Thanks for today

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Just wanted to say a quick THANK YOU.

Thank you to those of you who support me.

Especially today, I want to thank you for a specific part of my support:

My days off.

Every Monday and Tuesday we close down our portion of the property and head off to Leon or Matagalpa or the beach.

And I need those.

Sometimes, I REALLY need them.

Because we live in the middle of everything, right in the village, it’s hard to separate work and personal time. Often our work days are…well they’re all day long.

I love it, I really do. It’s intense and passionate and wonderful.
But draining.

I love my time with the youth, and for me, I technically AM part of the youth since quite a lot of them are my age or older. So our relationships are more as friends, and the more time I spend with them, the more we trust each other. I’m a safe person to talk to, since I’m closer to their age and understand a lot of things they’re going through at this time in their lives.
I’m also a safe person to unload on when things are going terribly in their homes.
I’m a safe person to take anger out on when there’s just no one else who will still love them after they explode.
And I do, I love them, no matter what.
Jesus put them in my life, and who Jesus puts in my life, I am going to love unconditionally.

But it’s intense sometimes.
There are nights when I’ve come home and gone to bed at 8pm, just to cry myself to sleep, hurting from the empty insults and false accusations that were thrown in my face.
There are days that I NEED to be filled up by spending time with the Lord. He can take those insults, throw them away, and tell me what His truth is for my life – how He’s created me, for what purpose, and how beautiful He thinks my life is.

“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, ‘The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.’ For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” — Romans 15:1-4 (ESV)

I know God put me in this kind of life because He believes in me, and He believes that I have faith and hope enough in His truth to be able to help people who haven’t discovered His immense strength and ability to take all their problems yet.
I can trust Him to take all the false things that I’m told because He’s big enough. He promises me that He can take it.

I really need this time with Him to be reminded of these things and to be in His presence, feeling His love.

So THANK YOU. Thank you for supporting me and especially for the way that I’m able to take days off, be renewed and rejuvenated. I am so grateful.

If you are wanting prayer requests for this week, the one I have is that I would know when it is ENOUGH, when I need to say something, or leave, for the good of the person  I’m trying to help. I want to help to build up, but I do not want to help in a dependency in making others feel worse than you to make yourself feel better. Pray that I would have the right words and actions to guide my friends into a real and intimate relationship with God where they can lay their troubles at His feet and know that He’ll take care of them.

Thank you for your continued support of the journey God’s put me on! If you would like to see pictures, feel free to add me on FaceBook. They upload faster on there. If you feel led to make a donation, there are a few ways you can go about that:

1. Write a check and send to Life Church. Make check out to Life Church, put Haille Krieg in the memo line, and send to 7001 Haggerty Rd, Canton MI 48187

2. Send money electronically through Life Church’s PayPal account. You can find that here: http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions. Make sure you specify that it’s for Haille Krieg.

3. Set up an Elexio account to have an amount taken out of your bank account each month. Log into Elexio Pulse https://lifechurch.elexiopulse.com and click on the “My Giving” link to the far right, you’ll see not only your history in giving, you’ll see a large link in the upper left that says “click here to Give Online”.  If you don’t have an Elexio account you will go to the above link and click on “need an account?” and follow the prompts.

All donations are tax deductible, which is one of the reasons for me going through my church. Life Church does send out donation statements for your tax purposes.

First Day of School!

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Welcome to February!

School started yesterday for all the kids in our area.

We have been incredibly blessed to have 104 students sponsored for this school year, all of whom are receiving: Food, Water, Shelter, Dental & Medical care, Backpack, School supplies, Uniform, and School Fees taken care of.

The others who are part of the program but not yet sponsored received backpacks and school supplies.

Sunday was the big give-out day and it was awesome to see these kids receive the gifts of people who really believed in our program and wanted to see the kids succeed in education and life.

School is so important here. At least it NEEDS to be important.

Education provides a hope for a better job, a better job provides hope for a better living situation. Hope for a future.

And hope, hope is everything.

When you have nothing, when your family doesn’t love you, when you don’t know when you’re going to get your next meal, hope in something higher, bigger, grander, greater…is all you have.

There is a NEED for the kids in my community and all over Nicaragua to get their education, and start rising up out of the conditions that they are in right now. There is a need to believe they are WORTH IT to become something great. We are providing the spiritual aspect of that with Sunday School, Bible Studies, and home visits.

And we need your prayers to keep the kids in school.
My prayer is that they become excited about education, about furthering themselves and learning more about the world we live in. I hope for them to expand their intelligence, be concerned and educated about their country and community, and figure out how they can make a difference in what’s heavy on their hearts. I want them to believe that they can do anything, be anything, accomplish whatever they set their minds to. 

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3 of my smart, wonderful English students who are sponsored by our program (L-R Erwin, Eva, Adan)

(Photo credit: Lisa Smith, who is in charge of Student Sponsorship here in Nica)

It’s not too late if you are interested in sponsoring a student!
Visit http://educatenica.org/ and learn more about the beautiful children who fill my heart and my village.
Learn about what they receive through sponsorship and what the goals and passion are behind Educate Nica.
Sponsorship is only $25 a month!

Thank you for your continued support of the journey God’s put me on! If you would like to see pictures, feel free to add me on FaceBook. They upload faster on there. If you feel led to make a donation, there are a few ways you can go about that:

1. Write a check and send to Life Church. Make check out to Life Church, put Haille Krieg in the memo line, and send to 7001 Haggerty Rd, Canton MI 48187

2. Send money electronically through Life Church’s PayPal account. You can find that here: http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions. Make sure you specify that it’s for Haille Krieg.

3. Set up an Elexio account to have an amount taken out of your bank account each month. Log into Elexio Pulse https://lifechurch.elexiopulse.com and click on the “My Giving” link to the far right, you’ll see not only your history in giving, you’ll see a large link in the upper left that says “click here to Give Online”.  If you don’t have an Elexio account you will go to the above link and click on “need an account?” and follow the prompts.

All donations are tax deductible, which is one of the reasons for me going through my church. Life Church does send out donation statements for your tax purposes.

Starting to Dream

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Right now is a time of pruning for me.

I got to the point where I was feeling so complacent, and honestly just like I wasn’t doing anything useful.

I started asking God to make me ready for the places He was going to take me.

He’s moving in my heart, I can feel it. He started changing things that I felt OK with before. He’s bringing things to the surface that I haven’t wanted to deal with, but promising it’s better if He takes care of it now, before the bitterness consumes a part of my soul. He’s emptying the parts of me that are filled with selfish desires and un-servant-like tendencies. He’s emptying so He can fill me with the thrill and growth of new life!

And so:

I’ve been telling God lately that I’m ready.
I’m ready to take on hard situations.
I’m ready to start speaking life into death.
I’m ready to fill others up.
I’m ready to be the safe place to unload.

And He’s blessed that. He’s answered with the words that I am enough for His purpose. He’s started putting people in my life that need a place where they can spill, vomit, lay out everything that’s one their heart.

Sunday night was the first time I prayed for someone in Spanish. I was holding an aching heart, desperate to speak some sort of comfort, but didn’t have the confidence to try. Jesus gave me a nudge, a slight pressure to open my mouth and speak what I know. He continually tells me how much He believes in me!
And so I did. I knew what to say in Spanish, the Lord brought words to my lips, and I just said them, trusting in the way He would use them.

I’m learning that my greatest privilege is to be able to experience God’s presence. How incredible is it we can be with our Creator, the one who knows every thing about us and is still thrilled to have community with us. In Hebrews 6:18-19,

“So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.  This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.”

What an honor. What a beautiful and amazing thing to have a hope so sure. My prayer is that you trust that your value in God’s eyes is incomparable and every moment that He gets to spend with you, He treasures. I think I would be saddened and surprised at the number of people He’s created who don’t enjoy that or realize that it exists. That time with Him is so purposeful for the things we’re going to do in our day, week, and year.
I’ve been frustrated lately with the amount of time I have that I don’t have anything planned. But the Lord is speaking to me that this time of rest and peace is going to be so beneficial in the days and years to come. Right now is the time where I am going to be filled up and rested before big things start to happen.

The reason I know this?

I have a dream in my heart right now that God is growing a little bit more every day.

I wish I could spill it all out right now, bring y’all into how exciting this is for me, but I would really love to get everything figured out more first.

Please have patience with me, but be praying for this new adventure.

What I will say is this: a love is growing in my heart for children. I long to give them a safe environment where they can be impressed early on how important and special and wonderful they are. How purposeful their lives are and how much potential they have. Hope needs to be planted early on and nurtured with grace and patience. I know God sent me here to do just that. 

Helping out with the Sunday School 2-4 Girls Class with Lisa. Nothing is sweeter than having 4 little lovies to cuddle with in my lap :)

Helping out with the Sunday School 2-4 Girls Class with Lisa. Nothing is sweeter than having 4 little lovies to cuddle with in my lap 🙂

Thank you for your continued support of the journey God’s put me on! If you would like to see pictures, feel free to add me on FaceBook. They upload faster on there. If you feel led to make a donation, there are a few ways you can go about that:

1. Write a check and send to Life Church. Make check out to Life Church, put Haille Krieg in the memo line, and send to 7001 Haggerty Rd, Canton MI 48187

2. Send money electronically through Life Church’s PayPal account. You can find that here: http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions. Make sure you specify that it’s for Haille Krieg.

3. Set up an Elexio account to have an amount taken out of your bank account each month. Log into Elexio Pulse https://lifechurch.elexiopulse.com and click on the “My Giving” link to the far right, you’ll see not only your history in giving, you’ll see a large link in the upper left that says “click here to Give Online”.  If you don’t have an Elexio account you will go to the above link and click on “need an account?” and follow the prompts.

All donations are tax deductible, which is one of the reasons for me going through my church. Life Church does send out donation statements for your tax purposes.