I pray that God blesses you this year and that the vision of Christ grows clearer each day as you seek Him. As we face a year of wonderment in many areas of life I quote the Apostle Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, and I too speak strength and peace to you through Christ, our Lord, Amen.
I write this note with a twofold purpose. One, I would like to bring you up to date with what I have been doing and fill in the blanks of the past year, and two, to fill you in on where I am headed now.
My time at the end of 2008 and all of 2009 was given to my family. I made one trip back in May of last year to Guatemala to teach at Living Water Teaching Bible Institute. The rest of the time, I felt it necessary to strengthen my family through our transition of re-locating and re-establishing in Syracuse, New York. 2010 brings the Lord’s stirring again to get back to traveling as well as drawing me closer to what His purpose is for RIHPM.
I want to speak from heart to you, my dear friends. It is important to me that you know how very special you are and how much I love you. Life is filled with change and challenges but the people we meet and come to know are the true eternal reasons for living. We are divine unions, “living stones” as the Apostle Peter wrote, who are built one upon the other, being forged into a spiritual house, we belong to each other. Peter penned these words many years after an encounter he had with Jesus during His earthly ministry. The revelation he understood was that Jesus is: THE CHRIST, which literally means… the Anointed One; and His Anointing. There is so much to be gained and shared here but my main thought is this: We are His people, united in the Spirit, because of one common person, The Lord Jesus Christ. He is building His temple, which we are, and it’s this that brings us together in spite of our differences. We are living stones, fitly joined together, strengthening, and supporting one another in a world that we are just traveling through. Whether near or far, we are not disjointed because we are connected through Christ’s life and anointing. Frankly, this energizes me. When I think of eternity and what God is really doing, so much of life’s struggles just fade away. The struggle of daily living becomes easier when our goal is eternal life. The hardships, drama, and strivings just somehow become insignificant in the scheme of things when Heaven’s Glory fills our hearts.
The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans that “in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Rms. 8:37. He made that declaration after speaking of all the hardships of life that we face and the knowledge that God is able to work all things to good for those who are in Christ Jesus. Vs. 38 and 39 sum it up for us… “For I am persuaded that neither death not life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” These are powerful statements that settle any issue of lack, failure, or struggle we face. In Christ there is one thing. Victory!
As I think of you, and I often do, I pray that Christ be formed in you and that you will be rooted and grounded in His Love. I pray that you come to know him more intimately and that His strength keep you throughout the New Year. Thank you for everything you are, and all that you do. My life is richer because of you!
This past year, I also had the opportunity to teach two bible classes in our local church’s Bible Institute. “The Believer’s Authority” and “The Book of James”. The Lord also opened the door for me to meet and work with the Latin Community here in Syracuse. I have some upcoming meetings in the works with the Latin women and I have been invited to participate in a Women’s Retreat with a follow up Seminar.
Back in 2006, when I first began RIHPM, I initially incorporated to raise funds for my overseas travel. There have been times over the past year or so that I thought maybe I should just fold this and move on. The Lord however just won’t let me do that. He is drawing me to “allow Him” to show me how He will grow the work of my hands. The ministry became incorporated, in New York in Aug of 2009 and I have been working toward getting the ministry off the ground again. My calendar is filling up quickly without much work and so I would like to share with you the upcoming opportunities and ask for your help again in going to the nations.
I will be going to San Jose, Costa Rica Feb. 24th – March 3rd. I will be doing Missions Training, Leadership seminars and ministering in local churches. Quetzaltenango, Guatemala in May to teach the Women in Ministry class, for the 7th year in a row. Also November 4th – 13th a trip to Honduras is scheduled as well as the opportunities coming open here in Syracuse. The budgets for the international trips are as follows:
Costa Rica – $1000.00
Guatemala – $1500.00
Honduras – $1500.00
RIHPM also supports Missionaries in Guatemala and Costa Rica as well as sending a Guatemalan Orphan through College. I would ask that you pray about how you can get involved either by a one time donation or through monthly support. The fields are white and ready for harvest, and I am ready to go!
I need to ask your forgiveness for not staying in communication with those who have partnered with me in the past but I am much clearer on what to do and have a greater commitment to see the ministry grow and frankly, I just dropped the ball. I now have people helping with administration which is what I needed to go forward. I am confident in what the Lord is doing and ask for your prayer support as well as partnership financially. Thank you for all you’ve done and now for considering to do more.
This year is an open slate for God to work in.
The Best Is Yet To Come!