Merry Christmas


 I Thessalonians 5:

16Rejoice always, 17pray continually, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

This has been an extraordinary year for me!!! God has once again blessed me beyond measure! And I just want to thank Him and praise Him and celebrate the birth of His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ!

From left to right, a picture taken in my church here before VBS, the title this year was strange and unusual animals, Our palm tree in the clinic decorated for Christmas, a poinsettia growing wild, a decoration I have hanging in the front of my house to announce the Saviors birth, and a beautiful flower blooming just in time for Christmas in front of my house!

God gave me the  privilege to have not one but two young ladies live with me this year that were both in the process of preparing for their weddings! I never in my life dreamed I would experience that joy since in the natural I only have sons and at this old age of 64 God has given me daughters! As of last Saturday the 2nd girl got married, the other  daughter’s wedding was in June and now they are both married and both of the couples are serving in their churches as youth leaders!!!! I am so grateful to God for the small part He allowed me to have in their lives and how He has given me more and more family in Him!

Iveth and Alex


Eduardo and Melissa

I also got to go home to the US for three weeks and got to see many of you and was really happy it was one of the weeks of Vacation Bible school, one of my very favorite church activities so wonderfully done by Pastor Pat and  Helen and Jen and the wonderful work crew! And it was such a blessing to meet all the new babies!!!
 It was also a year of new things for me here in ministry. God permitted me  to go into the prisons  with a foundation that does medical clinics inside of some of the most dangerous prisons on earth! But I never once felt afraid and I got to share a little with a few inmates that I still pray for every day.  I think to have to live inside of one of these prisons designed for 500 but holding 2500 or more is about as close to the gate of hell as we could come to on this earth. The conditions are horrible but we were able to bring the light of Christ inside for half a day and the men really appreciated the care and the medicines we provided for them.

I got to share with the man in the center of the first picture and the man in the hat in the second picture. These photos were taken by a journalist writing a series on gang life and the prisons here. When I was reading the article he put on the internet and saw the photos with the article I couldn’t believe that two of the men that God permitted me to talk to appeared in those photos! Please pray for these two guys. I don’t know their names but their hearts are really hard and they think it is too late for them to receive forgiveness and eternal life. Only God can change their minds…………

I also had an amazing opportunity to participate in the filming of two commercials for the ministry of tourism here. It was quite an interesting experience and I will never forget it. Again it gave me an opportunity to share in a unique way with people that are living their lives far from the Lord but realize it is a dead end and they have a need for salvation! But the change is hard and sin is so much fun for a season but one day we wake up and realize it has us bound from head to foot in chains we cannot remove without the help of the Lord! So I pray I can have more opportunities in the year ahead to work with the film crew.
Things are going well in the clinic and also in the Rehabilitation Ministry Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) and I look forward to continuing with both of those ministries in the coming year as well as the prison ministry and the parenting classes on the weekends with my church evangelism team.
 I am also preparing  to go to Cuba in Holy Week in March with a small group of 7 people!!!  The picture above is part of our group on the day we were purchasing the tickets for the trip. We have been preparing and praying for some time now and God has opened the door for us to go. There is a small church there that has come to visit my church here and they really need help and encouragement so we are going!!!! I don’t even have words to tell you how excited I am that God has given me  this opportunity. As North Americans we still cannot go into Cuba directly from the United States but we can go in through another country. We all need to have a tourist visa and health insurance to get into the country. We will be there for 9 days. It is a really interesting group of friends, a neurologist, a dentist, a female Pastor, A nurse, a chef, a young boy and me! So please keep us in your prayers!  I pray all is going well  and that you are getting ready to have a blessed Christmas with family and friends!
Under His wing,
Psalm 67
May God Cause His Face to Shine on Us
1God be merciful to us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine on us; Selah.
2That your way may be known on earth, your saving health among all nations.
3Let the people praise you, O God; let all the people praise you.
4O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for you shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations on earth. Selah.
5Let the people praise you, O God; let all the people praise you.
6Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.
7God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.
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Wait on the Lord

Are you waiting for something from the Lord? Have you grown weary waiting for the answer? Then this is for you…….

Psalm 27:13-14 ESV 

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Waiting is not easy for me and I think it is not easy for most people today in this instant gratification society that we find ourselves living in these days! I am not only trying to learn to WAIT on the Lord but to wait patiently! I don’t think it is possible without our gift and eternal guide – the Holy Spirit. And it is only through recognizing His still small voice and obeying it do we learn to be victorious in this area of life. He tries to keep us calm in the waiting reminding us of God’s goodness and His promises to us.  After two and a half years of waiting  this week I received my temporary residency card to be able to live here in El Salvador legally. I have to renew it every year and after 5 years  I can apply for permanent residency. I have been here five years and I only have received permission once for one year. I can honestly say this  has been a real area of struggle for me and has caused me many times to doubt the plan that God has for me here!   I have been waiting and many times not very patiently! And many people have been praying.  So after two and a half years all of a sudden I finally have the card. And just like the verse  says ” I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the Land of the living!” If there is something you have been praying for and waiting on for a while – do not give up! Keep praying and take a deep breath and wait patiently for the Lord! Trust Him  and in His timing – He is the giver of all good things and He loves to bless His children! And just like a good father He is teaching us to be strong and to have courage and to believe He will answer!


  Heavenly Father thank you for always hearing our prayers and for answering them according to your will and in your time. You always know what is best for us and even though many times we may not understand your ways, or your answer, your timing is always perfect! Thank you for loving us enough to send your only son Jesus to die in our place that we might have a relationship  with you! I love you Lord, in Jesus name – amen

Here is a link to more bible verses about “waiting” on the Lord! May your day be filled with blessings from above!
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Ministry Update August/September 2015

    Romans 10:14  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 



Making pinatas with the women


With the teachers

These pictures were taken on our mission trip to San Juan Cotzal in Guatemala in the beginning of August.  The people there are really warm and friendly and it didn’t seem to bother them too much that I am so big compared to them!!!! It was a little awkward for me but after a few days I got used to it! I was able to stay with the family in the picture in the top. We became really good friends and they adopted me into their family and invited me to stay with them whenever I come back that way! We were able to share the Gospel in the town square and also in a private Christian School and also house to house to the parents of the school children.  The picture above is with three of my favorite teachers at the school! We also had a class for the mothers to learn how to make pinatas. The area is very rural and most of the men work in agriculture and the women are weavers. All of the clothes you see in the pictures except for mine were hand-woven!!!! Their work is incredible and the cost of a typical outfit is about $250.00.  My favorite time was sharing the gospel with a group of shoeshine boys who live on the streets.  Some of them accepted Jesus as their Savior and I pray He helps them to get off the streets and into loving families! Will you join me in praying for them???


Street children in Cotzal

Friends invited me to help them in their very first medical campaign in a heavily controlled gang area where they are trying to reach the young children and help to prevent them from entering the gangs. We were short of doctors so they actually had me see patients! I was really nervous but with God’s help I was able to see about 30 kids and the doctor that checked my diagnosis and treatments said they were all correct.  Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


Buildings near the clinic marked for MS13     Checking the weight and height of the children

Celebrated my 64 birthday in August and the Lord blessed me in so many ways during this time! It is hard to even put into words the gratitude I have toward my heavenly Father and the way He lavishes His love on me!

1440013286284 Enjoying a birthday cake with my family in the rehab center Torre Fuerte!!!

We began the month of September with a medical outreach in a village here in the mountains and 38 people came to know Jesus as their Lord as a result of our visit! My job was in the pharmacy! The people were so grateful for our visit and many of them had a life changing experience!!!


pharmacy crew

And as if that wasn’t exciting enough for one month, one of my doctor friends  sent a photo of me to an agency filming a mini documentary for the ministry of tourism. They selected me to play the part of the patient in the documentary. The campaign will be shown in the United States in the hopes of helping people looking for cost-effective ways to treat cancer and to take advantage touring the beautiful country of El Salvador with the money saved on treatments!


I never know from one day to the next what the Lord has in store for my life but I can tell you one thing with great certainty – Serving the Lord with all of your heart, all of your mind and all of your strength is never never never boring and He rewards those who follow Him!

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

Thanks for taking the time to read a little about what the Lord is doing here in El Salvador and in my life. I thank you so much for your love and support and prayers!!!

Under His Wing,


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Greetings from El Salvador! July 2015

Ephesians 1:3

Redemption in Christ

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

Just a note to let you know some of the things the Lord has been doing here and in my life ! As always thank you for your love and prayers and support for me and for the work God has given me to do here in El Salvador!

It was really great to see so many of you on my trip home. The time went so fast and even though I didn’t get to see everyone and do everything I wanted God had a perfect plan for each day of my visit.

Since I came home on the 16th my life has been a whirlwind of activity.  Here are some of the highlights:


 We went to a High School of 350 students with the youth group of the Central MCA church and presented the empty heart drama. I was privileged to share my testimony about how Jesus changed my life with the students and I played the part of suicide in the drama. Afterwards I had a group of about 20 young women to speak with about making the right choices with their lives and if they hadn’t already done so to make Jesus the Lord of their life.


On Monday and Tuesday of this week I was able to accompany a group from McLean Bible church in Virginia and participate in many different activities with them. The highlight was yesterday when the women gave a mini conference for about 60 women that are currently working as prostitutes in the “Red Light” district very close to the Central MCA church.  I shared a very lovely time with a group of ladies that have changed so much since the first time I met them two years ago! Jesus is doing a great work in their hearts and in their lives and we continue to pray that one day they will be able to walk away from their sinful and dangerous life into a the new life the Lord has prepared for them!


On Saturday morning I will be leaving for Guatemala for 5 days!!!!! I am going on a mission trip with my church here, Iglesia Nazaret, Mision Centro Americana to a place where there is a tribe of indian people called the Ixil Indians. There is a missionary that went there from the Nazaret church about 10 years ago and started a Christian school there. Now there are about 200 students and our goal is to spend time with the children to reinforce what they are learning and to meet with each of the 80 families that have students in the school.  Here is a little more about the tribe we will be going to see:

 Ixil Community

The Ixil Community is a name given to three neighbouring towns in the Quiché department in the western highlands of Guatemala.[1] These towns are Santa Maria NebajSan Juan Cotzal, and San Gaspar Chajul.[2] The area’s population is predominantly of Ixil descent. When viewed on a map, the three Ixil towns appear to form a triangle, because of this, is also named “Ixil Triangle”.[3]

Due to its location in the Cuchumatanes mountains,[4] the Ixil Community has remained mostly isolated from the rest of the world. Its people have therefore maintained their traditional culture free from influences of the outside world. Most of the men are farmers, and most of the women are weavers.

The people of the Ixil Community primarily speak the Ixil language.[5] Some villagers speak Spanish as a secondary language.

Turmoil During Civil War[edit]

Main article: Guatemalan Civil War

During the Guatemalan Civil War, the Guerrilla Army of the Poor (EGP) used the surrounding mountains as a base of operations.[6] The Guatemalan Army pursued a scorched-earth policy to destroy villages.[1] The villagers of the Ixil Community were caught in the crossfire, and thousands of civilians were killed, tortured, or disappeared.[6][7]

The army’s campaign against civilians in this region may have been motivated partially by a desire “to weaken and eventually eradicate Maya culture.” Villagers learned not to wear their traditional Maya clothing, because its distinctive appearance made them easy targets.

Please remember to pray for us!!! Right now we are experiencing many trials just in every day life here. The gangs have shut down most of the buses for 4 days here in the capital city and all of us are having to either walk, or take taxis everywhere we want to go! 8 bus drivers were killed and some buses were burned for not obeying the order to shut the buses down.

Also please pray for our trip next week – for safe travel, and for all of God’s purposes and plans that He has for this time will be accomplished!

Under His wing,


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Walking in the Light this Christmas!


Warm (hahahaha literally!) greetings from El Salvador!!!! Always at this time of year our hearts turn toward Home, cherished family, friends and memories of Christmas past and for me it is no different. These days my thoughts have turned to my family and friends back home praying  all have had a year as full and glorious as this past year has been for me in my life here!

The days are continuing to grow darker faster than ever before and our Lord gives us our marching orders and commands us to walk in the light. His word tells us in Isaiah 60:1“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. 2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the people, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you. 3 Nations will come to your light,and kings to the brightness of your dawn. And in Daniel 12: 3  we can read Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.

In John 8:12 Jesus himself tells us “I am the light of the world. He that follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.” and exactly how are we to walk in the light? God tells us in Ephesians 5:8 For you were once darkness but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the spirit is all goodness, righteousness and truth.) Finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them.

So as we prepare to gather together to celebrate the birth of our beloved Savior shine brightly for Him in all you say and do as a shining witness of His love and transforming power so that those who don’t yet know Him will be drawn to His light that they see in you!

God has opened many new doors for ministry this year for me. I am still working 2 days a week in the medical clinic at my church. I am also working one day and one evening a week in a men’s rehabilitation ministry. Some of the men are ex gang members, there are also men suffering from abuse of alcohol and drugs. I cannot describe the time God permits me to spend with these men watching the Lord lead them back to living their lives in His light and to see the darkness lose the hold it has over their lives. Sometimes it can be sad too! In my short time there ( three months now) 32 men have entered the program and gone back to the streets! The bible tells us this will happen because men love the darkness more than light and without the supernatural help of the Holy Spirit residing in us at the moment we believe with all of our heart that Christ is our Savior we cannot ever truly be set free. The darkness will always have a hold on us apart from Him. I am also privileged to be part of a team called “New Works” at church and twice a year for 8 weeks we go to a church in a small village that is working with the Compassion International program and we give parenting classes to the moms and dads of the children in the program. Many of them are not yet believers and it is a wonderful opportunity to share the love of Christ and at the same time give them practical help in raising children to grow up safe and healthy with limits in a country riddled with gang violence that takes many young lives at an early age. Every day here brings a new opportunity to shine the love of Christ!

I thank God for all of you and pray the year ahead will be our best one ever winning more souls for Christ by shining His light as we wait with expectation of the soon appearing of our glorious hope, our Lord Jesus Christ. Have a blessed time with your family and friends and make new memories that you can remember with gladness next year if the Lord tarries!!!


Under His wing,


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Abiding in Him


At the close of the year I am meditating on what it really means to ABIDE in Him. Here is the definition of the word abide according to the dictionary


verb \ə-ˈbīd\

: to accept or bear (someone or something bad, unpleasant, etc.)

: to stay or live somewhere

: to remain or continue

abode  or abid·edabid·ing

Full Definition of ABIDE

transitive verb
:  to wait for :  await
:  to endure without yielding :  withstand

:  to bear patiently :  tolerate <cannot abide such bigots>

:  to accept without objection <will abide your decision>
intransitive verb
:  to remain stable or fixed in a state
:  to continue in a place :  sojourn
— abid·er noun
— abide by

:  to conform to <abide by the rules>
:  to acquiesce in <will abide by your decision
In the scripture the word abide is used many times and here are some of my favorite verses:
Psalm 91:4 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall ABIDE under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord He is my refuge and my fortress, My God in Him I will trust.
John 8: 31-32 The Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ” If you  ABIDE in my word you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and truth shall make you free.
John 15:5 I am the vine and you are the branches. He who ABIDES in Me and I in him bears much fruit for without me you can do nothing.
John 15:7 If you ABIDE  in Me and I in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you.
John 15:9 As the Father loved me, I also have loved you, ABIDE in my love.
1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away and the lust of it but he who does the will of God ABIDES forever.
1 John 2:24-29 Therefore let that ABIDE in you which you heard from the beginning. If what  you heard from the beginning abides in you, you will also abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us – eternal life. These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him ABIDES in you and you do not need that anyone teach you, but as the same anointing teaches concerning all things and is true and is not a lie just as it has taught you, you will ABIDE in Him. And now little children ABIDE in Him in that when He appears we may have confidence, and not ashamed before Him at His coming. If you know that He is righteous you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.
As we enter this time of year with one year ending and another before us it always helps me to spend time with the Lord looking back at what He has taught me this past year and asking for His guidance for the year ahead. In this special time before Him I only heard this one word – ABIDE. So I began by looking up the different verses and writing them down because that always helps me personally to understand what He is saying in His word  and I can have a record of this special time with Him  and something  to look back at  next year.
2013 was a difficult year for me and for a lot of people. I have missed my family in the United States with a deeper intensity and I have loved my family here with a deeper intensity. It was time of great changes in my life, I now have a 21-year-old who woman living with me that needs a lot of help and it  was unexpected and has changed everything for me  but the Lord has given the wisdom and all of the resources necessary to guide this precious daughter of His on her way to freedom from her past and looking forward to the future she has in Him. Ministry opportunities also increased for me this year gobbling up any free time I had in the past which is why I haven’t been able to focus on writing on this blog or even keeping up with my personal relationships with each of you the way I should. The business of life sometimes robs us  of special  moments with those we love the most. Sometimes I am just plain tired and feeling burned out and long for a day of doing nothing.
The attacks of the enemy have been hard and painful on me as well and I know the same is true in the lives of many of you. I don’t see things getting any easier in the year ahead. I see more change, stronger attacks and some of us may be permanently departing. I  helped to take care of two wonderful women who have since gone home to be with the Lord these past two months and I know many of you have faced similar losses in your lives. Broken relationships, children lost to drugs, infidelity, loss of jobs, and all the things that can quickly bring us to our knees. All of this reminds me of the words in 1 John – do not love the things of this world because this world and the things in it are passing away. We are meant to enjoy the things in this world and all of the people that God has placed in our lives but when we let the things and people here take the place in our heart that belongs to Him and Him alone that is when we get into trouble because all of these things are passing away including us and all of those we cherish!
So what is our hope?  How are we going to hang on? Our hope is in the soon appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to come and rule and reign and restore the earth to what it was designed to be and to rid it of all evil. How are we going to make it until then? By abiding under the shadow of the Almighty. By tucking ourselves under the shelter of His wings and letting the storms role by safely abiding in His love and His care for us no matter what comes even if He choses to take us home. We are going to have to await, withstand, remain, continue, tolerate, to accept without objection, to remain stable in a fixed position until He comes and we can do it friends. With the help of the Holy Spirit and the power of Christ we can do it! Dig in and settle yourself for the ride ahead without fear and with the glorious hope ahead! And if we abide we will not be ashamed before Him when He appears because really – we can do ALL things in Christ who strengthens us!
I wish the best for all of you in 2014 and I want to share the joy I have  because we are one year closer to the return of our Lord! Happy New Year!
Abiding under the shelter of the Almighty,
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Dry and Thirsty Land

We are in the last month of the hot and dry season here in El Salvador. Having had some time off this week and able to spend some time at home for the first time in about 6 weeks  I noticed some of the trees in my neighborhood and I really wondered how can these huge trees produce such big fruits and still have so many lush leaves on them without any rain since October of last year? So I did some research but it also brought some scriptures to mind too! First lets look at the mango tree.  This tree is right out in front of my neighbor’s house  next door and is loaded with mangoes:

ImageMango trees are long-lived, as some specimens still bear fruit after 300 years. In deep soil, the tap-root descends to a depth of 6 m (20 ft), with profuse, wide-spreading feeder roots; the tree also sends down many anchor roots, which penetrate several feet of soil.

So we can see that the mango tree gets all the water it needs to remain green and produce fruit from its tap-root deep within the earth and it is never affected by the surface conditions of hot days and lack of rain.

The bible tells us to be like this type of tree:

Jeremiah 17:7-8  “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. 8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”


Next we’ll look at the avocado tree planted in one of my neighbor’s back yard. I have never seen one so full of avocados. Here is what I found out about that type of tree: The shallow nature of the root system of the avocado tree makes the it susceptible to damage from flooding. If the roots stay wet, nutrients are lost and growth stunted. In prolonged flooding or saturated soil, the tree dies. The avocado is related to the olive tree and the cultivation is similar. It needs to be placed in well-drained soil.

The bible tells us in  Psalm 1: 1-3  Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3That person is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.

Image……..and then there is the half dead tree that I can see looking out the terrace from the back of my home. This poor tree has withered,  has no fruit or leaves and it just longing for the time of the rainy season to come before it can spring back to life.

Joel 1:12 The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languishes; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy has withered away from the sons of men.

So we can see some examples of how our attitudes can cause us to be similar to the trees – when our joy has withered we lose our ability to bear fruit. In Nehemiah 8:10 it says  “Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” So the loss of Joy leads to the Loss of our strength which is in the Lord.  Jesus used another  example this time of a vine in John Chapter 15.  He said:  5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

He also promised the Helper, the Holy Spirit  would provide us with an unlimited supply of living water that would flow from our heart: in John 7 37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spoke he of the Spirit, whom they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

We as believers and followers of Christ are in a dry and thirsty time where many are abandoning or compromising their faith and it is becoming harder and harder to take a stand for the truths found in the bible but in the end the Word of God will be left standing and all that comes against it will be destroyed. Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” God warned us there would be a famine for His word  in the end days in Amos Chapter 8: 11 Behold, the days come, says the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:12And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

So in the midst of this dry and thirsty time let your roots grow broader and deeper,  get into the word of God and remain  in Him without compromise. We will make it through and we will bear much fruit for His glory and for His kingdom!

Under His wings,


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Merry Christmas!

2012 – The year in review.


The women of the Word of Life team when we went to a conference in Guatemala 

A number of years ago a bible teacher that I had encouraged us to spend the end of the year talking with God about the year passing and to pray and ask Him about His plan for us in the coming year. So I began a tradition in my life to spend the last days of the year closed in with my Lord in prayer, bible reading and just talking to Him about the year passing and the year ahead. He has been faithful to guide me to scriptures each year to prepare me for the things He has for me in the New Year and I am always amazed at remembering the places He has led me through the year going by! Last year I was led to a scripture in Isaiah:

Isaiah 62:10-11 – I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God. For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments and as a bride adorns herself with jewels. For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes things that are grown in it to spring forth,  so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

The description of this passage in my bible says “The people were encouraged to prepare a highway for the Lord who would bring salvation to His people.” My only desire for many years now is to tell everyone who will listen about Jesus, the forgiveness and pardon found only in Him and to prepare the way for His soon coming. In my own country that is looked upon as weird and a little crazy when all you want to talk about is God and I was becoming more and more unhappy  because I just didn’t fit in and really not too many people wanted to hear about God, the bible or Jesus returning. He  makes us uncomfortable where we are at sometimes to prepare us to bring us to the place He has prepared for us  to serve Him. So God lifted me up out of my despair, gave me an opportunity to go out and serve Him  in a place where we are free and encouraged to talk about Jesus and salvation with others.  I have been here in El Salvador as a missionary volunteer for 2 years and 6 months. It has been hard to be away from children and grandchildren friends and family in the United States but God has filled the hole with more of His presence and many more sons and daughters, grandchildren, family and friends and more blessings than one life can hold. He gives us this promise  in His word:

Mark 10:29-30 – So Jesus answered and said, “Ässuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospels who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time – houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands with persecutions-and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Part of our awesome evangelism team performing Colors of Life in one of many schools we were able to visit this year

And this word has been lived out  in my life in this past year. He has put me in a new home, introduced me to more and more friends, family,  placed me in a part of His body in a new church family,  provided me with a position in a medical clinic to serve His precious people here as well as permitting me to continue to help at Word of Life El Salvador.  Considering I couldn’t speak more than three words in Spanish when I arrived here in June 2010 at 59 years old it is pretty remarkable that the Lord can use me in all of these places and has given me a small part in so many wonderful people’s lives and has given me the ability to understand and to speak another language at my age. It is beyond my ability to understand. But the Lord tells us His ways are higher than our ways and beyond knowing! So true!!!! He has added so much to my life some times I feel  like  I have lived more than one life – it is truly too much to contain! When we give Him our everything He is faithful and gives us more than we could ever dream or think possible. Great is the Lord our God!

Sharing the story of Christ and how He changed my life with a group of young women 

My prayer for this year is that He will continue to allow me to serve Him with JOY in a place I have come to love as much as my own country until He comes which I feel with all my heart will be very soon looking at the rapidly deteriorating conditions in this world! Have you had your talk with Jesus? Have you asked Him to take away your sin and give you eternal life? If not today is your day! Don’t waste another minute of your precious life without Him in your life! If you don’t know Him ask Him to make Himself real to you – this is a prayer that He will always answer because He is real, He loves you and He paid the price for your sins on the cross and He longs for you to receive forgiveness and to make your home in Him today and for all of eternity.

I will be leaving to go to the United States on December 12th to visit with my family and friends for one month and to continue to seek and wait and hear from the Lord for His plans for me for the coming year. I look forward to spend time with some of you to tell you more about all of the wonderful things God is doing here in El Salvador.

The ministry team and families from Joni and Friends family retreat El Salvador

May you be blessed beyond measure this Christmas and New Year. Thank you for your love, support and prayers for me – they mean more to me than you could ever know.

Under His wing with JOY


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There are some things that are for certain in our lives and storms are one of those things. All of us are going to face times in our lives when things are not sunny and calm! Here is one example from God’s word that talks about a storm:

Psalm107:23 Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. 24 They saw the works of the Lord, His wonderful deeds in the deep. 25 For He spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. 26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. 27 They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits’ end. 28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. 29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. 30 They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven. 31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. 32 Let them exalt Him in the assembly of the people and praise Him in the council of the elders.

These men were merchants they set out to sea like any other day to look for goods to sell and they found themselves in the middle of a great storm. How many times in our lives does it start out like any other day and then suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of a storm.

One thing I noticed in this story this morning is in verse 25 – “For He spoke and lifted up a tempest and lifted high the waves”. So we can clearly see that God himself organized this tempest! And how did the men react even though it says they saw His wonderful deeds? Just like I do many times………. they reeled and staggered like drunken men, they were at their wit’s end! When  things appear suddenly in my life this has often been my reaction. I feel sick to my stomach, my thoughts become full of dread and panic and I feel small and helpless and tossed by the waves of my thoughts this way and that. It is a horrible and helpless feeling but we need to remember  God is ALWAYS in control. I want this   to be my first reaction and thought in a storm! God is always in control!  Let’s look what the men did next after staggering around and being very afraid….. 28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. 29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.  Pretty impressive – in an instant He can create a storm and in an instant He can calm it.

Why would the God of the universe allow storms to come into our lives? One of the reasons is that many times we go our way with little thought of God , without being thankful, intent on doing what we want, pretty much ignoring Him and His blessings in our lives. Just like the men in the story we get into our own little boat and go looking for the things we think are going to fulfill  us and make us happy. The storm got the men’s attention quickly and brought them back to reality and they quickly cried out to God and He heard them and answered instantly in this case. Sometimes the storms last a little longer and they need to. It gives us a chance to look inside and see the things we have put in our lives that give us a feeling of security in the place of trusting God – our jobs, houses, family, friends, health, money etc. – our own little idols,  things that can easily be taken, tossed and shaken!

Here is another story of a time God used a storm in the lives of the disciples:

Jesus Calms the Storm

Matthew 8:23 Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. 24 Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him!”

We can see in this story that the disciples were very afraid in the storm but what was Jesus doing? He was sleeping – He wasn’t the least bit bothered or disturbed. When the disciples woke Him up they were filled with fear and panic thinking this was going to be their last day on earth and they were about to drown. How quickly our thoughts turn to our own mortality in the midst of a crisis or trial in our lives. And Jesus response? 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

Jesus was fully God and fully man and He was able to instantly calm the storm. And the eyes of the disciples were opened and they were amazed and asked “what kind of man is this? Even the winds and waves obey Him.” Only God is capable of such a great feat!!!!

I heard a sermon based on this portion of scripture many years ago and I never forgot it. It basically said that when Jesus is in your boat and you find yourself in the midst of a storm there are three things to remember:

1. The boat will not sink

2. The storm will not last

3. You will reach the other side

Is Jesus in your boat today? Or  are you going to wait for the next storm to cry out to Him? Think about inviting Him into your life  or reacquainting yourself with Him today! It is so much better in the storms of life to know He is nearby and only a whisper away because He is only one who can bring calm and peace  to whatever storm you may be facing!  Things on this earth have never been stormier and it is only going to get darker and as we can see God will use storms to bring us closer to Him and to be dependent on Him and to trust Him and not in our own strength which vanishes pretty rapidly when a storm hits!

Psalm 107:39 Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow40 He who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste. 41 But he lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks. 42 The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths. 43 Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the Lord.

Be wise!


Under His wing,


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The Door!

John 10:9 I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture.

The boy in the blue shirt became my little brother in Christ yesterday. His name is Roberto and he followed me around the whole time we were at his school yesterday afternoon and kept dragging other people over to meet me. He asked me how to say many many words in English and would laugh and giggle when I pronounced them for him. We had so much fun in the brief time we had together and I may never see him again in this world but I will see him again one day in heaven……  Jesus came knocking on the door to his heart yesterday and He invited Him in! Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

So we see by these scriptures that Jesus IS the door that leads to eternal life, Jesus KNOCKS on the door to our heart to open our lives to Him and invite Him in and in Colossians it tells us that God OPENED the door and allowed us to go and share His word – Colossians 4:3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.

God also describes the entryway into heaven as a narrow door in Matthew 7:13-14

Matthew 7:13 Go in by the narrow door; for wide is the door and open is the way which goes to destruction, and great numbers go in by it. (BBE)

Matthew 7:14 For narrow is the door and hard the road to life, and only a small number make discovery of it.

Yesterday was the chance God gave these boys and girls to enter into that door and to continue walking all their days in the narrow way that leads to life. No, it is not the popular way and many people reject it and continue on the broad path that leads to death. This makes my heart so sad but then again I look into the faces of the ones who say yes and I can see the life of God enter into them and be reflected in their eyes and know their lives have been forever changed – this is what I choose to focus on and leave the rest to our precious Lord and pray He gives the ones who reject Him another opportunity!

Here you can see the reaction of the kids when we offered then a pamphlet with God’s word to read about their decision and to share with others! They were so hungry and happy  for the things of God and this is a perfect example of how He tells us we must enter His kingdom as little children – hungry for Him and for His word and the things He has for us.

None of our activities are possible without Him. He tells us in Revelation 3:8 I know your works, See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept my word, and have not denied My name.

First we must have a little strength, have kept His word and not denied His name and then we have the practical things to deal with… we must call schools to see which doors He will open. On this trip we had 6 presentations in 4 different school in 2 days. Then we need to pray for His provision which in this case was provided by a brother in Christ who gave an offering of $100 for outreach. Taking 14 people in a big van three hours away costs about $70.00 in gas to go and return home. Gas is about $4.50 per gallon here now. That left us with about $30.00 to cover food expenses for 14 for  two days. And by the grace of God we were never hungry! He provided for us in many different ways and we came home still having a bag of sweet bread that never seemed to get empty! He also provided a place for us to sleep out of the weather which is rainy these days. We slept on the floor on mattresses we brought along in a church that we visited. Dry, warm and safe. Last but not least we pray for open hearts to receive the word. God granted all of our requests and this outing was a wonderful trip for us and over 2400 young people and teachers heard His word. Over 1000 claimed to receive Christ as their savior and a little over 400 rededicated their lives to His service. For the others it was an opportunity to hear the Gospel and we pray that God will be merciful and give them another chance to open the door of their heart.

He is the Door, He knocks on the Door and He opens the Door! This is the God we serve and there is no other!!!!

Luke 11:10 For every one who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, the door shall be opened.

Praising God today for doors!

Under His wing,


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