Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sadness........

I have such a heavy heart tonight.  One friends son was critically injured in an IED blast yesterday-in one split second his life was altered forever.  Several more friends sons or daughters are fighting for our freedom-in harms way; while their parents try not to hold their breath-waiting for that same sort of phone call.  Other of my friends are suffering the hurt and pain of marriages crumbling-a pain I know all too well.  I have other friends who are battling illnesses-some of which may prove to be too much of a battle.  What do you say to people in these situations. "I'm sorry", sounds so inadequate; "I am praying for you" should go without saying. You can't say "God has a plan and a reason", because that isn't what they want to hear.  I guess sometimes, saying nothing except, "I am here for you" is okay. 

I wondered earlier this year-ALOT-why I was going through the trials I was going through.  Had I done something to deserve it, for it to all be taken away so abruptly?  Was I paying for some past sin, or behavior?  It has taken me a long time to realize (and some days I have to really remind myself) that our God is not a vindictive God.  He doesn't PUNISH us, He loves us. Bad things happen-there isn't always a reason. They just happen.  Although  what I've gone through-even in the last 5 years of my life-can't compare to what this young man's parents must feel about his injuries-and him being so far from home; I do believe that God had a purpose for me to go through the rough times I did.  So I could help someone else-even if it's only one person-to understand that life does, will, and can go on.

Prayer is constant-and will not cease for all of my friends who are hurting. I love you-and pray for God to bring you comfort, and peace.


Rhonda~

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I got it.......

Today was Haiti Day at TLC.  Some of us who just returned from the mission trip to Haiti were to speak, and try to instill in others the desire to go to Haiti- to "Come and See".  I am a very emotional person-those of you who know me well, know that I can't even pray most of the time without crying at least a little. That's just me-it's the way my feelings ooze out-and when the Holy Spirit shows up-it REALLY oozes!  I thought before going to Haiti, "Man, I'm going to be a blubbering mess the whole time I am there."  It didn't happen.  I only cried twice-and neither of those times happened when I thought they would-like when I walked into the childrens ward at the Justinein Hospital and saw 17 babies in cribs in a small room. The last stop for some of them.  I didn't cry when I was working triage and saw malnourished babies and moms. I didn't cry when Teresa told me that one of the women we met was trying to give her baby to her to bring home with her; she knew it would have a better life in America.  I cried Thursday morning as we left Acul Samedi, and I had to say goodbye to Pastor Obas, promising him I WOULD BE BACK!  The other time I cried was when we returned to the hotel Thursday night, and after going online found out my daughter's 11 year old dog had to be put to sleep. That night the emotions came pouring out of me, uncontrollably. Bless the poor, precious man there on the patio with me, who came to check on me; one of our team members-David-who assured me that Satan would use anything, anytime to make me doubt my purpose in God's Kingdom.  To try and detract from all the good we had accomplished, and all the lives we had touched.  Still-I must admit-it felt good to get all those tears out. Maybe that was partially a blessing from God-He knew I was about to overflow; but wouldn't allow myself because I had already been so strong.  He knew I needed permission to cry-so He let me.

I worried this morning-what would I tell my church family? How would I communicate to them the poverty and desperation I saw on some of those faces; yet also on some of them smiles.  God has blessed them by the fact that a lot of them have never known it any other way-so they are happy with what they have. We should all be so blessed!  But as He usually does-in my time of need-the Holy Spirit showed up and ran with it.  It was like an out of body experience. I remember thinking "This is NOTHING that I had planned to say-but it's really good stuff!".  I think God spoke through me to others, after hearing their comments, and I hope so.  I don't deserve ANYTHING for going to Haiti. I feel I should be there more, but work won't permit. Wouldn't it be neat if I had the flexibility to  several times a year? I would love that. But I know-if it is meant to happen-God will make a way.  After all the miracles He has given me this year-I know He will make His plan known to me in his own time.

I didn't cry-but I got it. I didn't need to see all the other sick children, in rooms with rats running along the floor to GET IT.  God sent His message loud and clear; to fulfill His great commission-

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)

I got it-will YOU get it? Whether God calls you to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, or just your own neighborhood; God can use you too!



In Christ's AMAZING love~
Rhonda

Friday, October 15, 2010

Trusting God Is Faith~

Today Friday-October 15, 2010-Habakkuk 1:5)

That's my T.G.I.F.  It's so true, and I have learned that more than ever this year.  People have commented how inspired they are by me. I don't take any credit for that, because it isn't me at all. It's God-He's all there is-EVER!!!  Nothing else really matters without Him.  I hope I can continue to inspire and lift others up, as so many have done for me this last year. Today is our journey home.  No words, ANYWHERE will ever be able to fully convey what God has done this week.  I will tell you all about it when I return.  Until we speak again-tell me your favorite sotry of Faith-either in you or someone else. Then you too can inspire someone else!

Have a FABULOUS weekend!!
Much love~
Rhonda~









·         Hearts to soak in all they learned and experienced
·         This to not just be a week of memories but for hearts to continued to be changed as they return home
The seeds they planted this week to continue to produce a harvest in the future

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thankful Thursday~

Today-October 14, 2010-(Psalm 51:12)-Today we will visit Phaeton for possible future work, and then return to Cap-Haitien for the night.  I can't believe it's gone by already!  I am sure I am tired-but I know God will restore me physically; and rev up my engine for our travel home, and sharing of what God did in my life, and the lives of others this week!

Please pray specifically for~ 

    Direction and vision for future work in Haiti, and Joy  in the Lord and laughter with each other.

    Here's a huge SHOUT out to my beautiful daughter Beka! I love you Baby and I will be home soon!  I am SO thankful for her, and for God having the faith in me to raise her. What or who are you thankful for today?
      Much love in Christ~
     Rhonda   ~
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday~

Today Wednesday October 13, 2010-(Isaiah 40:28-31)

Greetings from Haiti!!  Today we will hold yet another medical clinic. Those of you who know me well, know I always wanted to work in the medical field, so I am in HEAVEN!!!  I love caring for others, and so when I did my spiritual gifts class last year-it was no surprise to me that one of my gifts is compassion.  I am thankful to God for that gift.

Please pray specifically for~

·    God to renew our strength and energy
Boldness to share the Good news of Christ with everyone they meet!!

Do a random act of Chirst-ness today for someone!
Rhonda~