Thursday, July 15, 2010

For the Lord your God is He who Fights for you

Today was a wild day in Shutka. I started out on the bus, and Tony came on the same bus about six stops later. So we got to Shutka, and he said he had to get off to buy some things. I walked to the kitchen, and everything seemed peaceful. I saw some girls that usually come, and they showed me there little brother who was six months old. He really was adorable. I walked to the church. Then I said hello to Sabel and the boys helping him, and we got to working. We put the sandwiches all together. Right when we finished, they let the children in at the gate. I walked outside and plaid hand games with them. They are teaching me three that they like. I taught them two from the states that I like. We were all having a good time, and we all went inside.
Everyone sat down at their tables, and started talking to one another. Meanwhile, Chris, Tony, and Sabel went around the room greeting the kids, and keeping the ones straight that needed it. I sat at a table with a group of kids I had never seen before. I asked them all their names and how old they were. While they were telling me how old they were Chris ran out the door. Sable followed quickly. Sable shut the door and held it. After a little while, he ran to help Chris. I was yelling “Sit down” in Macedonian. No one was listening. Tony then runs out the door after about five minutes. When he left, all the kids ran out the door. It was crazy. I then went to the window to see what was going on, and I could not tell. All I saw was Chris and Sable trying to separate people in a fight.
The fighting stopped and after a while Chris came back inside. They started singing and we prayed. I asked what had happened. He said that a kid’s dad came to beat him up for coming. I think that this really is an eye opening experience. I don’t know if I have ever seen persecution in my life up until this point in the form of physical violence. It is really amazing to see the guys step in like God would when someone is hurting his child. Like in Joshua 23:10 “One of your men put to flight a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you.” They went in to protect the kid, and God does that for us if someone or something comes again us. Please pray for these kids and their families.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Good Weekend with Friends

This weekend we went to go visit friends in Gevegijal. It was so much fun just spending time with them and just seeing what God is doing there. We went to Dojram a lady near Greece. It was really good just spending time with Pina and Victor. At the lake, people were putting mud all over themselves because it has minerals in it. People would walk by all covered in Black. It was really unusually, but I guess it was like a mud bath. The next day Victor’s little brother came. Then we went to a park and brought their dog along. She loves playing with water bolts. She demolished like five of them. After a while we prayed and listen to some worship music. It was really cool, because there were only five of us there. I could just feel the presence of God there. It was really a good time of just encouraging them.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Change for Change Fundraiser

Fund Raiser/ Change for Change
Hey guys! I am starting to raise funds for the next year in Greece, and this one is really easy. It is really for all of you who feel like you do not have anything to give. Just like the widows might, your offerings count! The Lord is happy with everything you give when you give with a cheerful hear. Pray about it and see if you are suppose to participate.
Here it is. Just take an old jar or a chip can, and cut a whole out of it. Mine is actually a Nutela jar Then just put any leftover change you have in it. You can write on it Change for Change! You may ask “What will it be changing?” It will be changing hearts of people in the Balkans by helping supporting me in what God is doing here. The other step in it is to pray for the Balkans each time you place change in it. So it is not only giving that you will be doing, but you will be praying for the people here. When it is full, then you can contact me on how to receive it at
If you would like to participate just e-mail and let me know.
Thanks so much for all your prayers and support here! It really makes a difference here! God is doing so many exciting things here! I can’t wait to see what He is going to be doing in Greece!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Shutka Today

Today we went to the soup kitchen to find that they had no lights and no water. We went and wrapped the bread rolls in napkins, and then served the kids. We met some new kids today, and they were just way too cute. They would give you a hug, and just not let go. I tried to play hand games with them, but they would just hug me and not let go after. It is cool to see what God is doing. It is really neat just to let them know that they are loved… even if it is only for an hour during the day.
Just after the kids had left the lights and water had come back on. We had to run, because it was about to rain. Faithful Sable and his son stayed to finish the job. It was an experience. Please be praying, because they are behind on their bills is why they were turned off. Please pray for money for the bills.
Now we are waiting for our landlord to come. We waited all day one Sat. He said he could not make it then, because he was watching football. Now we are waiting to meet him again…. Maybe we will see him. The mysterious landlord...