Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Living Without Hope

Since living in AZ working on the two reservations, I can honestly say that I have witnessed this almost every day.  Somedays it seems the number of people living without hope is endless. 

I would like to tell you about 2 examples that have happened in the last couple of weeks.

One day (a week or so ago) it was just a "me and Brayden" kind of day.  Ella was in school and Eric was taking a trailer of pews to a church about an hour and a half south of us.  Brayden and I were on our way to Wal-Mart to get some groceries. 

I woke up expecting the day to be fairly "normal".  I read my devotional (I have been reading Jesus Calling and I love it) that morning and spent some time in the Word.   After my reading, I realized God was preparing me for something.  I just didn't know what.  This is what I read in my devotion:

"Approach this day with awareness of who is boss.  As you make plans for the day, remember that it is I who orchestrate the events of your life.  On days when things go smoothly, according to your plans, you may be unaware of My sovereign Presence.  On days when your plans are thwarted, be on the lookout for Me!  I may be doing something important in your life, something quite different from what you expected.  It is essential at such times to stay in communication with Me, accepting My way as better than yours.  Don't try to figure out what is happening.  Simply trust Me and thank Me in advance for the good that will come out of it all."

Well, that day we were on our way to our nearest Wal-Mart in Casa Grande.  We were at the point of fixing to cross the overpass over I-10 when I saw someone standing in the road.  At first I wasn't really surprised because we see people walking on the side of the road all the time.  But then I noticed that it was an elderly person and they were walking in my lane.  They had no idea that any cars were coming at all.  I noticed just as I was dodging them (thankful there were no cars coming in the other lane) that the person was carrying a blanket and it was completely dragging the ground.  As I passed (very carefully) I looked in my rearview mirror and could see that it was an elderly lady (probably in her late 70s or early 80s) and she was carrying a 40 oz bottle of booze under the blanket.  She was so out of it. 

I immediatley pulled over on the exit ramp.  I looked back and saw her trying to climb over the overpass!  I thought to myself, "I'm fixing to see this lady die!"  Of course, Brayden was with me and watching the whole thing and asking a million questions.  I immediately started to pray and told Brayden to pray too.  I got my phone out and called 911.  I explained everything to the lady on the phone and she assured me help was coming. 

But what really bothered me (other than the obvious) was that people were passing by her not doing anything.  I was the only car that had pulled over and was trying to help.  This is a busy exit ramp too.  Literally, I bet hundred of cars passed and did absolutley nothing.  I thought to myself, "Since when is another person's life not worth our time?" 

I prayed for her the whole time until the police got there.  I have thought about her and prayed for her everyday since.  My heart just breaks.  I know that she has no hope. 

Another incident happened a little while back.  Fortunately, I didn't actually see this one happen but heard about it from people that did. 

One of the villages that we minister in has tons of people that gather together regularly daily to party and drink.  They stay drunk most all the time.  Each person has their own reason for doing so.  We've talked with several of them before.  Some of the reasons they give are family members being in jail/prison, not having to face the reality of living in poverty, nothing else to do, or having done it for so long that they can't stop even when they want to.  They all boil down to living without hope. 

One lady in particular got so drunk that she fell into the fire they had going.  She didn't even realize that her skin was burning.  She almost died, however God spared her life.  She was in the hospital for a while.  She had to have skin grafts.  And then one day she was released to go home.  Do you know what she did when she got there?  She started drinking again. 

It really breaks my heart!!  I pray that God spared her life so that she would have the opportunity to hear the Gospel (the hope she needs) and hopefully we will get to be the ones to share it with her.

Will you join me in praying for these 2 women?

Many people ask us the question "What is the biggest need?" wanting to know what they can send or donate (which is good) but the biggest need is JESUS! It's a simple answer, but the truth.  The thing about JESUS is that it doesn't cost money; just people willing to tell others. 

Will you pray for people to be willing to tell others about Jesus? 

 Will you pray for the people here on the 2 reservations to find HOPE in Jesus?

Praying for the day when many people will say  "guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long." (Psalms 25:5)


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Prayer Requests (Jan 29-Feb4)

We are going to try to update weekly our prayer requests. We thank you, in advance, for praying for us individually and for our ministry.

Here is this weeks prayer requests:

1. Delphine Wilson- she lives in Cockleburr and was the first lady to receive Christ. She is in the hospital and is going to have to have her toe amputated.

2. Some of our other friends in Cockleburr are sick. Some have RSV.

3. Rogene (CB)- She is our friend in Chuichu. She is having a hard week with a variety of issues. (no hot water, backed up plumbing, flat tire, etc.) not to mention that she is the only believer in her village. She has five children that she takes care of by herself. This month is the 1 year anniversary that she lost her mom and sister in a car accident.

4. Doug- He has been living in KY for almost a month now. Continue to pray for him as he is getting adjusted to life there and going to school and working.

5. Pray for us- both for our spiritual health and physical health

6. Pray for our adoption and our daughter still in the Congo. Our case is supposed to be submitted to court. Pray for correct paperwork so there will be no delays. Pray that Emmalyn is getting the nourishment and love that she needs. Pray that we will continue to trust God and His timing.

7. Pray for a couple more churches/individuals that will commit to monthly financial support of our ministry.

8. Pray for local churches to commit to be involved with our ministry. (Helping on a weekly or monthly basis)

Thanks once again for praying! We have many days that we can tell we are being prayed for and it really helps to keep us going :)

In Christ,