly IS "bufet." First off, she laughed (bad sign) and then went on to try to explain to me, "It's part of the cow's insides....it's located close to the liver...but it's not the liver or the intestines...or the stomach...." At this point I have no idea WHAT a "bufet" is...I only know that it's going to be something I'm NOT going to want to eat!!! Needless to say, we cooked the "bufet" which at this point was still unrecognizable to me as anything specific....and then we sat down to eat. (Enter scene...husband Helber)....Nyibis explains to him that I have never had "bufet" before and does he remember what they call it in English....(visual...I'm already on my 3rd bite of "bufet" and commenting as they taught us to say at FPO..."That's interesting!") ....as I'm chewing on my 3rd bite of "bufet" Helber blurts out..."It's the cows LUNG!" He even picked his up and started showing me where the air comes out of!!!!
Ok...at this point I'm almost gagging....all at once I can see that yes, it does resemble a lung...not that I'd ever imagined eating one before...but there I was. By the grace of God (and I really mean that!) I finished 1 of the 2 lungs on my plate. I told them, which IS true, that I'm trying to eat lighter meals at night time, and that I was getting full! AHHHHHH!!
So...I'd finished the lung and I was doing everything in my ability not to visualize it, smell it, or taste what was left of the flavor in my mouth! Helber, who works as a Motorcycle Taxi, drove me to the main road where I found a taxi.....The taxi driver proceeds to FLY over every bump in the road, slamming us back down to earth after each hill. I feel my stomach churning and my face turning different shades of green, as the taxi driver laughs out loud continually to the "Love Match" radio program!!!
Well...I'm writing this, so you know I made it home alive and in one piece! Thankfully my sweet roomie was baking Chocolate Chip cookies...the real kind, with ingredients from the US!! Woohoo!! After brushing my teeth, drinking some juice...and 2 cookies...hmm...the memory still haunts my stomach! But I will survive!
To all of you living overseas....you can probably relate to what I've just experience...maybe you've even ate something worse! And to those of you living in the US...be thankful you haven't seen the meat markets overseas! You'd flip out! I have to say that Americans do waste a lot more food by not eating or selling some of the extra parts of animals...but sometimes...I think we have a justified reason!!!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
"Time after Time" by M. M.
How many times will I say I am sorry,
to return to my same old ways day after day.
How many times will you ask me to stand,
only to remain in silence again and again.
How many times will you show me your beauty and glory all around,
only to pass through the day never seeing your splendor that abounds.
Awaken your Spirit that lives in me,
that I might exist as the servant you desire me to be.
How many times will I gaze upon your faithfulness,
only to doubt moment after moment.
How many times will I taste your goodness,
only to seek after the things you hate minute after minute.
How many times will you demonstrate your love for me,
only to walk as one who cannot see.
Turn my affections to thee,
that I might live in the grace that sets me free.