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!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Fe en que no puedo ver

Faith in the unseen...

This week, I would simply just like to ask for your sincere prayers for my Mother, Judy.  She underwent her heart surgery on Tuesday, and as of today is still sedated and connected to 3 different assistive machines that are helping her to breathe, helping her heart to pump the blood, and something else that I won´t pretend to understand.  It´s difficult to hear the tears of my family over the phone, but Im grateful because I serve a Mighty God that sees and hears all.  His hands extend further than mine and He understands and controls everything in His perfect Will.  Please pray for my mom, for my dad, and for my sister.

We are doing well here and are super blessed, every day.  Thats all...  press on, in faith, trusting and hoping in the unseen!

Simply Sarah

Thursday, March 6, 2014

25 Frijolitos

25 Little Beans... haha, what does that even mean you are asking?  It means a whole lot.

This week, I´m numbering at 25 girls in my home.  I had a 7 year old Michell arrive last week on Friday, and 2 girls staying with me while their mother is traveling in the capital with her special needs child seeking medical attention.  I actually chuckled a little bit and had an attitude with the Lord on that Friday... seriously, Lord? You think I can handle more? What in the world is your definition of not giving me more than I can handle?  Are you sure that you know me? Are you sure you understand how weak I am?... But, I answered my own questions.  He does... He always has... and He always will.

To be completely honest, we´ve been a little strapped on food for almost 2 weeks now.  I´ve been revising my budget and wanted to make some cuts, so some of the luxuries we were consuming (brown rice, whole grain pasta, and whole wheat flour) have been cut but also have not been in stock.  We´ve been eating ground oatmeal every morning, beans and corn tortillas every afternoon, and then stretching vegetables and eggs to invent wonderfully delicious concoctions.  We´ve been praying over the food just as we always do, and asking the Lord to multiply and provide for us.  He does.  Some days I have 26 mouths to feed, plus myself, and plus any visiting workers.  God always provides, and this week, Pastor Chungo decided to slaughter a cow so we had 2 servings of meat.  Amen.  I feel silly even talking about food, but I love seeing how little is much when God is in it.  Proverbs says that its better to eat legumes and vegetables with the love of the Lord in your home, than to eat a fattened calf... but sometimes, because He is so loving, He sends both!

Right now, I love my home more and more every day.  I love my girls.  I love them in their ups and their downs.  I love their hand written cards that tell me how much they love me and my discipline in their lives, and I love them even when they mistreat me or disobey.  I love watching them grasp new lessons, spiritually and mentally.  I love watching them grow.  I love learning to be... content!  While I wont say much about it, this last Saturday, I had a splendid time with the girls as we visited the little people group in Esperanza and spent HOURS playing soccer on a concrete court.  I played without shoes, and came back with a pretty nasty toe and extremely sore feet.  I actually crawled a bit in the clinic to move from room to room, laughing hysterically at the amount of pain my poor feet were in, but thanking the Lord for the opportunity to just spend some downtime with my girls outside of our occasionally extremely stressful 4 walls.  I will never boast in much of anything, especially not soccer skills, but I will boast in my God who uses such simple blessings to flood the soul with refreshing joy and strength, even though I walked with a limp for several days.  I am now back to normal :)

And PLEASE; pray for me as THIS WEEK, I would like to type up my next prayer letter.  I waited to have an updated template with all of my girls faces, and now I am already outdated with 2 new girls.  My computer isnt functioning much at all, and I certainly cant use it to type a letter as my keys dont all work.  Please pray that I can use Christa´s computer and make it happen if the Lord so wills it.

Thanks so much for your prayers and interest in my growing family´s lives.  We are eternally grateful.
Keep fighting the Good Fight,
Your fellow soldier,
Sarah

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Calm Before the Storm

HOLA!  Has it been an eternity since I´ve last written to you all to say that I am still alive, that I am so thankful for your patience, and that my God is still So good?  I will answer that question for you, Yes, Yes it has.

I do pray that this finds all of you well and strong in the work of the Lord.  I pray this finds you busy... no in worries of the world, in to-do lists that stress you out, but simply busy in working for Him.  Being faithful to live your life as an open Bible before others, and let them know you by your fruits and works.

I don´t even know what I wrote about in my last update, but a lot has happened.  I was blessed to see my parents for 10 days here in Honduras.  I can´t explain the peace that floods a soul just from being around family... of the flesh.  I have family, and lots of it... but through adoption of the soul and heart.  We prayed for months as we knew of my mother and fathers plans to come, and I am thankful to say that the Lord went before us all and gave us a great time.  Unfortunately my calling here doesn´t allow for much downtime, but typically around 9 at night, we were able to sit for a bit and talk over some life.  Every night was emotional for all of us, I think.  Its hard to say goodnight when you know a goodbye is coming soon.  I say goodnight to my girls everynight with the expectation of seeing them in the morning... sometimes half heartedly.  I know the Lord called me here, I am sure of it.  Its difficult, it is a sacrifice, and some times it hurts... but I am so very grateful for the level of support I have from my parents and sister and family and church body.  There is something about family and an understanding that doesnt need words.  I enjoyed watching them interact with my girls and the environment in which I live... Mom helped with stitching tons of clothes, cut fingernails and toe nails that go so neglected in my list of things to accomplish, played babysitter and craft overseer, and back massager.  Dad helped with being Mr. Fix it and doing things that I simply am not capable of doing.  We have a nice shelf in our kitchen now, that not only functions as a pantry but homework organizer while I cook and review everyones work.  Dad made hamburgers for the girls that they´ll never forget and allow my girls to hold his hand and play with his (ehh hem) balding area.  They left a mark on my girls, and while it was an extremely difficult goodbye, I am confident that the Lord did a work.  I love you BOTH more than words could ever express, and am grateful for you allowing me to follow the Lord here.  I can´t imagaine where I would be without you... 

The monday that my parents flew out, I wasnt able to accompany them.  It was the first day of school for my girls and the first day of a special week of preaching.  Every year, a missionary preacher from Costa Rica that has his own ministry and home comes to our property.  He is legally blind, and preached for the first time this year in Spanish using a braille device.  I learned from the diligence that goes in to serving the Lord for him, as he studies, work with his wife to translate the preaching, and then converts it into a transferable file to his braille computer.  Its amazing.  I love how the Lord uses what the world calls weak to confound the wise!  Thats me!  Im now 25 years old, and I have 22 girls.  I am without a physical helper, but with a mighty spiritual Helper in my times of need and 24/7 beck and call.  And my Heavenly Helper has been doing some pretty amazing things... my newest girl Cesia, while underwent a very hard transition from being a rather rebellious young lady is showing a softened heart and wrote me a sweet little card about loving me and loving my glasses and curly hair... haha.  Its amazing what can win a little girls heart.  One of my newer girls, Yolanda, made the decision during the week of preaching to accept the Lord as her personal Lord and Savior.  I spoke with her about it and she shows a great level of understanding, and am excited to see how the Lord works in her heart to purify her as she learns to walk in the Spirit.

We have MUCH improved since school days last year.  The calm before the storm occurs at about 8 o´clock every morning when I walk with my girls to school and say my last compassionate warnings to behave well, care for their things, and do a good job in their school work.  Then, usually with a 5 gallon water jug in hand, I skip up the hill to buy more water and come down a little slower than before with jug on shoulder.  I then enter my completely quiet clinic, and enjoy being able to hear myself whistle and sing and work.  I sweep and mop without the little feet that I so love but also so despise when I am cleaning, coming in a leaving their footprints on my fresh floors.  Recess lets out faithfully around 10, when my girls come back to help with chores and ask for permission to eat their daily portion of ONE piece of candy.  Sometimes, my own rules that I created annoy me.  haha. but, there you have it.  At 10:30 they head off again to school, but my 3 oldest girls who study in Bible Institute stay and help with lunch prep and the remaining jobs.  Around 11:30 the whole family of 22 plus 2 other mouths that I feed come home to eat lunch, and we start bathing routines because with 2 restrooms it still takes a LONG TIME to get them all done!  At 1, my school girls leave again for classes, and my 3 oldest remain, which is when we start cranking out the high school homework.  Its been torture.... they have attitudes bigger than I can remember as they try to grasp new concepts and hate the attention that I put into them.  But its worth it ALL when the first smile of pure understanding flashes across their faces.  Right now, we are working with negative numbers and converting subtraction in to addition.  They head off to high school at 3 until 6:30, and almost immediately after they leave, my remaining 19 come home to start the homework madness until we have church, which we almost always faithfully resume after church until 10 at night some times.

We are improving,. praise the Lord.  My girls and helping tremendously, with chores, with meals, with reviewing other girls homework.  As Proverbs says, its a blessed thing and unexplainable joy to see your children walking in right ways.  In childhood, granted, there is plenty of foolishness... but the times of obedience and improvement and help are so sweet to the taste and soul.  I thank the Lord daily for this task.

I would like to ask simply for prayer for my hand.  I believe I have carpal tunnel syndrome as my hand goes to sleep on my quite a bit and as of yesterday gets stuck in position for several minutes after carrying a heavy load.  Its not holding me back... yet, and I would just apprecaite your prayers that the Lord would simply give me feeling in my hand sufficient to keep up with the daily work and need.

Other than that, please pray for the daily wisdom and strength needed to raise my girls in the Lords ways, so that when they are grown, they will not depart from Him!

Praying for you,
Sarah

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Showers of Blessings

Dear Friends and Family,

It truly is a blessed life, living for the Lord.  Mine is full of adventure, which I like... but just this week, my girls were looking through my hair verifying that I DO NOT have any lice to speak of.... BUT, they found ONE silver lock in my hair!!!!!  HAHA, I will be turning 25 in just a couple of days now and am rather certain that I am going to hit a quarter life crisis knowing that I am aging.  Most days, my body does ache from working, but again, I wouldnt have it any other way.  I count my blessings, and each day is a gift from the Lord to serve Him as best I can.  These days have been intense.  We´ve been experiencing very cold weather here as well, believe it or not.  No snow... just bone chilling weather... Im officially very weak to cold weather now.

Anyway, I really dont know how to summarize what the Lord has been up to.  We´ve had 3 groups come through, 2 of which were medical.  I was so thankful that some of my girls were able to get some teeth pulled.  Right now, there is a group of young adults here and they have undertaken to PAINT the girls rooms.  Its a very humbling life here... here we are in a country so poor, where the people struggle daily to have food sufficient for their families, and the Lord has blessed us so that even things that are so far from needs are placed in our laps.  The girls are so excited, 3 rooms are completed and there are 4 more to go.  We have purple, pink, green, and orange on the list of colors.  We also started our garden again! AMEN!  We are looking forward to having our own produce and SOON, building a hen house to start raising our own hens and reaping fresh eggs.  Please know we have not forgotten you Guinston!  We are praying for the Lords help in our plans!

We are looking forwad to this next week, when my parents fly in on Thursday if the Lord so permits it.  We have been praying so much for so long for them, and what a blessing it is to know that they will be here in just a short while.  There is so much to say over the girls and what has been happening in their lives, but the time is so short today.  I will be prayerfully sending out my next prayer letter within a week or two.  Please stay posted!

All of our love in Christ,
Sarah

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Feliz Ano Nuevo

Happy New Year to all!  Praying that the Lord´s hand leads you into the New Year and that each supporter follows His footsteps and will for your life!

New Years day here was rather calm... we woke up SUPER LATE as we spent the night celebrating with the other children up the hill until about 1:30 in the morning watching some childrens movies.  After a choc. chip pancake breakfast, we took a hike up our favorite mountain and counted our blessings with a new camera that my loving Daddy sent, and may you reap the blessing of seeing the faces that you are helping me to love, serve, and lead here in Honduras.  Wont write much else. but just a simple thank you for your prayers and support.  We are more grateful than you can imagine.  Counting you in our blessings and praying for your year ahead!  All of our love in Christ,

Sarah + 21




Fabiola

Angie

Maria

Danely

Liliam

Mercy

Carmen

Dinora

Daril

Meydi

Mildrin

Daniela

Marilu

Kenia

Fili

Nury

Celina

Lorena

Wendy

Gladys

Yolanda

The Fam





Friday, December 27, 2013

El Drama de Navidad

The Christmas Drama....

Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters,

FELIZ NAVIDAD e ANO NUEVO!  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.  I certainly do pray that this update finds you all well, in good health, and most importantly strong in the Lord.  It has been quite some time since Ive had the opportunity to update this little blog of mine... but I SO appreciate those of you who faithfully check for updates, pray, and support my family and I in so many ways.  We truly are blessed!

I titled this post The Christmas Drama, which really has a double meaning.  Youd be surprised, that even here, the pressure and drama of Christmas can get a little overwhelming to the point where one can lose their focus on the meaning if you arent careful.  I would be lying if i said I dont have my hands full with my 21 girls, and with the Christmas season being near we just got crazier and crazier as we started decorating little by little with our humble crafts, baking cookies for over 100 mouths (chocolate chip, peanut butter, and gingerbread), but craziest of all... participating in the first Christmas drama on the property.... YUPP, I was selected in try outs and won the part of...... you guessed it.... MARIA (MARY)!!!  Okay, have you stopped laughing yet.... please, try to contain yourselves.  I can not even begin to explain to you the nervousness that went in to participating in a drama or play in Honduras, in a foreign language, and playing the part of the mother of MY SAVIOR.  None the less, it was enjoyable aside from the stress of practicing while babysitting my 21 girls at the same time.  It was quite humerous as well to stuff myself with pillows for the pregnancy, but honestly, participating in the play actually helped me to understand more of how my precious Lord came to this world in such a humble manner.  My girls and I enjoyed the time we spent practicing, memorizing lines together, and laughing over the bloopers and antics that go in to [dress rehearsals).

Here in Honduras, they celebrate Christmas on the 24th.  As a church, we had a service in the evening and had the play immediately after and then a time of food and fellowship.  Its always a big event, because families come out to visit their children and of course some visitors come out of the wood work for the Christmas festivities as well.  I celebrated with my girls on the 25th... Kate and I stayed up late the 24th to get their gifts ready in the kitchen.  I woke them up in the morning, read the Luke passage with them, and walked them each in one by one to the kitchen with their eyes closed to open their gifts as a family.  Nothing was wrapped... I certainly am not wonder woman, but we did our best to organize and decorate.  Immediately after eating a humble breakfast of banana oatmeal, we were called up the hill to do the property gift distribution... this is what Daphne works so hard on once the container arrives.  Each child on the property is called up front to receive their gift and then mass chaos happens.... however, this year, I was PRAISE THE LORD, able to keep it under control with my girls.  We waited, not so patiently, until we got back home to open our gifts again as a family.  After opening gifts down the hill in the clinic, we were called back up the hill to enjoy lunch with all the kids from the property.  We contributed the homemade cookies to the plates, and enjoyed the rice, chicken, and tortillas that the Lord gave us.  After eating, I was not ashamed to command the girls to participate in a festive Christmas day nap session.  After napping, we began getting ready to enjoy a special time with the teenage girls.  We made Hot Chocolate and got cookie gift bags ready with popcorn to take over to them. I tried very hard to teach and talk to my girls about remembering that Christmas is all about giving... not receiving. Giving your time, your money, your blessings to others certainly... but most importantly, giving your heart to the Lord that came and offered His life for us.  To receive His precious gift of Eternal Life and Salvation.  I explained how He already purchased their gift and paid in full... they simply have to open up their hands and hearts and receive it.

I am so thankful to each and every one of you that pray for us and support us.  We are so blessed, and I humbled to write to you and thank you for all that you do to make our family feel so special and loved.  Our Christmas was a blessed one because of so many of you.  Please continue to pray for us... the Lord is at work in hearts and lives, and I just pray that He continues to empty me of all that I am, and fill me with all that He is to make me the mother, example, and light that I need to be in this lost world.  I pray for you all likewise, that our humble Savior leads you in His perfect timing.  I pray for you and beg you, that if you have not accepted His precious perfect gift of Salvation, that you might examine yourself and your heart, and give all that you are to Him.  Its a humbling process, and it never stops--- but you´ll never regret it, or want to exchange the gift He gave you for another.  Christ is ALL you need, nothing else.

I need to go and get to my grocery shopping for the week ahead.  Please pray for Kate who will be returning to the States on Monday.  Please pray for us as we will also be celebrating the New Year with the church body and please pray that the Lord continues to give me wisdom to serve others and meet others needs with our blessings.  I want to be found faithful in His work, and never hide my treasures from Him.

We are praying for you, and hoping to post pictures soon if I can figure out a new process.  I am also working on the upcoming Prayer Letter. Stay posted!

All my love in Christ,
Sarah

Thursday, December 5, 2013

When the Lord gives....

So, I´ve tasted a lot these weeks of the Lord giving... and taking away.

But I am pleased to report that this week, He saw fit to bless me with 2 more girls, sisters, 7 & 8 years old.  Their names are Fabiola (7) and Angie (8).  They arrived yesterday, and are doing well but are slightly more emotional than most that arrive as they were living with their mother and are still very attached to her.  I have them in town with me today, just to spend time with them.  They are precious, and I hope to post pictures soon when I have a working camera card!

We are doing well here.  The Lord has been good to us, and my girls are really pitching in with daily tasks.  We have attitudes, sure, but we are improving!  I will have to go into San Pedro this monday, to pay for another extension until my paperwork finishes.  Praise the Lord the fee is less because my paperwork is in process.  Brother Ronnie has to go into the States this Monday as well, because of some changes with Janie´s social security status.  He will be taking advantage of the change of plans to visit churches and enjoy time with his family over the Christmas season.

The container has arrived to the port... but apparently the workers are on strike.  Brother Ronnie payed the taxes, which means they sorted through it... but now we wait on the Lord to iron out the details.

I´ve got to go, but I so appreciate your prayers and support.  We are growing more and more like a family, glory to God, and while we hit bumps in the road... we are strong in Him when we are weak in the flesh!

All my love and prayers,
Sarah