The Road to the Cross

Then Jesus told his disciples,
“If anyone would come after me, let him
deny himself and take up his cross and
follow me.”
Matthew 16:24

A Farmer’s Hoe

     A farmer’s hoe is used to shape soil for planting, remove weeds, clearing the soil by removing debris, and harvesting root crops. It is a work tool which helps the farmer prepare the soil so the plants can grow and produce a healthy harvest. Hoeing is hard work. It requires patience attending to each plant one at a time ensuring the plant is cared for so it will produce fruit.
     A missionary’s work is similar to a farmer’s hoeing his crop. It requires time and patience. It requires walking with people one by one sowing good seed and with the Holy Spirit’s help, weeding out the things that would prevent the person from producing fruit. Just recently, we had a mother touch the life of her unborn child. Because of our relationship with her, she trusted us enough to confess what she had done. With broken hearts, we take our tools and minister to her with truth combined with love and mercy. 
     Like the farmer, we are getting our hoes ready for another year of planting. Would you prayerfully consider supporting the ministries of Exodus House in 2018? You can pray. You can give monthly or a one-time gift. As with the farmer’s hoe, your gifts allow us to minister and purchase the tools necessary to plant and sow preparing for another crop!
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James 5:7, “Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.”

Love and Let Go

W. and his dad.
Once more, our W. has gone to visit family for the summer. I think one of the most painful things in ministry is to love and let go. It is our responsibility to love always remembering those whom the Lord places in our care for a season at some point will leave. Letting go sometimes does not seem fair, it does not seem just; what will they do without us? And therein lies the problem. 2 Corinthians 4:7, “ But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” It is never about us. Those we love are not ours as a possession. They are given to us as gifts for a season to love and guide with godly wisdom; and sometimes we have to let them go. Not all will go free. Not all will be saved. Not all will even return to what we think is the best situation. But as they go, they will have had the seeds of heaven sown in their hearts and minds.; and they go with our prayers. And the ever surpassing power, which belongs to God, will make seeds grow and place others in their path who may see the fruit. In Bible times, people kept valuable things hidden in jars of clay. So our treasure  stored in jars of clay, the one the Lord has given to us, is the treasure of the living Gospel. And the power of the Gospel is what helps us to love and let W. go.

With Grateful Hearts

With grateful hearts, we thank the Lord for those who support and pray for Exodus House. Every donation allows us another day to walk with a slew of children and parents.  Each day presents itself with new challenges and another opportunity to walk by faith as sowing in to the hearts of others requires the diligence and the patience of a farmer.
We try to be aware of the emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of the kids. As Peru approaches summer time, little visitors begin to hatch out like locusts in the heads of many. Flora, one of our ladies who works with the ministry, has been busy all week long going through head after head. We are thankful to have plenty of lice shampoo and thanks to our mission teams; we have gone through about five bottles this week, with some girls being treated twice!
Taking the opportunity to go through a child’s head is a beautiful way to show our love for them. So today, we begin another day, with grateful hearts praising the Lord for the blessing to serve another day in Peru because of the ones the Lord has moved to give and pray for us.
17″ And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  Colossians 3:17

He Answers

Psalm 118:5 “Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.”
     Her hair had finally grown out, several months earlier she had cut it to make some extra money. She sat before me on a hot and sunny morning on visitor’s day at the jail. The same year we moved to Peru, she was arrested and placed in prison. Many times throughout the years, she poured out her tears to me feeling helpless as to how she could mother her children year after year in jail. We have encouraged her with the Gospel time after time often wondering how long it would be before we would see true spiritual growth in her.
     And then it happened. It was almost as if time stood still as I tried to recognize the lady sitting on the stool before me. She said, “I WAS a bad mother.” I responded, “Do you realize what you just said?” You said you WERE a bad mother, not I AM a bad mother. Many past conversations stemmed around God’s forgiveness; asking forgiveness, receiving forgiveness, and forgiving others. I wanted to shout for joy because this momma, with her long flowing hair, on a hot and sunny morning in the jail was a testimony of how in her distress she called on the Lord, and He answered her and SET HER FREE!