Prayer and Financial Support for the Holidays

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As I’m about to go into my month and a half here in Nicaragua, I just want to thank you all for your financial and prayerful support.
It means the world to me that you all believed in the dream that God put in my heart and sent me to this beautiful country where I’m falling more in love with Jesus and my life every day.
At this point I am pretty low on fund-raising. My goal is to have $1000 committed each month and I am at $405. Even if you are not able to make a monthly commitment, one-time gifts are just as helpful and end up becoming monthly gifts when I break them up.

All donations are tax-deductible when you send them to my church. The mailing information is on this picture and you can donate online here:http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions
If you are interested in staying updated with the incredible organization I work for, take a look here: http://newsongnica.org/

You can get your last tax-deductions for the end of the year by donating to my account! I know money is tight during the holidays, so if all you can afford is your prayers, they are more than welcome 🙂

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support!

Month 1 Photo Blog

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Spent my first couple days back in Bethel, where I had worked on my first trip. This is one of my precious babies that I love with my whole heart.

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So blessed to have this beautiful lady in my life! Lisa Smith is a missionary who has been living and working at New Song for almost 3 years.

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Thanksgiving dinner with Tim and Lisa!

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Our ridiculously amazing Thanksgiving dinner, made by Tim

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My beautiful backyard. These adorable houses keep multiplying and filling up with sweet new families that I cannot wait to meet!

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Made another visit to Bethel to see mi mami Connie and her new piglets…..GOSH

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This wonderful lady is the most special person to my heart here in Nicaragua. Her love and humongous heart for Jesus show in everything she does. You will never meet anyone else like Connie in your life.

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My sweet little room in Candelaria.

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This is my darling Marileysing who has captured a CHUNK of my heart. This was my first time riding a bike with someone sitting on it, instead of the being the one sitting. Didn’t fall or kill Mari so that’s a victory…

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Latest venture….machete cutting grass on Lisa’s land! Went once with her, Rosita, and Gema and finished about 1/3 of it. When Lisa left to spend Christmas in the states, the girls and I decided to finish it for her!

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I’ve had lice for about 2 weeks straight now. Still trying to get rid of them!

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Machete cutting grass the second time without Lisa. We ALMOST finished!

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Machete fights are NEVER a good idea. JOKE to think I can do anything about it, though 🙂

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2 surprises in one day…Amy and Connie came with Tacos for me for lunch and it rained! An absolutely delightful day.

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Jesus just blows me away. I live in the most beautiful place on earth!

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The youth threw Tim a birthday/going-away party

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I love these wonderful people in my life! So sad to say goodbye to Tim after a month, and Amy, even though she’s been living in a different place.

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Useful.

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My dear Rosita and I

I am continually blown away by how God chooses to use me.

I’m blown away by the fact that He WANTS to use me.
That He DELIGHTS in using me.

This is what He is lovingly putting on my heart these past few days:

Ephesians 1:4 “God chose us to be in a relationship with Him even before He laid out plans for this world; He wanted us to live holy lives characterized by love, free from sin, and blameless before Him. “ Aaaand verse 11, “[In Him,] we stand to inherit even more. As His heirs, we are predestined to play a key role in His unfolding purpose that is energizing everything to conform to His will.”

HE CHOSE US.
BEFORE HE PLANNED THE WORLD.
FOR A KEY ROLE.

I am totally convinced at this point in my life that God is using me in ways I can’t see and understand.
I’m totally OK with it.
One way is in the way I can physically talk and be with people. I can physically give someone a hug, or rub their back, or hold their elbow (I really enjoy elbows). If you know me, you know I am an extremely touchy person and just love to snuggle people to death.
If we are open to God’s presence, we can feel Him just loving us.
Just adoring us.
But sometimes that takes a little practice. And sometimes you understand God’s love better when someone is physically showing it to you.

So thank you Father, for choosing me as your daughter, and giving me your character trait of loving to love people. 
Thank you for showing me each day how I am becoming more like you.

My favorite parts of the day here are when God tells me to just walk around Candelaria. He always puts someone(s) in my path to just love on.
Some days I walk over to the Vega house and sit and talk with Rosita for a little bit. She is beautiful, and has a big heart, and doesn’t always have people surrounding her who believe in her and her abilities. If I can just impress on her for even a half hour how valuable she is and how much God delights in her, it fills my heart right up to the brim.
I love how God does that…just blessing people back and forth.
Other days it’s small children that you best believe I absolutely destroy with kisses and snuggles and hugs. I don’t get a whole lot of chances most days to spend time with kids, but when I do, every experience is one that I cherish. Jesus just KNOWS that those little muffins bring me a joy that is unlike any other. My time with them is spent running around, playing their strange games, talking with them, teaching them ridiculous English, wiping off tears, tickling to death, getting the dirtiest feet you’ve ever seen, and praying, BLESSING them with Jesus’ love.
Every toothy little smile, every smooch on the cheek, every “te amo mucho” is proof that Jesus is working through my craziness and doing something with my life that I can’t even comprehend.
I have absolutely no control over my life. And I love it. I really really do.