I woke up this morning with some incredible pain in my back. It sorta felt like somebody threw a hatchet in my back and in the process broke a few ribs which proceeded to puncture my lungs. I couldn't breathe. It was pretty amazing.
It was quite the dilemma because Joe had left somewhere around 3 in the a.m. on one of his 48-hour galavanting-around-the-country trips. That means the door was locked and nobody in the apartment but the crazy with the hatchet in her back. I seriously didn't know how I was going to make it out of bed, let alone down the stairs and out the door.
I literally couldn't breathe when I stood up. I was only mildly relieved of the pain when I was laying flat on my back with my right arm above my head? Go figure.
So I started praying, "dear Jesus, have pity! You know I have no insurance. You know I can't breathe if I move out of this bed. I don't know what to do. Please take the pain away so I can get to the doctor."
I called my older brother and asked what it feels like when you throw your back out. How do you even move around? Suck it up. lol
I stayed in bed and thought about moving for a good half hour. When I finally did, it seriously was a miracle. I stood up and I think the hatchet got yanked back out and my ribs fell back into place. Pretty sure my lungs un-collapsed, too. THANK YOU, JESUS!!!!!!!!!
I was able to take a shower and go in to see Dr. Baldwin. Bless him!!!!! My back is definitely still sore, but no more hatchet. Hallelujah!
Just thought I'd share, 'cause I'm really thankful that Jesus decided to pull the hatchet out. :o)
An update on my life to follow soonish... :o)
Please give for Uganda famine relief!
According to online reports, the lives of approximately 3 million Ugandans are being threatened by starvation and 35 to 40 people have already lost the fight. Those struggling to survive include the neighbors of WGM missionaries and national Christians.
As an immediate response to the famine in Uganda, WGM President Hubert Harriman has released $10,000 to the field from the Crisis Relief Fund. But initial estimates from WGM's ground team indicate that TRIPLE that amount will be needed in the next 30 days. Will you help send even more and join the fight against hunger in Africa today?
Jonathan Mayo, WGM field director for Uganda, shared that the drought is affecting Uganda from the eastern border with Kenya to the western border with Congo and from the northern border with Sudan on southward a considerable distance into the middle of the country. He noted that if rain does not come soon the famine will spread further.
Terry Duncan, WGM’s regional director for Africa, added that the areas of Soroti in eastern Uganda and Nebbi in the north are the most severely affected regions where WGM has churches. Neighboring countries are also seeing deaths from starvation, and WGM is responding as funds become available.
“We are deeply grateful for the transfer of funds to help with famine [relief] in Uganda,” Terry shared. “No doubt you may never see these desperate people, but someday you may talk with them in heaven and they can tell you what this meant to them. Thanks to all who made this possible.”
Join the fight against hunger in Uganda now by giving to the Crisis Relief Fund! Your donation could be the difference between life and death.
Heavenly Father, please protect your people in Uganda as they face this urgent battle. May you fill their bodies and souls with love and provide for their every need. We lift them to you, Lord, and place them in your powerful hands. Amen.
I received this update a few days ago from some Honduran missionaries. I have been wanting to share it, but it is originally in Spanish, and I have been too busy (or lazy) to translate it. I think their message is one of hope that applies to every situation, every country, across all time. Read on....
In this entire situation there is a spiritual battle and we can fight it. Let's pray for Manuel Zelaya and for our public officials so that the Holy Spirit will enlighten them and help them in this difficult time. May the Lord bring peace to their families and may this be an opportunity for them and many more Hondurans come to the Lord.
"The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1)
Let us remember that He is our light and salvation and we should not be afraid, that in this moment of such great need the light of Christ should shine through us to bring peace and hope to our country.
please continue to pray for Honduras..
and for the Hawk's and Murphy's as they are making their way down by car. they were to make their way through guatemala today and stay in el salvador tonight....
UPDATE.... they made it to El Salvador and plan to go on to Tegus (Honduras) today. Praise the Lord for safe travels!
........................ annnnnnnnd they made it all the way to Tegus without incident! PTL!
There's some crazy politics going on right now... Manuel Zelaya, the president of Honduras, has strong ties with Hugo Chavez (socialist leader of Venezuela), as well as with the leaders of Columbia, Bolivia and Ecuador. They have all given their support to Zelaya... it's a bit of a long story, but it appears as though the majority of the people within Honduras are against the president and a referendum he is trying to pass on Sunday--including congress, the courts, the military and even the Catholic church. Apparently Chavez plans to help Zelaya even if the entire population of Honduras is against him.
The people are to vote on the referendum on Sunday... "The nonbinding referendum asks voters if they want a further, binding election on whether to call an assembly to write a new constitution." (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/arti
Zelaya hasn't given any details about the new constitution would look like, but the assumption is that it would allow him to stay in power. (His term is up at the end of this year.) The whole thing has been declared unconstitutional and the supreme court ordered the military and police not to support the vote, but Zelaya persists. He fired the head of Honduran Joint Chiefs of Staff and several others have resigned in solidarity...
It sounds like a giant, festering mess. Thus far protesting has been peaceful, but please, please pray for Honduras during this tumultuous time!
Please pray for Terry and Colleen Hawk and Jerry and Sherri Murphy as they leave from Marion this morning to make the trek back to Honduras to start their next missionary term. They are making a few stops along the way and hope to be in Honduras around the 4th of July.
from today's bulletin...
"Father's Day BBQ Shindig and Shootout. Bring a lawn chair and your favorite gun to show and for target practice. Targets will be provided. Just don't shoot the neighbor's cow."
all kidding aside, i seriously love those folks!!!