Friday, April 24, 2020

COVID19


Our devotions were out of Jeremiah 15:15-21 (ESV).  As I was reading this scripture, studying it, and thinking about it, I mentioned to my husband Paul that I felt the Holy Spirit was speaking directly to me.  In verse 18, Jeremiah speaks so honestly and directly to the Lord.  I was taken back by his words to God.  He said, “Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?  Will you be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail?”  He was asking God during a dark and depressed moment if he could trust Him.  He told God that he felt like He had failed him, and left him.  If I were to be honest, I was feeling the same way that day, but too afraid to say anything to God, because it sounded so disrespectful.  God knows our thoughts and what is in our hearts.  I know that to be true, yet hesitate to be fully honest sometimes.  Tears began to stream down my cheeks as I realized God would not fall off his throne if I were honest about how I felt about the COVID19 Pandemic. Healing and restoration began, as I was honest with God.  I asked Him to restore me and to forgive me for feeling abandoned.  God speaks to his prophet Jeremiah in the next verse.   Jeremiah 15:19 (ESV).   The Lord says to him, “If you return, I will restore you and you shall stand before me.”  He did not say to Jeremiah, “Don’t bother to come back again with that attitude,” but gently and firmly said, “Come back, I will fix you.”  I surrendered my feelings to Jesus during that morning devotional and He did restore me.  A wonderful sense of well-being flooded my being.  COVID19 is still going on, and we still have daily struggles, battles, and sad feelings, but God is true to His word, “Come back, I will fix you.”  I will need to keep coming back to be fixed inside as this trial continues.  Our Jesus is the well of Living Water that will never run dry!


Thursday, September 26, 2019

New Life Church, Kearney, NE

 


We are grateful and thankful for the team from New Life Church in Kearney, NE that partnered with us to work on the Puerta del Cielo (Door to Heaven) AG church in Guaimaro.



 
The Kearney team, alongside the members of the church poured the roof, prayed for safety, served food, and did general construction work. The concrete was passed by hand up a human line in buckets.  Paul, along with the team enjoyed a time of fellowship with the Pastors in Antilla for a meal.
Preparing the roof for concrete pour by hand

Pouring roof by hand

Team with Pastors and Paul
 
Enjoying a wonderful meal with Pastors in Antilla

 



Monday, March 12, 2018

The Garden of God Church


"El Jardin de DiosThe Garden of God House Church in Cuba has experienced both hardship and blessing.  Pastors Eddy and Miriela have labored fervently against all opposition to establish an Assemblies of God Church.  Miriela, a widow, lost her first husband to a heart attack two years after they started El Jardin Church as a home bible study in the community.  Miriela refused to give up being left with two children to raise and continued to pastor her small group for several years.  Five years ago the Lord brought a wonderful man into Miriela’s life, a pastor named Eddy.  They were married and continued to pastor together in the small community winning friends and neighbors to Christ.    While making steady progress toward establishing a church of 25, Miriela and her new husband were blessed with a child.  At seven months old this baby died in her arms and left the couple devastated, yet convinced more than ever that God would see them through.   
 
Pastors Eddy and Miriela with daughter
Despite incredible obstacles Pastor Eddy and Miriela are faith filled and joyful serving the Lord, as the church continues to grow.  Pastor Eddy played and Miriela sing a song that came directly from the Scripture in Habakkuk 3:17-19.  "Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls. Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.   The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer's feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills."