BACK TO THE MOUNTAINS OF COUHILLA

  Thursday morning Sergio, his son Obed and I returned to Big Heart Orphanage in the mountains near Saltillo to install and weld all the metal purlins on the new kitchen and dining room. Shawn and I cut and set the purlins while Sergio and Obed welded them in place.
  I bought a big box of rib eye steaks on the way and they grilled them up Saturday night to celebrate Gator and Deannas anniversary.  38 years of which most has been serving orphans.
  We finished up the work we came to do, and headed home Sunday afternoon when the last purlin was welded. We thank God for the low humidity up there, which made it possible for long work days. A nice ride on a quad and trail bike for me and Shawn while the guys finished welding.
  There's a lot more work to do out there and Lord willing,  the group's and funds will come. Paula and I are heading to Illinois next week since the lockdown has ended there. Another eye injection Friday and a day or two to heal before we leave.
  On a cool God thing, I called my insurance agent to paid my 6 month premium and he told me it was $318.00 and said that he wanted to pay the premium as a gift to the ministry.  How cool was that ?






A HOUSE FULL OF SERVANTS

 Last week Angie Lara and the kids drove all the way from SC to pay us a visit as well as some friends near Houston. 9 of the 11 kids made the trip and what a joy it was to see them. They came to serve, and serve they did!
  First, they bagged up a one ton tote of beans into gallon bags. I think it took about 700 bags which was all we had. I bought several hundred more bags so they could bag up rice. A gospel track and some other literature was put in each gallon zip lock.
  The next day we bought 100 bottles of vegetable oil,  100 four pound bags of sugar, loaded 100 bags of rice and beans and several cases of bibles and headed into a few colonias in Alamo, and Donna Texas. The kids loaded up their arms and went door to door handing each family one of everthing we had. The message was that God cares about them and sent this gift. If they wanted a bible, they gave them one. One lady took the bible and immediately sat down and started reading it.
  Saturday they painted most of the steel in our carport, which is something I wanted to do for a while. Monday we recieved a donation of 70 farm to family boxes of fruit and vegetables, and we drove to a couple different neighborhoods and blessed families again with food and bibles.
 We'll never know the impact of what these kids did until we get to heaven, when all is made known. The whole family was such a blessing to have here, and they are such a testimony to God's goodness and provision. It's been 5 years since David went to be with Jesus, and Angie is still hurting, and also healing from the devastating effects of losing David.
  We drove out to Big Heart Orphanage in the mountains near Saltillo on Friday to pick up Obed, and see Gator after his life changing fall that broke his back and several ribs. Please pray for him, as he heals. There's been a lot of progress on the new kitchen and dorms, but there's so much to do yet. We need teams or $ or both to complete it. The new kitchen at Big Heart in Reynosa is really coming along well.
  A visit to Melodys Orphanage in Reynosa Sunday to visit the kids and join Jaime on his weekly Facebook bible study.  We went there after our Sunday school class Zoom meeting  that I gave the worst, totally off the wall devotion. I think I was having a bought of Alzheimer's or something.
  Might be heading back to Saltillo with Sergio tomorrow afternoon. There's a lot more welding to do.
  In spite of the Covid virus, we can cross the border, but it is getting stricter with temperature checks, and mask checks. We've been blessed during this time to be able to continue our monthly food outreaches, as well as provide several ministries with food. Muchas Gracias for all the prayers and support.








"THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES"??????

  This is the phrase so often coined during the Corona virus attack on the whole world. But I dare to say that there is nothing more " certain " than the time in which we find ourselves.  I'm certain that this is the beginning of the birth pains Jesus taught about. I'm certain that Jesus is coming back to set up a 1000 year reign on this Earth. I'm certain that as our President continues to bless Israel, he will be hated even more. I'm certain that God works all things together for the GOOD, of those that love Him and are the called according to His purpose. Im certain that this whole shelter at home is a precursor to the sheep being led to a slaughter by obeying an unconstitutional order. Im certain that God continues to supply all of my needs, not govt. Im certain that that the Holy Spirit will be poured out on all flesh. I'm certain that fear has no place in the life of a Christian. I'm certain that fear has been the controlling factor in the media narrative. I'm certain that Love conquers fear!!!!!
  If ever there was a Mic drop moment, this it it!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE FIELDS ARE RIPE

  With so many conspiracy theories flying around, end time prophets are tying thingsvtogether, people are fearful, people are starting to call for an end to these "shelter in place orders. When will it end??
  We live in Texas and things are starting to open up, but we live in a "blue" part of the state where they are still trying to control our activity. We took lots of beans and rice to Mexico yesterday and they are locking everything down there as well. It is indeed madness on a global scale.
  I took a two day, 900 mile round trip with this box on the back of a 1 ton truck. It was for a company that stores our beans at their warehouse when we don't have room. It was good to get away. When I returned,  the donated load of beans arrived.  Enough for 600 thousand meals. Thanks to those that sent $ to cover the trucking cost.
  We also stopped at Melodys Orphanage yesterday and dropped off some meat. The kids were so happy to see us, but how sad it was that we couldn't hug and kiss them. They are doing well and have a puppy to hug and kiss.
 A huge thanks for the continued prayers and support that keep us keeping on. Several eye doctor visits as they monitor healing retina. We can't wait to hear to Chicago next month and hug the family.  We'll be there most of June, and a few days in July.






NOT MINE, BUT THEY WILL BE DONE!!!!!

  How hard is that line to be Prayers? But God, I have plans made, I need to go on vacation, I wanted to move, I wanted to get that job, I wanted, I wanted, I want, I want. Sound familiar? It sure sounds like my prayers sometimes.
  God has hit the pause button on most of our lives. Even though you might be part of the necessary part of the workforce, your life is still different. Why God? Why? The answer is ..... I DON'T KNOW!  We think we know, but we really don't.  But maybe as time allows the "truth" to be revealed. People often say that "God is in control". I say, read your bible! Control was given to Satan in the garden, otherwise how could he have offered all the kingdom's of this world to Jesus unless it was his to give? I digress!!!
  A new time has been given to repent, seek, pray, study, worship, give, share, binge watch, eat,whatever. The world is falling further into the control of U.N
The virus will be used to bring all nations into it's submission. #DONT TAKE THE VACCINE THAT WILL BE MANDATORY!!!
  We continue providing food for as many people as we can. The 60 cases of bibles we had is down to 40 and going fast. The world is hungry for food for the stomach and food for the soul. We are thankful to be able to provide both.
  May was going to be a bucket list month for us. We were given a dream golf weekend at Pebble Beach in California all expenses paid, postponed until things open up, followed by a 10 day trip to Isreal given to us, postponed until November.  Am I sad, yes, but GOD knows. Last week I had 3 surgerys on my bad eye due to my retina partially detatched. It was a successful operation but heres the foreknowledge of God, I can't golf for several weeks,  or fly, so our trip to California would've been postponed anyhow. So, is God in control or not? He's in control of the lives of those who know Him and are called according to His purpose. Amen????





MATHEW 24

  As I read Mathew 24 in light of the world wide virus, I read about famines and earthquacks in diverse areas. It didn't say pestilence in my NIV. So I picked up my trusty old King James version,  and there is was, pestilence. I googled pestilence and bingo, Pandemic.  Is this the beginning of the days of sorrows before the tribulation period? I'm thinking yes! There is right now locusts devouring Africa, over 100 - 3.0 earthquakes every day, volcanoes are blowing up all over the globe, the Church is silent, people are freaking out because of corona, but all these other signs are there at the same time. Birth pains, more frequent and closer together. Aye chiwawa!!!!
  We see what not being prepared for even the slightest disruption in our life has done. Of all the things humans need to survive, TOILET PAPER IS THE FIRST THING THEY HOARD????? We're blessed, a warehouse full of beans and rice, freeze dried food, several pallets of water, a propane,  gas, and solar generators. We can take care of lot of people, should the need arise, and yesterday I picked up over 1700 new bibles, tha Power Ministry had for us in their storage shed a few towns over. So I guess you could say that we're ready for whatever is going on. I don't say that to boast, I say it to encourage people to be prepared to take care of yourself and others as well.
  We are not supposed to travel to Mexico,  but we did go Tues to finish up some quilts that Paula needed to send to those that ordered and paid for already. Andres and Goya held our monthly food outreach Saturday without us and ministry continues with food outreaches. If any of you needs to discontinue supporting the ministry during these difficult times,  we understand. Take care of your family first. We have bagged up beans and rice and will head into the community as restrictions permit. The US MEXICAN border is closed now to non essential travel, we'll test our ability to cross in a few days. Blessings to all and thanks for the continued prayers and support.




WOW, A LOT SURE HAS HAPPENED SINCE MY LAST POST!!

  The bible says that perilous times will come towards the end of life as we know it. I'm kinda of the in the camp of God is shaking the Nations. Not one or two, but all nations are feeling the backlash of the Corona virus. 
  As I type this, the US Mexican border is preparing to close, both North and South to non essential travel. We are home in the US, and our monthly food outreach is tomorrow morning.  Andres and His wife will either hold it as scheduled or postpone it. The call is theirs. A few weeks ago, we crossed several thousand pounds of black beans and rice. God knew this virus was coming and we prepped without knowing the extent of the virus. We also bought enough oil, sugar and flour to supply 150 families.
  We're so thankful for the ability to provide all this food to so many. The demand on this side of the border is bigger than ever. We had only 25 bags of rice left when Power ministrie Louis Davenport showed up with 200 bags of rice. God's timing is perfect everytime! Speaking of Power Ministry,  they were supposed to be finishing up their 3rd week of ministry this week with 80 men, but they wisely cancelled their trip.
  I had oral surgery last week,  and eye two eye injections this week, and went to my cardiologist ( all is well),so I haven't gone to Mexico as much as Paula. Her quilting class is still cranking out the quilts.
  Facetimmingwith the kids is more frequent, trying to get things done around the house, way to much time on social media, trying to spend more time in the Word, and prayer, trying to find toilet paper, kidding, I'm a prepper and have had plenty for years.
  Trusting you all stay calm, and free of fear. God did not give us that Spirit. The hand crank bike we're given to Melodys Orphanage and we took them across. He has given them to people with missing legs.



 

I PRAY LUKE 2 VS 52 OVER AND OVER, WHY?

  Jesus grew in wisdom, and stature, and favor with God and man. Why would Jesus need to grow in these areas? Wouldn't He already have all these things?  I would dare to say that in His humanity, as in ours, we need to acquire this.
  Why do I need to acquire wisdom? Because I have been so stupid!!! Stature is something I don't seek, but it just comes as we discover our purpose. Favor, oh yes, favor, with God and man. A walk of faith for provision for the ministry requires favor from both.
  Last week we doubled our food purchases to feed more people. A step of faith.  We also bought enough roofing materials to cover the 100 foot long, 50 foot wide shelter at Senda De Vida home for the wandering migrants in Reynosa,  another instruction that God gave me. Obedience is better than sacrifice. I brought the $3000 in cash to pay for the materials. Before the day was over, donations in the amount of $3000 was pledged to pay for it all. Favor! With God and man. Now I'm looking for a new opportunities to sow into. LUKE 6 vs 38. Give, and it will be given to you. Pressed down running over, for in the measure you give, it will be given to you.
  Hallelujah for the truth of God's promises!




SO THANKFUL FOR THOSE THAT COME AND SERVE

  Roy, Carla, Nate, Tim, Brenda, Abby, Seth, April, Lexy, Mike and Bambi. Those are the names of the group that drove all the way from Illinois to serve. We spent 3 days at Big Heart Orphanage in Reynosa.  We formed and mixed concrete for a curb, about 150 feet I think. Poured 5 truck loads of concrete for the new kitchen.  Roy, Carla and Nate spent the night there as Roy and Rick ran the helicopters to polish the floor past midnight.
  Thursday the team came to our house to bag beans and rice before heading to Mexico. It was cold and raining all day, but we managed to get where we wanted to hand out the shoe box gifts. 100 to Casa Hogar Mami, 16 to big heart, we then went to Senda De Vida home for the wandering migrants in Reynosa.  300 people there and about 75 kids. They were happy to get the nice gifts prepared by Laharpe Christian Church,  Stronghurst church, and a few others. We still had about 75 boxes left, so we took them to the Squatters camp,  outside of the colonia we normally work in. The kids braved the cold and rain to come for their gift box.
  A great week inspire of not building a house, as is what this group usually does. The ministry is changing to help those in need without building a house in an area that can be considered dangerous.  Team safety is a priority,  and the orphanages are the best place for now.
  We encourage teams to come back to Mexico and trust God that if He has called you there, He will be with you.