Do you remember when your mom use to make you eat vegetables, and the teeniest bite triggered your gag reflex? That’s what it was like when I realized I was going to have to ask for (and accept) a lot of help. It began in small bites as it became increasingly evident to me that my pursuit of Guatemala will colossaly fail if I rely on my own efforts. The more I “ate”, the more my pride (and yes… control) were struggling for air, and the more I experienced joy in finding myself more dependent on Him. Needless to say, I have been chowing down on a whole lot of humble pie the last couple of weeks, and it’s never tasted so sweet!! (confession: still a decent number of bitter moments… I’m a flawed human being people!)
A couple weekends ago, I travelled to Lone Jack, MO to spend some quality time with my amazing family, attended a dinner for supporters of Casa de mi Padre, and presented at Open Range Fellowship. I met some wonderful folks at the dinner, and witnessed Shane (the founder of Casa de mi Padre) present the stories of several of our kiddos, some of these touching my ears for the first time. On Sunday morning we attended Open Range Fellowship, a cowboy church in Lone Jack that is very dear to my heart! Shane spoke to the morning bible study, and at the main service we had the opportunity to address everyone. After showing our promo video (which you can see for yourself here, https://vimeo.com/232920044 ) I had the privelege to share my heart for the children of Casa de mi Padre.
Throughout the entire morning, I was encouraged and loved so well by these folks. I had a sweet man slip this $10 bill (see picture) into my hand with a smile, and walk away. He didn’t know it, but he was the first financial supporter of my mission (that I know of, I get a report this week!). I barely squeaked out a “thank you” before he was gone. That morning was full of precious moments such as this. The Holy Spirit was so sweet in affirming His provision and Sovereignty over this whole adventure that weekend, and I came home to Springfield renewed and encouraged.
From the day I released my “big life change” to the world, to this very moment, I’ve been blown away by the generous gifts, encouraging words, prayers, tidbits of wisdom, and shared verses from all of you! I am so incredibly grateful for each of you.
And with a mouthful of humble pie, I also want to ask you to consider financially supporting what the Lord is sending me to do in Guatemala. Not only is my role a mandate of the Guatemalan governement to be filled, but an important addition to the team. I am delighted to minister to these children, and create a counseling and therapy program to supplement the growth and healing Jesus is doing in them already. His word is riddled with his compassion for the fatherless and oppressed, will you partner with me in raising disciples in Guatemala?
Psst!! If you answered yes, then go check out the “GIVE” tab!