There’s an old song found in the worn out yellow paperback book at Carmel Assembly of God Church, “I Still Believe” and I can right now hear Sis. Foxworth singing it to the glory of God and the top of her lungs. (I love memories like this.)
“I know there’s power in the blood of Jesus, I know because I found that it is true. For when I came to Christ my sins confessing, He changed my life and made it all anew.
I still believe there’s wonder working power in the blood–of the Lamb. Though some may doubt and turn aside I still believe it’s true, there’s wondrous power in the blood”.
There is indeed power in the blood of Jesus. Saving power. Keeping power (as my Pa-Pa used to ask for in prayer). We have seen this in action.
I’ve not written in a while, but not because I haven’t wanted to, but rather because I couldn’t. I never-in-a-million years knew the toll the things I’ve been through–would have on my body, mind and spirit. To be blunt: I’ve been a wreck. You probably didn’t expect that—I mean because we ALL know that the power of God is able to help us withstand the storms of life, but that doesn’t mean the storm won’t have an effect. As of right now, the healing in my body continues and I am stronger than I’ve been in a long time. (I’ve just passed the three year mark of being a cancer SURVIVOR!)
The thyroid malfunction took us on an unexpected trip, but God is still faithful and is working daily–healing and restoring health and passion for all that He has called us to do. GOD is STILL on HIS Throne and HE’s still very active in our lives and we are still very fired up about missions!–Which brings me to the topic of THIS post!
We are VERY soon headed back to a place we have loved from the beginning. It’s hard to explain. If you’ve never been on a mission trip–it’s probably hard to comprehend–but this land and these people still pull our heart strings (if our heart had strings).
Jeff and I will share this trip with three amazing new friends that God has just blessed our lives with from Missouri, as well as two faithful mission-goers from home. One has been off for a few weeks cramming as much Spanish into her sweet self in order to communicate with the children and others that God puts into our path. And to be honest–WE can’t wait!
It’s probably the smallest trip we’ve ever led, but we firmly believe that God has a big purpose for this trip –and we want to be a part of what He’s doing!
As you know, we generally take suitcases full of school supplies. But when we moved to Bolivia, we learned so much. One important thing— it’s better for all kids to have the same type of supplies. Last year while living there, we bought supplies in country, thereby keeping everything for everyone uniform and equal. This year we decided it would be best do continue that. So, if you would like to contribute to this effort, we have made it as simple as possible.
This is a kids crusade and we hope you still want to be a part of this. We are accepting any donations (none are too small!) so that we can buy the School supplies there. We have found a great store–and the owner gives us a discount (we attended church together in Bolivia!) and we love the idea of helping their economy-as well as the fact that it’s easier on the kids.
So, if you want to be a part you can do this in several ways:
- www.focusforwardministries.com is our ministry website and has been since 2014 when the Lord began opening doors for us to do MORE. It is a tax deductible contribution you will get a receipt for at the end of the year. There’s a PayPal link on our page. We are a non-profit organization.
- You can mail us a check (any amount–no gift is too small–it will all make a difference). Our address: Focus Forward Ministries, Inc., Post Office Box 573, Marianna, FL. 32447. Again, you will receive a receipt at the end of the year for your generosity.
- Also, you can hand us a check anytime you see us–any of us. Jeff or myself, Chase and Shelly Curti (Sec/Treas) or Floyd and Sandi Aycock (VP). Mark it for the kids crusades in the memo portion. We are also accepting contributions for the Genesis Project (which enables us to help several children that the Lord has opened doors for us to sponsor their educational and medical needs in various ways).
- And lastly, but most importantly, you can pray. We spoke about this at every church we visited. It is critical. Just getting there we need prayer coverings. PLEASE…. I cannot stress this enough. If you will pray–for our team–covering us daily, the LORD will be glorified and the children will be blessed–you will have had an enormous part in this mission and this team!
One more thing before I leave you, take some time and begin praying about next years trips. We would love to have you join us!
If you would like to know more about the ministry, or would like to have us share in your church, we would be happy to! Just drop us a quick email or give us a call. Thank you again, for supporting us in the past, praying us through to what God has in store for the future!