Tuesday, August 31, 2010


“For years I hid the inadequacy I felt as a counselor behind a professional demeanor, technical jargon, and sound psychological methods of treatment.  Recently I’ve made a truly liberating discovery.  I am inadequate.  My sense of inadequacy is not the effect of deficient intellect or poor training, nor is it a symptom of emotional disorder.  It is the painful admission of what is true.  On my own, I can make nothing of importance happen.  I can help no one.  But if I abide in Christ, if I present myself before God’s Spirit for searching and filling, if I study and ponder the Scriptures and live my life in brokenness before a grace-dispensing community, I can transcend my inadequacy, I can find myself as I worship.  I can struggle on behalf of others with the energy of Christ powerfully working in me.”   Larry Crabb "Shattered Dreams"

Much truth to ponder! What amazing grace to show us these truths!!

Friday, August 06, 2010

An Adventure in Mexico

Today was so much fun! We traveled about 1 1/2 hours south from our home to a small town surrounded by mountains to visit a new mercy ministry. Chuey is Mexican and has a heart for at risk children and is living his dream. He has returned to his home town of 600-700 people where he and his wife are opening/building a foster home for street children. His parents still live in this same town. It's ALWAYS so encouraging to see how God works even in remote villages.
We didn't realize we would be fording a stream
Here goes Steven, thankfully it wasn't that deep.

The home of Chuey & his family and the new foster home
The site for VBS, needing a bit of preparation

Isn't she adorable!! 1 of 6 foster children at this home

A Mexican cemetery

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Christian School & Dental Ministry in Guadalajara

The church where about 70 people worship
This morning was delightful!! We visited am MTW ministry about 30 minutes from our home. While it's a small place in a small town, God is at work!! They have a dental ministry, a Christian school with 67 children from age 3 to 5th grade and a church. The parents pay only $1.50 per week for their child to attend this school. A team was visiting from New Jersey helping to prepare the school for opening day on August 31. Our hearts were tugged upon as we long to be done with language and involved in ministry again!!!!!! It was encouraging to see how God is at work and also to be reminded of the end goal - Ministry - AFTER LANGUAGE!
Dental office

A classroom that the team just painted

Playground with church building in the background


While Acapulco was DEFINITELY different than we expected it is a beautiful place.  There is a small land mass with tons of people (in need of the gospel). We returned home some what confused and are resting in the truth that God will in His time show us where we are to live and minister for His glory!