Tuesday, October 6, 2020

He Knows

He Knows

I have marveled this month over the amazing creation of God and His thoughts, (not being anywhere close to mine).  Yet, He humbles himself to help me understand things I cannot begin to understand.  On Facebook I have been posting these  sunrises.  I get purely excited when I wake up at before dawn and it is dark outside, because I know it is a cloudy morning, and I will have a front row seat to experience the great white canvas God has prepared.  While I wait He is heating up the colors on His palette He wants to release and then within a matter of minutes He jets them across the eastern sky.  While I am snapping away with my camera phone, I realize that there is only a few who get to be there for the Grand Premier Showing.  At first I feel sorry for all the ones who slept right through this spectacular display of colors.  Then it hit me that I sleep right through so many wonderful “coincidences”, that God brings my way when I am wide awake and supposedly functioning at full capacity.  

We have had a lot a storms around here this Month.  Many are electrical storms, but most are intense rains coming off the feeder bans of the hurricanes that you all were experiencing in the States.  Tremendous amounts of water were being dumped over our mountain and over all the country of Honduras.  Floods were abounding, even on our mountain village. Usually the water drains by morning, but not this time.  Water was standing everywhere on top of the mountain.  The water tables met together and decided to hang out for a season.   The two rivers that intersect in the valley below were swelled to capacity with the rainwater.  On my back porch it sounded like a waterfall was right there beside our house!  I was concerned about all the standing water and then I noticed the sun breaking through and what a beautiful picture of the trees were mirrored on the forest ground.  

So why am I up so early?  I am walking each morning.  I have been cooking and eating and enjoying all the great things that we have been harvesting here a little too much.  Because of rainy season, walking during the day is dicey, with all the strong electrical storms, wind and quantity of water.  So I walk in the early morning so I can get some exercise before our homeschool classes with our 18 children begin.  We still have our “circulo” devotions, and now the girls have a new professor.  Pastor/Professor Raul Avila He was a professor at a local university.  God told him leave his job last December and to go into ministry full time.  Then Covid hit.  At first he was zoom preaching with our girls and staff on Sundays.  He and his whole family have been participating in our Sunday morning worship. We have “sword drills” and Bible trivia with his daughter.  His wife directs Sunday School and praise and worship is with his sons. Then Pastor Raul brings the Word.  He does all this in Spanish and the girls and I have learned a lot.  He also works for an organization called Lenca Missions and they minister to the indigenous people in the mountains.  When the restrictions are lifted, we hope to be able to go into the mountains to minister with him and his family. 

Pastor Raul now works with our Ministerio Asi Es El Reino, (Such is the Kingdom Ministries) which is a special project of World Indigenous Missions.   He is an overseer of the Spanish education classes for the girls.  Our girls are now reading Honduran and other Spanish authors.  They are learning many new Spanish words and how to pronounce them correctly along with courses in Spanish grammar.   All our girls have to say their National Anthem and pledge every day.  There are six stanzas in the National Anthem of Honduras, plus the chorus!  Pastor Raul also is handling all the governmental paperwork for registering the girls with the Secretary of Education.  We are thankful that Pastor Raul and his family are walking with us on this journey of homeschooling.  We are still working on their English classes so they will be totally bi-lingual when they graduate.  We have one girl who will hopefully graduate this year from High School.  I also want to say how much we appreciate your continued support of the girls schooling. 

This year of 2020 has been a year of change on every level.  So many bizarre things have happened around the world.  Anger, fear and civil unrest have been rising all over the world.  The good news is that revival comes when the world gets itself in  turmoil, and starts looking for an answer.  He is our answer. 

 He reminded me the other day about His Ways and mine.  I was walking in the early morning and I was listening to a podcast by Robert Morris from Gateway Church out of Texas.  He had just taped it the day before.  I finished my walk, showered and walked briskly to the girl’s devotions.  Every other day we have a video podcast that the girls can watch, and they had Robert Morris on too.  He is their favorite.  But because  Pastor Raul was there, the girls picked the sermon Pastor Morris had done in Spanish 4 years earlier.  I thought, ”This is going to be a struggle to focus on this message in Spanish”  To my surprise as I was pushing through to listen, I realized it was the same sermon!  It was a the original of the rerun podcast I listened to minutes earlier.  Pastor Morris had blonde hair in one the girls listened to and he was gray headed in mine.  What are the chances that out of all the series and videos that Robert Morris has done in his 20 years of preaching at Gateway Church, that the girls would have picked out the same sermon? The sermon was about how God keeps up with us.  He sees everything we do with what He has given us. He knows where we are.   I know the world has developed a fear of Big Brother, but I think we need to be a little more focused on A Big Father.  We just need to stay focused on Him and we won’t have to fear what man can do to us. He knows.  

Thanks to all of you who diligently pray and support the girls and staff of this ministry.  We are so grateful for all you do for us.  WE are praying for a time in the future when we can have our team visitors once again.  Blessings, from the Honduran Mom that He Knows.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

January Newsletter

What a difference a day makes...What a difference a Maker makes.

What a Difference a Day Makes …. What a difference a Maker Makes.

All of us have been directly or indirectly affected by this Covid Virus.   We had such a glorious year planned of ministry.  The girls were responding to the ministry of the new house moms.  We had an outreach program to women in the Mountains.  We had our calendars filled with teams that were coming to help us build fishponds, additions to the houses, roads and relationships. We had vacation times planned with the girls, and I was going to surprise my granddaughter with seeing her spring concert and graduation.  We literally had our whole year planned out in detail.  We had worked very hard on our calendars and all of our planning, and strategizing, unraveled in a day.   Just because we wrote it down, didn’t make it so.  God cautions us not to plan and say that on such and such a day, I will do so and so, but rather we are to speak, if the Lord wills, we will accomplish these things.  I just skipped a step. I just figured as well as everything was coming together with great folks who love the Lord, and who would be doing great ministry, that my will would be CLEARLY His will. 

I had a computer once that was freezing up and acting weird.  It got where it was not even preforming simple tasks. I was told that it had a virus and I needed to have a reset.  A reset helps the computer get rid of everything that isn’t in the original design and go back to the Maker’s factory settings.  I was so busy with ministry.  I wasn’t checking in with my Maker about all my plans. I was just hammering away every day and feeling something was not right.  I needed a reset.  Where does my help come from? The Lord Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth and of me.  He is complete, I am not.  I desired to have that feeling of peace and wholeness again.  Unfortunately, this revelation came through a series of unfortunate circumstances, when God helped me clear my calendar.  At first it was a little scary.  I had no plans.  What should I do? How could I keep myself safe?  I realized quickly that the world had no plan to keep itself safe. Just before a quiet panic began to settle in my own heart and the hearts of the girls, God reminded me not to fear. My mind reset to a frightening situation during our first years on the mission field.  He spoke to me as clearly as anything as I was packing my kid’s clothes and planning to leave the mission field immediately.   He said, “If I can’t keep you safe here, I can’t keep you safe anywhere”.  Factory setting alert!

Apart from Him, I can do nothing, but I can do all things, through Christ Jesus who strengthens me. He is my power supply.  Plug in ! Battery power is extremely low.


Here in Honduras, they are serious about controlling this virus.  They have made up for their lack of resources by using their common sense and doing the most practical thing, to have the people stay away from each other. The advised the people to  come away, be separate.  Stay in your own homes, plays across our cell phones.  We have the police and health officials blocking off routes from town to town.   If you need to pass, they will spray your tires with a disinfectant and sometimes they will spray inside your car if it looks sketchy, before you travel to the next town. They check their list to see if it is your day to travel, or if you are authorized by an agency of the government. You get a number before you go into the bank, you step into a disinfectant before you enter the limited amounts of establishments.   We get daily mandates on our cell phone about how they are trying to keep us safe and how we can help each other.  This past week, a new order was sent out. If you are out after our curfew (7:00 am – 3 pm) and disobey the community’s orders,  you will go to jail and when you get out you will do community service and clean up your community because you didn’t care about your neighbors.  In extreme situations, we have heard they will take your car and you don’t get it back until the virus threat is over, because you wouldn’t obey and stay home.

I have heard my whole life you can mandate people’s moral behavior.   However, it has been made clear to us as a community here living in Honduras, that we need to be focused on our neighbors good not just our own.  Hmm… sounds familiar.  Come away, come out from among them, be separate, love your neighbor more than yourself. Our Maker had a great idea and He still does.  But our Maker reminds us that He alone knows the plans He has for us.  Plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future.  God said that He collectively and individually has a plan for the whole world, and that we can rest in that knowledge.    Now with no plans, and chaos abounding, God says to look to Him.  Thankfully a reset button has been activated in me. I am thinking of others in my community, and here at the mission. I am thinking of creative ways to obey the laws here and still do ministry.  I am thinking of ways to minister to the ones, who minister alongside me.  Pray that I   will remember what the Lord has shared with me.  It sounds remotely similar to what I tell my girls here and my family in the States:

1.     Check in with Me and let me know what is going on.  

2.     I want to hear from you.

3.     I am interceding for you.

4.     I love you.

5.     Don’t be afraid

Blessings to you all, The Reset Honduran MOM

Special prayer requests:

1.For all the many people who are grieving over they loved ones who have the Covid virus or the family members who have died.  I pray that people will be continuing to pray over their health, spiritually as well as emotionally.

2. Pray for the people who are suffering financially over their loss of income.  Pray that their jobs will be restored.

3. Pray for all the countries by continent, and the people who live there.

4. That we will not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

5. Pray for safety for all and that people remember that joy comes in the morning.

6. Pray for God’s restoring healing power to cure and heal all of the above.