Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless HIS HOLY NAME.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Intercede...For All That Are In Authority

"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and giving of thanks be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority;
that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."
I Timothy 2:1,2

Do you pray for your President? Your Governor? Your city's Mayor?

Have you ever thought to pray for their wives?

Surely these ladies live under such tremendous in the spot-light...bound to rigid schedules and obligations that take them away from their homes and children.

I will never forget what the wife of our former Mayor told Mom after she (Mom) told her that she prays for her every morning: "I don't think anyone has ever prayed for me. You don't know what it does for me to know that every day someone is praying for me!"

Our annual Christmas Banquet in November is a special event to which which we invite the ladies who have served (as Mayor's wife or in some other way) our town and surrounding towns. We honor them with a special gift; and each "first lady" who has attended has received a Bible.

Below is a list of ladies whom we have invited and for whom we are praying to come. Please join us in praying that these ladies will come to the
November 18 Banquet

and hear the Gospel once more.

María Isabel Aguilera de Sabines (Governor's Wife)

Profra. Delia Nery Pavón Hernández (wife of Mayor of nearby town)

Verónica Gómez Montero

Lic. Perla Yuridia Díaz Castro (wife of Mayor of nearby town)

Ing. Idalia García de Díaz

Lic. Gabriela Pastrana Barrios

Lic. Ana Marcela Zazueta Hernández de

Marisol Sandoval

Emilia Setzer Marselle de Ochoa

Profra. Magdalena Ramos de Ruiz

Sra. Mercedes Cerdio de Gutiérrez (saved 2 years ago at a banquet)

Isabel Consuelo Ochoa de Sarmiento

Sra. Marta Mandujano de Ramos

Lic. María Virginia Castellanos Martínez

Sra. Leticia del Cármen López Rodríguez

Profra.Victoria María Olvera Rojas

Brenda Susana Moreno Valdez

Patricia del Cármen Sánchez López (congresswoman)

Cecilia Flores López (present Mayoress of our town)

Beatriz Mandujano de Aguilar

Olga Lidia Álvarez Morales (Mayoress of a nearby town)

Guadalupe Ruíz Narváez

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cold Water and Care Packages

"As cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country."
Proverbs 25:25

Post Office.


What does that mean to a missionary? It means that someone loves you enough to go sit down, take out some pretty stationary or a lovely card and write to you...even though they'll spend a fortune in postage.

But mail to a missionary is contact with loved ones...a message that we are loved, prayed for, remembered.

Don't ever under-estimate the value of mail to a missionary...even if it is an email, now in this age of internet. Unless you are a missionary, you don't realize what a letter, a Christmas card, or a care package from someone in the States can do to bring sunshine and encouragement to a (possibly) lonely missionary family. You ladies that are a part of a Women's Missionary Group of some kind, your thoughtful letters and care packages mean so, so much to a missionary lady (and family!). What a unique ministry you have!

Our favorite part of the day (growing up, especially) was going to the post office. We went every single day. It was almost like Christmas every day. Many people remembered our birthdays, and since there were 10 of us, you can believe that receiving birthday cards came nearly all year 'round!

Grandma always sent us $7 US dollars and a card for each birthday. Many, many churches always mailed us a birthday card. Mrs. Stewart always clipped special things from her newspapers and mailed them to us, and she never, ever forgot anyone's birthday! A couple of times a year, a very special church got things together and would send them to us. It felt like Christmas!!!

A few months ago, our family received a care package (and not the first, mind you!) from Audria, a very dear friend of our family. Audria's care packages are so personal. I can tell she takes time, thinks of each one of us, and really out-does herself for us.

In our book, "Aunt Audria" is a super-special person...she is spoken of and remembered often, especially when our children wear the jackets she sent; or when our children and many neighborhood children are enjoying the side-walk chalk she so thoughtfully sent!

A very special missionary to Ghana is having a give-away at her blog. Read here to find out the details! If you are a missionary mama presently on the field, you just might be the one to win!

I read each comment left by a missionary mama on Mrs. John's blog, and tears came to my eyes as I read each one. I prayed for these ladies, that God would do something special for her...far from home, perhaps suffering home-sickness. God sees each need; He knows about each desire (as insignificant as it may seem!). Chin up, ladies. Keep up the good work!!!

So send a card...Mail a letter...Send a care package to a missionary today! God will surely bless you for encouraging a missionary family!