Archive for March, 2012

Bitter or Better?

Posted: March 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

I am writing this post with great anguish of heart.I have been granted a wonderful opportunity to practice what I preach. Dear friends, I have to confess it is harder that I’d like to admit.

As many of you know I had posted on Facebook that I was going to climb a volcano for my 30th birthday yesterday. Well, we made all the arrangements and a group of 6 of us began our ascent at around 8:30am. Around 45 minutes later we stopped for a rest.

While there, a couple guys who worked for the telephone company pulled up behind us. I had an uneasy feeling and asked one of the girls in our group for her mace.

They just seemed to wait around, so I let my guard down. As we left and continued our trek, they followed us and even joined our group. We were walking and talking with our new found friends and then “IT” happened!

Before we knew it, we were being ambushed! I saw two guys in homemade ski masks in front of us, I heard some yelling in Spanish and then a gun shot. All I could think is, “Dear God, I hope no one’s hit!” as I dropped to the ground.

We had 2 guys behind us and 2 in front and they were barking orders that I couldn’t understand. The whole experience could only be described as surreal.

They asked the two Guatemalan guys who they were. They said telephone workers and the robbers told them to leave…. now! They proceeded to one by one search us a gunpoint and ravage all of our belongings. They took all our cash, cell phones,cameras and anything else they thought was of value.

At one point they found my car keys and asked about my vehicle. I thought to my self, “They’re gonna make me go with them!”. Praise God that they didn’t want to take me. Although, I did hear them continue to mumble about the keys and car.

I think one of the things that worried us the most was the fact that they seemed more scared then us and that with that fear was guns. They seemed to linger forever. In reality the whole thing took place over 10-12 minutes, but it felt like a lifetime.

When they were finished with us they commanded, “Go down the volcano and don’t tell anyone!”.

As we walked down and processed what had just happened our adrenalin was still pumping. All I could think was, “Don’t walk back to the car”. I told the others and they agreed that we should keep an eye out for suspicious people as we were going to the car.

Sure enough two guys were following us as we got into the town and I got a weird gut feeling, so I told the others, “Let’s sit on the curb and let them pass”. So they passed by.

As we approached the car another young man walked right in front of us and kept his eye locked on us. Peering at us through the corner of his eye. So once again we walked by the car instead of to it.

Finally, after 10 minutes we decided that we’d hurry and jump in the car and go. This feeling, for me has not gone away.

Though it only happened yesterday, I have some strange type of grief. Sometimes I feel like I’m weak. Why is this affecting me so much? Others endure so much more and shake it off.

I am suspicious of people. They know what I look like, but I have no idea what they look like. Anyone could be them. I guess I’m still processing.

All I know is pray for me. Pray that my heart does not grow cold toward those God has called us to serve. I heard stories from other missionaries (from previous trips) about how they were scared to help people, because of “Good Samaritan” scams. Robbers would flatten their tires and rob those who stopped to help them.

Dear Lord, don’t let my heart be suspicious of people. Don’t let me grow bitter and despise those whom you’ve sent me to to bear witness of your love and faithfulness. Father, somehow through this make us better suited to do your will.

 

 

I am reminded of the verse that says:

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” Matt. 10:16 (ESV)

 

 

 

 

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Our God is Greater!

Posted: March 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

In the last few weeks Mel and I have experienced some pretty strange things….For me it all began about 3 weeks ago when I woke up at about 3am to the sound of the neighbors dogs barking and a very oppressive spirit of fear all around.

As I fully awoke I heard the words “we’re here”. I knew at that point,that though it may sound weird, the local demons realized who we’re with and why we’re here.

This thought didn’t terrify me in the least, because God has been preparing us for such a time as this our whole lives.. Though experiences, relationships and seeing His power in victory over the darkness… We are not afraid… “Greater is He who is in us. than he who is in the world (1 Jn. 4:4)”.

Not to say that we have not been afflicted since “they” showed up… For instance just last week Mel went to the clinic because she was really sick. We found out that she had an infection in her body that it had spread to her kidneys and into her ears and if we hadn’t taken her in when we did.. things could have gotten ugly quick.

In addition to that, I began to be very ill 3-4 days ago and was bed ridden. Finally, yesterday I went to the hospital and found out that I had parasites and needed medicine.

We knew both inwardly and from many of your testimonies that these sicknesses weren’t just sicknesses, but attacks of the enemy. He has it out for us! He wants to discourage us before the ministry even truly starts, but our God is Greater!

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” (2 Cor. 2:14)

It is in our weakness and apparent defeat that God continues His blazing trail of victory through the darkness. He, in His loving kindness, allowed me to see the fruit of our labor, fruit that I thought was lost.

Since a week or two after our arrival I began to spend time with a young man named “Gregorio”. He has live on the streets since he was 10 and has lived a very hard life; robbing and stealing to survive. He has a serious addiction to meth, sniffing glue and drinking rubbing alcohol. I would almost never see him sober.

Our time together would consist of me buying lunch and telling him about the King. He was open to hear, but not ready to change.

Finally, about 2 weeks ago as we were talking together, he admitted that he was ready to change. He prayed and received Jesus as Lord!

So I gave him information to “Teen Challenge” of Guatemala City and told him that I would be with him through the process. I wrote to my prayer partners and asked them to pray for this young man.

The next day I was supposed to meet Gregorio at a certain time, but he was a no show. Having been a drug addict and worked with drug addicts I just thought well “back to the drawing board”.

But God had bigger plans! During our physical affliction, God was working miracles in the heavenlies. He was responding to the bowls of intercession raised up to His throne.

As I was caring for Mel one week and bed ridden the next. Gregorio was groping for help! He was signing himself into “Teen Challenge”!

I have to testify that Our God is greater than sickness, disease and addictions! Our God is greater than our human frailties and our God will continue to wage war victoriously, even when it looks like His saints are being pummeled.

Hallelujah to God Almighty!