23 November 2014

The work continues-- in Bangladesh.

 I was in the village in  Bangladesh taking  new photos of children who are in our sponsorship program.  Those in the picture here are the "neighbors" who spent their day watching what we were doing. Technically,  I guess they were on their side of the "street"and we were  doing some different, out of the ordinary things.  Just having an  American woman  in the village was out of the ordinary.

The twenty children in sponsorship in this village are mostly orphans and half orphans ( one parent). They each have a tragic story that cannot be solved with  funding alone.  But funding provides  food and clothing and school-- all things that make misery easier to bear.  The kids have  hope for a future that they would not have without it.  They have a pastor who ministers to them, teaches them and walks the walk of faith in front of them in their own culture and environment.  A foreigner can certainly come in and draw attention.  But the faithful  Bangla believers are the ones who show the way to the Lord.  We help.   We love to be part of it.  But the Bangla pastor will be the one who will reach this family and disciple them, if they are willing.

There are thousands of villages  like this one throughout  Bangladesh.  Most of them do not have a sponsorship program for the  orphan children.  Most do not have a pastor, either.  The twenty children we are helping here are one drop in the bucket-- well, maybe twenty drops. But maybe among these twenty children at least a few will become pastors and spiritual leaders to others who need to here. We hope that everyone of them will become a faithful witness for the Lord in whatever path they follow in life. Supporting and educating these twenty are worth what it costs-- so worth it. They are worth the sponsorship  money we raise.  They are worth the trip that  I make.

Sincerely Liz!

It was a special joy to me to  have my son and his family along with us on a trip to  Nepal. Taking a two year old and a pregnant woman on the long air travel and the hard ground travel in a country like  Nepal  might not seem like the best idea. Why did we do it?  Well, I love them and I wanted them to see the work that we do.  And-- my daughter in law is a professional photographer. We will be using the spectacular photos she took on this trip for literally years to come.

See her web site at www.sincerelylizinc.com.

This is the littlest short- term missionary who has ever made the trip with us.  If she can do it, so can you.

What doth hinder thee from joining a mission trip?

See for yourself what the Lord is doing in another country and be a part of it.

To the Ends of the Earth

Taking the gospel to the ends of the earth includes cities and valleys, mountains and remote villages.  It includes places that are physically difficult to travel and  politically difficult to reach. At  Allow, we are doing the best we can to cover the places the Lord has put before us. In  October 2014, we  took our medical team to some villages that required driving through creek beds-- not dry creek beds, but VERY wet ones.  In the rainy season, these people would not be accessible at all.   But on this day, the doctor for their  physical needs and the Scripture for their spiritual needs came to a village where visitors  are rare.  What will happen with the seeds planted on this day?  Only time will show us and maybe not even that-- but we did our jobs that day.  It was long and hot and busy.  My back was aching and I was dead tired at the end of the day.   But it was one of the best kind of " tireds" that there is and I hope to have many more of them.