El Mayor Amor

El Mayor Amor

Bienvenidos (Welcome)

Thank you for taking the time to visit my humble blog; it's not much, but it's a place for me to share the ways the Lord is directing, leading, and teaching me to those I love most. The destination is Esperancita, Honduras... a small town in the tropical countryside of Honduras, where God has led me to a mission field of orphaned children who have stollen my heart. The mission is this... to share the love of my Savior Jesus Christ in every way, and every day with these precious children. Esperancita translates to "little hope" in English, and yet I have no small hope for what the Lord can accomplish through my life, and through the lives of these children. I chose to title the blog "El Mayor Amor" (The Greatest Love), because I know the greatest Love quite personally. I love Him, because He first loved me! And, as the Bible commands, I seek to share that all-too-wonderful love with the children to whom the Lord has led me. As I aim to raise these children in the ways of the Lord, and assist with their most basic of needs (physical) and even their most complex of needs (love), please pray for me; That the love of my Savior would shine through my every action, and every deed... that in this area of "little hope" I could demonstrate the "greatest love" that points directly to Christ!

Monday, July 14, 2014

La Majestad

The Majesty....

I don't know how to put it, simply, how the Lord has been working in my life as of lately or what He has been teaching me.  Merely this... that I have much more to learn about the complexity of my all-knowing, all-powerful God.  His ways are not my ways and His thoughts are not my thoughts... but when I stay open to His leading and search for Him alone, His voice shines through and floods the soul. I can not imagine this life without His Word... I'm learning to pant for Him, as the deer for the waters.  And to trust His leading... I'm learning that to trust Him often comes to a point of crisis... a point where one has to put their beliefs into ACTION, a leaping action of complete confidence that where He leads, though not seen, is BEST for you.  It's nuts... It's crazy... It's powerful... and it's life-changing.

I still look down a lot in this leap of faith... I still find myself amazed and occasionally fearful of what I see.  But, I rest... and will rest, in the One who holds my hand and holds the pen of these blank pages in my life.  May He do what He sees fit to mold this life of mine to be more like His Son.  It will be worth it all!

Press on, and rest... in who God is, knowing He is in control and wants to show YOU His amazing plans for your life.  But, be ready to LEAP!

Praying for you and yours!
Sarah

Thursday, July 3, 2014

No Mucho

Not Much...

Dear Friend and Family,

I don't have much to report today as I'm in a bit of a rush to accompany a young woman and her daughter to the Medicentro to have an ultrasound.  Her daughter is 9 years old, Suani, and has been suffering from severe abdominal pains.  She lives in our people group and her mother approached me about the need to have the exam.  I have Maria with me and will be leaving shortly to arrive at 11 am to start the process.  Please pray for both Suani and her mother, Roxani... that the Lord would give me opportunity to witness to them and encourage them to visit the church.

Other than that, I'd ask for your prayers for Daniela and Wendy as their mother visited on Sunday and is wanting to take them with her.  Neither of them want to go, they say they would like to stay and finish their studies... but you can imagine the emotional turmoil of having the option of leaving with your birth mother who you have always wanted to know and love and live with.  I am simply praying for the Lord's will to be accomplished... I know what my will is, but I don't know how the Lord will come through on this.  The mother is seeking permission from a lawyer and is planning to come this upcoming Sunday to take them to her home... they are 4 in total that live on the property, and one she has to her current partner.  I don't understand it, but the Lord knows best. He gives and He takes away, and blessed be His name!

Press on for Christ,
Sarah

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ojo por Ojo

Eye for an Eye...

Dear Friends and Family,

One of the awesome things about the Lord is that the "little" things matter.  You can find examples of God's compassion for the weak, unwanted, neglected, seemingly useless members throughout the written Word.  The eye is a little member, but so powerful and NEEDFUL in daily functioning.  It's complexity is confounding to even the scholarly.  No one can say to this little member, that you have no need of it.  This is how I was thinking on my way to the hospital on Monday...

Monday was a nutty day.  I simply wanted to finish up with my morning cleaning routine before my girls had their recess so that I could get some other bigger tasks accomplished.  The Lord has a sense of humor and I think some of you in the States who are potentially praying for my patience (as well as myself included) are guilty for this morning.  I had one "interumption" after another... 3 ladies from a people group that I am not even familiar with came to leave me with bananas, but secretly wanted shoes for their little girl and a skirt.  Then, 2 other visitors asking for financial help with a medical eye exam.  Then, 2 other visitors... and then, all the ladies from the group that is here right now.  I was already a little up in arms with accomplishing my tasks.... but I know why now.

After lunch, my girls were on the swings again and I saw my little Angie humped over.  No screams, no uncontrollable crying... simply humped over.  She was bleeding from what appeared to be her forehead and actually had 2 clots of blood that had me a little startled.  I am always amazed at the Lord's strength in my weakness... I was calm, and slightly forceful with her to get up and walk with me.  I didn't understand why she had her eyes closed but I guided her to our porch and began to assess the damage.  I began pouring hydrogen peroxide over the "wound" only to realize that it wasn't a cut at all... her eyebrow was bloody and the corner of her eye, but no gash.  I began to softly attempt to open her eye and that's when the screams came.  I was flinching and couldn't bare the thought of her eye being the culprit of the blood.  I began to jump into action, calling my beloved and trusted friend who happens to be an amazing Christian woman and doctor.  And we got ready to head in to Santa Rosa.  I didn't know where we would go or for how much time so I tried to get some things ready as I gave orders to my other girls to keep things running while I was gone... dinner, clothing, bathing, homework.... nutty!

Praise the Lord, one of the workers from the property took us in rather quickly and after a bumpy ride we arrive to the private hospital where we were escorted to a private eye doctor's office.  She was seen within 5 minutes, given numbing drops to open the eye, evaluated to have 20/20 vision and a scratch to the cornea.  We walked out with both eyes open, free of charge, with an antibiotic in hand and still with our ride waiting for us to go back to the property.  I simply had one phrase in my heart and mind... God is so good.  That little eye of my little girl means the WORLD to Him.  We were giggling within moments of leaving the office.

Now, we are in town for purchasing.  Dinora is with me and we are finishing up our drinks about to make a mad dash to find Brother Ronnie!  We are grateful for your prayers and pray likewise for all of you!  Please pray for the ministry as groups are coming in every week and supposedly the container has arrived in the port and now we are just waiting on the Lord to bring it safely to the property!

IN Christ,
Sarah
Dinora... sporting her new flower clip, if you can see it.  He doesn't have to be soooo good to us.  But He is!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

La Locura

Dear Friends and Family,

We've been praying for all of you and thanking the Lord for those of you who spend your time lifting us up in prayer and supporting us in numerous ways. I'm grateful for your prayers and simply ask that you continue joining me in prayer for my sanctification in this earthly life... it will bring about fiery trials, but the trials teach us so much about dependence on our Fortress.

My girls and I are doing well.  Still 23.  And praise the Lord, every week I can see some spiritual fruit that gives me enough substance to keep pressing on.  We have groups coming through the ministry every week through August, so life has been a little busy.  Last night, I had the blessing of hearing one of the college students who is visiting sing a BEAUTIFUL version of the song "I have been blessed".  I simply sat in my pew, my arms around 2 of my girls, softly singing the words to the song and tears welling in my eyes as I had the opportunity to meditate a bit on how truly blessed I am... to have food on my table, shoes on my feet, arms that raise, a heart that beats, 23 souls to raise, a home so tenderly filled with blessings and provisions. It's amazing, truly.  God has been GOOD to me.

I LOVE, how throughout the day, my heavenly Father knows how ridiculously easy it is for me to get stressed out... to lose my patience when I have 10 girls around me asking me repeatedly for the same thing... or when I have homework to revise... or when the daily grind just gets to me... and He provides an outlet.  Yesterday was a little intense.  One of my girls, Liliam, was on the swingset and took a nice hit to the head and came to me with a stream of blood down her neck.  To be honest, she's a little bit of a drama queen (whom I love with ALL my heart, don't mistake me)... so I sternly asked her to calm down a bit as I escorted her outside to have a look and clean her up.  She has a nice gash, but praise the Lord was SUPER calm and less dramatic after drinking a cup of Chamomile tea... which I am still not so sure it's the chamomile as much as it is the medicine of knowing that someone cares and takes time aside for you in these tender moments.  Nonetheless, she was content.  The funniest thing is, that one of the ladies in this group brought a long A LOT of precious flower clips that her granddaughter made and I promised to have all my girls using them in the evening church service.  This was AWESOME, because the large flower clip PERFECTLY hid Liliam's bulky gauze that I held in place with a headband.  She went SUPERCUTE to church, and NO ONE knew a thing.  How's that for a caring God, knowing that Liliam is also one of my most self conscious little girls.  But other than that... while Liliam's little accident was a surprise thrown in to my routine of dinner and getting the girls bathed, ready for church... and WITHOUT WATER, I was a little on edge.  Then, my nutty Mildrin comes up to me with a plastic wiffle ball stuck on her finger.  I just laughed uncontrollably.  We tried Olive oil to lubricate and dislodge her poor, red, swollen finger... to no avail.  I let her alone for a bit... she ate, I joked and laughed at her expense, and then we applied frozen margarine... to no avail.  Then, I said a little prayer and began sawing away at the plastic with a kitchen knife and WITHOUT a single slice to the finger, we got her unwiffled. 

After dislodging Mildrin, the water came back, and I was able to get a shower after a LONG day of working and sweating profusely (sorry, but it's the honest truth)... and my girls and I went off to enjoy the church service sporting some beautiful flowery headdresses.  It's not necessary, but God is just that good.

It's the simply things in life.... the brief moments of fresh air, the giggles and chuckles that lift the soul.  One sweet word, seasoned with love, in due time.  One sweet song.  He doesn't have to be, but He is SO merciful.

All of my girls are off in a neighboring town today, basically on a school field trip to play soccer.  I really really really (insert whining here) wanted to go, but because of my motherly duties of purchasing our weekly food portion, and nameless other tasks, I simply could not.  Marilu is not one for soccer... she's quite uncoordinated and ditzy, so she was super excited to come along to Santa Rose with me.  Here we are in our beloved café, already drank our frozen drinks and now we are off to make the purchases and run our errands.  We are blessed and thankful to all of you who allow the Lord to work through you to touch our lives.  We pray for a tenfold blessing in your lives and that we too might be a channel of blessing to you all.

 
 
Keep Looking Up, and Faint Not.
Sarah & Marilu

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Panqueques

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you all for your prayers and interest in my humble life.  We had a nice celebration for Fili's birthday... we were able to surprise her and have a rather enjoyable day of festivity.  With much prayer, I look forward to seeing if her attitude improves and she understands the path ahead of her.

The week has been a rather normal one... lots of rain, occasional electricity and water shortages, not very much homework, and lots of visits from village folk who are in need.  I definitely am learning some patience... I usually do my cleaning routine in the mornings, but as of lately, I start and don't finish until the afternoon with the way that visitors have been coming around.  It's a blessing, and I do pray that I can have the compassion of Christ. 

Today I have Daril and Michell with me... I need to take Michell to the lab to have some tests done to see if she is anemic or has parasites.  Daril is along for the ride :)  Please pray for several of my girls... I allowed Meydi and Nury to spend their Sunday afternoon in the town with one of the elderly women of the church who has a granddaughter that she provides for.  They spent the day playing with her granddaughter and came back very ill from the food.  They were vomiting for 2 days... its hard to know what to do with my girls sometimes.  They need to interact, socialize, and enjoy time away from home just as normal kids do... but unlike in the States, I not only worry over if they are behaving themselves and learning from good examples... but also if they are drinking clean water, eating clean food, and some other third world worries.  God is good, however, and they are back to normal now.  Marilu is complaining of stomach pain of her right side and I am in prayer over how to help her... she woke me up at 1 am last night because of her pain and very slowly I got up to try to be of comfort to her.  I couldn't bring her in town with me today since I have Michell's exams to take care of.

Other than that, we are blessed.  I am here in the internet café and restaurant with 2 of my beauties, basking in the love that the Lord has for us that we can enjoy breakfast together... frozen coffee drinks with pancakes and smiles.  We'll be leaving here shortly to start the grocery purchases and go to the lab.




We are blessed.
Thanks for your prayers!
All my love in Christ,
Sarah

Friday, May 30, 2014

God's Goodness

Dear Friends and Family,

While it never ceases to amaze me how quickly time flies and how I always need to apologize for my lack of time and communication, I am SOOOO extremely grateful for your continued, faithful support and love.  Your prayers lift up these feeble arms and your contributions lift my faith in understanding that there is a God, my God, who provides for us more than the sparrows!  How humbling and absolutely incomprehensible!

I am currently writing you on a new computer...  THANK YOU GRACE BIBLE CHURCH and FAMILY!  What a blessing to sit down at an internet café and be able to pump out a quick post all in one sitting.  You just don't understand how easy and how much of a blessing it is!  Thank you... my girls can see their photos and we are enjoying some videos of the Torchlight series about missionaries.  God is so good, when He simply doesn't have to be.

Thank you to my family and all those who have a part in gathering supplies for this next container.  I am so humbled and grateful for your efforts and please know that I treasure each box, each item that passes through our hands.  Spearman family... Mr. Jim, Mrs. Gayle, Eric, Phil.... I am so grateful for your help in organizing a combined delivery... that is extremely sacrificial and I pray the Lord blesses tenfold for your hearts and willingness to touch lives here in Honduras.  THANK YOU!

I don't have much to report but wanted to try to share some photos to enjoy.  God is so good... my family of 23 is doing well.  Fili celebrates her 15th birthday tomorrow... I am going to throw a surprise party for her, as the quincenera is like the Sweet 16 in the states.  She is in need of knowing how much she is treasured in the world and in much need of your prayers... if her behavior and attitude does not improve towards me, I fear she may be asked to leave the property by Pastor Chungo.  I have had some difficulties with her being extremely disrespectful and rather violent at times.  She is not past hope and still worthy of love... please pray for me in this manner and for wisdom to the high heavens.

Here are some of the reasons why I love doing what I am doing... its all worth it

Kenia... acts like an 80 year old with her sense of humor and wit

Maria, Nury, and Liliam on our way to Esperancita to leave supplies with some poverty stricken families

Dinora... doesn't need any words!

A very strange passerby with her favorites Fabiola

Marilu, always ridiculous and amazingly beautiful

Daniela, Gods handiwork, with just a hint of Kenia

I cant get this upright... but here is one of my 2 newest girls, Cesia.  A tough cookie at first, but now softer than ever thanks to the Lord!

Michelle, my newest and by far my most humble. 

Our newest blessing and awesome time filler... SWING SET!  I spent yesterday outside with my girls... I felt like I was on vacation... I sat and read a book I was given while they played.  It was a nice little breather and break from the daily grind!

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Mr. Mark and Mr. Dan who made this possible... we are very grateful! God Bless!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sin Palabras

Without Words...

Its an amazing thing to be speechless before the Lord.  To be humbled in His presence.  To be held in His hands.  To be amazed at His grace.  To be lost... in His plans.  To be willing.... to do His will.

Time flies here... like I cant even explain.  We just passed a crazy week of vacation from school, as here in Central America, they celebrate Holy Week in remembrance of the sufferings, crucifixion, death, and resurrection of our Beloved Lord.  It was a beautiful time of seeing the Lord work through some humbled Honduran preachers to deliver the basic Gospel message... it never gets old, AMEN!

God´s been good to us.  We are still a family of 23, and the Lord has been at work in the hearts of my girls.  I love seeing the fruit in their lives... but there is still more to be done!

I dont have much time to write, but I would appreciate your prayers, as my 2 cousins are arriving with another young lady tomorrow!  They will be staying for a week, and we are praying that the Lord goes ahead of us and blesses the time together.  I can´t explain to you the blessing of seeing family... there aren´t many words to describe it.

I have a lot to say, but Lord willing, I will be more able to write in depth soon!
All my love,
In Christ,
Sarah