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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    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!
    4092 days ago
    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!
    4136 days ago
    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
    4141 days ago

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    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
    4142 days ago
    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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    4143 days ago
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    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!
    4143 days ago
    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!

    4143 days ago
    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
    4143 days ago
    Thank you John. Yes, I have been able to keep in contact with several former students. God bless you.
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    4143 days ago
    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
    4143 days ago
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