Report - Friday, February 15, 2008 7:23 AM
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Subject: Tongues and marbels
Last week in devotions which I led as an exception pitch hitting for Sandy who was really tired, anyway I spoke on taming the tongue and how the Lord helped me in the process of taming my tongue before I was yet a teenager. I was serious about the Scriptural challenge, and so made a pact with the Lord to do my best but found my brain and tongue were often to quick for me so I had to slow the speech process down in order to give my brain a chance to control that wild member.
I started by putting a few marbles in my mouth, it’s difficult to speak around a mouth full or them so it forced me to take them out before retorting back say to my siblings. It worked, the very act of spitting out the marbles reminded me of what I was trying to do and my pact with the Lord. However my mom didn’t agree making me spit them out, I figure she was afraid in my running and playing I’d swallow them, though I figured that was little problem.
Anyway, since I couldn’t do it that way I took to sucking the cap of a Bic pen on to my tongue and then had to again remove it before speaking… same effect. My mom evidentially felt that the risk was less or realized the task was worth the effort. That time in my life paid big dividends impacting me even to this day…
Remember . . .
Prayer Changes Things
- Every "things" !!!
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Breaking Ground . . .
Hello again friends,
It is so exciting seeing the dream of a bakery and restaurant becoming a reality. To be able to use it to help us feed the 2000 malnourished children that currently attend Family Circus, ‘Wow!’
As we stood around the front of the grounds for the Bakery Restaurant as a team, including construction workers, CE workers, and volunteers. We took a piece of paper and many of us signed our names on it asking God’s presence and blessing upon the work. Then we put it in a small plastic bottle sealed it and buried in the corner foundation where it will be preserved in the concrete and in our memory as a memorial to the Lord.
We prayed together and dedicated from the foundation up, this building to the Lord. A few minutes later the concrete trucks arrived and by this evening most of the foundation was poured.
We closed out today ministering to an estimated 2,000+- in services. Tomorrow Sunday morning we expect even greater numbers attending . . .
Before I retire for the evening I feel it is important to tell you of “A Hero of the Faith”
We have about 30 team members and over 100 volunteers helping us to serve the needs of the 5,000 mostly poor that attend our Family Circus services each week. One of our team members … “Is an unsung hero.”
Let me briefly tell you a little of her testimony. For her protection I’ll call her Kay. She was a Nursing student and is only one semester short of graduating.
A few years ago she was married and had a son. It was only after being married that she discovered the darker, violent, and dangerous side of her husband, his profession, addiction, and dealing in drugs. It came to the point that in fear for her life and that of her son and unborn child, while three month pregnant with her daughter, that she fled for her life.
Unwilling to put her own parents and families lives in danger, she had to hide from them and revealed to no one where she fled, not even to her own family or former friends. During this time of brokenness, she came with her son to Family Circus and shortly after that gave birth to her daughter.
We offered her temporary employment to help her and discovered a gifted, compassionate worker with excellent people and nursing skills. After her daughter was born, she continued to wait until finally she was able to determine that her husband was removed from the scene and no longer a threat to her family and she was then able to be reunited with her family. (Drug dealers are permanently eliminated here.)
Today she continues as a full time staff member and is a single parent living in a shack in a crowded slum doing a wonderful job of raising her two children to love the Lord. We have a dream for her and her family. We have an opportunity to build her a house on some property that came to us in a unique way. It is small and yet big enough to build two small simple apartments with expansion room for an upstairs living quarters. We’d like to build a home for her family. It will cost us about $750 - 900. We could build her this home and have it completed by the end of the month. That is, if the funds were available.
If you or anyone you know would like to help us with this, please e-mail us, or go to the website connection at the bottom of the page. It would be so neat to see this dream become a reality…
PS. If more funds came in than for just the one apartment we’ve hopes to build the second and could even do an upstairs apartment for other families who are in need.
In it for the King & His kids,
Darrell & Sandy Blatchley
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