November 28, 2012

And a Little Child Will Lead Them...

The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.  Isaiah 11:6

 One of the things that I love best about Cora is that she has a tender and forgiving heart.  She is loving and giving and wants to be friends with everyone.  She was so excited to come back from the States this August and reunite with all of her friends at school.

The first couple weeks of being back went smoothly with hardly a bump in the road.  That all changed one day, however, when Cora came home in tears saying that a girl in her class was picking on her.  We comforted her and told her to tell the teacher the next time it happened.  And, it did happen ... again, and again, and again.

Unfortunately, Cora would not stand up for herself despite what we said.  She simply could not understand why the girl did not want to be friends with her.

It got to the point where it was obvious that the little girl was bullying our daughter.  She was also the sneaky kind of bully that would wait until the teacher was not looking.  Donald's solution was simple...punch her in the nose.  Cora and her sweet, gentle nature was horrified at the thought.  I told her to yell loudly when being bothered in order to draw the teacher's attention.  Cora would not do that either.  Finally, frustrated with our daughter's lack of action and will to stand up for herself, we had a conference with the teacher and a conversation with the girl's father.  We also forbid her to even speak with the girl.

As we were busy taking matters into our own hands, Cora had a different solution.  She chose to PRAY.  Every single night before going to bed she included this little girl in her prayers, asking God to help her.  Every morning during her prayers on the way to school she remembered to ask God to help her classmate during the day.

During the last week of school, the father of that little girl approached Donald and asked for a ride home.  On the way, he shared with Donald that he and his family had started counseling and that his daughter was being helped by a psychologist.  He wanted him to know that changes were being made.

Wow!  That truly humbled us.  I am convinced that Cora with her gentle heart and persistent prayers made a difference in that family's life.  Much more effective than a punch in the nose!    

November 10, 2012

Pray and Fast for Nuevo Horizonte

The selection of new students for the New Horizons School has been made and the school year is quickly winding down.  Through its programs and Godly instruction, over 750 students are not only receiving a quality education, but are entering into life-changing relationships with Jesus Christ.  Many of their families as well as members of the community have also been changed through the ministries of the school.

Right now, however, New Horizons is struggling financially, leading the administration to make some very important decisions that will impact the lives of many.  The school theme for 2012 is "Trust in God," so we are praying and trusting God for His guidance and provisions. 

On November 27th there will be a day of corporate fasting and prayer for the school.  Please join us in supporting this important ministry.  If you are feeling led to give financially, please click here to be directed to the school's website. 

For this day of prayer:
1) We are inviting staff, students, families, supporters and our prayer warriors to join us in prayers of repentance.   2 Chronicles 7:14
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.”
2) We are praying that God will provide us direction for our future organization plans for the older students and future growth.  Proverbs 1:5  
“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.”
3) We are facing a financial testing; God please help us to be good stewards of the resources and please provide the resources needed.  1 John 5:14
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God:
that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”