Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Aging with Grace

I just got off the phone with Dona Lore, a 73 year old lady who has aged with grace. 
Dn. Lore is full of energy, and is always ready for an adventure.  The daughter of an American father and German mother, born and raised in Brazil.  A retired dentist.   She still goes to water parks with her grand kids (ages 19 and 23 who still live with her.)  She goes camping and I don't mean in a travel trailer...:)  She works over 12 hours a day most days of the week cooking up treats for business "Coffee Breaks".  She has raised one son and 2 grandchildren.  

She is needing to slow down a little but knows if she quits this job it will be hard for her to find another because of her age.  I tried to encourage her and give her a few ideas when she shared with me that because of her age she is treated as trash.  She feels she is viewed as worthless by the culture.

  Sunday all of her neighbors were invited to the birthday party of a 4 year old on the street.  Only Dn. Lore was not invited.  Nevertheless,  Dn. Lore took a present over to the house and gave it to the grandmother.  She was then invited in for the party but she declined.  The mother came out then and said, "I know we didn't invite you, but this party is for kids and you are old."   Dn. Lore graciously gave the gift to the mother and then left.

We went on discussing God's view of the elderly and the value that God places on their lives.  She shared how she has outlived all her siblings and parents, even her son.  I told her that God must still have some plans for her.

 She quickly answered, "Yes, I am still here to share the Gospel with all my neighbors on the hill." 

Her neighbors who despise her, those who call her names and talk bad about her.  These neighbors she prays for.  Buys things from them to help them make a little money.  She hires them to do work for her (even when they are drunk and end up costing her more money in the long run).  She invites them to bible studies and church.  These neighbors she will be opening her home up to in June for 4 weeks of evangelistic Bible  studies.  She told me, "I think the only reason they will come will be for the snack I serve afterwards.  But that's ok, at least they will hear the Gospel." 

I think this is Aging with Grace.  I thank God for the grace I see in Dona Lore's life.  Pray with us for the people on her hill that God would awaken them to the Gospel. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Our Mother's Day Prayer

"Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting,
but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised."

 At Redemption Baptist Church it is our prayer that our women, (and really all of us), 
would grow in our fear of the Lord. 
 Lord, help us to accept your Words,
to store your commands within us.
Help us to listen closely to wisdom
and to direct our hearts to understanding... 

Help us to call out to insight
and lift our voices to understanding,
to search for it like hidden treasure!
Then you will understand the 
Fear of the LORD.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Ladies Outing

This month we decided to do something special with the ladies so we all went out to CafĂ© Paris.  We had a few ladies missing because of work or sickness but we praise the Lord for the 10 we had come out. 

One of the ladies who came has been coming to church for only about 3 weeks and she was so excited.  She shared that she had never gone out with other ladies and really enjoyed herself.  You could feel her hunger for Christian fellowship.  

Another one of the ladies that came has visited our church twice but is praying about where God wants her to go to church on a regular basis.  Pray that God would lead her and her unsaved husband to a church that preaches the Word of God.  We are praying that God will use us as He sees fit in their lives. 

I had my Bible out on the table ready to share a few verses with the ladies when one of the waiters stopped by and asked if I was going to preach. 

I told him no, smiled, and said, I am going to share a few verses:)

He told me I could preach, and then walked away. 

A few minutes later he came back by and asked if we would pray for him, that God would take him out of this place.  He said he had been there 6  months and had been unable to attend church once because he is always working. 

So, we prayed for Urbano, and you can pray with us too, that he could be free, at least on Sundays to go to church.