Monday, January 31, 2011

January 31, 2011 Giving Away A Wheelchair

Every time I am privileged to give away a wheelchair I am blessed by how important it is to the recipients!  This lady got all dressed up with earrings and all!
Thank you to Free Wheelchair Mission for helping me make life easier for these people.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

January 29, 2011 Chinese Dinner With Friends

It is not very often when I am able to take the time to really enjoy dinner with friends, but tonight was one of those rare occasions.  Friends came in from San Pedro Sula to visit.

Pedro Barquero filling his plate, joined us for dinner.

Pedro Barquero, Jami Villada, her brother Amilcar and her daughter Pamela and far right is her mother.

Pamela being a "clown" and of course behind the camera, me!

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loveth at all times...

It is great to have friends.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

January 27, 2011 Emerson Andino Gets A Wheelchair

Emerson Andino from Colonia Nueva Jerusalen
13 years old in his new wheelchair
Thanks to Vilo Martinez for delivering the chair to him at his home!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

January 23, 2011 Another Wonderful Afternoon At The Prison

I know, for some people an afternoon at the prison does not constitute a good afternoon.  But for me it is another matter.  I love to go to the prison....  Why?  Because I have "babies" there.  Spiritual sons and daughters.  Every since I started going to the prison years ago, people have thought it was a little strange.  After all, everyone is looking for a way out of prison, not a way into prison... aren't they?

I have done prison ministry since I was a 14 year old kid at Bethel Chapel in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Our youth leaders, Harvey and Yvonne Moore, had a heart for the prisoners and as a result, we had a young music group which sang and ministered in the prison at least monthly.  I still remember most of the kids in the group and that has been 40 years ago.  We formed bonds and ties which are lifetime ties.  These are the people I can call after years and pick up exactly where we left off with our friendship.  

Several of them married each other and went on to the mission field.  Two couples served in Romania for years and years.  I believe the reason for this love for others was instilled in us by our youth pastors and our parents.  It became a part of our lives because we learned what it was to visit those in prison, pray for the sick, etc.  

Last week, I drove a group to the prison to minster to the youth at the prison.  I think in all, about twelve us us piled into my ministry pickup and drove the thirty miles to the prison.  Most of those with me were young adults.  The music, drew the kids, the love they saw demonstrated hooked them, like fish on a fishhook.  The ones which touched my heart the most were the young boys who are a part of the 18th Street Gang.  There are seven of them in a secluded part of the youth prison.  This week, all week long, the Lord tugged at my heart to go and visit them again.  So six of us piled into the pickup and went out there again.

It was a wonderful afternoon.  When we arrived, they were locked down inside, but they were quickly released to the outside courtyard where they could spend time with us.  They all walked out with huge smiles... Happy to see us.  Two of them hugged me and wouldn't let go.  Another sat with his arm on my shoulder the whole time.  Several stated that the very best day they had experienced in prison was last Saturday when we came to visit them.  There was a new boy this week and one from last week had been released.  

I asked them to tell the new guy what happened and they said it was a wonderful experience.  He made a decision for Christ after hearing them all talk about what had happened to them.  One of them talked about the butterflies which he felt in his stomach, when he asked for forgiveness.  

We studied the Bible and talked with them for almost two hours before we had to leave. They walked with us to the gate and kept hanging on to us and hugging us, they really didn't want us to leave.

No photos... I can't put the boys at risk...  BUT THEY ARE EXCITED TO LEAVE THE PRISON AND START A NEW LIFE.  Most will be visiting our church, we will add them to our youth group and the next thing you know they will be living good Christian lives...

You may want to read last Sunday's BLOG, to see what happened last week.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

January 22, 2011 Giving Away Wheelchairs in Comayagua

A huge "Thank You!" to Renan Inestroza and the guys from his group, Repuesta Por Andar, which put together wheelchairs for the giveaway today.

In all we gave away 10 wheelchairs!

The press showed up to let people know about the giveaway.  
I can feel it in my bones, we will have a lot more requests!

Thank you as always to Jack DeLoss Taylor Trust for their financial contribution to the project.  They donated money to move the chairs.