Saturday, March 16, 2013

What if my husband is a THUG?

Serious questions...

I LOVE that this new group of ladies we are walking with is not asking for OPINIONS.  
For the first time in their lives, they want to know the TRUTH from God's Word!


 And so, TOGETHER we search... And beg God for wisdom...

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  James 1:5

But today's questions are not normal questions for me to consider...

Today, we literally wrestle with TRUTH.   
"My husband is a thief and a thug."  
"My husband drinks and doesn't provide food for our family."  
"My husband is a gang member..."

My own heart aches for these ladies!   I have seen their BRUISES - their TEARS - their HUNGER - their FEAR!

Suddenly, the verses that I cling to in my own marriage just sting...  

 "The same goes for you wives: Be good wives to your husbands, responsive to their needs. There are husbands who, indifferent as they are to any words about God, will be captivated by your life of holy beauty." 
1 Peter 3:1-4 
Does God's TRUTH stand true... even when we are sitting in the middle of a rough neighborhood, with truly UGLY situations?   Is it possible that God can change the hearts of these men? 

As we look into each others eyes, we know... we will stand together, fight for each other, protect each other, encourage each other, and pray for each other and for our husbands - God's TRUTH will always STAND...




Monday, March 4, 2013

...Our Community has been ARMED by the politicians...

We found out by accident...


A late night phone call.  
Drunk husband... attempting to harm his family
Tears, pain, anguish
Brad and I sat for a long time - speaking God's truth
Praying for HIS healing.

We left with the knife - the wife's request, so that she would feel safe that night.



And now our prayers turn to our whole community...

These knives were passed out to the homes here in OUR neighborhood - in preparation of the elections!

Oh, GOD!  May there be NO blood shed in KENYA over these next days!!!!

Asking for your prayers for KENYA...

Not a day goes by without HIS unfolding GRACE!

"If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. 

We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!

We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise!

So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever."
 2 Corinthians 4 
The Message

Friday, March 1, 2013

New Beginnings

Lydia’s father passed away when she was young.  At 16, when she was part way through her high school, her mother became ill and she had to drop out of school for lack of fees.  

At this point, a man took advantage of her desperate desire to finish high school.  He told her that if she ran away from home with him, he would take her to Nairobi where he would put her in school.  

Lydia and Blessed... just after we met them



We met her at the age of 17, after she had escaped with the help of her neighbors, when the man tried to kill both her and her now 2 week old baby.  He had never put her into school.  He was a drunk, whose motive had just been to lure her into being his “mistress” in a Nairobi slum.


 We have walked with Lydia and her baby Blessed for almost a year now.   

One afternoon, when Blessed was about 1 month old, Lydia came to our house, screaming - "Mama Sam!  Mama Sam!"  Blessed's tongue, fingers and toes were blue - she was barely breathing!  We rushed to the hospital... I prayed through out that whole drive that God would keep this precious little girl just breathing!  She lived!!!
Lydia has been working 12 hours every day, 6 days each week - earning a little less than 3 dollars - just enough for food and rent.   

But she has dreams! 

She shared with us in December that she would really love to work in a salon.

 
Today we registered Lydia at a beauty school in Nairobi.

Sometimes, when it feels like there is no hope, God brings a light... a new beginning! 

It was such a JOY to me to watch this "LIGHT" register on Lydia's face!   
Our celebratory lunch together

No one is left out in Jeremiah's words of promise...

Not even a teen-aged girl, trafficked from her home, abandoned with her baby...  GOD'S promise even rings true for her!

"...I'll show up and take care of you as I promised... I have it all planned out - plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for."  Jer 29:11

Lydia in front of her new school building... She looks so young and tiny - my reminder to pray for her in this new world, out of the slum
We are actually looking for some partners who would like to help us work out all the details of this new path for Lydia.  

During the next 10 months, we have committed to supporting Lydia and Blessed so that she could quit her job and go to school.  The expenses... from getting her birth certificate (she never had one and needs it to complete her diploma) to food, rent, and transport amount to about $150 per month for the next 10 months.  If you would like to be a part of helping Lydia, we invite you to join us!   Please e-mail me or send any donations through pay pal at bcmatlack@aol.com

Thank you so much!