Meet Francisca

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I met Francisca for the first time on our trip to Veracruz. She is the oldest in a family of 9. I asked her the usual questions, trying to get to know her. When I asked, are you in school, her eyes went down with sadness and disillusion.

Her story touched me so, I have to post about it here, hoping and in faith that the Lord will answer her prayer.

She is 18 and was in her '3rd semester' of high school. What we can understand as 11th grade. Her family lives in the mountains, her father had supported her by paying a room and food while she stayed in the closest town with a high school, Zacualpa, about 2 1/2 hours away.

Her family can't afford to pay for this anymore. $70/month pays for her to share a room and food. Francisca wants to go work at the closest big city, Tulancingo, 4 hours away. This broke my heart. She WANTS to go to school and would be the first in the community to be a high school graduate. The dreams I see for her. She could help with her brothers/sisters and their education. With 1 semester away, will she finish?

If you would like to sponsor Francisca, please email me - dcg1218 @ yahoo dot com. Thank you.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pictures from our last trip to Veracruz taken from my phone because my small camera was not functioning (ugh!). If you know me, I love to have my camera at hand! Aside from that and a flat tire, our trip was a blessing.

Life in Mexico

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hola amigos!

I just want to take a moment and journal what's life like here in Mexico.

Everyday chores usually take a lot longer to do here. Laundry, for example is a few hours versus 1 to 1 1/2 it took in the US. Cooking is a whole lot different. Libe, the lady of the house, takes the responsibility of cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other labor tasks. However, since I came, I have been helping her with at least cooking and some cleaning. She is thrilled to see me cook in a different way :) I don't have everything I need when cooking, but I'm learning to be creative. That is a definite requisite to living here.

Spiritually speaking, we are on our own. There isn't a church where I can go and worship freely and fellowship. Every church we have visited have requested us to preach/teach. It's weird actually. I feel a freedom of not having a 'church responsibility' but at the same time it was good to have an appointment every Sunday with the Lord. I don't know if this makes sense. :) It's been fun to seek God on my own basis. I can't really explain. It's just me, a worship CD/playlist, the Word and my prayer shawl (thanks Pastor Tom), seeking the Almighty God of Wonders. Praise his name.

This has been on my heart lately:
"You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth." John 4:22-24 (TNIV)

I've noticed this, Jesus says "You Samaritans worship what you do not know...we worship what we do know" - and I ask- "Lord, what do I know? The more I know you, the more I know who I worship, the more worship means to me." I know him more in worship and the truth reveals who He is to me. Thank you Father for being a personal God to me, I can say with confidence "You are my God and I worship YOU."

Domini, Hidalgo

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Teaching at a Pastor's conference followed by a general service.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

First Visit to Veracruz 6/5-7/09

Praise God! 8 Saved, 3 Healed, 2 Teachings with 32 in attendance

Wish List- Board and Chalk, Crayons, Activity Books, Small CD Player, Kid's Bibles.

Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:10

Great Progress in 2 Weeks

Monday, June 1, 2009

Tomorrow will mark 2 weeks since our arrival here. I’m glad I’ve been able to adapt well so far. The family where we are staying is very kind. I get along well with the lady of the household and I help her with chores around the house. Her daughters are really nice as well. They all have been patient mostly with me and my many differences.

It has been a little hectic this week because we have had periods without electricity and water. It’s also been a time for me to get to know people around town. Nevertheless, I have already befriended a neighbor. She is an 18 year old girl who studies and works in the weekends. She has had problems with her parents in the past because she went to the evangelical church versus the catholic. She sneaks off whenever she can with which ever excuse so she can come over, her parents know I and the family where I’m staying at are Christians and don’t like for her to be here for long periods of time. We go walking around the town and have talks about Jesus and what it means to have a relationship with the Creator. I gave her 2 books this week to read; a small beginner’s booklet on what it means to be saved and The Purpose Driven Life. She stayed at her grandma’s until late one night so she could sneak in with the books. This is a great start to mentoring!

Intercession time has been crucial and so beneficial in more ways than one. I recruited one of the girls who live here to spend some time with me during intercession. She is a very motivated Christian but is hungry for true leadership. This time was a great way to show her how to battle the spiritual and how to pray the Word of God, bringing heaven to earth, making a difference in the things we don’t see. She is almost 22 yrs old, studying to be an elementary school teacher. How powerful to know her work and her prayers WILL change children and their generations!
…that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;… - Psalm 78:6 -7
We will be leaving to the mountains tomorrow morning at 4am. This is to Tlacochachilco, Veracruz. We will stay there for 3 days. Today is my down day trying to be well rested and well organized for the trip. Wilson left early today to the capital, DF, to find his prescriptions. I pray they are at a reasonable price…No, Lord please let it be cheap!! His blood pressure meds are already twice as much as it was in the US. Now he needs his hormone replacement, he has been doing so well ever since he started treatment again. Well, I leave it in His hands, he takes care of the impossible, of the things I have no control over.


Gran Progreso en 2 Semanas

Marcará mañana 2 semanas desde nuestra llegada aquí. Estoy contenta que he podido adaptar bien hasta ahora. La familia donde permanecemos es muy amable. Yo me llevo bien con la señora de la casa y yo la ayudo con tareas alrededor de la casa. Sus hijas son realmente agradables también. Todos han tenido paciencia en su mayor parte conmigo y mis muchas diferencias.

Ha sido un poco agitada esta semana porque hemos tenido los períodos sin electricidad y agua. También ha sido un tiempo para mí de conocer personas alrededor del pueblo. No obstante, yo ya me he hecho amiga de una vecina. Ella tiene 18 años de edad que estudia y trabaja en los fines de semana. Ella ha tenido problemas con sus padres en el pasado porque ella fue a la iglesia evangélica en ves de la católica. Ella se viene a escondida siempre que ella pueda, sus padres conocen que yo y la familia donde permanezco somos cristianos y no quieren para ella estar aquí por espacios de tiempo largos. Caminamos alrededor del pueblo y tenemos platicas de Jesus y de lo que significa tener una relación con el Creador. Yo le di 2 libros esta semana para leer; un folleto pequeño para principiante en lo que significa ser salvo y Una Vida Con Propósito. Ella se quedo donde su abuelita hasta muy noche para entrar a escondidas con los libros. ¡Esto es un gran comienzo al de enseñanza !

El tiempo de la intercesión ha sido crucial y tan beneficioso en muchos sentidos. Reclute a una de las chicas que viven aquí para estar un tiempo conmigo durante intercesión. Ella es una cristiana muy motivada pero con hambre para un liderazgo verdadero. Fue una gran manera de mostrarla cómo combatir lo espiritual y cómo orar la Palabra de Dios, trayendo el cielo a la tierra, haciendo una diferencia en las cosas que nosotros no vemos. Ella es de casi 22 años, estudiando para ser un maestro de escuela primaria. ¡Cuán poderoso saber que su trabajo y sus oraciones cambiarán a los niños y sus generaciones!
Para que la generación venidera lo supiera, aun los hijos que habían de nacer, Y éstos se levantaran y lo contaran a sus hijos, Para que ellos pusieran su confianza en Dios, Y no se olvidaran de las obras de Dios Sino que guardaran Sus mandamientos; Salmo 78:6 -7
Estaremos saliendo a las montañas mañana por la mañana a las 4am. Esto está en Tlacochachilco, Veracruz. Permaneceremos allí durante 3 días. Hoy es mi dia de trabajo libiano para estar descansada para estar bien organizada para el viaje. Wilson se fue temprano hoy a la capital, DF, para encontrar su receta medica. ¡Oro que esten en un precio razonable…no, Señor permite por favor que lo este barato!! Sus medicaciones de la tensión son ya dos veces tanto como estuvo en EEUU. Ahora él necesita su reemplazo de hormona, él ha estado muy bien desde que comenzó tratamiento otra vez. Bien, yo lo dejo en las manos de Dios, él cuida de lo imposible, de las cosas que yo no puedo controlar.