Many times we are hit with something that challenges our faith and calls into question our own security in the plans we have for ourselves.
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Connect Global believes it's our responsibility to love our neighbors.
If you have a burden to show love to others and to make a positive difference in the lives of your "neighbors", then we invite you to join us.
Everyone needs love, and you may be just the person to fill the need.
I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then if ask myself the same question.
Sometimes we forget that we were created to fly.
We forget we are created to seek. We forget that we are created for a lot of things that we never get around to.
Why is that?
It could be comfort, Fear or Lack of faith. Whatever the reason, we allow it to ground an incredible creature designed for so much more.
Don't let your ability to fly be exchanged for something else.
“The missionary heart: Care more than some think is wise. Risk more than some think is safe. Dream more than some think is practical. Expect more than some think is possible. I was called not to comfort or success but to obedience….There is no joy outside of knowing Jesus and serving him.”
—Karen Watson, martyr, March 15, 2004
Saige and Yeni.
Today (originally posted November 6, 2015) was a hard day for Yeni and she was not in good spirits most of the day for obvious reasons. She was admitted to the hospital for an infection which is super dangerous based on her weak immune system.
So the initial prognosis was a 4 day stay in the hospital which would mean missing her big party tomorrow. 😔😔😔. Thankfully though the doctors seem to think she will be able to leave the hospital, if only for a short time, to enjoy the party. We are super excited about the chances of going ahead with the party!! That explains the big smiles in the photo.
This was actually the first time Yeni smiled all day. She had been looking for Saige but she was at school for the first half of the day. After Saige got out of school we explained the situation to her and she immediately said we need to go take Yeni lunch, be with her, and make sure she can still go to her party. Saige also decided to give Yeni a small, portable DVD player that had been given to her as a gift and two new movies so Yeni has something to occupy her mind while in the hospital.
All in all, today was a long, heart wrenching day watching Yeni suffer and not being able to do much more than just be present.
Yeni is a brave young girl fighting a nasty disease and yet still took time today to insist that she could stay at the hospital alone if it meant her younger siblings wouldn't have to be left alone for any amount of time during her treatment.
Being in close proximity to the suffering of kids like Yeni and others we've met this year has really broken my heart in so many ways.
I don't understand the place that suffering of this magnitude has in this world. I don't know what makes one kid out of a family of four have cancer while the other three just watch her suffer.
I only know that we are each placed here on earth to help ease the suffering of others in any way we can. We are here to be the reason someone can smile at the end of a day like this. We are here to love others in the way Jesus would. Fully and without prejudice. We are here to mend the broken hearted and bandage their wounds.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Happy Monday, and Happy Birthday Dr Seuss
A little whimsy for Monday Morning to help shake the dust off and get going. Our daughter's school is celebrating Dr Seuss today, so it reminded me to make the best of it all, before all takes the best of me.
Sometimes in life things are difficult and may even seem to be impossible.
Fret not because somewhere in the world today someone is achieving the impossible, and you can too. It will not be easy and it will not come without discipline but it just might take a little longer than you expected.
Go and make the impossible happen!
"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair."
◄ Isaiah 61:3 ►
Our family has now been in Honduras for 12 days. We have been getting settled in and becoming acquainted with our new town and with some really great new families.
Each time we have traveled to Honduras over the past 10 years we have been in awe of the natural beauty as well as the beauty in the love and the grace that surely abounds here.
We have chosen to focus on the beauty and not the ashes. There are families here serving others, there are business leaders improving the community, and there are churches concerned with outreach and not just warehousing believers.
Yes, there is still crime and hurt and disease but there is also peace, and love and good people willing to do what it takes for light to defeat darkness.
Our intention here is to highlight the good going on in this community and embrace solutions rather than dwell on the problems.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we integrate with this community and pray that we would be successful in our pursuit to exchange beauty for ashes.