Friday, February 28, 2014

A Star in the Jungle

This year, I have decided to read biographies and autobiographies.
Janet and Geoff Benge have written a series of books called Christian Heroes: Then and Now.
They tell the story of missionaries all over the world

The first book I picked up was Rachel Saint.
I've heard the story of Jim Elliot, and Nate Saint, Rachel's brother.
I had never learned about Rachel's life.
I have been challenged and inspired by her story.
Here's just a few highlights to recount what I read.

In 1931, Rachel was turning 18 years old when millionaire, Mrs. Parmalee, took her to England to celebrate.  On the trip Mrs. Parmalee, who was without children, asked Rachel to become her "daughter" and naturally, her heiress.  Although Rachel was enamored with the idea of living a life of wealth and luxury, God had other plans.  As she considered Mrs. Parmalee's offer, she had a vision.  "It was as if she were not standing on the deck of the ship anymore but was instead standing in a jungle clearing, looking at a group of brown-skinned, half-naked people.  The people beckoned for her to come to them."  It was then that Rachel knew she would be a missionary and was determined to find the people she had seen in her vision.

Her journey to find those people was long and slow.  For the next 16 years, she attended Bible schools and worked at a half way house for alcoholics.  With fighting in World War II, the problem of alcohol abuse was out of control.

It wasn't until 1948 that Rachel went to an Institute of Linguistics, followed by Jungle Camp.  In 1950, Rachel had her first assignment!  She would be working with Wycliffe in Peru, among the Shapras, translating the New Testament.  She did so for 3 years.  Then in 1953, God opened the doors for Wycliffe to work in Ecuador, where Rachel knew she would find the people she had seen in her vision 22 years before!

Rachel set out on a very long road of learning the Auca/ Waorani language with the help of Dayuma, a runaway Auca.   It was the tragedy of 1956 that began to open wide the door to the Aucans.  Rachel not only suffered great loss with the spearing of her brother, Nate Saint, Jim Elliott, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, and Roger Youderian.  Rachel felt betrayed, especially since Nate and Jim had been involved in planning for over three months to go into Auca territory.

For the first time, in 1958, Rachel set foot in Waorani territory.  It wasn't until Easter Sunday in 1960 that the first of the Waorani's came to faith in Jesus.  Rachel lived among the Waorani's until about 1977.  She only returned again briefly in 1992 for the presenting of the entire New Testament.  God called her home in 1994.

What amazed me the most about her story was her patient endurance.  It was 27 years from the time she had a vision to the time that she first set foot inside Waorani territory.

I don't know that I could wait for 27 years.  It's hard enough to wait for a month, let alone one year.  May God use the story of Rachel Saint to bring about heart change in my own life!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hyderabad, India

Shawnie and I are going to India in April!
After Haiti fell through ... I emailed Melanie Hutchinson to see if we could visit her.
She was more than welcoming and willing to serve us and show us around.

We leave Thursday, April 17th at 9pm, but with the date line and time change, we won't get there until Saturday the 19th about 5pm.
We will spend the first 2 days at OM (hopefully) and visit Lydia Project on Monday the 21st.

Then, Melanie will pick us up on Monday and we will have Tuesday - Saturday to visit the Leper Colony as well as My Choices, the organization with whom she is working now.

We fly home on Sunday the 27th at 7am and get home the same day about 7pm.

We will miss Easter.  Although Mom will take the kids to the egg hunt and make a ham dinner.
I have lined up friends to help watch the kids.
Thankfully, Friday the 18th is the last CC.  So, they will have that to look forward to.

The biggest downside is that in April ... India is HOT!  Like 90 degrees PLUS hot!
I'm sure I'm in for one of the biggest cultural experiences of my life!
I have no idea what to expect.
But I'm super excited!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

M Cubed

Today is our "Mock Memory Master" test.
M cubed.
The kids get to go from mom to mom, testing in all subjects.
It's a chance for them to see where they need to do some work.

We didn't do this in our other communities, so I'm super excited!

This is our 3rd year with Classical Conversations.
And our 3rd year testing for Memory Masters.
I have always been thankful that we joined CC.
It has truly made our homeschooling experience such fun!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

10 - 1,000 - 10

An obsession.
A God given passion.
Every morning I wake up,
- I see their faces.
- I smell the earth.
- I hear the laughter
- I imagine I'm there

It's grabbed a hold of my heart.
It consumes me.

Last night, we watched kids from Teen Missions talk about Motorcycle Missions.
The video was filmed in Africa.
As the bikes drove up the path... kids from all over came running.
Squeals of joy and laughter filled the air.

As I watched, tears filled my eyes.
Africa has a hold on my heart.

At the end of 2013, we were at my parents condo in Cuchara for the New Year.
I felt that God impressed upon me a vision for Mavuno Market.
10 - 1,000 - 10

10 years.
1,000 jobs.
10 countries.

I sense that God would have us strive to create more jobs.
Although it may or not be through artisan work.
Instead it might be by creating jobs that are locally sustainable.
Chicken coops.
Seamstress programs.

Micro enterprise loans - in addition to importing hand made goods.

Until now, we have partnered with larger organizations.
Tom and Christie in Rwanda.
Shelley in Haiti.

Just two days ago, World Magazine arrived in our mailbox.
Papillion Enterprises and Shelley's story made the front cover.
She's created a name for herself ... and that will only propel her further.
But her vision does not include discipleship or evangelism.

I want to not only create jobs ... but see lost souls won for Christ.
I want to not only hep keep families in tact ... but see believers more grounded in their faith.

So, my thoughts include taking 2-3 trips a year.
Visiting new countries.
Establishing new partnerships.
Creating more jobs.
Partnering with local pastors for discipleship programs.

I want the money we spend to create jobs to have a direct impact.
And so, we will pray and seek God's direction.
We will follow His leading ... and intentionally seek out new partnerships...
over the next 10 years
creating 1,000 jobs
in 10 different countries.

It's a vision that breathes life into my soul!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Here am I, send me

I've always had a heart for missions.
I'm a jet setter, a free spirit.
I'm willing to go anywhere, plans or no plans, knowing that God will use the time for His glory.
I have always said, "Send me!!"
Or more like, "Please!  Pick me!  Pick me!  I'll go!!"

We had the Wilsons over for lunch on Sunday.
Patrick said something I've never thought about before.
He said, "There is no Biblical model for families in missions."
Peter, Paul, Barnabas - it appears that they were all single men.
There is no mention any where in the New Testament that they had wives or families.
The Bible is silent when it comes to "going" with a family.

That's not to say that families shouldn't go into missions.
It's just that Scripture does not address it.

I love what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 7.
I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. 33 But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, 34 and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. 35 I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

The married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband ... and might I add, take care of her kids, manage her home, and on and on.

My heart is in missions.
My heart is in Africa.
But I must choose to stay devoted to the Lord and my family
I must worship God as I love my family and stay devoted to my husband.

However, the longing to be on the field will never fade.
Quite the contrary.
I expect it to grow.  It's a fire God has put within me that cannot be quenched.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Record Breaker

Just a few days ago, I realized that we have broken a record!!
And it's one that brings me great joy.
We have been in our house for over 2 1/2 years.
That's a big deal because in 15 years of marriage, we have lived in 13 homes.
We've lived in everything from a 2,600 square foot home to a 900 square foot apartment.
We have house sat in fully furnished homes.
We have lived with our parents.

While in Colorado Springs, we lived in our home in Falcon for 2 1/2 years
and we lived in our home in Monument for 2 1/2 years.
Then, we moved away from Colorado and bounced around.
We weren't in any home for longer than 15 months over a period of 5 years.

When we moved into this house August 1, 2011, I hoped we'd be here for a very long time.
And we just passed our 2 1/2 year record!
Thankfully, there is no plans to move in the near or distant future.
Instead, we are doing home projects!

In fact, today, I have a closet to paint and Steve will be laying floors.

I love our home.
I'm thankful for my parents who helped us get into this house.
I'm thankful that all of my boxes are nicely packed away
and that my house is a mess because we're in project mode around here.

I love our neighborhood.
I love our neighbors.
I love Castle Rock.
I'd be happy if we never moved again!

Monday, February 10, 2014


This year's birthday was a memorable one.
Steve planned to drop off the kids at my parents and take me out to dinner.
Jose O'Sheas.
That has always been one of my favorite restaurants!
But Lakewood?  We never go to Lakewood.

It turned out that we were heading to Bear Valley Church, Shawnie's church.
The kids, my parents, and Shawnie would join us to watch Annie.
It wasn't a Broadway production, but it was good.
And I was surprised!!!

Then yesterday, I went to Shawnie's.
I love hanging out with that girl!
She gave me a massage and we made salmon and salad.

I'm so thankful for my family.
Thankful for their thoughtfulness.
What a great weekend.
And a fabulous birthday that I won't soon forget.

Now, it's Monday, and back to the grind.
I'm thinking I might need an extra cup of coffee!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me

43 years old.
What else is there to say?
I have more wrinkles, more grey hair, more aches and pains.
But I've started doing Pilates to alleviate some of those pains.
I'm still as busy as ever, home schooling four kids, and running a non-profit.
I'm hopeful that this year I will be able to go to India in April.

Today, I get to enjoy my family.
Steve is taking me out on a date tonight.
And tomorrow, I get to have dinner with Shawnie, and get a massage.
Feeling blessed.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


So, yesterday, Steve and I went to the Apple store to take an iCloud workshop.
And I set out to figure out how to make the iCloud work for my MacBook and iPad.
It turns out that my MacBook doesn't even have iCloud.
I discovered that I need to upgrade my MacBook ...
but I can't because I'm still using iWeb - which will disappear with the upgrade.

I use iWeb for my blog and the P4O website.
So, now I have my work cut out for me.

I have three years of blog posts on iWeb!
They need to get into Blurb, my blog book publishing company.
Then I can publish each year into a book.

Meanwhile, I need to start blogging another way.
So, I guess I'll start with Blogger.
It's user friendly ... and I used them back in the day.

So, here goes.
The big switch.
One I knew was coming but didn't want to make.