Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Journaling

Outside my window.... stray dogs, kids running around without any clothes, & a nice breeze

I am thankful for.... the older couple that came over for counseling this afternoon. She is 75 and he is 78. They had a romance when they were young but they were from different social classes so it ended. They were re-united a couple of years ago. He has recently come to know Christ. He wants to marry her, but too many details to get straightened out. Their story made me smile.

I am remembering.... Joseph trying to do a push up the right way… LOL

I am going ... to get ready for my lesson for Wednesday night

I am ready ....to get into the word

I am hoping.....that we find a room for Magnita to stay in while we build the downstairs apartment

On my mind...I want God to change me.

I am hearing....Fireside by the Wilds

Noticing that......It is hard to live far away from family

Pondering these words....Don't focus on the weaknesses but on the blessings.

From the learning room…It is better to give than to receive

Plan for the week...Be a supportive wife, a wise mother, and tender missionary

A Scripture thought ...
Proverbs 18:1 “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire

Journaling

Outside my window.... stray dogs, kids running around without any clothes, & a nice breeze

I am thankful for.... the older couple that came over for counseling this afternoon. She is 75 and he is 78. They had a romance when they were young but they were from different social classes so it ended. They were re-united a couple of years ago. He has recently come to know Christ. He wants to marry her, but too many details to get straightened out. Their story made me smile.

I am remembering.... Joseph trying to do a push up the right way… LOL

I am going ... to get ready for my lesson for Wednesday night

I am ready ....to get into the word

I am hoping.....that we find a room for Magnita to stay in while we build the downstairs apartment

On my mind...I want God to change me.

I am hearing....Fireside by the Wilds

Noticing that......It is hard to live far away from family

Pondering these words....Don't focus on the weaknesses but on the blessings.

From the learning room…It is better to give than to receive

Plan for the week...Be a supportive wife, a wise mother, and tender missionary

A Scripture thought ...
Proverbs 18:1 “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire

Sunday, October 17, 2010

“God has filled your tea cup, enjoy the flavor”.

We are finally back in Puerto Maldonado. We have had an eventful last two weeks. We have spent 28 hours on a bus, 10 hours on a van, & about 8 hours in a taxi. We went to Arin for a youth conference, Cusco to buy building supplies, & Quillabamba to visit our friends Beto, Neli & their 3 kids. Our boys did not do well with all the traveling. There was some throwing up and much crying. But all in all we had a blast! We made many memories and grew closer as a family.

Yesterday

I have spent the day going to the market, teaching Joseph the letter A, and cleaning the laundry room in search of a dead rat. Last night we enjoyed great food and sweet fellowship with our co-laborers Jim & Sue. Praise God for good friends. I am learning to enjoy each day. While in Cusco I was able to speak with my sister Lissette. She shared with me what she has been learning. She signed off telling me “God has filled your tea cup, enjoy the flavor”. That is my goal. I am learning to see God’s hand in each detail of each day.

Verse of the day

“Rejoice in our confident hope,
Be patient in trouble,
and Keep on praying”
Romans 12:12

Thursday, April 15, 2010

He is able.I know my Lord is able to carry me through!

For the past 13 days I have been living separated from the help and support
of my loving husband. Buddy needed to travel to Cusco to teach a block
course at a seminary. After much prayer, we decided that Joseph and I would
stay behind in Puerto Maldonado for to hold the fort. I was mostly concerned
about leaving my "kids". Our children's program had diminished with the
absence of Magnita. Our Father has given me a burden for these little souls.
I had just started a new program with them and did not want to leave for two
weeks. I just did not realize all that would happen in just two weeks.
The Strike On Sunday, April 4th the mining strike begun- The strike
was about a new law the Peruvian government had passed concerning the
legality of mining. They were requiring all miners to register and to
eventually pay a tax for their income. It also included some restriction on
how and where they could mine. After 6 deaths in Arequipa, 1 death here in
our own town, some bombs and some aggressive demonstrations, the government
gave in to the miners and amended their "new law." The strike officially
ended on Wednesday, April 7th with much partying and drinking. It took a
couple a days to get fresh produce due to lack of transportation during the
strike, but all was well thanks to your many prayers.
Monkey Attack 1 On Thursday, April 8th I went to visit my friend Sue
for some fun and fellowship. Jim and Sue are our only American friends here
in Puerto. They live about 20 minutes outside of the city in a rustic home.
They have no electricity and their roof is made of palm leaves. We enjoy
going there to get away from "the noise." They also have an owl monkey
called Winnie. Winnie is usually a lot of fun. She comes into the house at
night and jumps on your head but does no harm.
This particular day Joseph was a bit clingy towards Jim since his daddy had
been gone. He wanted to go everywhere with Jim. Well, Winnie got jealous of
the attention Joseph was getting and retaliated. Joseph was standing in the
grass waiting for Jim to come out of his shed when Winnie spotted him. She
got up on her hind legs and then at full force ran to tackle Joseph. I was
sitting about 5 feet away and could not reach Joseph in time. Praise God,
Jim heard the monkey and Joseph's screams. He reached Joseph before Winnie
could do any damage.
Monkey Attack 2 Later that evening Jim took Joseph with him to the shed.
Well Jim had forgotten that Winnie was in there feeding on spiders, and
other creepy crawlies As soon as Winnie saw Joseph she jumped on him to once
again attack him. Praise God, Jim was holding on to Joseph and just knocked
the monkey down.
Monkey Attack 3 Since we noticed that Winnie was not going to play nice with
Joseph we did not allow her into the house that night. But she is a wild
animal and like any animal in hunt for her prey, she found a way in through
the palm of the roof. This attack was pretty terrifying for me since you
could see her stalking Joseph. She was quickly making it very difficult for
any of the adults to grab ahold of her. I of course being "Mama Bear" held
onto my little cub and readied myself to destroy that little monkey if she
attempted anything.
Unfortunately, the only way to capture her was to lure her in. So we let her
jump on me and attempt to grab Joseph in order to capture her.
We succeeded but Joseph's love for monkeys has been replaced by fear.
Monkey Attack 4 The next morning Joseph was playing in the hallway while I
was cleaning up our room when I heard Jim say "The monkey got into the
house" at that very instant Joseph yelled with all his might.
I (and my 6 month pregnant body) ran as fast as I could to rescue my little
boy. When I reached him Winnie had already jumped on him. I crabbed Joseph
and kicked Winnie but she came back for more so I hit her. Both Joseph and I
were puffing and shaking. Jim captured Winnie and put her in a more secure
cage. To say the least, Joseph no longer likes monkeys. If you even spell
the word he says "NO , NO, MONKEY" as he shakes his little finger (it's
actually really cute). He spent the rest of the night looking up to see if
she was around. He clung to me for the rest of the evening not wanting to
play. Needless to say the monkey will be in the cage before we visit again.
Gringo Price
Tuesday, April 14.-We have been trying to purchase land for over a year in
hopes of building a little home. We thought that finally our prayers had
been answered. Well on Tuesday our friend that has been handling the
transaction came to tell me that the priced was changed. The buyer found out
that "Gringos" were purchasing the land and decided that the price was too
low. Please pray that justice is done. Pray for our Father to make a way.
Teething
To top everything Joseph's 4 k-9s and his back left molar have just busted
through, which all moms know make for a very fussy baby.
Little Angels
Tuesday night, April 14- That evening I was feeling especially lonely and
was praying for strength to endure this time while Buddy is away. To
distract my mind some I took a converted motorcycle (with a bench seat in
the back) to the plaza and walked around with Joseph. When we arrived home
two little boys from my children's class were at my door waiting for me.
Last Sunday the lesson was mostly on salvation. I did not want the kids to
make a decision based on what others were doing so I told them that I would
go visit them at their homes and talk to each one privately.
Well Alex and Jon-Paul were wondering why I had not visited their homes yet.
So I set up appointments for the next day. Alex then says to me "Hey sister,
let's go get some ice-cream." I responded that I couldn't since I had just
used up all my change on the taxi. He then tells me "No sister, I am
treating." He had evidently done some side jobs for his uncle and had some
money. Alex is ten and lives across the street from me. I accepted the
offer and we had a great time. I was able to talk with him more about
salvation. Please pray for him. I can tell our Father is working on his
heart.
Visitation
Wednesday, April 15 - I had made an appointment to be at Alex's house at 2
pm. Janet was able to watch Joseph for a bit so that I could go alone. When
I first arrived, Alex's mom was eating so Alex and I just chatted some.
After a while his mom came into the room. She automatically reached for the
remote to turn on the TV. Alex grabbed his mom's hand and said "But you
won't be able to her sister Loren if the TV is on." We chatted and she
opened up some with me, but she is not interested in the Gospel for herself.
She wants Alex to do what's right, but she is "too old" for religion. Please
pray for her. My next visit was scheduled for 3:30. Our "team" was supposed
to get together to rehearse the songs for that evening at 3 or 4 pm. I
figured I could either leave early or arrive late to our practice, so I
accepted the appointment. Unfortunately. I had to change the appointment due
to another team member's schedule. Long story short when I finally arrived
at Jon-Paul's house at 5 pm, Jon-Paul greeted me. He told me to wait as he
opened the door and called his mom from the back. I waited for 20 minutes. I
stood there with Joseph in my arms. Finally his little sister (who's two)
came out and said "Mom says not to open the door for you".
Jon-Paul did not come out nor did him come to kids club that night.
Please pray that he comes on Friday night or Sunday.
Kids Club
Wednesday Night, April 15- During our team meeting it was decided that the
men would not climb up to our sun roof to bring down an extra bench for my
kids club. Everyone including me did not expect many to come this evening.
Well, I had 25 kids at kids club last night. We are having a competition
that involves many areas.
1st place A Bible, CD of Bible songs, & an ice cream
2nd place A CD of Bible songs, & ice cream
3rd place A coke & ice cream
They must not only arrive on time, memorize verses, bring visitors, obey,
and bring their New Testament if they have one. The competition is hot! I
can't believe how hard these little ones are working. I am so please to see
the value the have in our Father's precious Word. Please continue to pray
for these little souls.

Friday, March 26, 2010

What a day!

This morning Joseph decided to help me get up early. Yep, 5:30 am! I was much appreciative since I had already planned on baking some banana bread for breakfast. I had left some bananas out to help the ripping process. To my surprise some little pest thought the bananas were for her and therefore helped herself to a bite or two. The kitchen reeked of rat waste. Therefore, I prepared myself to see the little rascal. I turned on the oven to preheat it and as I was finishing up the batter out comes the rat from within the stove. No matter how much I pep myself for the encounter I am always taken by surprise; accomplishing nothing in regards to the extinction of such a creature. So once again I have uninvited guests in my stove. The good news is that the banana bread came out delicious despite the fiasco.

But the adventure continued…
Joseph woke up with several mosquito bites, which created quite a distraction when it was time to nap. Please pray that they heal quickly. While Joseph was napping I was able to catch up with my friend Sue whom was in the inner jungle. Praise the Lord for good friends. When Joseph woke up I walked to the market to check up on Cecilia and her daughter. Cecilia’s daughter seems to be doing a little better but we can’t do much since the pediatrician is on vacation until Monday and Cecilia refuses to take her daughter to the hospital. I am trying to not be pushy about what the child needs. Please pray with me that the little girl will get better. Pray too for another opportunity to share the gospel with Cecilia.

Later that afternoon the three of us headed to Isabella’s house (the 84 year old who Buddy witnessed to the other day). She is very kind and quite alert and agile for her age. She was a nun until 17 and then married and had children. The priests she worked with were very good men making it difficult for Isabel to turn from works to grace. Please pray that she would see her need for a Savior.

Immediately following our visit with Isabel we headed to a local park. Buddy and I have been specifically praying for ways to make new contacts and ways to build relationships with people. Well just two days ago we started going to a little park near our house. They have bikes and little push cars that one can rent to entertain the little people. Joseph really enjoys going. Yesterday, I went by myself while Buddy ran some errands. Since I was alone, I sat with some ladies and began to chat. The conversation really sprung up because I was pregnant. They basically told me “Oh you’re pregnant again and your son is so young …I am so sorry for you” I went on to explain to them that I was not sorry and that actually we (my husband and I) feel blessed to be able to have another baby. Well, these ladies had seen Buddy pushing Joseph on one of the little cars the day before and he made quite an impact on them. Needless to say his testimony opened a door for the gospel. The ladies asked many questions and asked me to bring my Bible the next day for a further chat. As I arrived today Margarita was waiting for me. To make a long story short I was able to share the gospel with Margarita and her daughter (who is a professional obstetrician). They listened with rapt attention. They did not make any decisions but said they would come this Sunday and stay for the meal (Spaghetti Sunday). When they left I noticed that another young lady was sitting on the same bench. I asked her if she was listening. Pilar said yes. She too wants to know more and said she would come this Sunday with her sister. I was pretty excited to say the least.

Well, we had to rush home and set up for our Friday evening kids club. We usually show a film and then have a bible story followed by some sport and beverage. Unfortunately, the “equipment” did not work so we sang some songs, Buddy gave a short devotional and they learned to play American football.

It is now 9:29pm Joseph is asleep, Buddy has wrapped things up with the kids and I have sometime to write and study for my Sunday school lesson. Thanks for reading and staying in tune with what our Father is doing here in Puerto Maldonado. Please continue to pray for these souls, specifically these ladies and their families. May our Father bless you as He blesses me daily.

For His glory!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Our Father Answers Prayer

For months I have been praying for an opportunity to share the gospel with my “meat lady”, Cecilia. Before we left on furlough I had invited her to our home for dinner but she did not show. At first she was embarrassed to see me but I continued to be friendly and to faithfully shop at her “spot”. This morning Buddy and I took some time to pray for the different contacts we have made and the opportunity to share the gospel with them. As Buddy prayed Cecilia and her daughter came to my mind and I silently prayed for them. Well, I went about my morning routine not thinking much about how God would answer that prayer. I had already planned on going to the market since we were running low on meat. On my way out I bumped into Eliud (Magnita’s brother) who was just arriving from Brazil. We started chatting and eagerly asking him questions about the different tribes there. In the middle of our talk Joseph started fussing because he was all pumped to go to the market. He just kept telling me “Mommy go, go”. At first I was annoyed but then Buddy convinced me to take a short trip to the market and then meet up with them for lunch. I had no idea that our Father was using even my little one to answer my prayer. As I approached Cecilia I noticed that her little daughter was lying on her shoulder, and looking very ill. I asked Cecilia if she was ok. Cecilia went on to explain to me that she has been very lethargic for about two weeks and that she is losing weight. I told her that I knew of a good doctor that could at least run some tests. She asked me if I could go with her right then. I was reluctant to say yes since I know that often times a doctor visit takes hours, but a small voice told me “I am opening a door”. So I told her “lets go”:. When we arrived at the doctor’s office he was with a patient so we had to wait. While we were waiting Cecilia asked me “what made you be religious”. I was so excited I could hardly contain myself. I was able to share with her how I came to have a relationship with Jesus and that is why I am here: to help others have a relationship with Him as well. Cecilia is separated from her partner. She has several children and works hard to maintain the home, keeping her very busy. I am praying that the Lord will use me to show her His love and mercy. I will, Lord willing, see her again tomorrow. Please pray that we have an opportunity to talk further about the Gospel and her need of a Savior.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Keeping you updated

For a good while, I have wanted this blog to be simply a way to share with you my every day life, but on the other hand I’ve wanted it to inspire, encourage, and help others draw near or nearer to our Savior. Therefore, I am usually reluctant to write.
Unfortunately I think the same thing happens in other areas of our lives. For example, being faithful in our devotions or keeping a diet or cleaning the clutter in our homes. We have good intentions but yet do nothing to accomplish the task. All that to say, I am jumping back on the wagon: once again I will attempt to keep up my blog.

I have been home (meaning Puerto Maldonado) for about 10 days, and so much has happened. I must say I am happy to be home.

Our Father has once again out done Himself in showing me His love and faithfulness. When I first arrived to Puerto Maldonado I was overwhelmed, tired, bitten up (from Lima, the capital of all places) and a bit sad. There was no one at the airport to greet us, which makes for a very sad welcoming. After taking a moto-taxi to our house and being welcomed by Richard and Magdalena (which, by the way, had lost lots of weight, I think it's because they were saving to take a trip to visit family, therefore they did not budget enough money to buy meat). I was confronted with the overwhelming task of unpacking and cleaning. Richard and Magda had been very careful with our home and tried their best, but that included not touching anything, therefore much of our stuff was full of dust, ants, and some things had been invaded by rats. (Side note: They told us that they had to evict rats from my stove twice since I have been gone). The day we arrived Richard told Buddy that they wanted to travel for a few weeks to see family. They had not seen their family in four years, therefore we felt bad telling them that they could not go. Richard and Magdalena are currently in Puno with their little one.

Magnita, another co-worker, is still in Brazil visiting her sick grandma. She left about 2 months ago. I spoke with her a couple of days ago and she told me that she is not coming back. Her grandma is up in years and she wants to stay and help care for her for at least a year. Her grandmother lives in a tribe where there is no gospel influence, therefore Magnita has started a kids club. I am sad to loose her as a co-laborer but am excited that she is still serving our Father. Please pray for her, as I am sure she will face opposition and temptations.

Victor, our older co-worker, is still in Lima and won't return until the 3rd of April. He is taking this time as a short furlough.

Our only American friends in Puerto, Jim and Sue left for the inner jungle the same day we arrived. All that to say, we are home and alone, so where is the good news??? Well, I began to pray lots and you know what... God started answering almost immediately.

1. I prayed that I would find someone to help in the house. The Lord sent Janet. She had already worked for me before. She is a Christian and a fast, hard worker. She has two young daughters Gina and Josy, whom are helping me with children's church.
2. I prayed for energy. I have not had this much energy since before having Joseph. I am thankful this pregnancy is going well.
3. I prayed for specific things to be fixed in the house. My husband has worked hard in helping get things back in order without me asking him.
4. I prayed for time to get my Sunday school material done. Gina (Janet's older daughter) comes over every Saturday and helps me write out songs. I spend most of Thursday-Saturday preparing the memory verse, making attendance charts, creating a coloring page, and studying my lessons. I am able to get this done while Joseph naps since he is back on a schedule!!
5. I prayed that many kids and adults would come to church since our attendance has been down. The Wednesday we arrived there were 4 kids and 2 adults. Our numbers have doubled since then.
6. I prayed for Joseph's adjustment. He loves it here. He is sleeping in his own room most of the night. Duke our dog protects him very much. Duke walks us to the store and makes sure no one or nothing gets near Joseph's carriage. He also does not allow Joseph to go out the front door unless he sees one of us. Since no one is currently living with us we were able to fix up the second bedroom as the kids room. Joseph knows it's his room and is absolutely thrilled. We were also able to have someone make Joseph a toddler bed and he loves it.
7.I have been praying for a quiet time for our family. Since no one is living with us we have been able to have that special time. It has been so tranquil. My family is bonding in efforts to do God's will. I can't express the joy and peace this change has brought to my soul.

Well, I think you are all caught up. I will try to write on a more regular basis so that I can share the day to day joys, fears, and victories of living for our Father.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Rejoice in the Lord...Always?

I am currently lying in a beautiful hotel room on the Island of Freeport, Bahamas while my loving husband and adorable baby boy are enjoying a warm day at the beach. Although I am very thankful my unborn baby is doing well and that my hubby and boy are enjoying themselves, I am asking God and myself why? Why is that I was only allowed to be on the cruise ship for 5 hours? Why rest in the Bahamas instead of with family? Why here & why now? What is it that you have in mind for us?
Unfortunately, we don’t always get the answers we want in the timing we want it. It is a bit amusing that I would be complaining about resting in the Bahamas, since many of you would probably switch places with me in a heartbeat. But to have to be confined to your hotel room and its bed is not as glamorous as it sounds. For one, I am just not the type to enjoy lying for long periods of time. Sleeping in for me is 8:30 am. Even when I am sick I don’t sleep much. Second, I was looking forward to seeing the Caribbean. So now what?
Well, even as I write I can hear the precious words “rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS and again I say rejoice”… “ In EVERYTHING give thanks for THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD in Christ Jesus”. Therefore, although I do not understand and it’s not always comfortable or convenient I will rejoice and give thanks.
I AM THANKFUL FOR:
1. The fact that our unborn baby is still living.
2. My husband, who has done our laundry in the sink, walked miles to get us meals, taken care of Joseph in an amazing way, and is so gentle and caring.
3. The sunshine coming through my beautiful hotel window.
4. Joseph’s positive attitude…he has no idea that this was not our plan. He is having a blast with his dad!
5. A peaceful place to rest.
6. That my in-laws are enjoying the cruise in spite of…
7. A private Clinic with kind nurses and capable doctors.
8. That our insurance accepted the claim.
9. A cheap hotel with an amazing view.
10. A faithful God that I can trust even when I don’t understand!

Radial change of plans.

For months now, we've been looking forward to a seven day cruise through the Eastern Caribbean with Mom & Dad Fitzgerald.
After driving for the better part of three days in order to travel central Michigan to southern Florida, let's just say that we were ready for a break.
The cruise started beautifully with a snack, a meeting, and then more food.
However, immediately after dinner, Loren noticed something unusual. We had just been to the doctor two weeks ago, and everything seemed fine with the pregnancy, and at that time we were about 11 weeks along.
Returning to the cabin, she found that she was bleeding just a little. We thereupon called the ship's doctor, who reacted very alarmedly to the news. He left to check with the bridge, and upon arrival at our cabin, informed us that the entire 90,000 ton cruise ship had turned toward the city of Freeport, Bahamas, where they would be disembarking us for further and more thorough medical care.
When we halted a little off of the Island, the waves were too severe to launch the ship's boat, so a tug boat had to come get us. The bow of the tug was sometimes 3 feet below, and sometimes 2 feet above the edge of the door as it rolled and jostled in the surf. They finally got it calmed down enough to get us aboard, and subsequently to the island.
We spent several frustrating hours in the overly crowded government hospital before eventually convincing their staff that we could get better care at the private clinic down the road.
The cruise ship agent transferred us to the other hospital, and waited with us through the whole ordeal which continued until about 2:30am before we were allowed to rest.
At this point, it seems that Loren was bleeding from a fibroid. The baby in her womb appears to be fine, and the best medicine they can prescribe is rest.
The doctor tells us that we will be unable to rejoin the cruise ship, so we are thinking about resting for a few days on the island before returning to Florida.
Thank you for your prayers for a safe and God-glorifying result to this mysterious situation.

IN Christ Alone, Buddy for the family
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