Saturday, November 23, 2019

How do we pray?

As I was reading Jesus' parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15, I was thinking about how we pray when we face difficulties. 

Knowing the beautiful end of the parable, would we have prayed that the son not suffer physical hunger, or that God would satisfy the son's physical hunger in the place with the pigs?


If the son did not face any difficulties, would he go back to his father? 

When he goes back, his father takes care not only of his physical need, but all his needs, including reconciliation and restoration. 


If the son did not feel need on the physical side, would he have taken the steps to receive what his spirit needed?

The son's hunger brought him to his senses to humble himself, and to go to his father. 

Knowing the end of this parable and what God wants for all of us, wherever our difficulties come from and whatever form they take, how should we pray when we face them?

Should we pray that the difficulties go away, or should we pray not to have them?

Yes, we can pray this.

But could we also pray that we come to our senses and that we humble ourselves?

Could we pray that our difficulties would drive us to the waiting embrace of our loving heavenly Father?

Could we thank God, as terrible as our difficulties are, because He will take care of all our deepest needs? 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Family

With my much loved nephews and nieces!



My niece wearing her shirt from Mozambique.


My brother and brother-in-law in their Africa gear.


After too many summer pictures had already been taken...

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I love my family!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Last week

Thank you so much for lifting me up in prayer. My trip to Mozambique went very well, and I praise God! 


I took a new monthly medication before I left and it seemed that my head pain was far more manageable during this last month, which included my time in Mozambique!

Spending sweet time with my missionary colleagues and kids in Maputo!

Visiting and sharing with the church in Mavalane.


At the CLC bookstore in the Maputo Biblical and Theological Seminary with Abel, who does a wonderful work with youth in Kongoloti, purchasing Portuguese Bibles for some of my Mozambican brothers and sisters.

A special time of prayer and sharing with Anabela's family. 

My little namesake, Aimee, turns 4 this month!

I submitted my documents for the renewal of my yearly visa, and I was able to apply for the 5-year visa. Please pray for God's will in these processes.

I praise God for His goodness and faithfulness and I thank you for your prayer!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Inhambane


We visited with the women in Cala. As we walked the paths together, I was able to listen to Ermelinda and share with her with the story of Joseph's life as an example of faithfully following God through many difficulties.

Fellow missionary, Courtney, and two of our Mozambican sisters from Maputo, Vitoria and Luisa, helped me in the house and on our visits. I was thankful for meaningful conversations, times of sharing from God's word and praying together. 

We stayed at the house in Quissico, where I was happy to see several of my neighbors and especially a young boy named Dilercio, who I used to help with his English homework. I was glad to hear how he's doing and to have the opportunity to pray for him there on the path in front of my house.  

The plumeria plant in my garden that looked dead when I left has bloomed and multiplied!


"See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the early and latter rains."

James 5:7


Thank you for your prayer!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Mozambique Trip

What a privilege it is to be a part of God's eternal work where ever we are in His world! Thank you for praying for His eternal work here in Mozambique.

My team and our Mozambican counselors.


Praying for our missionary sister, Michelle, as she returns to England after serving here in Mozambique these last 3 years.

It's been a blessing to join her in pray and support from a distance. Please pray for God's hand on her life as she continues to be a part of His eternal work back in England.


A special visit with the Njango family as they faithfully serve in Kongoloti.

It's been a joy to visit some of our church groups here to encourage my Mozambican brothers and sisters in Christ.

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Would you please pray for my trip to Inhambane this week, that God will guide, provide, and be glorified in all that I am, all that I do, and all that I speak. 

Thank you!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Thank you so much for your support throughout this time. I will be able to seek renewal of my Mozambican visa again this year. 


I would greatly appreciate prayer as I travel to Mozambique from August 15 - September 5.


I continue to trust in God's higher thoughts and ways for all that He is doing. 

"Be of good cheer! It is I (Jesus); do not be afraid." 
Mark 6:50