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How much can you love?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I am amazed at the capacity to love that the Lord has given me. As I meet more people in Peru, especially, and get to know them, my cup overflows. The disadvantage, of course, is that loving them so much makes it hurt more when we're apart.
But I thank God so much, first for Marleni, who was the first Peruvian to respond to my letters, starting in 1992. Not surprisingly, she's a kindred spirit, a powerful intercessor, a valient woman, and her friendship has been such a blessing in my life. She feels the same about me, and we make kind of a mutual admiration society, for we each know what the other has been through. I count on her prayers for me.
Then there's her firstborn Foreman who's my #1 spiritual son (though not exactly the first one in Peru who called me Madrecita). It's hard to express the pride, love, and admiration I feel for him, for all he's been through, for all he's done, for all he's doing, for his passion and vision and industry.
There's Abel who has been learning how to enjoy a mother's love and has been making great strides, and who also is of estimable character.He's willing to assist and give of himself for others, as witness his personal sacrifices after the earthquake.
Esli is another whose companionship I miss, for his inclination towards the Lord. Not surprising he helps lead 3 churches in their worship. His passion is deep and quiet, not quite as effervescent as Foreman's but it's there like a strong undercurrent. When I asked why he was so quiet, when he came to visit, he said he just liked being with me - felt the peaceful presence of God in MY presence.
There's shy little Lisbeth who had her cousiin ask me if I'd be her godmother for her 15th birthday (an important event in Latin cultures), and the appreciation of her family, immediate and extended...And Antonio from her church, demonstrative in his affection, passionate in his worship... I am definitely most drawn to people who ARE passionate for the Lord. HE is my first love, and like David, I says "I love them that love thee, Lord".
And sometimes that love just wells up and floods out through my eyes.

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ANNIE48 9/12/2007 6:02PM

  Wow, Shel, I really admire your energy and witness to all these people in Peru. It sounds as though you really have a lot of love to give them. Isn't it such a great wonder, when they love you back. But that is what it is like isn't it when we love each other with the love of God. That is what is most pure and peaceful for we know His peace, the peace that passes all understanding. Nice great pictures in your gallery. Keep on keeping on. Lots of love in our Lord Jesus Christ, Annie

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Memory Lane

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Today was a chilly rainy day and I was out in it at an art festival. But I was praying for the people in the earthquake devastated cities south of Lima, where it's winter, and they're left homeless amid rubble. I at least had a warm home and hot soup to return to when I finished at the show.
I imagined how it would be to have my boys Esli and Abel with me there. They'd been such enjoyable companions when we went to visit the churches on the river. So, here are pix from my first week in Peru, including one of Clay (Foreman's brother, my less expensive son!) and his pregnant wife Barbara and their not-quite-3 son Efrain (he was born the day before I went back to Lima from Iquitos in 2004) Their daughter Dara was born the day of the earthquake, Aug 15. Poor Clay was frantic when he couldn't reach her by phone at the hospital that evening, and when he went by cab they were charging double, and there was pandemonium in the streets. But they're doing all right, although due to inflation from the quake and medical costs, they're living with his in-laws.
Then there was the Sunday night when Dany arrived - I'd paid his way to travel from Ecuador to Iquitos with proceeds from a painting my church commissioned - so he could help Foreman with a youth event. We went to Kikiriki's more than once while in Iquitos, which I believe accounts for my higher cholesterol. I couldn't resist eating the skin of that rotisserie style chicken, mmmmmmm!
Then there are some scenes from Port Henry where we waited and waited for our boat (it was actually delayed an entire day taking on more cargo, so Abel and Levy stayed on board overnight to watch our stuff while the rest of us went home)
And there are scenes from the 2 villages we were able to visit, Jorge Chavez and Nuevo Kuwait. Abel and Esli fell in love with the latter, and we're planning on a return trip next year, or whenever the Lord works in my finances to make such a trip possible. Abel and Esli became good friends during that trip, and we became tight knit as the "Soldados de Espera", soldiers of waiting.
I went a bit over my calories today, I'm sure, because of the cold, I wanted some extra carbs. I had a BBQ pulled pork sandwich at the show - oooo, so goooood...Am so glad Abi'd known to make a nice hot soup for when I came home.
I miss my Peruvian sons.


Oh, yeah, THEM

Friday, September 07, 2007

I 'm always writing about my spiritual kids, but I DO have some of my own flesh and blood. So today I edited a few pix to stick in some of the natural family - my mom, kids, grands and hubby.
Meanwhile, I'm on day three of staying on track. My aim is 180 or less by my anniversary.


Happy Birthday

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Well, my birthday was July 31, but as I change the photos in my gallery today I come upon the surprise party that the church Juan 3:16 threw for me. I'd been expecting to spend the morning with them - actually, since it wasn't the usual time for a service, I thought I'd just be going with the pastors to visit among a few members, as I had with other pastors. After all, my ministry IS visitation. But when we" stopped by the church" ( for what reason, I didn't know; it's something pastors DO), as I opened the door I was greeted with confetti in the face and balloons, and a small congregation of people who could take time away from school and work to honor me with a service, where I was invited to share about my ministry.
I had been to that church once before, last year, and wrote to the pastors a few times, and chatted occasionally with some members online. Wg=hich goes to show that small deeds done in love can have a big impact, and what goes around comes around. I was truly blessed!


Sources of Joy

Friday, August 31, 2007

I love the Body of Christ, and have built some wonderful relationships in Peru among the brethren there. In the Spirit there is already a deep connection, especially among other intercessors. But then there are my dear spiritual sons and daughters, who are such a delight to my heart. Anyway, they all account for the "happy faces" depicted in today's selection of photos.


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