Monday, March 20, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Where are you?

Good Afternoon from Costa Rica!
This is a beautiful evening, my music right now is the locusts, hundreds of them singing praises to the LORD!
I'd be ok if they sang a little lower tone at least! I'm certain GOD has created them for a reason, maybe to teach me patience!

This is the first question we find in the Bible and therefore we should find out why, who said it, who is HE calling, etc.

The story of the BIBLE is GODS story, and somehow, for HIS sake HE allows us to scribble on those sacred pages our story as well. GOD loves it when we stop and look, then HE knows HE has our attention!

So The Story begins with in the beginning GOD... then a page or so into it, GOD creates man and woman, sets them in the Garden of Eden to take care of it. YEP, GOD didn't intend for us to shift through life with nothing to do. Idle hands get in trouble.

As the story of GOD unfolds, (Have you ever wondered who was there to record all this, obviously there were no cameras or reporters yet) GOD puts man in the garden, tells them to care for HIS garden and be caretaker of HIS creation. Perfect, all is set, GOD has created a perfect world, the man and woman are happy, GOD walks with them each evening and all is well.
God blessed them and said to them,Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:28
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:15-16

So GOD gave the humans 2 commands, be fruitful and multiply, and rule over the animals/ then GOD also gave a command, "do not" with consequences, you will die; now the man ate the fruit and didn't immediately die, but our relationship with GOD was severed from that moment on we could no longer talk with GOD face to face.
The commands GOD gave man in the beginning seem like small things; that to us today seem insignificant. BUT GOD doesn't suggest, GOD is our Creator, and HE has a right to our complete undivided attention and obedience.

So GOD said rule over the animals, but one animal was very sly and deceived the woman who in turn deceived her husband, they ate the forbidden fruit, and we've been separated from GOD our Creator ever since.

Now it wasn't eating that was sin, it was disobeying what GOD had said!  

GOD called to Adam and said, "where are you?" Throughout history GOD is still calling us, "Where are you?" GODS voice echoes throughout history; we act like we don't need GOD and have each one of us turned to our own ways. As adam, we have the immediate reaction to answer GOD with, "she did it", "he did it", pointing fingers, when in fact, we are guilty! BUT GOD is faithful to HIS creation, all we have to do is stop, turn to face GOD and HE showers HIS forgiveness on us as we repent and turn to HM! 

So when we are in a crisis, we turn to GOD. If we turn with our whole heart, intent to KNOW GOD, HE turns to us and shows how HIS everlasting love will never change for HIS creation. GOD is just a righteous and so until we repent GOD has limited himself to not helping us. But the moment we repent and turn to GOD, HE comes to our rescue!

WHERE ARE YOU? Answer GOD now and turn in repentance to GOD now before the door closes and time runs out!

JESUS BLESS YOU! Franklin Evelyn Mary & James

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Fuz or thorns?

Good morning from Costa Rica! We took a walk in our yard yesterday evening and to the front gate and around the front of the camp property. We are amazed at how God has provided amazingly and wonderfully for our family and this ministry! 
Thank you for giving to support us as we follow God in building Taller del Maestro camp and Bible training center! 
So in our yard right close to the house we have these trees; they are a palm but look closely at the trunk! It has 2-3 inch spikes all around it in intervals, from bottom to top! 
Even the branches have these spikes on them! It's amazing how God created these trees, they produce fruit called pejibayes. The people boil the fruit it's round, they cut it in half and eat it at coffee time! They have a nutty flavor; James says they taste like dirt! 
Praise The Lord every day and take a walk in your yard; God has created amazing things right outside your doorstep! 
Though from a distance they appear to have Fuz on these trees, a closer look reveals spikes, when I look at these trees it reminds me to give thanks to God through our Lord Jesus, thorns like these were driven into His skull by cruel oppressors but my sin hurts Him more than any thorns ever could have! Help me Lord to repent and turn quickly to You for cleansing so as not to hurt you more by my rebelion! Thank you Lord Jesus for your love for us! 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Camp life!

Thank you for your prayers for our ministry here in Costa Rica! This is what's been happening here! Rebecca a friend of mine asked me to use the parachute this week! She's hosting out reaches to local schools! A church in the states brought this parachute in 2009 and it's been put to good use! Thank you for giving to The Lord! 
This is a view I see daily walking here at camp! The cabins are such a blessing to me personally I love the fact that hundreds of pairs of hands have been used to build these beautiful buildings, not just the physical hands of people who have come to build but each if you who by your prayers have built into Gods kingdom by loving our family along, praying for the teams coming to minister, praying for funds to be brought in as needed, and praying for our safety as we minister in the Name if Jesus! Thank you! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Basketball game before church!

The team from Thaxton MS got here last night they will be off to church in a few minutes enjoying a little basket ball before church! Thank you to each of you for praying for us and for giving to make this mission possible! 

Camp & Bible training center

Good evening from Costa Rica! These are some pictures I took as I walked this morning! 
So thankful for this place of refuge and retreat from the rest of the world! Thank you for your prayers and support if our work here! 

The dogs accompany me as I walk in the mornings! I enjoy the sounds and catch the occasional toucan flying across! Franklin saw a toucan trying to rob another birds nest today! Then tonight as the darkness was closing in around 5pm 4-5 toucans came flying close to the house into the trees next to the house. One by one they landed in the trees and then one went in a 2 inch hole in a tree, followed by another, they go in beak first, and stick their beak out the hole as they turn around and settle in for the night! 2 toucans in a tiny hole I couldn't imagine how they could fit! Then a third toucan came, landed and tried to go in, teetered back and forth then flew on to another home! Full home! Isn't God amazing! And if The Lord so takes care if the birds arranging beds for each one, how will God not take care if you and me! God loves us much more than the birds, and provides our every need! May The Lord greatly bless you as you serve Him! Peace and love in JESUS, Franklin & Evelyn