Friday, April 13, 2007
It's a song title. Don't know who wrote it. Have heard it sung by Hillsong, we do it in our church.Heard it in Spanish too (just as lovely!) One of the lines that especially ministers to me is "Lord, I've come to know the weaknesses I see in me will be stripped away by the power of your love."
His love is the motivating force to get rid of the excess weight. When my doctor exhorted me to lose, she wasn't the first. I'd pretty much resigned myself to a matronly (euphemism for FAT) figure, thinking I wouldn't ever be terribly active. But the same love that motivates me to want to make missionary ventures to Peru, that knits my heart and spirit with so many people there - especially spiritual sons and daughters - gives me the impetus (euphemism for kick in the pants) to want to work at it - to do the cardio, the strength, the tracking - lest I be disabled through stroke or other health issues resulting from obesity.
Love makes you do all kinds of things.
Friday, April 06, 2007
I think it was Bill Gaither who wrote the song - "I am loved, you are loved, I can risk loving you, for the One Who knows me best loves me most"
The love of God the Father for us, for ME, motivated Him to send His son Jesus - and in love for the Father and for us, He obeyed and paid for our, for MY reconciliation, so that we could have access once again to intimate fellowship with the Father. "Love so amazing, so divine, deserves my...life, my all" (hymn)It is that same love that has set me free to love others, to lay aside familiar comforts and go to another country; and that same spirit of adoption that the Father has whereby I can now call Him "Abba, Father, Daddy, Papito" that moves through me to invest love in the next generation(s). I have many spiritual sons and daughters in Peru, but a few have a special place - Abel and Jose, who lost their natural mothers at an early age; and Foreman, whose natural mother is my dearest friend. But God has also blessed me with 3 natural kids, 2 shown in the gallery at this time.
The love of God is powerful, and I am amazed at the capacity He has given me to love in turn, and to be a vessel of HIS love.
I changed my photo gallery today to feature people I love.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
While I seem to have an especial lot of sons, I do have a few spiritual daughters as well, and I have to say my favorite is Ruth, the pastors' daughter. She is so sweet and sincere, loves the Lord so much...and at least THREE of my boys have confided to me at one time that they were smitten by her. We had a little time together last summer when we could know each other a bit better, and our mutual fondness grows each time we connect, even if it's on the chatline. I know when she does eventually marry, she'll make a good choice and be a blessing to the young man. Moises is her brother, and one of the "Three Musketeers" - Moises, Cesar, and Jhon - with Elvis as kind of an older D'Artagnan, I suppose - who are often together, whether playing futbol (soccer), or leading worship, or accompanying their mamita gringuita to the local internet cabina.
Then there are the girls at Manantial de Vida (Fountain of Life), especially pastor Gregorio's 4 wonderful daughters and his nieces. They are the ones I want to keep up with in dance!
And there's actually an official "godchild", little Esther...and her baby sister was named for me!
I want to be able to enjoy not only my natural kids and grandkids they give me - but I want to be able to lose weight and get fit so I can keep heading back to Peru to enjoy my spiritual kids as well.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
I met Elvis briefly in Lima in 04, but got to know him better and bond with him when we went by boat to visit churches along the Puinahua river in the rain forest region of Peru in June 06. Nothing like sharing experiences to get closer! He is a willing worker, as he showed when he helped to haul on the boat along muddy banks, and carried huge heavy bags of clothing to give away in humbe villages. As a youth pastor, he had faced numerous discouragements and trials, and Pastora Sabina told me she was concerned about him when we returned to Lima. He's taking a sabbatical from being youth pastor. I hadn't seen much of him till my birthday party, and I left a letter for him, encouraging him, and Sabina told me it did the trick. He was eager to come along on the trip to Cusco, and we joked about him being "Indiana Elvis" (having been a big fan of the movies). I bequeathed him my oversized heavy leather coat, and got him a broad brimmed leather hat to complete the ensembel, to his great delight. All he needs now is a whip! Elvis is a big jokester, and an enthusiastic worshiper.
Monday, March 26, 2007
When his mother Marleni and I started our correspondence in 1992, her kids joined in - Foreman being the eldest. I learned that his father deserted the family soon after Marleni committed herself to Christ, leaving Foreman at 14 to help provide and care for his 4 younger siblings. He is accustomed to hard work! When I met him face to face in 97, we became better acquainted, and he helped my youngest daughter Cass with her report about Peru. We kept in touch, and in 2003 when I returned to Peru for pastor Hugo's wedding, Foreman came from his missionary work with Youth With A Mission (Y-WAM, JuCUM in Spanish) in the border city of Leticia in Colombia. We renewed and strengthened our friendship and as I got to know him better I not only did what I could to contribute to his missionary work, I tried to involve others as well. After he got married in 2005, I was able to bring him stateside (paying his airfare, besides the travel to the embassy in Lima and the cost of the interview for the visa) He made some good friends and was able to share his vision with others. Since he was staying with me during those 6 weeks, we got to know each other much better, and really bonded. Now he acts just like one of my own kids, comfortable enough to tease me when I make mistakes in Spanish (though he'll admit my Spanish is better than his English). When I returned to Peru in 06, while I was in Iquitos I stayed with his mother (he lives right next door) and had more time with him and his growing family. And I brought him to the states again in time for Thanksgiving. He loves Wegman's and Walmart's!
He tells me if I MUST "adopt" more sons and daughters, I'd better make it clear to them that he's the eldest! And I joke that he is my most expensive, because I invest in his work as a missionary with JuCUM, as well as sharing his vision to develop a Christian camp 10 minutes' walk from his house. When I retire or am widowed, I plan to move to Iquitos and live with him - he's built a room for me - and his mom who lives next door...that's how much a family they are to me!
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