So now it is a new season. A door has opened for me to go to Guyana South America. And yes, I am off the charts excited. I am going with dear friends of mine, Pastor John Kyle and his wife Linda. We will be staying with Pastor Ivan and his wife Hemo. The exciting part for me is that this ministry we are going to, in Guyana, was the first mission trip I had ever gone on 14 years ago! So much has happened since then. I was a very new Christian, around 2 years saved. You see, when I got saved, it was like the next day I opened my bible and read “go ye into the nations” and my heart began to race, my spirit leap and I said “yes send me”! I knew right away I wanted to go to the nations, but as a single working mother, in much dept, and walking out the healing left from scars in the world, world travel seemed like a far away possibility. I had many instances where I would get a confirmation on this call, and even though I walked in faith, I would wonder, “how God, how on earth is this going to happen”. My first prophetic word I ever received, was this ..”I see overseas airline tickets for you, the Lord says to tell you YES, you will travel around the world and minister to the nations”…it seemed so wild, but now I see all the tickets, some free, some discounted, some just able to purchase after hard work and a second job..the fulfillment of a promise that seemed so impossible at the time.
My goodness, how much has happened since then!
I could reminisce with many stories about what God did in that first trip, but I will just take the time right now for the one that had the most impact on (well 2 really, I DID hear angels singing when we were flying over the jungle to the worlds 2nd largest waterfall but that’s another God story) What I want to share is about Hemo, Pastor Ivans wife. This amazing woman kept asking if she could wash our clothes. Seeing as her laundry room was a table, a scrub brush, a big tub of water and a clothes line out in her back yard, I didn’t want to inconvenience her. It was miserable hot outside and it seemed to be an extra burden on her. But she seemed to be grieved that we weren’t giving her our clothes so we finally consented. It took her ALL DAY to wash those clothes, she scrubbed and scrubbed, and I finally went out and asked her if I could help. She was adamant that I could not and when I pressed it, feeling so bad that she was doing all this work, she replied with “please, you don’t understand. I have to do this. I do this for my Jesus”. What a heart of a servant. This attitude could help to change all of ours perspective, if we could just get a hold of serving, for our Jesus! What a love. Yes, I was humbled.
And now,after all these years, I am returning. When I left there, what the Lord spoke in my heart was “yes you can do this” and now I go back having set foot in many countries. Around 9 I think, counting a few airports. And that God is in it is obvious. This time I will go back representing Messiah Missions, which God birthed out of a lot of love, prayer, patience, and friends, (thank you brother Steve)..and I will be taking a step for Pastor Ivan to have a covering under Messiah Missions so that he can have some exposure for his ministry. I intend to reconnect with them, and hopefully we can help them shoot forward with connections and financial help. Pretty exciting times. And this time I will not step foot out of this town without knowing I have some intense prayer covering over myself and my family. So please keep me in prayer and I will complete all blogs on this trip, and will not be blind sided again. My next write I’ll share a little about Guyana and how the Lord is “filling my suitcase” for this next step of the journey. Departure date: Oct 4.
And PS..It looks as if there may be another India trip in May of 2012. Possibly more of a medical missions trip as I have a few nurses interested in going. My heart is heavy for the lepers, they are so beautiful and I really would like help them. And did you know that around $150. will cure a leper? What about sponsoring a leper, just like we do for the children? Any thoughts?