Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tagged--Random things about me :)

I've been tagged by Jenna to list 6 random things about myself.
Rules:1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. List 6 unspectacular quirks you have.
4. Tag 6 bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each taggee's blog to let them know they've been tagged.

I usually don't do things like this (chain letters, forwarding emails, etc.) but this one sounds like fun--tell six things about myself that you probably wouldn't know otherwise. (Well, there are a few things I would never tell anyone.) So here it goes!

1. My most annoying habit (for others and my poor teeth) is that I chew ice. Ever since my last pregnancy, I crave ice. Some say it is due to an iron deficiency. My sister has a severe iron deficiency and she said she does the same thing. On the positive side, at least I am getting some water in my diet, and there aren't any calories in ice!

2. I never dreamed I would end up living in a foreign county, and married to a missionary. I didn't even know what a missionary was when I met my husband, and he told me he was called to be a missionary. I had never been exposed to missionaries or evangelists growing up, so I didn't really know what it was all about. I was a young Christian and had surrendered my life to the Lord, and was willing, but I often feel very unqualified.

3. I used to drive a school bus (yes, the big yellow ones) for a Christian school that my kids attended. I had to get my commercial driver's license which was a hair raising experience for me. It was probably the least favorite job I ever had. I was a very strict bus driver--the kids weren't allowed to get out of their seats, and had to behave on my bus. I took safety very seriously, and they probably didn't have as much fun on my bus!

4. I never wanted to home school my kids--we always believed in Christian education, but I didn't see myself as a "home school" mom. I worked as a school teacher, English and Spanish tutor--but never could see myself teaching my own kids--I didn't think I would have the patience with my own children like I would in a school setting. It wasn't until after I taught in a Christian school that I began to realize that maybe I could do it, and it could actually be a more efficient use of our time.

5. I am more of a "loner." My husband is my best friend, and I have a few female friends but we don't really do things together or talk on the phone much. My oldest daughters, sisters, and mom are probably my best friends. In high school I was very involved in organizations, but I still just had one or two close friends that I hung out with.

6. In general, I am more of a leader than a follower. I would much rather be in charge of a project than just be a helper. I enjoy being creative and enjoy organizing projects and events. In high school and college when we had to do "group" projects, I always preferred to be the one in charge to make sure things got done. I am happiest when I have some type of project, event, or activity to accomplish. (In the context of the home and church, I know that it is my role to be under the leadership of my husband and pastors, and not to upsurp the authority of men, so everything has its proper order--but there are situations where women are called upon to lead other women, children, etc.).

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Gateway to Joy/Getting Out of Bed in the Morning

When my children were smaller and were attending Christian school, I used to have the opportunity to tune into the radio broadcast "Gateway to Joy" by Elisabeth Elliot. I am sure most of you know who she is, and how she served the Lord on the mission field and has had a great impact on the lives of many Christians all over the world whether through her books, radio programs, or speaking engagements.

I recall one program where she was talking about the importance of having a quiet time every morning. Her father used to get up every day at 5 am to read his Bible and pray. No one was allowed to eat breakfast until they had read their Bible.

I am thankful that my husband has always set the same example for our family. I know that my husband would much rather read his Bible than eat breakfast if he had to choose between the two. It became a part of our daily routine, and nothing was ever allowed to come before our quiet time in the morning. You wouldn't even think about reading a newspaper or emails before the Bible. If Dad saw one of the kids playing, or reading something that wasn't the Bible, he frequently would ask "Have you read your Bible yet?"

For this very reason I prefer to schedule appointments in the late morning/afternoon whenever possible--otherwise the early morning becomes too hectic, rushing out the door, and before you know it the Bible time is pushed aside for the day. That is one benefit of home schooling, you can schedule Bible reading as part of your early morning activities--rather than having to catch the bus at 7 am our children can spend a little extra time in their Bibles. My girls at Bible college have to be up at 6:30 am, and at breakfast by 7, then choir at 7:30. That means if they are going to have a good time in the Bible, they probably have to be up at 5 or 5:30. That can be a little rough at times.

I remember Mrs. Elliot saying that "there is no such thing as a morning/night person." In all due respect, I will have to admit that even though I may be officially out of bed, I am not a person who can just jump out of bed and feel ready to meet the day. I go downstairs, make a cup of coffee, and head to the living room for my devotions, and by the time I am through I will start the rest of the preparations for the day. But on the way to making my coffee, sometimes I feel like a disaster waiting to happen. Things fall on the floor, coffee spills on the counter, and my coordination is all out of whack. My husband, on the other hand, pretty much hits the floor, ready to go, always with a cheerful smile to face the day.

Someone asked Mrs. Elliot how she got up so early every day, and was so disciplined in her life. Her reply was, "When the alarm clock goes off, I put my feet on the floor, and pull my body out of bed. I don't even think about it. In other words, just do it." She also tried to go to bed by nine o'clock every evening.

Living here in Spain, that is about next to impossible for us. Spaniards don't even eat dinner until 9 pm as a rule. I find myself staying up way too late. I enjoy the quiet hours of the evening--reading, catching up on things that I didn't get to do during the school day--after all, sometimes it is a mother's only chance to be alone. I would have to say that I am definitely a night person but by reason of necessity I manage to somehow make it through the morning : ).

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Athiests Advertising on London Buses

Photo source: BBC News

Buses in London will soon be decorated with advertisements saying "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." In other words--eat, drink, and be merry. The British Humanist Society has raised a considerable amount of money in order to promote their philosophy that there is no God.

In an effort not to offend religious people, they added the word "probably." I find that interesting. There "probably" is no God? I challenge them to think about "what if you are wrong?" The Bible tells us that the fool hath said in his heart there is no God.

I would not want to live in a world that didn't have God. Everything that is beautiful, good, virtuous, and pure is from the nature of God. He is merciful, loving, and satisfies the longing soul. Man has made a mess of what God has designed, yet God gets a lot of the blame.

The farther away man gets from God and the truths of the Bible, the worse our world is becoming. Families are falling apart, killing one another (literally). Mothers are killing their babies, kids in the school yard are shooting each other, and the hearts of man are growing colder and colder. Do you really want to live in this kind of world?

The eat, drink, and be merry type of life is empty at best. As a pastor's (missionary's) wife, I get to hear all the heartache and suffering from people who have chosen that route. Lives that have been ravaged by what they thought were "good" times but have led them down a road of destruction. The party scene is not where true peace and happiness is found.

Who knows, maybe these signs will actually make people think. If there "probably" is no God, according to them, then on the flip side "there probably is a God." What if God exists in the part that you don't know for sure? I would rather live my life believing there is a God, than in the other side that says there isn't.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Doug's Prayer Letter Photos

Here are some pictures of some of the events that took place in our church during the month of October. One picture shows Diego, the man who recently accepted the Lord as his saviour and was baptized. Another photo shows Doug preaching in the morning service.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Doug's Prayer Letter, October 2008

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,

We would like to thank all of you for praying for the requests mentioned in the last letter, as God has been answering them. Robson, for whom I asked prayer concerning his marriage, told me last week that he and his wife have been reconciled, and will be together in a few days.

Pedro, a faithful man in church, who heads up a men's refuge for homeless, jobless men that have a desire to change their life, spent six days fasting and seeking the Lord. God certainly came through for him, as when he returned home, his wife Margarita, who consistently opposed his walk with the Lord and his ministry, decided to repent and accept the Lord as her Saviour! She came to church this Sunday, and also their older daughter and baby came too for the first time! God is restoring some families and we are excited about that. Please continue to pray for this family.

One of the ladies who had called about the church did come and visit, and Juan, the man who did prison time has been doing quite well, although keep praying for him as he has had some slips. He has brought a number of people to church, has been helping others who have need of food, as well as preaching the gospel to many people. While in prison, he led a man named Carmona to Christ, and Carmona has been growing in the Lord. He has already read the first five books of the Bible and is sharing his knowledge with others in prison. At least five inmates are requesting Bible Studies, which I provide when I go in to see Carmona.

Both Juan and I have a desire to be able to enter the prison and do ministry there. Please pray for this, as it can be difficult to get into prison ministry here, although we have a contact person who may be able to help us to do that. For now I have been able to get in through visiting people that have requested that I come. Pray for Francisco, a man who is in the immigration jail (he is from Bolivia and was working here without papers), as I have been visiting him weekly. He has led two African Muslims to the Lord, and has asked for more tracts to be able to witness to more.

We thank the Lord for two ladies, Rosa and Marta who have accepted the Lord as their Saviour, but do need your prayers as they have some difficult problems that need to be overcome. Rosa has come to church several times, and Marta has not yet come, but we are asking God to do a work in her life.

Yesterday I met a man downtown and spoke to him about the Lord, and he asked Jesus Christ to come into his heart. His name is Diego. He gave his testimony in church this morning, and was baptized in the Atlantic Ocean today.

Carolee is doing a great job in homeschooling Leanna and Rebekah, and it certainly is a blessing to see them grow in the Lord through it. Thank you for all your prayers, love, and support! The Schwaderer family