The air this morning was very windy–and significantly cooler than yesterday. When we gathered for breakfast–the excitement of what the day would bring was stirring in my heart. I could tell by looking at some of the faces–they felt it too.
I didn’t take any pictures of breakfast food–It is all pretty much as what you “could” fix at home, even the fried sliced hot dog wieners. What I want to tell you tonight is far from food.
Last night, after we all returned to the hotel we adjourned to our rooms–what I thought everyone was doing–getting ready for bed, especially since the first day had been so tiring. While I was getting 176 pictures uploaded and blog ready, there was a group of missionaries going to to do mission work.
Brother Orville Bremer had brought Spanish tracks to pass out. I had not seen them, but had heard him mention that he had some that he would give the pastor here for his work.
This amazing man–with a heart as big as any I’ve ever witnessed, after working all day as hard as any of the younger men on the team, gathered his tracks and he and his granddaughter, Kara and son, David were going to pass out tracks. When a few of the others that were still downstairs heard them say that they were getting ready to go out they knew they wanted in on this action! Off they went!
The stories that Cindy, David, and John, along with a few others, will be able to share when they get home will bless you. I won’t share it here–but just know–it brought hot tears to my eyes this morning at breakfast when Cindy shared it with me. I have asked her to write something about it for my blog readers–and she has promised she would–so stay tuned for that one. Thank you Cindy!
**(I needed to insert that Thomas and Rene Parkhurst and Chris Smith also went with the “missionary team” to bring the LIGHT to the darkness.)**
What Cindy shared with me this morning about their mission on the streets of Bolivia late last night went right along with the devotion I read by Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest this morning.
“A river touches places of which its source knows nothing, and Jesus says if we have received of His fullness, however small the visible measure of our lives, out of us will flow rivers that will bless to the uttermost parts of the earth. We have nothing to do with the outflow–This is the work of God that ye believe…God rarely allows a soul to see how great a blessing he is. A river is victoriously persistent, it overcomes all barriers….
Never allow anything to come between yourself and Jesus Christ, no emotion, or experience; nothing must keep you from the one great sovereign Source.”
God is nothing short of amazing–and His amazing power goes way beyond my ability to speak.
Jeff shared on the bus his devotion this morning–and again, God tied it all together. He shared how he had ran from the call of God for the past 30 years–thinking that he knew what “God” had planned–and thinking that he didn’t relish the idea of participating in something he didn’t feel he could do. He was satisified–LIKE ALL OF US–to continue doing the routine of loving God–serving God–living for God–yet not FULLY giving God everything. While there is nothing wrong with those things–there is something far greater when we actually “release” our lives fully to HIM. Recognizing our need to do so is the first step.
When Jeff finally said “yes”–to whatever God has in store–God shared some things with him. God is the Master Builder and planner–and what we “think” is His plan–may not always be. All He wants us to do is TRUST HIM fully for the outcome of our lives. Just saying “yes” releases us from worry about our future–and gives God full authority to do with us what He likes.
Later this afternoon, while talking with Brother Bremer about his incredible blessing of wonderful family–here and back home, he had difficulty talking without being emotional. I share that emotion. He is an amazing man–hungry for God to continue to move in his life and be used as never before. What a testimony! (As I type this–he’s doing that very thing! Witnessing on the streets of Bolivia!)
Okay, we’ll talk more about this later–for now, enjoy the day with us! And special thanks to Rene Parkhurst who took many pictures for me since I was “on the wall”.
And thank you to Jeff–who believes in me and supports me, and after 29+ years of marriage–is still the love of my life. You have done a great job on this trip–and I am so proud of you!
Good night–sleep tight. Pray for much to be accomplished tomorrow–for health, wellness and strength for the remainder of the trip. Pray for us all to impact the life of another. That’s what we’re here for.
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