Beautiful one, I adore
Beautiful one, my soul must sing.
Wonderful, so wonderful
Beautiful one I love
So I wait but I'm not sure what I'm waiting for.
Vanessa - I prayed for you & your boys at your beach house ministry. I pray you will be a place for spiritual retreat & a place where the young people of your community can come & feel loved & be blessed by your welcoming attitude!
Gina - I prayed for the hurts in your heart that God would shower you with His comfort when you find yourself needing it.
Karla: I prayed for you & your beautiful family. How I enjoy reading your stories about the children & the photos you include.
KPJara - I prayed for you to find the church your heart & soul is longing for so that you will find a place of fellowship that meets your needs & desires.
Ed & Judi: I pray that God will encourage you and strengthen you for your awesome ministry & empower you to continue on this new path of 'stepping out' to do church different.SunnySusan: I prayed for your writing & the way your encourage & bless through your blog.
"Go into all the world and preach..." Mark 16:15
Africa! Always on my mind! An obsession or something I'm waiting for? I just don't know yet! I think about going there constantly. I think about the people there constantly. I think about our sponsor child Vicktor & wish we could do more.
I'm so thankful for the internet that allows us glimpses anywhere in the world. Last night I spent time browsing Africa's orphanages sites. There are just so many! Its overwhelming. And almost every site has a sponsorship program much like Compassion and World Vision do. You can sponsor a child there thru the orphanage they live at. Or you can go & volunteer at any number of them. I just spent the evening looking at them, wondering if its something we would want to do some day.
Also the ships. Mercy Ships and OM Ships. I had a chance when I was in Bible College to spend some time with one of Operation Mobilisation's literature ships while it was in port. It was fascinating. We spent an afternoon building crates & pallets for them as well (the first time I ever stepped on a nail - it went right through the sole of my boot) So because I was familiar with them already, I spent some time on the OM site, checking out their needs, where they are going, etc. These ships are mostly deliverers of good news. Like a floating library of Christian literature. They amazed me with their stories of how God provided for them at different ports!
I think about family members & friends I know that serve in the mission field or that have served. I think about the wonderful people who serve in their own communities, sometimes that is the hardest place of all.
Have you ever had a missionary experience/ a mission trip/ or a story of servanthood for Christ that you would like to share? Please share with me!
I draw your attention friends to the Great Commission, one of the last things Jesus said on earth to us: "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15 Please pray for our fellow missionaries as they obey God's commandments!
So the big day came on Saturday for the wedding. It was difficult weather-wise because it was darkly over-cast & the wind was HOWLING. Bridesmaids were freezing & nobody wanted to do photos outside which made me have to deal with light challenges. But I had fun. My friend got to come along as my assistant so she took this photo of me half way down the (grass) aisle photographing the bridesmaids & brides as they walked down.
I spent most of Monday & Tuesday processing the photos & editing them for the bride & groom. A few good ones, a few ok ones and a few to be deleted. I think they turned out ok considering my inexperience, the light challenges & the fact that the bride hates her photo being taken so most of them have her looking away. Oh well, it was a great experience.
On Sunday, my same friend Janine & I took an all-day rock climbing lesson. What FUN we had!! We learned so much. And I think our instructor had fun teaching us. He quickly realized that we were not your typical women. Crazy, laughing, etc. It was a lot of hard work, some serious fears to conquer (like rappelling for the first time) but mostly it was fun! We can't wait to get out there & practice all the stuff we learned again! I got to take a break from belaying her to get some photos of her climbing. Hopefully next time I can get someone to snap a few of me too.
After a full day of rock climbing & sore muscles, I drove home & hubby & I went up to our pastor's acreage & farm for a bonfire evening with some of the church people. They have a huge beautiful property that I hope to go back & spend some time taking photos on. There is so much beauty & tranquility there that the photo opportunities are endless. After everyone else left, we stayed & visited with them & found the time just slip on past. I just love good conversation with good friends and like us, they love to visit around the table! It was a wonderful evening!
But my busy week carries on & although I'm tired, I find my mind is at such rest. Oh, there are a million things to think about now that I have the time and sneaking in a nap here & there to catch up is a bonus as well. But I am at peace. My time is suddenly my own & its amazing the things that I can fill it with this week!
Tomorrow I will visit with some people that are dear to me and that itself will be another form of rest as good visits are peace for the soul. I haven't seen my grandma in weeks & weeks. How I look forward to catching up with her.
I thank you all who visit my blog for all the encouragement & comments and I hope to be back into a blog rhythm soon.
RUSSIA Church Risks Losing Property and Pastor Could Face Imprisonment - VOM SourcesOn May 31, 2007, a pastor in Russia was warned to leave the area where he is ministering, after authorities threatened they would confiscate his church property. According to The Voice of the Martyrs' contacts, the church has not violated any laws, but authorities have decided to start a criminal case against them, and have threatened the pastor with imprisonment. Authorities have interrogated members of the church and threatened to take away their children. A hearing in court is scheduled for June 6, 2007. Pray for this pastor and church members. Ask God to protect them and for a favorable outcome at the hearing. Psalm 68: 29, Psalm 91: 1-6
AZERBAIJAN Arrested Baptist Pastor to Face Three Years in Prison - Forum 18 NewsPolice have told members of the Baptist church in the remote village of Aliabad in north-western Azerbaijan that their pastor, Zau Balaev, is to face a criminal charge of "resisting government representatives," which carries a maximum three-year prison term. The authorities claim the pastor set a dog onto police who raided the church's Sunday service on May 20, 2007. According to Ilya Zenchenko, the head of the Baptist Union, the region around Aliabad is the worst in Azerbaijan for Baptists. "It is a place where officials insult our believers, won't allow them to gain legal status and deny birth certificates to their children," Zenchenko said. Pray for this pastor and his family. Ask God to protect them and other Christians in Azerbaijan. Pray God uses their testimony to draw non-believers into fellowship with Him. Psalm 32: 7, Psalm 91: 7-10
INDIA Missionary Threatened with Death - Gospel for AsiaAnti-Christian extremists in Utter Pradesh have threatened to kill Gospel for Asia missionary Daya Marandi, if he does not leave the area where he is ministering. The extremists have also made threats to harm more than 50 people who worship in Daya's church and are demanding believers in the church denounce Christianity. Pray for Pastor Daya, his family and believers in India who are facing escalating persecution. Pray God encourages them to stand steadfast in their faith despite the challenges they face. Romans 5:1-5, Psalm 91: 10-14
then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. ~Leviticus 26:4
The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. Deuteronomy 28:12
He gives rain on the earth,And sends waters on the fields. ~Job 5:10