Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I signed a three-book contract with Pix-N-Pens Publishing for my Really Rare Rabbits series. The first book releases in March.
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
God led every step of the way. Praise Him with me for this wonderful blessing!
Friday, January 18, 2013
"We love because he first loved us." 1 John 4:19 (NIV) Sharing God's love in remote areas of Bolivia.
There were few smiles on the children's faces when our group arrived in their village, but they were all smiling after hearing about our "Reason" for being there.
This year our church group went into an area of darkness. Arriving near nightfall, the traditional festivities of the season were well underway. Loud music, intoxicated people, and pouring rain were the welcome mat our group encountered. At first, some questioned if this was the place God intended us to be this Christmas season.
After problems on the road and darkness falling, the ambience in the village didn't exactly shout welcome to our group or the gospel. Miles from civilization, it was evident God intended for our group to be in this place to share the Good News.
Earlier that morning, supplies of food and gifts were loaded in a truck to be shared with the village. Now it was time to unload and begin the three day ministry of sharing Jesus with the unreached people of the remote parts of the Andes Mountains.
A sound system was set up, and Christian music was heard throughout the area. The youth helped in the kitchen as they fried Bolivian donuts (buñuelos) to share with the community. Soon there was a crowd eating donuts and listening as the gospel was shared.
The next day, the mood was different. The medical team began attending to the needs of the people and children. Many received hair cuts and pedicures, and many heads were washed and teeth were pulled. Some received medicines for their ailing bodies.
All the while, the gospel was shared. There was a peace that flowed through the village this day. It was a different mood from the night of arrival.
1Peter 2:9 says, "that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."(NIV)
Many children accepted the Lord and some adults. The people commented that no one had ever come to wash their hair or give them gifts before. They understood our reason for being there. Jesus was the reason, and He had led us to them.
In this remote region, without electricity and many basic human needs, they now have The Light and hope of eternal life.
Bolivians have caught the vision and are taking the gospel to their own people. What a privilege to be a part of God's work in Bolivia. This Christmas in a remote village, children received gifts and food, and people's needs were met. But above all, they now have The Light and aren't in darkness anymore. I'm sure they would all send their thanks to those who made it possible for them to hear the Good News this Christmas. Someday in heaven, they will be able to say thank you face to face to all those who helped spread the gospel to their area of the mountains. God is doing great things throughout the mountains and valleys of Bolivia.