Ministry Highlights 2016

Ministry Highlights from 2016

 As we get ready to celebrate the birth of the Savior and another New Year I am taking time to review all that the Lord has done in my life in the past year. These photos are just a portion of what I experienced. 2016 had extreme highs and extreme lows and sometimes like Elijah I just wanted to run into my cave and not come out for a while but the Lord is faithful and He sustained me and helped me to grow in the hard places.

I just want to say a special thank you to my family who always supports me with their love and gives me the freedom to serve the Lord here. And also to my church family who supports me in prayer and financially and to all the others who gave to my ministry over this past year. And most of all to those of you who pray for me! Believe me I felt those prayers and they were really needed!  May God bless you abundantly this Christmas and in the New Year!


January 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                              12512626_235991333398937_1845874715102118686_n                 New Mattresses and Pillows for Torre Fuerte thanks to a very generous donor

February 2016


Luncheon for prostitutes with McLean Bible church  and the MCA Central church.


March 2016


Sharing the Gospel in Havana Cuba

April 2016

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Iveth and Alex lose their baby in Iveth’s 4th month of pregnancy


May 2016


Sharing the gospel through drama in one of the most dangerous gang controlled areas of the city

June 2016


Youth camp with my church

July 2016


Bringing light into dark places


August 2016


A super hard “good bye”


September 2016


Brian and Christina’s wedding



October 2016


Medical clinic way up in the mountains in a remote area




Another super hard “Good Bye”


November 2016

DSCN4070.JPGMedical clinic for women working in prostitution

December 2016


Jewelry making and talking about sexual purity with a group of at risk teens in Nejapa

1 Corinthians 1: 8He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.9God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


Under His wing,



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When God Opens Doors!


Revelation 3:7-10“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:

These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

Today I was sitting in immigration waiting to see if I would be able to renew my residency here for one year and when I went to the desk the woman did not have my papers which is not a good sign! She walked away and went somewhere and when she returned she said her coworker will be coming  shortly to explain some things. So I tried my best to wait patiently and trust that everything would be OK. Her coworker appeared and said there were two mistakes on my documents that needed to be fixed, one was an incorrect date and the other was a missing seal. Immigration is super picky and she said I would have to get these things corrected today because my residency had expired on Friday! I really didn’t think I could do that because the people that I would need to see to change the document more than likely were not at the office today. But I said OK I will need to try my best. All of sudden she said, “I will be right back.” They asked me to go and have a seat and wait again in the waiting area. Very shortly she came back and handed me the incorrect document and said they did not need this document, that everything was fine and just to wait again for the clerk to pay for the residency and complete the paperwork process. So I left the office with my Residency card today!

So maybe you are saying to yourself what is the big deal, obviously it was a small thing. But here they can deny your residency for these small things and I am in the middle of some really big changes in my ministry and I really needed God to open the door for me to get that card today…………… and He did. I have been in immigration probably about 40 times in my six and a half years here and I have never seen them change their position on a document that needed correction. Only God can change minds and hearts and today He shined His face on me! He opened a door that no one could shut to give me permission to keep doing His work here in the country that I love.

At the beginning of the year a friend of mine, Dr. Rebeca, and I began to get really serious about the work we had been doing with prostitutes who want to come out and lead normal lives. Currently there are about 7 women we are working with.  One has been free of prostitution for about 5 months now.The Lord has connected us with other women who share our passion including a large church in the United States, McLean Bible church in Virginia, that has asked us to consider praying and working towards the idea of a group home for these women where they can heal and learn how to lead a normal productive life under the loving hand of Jesus. Now this home is becoming a reality! There are many other things being put in place to have a home for these women, other doors that are opening that no one can shut! I have also been asked by my church here, the Mission Central American Church to consider working with them in intercultural missions and to work with women in  other churches who may be interested in starting a work like the one we have here. God knows I am small and have little strength, just like the verse says but I have kept His word and I have not denied His name and He will continue to open doors and fight the battles ahead of me because He is faithful, even when we are not! He has a plan for these women and His plan will move ahead with me or without me but today I am praising Him for giving me the permission to stay here to continue His work! Please please please keep us in prayer because a key part of the ministry here, Pastor Mauricio left for France permanently and we are all wandering around like sheep with out a shepherd but God has strengthened us and opened the doors that needed to be opened to move this work ahead!

I don’t even have words to describe how excited I am for all that God has for us here with these women and I am praying that many many women can be set free to find new lives in Christ and eternal life! Join me in praying for that!

Under His wing,



Apocalipsis 3: 7-10 “al ángel de la iglesia en Filadelfia:

Estas son las palabras de aquel que es santo y verdadero, que tiene la llave de David. El que abre y nadie puede cerrar, el que cierra y nadie puede abrir. 8 Yo conozco tus obras. Mira, yo he puesto delante de ti una puerta abierta que nadie puede cerrar. Sé que tienes poca fuerza, has guardado mi palabra y no has negado mi nombre. 9 Voy a hacer que los que son de la sinagoga de Satanás, que dicen ser Judios y no lo son, sino que mienten-Yo haré que vengan y se postren a tus pies, y reconozcan que yo te he amado. 10 Por cuanto has guardado la palabra de mi paciencia, yo también te guardaré de la hora de la prueba que ha de venir sobre el mundo entero para probar a los habitantes de la tierra.

Hoy en día yo estaba sentado en la inmigración a la espera de ver si yo sería capaz de renovar mi residencia aquí por un año y cuando me fui a la recepción de la mujer no tenga mis papeles que no es una buena señal! Ella se alejó y fue a algún lugar y cuando volvió dijo que su compañero de trabajo se mostrará proximamente para explicar algunas cosas. Así que hice mi mejor esfuerzo para esperar con paciencia y confiar en que todo iba a estar bien. apareció su compañero de trabajo y dijo que había dos errores en mis documentos que deben ser fijos, uno era una fecha incorrecta y el otro era un sello que falta. La inmigración es muy exigente y me dijo que tendría que conseguir estas cosas corregidas hoy porque mi residencia había expirado el viernes! Realmente no creo que pueda hacer eso porque la gente que iba a necesitar para ver para cambiar el documento más que probable que no se encontraban en la oficina hoy. Pero me dijo que estaba bien que tendrá que intentar mi mejor esfuerzo. De repente ella dijo: “Voy a estar de vuelta a la derecha.” Me pidieron que ir a tomar un asiento y esperar de nuevo en la sala de espera. Muy poco tiempo regresó y me entregó el documento incorrecto y dijo que no era necesario este documento, que todo estaba bien y era justo que esperar de nuevo para el empleado para pagar la residencia y completar el proceso de papeleo. Así que salí de la oficina con mi tarjeta de residencia hoy!

Así que tal vez usted está diciendo a sí mismo lo que es la gran cosa, obviamente, era una cosa pequeña. Pero aquí se puede negar su residencia para estas pequeñas cosas y estoy en el medio de algunos realmente grandes cambios en mi ministerio y que realmente necesitan a Dios que abra la puerta para que consiga que la tarjeta hoy ……… …… y él hizo. He estado en la inmigración probablemente alrededor de 40 veces en mis seis años y medio aquí y nunca he visto cambiar su posición en un documento que necesita corrección. Sólo Dios puede cambiar mentes y los corazones y hoy Él resplandeció su rostro de mí! Se abrió una puerta que nadie puede cerrar para darme el permiso para seguir haciendo su trabajo aquí en el país que amo.

A principios del año un amigo mío, el Dr. Rebeca, Heidy y empecé a conseguir realmente serio sobre el trabajo que habíamos hecho con prostitutas que quieren salir y llevar una vida normal. Actualmente hay cerca de 7 mujeres con las que trabajamos. Uno de ellos ha sido libre de la prostitución durante unos 5 meses now.The Señor nos ha conectado con otras mujeres que comparten nuestra pasión incluyendo una gran iglesia en los Estados Unidos, iglesia McLean en Virginia Biblia que nos ha pedido que considere orar y trabajar hacia la idea de una casa hogar para estas mujeres donde puedan sanar y aprender a llevar una vida normal y productiva bajo la mano amorosa de Jesús. Ahora bien, esta casa se está convirtiendo en una realidad! Hay muchas otras cosas que son puestos en marcha para tener un hogar para estas mujeres, otras puertas que se abren que nadie puede cerrar! También me han preguntado por mi iglesia aquí, la Iglesia Misión Centroamericana considerar trabajar con ellos en misiones interculturales y trabajar con las mujeres de otras iglesias que puedan estar interesados en iniciar un trabajo como el que tenemos aquí. Dios sabe que yo soy pequeña y tienen poca fuerza, al igual que el verso dice, pero me han mantenido su palabra y no he negado Su nombre y Él seguirá abriendo puertas y luchar las batallas por delante de mí, porque él es fiel, aun cuando ¡no son! Él tiene un plan para estas mujeres y su plan seguirá adelante conmigo o sin mí, pero hoy yo le alabo por darme el permiso para permanecer aquí para continuar su obra! Por favor, por favor, por favor, nos mantienen en la oración, porque una parte clave de este ministerio, el pastor Mauricio fue a Francia de forma permanente y todos estamos vagando por ahí como ovejas sin un pastor, pero Dios nos ha fortalecido y ha abierto las puertas que deben ser abiertos para mover este trabajo por delante!

Ni siquiera tengo palabras para describir lo emocionado que estoy por todo lo que Dios tiene para nosotros aquí con estas mujeres y estoy rezando para que muchas muchas mujeres pueden ser puestos en libertad para encontrar una nueva vida en Cristo y la vida eterna! Unirse a mí en la oración por eso!

Bajo su ala,


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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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