Showing posts from March, 2014

Two Shall Become One

When someone asks me to take their wedding pictures I cringe a bit because the majority of the time I am doing it for free (as a favor or my gift to them) and for anyone who has taken pictures at a wedding knows that is highly demanding and stressful.  I think maybe the Salvadoran weddings are a bit less stressful as they NEVER start on time but regardless of that it is still a lot of work.  However, when the wedding is outside and at the beach it makes the job more delightful because there is so much more you can do.  My friends just got married at Costa del Sol which is the same beach where I got married. Costa del Sol is a beautiful beach for weddings not the best for swimming and definitely no surfing.  It is about 2 1/2 hours away from San Salvador and miles long.    Here are some of my favorite beach shots of the newly weds.

Bread of Life

Friday night our youth group had a Lock-In and I am proud to say that it wasn't the food and games that attracted the youth to this event.  What attracted them was that we were going to prepare food and give away clothes on the streets.  We went to the parks close to our church and easily found people sleeping or making their "beds" of cardboard and plastic ready to turn in for the night.  The guy I'm praying for was brought to me crying by one of our students.  He said that he wanted to change his life.  What a special time to be able to minister to him.  Ruben and some other guys were able to pray with some gang members who said they wanted to pray for protection.   It was an impacting night for everyone. We had 45 teenagers, in total, who went out to evangelize.  Just loving on the people living on the streets and trying to meet their social and more importantly their spiritual need.   Many of them had not eaten all day, others didn't even have shoes but more…

Not Just a Teacher

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
William Arthur Ward

“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.”
Karl A. Menninger

"If you are a teacher; teach well." Romans 12:7

For those who are skeptical that teaching is a ministry; that it is just as important as being a missionary or pastor I have a story to tell.  I was a full time missionary for five years and I have been more involved in the lives of my students now, as a teacher, than I ever did in the lives of the children at my church.  At church I'd see the same kids on Saturday and Sunday but that was it.  As I teacher I spend six hours a day with the same kids for 10 months out of the year.  I work at  a Christian school, which as most of you know, doesn't mean that the kids or their families are Christians.  It certainly doesn't exempt them from having problems.  Last Friday I went home sad and burdened for one…

Sow In Me

The past few months Ruben has been going to Nicaragua to train King's Castle Master's Commission students in how to utilize camps in their ministries.   Unfortunately, I have not been able to go because of teaching but this last weekend I was able to take off and I was able to help out with the final (practice) camp.  It was so good returning to Nicaragua eating delicious quesillo and fritanga and seeing old friends whom I had worked with in the past.  However, for me, it is always so encouraging watching what my husband does best...lead and teach.  He doesn't let hardships keep him down instead he uses them.  I'm so proud of him and I'm so happy God has allowed us to do what we do.  The camp may be called Sow in Me but he, also, has sown into the lives of future leader's, teacher's, pastor's, and missionaries that are ready to change Nicaragua and the world.