Friday, August 6, 2010

The End of A Great Summer


Blog 7

What an amazing summer this has been for me! An experience I will never forget. After the completion of my YWAM internship I spent 11 days in Porto Seguro, Brasil continuing the work that God has allowed me to be a part of for 3 years now! Porto Seguro is a city that is very dear to my heart. Because of my visa issues I was unable to meet my church there and work with them. God did however allow me the opportunity to work with another church that is just outside the Nashville TN area though. It was on this trip that God made himself clear to me in regards to my future with Brasil and what He was showing me this summer! I would like to share that with you being as brief as I can.

All summer one of the things that kept being brought to my attention was the desperate need for discipleship in Brasil particularly in the poorer parts. There were several homes I visited where bible studies were being held and the people did not even understand what I consider basic knowledge of the Bible. They do not know or understand why they believe what they believe. Most of these Christians do not have a basic understanding of what it means to be a Christian and the blessings that come from it. They are not plugged into a church and think because they no longer attend church they are no longer Christian. I have also spoken with other people involved in missions in Brasil and they feel the same way about the need for discipleship.

Evangelism in Brasil has caused an explosion of people coming to Christ over the past 20 years from a rate of 9% to 25% of the population being evangelized for Christ. Currently Brasil is on target to be the 5th wealthiest country in the world after the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, as many people travel from their countries to be a part of these events. It is important to equip the Brasilian people with the tools and knowledge necessary to spread the gospel not only to their own but also to those that will be coming to these events in the next 6 years. Not only that but with Brasil being one of the top 5 wealthiest countries they will also be able to afford to support and send their own people out to the mission field to spread the news of Christ to the World!

There are some future opportunities involving discipleship programs in Brasil that I will be looking into over the next few months. I am really excited about these opportunities because they line up with the need God has shown me this summer for Brasil! I ask for you to pray that God will direct me and that I will continue to trust in Him and surrender to His will as I forsake my own through this process. I will be moving home to Nashville on Aug 9 to live with my parents and hopefully find a short term job or internship there to get me through till January. If anyone has any job references in Nashville please let me know! If all works out there is one opportunity in particular that I’m really excited about that would cause me to be in Brasil for all of 2011. After that who knows what; maybe my master’s in Christian counseling, maybe more missions!

I’m finally at a place in my life now where I am content with how it is playing out! Even though I have no job, I have to move home, and the future is blurry I have never been at peace more than I am now! I will definitely say that the waiting does pay off and encourage anyone who is waiting on something to endure! When the waiting is over (and trust me it will be over) the joy and contentment that comes from it is such a tremendous and life changing experience. It can only come though from waiting on the Lord though so stop trying to control your life! Let it go, let it go, let it go! TRUST, TRUST, TRUST!

I could go on for pages but I decided to be brief. If you want to know more feel free to call, email, or facebook me. I do want to leave you with a verse that someone very special shared with me this summer that has become so special to me and I plan on making my life verse. It is Acts 20:24 “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”

Thank you for going on this journey with me! Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, wisdom, advice, love friendship, and financial support! It could not have happened without you! I will keep you posted on what the future holds! I’m so excited to graduate in December! PRAISE THE LORD IT IS HERE!!!!!!! GOD IS SOOOOOOOOO GOOD, AMEN!


Love, Hugs, and KISSES

~Rachael Prescott

P.S. My church is in Porto Seguro until Aug 11 working on the project they support faithfully, and annually. Pray for their protection and Godly guidance as He uses them to be His hands and feet!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

LIFE IN THE SLUMS!

YWAM experience- Week 6

From an orphanage nestled safely in a decent community; to a community center in the most notorious slum in Belo Horizonte; this has been a week full of fantastic adventures! Before I tell you about this week’s experience though I must add a disclaimer; WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ MAY CAUSE YOU TO WORRY ABOUT ME! PLEASE DON’T WORRY AND INSTEAD GIVE GOD GLORY AND PRAISE FOR THESE OPPORTUNITIES! (That includes you too mom and dad! =) There is no safer place to be than the will of God. I’m in His hands and nothing will happen that has not already been ordained by Him. OK, now on to the details of the fun week I have had!

This week I have had a wonderful time doing visits with Helen (one of the staff workers from England.) As I go on these visits, I can’t stop thinking about all the places Jesus went during His ministry. I have never felt so close to Him than I have this week! I have really experienced His presence on each of the visits I have been on. I know His Spirit has been with us and I believe that if He were physically present on this earth today He would have been walking right with Helen and I! I must say though, there have been times where I have been a little nervous like today for example! Helen and I ended up walking down the same street 3 times that is notorious for crack dealing. Being that it was noon we didn’t think there would be much business…boy were we wrong! There were so many people smoking and dealing crack I couldn’t help but be nervous, especially when there have been 3 shootings just this week in that same area! The looks on their faces were quiet priceless actually and after we were safely out of that little scenario Helen and I couldn’t help but find the situation humorous! I can imagine they were thinking one of two things; “Why are there 2 gringas walking down this street?” or “Am I trippin’ out or are there really 2 gringa’s walking down this street!?”

As we walked down the road we bumped into a 12 year old girl that started to become involved in the ministry of YWAM but stopped coming as she was enticed by the persuasion of the worldly things around her. Helen was able to reconnect with her and see where she lived which was really great (in case you were wondering that is why we walked down the same street 3 times, to see where the girl lives). Hopefully she will return to the ministry before she gets completely lost in the deception and evil that surrounds her! Sometimes God calls us to dangerous places to call out and help His people. I could definitely say this was one of those times!

On Tuesday I went with Helen to visit with 2 sisters that are involved in prostitution. We had such a sweet and special visit with them. My heart broke when I found out that they were 16, and 12 and both are no longer in school? As I sat visiting with them and listening to them talk I thought, “What would make a 12 year old want to drop out of school and turn to prostitution!?” I asked them what their dreams were and one said to be a nurse the other a lawyer. Obviously prostitution was not their goal in life so how did they manage to get here and risk their dreams?

The 16 year old has a baby just a few months old. She seemed more eager to hear what we had to share than her 12 year old sister did. All I could think to do was offer them Hope in the hopes that they receive it! I told her that God can take our mistakes and use them for His glory but we must allow Him to do so. Our mistakes teach us things about life that make us better people while helping us uncover the truth about life! The 16 year old is the one that wants to be a nurse and we were able to spend some time encouraging her to do so and asking what her plan was to fulfill that dream. We were also able to share the Good News with her and she was really receptive to it! I pray that the Spirit will continue to work in her heart and she will learn to rely on God to help her overcome her circumstances so she can make a better life for herself and her daughter. She would also be a wonderful example for her younger sister that seems totally uninterested in what we had to say.

These are just 2 of the many examples I have experienced this week. I could go on and on about the things I have heard and experienced this week, so many moments that I hold so dear. I love it here and I cannot count how many hugs I have given! Sometimes Helen and I will just sit somewhere in the middle of the slums and wait to see who passes by. The first time we did this I was reminded of the story of Jesus and the woman at the well in John 4. During this time we have made several new friends and Helen was able to reconnect with people she has not seen in awhile for whatever reason they stopped coming around. Sometimes we offer prayer, sometimes we share what we are doing, and sometimes we just listen. These people really have neat stories and I enjoy listening to them share about their life. I have learned so much by just listening and observing them and I am humbled that they would share with me. I really think they appreciate us wondering into their territory and speaking words of truth and hope in a non-judgmental, non-confrontational way. They don’t know better because they don’t know God. It is up to us to share Him with the world because His light is in us. We need to allow that light to shine bright and pierce the darkness as it points them in the direction of Truth; the place where Love is dying to reach them, awaiting them with open arms that were nailed to a cross so they could be free.

My last day at this house will be July 13 and then I go to Porto Seguro to continue the work that God has started there over the past several years! This will be my 3rd visit to Porto Seguro and I am really looking forward to reconnecting with the people there. I look forward to seeing how God continues to work in my time here. I return to the states on August 2. I’m not really sure If I will blog anymore about my trip as my time is coming to an end and I have a lot planned for the coming weeks but I will try to keep you updated! Thank you all again for your prayers and support, I am truly blessed to have you in my life!

Pray’s and Praises:

I’m suffering with an annoying head cold. There are some mornings where I have no voice! Please pray that this will go away so I can finish the work here strong and healthy and be able to enjoy my time in Porto Seguro.

Safe travels to Porto Seguro next week and that God would open hearts and doors for those who need to be reached.

I’m thankful the transition from the 2 houses went well and I seem to have fit right in with the staff at this current house! I’m really enjoying my time here!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Faith, Love, and Wisdom

Week 5-YWAM experience

FAITH: Sometimes life doesn’t always work out the way we planned it too and that’s ok. I have come to find that in the end everything usually works out for the best! As I sit here trying to figure out what to write about this week I cannot help but think of all the plans I have made for my life that have failed. Some have been really big and some not so big. With the exception of one plan that still has yet to be fulfilled they all ended up working out for the best and I have no doubt the unfulfilled plan will as well.

This has been a rough week. On Friday I was denied the 60 more days I needed to stay in Brazil for the TIME I PLANNED TO STAY. I must give God praise for 30 more days at least! I went from deciding to go to Argentina to fix the problem, to contacting the US Embassy for help, to deciding to go to Paraguay, to contacting other mission’s organizations for help and on Monday I ended up having a melt down! I was so overwhelmed from fixing this problem on my own that I neglected to practice what I preached the week before in the last letter I wrote. After talking with a good friend, re-reading what I wrote last week, journaling and praying, I decided it just might be time for me to go home early. God has a purpose and a plan for my life that he will fulfill and I need to go along with it. I have faith that His plans will work out grand!

LOVE: This week (today actually) I am also leaving the Refuge House. Leaving this place is a lot harder than I anticipated it to be. Three weeks ago I couldn’t wait to get out of here with all the frustrations I was facing. Now I do not want to leave because I know those trials have taught me so much. I have also grown so attached to these children in such a short time. God has filled my cup with His love so much that it was overflowing and I couldn’t help but spill it out all over these children. I don’t think I have ever loved this much! The way I have loved these past 5 weeks has been different too; sort of a 1 Cor 13 kind of love. =)

WISDOM: 1 Corinthians 13 is a scripture that is well known as the Love Chapter. I have known it and had it memorized from the time I was a young child. That knowledge didn’t do me any good because I didn’t understand the meaning behind the verses and would often use it to prove my point. Now, after this past 5 weeks, I finally get the meaning behind it. Now I understand God’s love and how I am suppose to love.

The first 3 verses of the chapter talk about things we do in life that are meaningless if there is no love behind their motives. Example: 1 Cor 13:1 says, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” Boy does this wakeup call hurt! There have been so many times in my life where I just tell it the way I see it. While what I said may have had truth behind it, there was no love behind that truth to support it and therefore it was taken offensively. My motives for speaking the truth were arrogant, boastful, envious, and rude because I was irritable or resentful and wanted my way. How many friendships I have lost because of this? How many hearts I must have broken because of this? How many opportunities I must have missed because of this? GOD FORGIVE ME!

After the first 3 verses the rest of the passage goes on to speak about what love is. The first characteristic that is given to love in verse 4 is that “love is patient.” When love is patient it is wise. When love is patient it prays for God to reveal the truth to the person who has done wrong. When love is patient it waits for the person who has done wrong to ask for advice. When love is patient it easily forgives.

I know this will be an experience I will never forget. I have really had to learn the truth behind godly love. I’m so grateful that the Spirit has revealed these things to me and helped me understand them. It is this experience where I really grasped an understand for why psychology was the degree of study God placed on my heart when I decided to finish school 3 years ago. My eyes were so opened to how closely tied together missions and psychology are. I pray that God will constantly remind me of these life lesson’s I have learned and that I will continue to apply them to my life and not forget them the minute I come home.

PRAYER REQUEST:

Since I am leaving Brazil early (August 2), I will be unable to go on the Porto Seguro trip with my church which breaks my heart. This project is so special to me. I am praying for an opportunity to go before I have to leave with another group. I ask that you would join me in this prayer. Praise: that I have found contentment in the decision to go home early!

The transition to the new house I am going to today. Praise: My time at the Refuge hose has been so wonderful and I have learned so much.

Continued prayer for the children at the Refuge House, that they would know God as their Abba Father. I was able to share these evangelism bracelets with the colored beads with them Wednesday night and they really enjoyed hearing the story. Pray for those children who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus in the house.
Also that there would be a way to find a tutor for the boy I told you about that cannot read.

I have to write a paper on this experience for school since it was also part of my internship. Pray that God gives me the words to use and that I would do well on the paper since it is most of my grade for the class. Praise: With all I have been through this past 5 weeks I got a lot to write about!!!!! =)

Thank you all again for your support during this process! I have been so blessed by your prayers, encouragement, and love! May God bless you for the kindness you have shown to me!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Missionaries Poem


By: David Woodward

When you came to answer the heathen cry
And thought you would hear a piteous sigh,
You never expected this-

Men with a satisfied, comfortable air,
Women too busy with gossip to care
For a truth they do not miss.

Did you dream of a host of upraised arms
Beseeching release from pagan alarms,
Only to wake with a start?

Now that you know they are passing your door,
Preferring an idol’s parade much more,
What does it do to your heart?

You are so earnestly giving the Word,
But listening ears seem not to have heard,
No matter how much you repeat.

Strong in the grip of tradition, they sit,
Almost defying you ever to fit
Your shoes on their mental feet.

Patience, my brother before you will learn
Where the silent ache and the anguish turn
To an unknown God to pray.

Bringing the sheaves from the harvest will wait
On sowing and growing at God’s own rate,
A thousand years or a day.

As sure as there’s sin in old Adam’s breed,
So certain it is that you’ll find a lead
Into the devil’s domain.

Keep on believing that He who has won
Your full allegiance has also begun
Seeking the lost who remain.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

TRUST

Week 3 and 4

Tell me what you would do in this situation? You see a man on the side of the street. He is about 20 years old and is crippled. He sits in the same spot of the same street almost every day. You decide to go talk to him, get his story and see if he knows Jesus. You find out sometimes his mother will take him into the city to beg. Sometimes someone will pay him to sort through garbage separating trash from recycled material. Most days though he just sits there in that same spot with nothing to do, nowhere to go, and not one to talk to. He does not know how to read or write. You ask him if he has any dreams and he says, “To have a job where I have to stand!”

You might be thinking, “There is no way I can help this man!” “His needs and dreams are beyond my ability!” “Is this even a true story?” Well the answer is yes! This is a real person who is ministered to by some people in one of the houses in that YWAM runs in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Sometimes circumstances and situations that happen to us in life seem completely out of control. We get so frustrated searching for an answer to the question “WHY?” or trying to fix the problem ourselves, when all we need to do is just trust God to work. Proverbs 3: 5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

God does not promise us prosperity and an easy life on this earth. We will all suffer from things because of sin. We make the suffering greater on ourselves when we trust in this world or ourselves to fix the problem and not God. You cannot control your life! Control is an illusion. This man could not control being crippled, he was born that way. Same with the children I am working with in the Refuge House. They were born with HIV. In His Sovereignty God has us each right where He wants us. We can either choose to go along with it or we can fight it and make life more difficult on ourselves by doing so.

This past couple of weeks I was faced with a difficult situation that really challenged me. There were some things going on that I didn’t agree with. They broke my heart and it made me angry. Normally when a difficult situation happens in my life I fight till I get my way or justice is done. Sometimes I get my way, sometimes I do not! Regardless of the outcome of the circumstance I always manage to feel burned out and frustrated with life when it is over. I realized this week it is because I rely on my own strength to solve the problem and not God. Sure I fool myself into thinking I am involving God because I pray and ask Him for help however, the minute I am done praying I’m back to solving the problem on my own, frustrated at the fact it seems God does not want to help. Oh but He does want to help me! In fact He wants to fight for me and carry me through this! 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to cast all our anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. When we’re feeling overwhelmed with stress, we’re encouraged to “cast our anxiety” on God. He’s not a stern judge waiting for us to break under our worries; He actively wants to help carry our burdens.

This time I decided to shut my mouth, follow that verse, and pray with faith about the situation. I was amazed at how quickly my prayers were answered when I did! Only God can work to change the hearts of people. He is the one to show them right and wrong by writing truth on their hearts. We have the freedom to accept His Truth or reject His Truth. The Lord is our confidence and when we trust and believe in His ways we will be kept from falling into the anxious and stressful ways of life. We remember that He is Sovereign, He is in control, and even if we do not see the results of the circumstance this side of heaven we know He is being glorified.

So back to the 20 year old; after learning all this, this week, I would probably sit there and talk to him. I would pray with him and for him; it’s really all I can do in that situation. If there was some way I could help him then I would but if the help he needs goes beyond my ability I must go to God with it! Sometimes all a person needs is a friend or someone to listen to them and love them. Sure he would like to have that job but more than that he wants a friend. He is constantly overlooked because of his disability. Sometimes we overlook that simple responsibility of being a friend to take on something that is beyond our control and really isn’t a priority to them. Let God handle the big things! You enjoy the company of this person and together wait and watch for God’s mighty hand to work so you don’t miss the blessing He has!

Prayers for the week:
I go on Friday to hopefully get my visa extended for 60 more days! Please pray they give me 60 instead of 30.

My church family is going through some changes right now. Pray for God’s wisdom, guidance, and discernment for the pastors and that He would open the hearts of the congregation for the changes that will occur. Also that God would protect the church from any deception.

Continued prayer to find a tutor for the boy I told you about in week 1 that does not know how to read.

Thank you all again for your prayers and support! God bless!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

YWAM experience Week 2


Abba, Jehovah Jireh, El Shaddai

This week I was reminded how cruel the world can be yet God is still sovereign through it all. Families in Brazil are very close, always there for each other, helping each other in their need. Not just moms, dads, and siblings, but aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and even neighbors. This is one of the many things I love about these people and their culture. Unfortunately for these children this family environment is not the case because of their HIV or AIDS. Since their families are uneducated about this disease they are afraid of it. This fear leads to these children are rejected and abandoned by their families. They are rejected because of something they were born with. They did not ask to be brought into this world with it. It was not a consequence of their sin. David, the boy I told you about last week, is the only one of his siblings that was born with this disease. He is also the only one of his siblings in an orphanage. The rest live with aunts and uncles. At the age of 10 he realizes he is different but does not understand why.

Not only are they rejected by family but also at school by peers and even teachers. I feel this rejection is what has caused their hearts to become so angry, bitter, and calloused to the world around them. They do not want love because love has failed them. Oh but only if they could see that love hasn’t failed them. God is their Abba Father and I wish I could somehow get them to understand that. Because of the card they were dealt it is difficult to do so. These children have such a future but the hate, lies and deception of this world are holding them back. The enemy has a might hold on their hearts but with patience, prayer and love from above that could all change. “WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?” is the question I am constantly asking and seeking an answer too. I know He is the only thing that can change the mess the corruption of this world has brought on these children.
In Matthew 6:25-34 God promises to take care of each of our needs because He loves us so much and because we are so important to Him; more important than the birds in the air and lily’s of the field. In His Sovereignty He meets those needs even when we do not ask Him to. Just as He meets those needs He can also take them away. Unfortunately I cannot count how many times I have gone through a day without thanking God for His provision of my needs? In the busyness and noise of life in America, I sometimes forget to thank Him for those provisions because I unconsciously expect Him to take care of them. (Examples, getting me safely through the day, ALL FOOD (snacks, meals, dessert =), whenever I go shopping for new clothes or accessories, a job to pay the bills, a roof to keep out the hot, cold, and rain….I could go on and on but I’m sure you get the point!)
This week I was reminded that God certainly is our provider. He is sufficient enough to meet all our needs. Without fail food, clothes, and cleaning supplies are constantly donated to the Refuge House. Some of the food may be rotten and some of the clothes for adults, but there is always just enough to get by. These children have never gone hungry or naked. Also God provides money through donations to take care of their doctor visits and the medicines they need for their illness.
Life in Brazil is much slower than America but it is a good slow. The days seem so much longer and I praise God for that! I have time for them important things; more time to love others and God, time to reflect on the day’s events and see God at work! So many times I have missed God’s work because I am so busy; distracted by the things of this world. God says, “Hey! Look at this wonderful thing I have done for you” and I walk right by without even acknowledging it. My prayer is that when I return to America I will not go back to being “to busy” for God. He deserves honor and glory and praise and that is what I want to give Him. My prayer for you is that you may come to have this same experience. To “stop and smell the roses” that God has placed on your path, remembering to thank Him for even the little things. Things in America we take for granted that people in other countries desire immensely.
KISSES

Thursday, June 3, 2010

YWAM experience Week 1

YWAM- Week 1
Friday morning I entered the Refuge House very shy, not knowing what to expect. My 7% introversion was in full swing that morning. As I waited patiently in the kitchen to be shown where to go, children came and went looking at me strangely as they got ready for school and ate their breakfast. I wanted to communicate with them but in fear I froze, forgetting the little bit of Portuguese I know. My insecurities in an unfamiliar place began to overwhelm me! How can I love these kids I thought? The looks on their faces want nothing to do with me. How do I share Jesus with these children when I cannot speak their language? God what am I doing here? Help me!

All of a sudden a boy came up to me and asked in his broken English “what you name.” I smiled, my fear vanished, I remembered Portuguese, and I began to speak with him. His name is David and he is 10 years old. He wants to learn English so I made a deal with him, “you teach me Portuguese, I’ll teach you English, deal?” We shook on it. He left and went to school. You better believe the minute he came home from school he hammered me with Portuguese words to translate in English. Thank goodness for my Portuguese/English Dictionary!

Augustine once said, “Share Jesus with everyone, everywhere and when necessary use words.” The same thing can be said about love, “When necessary use words.” After my encounter with David that morning, God reminded me of my first trip to Porto Seguro, Brasil 2 years ago with my church. There was a teenage girl that came with us on that trip named Laura who put the words of Augustine to perfect use. She found a wheel barrel being unused from the construction project we were doing, put some kids in it, and started running around the street pushing them, laughing with them, and loving on them. None of them spoke the same language but they all shared love with each other. Love is a universal language that can be spoken with a hug, smile, or a laugh; it needs no words. After all, don’t actions speak louder than words? This I must remember when working with YWAM this summer.

The children in the Refuge House all have HIV or AIDS. There are 8 of them, 4 boys and 4 girls. They have all had very troubled past. Most of their parents are dead and the parents that are alive have mental problems, are in prison, or are still living as prostitutes. These children are so troubled yet somehow so easy to love. When I’m playing with them I often forget they have this disease, but then it’s time for their medicine and reality sets in again.

Because of the life they live and have experienced they all seem very angry and some of them can be very aggressive verbally and physically. I believe it is because they have never had their emotional or spiritual needs met. Slowly but surely each one of these children has opened up to me in their timing. All I can do is keep loving on the others. This has been a very difficult week learning how to love someone who does not want your love but you know needs your love. I am praying constantly for God to give me the strength and courage to love the unlovable.
I really believe they want to communicate with me but are afraid to because they know I will only be here a short time. I’m sure they are tired of the heartache of goodbye because they have experienced so many goodbyes at their young age so I cannot blame them for not wanting to give me a chance. I enjoy playing UNO with them, doing manicures and pedicures, and even teaching them some fun American dances like the Hokey Pokey, Macarena, and Chicken Dance (which they laughed hysterically when I told them what it was called.) They love to play soccer and are really good at it. I enjoy watching them play and cheering them on!

This has also been a trying week for putting the self discipline of James 2 into practice. For those of you who know me well I constantly speak my mind, I don’t know why but I do. Maybe that is because I feel like truth is so scarce and I’m sick of the deception and lies in this world about life, religion, and God. Before I left Bill Mitchell, the mission’s pastor at my church, gave me some good advice about that and I’m glad he did. I’m constantly reminding myself of what he told me daily, waiting for God to give me the opportunity to share the things I am observing.

Here is an example. One of the children was sent home from school 2 times this week. I was curious as to why he was sent home so I sat down with an interpreter to speak to him. After about 30 minutes he told me he does not know how to read. How sad I thought but then I find out that neither the staff at YWAM nor the school knew that he couldn’t read. No wonder he was sent home for being disrespectful to the teacher and fighting the other kids. He is ashamed of his disability and fights to make up for it. I asked YWAM what can be done about this and they told me they do not have the means to be able to assist him with learning how to read and the school will not help. I don’t understand this concept; it doesn’t make any sense to me. My heart breaks for this child. Reading is very important to a successful life. I am in the process of trying to find a tutor for him before I leave.

This experience will definitely be an experience that will grow and stretch me in my faith and already has in this short week. Not only that but this experience will help me become a better person as well. I’m so honored that God would choose me for such a time as this. It seems like Satan wants to discourage the work God has for me here but I refuse to allow him to do that by constantly putting on the armor of God. Thank you again for your prayers and support. My hope is to update you weekly on things. There are pictures on my facebook if you would like to see them. God Bless!

KISSES

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Raising Support

This internship is a complete volunteer based internship. Since I will be out of the country for 2 ½ months with no income coming in and bills to pay as well as needing money to purchase an airline ticket, and survive in Brazil I need to raise some support. I have some money set aside that I have been saving for this opportunity but it isn’t nearly enough to cover my cost for the summer. If you are able, and find it in your heart to do so would you please consider helping me by supporting me financially? As I have said before I understand that we have fallen on hard economic times. Money may be tight for you and that is OK. Prayer works also. God has a lot of money so I trust by faith and with all my heart He will provide.

God has already provided $3900 of the $6500 I need for this trip and He continues to amaze me daily on this journey!!! Here is how you can support me if you feel lead to do so!

To get a tax receipt for your contribution please make checks payable to “First Baptist Church Orlando” indicating “global impact” on the memo line. Please do not write my name anywhere on the check. VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE GIVE THE CHECK DIRECTLY TO ME!!! I need to be able to keep track of my support. If you give it directly to the church I will not get credit for it.

If you don't care about getting a tax receipt for this then just send check or cash with my name on it directly to me. Thank you so much for allowing God to use you in helping fulfill a passion and dream I have had for quiet sometime now!

Hugs and KISSES,

Open Door!

Have you ever had to wait a really long time for God to open a door that you desperately desired and longed to go through? I know have. WAIT has pretty much been the theme word of my life this past 4 years. This is why I am writing to you today, to tell you about my exciting new open door opportunity.

First I want to give you a short recap of how this process began. As most of you know in fall 2006 I made the decision to answer the call to ministry. Immediately I started looking into organizations and opportunities where I could serve in long term missions only to be met with the same answer, “you need to finish your undergraduate.” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing!! Here I was saying, “here am I God, send me” but He was telling me go back to school? Finally, in August 2007 I begrudgingly returned to school at Liberty University through their online degree program. For the life of me I couldn’t understand why and I was so frustrated. It just didn’t make sense to me however, it made sense to God. The first class I took at Liberty was a basic theology class and it was there God provided the answer I was looking for. “How can you do My work when you haven’t been trained to use your sword properly?” Boy does God know what He is doing. How often I forget that concept.

Through this process I have gained the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding I know I will need about God and people, to use in the mission field. I’m not gonna lie to you though. This has been a tremendously, tiring, tedious, and grueling process. Waiting in a hallway full of closed doors I want to go through with only open doors I don’t want to go through yet at the same time accepting the truth that they are just as important isn’t always an easy thing to accept. Bishop Joseph Garlington once said, “Sure God closes doors to open others but it’s hell in the hallway.” God is never late but He sure misses a few good opportunities to be early. That is because He knows if the answer comes to early we’d miss His greatest act.

As I approach the end of my journey in school, Liberty University has given me permission to use my internship this summer to do something humanitarian. Being that my entire purpose for going back to school was to be a missionary I am thrilled that God would allow me to have this opportunity. I will be serving with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) this summer in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. I will be working in an orphanage helping and loving on children and teens that have been diagnosed with HIV and AIDS as well as working in a community center with programs for children, teens, and families located in the slums of Belo Horizonte. As soon as I heard about the opportunity in the orphanage my heart jumped for joy! What an amazing experience this will be in preparing me for my future!

I look forward to hearing from you during this experience! Please keep in touch!


Hugs and KISSES,