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Monday, April 12, 2010

Every now and then I think about why I am doing this...pushing myself to get on the exercise bike, to walk my granddaughter to school rather than drive her, to put in Richard Simmons when I'd rather sit around...
I don't have to look farther than my "spiritual kids", the young folks I've come to know and love during mission trips.

There's Cesar, a former gang member until he experienced the love of Christ, and now serves as a worship leader, playing guitar...

There's Esther, who asked me to be her Madrina (Godmother) for "moving up" in school...

There's Michael whose own parents abandoned him, but who discovered the love of the Heavenly Father...

There's "Indiana" Elvis and "Super"Jhon who have been such a blessing at different times...

There's Jose, who was my FIRST spiritual son, whose mother died when he was 5, and whom I met on my first trip to Peru - a devoted son! He even contributed 100 hard-earned dollars to my last mission trip!

There is Abel, my absolute favorite, who has been a source of comfort and encouragement, not to mention a great help both on the mission field and at home, whose own mother died when he was 3...

Shy Lisbeth who asked me to be her "Madrina" for her "quinciñera", the important 15th birthday

And sweet, talented dancer Antonio, who with some other lads took me out to dinner after church one night...

That's just a FEW...I put them in one of my photobucket albums, if you want to see...

I keep in touch with the instant messenger, and with the old-fashioned "snail mail" (I write to over 200 people mostly in Peru, with a smattering in Colombia...)

Love is a great motivator!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/13/2010 3:21AM

    Amen! What a great blog, and your friends are such a true inspiration!!! Each of your pictures tell its own story. THANK YOU!! I was so uplifted just enjoying your blog. I will be keeping you in my prayers.
Blessings and hugs,

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SJG1953 4/13/2010 2:05AM

    Amen, Shel!

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LUV-BEING-NANA 4/12/2010 8:09PM

    Shel, you have obviously impacted several lives for Christ...thank you for giving of yourself for the Kingdom!! Blessings to you!!


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MAMISHELI53 4/12/2010 7:52PM

    There are several events pictured here...Any in particular to which you were referring?

In the first one, Cesar and I are sitting outside the christian radio station, MIC, in iquitos, Peru, where our missionary team - me and a group from Lima - were invited to share testimonies and such;

In the second, I'm giving Esther a hug in the open-air kitchen of her home;

In the third, we're on a boat on a tributary of the Amazon, on our way to visit some jungle churches;

In the fourth, we're on a boat on our way BACK from visiting jungle churches;

In the fifth, we're at a friend's house in Iquitos, and Jose was actually helping to blow the nail polish which my hostess insisted on putting on me (USUALLY a missionary does not have manicures!)

In the sixth, we're at his sister's home where we stayed while in Lima that year;

In the seventh, we're at the home of my god-daughter (those are her parents) where they honored me with two whole roasted chickens, about 10 pounds of boiled potatoes, 5 huge omeletes, and a big cake (I gave most of the food to a pastor and his large family!)

and the last is at a church service where we danced before the Lord to some Andean style music.

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1THING 4/12/2010 7:35PM

    looks like a nice event!

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Monday, March 29, 2010

1 Corinthians 9:27 in the Amplified Bible says
"But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit]. " I eagerly await my tax return so I can get an exercise bike - a tool which my daughter and I have used in the past with great success (we totally wore out 3!) I'm not going on a mission this summer, leastwise not on a FOREIGN field - for really, as Christians we are ALL called to represent Christ wherever we happen to be (I just PREFER going to Peru and beyond!) Part of representing Him includes developing the fruit of self-control. In a practical way for me, that is putting this earthly dwelling in shape.

I made another video, and you can see some photos of a heavier me, pre-Spark (2003 and 2004 - notably wearing a tie dye dress) - and then you may notice there's a little LESS of me, especially in the ones where I have short-short hair. I hope to have even less of me when I return (next year, Lord willing) - and more of Him!
Waiting to board our "lancha" in Bretana, Peru, summer 2008

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SJG1953 3/30/2010 3:38AM

    The scripture spoke to me as I'm dealing with the flesh at this time in different areas in my life. So I can identify with what you are doing. Sunday morning God dealt with me on something and I obeyed Him in what I was to do. He spoke to me in such a sweet, gentle way. I am glad I listened.

I listened to the song and really liked it. Thanks for the link.

The video was also good. God bless you my friend.

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DONANDMARY77 3/29/2010 2:59PM

    gvgbv- what my cat thought of your blog- walking across as I was You and I are part of a rare breed of people who actually wear out our exercise equipment rather than display it.

I understand what you mean about self control. I want to be the best I can be in Spirit, Soul, and Body for the Gospel.
Have a great week Shelly,

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KAT573 3/29/2010 9:39AM

    Sounds good, Shelley! I agree; we are challenged to be in Christ no matter where we are!

Do you have an All About Sports near you? they may have a reasonably priced lightly used exercise bike for a very good deal!

I am going to try nordic walking sticks to change it up. That will be my mom day gift (and birthday, and christmas!) and have been reading about them and planning to try them out for about four years now.

ENJOY the spring, friend! Going to do a walkabout later this day.

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Well, I got the results of my taxes yesterday. I had laid a fleece before the Lord (as per Gideon in the book of Judges, chapter 6.) And while it is a nice return, it is not enough to hold us over during the summer months. I'm going to have to look for something to carry us through(by God's grace), and wait until next year to return to Peru. My church will hold the money that has already been raised - and this will give me time to raise more, because it's not just GETTING there, it's everywhere I go and everyhing I do there as well.

Am I disappointed? Well, a's hard to wait to see people you love and care about. But I've had to wait before, and I know that God does a quick work in us by making us wait. He knows better than I do what other preparations He needs to make in ME, and possibly in THEM before I go.And I know my loved ones are praying for me as they await my return. As I was finishing this blog, my playlist started on this appropriate!

So, I'm thinking maybe I'll have the bunion and hammer toe fixed on my left foot so when I DO return, I'll be able to tromp around more easily. I can have it done when school ends so I can recupe during summer vacation. And I can get an exercise bike with some of the tax money - my DD and I did real well when we had one before (we actually rode 3 into the ground - 2 used and one new! It does NOT gather dust!)
Meanwhile, here's a reminder for anyone who wants to participate in the work...

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GRAMMAALI 3/21/2010 7:27AM

    Praying for you!
Love in Christ, Alison

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/21/2010 2:40AM

    All things do happen in God's time, not ours. He will never fail us!! We just have to be patient and leave everything in His hands.
Blessings and hugs,

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SJG1953 3/21/2010 2:34AM

    I'm so sorry for your disappointment. Sometimes we don't understand the things that happen or in this case the things that don't happen. But God knows the reasons and we have to trust and believe in Him just as I know you are doing. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers and your family and your missions. Hugs, Shirley

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MIKESCHICKY 3/21/2010 1:03AM

    Gods timing , not ours. Hang in there !

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Friday, March 12, 2010

The calendar may SAY that March 20 is the first day of spring, but climatologically speaking, spring usually doesn't feel like it's here till April. Even so, we look for those little harbingers...crocus and buds, and of course my favorite, the American Robin (not to be confused with its European cousin)
My family has a little tradition to celebrate the first sighting by a family member of this songbird. So when I saw one fly from across the street and land in the tree in front of me on my way to school, I gave a little gasp of delight. We sent out for pizza that night. Not altogether healthy, I know, but it was a nice celebration!I'd post a picture but i don't want to infringe on any copyrights!

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SAGE150 3/13/2010 1:05PM

    Geese, geese, and more geese. I feel bad that the best place they can find is around our apartment buildings. Surely there is a lake better suited nearby. Granted we do have a lot more green than most so I guess it's not a bad choice, but the poop they leave behind is less than desirable! They keep my cat curious, though. She tried to go after them as lunch one day last spring and that did not FLY (ha ha ha ha) well. I had to run after her and rescue her from their circle of 11! This spring we are giving them a little more space.

Yeah, the robins are definitely out in full force and the trees are starting to bud. Thank goodness, too, after all that snow and cold weather we've had this winter. It all makes for good walking.

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BUFFALOKAY 3/12/2010 12:39PM

    Haven't seen a robin yet, but the ducks and geese are everywhere, the bunnies are scurrying around and I hear birds every morning, so spring is definitely in the air.

Have a great weekend. emoticon

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Friday, March 05, 2010

I'll have to take some before and after pictures soon. But for now, I just want to give thanks to God. Background: When my younger DD and her DH , and my DS and DDIL (and baby) were here in 2008, we were hoping they could assume the mortgage so that when I was ready to retire and move to Peru, they could just take over and I wouldn't have to worry about selling. Well, they had all these great plans of what they'd do to the house. The attic was finished off into one insulated room, and one not - my Mom used to occupy them when she lived with us, and then a friend of my kids when we took her in, and then younger DD, and then they were used for visitors. They were nice rooms. But when my kids n their spouses came, they knocked some holes in the walls, thinking of making the 2 rooms into one. BUT THEY DID NOT HAVE THE MONEY OR MATERIALS TO FINISH THE WORK. Then when they found out they couldn't just assume the mortgage, discouraged, they moved out - and left the attic rooms uninhabitable. I was so heartbroken. My DH is on permanent disability and I don't earn much. There was no way we could afford to pay for materials or labor. My older DD and 2 grands moved back in with us (having been forced out by her younger sibs) and her BF (my ALMOST DSIL) We have been praying for the "fixumups" of the house ever since, and I have also prayed that the rooms would be even better. Well, in the fall of last year, my DD suggested I contact this organization called Flower City Work Camp, to see if they could tackle our house. Every spring break, teens from various churches volunteer and are guided by adults with assorted skills, and they choose some houses in the city to do repairs. So, I sent an email and a couple months ago someone came to check the house out.Yesterday we got the call - WE WERE CHOSEN! Tuesday someone will come to see what needs to be done, and next month 3 adults and 10 teens will work over 3 days to answer our prayers. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME. Time for a Happy Dance!

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KAT573 3/8/2010 8:12AM

    This is great news, Shelley! I hope you also get to where you can sell your house and move to Peru because that is where you wish to be! Meanwhile, I know you will do all you need to do to prepare for that eventuality! Never give up!
Keep the faith!

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SJG1953 3/5/2010 4:40PM

    Praise God!! Yes, He IS good all the time! I am so glad for you. Hugs, Shirley

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MYLLWOOD1 3/5/2010 1:10PM

    That is excellent news! I'm so glad to hear that God has answered your prayers! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/5/2010 11:26AM

    Praise God for HE is GOOD ALL THE TIME!!! What a blessing this is to you!! I am doing the happy dance with you!!
May God continue to bless you.

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JANETELIZABETH1 3/5/2010 10:47AM

    That is wonderful news....what a test of your patience eh?
Will your DH be going to Peru with you?

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JODIRICHARDS 3/5/2010 7:55AM

    PTL!! GOD is GOOD ALL THE TIME! Can't wait to see the photos!

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