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Pictures from the Guardian's Big Day Outreach

I was to busy working during the service to take pictures but thankfully my roommate is a wonderful photographer and captured great many great moments.  The children that you will see are the ones I specifically work with.  All the gifts and bags and quilts are stuff we gave away to the mother's. It was a wonderful time and I hope viewing these photos can give you some kind of idea of how precious this day was for many people.
http://gallery.me.com/karenjn23#100312&bgcolor=black&view=grid

Big Responsibility

Yesterday I found out that, not only am I on the leadership team for World Warriors, but for the 25 interns that are arriving this Saturday.  Interns are usually here the entire summer and are college age.  We train them in the songs and dramas, what to do in emergencies, ect.  We put interns on every team that comes down to work from the United States along with the National Staff.  Starting this Wednesday I will be full fledge working and preparing for their arrival. Being a leader to all these young people is not something I take lightly.  I want to pour into their lives and be the leader that God wants me to be.  Please pray for favor and unity for our leadership staff.  I will be staying at our training center at the lake in Santa Ana so starting from Saturday through the end of August I will be working all over Central America and will not be able to update daily.  However, I am going to try to my best to stop by my apartment and keep everyone updated on the awesome things th…

Legacy

When I arrived to El Salvador in 2007 one of my responsibilities was teaching English to 1st year Master's Commission students which are now 3rd year students which means they are in their mission year.  So all my third year students are now raising funds to go to different parts of the world and minister the gospel.  The english I taught many of them will be used because it is spoken in many places they are going or they will translate from English into other languages.  Something that a friend of mine said when we were teaching them was. " You never know what these students will be in the future.  They could be missionaries, pastors, teachers, ect.  and we have a little part in their development as ministers."  One of the students, Carmen, is going to the US to work in a church in Kentucky.  Many people ask, "Why do foreign missions when their is such a need in the US?" I know there is a need and I pray for the US because it is my home. But I feel called t…

This Really Angers Me

When we met at the Prayer Fortress on Monday Bro. Don started off talking about how the Bible says in the end times bad becomes good and good becomes bad. What I read this morning on cnn.com was a prime example of that.  Just a little recap but I encourage you to read the whole article for yourself. I hope it encourages you to pray, not only, for our country that is burning Bibles but for our fellow believers in the underground church in Afghanistan. (http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/05/20/us.military.bibles.burned/index.html)    Basically, the US military decided to burn confiscated Bibles because it puts our troops in danger.  The US government does not want the Muslims of Afghanistan to think they are the ones passing out the Bibles and trying to convert them.  This I can understand however going as far as burning them simply infuriates me.  I look around my room and can count three Bibles in plain view and there are people now, in Afghanistan, without Bibles in their own l…

Prayer for El Salvador and the Nations

Psalm 77:1 "My voice rises to God, and I will cry aloud; My voice rises to God, and He will hear me." 
James 5: 16 "Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results."
   The Prayer Fortress is a three level building that is at the National Training Center for King's Castle. It is built on a Volcano overlooking a huge lake.  For over the past 10 years there has been continual prayer and fasting in the fortress.  Every week people come from all over to spend a time of solace with the Lord.  This week Bro. Don Triplett is out there.  He called a time of prayer for everyone who works in the ministry. So over 150 people went out to the fortress to intercede for the needs of the ministry and El Salvador.  It was a wonderful time of refreshing and renewing.  Not only did we pray for those needs I mentioned above but we also broke into groups to pray for the n…

Guardian's Big Day

Today was the "Big Day" that was put on by the Guardian's (the group of children I work with).  We had been working on this since I returned to El Salvador.  Yesterday we worked, with the children, all day practicing and decorating.  We had close to 2,000 people come.  Mother's are the most important people in this culture and instead of just having Mother's Day the whole month of May is dedicated to Mother's.  So that was the theme of the songs and dramas.  The kids did it all from praise and worship, preaching, and the alter call.  The best part was when Adonay, who is about 12, preached in front of all those people.  He talked about different Godly mothers in the Bible and then in his conclusion he said thanks to his mom for all kinds of different things but he what he would like most is to spend eternity with his mom.  All the children lined up in front and many people came forward for salvation.  I was praying with one girl who was a teenager.  She wa…

God's Politics

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I read a blog called God's Politics and I recommend you all subscribe to it.  I also receive daily emails that have a scripture, quote, and a prayer need about social issues that is happening in the world.  It is our responsibility as believers and followers of Jesus Christ to care about the poor and the orphaned.  There are more than 2,000 scriptures in the Bible over the poor. How can we ignore that? You may ask but there is so much hurt, and need in the world what can I do?  What can one person do?  You can be the agent of change.  Start a one person revolution by being aware and praying and passing on your knowledge about social issues to others.
Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, "Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land."- Deuteronomy 15:11
If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.Wi…

Generosity of the Poor

"He who cannot give anything away cannot feel either." -Friedrich Nietzsche
   For those who live in the United States and think the recession is bad should open their eyes to how it is affecting countries that depend on the States for remittances.  The majority of the Salvadoran population lives under the poverty line and that is with help from the US.  Imagine how it must be and how people are hurting when their family members are losing their jobs in the US and have stopped sending money.  It seems like that is all I have been hearing about how hard it is here in El Salvador because of the "Economic crisis."  My friend and I were in the sewing room yesterday and were working on making a curtain for the backdrop for a play the kids are doing on Sunday.  I overheard some of the women talking about how hard it has been for them.  They hardly have enough money to buy food or take the bus.  In the midst of hardly having anything one of the ladies split up her lunch to…

Loosing a Child on Mother's Day

For most, Mother's Day is a day of celebration, but today there are atleast two families in mourning.  There are two mother's who have lost their children on this day that most are going out to eat and spending time with family.  I know people die everyday but when things happen in front of your face or to people you know it is a little more difficult to accept.   First thing this morning as we were pulling into church there were police everywhere and we saw an area taped off so we knew someone had died.  So in plain view a teenage girl was murdered and her body dumped by, they believe, gang members.  So it was a bit sobering at church this morning and we didn't know the details or the mother but we prayed for the family.  Just now we received a call from one of the zone pastors telling us that one of the guard's, that works for the church, son drowned while either at a beach or river with friends.  In a country that death is prevalent, for me, it never becomes any …

A Tribute to my Mom

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My mom and I at Playa Grande, Costa Rica.
My mom and I after my graduation.
My mom is such a wonderful person, especially, to have continue loving me unconditionally during my rebellious years.  Many people ask her if it is hard to have one of her daughters living in a different country and she replies, "I would rather her be in another country doing the work of God than living in the same city and not serving the Lord."  I love you mom and miss you!
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me.  They have clung to me all my life.  ~Abraham Lincoln


Back to Work

All week long I have been working with the children's pastors to help and plan for Big Day.  Big Day is a monthly evangelistic outreach that we do at the church. Each month different people are in charge and this month the children are doing it.  Also, I have been helping with planning the World Warrior trip this year which is going to be awesome.  I am super excited about what the Lord is going to do. Today I worked with the kids for the first time since I have been back and it was so great to see everyone.

I Need Your Prayer

Saying I need prayer is not something I like to admit.  I really do not like asking for prayer...I don't know why because we all need prayer.  I would like to ask you all to lift up some specific requests that I have.  Since I am back in El Salvador please pray that I transition into working with the children and World Warriors smoothly.  That I do not get so busy with work that my personal time with the Lord suffers, in fact, pray that my spiritual life would become stronger and I would be even closer to the Lord.  Please pray for my protection and as I work and live here and wisdom and discernment.  I love living in El Salvador and doing the work God has called me to do here but I want my heart to always stay pure before the Lord and my motives right.
Colossians 4:2 "Devote yourselves to prayer, be watchful and thankful."

Send Me

Here is a slideshow of El Salvador my mom put together about a year ago.

Back in El Salvador

I flew back to El Salvador on Friday and today I went to church and it was great. First of all it is just wonderful to be back.  I feel like I am back home.  Church was great and a women, who is pregnant, testified that she had some kind of tumor on her pancreas was completely healed.  I also was able to see tons of my friends and the children I work with.  It was wonderful seeing everyone.  It is almost a different world simply because my understanding and speaking of Spanish is so much better. I am already hitting the ground running. As I am trying to get my residency card and renew insurance and things such as that I am also getting things prepared for the World Warrior's and working with the Guardian's of the Vision. There is so much to do and I am ready for it.