Saturday, April 14, 2018

Aunt Alane

My Aunt Alane passed away this week. 

Some years ago when her mother, my grandmother, died, Aunt Alane told me that besides the pain of losing her mother, she lost someone who prayed for her everyday. 

I would now say the same thing about my Aunt Alane. I've lost someone very special who faithfully prayed for me.    
One of the last things she wrote to me,

"Aimee, I pray for you each day and will continue to do so.  I am reminded of the fact that we only see the underside of the quilt, which is our life.  God sees the top side, which is the beautiful pattern that is our life in His eyes."  

I thank the Lord for my Aunt Alane's life and her example of faithful prayer.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Dia de Mulher Mocambicana

April 7th is Mozambican Women's Day







Would you please pray for Mozambican women to know Jesus and live in His love. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Easter Meditations



"I lay in a field, filthy, covered in dirt and blood, and You picked me up, washed me off, and dressed me in royal robes.

I stood looking through the lattice, parentless and fatherless, and You came and adopted me.

I wandered and fell in a thorny ditch, and You reached Your staff down to me and drew me to Your breast.

I stood a shabby beggar before You, and You bid me enter Your courts and take my seat beside You.

I was invisible, unnoticed, and inconsequential, and You called me by name and gave me a purpose.

I was dispirited and cast down, and you were the lifter of my head.

I was weary and worn, and You filled me with Your strength and power.

I was aching and hurting, and You applied Your healing balm to my wounds.

I was miserable and filled with doubt, and You cheered me and gave me hope.

I was screaming and rioting, and You whispered quietly to my heart.

I stood outside the gates, and You turned and with one glance, welcomed me.

I had no legal right and no official papers, and You waived the requirements, and paid for me."

(my mom's Easter meditations)

Happy Easter!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Mozambican co-workers


Belarmino, Abel &Vitoria 
(with their grandson) and Luke (who took the pictures) just drove my truck up to visit the house and the church in Inhambane.

They helped with maintenance on the house.


Visiting the local church.


Meeting with the leaders. 

Please keep my beloved Mozambican co-workers in prayer as God continues His work in Inhambane -

Abel & Vitoria 
Belarmino & Albertina 
Daniel & Luisa
(Juka and Elina as they study in Brazil)


I'm eager to get back and join them!

Praying with my co-workers

With Ermelinda, the women's group leader in Inhambane.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Greater Things


During this time of physical pain that has brought me back to the U.S. for a time, God has been showing me in Scripture about "greater things" (John 14:12-14) that He is doing, which I believe are eternal things.  Physical healing is truly great, but God is also doing eternal things, in and through us, that are even greater.  

Bruce and Mabel Callender, who started the OMS (One Mission Society) work in Mozambique, sent me a book about two of the founders of OMS, Charles and Lettie Cowman, The Story Behind Streams in the Desert, which is Lettie Cowman's journal during the last year of her husband Charles' life. 

 What God continues to show me is that His higher thoughts and ways are for greater things, whether or not they include physical healing. We praise God for healing when it comes, in life or death, but we can know that He is doing eternal things. As I read the book, I was encouraged to see that Lettie had come to the same realization.

"There came to me today the thought which I believe was given me of God that there is something greater than healing for us. God may have a far deeper thought than just healing. We shall yet see it...God is using this affliction to teach us of Himself and when it is complete we shall find that we have more than healing." 
(L. Cowman) 

 I do believe that God will heal me in this life. It's hard to wait on Him, feel pain, and trust in His will, but I know that He is doing greater eternal things. 

Charles and Lettie were living in Los Angeles at the time of Charles' death, where the OMS offices were. I visited the cemetery where they are buried here to reflect and thank God for the extraordinary things He did through their lives, their suffering, and their faithfulness.  



Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Samantha

My beloved friend from college, Sam, passed away.

I joined her family and her many friends (especially my dear friends, Anita and Marla) to remember one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I've been blessed to know. 

(Right to Left) - Sam, Aimee, Anita, Marla.


With Sam at our graduation from the University of Miami.

In Sam's own words, 

"...no cancer patient can ever do this alone...to be able to say that I am far from alone feels simply wonderful...I received the most unbelievable gift from my friends - love."

Samantha was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Thus Far...

 

I'm praising the Lord that my head pain has decreased this last month, and I was able to enjoy time with my family.

With my sister in northern CA

Play time


With my dad, nephew, and niece.

Hard to let go 

Laura, the daughter of my Brazilian missionary colleagues in Mozambique, here with my mom, came to visit for her Christmas break from college.


Christmas day games with Laura and my brother's family.


Three fast-growing nephews.

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I'm praying for God's plan for my return to Mozambique.