Friday, July 4, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Sunday, May 11, 2014
After I wrote a number of blog posts related to this, the sweet mom of Michelle Cain (one of our team mates), Deb Hagenbuck, took the need and ran with it. She is holding a clothing drive at her church. She took it upon herself to put up a stand in the back of the church, and was given an opportunity to speak in front of the church to promote this ministry. How cool is that?! Awesome how God uses His people to advance His kingdom.
Luke 3:11 John answered, "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same."
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
I have reported on this sweet man before. He arrived to our clinic with a severe wound on his leg. I provided him with some socks to protect his feet. He returned again for additional wound care, and while I was caring for his wound I took the time to look at the rest of his foot. It was clear that he had been unable to wash his foot or trim his nails in a long long time. It is times like this where being a nurse isn't about delivering medicine, drawing blood, or giving instuctions. It is times like this where it is about connecting with someone, offering the gift of touch, or, a time like this, to simply wash someone's foot that hadn't been washed in months. To trim nails, and give care that is not necessarily about physical care, but emotional and spiritual care. It is times like this that I am privileged to be a nurse.
Matthew 25:34-40 (Do for the least of theses)
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
John 13:10-17 (foot washing)
10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean,though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Monday, March 31, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
A mission "unit" is either a single going on to the field, or a husband/wife/family going to the field. We are each considered a unit. For the first time since I was 15 1/2 I am not receiving a paycheck. If a husband/wife comes to the field, the wife typically is a stay-at-home wife/mother or has minimal ministry activity, they receive the exact same pay as a husband/wife team in which both members are working full-time - as in our case. My husband is the team leader for Team Honduras and works 40-60 hours a week. I am a nurse, have my own clinic and work the same - 40-60 hours a week. So in other words, both "units" receive the same pay regardless if both are working full time or if only one is working full time. So - who cares?! I certainly didn't become a missionary to make money. God clearly called us to serve the people of Honduras. But let's face it...ministry has a cost...
It has a cost on your soul. Every time a desperate person looks at you with a plea in their face, in their voice...and you empty your pockets to find that they are indeed empty and you have nothing financial to give. To look in the face of a person in a state of a medical crisis that only vast amount of money will fix, and you are not the person that can give it - it costs. And the cost is high. You couldn't be a missionary to stare into the face of desperation everyday and it NOT mean something. This is when you MUST turn to Jesus. You MUST show that Jesus is the ONLY answer for them.
Here is my time to be transparent. I basically volunteer my time. I make no money. On a daily basis I probably get asked a minimum of 10-20 times a day for something. For food, for money, for clothing, free medical care, free medicine, free speciality services, free glasses, free something. It is quite exhausting, I have to admit. The needs of the extreme poverty stricken people are overwhelming at times. We run a High School, a clinic, a street-children program, a single mom's home. Each has their own challenges, their own needs, but the bottom line - each are serving the extreme. People who have no where else to turn. Each of our ministries have people who are desperate, and if I were in a desperate situation, I probably would ask too. But being the recipient of those desperate needs not once, but 10 to 20 times a day is completely exhausting. To be asked for more than I am already giving - working for free, 10-12 hours a day, always looking for funding to keep my clinic running, food to feed the hungry, clothing to clothe those without, money to pay for things that otherwise wouldn't be paid for is tiring. To the individual who is asking, it is the most important thing in their life at that time. For me, it is the same story of the 10 or 20 people who came before them on that same day. Bottom line...I only have so much to give...so much money, so much energy, so much food, so much free care until I have no more to give. I pray that on a daily basis I am filled by Him who CAN give it all - who CAN do all things that I can not. It reminds me to be reliant to the master physician, the master farmer, the master healer. My "real" job is to let everyone else know to rely upon HIM and NOT to rely upon me. Because bottom line, I can only do what I can do. I can only give what I have, and no more. But there is He who can give all, and in Him I place my trust and reliance upon.
Transparent - I am tired...I am exhausted of being asked day in and day out for things I simply can not give. Here is me trusting in Him who CAN give it all! No matter how many times you look in your empty pockets, look in your wallet to find there are no funds, look in your pantry and there is no food to give, there is a source.. Jesus tells us in the book of John 4:13-14..."Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Update - people have asked, so here is a little more info - she is a diabetic who has chosen not to take meds for personal reasons (according to her). She has been diabetic for 6 years uncontrolled. This is an unfortunate common issue with uncontrolled diabetes - ulcers like this. For fear of losing her foot, she has agreed to start taking medication for her diabetes which we are able to supply for her. She has committed to staying on the mainland with family until this is well on the way to healing which may take months.