Monday, January 25, 2010

The night will shine like the day and all will see that our God reigns

I woke up this morning and headed to the bank to open our own account. I fought so much fear and doubt as I signed the dotted line. The rounds of what if and worry of failing began to plague my heart and mind. However, in faith my heart screamed to keep going, Jesus has you!! He loves these girls.

When I arrived home, I was able to speak with Susannah and I can hardly express the joy bubbling and spilling out all around me! Susannah and Josue had a fantastic trip to the border this past weekend. The plans are set into motion and on February 20th we will hold our very first workshop/outreach to the women and children at the border. I only recently have been learning how to make jewelry and so I will be the one teaching our workshop next month. Oh my this will be interesting to say for sure ;)

After the fiesta in December a few girls came to the officials we work with at immigration and told them they no longer wanted to be in prostitution. They were given some jobs around the area but the officials told Susannah that they needed our assistance to give the girls spiritual and mental help!!! HA! How amazing is God Almighty! Can you tell how elated I am?! After hanging up with Susannah and hearing that precious report, I could not stop smiling. I literally jumped up and down pumping my arms and thinking, ha ha, take that Satan!

I am in a perpetual state of awe and wonder as I watch God continually make a way where there is no way. Oh how I long to be these girls friends and hug them and show them just how much Jesus loves them. Please continue to pray for us as God weaves a beautiful path and makes the way for us to go. Pray for continued protection and favor. Please also be in prayer for our outreach in February.

We believe we will see the night shine like the day as we walk hand and hand into the darkness that is the world at the border.

I praise God for His love, His mercy, His heart to move and shake mountains. I praise God that with Him all things are possible. It is our belief that we are called to strategically do all that we can in order to, not only rescue the victimized, but also train them in becoming victorious planet shakers who abound in ability to change the world. We know that God shows no favoritism and that in Christ all things are Yes and there is nothing that is impossible. He WILL use the weak, the poor, and the foolish.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

My time here in the USA is flying by. As I type this, Susannah is at the border on behalf of the both of us. We are in the middle of planning our first big workshop for the kids to learn a trade. At the moment she is there traveling and sharing of our work and I am here in the USA doing the same. I look forward to heading back and going to see all my new friends at the border.

I just returned from a very successful trip to Dallas, Texas. Although there were many meeting and business to attend to, I was able to relax more than I have since returning to the States for Christmas. I was blessed to meet many amazing people who work hard to combat Human Trafficking. It was a bit overwhelming all the information I came back with from this trip. Driving thirteen hours straight didn't help either. So needless to say, I am officially exhausted.

I am constantly thanking God for the opportunity to serve Him in this capacity. Truly, I feel so awed and humbled. I feel completely inadequate and incapable of running an organization. I don't know where I would be without Jesus walking out the process with me. It is intimidating at times speaking at so many places and meeting so many faces and trying to keep it all straight. Many nights, I sit with Jesus and He comforts me. He is all I am after. So in being after Him and His heart, I find that I am after ministering and saving children from the hands of wickedness to bring hope.

So often I am tempted to walk down the trail of worry. How can I do it God? How am I going to feed all of them next month or every month for the rest of the year? Many days I worry that there is not enough of me to go around. It is then that I remember it is not about me, my capabilities. I just need to obey the voice of God. This is His organization and His children. To Him all credit and glory is due. When I remain in that mind frame, it is then I know. All will succeed according to His will. I cannot tell you how precious and comforting this thought truly is to my heart.

LightForce International is blessed to have Christine with Epiphany Media as our amazing PR representative. I had the wonderful privilege to sit at Borders Bookstore and share my heart with her over coffee in Dallas this past week. She was amazing full of ideas and holy passion for God's call.

Some days, my mind is reeling that all this is not true and I will wake up to find it was all just a dream. It feels so surreal to be a founder/director of a non-profit organization that works with children and women in prostitution. I am learning about how to handle attention and publicity and think business. Slowly but surely and as always, God has a hold of my hand.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"Blessed are the poor in Spirit" Matthew 5

To know the heart of God, you must reach out to the poor. To see the face of God, you must look into the face of the poor. It is in the working, helping and loving the poor that I find I am the one truly helped. To defend the rights of the poor and needy. To help the least of these as Jesus so wonderfully put it, you do it to Him. The part that sticks out most to me in passages such as these in the bible is the fact that they are not suggestions. These passages are commandments. In John 14:15 Jesus said, "If you love me, you will obey what I command."

The above picture of the little legs dangling on the bench, the heart of God knows every one of their names. He knows every thought, fear, desire and dream. They are real human beings to Him and He loves them with a precious passion you and I can only hope to aspire to. Many times I am moved to weep as I see the way God loves on the forgotten, the ugly, the broken. I cannot begin to express to people the importance of how precious and simple it truly is to be love in action.

To be home has been like a dream. Every moment I have had to sit and be with my family is priceless. I am treasuring every minute in these last few weeks I have left in the USA. However, it is getting a bit easier each time I leave to go back to those little legs above because the vision inside of me consumes my heart. I am determined. I am decided.

In the last month I have been in the USA, I have traveled and shared. We are now launching a non-profit to be able to bring more resources to help the women and children we work with. I am constantly amazed and awed by the way God continues to move and pave the way for our ministry. More than that, I am humbled.

We are now officially LightForce International and just recently I had the unique privilege of learning how websites work and how you go about setting them up. Of course all of this is done through a Godly, amazing company called Teknoasis. Getting help in fundraisers and tshirt designs from the wonderful people at Hands On Originals and more importantly my "go to" girl there, Susan Trout! She is fabulous. The amazing team of people at Cornerstone Church of Lexington are the reason I am where I am! We are blessed to be covered in prayer from around the world but especially from the passionate, on fire people at New Horizons Church.

All of those people and many of you who support me financially and spiritually help to make it possible to stand up and fight for the rights of those who cannot fight for themselves. God Bless you in this new year.