The Place Where Your Feet Are Never Clean and the Place Where There Are No Trash Cans…

Nearly 2 months and I’m home again. Amazingly, I’ve been safe, healthy, well provided for, and so blessed. Not really that this is “that” amazing…of course He is taking care of me…but it’s just another way that I’m amazed today. I kept thinking I’d get sick from all the travel, new places, new climates, stress, etc. But…He had another plan. 🙂 

Snip-its from North Africa…wonderful and heartfelt people there. Their smiles made all the difference. In their eyes, you could see what true friendship and faith is like…with one glance. Somehow, they were captivating. One “hero” there, in my eyes, was a man nicknamed Shamu by other workers there. He was awesome. So loving, so on fire for the Father. He was always sharing his testimony, just an amazing leader. The first believer in his village…

The team and I were able to go to a remote village and spend time with workers there that had started a clinic…it served as a real tool to the community, both physically and spiritually, allowing the workers in villages and homes that they would normally never be able to enter. 

I affectionately came to name this country: The Place Where Your Feet Are Never Clean because…my feet were constantly dirty…even after I washed them. 🙂 

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A usual site in the bush…a hut…they were usually clumped together with any where from another 3 or 4 to 20 huts just like it to form a small village. 

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I met this lady hanging out at the clinic. It’s amazing what kind of friends you make with only a smile and a laugh. The language of every human…

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Shots in a small village…with a loving mama holding her baby…

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This village had tons and tons of kiddos…once they figured out I was friendly…that I had a camera…and that they could actually see themselves in the picture on the back of my camera…EVERYONE wanted to be in EACH shot…even if it just meant their hand was in it…

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Like Thanksgiving for the people there…a stuffed and roasted goat. The inside had rice, eggs, dates, and onions…the filling was my favorite part…but the goat was pretty good too. I think I saw this one running around outside a few hours before this picture was taken. 😉 

 

The country in the Pacific Rim I just visited was so extremely different than Northern Africa…however…the same in many ways. I was touched by the people, by their hospitality, their strength. Although the world is so diverse…it is still the same in that people are people everywhere…

There were no trash cans in that country, yet I never really saw much piled up trash…they were a really clean people and concerned with esthetics. Even when they had nothing but dirt surrounding their house, they would sweep it to make it look “groomed.” 

Again, I was blown away by the workers here, their heart for what they were doing, their support of each other, and their strength in working in a foreign country.

I celebrated my 23rd birthday there. The workers actually threw a little surprise party for me…had a cake and sang. It was such a surprise and such a blessing. I was smiling…

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Chocolate…need I say more? 

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Bible study in one of the villages we visited…

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Waterfall at the hot springs…

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Inside a small home in a village. The women were hanging out with all the kiddos…trying to figure out why a white girl with a camera was watching them. 🙂 

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So cute…

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Sunsets were gorgeous…especially on this island we were on…overlooking rice fields and a volcano…

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Me and Mt. Mayon…a perfect cone shaped volcano…

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The rice fields were everywhere…I love rice…

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Chicken Man…cock fighting is a huge thing there…we were able to witness several during the 10 days in country…

So thankful to be able to go to different places and see His hand so evident. I am just a speck…just a small thing on this HUGE planet…He is so much bigger than me…than my life…my worries…there’s so much more out there. It’s amazing to think we can actually get so wrapped up in ourselves that we forget we are NOT the only one’s here and that the world does NOT revolve around us. HA! Seems like such a funny thought saying that…but it’s true. I know I have, at one point or another, thought that I was “it.” I was the center of my universe, thinking of myself before others, and certainly before people I didn’t even know around the world. Being able to travel and see these things, I’m blessed with the opportunity to see with a new perspective. This world is big…and the Father is in it all. I’m so glad I am just a speck…when you think about it…makes so much more sense that He is in control…and can take care of ANYTHING! So COOL! 

Blessings to you all…

Can This Be A Soul Cry Forever? Please?

You gently call me, into Your presence

Guiding me by, Your Holy Spirit

Teach me dear Lord to live all of my life through Your eyes

I’m captured by Your Holy calling, set me apart, I know You’re drawing me to Yourself

Lead me Lord I pray

Mend me, mold me, use me, fill me

I give my life to the Potter’s hand

Hold me, You guide me, lead me, walk beside me

I give my life to the Potter’s hand

This song makes me want to cry each time I hear it or sing it. If we were only this desperate all the time…my heart leaps at that thought. What would we be like if we surrendered, as this song implies? What if we didn’t doubt, or worry? What if we did whatever we were told to by the Father…no complaining…no questioning? What if every move we make is in hopes of glorifying Him? Isn’t that what we are supposed to be doing anyway?

I want to be a big old lump of clay…that’s all…I want that. I know I am not…a lot of the time…or I could even say I have never been clay…but I want to be. 

I’m sitting in my living room…on some new furniture…trying to get prepared for this next trip. If there’s one thing I can pray, and one thing I can ask for prayer about is that I be exactly what the Father wants me to be…see with His eyes…feel with His heart…and serve with His hands…

Hoping that you can be/become/stay clay…

Just a little update…

After 9 flights, I am safely in my home in Cadillac, Michigan. The trip to Africa went smoothly. I affectionately call the country, “The Place Where Your Feet Are Never Clean.” I have much to update you all on…many stories to tell and more…but for now I just want to say thank you for praying, thank you for remembering me…I could not go on without you. After here, I’ll visit my best friend in Chicago, then back to Thailand. A two day stay, and then on to another 2 week coverage. Please pray for endurance, strength, peace, and joy. Thank you again…thank you thank you. I’m blessed to say I could go to such a place, and have other opportunities in the future to tell how the Lord is moving…literally around the world. I am blessed beyond measure…

Me and a Donkey

Here I am in my lafaye (had to wear that anytime I left the house) checking out a donkey in the village. This particular village was thriving, they had just gotten a well (hand-pump). The main elder told us how the water is their lifeline…they cannot survive without it. The women of the village used to travel several kilometers to retrieve water. Now, many surrounding villages come to this village for their source of life. My prayer is that they soon discover their real source of life…

One more thing I wanted to share…this song has touched me recently and I’d like to share it with you…

Your Love Is Strong by Jon Foreman 

Heavenly Father, You always amaze me. Let Your kingdom in my world and in my life. Give me the food I need to live through the day, and forgive me as I forgive the people that wrong me. Lead me far from temptation, deliver me from the evil one. I look out the window, the birds are composing, not a note is out of tune or out of place. I walk to the meadow and stare at the flowers, better dressed than any girl on her wedding day. So why should I worry? Why do I freak out? God knows what I need. You know what I need…Your love is, Your love is, Your love is STRONG! Your love is, Your love is, Your love is STRONG! Your love is, Your love is, Your love is strong…….two things You told me, that You are strong and You love me….Your love is, Your love is, Your love is STRONG!