God of Miracles – Modern Day Acts of the Apostles

Miracle

My friend “IC” was a pediatric nurse and we attended church together.  We were both leaders for our pastor in a church plant in Florida.  One summer in the mid 2000’s she was taking her nursing skills to China.  You see, China is closed to missionary visas.  Proselytizing is officially illegal and you are only allowed to worship God in “state approved” churches.  The government of course does not allow any type of preaching that would undermine or discredit the official atheist beliefs of the communist leaders.

So this was an opportunity for her to go to China as a medical “missionary”.  She was to provide prosthetics for children with severe clubbed feet, rehabilitation support and other medical needs to an orphanage.  IC had a plan though, somehow she was going to tell these children about the love of JESUS!

Now IC was from a Spanish-speaking country originally, not born an American.  She was fluent in both Spanish and English but Spanish was her first language.  When she went to China, there of course were English to Chinese interpreters provided by the government.  How was she going to speak to these children when she did not know a lick of Chinese and was at the mercy of the interpreters to translate English into Chinese?  She couldn’t risk speaking directly about Jesus through the interpreters, she could be literally taken to jail in China and denied exit on her visa.  But she knew that God had given her an opportunity and a way, this was exactly what she was supposed to do.

So after almost the entire time in China had passed, IC told me that she was so distraught because she had not found an opportunity to speak to the children.  Time was quickly running out!!

She fasted and prayed.  She asked God to give her the means.  IC said that God told her to speak in Spanish.  IC was telling God, how is that going to work!  I only have an English to Chinese interpreter!  HA!  No one is going to understand me!

But the next day she did as God told her.  IC said that morning, she just began talking in Spanish about Jesus and God, and the cross.  She was telling the story of how Jesus died for our sins and washed us new.  That Jesus never leaves us even if we have never known His story or if we are not allowed to know Him.  She said that the group of girls were sitting on the floor and while she was giving them medical treatment and speaking in Spanish she noticed that they would giggle and talk amongst themselves.

But she kept going and believing that God would make a way.  After a while, she wondered why the girls were giggling…

She asked the interpreter, who had not interpreted any of the Spanish of course and sat silently, why are the girls giggling?

The interpreter looked at her and told her that they were excited and listening to her stories about Jesus.

GOD HAD TURNED HER SPANISH INTO CHINESE!!!!

The interpreter didn’t say anything the whole time because he was listening in Chinese!!!  The girls were listening and talking about Jesus!!

Praise the Lord!  He will always make a way!  Never underestimate the power of God’s love!  He is able and the possible when there appears to be nothing but impossibility!  His promise is sure and true, but is patient, so that ALL have the opportunity to accept Him as their Lord and Savior!

Then my people will know that I am the LORD their God — responsible for sending them away to exile and responsible for bringing them home. I will leave none of my people behind.
– Ezekiel 39:28 NLT
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
-2 Peter 3:9 NLT
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What If The Story of Jesus Was Audibly Translated Into Over 1000 Languages

Jesus Film

I just had to share this.  I was so moved today.   I watched as 1000’s of people, young and old, living in Ethiopia and never before heard the story of Jesus before watched His story unfold and weep when He was crucified.  They understood His story and accepted Christ.

This is just an incredible ministry that is translating the Book of Luke movie into over a thousand languages and take it to their country and villages. They take care of their physical needs and then show the movie to them in their own language! They then give them the audible NT to them so they can continue to hear the word of God in their own language.

Also, you can download the film to share and have it available if you meet someone who are fluent in another language for free. On iTunes and Google play app Jesus Film Media.

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it is raining babies

My heart just weeps for the children, women, men being victimized. I feel so helpless. I just want to save them all. Jesus please help us. Please Holy Spirit move in the hearts of the men/women enslaving them and those that are purchasing it. Please Holy Spirit move in the victims hearts. Please let them know that you have not left them. Please Jesus. Please…..I beg Lord.

Across Cultures

Croatia broken

She was probably around fifteen the first time I met her at Blessings Church in Bucharest. You know, one of those teens that cause us good church folk to lower our eyes and not stare: a lot of piercings, questionable jewelry choices, black t-shirt, big make-up. One of those lost teens from marginalized homes who suck up our love and resources and then disappear into oblivion. 

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Please Don’t Make Me The Standard…..

Ok, I am gonna keep it real today….I love Jesus with all of my heart.  I reach for the fruits of the spirit.  I desire to be those, but let’s face it….sometimes my flesh just rears its ugly head and I am so NOT a Christian.  I just unzip and step outside of my “Christian Skin” and behave in a way that I wish my cross pendant was hidden from the world.

It was one of those days that I was so far from Christ in one moment.  I am not talking:  I gave a dirty look, or said a small dirty word.  No, I was so much flesh it was embarrassing to the max.  Lest I digress, let me explain.

My oldest daughter had gone to the store with me for a grocery run.  A working full time, wife, mommy, chauffer, cook, maid, errand runner, etc…I had no time for nonsense.  It was a nice enough day, we were enjoying each others company very much.  We were running here and there in the rat race of Saturday traffic.  We were in and out of several busy stores, waiting in lines and weaving in and out of the myriads of cart pushers.  Some were kind and considerate, some were mean and nasty.  We took no notice of them as is normal for us….NORMALLY.

This day was definitely NOT ending NORMAL for these easy going, no worries peeps.  I was to change all of that with a big, fat, FAIL.  We loaded up the truck with all of our goodies, jumped in and made our way to exit the parking lot, which had a one in and one out for 1 million people an hour.  Stay with me.  I was trying to make it home before my ice cream melted and my milk became warm.  I just wanted someone to let me turn left in front of them, so I could get into the turn lane when the light turned red…you are not going anywhere when it is red.  I have been sitting here patiently for 3 light turns…..

WONT SOMEONE JUST LET ME IN!!!

Finally, there was no one coming into the lot from the main road headed south, there was a small lag for me to turn left into the turn lane to go north, so I make my request known by inching across the right lane and got my front end (I couldn’t straighten out) into the left turn lane.

OH PLEASE GOD, DONT LET ME BLOCK THE RIGHT LANE FOR ANYONE COMING IN!

As the light turned green, for us to go, my heart is pumping because I am just about to be able to straighten out in my lane and move forward.  At this exact moment, a driver comes from my left side and tries to nudge me out and keep me in the middle of the street like the top of a “T”.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!??!!  I look at him, he looks at me….

  • I cant go anywhere because he is blocking me now that he thought he could go first
  • There is a car coming into the lot that I am blocking
  • There is a car on the right of him which is jammed in so he can’t fully whip around me
  • I cant back up because there is someone at my prior stop sign who is trying to do the same thing I was

And then it happened…..the one thing that will *%#%)@ me off more than anything else.

HE

BLEW

HIS

HORN

AT

ME……

Are you kidding me?  ARE YOU STINKIN’ KIDDING ME???  You’re a first class JERK that just won’t let a lady out and you are beeping your horn at ME?!?!?!?!   Ok, this is where my Christian skin zipper came down.  I flipped him off.  No wait….that doesn’t really describe it.

I SHOVED my 15 year old back into the passenger seat with my hand (the g forces knocked her out for 5 secs), my lips became a snarled up mess, and

DOUBLE FISTED BIRDS

came flying out.  My middle finger grew 3 feet long…there were middle fingers flying everywhere.  Not once, not twice but middle fingers went up and down for what felt like an eternity; I yelled and screamed, said some choice words.  I had temporarily lost my mind.  😦  I’ll admit, it felt good for a minute.  I hadn’t flipped anyone off in about 10 years.  Then I heard my baby say,

“Mom, your embarrassing me.”

I came flying back into my Christian Skin and zipped that baby up.  I don’t even remember how the traffic jam fixed itself.  I was so ashamed that me, a representation of Christ for my kids had behaved that way.  ULTIMATE FAIL.

So as I repented in my mind and we drove home, I asked God to please help me explain to her about my behavior.  This was during a time when we were in a spiritual desert. I talked about this briefly in my post Paralyzed by Obedience.  So this made it even worse.  My kids were falling away from their faith and I am a big, fat, HYPOCRITE.

So as God always does, He reminded me of something very important and I was able to share that with her on our way home that afternoon.  He has given me opportunity to share this same wisdom a few more times and I think it put Christianity and Jesus into perspective for my kids.  Many times children fall away from their faith because their parents (leaders, teachers, friends, enemies, acquaintances, men on TV) were “Christian”.  It is the only representation they have.  It isn’t because they hate Christianity, it is because they are mistaken about something.

YOUR PARENTS (insert here: Friends, Aunts, Grandparents, Acquaintances) ARE NOT THE STANDARD….

We will never measure up.  We are sinners and fall short of the Glory of God over and over.  If you are holding Christianity to the standard of Christians, you are going to lose faith, or worse never consider Christianity, and feel that it is all just a bunch of hooey.

JESUS IS THE ONLY STANDARD

His character as written in the Bible is the only standard.  We, as Christians, try to reach for that but we will never reach it.  We are a work in progress.  We are fallible, we have failures, some of them are very bad.  We are hateful, jealous, prideful, self-centered….because we are not Jesus.  One day, everyone that accepts Jesus as their Savior will reach perfect wholeness.  When Jesus comes back for the church and we are fully restored and given a new body, we will be perfect as we were intended to be.

But until that day, know that I am not and will not ever be the standard for God, thank God.

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Surrender

Surrender

I am not required to do anything but surrender my heart to God, push the pride that I am capable of saving myself aside and accept that I can no nothing apart from Him.

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