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Monday, November 02, 2009

One of my precious former students will soon be here. For a few years I taught at a Missionary training School for those who desired to be missionaries and she was one of them. She worked extensively in Old Mexico then had health issues which kept her off the field for a time. After that she went to Africa. Now she is back in my area and is coming over and we will have lunch together.
Another former student of the same school and friend of both of us is ill today. She has had a real battle in her body also. She definitely has the ministry of helps and drives for me when I go to Mexico and helps other missionaries. She is such a blessing to so many. I wish all of my students would be working like those. Some more are of course.
When I first received the Lord as my Saviour I knew i was to be a missionary and thought I had to go overseas to do so but found out the water doesn't make you a missionary. Every time a missionary came to my church I would tell my wonderful wise pastor I wanted to go with them. It didn't matter where, I wanted to go. He would pat me on the shoulder and tell me it is not time yet. I would be a little angry with him.
All of the time I didn't realize I was already a missionary. I pastored some rescue missions in the city I lived in, helped start childrens works back when there was nothing but Sunday School for them, then went into full time. I quit my job, burned my bridges behind me, sold my furniture, gave up my apartment, put everything I had left in my old car and took off. My pastor wanted to know where i was going. How did I know? I knew God said to go and I went. I had never been out of my home state. I took off to some friends house and we went to a convention, then I went to another one alone, found a lady who offered me her home for in between meetings. I had my own special room. This was in Oklahoma. For 1 1/2 years I evangelized very small churches living by faith and I mean faith, for three years I pastored a split church and continued living by faith and again I emphacize real faith . See all of the missionary training I was going through. I was a missionary and didn't know it. Back then I was in my 20's. After pastoring for 3 years (and I could tell you so much more) God spoke to me to go to the Spanish speaking people. I told my pastor thinking he would say it wasn't time yet but this time he said, THAT'S GOD, and he recommended a missionary in south Texas on the Mexican border.
I worked there for 3 years, learning the language and helping in the missions and the Christian school they had, then went into the country of Mexico where I lived for 20 years.
After some personal problems I returned to the border where I continued teaching in Bible Schools, building churches, etc. So since 1984 I have been here. My latest project is the building of a two story church and a parsonage. The parsonage is not completed yet but is coming right along. The pastor is doing most of the work as he is a block layer.
I will be preaching the 4th anniversary of the church the 9th of November.
God bless all of you in your missionary endeavors.

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LBATCH 12/23/2009 3:43PM

    How wonderful to be used of the Lord that way. I think that you have a true listening heart! Sometimes I need to get out of my own way!

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BLOSSOMKITTY 11/9/2009 11:09AM

    Irene! What a wonderful blog today! I love to hear these stories from women of Faith who have paved the way for us who are now coming up! i honor you!

I loved to hear that you had a 'waiting' period before you felt God release you into the work He had set for you!....the time of preparation!
I too feel I am now in this preparing place....one of the hardest places for me to be, but hearing your story , that you waited for God to set you loose:-) and That His blessings were with you!

I wish so much I could be there when you preach in November! Just to glean the wisdom from a pillar of Faith in the Gospel.....i love nothing more than the Word of God!

i love you!

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HAPPYMOM8 11/4/2009 10:25AM

    Dear Irene- What a wonderful legacy. You have followed your dreams and helped so many along the way. Your example is an inspiration to us all. Thank you for sharing. We are blessed to have you on our team, Pat

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 11/3/2009 7:44PM


You are already a "Loser" you just don't know it yet. You will meet your goal, and in between time you can write your novel on Spark.

Love Yah, Debbie-lee

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DIDMIS 11/2/2009 10:45PM

    Hi all. Thanks for your comments on my blog. People have said I should write a book but since I haven't I do it on Spark.
And I am going to get these extra pounds off. I am, I am, I am.
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BESTSUSIEYET 11/2/2009 8:41PM

    emoticon Your focus is right on! God will use us whenever, wherever we are available. Thank you for sharing a bit of your journey. You are a blessing to us here on SP, and I trust, a missionary, too!

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MNNSAIDE 11/2/2009 7:45PM

    Awesome history Irene! I have always wondered how you got started. Only God knows where he will lead us. And now he has lead you to sheep here!


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GRAMMAP1 11/2/2009 7:25PM

    You have been one busy Lady. And busy for the Lord is good. It is good to know more about your ministry and to see you are still busy in the work is wonderful. God continue to give you the strength you need to work for Him. Hugs, Jane

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DIDMIS 11/2/2009 6:43PM

    Thank you John. Yes, I have been able to keep in contact with several former students. God bless you.
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FREEDOMSTAR 11/2/2009 4:36PM

    emoticon Irene- what a great mission in life. You are walking the walk. I feel so lucky to know you. You are brave but I can see where you get your strength. Great people cross your path for a reason. Enjoy your visit with your former student. They are staying in touch with you for a reason.
Healthy Cheers
and God Bless

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Well as you know my birthday was a real surprise to me Sunday a.m. in my Sunday School class as we were going to celebrate the October birthdays and I took cards for the other 3 birthdays but no one said happy birthday or gave me a card or anything. I did receive a couple of phone calls on my birthday from S S class members wishing me a happy birthday and one was clear from Colombia as she had gone to visit her parents there. Oh well, I said it is better to give than to receive and if they didn't want to do anything in the class I would find my joy in giving to them as I have done for years of teaching now.

Then you knew I withdrew from TOPS as our chapter was a disaster and very stressful for me, the weight recorder, who tried to hold things together. I was determined after the 26th to eat right and lose the weight I had gained after becoming a KOP.
Well, the 27th and 28th I did real well but then a pot luck rolled around the 29th. As you know I was worried about the dressing and although I don't like turkey I decided I would eat it without the dressing and would have no dessert.
Surprise there was no dressing so did not have to worry about that.
Now another surprise. They were not just honoring their pastors on Pastor's appreciation but they also were honoring me on my birthday. Did I get a surprise. What my own Sunday School class did not do for me my friends church where I go to special occasions did.
Now, the real surprise, they brought in a huge Dairy Queen Ice Cream cake as they know I like ice cream. I had never tasted one and it was delicious. They tried to get me to take the left overs home but I would not do so. That is one thing I did right. LOL
Then they had a basket for me with cards and gifts. They were so nice and kind.
So today I am trying to get back on the wagon but seems it gets higher all the time. I did go to the gym and I am so happy I have more energy and can walk better now and don't have a fear of falling.
Thanks everyone. You have been super. So many goodies and kind words. You are good friends. May your weight continue to disappear.

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KYANN402 10/31/2009 9:17PM

    What a wonderful surprise! I smile reading your blog.

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BETTYAHE 10/31/2009 11:25AM

    Irene, so happy you were remembered in a special way! Yes, our birthdays are special no matter what age we are.

As far as the dressing goes at the pot luck, many of us tend to worry so much in advance, I think, I personally, have worried over things so much in advance, and wasted my time concentrating on it, I have wasted precious moments instead of enjoying life as it comes. I do believe that worrying, in addition to my job, caused my emotional/stress eating. I am trying to take one day at a time now and enjoy life more.

I'm happy you were finally able to taste the pleasure of the ice cream cake, but did not take home the leftovers! You did good!

You are a special lady! God bless you and may you have many more special moments in life!

Hugs, Betty

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ELLIET3 10/31/2009 6:59AM

    So glad that you had such a nice birthday after all.Good job on resisting taking the leftover ice cream cake.

Am really sorry to hear you withdrew from TOPS but with things the way they were in your chapter,it was the best thing to do.You didn't need all that stress.

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DIDMIS 10/30/2009 11:13PM

    The pic was taken at a wedding in Mexico. The pastor's son got married recently and of course I had to go. Thanks for your comments on my blog.

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SUNNYWBL 10/30/2009 11:10PM

Is that where the new photo with the beautiful flowers came from? A lovely photo, bye the way.

Those DQ cakes ARE very good! You did the best thing by not taking the leftovers home. A very smart choice! emoticon

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AHEALTHIERJAN 10/30/2009 10:29PM

    Ice cream for your birthday doesn't seem like much of an indulgence. I'm glad so many people worked to be sure you were remembered. emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 10/30/2009 10:13PM

    Irene, I am so glad that your church friends made your day special. You deserve it. Ice Cream Cakes-well I try to forget about them, but it's hard to do! So make this a very good year and Sparks will keep you on track with your food and exercise. God bless you. Love,Jane emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DDCLEADER 10/30/2009 9:32PM

    Irene I think you know how I feel about you

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SUNSHINEGB 10/30/2009 9:01PM

    Oh Irene, I am so happy things turned out beautiful for you at the pot luck! You are blessed with good friends, good people around you.
And you did so well with the eating ~ I'm sure some ice cream cake did not hurt your diet. Isn't it a delicious cake?? Yummy!!

God bless you dear lady and may you enjoy many, many more happy years!

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Just be patient

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Well, Sunday the 25th I arrived at my Sunday School class wondering how the October birthdays would be celebrated. I took my three cards for the other birthday people but nothing else appeared. No card for me, no Happy Birthday, no silly little happy birthday song, nothing. I felt disappointed, then convinced myself it is always more blessed to give than to receive.
Only two of my members called to wish me a happy birthday, one who was visiting her parents in Colombia and one who lives nearby. The others ignored it completely. But God had so much better for me. He had people who with all their heart remembered.
I was showered with goodies and notes from Sparks, congratulations from Facebook, e-mails and e-cards from friends, four nice cards, a gift from a step son and his wife, a gift from a youth pastor from a church which I do not attend except for special occasions but have made friends there and of course my good friend Sandy took me to dinner.
They sang Happy Birthday to me at TOPS.
Seems like no matter how many birthdays you have they are always a special day to you and I used to thank my mother for bringing me into the world.
This turned out to be a wonderful birthday and Thank You All My Spark Friends for your part in it.
I did eat bad for me last night but my calories earlier in the day were very limited. Now I have made up my mind (and that is what we have to do if we are going to lose weight) to take off the few pounds I have put on over my goal weight starting today.
May you all have a great Spark Day.
Irene from Texas

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CATHSUE 11/1/2009 9:00AM


I am glad your birthday turned out well after all. God always does the best for us. You are a sweet lady, and I know you have many friends that love you. Birthdays are special and we do like to be remembered; you are special to us on SP. I hope you have the best year ever!


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BLPRETTYGIRL1 10/28/2009 6:37PM

    Hi Irene,

We will always be there for you. Friends and Celebrations are Important. We don't always want to think we are growing older, but still wish someone remembers our special day.

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/28/2009 5:00PM

    Isn't God good to send us surprise gifts of his love? They almost mean more than those we are expecting!! So glad you enjoyed your birthday. Thanks for all the encouragement you give to us fellow SparkPeople!

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JEANSHEP2 10/28/2009 10:01AM

    God bless you dear new friend. So glad those who count remembered you. Those who did not missed a blessing.

Keep up the good work, and may you have many more blessed birthdays.


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YJNANA 10/27/2009 10:46PM

    Well I feel the more people that know its our Birthday the better :) Because we do love to hear from our Friends and Family and it is a Special Day. You are a Special Lady and Friend and I wish we could have been there to celebrate with you. Glad you got out and had a nice dinner. May this be the Best year ever :)

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GRAMMAP1 10/27/2009 8:28PM

    Hi Irene,
I am so glad your Birthday turned out so nicely. My Family says Birthdays don't need to be a big deal. Well I disagree. I love to express my love tangibly and will until I move on to heaven.
As one of seven children, it felt good to have extra attention on my Birthday. God bless you and give you many more. Hugs, Jane

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SALSMITH 10/27/2009 7:58PM


So glad you joined out Spark Team. You have been such an uplift to me and many others on the team I am sure. God is good. Birthdays are special and You are Special. Such a servants heart!!!! May God bless you this yr. and with many more to come as you serve Him in every special way He provides.

Hugs and Blessings,


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JANNIE-D 10/27/2009 7:57PM

    Hello, Irene,
Sometimes people are just clueless, without even meaning to be. It's their loss, whatever the reason.

It was such a delight to wish you a Happy Birthday. I live alone, so Birthday wishes from those outside the family are even more appreciated.

We're glad to have you here as a positive, contributing member of our thread!

Looking forward to your B'day in 2010,
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MNNSAIDE 10/27/2009 7:37PM

    Irene - glad that you enjoyed your special day!
And like John mentioned that you joined our TEAM!!!
May you have many, many more with God's Blessing!


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FREEDOMSTAR 10/27/2009 6:52PM

    IRENE- Im glad our Birthday Greetings to you yesterday were well received
You are a special member on our Team Change is Good and we ALL Love having you there and I am so glad you accepted my invitation to come on board

God Bless !

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TIABITS 10/27/2009 12:36PM

    Happy Birthday Irene! Have a wonderful day!

Just concentrate on being good to yourself today...you deserve a day just for you.

I wish you many blessings,

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DIDMIS 10/27/2009 10:24AM

    Thanks everyone for posting on my blog post.

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SUNSHINEGB 10/27/2009 9:42AM

    Dear Irene, I'm so happy your birthday was such a nice one and that all your friends on Sparks thought of you dear! Our birthdays are so special, we celebrate the wonderful day we were born, the wonderful day our mothers gave birth to us. And please, do eat all you like next year on your special day ~ it is your day to celebrate!

I love this photo of you Irene! What a beautiful smile! Warm wishes for another happy year!
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HEALTHQUESTER 10/27/2009 9:05AM

    I'm glad you asked people to check out your blog in the team huddle, because I feel blessed to have read it! Happy, HAPPY WONDERFUL SPARKLING YOU DAY --1 day late! May this year hold beautiful blessings for you! (And feel free to check out my recent blogs!)

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HISOWN1 10/27/2009 6:55AM

    My dearest Irene

A little treat once and awhile as you know won't hurt you! You have taught me that - I am so glad you had a wonderful birthday - Hugs and blessings to you
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WENDYSPARKS 10/27/2009 6:36AM

    Birthdays are always special to the birthday person and I always try to remember others in my life. God Bless You! You are a very nice lady. HUGS wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The ups and downs of life

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Well, today I went to the gym again. That is an upper.
My girl friend went with the family of her fiancee to make funeral arrangements for her fiancee who passed away yesterday. That is a downer.
He was a good Christian man and ready to meet his Saviour. That is an upper.
He died so suddenly which is a downer for his family but an upper for him.
There are ups and downs in this life but All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose whether we understand it or not.
I made an appointment for my girl friend for Saturday with our hair dresser. It follows my regular appointment so will drive her over there. The funeral will be in the afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
One day we will all meet our maker. I hope He can say well done thou good and faithful servant. We know heaven will be so much better than here.
Sandy is on Facebook but hasn't been able to log in. So all of you friends of Sandy Rowden if you didn't know of this latest event in her life you now know.
God bless all of you for your kindness.

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SUNSET24 10/25/2009 3:55PM

    I am soooooooooooooooooooo sadden by your friends loss and I will be keeping you and your friend in my prayers, sincerely.


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BLOSSOMKITTY 10/18/2009 7:35PM

    Hey irene,
im sorry for you and your friends loss! Even at my younger age i understand and have experienced a lot of loss. i always say everyone has a different story,we all have one but loss unites us.... Im sorry for everyone who has to face loss....knowing that you're not alone is always helpful....please know that the body of Christ surrounding all of you in love and prayer at this time.

Hugs for you my dear Irene!


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KYANN402 10/18/2009 7:19PM

    I'm sorry to hear of your friend's loss. The sudden death of a loved one is difficult. HOlding you and your friend in prayer. She will need your strong, caring support over the coming months.

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TIABITS 10/17/2009 1:23PM

    So sorry to here of your friend's loss. I know this can be such a difficult time.

You are a good friend & that will be very helpful to her at this time.

You are so right about the ups & downs of life...but as you say they do happen for a reason. We dont always understand it and cant see why...but God knows.

I have literally seen wonderful things come from terrible events so I completely believe this....of course it doesn't always make it easier.

Be good to yourself & to your friend who will need you now. Take care & God Bless!

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LOLAINSC 10/16/2009 11:38AM

    So sorry for your friend's terrible loss. Indeed a good man is hard to find. I recently went to a funeral of an atheist friend, who the weekend before had asked me how an apparently intelligent person like me can poison her mind by believing mythology. Needless to say the funeral was devastating to me, without the comfort of hope. I have attended many Christian funerals lately and find much comfort in the celebration of eternal life. I pray for His comfort, strength, and healing for those who wait their turn to join our loved ones in the mansion of our Precious Savior

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/15/2009 11:23PM

    so sorry for your friend's loss -- but as you said, it is so good to know a brother is now reunited with his loving father in the home prepared for him. Praying for God's strength through the sadness.

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Bridesmaid at 80, second part

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

This afternoon I received some sad news. My g/f's fiancee passed away suddenly of a heart attack.
We never know when it will happen so we must be ready. I do know he was ready as he was a good Christian man and former pastor.
Seems like the sky is falling in on a lot of us.

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MNNSAIDE 10/15/2009 7:53AM

    Irene - my sincere condolences. Be there for her if she needs someone. emoticon

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LJCANNON 10/14/2009 10:57PM

    I am so sorry to hear of your G/F's loss. I will keep her and her friends and family in prayer. I can't imagine the pain you are all feeling right now.

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AHEALTHIERJAN 10/14/2009 10:38PM

    How horrible!! May God be with your friend and the others who loved her fiancee.

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JANNIE-D 10/14/2009 10:23PM

    It's a hard part of life, but bless her for going for it and you for supporting her. At least she had the fun of some of the planning of the wedding with him, memories that can support her now.
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